• “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.
  • Pastor

    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.


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    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

     



SUN AND FUN 2018

This year’s fourth annual Summer festival was a gift to the community by Second Congregational Church to increase awareness of how we can take care of God’s earth as well as to let the community better know who we are at Second Congo.

The festival’s kick-off was an evening-before conversation with Vermont Senator Brian Campion about what Vermont is doing on environmental issues and what our state needs more action on. After Brian’s talk, an ice cream CONE social let conversation carry on without any dishes or spoons to wash up or (horrors) discard. (Throughout the festival, drinks were in reusable Mason jars, lunch on washable plates, and plastic was avoided.)

Saturday’s sunny day (without the recent excessive heat and humidity) was perfect for the many displays and activities outdoors in front of the church. A bat cave held bat silhouettes wearing questions about bats and their lives; kids of all ages exploring the cave opened the folded silhouettes to reveal the answers to the questions. Nearby, Cindy Hudson-Knapp painted faces and arms while her assistants signed up kids and helped them choose their designs. Children painted on long reams of paper, producing, in the course of the day, four colorful murals which are now displayed in the church sanctuary.

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  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    COMING UP:
    • Broadcasts on Cat-TV of the worship services playing today on Channel 15 at 12pm. Also, on Mon. at 7am, Tues. at 6pm, Wed. at 2pm, Thurs. at 2am, Fri. at 6am and 12pm, Sat. at 8am
    • The on-going Centering Prayer Group meets Every-Other-Friday from 4:00 – 5:30pm in the library at Second Congregational Church (Room 2). Next meeting Oct. 5th. Newcomers are always welcome, as are all faiths. Questions?  Contact Janice Campbell.
    • Gospel Singers will rehearse on Sept. 26th at 4:45.
    • Anyone who is interested in contributing to the development of a Second Congregational Church mission statement is invited to attend a meeting on Saturday, September 29 at 10:30am in Webster Hall to begin that process.
    • Rev. Mark’s Installation is Sept. 30th from 3:00-4:30 at Second Cong. You are invited
    • Book Discussion Group will meet on Sunday, September 30th. We’ll be convening at 11:30 in the Clayton Room for about an hour to begin a new year of reading and sharing.

    OTHER NEWS:

    • If you have any clothes in good condition that are clean and would be suitable for children, and you’d like to donate them for use in Head Start (ages 4 months-5 years) or elementary schools (ages 5-12), please place them in the white box near the back of the sanctuary during the month of September! Details are posted in Webster Hall.
    • Savoonga Project: KNITTED WOOL MITTENS NEEDED for each second-grade child in a remote Alaskan village.  If you can knit a pair (or more) please see Lorna for a pattern.  For more info, see Amy Hale or Lorna Cheriton
    • We need volunteers to sign up to be a second adult in the Nursery.
    • More school supplies are needed. You can see Pat Lafontaine for how to donate items or money to have someone else do the shopping for you.

    LOOKING AHEAD:

    • CROP Walk will be Sunday, October 28th. Help with the planning is needed, please 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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