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BENNINGTON

Worship, events 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 at Second Congregational.

This fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Worship will be held at 10 a.m. featuring the Chancel Choir with music director Matt Edwards. The Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon "A Hymn of Hope," will conclude his 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 Isaiah 56:1-8 and Matthew 6:5-13.

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

This Sunday at 2 p.m., "A Time with Fr. Justin Lanier," will be held. Lanier will speak about his recent research into the writings of Dionysius the Areopagite and answer questions about centering prayer practices.

Book groups, 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. 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.

Poems of Presence at the UUFB

At Sunday's service, Michael Czarnecki, a much-published author and traveler, will speak about the important things we do in our lives whether it is to create poems, stories, artwork, music, children — or love. The theme of his talk will be: "Poems of Presence; Poems of Connections."

The mission of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington is to create and nurture a spiritual, ethical and welcoming community which celebrates 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 welcome and nursery care is provided for younger children.

Sunday worship 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 Sixth 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 5:21-37. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

In other activities:

A potluck supper will be held Monday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m.

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EAST ARLINGTON

'Patterns of Life' at the Federated Church

On this long holiday weekend, an invitation is extended to join in the 10 a.m. Service of Worship on Sunday at the Federated Church of East Arlington. This Sunday the congregation will welcome guest preacher Chris Heintz to the pulpit. He is a licensed minister of the UCC and has served a number of churches throughout southwest Vermont over the past 20 years. His message this week is titled, "Patterns of Life." There will be food and fellowship immediately after the service. Come early this Sunday for the monthly pancake breakfast offered by the Battenkill Grange from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. 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 http://www.federatedchurchofeastarlington.org or phone 802-375-2548 or like the church Facebook page.

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, "From the Heart," will be based on Psalm 119:1-11, John 13:31-35, and 1 Corinthians 3:1-9. There will be a young-at-hearts time, after which childcare 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.

UPCOMING

ARLINGTON

'Thanksgiving in February" at St. James'

Join friends and neighbors on Friday, Feb. 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. James' Episcopal Church in Arlington for its annual Thanksgiving-in-February turkey dinner

This is the second in the 2020 series of free community dinners, featuring as it does comfort food, good company and warm hospitality.

As in the past, the turkeys and gravy will be prepared by St. James' parishioners, Eileen and Jim Rice, with all the fixin's the contribution of the staff of Battenkill Valley Health Clinic. The menu will be fresh-roasted turkey, stuffing and gravy, vegetables, mashed potatoes, bread, relish and a selection of desserts, along with coffee and tea.

There is no charge for the dinner, but any free-will donations are gratefully accepted. The BVHC has designated the Arlington Summer Lunch Program as the beneficiary. Every year the program provides nutritious free lunches to children in Arlington, Sandgate and Sunderland who would otherwise go without a mid-day meal when school is closed for summer vacation.

The final two dinners in the 2020 series will be held on Friday, March 27, and Friday, April 24. All the gatherings take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Undercroft of the church, which is located on Route 7A in Arlington, across from the Community House. St. James' is handicapped-accessible and there is plenty of parking.

For more information, contact the parish office at 802-375-9952, visit www.stjamesepiscopalvt.org, or look up the church on Facebook.


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