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

Thursday, April 16, 2015

KIOSK! April 16

The KIOSK! Sunday and the week's news

 This Sunday
 Eastertide


Scripture: Psalm 4
Sermon: Gladness In Our Hearts
Music: Jesus Shall Reign, John Hatton; Come Sing a Joyful Song, Henry Purcell; Jesus the Very Thought of Thee, Don Wyrtzen

This Week

Saturday:

10:00 am Strategic Initiatives for Sacred Places

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
7:00 pm Board Of Directors

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

Friday- Saturday
Vermont Conference Annual Meeting

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


Announcements

Food Pantry The focus food is canned or boxed veggies.

Telling our Story - We hope that you are enjoying our new sound system!  The system was purchased with funds from the Jackman bequest, and it is most fitting, as Bob Jackman, Chris Jackman's husband, was in charge of the media resources for Montpelier High School.  Tom Clougher mentioned this week how much Bob would have appreciated this new technology - so today we remember both he and Chris with great thanksgiving!

Bethany is Blooming!  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!
 

 Telling our Story - 150 years ago this month, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.  All around the country, bells in church steeples tolled in grief, including our own Revere bell, which hung in the steeple of the Brick Church, our previous church building.  Can you imagine the sadness of that sound?

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).

BETHANY BOWL, APRIL 14, 2015, FED:96  NECI SOUP: Tom Lever  DISHWASHERS: Gary Rogers, Conrad Rowell  HEAD COOKS:  Phyllis Rowell and John Hnylka  The menu was Mulligatawny Soup from NECI served by Chris Terry, Scalloped potatoes, peas and ham casserole  made by John Hnylka and served by Anne DeVaughn,  Green tomatoes and green bean casserole made by Judy Murray and served by Jean Hnylka,  Tuna Salad Sandwich made by Ira Gravatt and Erik Norkaveck and served by Ira, assorted desserts and beverages.  Students from Sharon Pine's class at UES washed and set the tables. Please do not leave clothes at the soup kitchen without checking with Phyllis Rowell first.  Presently we have an overload of clothing. Thanks!

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!

Most pictures are from our Variety Show. 
So much fun. Why do you keep missing it?




















Saturday, April 4, 2015

KIosK!

The KIOSK! Sunday and the week's news


This Sunday EASTER!

Sunrise Service
6:15 at at the North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier

Scripture: Mark 16:1-8
Sermon: Jesus is Loose
Music:  I Know That My Redeemer Liveth' Handel, Achieved Is The Glorious Work: Haydn, Alleluia!(from Motet VI);   Bach, Vocal quartet: Paula Chiuchiolo, Theresa Lever, Skip Potter, Stuart Williams,  Hallelujah!, Handel
Sacraments: Baptism of Fiona Elizabeth Green, and communion

This Week

Maundy Thursday
7:00 pm  Tennebrae

Good Friday
E-Mail Devotional

EASTER Sunday:
6:15 am Sunrise Service
10:00 am Easter Sunday Worship
11:15 am Hospitality

Monday:
6:00 pm Conversational Spanish

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl

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

Saturday:
5:30 pm Variety Show and Dinner

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

Announcements

Food Pantry The focus food is canned or boxed veggies.

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!


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.
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).

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.

BETHANY BOWL, MARCH 31, 2015, FED: 98  HEAD COOK; Joy Facos,  NECI SOUP: Tom Lever  DISHWASHERS: Gary Rogers and Conrad Rowell   HELPERS: Phyllis Rowell, Ira Gravatt, Tina Campbell, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn.  Joy made her popular sloppy joes to which was added a Coconut, Beet and Curry soup from NECI, cole slaw, assorted desserts and beverages.  We truly appreciate the fact that Joy takes a day from work on each of the fifth Tuesdays to plan and cook the meal for which her parents provide the funds for all ingredients. Wow!

FY 2015 Finance Update from Bethany’s Board of Directors
As of February 28, 2015, we are eight months through the current fiscal year. Thanks to the generosity of the Bethany community we have received operating income of $138,621, which is 67% of the total estimated income for this fiscal year.  Expenses through the end of February totaled $169,888, which is 57% of anticipated costs for this fiscal year.

Despite the fact that costs are running 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!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bethany Dialogue April



Minister's Musings

Things are changing here at Bethany Church.  While it may not seem that way to the casual observer, lots of things are shifting. The biggest one is that as of June 1st, we will be a church with one full time minister.  Right now on Sunday mornings, it looks like we are crowded with clergy types – 2 ministers and a student minister.  But come June, we will be down to one minister - me. That will be very different from the past 13 years.

In many ways, I have been anticipating what this will mean for the church and for me personally.  With Mark now working only part- time at Bethany, I am essentially the only minister around during the week. What I am discovering about being a sole pastor is that there is so much to keep in mind!  The big picture is BIG at Bethany – and that's good because it means that we have been inspired to do much.  But that means there is a lot to keep track of.  My big take away is that I cannot possibly do it all on my own - I very much need the help of others, and not all of it is going to be done to perfection, by me or anyone else!.


I recently read an interesting article from the Alban Institute that challenged the old adage “If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well”.  The article said that the problem with this saying is that if we hold ourselves to a high standard and feel that we cannot do something well, we decide not to do anything at all.  Sometimes, if something is worth doing, it is worth doing, even if it doesn't end up being done as well as we had wanted.  In this time in the church, when so much is changing, we have to be willing to try lots of new things.  Some of those new things will do some great ministry.  Some of those things will fail. But we can't be afraid to try. Risking doing things that are worth doing is a good thing.  If it seems to be successful, we can work on perfection the next time around!


My vision for Bethany is for us to be an authentic, caring and flexible Christian community that is always trying to follow Jesus as best we can.  Sometimes we are going to get it right.  Sometimes we are going to miss the mark. As in any community, we need everyone's gifts and skills and viewpoints in order to be the church that God is calling us to be. We already have a community that is bound together by love – and that's a wonderful place  to start a “new” ministry together.

I am deeply grateful to be your minister.  Let's keep following Jesus.
Rev. Amy


Holy Week Schedule



Thursday, April 2
Maundy Thursday Worship at 7 pm in the Chapel






Friday, April 3
Good Friday devotional emailed to those on the email list







Sunday, April 5
Sunrise Service at 6:15 am 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 Worship with communion at 10 am in the Sanctuary with Communion, Baptism, and the Hallelujah Chorus.





APRIL 11, 2015 - 5:30PM  -
Dinner and Variety Show
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!!  Hayley & 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!



 Saying Goodbye to a Minister

Rev. Mark Pitton's last Sunday will be May 31st.  It has been 15 years since Bethany Church has said goodbye to a a called minister.  And the last time we said goodbye was complicated by other factors. As we approach this parting, there are some things that we need to remember.

First of all, now is the time to celebrate Mark's ministry with us.  Make sure you tell him what you have appreciated. Tell him what you will miss.  Share your best memories of his ministry at Bethany with him.

 


Secondly, yes, this will not be easy.  
Mark much loved in the church, and it will be hard to say goodbye to him.  It will be sad.. Mark will also be sad to say goodbye.  But leavings are a normal part of life's journey.  Let's not be afraid to be sad and to experience this kind of grief.  The sadness will not last – as the Bible says, “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.”  We will move forward more easily if we allow ourselves to grieve.

Thirdly, it is important to know what will happen after Mark's departure.  In the UCC, there is a Ministrial Code of Ethics that each minister promises to follow.  In that code, when a minister leaves a church, the minister agrees to leave completely so as not to interfere with the ministry of the new minister. That means, that even though Mark will still be married to the current minister of Bethany Church, he will not be participating in the life of Bethany Church for at least a year.  He cannot come back for weddings or funerals, he won't be at church suppers or the Variety Show, he can't come back to fill the pulpit or to help with the Lawn Sale.  After a year or so, he may come back at the invitation of the current minister in consultation with the Board of Directors, but it will not be as the minister of the church. This will be hard maybe even odd, but it is important to follow this code.  If you have any questions about it, please speak to either Mark or Amy.

On Sunday, May 31st, we will have a celebration of Mark's ministry at Bethany.  I am sure that it will be filled with laughter and tears, and it will be better with you there.  Make sure to join us!


 Confirmation Class News!

The 2015 Confirmation Class had a wonderful trip to the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City in March.  Even though we were slowed down by a spring snow storm, we had a chance to explore the Cathedral and learn about its ministry.  We also had the fun of eating at the Hard Rock Cafe and going to the Central Park Zoo!  The class will be finishing up with a retreat in early May and celebrating Confirmation Sunday on May 24th.
Please keep the class members in your prayers as they discern what it means to be a follower of Jesus.


Sunday School



The Bethany Sunday School just completed a unit on Biblical Archeology!  Check out their display on Easter Sunday, including the dig box they used to uncover artifacts!  The display will be located in the entryway of the church.



 Vermont Conference Annual Meeting
April 24-25, 2015 at Lake Morey Inn and Resort


 The Vermont Conference will be holding its Annual Meeting at the end of April.  The theme of this year's meeting is Creators of Justice and Joy.  During the meeting, delegates will be hearing from various speakers about the ways that they work for justice.  

Our delegates this year are Amy Bell, Judi Joy and Liz Sykas-Ringgenberg.  If you are interested in the meeting,check out the information at www.vtcucc.org.



The Montpelier Area Interfaith Middle School Youth will meet next on Saturday, April 18th at Christ Episcopal Church from 6-8 pm!  This group is open to youth in grades 6-8 – join us!



A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Laura Cadmus for stepping into the breach on Palm Sunday!  With Mark Pitton preaching in St Johnsbury and Amy down with a stomach bug, our student minister Laura stepped up and did a great job by all reports!  Thanks, Laura!





The Property Board 
will meet next on Wednesday, 
April 15th.







Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

 Two different groups have completed reading Karen Armstrong's book Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, one here at Bethany and the other at the North Branch Cafe. All participants agreed that they have a lot of think about because of this book.  We learned that living compassionately is challenging, but necessary if we are ever to achieve peace in our world.

It takes practice and awareness to be compassionate.

The group at the North Branch was an experiment in collaboration with Christ Episcopal Church.  We had nine particpants, three of whom were not connected to either church, which was what was hoped for!  This seemed like a good format and one that we will definitely try again!  Many thanks to Lauren Parker and the North Branch Cafe for hosting us!  We recommend their delicious tea!



New Bylaws are Coming?  New Bylaws are Coming!

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).



Needed: Delegates for the Vermont UCC Washington Association Meeting

The Board of Directors is seeking several people to represent our congregation at the Vermont UCC Washington Association meeting, scheduled for May 17th.  Please contact Amy Bell if you would like to participate in this event.


The One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS)

The One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering is one of the five offerings collected by the United Church of Christ for ministry beyond the local church, and is traditionally collected by Bethany Church on Palm Sunday.  You may be interested to know that in 2014, Bethany Church was one of the top 100 churches in the UCC in giving to OGHS, based on our per capita giving and a minimum of $2000 total dollars! We were recently recognized by the UCC for our giving – the recognition is posted on the bulletin board outside the chapel! Thank you for your generosity – and let's see if we can make the list again this year!
You are involved in helping in disaster, refugee/immigration, and development ministries throughout the world when you give to the offering for One Great Hour of Sharing. When a disaster strikes or people are displaced or made refugees by violence or extreme poverty, you are part of the immediate response and of the long-term recovery. Through OGHS you engage in holistic development programs including health care, education, agriculture, food sustainability, micro-financing and women’s empowerment. Because the UCC relates in mutual partnership to churches and organizations through Global Ministries and worldwide response & recovery networks, your contributions to One Great Hour of Sharing put you in the right place at the right time for the relief, accompaniment and recovery of the most vulnerable. You meet immediate needs and you address the underlying causes that create those needs in the first place. Thank you for your generous contribution. This year One Great Hour of
Sharing

We received the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Sunday, March 29, but it's not too late to give if you missed it!  Just send your offering to the church or place it in the offering plate, marked for OGHS.  Bethany Church was one of the top 100 givers in 2015 in the UCC to this important offering – let's see if we can do it again!  


Ministry Teams

Team Ministries at Bethany!  Are you interested in what the new teams at Bethany are doing?  Then check out the latest postings on the Team Ministry bulletin board located in the entryway of the church.  Each team has the opportunity to post team news and notes on the bulletin board.  If you are on a team, make sure your team information gets put on the board!  Remember, good communication is one of our priorities at Bethany this year – let us know what you are doing!



Strategic Investment in Sacred Places (SISP)

Partners for Sacred Places -Bethany's SISP team is moving steadily forward.  We are currently working on a program called New Dollars/New Partners, which helps churches discern new ways to fund ministries with like-minded partners.  The program has three components – Telling our Story, completion of a Public Value Tool, and a Building Assessment.  The next training will be on April 18.


A Blessing
May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work you do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your next day with dreams, possibilities, and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you.
Source: Anam Cara - A Book of Celtic Wisdom, pp. 160-161

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.