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'Love and Prayers' performed at Old First

'Love and Prayers" will be performed by Bennington, a vocal ensemble composed of Tom Bogdan, Michael Chinworth, Liam Dailey and Dane Whitman. It will he held today at 4 p.m. at the Old First Church.

This eclectic program of music that was first performed in Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. The concert is offered in the spirit of longtime church member Elsie Paris, who adored her friends and music. Come, enjoy the sounds and the space. Relax and unwind, reminisce, wonder and bathe in the miracle of music. The concert is free and open to all.



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 featuring the Chancel Choir with music director Matt Edwards. Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon "A Song of Exuberant Trust" is based upon Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 and Haggai 1:15b-2:9.

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.

Book groups, yoga, exercise for seniors, and much more: there's a lot going on at Second Congregational Church. Visit for details and a calendar of events.

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 see our website at

'Armistice Day Remembered' at UU Fellowship

At Sunday's service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, Andrew Schoerke, a retired Navy veteran and member of the fellowship, will talk about the Armistice that ended World War I , the adoption of Armistice Day as a national holiday and how it evolved into the day of remembrance that we know today.

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 and events at St. Peter's

On this the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost (All Saint's Sunday), the Rev. Jane Brady-Close, will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at the 8 a.m. service at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, using Rite I (traditional language) of the Book of Common Prayer. At the 10 a.m. service, she will lead Holy Eucharist using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer. The Gospel for the day will be Luke 6:20-31. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgies.

In other news:

* The knitting group will meet Nov. 3 following the 10 a.m. service.

* The Lunch Bunch will be held on Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m. Bring a dish to share

* St. Peter's monthly pot luck will be held on Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. Bring your favorite fall dish to share.

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* Save the Date: On Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.. the St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble will be performing at St. Peter's. Donations will be gladly accepted.

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


Worship in North Bennington

The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. worship service led by Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "Hold On To Faith," will be based on Luke 20:27-38 and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17. 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.


'The Not So Great Divide' at the Federated Church

As the wind whips through the now-bare trees and the promise of snow is in the air, a warm welcome is extended to the 10:00 a.m. Service of Worship on November 10 at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. This week's service will be a time to consider some of Jesus' thoughts on resurrection found in Luke 20:27-38. This week's message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled, "The Not So Great Divide." The children will be exploring the story of Adam and Eve. Plan to stay for a delicious time of fellowship and refreshments in Bailey Hall after the Service. The first rehearsal of the Arlington Community Christmas Choir open to all ages and abilities from throughout the community happens on this Sunday, 11/10 at 11:15 p.m. in the church sanctuary under the direction of Patti Cody.

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.


'Veterans Day Sunday' at UMC

Shaftsbury United Methodist Church will hold a "Veterans Day Sunday" on Nov. 10, with a service of honor and remembrance.

Pastor Richard McSherry will speak about "God is the God of the Living!" The worship service will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday school for children 4 to 12 also starts at 10 a.m. Fellowship and food will be offered at 11:15 a.m.

The Carpenter Shop Food Shelf will be open Nov. 8 and 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. Shoeboxes are still available at Shaftsbury United Methodist or Missionary Alliance in Bennington for Operation Christmas Child Donations. Return to either church by Nov. 25. For more information, call the church office or visit The upcoming annual Christmas Bazaar to be held Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Shaftsbury United Methodist Church is located at 127 Church St. SUMC is handicapped accessible. Call the office for information at 802-442-4599.



Christmas Bazaar at First Baptist

First Baptist Church, 601 Main St., will host a Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be lunch, silent auction and many original Christmas gifts to purchase from many unique vendors.

There a still a few vendor spots available for $20. If interested, call Grace at 802-442-7970.


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