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    What does it mean to “Be the Church”
          : Care for the poor.  Fight for the powerless
          : Share earthly and spiritual resources
          : Protect the environment
          : Reject racism
          : Celebrate diversity
          : Forgive often
          : Love God. Enjoy this life


  • “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.



    May 29 – Chuck Tobias

    June 4 – Fran & Bucky Broomhall’s 62nd Anniversary


    5:00 pm       Sunday Supper


    • Pentecost–Next Sunday, June 4 — You are invited to wear something red. If you’ve been working on origami Peace Cranes, please bring them in today!
    • We are also wrapping up our Bridge to the Future Capital Campaign on June 4. If you haven’t turned in your Estimate of Giving yet, please do so by next Sunday. Extra forms are in Webster Hall.
    • Ministries Council meets after worship on June 4, 11:35 in the Clayton Room.
    • Picnic Sunday is June 11! Bring a salad or dessert to share and whatever you’d like to grill. Condiments, beverages, and grills will be provided.




    • Tri-City Valley Cats—For a number of years, we got a group of tickets for a Tri-City Valley Cats Minor League Baseball Game in Troy. Is this something we’d like to start up again? If you’d be willing to be our “point person,” please speak to Mary Lee-Clark or Erin Liimatainen in the office. (Al Ray was our original point person, so talk to Al if you want to know what this involves.)


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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Climate March

Joy and Bill Thwing participated in the April 29th Montpelier Climate Rally which occurred Sunday afternoon after two days of their participation as delegates to the Annual Meeting of the Vermont United Church of Christ Conference at Lake Morey VT. It was a beautiful day and there were about 3000 people gathered on the State House lawn to hear Bernie Sanders, Peter Welsh and various other state climate change activists and legislators. Everybody had creative signs and messages on display. One group from Barre were singing peace songs a capella and in harmony while moving through the crowds carrying a flock of large white swans on poles which were flapping gracefully in the light wind. Various faith-based climate booths ringed the perimeter of the lawn. Photos are of the rally as are the haiku Bill wrote while lounging on the grass.

While Bill and Joy were in Montepelier, Marshall and Cindy Hudson-Knapp, also of Second Congregational Church, journeyed to Washington, DC taking some twenty papier mache “bees.” Cindy, an artist, had directed the creation of this “hive” by a group in Bennington prior to the marches. A group of young people carried the “bees” at the front of the march, while Marsh, outfitted as Mr. Tree was as green as Second Congregational Church’s commitment to the environment.

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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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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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Update on Eaarth Advocates

The cold reality of human impact on the environment Update on Eaarth Advocates’ Environmental Activism So, Why is “Eaarth” spelled ...
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Living Lightly on God’s Earth: A Guide to Spiritual Practices Focused on the Environment During Lent, instead of fasting, let's ...
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Lent and EAARTH

Lent and EAARTH (1) There are a number of ways to live Lent. One is to suffer a bit, to ...
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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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