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Worship at the Second Congregational Church

Give thanks for making it through January, and come worship at Second Congregational Church this Sunday morning, beginning at 10 a.m. All are welcomed to worship and the celebration of the Lord's Supper, as co-pastors Mary Lee-Clark and Mark Blank lead us in worship.

The congregation will share "epiphany moments" during a Time for the Children in All of Us, following which children up through grade 5 are invited to A Joyful Path. Nursery care is provided. The anthem of the day—"The Lord Is My Strength" — features the Jubellaire Ringers, Chancel Choir, piano and organ, all under the direction of Music Director Matt Edwards and Bell Choir Director Sue Green.

Blank's sermon, based on the readings from Isaiah and Mark, is titled, "What Message?" All are invited to the Lord's table for Communion, and a time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall. The reading group meets in the Clayton Room at 11:35 a.m.

Second Congregational Church is an open and affirming, green justice Ccngregation of the United Church of Christ. It 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 church also seeks to care and advocate for the earth and its creatures. The church 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 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.

Holy Communion will be celebrated. The meditation, "God's Empowering Spirit," will be based on Isaiah 40:28-31 and Mark 1:29-39. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 9. Following the service, the youth will take up a special offering for the "Souper Bowl of Caring" youth mission program that happens across the country of this Super Bowl Sunday. 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.


'God Is In the Details' at the Federated Church

On this first Sunday of February, the 10 a.m. service of worship will feature the celebration of Holy Communion, to which all are invited.

The Federated Church of East Arlington is located on Ice Pond Road.

People are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf. The February 4 message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is based on Mark 1:29-39 and Isaiah 40:21-31 and is titled, ''God Is In the Details." All children, ages 3-11, are invited to be a part of the church school lesson this week on "Jesus Calls Helpers." The choir will provide special music under the direction of Mary Edwards. There will be food and conversation following worship during fellowship time 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, call the church office at 802-375-2548 or send an email to or visit the church Facebook page.


'Habit, Custom and Holy Writ' at the Unitarian Universal Fellowship

At Sunday's service, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington will welcome guest speaker Nancy Weis whose sermon topic will be "Habit, Custom and Holy Writ." As is the custom at the UU Fellowship, following the sermon will be a time for silent reflection followed by an opportunity for congregational discussion and questions regarding the sermon.

The order of service will include a caring and sharing time for any attendee to express his or her joys or sorrows. The responsive reading is titled "The Journey of Love" and the selected hymns are "Here We Have Gathered" and "We'll Build a Land."

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.


Worship and events at St. Peter's

The Rev. Justin Lanier of St. Peter's Episcopal Church 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, he 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 1:29-39. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

The knitting group will meet in the parish hall immediately following the 10 a.m. service.

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

Lanier will lead a Eucharist service on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the chapel. The Lunch Bunch will meet in the Guild Room for its monthly meeting following the Eucharist service. Soup, sandwiches, salad, dessert and coffee will be served.

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

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 in the parish hall. Kay Trafton and Mary McGuinness and the EFM (Education for Ministry) graduates will be there to kick off the Lenten supper series. Nancy Sanford will lead theological reflections during this series.

Ash Wednesday is Feb. 14 and there will be a service at 7 p.m. in the parish hall.

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



Church spaghetti supper

First Baptist Church of Bennington Vermont announces its spaghetti supper taking place on Feb. 10 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Supper will include spaghetti, salad, bread, beverage, and dessert. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. First Baptist is located at 601 Main St.


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