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Honoring grandmothers

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

Bring a shawl with you. There will be sharing of wisdom and a celebratory shawl ceremony.

To reserve a 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:



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, "A Question of Authority," will be based on Mark 1:21-28. 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 during the winter months.

All are invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship following the service. 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.


Word Power' at the Federated Church

An invitation is extended to one and all on Sunday at 10 a.m. to come and worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road.

This Sunday's scripture lessons include Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 111 and Mark 1:21-28. There is a time for talk as well as silence and this week's message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled, "Word Power."

A new church school unit begins this Sunday for children, 3 to 11, all about "Jesus Calls Helpers." New children are welcome. The choir will provide special music under the direction of Mary Edwards.

This is the final Sunday for gathering trash bags (kitchen and larger) for those served by the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless. Immediately after worship there will be a soup and bread lunch provided by the church council and the annual meeting of the church will take place 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. It is an "open and affirming and reconciling" congregation, For more information, call the church office at 802-375-2548, send an email to or visit the church Facebook page.


Worship and events at Second Congregational

All people of faith or in search of faith are welcome to attend Second Congregational Church this Sunday morning. Worship begins at 10 a.m., led by co-pastors Mary Lee-Clark and D. Mark Blank.

The congregation will share "epiphany moments" during a Time for the Children in All of Us. Then children up through grade 5 are invited to A Joyful Path. Nursery care is provided. The chancel choir's anthem will be "I Will Sing to the Power," and the gospel singers will offer "I Go to the Rock." The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the readings from 1 Corinthians and Mark, is titled, "Who's the Author?"

A potluck lunch in Webster Hall follows worship, and then the 181st annual meeting of the congregation will takes place, receiving reports and celebrating moments of ministry throughout the year.

Second Congregational Church is an open and affirming, green justice congregation of the United Church of Christ. The church welcomes to its work and worship all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. The congregation also seeks to care and advocate for the earth and its creatures. Its building is wheelchair-accessible and is located at 115 Hillside St. Large-print bulletins and hymnals are available for worship. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit


Worship and activities 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 participate in the worship and activities of the church.

This Sunday, the fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Lanier will celebrate the 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 celebrate Holy Eucharist using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer. St. Peter's choir will be led by Organist and Choir Director John Riddle. The gospel for the day will be Mark 1:21-28. A healing dervice will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

Following the 10 a.m. service, the adult formation group will meet in the parish hall. Chapters 11 and 12 of the Heart of Centering Prayer by Cynthia Bourgeault will be discussed.

Also following the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, the Pastoral Care Committee will meet in the parish hall.

Later this week:

- On Wednesday, evening prayer will be from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and contemplative prayer from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.     

- Lanier will lead a Eucharist service on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the chapel.

- St. Peter's choir will rehearse at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening.

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


Cabaret opens Jewish Film Series

Cabaret opens the Jewish Film Series 2018 on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Oldcastle Theatre Co.

According to a description of the film, "It is the city of Berlin in 1931, a time when political unrest racks the country, the economy has been destroyed, and millions of unemployed roam the streets. Enter into this chaos an American cabaret dancer, working at the downtown 'Kit-Kat club' where anything goes on the stage."

In 2013, film critic Peter Bradshaw listed Cabaret at number one on his list of "Top 10 musicals." Starring: Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, and Michael York, and directed by Bob Fosse.



Vendors sought for church flea market

The First Baptist Church of Bennington is seeking vendors for its Cabin Fever Flea Market taking place on Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will feature more than 20 tables. For more information about table reservations, contact Grace Wilson at 379-4548.



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, the material will explore three of the most important figures of the Protestant Reformation, the movements associated with them, and their possible continuing significance for 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 the English 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 by contacting: All Saints Berkshires, 59 Summer St., North Adams MA 01247. Call 413-664-9656 or email Leave your name, address, and phone number.


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