Religion News in Brief

Sunday, May 21


Annual Blessing of the Quilts for Project Linus

This Sunday, May 21, Redeemer Lutheran Church will celebrate it Annual Blessing of the Quilts for Project Linus. Redeemer is the southwest Vermont center for the making of quilts for Project Linus, a national non-profit charity whose primary mission is to donate hand-made quilts for use by disadvantaged, poor, sick and otherwise traumatized children in hospitals, homes or other less fortunate situations. This year Redeemer will be blessing and preparing for shipment a record amounts of close to 200 quilts, all hand made by volunteer "blanketeers" over the last year. Service starts at 9:30 a.m., The Rev. Fredrick McGee presiding. Annette Dixon of Pownal, Project Linus volunteer coordinator for SW Vermont, will also speak. Coffee hour follows. Info: call 802-442-8423 or


Worship and events at St. Peter's

The Rev. Justin Lanier, rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, invites people of all faiths or those in search of faith to join us in our service of Christ and of each other. On this sixth Sunday of Easter, May 21, Lanier will preside at the 8 a.m. service, celebrating the Holy Eucharist using Rite I (traditional language) of the Book of Common Prayer. The 10 a.m. Service, using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer, will have music by our choir, lead by our Organist and Choir Director, John Riddle. The gospel this week is John 14: 1-14.

We will be celebrating Rogation Sunday on May 21 with a pot luck lunch following the 10 a.m. service. Father Justin will bless the plants and there will be a discussion about planting and care of our gardens. The children will start planting after lunch if the weather permits. Bring your favorite casserole or salad to share and join the fun.

On Wednesday, May 24, Evening Prayer will be said from 5-5:30 p.m., followed by Contemplative Prayer from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist will be held in the Chapel on May 25 starting at 10 a.m.

The MayFest Tag Sale/Bake Sale is fast approaching on Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the church. Donna Maroney (442-9147 or 442-2865) and Emily Kennedy (442-5300) are co-chairs. Please bring your items to sell and/or baked goods to the church the morning of MayFest, May 27.

Lanier will continue the discussion of 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 Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault. The book is "The Heart of Centering Prayer, Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice." The next meeting will be announced at a later date.

St. Peter's is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit or call 802-442-2911.


Worship at Second Congregational Church

"How close is your relationship with God right now?" That's the question we're invited to ponder as we prepare for worship this Sunday at Second Congregational Church.

Worship begins at 10 a.m., and our worship leader this week is the Rev. Marsh Hudson-Knapp. During a Time for the Children in All of Us, Mr. Tree shares his "Joy in the Garden," following which children up through grade 5 are invited to A Joyful Path. Nursery care is provided. The Gospel Choir sings "Just a Little Talk with Jesus," and the Chancel Choir's anthem is "Calling My Children Home." Rev. Hudson-Knapp's sermon is entitled, "Will We find Our Way Home? Our Abba Is Waiting!" Music Director Matt Edwards and Charlotte Knighton offer a piano-organ duet offertory.

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall. Planning for this summer's Sun and Fun Day takes place in the Clayton Room at 11:35 a.m.

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 advocate and care for the earth and its creatures. Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. For further information, contact the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit

North Bennington

Worship at Congregational Church

The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 AM Worship Service led by Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "Looking Everywhere For God," will be based on John 14:15-21 and Acts 17:22-28. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8.

Following the service, all are invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship. 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.

East Arlington

Marathon Sunday at the Federated Church

On Sunday, the Federated Church of East Arlington will be holding the 10 a.m. Service of Worship on the lawn across from the church under a tent because we want to be ready when participants in the Shires of Vermont Marathon come running down Ice Pond Road at the halfway point of the 26.2 mile race from Bennington to Manchester. We will be helping pass out water and cheering on the runners as well as holding a Hymn Sing. Mary Edwards will provide accompaniment on the keyboard. There will be a time of fellowship and refreshment for everyone to enjoy in Bailey Hall immediately after the Service. Come early on May 21 for the Battenkill Grange Pancake Breakfast in Bailey Hall from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

It is not too early to be thinking about the arrival of summer and the beginning of the 9th year of the Arlington/Sandgate/Sunderland Summer Lunch Program which will run from June 20 through August 22. Applications are available at Fisher Elementary, Sunderland Elementary Schools, Arlington Memorial High School as well as Happy Days Playschool. Donations of individually packaged snack items to be included in the weekly bags of lunch fixings are being gathered through the summer. Ideas for items include granola bars, pretzels, raisins and crackers. Boxes to gather these items will be located at both St. James and the Federated Church. We also continue to collect 14 gallon tubs with lids for use by our neighbors served by the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless.

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. For additional information visit the church website at , visit us on Facebook or phone the office at 802-375-2548.


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