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Extraordinary Experiences

All are invited to explore “Extraordinary Living” at Second Congregational Church during this Sunday morning’s 10 o’clock worship service. Three athletes will speak about how physical activity makes them feel the glory of God as human beings more fully alive through mindful exercise. Lorna Cheriton, Tim Payne, and Bruce Smith will reflect on how they are “MOVED BY THE SPIRIT.”


Advocating for our Earth

Have you been roasting hot lately? troubled by the inundation of ticks & Lyme disease… concerned by increasingly wild storms, deeply concerned about Global Warming?  Many people are becoming more and more troubled by Climate Change and our limited progress locally, state wide and nationally.  Climate Advocates Bennington 350VT and Earth Advocates of Second Congregational Church invite you to get involved: call …


Eric and Ernie

Thank you to all those members who shared their stories during Pride Month! Pastor mark Blank

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Celebrating Mary


Celebrating Mary Lee Clark’s 23 years as pastor of Second Congregational Church, on her retirement April 15, worship was glorious with music by the chancel choir, hand bell choir, Gospel choir and by Music Director Matt Edwards on organ and piano. Communion was celebrated, Mary was released from her vows as pastor, and she was presented with books of photos and memories of her time as pastor, a hand-made quilt, a floral promise of a video of congregation members and friends telling their memories, and a box of chocolates together with gifts from the congregation towards her retirement travel. Following worship, the luncheon in Webster Hall featured lasagna and salad, a delicious cake made and decorated by Dara Lindley, and tributes by Tom Steffen and Ernie Lafontaine to Mary and her family.

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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 …


Cool Congregations Challenge

SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC BENNINGTON, VT chosen as a winner in the Community Inspiration category of the Cool Congregations Challenge. The Regeneration Project of the national Interfaith Power & Light announced the win in late February and will highlight out church’s achievement on its blog, Facebook account, and on IPL’s Cool Congregations Website. Second Congregational Church has long been interested …


Snowball Bazaar 2017

Second Congregational Church was a “hopping place” Friday December 1 and 2 with the 69th annual Snowball Bazaar! Community folks crowded the Serendipity rooms seeking bargains and Silent Auction searching out treasures. Handmade treats for cats, dogs and wild birds drew animal lovers to Pet Pourri. Beautiful wreaths were made by congregation members. And delicious soups, chili, sandwiches, salads, and …


Raking Leaves

On a chilly Saturday morning November 18, a team of energetic 2CC members raked leaves and dragged tarps full of them to the woods, cleaning up the church grounds for winter in record time of a few intense hours of work.


Sewing and Crafting Bee

sewing and crafting bee on Saturday, November 4 was a busy and fun morning of making toys and treats for dogs, cats, wild birds, and pet owners… to be sold at the Pet Pourri booth at our Snowball Bazaar Friday Dec 1 and Saturday Dec 2. A


Bennington Battle Day Parade

For the Bennington Battle Day Parade, Second Congregational Church’s Sun and Fun team (in yellow shirts) joined with the local Climate advocates group (blue shirts) and the Peace and Justice Resource people to march in the parade carrying signs and a 6-ft earth, which drew lots of applause from spectators.


Joyful Path

During worship August 6, the children had the polar bears sliding on their iceberg and swimming in the surrounding “ocean” as the kids learned something about icebergs melting in the Arctic.

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