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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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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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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

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Every Thursday the Singers at Second Congo practice at 7 PM with our dynamic director Matt Edwards. We are growing as singers, as a group, and having fun together! Come enjoy the music every Sunday at 10 or come practice and sing with us Thursdays!


Busy Bees

Busy Bees: Members of the Church’s Earth Advocates and Climate Advocates Bennington are fast at work Saturday April first making paper maché bee bodies for the Climate March in Washington. Next workshop 3 PM Friday April 7th at the Hudson-Knapp House, 2674 South Stream Road, Bennington. Anyone who wants to help will be welcomed and appreciated! The group also appreciated …

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Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras (which falls on February 28, 2017) is French for “Fat Tuesday,” reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. It also refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, celebrated all over the world but especially famous in Rio de Janeiro and in New Orleans, during the weeks before Ash Wednesday. In countries such as England, Mardi Gras is also known as Shrove Tuesday, which is derived from the word shrive, meaning “confess.”

At Second Congregational Church, we celebrated Mardi Gras Sunday during February 26 worship, a celebration full of music and color. Music Director Matt Edwards, who is originally from Louisiana, led the choir and congregation in exuberant music. Altar flowers, given by Deb Perkins, were in the Mardi Gras colors of purple (representing justice), gold (symbolizing power) and green (symbolizing faith), as was the icing on the “King cakes” baked by the choir for the Sunday social after worship.

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Tom and Nancy 60th

On Sunday February 19 we celebrated the 60th wedding anniversary of Tom and NancyJean Steffen. After his retirement in 1994, Pastor Emeritus Tom Steffen has shoveled snow, made Sunday coffee for Sunday morning and other events, set up tables for the Sunday socials after worship, organized tables for events such as the Antiques Show and the Snowball Bazaar and taken on numerous other tasks. NancyJean is chair of the Board of Trustees, head of the huge Serendipity “recycled treasures” section of the Snowball bazaar, resource person for the church caretaker and office administrator, was one of the overseers of the sanctuary renovation, Director of the handbell choir for 20 years, and a person who notices what needs doing and gets things done in so many areas of our church endeavors. We can also celebrate this year being the 52nd anniversary of their “marriage” to Second Congregational Church.

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