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
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.
BIRTHDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS THIS WEEK:
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 email@example.com
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.”
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
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