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'Respect for the Web of All Existence' at the UUFB

Fellowship member Judy Kniffin will lead tomorrow's service and continue the summer's focus on the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism. The subject of her remarks will be "Respect For the Interdependent Web of All Existence of Which We Are a Part." The Hymns will be "We Celebrate the Web of Life" and "Our World is One World." 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. in Bennington, 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 at 10 a.m. at Second Congregational Church. Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon "Scary Tales" is based upon Isaiah 5:1-7 and Luke 12:49-56. Music director Matt Edwards provides 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. The church 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; and it seeks 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 442-2559 or visit

Worship and events at St. Peter's

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Bennington, invites people of all faiths or those in search of faith to join in the church's service of Christ and of each other. On Sunday, Aug. 18, The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, the Rev. Susan McGarry 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, Rev. McGarry will lead Holy Eucharist using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer. The Gospel is Luke 12:49-56. A Healing Service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

Pastoral Care will meet Aug. 25 following the 10 a.m. service.

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


Travel Theme Continues at the Federated Church

The beauty of summer is still very much with us and a warm invitation is extended to the 10 a.m. Service of Worship on Aug. 18 at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. As the summer travel theme continues, this week's focus is on language and communication and the Rev. Kathy Clark's message is titled, "Saying What We Mean and Meaning What We Say." School begins shortly and this is the final week of the 2019 Arlington/Sandgate/Sunderland Summer Lunch Program. Individually-wrapped healthy snacks are needed. 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. After the service there will be 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 or like us on Facebook or phone the church office at 802-375-2548.


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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. 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.

Takeouts will be available at south side entrance: $14 for adults, $7 for a half portion dinner. Questions: Contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769.


Visitor's Day at Community Bible Study

Tri-State Northeast Community Bible Study will have a Visitor's Day on our first class day of the year, Thursday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The group meets at Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church, 484 Hill Road, Hoosick Falls, New York. Come see what happens in people's lives when they discover God through the study of His Word, the Bible.

Classes meet weekly during the school year. Each class member receives a course book with a commentary and home study questions. Each Thursday, the Bible Study participates in small discussion groups and a large group teaching. From time to time, fellowship meals are shared.

All are welcome to come and learn about the program. Community Bible Study (CBS) offers the opportunity to study the Bible in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. Open to all ages and denominations, finding that studying God's Word together strengthens understanding. The Bible is the textbook. This includes age-appropriate programs for children ages birth to 18.

Visit or for more information. For further questions, contact Mary Batcheller at 518-686-3166 or, or Linda Lennox at


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