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'Patience and Pickles and Thankful Prayers' at the U U Fellowship

This week, Rev. Kathy Duhon's sermon is titled "Patience and Pickles and Thankful Prayers" and is based on the gospel of Luke, chapter 10, verses 38-42. She will bring to life a Bible story that hasen't been told this way before as we have some fun with a bit of midrash. Following the sermon, there will be a time for reflection and then open discussion about the sermon. Special music will be provided by Mary Migliozzi; the hymns for the service include "We Gather Together" and "Every Time I Feel the Spirit."

Duhon's story to the children of all ages is titled "It Could Always be Worse" and will be read to them before they go to their Religious Exploration program of "Spirit Play."

After a time for members to share their joys and concerns, Duhon will continue her guidance for engaging in spiritual practice.

The mission of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington is to create and nurture a spiritual, ethical and welcoming community by celebrating personal growth, diversity of beliefs and freedom of expression. The UUFB Meeting House is located at 108 School Street, Bennington and meets each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

From noon until 1:30, Duhon will conduct the final workshop about understanding the Hebrew Bible. In preparation, participants are encouraged to read the book Esther, The Song of Solomon (called the Song of Songs or sometimes the Canticle of Canticles), Jeremiah 1-11 and Hosea.

Also, this Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m., artist Renee Bouchard will talk about her exhibit of abstract paintings currently on display at the Meeting House. Enjoy refreshments, up-close scrutiny and a chance to ask the artist how she achieves her abstract visions.


'Compassion Energy' at the Federated Church

On this final Sunday of the church year calendar, a warm welcome is extended to one and all for the 10 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road.

The scripture lesson that will serve as the service focus comes from Matthew 25:31-46. The message offered by the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled "Compassion Energy." Children ages 3 to 11 are invited to begin worship in the church and then go off to Sunday School as the unit titled "Celebrate the Birth of Jesus" wraps up. The choir will provide special music under the direction of Mary Edwards Everyone is invited to stay after worship for a time of fellowship and refreshment following the service. This will be the final week to gather cleaning supplies for those served by the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless.

The tree will be up in Bailey Hall beginning this Sunday, Nov. 26, and filled with Red Stockings to take for purchasing Christmas gifts for local children in need.

Next Sunday, Dec. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. a beloved tradition continues with the 2017 Advent Workshop. This is a free afternoon event for children of all ages and adults to create Christmas crafts, gifts and decorations amid the festive atmosphere in Bailey Hall. Refreshments will be served.

The Federated Church of East Arlington is a local church in covenant and connection with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. The Federated Church is an Open and Affirming and Reconciling congregation, For additional information, call the church office at 802-375-2548 or send an email to or visit the church Facebook page.


Worship at the Second Congregational Church

Leave Black Friday behind and come join us for the last Sunday of the church year at Second Congregational Church. We celebrate the Reign of Christ Sunday, with worship beginning at 10 a.m., and including the Service of Memory and Hope, as we light candles in memory of church family members and loved ones. Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are invited to A Joyful Path, and Nursery care is provided. The Choir sings "Go, Light Your World" by Chris Rice, and Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon is entitled, "Alpha and Omega."

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall, and the Great Moving Out process begins in preparation for our annual Snowball Bazaar, which takes place next Friday and Saturday.

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming, Green Justice Congregation of the United Church of Christ. We welcome to our work and worship all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation, and we seek to care and advocate for the earth and its creatures. Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit


Worship at the Congregational Church

The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. worship service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "The Great Plus Sign," will be based on Jeremiah 23: 1-6 and Luke 23: 33-43. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 9.

Following the service, all are invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship. The church is located at 8 Bank St. in North Bennington and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.


Services and events at St. Peter's

The Rev. Justin Lanier of St. Peter's Episcopal Church will celebrate the Holy Eucharist this Sunday at the 8 a.m. service, using Rite I (traditional language) of the Book of Common Prayer. At the 10 a.m. service, Lanier will lead the Holy Eucharist using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer.

Organist and Choir Director John Riddle will lead St. Peter's Choir. The Gospel reading for the day is Matthew 25:31-46. A healing service will follow each liturgy. The Adult Formation Group will meet on Sunday following the 10 a.m. service. The Pastoral Care Group will meet in the Guild Room following the 10 a.m. service. Prayer Chain members are reminded to bring their lists with them.

Preparations are underway for the Annual Christmas Tea on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $7.50. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis, depending on availability.

St. Peter's is wheelchair accessible. For more information about the church, visit or call 802-442-2911.



You Are Invited — Diocesan Synod- Catholic Diocese of Burlington

Bishop Christopher J. Coyne is convening the synod to establish a pastoral plan for the immediate future of the Catholic Church in Vermont. This will be at least a yearlong project and is "a serious undertaking by the Church," he said. "It is not a simple convening of meetings."

We are beginning with a parish Listening Session to address three questions:

- As the Catholic Church in Vermont, what are we doing well?

- What are we doing that we should be doing better?

- What are we not doing that we should be doing?

Both active members and those who do not attend church regularly are welcome to attend the session, which should last approximately an hour and a half.

You are invited to attend any one of the three sessions:

November 30 at 7 p.m. at St John the Baptist, North Bennington

December 3 at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales, Bennington

December 5 at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales, Bennington.


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