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.
BIRTHDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS THIS WEEK:
May 24 – Andrea Lampron
May 25 – Nancy Jean Steffen
May 28 – Betty Davis
Sun and Fun Meeting: at 11:30 in the Clayton room Please join us to help plan this year’s Festival, to be held Sat. Aug 19th
Annual Meeting of the Southwest Association is this afternoon, at the Pittsford Congregational Church, beginning at 2:30 pm. The speaker will be the Honorable James H. Douglas, speaking on the state of the nation/state/church. See David or Trudy Durfee if you’d like to go.
Thanks to everyone who worked on and/or contributed to our Not-Really-Annual Plant Sale yesterday!
Pentecost Sunday, June 4—You are invited to wear something red. If you’ve been working on origami Peace Cranes, please bring them in by next Sunday, May 28.
- You may see some photographing around our church, including (as unobtrusively as possible) during worship. If you do not want images of yourself and/or your children to appear on the church website or Facebook page, you must “opt-out,” by informing the Media Team (Marsh Hudson-Knapp and Lorna Cheriton) or our office administrator, Erin. More details in current Open Door
- To clarify the note in the O.D. about doing dishes after Sunday Socials, it will not take you until 1:30. That happens when one person does both the coffee and the dishes. To do the dishes alone takes about 30 minutes. Try it! You’ll not only have a clean heart but clean hands too.
- THANKS to the volunteers on Dean’s Team for a splendid dinner to launch our “Bridge To The Future Campaign”. Kitchen: Debbie Briggs, Grace Sohn, Cindy Hudson Knapp, Dining Room: Linda Lyons, Food Servers: George & Barbara French, Susan Wiskoski, Marshall Hudson Knapp, Coffee: Amy Hale, Cake Baker: Dara Lindley, Cake Servers: Nora Parsons, Sue Diamond, Vegetarian Dish: Gene Irons, Dish Washers: George Sohn, Hamilton Topping. Everywhere: NancyJean
While Bill and Joy were in Montepelier, Marshall and Cindy Hudson-Knapp, also of Second Congregational Church, journeyed to Washington, DC taking some twenty papier mache “bees.” Cindy, an artist, had directed the creation of this “hive” by a group in Bennington prior to the marches. A group of young people carried the “bees” at the front of the march, while Marsh, outfitted as Mr. Tree was as green as Second Congregational Church’s commitment to the environment.
At Second Congregational Church, we celebrated Mardi Gras Sunday during February 26 worship, a celebration full of music and color. Music Director Matt Edwards, who is originally from Louisiana, led the choir and congregation in exuberant music. Altar flowers, given by Deb Perkins, were in the Mardi Gras colors of purple (representing justice), gold (symbolizing power) and green (symbolizing faith), as was the icing on the “King cakes” baked by the choir for the Sunday social after worship.
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Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside Street, Bennington VT 05201
Telephone: 802-442-2559, e-mail: email@example.com
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.
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