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Ring out the old at Second Congregational

Ring out the old and ring in the New Year this Sunday morning at Second Congregational Church! Worship begins at 10 a.m. and includes special music from a piano trio, with Music Director Matt Edwards on piano. We'll take some time to reflect on those habits, events, and attitudes we'd like to leave behind in 2017 to make room for new life in 2018. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the readings from Isaiah and Luke, is entitled, "The Great Turning." Following worship, we'll gather around the fire pit and commit our "leavings" to the fire and God's care. Then all are invited to warm up in our Sunday Social in Webster Hall.

Ministries Council meets at 11:30 in the Clayton Room.

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. Large-print bulletins and hymnals are available in worship. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit


New Year's Eve worship service

The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. worship service on New Year's Eve led by Rev. Penny Rich Smith. This is an informal service of shared Christmas reflections and poems and the ringing of bells with our songs for the new year.No Sunday School classes today.

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


Worship and events at St. Peter's

The Rev. Justin Lanier of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Bennington, invites people of all faiths or those in search of faith to join us in our service of Christ and of each other. On Sunday, December 31st , the first Sunday after Christmas, The Reverend Justin Lanier will celebrate Holy Eucharist at the 8 a.m. service and the 10 a.m. service, using Rite I (traditional language) of the Book of Common Prayer. St. Peter's Choir will be lead by our Organist and Choir Director John Riddle. The gospel is John I:1-18. A Healing Service will follow each liturgy.

On Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, Evening Prayer at 5-5:30 p.m. and Contemplative Prayer at 5:30-6:30 p.m. will resume.     

Father Lanier will lead a Eucharist service Thursday, January 4, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel.

St. Peter's Choir will rehearse at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening, Jan. 4.

On Sunday, Jan. 7, the Fundraising Committee will meet following the 10 a.m. service in the office.

Also, on Jan. 7, the Knitting Group will meet in the Parish Hall, following the 10 a.m. service.

The Annual Meeting will be on Jan. 21. There will be only one service at 10 a.m. For the luncheon, please bring a dish to share. There is a sign-up sheet in the hallway at St. Peter's.

Please check out the Leave a Coat Take a Coat Rack in the cloister at St. Peter's. Take what you need, leave what you don't need.

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


New Year's Eve Worship at the Federated Church

On this final day of 2017, a warm winter's welcome is extended to one and all to the 10 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington. It is with great pleasure that the congregation welcomes guest preacher Wendy Savery to the pulpit. Wendy grew up in Wallingford, Vermont and now teaches French and English at Mill River Union High School. She has also been a librarian at Gilbert Hart Library in Wallingford for the past seven years. Wendy is in her second year of licensed lay ministry with the Southwest Association of the VT Conference of the United Church of Christ. 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. Non-perishable food items continue to be gathered to support the Arlington Food Shelf.

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 phone the church office at 802-375-2548 or send an email to or visit the church Facebook page.



Zion Church series: 'A Life Worth Living'

In the future, scientists will be able to prolong life, but will it be worth living? Without purpose or joy, extended life seems a hollow victory.

So how do we live life to the fullest?

Nicky Gumble's A Life Worth Living, based on Paul's letter to the Philippians is a practical and positive guide to achieving this — uncovering in us a new heart, new purpose, new attitude, and a new confidence to the way we live our lives. Join us for this 10 week series beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Zion Church in Manchester Center. Light refreshments will be served.

Zion Episcopal Church is located at 5167 Main Street/Route 7A North, Manchester Center between Gringo Jack's and Ye Olde Tavern. For more information or to register for the series, contact Zion Church at 802-362-1987 or


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