The disciplines and themes of Lent offer a structure and Spring training”for the struggles and dark times of our lives.– daily readings from the Lenten Devotional booklet “Diving Lessons”– messages in worship each Sunday on 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.
BIRTHDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS THIS WEEK:
Mar 9 – George Sohn
Mar 31 – Connor Tilley
April 1 – Jen Clarkson-Smith
11:30 a.m. Part 4 of a 6-week Lenten Study: “What are the Social Branches?” led by Bruce Lee-Clark. All-Purpose Room.
5:00 pm Sunday Supper
The Deacons challenged us to bring 300 items for the food shelf during Lent; we have collected 143 items so far.
Hygiene kit items given to date in 2017:
2 Hand towels, 8 washcloths, 28 bath-sized soap, 19 toothbrushes in package, 32 sets of 10 band aids each and $50. See graph in Webster Hall.
More of each item plus wide-tooth combs and Ziploc bags. Please give to Lorna or the Office.
Chris Oldham, Executive Director of the Bennington Area Coalition for the Homeless, will be our preacher, as we continue our Lenten series with “Care for the Poor.”
THIS WEEK AT SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH:
April 1st 5pm – 9pm ONA Movie Night in the Webster Hall & Sanctuary
We will be accepting One Great Hour of Sharing donations throughout the Month of April.
At Second Congregational Church, we celebrated Mardi Gras Sunday during February 26 worship, a celebration full of music and color. Music Director Matt Edwards, who is originally from Louisiana, led the choir and congregation in exuberant music. Altar flowers, given by Deb Perkins, were in the Mardi Gras colors of purple (representing justice), gold (symbolizing power) and green (symbolizing faith), as was the icing on the “King cakes” baked by the choir for the Sunday social after worship.
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