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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.


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

Click here for slideshow Celebrating Mary Lee Clark's 23 years as pastor of Second Congregational Church, on her retirement April ...
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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 ...
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Cool Congregations Challenge

SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC BENNINGTON, VT chosen as a winner in the Community Inspiration category of the Cool Congregations Challenge ...
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Snowball Bazaar 2017

Second Congregational Church was a "hopping place" Friday December 1 and 2 with the 69th annual Snowball Bazaar! Community folks ...
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Raking Leaves

On a chilly Saturday morning November 18, a team of energetic 2CC members raked leaves and dragged tarps full of ...
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Sewing and Crafting Bee

sewing and crafting bee on Saturday, November 4 was a busy and fun morning of making toys and treats for ...
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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 ...
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Joyful Path

During worship August 6, the children had the polar bears sliding on their iceberg and swimming in the surrounding "ocean" ...
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Painting the Rooms

Three rooms of the Christian Education Wing were newly painted the first week of June. By 8am on Saturday June ...
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Preparing for Pentecost

For Pentecost this year, when we celebrate the Holy Spirit coming down to settle on the disciples, folks in Second ...
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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 ...
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Singers

Click here for slideshow Every Thursday the Singers at Second Congo practice at 7 PM with our dynamic director Matt ...
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Busy Bees

Click here for slideshow Busy Bees: Members of the Church's Earth Advocates and Climate Advocates Bennington are fast at work ...
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180th Birthday

On Sunday September 25 Second Congo celebrated its 180th birthday. The special worship service featured four historical characters from the ...
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Sun and Fun Day

The Sun and Fun! festival on Saturday August 20 at Second Congregational Church, was a day to celebrate the environment ...
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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

Sunday June 5 During worship, third grade students were given bibles, and teachers and other leaders were acknowledged. A picnic ...
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Be the Church

“Be the Church” was the theme of the meeting, and it is the headline of the banner hanging in our ...
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Easter 2016

Click here for slideshow A glorious array of lilies on the altar, exuberant music by the singing choir and the ...
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Jungle Wilderness

On Sunday March 13 a Wilderness of Jungle surrounds a jar of nard, the fragrant oil that Mary poured on ...
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Knitting

Click here for slideshow A hand-knit sweater and hand-knit baby blanket are pictured above. As in past years, knitters of ...
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Ocean Wilderness March 6

Blue waves of ocean wilderness rolled on the altar table, surfing onto a shore of beautiful shells and drawing congregation ...
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The Wilderness – Desert

Congregation members admire the desert wilderness created on the altar by Barbara True-Weber and Mike Weber ...
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2CC Donations for Refugees

Jackets, hats, mittens and boots as well as large pots and pans were donated by 2CC members for refugees being ...
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The Wilderness

Members of the congregation admire the Mountain "Wilderness" created on the altar table by Barbara and Mike. Our church is ...
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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 ...
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2015 Snowball Bazaar

An intense week of preparation by congregational members (plus friends and family) working together culminated in Friday evening and Saturday's ...
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Snowball Bazaar 2015

"An intense week of preparation by congregational members (plus friends and family) working together culminated in Friday evening and Saturday's ...
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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 ...
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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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Pet Pourri

An inter-generational work-bee on Saturday November 14 was a lot of fun. We made toys, fleece beds, treats and more ...
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Fall cleanup

Despite the cool and windy Saturday, a good turn-out of hardy congregation members brought rakes, leaf blowers and tarps to ...
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Pastor’s 20th anniversary

On Sunday October 25 Second Congregational Church celebrated the 20th anniversary of Reverend Mary Lee-Clark becoming our pastor, in 1995 ...
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Sun and Fun Day

Sun and Fun! a community celebration of the environment, solar, and sustainability was held Saturday, August 22 from 10-3 pm ...
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Solar Panels dedicated on Summer Solstice

On Sunday June 21, the Summer Solstice, we dedicated our 72 solar panels, installed this spring on our south-facing roof ...
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Pentecost May 24, 2015

Click here for slideshow During worship on Pentecost Sunday, congregation members built an altar by processing up the central aisle ...
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Easter Bloom

In Lent last year, 2014, a fire-pit bowl was brought into the sanctuary and filled with stones from a local ...
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Maundy Thursday worship service

Maundy Thursday worship service of simple supper in remembrance of the Last Supper, with communion, music and readings: ...
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The People’s Climate March, Sunday Sept. 21 in NYC

This march was the largest march calling for action on the climate. There were over 2,000 folks from Vermont to ...
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Crop Walk, Sunday October 19th at 1pm

End hunger one step at a time. Signup at the web link below or at on Sundays at Second Congregational ...
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Rally Sunday, September 14, 2014

Following worship, the whole church family was invited to “rally” in exploring a number of different service and mission opportunities ...
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Church World Service Kits

As the sign reads, the wall of cartons are from 27 churches.  They weigh 3,092 pounds and contain 777 School Kits, ...
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Kids help conserve energy by insulating electrical outlets

As part of our Lenten activities, to raise awareness and promote earth sustaining activity, the Eaarth Advocate Group sponsored an ...
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One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of Sharing is an offering that makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around ...
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Tibetan Prayer Flags

These flags are prayers for the Earth.  Folks put their intentions in a prayer as they decorate the flag.  Then ...
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Youth Group’s Potato Brunch

Thank you to all for your generosity!  The youth group raised enough money to send one team to the Big ...
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The Face of Jesus by Janice Campbell

The Face of Jesus  by Janice Campbell Recently I have been pondering how we usually celebrate the Lord’s Supper. And ...
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Profile: Dara Lindley

Dara K. Lindley is one of our faithful members who joined us in 2001.  She drives up from Pownal to ...
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Youth Service, Sunday May 19th, enjoyed by all

Wonderful service for Pentecost Sunday lead by our youth group. Please click the link below to our Facebook page to ...
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Three Confirmands, Sunday, May 12th

Wonderful Mother's Day gift as three of our youth get Confirmed.  Congratulations! Please click the link below to our Facebook ...
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“You are my beloved” April 14, 2013

"You are my beloved"–What the church might learn from Positive Psychology Final Project for the Certificate in Positive Psychology by ...
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Youth Group Potato Brunch, March 17,2013

The Youth Group baked and then prepared potatoes for the congregation on Sunday morning, March 17th.  The brunch included a ...
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Tales of a Life- Changing Foursome by Jane Norrie

Jane Norrie has been a member of Second Congregational Church since 1977.  Her late husband was a UCC Pastor and ...
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2012 Giving Tree

Every year our Mission Team works with local agencies to provide gifts for families in Bennington County.  This picture is of the tree ...
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CROP Walk 2012

CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk : We had 7 Hoppers who raised $185.72! Way to go Hoppers! We ...
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Toy Box, Book Shelf and Gifts delivered!

Most of our youth group is under the age requirement to work on Habitat sites.  However, our group still wanted ...
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Spring Cleanup

On Saturday April 28, a number of folks of Second Congregational Church came as early as 8am and began the ...
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Harriette Leidich 100 years

Click here for slideshow Harriette Leidich grew up in Griswold, Iowa, the daughter of a newspaper editor. She wrote her ...
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Iron Man (Rachel Payne)

An Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a marathon, a 26.2 mile run ...
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Making the Stranger Visible (Lorna Cheriton)

After growing up often feeling like a misfit, even (or especially) in my school and family, I found myself drawn ...
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I used to be sort of fast (Bruce Smith)

I used to be sort of fast. It was all about time and distance, which I thought was important. All ...
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