“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.
SUN AND FUN DAY 2018
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
Date: August 25
Time: 10 am-3 pm
Food: A delicious luncheon will be available, made with fresh organic produce donated by sponsor Mighty Food Farms
Rain or Shine
Ø 5:00 pm Sunday Supper
Ø New sign-up sheet for scripture readers is hanging outside the office
Ø Sign up for “Conversations with Mark.” There is a sign-up sheet in Webster Hall and openings for Lunch on Wed., July 18th or Afternoon Tea on Sun., Aug. 5th.
Ø Sunday, July 22nd, we are looking for volunteers to help move everything back into the All-Purpose Room, now that the floor project is coming to completion.
Ø Sunday, July 29th, Matt will be conducting a Drop-in Choir. Come at 9:00 a.m. for rehearsal. All ages are welcome.
Ø Hymn by Request forms for July and August are still available on the Deacon’s table at the rear of the Sanctuary. Please place completed forms in Mark’s mailbox; or email Mark.
Ø We need volunteers to sign up to be a second adult in the Nursery to care for and nurture the youngest people in our congregation.
Ø Ada Sue Diamond is seeking help to find affordable housing for a responsible young man and his two children. See Ada Sue for details or if you know of a place.
Ø 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.
Ø Mark’s Installation is Sept. 30th from 3:00-4:30 in the Sanctuary. Save the Date!
Ø 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