• “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



Our church had a lively and much-visited booth at the downtown festival Mayfest on Saturday. Beautiful posters displayed photos and text of activities and people of our congregation. Members of the congregation had baked around 400 cookies which we bagged and handed out with a message about our church. The message “God is still speaking…. and loving” was elevated on helium-filled balloons which we also handed out free to kids of all ages. When the helium tank blew off one balloon and sent it skyward at rocket speed, our man working the the tank told the gathered folks, “Come to our church. It’s a blast!” Reverend Mark Blank and congregation members ranging in age from 8 to 89 greeted passers-by who stopped for the cookies and balloons. Cindy Hudson-Knapp (and the apprentices she had initiated into the art of face painting, Cora DeLucia and Lorna Cheriton) painted faces, arms and hands in a myriad of designs including snakes, spiders, dolphins, flowers, and rainbows. as well as the “rainbow kitty,” all black tiger, and spider man that were requested by little kids. Congregation folks also staffed the neighboring booth, Climate Advocates, helping to raise awareness about environmental issues and what we can do to sustain our earth.

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For the first time ever, Second Congo’s hand bell choir hosted the annual gathering of Vermont hand bell ringers. Our Director Sue Green and her Jubellaire Ringers took a major role in organizing the 2018 Spring Ring that brought 190 bell ringers to Bennington. At the Middle School, rehearsals for the 4pm concert were interspersed with workshops that included special hand bell techniques, ukelele workshops led by Second Congo’s Music Director Matt Edwards, hand drumming led by Jay Sager, and dancing the Virginia Reel with hand bells. Refreshments for the morning gathering, lunch, and the breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon were provided by SCC’s Jane Norrie, Ginny Ray, Norma McShane and Barbara French.

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    • Sunday Supper at 5:00
    • The Centering Prayer group meets June 25th 10:30 am – 12 pm in the Library. For details contact Janice Campbell.
    • Hymn by Request forms for July and August will be available on the Deacon’s table at the rear of the Sanctuary. Please place completed forms in Mark’s mailbox.


    • A special thanks to Bill and Linda Lyons and Doug Krause for their help in cleaning up downed tree limbs after Monday’s storm. Your quick response is truly appreciated.
    • Volunteers are still needed to host “Conversations with Mark.” These will be intimate gatherings of 6-8 people occurring once or twice a month. Times are flexible. If interested in hosting, please contact Nora Parsons or Barbara True-Weber.
    • We need volunteers to sign up to be a second adult in the Nursery. Please consider offering your time.
    • Tools for Hope offerings are still being accepted. Checks should have “Tool Sunday” written in the memo line.


    • Our Sun and Fun Festival is Sat. August 25thsave the date! If you can help or want more information, see an Eaarth Advocate member or Kathy Shaw.
    • Mark’s Installation is Sept. 30th from 3:00-4:30 in the Sanctuary. Save the Date!!!

Celebrating Mary

Click here for slideshow Celebrating Mary Lee Clark's 23 years as pastor of Second Congregational Church, on her retirement April ...
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Bell Ringers

For the first time ever, Second Congo's hand bell choir hosted the annual gathering of Vermont hand bell ringers. Our ...
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Cool Congregations Challenge

SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC BENNINGTON, VT chosen as a winner in the Community Inspiration category of the Cool Congregations Challenge ...
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Update on Eaarth Advocates

The cold reality of human impact on the environment Update on Eaarth Advocates’ Environmental Activism So, Why is “Eaarth” spelled ...
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Living Lightly on God’s Earth: A Guide to Spiritual Practices Focused on the Environment During Lent, instead of fasting, let's ...
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Lent and EAARTH

Lent and EAARTH (1) There are a number of ways to live Lent. One is to suffer a bit, to ...
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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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