Religion News in Brief



Antiwar Vigil at Four Corners

The Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center invites participation in a Vigil — #Spring Against War. World Beyond has designated April 14-15 as National Days of Anti-War Action. Come to the Four Corners from 12:30-1:30 p.m. to express solidarity.



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 church members in their service of Christ and of each other.

On this the third Sunday of Easter, Colleen Gates will lead morning prayer at both the 8 a.m. service and at the 10 a.m. service. Lanier will be away for a week but will return for the services on April 22. St. Peter's Choir will be led by organist and choir director John Riddle. The gospel will be John 3:1-7. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

The vestry will meet for its monthly meeting at noon following the 10 a.m. service.

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

There will be no Eucharist on Thursday.          

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

Church School Youth, led by Mary Gerisch, will meet next Saturday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a morning of Bible stories, crafts, and making lunch together.

Safe Church Training will be held at St. Peter's on Saturday, May 19, 8:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. This certification is necessary for all employees of the church, the vestry, and anyone who is in contact with the children or the elderly. Recertification is every three years. A sign-up sheet is in the office.

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

Church says goodbye to longtime pastor

All are invited to join in worship and celebration at Second Congregational Church this Sunday morning, beginning at 10 a.m. With handbells under the direction of Susan Green and choirs under the direction of Matt Edwards, along with guest musicians Harriet Welther and Jared Shapiro, we celebrate this Third Sunday of Easter and 23 years of ministry as pastor by the Rev. Mary Lee-Clark.

Children are invited to remain in worship, as those present hear and tell stories, including "The Rabbi's Gift, Full Circle" by Rev. Lee-Clark. The congregation will celebrate Holy Communion together and engage in the "Litany of Farewell," led by the Rev. Dr. Lynn Bujnak, conference minister of the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ. A luncheon will follow in Webster Hall.

Second Congregational Church is an open and affirming, green justice congregation 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 building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. Large-print bulletins and hymnals are available during worship. For more information, contact 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. The sermon, "Traveling the Road After Easter," will be based on Luke 24:13-48 and 1 Peter 1:17-23. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 9.

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.


'Ghost Stories' at the Federated Church of East Arlington

Join in a spirit of worship during the 10 a.m. Service at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. Jesus has good news to share after the resurrection but the disciples couldn't believe their eyes. The message this Sunday from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled, "Ghost Stories."

The choir will sing under the direction of Mary Edwards and the children continue their unit on Peter and John. Plan to stay after worship for a time of refreshment and fellowship after the service in Bailey Hall. Non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf continue to be gathered year-round.

Come early and enjoy the monthly Pancake Breakfast offered from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. by the Battenkill Grange and served 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, send an email to or visit the church Facebook page.



Church tag sale May 4-5

The First Baptist Church of Bennington will hold its spring tag sale on Friday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday will be $3 bag day. Admission is free both days. The sale features spring and summer clothing, household goods, children's toys, books, fabrics, etc. Donations for the sale are accepted until Friday, April 27, and can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays. No TV's or computer equipment.

First Baptist is located at 601 Main St. For more information, please contact the church office at 802/442-2105 or

A Concert for Organ and Brass

A Concert for Organ and Brass will be held on Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church, 238 West Main St. in Bennington.

The concert will feature Donald McMahon and celebrated Bennington-area trumpeter and music educator Susan Green.

All facilities are accessible to those with special needs. Admission is free.


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