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Chicken Pie Supper at Methodist Church

Shaftsbury United Methodist Church will hold a chicken pie supper today, with seatings at 4:30 and 6 p.m. It will be home-cooked and waitress-served.

The cost is adults $14, and children (6 and under) $7. Take-outs will also be available. The menu will include chicken and biscuits, potatoes, squash, carrots,

gravy, cranberry relish. Dinner ends with your choice of pumpkin or apple pie with a slice of Vermont cheddar cheese.

Call for reservations 802-447-3479. Shaftsbury United Methodist Church is located at 127 Church St.



Sermon: 'Transcendentalism on the Appalachian Trail'

At Sunday's service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Rick Finneran, a 2016 Appalachian Trail through hiker and member of The First Unitarian Church of New Bedford, Mass, will give a talk titled "Transcendentalism on the Appalachian Trail." In his talk, he will draw parallels between hiking the Appalachian Trail and the foundations of Unitarian Universalism.

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.

Worship, events at St. Peter's

St. Peter's Episcopal Church invites people of all faiths or those in search of faith to join us in our service of Christ and of each other.

On Sunday, the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, the Rev. 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, Balmer will lead Holy Eucharist using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer. The Gospel will be Luke 17:11-19. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

In other news:

- The monthly pot luck supper will be held on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.

- Youth Formation (Church School) will meet on Oct. 19, beginning at 11 a.m.

- The Vestry will meet on Oct. 20 at 11:30 a.m.

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- Pastoral Care will meet Oct. 27 following the 10 a.m. service.

- St. Peter's will host its annual bowling event at Bennington Lanes on Nov. 2 at 3 p.m.

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

Worship at Second Congregational Church

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 10 a.m. at Second Congregational Church

The service will feature the Chancel Choir with music director Matt Edwards. The Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon, "Planting in the Dark," will be based upon Luke 17:11-19 and Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7. Children, K-5th grade, are invited to Joyful Path (Sunday school) during the service. 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. Additionally, 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"


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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. The sermon, "Listen to the Wisdom of Your Heart," will be based on Psalm 8 and Luke 17:11-19. 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 St. and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.


'Showing Up' at the Federated Church

With the fall colors at their peak, the invitation is extended to one and all to make the drive down beautiful Ice Pond Road for the 10 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington.

The focus of this week's service is healing and gratitude based on the Gospel lesson from Luke 17:11-19 with the message from the Rev. Kathy Clark that is titled, "Showing Up." The focus of this week's Sunday School program for children ages 3 to 11 years old will be bullying and how to help people being bullied. Everyone is invited to stay after the service for a time of fellowship and refreshments 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 phone 802-375-2548 or like the church Facebook page


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Worship at Methodist Church

Shaftsbury United Methodist Church, located at 127 Church St., will hold its Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday school for children 4 and up also begins at 10 a.m. Food and fellowship follows at 11:15 a.m. The church offers several outreach and inter-faith activities. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-4599 The church and pavilion are handicapped accessible.



Annual turkey supper

The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, will be serving its annual Turkey Supper on Thursday, Oct. 17. The family style dinner begins at 5 p.m. with continuous serving. The menu includes: Roast turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, winter squash, cranberry sauce, rolls, coffee, tea, and lemonade, and assorted pies with cheese. Tickets available at the door. Eat-in: $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 and $7 for 1/2 portion dinner. Questions: contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769.



All-hazards church preparedness training

An all-hazards church preparedness training — "preparing for defining moments and critical incidents in places of worship" — will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 at two local Catholic parishes.

The training will discuss the need for 21st century churches to plan ahead and be prepared to handle situations that were unheard of in recent history. Medical emergencies, fires, active shooters, and other unexpected situations catch us by surprise and require making life or death decisions at a frightening pace. These decisions have a major impact on how communities move towards healing and recovery. Assessing threats, risks and hazards, developing response plans with community partners, and exercising these plans is a must for today's faith communities.

The presenter will be Bill Elwell is the owner and chief chaplain of First Responder Core Wellness LLC. He has served, equipped, and supported first responders, who are the heart of the public safety infrastructure for more than years. Over that time, Elwell also served as a full time licensed Pastor in the United Methodist Church.

This two hour-program will be held at St. John the Baptist in North Bennington on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. and at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales on

Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m.



The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Do you know someone who is interested in joining the Catholic Church or has questions about the Catholic Faith? Someone who: Has never been baptized? Has been baptized, but is not a practicing Catholic? Has been baptized, but never been confirmed?

If you or someone you know is would be interested in becoming a full member of the Catholic Church, contact either Scott Murphy at 802-245-4990, or Patty Dailey at 802-345-9555. Or call the Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales parish office at 802-442-3141.


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