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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.



'Choices, Choices, Choices' at the UU Fellowship

Part of what makes us human is our ability to choose, and it's certainly a strong feature of our Unitarian Universalist religion. Let's explore choosing how to live the blessing together at Sunday's service at 10 a.m.

The hymns for the service will be "Come, Come, Whoever You Are" and "We'll Build a Land."

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 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 Communion Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at Second Congregational Church.

The service will feature the Chancel Choir directed by Matt Edwards. The Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon, "Fall Afresh On Us," will be based upon Acts 2:1-21. 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. Members seek to care and advocate for the earth and its creatures.

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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 see our website at

Worship and events at St. Peter's

On this Pentecost Sunday, The Rev. Justin Lanier of St. Peter's Episcopal Church 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 14:8-17, (25-27). A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

Also on Sunday a Growing Season Luncheon will be held 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 the Congregational Church

The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. Worship Service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith on this Pentecost Sunday. The sermon, "Gathered and Scattered By God's Spirit," will be based on Genesis 11:1-9 and Acts 2:1-21. There will be a young-at-hearts time, after which Sunday School classes are offered for pre-school through grade 8. Newcomers 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.


Federated Church Welcomes Karen Underhill

On this Pentecost Sunday, the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road welcomes its own Karen Underhill to lead worship and preach at the 10 a.m. Service of Worship. The message will be: "A conversation: Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?"

Individually wrapped snack items are being gathered for the Arlington/Sandgate/Sunderland Summer Lunch Program which begins 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 more information, visit the church website at or like the church on Facebook or call the church office at 802-375-2548.



Annual Strawberry Shortcake Supper

The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, will be serving its annual Strawberry Shortcake Supper on Thursday, June 20.

The family style dinner begins at 5 p.m. with continuous serving. The menu includes grilled chicken breasts and thighs, baked ham, pineapple sauce, scalloped potatoes, coleslaw and jello salad, rolls, coffee, iced tea, or lemonade, and homemade strawberry shortcake. Tickets available at the door: $14 for adults, $7 for children 4-10 years, free for children 3 years and under. Take-outs available at south side entrance: $14 for adults, $7 for 1/2 portion dinner. Questions: Contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769. Remember how good it was last year.


Special Heritage Sunday service

There will be a special Heritage Sunday service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 30. This will be a special (Interfaith Service hosted by Shaftsbury United Methodist, Redeemer Lutheran North Bennington, and North Bennington Baptist in conjunction with the Shaftsbury Historical Society Museum and Baptist Church. A social hour will follow at Shaftsbury United Methodist Church. All are welcome to attend.

Shaftsbury United Methodist Church also offers a Women's Group, Men's Group, Men's Bible Study, Carpenter Shop Food Shelf, and more. Feel free to contact the church with any questions.

Shaftsbury United Methodist Church is located at 127 Church St. Phone: 802-442-5893 or 802-442-4599. Email:


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