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.
  • Second Congregational Church, UCC, welcomes all to worship this Sunday morning at 10 o clock at 115 Hillside Street. Rev. Bruce Lee-Clark will be leading worship. His sermon is entitled “The Joy of Complaining?”  After a time for children in all of us, children ages 5 through 5th grade are welcome to join in Godly Play.  Nursery care is provided throughout worship.

     

     

    A time of fellowship and refreshment follows 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.

  • 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.

     

    • 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:

     

    • SCC Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Team. The 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 Cheriton, Hamilton Topping, or Kathy Shaw.

     

    • Introduction to Hand Bells next Sunday, September 21, 11:30 (after Sunday Social). Please join us in the sanctuary for a hands-on, give-it-a-try experience.

     

    • Eaarth Advocates: The People’s Climate March will take place in New York City on September 21. This will be the largest march calling for action on the climate to ever take place. If you would like to go talk to Barbara True-Weber, or any of the Eaarth Advocates.

     

    • 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. Please see David Durfee or Mary if you would like to attend.

     

    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.

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 …

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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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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 …

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Church World Service Kits

As the sign reads, the wall of cartons are from 27 churches.  They weigh 3,092 pounds and contain 777 School Kits, …

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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 …