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Sun and Fun


SUN AND FUN 2018

This year’s fourth annual Summer festival was a gift to the community by Second Congregational Church to increase awareness of how we can take care of God’s earth as well as to let the community better know who we are at Second Congo.

The festival’s kick-off was an evening-before conversation with Vermont Senator Brian Campion about what Vermont is doing on environmental issues and what our state needs more action on. After Brian’s talk, an ice cream CONE social let conversation carry on without any dishes or spoons to wash up or (horrors) discard. (Throughout the festival, drinks were in reusable Mason jars, lunch on washable plates, and plastic was avoided.)

Saturday’s sunny day (without the recent excessive heat and humidity) was perfect for the many displays and activities outdoors in front of the church. A bat cave held bat silhouettes wearing questions about bats and their lives; kids of all ages exploring the cave opened the folded silhouettes to reveal the answers to the questions. Nearby, Cindy Hudson-Knapp painted faces and arms while her assistants signed up kids and helped them choose their designs. Children painted on long reams of paper, producing, in the course of the day, four colorful murals which are now displayed in the church sanctuary.

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Mayfest 2018


MAYFEST 2018

Our church had a lively and much-visited booth at the downtown festival Mayfest on Saturday. Beautiful posters displayed photos and text of activities and people of our congregation. Members of the congregation had baked around 400 cookies which we bagged and handed out with a message about our church. The message “God is still speaking…. and loving” was elevated on helium-filled balloons which we also handed out free to kids of all ages. When the helium tank blew off one balloon and sent it skyward at rocket speed, our man working the the tank told the gathered folks, “Come to our church. It’s a blast!” Reverend Mark Blank and congregation members ranging in age from 8 to 89 greeted passers-by who stopped for the cookies and balloons. Cindy Hudson-Knapp (and the apprentices she had initiated into the art of face painting, Cora DeLucia and Lorna Cheriton) painted faces, arms and hands in a myriad of designs including snakes, spiders, dolphins, flowers, and rainbows. as well as the “rainbow kitty,” all black tiger, and spider man that were requested by little kids. Congregation folks also staffed the neighboring booth, Climate Advocates, helping to raise awareness about environmental issues and what we can do to sustain our earth.

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BELL RINGERS


BELL RINGERS

For the first time ever, Second Congo’s hand bell choir hosted the annual gathering of Vermont hand bell ringers. Our Director Sue Green and her Jubellaire Ringers took a major role in organizing the 2018 Spring Ring that brought 190 bell ringers to Bennington. At the Middle School, rehearsals for the 4pm concert were interspersed with workshops that included special hand bell techniques, ukelele workshops led by Second Congo’s Music Director Matt Edwards, hand drumming led by Jay Sager, and dancing the Virginia Reel with hand bells. Refreshments for the morning gathering, lunch, and the breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon were provided by SCC’s Jane Norrie, Ginny Ray, Norma McShane and Barbara French.

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CHOIRS OF ANGELS


CHOIRS OF ANGELS

During Advent and Christmas, our church sanctuary was graced with choirs of angels, one for each member of our congregation. Cindy Hudson-Knapp researched “silhouettes of angels” and printed out a variety. The installation required a lot of scissor-action, then hanging the angel cut-outs on Christmas ornament hangers and suspending them from delicate gauze fabric that was festooned with myriads of tiny star-like lights. Barbara True-Weber, Mike Weber, Marsh Hudson-Knapp and others created this special enhancement of our worship.

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THE PAGEANT 2017


THE PAGEANT 2017

After such a good time doing an “improv” Christmas pageant the past two years, we held our third annual impromptu pageant on Sunday December 17, with no rehearsals and no assigned parts. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark read the story of the first Christmas in verse. As she mentioned a character, folks in the congregation who wanted to portray that character would go to the table of simple costumes, put one on and come up front while the rest of the congregation sang a few verses of a carol. Roles were not gender or age specific so people could play whoever they wanted; we had two Josephs, numerous shepherds and heavenly personages including a dancing 4-year-old angel, two kings and a knight (these three wise personages all were aged seven and younger). Immediately after the pageant, our new co-pastor Mark Blank, who has had a career in musical and improvisational theater, told the participants and the rest of the congregation how much he enjoyed the pageant, saying that improv theater is a spiritual endeavor in that participants open themselves to the vulnerability of the unexpected.
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Carol Singing 2017


CAROL SINING 2017

A group singing carols has visited homebound church members in their homes and at the Center for Living and Rehabilitation for many past Christmases, but it would have taken a much larger batch of “figgy pudding” to serve the  increased number of singers who carpooled December 17 to visit church members whom we don’t often see at church.  At their homes, at CLR, and at the Veterans’ Home, we sang, taking requests from the folks we’d come to sing for, many of whom sang along, as well as from the singers. Besides re-connecting with friends who cannot make it to church, some of us had the opportunity to introduce ourselves to residents at CLR and the Vets Home, including expressing our thanks for his service to a double-amputee, two-tour veteran of the Vietnam War who told one of us that he had commanded a platoon, caring for his men’s psychological welfare as well as their involvement in conflict.
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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!

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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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Pentecost


Pentecost

A worship service brimming with joyful music to honor Choir Director Emerita Linda Johnson on June 16 raised many joyful noises unto the Lord – piano, organ, chancel choir, handbell choir, Gospel singers and hymns – within the setting of the origami spiral of the Pentecostal cranes of peace.

The Jubellaire Handbell Ringers called us to worship with “Spirit Song,” accompanied by Jenn Clarkson-Smith on flute. The Chancel Choir and the Gospel Singers, under the direction of Music Director Matt Edwards, offered anthems and songs to “sing us into God’s presence.” Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon, based on Psalm 100, was entitled, “A Joyful Noise.”The spirit of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended and landed on the heads of the disciples, continued to be celebrated with the red vestment on the communion table and the spiral of origami doves of peace ascending upwards. A special Sunday Social in Webster Hall honored Linda Johnson, Choir Director Emerita, for her over 40 years directing the choir.

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Mayfest

Mayfest

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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