Thursday, March 26, 2015

KIOSK!

The KIOSK! Sunday and the week's new

Palm Sunday


Music: The Palms, Jean Baptise Faure;  Hosanna Loud Hosanna, S&B Poorman; Deo Dicamus Gratias (To God let us say Thanks), Johnson with Vocalists, Skip Potter, Stuart Williams, Arthur Zorn; Postlude: Ride on in Majesty, A.B.  Zorn

Mission: Collection for Montpelier Food Pantry; One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering
Lenten Study: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Confirmation Class

This Week


Saturday:
8:00 am Auction Breakfast and Preview
9:30 am Auction
6:00-8:00 pm Middle School Youth


Sunday:
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
11:30 am Lenten Study
12:00 pm Confirmation Class


Monday:
6:00 pm Conversational Spanish


Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl


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


Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality
11:30 am Lenten Study
12:00 pm Confirmation Class



Auction is Saturday,
March 28.



 Announcements

This Sunday the Food Pantry Food for March The focus food is canned or boxed meals - stew, chili, or pasta.  And canned fruit is always appreciated.

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, TODAY . Give generously!


Easter Sunday Community Dinner at Christ Church! April 5th. Dinner served from 5-6:30 pm. All are welcome! Ham, Potatoes, Greens, Macaroni & Cheese, Salad, Desserts and Beverage. No Charge, Donations accepted.  64 State Street, Montpelier, VT.







Maundy Thursday Service, Thursday, April 2 at 7 pm in the Chapel - Lots of Bethany folk say that this is their favorite worship service of the year.  Come celebrate the Last Supper and hear the words of the Tennebrae, when the story of Jesus between the Last Supper and the Crucifixion is told.


Easter Sunrise Service - 6:15 am on Sunday, April 5 at the North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier!  Come hear the good news of resurrection at dawn on Easter Sunday morning! We will join with our friends from Trinity Methodist in worship and song at the North Branch Nature Center at 713 Elm Street. Dress warmly and bring your coffee!


Easter Sunday Worship with Communion - Sunday April 5 at 10 am!  Come rejoice in the good news of Easter!  We will celebrate Communion, sing the great hymns of Easter and hear our choir sing glorious music, including the Hallelujah Chorus!



Parking at Bethany - As you have noticed, VTEL is currently installing the broadband equipment in our steeple.  This is affecting the available parking in our lot.  While normally it is fine for church members to use the lot to park while they run errands downtown, we are asking that until the work on the steeple is completed that you refrain from doing so. This is particularly necessary on Tuesdays when all the available spaces are needed for those who are working at Bethany Bowl. Of course, if you have business at the church, you may use the lot.   Thank you for your cooperation.

COMING SOON - ELECTRONIC GIVING! - Actually it is already here. Support the work of our church through electronic giving. When thinking about your pledge for 2015-2016, consider having it transferred directly from your checking or savings account into the church account safely and electronically - you'll never have to remember your checkbook again! Interested? See Judy Ribolini for more details.
Central Vermont Relay for Life is renting Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, March 31  for the Kick-off to its June 19 Relay event.  CV Relay invites Bethany folks to attend Kick-off, which is a free, fun pep rally.  You may know that these Relay committee members—Richard Pitonyak, Richard Swenson and Theresa Lever—like to have a good time!  All are welcome to Kick-off at 6:00 p.m.!

Dinner and Variety Show -  April 11, 2015 - 5:30PM - Come to supper before the show!  Chicken Parmesan, spaghetti, Caesar salad, Italian bread, homemade desserts.  A delicious meal from the San Antonio Grande Ministry Team!  $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.  Reservations not necessary--but helpful!  Tell Joanne Hardy, Theresa Lever, or the church office if you plan to attend. Some Acts are coming together!!  Haleigh & Jack; Alec; Laura, Amy & Mark; Sophia & Maya; Arthur & Joanna; Theresa; and I'm sure there are others that we don't know about yet!! Please sign up your Act and reserve your Dinner with Theresa Lever, Joanne Hardy or Liz Sykas-Ringgenberg!  There will be a sign-up sheet in the office and during Sunday Hospitality for the next few Sundays!

Flood Watch! Just in case we do have a flood we need a list of people who can be called to help move stuff out of the basement. If you can help please call Gary Rogers @ 229-9893. If you are only available at certain hours or do not want to be called in the middle of the night please let Gary know this. Thank you-The Property Team.



Thursday, January 15, 2015

KIOSK! January 14-24


The Work of Christmas

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.

The Rev. Howard Thurman
Author, Philosopher, Theologian,
Educator and Civil Rights Leader


 This Sunday

Scripture: Psalm 139:1-18
Sermon: Black Lives Matter
Music: Shed a Little Light by James Taylor Vocal trio - Amy Papineau, Kathy Cowens, Theresa Lever, Anthem of Peace, arr. by Mack Willberg
Missionary from Turkey: Alison Stendahl

This Week

Sunday:


10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation Class
6:00 pm Missionary Dinner

Monday:
9:00 am Office Closed
6:00 pm Spanish For Beginners

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl

Wednesday:
6:00 pm Habitat For Humanity CV

Thursday:
7:00 am Exploring Spirituality

Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation Class
4:00 pm Beth Jacobs Dinner


Announcements


Food Pantry- for the month of January the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is Soup Broth or stock, canned or broth, carton or mix.
The Food Pantry can always use canned fruit as well!
The Challenge: We accepted the challenge to give more ponds of food than te last month. So far, so very good. In December we sent 610 pounds of food.

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.

If you would like to have your announcement printed in next week's bulletin, please have it into the office by 9:00 am Thursday morning.

Please make sure that the office has your current contact information, especially email addresses.

BETHANY BOWL JANUARY 13, 2015 FED: 92 ( TOO COLD TO GO OUT) HEAD COOKS: Phyllis Rowell and John Hnylka. NECI SOUP: Tom Lever  DISHWASHERS: Conrad Rowell, Gary Rogers, Tom Lever HELPERS: Judy Murray, John Hall, Ira Gravatt, Jean Hnylka,  Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez and a class from UES. The menu was a choice of 2 NECI Soups, Macaroni with or without meat sauce, Tossed salad (made by Judy),  egg salad sandwiches (made by John Hall and Ira Gravatt) Garlic Bread, Assorted Desserts and Beverages. Thank you to all who have provided warm socks, scarves and gloves.

Sunday January 18 at 6pm in the Church Parlor - Dinner with UCC Missionary, Alison Stendahl! Join us for a delicious supper and interesting program. Our special guest, Alison Stendahl, who will be speaking in churches in New England during January and February, will retire this summer after completing nearly 34 years of service in the United Church of Christ and Global Ministries mission schools in Turkey. She has been a math teacher, head of the Math Department, and for many years the Academic Dean of the mission school in Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey. She has also served in religious communities in Istanbul: as a participant in a Christian-Muslim Relationship Program and as a developer of the church history program at Bithynia Bible College. Stendahl grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has a bachelors degree in mathematics education, an M.Ed. degree in curriculum, and instruction from higher education institutions in Minnesota and Washington state. She also has an M.A.

degree from Andover Newton Theological School where she studied in 1989-91. Alison will have dinner with us and will talk about her extensive mission experience on behalf of the UCC in Turkey. Alison has also served on the Board of the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon and can also speak with us about her understanding of events in the Middle East. If you plan on attending, please let Amy Pitton or Theresa Lever know today after church so that we can provide enough dinner for everyone!

Telling our Story!  As we sit in our sanctuary on Sunday mornings, we look toward the stone wall at the front of our sanctuary.  Did you know that some of those stones were a part of the 1868 sanctuary that was torn down?  Stones, and other materials, from that church building were used in the construction of our present day sanctuary.  The warm red stones, along with the mid-tone wood and clear windows help to make our sanctuary a warm and welcoming place on Sunday mornings - and show that we were a congregation that recycled long before it was a popular concept!

Pictures from New Year's Eve







Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year's Eve!

New Year's Eve @ Bethany Wednesday, December 31th

The Bethany Church Staff presents New Years Eve @ Bethany! 
3:00 pm Creative Fun 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 Dinner, Ham Dinner presented by Rev. Mark. 

7:00 pm Concert  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 starting at 4:45 pm, $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.

Monday, December 22, 2014


Sunday, December 21st

The Fourth Sunday in Advent
10 am    - Worship Service, Lighting of the Fourth Candle in the Advent Wreath
10:15 am - Sunday School – Pageant Rehearsal for Christmas Eve
12 noon – Confirmation Class
7 pm - Youth Group Christmas Party at Amy's

Christmas Eve

Wednesday, December 24th

  6 pm     Family Christmas Service with Pageant and live animals 
10 pm    Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols


Sunday, December 28th
Sunday after Christmas

10 am         Worship Service with Carol Sing
Collection of Food Pantry Items
Blessing of Sunday Supper for Homeless Shelter

New Year's Eve @ BethanyTuesday, December 30th

The Bethany Church Staff presents New Years Eve @ Bethany! 
3:00 pm Creative Fun 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 Dinner, Ham Dinner presented by Rev. Mark. 

7:00 pm Concert  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.

Sunday, January 4Epiphany Sunday

10 am - Epiphany Worship Service
Communion

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 __________________________