Religious News in Brief: Holiday Edition


North Bennington

Free dinner at North Bennington Baptist Church

The North Bennington Baptist Church on Church Street will be having a free dinner at the church on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 5 to 6 p.m. Come enjoy spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, dessert and beverage free of charge in the Fellowship Hall.

All are warmly welcomed. For additional information, call Rick Gramlin at 802-368-7844 or email him at


East Arlington

'Double Pinky Swear' at the Federated Church

On this long holiday weekend when the nation honors the work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, a warm welcome is extended to one and all to the 10 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road.

This Sunday's service continues with the theme of "Promises, Promises." Scripture attention will be paid to 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Psalm 40: 1-11 and Isaiah 49: 1-7. The message on God's faithfulness to God's people offered by the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled "Double Pinky Swear." The Federated Church choir will sing under the leadership of Music Director Mary Edwards. There will be church school for children ages 3 to 11 years old around the theme of Christmas Around the World. All are invited to a time of fellowship and refreshment in Bailey Hall immediately after the service this Sunday as well as an opportunity to hear the details of the proposed 2017 budget which will be voted on at Annual Meeting scheduled for Jan. 22. Plan to come early for the monthly Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on 1/15 sponsored by the Battenkill Grange held 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, send an email to or visit the church Facebook page.


Worship at Second Congregational Church

Seeking to be part of the Beloved Community which Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about, we gather for worship at 10 a.m. this Sunday morning at Second Congregational Church. Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, when we share "Epiphany Moments"— moments when we've glimpsed or experienced the shining forth of God--, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for A Joyful Path. Nursery care is provided. The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Matt Edwards, sings "Like a Mighty Stream," by Hogan and Jacobson, and the traditional spiritual, "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!" The Gospel Singers sing, "We Shall Overcome."

The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the readings from Isaiah and John, is titled, "What Time Is It?"

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall. At 11:30, a budget information session will be held in the sanctuary.

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. Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit

North Bennington

Worship and fellowship at Congregational Church

The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 AM Worship Service led by Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "Word and Witness," will be based on Isaiah 49:1-6 and John 1:29-42. 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. We are worshiping in the social hall for the winter months. 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.


Worship and events at St. Peter's Episcopal Church

On the third Sunday after Christmas, Jan. 15, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, the Rev. Justin Lanier will preside at Holy Eucharist at the 8 a.m. service using Rite I of the Book of Common Prayer. The 8 am liturgy will be held in the Lady Chapel during our coldest months. At the 10 am service, Lanier will use Rite II, which will include music by our choir, lead by our Organist and Choirmaster, John Riddle.

This Liturgy at 10 a.m. will be held in the Parish Hall for the coldest months. The Gospel for this day is from John (1:29 - 42). Laying on of hands for healing follows both the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

The Vestry will have its monthly meeting following the 10 am service on Sunday, Jan. 15, in the Guild Room.

The Fundraising Committee also will meet for a brief meeting in the office on Sunday following the 10 a.m. service.

There will be an Evening Prayer Service at 5 p.m. and at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. there will be Contemplative Prayer on Wednesday, January 18.

On Thursday, January 19, 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 pm

The monthly community dinner will gather on Friday, Jan. 20. Bring a dish to share and join in the pleasant conversation.

Reminder: The Annual Meeting will be held in the Parish Hall following the single 9 am service on Jan. 22. Reports should be in the hands of John Riddle as he is preparing the Annual Report for the Annual Meeting on Jan. 22.

Call Ethel Pratt at 802-442-5325 if you would like to make a donation toward the altar flowers in memoriam during the year of 2017. There are seven Sundays now open.

Angel wings: We have a family at Thatcher House, mom and dad and 6 children. They need many hygiene and cleaning products. Drop any items off at Nancy Sanford's house, but call first at 802-753-7380.

We are in dire need of food for the freezer for those in a food emergency. Drop food items off at the church from 9 am to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, making sure any food is packaged in freezer bags. Food will only last a month if not packaged properly.

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. Wheelchair-accessible. For more information, visit or call 802-442-2911.


North Bennington

Movie at Israel Congregation of Manchester

On Saturday, Jan. 21, at 5:45 p.m. there will be a screening of the movie "Ushpizin" at Israel Congregation of Manchester (ICM).

Join ICM and Keruv for Jewish Movie Night. The evening begins at 5:45 p.m. with Havdalah, followed by wine, cheese and snacks. The cost will be $5 per person ($1 of which will be shared with the Community Food Cupboard.) The movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m., with a discussion to follow. Childcare will be provided during the movie.

"Ushpizin" is a heart-warming, light-hearted glimpse into the daily lives of ultra-Orthodox Jews learning, living and loving in modern-day Israel. It tells the story of a family facing hardships as they try to rely on their faith for miracles to happen during the holiday season. Funny and uplifting and with amusing and unexpected plot twists, Ushpizin is a critically acclaimed film that regardless of faith or religion, everybody can enjoy. In Hebrew (and some Yiddish), with subtitles.

ICM is located at 6025 Main Street/Manchester Center.


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