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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 us in our service of Christ and of each other.

This Sunday, the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, the Reverend Randall Balmer 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. The Gospel for the day will be Luke 14:25-33. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

The Vestry will meet at noon.

In other news:

- The Lunch Bunch will meet Sept. 12th at 11 a.m.

- A special church meeting will be held on Sept. 15 at 11:30 a.m. This meeting will be about brainstorming events, ministries, and planning for the future.

- The monthly pot luck will be held on Friday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m.. Bring a dish to share.

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

Worship 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 10am at Second Congregational Church.

The Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon "Useful" is based upon Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 and Philemon 1:1-21. Music director Matt Edwards provides special music. Children grades K-5 are invited to Joyful Path (church school) partway through worship. 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. We welcome to our 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 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 Shaftsbury UMC

Shaftsbury United Methodist Church will hold its weekly service at 10 a.m. Sunday School for ages 4-plus will be held at 10 a.m. Food and fellowship will follow at 11:15 .m.

The church will hold a community wide tag sale, today, Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The church as several outreach and inter-faith activities. For more information, call the office at 802-44-.4599 or Pastor Richard

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


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.

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The sermon, "Being a Christian," will be based on Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 17-19 and Mark 7:24-37. There will be a young-at-hearts time, after which child care is available.

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 Street and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.


Rally Sunday at the Federated Church

Autumn is in the air and that means it's time for Rally Sunday at the Federated Church of East Arlington when the new church school year gets going. This Sunday a warm welcome is extended to all children 3 to 11 and their families to join in the learning and fun with church school registration from 9 to 10 a.m.

This will then be followed by the 10 a.m. service of worship where the beautiful words from Psalm 139 will be the focus with a message from the Rev. Kathy Clark will be offered that is titled, "What Are We Made Of?" The children will leave for church school from the service and then everyone will gather on the lawn across from the church for an outdoor cookout with games to celebrate. People are invited to bring a side dish or dessert to share while hot dogs and beverages will be provided.

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 802-375-2548.



Monthly Benefit Buffet Breakfast

The First Baptist Church of Bennington announces 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, Sept. 21, from 9 to 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.

First Baptist Church fall tag sale

First Baptist Church of Bennington fall tag sale will be held Oct. 4 and 5.

On Friday, Oct. 4, it will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday is $3 bag day. The tag sale features fall and winter clothing, a large selection of Christmas and holiday d cor, household goods, children's toys, books, fabrics, etc. Most items will be $2 or less. Donations of clean usable items, clothes, linens, and d cor will be accepted until Friday, Sept 27, and can be left in Colgate Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The church cannot take donations of TVs, computers, appliances, large furniture, or electronics. For a complete list of donations, visit First Baptist is located at 601 Main St. in Bennington.

For more information, contact the church office at 802-442-2105 or email



RCIA program starting in October at SHSF

Do you know someone who is interested in joining the Catholic Church or has questions about our Catholic Faith?

Someone who:

- Has never been baptized,

- Has been Baptized but is not a practicing Catholic,

- Has been Baptized but has never been confirmed?

If you know someone like this, ask them if they would be interested in becoming a full member of our Catholic Church. This year's RCIA Program will be starting in October. Contact either Scott Murphy at 802-245-4990, or Patty Dailey at 802-345-9555, or the office at Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales at 802-442-3141 or St John the Baptist at 802 447-7504 for more information. Information is also available at


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