Highlighted Events and News:

  • We have closed the P.O. Box, please mail all correspondence to the church at 115 Hillside Street, Bennington.
  • 5pm Sunday Supper – every Sunday! This supper is open to the community.
  • Sun, Oct. 26 – Empty Bowls Supper at St. Peter’s. Cost is $10 at the door for a handmade ceramic bowl and tasty soups from local restaurants. Two of this year’s featured soups are Indian Spinach soup from Spice Root and Lobster Bisque from Thyme Tables. Yumm!
  • School Nurses are collecting new or gently used underwear, socks and sweat pants for girls and boys ages 6-12. If you would like to help but are not sure what to get, donations are gladly accepted and we will do the shopping for you. Please contact Sue DeLucia.


Looking Ahead:

  • SCC Adventures in Reading 2014-2015: If you picked up a list of books last week, please change its date for the first meeting to discuss books to November 23. If you haven’t gotten your list yet, they (with the corrected date) are available in Webster Hall. Please take one and put your name on the sign-up sheet.


  • PRE-ADVENT BOOK SALE: We will have our annual sale of worthwhile books, children’s books, Advent calendars, etc. November 9 and 16. Once again, the books will be selected for us by the Hopkins Book Shop which is located in the Episcopal Cathedral in Burlington. Also, one again, we would be delighted if someone who happens to be going to or near Burlington a few days before the ninth or after the sixteenth would be willing to pick them up or return the unsold ones. Volunteer cashiers are also needed. If you can help, see David Durfee.



  • Did you know…Putting a STOP to your junk mail can help save the planet?? Think of all the resources wasted on stuff we all throw directly into the recycling! If you take a few minutes to put a stop to unwanted catalogs and solicitations, individually you might not save many trees, but if all of us take the time we can save a forest hillside somewhere in Indonesia! HERE’S YOUR CHANCE to make a difference with minimal effort: On the Fourth Sunday of each month, ( October 26th is the next collection date) bring the catalogs and solicitations you DO NOT WISH TO RECEIVE EVER AGAIN to Second Congregational and place them in a collection box. WE will make the contacts to end delivery FOR YOU, and we’ll recycle them, too!  *All you have to do is bring them in*!  Two provisos:1. It takes several weeks for companies to take you off their lists permanently, so once you’ve brought in the catalog or solicitation, please be patient.2. If you have EVER bought anything from a particular company, or made a donation to an organization, they have the right to continue to keep you on their mailing list so we might not be able to remove you.  But many will remove names upon request just because it’s good business. 



  • On Communion Sundays, you are invited to bring non-perishable food items for the BROC food shelf.  Baskets will be available near the communion table.


  • All Church Fellowship would like to encourage folks to sign up to host Sunday Fellowship throughout the year.


  • The Flower Calendar is wide open.  Please sign up on the calendar if you would like to share some flowers from your garden.


Planning Ahead:

The following is a list of things to have on hand in case of a storm emergency:

  • Water (1 gal/person/day),
  • Food (non-perishable and easy to prepare and/eat–don’t forget a can-opener),
  • Flashlight and extra batteries, Battery-powered or hand crank radio,
  • First-aid kit that includes a pain reliever,
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, anti-bacterial hand-sanitizer),
  • Copies of important personal documents,
  • Family and emergency contacts (written down, not just in your cell phone),
  • Blankets. Additional items depending on your family situation: extra doses of medications, diapers/baby food, games for children, pet food/medication, etc.
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