Sun and Fun community festival at Second Congo: Fidel creates rhythm on the Native American
drum as folks dance with the blanket of stars. Join us Saturday August 19, 10am-3pm
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.
BIRTHDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS THIS WEEK:
July 24 – Linda Johnson
July 30 – Lorna Cheriton
Mike & Barbara Weber’s Anniversary
5:00 pm Sunday Supper
Hymns 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 table in Webster Hall.
- We are in need of some “pick-up” choir members!! All ages and singing abilities are welcome. Our music director, Matt is requesting that interested singers join him on Sunday July 30th at 9:00 am in the sanctuary to learn a couple of easy and fun songs to sing for the service. Please come and join us. We look forward to seeing some new faces!!
- OTHER NEWS:
- We 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!
- Summer Mission Trip Opportunity – Grace Congregational Church, Rutland, invites you to join them in their July 30-Aug. 4, 2017 Mission Trip to Leeds, Maine, where they will be working with the Rural Community Action Ministry, helping with repair and rehabilitation of the homes of rural elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged families. See the poster on the Mission Board in Webster Hall. Applications are available in the office from Erin.
- In 2016, 1,863 students in Bennington qualified for Free and Reduced Lunch. But when school is out for summer break, families in our community must provide two more meals a day per student at home, roughly 110 more meals at home per school-age child from June through August. This summer the Kitchen Cupboard is providing Bennington families with additional child-friendly food for that time period. The Missions committee has committed $300 by Aug 1 to help. If you’d like to add to that donation, next Sunday please make checks out to Second Congregational Church with “summer meals for kids” on the notes line.
- There is a brown-bag summer meals program in the community for the month of July, but this leaves August – Labor Day without any meal options for struggling families.
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Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside Street, Bennington VT 05201
Telephone: 802-442-2559, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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