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Ministry Weekend at SHSF

Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales is sponsoring a Ministry Sunday on the weekend of Jan. 21 after every Mass. Every parish ministry will have representatives available in the parish hall to speak with people interested in learning more about the work we do. Contact the Parish Center at 802-442 3141 for more information.

Jacques Kabore from Catholic Relief Services will speak on Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Masses. He will also attend our parish ministry day.

The Mass schedule: Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m and 9:30 a.m.



Worship at Second Congregational Church

Second Congregational Church welcomes its new Co-Pastor, D. Mark Blank, who begins his ministry with us this week. All are invited to join us in worship at 10 a.m. this Sunday morning, as Blank joins the Rev. Mary Lee-Clark in leading our congregation in worship.

In a Time for the Children in All of Us, we share "Epiphany Moments," occasions when we have glimpsed the presence of God in our daily lives, following which children up through grade 5 are invited to A Joyful Path. Nursery care is provided. The Chancel Choir will sing "Ye followers of the Lamb," and Blank's sermon, based on the readings from the Gospel of Mark and Psalm 62, is titled, "Immediately !"

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall. At 11:30 a.m., an informational session on the congregation's proposed 2018 budget takes place in the sanctuary.

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 more information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or see our website at


'Does Justice Roll Down?' at UU Fellowship

"Does Justice Roll Down?" will be the subject of tomorrow's sermon by guest preacher, Rev. Bruce Lee-Clark, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington. The service will also include a responsive reading from the words of Martin Luther King Jr. as well as the hymns "All Beautiful the March of Days" and "Sound Over All Waters."

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 to 11 a.m. Children are always welcome, and nursery care and religious exploration for children are provided during the service.


'Follow Through' at the Federated Church

A sincere invitation to join in the Sunday Service of Worship at 10 a.m. at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road is extended to one and all. This week's service will consider Jonah 3:1-5, 10 and Mark 1:14-20. The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled "Follow Through."

The church school unit, "Jesus and the Children," continues 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. If you're looking for breakfast before worship, the Battenkill Grange will be holding its monthly pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. this Sunday in Bailey Hall.

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.


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, Jan. 21, the third Sunday after Epiphany, Lanier will celebrate Holy Eucharist at one 9 a.m. service using Rite I (traditional language) of the Book of Common Prayer. The Gospel for this week is Mark 1:14-20. St. Peter's Choir will be led by our Organist and Choir Director John Riddle. A Healing Service will follow the liturgy.

The church will serve brunch right after the 9 a.m. service, then begin the Annual Meeting.

Upcoming services and events include:

- On Wednesday, Jan. 24, 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. 25, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel.

- St. Peter's Choir will rehearse at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening, Jan. 25.

- On Saturday, Jan. 27, Teresa M. King will lead a workshop called Honoring Grandmothers from 2 to 4 p.m. in The Guild Room. One does not need to have grandchildren to be honored. We will share our wisdom with each other and experience a Shawl Ceremony. Bring a shawl and your open heart. Call 802-442-5908 if you wish to attend.

- On Sunday, Jan. 28, the Adult Formation Group will meet in the Parish Hall following the 10 a.m. service. Chapters 11/12 of the Heart of Centering Prayer by Cynthia Bourgeault will be discussed.

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


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, "Moving Forward," will be based on Jonah 3:1-5, 10 and Mark 1:14-20. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 9. Worship is being held in fellowship hall for the remaining winter months.

A coffee hour and time of fellowship will follow the service. 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.



Honoring Grandmothers

Elder female members of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, as well as local grandmothers, are invited to be honored and celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m., in the Guild Room, 200 Pleasant St. One does not need to have grandchildren to attend.

Bring an open heart and a shawl with you. We will share our wisdom with each other and celebrate who we are in a Shawl Ceremony.

To reserve your space, contact Teresa King at or leave a message at 802-733-5729. This is a free event. Teresa King has been honoring grandmothers since 2013. Her website is:


The Reformation Turns 500

The beginning of the Protestant Reformation is traditionally dated to October 31, 1517, the day on which Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg. In this four-session mini-course at All Saints Episcopal Church, we will explore three of the most important figures of the Protestant Reformation, the movements associated with them, and their possible continuing significance for us today and tomorrow. All sessions will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m. These classes are free of charge and open to the public.

- Monday, Feb 26: Martin Luther and Lutheranism;

- Monday, March 5: John Calvin and the Reformed Church;

- Monday, March 12: Elizabeth I (not Henry VIII?!) and theEnglish Reformation;                

- Monday, March 19: Does It Continue to Matter 500 Years          Later?

The presenter Joseph Molleur received his bachelor of arts in religious studies from Grinnell College, his master of arts in historical theology from Episcopal Divinity School, and his PhD in systematic and comparative theology from Boston College. Following a two-year assignment as a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Boston College, he taught religion for 15 years at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, until his retirement as professor emeritus in 2016. He is a member of All Saints Berkshires Episcopal Church, and volunteers regularly at the Council on Aging and the Catholic Charity Center in Adams.

Reserve your spot today by contacting: All Saints Berkshires, 59 Summer Street, North Adams. Call 413-664-9656 or email Leave your name, address, and phone number.


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