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Dignity and worth of every person

"The inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person" at will be the subject of Sunday's service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, which begins at 10

This subject will continue the Fellowship's summer series regarding the seven principles that underlie Unitarian Universalism. Thoughts and questions are welcome for an evocative morning discussion.

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

The Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon, "Go Jump in the River," is based upon Luke 10:1-6, 16-20 and 2 Kings 5:1-14. Nursery care for younger children will be 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. In addition, members 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 and concert at St. Peter's

At St. Peter's Episcopal Church, on this the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Colleen Gates will lead Morning Prayer at the 8 a.m. service, using Rite I (traditional language) of the Book of Common Prayer. At the 10 a.m. service, Gates will lead Morning Prayer using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer. The Gospel will be Luke 10:1-11, 16-20. A healing dervice and coffee hour will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgies. The Vestry will meet at 11:30 a.m.

Also on Sunday, Music of the Romantic Era: Chamber Concert will be held at St. Peter's Church. Violinist and Bennington College faculty member Kaori Washiyama and recent Bennington graduate Tony Lu, will perform a program of works from the Romantic era. The concert is co-sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the Bennington Council of the Arts. Admission will be by donation. The performers will speak briefly about the pieces they will present to provide insights into the context and structure of the program.

In other news:

- The Wednesday Evening Prayer, Contemplative Prayer and Thursday Morning Prayer (no Eucharist) will continue during the Rev. Justin Lanier's     absence. He will return on July 21.

- Colleen Gates also will lead Morning Prayer on July 14 at the 8 and 10 a.m. services.

- There will be no lunch bunch for the month of July.

- St. Peter's Pot Luck will be held July 19 at 6 p.m.

- St. Peter's hosts the Summer Lunch program weekdays now through Aug. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for children under 18.

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


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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. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The Meditation, "Walking Together in Freedom," will be based on Psalm 119:33-45 and Galatians 5:1, 13-14, 22-25. There will be a young-at-hearts time. Sunday School is finished and will resume in September.

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. in North Bennington and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.


'Travelers Have Tales to Tell' series begins

As July gets going, a warm invitation to the 10 a.m. Service of Worship and celebration of Holy Communion is extended to one and all along with the request to remember non-perishable items for the Arlington Food Shelf.

This is the first week of summer services devoted to some of the many travel stories found in the Bible as well as our own travel experiences that help us find God on the journey. This Sunday, the message from the Rev. Kathy Clark will be devoted to "Packing: What Should We Take?" Stay and enjoy refreshments and conversation following the service in Bailey Hall.

The 2019 Arlington/Sandgate/Sunderland Summer Lunch Program is weekly feeding over 60 of our children and individually-wrapped healthy snack items are being gathered through mid-August in Bailey Hall. Stop by and visit the Federated Church table this Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Arlington Farmers Market.

The Federated Church of East Arlington is an Open and Affirming and Reconciling 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 the church on Facebook or call the church office at 802-375-2548.



Outdoor Summer Sunday Service

Shaftsbury United Methodist Church will begin its outdoor Summer Sunday Worship Services on Sunday, July 14.

"Praise and Glory Under the Pavilion" will include the Worship Service at 10 a.m. and food and fellowship at 11 a.m.

The "Pavilion" is located at the back of the church at 127 Church St. For further information, call the church office at 802.442.4599 or Pastor McSherry at 802-379-8190. The church and pavilion are handicapped accessible. (In the event of a rainy day, they will hold service and fellowship inside the church.)


Grafton Peace Pagoda: Hiroshima-Nagasaki Day

The Grafton Peace Pagoda will mark Hiroshima-Nagasaki Day with a 74th

anniversary Commemoration Ceremony at the Pagoda on Saturday, Aug. 3.

At 6:30 p.m. there will be a walk from the Grafton Town Square to Peace Pagoda (4.3 miles). At 8 p.m. a program of peace will begin, including speakers, a poem reading, the ceremonial lighting of lanterns, interfaith prayer and musical offerings.

The event will be held rain or shine. Wear weather-appropriate clothes and bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and blanket for comfort.

Contact Grafton Peace Pagoda between 8 am and 5 pm for more information. Phone: 518-658-9301.


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