Religion News in Brief




'The Right of Conscience' at the UU Fellowship

Fellowship member Tom Haley will lead Sunday's service and continue the summer's focus on the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism. The subject of the service will be "The right of Conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and society at large." The hymns will be "All Whose Boast It Is" and "This Land is Your Land."

Bring your thoughts and questions 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 and nursery care is provided for younger children during the summer.

Worship at Second Congreational

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 10am at Second Congregational Church.

The Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon "Is it Faith or Merely Belief?" is based upon Luke 12:32-40 and Isaiah 1:1, 10-20. Guest pianist Tony Lu will provide special music. 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.

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 Ninth 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, he 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: 32-40. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgies.

In other news:

* The Tony Lu lecture series will continue on Aug. 13 in Saint Peter's sanctuary at 7 p.m. Donations are appreciated.

* The monthly Pot Luck supper will be held Aug. 16, 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.


'Crossing Borders' at the Federated Church

As summer continues, a warm invitation is extended to come and be a part of the 10 a.m. service of worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road this Sunday.

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The journey continues with this summer's theme of "Travelers Have Tales to Tell." The service this week and the message from the Rev. Kathy Clark will focus on "Crossing Borders."

There are only two weeks left for the 2019 Arlington/Sandgate/Sunderland Summer Lunch Program and these is a continuing need for individually-wrapped healthy snacks. Additionally, supplies for Hygiene Kits for children and families served by UMCOR on the U.S./Mexico border are being gathered through Labor Day weekend. Plan to be stay following the service for a time of fellowship and refreshment in Bailey Hall.

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


Sunday Worship Service

This Sunday the Shaftsbury United Methodist Church will hold its service at 10 a.m. The theme will be "Justice and Joy." Pastor Richard McSherry will continue his review of the Beatitudes. With song and music, the church will administer the Sacrament of Holy Baptism for Rory Edward.

The sanctuary is handicapped accessible and located at at 127 Church St. Food and Fellowship will follow at 11 a.m.



Benefit Buffet Breakfast

The First Baptist Church of Bennington will hold its monthly Benefit Buffet Breakfast next week. 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.

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 Richard McSherry at 802-379-8190. The church and pavilion are handicap accessible.


Peach Shortcake Supper

The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, will be serving its annual Peach Shortcake Supper on Thursday, Aug. 22. The family style dinner begins at 5 p.m. with continuous serving. The menu includes: grilled chicken breasts and thighs, baked ham, pineapple sauce, baked beans, potato and Jello salads, rolls, coffee, iced tea or lemonade, and homemade peach shortcake. Tickets available at the door: $14 for adults; $7 for children 4-10 years; and free for children 3 and under.

Take outs available at south side entrance: $14 for adults, $7 for a half portion dinner. Questions: Contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769. Remember how good it was last year.


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