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.


A worship service brimming with joyful music to honor Choir Director Emerita Linda Johnson on June 16 raised many joyful noises unto the Lord – piano, organ, chancel choir, handbell choir, Gospel singers and hymns – within the setting of the origami spiral of the Pentecostal cranes of peace.

The Jubellaire Handbell Ringers called us to worship with “Spirit Song,” accompanied by Jenn Clarkson-Smith on flute. The Chancel Choir and the Gospel Singers, under the direction of Music Director Matt Edwards, offered anthems and songs to “sing us into God’s presence.” Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon, based on Psalm 100, was entitled, “A Joyful Noise.”The spirit of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended and landed on the heads of the disciples, continued to be celebrated with the red vestment on the communion table and the spiral of origami doves of peace ascending upwards. A special Sunday Social in Webster Hall honored Linda Johnson, Choir Director Emerita, for her over 40 years directing the choir.

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An appearance by “Mr. Tree” was part of Second Congregational Church’s involvement in Mayfest on Bennington’s downtown Main Street on Saturday, May 27. Mr. Tree wore vivid green leaves and red apples embodying 2CC’s commitment to “Green” issues, and the church’s presence at Mayfest focused on environmental issues. Passers-by were encouraged to take a survey to evaluate their use of resources and to see “how many earths” it would take to support everyone on earth living that way. Cindy Hudson-Knapp painted such beautiful designs on children’s faces that she had a line-up of children waiting from 10:30am to 4:30pm for the chance to be painted.

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    June 26 – Daryl & Vic Callirgos’ 25th Anniversary

    June 27 – Caitlin Smith

    June 30 – Zion Nicholas Johnson

                        Meredith Wilder

    July 1 –     Mary Hope Coffield



    • Your Gifts to honor Fathering Persons with Tools may be placed in the enclosed envelope in your offering today or simply mark a check with Tools.5:00 pm          Sunday SupperHymns by Request—During July and August, you’re invited to make requests for hymns you’d like us to sing. Fill out a sheet on the back table.

    Coming up:


    • Climate Advocates meet on Wednesday, June 28th at 7pm in Room 2
    • Gospel Singers rehearse on Wednesday, June 28th at 4:45pm in the Sanctuary. All are welcome to join!
    • Sun and Fun- Can you help us? There are a lot of things to be done before the Festival on Aug. 19th.! We need help in the coming weeks preparing environmental displays and games as well as people to help us procure shade structures and other things. Please see Kathy Shaw if you can help. We are having a Sun and Fun meeting Sunday July 9 at 11:30 in the Clayton Room, and all are welcome to attend. 


    • As last year, after June 25th, the All Church Fellowship will be taking a 2 month break from hosting the Sunday Socials. The signup sheet is posted on the All Church Fellowship bulletin board. Thank you to everyone that has help with hosting and/or contributing food for the Sunday Socials this past year. Ernie Tetreault
    • We also need adults willing to care for any young children who may join us this summer in the nursery. Our Safe Church policy requires that there be two adults present, so sign up with a friend or partner. Obviously you’ll only have to be in the nursery if there are children who need that care, and otherwise you can be in worship. There is a sign-up sheet on the folding doors in Webster Hall. This is an important welcome to families with young children!
    • On Children’s Sunday, June 11th, his dad’s birthday, Ryan Chadwick Nesbit received his own Bible during the worship service.   A third-grade student, Ryan read a favorite passage from their Bible to the congregation. Outside of participation in worship and in the Joyful Path, Ryan enjoys playing baseball. He is also a talented cartoonist, drawing the humorous ideas that his active mind comes up with. Last year, with his brother Colin, he posed with the Sun and Fun sign for a publicity photo and also distributed cookies to congregation members working on Clean-up Day.

Painting the Rooms

Three rooms of the Christian Education Wing were newly painted the first week of June. By 8am on Saturday June ...
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Preparing for Pentecost

For Pentecost this year, when we celebrate the Holy Spirit coming down to settle on the disciples, folks in Second ...
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Hygiene Kits

Folks at Second Congregational Church donated numerous items as well as money to buy items for the Hygiene Kits that ...
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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.

    We will be pleased to hear from you

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