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Archive for 2017 May

Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2017’

“Come back!”- Acts 1:6-14, John 17: 1-11– May 28, 2017

“After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God…” “And when he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, …




An appearance by “Mr. Tree” was part of Second Congregational Church’s involvement in Mayfest on Bennington’s downtown Main Street on Saturday, May 27. Mr. Tree wore vivid green leaves and red apples embodying 2CC’s commitment to “Green” issues, and the church’s presence at Mayfest focused on environmental issues. Passers-by were encouraged to take a survey to evaluate their use of resources and to see “how many earths” it would take to support everyone on earth living that way. Cindy Hudson-Knapp painted such beautiful designs on children’s faces that she had a line-up of children waiting from 10:30am to 4:30pm for the chance to be painted.

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“Preparing a Room”- John 14:1-4– May 14, 2017

Between our children’s moves to college and moves to various apartments, Bruce and I have schlepped our share of furniture up and down stairs. We are apparently still in the moving business, as we seek to find places for various furniture items from my Mom’s house. One of the last things I would do before leaving Meredith or Alex in …


Climate March

Climate March

Joy and Bill Thwing participated in the April 29th Montpelier Climate Rally which occurred Sunday afternoon after two days of their participation as delegates to the Annual Meeting of the Vermont United Church of Christ Conference at Lake Morey VT. It was a beautiful day and there were about 3000 people gathered on the State House lawn to hear Bernie Sanders, Peter Welsh and various other state climate change activists and legislators. Everybody had creative signs and messages on display. One group from Barre were singing peace songs a capella and in harmony while moving through the crowds carrying a flock of large white swans on poles which were flapping gracefully in the light wind. Various faith-based climate booths ringed the perimeter of the lawn. Photos are of the rally as are the haiku Bill wrote while lounging on the grass.

While Bill and Joy were in Montepelier, Marshall and Cindy Hudson-Knapp, also of Second Congregational Church, journeyed to Washington, DC taking some twenty papier mache “bees.” Cindy, an artist, had directed the creation of this “hive” by a group in Bennington prior to the marches. A group of young people carried the “bees” at the front of the march, while Marsh, outfitted as Mr. Tree was as green as Second Congregational Church’s commitment to the environment.

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Kits 2017 4cr

Hygiene Kits

Folks at Second Congregational Church donated numerous items as well as money to buy items for the Hygiene Kits that we packed on Tuesday May 2. Church World Service will send them to people in need here in the United States and around the world

“Known in the Breaking”– Luke 24:13-35– April 30, 2017

They’ve never been able to find Emmaus on a map. All those archaeologists and Biblical scholars, sifting through every square inch of the “Holy Land,” have never uncovered anything within that 7-mile radius from Jerusalem that remotely suggests a village called Emmaus. But as Frederick Buechner suggests, we often seek Emmaus, a place to run or escape to, when we’ve …

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