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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.



Communion Sunday 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, "Not Angry, Just Disappointed," is based upon Luke 12:13-21 and Hosea 11:1-11. Special guest musicians Deb Perkins and Mary Lee-Clark present music and hymns. 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. 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 events at St. Peter's

The Rev. Justin Lanier of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, on this the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, 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 Luke 12:13-21. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

In the other news, the Lunch Bunch will meet Aug. 8 following the 10 a.m. service. The monthly pot luck supper will be held Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. Bring a dish to share. Pastoral Care will meet Aug. 25 following the 10 a.m. service.

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


Celebrate Communion Sunday at the Federated Church

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On this first Sunday in August all are invited to the Service of Worship and celebration of Holy Communion at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road beginning at 10 a.m. The congregation will welcome Jane LoBrutto to the pulpit. Her message, inspired by the parable of the Good Samaritan, is titled, "Won't You Be My Neighbor." LoBrutto is the administrator at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert and is also a licensed minister of the Southwest Association of the Vermont Conference, United Church of Christ.

In other news, the 2019 Arlington/Sandgate/Sunderland Summer Lunch Program continues to feed dozens of the community's 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.

There will be fellowship and refreshments in Bailey Hall following the service. Stop by the Federated Church table and say hello this coming Friday, Aug. 9, at the Arlington Village Farmers Market from 4 to 7 p.m.

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 more information, visit the church website at, like the church on Facebook or call the church office at 802-375-2548.


Worship services and social events

The Shaftsbury United Methodist Church worship service will be held at 10 a.m., with food and fellowship to follow at 11 a.m.

This Sunday is "Friendship Day." Bring a friend and make new friends as we continue a review of The Beautitudes as spoken at Sermon on the Mount. The church is also are also having a community-wide hymn sing and ice cream social at 2 p.m. All are invited.

For more information, call 802-442-4599. The church and pavilion are handicapped accessible. Address: 127 Church St., Shaftsbury.



Benefit Buffet Breakfast

The First Baptist Church of Bennington will hold its monthly Benefit Buffet Breakfast. The buffet features a Belgian waffle station and other breakfast items including bacon, pancakes, sausage, French toast, hash browns, and eggs your way. The breakfast will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9-11:30 a.m. Suggested donation is $8. Kids 12 and under eat free.

Come join us for good food and good friends every month. First Baptist is located at 601 Main St.


Community-wide tag sale at Shaftsbury UMC

A community-wide tag sale will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Shaftsbury United Methodist Church. Vendors are encouraged to reserve a space or table now. All space is free with reservation. Must bring own table/chairs and be responsible for setup and tear-down of your area. A suggestion donation would be 10 percent of total sales be given for the continued services of the church.

Volunteers always needed and appreciated.

For more information, call the office at 802-442-4599 or Pastor McSherry at 802-379-8190. The church and pavilion are handicap accessible.


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