Monday, June 1, 2015

Bethany Dialogue June

Bethany Dialogue June


 Pastor's Piece

I ran across this quote by Amanda Christian recently, and it seems a good thing to remember as Bethany Church enters yet another new beginning.  Here's the quote: “Whatever the new beginning is for you right now, allow yourself to be swept away by the sweet freedom that comes with it. Growth is around the corner.”

I like the quote because it is fearless.  For me, new beginnings can be an unsettling time of uncertainty mixed with fear.  I wake up at night with those scary 3 am questions,  “What if this doesn't work out?  What if I can't handle it? What if I fail?  What if this is a really bad idea?”  It is really easy to get caught up in the fear and uncertainty, but if we do, that often means we miss the exciting possibilities that the new beginning brings.

We are poised on the cusp of a new beginning at Bethany Church.  Our staff is smaller, but our desires to do ministry are as big as they ever were.  We must not allow ourselves to get all Eeyore-y, worrying because things aren't the same, longing for what is gone, and afraid that we might fail.

Rather, let's be people of faith, pushing aside the fear and pessimism. Let's resolve to move into the future positively, viewing this time as an opportunity to risk trying new things, with that giddy sense of sweet freedom that comes with new beginnings.  If we do, it is quite likely that all different kinds of growth are around the corner.  For with God, all things are possible!

May God bless us with sweetness and hope!
Rev. Amy





WARNING
Annual Meeting of Bethany Church
June 7, 2015
10 am Integrated Worship and Business Meeting

I. Opening Worship
II. Approval of Minutes of the September Financial Meeting
III. Update on Focus Area Priorities
IV. Discussion and vote on Bylaws Changes
V. Offerings and Gifts of Service

  • Vote to accept Annual Reports
  • Election of Board of Directors Members
  • Vote on FY16 Interim Financial Plan
  • Discussion and Vote on Jackman Bequest First Fruits Gift

VI. Other business that may appropriately come before the congregation
VII. Adjournment

Annual Reports and By-Law Revisions available in the Office.








 SAVE THE DATE

Mark your calendars for the 21st Annual BETHANY LAWN AND BAKE SALE September 19 & 20. We will need many helpers starting September 14. Sign-ups will start in early June - don't miss out on your favorite way to help support your church and community.
THANK YOU - Bethany Lawn Sale Committee


 Food Pantry

Start collecting now. The month of June the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is  Peanut Butter & Jelly. And lots of it. This will become Children's lunch all summer.

We will collect on June 28.



 FY 2015 Finance Update from Bethany’s Board of Directors

As of April 30, 2015, we are ten months through the current fiscal year. Thanks to the generosity of the Bethany community we have received operating income of $174,476 which is 84% of the total estimated income for this fiscal year.  Operating expenses through the end of April totaled $211,598, which is 71% of anticipated costs for this fiscal year.

Despite the fact that costs continue to run lower than projected, expenses exceed income. We anticipated this situation when the congregation approved the current financial operating plan at our meeting in September. As discussed then, we are drawing on investment funds and the Jackman bequest to cover the gap. If you would like to read the financial statements, copies are available for review in the church office.
Many thanks to everyone who participates in our vital and dynamic community of faith!



 Snacks for Kids

Children are often at DCF in Barre for stretches of time because of court hearings or family visits.  The office is always in need of snacks and drinks for kids. Having snacks on hand is a kindness to the kids, parents and staff. But there is no budget for this.

On Sunday June 14, 2015 we will be collecting snacks one again to help out.  Please bring snacks wrapped as individual servings: crackers, cookies, fruit strips, toddler snacks, juice boxes, etc.  DCF needs to be able to store any snacks without refrigeration.  There is no budget for that either.

Thank you for helping with our PINS partnership with DCF.



 Let Us Know before we see it on Facebook


Is a member of your family celebrating a graduation this spring?  Please let the church office know! We will be recognizing our graduates on Sunday, June 14th during the worship service!  Invite your graduates to attend!


 HOW TO: ONLINE GIVING

Easy as 1, 2, 8


1. Click on the ONLINE GIVING button on the left side of the page.   
2. If a new contributor, on the right side of the page look for CREATE YOUR ONLINE PROFILE and click CREATE PROFILE.
3. Click ADD TRANSACTION
4. In BETHANY MINISTRY type in the amount you want to contribute
5. DONATION FREQUENCY - highlight how often you want your giving to be taken from your bank account
6. STARTING DATE – click on the calendar and indicate when you would like the amount taken from your bank account.
7. DONATION INFORMATION – this is where you indicate your bank account information. Please use either a checking or savings account (not a credit card as there are fees to the church). You will need your bank’s routing number (lower left hand corner of your check) and account number. There is a picture that shows you where these numbers are located.
8. HIT PROCESS – and then don’t worry about your giving plan until June of next year when you can either change the timing for your giving OR increase/decrease your pledge.



A New Team Has Formed!

Bethany's new team is the Local Church Discernment Team!  The purpose of the team is to help James Merriam as he seeks ordination to ministry in the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ.  We will be hearing about James' call to ministry and exploring what ministry means with him.  The Team members are Liz Sykas-Ringgenberg, Tom Clougher, Eric Benedict and Theresa Lever.  You are invited to keep James and the LCD Team in your prayers as they make their way through this process..


Youth Group!

All Bethany Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to a cook-out at Amy's house on Sunday, June 7th  from 6 - 8 PM– and maybe some kickball or ultimate frisbee as well!  Please bring a bag of chips or a beverage with you to share.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and dessert (could it be Ben and Jerry's ice cream?) will be provided.Come for the fun!


The end of our Choir


And this is how it ends on Thursday June 4th,  The choir will enjoy a pot luck dinner at 410 Camp St Barre 6:30PM. The choir will not meet on Thursdays until Sept.

** THEN
EVERYONE is invite to join our summer choir, rehearsals each Sunday at 9:15 AM in the front of the sanctuary.  Join us when ever the spirit moves you to do so!




On Sunday May 31 Bethany Church said good-bye to Rev. Mark as our minister. Check the KIOSK for pictures and comments. 

As a good-bye to us, Mark wants to say Thank you. Love you all and God. Maybe God a little more, but hey. It has been a grand thing for these 13 years. When I can stop reacting like a minister, I will be back to Bethany to worship. But in all these things please know and trust I leave with some hesitancy because it has been good. And if I seem to joke a lot about it, remember that clowns paint their faces with smiles or frowns for a reason. Also, I can not say what I want to well enough or briefly enough and confess to being humbled* by the task of trying.


So: Godspeed. Farewell. Vichyssoise! Vaya Con Dios.

*Okay. Actually I have been frustrated. Which after reflection leads to humbling.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

KIOSK!

A Weekly Sense of what is happening

The KIOSK! Sunday and the week's news


WARNING
Annual Meeting of Bethany Church
June 7, 2015
10 am Integrated Worship and Business Meeting

I. Opening Worship
II. Approval of Minutes of the September Financial Meeting
III. Update on Focus Area Priorities
IV. Discussion and vote on Bylaws Changes
V. Offerings and Gifts of Service
* Vote to accept Annual Reports
* Election of Board of Directors Members
* Vote on FY16 Interim Financial Plan
* Discussion and Vote on Jackman Bequest First Fruits Gift
VI. Other business that may appropriately come before the congregation
VII. Adjournment



This Sunday
Season of Pentecost

Scripture: Genesis
Sermon: Vichyssoise  Music: My Heart Ever Faithful, J.S. Bach; Heaven's Gate, Carl Strommen;: Hand in Hand,Kirby Shaw; Come to the Water; John B Foley; Toccata in C, A.B. Zorn
 Mission: Food Pantry Collectin Sunday! Bring it IN!!!
Community: Because this is theLast Sunday as a Bethany Minister for Rev. Mark Pitton we will celebrate

Announcements


Pantry of Montpelier- We will receive FRUIT on May 31. Canned, dried, jammed, jellied, preserved, jarred, or um see this space to find out if fresh will be okay! For The Food Pantry- This week we could really use pasta sauce, meals in a can, condiments, and clear storage bags in gallon size. Thanks, everyone!

JUNE DIALOGUE DEADLINE is May 29th at 9:30! And yes, that might be tomorrow or even today, depending on when you read this.

Up coming Sundays
* Sunday, May 31 - Celebrating the Conclusion of the Ministry of the Rev. Mark Pitton -  worship and Celebration of Ministry
* Farewell Party/Lunch for Rev. Mark - on Sunday, May 31st at 11:30AM. All are welcome!
* Sunday, June 7 -  Bethany Church Annual Meeting! See above.

There are many ways to thank Mark and honor his ministry with us and for those who wish to make a financial gift, please give checks payable to Bethany Church with a note in the Memo section "Mark Pitton Gift" to Joanne Hardy or leave in the office.

Food Pantry- for the month of June the food for the Montpelier Food     Pantry is  Peanut Butter & Jelly

Upcoming Hospitality Schedule
June 7-The Frey Family,
June 14-San Antonio Grande.

The end of our Choir: Thursday June 4th,  The choir will enjoy a pot luck dinner at 410 Camp St Barre 6:30PM. The choir will not meet on Thursdays until Sept.
EVERYONE is invite to join our summer choir, rehearsals each Sunday at 9:15 AM in the front of the sanctuary.  Join us when ever the spirit moves you to do so!

BETHANY BOWL, MAY 26, 2015, FED 105  This was left--over day at the Bowl.  The menu was made up of ingredients donated last week.  It was 2 soups from NECI, Tomato, Hamburger, Macaroni Soup by Phyllis using left -over meat balls, buttered carrots, cole slaw (both items from the Foodbank) egg salad sandwich (eggs from Arthur Zorn) rhubarb sauce (rhubarb from Katrina Pelkey), assorted desserts (some from Shaws) and beverages.  Helpers were Conrad Rowell, Charlie Wiley, John and Jean Hnylka, Tom Lever, Anne DeVaughn, Chris Terry, and Pete Gomez.

We are still working out the bugs of our new sound system! So far, the sound is great and we are very pleased.  Here are some things to remember if you need to use the microphone for a prayer or an announcement.  Please hold the tip of the microphone about 5 inches from your mouth - this will produce good sound.  Speak normally - the microphone volume is being controlled by one of our volunteers and they will adjust the sound as necessary.  Please do not push any buttons on the microphone - it will be on, and it will be controlled by our sound volunteer.  Pushing buttons can lead to the microphone not working appropriately.  Thank you, and enjoy the sound!

Snacks for Kids PINS Offering - Sunday, June 14th  Children are often at DCF in Barre for stretches of time because of court hearings or family visits.  The office is always in need of snacks and drinks for kids.  On Sunday, June 14, we will be collecting snacks once again to help out.  Please bring snacks wrapped as individual servings: crackers, cookies, fruit strips, toddler snacks, juice boxes, etc.  DCF needs to be able to store any snacks without refrigeration.  Thank you for helping with our PINS partnership with DCF.

Is someone you know in the church graduating this spring?  Let the church office know!  We will celebrate our graduates on Sunday, June 14th.



Help San Antonio Grande
Help El Salvador
Help Nature

The World Bank could soon decide whether the tiny nation of El Salvador will have to pay millions for rejecting a destructive gold mine. OceanaGold’s mine would ruin the little remaining clean water left in El Salvador -The Lempa River is San Antonio Grande's River and is rumored to be one of the few rivers with fresh water jelly fish- tell the World Bank tribunal to side with Salvadorans!

Below you will find a link to a petition to sign to ask the world bank not to allow Oceana corporation to sue El Salvador for preventing them for mining for gold, which would destroy the Lempa River. We heard about this on our last trip. Please consider signing, and forward this on to others. El Salvador doesn't need this.
Thanks!  Amy

HERE 

More information:
El Salvador groups accuse Pacific Rim of 'assault on democratic governance  The Guardian, April 10 2014.
El Salvadorian Activists Protest TPP-Like Lawsuit: How The Pacific Rim Arbitration Case Is A Preview Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership  Latin Times, March 19 2015.

 Calendar

Sunday
9:00 am Choir

10:00 am Worship, Recognition of Mark Pitton's ministry

11:30 am Luncheon honoring Rev. Mark Pitton


Monday:

6:00 pm Conversational Spanish


Tuesday:

11:30 am Bethany Bowl


Wednesday:

11:30 am Staff Meeting

6:30 pm Deacons Team


Thursday:

7:00 am Exploring Spirituality

6:30 pm Choir Rehearsal


Sunday:

9:00 am Choir

10 am Worship with Annual Meeting

11:15 am Hospitality

11:15 am Local Church Discernment Committee



Thursday, May 21, 2015

KIOSK! What's happening 'round about Bethany

The KIOSK! Sunday and the week's news

WARNING
Annual Meeting of Bethany Church

June 7, 2015
10 am Integrated Worship and Business Meeting


I. Opening of  Worship

II. Approval of Minutes of the September Financial Meeting

III. Discussion of Focus Area Priorities for Next Year

IV. Discussion and vote on Bylaws Changes

V. Offerings and Gifts of Service
  • Vote to accept Annual Reports
  • Election of Board of Directors Members
  • Vote on FY16 Interim Financial Plan
  • Discussion and Vote on Jackman Bequest First Fruits Gift
VI. Other business that may appropriately come before the congregation

VII. Adjournment and Benediction


This Sunday

 Pentecost

Scripture: Acts 2-1-21 Bible page 111 NT

Sermon:  Heads On Fire
Revs. Mark and Amy Pitton  A sermon in two voices

Music: Prelude in D minor, J.S. Bach    Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart, David Schwoebel  Psalm 23, Gwyneth Walker

Mission: Gather and bless Sunday Supper for the homeless of the Good Samaritan Haven. Call Judi Joy to help!


Announcements



Pantry of Montpelier- We will receive FRUIT on May 31. Canned, dried, jammed, jellied, preserved, jarred, or um see this space to find out if fresh will be okay!
Additional Food Pantry needs: This week, the food pantry could use Mac & Cheese, jelly and condiments:  ketchup, mustard, mayo, salad dressings. They are also encouraging participation in the Montpelier Farmers Market SHARE program. When you shop at the Market, buy one for yourself, buy one for your neighbor. The donation coolers are conveniently located at the front & back of the market. Our shoppers love the fresh healthy produce.

JUNE DIALOGUE DEADLINE is May 29th at 9:30!

The flowers on the communion table this morning are in loving memory of Ruth Lane MacPherson.

Up coming Sundays

* Sunday May 24 Pentecost - Wear red, yellow or orange!
* Sunday, May 31 - Celebrating the Conclusion of the Ministry of the Rev. Mark Pitton -  worship and Celebration of Ministry
* Farewell Party/Lunch for Rev. Mark - on Sunday, May 31st at 11:30AM. All are welcome!
* Sunday, June 7 -  Bethany Church Annual Meeting!

There are many ways to thank Mark and honor his ministry with us and for those who wish to make a financial gift, please give checks payable to Bethany Church with a note in the Memo section "Mark Pitton Gift" to Joanne Hardy or leave in the office.


Upcoming Hospitality Schedule
June 7-The Frey Family
June 14-SAG.

BETHANY BOWL, MAY 19, 2015, FED 110  Something special happened today. The children from UES, who come to wash and set the tables, presented us with $11.00 that they had earned by doing good deeds.  Each time their teacher recognizes an act of kindness, she puts a penny in a jar. They, in turn, gave the money to the Bowl.  And a little child shall lead them.

We are still working out the bugs of our new sound system! So far, the sound is great and we are very pleased. Here are some things to remember if you need to use the microphone for a prayer or an announcement. Please hold the tip of the microphone about 5 inches from your mouth - this will produce good sound. Speak normally - the microphone volume is being controlled by one of our volunteers and they will adjust the sound as necessary. Please do not push any buttons on the microphone - it will be on, and it will be controlled by our sound volunteer. Pushing buttons can lead to the microphone not working appropriately. Thank you, and enjoy the sound!


Beatification of El Salvador’s Oscar Romero a turning point for Catholicism

By John L. Allen Jr.

Next Saturday, arguably the most important beatification of the early 21st century will be celebrated in San Salvador, El Salvador, when the late Archbishop Oscar Romero reaches the final stage before sainthood in the Catholic Church.

It’s an event 35 years in the making, and it’s hard to imagine anyone with a more remarkable tale to tell.

At the outset of a bloody civil war in El Salvador in the late 1970s, Romero was the country’s most important voice for the poor and victims of human rights abuses. His stance obviously threatened the power structure, because in a scene straight out of T.S. Eliot’s “Murder in the Cathedral,” Romero was shot to death while saying Mass on March 24, 1980.

To read the entire article, go HERE 

Calendar


Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Worship

11:15 am Hospitality

11:30 am First Fruits Gifts Informational meeting


Monday:

6:00 pm Conversational Spanish


Tuesday:

11:30 am Bethany Bowl


Wednesday:

11:30 am Staff Meeting

6:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting

Clougher home

Thursday:

7:00 am Exploring Spirituality

6:30 pm Choir Rehearsal


Sunday:

9:00 am Choir

10:00 am Worship, Recognition of Mark Pitton's ministry

11:30 am Luncheon honoring Rev. Mark Pitton

Thursday, May 14, 2015

KIOSK! May 14-24

The KIOSK! Sunday and the week's news

This Sunday
Eastertide





Scripture: John 17:1-19
Good-bye to Laura Cadmus


Announcements

Pantry of Montpelier- We will receive FRUIT on May 31. Canned, dried, jammed, jellied, preserved, jarred, or um see this space to find out if fresh will be okay!

JUNE DIALOGUE DEADLINE is May 29th at 9:30!


Annual Reports are due tomorrow, May 18th!  If you are the leader of one of our team ministries, please write a short report about what your team has done this past year.  Then please send it to the church via email (uccbethany@comcast,net) Thanks so much!

Stewardship Update - As of May 14th, Bethany Church had received 47 giving plan cards for a total of $106,102.00.  Thank you, thank you to all who have turned in their cards!  If you haven't had an opportunity to return your card to the church, extra cards are available.  Fill yours out today!


Bylaw changes! There will be an informational meeting today following hospitality in the Red Door Room to discuss the changes.  Copies of the draft bylaws will be available.


Save the dates for these upcoming events!
* Sunday May 24 Pentecost - Wear red, yellow or orange!
* Sunday, May 31 - Celebrating the Conclusion of the Ministry of the Rev. Mark Pitton -  worship and Celebration of Ministry
* Sunday, June 7 -  Bethany Church Annual Meeting!



Farewell Party/Lunch for Rev. Mark - on Sunday, May 31st at 11:30AM. All are welcome!
Scrap-booking for Mark- today at 1:00PM  We will have a time to Create Pages for an Album of Memories. There will be scrap-booking supplies available.  Please bring pictures, memories, creative ideas for your “Page”. Questions?  Speak to a Committee Member: Arthur Zorn, Vera Winter, Melitta Maddox and Joanne Hardy.

Upcoming Hospitality Schedule

  • May 24- Carol & Don Welch,
  • June 7-The Frey Family,
  • June 14-SAG.


BETHANY BOWL- MAY 12, 2015  FED: 95  HEAD COOKS: John Hnylka and Phyllis Rowell, NECI SOUP: Tom Lever. DISHWASHERS: Conrad Rowell and Charlie Wiley HELPERS: Judy Murray, Ira Gravatt, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez and Jean Hnylka.  The menu was Corn Chowder from NECI, Small Meatball Subs, Chili, Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Apple Sauce Cup, Assorted Desserts and Beverages. The Bowl helpers will be taking a break starting June 30 and reopening August 4.

Mark LeGrand will be on vacation this week Sunday, May 17 through Friday, May, 22.  Office coverage will be spotty, so be prepared to leave a message or ring through to Amy's office at extension 223.  Your call will be returned as soon as possible. In the case of an emergency, you may call Amy Pitton at any time at 223-5233.


Sound by Jackman - We are still working out the bugs of our new sound system! So far, the sound is great and we are very pleased.  Here are some things to remember if you need to use the microphone for a prayer or an announcement.  Please hold the tip of the microphone about 5 inches from your mouth - this will produce good sound.  Speak normally - the microphone volume is being controlled by one of our volunteers and they will adjust the sound as necessary.  Please do not push any buttons on the microphone - it will be on, and it will be controlled by our sound volunteer.  Pushing buttons can lead to the microphone not working appropriately.
Thank you, and enjoy the sound!


This Week


 Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Worship and recognition of Laura Cadmus
11:15 am Hospitality
11:30 am Bylaw changes Informational meeting
1:00 pm Scrap-booking For Mark

Monday:
6:00 pm Conversational Spanish

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl

Wednesday:
11:30 am Staff Meeting
6:00 pm Habitat For Humanity CV

Thursday:
7:00 am Exploring Spirituality
6:00 pm Local Church Discernment Committee
6:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

Saturday:
1:00 pm Leroy Carlson Memorial Service- Sanctuary & Fellowship Hall

Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Pentecost!
11:00 am Hospitality

Friday, May 1, 2015

May Dialogue

Bethany Dialogue May


 Pastor's Piece


At the end of this month, Mark and I will end a nearly 26 year run working as co-pastors. When we started, as co-associate ministers of Grace Church in Rutland in August of 1989, we were kind of surprised that we were actually going to work together. When we graduated from seminary three years earlier, we had actually written in our ministerial profiles (resumes) that we didn't want to work together because we thought our skill sets were too similar. Boy, were we wrong! It turned out that we had different skill sets, different talents for ministry, and way different styles that, most of the time, they worked quite well together.

But 26 years later, we are feeling called to different ministries. I still have lots of energy and vision for ministry here at Bethany, and Mark is finding that he needs some time away from parish ministry to regroup and decide what he wants to do next. His job at the Vermont Conference utilizes many of his skills for ministry and is a good job for this time of discernment. While we will miss working together, and will have to make some real adjustments as we navigate this life change, we are also excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for each of us.

There is no question that it will be different here at Bethany without Mark's presence. We will miss him a lot and in many different ways. He has done good ministry here and without him, we will not be the same church and will not be able to do ministry in the same ways. It will be different and that might be hard at first. But we will adapt, and remembering what he has taught us about ministry, continue to do the work God calls us to.

I know that some of you are particularly sad about Mark's leaving, and also sad that, because of rules around ministerial ethics, he will not be around for the next year or so. It's been a long time since Bethany had a minister who left on good terms, so you have not been through the experience of saying goodbye and holding that boundary of letting go fully. This is something that every healthy church and departing minister go through when a minister leaves. It is what Mark and I did when we left the church in Rutland. I know it seems harsh, but experience in
the United Church of Christ has found it is the right thing to do for the good of the church – trust me. I also know it is hard to say goodbye – it will be hard for me too – but I trust that God will continue to be with us and that we will be fine.

I hope that you will come and celebrate Mark's ministry on Sunday, May 31^st. Elsewhere in the Dialogue you will find details about the celebration! Let's send Mark off with lots of good wishes and love.

Blessings,
Amy

 Let us Pray.


Does your heart ache for Baltimore? Freddie Grey? The people who have held their anger in for so long? Those who finally could not bear the indignity and pain? How about for our nation that has such a deep seam of racism that can only be seen when white privilege is acknowledged? Does the whole thing just make you ache and wonder what your church has to say at 'a time such as this'?


The United Church of Christ website has had a series of articles on this. This one calls for positive responses from many different groups. Are you in this article? HERE

Would you like the sense that there are those who are working for Justice and PEACE? Does the church and our denomination offer anything that will help? You might like this article that reminds us that news organizations are a commercial venture wanting to focus on what will sell their product, even if it is not the complete story. And it points out that Baltimore is the location of protest, but the problem is systemic through out our nation. Read here  .
And, for now, there is this article. It calls for people of faith to do more than pray. We use "If you want peace work for justice" as a bumper sticker slogan. The truth is that it is the truth. If you want to stop things like Ferguson and Baltimore, then pick one of several justice issues and work to bring God's justice, equality, and fairness into this world. Wages, employment, education, equality, representation/enfranchisement,  health care, taxes, respect, incarceration, etc...

Prayer will help all these things. ESPECIALLY if you pray to our God that you are motivated to DO something when you are done listening to God in prayer. Here is the link to the article 



 Disaster Response


On April 25, 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal causing significant damage and destruction in Kathmandu and surrounding areas. Since Saturday's quake, our partnership through the ACT Alliance has been responding and working hard to help stabilize the situation through provisions of food, water, medicine and temporary shelter.

UCC Disaster Ministries is supporting these essential on-the-ground efforts, as the death toll continues to rise. Currently it is reported more than 5,000 have died as a result of the earthquake.

UCC Disaster Ministries is requesting financial contributions to the International Emergency Relief fund to support these essential on-the-ground efforts. Donors can designate their gift by noting it is for Nepal Earthquake relief. Note this on envelope or check and Bethany will send it on to the Conference.

It is because of our support of OCWM and OGHS that we were sending help and on site within hours of a disaster. It is because of OWCM and OGHS that every penny given for a disaster goes to that disaster. What have we done, what are we doing? Check it out.   And here  too.



Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty
out values all the utilities of the world.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

SUNDAY SCHOOL SUNDAY!

Please join us May 10th at the 10 o’clock service. It is time to honor the Sunday School Students, the Teachers, the Nursery Helpers, and the Graduates! Our church blooms yet another Sunday!You won’t want to miss it!


 Bethany Youth Group News


Middle School Youth

Bethany Middle School Youth Group will meet on Friday, May 1 from 6-8 in the Youth Room. We will have pizza and play games! Come for the fun!

The Bethany Area Interfaith Middle School Youth Group (with the Unitarian Church) will meet on Friday, May 15 from 6-8 at Bethany Church. Program to be announced>Save the Date!All Bethany Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to a cook-out at Amy's house on Sunday, June 7th – and maybe some kickball or ultimate frisbee! Come for the fun!


 Confirmation News

We are nearing the end of the Confirmation program. On the weekend of May 8-9, the Confirmation Class will go on their final retreat. On Sunday, May 24th, the church might celebrate Confirmation Sunday, if the Confirmands want the opportunity to confirm the promises that their parents made at their baptisms. I hope you will join us!

The members are: Angus Fraser, David Frey, Liam Frey, Henry Jones and Justin Murray. We have meet for 2 hours on many Sundays since we started last fall. We have traveled to New York City.

Many thanks as well to all those who provided dinner for the class over the course of the year. I want to applaud you, the members and friends of Bethany Church, for the all you have done for these boys over the years they have been a part of Bethany Church.  The promise that you made at baptism to love, support and care for those who are baptized at Bethany Church has been lived out in making Sunday School happen, God's Word for All Ages, Youth Group, this class, and all the ways that you have welcomed them and included them. Special this year was the church's desire for a student to teach as she learned. Having Laura Cadmus broadened what the class could do and learn. I am very jealous of sharing a confirmation class. So, it is to her credit that she was such a solid part of their experience.  They feel at home and loved at Bethany Church, and we can be proud.

And as of now, we will be extending our time together. There will be a final Retreat next fall .
Amy Pitton


 By Law Update and Information

Informational Meeting about Bethany's revised Bylaws! Curious about Bethany's new bylaws and structure? Come to a meeting on Sunday, May 17th after church to learn about the changes! Copies of the new bylaws will be available in the church office starting on May 4.



The Spring Meeting of the Washington Association will be held on Sunday, May 17th at 1 pm at the Willliamstown Congregational Church. The Rev,. Lucia Jackson, chair of the Vermont Conference Stewardship Department will be the keynote speaker. If you would like to hear about innovative ways to raise money in the church, you are encouraged to attend! Those who went to her Workshop at the recenet Vermont Conference Annual Meeting found her informative and a great presenter!





Bethany is blooming!


As you have heard, Bethany is blooming! And you ain't seen nothing yet! Come to worship this Sunday, Stewardship Sunday, and celebrate the many blossoms that are Bethany Church! We will be receiving Giving Plan cards as well – if you did not receive a Giving Plan card, extras will be avaiilable. We are asking that folks consider increase their giving 5% or more – this will cover the cost of inflation as well as provide a little extra money for all the wonderful ministry that Bethany is doing! Join us!CE Sunday is coming!!!



Knit Together in Ministry

The Prayer Shawl group will meet at the home of Melitta Maddox at 4 Walker Terrace in Montpelier on Tuesday May 12th at 7:00 p.m. We welcome any new members to our group as we start out the new season. Bring your own knitting or crochet projects or check out yarn and patterns as we visit. We also welcome suggestions of names of members or friends who might be comforted by a shawl.



The Warmth of Being Connected

The minister and members of the Visiting Committee are happy to visit members who are ill or unable to come to church. Remember to let the Bethany office know when you know of someone who might appreciate a visit, a call or a card.


 FY 2015 Finance Update from Bethany’s Board of Directors

As of March 31, 2015, we are nine months through the current fiscal year. Thanks to the generosity of the Bethany community we have received operating income of $161,908 which is 78% of the total estimated income for this fiscal year.  Expenses through the end of March totaled $191,497, which is 64% of anticipated costs for this fiscal year.

Despite the fact that costs continue to run lower than projected, expenses exceed income. We anticipated this situation when the congregation approved the current financial operating plan at our meeting in September. As discussed then, we are drawing on investment funds and the Jackman bequest to cover the gap. If you would like to read the financial statements, copies are available for review in the church office.

Many thanks to everyone who participates in our vital and dynamic community of faith!


SAVE THE DATE

There will be a Farewell Party/Lunch for Rev. Mark  on Sunday, May 31st at 11:30 AM.
On May 17th at 1:00 PM we will have a time to Create Pages for an Album of Memories. There will be Scrapbooking supplies available.  Please bring pictures, memories, creative ideas for your “Page”. Sign up at Hospitality on Sunday or speak to a Committee Member: Arthur Zorn, Vera Winter, Melitta Maddox and Joanne Hardy.

Report In

Annual Reports are due on Monday, May 18th!  If you are the leader of one of our team ministries, please write a short report about what your team has done this past year.  Then please send it to the church via email (uccbethany@comcast,net (mailto:uccbethany@comcast,net) ) Thanks so much!


 

Fritz Reindel’s legacy


Many of us remember Fritz Reindel fondly.  He was Helen Jean’s husband and a generous and very active member of Bethany Church.  You may or may not know that he was a skilled potter who created the communion plates and cups that we use every month as well as candle holders we use in the windows at Christmas.  When he passed away, a special fund was created in his honor.  He wanted to provide ongoing support to charities serving individuals and families, and he trusted Bethany Church to decide where to donate the money.  Every year we are instructed to give at least 10% of the remaining balance.
This year the Board of Directors decided to donate $1000.00 from the Fritz Reindel fund to VLIAC, the Vermont Low Income Advocacy Counsel.
Thank you Fritz and Helen Jean!


Hospitality for All
From These Fine People:

May 3  Phyllis & Conrad Rowell
May 10  Stephanie Ratmeyer & Paul Richardson
May 17  The Ricker Family
May 24   Carol & Don Welch
May 31  Farewell Committee
June 7  The Frey Family
June 14   San Antonio Grande Committee ( T. Lever)


It Is Not Possible to Have Too Much Fun

Bethany's Fun & Frivolity Team- Invites you to Bethany's "Minute To Win It" game night this Saturday, May 9 from 7-8:30 pm. Contestants take part in a series of 60 second challenges that use objects commonly available around the house. All are welcome to come and participate or just spectate...it'll be fun for all. Refreshments will be served. Spread the word- Invite your family, friends, your neighbors for a great night of fellowship here at Bethany.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

KIOSK! April 23





 This Sunday! We collect food for the Pantry and

 Dinner for the Good Samaritan Haven Homeless Shelter



This Sunday
Eastertide

Scripture: Acts 2:41-47
Sermon: Living in Community
Music: Joy in the Morning Natalie Sleeth; Oh, Give Us Pleasure in the Flowers Today Cyril V. Taylor;  Spring Has Now Unwrapped the Flowers Thomas Benjamin
Moment for Stewardship: Joanne Hardy


Announcements


Food Pantry- for the month of May the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is Fruit. Canned or dried!



The Montpelier Food Pantry- is now send out a weekly email through Front Porch Forum for urgent needs. If you are able to meet these urgent needs, please drop your donation at the Food Pantry. This week's needs are: Meals in a can (ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, hash, pork & beans), hearty soups and tomato products (sauce, crushed, puree) Always needed:  Personal Products: TP, shampoo, toothpaste. Thank you!



Next Sunday, May 3rd,
we will celebrate that Bethany is blooming! by receiving our plans for Giving in the next year! Letters with Giving Plan cards were sent out this last week, if you have not received one, please let Mark LeGrand in the church office know and one will be sent to you,  Please return your Giving Plan card to the church by bringing it with you next Sunday and placing it in the offering plate, or mail it the church by May 10th.  Because of you, Bethany is blooming! Thank you!


Annual Reports are due on Monday, May 18th!  If you are the leader of one of our team ministries, please write a short report about what your team has done this past year.  Then please send it to the church via email (uccbethany@comcast,net (chrome-extension://bpmcpldpdmajfigpchkicefoigmkfalc/views/qowt.html#mailto:uccbethany@comcast,net) ) Thanks so much!


Telling our Story! From our bicentennial history book published in 2008: "From church and town records through the years, we can trace the lives of a strong-willed and determined people who grappled with their Christian beliefs during tumultuous times. Individuals in the congregation have reacted to wars, to weather, to businesses and the economy, to politics and to cultural changes. Those strong-willed individuals often took sides against each other and against their ministers. Ministers often struggled to keep the congregation together or struggled against strong reactions by the congregation. Conflicts are never easy to resolve when each side is equally sure of their persuasions. Scars often remain for years." Bethany is still a church of determined people, some who carry scars - fortunately, at the moment, we are not struggling with each other and have found some healing! Hallelujah!

Bethany Church is doing amazing ministry! Joyful and relevant Sunday morning worship, a warm, affirming and welcoming Christian community, an open building that serves the community, a 20+ year sister parish relationship with San Antonio Grande, weekly Bethany Bowl, Good Samaritan Haven Dinner, support of the Montpelier Food Pantry, a lively music ministry, Sunday School, ecumenical book studies, and so much more! We are a vital church in the midst of the Montpelier community!


The Board of Directors has been working on revisions to the Bylaws to address our new governance structure on a permanent basis. This also provides us with an opportunity to update the Bylaws to better reflect today’s Bethany. We will be holding informational meetings in the month of May so that you can see these changes before June’s annual meeting.  You are also welcome to see the work-in-progress draft at any time; just contact Patty Turley (223-5488 or pturley@zclpc.com 




Spring Clean Up Day-Saturday May 16th. 9-noon. Great time for fellowship and caring for our building and grounds. All are welcome!




Save the dates for these upcoming events!
Sunday, May 3 - Stewardship Sunday
Sunday, May 10 - Sunday School Sunday
Sunday, May 17 - Recognizing Laura Cadmus' Student Ministry
Sunday, May 24 - Confirmation Sunday
Sunday, May 31 - Celebrating the Conclusion of the Ministry of the Rev. Mark Pitton - worship and Celebration of Ministry
Sunday, June 7 - Bethany Church Annual Meeting!


This Week

Friday- Saturday:
Vermont Conference Annual Meeting

Sunday:
9:00 am Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am Sunday Worship
11:15 am Hospitality

Monday:
6:00 pm Conversational Spanish

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl

Wednesday:
11:30 am Staff Meeting


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


Friday:
6:00 pm Middle School Youth Group

Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Stewardship Sunday with Communion
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation