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.
  • Give thanks for the summer in worship this Sunday morning at Second Congregational Church, UCC, beginning at 10 o’clock. Guest soloist Gary Whiting offers the special music this Sunday, and Rev. Mary Lee-Clark s sermon, based on the gospel reading from Matthew, is entitled, “Identity Crisis”.  Nursery care is provided throughout the worship service, which is followed by a time of fellowship and refreshment 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.

     

    • Earth Advocates are collecting mail solicitations you do not want to receive again  this Sunday, August 24th.  Put the mail and catalogs in the box on the brown table in Webster Hall.

     

    • Monday, August 25th the office will be closed.

     

    • 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, large erasers, 24 count crayons, rulers, hand held pencil sharpeners (we have enough scissors).  Donations will gladly be taken, Pat Lafontaine is willing to do the shopping. Thank you.

     

    • 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.

     

    • School Nurses are collecting new or gently used underwear, socks and sweat pants for girls and boys ages 6-12. If you would like to help but are not sure what to get, donations are gladly accepted and we will do the shopping for you. Please contact Sue DeLucia.

     

     

     

    Looking Ahead:

     

    • 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.

     

    • Financial Peace University, starts Sunday, September 7th at 5 pm. at St. James Episcopal Church in Arlington. Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity is excited to offer and be hosting the nationally acclaimed program Financial Peace. Financial Peace is a nine week life changing program that empowers and teaches you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals and God’s plan for your life. This isn’t your typical “money class.” Financial Peace University is practical, entertaining and fun! There will be a free orientation on Sunday, September 7th at 5pm and classes will begin on Sunday, September 21st – November 23rd, 4pm-6pm. Child care is provided upon request. Cost per family is $95, which includes a lifetime family membership (attend classes anywhere, anytime for no extra charge) Workbook, budgeting forms, envelope system, all 9 lessons on CD. For more information visit FPU website at daveramsey.com or call Gretchen Lima (802) 362-5548.

     

    • Sunday, September 14th is Rally Day

     

    • 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.

     

     

     

     

    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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