Thursday, December 11, 2014

KIOSK!


 This Sunday


Scripture: John 1: 6-8, 19-28
Lighting of the Third Advent Candle: Peter and Chelsea Turley
Music: Counterpoint Concert, Community Carol Sing




Solidarity Craft Fair  Saturday December 13



An invitation from the Bethany Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is asking for your input on the following two questions as  they seek to make some significant financial decisions. On the back of this bulletin, you will find two sticky notes. Please answer each question on separate notes, then post them on the reflective walls that are located in the narthex.

  1. The Bible encourages us to give a portion of the gifts we receive as an offering of first fruits, stemming from a traditional religious offering of the first agricultural produce of the harvest. The offering of first fruits was given to God in the temple as an offering of thanksgiving for the harvest.  How can you imagine Bethany Church making a "first fruits" offering of thanks for the significant bequest we have received from the estate of Christina Jackman?
  2. We seek ways to be present and relevant ten years from now, so how can Bethany make use of the Jackman bequest as we seek to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God?


 This Week

Sunday:
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation
3:00 pm Counterpoint Christmas
6:30 pm Community Carol Sing

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl

Wednesday:
6:00 pm Habitat For Humanity CV

Thursday:
7:00 am Exploring Spirituality
6:30 pm  Choir

Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation Class




Announcements


Food Pantry- for the month of December the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is canned Beans, black, red & chick pea. The Food Pantry can always use canned fruit as well!

The San Antonio Grande team is offering candles, memory cards and stars for the tree December 14th and 21st. Available after church for a donation benefiting the SAG fund.

The  Spring Auction Team is looking for an individual or a team to plan, cook, serve, and clean up after a breakfast on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The funds raised from the breakfast would go to your favorite Bethany cause. If interested, please let Anita Rogers know before January 5th (229-9893 or ganitar@myfairpoint.net).

PINS Christmas Gifts- will be collected and blessed TODAY!   Thank you to all who have donated gift cards so that the Vermont Department of Children and Families can help all kids have a happy Christmas! The PINS Team


A Counterpoint Christmas-directed by Nathaniel Lew.
Sunday, 2014, 3:00 pm. Bethany United Church of Christ, 115 Main St., Montpelier, Vermont. Special guests: The Bethany Church Choir and Ensembles. $20 adults / $15 seniors $5 students and limited means. Tickets at the door for the performance.  Information at (802) 540-1784 and www.counterpointchorus.org





Community Carol Sing - Sunday at 6:30 pm at Christ Church Episcopal!  Come hear  our choir and other local church choirs share Christmas music and carols!  Bring a donation for the Good Shelf!

Check out the Nativity! Our Sunday School students have designed and created a beautiful handmade nativity for the church.  It is displayed in the narthex - check it out! A big thank you to Jennifer Weinert for arranging this project with the help of the Montpelier Mud Studio!

Thank You! Thanks to Amy Bell, Jim Connemen, Anthony Otis, Mark Redmond, Gary & Anita Rogers, Conrad Rowell, Stuart Williams and Richard Williams for helping for helping to paint the chapel. This work done on Nov 15th., Nov. 22nd. and accomplished on Dec. 6th.

A Belated Thank You-Thanks from the Property Team to all those who helped on October 25th. for Fall Cleanup. If Gary's memory serves this would be Amy Bell, Joanne Hardy, Judi Joy, Priscilla Page, Mark Redmond, Gary and Anita Rogers with grand children Emily and Jarred Rogers, Stuart Williams, Richard Williams and Vera Winter. Apologies to anyone that might have been missed.

The Bethany Church Staff presents New Years Eve @ Bethany! Bring in the New Year with FUN, FOOD & MUSIC. 3-4:30 pm. Free fun activities for kids of all ages, making celebratory hats and noisemakers. 5:00-6:30 pm, Ham Dinner presented by Rev. Mark,. 7:00 pm Hearts and Souls in Concert featuring Sarah Munro and Mark LeGrand, guitar and vocals; Denise Ricker, Flute; Skip Potter, Tenor; Doug Little, Percussion; and Arthur Zorn, Piano and Pipe Organ! Tickets for dinner and concert are $30.00 per person at the door, $25.00 in advance. Tickets are available at Bethany office, 115 Main St. Montpelier, VT. M-F 9-noon. For information contact: Arthur Zorn at arthurzorn@hotmail.com or call 802-622-0376.

Donations for New Year's Eve for kids! Again this year, Bethany Church will be offering the kids of Montpelier the opportunity to make celebratory hats and noisemakers on New Year's Eve from 3 - 4:30 in the chapel.  We are looking for donations of supplies - sturdy medium and large brown paper bags, crepe paper, odds and ends of shiny wrapping paper, tissue paper, sparkly wire streamers, stickers, strips of fabric, small sturdy paper plates, ribbon, yarn, tacky glue and small glue sticks.  If you have any of these items to donate, please bring them to the church and leave them in the Resource Room outside Rev. Amy's office.

Would you like to be a part of the Confirmation Class' journey? We are looking for folks to provide lunch for the class and join us for that lunch! Lunch can be simple – you would need to provide food for 7, plus yourself and whoever you'd like to bring along. If this is something you'd like to do, contact Amy Pitton at revamyp@comcast.net and she can tell you the available dates.

BETHANY BOWL, DECEMBER 9, 2014, FED: 90, HEAD COOK:  Phyllis Rowell and John Hnylka NECI SOUP: Tom Lever DISHWASHERS: Gary Rogers, Tom Lever, Conrad Rowell  HELPERS:  A third grade class from UES, Anita Rogers, Jean Hnylka, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez.  The menu was Macaroni  and cheese, Green Salad, Cranberry Sauce, Fruit Cup, Assorted Desserts (many from Shaws), Manghi's Bread, Beverages.   Many thanks to Anita  Rogers for  coming in to help on a short  request.

Christmas Fund Offering  - Offering envelopes are available in the pews for the United Church of Christ Christmas Fund.  This fund recognizes those who have served the church as clergy and lay leaders by providing direct financial assistance as well as emergency funds.  This offering is one of the four special offerings of the UCC.  If you would like to make a donation, put it in the envelope and place it in the offering plate.  Thank you.


Carl Schwartz will present a program of organ music for the joyous seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany on Sunday, December 21 at 2 pm on Christ Episcopal Church's mighty Wilhelm pipe organ. The program will be 45 minutes in length and all are welcome, free of charge. A free-will offering to benefit the Food Shelf will be received.  Carl will play a variety of selections by Bach, Buxtehude, Daquin, Bouvard, Wilbur Held (who is 100 years old!), Telemann, Widor and others.

Another Concert opportunity! Arthur Zorn, Skip Potter, and Denise Ricker will present a free Christmas concert at the Barre Congregational Church on Sunday, December 21st at 2 pm!  A great way to get in the holiday spirit!




If you would like to place a poinsettia in the sanctuary for Christmas in memory or honor of a loved one, please fill out the form below and leave it with your money in the church office. Price of a poinsettia this year is $13.00. Envelopes can be found on the table in the Narthex. Thank you!
The flower committee,
Arthur Zorn and Esther Farnsworth

Donation made by: _____________________

Choose one option below:

In memory of _________________________
or
In honor of __________________________

Thursday, December 4, 2014

KIOSK! December 4-14


This Sunday


Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11
Sermon: Clearing a Path for God
Sacrament: Communion
Lighting of the Second Advent Candle: The Confirmation Class

This Week


Sunday:
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation

Monday:
6:00 pm Conversational Spanish 

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl
6:30 pm Habitat For Humanity

Wednesday:
6:00 pm Greening Of The Church

Thursday:
7:00 am Exploring Spirituality
6:30 pm  Choir

Saturday:
9:00 am Solidarity Share Fair
9:30 am Partners In Sacred Places

Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation Class
3:00 pm Counterpoint Christmas

 Announcements


This Sunday is the Second Sunday in Advent!  Our Advent wreath will be lit by the Confirmatin Class.  Come join us as we enter this holy season.

Would you like to be a part of the Confirmation Class' journey? We are looking for folks to provide lunch for the class and join us for that lunch! Lunch can be simple – you would need to provide food for 7, plus yourself and whoever you'd like to bring along. If this is something you'd like to do, contact Amy Pitton at revamyp@comcast.net and she can tell you the available dates.

Food Pantry- for the month of December the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is  Canned Beans, black, red & chick pea.

PINS Christmas Gifts-Bethany Church members have supported the Barre Office of DCF Family Services for many years through our PINS partnership.  We can show that support again this Christmas by providing grocery cards, gas cards, or Wall-Mart cards.  Social Workers give these cards to foster families and birth families to help meet the needs of the children in their care.  These vulnerable children in our own communities have been subjected to neglect or physical or sexual abuse or are at high risk of abuse and neglect.  It is difficult for many families to provide for a holiday celebration.  Envelopes are available in the Narthex on November 30 and December
7.  They will be collected and blessed on Sunday December 14.  Please consider supporting the PINS relationship between Bethany and DCF with a gift card during this Christmas season.
Thank you! The PINS Team

Let's share a meal and green the Sanctuary!! The Fun & Frivolity team, in cahoots with the Deacons team, invites you to join us, Wednesday, Dec. 10th at 6:00 p.m. for a soup and bread dinner then the greening of the Sanctuary.  There may even be some spontaneous singing of carols!!   If you would like to bring a soup, bread, beverage or dessert please let me know by email or phone.  lizbethmsr@gmail.com or 249-7922.

Brown Bag now meets at Westview Meadows on Thursdays at 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM.  We are listening to a Bill Moyer’s video on the book of Genesis followed by a discussion.  We welcome all Bethany people and friends.  Bring a sandwich and join the group.  Call Esther Farnsworth for directions.  225-6006.

Home-baked goods needed! The San Antonio Grande Ministry Team is having a bake sale at the December 13 Solidarity Fair (see below).  Your contributions of sweets, quiche, baked beans, bread or other delicious home-cooked items will help make this sale a success. This sale benefits San Antonio Scholarships and sewing projects. Please contact John Hall (223-5912) or Theresa Lever 229-0415.
The San Antonio Grande team is offering candles, memory cards and stars for the tree December 7, 14 and 21. Available after church for a donation benefiting the SAG fund.

A Counterpoint Christmas-directed by Nathaniel Lew. Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:00 pm.
Bethany United Church of Christ, 115 Main St., Montpelier, Vermont. Special guests: The Bethany Church Choir and Ensembles. $20 adults / $15 seniors $5 students and limited means. Tickets at the door for the performance.  Information at (802) 540-1784 and www.counterpointchorus.org


BETHANY BOWL, DECEMBER 2, 2014, FED: 110  HEAD COOKS: John Hnylka and Phyllis Rowell NECI SOUP: Tom Lever DISHWASHERS: Conrad Rowell, Gary Rogers, Tom Lever  HELPERS: Tina Campbell, John Hall, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Peter Gomez  The menu was a choice of Beef Minestrone Soup or Chicken Stew, Roasted Vegetables with or without Kielbasa, Carrot/Raisin Salad, Egg Salad Sandwiches (eggs donated by the Halls), Sliced Tomatoes, Assorted Desserts (many from Shaws and members of the congregation) and beverages. We are sorry to report the death of one of our regular guests of many years. George Matkowski died just before Thanksgiving. He will be missed.

The Bethany Church Staff presents New Years Eve @ Bethany! Bring in the New Year with FUN, FOOD & MUSIC. 3-4:30 pm. Free fun activities for kids of all ages, making celebratory hats and noisemakers. 5:00-6:30 pm, Ham Dinner presented by Rev. Mark,. 7:00 pm Hearts and Souls in Concert featuring Sarah Munro and Mark LeGrand, guitar and vocals; Denise Ricker, Flute; Skip Potter, Tenor; Doug Little, Percussion; and Arthur Zorn, Piano and Pipe Organ! Tickets for dinner and concert are $30.00 per person at the door, $25.00 in advance. Tickets are available at Bethany office, 115 Main St. Montpelier, VT. M-F 9-noon. For information contact: Arthur Zorn at arthurzorn@hotmail.com or call 802-622-0376.
Donations for New Year's Eve for kids! Again this year, Bethany Church will be offering the kids of Montpelier the opportunity to make celebratory hats and noisemakers on New Year's Eve from 3 - 4:30 in the chapel.  We are looking for donations of supplies - sturdy medium and large brown paper bags, crepe paper, odds and ends of shiny wrapping paper, tissue paper, sparkly wire streamers, stickers, strips of fabric, small sturdy paper plates, ribbon, yarn, tacky glue and small glue sticks.  If you have any of these items to donate, please bring them to the church and leave them in the Resource Room outside Rev. Amy's office.



Good Samaritan Haven Camping for a Cause is a collaborative fund raising and awareness raising effort of Barre Interfaith Group and Good Samaritan Haven that will take place in Barre beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday, December 12 and go until 12 noon on Saturday, December 13th. It begins with a community supper at Hedding United Methodist Church at 5:30 pm.  At 7 pm, there will be a candlelight vigil on the steps of the Barre Univeralist Church.

Folks will camp on the Barre church lawns overnight. A breakfast will be held at the Barre Congregational Church at 7:30 am, followed by a coin drop on Washington Street. Our own Judi Joy is participating and would welcome your donations after worship on December 7th. Folks are also invited and encouraged to attend the candlelight vigil.  If you would like more information about this event,
speak to Judi Joy.

Solidarity Craft Fair, December 13 at Bethany and Montpelier Unitarian Church.  Bethany is co-hosting this annual fair that benefits Planting Hope's Nicaragua/Vermont projects.  Don't miss this wonderful event!

Check out the Nativity! Our Sunday School students have designed and created a beautiful handmade nativity for the church.  It is displayed in the narthex - check it out! A big thank you to Jennifer Weinert for arranging this project with the help of the Montpelier Mud Studio!


If you would like to place a poinsettia in the sanctuary for Christmas in memory or honor of a loved one, please fill out the form below and leave it with your money in the church office. Price of a poinsettia this year is $13.00. Envelopes can be found on the table in the Narthex. Thank you!
The flower committee,
Arthur Zorn and Esther Farnsworth

Donation made by: _____________________

Choose one option below:

In memory of _________________________
or
In honor of __________________________

Friday, November 28, 2014

KIOSK! November 28


This Sunday


Scripture: Luke 1:67-79
Music: Prelude and postlude by Arthur and Doug Little, and special music provided by Sara Lisniansky, alto recorder, and Arthur Zorn, piano, Concerto in G Minor by Alesandro Marcello
Guest speaker: Polly Sabin
Mission: We will remember the Maryknoll women who were martyred in El Salvador on December 2, 1980


The Dialogue Deadline is Sunday Nov. 30 at noon.


 This Week


Sunday:
First Sunday of Advent
10:00 am Worship10:00 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality

Monday:
7:00 pm Conversational Spanish

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl

Wednesday:
7:00 pm Bethany Board Of Directors

Thursday:
7:00 am Exploring Spirituality
6:30 pm  Choir

Sunday:
Second Sunday of Advent
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Worship with Communion
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality


Announcements


This Sunday is the First Sunday in Advent!  Our Advent wreath will be lit by the San Antonio Grande team.  Come join us as we enter this holy season.

On Sunday, November 30, the worship service will highlight our experiences in El Salvador and our relationship with San Antonio Grande.  Our annual campaign to raise funds for scholarships and sewing projects will begin.  
Contributions can be made as gifts to family members and friends, with a choice of gift cards, Christmas tree stars, and handmade votive candles available.

Food Pantry- for the month of December the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is  Canned Beans, black, red & chick pea.

PINS Christmas Gifts 

Bethany Church members have supported the Barre Office of DCF Family Services for many years through our PINS partnership.  We can show that support again this Christmas by providing grocery cards, gas cards, or Wall-Mart cards.  Social Workers give these cards to foster families and birth families to help meet the needs of the children in their care.  
These vulnerable children in our own communities have been subjected to neglect or physical or sexual abuse or are at high risk of abuse and neglect.  It is difficult for many families to provide for a holiday celebration.  Envelopes are available in the Narthex on November 30 and December 7.  They will be collected and blessed on Sunday December 14.  Please consider supporting the PINS relationship between Bethany and DCF with a gift card during this Christmas season.
Thank you! The PINS Team


Let's share a meal and green the Sanctuary!! The Fun & Frivolity team, in cahoots with the Deacons team, invites you to join us, Wednesday, Dec. 10th at 6:00 p.m. for a soup and bread dinner then the greening of the Sanctuary.  There may even be some spontaneous singing of carols!!   If you would like to bring a soup, bread, beverage or dessert please let me know by email or phone.  lizbethmsr@gmail.com or 249-7922.


Brown Bag now meets at Westview Meadows on Thursdays at 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM.  We are listening to a Bill Moyer’s video on the book of Genesis followed by a discussion.  We welcome all Bethany people and friends.  Bring a sandwich and join the group.  Call Esther Farnsworth for directions.  225-6006.

BETHANY BOWL, NOVEMBER 25, 2014, FED: 85  HEAD COOK: Phyllis Rowell with lots of help from Tina Campbell, NECI SOUP: Tom Lever  DISHWASHERS: Gary  Rogers, Conrad Rowell, Tom Lever  HELPERS: Anita Rogers, Chris Terry , Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez.  The menu was a choice of 2 NECI Soups, Meat Ball Grinders, Green Bean/Tomato Bake, Green Salad, Cranberry Sauce, Assorted Desserts, Beverages.  A special thank you to Anita Rogers who pitched in to help especially with the serving line.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

KIOSK! November 20-30

Cornicopa with all the things we are blessed with.

This Sunday

Scripture: Matthew 23:31-46
Sermon: "Huh"
Music: Thanksgiving Stuff
Sunday School:
Team Laura
Mission: Moment for Mission Good Samaritan Haven, collecting Food for the Montpelier Food Pantry, Gathering Sunday Supper for the Homeless Shelter




Next weeks KIOSK! information is due Tuesday at 9:00 am.
The Dialogue Deadline is Sunday Nov. 30 at noon.

This Week

Friday:
6:00 pm Confirmation Class

Saturday:
9-12 am Paint Party in Chapel
5:30 - 8 pm Potluck and Game Night

Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am  Thanksgiving Sunday
Gathering and blessing 129+ pounds of food for the Pantry
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality
Gathering and blessing meal for the Good Samaritan Haven
11:30 am. Team Laura

Monday:
6:00 - 7 pm Conversational Spanish

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl

Thursday:
Office Closed for Thanksgiving

Friday:
Office Closed

First Sunday of Advent:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality

Announcements


Painting the Chapel!  9:00 am -Saturday, November 22. Are you handy with a paint brush?  Join other Bethany friends and members in painting our chapel!  If you have a favorite paint brush, bring it along!

Fun and Games Saturday Night from 5:30-8.  Bring a favorite dish to share, a favorite game to play and a friend!


FOOD Giving: If we give the food others will be able to say thanks. This Sunday we  collect food for the Montpelier Pantry (pasta is our focus) and Sunday Supper for the Good Samaritan Homeless Shelter. In a way, you are giving thanks that others will give.






Telling our Story - Did you know that the Dialogue, our monthly church newsletter, was first published in 1963?  It was filled with news and notes of what was happening in the life of Bethany Church - one can learn a lot about the history of Bethany Church by perusing old issues.  The Dialogue is now sent out in a digital form to most church members and friends, and has been joined by a weekly update email called KIOSK!  If you are not on our email list and would like to receive the KIOSK! and the Dialogue, email the office at uccbethany@comcast.net and let us know!

Next Sunday is the First Sunday in Advent!  Our worship service will be led by Laura Cadmus, and the first candle in our Advent wreath will be lit by the San Antonio Grande team.  Come join us as we enter this holy season.

On Sunday, November 30, the worship service will highlight our experiences in El Salvador and our relationship with San Antonio Grande. Our annual campaign to raise funds for scholarships and sewing projects will begin.  Contributions can be made as gifts to family members and friends, with a choice of gift cards, Christmas tree stars, and handmade votive candles available.

Amy and Mark Pitton will be on vacation from Monday, November 24th through Monday, December 1st.  If you have need of pastoral assistance, please contact Judi Joy, Deacons Team Leader, at 279-3177.

Brown Bag now meets at Westview Meadows on Thursdays at 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM.  We are listening to a Bill Moyer’s video on the book of Genesis followed by a discussion.  We welcome all Bethany people and friends.  Bring a sandwich and join the group.  Call Esther Farnsworth for directions.  225-6006.

Organ Concert at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier: Celebrating 150 Years Organist Theresa Pepin of Knoxville, Tennessee, returns to Vermont in an eclectic concert of English and American works for the organ, including some by jazz composer Billy Strayhorn. The concert inaugurates 150th anniversary celebrations of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier and its George Stevens organ. The concert will be Sunday at 2:00 pm. in the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main Street. Admission by free will donation at the door.

If you have not picked up a copy of the updated Bethany Members and Friends Directory, you may do so today after the service in the narthex. If you note any errors in addresses and telephone numbers, please see or call Phyllis Rowell (she's in the directory). Phyllis will create an addendum with those corrections.

BETHANY BOWL, NOVEMBER 18, 2014, FED: 127  HEAD COOKS. Tom and Theresa Lever  DISHWASHERS: Gary Rogers, Conrad Rowell, Tom Lever   HELPERS: Phyllis Rowell, John Hnylka, Anita Rogers, Cynthia Latimer, John Hall, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez and a class from UES which washed and set tables.  Tom and Theresa made fabulous chicken enchiladas, along with cole slaw, Hubbard squash from the Halls, 1/2 egg salad sandwich, assorted desserts ( a surprise of 7 cakes from Shaws) and beverages. The class from Union School collected pennies in the amount of $11.82 which they presented to the Bethany Bowl.  Indeed, a little child will lead us.

Bethany is Challenged
In October Theresa Murray-Clausen gave a Mission Moment about the Montpelier Food Pantry. Theresa is the Director of Just Basics. The Montpelier Food Pantry is one of the projects of Just Basics.
Bethany is the only Church that consistently gives food that, as she said, "is they healthy high nutrition food that our clients really do like.". In the preceding 12 months we delivered about 2,000 pounnds of food.
Theresa then challenged Bethany and when asked, the congregation accepted the challenge. For the next 12 months, Theresa will tell us the wieght of the food that we sent that month. The challenge is to give more the next month. In October we gave 128 pounds of food. In November we wil lneed more than 128 pounds of pasta (any food is accepted). BUT! Be careful that our enthusiasm does not create a need for 800 pounds of food in Decemeber!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

KIOSK! November 14-23


This Sunday

Scripture: John 11:1-45
Sermon: "Being Bethany"
Music: " Pavane" G. Faure; "Arios"o J.S. Bach  "Hallelujah, Amen" G.F. Handel
Sunday School:
Confirmation Class
San Antonio Grande

This Week


Saturday:
9-12 Paint Party in Chapel

Sunday:
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation Class
6:00 pm San Antonio Grande Team

Monday:
7:00 pm Conversational Spanish

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl
6:00 pm Sunday School Team


Wednesday
11:30 am Staff Meeting
2:00 pm Property Team

Thursday:
7:00 am Spiritual Exploration Group
5:30 pm Music Team
6:30 pm Choir

Friday:
6:00 pm Confirmation

Saturday:
9:00 am Chapel Painting
5:30 pm Potluck and Game Night
6:00 pm Ecumenical Middle School Youth Group         Unitarian Church

Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am  Thanksgiving Sunday
Gathering and blessing 129+ pounds of food for the Pantry
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality
Gathering and blessing meal for the Good Samaritan Haven

 Announcements


Painting the Chapel!  9:00 am -Saturdays, November 15 & 22. Are you handy with a paint brush?  Join other Bethany friends and members in painting our chapel!  If you have a favorite paint brush, bring it along!


Telling our Story - Did you know that the longest serving minister of Bethany Church was Dr. William H. Lord?  Dr. Lord served Bethany Church for 30 years, from 1847-1877.  Dr Lord was the minister during the building of the the 1868 church building, which included our present chapel.  Dr. Lord is also the one who proposed that church be called Bethany, rather than the Montpelier Meeting House Society.  The stained glass windows in the chapel were given in memory of Dr. Lord and his family.



A Chancy Idea......from Tom Clougher. Free money or free stuff can be won. It might be easier if we pool our resources. SO, if you go to McDonald's and get Monopoly play pieces, consider donating them to Bethany to win so that we can give away whatever we get. Be it cash or prizes, whatever is won will go to someone else and for God's glory. To turn them in to the church you can just put them into the offering plate, slide them in an envelope under the door of the church office, or just turn them in at the office during office hours.


Brown Bag meets at Westview Meadows on Thursdays at 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM.  We are listening to a Bill Moyer’s video on the book of Genesis followed by a discussion.  We welcome all Bethany people and friends.  Bring a sandwich and join the group.  Call Esther Farnsworth for directions.  225-6006.



Bethany is Challenged
In October Theresa Murray-Clausen gave a Mission Moment about the Montpelier Food Pantry. Theresa is the Director of Just Basics. The Montpelier Food Pantry is one of the projects of Just Basics.
Bethany is the only Church that consistently gives food that, as she said, "is they healthy high nutrition food that our clients really do like.". In the preceding 12 months we delivered about 2,000 pounnds of food.

Theresa then challenged Bethany and when asked, the congregation accepted the challenge. For the next 12 months, Theresa will tell us the wieght of the food that we sent that month. The challenge is to give more the next month. In October we gave 128 pounds of food. In November we wil lneed more than 128 pounds of pasta (any food is accepted). BUT! Be careful that are enthusiasm does not create a need for 800 pounds of food in Decemeber!
The next collection of Food for the Montpelier Pantry will be on Thanksgiving Sunday, November 23. Out focus food is Pasta: noodles, ramen, wholegrain, rice, elbows, zitit, 'ghetti, udon, soba, etc. Watch for sales. We have to give more this month.


Potluck and Game Night - Saturday Nov. 22nd, 5:30 - 8:00, in the parlor.  Bring a favorite dish to share, a favorite game to play and a friend!

Organ Concert at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier: Celebrating 150 Years Organist Theresa Pepin of Knoxville, Tennessee, returns to Vermont in an eclectic concert of English and American works for the organ, including some by jazz composer Billy Strayhorn. The concert inaugurates 150th anniversary celebrations of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier and its George Stevens organ. The concert will be  Sunday, November 23, at  2:00 p.m. in the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main Street. Admission by free will donation at the door.

BETHANY BOWL, NOVEMBER 11, 2014, FED: 110  HEAD COOKS: Phyllis Rowell, John Hnylka NECI SOUP: Tom lever : DISHWASHERS: Conrad Rowell, Gary Rogers, Tom Lever  HELPERS: Cynthia Latimer, Jean Hnylka, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez and a class from UES to wash and set the tables.  The menu was a choice of Hamburg,Tomato, Macaroni Soup from Phyllis or Southwest Chicken soup from NECI, Baked Beans, a choice of Egg Salad or Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Fruit cup, Deserts, and Beverages.

San Antonio Grande Team meeting - TONIGHT! Sunday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. Contact Theresa Lever for meeting place and agenda.  229-0415, thelevers@comcast.ne

If you have not picked up a copy of the updated Bethany Members and Friends Directory, you may do so Sunday after the service in the narthex. If you note any errors in addresses and telephone numbers, please see or call Phyllis Rowell (she's in the directory). Phyllis will create an addendum with those corrections.






Team Ministry Potluck and Orientation
After dinner, they explored how team ministry will operate at Bethany!




Thanks to Reg Welch for pictures!



Friday, November 7, 2014

KIOSK! November 7-16

The stage at the Barre Opera House set for worship:
All Saint, All Souls, All Association
 

 This Sunday


Scripture:Matthew 25:1-13
Sermon: "A Question of Timing"
Music: "Passacaglia" by  Witt, "How Lovely are the Messengers" Mendelssohn, "Lord, for Thy Tender Mercies' Sake" Farrant
Confirmation Class




 
  Pictures from last Sunday,
All Saints, All Souls, All Association Worship
at the Barre Opera House.

With Willem Lange preaching,
 Arthur Zorn leading music of an all church choir, stage set for worship by our Commissioned Minister of Liturgical Flower Design, Laura Cadmus serving Communion, Denise Ricker playing flute,loose Offering going to the San Antonio Grande scholarships, Joanne Hardy doing Liturgical dance, bread by Rev. Mark, and Liz Sykas-Ringgenberg and Rev. Amy helping with organization and liturgy. And a whole lot of people worshiping. 
See you next time!



 This Week

Sunday:
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation Class

Monday:  
OFFICE CLOSED
7:00 pm Conversational Spanish

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl
6:00 pm Team Pot Luck

Wednesday:
11:30 am Staff Meeting
5:00 pm Strategic Investment in Sacred Places

Thursday:
7:00 am Spiritual Exploration Group
6:30 pm Choir

Saturday:
9:00 am Chapel Painting

Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation Class

 Announcements



Brown Bag meets at Westview Meadows on Thursdays at 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM.  They are listening to a Bill Moyer’s video on the book of Genesis followed by a discussion.  They welcome all Bethany people and friends.  Bring a sandwich and join the group.  Call Esther Farnsworth for directions.  225-6006.



Painting the Chapel!  9:00 am -Saturdays, November 15 & 22. Are you handy with a paint brush?  Join other Bethany friends and members in painting our chapel!  If you have a favorite paint brush, bring it along!







Team Ministry Potluck and Orientation - Tuesday, November 11 at 6PM in Fellowship Hall.  Are
you signed up to be a part of a Team Ministry at Bethany Church?  Then this potluck and program is for you!  Bring a hot dish, salad, or dessert to share, as well as a place setting and come have dinner with other Bethany team members.  After dinner, we will explore how team ministry will operate at Bethany!  And we will be done by 8 pm!

A Chancy Idea......from Tom Clougher. Free money or free stuff can be won. It might be easier if we pool our resources. SO, if you go to McDonald's and get Monopoly play pieces, consider donating them to Bethany to win so that we can give away whatever we get. Be it cash or prizes, whatever is won will go to someone else and for God's glory. To turn them in to the church you can just put them into the offering plate, slide them in an envelope under the door of the church office, or just turn them in at the office during office hours.

Conversational Spanish Class is resuming for fall, for confident beginners/intermediates. We will meet in the Red Door room Monday evenings starting October 27, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Affordable - pay per class you attend; instructor is Betsy Parah. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board near the chapel, or email Betsy: bafmcgee@aol.com. Come join us and refresh your Spanish - vamos a hablar espanol!

BETHANY BOWL, NOVEMBER 4, 2014  FED: 114 HEAD COOKS: Phyllis Rowell and John Hnylka  NECI SOUP: Tom Lever DISHWASHERS: Conrad Rowell, Gary Rogers and Tom Lever  HELPERS: Tina Campbell, John Hall, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez, Kathy Andrews, Grace Tarrant.  This was "clean out the freezer day" so the menu had items from previous meals with a few additions to provide for everyone.  The NECI soups were Cream of Broccoli and Vegetable Lentil. Added to them were Baked Ziti with or without meat, Vegetarian Chili (with lots of additions from John Hnylka), Cole Slaw, Mini Meat Ball Subs made from last week's leftovers, Tuna Salad Sandwiches for when the Grinders ran out and awesome Homemade Apple Sauce from John and Donna Hall. As usual there were assorted desserts with some unexpected contributions from Shaws and Beverages. The meat ball grinders were a big hit. We will have them again especially when John Hall is there to assist in their construction.

Organ Concert at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier: Celebrating 150 Years Organist Theresa Pepin of Knoxville, Tennessee, returns to Vermont in an eclectic concert of English and American works for the organ, including some by jazz composer Billy Strayhorn. The concert inaugurates 150th anniversary celebrations of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier and its George Stevens organ. The concert will be  Sunday, November 23, at  2:00 p.m. in the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main Street. Admission by free will donation at the door.

Potluck and Trivia Night, Saturday, November 22nd at 5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall Bring a favorite dish to share and your keen mind to meet the trivia challenge.  Sponsored by the Frivolity and Fun Team!

Dried Pasta Food Pantry- for the month of  November the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is Dried Pasta! Spaghetti, elbows and egg noodles.

EASY GIVING!!!!

Want to take the hassle out of writing a check every week/month for your pledge? Bethany Church has an ONLINE GIVING option where you can create a profile and have your weekly/monthly pledge amount taken out of your designated account by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)!

It's easy; you don't have to write that check and the church gets your payment within a day of it being taken out of your account. The Treasurer gets a report from the service that the transfer is being done and there is no paper! It's all electronic.

Check out the ONLINE GIVING button  top left of this page.

Stewardship and Giving Plans


There are times at Bethany Church when our problem is not about having enough money. It is about cash flow and uncertainty about what will be coming in on any given Sunday. YOU can alleviate this uncertainty by signing up for electronic transfers from your account to the church account. Such a giving plan helps our planning. It might also be easier for you. Click the button above left.