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Second Saturday Community Dinner

The North Bennington Baptist Church Second Saturday Community Dinner is happening today, Feb. 8.

This is the monthly Second Saturday Free Community Dinner. It will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in the church fellowship hall on Church Street. Come join us for dinner, dessert and beverage free of charge.

Organizers invite families, friends and neighbors to come and enjoy a delicious dinner. Everyone is always welcome. For more information, call Marilyn at 802-442-7251.



'Racism, Why doing No Harm is Not Enough' at the UUFB

At Sunday's 10 a.m. worship service, Tabitha Moore, president of the NAACP chapter in Rutland, will speak on "Racism, Why doing No Harm is Not Enough" The hymns will be: "Our World Is One World" and "We Would Be One".

Also, at 2 p.m, Tabitha will give a presentation entitled: "Why I Came Back and Why I Want to Leave: Re ections on Being a Black Vermonter." Her presentation is part of the "Talks of the Times: Exploring Critical Issues" series cosponsored by the Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center, Community College of Vermont and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington. The presentation is free and open to the public and will be at the UU Meetinghouse.

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, activities 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 fourth Sunday after Epiphany for Worship at 10am at Second Congregational Church featuring the Tri-tones and the Chancel Choir with music director Matt Edwards.

The Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon "Thy Kingdom Come" continues the sermon series inspired by John Dominic Crossan's book "The Greatest Prayer," an examination of the Lord's Prayer. This week's sermon is based upon Romans 8:15-25 and Daniel 7:9-14. 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 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. 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 we seek to care and advocate for the earth and its creatures. Our 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

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 Sunday, the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany. the Rev. Paul Gratz, will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at the 8 a.m. service, using Rite I (traditional language) of the Book of Common Prayer.

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At the 10 a.m. service, Gratz will lead Holy Eucharist using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer. The Gospel for the day will be Matthew 5:13-20. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

In other news:

The Pastoral Care Committtee will meet this Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

The Lunch Bunch will meet Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m.

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


'Positively Salt and Light' at the Federated Church

All people of faith or in search of faith are warmly invited to be a part of the Sunday Service of Worship on February 9 at 10:00 a.m. at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. We continue to explore Jesus' Sermon on the Mount and this Sunday we will be drawn into what and how we are to be as disciples, as found in Matthew 5:13-20. The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled "Positively Salt and Light." The children will explore the story of David, the son of a shepherd and the 23rd Psalm. Stay after the service for delicious refreshments and fellowship 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.


Worship at Shaftsbury United Methodist Church

Shaftsbury United Methodist Church, 127 Church St., will hold Sunday worship at 10 a.m.

Sunday School for children 4-12 will also take place at 10 a.m. Fellowship and food will be held at 11:15 a.m. All are welcome.

The mid-winter Valentines Day Pasta Dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. This event will be free and open to the public at Shaftsbury United Methodist Church. All are welcome to join us for this time of fellowship and food. The church will hold its annual Teacup Auction during the dinner, so come and get your free tickets. SUMC is handicapped accessible. Feel free to call the office for more information at 802-442-4599.

The Carpenter Shop Food Shelf will be open Fridays, Feb. 14 and 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. (The first and last Friday each month). SUMC is 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. The sermon, "Salt and Light People," will be based on Isaiah 58: 6-9 and Matthew 5: 13-20. There will be a young-at-hearts time, after which childcare is available. We are worshiping in the social hall for the winter months.

All are invited to stay for a pot-luck luncheon and time of fellowship following the service. We will hold the church annual meeting following lunch. 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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