SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH Bennington Vermont 802-442-2559  
  • Sunday April 20th Holy Sunday:

    Resurrection of the Lord—Easter Day:
    Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 , Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 or Matthew 28:1-10 read texts

    Resurrection of Our Lord—Easter Evening
    Isaiah 25:6-9 Psalm 114 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 Luke 24:13-49 read texts

    or all readings

"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 us 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.
  • Join us at Second Congregational Church, UCC, in our celebration of resurrected life this Easter Sunday morning. At 8 o’clock we celebrate the spreading of the light, hear the Easter gospel, and share in the sacraments of both baptism and  communion. At 9, a continental breakfast begins in Webster Hall, until the 10 o’clock worship service begins with the handbell prelude,”Peals of Joy.”  Choirs, anthems, gospel reading and proclamation, and a Time for the Children in All of Us help us celebrate the good news of the Resurrection. Nursery care is provided, though children are invited to stay in worship. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon is entitled, “Then…and Now.”

     

    An Easter egg hunt for children takes place on the front lawn following worship, and a time for fellowship and
    refreshment for the whole church family continues in Webster Hall.

     

    Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, welcomes all people of faith or in search of faith without regard to age, race, sex, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. Our building is wheelchair-accessible, and hearing-assistance devices are available.  For more information, call the church office at 442-2559 or explore this website further.

  • Highlighted Events and News:

     

    April is Autism Awareness month.  You are welcome to notice bulletin boards and informational displays prepared by Healing Pathways Program.  Each Sunday will feature a piece written by a member or friend from among us whose life is impacted by Autism.

     

     

    • 5pm Sunday Supper – every Sunday! This supper is open to the community.

     

    • One Great Hour of Sharing offering has totaled $2,055.  Thank you for all your generosity!!

     

     

     

    • Friday, April 18th  Good Friday we hold vigil in our Sanctuary from noon until 3 p.m., with guided meditation from noon to 1.

     

    • Easter Plants are due in the Sanctuary by 10 am, Saturday April 19th.  Please call the office by Thursday, 10 am on April 17th to designate person(s) in honor or memory the plants are given.

     

    • There is no Godly Play on Easter Sunday.  Children are welcome to stay in service or children of any age are welcome to play in the nursery.  Immediately following Easter service is our annual egg hunt for all children in attendance.  Meet in the lobby after service.

     

    • Easter Morning, April 20th  8 a.m.  Service of candlelight and communion as we greet Easter morning.  An opportunity to renew our Baptismal vows will also be offered. 9 a.m.  Continental breakfast served in Webster Hall10 a.m.  Service of celebration with anthems and the Easter proclamation. Following worship, the continental breakfast continues and an Easter Egg Hunt for children takes place on the front lawn (weather permitting). 

     

    • Thursdays at 10:30am Meditation/contemplation and conversation meet in Room 2

     

     

    EARTH ADVOCATES GROUP

    Suggestions for Lenten practices:
    see full articles in EAARTH FRIENDLY LENTEN PRACTICES in OUR ENVIRONMENTAL MISSION SECTION below.  These articles include actions that can be taken to live lightly on God’s Earth.  Week six and five are highlighted below as examples.

     

     

    Living Lightly on God’s Earth.  Lent Week Six

    ActionsThis week you are asked to continue the work you having been doing during Lent and carry it into the Easter season.

     Take a walk in your neighborhood and rejoice in all the new life you see.

    1. Read a book or view a video that is informative about climate change or the environment.  There are several books in the church library that may be helpful.
    2. Continue to educate yourself on what you can do, and what others are doing, to “walk lightly o God’s Earth.”  The following internet sites are good resources to help you get started. http://earthministry.org    http://fore.research.yale.edu/climatechange/  http://www.arocha.org/

     

    Living Lightly on Gods Earth.  Lent Week Five.

    Suggested Actions:  This week we are again emphasizing energy use.  There are so many ways to conserve energy and some of them are so simple all they require is a reminder and mindfulness.

    •        Properly inflate your car tires.  Properly inflated tires can increase gas mileage by 3.3%..

    •        Cover your pots when cooking.  Covering cooking pots keeps the heat in the pot and speeds the process so you are not using as much energy.

    •        Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible.  As much as 85% of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.

    •        Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying.

     

     

    ONGOING NEEDS 

     

    • On Communion Sundays, you are invited to bring non-perishable food items for the BROC food shelf.  Baskets will be available near the communion table.

     

    • The nursery needs adult volunteer(s) on Communion Sundays.  If you can help out on one of these Sundays, please sign up on the sheet taped to the nursery room door.  And don’t forget to sign-up to sit in with Godly Play some Sunday (sign-up on folding doors in Webster Hall).  You’ll be glad you did!

     

    • All Church Fellowship would like to encourage folks to sign up to host Sunday Fellowship.

     

    • The Flower Calendar is wide open.  Please sign up on the calendar if you would like to share some flowers from your garden.

     

     

     

    Church World Service

     

    • Hygiene Kits:Cleanliness is next to GodlinessHygiene is next to Health…and Lent is next to Easter.  The Lenten practice of almsgiving puts us next to those we give to and Lent is the beginning of our church’s assembling Hygiene Kits.  Church World Service “Gifts of the Heart” (that we at 2CC assemble and which are shipped by CWS to people in need) can make a huge difference in the lives of refugees, displaced people, and victims of natural disasters around the world.
    • Each Hygiene kit requires    
    • 1 hand towel measuring approximately 16″ x 28″ (no fingertip or bath towels)    
    • 1 washcloth
    • 1 wide-tooth comb
    • 1 nail clipper
    • 1 bar of soap (bath size in wrapper)
    • 1 toothbrush (in original packaging)
    • 6 bandaids

     

    Possible places to buy:  the Dollar Store near Home Depot, supermarkets, Walmart, and Family Dollar on Depot St.  Please give items to Lorna or leave in church office.  Lorna appreciates donations of items, $ to buy items, coupons and tips on good deals around town.  Hygiene kit packing will be Tuesday, May 6th in Room 2 from 10 am – noon.

     

    • School Bags: All bags should be finished by the end of the month. By my count there are about 40-50 that are in the hands of the sewers and need to be finished.   School kits will be packed on Tuesday, May 6th from 10 am til noon in Room 6. Any questions let me know. Thanks Pat Lafontaine
    • Baby Kits: Thanks to all the knitters among us, we have a nice collection of baby sweaters and blankets. Now we would be grateful for any contributions to help buy diapers, nightgowns, wash cloths and bath blankets to complete the kits. Baby Kits will be packed on Monday, May 5th in Room 2.  For questions see Fran Broomhall or Sue DeLucia.

     

    Looking Ahead:

     

    Vermont Conference Annual Meeting is Friday, April 25th and Saturday, April 26th

     

    Beginning in May, the meditation/contempation/conversation group will move outdoors for movement and walking meditation.  We will meet in room 2 on Thursdays at 10 am to organize for a short trip, returning to room 2 for closure by 11:30am.

     

    Tuesday, April 29th at 7 pm Administrative Council meets in the Clayton Room

     

    Wednesday, April 30th at 7pm Heat Options Committee meets in Room 2

     

    Saturday, May 3rd is Spring Cleanup day 8am until noon. Please bring a rake, shovel, or tarp from home to help pick-up, rake-up, and shovel-up with others to ready the church grounds for summer.  The Trustees will be renting a power broom to help make the cleanup of the parking lot go quicker.  Can’t make Saturday morning?  Please feel free to start a section of the yard or parking lot on your own schedule the previous week! Thank you.

     

    Sunday, May 4th at 6pm Youth Group meets

     

     

    Planning Ahead:

    The following is a list of things to have on hand in case of a storm emergency:

    • Water (1 gal/person/day),
    • Food (non-perishable and easy to prepare and/eat–don’t forget a can-opener),
    • Flashlight and extra batteries, Battery-powered or hand crank radio,
    • First-aid kit that includes a pain reliever,
    • Sanitation and personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, anti-bacterial hand-sanitizer),
    • Copies of important personal documents,
    • Family and emergency contacts (written down, not just in your cell phone),
    • Blankets. Additional items depending on your family situation: extra doses of medications, diapers/baby food, games for children, pet food/medication, etc.

Our Environmental Mission

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EAARTH FRIENDLY LENTEN PRACTICES

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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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Our Congregation’s Responses to questions about the Earth’s Environmen

Our Congregation’s Responses to questions about the Earth’s Environment: Questions were posed and responses invited on posters in Webster Hall. …

Our Stories

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Eaarth Advocate Group after church activity

As part of our Lenten activities, to raise awareness and promote earth sustaining activity, the Eaarth Advocate Group sponsored an …

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One Great Hour of Sharing

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Tibetan Prayer Flags

These flags are prayers for the Earth.  Folks put their intentions in a prayer as they decorate the flag.  Then …