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'Inspirations of Martin Luther King, Jr' at UU Fellowship

The theme of Sunday's service will be "We All Need to Go to Prison: Inspirations of Martin Luther King, Jr." at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington

The observance of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 15, will form the basis of Sunday's service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington. The service will open with Dr. King's words on April 3, 1968. Other words of Dr. King will include excerpts from his "I have a Dream" speech and "Letters From a Birmingham Jail." Rev. Kathy Duhon's sermon is titled: "We All Need to Go to Prison: Inspirations of Martin Luther King, Jr." and will focus on the life, the work and the vision of Dr. King. Hymns will include "This Little Light of Mine" and "We Shall Overcome."

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 St., and meets each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Children are always welcome, and nursery care and religious exploration for children are provided during the service.


'Lift every voice and sing' at Second Congregational

Lift every voice and sing! this Sunday of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday weekend. Morning worship at Second Congregational Church begins at 10 a.m. The Chancel Choir offers two anthems of "Total Praise " and "Revelations," under the direction of Music Director Matt Edwards. During the Time for the Children in All of Us, we share "Epiphany Moments," moments of glimpsing the radiance and presence of God in our ordinary lives, and then children up through grade 5 are invited to A Joyful Path. Nursery care is provided. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the readings from 1 Samuel and Psalm 139, is entitled, "Generational Listening."

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall. The Administrative Council meets at 11:30 in Room 2 to receive the recommendations of the Trustees and Nominating Committee.

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 advocated 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 for worship. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit


Worship and events at St. Peter's Episcopal Church

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, Jan. 14 , the second Sunday after Epiphany, Lanier will celebrate Holy Eucharist 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 officiate at the Morning Prayer/Holy Eucharist service using Rite II of the Book of Common Prayer (contemporary language). St. Peter's Choir will be led by our Organist and Choir Director John Riddle. The Gospel is John 1:43-51. A healing service will follow each liturgy.

The 8 a.m. service will be in the Lady Chapel and the 10 a.m. service will be held in the Parish Hall from now until April 1, Easter, at which time services will again be held in the church sanctuary.

Upcoming events:

- The Vestry will meet in the Parish Hall on Monday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m.

- On Wednesday, Jan. 17, Evening Prayer will be at 5-5:30 p.m. and Contemplative Prayer at 5:30-6:30 p.m.     

-Lanier will lead a Eucharist service Thursday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel.

- St. Peter's Choir will rehearse at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening, Jan. 18.

- On Friday, Jan. 19, there will be a pot luck supper from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a dish to share.

- The Youth Formation Group will meet on Saturday, Jan, 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. led by Mary Gerisch. Bible readings and discussion, crafts, and preparation of lunch by the children makes for a fun and interesting morning. All ages are welcome.

- The Annual Meeting will be on Jan. 21. There will be only one service at 9 a.m. There will be a luncheon, so bring a dish to share. Sign-up sheet in the hallway at St. Peter's.

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


'Good for Something' at the Federated Church

January 10, 2018, East Arlington, VT - On this long holiday weekend when as a nation we pause to honor and recommit to the ideals embodied by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an invitation to the 10:00 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington is extended to one and all. The scripture lessons for this week include 1 Samuel 3:1-20, Psalm 139 and John 1:43-51. The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled, "Good for Something." A new church school unit, "Jesus and the Children," begins for children ages 3 to 11 and new children are always welcome. The choir will provide special music under the direction of Mary Edwards. Throughout January trash bags (kitchen and larger) for those served by the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless are being gathered. Everyone is invited to stay after worship for a time of fellowship and refreshment in Bailey Hall when there will also be a presentation on the proposed 2018 Budget and the opportunity to ask questions.

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.


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