Religion News in Brief


East Arlington

"All This Stuff" at the Federated Church

Spring is almost here as Lent continues. All are invited to the 10 a.m Sunday Service of Worship this week as the Lenten theme of "More Than Enough" continues. The scripture lessons include Deuteronomy 30: 15-20, Psalm 131 and Matthew 6: 25-33 and this Sunday's message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled, "Blessing and Curse: All This Stuff." Throughout Lent the congregation is gathering items needed by those served by the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless. This week folks are encouraged to bring large kitchen trash bags. The Federated Church choir will offer special music and be accompanied by Mary Edwards. Church school for children ages 3 to 11 years old is open to all and this week a new unit begins titled "Triumphant Entry." A time of fellowship and refreshment follows the service in Bailey Hall. The Battenkill Grange will be serving up their monthly Pancake Breakfast this Sunday, March 19 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Bailey Hall.

The Federated Church of East Arlington is a local church in covenant and connection with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. The Federated Church is an Open and Affirming and Reconciling congregation, For additional information phone the church office at 802-375-2548 or send an email to or visit 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 Rev. Penny Rich Smith on this third Sunday in Lent. The sermon, "Living Water," will be based on Exodus 17: 1-7 and John 4:5-42. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8. Newcomers always welcome.

Following the service, all are invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship. The church is located at 8 Bank Street in North Bennington and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.


Worship and events at St. Peter's

On the Third Sunday of Lent, March 19, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, the Rev. Justin Lanier will preside at Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel at an 8 a.m. service using Rite I of the Book of Common Prayer. The 10 a.m. service, using Rite II of the Book of Common Prayer, will be held in the Parish Hall and will include music by our choir, lead by Organist and Choirmaster, John Riddle. The gospel for this week is John 4: 5-42.

The monthly Vestry Meeting will follow the 10 a.m. service in the Guild Room.

On Wednesday, March 22, Evening Prayer will be said from 5-5:30 p.m., and Contemplative Prayer will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, March 23, the Holy Eucharist will be offered starting at 10 a.m. in the Lady Chapel.

Note that choir rehearsals continue on each Thursday at 7 p.m.

The monthly potluck supper will be held on Friday, March 24, in the Parish Hall from 6-8 p.m. Bring something to share and enjoy the fellowship of good people and good food and pleasant conversation.

The Lenten Challenge is a commitment to 2 periods of 20-minute prayer a day, checking in with your Lenten Challenge partner once a week, keeping a log of your prayer periods each day (date and time), and working through the book "The Heart of Centering Prayer" by Cynthia Bourgeault, either with the parish study group at the Sunday meetings or at the Wednesday meditation.

Adult Formation: Until June 11, following the 10 a.m. Sunday service, Father Justin will conduct a course of practice and study of the teachings of the false self and separate self, Heart Awareness, and the sections from the Cloud of Unknowing as covered in a book by the Reverend Cynthia Bourgeault. The book is "The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice." This will be on Sundays following the 10 a.m. service.

Angel Wings: Presently, the family of 8 is at Angel Wings. Cleaning and hygiene products are still needed. Please call Nancy Sanford at 802-753-7380 if you have questions or want to drop items at her house.

We need food for the freezer for those in a food emergency. Please drop food items off at the church from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.

St. Peter's invites people of all faiths or those in search of faith to join us in our service of Christ and of each other. The facilities on Pleasant Street are wheelchair-accessible. For more information, visit or call 802-442-2911.


Worship and programs at Second Congregational Church

The calendar says this is the last Sunday of winter! Don't put away your shovels yet, but do join us at Second Congregational Church for worship and gathering in community this Sunday morning at 10 a.m. We'll have music from the Jubellaire Handbell Ringers and the Adult Choir to drive away the cold and a warm community to welcome all people of faith or in search of faith. Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, when we'll learn more "Fun Facts about Lent," children up through grade 5 are invited on A Joyful Path. Nursery care is provided. Because we are no more a "post-racial" society than we are out of winter, Rev. Mary Lee-Clark will explore our commitment to "Reject racism," based on texts from 1 Corinthians 12 and Luke 14, as we continue in our series of "Be the Church" sermons.

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall, and the 3rd installment of the Lenten Study "Becoming an Immigrant-Welcoming Congregation" takes place in the All-Purpose Room at 11:40 a.m., facilitated by Bruce Lee-Clark.

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, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation, and we seek to care and advocate for the earth. Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit


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