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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, United Church of Christ, welcomes all people of faith or in search of faith to its work and worship.
    Sunday Feb 14 – Come celebrate with us the Love that binds all people and all things together, this Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. On this First Sunday in Lent, we begin the journey through the wilderness together, with images and sounds, exploring the wildernesses of body and soul that life confronts us with. Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play, and nursery care is provided. The Middle- and High-school Class is at the Kitchen Cupboard this morning for their monthly service project. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon, based on the readings from Deuteronomy and Luke, is entitled, “Into the Wilderness.
    Earth Advocates meet after worship in the Clayton Room.
    5 pm Sunday Supper
    Thank you to all who contributed $650.52 to sponsor NancyJean, Inge, Hamilton and Lorna for Ski for Heat to help low-income Vermonters with fuel costs!!
    Lent Themet– What comes to mind for you when you think of “wilderness”? What are “wilderness places,” either geographical or emotional? What do you need to get through those places/times? You’re invited to share thoughts on the sheet to the left of the double doors in Webster Hall.
    Lenten Series: Christian Education will offer a four session series based on four of the segments of a DVD titled “The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor” which was produced by the same people who gave us the valued “Living the Questions” program. The sessions will be offered after worship on February 14, 21, 28, and March 6. The same sessions will be offered Wednesday evenings at 7:00 on February 17, 24, and March 2, and 9. The first session is called “Islam 101.” For more information and/or helpful handout for Session 1, see David Durfee.

  • An intense week of preparation by congregational members (plus friends and family) working together culminated in Friday evening and Saturday’s 67th annual bazaar on December 4 and 5. Fresh greens were made into wreaths and centerpieces. Jewelry, books, Christmas items, toys, tools and sporting goods were sold in Serendipity. The Treasure Chest had special quality items. Pet Pourri had toys and treats for dogs, cats, and seed wreaths for wild birds. Crafters’ Corner had a wealth of fabric and notions for sewing and other crafting. The baked goods table featured candies, cakes, pies, jams, and cookies, including Ugly Sweater Christmas cookies. The dinner for two raffle offered the chance to win a dinner at a local restaurant of one’ choice. The dining room offered homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts and drinks.

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No-rehearsal Christmas Pageant

On Sunday morning December 20, the “No-rehearsal Christmas Pageant” had the old, old story told in rhyme, with volunteers from …


Last Year’s Bazaar

At Second Congregational Church’s Snowball Bazaar, the Silent Auction attracts a lot of interest with antiques, vintage items, quality new …


Preparing the Bazaar

Volunteers prepare for the 2015 Snowball Bazaar (67th annual bazaar) which started small, with a few tables of Christmas ornaments …

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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, …

OD People Hiking

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

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    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.

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