"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. A progressive church, with opportunities for questioning and seeking, musical and mission-minded, we were Vermont's first "Open and Affirming" congregation and welcome - into the worship, fellowship, membership, and full life of our church -- all persons of faith and those seeking faith, regardless of race, social or economic status, physical abilities or sexual orientation.

Come, Seek, Pray, Learn..

  Worship begins at 10 a.m., and all people of faith or in search of faith are welcome. Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. We welcome all to our work and worship, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. Nursery care is provided. For further information, call the church office at 442-2559.
  • As the church year comes to a close this Sunday, we give thanks and remember those who have died during this past year and beyond. Join us in worship at Second Congregational Church, UCC, at 10 o’clock this Sunday morning, as the Handbell Choir calls us to worship with “Song of Remembrance,” by Arnold Sherman. Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play and the Middle- and High-school Class meets. Nursery care is provided. The Chancel Choir’s anthem is “Autumn Carol” by Schultz-Widmar, and they will be joined by handbells. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon is entitled, “Connected in Grief,” and the Service of Memory and Hope follows. Names of those members and loved ones who have died are read as candles are lit, and there is an opportunity to come forward and light a candle in memory of loved ones not already named. The ends with an anthem by the Chancel Choir entitled, “How Do I Love Thee?” based on the poem by Elizabeth Barret Browning.

  • 67th Annual Snowball Bazaar
    Its time to start thinking about how “you” can participate:

    Saturday, November 14th 10 am – help make pet items
    Sunday, November 29th 11:35 am – 12:30pm help “empty” the classroom and lobby into the Sanctuary
    Sunday, November 29th – December 2nd bring in donations for the Silent Auction & Serendipity
    Monday, November 30th – December 1st help decorate wreaths
    Monday, November 30th – December 3rd help sort -& clean for Serendipity
    Thursday, December 3rd and 4th – Bake for Food Tables
    Friday Dessert and Saturday Lunch
    Friday, December 4th and 5th Take money from various posts

    Bring your family and friends to the Snowball Bazaar
    Friday, December 4th from 6 pm – 8:30 pm
    Saturday, December 5th 9:30 am – 3 pm
    Saturday, December 5th 3pm – 6 pm Help restore the building and all its “stuff”
  • November 25 – Marilyn and Sidney Russell’s 48th Anniversary
    November 26 – Verda Ullom
    Amanda Ranttila
    November 27 – David Barker
    November 28 – Sharon Yarnall

    We are making a special effort to collect non-perishable food and household items like toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, laundry soap, toothpaste, etc. during the month of November. Items for holiday meals are also welcome. There will be baskets and boxes near the communion table each Sunday for you to place them in, or bring them in a reusable grocery bag.

    This week at Second Congregational Church

    Tuesday, November 24th 5 p.m. We will be there from 5pm until all 900 bags are done. So come for as long as you can to help.
    Any adults are welcome to lend their hands. Anyone who has Wednesday off (or part of Wed. off) is also welcome to help deliver some of the meals.
    Please contact Lara Frenzel at lmfpp71@yahoo.com with any questions regarding delivering of meals.
    We are also trying to plan ahead for our sponsoring youth for Christmas. We thought Sunday, December 13th directly after church would be the ideal shopping day. Please let us know if you can make that day as soon as possible. If we do not get confirmation of interest before Thanksgiving, then we will not participate this year.
    Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks, Michelle and Lara

    Thursday, November 26th – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

    Next Sunday, Nov. 29th – First Sunday in Advent! Sign up to light Advent Candles with a friend or family and/or read Scripture. Sheet is on bulletin to the right of the Office door.
    Next Sunday is also furniture moving day! Please plan to stay awhile after the service to help us clear rooms in preparation for the Snowball Bazaar.

    The cookbook, Soup for Syria, a fundraiser for Syrian refugees, will be available for pre-order in November.  The Bennington Bookshop has graciously offered a 20% discount on the book, bringing the cost to a very reasonable $24. Please consider purchasing one, or more, for your favorite cooks.  100% of profits will go to Syrian refugees.

    Administrator for Callirgos Loan Fund wanted–For the past several years, Sue Wiskoski has administered this fund which is used primarily by 2CC folks.  It is a no-interest loan fund, for items or needs up to $500.  The administrator must have basic financial skills and knowledge, be able to maintain confidences and refrain from judgmentalism.  For more info, see Sue Wiskoski or Mary Lee-Clark.
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Pet Pourri

An inter-generational work-bee on Saturday November 14 was a lot of fun. We made toys, …

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Fall cleanup

Despite the cool and windy Saturday, a good turn-out of hardy congregation members brought rakes, …


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. …

The Snowball Bazaar

Want to know more about the national United Church of Christ that we’re a part of?

Mary's Sermons

  • At the end of a week of such violence and heartbreak–not only bombings and shootings in Paris and the ongoing …

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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.

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