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BENNINGTON

'Homeless in Vermont' at the UUFellowship

At Sunday's service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, Stephannie Peters will preach on the subject "Homeless in Vermont." Peters is the executive director of the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless. A native of Bennington, she has taught human services at the CDC, and currently teaches at CCV and Vermont Technical College.

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 Baptism of Christ Sunday 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, "The Beloved Identity," is based upon Isaiah 42:1-9 and Matthew 3:13-17. Nursery care for younger children provided throughout. Children 5-12 are invited to Joyful Path (Sunday School) partway through the service. Fellowship time with coffee and light refreshments follows the 10 a.m. worship.

Book groups, centering prayer, yoga, exercise for seniors, and much more: there's a lot 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. Members also 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 first Sunday after the Epiphany, the Rev. Marthe Dyner 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, Dyner will lead Holy Eucharist using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer. The Gospel for the day will be Matthew 3:13-17. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgies.

Other activities:

- This month's pot luck will be held on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m.

- St. Peter's will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, Jan. 26. There will be one service this day at 9 a.m. followed by brunch and then the annual meeting.

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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.

EAST ARLINGTON

'Belovedness' at the Federated Church

On this Baptism of Christ Sunday, a warm invitation is extended to people of faith or in search of faith for the 10 a.m. service of worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington.

Mindful of John's baptism of Jesus, those present will consider just what the sacrament of baptism is and how it affects us. The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled "Belovedness." In Sunday School the children will explore the story of Daniel. Throughout the month of January, much-needed paper products are being gathered for the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless shelter at 966 Main St. in Bennington.

Items to donate include toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates and napkins. There will be a time of fellowship and refreshments in Bailey Hall after the service.

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 http://www.federatedchurchofeastarlington.org, call 802-375-2548 or like the church Facebook page.

SHAFTSBURY

Shaftsbury United Methodist Church

The Shaftsbury United Methodist Church will hold its worship on the theme "The Baptism of Christ" on Sunday at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

Sunday School for ages 4-12 will also begin at 10 a.m. Fellowship and food will begin at 11:15 a.m.

The pastor is Rev. Richard McSherry. The church is located at 127 Church St. Contact the church office at 802-442-4599. The church and pavilion are handicapped accessible.

NORTH BENNINGTON

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, "Out of Our Minds," will be based on Isaiah 42:1-9, Matthew 3:13-17 and Acts 10:34-43. There will be a young-at-hearts time, after which child care is available. The church is worshiping in the social hall for the winter months.

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.


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