Religion News in Brief



Spaghetti supper at First Baptist

First Baptist Church of Bennington announces its spaghetti supper taking place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Supper includes 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.


Second Saturday Supper at church

The North Bennington Baptist Church is hosting our free Second Saturday Supper from 5 to 6 p.m. in the church social hall on Church Street. Will feature homemade dishes, desserts and beverage free of charge. Everyone is welcome. For additional information, call Rick Gramlin at

802-368-7844 or email him at



'Dancing With All Your Might' at the UU Fellowship

At Sunday's service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, the Rev. Kathy Duhon will preach on the subject "Dancing With All Your Might." Her sermon invites: Let's explore enthusiasm and passion and asks the challenging questions: Where do you find your passion? What makes you dance like nobody's watching, dance with all your might, as King David did? Following the sermon will be a time for congregational discussion and questions regarding the sermon.

The order of service will include a time for caring and sharing for any attendee to express his or her joys or sorrows. Selected readings are titled "Seek Passion" and "The Angels and the Furies."

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 at 10 to 11 a.m. Children are always welcome, and nursery care and religious exploration for children are provided during the service.


Worship at Second Congregational Church

All are invited to join in for worship this Transfiguration Sunday, which is also Mardi Gras Sunday at Second Congregational Church.

Worship begins at 10 a.m. with the "First Line" singing of "Just a Closer Walk with Thee." During the Time for the Children in All of Us, those gathered will share the last of their "epiphany moments." Following this, children up through grade 5 are invited to "A Joyful Path" and nursery care is provided. Under the direction of Matt Edwards, the choirs sing the "Second Line," "O When the Saints," accompanied by bass and drums. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the stories of Elijah's being taken up in a chariot of fire and Jesus' Transfiguration on the mountaintop, is titled, "His Face."

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster hall, with the traditional Mardi Gras "King Cake" featured. Eaarth Advocates will meet at 11:30 a.m.

Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday with a 7 p.m. service of Communion and optional imposition of ashes.

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, and it seeks to care and advocate for the earth and its creatures. The church 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"


'Beyond the Ordinary' at the Federated Church

On this Transfiguration Sunday, the final Sabbath before Lent begins, all are invited to the 10 a.m. service of worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road.

This week's scripture lessons include Mark 9:2-9 and 2 Kings 2:1-12 and the message, titled "Beyond the Ordinary," will be offered by the Rev. Kathy Clark. The Federated Church choir will provide special music and be accompanied by Mary Edwards. All children ages 3 to 11 are invited to participate in Sunday School focused on "Jesus and the Helpers. " A time of fellowship and refreshment follows the service in Bailey Hall.

The Ash Wednesday service of worship with the voluntary reception of ashes will take place this coming Wednesday at noon in the church sanctuary.

Save the date for the upcoming Macaroni & Cheese Extravaganza and Dessert Auction on Sunday, March 4, beginning at 5 p.m. in Bailey Hall. This buffet-style fundraiser to benefit Happy Days Playschool will serve up a wide variety of mac & cheese recipes. At 6 p.m the activity moves into the church for the dessert auction with a variety of creations on which to bid. No reservations are needed and take-outs will be available.

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, send an email to or visit the church Facebook page


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 Vision of God," will be based on Psalm 50:1-6, Mark 9:2-9 and 2 Corinthians 4:3-6. 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.

The annual meeting of the church will be held following worship and a pot-luck luncheon. All are invited to stay for lunch and are asked to bring a hot dish or salad to share. 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 invites people of all faiths or those in search of faith to join the church in its service of Christ and of each other. On this Sunday, the sixth 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, 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 9:2-9. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

The adult formation group will meet following the 10 a.m. service. It will be looking at chapter 13 of "The Heart of Centering Prayer," by Cynthia Bourgeault.

Upcoming, the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday 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. Look for a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board to help with supplying food, set-up and clean-up. The series will continue on Feb. 13 and 27, and March 6 and 20.

On Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, there will be two Eucharist services, one at noon in the Lady Chapel and one at 7 p.m. in the parish hall.     

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

St. Peter's Choir will not rehearse on Thursday. The next rehearsal will be on Thursday, Feb. 22.

On Friday, there will be a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. Bring a dish to share.

The Youth Formation Group, led by Mary Gerisch, will meet in the parish hall on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The children will enjoy Bible readings and discussion, crafts, and they will prepare their lunch. All ages are welcome.

The new vestry will meet for its monthly meeting in the Guild Room following the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, Feb. 18.

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.

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