• “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.


D. Mark Blank –
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.


    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



What: A community celebration of the environment and sustainability with live music, over 25 local community groups, special displays, break out sessions, kids activities, and a delicious luncheon. Date: August 25 Rain or Shine Time: 10 am-3 pm PLUS: Special talk on Vermont and Environmental Policy by State Senator Brian Campion: August 24, 7pm
Place: Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St, Bennington Admission: Free!
Music: Hale Mountain Pickers and the Throwbacks
August 24, at 7 pm at Second Congregational Church. State Senator Brian Campion: “Vermont and Environmental Policy: The Green Mountain state is not as green as you might think.” This important discussion will look at what the state is and isn’t doing around such issues as cleaning up its waters, mitigating climate change, and protecting its residents from harmful chemicals. Senator Campion will discuss how citizens can most effectively advance state environmental policies important to them. It is sure to interest anyone who cares about the environment and wants to learn what more they can do to protect it.

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    • 5:00 pm        Sunday Supper
    • Signup sheets in Webster Hall for Conversations with Mark include openings for:  Lunch on Thurs., Aug. 23rd, Lunch on Sept. 19th, and more to come.
    • The Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center is sponsoring its annual “peace contingent” in the Bennington Battle Day Parade. Please march with us for all or part of this event on Sunday, Aug.19 Wear white ~ bring your family & friends! Bring a sign or banner to express your feelings about current peace & social justice issues!
    • The on-going Centering Prayer Group next meets Friday, Aug. 24 from 4-5:30pm at 122 Jefferson Ave, Bennington, home of Janice Campbell. We will be meeting same time, same place every other Friday. Newcomers always welcome, as are all faiths.
    • Our Sun and Fun Festival is Sat. August 25th. If you can help or want more information, see an EAARTH Advocate member or Kathy Shaw.


    • We need volunteers to sign up to be a second adult in the Nursery.
    • A few openings are available for new worship Greeters in the upcoming schedule which David Haley is arranging: from Sept. 2, 2018 to Aug. 25, 2019.  He invites you (of any age) to greet on any two Sundays (consecutive or separated) and you may ask your spouse, partner, friend, parent(s) or child(ren) to greet alongside you. Anyone with questions or changes should contact him by Aug. 22, either in person or by calling David and leaving a message.
    • Gospel Singers will NOT rehearse on Aug 22nd; they WILL rehearse on Aug 29th at 4:45 and sing on Sept 2nd.
    • School supplies are on sale throughout the summer. Keep Church World Service School Kits in mind while you are shopping. A list of needed items is posted in Webster Hall. You can see Pat Lafontaine for how to donate money and have someone else do the shopping for you.


    •  Mark’s Installation is Sept. 30th from 3:00-4:30 in the Sanctuary. Save the Date!
    • Mark your calendars!  CROP walk will be Sunday, October 28th. If you can help with the planning, see Kathy Shaw.

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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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