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'Hard to Hear' at the Federated Church

On this first Sunday of the month, a warm invitation is extended to all people of faith or in search of faith for the 10 a.m. Service of Worship and celebration of Holy Communion at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. All are welcome at the table and encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf. With the recognition that some words in scripture and in life are difficult to embrace, the message from the Rev. Kathy Clark, based on Luke 4:21-30 is titled, "Hard to Hear." This is also annual meeting Sunday and following worship there will be a Soup and Bread Lunch in Bailey Hall when the business of the church including a critical vote on major proposed changes to the budget will be considered.

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, visit the church Facebook page or website at


'Share the Love' at the UU Fellowship

"Share the Love" will be the topic at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Sunday at 10 a.m.

We talk about love all the time but what does it mean? How do we understand the call to love our neighbor and all of humankind in these challenging times? Together, those at the service will explore the power of love. The hymns will be "Love Will Guide Us" and "What Wondrous Love."

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 a.m. Children are always welcome to join our religious exploration class, and nursery care is provided for younger children.

Worship and events at St. Peter's

The Rev. Justin Lanier of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Bennington, on this the Fourth 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, he 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 4:21-30. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

The knitting group will meet on Feb. 3 following the 10 a.m. service.

The Book Discussion Group will meet Sunday, following coffee hour. It will discuss Chapter V of "A Letter of Private Direction."

The pot luck supper will be held Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. Bring a dish and enjoy good food and conversation.

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

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 am, featuring the Chancel Choir with music direction by Matt Edwards.

All are welcome to participate in the celebration of Holy Communion. The Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon, based on Luke 4:21-30 is titled "Dragging Jesus Out of Town." Children, in first through 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. After worship we gather for a potluck lunch followed by our congregation's annual meeting.

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming, Green Justice Congregation of the United Church of Christ. We welcome to our work and worship all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation, and we seek to care and advocate for the earth and its creatures. Our 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 442-2559 or see our website at


Worship at Congregational Church

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The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. Worship service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The Meditation, "How Big Is God's Love?," will be based on Jeremiah 1:4-10 and Luke 4:21-30. There will be a young-at-hearts time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8. Newcomers always welcome. Today the youth will take up a collection for the "Souper Bowl of Caring," which will go to the Bennington area "Kitchen Cupboard."

All are invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship following the service. The congregation is worshiping in the social hall during the winter months. 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.



Discussion of refugees

A "Welcoming the Stranger Refugee Discussion" will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Shushan United Presbyterian Church, on

Railroad Avenue.

The discussion will be led by Maxine Stein, president and CEO of Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts.

It will examine such questions as "What is our obligation as Americans? Who is a refugee? What is the difference between an asylum seeker, a refugee and a asylee (a political asylum seeker)?"


Monthly breakfast at Jacob's Well Church

The Women of Hope and Men of Faith invite all to join the monthly breakfast, on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 9 a.m. at Jacob's Well Church, 29 West Main St., Cambridge, NY. The breakfast is a pot luck.

The guest speakers this month will be from the True North Pregnancy Resource Center, Bennington ,Vt.

This gathering is a free event with no reservations needed.


St. Luke's Church News

For the month of February 2019, St. Luke's Church will be holding its Sunday service at 9 a.m. On Feb. 3, 10, 17, and the 24. The Rev. Matt Baker is on the mend after his surgery and will return on February 3.

On Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m., Baker will begin a bible study on the Book of Revelation. It will be held at his home, rides are available from St. Luke's church to his home by calling Bobbie at 518-677-8341.

On Feb. 10 at 9 a.m., the Rt. Rev. Bishop William H. Love, of the Episcopal Dioceses of Albany, will be making his triennial visit to St. Luke's. Bishop Love and Fr. Baker will celebrate the Sunday Service and Eucharist together.

On Feb. 14, St. Luke's will hold its "Souper Thursday" free meal at the parish house on 4 St. Luke's Place. It is held from 4 to 6 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. A homemade bowl of soup, bread, salad, dessert and beverage is available to all.


Buddhist meditation

Buddhist meditation and teachings with Roger Guest is held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Mondays. For locations and information, call Harda at 802-447-7065


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