What happens in Worship?
We invite you to join us for our Worship Service at 10am on Sunday mornings and for a time of fellowship and refreshment afterwards
After announcements for the good of the community, music helps us center and prepare for worship. The call to worship and first hymn are a joyful invitation to celebrate our relationship with God, after which we examine our lives and the pastor offers assurance of God’s forgiveness. During the “Time for the Children in all of us,” the pastor leads the children in a short discussion, story and prayer. There are musical offerings by the chancel choir, Gospel choir and/or handbell choir as well as hymns sung by all of us. Readings from the Bible are followed by the sermon in which the pastor or co-pastor reflect on these readings. “Joys” and “concerns” of the congregation are included in the prayer led by the pastor or co-pastor. After the offering, we sing a final hymn. Together we say our commission to remind ourselves how we want to be, then the (co-)pastor’s blessing sends us out into the world to live our faith. Large print hymnals and bulletins are available during worship, and our building is wheel-chair accessible.
Other worship opportunities include
- Communion for all on the first Sunday of each month.
- Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter services
- Christmas eve services
Hospitality and Welcome
- Fellowship and refreshments during social hour after worship.
- The Pastor visits elders, the sick and others, as do Deacons.
- Groups meet to prepare for the annual SnowBall Bazaar, including making crafts
- Sharing our building with the local community, including AA, NA, Nurse First, Bennington Choral Society, Wits End, Grief Support Group, and yoga groups
Pastor – Rev. Mary H. Lee-Clark –
Mary has been pastor at Second Congregational Church since 1995. Prior to that she served churches in central and northern New York. She graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1978 and Middlebury College in 1974. Mary and her husband Bruce have two grown children, Meredith and Alex.
Co-Pastor- D. Mark Blank –
As of January 2018, Mark is serving as Co-Pastor of Second Congregational Church. Raised in the United Methodist Church, Mark found a spiritual home in the UCC in 2007. Originally from Western Pennsylvania, Mark graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2017 having attained a BA from the University of Tampa in 2000. Mark draws on his background in theatre, music, and storytelling in leading worship.
Pastor Emeritus – Rev. Thomas D. Steffen – Tom was our Pastor for 29 years. He retired in 1994. The congregation voted Tom “Pastor Emeritus”. Tom remains a very active member of our congregation, with work on the church grounds, raking autumn leaves, shovelling snow, helping to prepare for the Snowball Bazaar in December, making coffee on Sunday morning, and occasionally reading scripture during the worship service.