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Second Saturday Community Dinner

North Bennington Baptist Church is hosting its Second Saturday Community Dinner this month today (Saturday) from 5 to 6 p.m. in the church social hall on Church Street in North Bennington.

Come join us for dinner, desserts and beverage free of charge. For more information, call Rick at 802-368-7844 or email him at


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.



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)?"


Worship and events at St. Peter's

The Rev. Justin Lanier of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Bennington, on this the Fifth 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 will be

Luke 5:1-11. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgies.

In upcoming activities:

- The Lunch Bunch will meet Feb. 14 following the 10 a.m. service.

- The church will hold its monthly pot luck supper on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.

- Youth Formation will meet Feb. 16th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- There will be a parish meeting on Feb. 17 (approx 9:20 a.m.) to vote on a resolution to formally approve the church solar project (required by the diocese).

- The Vestry will hold their monthly meeting on Feb. 17 at noon.

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

Worship at Second Congregational Church

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 and SCC Trio with music direction by Matt Edwards.

The Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon, based on Luke 5:1-11 is titled "The Fisher of Love." 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 with coffee and light refreshments follows the worship service.

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, ability, sexual identity, gender identity, or citizenship. The congregation 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. 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

'Love is .Sunshine, Roses and IV Drips'

"Love is" starts a famous line from a movie and another one from the Bible. Love is all kinds of things: simple, sweet and challenging. The Rev. Kathy Duhon, of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, invites all to Sunday's special Valentine's Day service at the UUFB. The hymns for the service will be: "Love Will Guide Us" and "You are My Sunshine."

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 the religious exploration class, and nursery care is provided for younger children.


'Strained Nets' at the Federated Church

On this mid-winter Sunday, all are warmly invited in from the cold for the 10 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. The fishermen at the lake were stunned and forever changed by their catch in Jesus' midst. This week's message, based on Luke 5:1-11, from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled "Strained Nets." The children will consider another fish story when they play games while learning about Jonah. The service will be followed by a time of fellowship and refreshment 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, call the church office at 802-375-2548, send an email to, visit the church Facebook page or visit the church website at


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, "Whom Shall I Send?," will be based on Isaiah 6:1-8 and Luke 5:1-11. 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.

Instead of coffee hour, this Sunday we will have a pot-luck luncheon to be followed by the church annual meeting. The congregation is worshipping in fellowship 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.


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. 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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