Second Congregational Church was a “hopping place” Friday December 1 and 2 with the 69th annual Snowball Bazaar! Community folks crowded the Serendipity rooms seeking bargains and Silent Auction searching out treasures. Handmade treats for cats, dogs and wild birds drew animal lovers to Pet Pourri. Beautiful wreaths were made by congregation members. And delicious soups, chili, sandwiches, salads, and desserts were enjoyed in the dining hall and at the baked goods table.
“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.
A big Thank You to sponsors Solar Pro Vermont , Second Congregational, Bennington, and Climate Advocates Bennington of 350 Vermont who helped to make Sun and Fun a success!
BIRTHDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS THIS WEEK:
Dec. 11 – Marquis Winslow
Dec. 12 – Amanda Hoag
Dec. 17 – Emma Jansch
- 5:00 pm Sunday SupperTHIS WEEK:
- Trustees Meeting, Tues. 7pm
- Gospel Singers will rehearse on Wed. Dec 13th, at 4:45pm in the Sanctuary. New comers are always welcome.
- As promised last week a Christmas card table has been set up in Webster Hall (thanks to Tom Steffen) and is set to receive the postage free cards which you will be sending to your church friends.
- Next Sunday 1:30 Caroling with the choir
- Next Sunday Improv pageant and birthday party for Jesus sign up to bring sandwiches
All members of the Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, of Bennington, Vermont are warned to be present on December 17, 2017 for a meeting of the congregation.
The meeting will take place at the approximate mid-point of the worship service, following a sermon by Dennis “Mark” Blank, to take action upon the recommendation of the Pastoral Search Committee to issue a formal call to Dennis Mark Blank to assume the position of Co-Pastor/Pastor of the Second Congregational Church, UCC of Bennington, Vermont.
LETTER FROM THE PASTORAL SEARCH COMMITTEE:
The Search Committee is very excited to inform you that we have selected a candidate for our Co-Pastor/Pastor. Dennis Mark Blank (he prefers to be called Mark) is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is 39 years old. He comes to us from Pennsylvania with stellar references and is an articulate and inspiring preacher. The Search Committee was very impressed with his personal profile, references, as well as his neutral pulpit sermon.
He will arrive here in Bennington on Saturday, December 16, 2017, after an 8-hour drive from Pennsylvania and will officially “candidate” by preaching the sermon prior to our pageant on Sunday, December 17, 2017. Because of his long drive, it was thought that meeting with him after the pageant at Jesus Birthday Party would be the perfect welcoming opportunity.
Mark is a warm and engaging person, and embraces the opportunity to work with Mary during this time of transition. He is self-assured and confident in his abilities. Our conference minister, Lynn, kept assuring us that the right person was out there. Our Next Level mentor, Claire Bamberg, encouraged us to look for “someone whose heart matched our heart.” Time has proven them both correct, and we sincerely believe that Mark fits both of those ideals.
Ernie Lafontaine, Chair
Pastoral Search Committee
December 8, 2017
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