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Worship at St. Peter's

The Rev. Justin Lanier of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, on this the Sixth 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 5:1-9 A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy. Rogation Sunday observances will take place following the 10 a.m. service.

The knitting ministry will meet Sunday June 2 following the 10 a.m. service.

St. Peter's is wheelchair accessible. For more information about the church, visit or call 802-442-2911, ext. 21.

'Lest We Forget' at the U U Fellowship of Bennington

We memorialize what has happened in war because we think that helps to validate, to honor and to move us forward on the way to peace. Lest we forget, the deep purpose of Memorial Day is to help continue creating peace, in our hearts and in the world. The hymns for the Memorial Day service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will be "This Little Light of Mine" and "I've Got Peace Like a River."

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.

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 10 a.m. at Second Congregational Church featuring Chancel Choir and the Gospel Singers directed by Matt Edwards.

The Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon, "A Certain Woman Named Lydia," is based upon Acts 16:9-15. 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; and we 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 on this Memorial Sunday. The sermon, "Called To Be A Community of Prayer," will be based on John 17:1-11 and Acts 1:1-14. There will be a young-at-hearts time, after which Sunday School classes are offered for pre-school through grade 8. Newcomers always welcome.

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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.


Federated Church Welcomes Bruce Lee-Clark to pulpit

On this long Memorial Day weekend, it is with great pleasure that the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road welcomes the Rev. Bruce Lee-Clark back to lead worship and preach at the 10 a.m. Service of Worship on May 26. Individually wrapped snack items are being gathered for the Arlington/Sandgate/Sunderland Summer Lunch Program which begins on June 18. Additionally consider honoring a father or father figure with a donation for tools of hope to be used by Church World Service that ministers to disaster areas and war zones around the globe. Plan to stay following worship for a time of fellowship and refreshments 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 additional information visit the church website at or like us on Facebook or phone the church office at 802-375-2548.



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Summer kickoff event at Sacred Heart - St. Francis de Sales

Would you like to have some fun and revisit the 50's and 60's? Attend "Shake, Rattle & Roll - Here comes summer!" Hosted by Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish, 238 Main St., on Saturday, June 1, beginning at 5 p.m.

There is a slate of talented musical performers scheduled to entertain, along with dinner, desserts and soda shop treats. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Tickets can be purchased at the parish center or at the door. For reservations, call the Parish Center at 802-442-3141 or Mary Flood at 802-447-1967.


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.

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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.


Annual New Skete Monastery Open House

New Skete Monastery will hold an open house on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The schedule will be:

- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - chapel community bake sale;

- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - gift shops open;

- 11 a.m. - church tour;

- 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - bakery tours;

- 1 p.m. - church tour;

- 2 p.m. - puppy socialization demonstration;

- 3 p.m. - dog training demonstration.

This is a free events. All are welcome. Questions? Call 518-677-3928, ext. 214.


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