• The disciplines and themes of Lent offer a structure and Spring training”
    for the struggles and dark times of our lives.
    – daily readings from the Lenten Devotional booklet “Diving Lessons”
    – messages in worship each Sunday on what does it mean to “Be the Church”
          : Care for the poor.  Fight for the powerless
          : Share earthly and spiritual resources
          : Protect the environment
          : Reject racism
          : Celebrate diversity
          : Forgive often
          : Love God. Enjoy this life

  • “The Glory of God is the human being fully alive!”

    Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, YOU are invited to join is on the journey at Second Congregational — a church for young and old and in-between. Second Congregational Church is a progressive church, musical and mission-minded, with opportunities for questioning and seeking. Vermont’s first “Open and Affirming” Congregation of the United Church of Christ, we welcome all people of faith or in search of faith to our work and worship, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation.



    Mar  9 – George Sohn

    Mar 31 – Connor Tilley

    April 1 – Jen Clarkson-Smith


    11:30 a.m.  Part 4 of a 6-week Lenten Study:  “What are the Social Branches?” led by Bruce Lee-Clark. All-Purpose Room.

    5:00 pm        Sunday Supper

    The Deacons challenged us to bring 300 items for the food shelf during Lent; we have collected 143 items so far.

    Hygiene kit items given to date in 2017:

    2 Hand towels, 8 washcloths, 28 bath-sized soap, 19 toothbrushes in package, 32 sets of 10 band aids each and $50. See graph in Webster Hall.


    More of each item plus wide-tooth combs and Ziploc bags. Please give to Lorna or the Office.

    Chris Oldham, Executive Director of the Bennington Area Coalition for the Homeless, will be our preacher, as we continue our Lenten series with “Care for the Poor.”


    April 1st 5pm – 9pm ONA Movie Night in the Webster Hall & Sanctuary

    We will be accepting One Great Hour of Sharing donations throughout the Month of April.


Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras (which falls on February 28, 2017) is French for “Fat Tuesday,” reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. It also refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, celebrated all over the world but especially famous in Rio de Janeiro and in New Orleans, during the weeks before Ash Wednesday. In countries such as England, Mardi Gras is also known as Shrove Tuesday, which is derived from the word shrive, meaning “confess.”

At Second Congregational Church, we celebrated Mardi Gras Sunday during February 26 worship, a celebration full of music and color. Music Director Matt Edwards, who is originally from Louisiana, led the choir and congregation in exuberant music. Altar flowers, given by Deb Perkins, were in the Mardi Gras colors of purple (representing justice), gold (symbolizing power) and green (symbolizing faith), as was the icing on the “King cakes” baked by the choir for the Sunday social after worship.

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On Sunday February 19 we celebrated the 60th wedding anniversary of Tom and NancyJean Steffen. After his retirement in 1994, Pastor Emeritus Tom Steffen has shoveled snow, made Sunday coffee for Sunday morning and other events, set up tables for the Sunday socials after worship, organized tables for events such as the Antiques Show and the Snowball Bazaar and taken on numerous other tasks. NancyJean is chair of the Board of Trustees, head of the huge Serendipity “recycled treasures” section of the Snowball bazaar, resource person for the church caretaker and office administrator, was one of the overseers of the sanctuary renovation, Director of the handbell choir for 20 years, and a person who notices what needs doing and gets things done in so many areas of our church endeavors. We can also celebrate this year being the 52nd anniversary of their “marriage” to Second Congregational Church.

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180th Birthday

On Sunday September 25 Second Congo celebrated its 180th birthday. The special worship service featured four historical characters from the ...
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Sun and Fun Day

The Sun and Fun! festival on Saturday August 20 at Second Congregational Church, was a day to celebrate the environment ...
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Flower Garden

After a number of years of faithfully and expertly nurturing our church gardens, David Knighton was recognized after worship recently ...
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Update on Eaarth Advocates

The cold reality of human impact on the environment Update on Eaarth Advocates’ Environmental Activism So, Why is “Eaarth” spelled ...
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Living Lightly on God’s Earth: A Guide to Spiritual Practices Focused on the Environment During Lent, instead of fasting, let's ...
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Lent and EAARTH

Lent and EAARTH (1) There are a number of ways to live Lent. One is to suffer a bit, to ...
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    Second Congregational Church,  115 Hillside Street,  Bennington VT 05201
    Telephone: 802-442-2559,  e-mail: bennscc@sover.net

    Or visit the church
    From middle of town intersection of Routes 7 & 9,  take Route 7 south 2 blocks.
    Turn left onto Hillside St.  (just before Friendly’s).

    Church is located on right at top of hill.

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