“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.
Sunday May 22, Trinity Sunday, we celebrated the sacrament of baptism, and Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon, based on the readings from Proverbs 8 and John 16, was entitled, “Not Who, but How.” A followup meeting to last week’s discussion of art, music, crafts, and acting in future Children’s Christian Education program
Tues May 24 Stewardship Committee meeting 7:30pm Room 2
Wed May 25 Handbells rehearse 6pm
Sunday June 5 Annual Picnic on the patio. Grills provided for you to cook hotdogs or burgers. Bring a salad or dessert to share.
Kits of the Heart are packages that we at Second Congregational assemble each year. Church World Service delivers them to folks in places of disaster and poverty. On Tuesday May 3, we assembled 308 school kits, each in a cloth bag sewn by one of our congregation, and 120 hygiene kits (handtowel, washcloth, soap, comb, nail clipper, bandaids and toothbrush).
Our One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Palm Sunday totaled $2335.
SUNDAY SUPPER: Each week we welcome folks eager for a hot meal and companionship. Started by members of Second Congregational Church, which has two supper making teams, the Robins (also known as the Roaring Chickens) and the Bluebirds, Sunday Supper now has teams from various other local faith communities who also take turns providing the supper, either cooking in the Second Congo kitchen or bringing an already prepared meal. On Sunday May 22, some half dozen baked hams, two large casseroles of sweet potatoes, 4 ½ pounds of fresh beans, and a big bowl of cole slaw were prepared by eight Second Congo members and enjoyed by 45 people, including nine Second Congo folks. Chocolate layer cake made by Dara was a delicious dessert, accompanied by tea and coffee. Guests helped clear tables and put away tables and chairs. read more>
SPRING CLEAN-UP MORNING. Congregation members spent the morning of Saturday April 30 readying the church grounds for summer, while inside others cleaned the sanctuary. Mike Day, Bruce Smith, Hamilton Topping, George French, Sid Russell, Doug Krause, Bill and Linda Lyons, David Adams and Lorna Cheriton brought rakes, shovels, and tarps; they raked the old thatch and gravel from the lawns; swept winter gravel off the parking lot, trimmed bushes, renewed mulch, weeded, and picked up branches and junk outside. Inside Eric Webster, NancyJean and Maggie Briggs cleaned the sanctuary. George and Grace Sohn had previously cleaned the stainless steel kitchen sinks until they shone. read more>
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Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside Street, Bennington VT 05201
Telephone: 802-442-2559, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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