SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH Bennington Vermont 802-442-2559  

"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.
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    Step back from the  battle  of Battle Day Weekend and join us for worship and fellowship at Second Congregational Church, UCC this Sunday morning at 10 o clock. Nora Parsons and Gretta Pagorek offer special music, and Sheryl Miller is our guest accompanist. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark s sermon, based on the story of Jesus and the Canaanite woman in Matthew s gospel, is entitled,  “The Other.”  Nursery care is provided throughout worship, and a time of fellowship and refreshment follows in Webster Hall.

    Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, is located at 115 Hillside Street and 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:

     

     

     

    • We have closed the P.O. Box, please mail all correspondence to the church at 115 Hillside Street, Bennington.

     

    • 5pm Sunday Supper – every Sunday! This supper is open to the community.
    • Ministries Council meeting Today after worship in the Sanctuary

     

    • Tuesday, Aug. 19, 6 p.m. Deacons Retreat at Hamilton Topping’s

     

    • Sunday Morning Greeters:Openings are available for new Worship Greeters in the upcoming schedule which David Haley is arranging. He invites anyone (of any age) to greet on two available Sundays from September 7, 2014 to August 30, 2015. You may ask your spouse, partner, friend, or child(ren) to greet alongside you. Your two Sundays may be consecutive or separated.Also, if any “veteran” greeter who wants or needs a change from the Sundays which they have in the schedule soon ending, please let David know. Both first-time greeters with questions and “veterans” with schedule changes should contact David by Aug. 24: in person, by calling his home and leaving a message, or by writing a note to put in his Deacon’s mailbox in the lobby.

     

     

     

    Looking Ahead:

    • Sat. August 23rd at 10 am Memorial Service for Janith Sourdiffe (Sue Green’s mom).

     

    • Our Children, Climate, Faith Symposium in Strafford, VT. Aug. 23 and 24 : Several Unitarian Universalists are participating in the conference. The Symposium will be held on August 23 and 24, at the Town House in Strafford. Admission is by a sliding scale fee, and details are available on the website. http://faithclimateconference.org/

     

    • First Wednesday of the month luncheon will be held September 3rd.

     

    • CROP Walk Organizational Meeting–Thurs., Sept. 4, 4 pm. in the Clayton Room. CROP Walk takes place on Sun., Oct. 19.

     

    • SCC Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure TeamThe VT/NH Komen Race for the Cure will be on Sat. Sept. 20 at Hildene Meadows. If you would like to be on the SCC team (it’s a 2.4 mi walk) or to make a pledge, see Michelle Marchetti, Lorna Cheritan, Hamilton Topping, or Kathy Shaw.

     

    • Church World Service School Bag items are on sale now. There will be a bulletin board posted with where the sales are best found.Items that go into the bags are as follows: pencils, 70 count notebooks, preferably wide ruled, blunt pointed scissors, large erasers, 24 count crayons, rulers, hand held pencil sharpeners.Donations will gladly be taken, Pat Lafontaine is willing to do the shopping. Thank you.

     

     

     

    Note from Habitat for Humanity:

    • Hi Everyone, looking at my volunteer calendar shows that we are badly in need of groups to volunteer to help Habitat on our two builds that have started on Jennifer Lane in Manchester. We have no volunteers signed up for Wednesday or Fridays from August 2nd on through the end of the calendar year. Groups of 4, 5, or 6 are ideal but even smaller will be fine. We work from 8:30 am until around 2:30 pm or any part if you can’t make the whole day. No experience necessary. Come out and meet new people, learn some skills, and help a great cause. Thanking you in advance, John Cilio, HFH Group Coordinator. Email :jonacilio1@myfairpoint.net.

     

     

     

    EARTH ADVOCATES GROUP

    • Did you know…Putting a STOP to your junk mail can help save the planet?? Think of all the resources wasted on stuff we all throw directly into the recycling! If you take a few minutes to put a stop to unwanted catalogs and solicitations, individually you might not save many trees, but if all of us take the time we can save a forest hillside somewhere in Indonesia!HERE’S YOUR CHANCE to make a difference with minimal effort: On the Fourth Sunday of each month, ( August 24th is the next collection date) bring the catalogs and solicitations you DO NOT WISH TO RECEIVE EVER AGAIN to Second Congregational and place them in a collection box. WE will make the contacts to end delivery FOR YOU, and we’ll recycle them, too!  *All you have to do is bring them in*!  Two provisos:1. It takes several weeks for companies to take you off their lists permanently, so once you’ve brought in the catalog or solicitation, please be patient.2. If you have EVER bought anything from a particular company, or made a donation to an organization, they have the right to continue to keep you on their mailing list so we might not be able to remove you.  But many will remove names upon request just because it’s good business. 

     

     

     

    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.

     

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

     

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

     

    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.

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