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HELLO September!

22nd ANNUAL  BETHANY CHURCH LAWN AND BAKE SALE  September 24 & 25, 2016  Donations: Please bring your donations 1pm - 8pm on Monday 9...

Saturday, September 10, 2016

KIOSK! September 9

Sunday, September 11, 2016
No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey,
you are welcome here. And we are glad to see you.





This Sunday

 

Scripture: 
Romans 12:9-21
 
Sermon: 
Woven


 


Prelude
Tapestry of Grace
arr. by A.B. Zorn

Ministry of Music 
Weave, Weave, Weave Us Together
       Rosemary Crow

Offertory
Weave Our Varied Gifts Together
William Whitla

Communion 
Pie Jesu
Greg Gilpin


Hymns:
Blessed Be the Tie That Binds
No. 393 black hymnal

 
Won't You Let Me Be Your Servant?
No. 539 black hymnal

Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
No. 347 black hymnal
WARNING:
The Bethany Church Finance Meeting will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 10 am during the Sunday morning worship service.
The order of business will be as follows:
1. Opening Worship  and Call to Order
2. Approval of the Minutes of the June Annual meeting
3. Offerings of Gifts and Service
            a. Discussion and Vote of the 2017 Spending Plan
            b. Invitation to Offering of Individual Gifts and Prayer of Dedication
4. Prayers of the Church
5. Other business that may appropriately come before the congregation
6. Adjournment and Benediction


Announcements



Financial Documents for next week's Congregational Meeting 
are available at the rear of the sanctuary this Sunday


The Montpelier Food Pantry

This month's food is
Cereal, cold, hot, instant.
As the rebuilding plans continue at Trinity, the Food Pantry is going to continue handing out food on a limited basis from the Fellowship Hall during our regular Food Pantry hours. They will be assembling recipe kits, a recipe and all the ingredients needed to make meals at home. The first one will be our chili kit.  To complete the kits they will need chili powder and tomatoes, either crushed or puree.  If you're able to donate those items in the next couple weeks, it would be really helpful. In addition, any financial contributions you're able to make would be very much appreciated.  Checks to: Just Basics, Inc, 137 Main St, Montpelier 05602  Food Pantry in memo line.  
Thank you for all you do!

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Ministry Team Sign-ups
It's that time of year when you are invited to consider which of the church's ministries you'd like to participate in! Maybe this is the year to do something new! Take a look at all the options on the bulletin board outside the parlor and sign up!
 
LAWN SALE 
The time has come to gather BOXES for the sale! Not too small. Not too big. Not broken down. That and this: we are hoping for good weather - and we need to be ready for rain, just in case. Do you have a TENT we can borrow? One more 10 x 20 or two more 10 x 10's would do it! THANK YOU to all who have already signed up to help and to loan equipment. For all the details, pick up a flyer in the narthex!

Appeal for help: 
Easter Seals need help making their Family Visiting Room more welcoming!  Items needed are a kid-sized table and chairs, a wide but not too tall bookcase, a side table and toys and games (for all ages) in good condition. If anyone has these items, that you might have been planning to donate to the Lawn Sale, I’d be glad to pre-purchase them and put the money in the Lawn Sale money box. Thanks very much for your help with this project. Judi Joy 279-3177
 

Back to School! 
The Sunday School program is ready for the new year. Today is our first day of classes!  We have moved the classroom to the old resource room, with the nursery next door in Amy Pitton’s former office.  Come see the new space!

Nursery News!
The nursery has made the move from the basement up to the first floor in Amy Pitton’s former office.  Even if you do not have a little one coming to Bethany, stop in and say hello! We are looking for a good, comfortable and easy to-keep-clean chair for an adult to sit in while in the nursery (nothing too large).   If you have a chair to donate to the nursery, please let Amy Pitton, Patty Turley or Jennifer Weinert know!

Nursery Attendant Needed  
We are looking for someone to manage the Church Nursery every Sunday from 9:45-11:30 am.  This is a year-round, paid position.  A  background check is required.  A seasoned parent, grandparent, or someone with childcare experience is preferred.  If you know someone who would be great for this job, pass this request along!  If interested, contact the church office at 223-2424 between 9 and noon on weekdays or speak to Jennifer Weinert.


2016 Crop Hunger Walk
The Central Vermont Crop Walk will be held this year on Sunday, September 25th at the Berlin Pond.  We need a recruiter from Bethany and some walkers.  There will be a meeting this Thursday, September 1st at 6:00PM at the Barre Congregational Church.  If you are interested in being part of the CROP Walk, but aren't able to make the meeting, call Judy Cookson at 479-9002 and she will deliver the materials.  The goal for this year's walk is $10,000.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Sunday September 4

This Sunday

September 4, 2016

Scripture: 
Jeremiah 18:1-11
 
Sermon: 
Formed

 





Hymns:

 
Blessed Be the Tie That Binds
No. 393 black hymnal

 
Spirit of the Living God
No. 283 black hymnal

O God in Whom All Life Begins
No. 401 black hymnal
Words of a Modern Day Prophet:   
     
“...failure with clay was more complete and more spectacular than with other forms of art. You are subject to the elements... Any one of the old four - earth, air, fire, water - can betray you and melt, or burst, or shatter - months of work into dust and ashes and spitting steam. You need to be a precise scientist, and you need to know how to play with what chance will do to your lovingly constructed surfaces in the heat of the kiln.”

-A.S. Byatt

Friday, September 2, 2016

HELLO September!

22nd ANNUAL BETHANY CHURCH LAWN AND BAKE SALE September 24 & 25, 2016 

Donations:
Please bring your donations 1pm - 8pm on Monday 9/19, and 8am - 8pm on Tuesday 9/20, Wednesday 9/21 and Thursday 9/22.  WE CANNOT TAKE DONATIONS ON FRIDAY 9/23.


CLOTHING (sorted by age and gender)
ANTIQUES
FURNITURE (no mattresses or boxsprings)
TOYS
BABY GEAR (no infant car seats, all items must be within current safety guidelines)
TOOLS
SPORTS EQUIPMENT (no downhill skis/ boots)
HOUSEWARES CRAFTS
BAKED GOODS
BAGS for “Buck-a-Bag.”

SORRY - We cannot take these items: NEW This Year: Holiday Decorations & Paraphernalia, Books & Videos, Audio/Video Cassettes,  Electronics, Tires, Suitcases larger than Carry-on, or Used Fixtures/Appliances that were built-in. If you are not sure - please ask. 223-2424
Items should be CLEAN and in GOOD WORKING ORDER. 

HELP: We need many volunteers to help make this a fun and successful event: SORTING and PRICING clothing and lawn items - daytime and evening - starting at 1 pm on Monday 9/19, SETTING UP on Saturday at 7am sharp and on Sunday after the worship service, CASHIERS and HELPERS for downstairs and on the lawn during the sale, ANNOUNCERS to inspire our customers, DRIVERS to help carry away the leftovers, and CLEAN-UP CREWS – Saturday at 4pm, Sunday at 3pm, Monday at 9am. Sign-up sheets are in the hall by the Chapel.

JOIN THE FUN!!



Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Dialogue

Pastor's Piece



Autumn is nearly upon us, and with it the arrival of the new program year here at Bethany.  We will begin on Sunday, September 4th with a four week worship series entitled, “The Tie That Binds”, exploring how our relationships with the Holy and with each other form and transform us. And we will affirm the power of God’s presence in our worshiping community to inspire us to “go and do likewise” in the world. 

The beginning of the program year includes other beginnings as well.  Our Sunday School program will be starting up again on Gathering Sunday, September 11th.  Team Ministries will begin a new year as well with a team orientation meeting after worship on the 11th.  We will hold our annual Finance Meeting on September 18th as we consider the spending plan for the year ahead. And we will cap September off with a newly re-organized Lawn Sale on September 24-25.  

All of these beginnings reminds us of the ways that we are bound together, the promises that we have made to one another, and the covenant we hold as a community of faith. I treasure the bonds that I have with each of you, and I look forward to the ways our lives will be woven together in the year ahead. 

 May God bless these ties that bind!

Blessings,
Rev. Amy 


September at Bethany!

NEW NAME TAGS!  We have new name tags at Bethany Church! On Gathering Sunday, September 11, make sure you pick up your new name tag on the table in the entryway on your way into worship. We are a growing church with new members and name tags are an easy way we get to know one another! These name tags are a new style – they hang on a colorful lanyard around your neck!  They are easy to wear and easy to read. So don't forget to pick yours up!



NEW KIOSK!/DIALOGUE APPROACH

The weekly Kiosk! will continue with news and happenings at Bethany.  Once a month, an "extended" Kiosk! will be produced containing periodic updates by teams and committees and special news.  Welcome to the first edition of the extended version!

Congregational Finance Meeting, Sunday September 18th

 Bethany Church will be holding its annual Finance Meeting on September 18th during the worship service. The primary agenda item will be to discuss and vote on the FY17 Spending Plan.  Details about the plan will be available to members on Sunday, September 11th after worship.  Full financial details will be available in the church office.



Team Sign-ups!

 Now is the time to get involved with the various ministries of Bethany Church. New sign up sheets are posted on the bulletin board outside the parlor.  If you have been on a team and want to remain on that team, you need to put your name on the sign up sheet again.  If you want to try something new this year, this is the time to join up!  There will be a team orientation meeting for ALL team members on Gathering Sunday after hospitality.  Please plan to attend if you are serving on a team.  The meeting will last 45 minutes.





New Members – we will once again be receiving new members into Bethany Church on Sunday, September 18th.  If you would like to join the church, please speak with Rev. Amy on Sunday morning, or you may email her at revamyp@comcast.net.


Kids in worship 

We warmly welcome children and want them to feel comfortable at Bethany Church.  Children are welcome to stay in the sanctuary for the worship service or they may go to our nursery or Sunday School class.  Rocking chairs for moms and dads and a small table with kid's activities are available for families at the rear of the sanctuary. Toward the beginning of the worship service, there is a time called “God's Word for All Ages”  when children are invited to go to the front of the sanctuary for a time with the minister.  Afterward, they may go to Sunday School if they wish.  Our Nursery and Sunday School classrooms are located on the main floor of the building and are newly refurbished.  Greeters and ushers are happy to guide you to the rooms.  Parents are welcome to sit in on the class if they would like.   Bethany Church follows Safe Church practices.



The Good Samaritan Haven Dinner Team



Can anyone believe that this Team has been in existence for almost eight years? That’s right EIGHT years!!! Going back through sign-up sheets, Sunday Bulletin announcements and old dialogue articles, I found the very first appeal for cooks to help provide an evening meal for guests of the Good Samaritan Haven shelter. It was in the bulletin on October 5, 2008 and the first meal was provided on Friday, October 10th. Together, we made it happen, with very little notice, and we have been doing it almost monthly, ever since. The day switched, at some point, from Friday to Sunday, to make it more convenient for those bringing food. In working with the shelter, we learned that the 4th Sunday was when they were most in need of a meal so that’s what we have done for many years. There are over 30 members of this vibrant and giving team and I want to thank everyone who provides food (or money for food) for this meal. Look for the sign-up sheets on Sundays, in the Parlor and during the week on the right side bulletin board or call Judi Joy at 279-3177 for more information.

In that first Bulletin notice I wrote that I hoped that many will be inspired to follow the Gospel’s call to “feed the hungry and welcome the stranger” in this way. We have proven that Bethany’s Congregation are truly servants of the Still Speaking Christ.

The Montpelier Food Pantry

This month's food is
Cereal - cold, hot, or instant!
The Food Pantry is still in clean-up and repair mode. We are open in the Trinity Fellowship Hall on a very limited basis during our regular hours. If you wish to donate money it will help. Please make checks payable to Just Basics, Inc, 137 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602 memo: Food Pantry. We will be asking for volunteer help in the next few weeks as we  rebuild - look for updates on Front Porch Forum. Thank you very much for all your support.

Thank you for all you do!


Communion Sunday

Communion will be celebrated NEXT Sunday September 11, on Gathering Sunday.



Choir rehearsals

will resume THIS WEEK! Thursday, September 8th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. If you like to sing, can read music, and have fun, we want you. Please arrive in time to gather music and be in your seats by 6:30 pm so we can start on time! It would be really helpful in planning for choir during the year if you could mark off Thursday evenings for rehearsals so we can plan certain anthems on Sundays. There will be a special musical event in December that the choir will present and begin learning soon. Hope to see you on September 8th!


LAWN SALE 

What Lawn Sale? ........ Helpers?  Who me??? ......... YES YOU!!
We need lots of helpers starting Monday 9/19 at 1pm. It's fun working together on Sorting and Pricing (Morning, Afternoon,or Evening) when there are plenty of people. Also fun Setting Up The Sale on Saturday the 24th  at 7AM (bring a friend). Check out the sign-up sheets for other help needed - no talent is too small.  We especially need to fill four more cashier times (Sat AM, Sat PM, Sun PM, Sun PM), and there are lots of spaces for more general help. Good clean donations will be accepted 9/20-22 8am-8pm, and 9/19 1-8pm - but not Friday 9/23. We need bags and boxes, and we don't need hangers. Thank you to all who have signed up already!!




Back to School!
The Sunday School program is getting ready for the new year.  Our first day of classes is September 11, Gathering Sunday.  We have moved the classroom to the old resource room, with the nursery next door in Amy Pitton’s former office.  Whenever we have a big crowd, we will conduct activities in the Chapel. Please join us on September 11, to welcome in the new year!



Nursery News! The nursery has made the move from the basement up to the first floor in Amy Pitton’s former office.  We are still settling in but everything will be ready by September 11, Gathering Sunday.  Even if you do not have a little one coming to Bethany, stop in and say hello!

 We are looking for a good, comfortable and easy to-keep-clean chair for an adult to sit in while in the nursery (nothing too large).  We are also looking for a small “kids table” which sits low to the ground for the littlest people.  If you have either of these to donate to the nursery, please let Amy Pitton, Patty Turley or Jennifer Weinert know!

 Nursery Attendant Needed -  we are looking for someone to manage the Church Nursery every Sunday from 9:45-11:30 am.  This is a year-round, paid position.  A  background check is required.  A seasoned parent, grandparent, or someone with childcare experience is preferred.  If you know someone who would be great for this job, pass this request along!  If interested, contact the church office at 223-2424 between 9 and noon on weekdays or speak to Jennifer Weinert.


2016 Crop Hunger Walk
The Central Vermont Crop Walk will be held this year on Sunday, September 25th at the Berlin Pond.  We need a recruiter from Bethany and some walkers.  There will be a meeting this Thursday, September 1st at 6:00PM at the Barre Congregational Church.  If you are interested in being part of the CROP Walk, but aren't able to make the meeting, call Judy Cookson at 479-9002and she will deliver the materials.  The goal for this year's walk is $10,000.

Friday, August 26, 2016

This Sunday

No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. And we are glad to see you.
Sunday, August 28, 2016

This Sunday



Scripture: 
Jeremiah 2:4-13
Sermon: 
“Where is the Lord?”


Hymns:

 


God of Grace and God of Glory
No. 436 black hymnal

Shadow and Substance
No. 398 black hymnal

Praise to the Living God
No. 8 black hymnal
Words of a Modern Day Prophet:
When human beings give their heartfelt allegiance to and worship that which is not God, they progressively cease to reflect the image of God. One of the primary laws of human life is that you become like what you worship; what’s more, you reflect what you worship not only to the object itself but also outward to the world around. Those who worship money increasingly define themselves in terms of it and increasingly treat other people as creditors, debtors, partners, or customers rather than as human beings. Those who worship sex define themselves in terms of it (their preferences, their practices, their past histories) and increasingly treat other people as actual or potential sex objects. Those who worship power define themselves in terms of it and treat other people as either collaborators, competitors, or pawns. These and many other forms of  idolatry combine in a thousand ways, all of them damaging to the image-bearing quality of the people concerned and of those whose lives they touch.”

N.T. Wright