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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.
  • “Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome to worship with Second Congregational Church this Sunday morning at 10 o’clock.  Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for A Joyful Path.  Nursery care is provided.  The Chancel Choir will offer two anthems of praise—“He Is Wonderful” and “Total Praise.”  Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon, based on the readings from Joel and Luke, is entitled, “Shame No More, Humility Always.”

    A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall.

    Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming, Green Justice Congregation of the United Church of Christ.  That means 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, and we are committed to the care of and advocacy for the earth.  Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible.  For further information, call the church office at 442-2559 or see our website at www.bennscc.org/2cc.”




    Celebrations this week:

    Oct 23 – Lindsey Findley

    Oct 24 – Cora DeLucia

                   – Maggie Briggs

    Oct 30 – Jan & Mike Day’s 45th Anniversary


    5:00 pm Sunday Supper

    6 p.m.  Interfaith Potluck Supper at First Baptist Church – Cancelled

    Tues., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. Administrative Council, Rm. 2

    Coming Up:

    Come one. Come all to the ANNUAL CHURCH CLEAN UP to be held on Sat. November 12th from 8:30 am until noon. Please bring rakes, tarps, brooms and leaf blowers (and anyone you can) to help.  Please direct questions to Bruce Smith or Doug Krause.  Can’t make it that Saturday?   Come down at another time and make a dent.

    The Seafarer Ditty Bags are small tokens of appreciation for the work of the merchant mariners who are detained on ships. Items will be collected Sunday, November 6th.






    Hair Brushes

    Tooth Brushes





    Nail Files


    Shoe Polish

    Writing Paper

    Nail Clippers


    Devotional Booklet

    First Aid Kits




    Playing Cards

    Shaving Cream

    Mending Kit

    Long Underwear


    October 26: 1:00-3:00: Journaling with a Purpose hosted by VCIL at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School Street. Learn a focused approach to journaling with an emphasis on learning how to heal. Events are free, but registration is required to ensure enough materials. These are chemical- and scent-free events. For more information, to register and/or to request accommodations: Lynn Mazza, VCIL, 601 Main St. Bennington, 802-442-1876, lmazza@vcil.org


    3rd Quarter Giving Statements are available on the hutch in the lobby.


    If you would like to donate to the victims of Hurricane Matthew please use the One Great Hour of Sharing envelopes on the back table.

    Before the Christmas ads bombard us, Eaarth Advocates are reminding each other of the joy of simplicity in the holidays. Let’s pare down to what brings us joy and what’s good for God’s earth.  In the next week, we’ll highlight “alternative giving” (ex. Heifer, Emergency Food & Fuel), a pre-Advent book sale, Christmas wrapping that doesn’t add to the landfill, and more.  Please add your ideas for alternative giving to the list in Webster Hall.


180th Birthday

On Sunday September 25 Second Congo celebrated its 180th birthday. The special worship service featured four historical characters from the church’s past, and four “Grasshopper Tales” (five-minute stories, in the style of Moth Radio stories, each told by a member of the congregation who participated in a “leap of faith” in the church’s history). The adult choir sang and the handbell choir rang, both under the direction of Sue Green. Vintage photographs and newspaper clippings from events such as the explosion of the church organ, will be on display in the social hall.
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The Sun and Fun! festival on Saturday August 20 at Second Congregational Church, was a day to celebrate the environment and local community.

It featured live music, kids’ activities, and over 25 different community and environmentally friendly groups, including an eclectic mix of groups who meet regularly at the church – from beekeepers to quilters. Live and lively music was provided by The Hale Mountain Pickers. Lunch was prepared by a local professional chef and her team, all from the congregation. 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 …

Walk For Climate Change

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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The cold reality of human impact on the environment Update on Eaarth Advocates’ Environmental Activism So, Why is “Eaarth” spelled …



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

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

    Or visit the church
    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.

    We will be pleased to hear from you

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