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  • “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 Congregational Church has been “changing lives since 1836”—that’s 180 years!  All are welcome to join us in celebrating that anniversary this Sunday morning in a special worship service, beginning at 10 o’clock, with St. Anthony’s Chorale played by the Jubellaire Ringers.  Visitors from our past will be introduced, but present day visitors and guests are most welcome!  Following a Time for the Children in All of us, children up through grade 5 will be dismissed for A Joyful Path.  Nursery care is provided.  The Chancel Choir will sing “What Will We Promise, What Will We Give?” by Don Besig, and instead of a sermon, we’ll hear about 4 “Leaps of Faith” that we’ve taken along the way.  The Gospel Singers will offer an old and new version of “Little Brown Church in the Vale.” 

        Following worship, a chicken barbeque and potluck lunch will be served, with games for children.  Artifacts and memorabilia will be on display, as well as objects to be included in a time capsule for our 200th anniversary. 

       Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming, Green Justice Congregation of the United Church of Christ.  We welcome to our work and worship all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation.  Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible.  For more information, call the church office at 442-2559 or see our website at www.bennscc.org/2cc. “




    Celebrations this week:

    Sept 24 – Joan & Frank Ryan’s 65th Wedding Anniversary

    Sept 25- Doug Krause                         Sept 26– Eli Koelker

                 – Eve Oldendorph                     Sept 27– Michael Smith

                 – Linda Lyons                           Sept 30– Neely Turner



    Please join us after worship for a barbeque chicken and potluck luncheon.

    5:00 pm Sunday Supper

    Coming Up:

    Thurs., Sept. 29, 7 p.m. Chancel Choir rehearsal with Matt Edwards


    Back to School Sale!!

    Church World Service School Kit items are being put on sale.   Supplies needed are:

    70ct Notebooks                                    boxes of 24 crayons

    Pencils with erasers                  blunt pointed scissors

    handheld pencil sharpeners      large erasers

    12” rulers.

    Pat Lafontaine will gladly take donations and do the shopping for you. Or drop them off on Sunday mornings or in the church office.

    Beth El Congregation Monday Night Community Dinner is back up and running. Please join them on the last Monday of each month at 5pm at North St and Adams St.

    Also Beth EL is looking for volunteers to watch children after their service on Oct 3rd and Oct 12th from 11-1 please let Erin know if you are able to volunteer by the 30th

    Reading Group   I propose a first Reading Group session at which each of us talks about a book we read this past summer (or early fall) which we think the others should know about. David

The Sun and Fun! festival on Saturday August 20 at Second Congregational Church, was a day to celebrate the environment and local community.

It featured live music, kids’ activities, and over 25 different community and environmentally friendly groups, including an eclectic mix of groups who meet regularly at the church – from beekeepers to quilters. Live and lively music was provided by The Hale Mountain Pickers. Lunch was prepared by a local professional chef and her team, all from the congregation. Read More

The LGBTQ community and the Greater Bennington Interfaith Council held a vigil Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Four Corners in Bennington to honor victims of the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando FL. The Bennington Banner reported that over 100 people attended. Leaders of faith communities of Bennington and Arlington participated, several wearing rainbow-colored vestments. Rainbow signs were held by members of the Unitarian Fellowship. On the corner under the clock, a young woman with rainbow-colored hair and a man with rainbow-colored socks shared the sidewalk with a sign “We Weep for Orlando and all LGBT communities.” read more


Flower Garden

After a number of years of faithfully and expertly nurturing our church gardens, David Knighton was recognized after worship recently …

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Children’s Sunday and Outdoor Picnic

Sunday June 5 During worship, third grade students were given bibles, and teachers and other leaders were acknowledged. A picnic …

Walk For Climate Change

Be the Church

“Be the Church” was the theme of the meeting, and it is the headline of the banner hanging in our …

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Update on Eaarth Advocates

The cold reality of human impact on the environment Update on Eaarth Advocates’ Environmental Activism So, Why is “Eaarth” spelled …



Living Lightly on God’s Earth: A Guide to Spiritual Practices Focused on the Environment   During Lent, instead of fasting, …

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Lent and EAARTH

Lent and EAARTH (1) There are a number of ways to live Lent. One is to suffer a bit, to …

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    Second Congregational Church,  115 Hillside Street,  Bennington VT 05201
    Telephone: 802-442-2559,  e-mail: bennscc@sover.net

    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

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