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.

Second Congo’s next Pastor is someone

whose Heart matches our Church’s Heart

A meeting of the congregation took place within the worship service of Sunday December 17, following a powerful sermon “Is Advent Political” by Mark Blank. The congregation voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Pastoral Search Committee to issue a formal call to Dennis Mark Blank to assume the position of Co-Pastor/Pastor of the Second Congregational Church, UCC of Bennington, Vermont. Congregation members had the opportunity to meet with him after worship at Jesus Birthday Party in the social hall.

Mark is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is 39 years old, having had a career in musical theatre. He comes from Pennsylvania (the Penn West Conference of the UCC) with stellar references and is an articulate and inspiring preacher. The Search Committee was very impressed with his personal profile, references, as well as the sermon the Committee heard him preach on December 3. A warm and engaging person, Mark embraces the opportunity to begin work in January 2018 with our pastor Mary Lee-Clark during this time of transition prior to Mary’s retirement in April 2018.


During Advent and Christmas, our church sanctuary was graced with choirs of angels, one for each member of our congregation. Cindy Hudson-Knapp researched “silhouettes of angels” and printed out a variety. The installation required a lot of scissor-action, then hanging the angel cut-outs on Christmas ornament hangers and suspending them from delicate gauze fabric that was festooned with myriads of tiny star-like lights. Barbara True-Weber, Mike Weber, Marsh Hudson-Knapp and others created this special enhancement of our worship.

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After such a good time doing an “improv” Christmas pageant the past two years, we held our third annual impromptu pageant on Sunday December 17, with no rehearsals and no assigned parts. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark read the story of the first Christmas in verse. As she mentioned a character, folks in the congregation who wanted to portray that character would go to the table of simple costumes, put one on and come up front while the rest of the congregation sang a few verses of a carol. Roles were not gender or age specific so people could play whoever they wanted; we had two Josephs, numerous shepherds and heavenly personages including a dancing 4-year-old angel, two kings and a knight (these three wise personages all were aged seven and younger). Immediately after the pageant, our new co-pastor Mark Blank, who has had a career in musical and improvisational theater, told the participants and the rest of the congregation how much he enjoyed the pageant, saying that improv theater is a spiritual endeavor in that participants open themselves to the vulnerability of the unexpected.




    Jan. 13th – Deb Perkins

    Jan. 14th – Sue Green


    • 5:00 pm          Sunday Supper

    THIS WEEK:  Next Sunday, Jan. 14—Administrative Council meets after worship to review recommendations for the budget and slate of officers. Rm. 2Sunday, Jan. 21 — Budget Information Meeting

    CWS School bags are cut & ready to be sewed!! Please grab some form the Webster Hall or see Pat Lafontaine.

    The deadline for Annual reports is January 14th!! Please submit them electronically to the church email bennscc@sover.net

    ANNUAL MEETING WARNING ……the reports of the Pastor and Officers of the Church.……the proposed church budget for the year 2018.……any other business which may properly conducted at such a meeting. 

    As noted in the warning, there will be a pot luck lunch preceding the Annual Meeting January 28 meeting.


    ……the report of the Nominating Committee.

    ……the reports of the Councils, Boards, Coordinators, and Continuing Committees of the Church.

    ……the minutes of the Annual Meeting of January 2017 and the Special Meeting of December 17, 2017.

    All members and associate members of The Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, of Bennington, Vermont, are warned to be present on January 28, 2018, for the Annual Meeting of the Church. The Annual Meeting will begin immediately after the pot luck lunch which will follow the worship service, and will receive and take action upon:

    Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration—6 p.m. vigil at the Four Corners, followed by gathering at Oldcastle Theater, exploring MLK’s “Beloved Community.”

    Coming up—

    Wednesday, Jan. 10th & Thursday the11th at 7 pm – CDC Theatre Arts class will premiere nine original One Act Plays at Oldcastle Theatre. The plays are written and performed by the students and are directed by Theatre Arts instructor Tim Foley and Oldcastle Theatre artistic director Eric Peterson. Come support Tim and his students while enjoying a fun night of theatre!

    Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m. Trustees meeting


Snowball Bazaar 2017

Second Congregational Church was a "hopping place" Friday December 1 and 2 with the 69th annual Snowball Bazaar! Community folks ...
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Raking Leaves

On a chilly Saturday morning November 18, a team of energetic 2CC members raked leaves and dragged tarps full of ...
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Sewing and Crafting Bee

sewing and crafting bee on Saturday, November 4 was a busy and fun morning of making toys and treats for ...
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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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    Telephone: 802-442-2559,  e-mail: bennscc@sover.net

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