Thursday, November 20, 2014

KIOSK! November 20-30

Cornicopa with all the things we are blessed with.

This Sunday

Scripture: Matthew 23:31-46
Sermon: "Huh"
Music: Thanksgiving Stuff
Sunday School:
Team Laura
Mission: Moment for Mission Good Samaritan Haven, collecting Food for the Montpelier Food Pantry, Gathering Sunday Supper for the Homeless Shelter




Next weeks KIOSK! information is due Tuesday at 9:00 am.
The Dialogue Deadline is Sunday Nov. 30 at noon.

This Week

Friday:
6:00 pm Confirmation Class

Saturday:
9-12 am Paint Party in Chapel
5:30 - 8 pm Potluck and Game Night

Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am  Thanksgiving Sunday
Gathering and blessing 129+ pounds of food for the Pantry
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality
Gathering and blessing meal for the Good Samaritan Haven
11:30 am. Team Laura

Monday:
7:00 pm Conversational Spanish

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl

Thursday:
Office Closed for Thanksgiving

Friday:
Office Closed

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

Announcements


Painting the Chapel!  9:00 am -Saturday, November 22. Are you handy with a paint brush?  Join other Bethany friends and members in painting our chapel!  If you have a favorite paint brush, bring it along!

Fun and Games Saturday Night from 5:30-8.  Bring a favorite dish to share, a favorite game to play and a friend!


FOOD Giving: If we give the food others will be able to say thanks. This Sunday we  collect food for the Montpelier Pantry (pasta is our focus) and Sunday Supper for the Good Samaritan Homeless Shelter. In a way, you are giving thanks that others will give.






Telling our Story - Did you know that the Dialogue, our monthly church newsletter, was first published in 1963?  It was filled with news and notes of what was happening in the life of Bethany Church - one can learn a lot about the history of Bethany Church by perusing old issues.  The Dialogue is now sent out in a digital form to most church members and friends, and has been joined by a weekly update email called KIOSK!  If you are not on our email list and would like to receive the KIOSK! and the Dialogue, email the office at uccbethany@comcast.net and let us know!

Next Sunday is the First Sunday in Advent!  Our worship service will be led by Laura Cadmus, and the first candle in our Advent wreath will be lit by the San Antonio Grande team.  Come join us as we enter this holy season.

On Sunday, November 30, the worship service will highlight our experiences in El Salvador and our relationship with San Antonio Grande. Our annual campaign to raise funds for scholarships and sewing projects will begin.  Contributions can be made as gifts to family members and friends, with a choice of gift cards, Christmas tree stars, and handmade votive candles available.

Amy and Mark Pitton will be on vacation from Monday, November 24th through Monday, December 1st.  If you have need of pastoral assistance, please contact Judi Joy, Deacons Team Leader, at 279-3177.

Brown Bag now meets at Westview Meadows on Thursdays at 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM.  We are listening to a Bill Moyer’s video on the book of Genesis followed by a discussion.  We welcome all Bethany people and friends.  Bring a sandwich and join the group.  Call Esther Farnsworth for directions.  225-6006.

Organ Concert at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier: Celebrating 150 Years Organist Theresa Pepin of Knoxville, Tennessee, returns to Vermont in an eclectic concert of English and American works for the organ, including some by jazz composer Billy Strayhorn. The concert inaugurates 150th anniversary celebrations of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier and its George Stevens organ. The concert will be Sunday at 2:00 pm. in the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main Street. Admission by free will donation at the door.

If you have not picked up a copy of the updated Bethany Members and Friends Directory, you may do so today after the service in the narthex. If you note any errors in addresses and telephone numbers, please see or call Phyllis Rowell (she's in the directory). Phyllis will create an addendum with those corrections.

BETHANY BOWL, NOVEMBER 18, 2014, FED: 127  HEAD COOKS. Tom and Theresa Lever  DISHWASHERS: Gary Rogers, Conrad Rowell, Tom Lever   HELPERS: Phyllis Rowell, John Hnylka, Anita Rogers, Cynthia Latimer, John Hall, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez and a class from UES which washed and set tables.  Tom and Theresa made fabulous chicken enchiladas, along with cole slaw, Hubbard squash from the Halls, 1/2 egg salad sandwich, assorted desserts ( a surprise of 7 cakes from Shaws) and beverages. The class from Union School collected pennies in the amount of $11.82 which they presented to the Bethany Bowl.  Indeed, a little child will lead us.

Bethany is Challenged
In October Theresa Murray-Clausen gave a Mission Moment about the Montpelier Food Pantry. Theresa is the Director of Just Basics. The Montpelier Food Pantry is one of the projects of Just Basics.
Bethany is the only Church that consistently gives food that, as she said, "is they healthy high nutrition food that our clients really do like.". In the preceding 12 months we delivered about 2,000 pounnds of food.
Theresa then challenged Bethany and when asked, the congregation accepted the challenge. For the next 12 months, Theresa will tell us the wieght of the food that we sent that month. The challenge is to give more the next month. In October we gave 128 pounds of food. In November we wil lneed more than 128 pounds of pasta (any food is accepted). BUT! Be careful that our enthusiasm does not create a need for 800 pounds of food in Decemeber!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

KIOSK! November 14-23


This Sunday

Scripture: John 11:1-45
Sermon: "Being Bethany"
Music: " Pavane" G. Faure; "Arios"o J.S. Bach  "Hallelujah, Amen" G.F. Handel
Sunday School:
Confirmation Class
San Antonio Grande

This Week


Saturday:
9-12 Paint Party in Chapel

Sunday:
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation Class
6:00 pm San Antonio Grande Team

Monday:
7:00 pm Conversational Spanish

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl
6:00 pm Sunday School Team


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

Thursday:
7:00 am Spiritual Exploration Group
5:30 pm Music Team
6:30 pm Choir

Friday:
6:00 pm Confirmation

Saturday:
9:00 am Chapel Painting
5:30 pm Potluck and Game Night
6:00 pm Ecumenical Middle School Youth Group         Unitarian Church

Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am  Thanksgiving Sunday
Gathering and blessing 129+ pounds of food for the Pantry
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality
Gathering and blessing meal for the Good Samaritan Haven

 Announcements


Painting the Chapel!  9:00 am -Saturdays, November 15 & 22. Are you handy with a paint brush?  Join other Bethany friends and members in painting our chapel!  If you have a favorite paint brush, bring it along!


Telling our Story - Did you know that the longest serving minister of Bethany Church was Dr. William H. Lord?  Dr. Lord served Bethany Church for 30 years, from 1847-1877.  Dr Lord was the minister during the building of the the 1868 church building, which included our present chapel.  Dr. Lord is also the one who proposed that church be called Bethany, rather than the Montpelier Meeting House Society.  The stained glass windows in the chapel were given in memory of Dr. Lord and his family.



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 donating them to Bethany to win so that we can give away whatever we get. Be it cash or prizes, whatever is won will go to someone else and for God's glory. To turn them in to the church you can just put them into the offering plate, slide them in an envelope under the door of the church office, or just turn them in at the office during office hours.


Brown Bag meets at Westview Meadows on Thursdays at 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM.  We are listening to a Bill Moyer’s video on the book of Genesis followed by a discussion.  We welcome all Bethany people and friends.  Bring a sandwich and join the group.  Call Esther Farnsworth for directions.  225-6006.



Bethany is Challenged
In October Theresa Murray-Clausen gave a Mission Moment about the Montpelier Food Pantry. Theresa is the Director of Just Basics. The Montpelier Food Pantry is one of the projects of Just Basics.
Bethany is the only Church that consistently gives food that, as she said, "is they healthy high nutrition food that our clients really do like.". In the preceding 12 months we delivered about 2,000 pounnds of food.

Theresa then challenged Bethany and when asked, the congregation accepted the challenge. For the next 12 months, Theresa will tell us the wieght of the food that we sent that month. The challenge is to give more the next month. In October we gave 128 pounds of food. In November we wil lneed more than 128 pounds of pasta (any food is accepted). BUT! Be careful that are enthusiasm does not create a need for 800 pounds of food in Decemeber!
The next collection of Food for the Montpelier Pantry will be on Thanksgiving Sunday, November 23. Out focus food is Pasta: noodles, ramen, wholegrain, rice, elbows, zitit, 'ghetti, udon, soba, etc. Watch for sales. We have to give more this month.


Potluck and Game Night - Saturday Nov. 22nd, 5:30 - 8:00, in the parlor.  Bring a favorite dish to share, a favorite game to play and a friend!

Organ Concert at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier: Celebrating 150 Years Organist Theresa Pepin of Knoxville, Tennessee, returns to Vermont in an eclectic concert of English and American works for the organ, including some by jazz composer Billy Strayhorn. The concert inaugurates 150th anniversary celebrations of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier and its George Stevens organ. The concert will be  Sunday, November 23, at  2:00 p.m. in the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main Street. Admission by free will donation at the door.

BETHANY BOWL, NOVEMBER 11, 2014, FED: 110  HEAD COOKS: Phyllis Rowell, John Hnylka NECI SOUP: Tom lever : DISHWASHERS: Conrad Rowell, Gary Rogers, Tom Lever  HELPERS: Cynthia Latimer, Jean Hnylka, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez and a class from UES to wash and set the tables.  The menu was a choice of Hamburg,Tomato, Macaroni Soup from Phyllis or Southwest Chicken soup from NECI, Baked Beans, a choice of Egg Salad or Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Fruit cup, Deserts, and Beverages.

San Antonio Grande Team meeting - TONIGHT! Sunday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. Contact Theresa Lever for meeting place and agenda.  229-0415, thelevers@comcast.ne

If you have not picked up a copy of the updated Bethany Members and Friends Directory, you may do so Sunday after the service in the narthex. If you note any errors in addresses and telephone numbers, please see or call Phyllis Rowell (she's in the directory). Phyllis will create an addendum with those corrections.






Team Ministry Potluck and Orientation
After dinner, they explored how team ministry will operate at Bethany!




Thanks to Reg Welch for pictures!



Friday, November 7, 2014

KIOSK! November 7-16

The stage at the Barre Opera House set for worship:
All Saint, All Souls, All Association
 

 This Sunday


Scripture:Matthew 25:1-13
Sermon: "A Question of Timing"
Music: "Passacaglia" by  Witt, "How Lovely are the Messengers" Mendelssohn, "Lord, for Thy Tender Mercies' Sake" Farrant
Confirmation Class




 
  Pictures from last Sunday,
All Saints, All Souls, All Association Worship
at the Barre Opera House.

With Willem Lange preaching,
 Arthur Zorn leading music of an all church choir, stage set for worship by our Commissioned Minister of Liturgical Flower Design, Laura Cadmus serving Communion, Denise Ricker playing flute,loose Offering going to the San Antonio Grande scholarships, Joanne Hardy doing Liturgical dance, bread by Rev. Mark, and Liz Sykas-Ringgenberg and Rev. Amy helping with organization and liturgy. And a whole lot of people worshiping. 
See you next time!



 This Week

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

Monday:  
OFFICE CLOSED
7:00 pm Conversational Spanish

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl
6:00 pm Team Pot Luck

Wednesday:
11:30 am Staff Meeting
5:00 pm Strategic Investment in Sacred Places

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

Saturday:
9:00 am Chapel Painting

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

 Announcements



Brown Bag meets at Westview Meadows on Thursdays at 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM.  They are listening to a Bill Moyer’s video on the book of Genesis followed by a discussion.  They welcome all Bethany people and friends.  Bring a sandwich and join the group.  Call Esther Farnsworth for directions.  225-6006.



Painting the Chapel!  9:00 am -Saturdays, November 15 & 22. Are you handy with a paint brush?  Join other Bethany friends and members in painting our chapel!  If you have a favorite paint brush, bring it along!







Team Ministry Potluck and Orientation - Tuesday, November 11 at 6PM in Fellowship Hall.  Are
you signed up to be a part of a Team Ministry at Bethany Church?  Then this potluck and program is for you!  Bring a hot dish, salad, or dessert to share, as well as a place setting and come have dinner with other Bethany team members.  After dinner, we will explore how team ministry will operate at Bethany!  And we will be done by 8 pm!

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 donating them to Bethany to win so that we can give away whatever we get. Be it cash or prizes, whatever is won will go to someone else and for God's glory. To turn them in to the church you can just put them into the offering plate, slide them in an envelope under the door of the church office, or just turn them in at the office during office hours.

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, NOVEMBER 4, 2014  FED: 114 HEAD COOKS: Phyllis Rowell and John Hnylka  NECI SOUP: Tom Lever DISHWASHERS: Conrad Rowell, Gary Rogers and Tom Lever  HELPERS: Tina Campbell, John Hall, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez, Kathy Andrews, Grace Tarrant.  This was "clean out the freezer day" so the menu had items from previous meals with a few additions to provide for everyone.  The NECI soups were Cream of Broccoli and Vegetable Lentil. Added to them were Baked Ziti with or without meat, Vegetarian Chili (with lots of additions from John Hnylka), Cole Slaw, Mini Meat Ball Subs made from last week's leftovers, Tuna Salad Sandwiches for when the Grinders ran out and awesome Homemade Apple Sauce from John and Donna Hall. As usual there were assorted desserts with some unexpected contributions from Shaws and Beverages. The meat ball grinders were a big hit. We will have them again especially when John Hall is there to assist in their construction.

Organ Concert at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier: Celebrating 150 Years Organist Theresa Pepin of Knoxville, Tennessee, returns to Vermont in an eclectic concert of English and American works for the organ, including some by jazz composer Billy Strayhorn. The concert inaugurates 150th anniversary celebrations of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier and its George Stevens organ. The concert will be  Sunday, November 23, at  2:00 p.m. in the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main Street. Admission by free will donation at the door.

Potluck and Trivia Night, Saturday, November 22nd at 5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall Bring a favorite dish to share and your keen mind to meet the trivia challenge.  Sponsored by the Frivolity and Fun Team!

Dried Pasta Food Pantry- for the month of  November the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is Dried Pasta! Spaghetti, elbows and egg noodles.

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  top left of this page.

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. Click the button above left.

Monday, November 3, 2014

November Dialogue


Staffing Changes

On Sunday October 26 it was announced that Rev. Mark was taking a new job and would by the end of June leave Bethany. An e-mail was sent to you on Monday the 27.

As Bethany Church moves from two full-time ministers to one full-time minister and one quarter-time minister, things will obviously change.  The ministerial staff will not be able to do all of what it has done in the past.  After meeting with representatives from the Board of Directors, it was determined that for the time being, the ministerial positions would include the following:

Primary Responsibilities of Rev. Amy Pitton as full-time Senior Minister:
* Sermon preparation and preaching
* Worship planning and leadership
* Church administration/oversight of staff
* Coordination of church activities
* Regular communications to church and community
* Bethany Board of Directors
* Finance Committee
* SISP – Partners for Sacred Places Program
* Meetings with Team Leaders
* Funerals & Weddings
* Bethany Fellowship Events
* Sunday School planning
* Youth Group
* Confirmation Class
* Church Vitality development
* New Member cultivation
* Limited visitation of Church members
* Vermont Conference responsibilities
* Long range planning


Primary Responsibilities of Rev Mark Pitton as quarter-time Associate Minister
* Maintain Bethany Website and Facebook
* Monthly e-Dialogue and print version
* Weekly KIOSK!
* Worship Leadership and occasional preaching
* finish current projects: sound system, Bethany Bowl future, Teaching Parish Committee, training for Dialogue and KIOSK!

The following ministerial responsibilities are currently on hold:
* Administration of the Deacon's Fund
* Outreach to folks needing help
* Mission Support
* Special Offerings
* Nursing Home Services
* Attendance at Brown Bag
* Adult Education Classes
* Hugging
* Extended visitation of church members
* Work with Montpelier Food Pantry
* Work in the wider Montpelier community around hunger, justice, poverty, and mental health issues

Pastor's Piece

As I begin a new chapter in my ministry here at Bethany Church, I am very aware of a few truths.  The first is:

I am going to disappoint you.

I am confident that I am a very good minister serving a wonderful church.  But still, I don't have super human powers. We are a church that is moving from having two full-time ministers to a church with one full-time minister.  The truth is that half of what was done by two ministers over the past 12 years can't be and will not be done by one minister.  If you are expecting that same level of ministry, you will be disappointed. I cannot do the job of two ministers.  I can't even do the job of one and half ministers well.  I CAN do the job of one minister and do it with wisdom, experience and grace.  But if you are expecting more, you will be disappointed.

And even if I do the job well, you might not see all of what I do and think I am not doing enough.  You may think I should be doing something differently than the way I am doing it. I may not do something that you think that I should do.  I may unintentionally slight you in some way that will offend you. The truth is, I am going to disappoint you.

There is another truth as well:

You are going to disappoint me.

I have high expectations for Bethany Church.  I believe that God is calling us to do very important, even crucial, work together. Together we can serve God and our neighbors by doing some absolutely necessary ministry in our community and in the world. I think Bethany Church is poised to change and grow, finding new ways to invite new people to be a part of our ever adapting faith community. But you may not be ready to meet those goals.  You may say that you want Bethany Church to do a certain ministry, then not support that ministry with your time, effort and resources. You may say you understand the need for Bethany to change, but then be unhappy when change happens and wonder why things can't be like the good old days. You may tell me that our primary ministry is to those outside our doors, but complain to your neighbor when your own needs aren't met, instead of coming and talking it over with me. The truth is, you are going to disappoint me.

Another truth:

It is pointless to focus on our disappointment.

It isn't productive and will not make us a strong and faithful church. Instead, let's accept the fact that disappointment is going to happen – it is a real part of this covenantal ministry we have together.  But the disappointment should not define us.  Instead, we can see it as a gift that allows us to practice some wonderful spiritual disciplines like trusting each other enough to speak the truth in love to one another, forgiving each other, and loving each other as God does, without condition, just the way we are.

As we move into this new relationship, I make these promises to you.  I promise that I will love you unconditionally.  I promise that I will forgive you when you make mistakes. I promise that I will confess when I make mistakes, and seek your forgiveness.  I promise that I will call up the courage to speak the truth in love to you, even when it is hard.  I promise that I will listen carefully and respectfully to you when you speak, and trust that you are telling me the truth. I hope that you can make the same promises to me. If we can keep these promises together, we will be the healthiest and strongest church we can be.  It will feel good to be together as a community of faith, and we will do some amazing ministry together.

I feel good about the future of Bethany Church and our ministry together!  May God be very present to us and bless us as we continue our journey of faith.
Rev. Amy

Communicating

Did you see the ad for Bethany Church in the last issue of the Bridge?  If not, see it at the top of this page. As part of our participation in the Strategic Investment in Sacred Places program, we are working on telling our story in the wider Montpelier community so that folks know who we are and perhaps consider coming to check us out.  There will be additional ads in the next 4 issues of the Bridge, so keep your eyes open for them!  We are hoping that as a result of the ads, we will welcome many visitors over the next few weeks – so let's make sure that we are a welcoming community they want to visit again!

Along with the ads, did you know that you also have an important role in getting our story out?  Start talking about why you are a member of Bethany Church with your friends and neighbors!  Invite them to come to church with you! We have lots of stories to tell – and wonderful ministry to accomplish!

Let's get the word out and share this journey with some new folks!


Craft Church

On  Saturday, October18th, Amy Bell, Judi Joy, Rev. Mark and Rev. Amy attended a day-long
  
workshop called Craft Church, presented by Rev. Mike Piazza of the Center for Progressive Renewal and sponsored by the Vermont Conference UCC.  It was a wonderful event that focused on what churches need to do to grow.

There were three sections to the day – attracting and welcoming first time visitors, getting visitors to return, and keeping them coming back.  We learned that if a church wants to grow, good communication is essential. We need to let folks outside the church know what is going on inside the church and pique their curiosity so they will check us out. When they come, we need to make sure that visitors are the most important people in church on Sunday morning.  We should make sure that they are warmly welcomed but not smothered.  Name tags worn by everyone are a must so that folks get to know one another.

The minister needs to be free to focus on welcoming visitors first and foremost – members of the congregation who have questions know how to find the minister at other times outside Sunday morning – visitors don't.

Contact information for visitors must be obtained so that we can send them a note telling them that we are glad they joined us and let them know about upcoming events (we may decide to bring the pew pads back!)  And we need to get new folks involved in the life of the church in ways that are meaningful to them.  All of these things takes a whole congregation to accomplish – if we want to grow, visitors need to be our focus.

This workshop really got us thinking and motivated to see if we can get Bethany growing.  If you are interested in helping to Bethany to grow, let Amy Pitton know.



And, if you want to know more about Mike Piazza and the Center for Progressive Renewal, check out their website HERE .




Team Ministry 

Potluck and Orientation
Tuesday, November 11
at 6 PM

Did you sign up to be on one of Bethany's new Ministry Teams?  Would you like to be on one of the Ministry Teams? Then you are invited and encouraged to attend our Team Ministry Potluck Dinner and Orientation!  We will gather at 6 PM in Fellowship Hall for dinner.  Please bring a hot dish, salad, or dessert to share, as well as a place setting for yourself.  Beverages will be provided. Following dinner, we will learn about how the Team Ministries at Bethany will be organized, as well as have an opportunity to meet with the other members of your team.  It should be both a fun and informative evening!  Join us!



Team Ministries Calendar

The Deacons Team will meet on Wednesday, November 5 at 7 PM in the Parlor.

The Sunday School Team will meet on Tuesday, November 18 in Amy's office.

The SISP Team (Strategic Investment in Sacred Places) will meet on Wednesday, November 12th in the Parlor.

The Property Team will meet on Wednesday, November 19th at 2 PM in the Parlor.

Team Ministry

Team Ministries are underway at Bethany Church!  Are you curious what those teams are and who is serving?  Here is the roster of current teams.  If you would like to join one of the teams, you are welcome to do so at anytime!  If you have an idea for a new team and can find 2 other folks who are interested too, we can start a new team!  Just speak with Rev. Amy.



Teams at Bethany Church
2014-15

Bethany Board of Directors:
Amy Bell, President; Judi Joy, President Elect; Sandy Clougher, Joe Murray, Amy Pitton, Mark Pitton, Stephanie Ratmeyer, Patty Turley

Treasurer: Judy Ribolini
Assistant Treasurer: Joanne Hardy
Clerk: Anita Rogers
Historian: Reg Welch
Auditor: Don Welch

Deacons Team
Judi Joy Team Leader; Carrie Youngblood, Joanne Hardy, Dorothy Redmond, Reg Welch

Hunger and Poverty Issues Team
Robert Bayer, Judi Joy, Esther Farnsworth

Bethany Bowl Team
Stephanie Ratmeyer, Amy Bell, Donna Hall, Paula Chiuchiolo

Music Team
Betsy Parah, Judy Ribolini, Amy Papineau, Tom ClougherAnne DeVaughn, Paula Chiuchiolo

Frivolity and Fun Team
Liz Sykas Ringgenberg –Team Leader; Theresa Lever, Joanne Hardy, Michele Tofel Murray

Strategic Investment in Sacred Places SISP Team
Amy Pitton – Team Leader; Amy Bell, Stephen Frey, Judi Joy, Arthur Zorn

Hospitality Team
Karen Songhurst, Judi Joy

Sunday School Team
Amy Papineau, Jennifer Weinert

Green Church Team
Judi Joy – Team Leader; Esther Farnsworth, Cassandra Hemenway

San Antonio Grande Team
Theresa Lever - Team Leader; Betsy Parah, Katrina Pelkey, Esther Farnsworth, Amy Papineau, Donna Hall, John Hall, Marilyn Moore

Greeters Team
Judi Joy, Gary Rogers, Anita Rogers, Debbie Fiske, David Fiske, Joan Garcia, Mary Ellen Hill, Ann Adams, Helen Jean Reindel

Ushers Team
Esther Farnsworth -Team Leader; Joanne Hardy, Liz Sykas-Ringgenberg, Katrina Pelkey, Judi Joy, Ann Adams, Sandy Clougher, Tom Clougher, Reg Welch,

Media Team
Judi Joy, Vera Winter, Cassandra Hemenway, Angus Fraser

Property Team
Gary Rogers – Team Leader; Peter Ricker, Mark Redmond

Advent Plans

The First Sunday in Advent is on Sunday, November 30th.   The first candle in our Advent wreath will be lit by the San Antonio Grande team and Laura Cadmus will be preaching and leading worship.  Amy and Mark Pitton will be on vacation.


Why Bethany Is HOT!



In October Bethany Church became fully hooked up to District Heat Montpelier after over two years of efforts and hard work. Bethany Church's contractor, Vermont Mechanical Inc. completed the majority of their work after a week long process of commissioning and adjusting the system to work correctly. We thank Bethany Bowl for their patience and fortitude when things did not go as planned the week before resulting in their boiling water on the stove for hot water for their cooking use.


I would like to thank the Property Team, chaired by Gary Rogers, Stephanie Ratmeyer former Bethany President, Mark Redmond, Judi Ribollini, Joanne Hardy, Rev. Amy Pitton, Peter Ricker and many others in helping successfully apply for the VEDA loan and work with District Heat Montpelier and the City.  While the process was lengthy and filled with many twists and unexpected surprises we made it!  Jim Connemann was also very helpful in providing his practical experience to this project at every step of the way.



I would also like to thank Jesse Baker, Assistant City Manager and Bill Fraser, City Manager (also a Bethany member) in their patience and enthusiasm assisting Bethany towards a more predictable and reliable energy usage future.  We could not have done it without you!  Sometime in December when it is reliably cold for an extended period of time, Bill Neuberger the engineer who designed the specs for our system will conduct a commissioning of the system under winter conditions.  Bill has also been extremely helpful in lending his engineering experience to the bidding, design and installation process.

Thanks for the opportunity to serve Bethany Church in this project.  I have been proud to steward this process along.


Bethany is Challenged


On October Theresa Murray-Clausen spoke gave a Mission Moment about the Montpelier Food Pantry. Theresa is the Director of Just Basics. The Montpelier Food Pantry is one of the projects of Just Basics. 
Bethany is the only  Church that consistently gives food that, as she said, "is they healthy high nutrition food that our clients really do like.". In the preceding 12 months we delivered about 2,000 pounnds of food. She noted that they lost the 5,000 pounds that use to come from the donation box in the Shaw's Supermarket. 








Theresa then challenged Bethany and when asked, the congregation accepted the challenge. For the next 12 months, theresa will send the amount of food that we sent that month. The challenge is to give more the next month. The next collection of Food for the Montpelier Pantry will be on Thanksgiving Sunday, November 23. Out focus food is Pasta: noodles, ramen, wholegrain, rice, elbows, zitit, 'ghetti, udon, soba, etc. Watch for sales. As you can see from the picture below, we gave a lot of heavy food in October. We have to give more this month.



After the challenge was given and accepted, Rev. Mark blessed the Food and the leadership that Theresa is bringing to engage the whole of Montpelier in supporting the hungry of our community.








 Youth Events at Bethany Church!

All Bethany Youth – grades 6 -12
Sunday, November 2  -  7 – 8:30 pm in the Youth Room.  Join us for a rousing game of GOOFBALL, followed by great snacks and prayer!  Bring a friend and see you there!

Bethany Middle School Youth – grades 6-8
Friday, November 7 -  We will meet in the Youth Room at the church from 6-8 pm.  We will have dinner together and play games!  Join us for the fun and bring a friend!
Saturday, November 22 – NOTE THE CHANGE!  The Ecumenical Middle School group will meet from 6-8. We will meet at Bethany at 5:50 pm and walk across the street to the Unitarian Church. Eat dinner before you come – snacks will be provided. You can be picked up at Bethany a just after 8.

Confirmation Class

Confirmation is underway at Bethany Church!  The class is meeting on Sunday afternoons from noon-2 pm with Amy Pitton and Laura Cadmus as teachers.  Each class starts with lunch together, followed by diving into the Bible as well as exploring different spiritual practices.  We are beginning the year by exploring the Old Testament story of Joseph – the one with the many-colored coat.  This story has everything – dreams, deception, sibling rivalry, attempted murder, slavery, lust, imprisonment, valuing of gifts, and forgiveness.  And God's presence runs through the whole story.
Along with the story, we are exploring the spiritual disciplines of Bible Study, discernment, self-denial, speaking the truth in love, giving thanks, spiritual gifts and reconciliation/forgiveness.
It is a great class and we are enjoying being together.

 Help Needed

Would you like to be a part of the Confirmation Class' journey?  We are looking for folks to provide lunch for the class and join us for that lunch!  Lunch can be simple – you would need to provide food for 7, plus yourself and whoever you'd like to bring along.  If this is something you'd like to do, contact Amy Pitton at revamyp@comcast.net and she can tell you the available dates.




Neighbors in Need Offering Update

As of  mid- October, the Neighbors in Need Special Offering has raised $427. If you missed the opportunity to donate to this important offering, you can still do so by sending your donation to the church or putting it in the Sunday offering plate and marking it for NIN!


Finance Update

FY 2015 Finance Update from Bethany’s Board of Directors

As of September 30, 2014, we are one-fourth of the way through the current fiscal year. Due to the generosity of the Bethany community, income of $62,452 has allowed us to pay operating expenses of $61,926.

At our finance meeting in September, we approved an operating fiscal plan with a projected gap between income and expenses of $78, 597.  Due to the recently announced changes in staffing, that gap is reduced to approximately $51,341.  With your ongoing support, and the safety net available this year from Chris Jackman’s bequest, we will navigate through this transitional time of living into new ways of being Bethany.

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


An All Saints,                                  
All Souls,
                                                    All -Association Worship

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.


New Year's Eve @ Bethany

Following up on last year's successful New Year's Eve celebration @ Bethany, we will do it again, this time presented by the Bethany Church Staff!  Mark Pitton will be our chef of the evening, Amy Pitton will be in charge of ticket sales and table decoration, and Mark LeGrand and Arthur Zorn will present the concert!  There will also be New Year's Hat Decorating for the children.

We will need help from you to make this a success, so look for sign up sheets beginning in December and mark your calendars now for this wonderful event @ Bethany!


 Vermont Interfaith Action Launches a New Movement

Clergy from all over Vermont are coming together to create a movement for a moral economy in our
state. The Clergy Caucus of Vermont Interfaith Action (VIA) has organized regional gatherings all across the state shortly after the election to present their ideas and open up a dialogue with the newly elected legislators. They invite you to join them at a regional Legislative Breakfast in your area with your local General Assembly members, as well as for our centralized Legislative Action in Montpelier that same week. We want to start a "Movement for a Moral Economy," where all Vermonters are treated with dignity and justice.

These are the events, times, of nearby locations:
* Chittenden/Grand Isle/Franklin counties: Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington, Mon, Nov 17, 8 to 9 am
* Washington & Lamoille counties: combined with the Action at Christ Church in Montpelier, Thurs, Nov 20
* Essex/Caledonia/Orleans counties: To be determined
* The "main event" is a morning Action with members of the Administration (the Governor has been invited), and House and Senate leadership, on Thursday, Nov 20 from 9:30 am to 11 am in Montpelier at Christ Episcopal Church (64 State St, Montpelier).


To read the theological framework the caucus has written, click HERE.


To RSVP for the events, please contact Alison at office@viavt.org or 802-651-8889.
Please join us for these important events and make your voice heard!
--Rev. Debbie Ingram
Executive Director, Vermont Interfaith Action


Stewards of Life Abundant: Transformative Generosity

You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:11

As Biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann points out, the Bible starts out with a liturgy of abundance - a song of praise for God's generosity. It keeps saying, "It is good, it is good, it is good, it is very good." Filled with God's generosity, Jesus went around to people suffering from scarcity - of health, of acceptance, of power, of understanding - and replaced it with a gift of abundance. Jesus is well-schooled in the transformative generosity of God and in the conviction that if you share your bread with the neighbor, the world will be made new. He knows that generosity isn't something you just think about, it's something you do.

Stewardship presumes blessing and abundance. Jesus sums up the purpose of his ministry this way: that we "may have life, and have it abundantly." Our job is discernment of the ways in which all of us, including the church, already have "far more than all we can ask or imagine." Then the real work of stewardship becomes embracing generosity in the spirit of Jesus as a way of life. How is this way of life transformative for you?



A message from "Stewards in the Household of God: a Resource for Holistic Year-round Stewardship" available from United Church of Christ Resources.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

KIOSK! October 30-November 9


 This Sunday

Our time of worship will not be in our Sanctuary. We will gather with the United Church of Christ Churches in Washington County at the Barre Opera House for an All Souls Worship. Remember the Saints in your life, past and present, and worship God with few hundred people.

 Set Clocks back

Scripture: Psalm 107:1-7, 35-38 &
Hebrews 12:1-2
Sermon: by Willem Lange
Music: "Alleluia" by Mozart, music from Barre
Bell Choir, and anthems
by Iverson, Raney, and Althouse under
the direction of A. Zorn.



This Week



Sunday:
11:00 am All Association Worship Service

Monday:
7:00 pm Conversational Spanish

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl

Wednesday:
11:30 am Staff Meeting
7:00 pm Deacon's Team

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

Friday
6:00 pm Middle Youth Group

Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation Class-Youth Room

 

Announcements

Set your clocks BACK one 
hour 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.



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!  




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 28, 2014  FED: 120 (it was a 4th Tuesday)  HEAD COOK: Phyllis Rowell with lots of help from John Hnylka DISHWASHERS: Gary Rogers, Conrad Rowell, and Tom Lever  NECI SOUP: Tom lever  HELPERS: Tina Campbell, Ira Gravatt, Chris Terry, Jean Hnylka, Anne DeVaughn. The menu was a choice of Squash/Apple Soup or Lentil Soup from NECI, Spaghetti with John's great homemade sauce with or without meat balls, Tossed Green Salad, Chicken with Dressing (left over from the Beth Jacob dinner on Sunday), 1/2 Egg Salad Sandwich ( eggs and preparation from John and Donna Hall), Assorted Desserts, and Beverages.  The Halls also contributed some mighty tasty apples. What a hungry group we had! The fourth Tuesday is always a busy one and especially appreciated by our guests.



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


Dried Pasta Food Pantry- for the month of  November the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is Dried Pasta! Spaghetti, elbows and egg noodles.


Do have friends? Do they have any questions, doubts, hope, spirit, joy, passion for Justice or music or God? Below are three buttons. Please pick one and share this news update so others may find what you have here at your church.


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 of this page 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. 

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.


Do have friends? Do they have any questions, doubts, hope, spirit, joy, passion for Justice or music or God? Share this news update so others may find what you have here at your church. Below you will see several little button icons. You can use them to share.