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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.



    Celebrations this week:

    July 30th – Lorna Cheriton



    Linda Johnson’s birthday

    5 pm Sunday Supper


    This Week at Second Congregational Church:

    July 27th 7pm – 8:30pm Jesus Fatwah (Rm6)


    Next Sunday:

    Worship will be led by Bruce Lee-Clark and Charlie Gingo is joining as a guest speaker. We welcome Charlie back to our church for what is now his 2nd annual GBICS update.  Charlie is currently the chair of the board of the Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services.



    ~Trustees please remind everyone to please keep pledges up to date during the summer.


    ~Please signup to provide snack for Sunday Socials after worship on one of the Sundays in July and August.


    ~During the months of July and August we will be having one of the hymns during worship as a “request” hymn, so if you have a special hymn that you would like to sing, please list it on the form and return it to the office.  Forms will be in the office and Sanctuary.


    ~The Jesus Fatwah will be held Wednesday evenings July 13th to August 10th from 7pm – 8:30pm in Room 6.  All are welcome to join to learn more about Islam.


    ~OWL Program for Middle Schoolers – The Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship is offering the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program for middle schoolers and their parents on Sunday mornings and has invited our youth to participate this coming year.  (It was a joint offering a few years ago when Tim and Nora facilitated the program.)  It is a sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice.  They have two female facilitators already, but need a male one.  If you are interested, see David Durfee or talk with Nora or Tim about the offering.


    ~Sunday Suppers – Our three regular dishwashers, Tom, Doug, and me, (each once or twice a month) are, surprisingly, getting older and looking forward to having new hands take over. If you are interested in being a regular – or a when-needed substitute, please talk to me.  – David Durfee replacement


    ~UCC Southwest Association Spiritual Development and Education Committee, is bringing back a Faith and Nature overnight experience! The event will begin on Sunday, August 7th at 3 p.m. For more information get a flyer form the office.


    ~Benefit Organ Concert by Elisabeth Kulas to be held at Grace Congregational UCC at 8 Court St in Rutland on Weds. July 27th at Noon.


    ~The UUFB Welcome Diversity Committee welcomes you to a summer book discussion. Read and discuss “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving.  It will be held in 3 sessions and will have 2 separate groups.  Thursday evening group will meet from 6:30-8:30pm on July 28th, Aug 18th, and Sept 8th.  The Wednesday morning group will meet from 10-Noon on Aug 3rd, 24th, and Sept 14th.  You can sign up or learn more by calling 802-440-9816 or email info@uubennington.org

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.

The LGBTQ community and the Greater Bennington Interfaith Council held a vigil Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Four Corners in Bennington to honor victims of the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando FL. The Bennington Banner reported that over 100 people attended. Leaders of faith communities of Bennington and Arlington participated, several wearing rainbow-colored vestments. Rainbow signs were held by members of the Unitarian Fellowship. On the corner under the clock, a young woman with rainbow-colored hair and a man with rainbow-colored socks shared the sidewalk with a sign “We Weep for Orlando and all LGBT communities.” read more


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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Update on Eaarth Advocates

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Living Lightly on God’s Earth: A Guide to Spiritual Practices Focused on the Environment   During Lent, instead of fasting, …

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Lent and EAARTH

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    Second Congregational Church,  115 Hillside Street,  Bennington VT 05201
    Telephone: 802-442-2559,  e-mail: bennscc@sover.net

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    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.

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