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8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I
(High Altar; Said)
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II
(Nave Altar; Choral)

Healing Service follows each Sunday Eucharist


Contemplative and Evening Prayer, 5:30 – 6:30 PM


10:00 AM Holy Eucharist(Lady Chapel)

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News & Events

St. Peter’s Spaghetti Supper – Feb. 6th

Wednesday, January 28

The Bennington Farm to Plate Council is holding a “TriLocal” banquet forum, to put its work on the spotlight in the presence of its partners and the Bennington community. The banquet forum is free and open to the public. It will be held from 5:30 to 8 pm in the parish hall Dinner will be catered by Bennington Meals on Wheels, a member of the food system; donations will be encouraged.

Saturday, January 31

Gouging for Good, a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels, will be from 10 am to 3 pm in the Parish Hall The event includes a bake sale, bucket raffle, silent auction and live music.

Sunday, February 1

There will be ONE Liturgy at 9 am. This service will be followed by the 2015 Annual Meeting. Fr. Justin has received permission from Bishop Ely to schedule the meeting on February 1st, even though this is later than the usual January 31 deadline for holding it.

All parishioners are urged to attend this very important meeting. The 2015 Budget will be presented and three Vestry members, three Convention Delegates and three Alternate Delegates will be elected. Lunch will be served.

Friday, February 6

Spaghetti Supper

Friday, February 27

Second half of the movie Freedom Summer will be shown at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall. Guest speaker Chris Williams who will talk about his involvement in this event.

Saturday, May 9

Rummage Sale at the church


Go to theDiocesan Events Calendarfor state-wide events.

The Seedlings Program at Bennington Elementary is looking for more volunteers. You would commit to one or more day(s) from 3 to 5 pm. The program runs Monday, Tuesday and Thursday when school is in session. Siblings of Seedling children and other school kids often ask us how they can get into this program. More volunteer mentors would mean more children could benefit from this program. To volunteer call or email CAliberti@svcoa.net at RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) at 802-447-1545. For more information on the program contact Nancy Bower or Mary McGuinness.

DOVE Project – On a small bulletin board in the Narthex, you will see paper doves pinned. On the dove is an item or items that are needed by a person or family that is dealing with HIV/AIDS. This is a wonderful way to help those dealing with a difficult health issue.

Shopping Cart – You can always leave non-perishable items in the basket and your donations are particularly appreciated at this time of the year. These items are collected each week after the Sunday services and are delivered to the BROC Food Shelf. In each issue of “The Keystone” there is a notation of the item(s) needed for each week of the month – you’ll find this on the Ministry Service Sheet.

The “Haiti Jar”
Even though our former Deacon is no longer regularly reminding us to remember the people who are still suffering in the poor living conditions in Haiti, we should not forget – especially at this time of the year. The “Haiti Jar” is still in the Narthex – your donation will mean a lot to the people of Haiti, whether it be a handful of your extra change, a couple of dollars, or more. These donations go to ERD (Episcopal Relief and Development), which sees that your donations go to the intended purpose.

Food for the Freezer – At this time of the year, particularly, we get a lot of requests for food assistance. We have a freezer – which we try to keep full to help respond to those requests. If you are making a soup, stew or casserole, loaf of bread, meatloaf, etc., you might want to make an extra amount and package it and bring it to St. Peter’s to be put in the freezer. Please be sure to package it well, and label the package with the name of the item and the date it was prepared. We have “angels” who keep the freezer items rotated so that all are used in a timely manner, so the dates on the items are very important!

Kids at Bennington Elementary School are in need of boots and sneakers! Gently used winter boots and sneakers in children’s sizes 13 through 6 will be great. If you can help, please contact Cathy Perkins at 442-9660.

There IS Such a Thing As a Free Lunch!

The Lunch Bunch meets at St. Peter’s on the second Thursday of each month following the 10:00 am Eucharist. The December meeting will be on December 11 and lunch will begin about 11:15 am. This is a simple lunch – the wintertime menu is soup, sandwiches, dessert and coffee or tea – and the company is excellent. Stop by and enjoy a delicious lunch with some of your friends and fellow parishioners – maybe you’ll renew an old friendship or make a new acquaintance. In January, the date for the Lunch Bunch will be Thursday, January 8. All are welcome.

Join The Knitting Ministry!

All who knit or crochet are invited to join this very active ministry. The members of this group meet once a month, on the first Sunday of the month. The next meeting will be on December 7 in the Guild Room following the 10 am Coffee Hour. If you have questions about this important ministry, speak with Nancy Bower or Louise Philputt, or just stop by and see what it’s all about. All are welcome!

A Note from Our Treasurer…

When Cathy and I moved to Bennington, back in 1986, we were welcomed to St. Peter’s Church by a host of interesting people who obviously cared a great deal for each other and for this church.

One of the people we had the pleasure to meet briefly was Luise Horne. She was in declining health, but even as Penny brought her to church in a wheelchair, it was obvious that she took great personal interest in St. Peter’s, and made a point of taking care of the church and its parishioners in special ways.

One important step that Luise Horne took before she passed on was to make a bequest from her estate to the church. She specified that the “Luise Horne Fund” was not to be used for regular operating expenses, but should be used to continue her practice of taking care of the church and its parishioners in special ways.

I don’t believe that Luise Horne was a particularly wealthy woman, if you measure wealth in dollars, but by planning ahead she made it possible, in a significant way, to continue to care for our church and its parishioners even now, twenty-five years after her death.
Luise Horne provides an example we should all hope to emulate. Ned Perkins

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The Reverend Justin Lanier

Father Justin

Fr. Justin began his contemplative formation in St. Benedict’s Trappist Monastery in Colorado studying under the direction of Fr. Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O. He holds a Masters of Divinity, from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (the Episcopal Seminary of the West), Berkeley, California and did his undergraduate work at the University of Delaware studying Philosophy and minoring in Religious Studies and East Asian Studies with a Language (Japanese). During his formation he also entered monastic training at Tofukuji Rinzai Zen Buddhist Monastery under Keido Fukushima Roshi in Kyoto, Japan for what he sometimes calls “contemplative cross-training”.

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