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Free Community Dinner

North Bennington Baptist Church is hosting their Second Saturday Free Community Dinner this month on Saturday, May 11, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the church social hall on Church Street. Come join us for dinner, dessert and beverage free of charge. Bring your friends, family and neighbors and enjoy a delicious dinner. Everyone is welcome.



Sermon: 'Mothers as World Citizens'

This Mother's Day Sunday, the sermon — "Mothers as World Citizens - Margaret Fuller and Julia Ward Howe" — will look at two women whose contributions to the world are truly historic but who are not at all well known. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington Meeting House is located at 108 School St.and meets each Sunday at 10 a.m.

Margaret Fuller, the Transcendental journalist, was a Unitarian who worked for freedom and Julia Ward Howe, the patriotic peacemaker, was a Universalist who called all mothers in the world to meet together once a year and work for peace — the original "Mother's Day." Hymns for the service will be "Wake, Now My Senses" and "All Creatures of the Earth and Sky."

The mission of the UUFB is to create and nurture a spiritual, ethical and welcoming community by celebrating personal growth, diversity of beliefs and freedom of expression. Children are welcome to join our religious exploration class, and nursery care is provided for younger children.

Worship at St. Peter's

The Rev. Justin Lanier of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, on this the Fourth Sunday of Easter, 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 John 10:22-30. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

Upcoming events:

- A Pot Luck Supper will be held friday, May 17, at 6 p.m. Bring a dish to share.

- Church School will take place on May 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Pastoral Care will meet May 26 following the 10 a.m. service

- Rogation Sunday will take place May 26 following the 10 a.m. service

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

Worship at Second Congregational

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All are invited to join in worship this Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at Second Congregational Church featuring Chancel Choir directed by Matt Edwards. The Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon — "Our Shepherd" — is based upon John 10:22-30 and Psalm 23. Children, K-5th grade, are invited to Joyful Path (Sunday School) during the service. Nursery care for younger children provided throughout. Fellowship time with coffee and light refreshments follows the 10 a.m. worship.

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, sex, economic condition, ability, sexual identity, gender identity, or citizenship. Church 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 in North Bennington

The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. Worship Service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "The Pathway of Trust," will be based on Psalm 23, John 10:22-30 and Revelation 7:9-17. There will be a young-at-hearts time, after which Sunday School classes are offered 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 North Bennington Congregational Church is an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, welcoming all without regard to age, race, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity or economic condition. 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.


'Sheep Counted' at the Federated Church

Spring is generating new life all around us and please consider this your invitation to join in the celebration that is Sunday Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road on Sunday at 10 a.m. The 23rd Psalm will form the basis for the message from the Rev. Kathy Clark titled, "Sheep Counted." On this Mother's Day there will be the opportunity to make a donation in memory or honor of a mother or important woman that will go toward securing blankets to be distributed in times of disaster and emergency by Church World Service. Immediately following the service there will be 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. For more information, visit the church website at, like the on Facebook or callthe church office at 802-375-2548.



Grafton Peace Pagoda Flower Festival

The annual Grafton Peace Pagoda Flower Festival, celebrating the birth of the Buddha, will be held on Saturday June 1, at 11 a.m.

"Especially in this troubled time, come to celebrate the birth of Buddha, the new life of spring and hope with flowers and prayer for world peace. This turning point, a most difficult time, is also an awakening time."

There will be a traditional Buddhist ceremony; ecumenical prayer with special guest from Iran, Elahe Golpari, who is a Zoroastriani. Speaker Amy Juan, of the Tohona O'odham Tribe and the International Indian Treaty Council will talk about the situation at the Mexican border.

Eric Marczak will provide music on the Native American flute. And dance will be featured, also — Burma's Spring Dance by Kokoh, Pawkuei friend.

A simple pot latch (Native American traditional celebration feast) will follow the ceremony. Consider bringing your own dishes and utensils to cut down on the wasteful use of disposables. Organizers also welcome contributions of home-made, healthy food prepared with the intention of honoring each other and the earth.

The Nipponzan Myohoji Grafton Peace Pagoda is located at 87 Crandall Road. For information, call 518-658-9301 Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


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