Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2017’

“Transformed Persistence”– Exodus 1:8-2:10, Romans 12:1-8– Aug. 27, 2017

This week it’s hard to read this story from Exodus and not wonder whether it’s from the Bible or the newspaper headlines– Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they …


Sun and Fun 2017

Sun and Fun 2017

Thanks to everyone who helped make Sun and Fun a tremendous success! The weather was beautiful, the displays educational, the kids had a blast, the music was upbeat, and the food was delicious! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to enjoy!

A big Thank You to sponsors Solar Pro Vermont , Second Congregational, Bennington, and Climate Advocates Bennington of 350 Vermont who helped to make Sun and Fun a success!

“An Army of Light”– Genesis 45:1-15, Matthew 15:21-28– August 20, 2017

Sociologist Brene Brown knows the power of owning our stories. “If we own our story,” she says, “we get to write the ending. If we don’t own our stories, our stories own us.” (FB Live) Now, your impression of “stories” may be that they’re “just” stories, tales for children, told for entertainment or maybe teaching a lesson, like a fable. …


Bennington Battle Day Parade

For the Bennington Battle Day Parade, Second Congregational Church’s Sun and Fun team (in yellow shirts) joined with the local Climate advocates group (blue shirts) and the Peace and Justice Resource people to march in the parade carrying signs and a 6-ft earth, which drew lots of applause from spectators.

“Can Things Get Any Worse?”– Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28, Matthew 14:22-33– Aug. 13, 2017

Mary Catherine Bateson is an author and anthropologist, who happens to be the daughter of the famous anthropologist Margaret Mead. She is the author of several books, including Composing a Life and, one that I’ve been reading, Composing a Further Life, in which she points out that those of us who have the privilege of looking at living perhaps a …


Joyful Path

During worship August 6, the children had the polar bears sliding on their iceberg and swimming in the surrounding “ocean” as the kids learned something about icebergs melting in the Arctic.

“Resistance Training”– Genesis 32:22-31–August 6, 2017

For at least one, and maybe two, weeks of my vacation, I binge-read murder mystery novels. Finally, I just had to step away from the books, having spent way too many late nights reading to find out how the story ended, and then too amped to sleep, listening for creaks in the floorboards, looking for movement in the shadows of …


painting project

Poster Boards

This is Second Congo… friends getting together to paint, in slightly over two hours, an amazing number of signs and pegboards for upcoming events – Sun and Fun August 19 and Snowball Bazaar! Environmentally friendly, they used a number of part gallons of white paint stored in the church basement as well as small amounts of a few other colors. Also repainted the date on the Sun and Fun signs to the upcoming August 19, 2017

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