Religion News in Brief




Honoring the Spirit of Place at the UUFB

Sunday's service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, led by Susan Beal and David Pearson, will consider how partnering with the spirit of place can bring peace and healing to us as individuals and to the larger environment of which we are a part. Hymns for the service will include "My Life Flows On In Endless Song" and "Spirit of Life."

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 109 School St., and meets each Sunday at 10 a.m. Children are always welcome and nursery care for children is provided.

Worship at Second Congregational

All are invited to join in worship, to explore what it means to be human, to find companions for the journey, and to discover the good news of the Gospel that God's love is for all people, this Sunday morning at Second Congregational Church.

Worship begins at 10 a.m. featuring the choir with Matt Edwards as music director. Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon, based on James 3:1-12 and Proverbs 1:20-33 is titled "Wisdom Cries Out."

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, and members seek to care and advocate for the earth and its creatures.

The church building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. Nursery care is provided. Large-print bulletins and hymnals are available during worship. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit

Worship at St. Peter's Episcopal Church

The Rev. Justin Lanier, of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, on this the seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, will lead the 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 the Eucharist using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer. John Riddle, organist and choir director, will be at the organ. The gospel for the day will be Mark 8:27-38. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

The vestry will meet Sunday at noon in the Guild Room.

The monthly pot luck supper will be held on Friday at 6 p.m. Bring a dish.

Mark your calendar for the Chicken Pie Supper on Saturday, Sept. 29. There will be seatings at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The menu will include: Chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy, butternut squash, cabbage and apple salad, cranberry and orange relish, with apple crisp for dessert. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for kids 13 and under. Children under 3 are free. Call 802-442-2911 for reservations.

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


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, "What It Takes!" will be based on Proverbs 1:1-7, 20-23 and Mark 8:27-38. There will be a Young-At-Hearts time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8. Newcomers are always welcome.

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.


'Saving Accounts' at the Federated Church

On this final Sunday before the official start of autumn, plan to join in the 10 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road.

This week's service will focus on the passage from Mark's Gospel, in which Jesus asks his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled, "Saving Accounts."

There will be Sunday School for children ages 3 to 10 as well as free nursery care provided for any child younger than 3 years old.     Musical accompaniment will be provided by Mary Edwards. There will be fellowship and refreshments in Bailey Hall after the service. For the month of September, personal hygiene items such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, body wash and razors are being gathered for those families throughout Bennington County who have to flee dangerous living situations and are served by PAVE (Project Against Violent Encounters).

This Sunday there will be a Pancake Breakfast put on by the Battenkill Grange from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Bailey Hall.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, at 5 p.m. when there will be a pancake supper in Bailey Hall to support the important work within our community happening at Burdett Commons. A free will offering will be gathered and there will be a to-go option.

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 or website at


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First Baptist Church Fall Tag and Bake Sale

The First Baptist Church of Bennington will hold its fall tag and bake sale being held Friday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday is $3 bag day. Homemade baked goods will be sold both days. tag sale donations (no TV's, computers, or electronics) can be left at the church office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday until Monday, Oct. 1. First Baptist is located at 601 Main St. For more information, contact the church office at 802/442-2105 or at


High Holiday schedule

Congregation Beth El has announced its High Holiday Schedule for the year 5779 - 2018. Services will take place in the Ada and Paul Paresky Sanctuary at the synagogue. Observances started on Sunday, Sept. 9. Here is the rest of the schedule:

- Kol Nidre -Tuesday, Sept. 18: 7 to 9 p.m. - Evening Service

- Yom Kippur - Wednesday, Sept: 19: 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Main Service. 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. - Yizkor. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Family Service*. 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. - Book of Jonah study. 6:15 to 7 p.m. - Neilah. 7 p.m. - Community Break-Fast

*The Family Services will take place in the Social Hall and are appropriate for children ages 10 and under. Childcare will be provided prior to and following the Family Services until 1 p.m.

Schedule for Sukkot

& Simchat Torah

- Friday, Sept. 28, Sukkot Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m.

- Saturday, Sept. 29, Shabbat Service, including Yizkor from 10 a.m. to noon.

- Sunday, Sept. 30, Simchat Torah from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by dessert in the social hall.

The congregation encourages beginning this season of awe with acts of giving. Help us collect the following supplies for distribution at the Kitchen Cupboard Food Pantry: canned food items, diapers, dental products and small containers of laundry detergent and dish soap.

Congregation Beth El is located at 107 Adams St. Phone: 802-442-9645. Web:



Faith in Catacomb Art

Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington and St. John the Baptist Church in North Bennington invite the public to celebrate the faith of the early Christians through their catacomb art with visuals, short videos, music, early Church writings and prayer. Sacramental images related to Baptism and Eucharist will be covered. Emphasis will also be placed on the assimilation and transformation of pagan motifs, the first images of Mary, and the Old and New Testament narratives that dealt with persecution, eschatology and salvation history.

Three sessions will be offered on the following dates: Mondays, Sept. 17 and 24: and Monday, Oct. 1. Morning sessions will be at St. John's from 9:45 to 11 a.m. Evening sessions will take place at SHSF from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

For further information, contact Wilma Ann Johnson at 802-681-7290.


Peace Pagoda 25th anniversary

The Grafton Peace Pagoda, 25th Anniversary Ceremony will be held on Saturday Oct. 6, at 11 a.m.

All Are Warmly Welcome. There will be a Buddhist ceremony, interfaith prayers for peace, and keynote speaker Martha Hennesey, granddaughter of Dorothy Day. Also featured will be the Kings Bay Plowshares, and a commemoration of Dennis Banks' one-year memorial, featuring Tashina Banks Rama, daughter of Dennis Banks, Lakota Ojibwe. Taiko Drumming will feature the Japanese festival drum.

A potluck community meal will follow the ceremony. Bring your favorite foods - vegetarian options preferred. It may be cold so bring warm clothes and a blanket. Arrive before 11 a.m. to park and walk to ceremony site.

For more information please call the Peace Pagoda between 7:00 AM and 4:30 PM at 518-658-9301.

Nippozan Myohoji-Grafton Peace Pagoda, 87 Crandall Road Petersburg, NY 12138.


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