|Following the Star, people find love and something even better to follow.|
Join us as we remember that first starry night and consider what to do when the new day dawns.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
11:30am - 1:00pm Bethany Bowl Free Community Meal
Wednesday, December 21
11:30am - Staff Meeting
Thursday, December 22
8:00am Spiritual Exploration11:30am Brown Bag6:30pm Choir
Saturday, December 24
7:00pm Christmas Eve Service with Pageant of the Nativity
Sunday, December 25
10:00am Christmas Day Worship
Christmas Dinner at the Good Samaritan Homeless Shelter
Christmas Eve Pageant
This year the Christmas Eve service is at 7:00, and includes a children’s pageant. If your child or grandchild would like to participate, please have them here at 6:30 that night to get into costumes. This is a wonderful way for the children to understand and remember the Christmas story. All are welcome!
Christmas Day WorshipWe will gather in the beauty of our sanctuary this Sunday and worship with carols and story! Come as you are to welcome the Christ Child!
Christmas Day MissionGood Samaritan Haven Christmas Dinner
This Sunday is your last chance to make a donation to the Good Samaritan Haven Christmas Dinner. So our good Bethany cooks wouldn't have to add another item to their already busy lives, plans were to order platters of meats, cheeses, veggies & fruits, along with salads and rolls and deliver them to the shelter on Christmas evening. People are also invited to share a festive dessert. The collection has gotten off to a good start but we need lots more to make it actually happen!
Please see Judi Joy on Sunday after worship to make your donation. Bethany truly has a congregation that keeps the giving tradition of Christmas alive throughout the year! Many blessings to you all.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Friday, September 2, 2016
22nd ANNUAL BETHANY CHURCH LAWN AND BAKE SALE September 24 & 25, 2016Donations:
Please bring your donations 1pm - 8pm on Monday 9/19, and 8am - 8pm on Tuesday 9/20, Wednesday 9/21 and Thursday 9/22. WE CANNOT TAKE DONATIONS ON FRIDAY 9/23.
CLOTHING (sorted by age and gender)
FURNITURE (no mattresses or boxsprings)
BABY GEAR (no infant car seats, all items must be within current safety guidelines)
SPORTS EQUIPMENT (no downhill skis/ boots)
BAGS for “Buck-a-Bag.”
SORRY - We cannot take these items: NEW This Year: Holiday Decorations & Paraphernalia, Books & Videos, Audio/Video Cassettes, Electronics, Tires, Suitcases larger than Carry-on, or Used Fixtures/Appliances that were built-in. If you are not sure - please ask. 223-2424
Items should be CLEAN and in GOOD WORKING ORDER.
JOIN THE FUN!!
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Autumn is nearly upon us, and with it the arrival of the new program year here at Bethany. We will begin on Sunday, September 4th with a four week worship series entitled, “The Tie That Binds”, exploring how our relationships with the Holy and with each other form and transform us. And we will affirm the power of God’s presence in our worshiping community to inspire us to “go and do likewise” in the world.
The beginning of the program year includes other beginnings as well. Our Sunday School program will be starting up again on Gathering Sunday, September 11th. Team Ministries will begin a new year as well with a team orientation meeting after worship on the 11th. We will hold our annual Finance Meeting on September 18th as we consider the spending plan for the year ahead. And we will cap September off with a newly re-organized Lawn Sale on September 24-25.
All of these beginnings reminds us of the ways that we are bound together, the promises that we have made to one another, and the covenant we hold as a community of faith. I treasure the bonds that I have with each of you, and I look forward to the ways our lives will be woven together in the year ahead.
May God bless these ties that bind!
September at Bethany!
NEW NAME TAGS! We have new name tags at Bethany Church! On Gathering Sunday, September 11, make sure you pick up your new name tag on the table in the entryway on your way into worship. We are a growing church with new members and name tags are an easy way we get to know one another! These name tags are a new style – they hang on a colorful lanyard around your neck! They are easy to wear and easy to read. So don't forget to pick yours up!
NEW KIOSK!/DIALOGUE APPROACH
The weekly Kiosk! will continue with news and happenings at Bethany. Once a month, an "extended" Kiosk! will be produced containing periodic updates by teams and committees and special news. Welcome to the first edition of the extended version!
Congregational Finance Meeting, Sunday September 18th.
Bethany Church will be holding its annual Finance Meeting on September 18th during the worship service. The primary agenda item will be to discuss and vote on the FY17 Spending Plan. Details about the plan will be available to members on Sunday, September 11th after worship. Full financial details will be available in the church office.
Team Sign-ups!Now is the time to get involved with the various ministries of Bethany Church. New sign up sheets are posted on the bulletin board outside the parlor. If you have been on a team and want to remain on that team, you need to put your name on the sign up sheet again. If you want to try something new this year, this is the time to join up! There will be a team orientation meeting for ALL team members on Gathering Sunday after hospitality. Please plan to attend if you are serving on a team. The meeting will last 45 minutes.
New Members – we will once again be receiving new members into Bethany Church on Sunday, September 18th. If you would like to join the church, please speak with Rev. Amy on Sunday morning, or you may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids in worship
We warmly welcome children and want them to feel comfortable at Bethany Church. Children are welcome to stay in the sanctuary for the worship service or they may go to our nursery or Sunday School class. Rocking chairs for moms and dads and a small table with kid's activities are available for families at the rear of the sanctuary. Toward the beginning of the worship service, there is a time called “God's Word for All Ages” when children are invited to go to the front of the sanctuary for a time with the minister. Afterward, they may go to Sunday School if they wish. Our Nursery and Sunday School classrooms are located on the main floor of the building and are newly refurbished. Greeters and ushers are happy to guide you to the rooms. Parents are welcome to sit in on the class if they would like. Bethany Church follows Safe Church practices.
The Good Samaritan Haven Dinner Team
Can anyone believe that this Team has been in existence for almost eight years? That’s right EIGHT years!!! Going back through sign-up sheets, Sunday Bulletin announcements and old dialogue articles, I found the very first appeal for cooks to help provide an evening meal for guests of the Good Samaritan Haven shelter. It was in the bulletin on October 5, 2008 and the first meal was provided on Friday, October 10th. Together, we made it happen, with very little notice, and we have been doing it almost monthly, ever since. The day switched, at some point, from Friday to Sunday, to make it more convenient for those bringing food. In working with the shelter, we learned that the 4th Sunday was when they were most in need of a meal so that’s what we have done for many years. There are over 30 members of this vibrant and giving team and I want to thank everyone who provides food (or money for food) for this meal. Look for the sign-up sheets on Sundays, in the Parlor and during the week on the right side bulletin board or call Judi Joy at 279-3177 for more information.
In that first Bulletin notice I wrote that I hoped that many will be inspired to follow the Gospel’s call to “feed the hungry and welcome the stranger” in this way. We have proven that Bethany’s Congregation are truly servants of the Still Speaking Christ.
The Montpelier Food Pantry
This month's food is
Cereal - cold, hot, or instant!
Cereal - cold, hot, or instant!
The Food Pantry is still in clean-up and repair mode. We are open in the Trinity Fellowship Hall on a very limited basis during our regular hours. If you wish to donate money it will help. Please make checks payable to Just Basics, Inc, 137 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602 memo: Food Pantry. We will be asking for volunteer help in the next few weeks as we rebuild - look for updates on Front Porch Forum. Thank you very much for all your support.
Thank you for all you do!
Thank you for all you do!
Communion will be celebrated NEXT Sunday September 11, on Gathering Sunday.
will resume THIS WEEK! Thursday, September 8th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. If you like to sing, can read music, and have fun, we want you. Please arrive in time to gather music and be in your seats by 6:30 pm so we can start on time! It would be really helpful in planning for choir during the year if you could mark off Thursday evenings for rehearsals so we can plan certain anthems on Sundays. There will be a special musical event in December that the choir will present and begin learning soon. Hope to see you on September 8th!
What Lawn Sale? ........ Helpers? Who me??? ......... YES YOU!!
We need lots of helpers starting Monday 9/19 at 1pm. It's fun working together on Sorting and Pricing (Morning, Afternoon,or Evening) when there are plenty of people. Also fun Setting Up The Sale on Saturday the 24th at 7AM (bring a friend). Check out the sign-up sheets for other help needed - no talent is too small. We especially need to fill four more cashier times (Sat AM, Sat PM, Sun PM, Sun PM), and there are lots of spaces for more general help. Good clean donations will be accepted 9/20-22 8am-8pm, and 9/19 1-8pm - but not Friday 9/23. We need bags and boxes, and we don't need hangers. Thank you to all who have signed up already!!
Back to School!
The Sunday School program is getting ready for the new year. Our first day of classes is September 11, Gathering Sunday. We have moved the classroom to the old resource room, with the nursery next door in Amy Pitton’s former office. Whenever we have a big crowd, we will conduct activities in the Chapel. Please join us on September 11, to welcome in the new year!
Nursery News! The nursery has made the move from the basement up to the first floor in Amy Pitton’s former office. We are still settling in but everything will be ready by September 11, Gathering Sunday. Even if you do not have a little one coming to Bethany, stop in and say hello!
We are looking for a good, comfortable and easy to-keep-clean chair for an adult to sit in while in the nursery (nothing too large). We are also looking for a small “kids table” which sits low to the ground for the littlest people. If you have either of these to donate to the nursery, please let Amy Pitton, Patty Turley or Jennifer Weinert know!
Nursery Attendant Needed - we are looking for someone to manage the Church Nursery every Sunday from 9:45-11:30 am. This is a year-round, paid position. A background check is required. A seasoned parent, grandparent, or someone with childcare experience is preferred. If you know someone who would be great for this job, pass this request along! If interested, contact the church office at 223-2424 between 9 and noon on weekdays or speak to Jennifer Weinert.