Religion news in brief




New service time at First Baptist

The First Baptist Church of Bennington Sunday Service is now at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. Come experience God's grace as we worship Jesus with both traditional and contemporary music, and Biblical teaching. This Sunday's message is titled "Trials and Denials" based on Mark 14:53-72. Weekly Bible Studies are open to all and Youth Group is open to 6th-12th graders. Call 802-442-2105 for more information or visit "Together we are growing as followers of Jesus Christ in and around Bennington."

Worship and events at St. Peter's

The Rev. Justin Lanier, of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Bennington, on this the First Sunday after the Epiphany, 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, Lanier will lead 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 Luke 3:15-17,21-22. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.


- Our Pot Luck supper will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m.

- The church will be open for silent prayer on Monday for a half hour.

- St. Peter's annual meeting will be held on Jan. 27.

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

'Doing Justice' at the UU Fellowship of Bennington

At Sunday's service, the Rev. Kathy Duhon's sermon at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington will ask: How can we manage to be "doing justice" in such a complex world? How do we embody justice in our lives? Besides this justice sermon, there will be a short "Witness" called "Death Beckons," something of a follow-up to the "Death 101" class from the fall. Hymns for the service will be "We Are a Gentle, Angry People" and " Faith is a Forest."

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 this Sunday begins at 10 a.m., featuring the chancel choir with music direction by Matt Edwards. Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon, based on Psalm 29 and Luke 3:15-18, 21-22 is titled "Why was Jesus Baptized?"

Children, in first to fifth grade, are invited to leave the worship service for Joyful Path (Sunday school) halfway through the service. Nursery care for younger children provided throughout. Fellowship time of coffee and refreshments follows worship.

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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. 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. 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 the Congregational Church

The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. worship service led by Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "God Speaks!" will be based on Psalm 29, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 and Acts 8:14-17. There will be a young-at-hearts time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for preschool through grade 8. Newcomers are always welcome.

All are invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship following the service. There will be a deacons' meeting following coffee hour. 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.


'Bathtubs, Tea Kettles and Estuaries' at the Federated Church

With winter's snow upon us, all are invited to the warmth of the 10 a.m. service of worship this Sunday at the Federated Church of East Arlington.

Considering Jesus' baptism found in Luke's third chapter as well as reaffirming our own baptisms, the message from the Rev. Kathy Clark will wrestle with all that baptism might signify with a message titled, "Bathtubs, Tea Kettles and Estuaries."

The children will continue to explore the story of Jonah. There will be fellowship and refreshments following the service in Bailey Hall as well as a time for questions on the proposed 2019 budget in preparation for the Jan. 20 Annual Meeting.

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 more information, call the church office at 802-375-2548, send an email to or visit the church Facebook page or website at



Healing The Great Divide, Finding Common Ground:

On Monday, Jan. 21, The Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center, together with the Greater Bennington Interfaith Council, will hold their annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday event at Bennington's Second Congregation Church, 115 Hillside St. at 6 p.m.

The event will begin with a candlelight vigil outdoors in the courtyard to be followed by hot cider, cookies and fellowship to be enjoyed inside the church.

The program honoring the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will focus on bridging the widening gap, that we the people and our nation are experiencing, which is dividing one another and demands healing. There will be an opportunity to share plans for action steps involved in mediation skills training, as well as a book read and discussion focusing on "difficult conversations." Those present will discuss concrete methods to gain knowledge and skills in having difficult conversations with those whom we may differ. The community intervention program, "Better Angels, will be introduced and the utilization of "peace circles" will be explored.


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