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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.
  • “School starts tomorrow for many of our children and families—and faculty and staff–, and those without children can also sense a change in the year’s rhythm.  What a good time to pause and reflect on who we are as well as Whose we are!  All people of faith or in search of faith are warmly welcome to join in worship at Second Congregational Church at 10 o’clock this Sunday morning.  Special music is offered by the Gospel Singers, and Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon, based on the readings from Jeremiah and Hebrews, is entitled, “Leaky Cisterns”–  What are the ways we let our life force dribble out?  Nursery care is provided during worship.

    A time of fellowship and refreshment follows in Webster Hall, with a celebration of the musical ministry of our retiring accompanist, Nancy Wright.  The Ministries Council meets in the Clayton Room at 11:30.

    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 wheelchair-accessible and is located at 115 Hillside St.  For further information, call the church office at 442-2559. “




    Celebrations this week:

    Aug 29Taylor Kenyon

    Aug 31 –Robert & Nancy Osgood’s Anniversary

    Sept 1 – Edna Prouty & Thomas Saunders

    Sept 2 – Heather McManigle

    Sunday August 28:

    11:30-12:30pm Ministries Council (Clayton Rm)

    5:00 pm Sunday Supper

    Looking ahead:

    Rally Day! Sunday, Sept. 11—“A Joyful Path” begins for children up through grade 5, Middle School students begin “Our Whole Lives” at the Unitarian-Universalist Meeting House, and Senior High class meets.

    15th anniversary of September 11, 2001—Community observance in the Peace Park, 5 p.m., sponsored by the Bennington Interfaith Council.

    Tuesday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m. Deacons’ Retreat at Nadine Wisher’s house

    Back to School Sale!!

    Church World Service School Kit items are being put 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.

    On Sunday September 25, a day of celebration of our church’s 180th anniversary will include a special worship service and barbecue chicken meal.  We need names of people in our community and beyond whom we should invite to include people with connections (past or present) to our church. Please give names you can think of, and if possible, contact info, to Mary Lee-Clark or Lorna Cheriton as soon as possible

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

It featured live music, kids’ activities, and over 25 different community and environmentally friendly groups, including an eclectic mix of groups who meet regularly at the church – from beekeepers to quilters. Live and lively music was provided by The Hale Mountain Pickers. Lunch was prepared by a local professional chef and her team, all from the congregation. Read More

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


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

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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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