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  • “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.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    BIRTHDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS THIS WEEK:
    Aug 2 – Ted Thomas
    Aug 4 – Jeffery DeLucia and Dean Hanson
    Aug 5 – Travis & Jen Buttle’s Anniversary
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    Sunday July 31,
    Sun and Fun! Will meet at 11:30 in the Clayton Room
    5:00 Sunday Supper
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    Wed. August 3 12pm-1:30pm Fellowship Luncheon (Please sign up to provide items for the Lunch.
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    Wed. August 3 7pm – 8:30pm Jesus Fatwah (Rm6)
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    Please sign up to provide a snack for Sunday Socials after worship on a Sunday in August.
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    See David Haley to make changes to assigned Greeters dates or to sign-up to be a greeter.
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    During the summer months we will be having one of the hymns during worship as a “request” hymn. If you have a special hymn that you would like to sing, please list it on the form and return it to the office.
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    OWL Program for Middle Schoolers – The Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship is offering the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program for middle schoolers and their parents on Sunday mornings and has invited our youth to participate this coming year. It is a sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. They have two female facilitators already, but need a male one. See David Durfee if you are interested.
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    Our three regular Sunday Supper dishwashers, Tom, Doug, and David are looking for new hands to take over. If you are interested in being a one Sunday evening a month regular – or a when-needed substitute, please talk to David Durfee.
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    The Unitarian Welcome Diversity Committee invites you to a summer book discussion. “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving. A Thursday evening group will meet from 6:30-8:30pm on July 28th, Aug 18th, and Sept 8th. A Wednesday morning group will meet from 10-Noon on Aug 3rd, 24th, and Sept 14th. To sign up or learn more call 802-440-9816 or email info@uubennington.org
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    The Faith and Nature event sponsored by the SW Assoc. has been CANCELLED.
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    Weeks 3 and 4 of Explorers Camp have been cancelled.
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    The 11th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will be held August 13 & 14 on the grounds of the Veterans Home.
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    Church World Service School Kit items are on sale. Supplies needed are:
    70ct Notebooks boxes of 24 crayons
    Pencils with erasers blunt pointed scissors
    handheld pencil sharpeners large erasers
    12” rulers.
    Pat Lafontaine will gladly take donations and do the shopping for you. Or drop them off on Sunday mornings or in the church office.

Jana turns over compost and learns about backyard composting in the Earth Life Explorers Camp, a free day camp for children aged 5-8 (K-3rd grade) who live in and around downtown Bennington.

FREE SUMMER CAMP

Professional and para-professional staff, in cooperation with the One World Conservation Center and the Greater Bennington Interfaith Council, created the camp, which meets 9am to 1pm at Second Congregational Church on Hillside St, Bennington and offers adventures in the natural world, arts and music designed to nurture appreciation of all creation. For information or to register a child for week 2 (July 11-14), 3 (August 1-4) or 4 (August 8-11), contact the church office 442-2559 between 8:30 and 12:30 weekdays or Jane Norrie at 430-4107.

The LGBTQ community and the Greater Bennington Interfaith Council held a vigil Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Four Corners in Bennington to honor victims of the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando FL. The Bennington Banner reported that over 100 people attended. Leaders of faith communities of Bennington and Arlington participated, several wearing rainbow-colored vestments. Rainbow signs were held by members of the Unitarian Fellowship. On the corner under the clock, a young woman with rainbow-colored hair and a man with rainbow-colored socks shared the sidewalk with a sign “We Weep for Orlando and all LGBT communities.” read more

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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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Children’s Sunday and Outdoor Picnic

Sunday June 5 During worship, third grade students were given bibles, and teachers and other leaders were acknowledged. A picnic …

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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.

    We will be pleased to hear from you

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