Friday, August 22, 2014

KIOSK! August 22--31



This Sunday

The Season of Pentecost
Scripture: II Samuel 12:1-7a
Sermon: "Talking the Walk"
Music: hymns, anthems, intruments
Mission: PinS Collection
Sunday Supper for Samaritan Haven


August 22-31

Saturday
Instrument Sale

Sunday
10:00 am Worship
Collect PINS supplies.
11:15 am Hospitality
Gather and bless Good Samaritan meal

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl

Wednesday:
7:00 pm Board Of Directors

Thursday:
7:00 am Spiritual Exploration Group
9:00 am Dialogue Articles are due

Sunday:
10:00 am Sunday Worship
Collect for Food Pantry
11:00 am Hospitality

 Announcements

Dialogue articles are due on Thursday August 28 at 9:00.

Tomato Products
Food Pantry- for the month of  August the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is Tomato Products. Sauce, Paste, Crushed, Puree or Whole.
These will be collected NEXT Sunday.

A Memorial Service for Rev. Mark Follansbee will be on Saturday, September 13 at 11:00 am. The service will be at the College Street Church in Burlington.

This Sunday
School Supplies for Barre DCF kids - It is nearly time for the new school year to begin, and all children will be getting ready.  This includes the children involved with DCF.  It is hard for these kids and their foster parents to afford all the needed supplies.  The State of Vermont does not provide any extra funds for these items.  The Bethany Church PINS partnership is once again collecting school supplies to help out.  Please bring items on Sunday, August 24, 2014.  
The following list gives ideas for kids at all grade levels:  
#2 pencils, pens, erasers, crayons, colored pencils, markers, high lighters, pencil sharpeners, calculators, rulers, compass/ protractor sets, notebooks, notebook paper, dividers, spiral notebooks, report covers, index cards, glue, scissors, paste, tape, book covers, backpacks, lunchboxes, water bottles.  
Thank you so much for your help and generosity. Sandy Clougher, Sue Day, and Carol Welch.

The 20th Annual Lawn and Bake Sale will be held on September 13 and 14, 2014.
September 7 will be boxing Day. Bring boxes to worship for the Lawn Sale.
boxes... BOXES... yes Boxes.. boxes.LAWN SALE.. BOXES... more boxes.... a few big boxes.... lots of boxes... Strong boxes... boxes, not broken down boxes... and a few more extra boxes, PLEASE and  THANK  YOU
Last year the call went out that the Lawn and Bake Sale was an all Church Event. Things are different enough this year that we can only hope that people had fun and saw the benefit of the hard work it takes. Bethany will need your effort, bake goods, time, and maybe some moeny again this year to create what is the longest running All Church Fund Raiser.
This is a fun and rewarding event to support our many ministries and connect with the local community. Thank you to all who have already signed up to help.  More helpers will be needed Sept. 8 -15 - - As usual, we need folks to SORT & PRICE mornings, afternoons, or evenings, SET UP THE TENT Friday noon 9/12, SETTING UP SATURDAY MORNING at 7am, work as a CASHIER or a DISPLAY & MARKETING associate, help with CLEAN UP Saturday at 4, Sunday at 3, and Monday at 9.  Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the hall with many types of positions available. Yes, we will need good bags - but we already have plenty of hangers.  Boxes will also be needed again - last year's sources for intact boxes (not broken down) seemed good. DONATIONS of clean items in good working order are welcome 9/9 - 9/11 8am - 8pm, also Monday 9/8 1 - 8pm.  We cannot take donations on Friday 9/12. Flyers with all the details are available in the Narthex. This is a perfect way to give back to Bethany and get to know each other better - It's fun and uplifting - and only 3 weeks away - - JOIN US!!

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? At this time of year gardens are beginning to produce  summer squash, zucchini, green beans, and cucumbers.  Do you have an excess? If so, we would love to have them at the Bethany Bowl. You can bring your offerings into the church office daily from 9-12 noon or to the Bowl on Tuesday.  We love to invent dishes so can use just about anything. Thanks in advance.

BETHANY BOWL,  AUGUST 19, 2014, FED:106  HEAD COOKS:  Phyllis Rowell and Tom Lever  NECI SOUP: Tom Lever DISHWASHERS: Conrad Rowell and Eric Norkeveck and anyone with spare time. HELPERS: John Hnylka, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez  The menu was a choice of 2 NECI soups, Hamburgers and Hot dogs with all the trimmings, buttered carrots, buttered beets, zucchini, green beans ( the last two from Anne DeVaughn), assorted desserts and beverages. This meal is always a special treat thanks to Tom Lever who not only provides the ingredients for the meal but also starts cooking at 7:30 on a grill at the end of the parking lot so all will be ready by serving time.  His daughter Rachael helped with the cooking. Thank you Levers. PS: He also did this same meal on the third Tuesday in July.

New Team Ministry!
At our Annual Meeting, we voted to try a new governance structure that includes team ministries.  Now we need to form the teams!  On the bulletin board outside the parlor, there are sign ups for teams - please take a look and sign up for a team that interests you!  Everyone's participation is needed.  If you have an idea for a team that isn't there, talk to Amy or Mark about the possibility!

Are We an Institution or a Movement?

written by Rev. Jim Thomas our Conference Minister,

Two weeks ago I attended the National Church Leadership Institute (NCLI) in Atlanta GA. The conference was hosted by the Center for Progressive Renewal (CPR). CPR is the organization the Vermont Conference has
begun a long term relationship with to help equip our churches and pastors for mission and ministry.

The theme of this year's conference was "Finding Our Way Again," apropos since Brian McLaren was the main speaker and that is the title of one of his books. Brian is a great writer and an engaging speaker. He shared too much to try to summarize here, so I'll pick one point and expound a bit.
Brian, in one of his presentations, explained about the difference between institutions and movements, and how they come about and how they are changed. Institutions are, by nature, defenders of the status quo - they have a system and processes and direction and changing that from within is hard. Movements, on the other hand, aren't burdened by history or tradition - they are trying a new thing, trying a new way, trying to upset the status quo.

Movements generally have three outcomes:

- They wither and die, unable to sustain momentum
- They become accepted, and eventually become an institution themselves, or
- They cause significant change in an existing institution.

What does this mean to us?

To continue reading, go HERE .

Saturday, August 16, 2014

El Saturday Update

First from yesterday from Rev. Amy:
 Here is the update!  We had a heavy day yesterday - talked to the ARENA rep - very smooth talker, but we were disturbed by his racism and kowtowing to big business.  Mining Conference - again big business trying to get into El Salvador - if they do, it will poison the Lempa River.  But Guatamala already mines on the Lempa and there is no stopping them.  Last night heard a famous E. S: economist who told us that ES has no economic freedom - because of international debt and use of US currency.  depressing.   
But today we are off to Deninger Park - perhaps a ropes course and a zip line, and some river swimming.  Should be lots of fun and relaxing.
Both ropes and swimming happened!




























Also, more fun from the US being included in the El Salvador trip. See the video HERE.

Tomorrow they fly like an eagle.

Friday, August 15, 2014

El Salvador Friday Update

First, news from Yesterday.

From Rev. Amy:
 "We went to a ¨resort¨ and my food stared back at me.  Whole fish on my plate. Also had shrimp, and soup with crab,  squid, clams, and other seafood. 
We were welcomed to Jiquilisco, an up and coming coastal town, by the mayor and other dignitaries (one wearing a Castro type hat from Cuba!)  There was paparazzi taking all kinds of pictures.  After the trip to the resort and a boat ride, we went back to the town center and they presented us with the town flag, a t-shirt each, and amazingly, a coffee cup for each of us with our individual pictures on them!"

TODAY! 

They will visit 'Asamblea Legislativa". The Legislative Assembly of the Republic of El Salvador is a collegial body, currently consists of 84 Deputies and Deputies, which have been elected by the citizens through voting.


While there they will have a chance to talk to the two main political parties in El Salvador: FMLN and ARENA. These two groups were the main combatants in the Civil War. Currently the President of El Salvador is from FMLN and the first Vice President is from ARENA. FMLN has three more Deputies in the legislature that ARENA does.


The Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) is, since 1992, a centre-left to left-wing political party in El Salvador and formerly a coalition of five guerrilla organizations. The FMLN was formed as an umbrella group on October 10, 1980 from the left-wing guerrilla organizations. After peace accords were signed in 1992, all armed FMLN units were demobilized and their organization became a legal political party. The FMLN is now one of the two major political parties in El Salvador.

The Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) was founded on 30 September 1981, by Roberto D'Aubuisson and Mercedes Gloria Salguero Gross. ARENA controlled the National Assembly until 1985, and its next leader Alfredo Cristiani, was elected to the presidency in 1989. ARENA controlled the presidency from 1989 to 2009. ARENA gained a plurality in the 2012. During the Civil War they were strongly supported by the US Government.

Imagine Robert E. Lee and Ulysses Grant leading two political parties.




Then the traveler will turn to art and hope to remind them that everything Salvadorian is not about the war. They will meet with some artists from the National University. They will find out SHICALI Ceramics. Shicali is a handmade product, is pottery made on the potter's wheel ACOGIPRI by members of the cooperative. The cooperative was founded in 1981 with the idea of ​​having a workplace for young people with physical disabilities, run by themselves. Initially the workshop was a center of learning pottery. Now it is about production.




Then there is someting called a Mining Conference with UNES, ecologically minded group.

After dinner they will talk about the El Salvador U.S. relationship.
This is where they stay in San Slavador.
http://www.oasis.com.sv/



Thursday, August 14, 2014

El Salvador Update, Thursday

Well, last night the travelers had some fun! Check out this video to see Rev. Amy meeting a challenge given to her by Diane and Ken Nelson. To see it go HERE. One must wonder what the Salvadorians think of us. Maybe Amy should have challenged one of the Salvadorians!



Here is what Rev. Amy had to say about how things are going: 
"Everyone had a good nights sleep last night. Bug bites are receding. We can´t live without beans at every meal - just had a nice helping! Sewing machines and fabric received with tears of joy."

THURSDAY!

Today, after a breakfast that included beans, the travelers went o visit the Martyr Site of the Mary knolls Sisters. This Catholic order of service (these four were teaching reading and writing, infant care, and doing the bookkeeping) eventually had to leave El Salvador because of threats and what happened to these four American Women.


Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, Ita Ford and Dorothy Kazel, four American churchwomen

On the evening of December 2, 1980 Jean and Dorothy drove to Comalapa International Airport to pick up Maura and Ita, who were arriving from Nicaragua. On the way home the women were stopped by the National Guard, kidnapped at gunpoint, raped, and executed. Their bodies were left to rot on the side of the road. The Salvadoran regime claimed that the women had been the victims of a robbery.
The site of their abuse and murder is important because of the ways the U. S. government supported the attack and cover-up. In the U. S. it also increased negative publicity of El Salvador.

For us, it can be also be an object lesson to what Oscar Romero said: 
"Christ invites us not to fear persecution because, believe me, brothers and sisters, the one who is committed to the poor must run the same fate as the poor, and in El Salvador we know what the fate of the poor signifies: to disappear, be tortured, to be held captive - and to be found dead."



Next they went to Jiquilisco Bay.
 There there would be time to relax a bit, dip into the Pacific Ocean, and learn that El Salvador is working on Environmental issues. Jiquilisco Bay is a Biosphere Reserve that protects some of El Salvador's most important natural habitat. Located along the southeast Pacific coast, the reserve protects roughly 400 square kilometers, which includes 50 km of coastline (about 31 miles). 

This bay is one of two major nesting areas for the critically endangered hawksbill turtle in the Eastern Pacific, comprising about 45% of the region's nests. Local researchers have been working since 2008 to protect the turtles in this bay through a combination of an innovative egg collection program, environmental education, and scientific research.








After dinner there is Dancing class. 

This picture is stolen from Nancy Fowler's facebook page. But it is not clear where this is.  Or when. But it is dancing and Nancy took the picture. 



Tomorrow brings politics and art for our travelers.

KIOSK! August 14-23


College Students from San Antonio Grande

 This Sunday

 Season of Pentecost

Scripture: I Samuel 16:14-23
Sermon: "Being Human"
Music: hymns, anthems, intruments


Last year the call went out that the Lawn and Bake Sale was an all Church Event. Things are different enough this year that we can only hope that people had fun and saw the benefit of the hard work it takes. Bethany will need your effort, bake goods, time, and maybe some moeny again this year to create what is the longest running All Church Fund Raiser.

September 7 will be boxing Day. Bring boxes to worship for the Lawn Sale.
boxes... BOXES... yes Boxes.. boxes.. LAWN SALE.. BOXES... more boxes.... a few big boxes.... lots of boxes... Strong boxes... boxes, not broken down boxes... and a few more extra boxes, PLEASE and  THANK  YOU

Happenings August 9- 17
Miss. Washington County in El Salvador

Sunday:
10:00 am Worship
11:15 am Hospitality
Travelers Fly Home!

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl

Thursday:
7:00 am Spiritual Exploration Group

Sunday:
10:00 am Sunday Worship
Collect PINS supplies.
11:00 am Hospitality
Gather and Bless Sunday Supper
for Good Samaritan Haven

Announcements



Tomato Products
Food Pantry- for the month of  August the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is Tomato Products. Sauce, Paste, Crushed, Puree or Whole. These will be collected in 2 weeks.







School Supplies for Barre DCF kids - It is nearly time for the new school year to begin, and all children will be getting ready.  This includes the children involved with DCF.  It is hard for these kids and their foster parents to afford all the needed supplies.  The State of Vermont does not provide any extra funds for these items.  The Bethany Church PINS partnership is once again collecting school supplies to help out.  Please bring items on Sunday, August 24, 2014.  The following list gives ideas for kids at all grade levels:  #2 pencils, pens, erasers, crayons, colored pencils, markers, high lighters, pencil
sharpeners, calculators, rulers, compass/ protractor sets, notebooks, notebook paper, dividers, spiral notebooks, report covers, index cards, glue, scissors, paste, tape, book covers, backpacks, lunchboxes, water bottles.  Thank you so much for your help and generosity. Sandy Clougher, Sue Day, and Carol Welch.
These will be collected in 1 week.

The 20th Annual Lawn and Bake Sale will be held on September 13 and 14, 2014. This is a fun and rewarding event to support our many ministries and connect with the local community.  Thank you to all who have already signed up to help.  More helpers will be needed Sept. 8 -15 - - As usual, we need folks to SORT & PRICE mornings, afternoons, or evenings, SET UP THE TENT Friday noon 9/12, SETTING UP SATURDAY MORNING at 7am, work as a CASHIER or a DISPLAY & MARKETING associate, help with CLEAN UP Saturday at 4, Sunday at 3, and Monday at 9.  Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the hall with many types of positions available. Yes, we will need good bags - but we already have plenty of hangers.  Boxes will also be needed again - last year's sources for intact boxes (not broken down) seemed good. DONATIONS of clean items in good working order are welcome 9/9 - 9/11 8am - 8pm, also Monday 9/8 1 - 8pm.  We cannot take donations on Friday 9/12. Flyers with all the details are available in the Narthex. This is a perfect way to give back to Bethany and get to know each other better - It's fun and uplifting - and only 3 weeks away - - JOIN US!!

Gourd have Mercy!
HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? At this time of year gardens are beginning to produce  summer squash, zucchini, green beans, and cucumbers.  Do you have an excess? If so, we would love to have them at the Bethany Bowl. You can bring your offerings into the church office daily from 9-12 noon or to the Bowl on Tuesday.  We love to invent dishes so can use just about anything. Thanks in advance.

BETHANY BOWL, AUGUST 12, 2014, FED: 100 HEAD COOK: Judi Joy(ous) Grocery Buyer: Joanne Hardy  NECI SOUP: Tom Lever  DISHWASHERS: Conrad Rowell, Gary Roges, Erik Norkeveck  HELPERS:Judy Murray, Mara Songhurst, Ira Gravatt, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez . The menu was Carrot, Ginger Soup, Turkey Sandwich or Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Cole Slaw, Pickles, Olives, Potato Chips, Assorted Desserts and Beverages.  Keep the garden produce coming. It's a great help.

New Team Ministry!
At our Annual Meeting, we voted to try a new governance structure that includes team ministries.  Now we need to form the teams!  On the bulletin board outside the parlor, there are sign ups for teams - please take a look and sign up for a team that interests you!  Everyone's participation is needed.  If you have an idea for a team that isn't there, talk to Amy or Mark about the possibility!



Art Exhibit:

Holiness and the Feminine Spirit: The Art of Janet McKenzie.  August 1-31, 2014.  Location:  Waitsfield United Church of Christ, Waitsfield, VT.

Click HERE  for a flyer.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday El Salvador Update

Today our Travelers left the community of San Antonio Grande at 5:30 am. to return to San Salvador. Rev. Mark talked to Rev. Amy and they were looking forward to breakfast because there would be no beans served. She also said, more importantly, that they had a great visit in San Antonio Grande. The most productive ever. Here are a couple of pictures stolen from Nancy Fowlers facebook.






















If you would like to see an older video about the sewing project that was a big part of the visit to the community this time, you can find it HERE.





















TODAY: The will meet with Rev. Dr. Medardo Gomez, Bishop of the Lutheran Church of El Salvador. This is him to the right. The other picture is in their cathedral worship space where the original Subversive Cross rests. For information about the Subversive Cross, go HERE.

Ricardo Barahona - Own work



The afternoon will find them in MUPI, the Museum of Image and Word in San Salvador that has collected materials from their Civil War.




And tonight, after dinner, they will have the music of Guillermo Cuellar, which should help them decompress from the community and museum. Guillermo wrote the Salvadoran Popular Mass at the request of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

Tomorrow will be a new adventure for all.