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BENNINGTON

St. Peter's outdoor services

St Peters Episcopal Church will have three outdoor services this weekend at the church lawn:

Saturday evening at 5 p.m. — Celtic Evening Prayer; and two services on Sunday, Morning Prayer I at 8 a.m. and Morning Prayer II at 10 a.m.

To attend, you must register with the St Peters office in advance: office@stpetersvt.org. All services have a maximum of 25 participants. St Peters will be following all safe guidelines of physical distancing and masks.

The Rev. Angela Emerson will preside and preach Rite II Morning Prayer at 10 am, the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.

The Scripture readings will be: Psalm 85:7-13, Proverbs 4: 20-27, and Luke 1:46-55 .

Virtual live service via YouTube

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Second Congregational Church is currently holding virtual services live via YouTube on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. The service live-stream is accessible at www.bennscc.org.

The Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon, titled "Feeling Icky" is based on Matthew 15:10-28. The weekly service includes musical contributions by church musician Sue Green and music director Matt Edwards.

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. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit www.bennscc.org.

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EAST ARLINGTON

Outdoor Worship Service at the Federated Church

This Sunday come and be a part of the 10 a.m. Service of Worship out on the lawn across from the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road.

Continuing with the Summer of Psalms, this week's service will focus on the joyous Psalm 98. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Mary Edwards and Patti Cody will be the vocalist.

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The message this Sunday from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled, "Make Some Noise." Social distancing will be observed under the pop-up tents and trees. Those attending should wear a mask and bring a lawn chair. For any questions phone 802-375-2548 or go to the church's website or Facebook page. The Federated Church is an open and affirming and reconciling congregation in covenant and connection with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.

GRAFTON, N.Y.

Hiroshima / Nagasaki Remembrance at Pagoda

On Aug. 6, the Grafton Peace Pagoda remembered the 75th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the bombing of Nagasaki on Aug. 9.

However due to the Covid-19 situation, the Grafton Peace Pagoda was not able to offer a public commemoration remembering these events this year. This is the first time in Peace Pagoda's history that it had a closed ceremony.

"But we did have a wonderful ceremony of remembrance that we would love to share with you," they write. The video recording of the ceremony can be found on YouTube.

"We remember the tens of thousands of lives lost, and we avow to work towards global nuclear disarmament and peace between all nations. We thank everyone who

participated in this event and all those whose hearts are with us."


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