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'Outlandish Love' at The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

At Sunday's service at the The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, "Outlandish Love" will be the subject of the Rev. Kathy Duhon's sermon. Her remarks will ask: "What's more outlandish than loving your enemies? Love, like Muhammad Ali's famous quote, claims to be "The greatest," even if it both floats and stings.

The order of service will include a time for caring and sharing for any attendee to express his or her joys or sorrows. Hymns for the service will be "What Wondrous Love" and "Love Will Guide Us."

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.

Jewish Film Festival continues Sunday

Come see "Snow in August" on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Oldcastle Theatre.

"Snow in August" is a 2001 film adapted by Richard Friedenberg based on the New York Times best selling novel by Pete Hammill featuring a young boy from an Irish Catholic neighborhood of Brooklyn in 1947. The film follows the unlikely friendship that evolves between 11-year-old Michael and a Czechoslovakian Rabbi that stirs up the wrath of a local Irish gang from Michael's neighborhood. After a tragic turn of events, Michael seeks the help of an ancient Jewish text to summon a protector in his time of need.

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 in service of Christ and of each other. On this, the second Sunday of Lent, 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 will be Mark 8:31-38. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

In other events and services:

The Pastoral Care Committee will meet in the parish hall following the 10 a.m. service. The Lenten series continues and Nancy Sanford will lead in theological reflections on Tuesday, February 27, and March 13 and 27. Bring your own light supper. St. Peter's Choir will rehearse on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, February 28, evening prayer will be from 5 to 5:30 p.m., and contemplative prayer will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Lanier will lead a Eucharist service on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the chapel. The "Lunch Bunch" will meet at 11:30 a.m. on March 8 for soup, sandwiches and dessert.      

The Adult Formation Group will continue discussing "The Heart of Centering Prayer" by Cynthia Bourgeault, on Sunday, March 4, after the 10 a.m. service.

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

Lent continues at Second Congregational Church

Journeying on into the wilderness of Lent, all those seeking companionship for the journey are welcome at Second Congregational Church this Sunday morning. Worship begins at 10 a.m., led by the Rev. Mary Lee-Clark and D. Mark Blank. Following a "Time for the Children in All of Us," children up through grade 5 are invited to "A Joyful Path." Nursery care is provided. Based on the readings from Genesis and the Gospel of Mark, Blank's sermon is titled "Traveling without Expectations."

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall.

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. Members also seek 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 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 on this second Sunday in Lent. The sermon, "A Covenant Journey - The Path Less Traveled," will be based on Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 and Mark 8:31-38. 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.


'Not Just You at the Federated Church

As Lent continues, all are invited to join in the 10 a.m. service of worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road.

The theme for the services throughout Lent is covenant and this week the focus is on the covenant God makes with Abraham from Genesis 17 that leads to him become the father of all generations. The Rev. Kathy Clark's message is titled "Not Just You." The children will be focusing on their Holy Week unit. Throughout Lent, non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf are being gathered. A time of fellowship and refreshment follows the service in Bailey Hall.

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 include 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 people will bid. No reservations are needed and take-outs will be available. Also, a community forum on opiates with a panel of local professionals to discuss its impact and responses will be held here at the Federated Church on Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m.

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 sffirming and reconciling congregation, For additional information, call the church office at 802-375-2548, send an email to or visit the church Facebook page.



Free winter community supper at church

We will be serving (and eating!) a delicious free supper at The Dorset Church, 143 Church St. (off Route 30) on Wednesday. Dinner will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This is the second supper of the winter season. This month, the church will be serving a roast pork dinner complete with homemade apple sauce or a vegetarian minestrone soup.

The last supper of the winter season will be held on Wednesday, March 21. The menu will be a meatloaf dinner with roasted potatoes or a vegetarian curried cauliflower stew.

Winter community suppers are meant for everyone and meant to build community. All are welcome for free meals. Take outs will be available. A free-will offering will be accepted to help fund the dinners of the future. Questions: call Jane at 867-2260 or email at


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