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BENNINGTON

SUNDAY

Talks on Islam at UU Fellowship

'Islam: the Faith, the Religion and the Dogma' will be the topic at two talks at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington.

At Sunday's 10 a.m. service, Mohamed Defaa will speak about how faith, driven by religious dogma and ideological interpretations, could lead to dogma.

At 2 p.m., at the UUFB Meeting House, Defaa will give a Vermont Humanities Speakers Bureau "Talk of the Times: Exploring Critical Issues" series talk co-sponsored by The Fellowship, The Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center and Community College of Vermont. His subject will be the "Middle East" as a changing geopolitical concept and how throughout recent history it has been referred to as a political, cultural and geographic region with no clear boundaries.

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 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 second Sunday of Advent.

Worship and Holy Communion will be held beginning at 10 a.m. at Second Congregational Church, featuring cellist Mary Chambers and the Chancel Choir with music director Matt Edwards. The Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon, "Anticipating Peace ", is based upon Romans 15:4-13 and Isaiah 11:1-10.

Children 5-12 are invited to Joyful Path (Sunday School) part way through the service. Nursery care for younger children provided throughout. Fellowship time with coffee and light refreshments follows the 10 a.m. worship.

* Also, on Wednesday at 2 p.m. local author and professor of comparative religion Nancy Thompson will be reading from her new book "Touching the Elephant." Book groups, yoga, exercise for seniors, and much more: see what's going on at Second Congregational Church. Visit www.bennscc.org 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. In addition, 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 www.bennscc.org."

Worship and events at St. Peter's

St. Peter's Episcopal Church invites people of all faiths or those in search of faith to join them in their service of Christ and of each other. On this the Second Sunday of Advent, the Rev. Elizabeth Wade 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, Wade will lead Holy Eucharist using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer. The Gospel will be Matthew 3:1-12. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgies.

The St. Peter's Annual Christmas Tea will be held December 14th from 3 to 5 p.m.

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

NORTH BENNINGTON

Worship at Congregational Church

The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. worship service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith on this second Sunday of Advent. The sermon, "Vision of Peace," will be based on Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12. The congregation will light the second Advent Candle of Peace. There will be a young-at-hearts time, after which childcare 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.

EAST ARLINGTON

'Bridge of Peace' at the Federated Church

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With the lighting of the second candle of the Advent wreath, a warm invitation is extended to all people of faith or in search of faith to the 10 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road.

The service this Sunday will consider two unique passages, Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12, with a message titled, "Bridge of Peace" from the Rev. Kathy Clark.

The children will be rehearsing for the Dec. 15 pageant and new children are still welcome to join in. Baby items to support infants in foster care as well as food items for the Arlington Food Shelf are being gathered throughout the Advent season. All Red Stocking gifts are due back this Sunday. Everyone is invited to stay following the service for a time of fellowship and refreshments in Bailey Hall.

This Sunday afternoon, the annual Advent Workshop for all ages will be held. This free event offers children of all ages and adults the opportunity to create Christmas decorations and gift items. The Advent Workshop runs from 2 to 4 p.m. in Bailey Hall and includes hot cocoa and cookies.

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 more information, visit the church website at http://www.federatedchurchofeastarlington.org, call 802-375-2548 or like the church Facebook page.

SHAFTSBURY

Worship at Shaftsbury UMC

On this the Second Sunday of Advent, Pastor Richard McSherry will present "The Kingdom of Heaven has Come Near" at the 10 a.m. worship service at the Shaftsbury United Methodist Church.

Sunday School for ages 4 to 12 will be held at 10 a.m. Fellowship and food will be offered at 11:15 a.m.

On Saturday, the SUMC Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Carpenter Shop Food Shelf will be open Friday, Dec. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. The church and pavilion are handicapped accessible. For more information, call Call 802-442-5893 or 802-442-4599.

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BENNINGTON

Christmas Tea at St. Peter's

All are welcome on Saturday, Dec. 14, for the 79th Annual Christmas Tea at St Peter's Episcopal Church. From 3-5pm, the parish hall will be transformed into the "Snowy Peaceable Kingdom."

Tea, coffee, delicate sandwiches, and cookies will be served among the greenery, silver, and candles. Tickets are $8 at the door or in advance at the church office, Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 to11:30 a.m., 200 Pleasant St. Seating is assigned on arrival. If the Tea Room is full when you arrive, browse in the Christmas Shoppe stocked with small gifts, bake goods, and ornaments for sale or visit with friends in the church sanctuary. Since 1940, the Tea has been a tradition for many to spend time together at a relaxing holiday venue.

Hanukkah Party at CBE

Congregation Beth El will hold a Hanukkah Party on Sunday, Dec. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Community members are welcome You don't have to be Jewish to have some Hanukkah fun.

The schedule follows. Those attending may come for part or all.

* 4 to 5 p.m. Fun-filled activities for kids of all ages.

* 5 p.m.               Menorah lighting & blessings.

* 5:15               Latke tasting contest with a soup and bread supper.

* 6 p.m.               Songs and celebration.

Call if you can attend: 802 442-9645. Leave a message, and someone will get back to you.

* 5:15               Latke tasting contest with a soup and bread supper.

* 6 p.m.               Songs and celebration.

Call if you can attend: 802 442-9645. Leave a message, and someone will get back to you.

* 6 p.m.               Songs and celebration.

Call if you can attend: 802 442-9645. Leave a message, and someone will get back to you.

Call if you can attend: 802 442-9645. Leave a message, and someone will get back to you.


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