Advent, the season leading up to Christmas may be an invitation to awaken from our numbed endurance and our domesticated expectations, to consider our life afresh in light of new gifts that God is about to give…” Be ready at any moment for God to appear in your life as inspiration, opportunity, insight, person, possibility.
Our church’s banner photo (above) is of the snowflakes (each one unique just as people are) and the trees… all made by Barbara true-Weber and other creative people of our church especially for Advent 2016. Advent, the season leading up to Christmas, is “an invitation to awaken from our numbed endurance and our domesticated expectations, to consider our life afresh in light of new gifts that God is about to give…” Be ready at any moment for God to appear in your life as inspiration, opportunity, insight, person, possibility.
“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.
BIRTHDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS THIS WEEK:
Feb 28 – Nancy Wright
Feb 29 – Jan Day
Mar 1 – Inge Fricke
Mar 2 – Daniel Hetherington
Mar 3 – Emily Grace Maynard
11:30 a.m. Ministries Council meeting in the Clayton Room
5:00 pm Sunday Supper
- It is Transfiguration Sunday. To celebrate this final Sunday in Epiphany, and in anticipation of Mardi Gras, we welcome our guest musicians in worship and invite you to a Mardi Gras Sunday Social, complete with “king cakes,” a special New Orleans tradition.
THIS WEEK AT SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH:
- Wed., Mar. 1—Ash Wednesday—There will be a service of communion and optional imposition of ashes in our sanctuary at 7 p.m.
- Here @ Second Congregational “Pizza & Movie Night” Sat. Mar. 4th Hosted by the All Church Fellowship. All are welcome for assorted pizzas including veggie, drinks and deserts will also be provided, followed by the film “Man of The House” starring Chevy Chase, Johnathan Taylor Thomas, and Farrah Fawcett.
- Cabin Fever? Come and join us for the Fellowship luncheon on Wed. March 1st at 12 noon. There is a sign-up sheet in Webster hall if you wish to bring something.
- It’s the first Sunday of the month, so you are reminded to bring items of non-perishable food or household items like paper towels, toilet paper, laundry, etc. for the BROC Food Shelf. It’s also the First Sunday in Lent, and the Deacons have challenged us once again to bring items for the Food Shelf every Sunday throughout Lent. Can we collect 300 items??
- Sunday, Mar. 12—Spring Listening Event with Vt. Conference Minister, Rev. Lynn Bujnak, at the United Church of Dorset and E. Rupert, 2-4 p.m.
- Reading Group – The next session of the Reading Group will take place after worship on Sunday, March 5. Readers have been asked to report on a worthwhile biography (autobiography, memoir) they believe others would like to think about – and perhaps read. All welcome to discussion, even if you have not read a biography.
- The Bennington Homeless Coalition has just opened a new-to-them house on Main Street and they are in need of some items to furnish it.
They would be delighted to have the following:
20 new pillows, 20 extra-long (college-dorm size) twin sheets , dining room chairs, lamps – standing and table, full length or half-length mirrors for bathrooms, cooking utensils, curtains (not drapes): 4 63″ length for offices, 1 24″ for bathrooms, 2 bath mats, laundry detergent and other cleaning products, personal hygiene products for men and women: pads, tampons, toothbrushes, paste, soaps….
These can be delivered directly to them at 966 Main St on Monday evening, Tuesday evening, or Saturday (if so, please notify Grace so I can check it off the list!), or brought to the Mission Room.
- Beth El is hosting their Monday night suppers on the last Monday of each month they have asked us to spread the word that this month’s Monday Supper is on Feb. 27th from 5pm-6pm at Beth El.
- The Heart of Centering Prayer workshops and reading course at St Peters Episcopal Church Bi-Monthly sessions from February 26th – June 11th. Beginning at Noon on Sunday, Feb 26th, there will be a series of workshops and reading of the Reverend Cynthia Bourgeault’s book “The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice”. In this course we will learn the practice of Centering Prayer, the teachings of the false-self and separate self, Heart Awareness, and the sections from the Cloud of Unknowing as covered in her book. This course of practice and study is fit for first time beginners as well as seasoned Centering Prayer practitioners.
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.
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
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Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside Street, Bennington VT 05201
Telephone: 802-442-2559, e-mail: email@example.com
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.
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