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Spiritual Growth is topic of service

Members Charlie Rossiter and Mary Ellen Munley will lead Sunday's service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington and continue the summer's focus on the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism. The subject of the service will be the encouragement of spiritual growth, "Spiritual Growth and How to Encourage It."

Bring your thoughts and questions for an evocative morning discussion. Music will be provided by guitarist Jack Rossiter-Munley.

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 St. Peter's

The Rev. Justin Lanier of St. Peter's Episcopal Church invites people of all faiths or those in search of faith to join them in their service of Christ and of each other.

On this the Fifth 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 10:25-37. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy. Evening Prayer, Contemplative Prayer will be held Wednesday evening. There will be no Thursday morning service.

The pot luck dinner 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.

Guest preacher 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. Guest preacher Rev. Bruce Lee-Clark's sermon "A Plumb Line for Our Time" is based upon Amos 7:7-17 and Luke 10:25-37. Nursery care for younger children provided throughout. Fellowship time with coffee and light refreshments follows the 10am 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 also seek to care and advocate for the earth and its creatures. Our 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 442-2559 or see our website at


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.)

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'Hurry Up and Wait' at the Federated Church

All are invited to come in from the sun for the July 14 Service of Worship at 10 a.m. at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road.

As the summer series on travel continues, this week's message from the Rev. Kathy Clark turns toward the waiting that is a part of every journey and is titled,"Hurry Up and Wait." 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 children. and individually-wrapped healthy snack items are being gathered through mid-August in Bailey Hall. Additionally, supplies for hygiene kits for children and families served by UMCOR on the U.S./Mexico border are being gathered throughout the summer.

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 us on Facebook or call the church office at 802-375-2548.


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. This Sunday we hold our annual informal summer worship in fellowship hall to be followed by a pot-luck lunch. All are invited to bring a hot dish or a salad to share. The theme for our gathering will be "Thanks and Praise For All Creation."

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.



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 a.m. and 5 p.m. for more information. Phone: 518-658-9301.


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