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

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!