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
Lenten Meat-Free Recipes
“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.
Second Congo’s next Pastor is someone
whose Heart matches our Church’s Heart
Mark is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is 39 years old, having had a career in musical theatre. He comes from Pennsylvania (the Penn West Conference of the UCC) with stellar references and is an articulate and inspiring preacher. The Search Committee was very impressed with his personal profile, references, as well as the sermon the Committee heard him preach on December 3. A warm and engaging person, Mark embraces the opportunity to begin work in January 2018 with our pastor Mary Lee-Clark during this time of transition prior to Mary’s retirement in April 2018.
BIRTHDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS NEXT WEEK:
Feb. 22nd – Elizabeth Buttle
Feb. 23rd – Tom & Nancy Jean Steffen’s 61st Anniversary
Feb. 25th – Jan Fabricius
Ministries Council meets after worship
5:00 pm Sunday Supper
Do you have personal memories of Mary that you would like to share with her? We are putting together a book for her. Email what you’d like to share with her to Lorna Cheriton <email@example.com>, or write your thoughts, sign your name and give the paper to Lorna or put it in her mail slot in the lobby. To put it all together, we need your contribution by February 28.
Lent began Wed February 14. To encourage us to help the earth’s environment by eating less meat, the Earth Advocates Group is offering a Lenten challenge. Completed pledges can be placed in the offering plate or they can be given to Barbara True-Weber. Earth Advocates are also offering a booklet of vegetarian and vegan recipes. Please see Marsh Hudson-Knapp if you would like a copy.
Gospel Singers will rehearse Feb 28th!! New comers welcome!!
On Wednesdays throughout the rest of Lent, we will observe Lenten Evening Prayers at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Mark.
For your information—While Mark is still in the process of settling in and getting “plugged in,” his temporary office hours will be Tuesday-Thursday, from 9 a.m.-noon (in his temporary office, Rm. 1). His cell phone number is 814-573-1836, and his church e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastor – Rev. Mary H. Lee-Clark –
Mary has been pastor at Second Congregational Church since 1995. Prior to that she served churches in central and northern New York. She graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1978 and Middlebury College in 1974. Mary and her husband Bruce have two grown children, Meredith and Alex.
Co-Pastor- D. Mark Blank –
As of January 2018, Mark is serving as Co-Pastor of Second Congregational Church. Raised in the United Methodist Church, Mark found a spiritual home in the UCC in 2007. Originally from Western Pennsylvania, Mark graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2017 having attained a BA from the University of Tampa in 2000. Mark draws on his background in theatre, music, and storytelling in leading worship.
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Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside Street, Bennington VT 05201
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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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