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.
  • After a busy week, or an empty week, come be reminded of who you are and Whose you are.  Sunday morning worship at Second Congregational Church, UCC, on Hillside St. begins at 10 o’clock.  Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play and the Middle- and High-school Class meets. Nursery care is provided throughout worship.  Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon, based on the reading from Philippians, is entitled, “Filling from the Well.”  The Sacrament of Baptism will be celebrated.
    A time of fellowship and refreshment follows service in Webster Hall.

     

    Our fellowship luncheon will be on Wednesday, October 1st at noon. Come and join friends for sandwiches, salad or soup (depending on the temperatures!), dessert as well as conversation. If you need a ride to the luncheon, please sign up on the list attached to the bulletin board in the front of Webster Hall this Sunday.

     

    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.

     

    • Vermont Interfaith Power and Light Conference: Sept. 27th. 9:30 am-4:30 pm at Grace Congregational Church in Rutland.  Please see Mary or Barbara True-Weber by Sept. 15th if you would like to attend.

     

    • Southwest Association Fall meeting Sunday, September 28th 2 pm at Rupert Congregational Church.

     

    • Crop Walk sign up table is in Webster Hall. The next planning meeting is this Thursday, October 2nd at 4pm in the Clayton Room. The walk is Sunday, October 19th.

     

    • Tuesday, September 30th – Administrative Council meets at 7pm in the Clayton Room.

     

    • Wednesday, October 1st at noon will be our monthly luncheon in Webster Hall. If you can help by bringing a plate of sandwiches or a pot of soup to share or if you want to help set up or clean up, please sign up on the bulletin board in the front of Webster Hall. If you need a ride to come to the luncheon, please sign up on the bottom of the same sheet.

     

    • Members and friends are welcome to attend a spirituality and life support group under auspices of the Deacons and Healing Pathways Program on Thursday, October 2nd at 6pm in the Clayton Room. Several folks have expressed interest in joining this activity and anyone from the community is welcome. Contact Jane Norrie for information.
    • Church World Service School Bag items are on sale now. There will be a bulletin board posted with where the sales are best found. Remaining items that are needed for the bags are as follows: pencils, 24 count crayons, rulers, and hand held pencil sharpeners. Donations will gladly be taken, Pat Lafontaine is willing to do the shopping. Thank you.
    • 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:

     

     

    • Sunday, October 5th The Eaarth Advocates group will meet in the Clayton Room after service and a brief social.

     

    • SCC Adventures in Reading 2014-2015: If you picked up a list of books last week, please change its date for the first meeting to discuss books to November 23. If you haven’t gotten your list yet, they (with the corrected date) are available in Webster Hall. Please take one and put your name on the sign-up sheet.

     

    • PRE-ADVENT BOOK SALE: We will have our annual sale of worthwhile books, children’s books, Advent calendars, etc. November 9 and 16. Once again, the books will be selected for us by the Hopkins Book Shop which is located in the Episcopal Cathedral in Burlington. Also, one again, we would be delighted if someone who happens to be going to or near Burlington a few days before the ninth or after the sixteenth would be willing to pick them up or return the unsold ones. Volunteer cashiers are also needed. If you can help, see David Durfee.

     

    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, ( September 28th 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.
  • CROP WALK 2014 – click on image to view video

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Our Environmental Mission

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EAARTH FRIENDLY LENTEN PRACTICES

Living Lightly on God’s Earth: A Guide to Spiritual Practices Focused on the Environment   It is customary during Lent …

OD People Hiking

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

Walk For Climate Change 2

The People’s Climate March, Sunday Sept. 21 in NYC

This march was the largest march calling for action on the climate. There were over 2,000 folks from Vermont to …

Crop Walk Resized

Crop Walk, Sunday October 19th at 1pm

End hunger one step at a time. Signup at the web link below or at on Sundays at Second Congregational …

Maggie And Scott At The Free Clinic Table 2

Rally Sunday, September 14, 2014

Following worship, the whole church family was invited to “rally” in exploring a number of different service and mission opportunities …