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.
  • Join us for worship at Second Congregational Church at 10 o’clock this last Sunday morning in July.  Ernie Lafontaine will be leading worship.   Deb Perkins and David Haley will be sharing their music ministry with us offering special music.   Nursery care is offered throughout worship.

     

    Stay with us for a time of fellowship and refreshment after service 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.  You can also find us on Facebook by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

     

  • 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.

     

    • Former Deacons are encouraged to help David Haley and Jane Norrie during a July or August Worship service. Please sign up on the sheet in Webster Hall located on the bulletin boards on the doors which house the card tables.

     

    • The office will be closed Monday, July 28th.

     

     

    Looking Ahead:

    • Hymns by Request It’s time to request your favorite hymns for us to sing during the summer worship. Request sheets are on the brown table in Webster Hall.

     

    • 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.

     

    • Our Children, Climate, Faith Symposium in Strafford, VT. Aug. 23 and 24 :

      Several Unitarian Universalists are participating in the conference, as Keynoters (Tim deChristopher and Starhawk) and as presenters in the breakout groups/workshops.

      Peter Bowden, moderator of the UU Climate Action Network (UUCAN) which is an effort to connect, strengthen and grow the Unitarian Universalist climate action and justice community; and Jane Dwinell, UU minister and author of Freedom Through Frugality: Spend Less, Have More. Gregory Wilson, Stafford UU minister, presents the developing Earth Recovery Groups. 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/

     

     

     

     

     

    • 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.

       

     

     

     

    Summer 2014 at Second Congregational Church

     

    • The life and work of the church continues throughout the summer!

     

    During the month of July, we have the opportunity to hear new voices from the pulpit.

     

     

    • July 27– Ernie Lafontaine will lead worship from his wealth of wit and wisdom.

     

    • Mary will return to the pulpit on August 3.

     

     

    • First Wednesday of the month luncheon will be held August 6.


    • Nursery is open on Sundays during the summer. We need volunteers to cover the nursery on Communion Sundays, if you can help, please sign up on the sheet taped to the nursery door.

     

     

    • During July and August as the Adult Choir takes a break for the summer, we also have the opportunity to hear voices and musicians who would like to share their music ministry with the congregation. If you are interested in doing a solo in the Anthem spot, please see Linda Johnson.

     

    • Saturday, August 9th Family Fun Day from 1-4pm at Kimberly Farms Stables 1214 Cross Hill Road, Shaftsbury. Gourmet food by local restaurants, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Games, Horseshoe, Crafts, Pony Kart Rides, and more. Reserve you ticket now. Call 802-442-5454 or email kimber@sover.net. $10 adults ($12 at door), $5 for children 6-16, no charge for children under 5.

     

     

     

     

    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, (July 27th 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 summer.

     

    • 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.

Our Environmental Mission

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