“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
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.
- 5:00 pm Sunday Supper
- 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.
- Like to discuss things in the sermon that resonate with you? Come to the Clayton Room at 11:30 today and future third Sundays of the month. We also hope to start a group email so that we can share thoughts and reactions through “reply all.” If interested or curious about either group, speak to Mark or Lorna.
- 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 447-7178 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.
Want to know more about the national United Church of Christ that we’re a part of?
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.
We will be pleased to hear from you