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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.
  • “Come enjoy Sun and Fun today at Second Congregational Church on Hillside St. from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.!  and then join us Sunday morning at 10 o’clock for worship and celebration of the God who is the Source of both sun and fun!  The Rev. Bill Thwing will offer reflections as a faith-based climate change activist and including the earth in Jesus’ question, “Who is our neighbor?” in the parable of the Good Samaritan.  Special music will be offered by David Haley.

    A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall.

    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 contact the church office at 442-2559 or see our website at www.bennscc.org/2cc.




     Celebrations this week:

    Aug 21Finn Payne, Tim Payne, and Loo Dana

    Aug 24 – Kinsey Boudreau

    Aug 26 – Colleen Nesbit

    Aug 27 – Grace & George Sohn’s Anniversary


    5:00 pm Sunday Supper

    This Week at Second Congregational Church:

    Tues., Aug. 23: 10 a.m. Stewardship Committee

    7 p.m.  Next Level Task Force

    Wed. August 24 – 4:45pm – 6pm Gospel Singers

    Thurs., Aug. 25, 7 p.m. Administrative Council


    Contributions to the gift for Nancy Wright are due this week.

    Openings are available for new worship Greeters in the upcoming schedule which David Haley is arranging. He invites anyone (of any age) to greet on any two Sundays from Sept. 4, 2016 to Aug. 27, 2016.  You may ask your spouse, partner, friend, or child(ren) to greet alongside you.  Your two Sundays may be consecutive or separated.

    Also, if any veteran Greeter needs to change from the Sunday which he/she has in the schedule soon ending, please let David know. Anyone with questions or changes should contact him by Aug. 24, either in person or by calling 802-447-7178 and leaving a message.

    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.

    Monday, 22 August, 2-4 P.M., Sacred Heart-St. Francis: Interfaith Fundraising Letter Gala!! Get with the fun of hanging with friends, chatting away, as we sign our fundraising letter that brings at least 1/3 of total funds needed to fill the coffers of the Food and Fuel Fund. We also have friendly competition to see how many envelopes we can stuff, seal, and stamp–all within two hours (or maybe a little longer, but not much).

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

Jana turns over compost and learns about backyard composting in the Earth Life Explorers Camp, a free day camp for children aged 5-8 (K-3rd grade) who live in and around downtown Bennington.


Professional and para-professional staff, in cooperation with the One World Conservation Center and the Greater Bennington Interfaith Council, created the camp, which meets 9am to 1pm at Second Congregational Church on Hillside St, Bennington and offers adventures in the natural world, arts and music designed to nurture appreciation of all creation. For information or to register a child for week 2 (July 11-14), 3 (August 1-4) or 4 (August 8-11), contact the church office 442-2559 between 8:30 and 12:30 weekdays or Jane Norrie at 430-4107.


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

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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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