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'Starting Over Again' at the UU Fellowship

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington welcomes its new part-time minister, the Rev. Barbara Threet, who will lead Sunday's service and will preach on the subject "Starting Over Again - Again, and Again."

Threet has served congregations in Massachusetts, Vermont and New York and will be present one Sunday a month. The hymns for the service will be "Morning Has Broken" and "With Heart and Mind."

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 Street Bennington, VT, and meets each Sunday at 10 a.m. Children are always welcome and nursery care is provided for younger children.

Worship at Second Congregational

All are invited to join in worship this Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at Second Congregational Church. The Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon, "Three Questions," is based upon Psalm 71:1-6 and Luke 13:10-17. Music director Matt Edwards will provide special music. 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. 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 at St. Peter's

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Bennington, invites people of all faiths or those in search of faith to join them us in their service of Christ and of each other. On this Sunday, The Eleventh 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 13:10-17. A healing service and coffee hour will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy. The Pastoral Care committee will meet following the 10 a.m. service.

In other business, the the knitting group will meet Sept. 1, following the 10 a.m. service.

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


'Embracing the Unfamiliar" at the Federated Church

As students, teachers and families look ahead to the start of the school year and summer winds down, all are invited to the 10 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road on Sunday, Aug. 25. Traveling often involves experiencing new customs, traditions and rituals. This Sunday's message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled, "Embracing the Unfamiliar." 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 stay following the service for a time of food and conversation 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.


Worship at Shaftsbury UMC

Shaftsbury United Methodist ChurchPastor McSherry will continues speaking about The Beatitudes: "Blessed are the those who hunger and thirst for righteousness " Matthew 5:6.



Community-wide tag sale at church

Shaftsbury United Methodist Church will host a community-wide tag sale at church on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reserve a free space today. Come as a buyer or seller.

All spaces free with reservation. Attendees responsible for bringing their own table/chairs, setup and teardown. A suggested donation of 10 percent of total sales to the continued services of the church would be greatly appreciated. The church and pavilion are handicapped accessible. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-4599 or Pastor McSherry at 802-379-8190.


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