Friday, October 24, 2014

KIOSK! October 24

Looking like Fall Clean Up

This Sunday


Season of Pentecost

Scripture: Bel 1:1-22
Sermon: "A Living God"
Music: Pieces by both Handel and Beethoven, and the anthem"Lead Me, Lord, in Thy Righteousness" by S. Wesley
Confirmation Class
Mission: Collection of Food CEREAL for the Montpelier Food Pantry; 
Sunday supper for the Good Samaritan Haven Shelter
Mission Moment: Theresa Murray-Clasen from Just Basics Inc. - of which the Pantry is a part.


The view as people come into the Pantry






This Week



Saturday:
9:00 am - noon  Fall Clean Up

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

Monday:
7:00 pm Conversational Spanish

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl

Wednesday:
11:30 am Staff Meeting

Thursday:
7:00 am Spiritual Exploration Group
6:30 pm Choir

Saturday
Turn clocks back one hour

Sunday:
11:00 am All Association Worship at the Barre Opera House
with Communion

Dialogue articles due on October 30 at 9:00 am

 Announcements

 Fall Clean Up - Saturday October 25,  9-noon.
That is probably tomorrow!
A picture from our last All Association Worship Service

Set your clocks BACK one hour in one week before this service...
Special Worship on November 2: An All Saints, All Souls, All Association Worship Service will be held on Sunday, November 2 at 11 am at the Barre Opera House.  The churches of the Washington Association UCC will gather for worship and communion.  Our preacher will be writer, storyteller and VPR commentator Willem Lange.  Arthur Zorn will lead an all Association Choir. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to worship!
*There will be NO WORSHIP at Bethany Church on that Sunday.*



A Chancy Idea...
...from Tom Clougher
Free money or free stuff can be won. It might be easier if we pool our resources. SO, if you go to McDonald's and get Monopoly play pieces, consider sharing them with an effort at Bethany to win, so that we can give away what ever we get. Be it cash or prizes, what ever is won will go to someone else and for God's glory.
Please note: if we see you with Monopoly play pieces, we will assume that a friend went and that you do not eat there yourself. To turn them in to the church: you can just put them into the offering plate (secretly if you want), slid them in an envelope under the door of the church office, or just turn them into the office no questions asked. Our staff is use to keeping information confidential, and you can rely on our discretion in this matter as well.

Fall Clean Up Day - Next Saturday, October 25, from 9 - noon. Because we have had lots of outdoor help already this fall, we will be focusing on the inside of the building!  Cobweb patrol, dusting, polishing, and maybe some painting will be on the docket!  Come help spruce up the church! It can change your life!

Check out our posters! As part of telling our story, we will be putting new posters in our signboard out front each week.  If you want to see the whole series of posters, they are on the bulletin board outside the Parlor.  Some of those posters will also be used as ads in The Bridge newspaper between now and Christmas.  We want the wider Montpelier community to know who we are and this is one way to let them know.  Another way is for you, our members and friends, to talk up the church and what we do here with your friends and neighbors - you might even invite them to church!  We will be putting interesting "Telling our Story" factoids in the bulletin each week - as you talk, you can share these tidbits with them.

Telling our Story - An odd factoid!  Did you know that the stained glass windows that are located to the left of our front doors as you exit the building are out of order?  Stained glass windows often tell stories, and this set of windows tells two stories - the birth of Jesus and thelast days of Jesus.  Unfortunately, the folks who installed
these windows didn't recognize that stories were being told, so the windows were installed somewhat randomly!  Check it out!


Team Ministry is underway! The Sunday School Team, San Antonio Grande, Hospitality, and Strategic Investment in Sacred Places have all met, and other teams are starting up!  Teams and their members are posted on the bulletin board outside the parlor. If you want to join a team, speak with Rev. Amy or the team leader.  If you have an idea for a new team, and can find two other folks to join you, talk to Rev. Amy about how to get a new team going!

Conversational Spanish class is resuming for fall, for confident beginners/intermediates. We will meet in the Red Door room Monday evenings starting October 27, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Affordable - pay per class you attend; instructor is Betsy Parah. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board near the chapel, or email Betsy: bafmcgee@aol.com. Come join us and refresh your Spanish - vamos a hablar espanol!

BETHANY BOWL,October 21, 2014  FED: 106  HEAD COOKS: Tom and Theresa Lever   DISHWASHERS: Gary Rogers and Conrad Rowell with Tom as pot  scrubber. NECI SOUP: Tom Lever  HELPERS: John and Jean Hnylka, Phyllis Rowell, John Hall, Chris Terry, Anita Rogers, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez. The Lever's menu was Macaroni and Cheese, Hubbard Squash, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, MANY Assorted desserts, and Beverages.  John Hall came in to shadow the group as a possible cook or helper.  Welcome John and of course we know that Donna will be in the background with help as well.

Chapel Paint & Prep-November 15 & 22. A couple of Saturdays to get together with some fun people and make our Chapel beautiful.


EASY GIVING!!!! Want to take the hassle out of writing a check every week/month for your pledge? Bethany Church has an ONLINE GIVING option where you can create a profile and have your weekly/monthly pledge amount taken out of your designated account by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)!

It's easy; you don't have to write that check and the church gets your payment within a day of it being taken out of your account. The Treasurer gets a report from the service that the transfer is being done and there is no paper! It's all electronic.

Check out the ONLINE GIVING button in the upper left corner.
Or click HERE and go straight to our secure online service that will allow you to create a profile and set up a one time gift or ongoing giving.


Stewardship and Giving Plans There are times at Bethany Church when our problem is not about having enough money. It is about cash flow and uncertainty about what will be coming in on any given Sunday. YOU can alleviate this uncertainty by signing up for electronic transfers from your account to the church account. Such a giving plan helps our planning. It might also be easier for you.


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Friday, October 17, 2014

KIOSK! October 17-26


This Sunday


Season of Pentecost

Scripture: Psalm 46
Sermon: "Present Help"
Music: "Elevation in F" and "Scherzo Symphonique in C major" both by A. Guilmant, Offertory "Let us Live in Justice" by Iverson
Confirmation Class







This Week



Friday:
6:00 pm San Antonio Grande Dinner Dance

Saturday:
9:30 AM - 3:00 Craft Church:  From Attraction to Integration

Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
12:00 Confirmation Class

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl

Wednesday:
11:30 am Staff Meeting
7:00 pm Bethany Board Of Directors

Thursday:
7:00 am Spiritual Exploration Group
6:30 pm Choir

Saturday:
9:00 am - noon  Fall Clean Up

Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
12:00 Confirmation Class

Dialogue articles due on October 29 at 9:00 am


Announcements


Fall Clean Up - October 25, Save The Date! 9-noon.
That is in 1 week!

Special Worship on November 2: An All
Saints, All Souls, AllAssociation Worship Service will be held on Sunday, November 2 at 11 am at the Barre Opera House.  The churches of the Washington Association UCC will gather for worship and communion.  Our preacher will be writer, storyteller and VPR commentator Willem Lange.  Arthur Zorn will lead an all Association Choir. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to worship!
There will be NO WORSHIP at Bethany Church on that Sunday.


A Chancy Idea...
...from Tom Clougher
Free money or free stuff can be won. It might be easier if we pool our resources. SO, if you go to McDonald's and get Monopoly play pieces, consider sharing them with an effort at Bethany to win so that we can give away what ever we get. Be it cash or prizes, what ever is won will go to someone else and for God's glory.
Please note: if we see you with Monopoly play pieces, we will assume that a friend went and that you do not eat there yourself. To turn them in to the church: you can just put them into the offering plate (secretly if you want), slid them in an envelope under the door of the church office, or just turn them into the office no questions asked. Our staff is use to keeping information confidential, and you can rely on our discretion in this matter as well.

Fall Clean Up Day - Next Saturday, October 25, from 9 - noon. Because we have had lots of outdoor help already this fall, we will be focusing on the inside of the building!  Cobweb patrol, dusting, polishing, and maybe some painting will be on the docket!  Come help spruce up the church!

Check out our posters! As part of telling our story, we will be putting new posters in our signboard out front each week.  If you want to see the whole series of posters, they are on the bulletin board outside the Parlor.  Some of those posters will also be used as ads in The Bridge newspaper between now and Christmas.  We want the wider Montpelier community to know who we are and this is one way to let them know.  Another way is for you, our members and friends, to talk up the church and what we do here with your friends and neighbors - you might even invite them to church!  We will be putting interesting "Telling our Story" factoids in the bulletin each week - as you talk, you can share these tidbits with them.

Telling our Story!
The mural on the back of our building reflects our long-term commitment to our sister parish in San Antonio Grande, El Salvador.  The mural is painted in "La Palma style" developed by Salvadoran artist Fernando Llort, and recreated here at Bethany by church member and artist Kate Papineau.  
 Llort taught the people of La Palma, El Salvador how to paint in the same style in 1973 and the village soon founded a cooperative that produces everything from key chains to crosses to wall art.  75% of the village of La Palma now works to mass produce these items.  Here at Bethany, we give La Palma crosses to everyone who receives the sacrament of Baptism, as a reminder of the Christian Church worldwide, as well as our friends in El Salvador.

Concert: Sunday the 19th there will be a concert at the United Church of Cabot. Isaac James and Lynn McKinney and Friends starts at 3:00 to benefit the Building Restoration Fund of our sister church in Cabot. Two of the friends of Isaac and Lynn are also our friends: Diane Huling and Skip Potter. $20 is the suggested donation.

Team Ministry is underway! The Sunday School Team, San Antonio Grande, Hospitality, and Strategic Investment in Sacred Places have all met, and other teams are starting up!  Teams and their members are posted on the bulletin board outside the parlor. If you want to join a team, speak with Rev. Amy or the team leader.  If you have an idea for a new team, and can find two other folks to join you, talk to Rev. Amy about how to get a new team going!

Conversational Spanish class is resuming for fall, for confident beginners/intermediates. We will meet in the Red Door room Monday evenings starting October 27, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Affordable - pay per class you attend; instructor is Betsy Parah. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board near the chapel, or email Betsy: bafmcgee@aol.com. Come join us and refresh your Spanish - vamos a hablar espanol!

BETHANY BOWL, OCTOBER 14, 2014  FED:106  HEAD COOK:Judi Joy(ous)  NECI SOUP: Tom Lever DISHWASHERS: Gary Rogers (whoopee, the Rogers are back)and Conrad Rowell  HELPERS: Anita Rogers, Judy Murray, John Hnylka, Tina Campbell, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez, and Phyllis Rowell and a class from Union School who washed and set the tables. Judi's menu was a choice of two NECI soups, Baked Ziti with or without meat, Tossed Green Salad, Garlic Bread, Assorted Desserts and Beverages.
A little Help: We are still in need of smaller containers for the left overs...like cottage cheese containers.  We have plenty of taller containers.




Laura Cadmus
You should know by now that we have a student minister with us until May. Hopefully you have had a chance to say "Hi" to Laura on Sunday morning. If not, it will be something to look forward to.

Laura is a student at Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS) where Rev.s Mark and Amy studied. Laura requested that Bethany consider letting her learn here because all that she had seen and heard. The Board of Directors agreed and the Congregation has now voted on her stipend.

Before entering Seminary, she grew up in Williston and the Williston Federated Church.  She was active in choir, youth group, UMC Troy Conference. A college degree in Geology allowed a career in GIS, digital mapping and analysis technology. For 15 year she as a practitioner, instructor, project manager, supervisor, and did software solution sales.

After entering Seminary, she has three times been a licensed ministered to  provide summer sabbatical coverage for Barre Congregational and Williston Federated churches. Also, she served as the pastor for the United Church of Cabot for three years.

Currently (along with studies, and being at Bethany) Laura lives in Barre, works as a residential electrician, is a member of the Barre Congregational Church, and, in the rare moments when she has time to pursue what delights her, she might be hiking, motorcycling, kayaking, skiing, bicycling, cooking, baking or sampling fine craft beers with friends.

Laura will be spending 8-10 hours a week with us in various forms of ministry and tasks. She has identified three areas that she wishes to grow in: Pastoral Care and Worship, the management of a church as an institution (especially around finances), and youth ministries. She will be an active worship leader, do some visiting and pastoral care, work with both the Confirmation Class and Youth Group, attend the Board of Directors meetings, and finance discussions. Largely, her days will be Sunday and Tuesday.

She is not an inexperienced student, more of an intern. Still, it is important to remember that she is here to learn from us not work for us. Much of her learning will be done in as she reflects with her practicum group and with her Supervisor. As a church we can assume she will make mistakes and try things that do not work out. These are not failings, they are learnings. She is suppose to try and risk. Don't feel the need to rally rub it in when a risk does not work. But when she does something you really like, please make sure to tell her you liked it and why.

Friday, October 10, 2014

KIOSK! October 9-18


This Sunday


 Season of Pentecost

Scripture: Exodus 31:12-32:14
Sermon: "For Your Name's Sake"
Music: "Magnify" and "When I look into your Holiness both arr. Tom Fettke, "If You Trust in God to Guide You" Neumark/Zorn,
Youth: Bowling

This Week


Friday:
7:00 Concert Bluegrass Gospel Project

Sunday:
10:00 am Sunday Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation Class
6:30 pm Youth Group Bowling

Monday:
Office Closed

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl

Wednesday:
11:30 am Staff Meeting
2:00 pm Property Board

Thursday:
7:00 am Spiritual Exploration Group

Friday:
6:00 pm San Antonio Grande Dinner Dance

Saturday:
9:30 AM - 3:00 Craft Church:  From Attraction to Integration

Sunday:
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
12:00 Confirmation Class


Laura Cadmus

You should know by now that we have a student minister with us until May. Hopefully you have had a chance to say "Hi" to Laura on Sunday morning. If not, it will be something to look forward to.

Laura is a student at Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS) where Rev.s Mark and Amy studied. Laura requested that Bethany consider letting her learn here because all that she had seen and heard. The Board of Directors agreed and the Congregation has now voted on her stipend.

Before entering Seminary, she grew up in Williston and the Williston Federated Church.  She was active in choir, youth group, UMC Troy Conference. A college degree in Geology allowed a career in GIS, digital mapping and analysis technology. For 15 year she as a practitioner, instructor, project manager, supervisor, and did software solution sales.

After entering Seminary, she has three times been a licensed ministered to  provide summer sabbatical coverage for Barre Congregational and Williston Federated churches. Also, she served as the pastor for the United Church of Cabot for three years.

Currently (along with studies, and being at Bethany) Laura lives in Barre, works as a residential electrician, is a member of the Barre Congregational Church, and, in the rare moments when she has time to pursue what delights her, she might be hiking, motorcycling, kayaking, skiing, bicycling, cooking, baking or sampling fine craft beers with friends.

Laura will be spending 8-10 hours a week with us in various forms of ministry and tasks. She has identified three areas that she wishes to grow in: Pastoral Care and Worship, the management of a church as an institution (especially around finances), and youth ministries. She will be an active worship leader, do some visiting and pastoral care, work with both the Confirmation Class and Youth Group, attend the Board of Directors meetings, and finance discussions. Largely, her days will be Sunday and Tuesday.

She is not an inexperienced student, more of an intern. Still, it is important to remember that she is here to learn from us not work for us. Much of her learning will be done in as she reflects with her practicum group and with her Supervisor. As a church we can assume she will make mistakes and try things that do not work out. These are not failings, they are learnings. She is suppose to try and risk. Don't feel the need to rally rub it in when a risk does not work. But when she does something you really like, please make sure to tell her you liked it and why.


Announcements


Fall Clean Up - October 25, Save The Date! 9-noon. That is in 2 weeks!

All Bethany Youth – Grades 6-12! Let's do some Lazer Tag and Bowling! We will meet at the Twin City Lanes on Sunday, Tonight at 6:30 – 8:30 pm for Lazer Tag and two games of bowling. Please bring $10 and any coupons you might have. If cost is a problem, come anyway, and just let Amy know. Bring a friend as well!

FRIDAY! Tonight Concert!  Come hear the Bluegrass Gospel Project on Friday, October 10 at 7 PM at the Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph!  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by contacting Rev. Jim Thomas at thomasj@vtcucc.org or on-line HERE (http://tinyurl.com/VTBluegrass) .
Proceeds will benefit the many missions and ministries of the Vermont Conference UCC!  Support this great event and see you there!

All Bethany Youth – Grades 6-12! Let's do some Lazer Tag and Bowling! We will meet at the Twin City Lanes on Sunday, October 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm for Lazer Tag and two games of bowling. Please bring $10 and any coupons you might have. If cost is a problem, come anyway, and just let Amy know. Bring a friend as well!

Check out our posters! As part of telling our story, we will be putting new posters in our signboard out front each week.  (If you want to see the whole series of posters, they are on the bulletin board outside the Parlor.) Some of those posters will also be used as ads in The Bridge newspaper between now and Christmas.  We want the wider Montpelier community to know who we are and this is one way to let them know.  Another way is for you, our members and friends, to talk up the church and what we do here with your friends and neighbors - you might even invite them to church!  We will be putting interesting "Telling our Story" factoids in the bulletin each week - as you talk, you can share these tidbits with them.  Here's the first one:
Telling our Story!  Did you know that Bethany Church has a Tiffany stained glass window?  It is located in the narthex, just outside the office door, and is the window with the shepherds gathered around the fire.  It is a beautiful window - check it out!

A Chancy Idea...
...from Tom Clougher
Free money or free stuff can be won. It might be easier if we pool our resources. SO, if you go to McDonald's and get Monopoly play pieces, consider sharing them with an effort at Bethany to win so that we can give away what ever we get. Be it cash or prizes, what ever is won will go to someone else and for God's glory.
Please note: if we see you with Monopoly play pieces, we will assume that a friend went and that you do not eat there yourself. To turn them in to the church: you can just put them into the offering plate (secretly if you want), slid them in an envelope under the door of the church office, or just turn them into the office no questions asked. Our staff is use to keeping information confidential, and you can rely on our discretion in this matter as well.

BETHANY BOWL,  OCTOBER 7, 2014, FED: 90 HEAD COOK:  Phyllis Rowell  NECI SOUP: Tom Lever  DISHWASHER: Conrad Rowell  HELPERS: Tina Campbell, Ira Gravatt, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez, Grace Tarrant, Kathy Andrews, James and Brittany from the New School. The menu was a choice of two NECI soups,  green bean and tomato casserole, egg salad and ham and cheese sandwiches, fruit cup and thank you to the Redmonds macaroni and potato salad. We love it when you folks have get-togethers and we get the leftovers..a great treat.  Welcome to Laura, our student minister, who pitched in to set tables and meet the "BOWLERS"...how's that for a play on words.

Three-Part Series on Income Inequality -
Bethany Church, Randolph - Bethany's Advocacy Committee is sponsoring a three-part series on income inequality, and would like to extend an invitation to other churches to join us. On October 12, we will be having a Bible Study regarding what the Bible might have to say on the subject, and this will be moderated by the Rev. Jim Thomas. On October 19, we will be showing Robert Reich's documentary "Inequality for All" with a discussion moderated by the Rev. Lee Moore.

On the 26th, we will present an updated version of the Livable
Wage Workshop, led by Lee Moore and Betty Edson. Soup and bread will be served at 5:30, with program to begin at 6.

This Tuesday, Oct. 14th 6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall - Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council's annual dinner, co-sponsored by Bethany and the Vermont Conference UCC. This year marks the 50th anniversary of our country's War on Poverty. There is still much to do, and this gathering is a forum for discussing issues, hearing candidates' views and recognizing advocates for their work in fighting poverty and promoting social and economic justice.  Bethany members prepare and serve supper at this free event open to all.  Our work to support low-income Vermonters is rewarding--you are invited to get involved!



San Antonio Grande Event


Have fun while helping to fund mission!



Friday, October 3, 2014

The KIOSK!

The KIOSK! Sunday and the week's news


This Sunday

Season of PentecostWorld Wide Communion SundayNeighbors In NeedCelebration of VAST Graduate

Scripture: Exodus 20:1-11
Sermon: "No Other Gods"
Music: "Turn the World Around" arr. DeCormier, "Morning Meditation" by Chan Wing-wah, and pieces by Halffter and Shostakokvich
Mission: Neighbors In Need Offering, Crop Walk
Community: Rev. Pam Lucas our Associate Conference Minister will be with us.



This Week



Saturday:
5:00 Wedding

Sunday:
10:00 am Sunday Worship
World Wide Communion, Neighbors In Need, VAST Celebration
10:15 am Sunday School
1:00 pm Crop Walk    Barre
11:15 am Hospitality

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl

Wednesday:
11:30 am Staff Meeting

Thursday:
7:00 am Spiritual Exploration Group

Friday:
7:00 pm Bluegrass Gospel Project Concert

Sunday:
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation Class
6:30 pm Youth Group Bowling




Neighbors in Need (NIN) = Justice
Through the Neighbors in Need offering, the church expresses a common commitment to justice and compassion throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
One-third of the offering under-girds the work of the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM), iinformation is HERE
Two-thirds of the offering supports justice advocacy and direct service projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. Information HERE

Formally incorporated in 2005, Mano en Mano | Hand in Hand is the “go-to” agency in Downeast Maine for Latino/Latina, immigrant, and farmworker issues.  As a 2010 Neighbors in Need grant recipient, Mano en Mano provides a wide variety of direct services in English and Spanish.

Program Director, Bethany Woods shares “when we first started adult English classes several years ago, the goals were based on language acquisition. But the project has evolved into much more, providing social resources that are not often readily available to new immigrants.” Ms. Woods further states, “Our adult students attend every week after long days working, exhibiting a high level of dedication to their own progress. The social activity and community development that has grown from these English classes is just as significant. Even more importantly, our students have become resources for one other, offering a supportive environment to encourage each other's learning and look out for their fellow peers.”

In service to their clientele, Mano en Mano | Hand in Hand believes in removing barriers within their community. This philosophy is similar to the core values of United Church of Christ: changing lives, continuing testament and extravagant welcomes. To learn more about Mano en Mano visit HERE.

Our donation will be received on October 5.


Announcements



Fall Clean Up-October 25
Save The Date!
9-noon.


This Sunday! We will welcome Rev. Dr. Pam Lucas. She is our Associate Conference Minister in the Vermont Conference. She has been the Dean of V.A.S.T. and comes to celebrate that program and recent graduate, Liz Sykas-Ringgenberg.
Rev. Mark is preaching at the Berlin United Church of Christ. Their minister retired sometime ago and are still looking for an Interim. Rev. Mark will also provide communion.


Bethany Finance Meeting
Bethany Church held its annual Financial Meeting on Sunday, September 28th.  Financial information packets will be available on our web site and in the office. After discussion, the budget passed via paper ballot with 45 votes for passage and 10 against.


Sunday October 5th
2nd Annual CWS Central Vermont Crop Hunger Walk
Last year we raised over $6000 for Crop Hunger Walk – 25% of that came back to central Vermont soup kitchens and food shelves.  This year our goal is $10,000. If you are interested – please talk to me after church on Sunday.  Start walking at 1:00 from the Barre Congregational Church and help the hungry.
Blessing,
Liz Sykas-Ringgenberg

Food Pantry- for the month of  October the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is dried beans or rice.





THANK YOU to all who donated items for our 20th Annual Lawn Sale - - we couldn't do it without you. And of course, THANK YOU to all who were part of the crew – there were 71 of us this year. It takes lots of work and lots of hours, but we did it again - it is amazing. Let us know if you have any suggestions or concerns. Assuming that we schedule it as usual, the tentative 2015 dates will be September 19 and 20. SAVE THE DATES!

Concert!  Come hear the Bluegrass Gospel Project on Friday, October 10 at 7 PM at the Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph!  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by contacting Rev. Jim Thomas at thomasj@vtcucc.org or on-line HERE.
Proceeds will benefit the many missions and ministries of the Vermont Conference UCC!  Support this great event and see you there!


Book Signing - Several months ago we announced that Sue Maywood (currently living in California) had a book published. The editor notes that there is a local book signing by her this weekend. So keep an eye out for Sue and ask about the Book signing!

All Bethany Youth – Grades 6-12! Let's do some Lazer Tag and Bowling! We will meet at the Twin City Lanes on Sunday, October 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm for Lazer Tag and two games of bowling. Please bring $10 and any coupons you might have. If cost is a problem, come anyway, and just let Amy know. Bring a friend as well!


Check out our posters! As part of telling our story, we will be putting new posters in our signboard out front each week.  (If you want to see the whole series of posters, they are on the bulletin board outside the Parlor.) Some of those posters will also be used as ads in The Bridge newspaper between now and Christmas.  We want the wider Montpelier community to know who we are and this is one way to let them know.  Another way is for you, our members and friends, to talk up the church and what we do here with your friends and neighbors - you might even invite them to church!  
We will be putting interesting "Telling our Story" factoids in the bulletin each week - as you talk, you can share these tidbits with them.  Here's the first one:
Telling our Story!  Did you know that Bethany Church has a Tiffany stained glass window?  It is located in the narthex, just outside the office door, and is the window with the shepherds gathered around the fire.  It is a beautiful window - check it out!

A Chancy Idea...
...from Tom Clougher
Free money or free stuff can be won. It might be easier if we pool our resources. SO, if you go to McDonald's and get Monopoly play pieces, consider sharing them with an effort at Bethany to win so that we can give away what ever we get. Be it cash or prizes, what ever is won will go to someone else and for God's glory.

Please note: if we see you with Monopoly play pieces, we will assume that a friend went and that you do not eat there yourself. To turn them in to the church: you can just put them into the offering plate (secretly if you want), slid them in an envelope under the door of the church office, or just turn them into the office no questions asked. Our staff is use to keeping information confidential, and you can rely on our discretion in this matter as well.


BETHANY BOWL, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 FED 114 NECI SOUP: Tom Lever.   DISHWASHERS: Conrad Rowell and Tom Lever  HEAD COOK: Joy Facos HELPERS:Tina Campbell, John Hynlka, Phyllis Rowell, Ira Gravatt, Cynthia Latimer, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Grace Tarrant and Bob, Jim Hamel and Brittany. Joy made her delicious shepherd's pie to which was added a choice of two NECI soups (Chicken Noodle or Mulligatawny Soup) tossed green salad, homemade apple sauce, cranberry sauce, assorted desserts and beverages.  We thank Joy, Jim, and Cleo Facos for providing the ingredients for this fifth Tuesday meal.


Three-Part Series on Income Inequality -Bethany Church, Randolph - Bethany's Advocacy Committee is sponsoring a three-part series on income inequality, and would like to extend an invitation to other churches to join us. On October 12, we will be having a Bible Study regarding what the Bible might have to say on the subject, and this will be moderated by the Rev. Jim Thomas. On October 19, we will be showing Robert Reich's documentary "Inequality for All" with a discussion moderated by the Rev. Lee Moore.
On the 26th, we will present an updated version of the Livable Wage Workshop, led by Lee Moore and Betty Edson. Soup and bread will be served at 5:30, with program to begin at 6.



The Church

Despite what many people think, a parish does not exist to serve the needs of those who belong to the parish. The people are the parish. They exist to serve the needs of each other, and even more so, to serve the needs of those outside the parish. The focus of the parish is outward, not inward. It takes time to realize this. Seeing that the parish is not a club--that is, an organization whose primary purpose is to meet the needs of its own members--is a start.... We have to make church fresh every Sunday because Church is an event. Church comes into existence when people gather together deliberately as a community of God's people to do, as a people, what God has charged them to do.

Father Eugene Walsh, National Catholic Reporter



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Dialogue 2014



Dialogue for October 2014

Finance Meeting
Bethany Church will hold its annual Financial Meeting on Sunday, September 28th.  Financial information packets will be available on Sunday, September 14, and if you have questions, please talk with one of the ministers or a member of the Board of Directors (Amy Bell, Judi Joy, Sandy Clougher, Joe Murray, Stephanie Ratmeyer, Judy Ribolini, and Patty Turley) prior to the meeting. The Finance Meeting is will be held in the midst of worship, like the last Annual Meeting. Choices and decisions are going to be tough, being consciously in God's presence as we do so reminds us that we are a community of faith. Here is some information you might need or want:
* This document is New Ways of Being Bethany . It is about the new structure of the church that was voted at the last Annual Meeting. It is how we are going to do what we do as a Church.
* This document is the Financial Plan we will be voting about on September 28. It has explanatory material as well as numbers.
* This is details of the 2014-2015 Financial Year.
* Here is the form to submit a Giving Plan .
* Information about Partners with Sacred Places is below


Work begins with Partners for Sacred Places

[First appeared in the September Dialogue.]
As you may remember [This FAQ sheet was dispersed last spring], Bethany Church was chosen as one of five churches in the Vermont Conference to participate in the Partners for Sacred Places program.  This program will help Bethany to discern new ways to fund our many ministries.  They will begin with an assessment of our ministry, building, and other assets, then offer us possible avenues to explore.
Two people from Partners for SAcred Places
 and two people from Bethany.
We will also participate in their New Dollars/New Partners program, which builds capacity of congregational leadership to develop community partnerships, increase organizational effectiveness, and manage, fund, and fully use our building.The Partners for Sacred Places team  (Amy Pitton, Amy Bell, Judi Joy, Steve Frey and Arthur Zorn) will meet with PSP staff to begin our assessment on Friday, September 5th, and then will participate in a larger training on September 6th..  If you have questions about PSP, please speak with one of the team members – we'd be happy to answer any question you might have!
Our participation is possible because of donations to Our Wider Church Mission. The Vermont Conference, funded in part through OCWM, organized this program.
More about New Dollars/New Partners on the web .


Hosting a Special Sunday Supper

We are hosting a cook out for the people of the Good Samaritan Haven, the Barre/Montpelier Homeless Shelter. If you have signed up to supply food, bring it. If you have not, money will be used for the hamburgers and hot dogs and rolls. Every month we host a Sunday Supper for people at the Haven.  Every month we bless the food before it goes. They seem to be fed by both the food and the blessing. You, personally, are invited to be a part of that blessing.



More than our usual Help

The last Sunday of each and every month we collect food for he Montpelier Pantry. We are the only church still doing this. Shaw's Supermarkets have removed their donation boxes which means a 7,000 pound annual loss for the Montpelier Food Pantry. The Pantry we support is the emergency food source for 4,000 central Vermonters - many of whom are still struggling to pay off last winter’s fuel bills (and foregoing groceries) before the onset of this winter.
Montpelier Alivehas been helping and downtown businesses are beginningg to step up to the plate. Bear Pond Books will hold a “Window Drive” that should garner community attention. But we too can respond with more than our usual help. The focus food for this month is Cereal. But they also need: Peanut butter, tuna fish, canned fruit, soups, hot/cold cereal, pasta and sauce, tomato products, mac&cheese
This Sunday we will receive food and send it in God's name to ease both the hunger and the fear of being hungry.



Worship

This Sunday, worship will include a sermon in two voices, the singing of our Anniversary Song, and the integration of our Finance Meeting. Any budget, home or a churches, is a theological document. It speaks about priorities and values. It indicates which god we serve. It is a faith statement by the congregation. Worship is the perfect venue to discern our sense of God's will for us. Let us be together in the spirit of prayer as we meet and discuss.



Team Working!

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed food, beverages or money to the Good Samaritan Haven dinners for the past few years. Together we have been an awesome "Good Sam Team"!! We were a TEAM before teamwork became the way things are done at Bethany. Wasn't it great when folks cooked together down in Bethany's kitchen? Maybe we can do it again sometime. Nothing is better than working together and having fun for a good cause.
The next dinner is planned for October 26th and I promise to have the sign-up sheet ready early in October so everyone will have a chance to put down their favorite fall dish. Again, thanks and many blessings to you.



 Hey Middle School Youth!(grades 6-8)

Did you know that there is youth group just for you?
Twice a month, we will get together and have some fun!  On the first Friday of each month, just Bethany youth (and their friends) will gather at Bethany Church from 6-8 for dinner and fun.  Then, on the third Friday of each month, we will meet with youth from Christ Church and the Unitarian Church, rotating through each of the churches.
This month, the Bethany Middle Schoolers will meet on Friday, October 3 in the Youth Room at Bethany, and the Ecumenical group will meet on Friday, October 17, also at Bethany.  Amy Pitton will be working with both groups.
Mark your calendars (or have your parents do it!) and see you there!


All Bethany Youth

Grades 6-12!  Let's do some Laser Tag and Bowling! We will meet at the Twin City Lanes on Sunday, October 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm for Lazier Tag and two games of bowling.  Please bring $10 and any coupons you might have.  Bring a friend as well!



CONFIRMATION 2015

Confirmation Class is on for this year and is open to all students in grades 8-10!  Over the coming year, the class will be exploring what it means to be a person of faith and a church member.  The program will include lunch, which, like in past years, will be provided by members of the congregation, followed by conversation, activities, and solemn prayer (well, maybe not so solemn – at least not all the time!)
* We will hold our first class on Sunday, October 12, from noon - 2 pm in the Youth Room! The first class will be for both youth and parents.

We will have lunch, go over the expectations and the schedule, and answer any questions you might have. Amy Pitton will once again be teaching the class this year, but will also have help! Laura Cadmus, our student minister, will also be along for the ride. If you have any questions about Confirmation, please contact Amy (revamyp@comcast.net)


 Bethany Board of Directors puts forthPriorities for the coming year

The Bethany Board of Directors has been talking about priorities for the last couple of months.  After Board members had an opportunity to submit their individuals ideas for priorities, and everyone had the opportunity to review them, the Board met on Wednesday, September 24th to make some decisions about where the Board's and the Church's energy should be focused in the coming year.  Three priorities were seen as helping us to Nourish and Communicate.  They are:

Financial Stability: The Board will work to increase the donor base by increasing Bethany's visibility and contributions in the community, work to increase giving by current donors through stewardship education, increase rental income, and explore collaboration with nearby UCC churches.  We will continue to look to outside sources for income, and decrease our dependency on pledging for income.

Beyond Bethany Bowl: The Board will focus on the ministry that Bethany Bowl provides to our community.  Along with support for providing the noon meal, we will look into increasing services available at meal from local agencies.  We will look into reinventing the way we provide the noon meal in collaboration with the other churches and the Food Pantry – perhaps coordination of purchasing and meal prep. We will look at the continued possibility of enabling non-church folk to participate in this ministry.

Telling our Story – The Board will provide ways for members and friends of Bethany Church to learn how to intentionally tell Bethany's story with confidence and pride, letting the wider Montpelier community know who we are, what we do, and what difference we make in the community. Getting our story out can help to increase our ministry and our membership.



 Crop Walk Next Sunday, October 5!

Walk!
Donate!
Support!
Pray!




Concert!

The Bluegrass Gospel Project will be performing at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Friday, October 10 at 7 PM.  Tickets are $25 per person, and proceeds will go to support the many ministries and missions of the Vermont Conference UCC.  You can purchase tickets online at http://tinyurl.com/VTBluegrass  or by contacting Rev. Jim Thomas (thomasj@vtcucc.org) in the Conference Office.  Don't miss this great event!



Literacy and Education Efforts

Through the Neighbors in Need offering, the church expresses a common commitment to justice and compassion throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

One-third of the offering undergirds the work of the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM), including much-needed financial support for 20 American Indian congregations in the UCC. Information is HERE (http://www.caimucc.org/) .

Historically, the forebears of the UCC established churches with the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Ho-Cak in North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Northern Nebraska. Today, there are 19 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban inter-tribal congregation in Minneapolis. In addition, there are more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations scattered in nearly every conference in the UCC. Your contributions to Neighbors in Need directly impact the UCC's ability to support American Indian ministries and congregations.

Two-thirds of the offering supports justice advocacy and direct service projects such as just-peace programs and community grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. Funding is provided through donations to the Neighbors in Need offering. Information HERE. (http://www.ucc.org/justice/index-011614.html)

Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. Funding is provided through donations to the Neighbors in Need offering. Our donation will be received on October 5. This year we will focus on  how neighbors need education and literacy.


Fiance Update

FY 2015 Finance Update from Bethany’s Board of Directors
As of August 31st, we are already one-sixth of the way through the current fiscal year. Due to the generosity of the Bethany community, income of $35,632 has allowed us to pay operating expenses of $34,093.

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



Partners for Sacred Places Update

At the September 6 meeting
Bethany Church had its initial interview with the team from Partners for Sacred Places on Friday, September 5th.  We spent about 3 hours introducing the team to Bethany Church, its ministries and its building.  The PSP folks were fascinated with our building, interested in hearing our history, and were particularly impressed with our new governance structure and how many folks had signed up for the different team ministries!  There was great interest in our organ and great confusion at the warren of rooms on our second floor!
On Saturday, September 6th, members of Bethany's SISP team (Strategic Investment in Sacred Places) attended the first training event, which was entitled New Partners/New Dollars.  This program is designed to help the participating churches discern new partners as well as new dollars that could support the ministries of the churches.  There is homework to do as a part of this – Bethany Church will be taking a look at our building and thinking about how we might be able to use it creatively, as well as figuring out how to get our “story” (who is Bethany, what do we do, how do we serve) out into the wider Montpelier community.  The Property Board will be looking at the building, and you will begin to see ways that will help you share Bethany's story with your friends and neighbors.




 Lawn Sale THANK YOU

Thank you to all who donated items for the 2014 Bethany Lawn and Bake Sale - - we couldn’t do it without you. And of course, THANK YOU to all who were part of the crew – there were 71 of us this year, including bakers and those who allowed signs on their lawns. With all the hard work and all the smiling faces, we benefited many in this
community and strengthened the Bethany family. If we plan the dates for next time as usual, those dates are September 19 and 20, with Price&Sort starting on the 14th. Mark your calendars!
Let us know if you have suggestions or concerns.


Save the date!

An All Saints, All Souls, All -Association Worship will be held at 11 am on Sunday, November 2 at the Barre Opera House!  The churches of the Washington Association will gather for worship and communion.  Our preacher will be writer, storyteller, and VPR commentator, Willem Lange.  Arthur Zorn will lead an All Association Choir! Worship will be followed by coffee and fellowship. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to worship with our sister churches here in Central Vermont!   There will be no worship service held at Bethany on that Sunday.