Monday, March 14, 2011

This Week

This Week At Bethany Church – March 6-13

10:00 am Sunday Worship Sanctuary

11:00 am Hospitality Parlor
11:30 am Sermon Talk Back
7:00 pm Youth Group Youth Room

8:00 Stewardship Committee in Rev. Mark's Office
11:30 am Bethany Bowl Fellowship Hall

5:00 pm Choir Coaching Choir Loft

Wednesday: 7:00 am Ash Wednesday Service Chapel 6:30 pm Ash Wednesday Service Chapel 7:00 pm Deacons Parlor

7:00 am Prayer Group Parlor

11:45 am Brown Bag Parlor
5:30 Music Board
6:15 am Bell Choir Choir Loft
7:00 pm Choir Choir Loft

Office Closed

7:00 am Bethany Cup Prep
8:30 Peace Service
8:30 Bethany Cup
10:00 am Worship
11:00 am Hospitality Parlor
11:30 Sermon Talk Back
7:00 pm Youth Group Youth Room


Announcements- If you would like to have your announcement printed in the bulletin, please have it into the office by 9:00 am Thursday morning.

Bethany Book Group- March's read is Saving Jesus From The Church by Robyn Myeres. This is a change from the original schedule.

Food for the Montpelier Pantry Each month the Outreach Board focuses on collecting one type of food (as per request of the pantry). People may give any type of food, it too will be collected and blessed and sent. For the month of March our focus food is fruit juice. So, bring in boxes, or bottles.

Bethany's Spring Auction! Saturday, April 30th! This is a new fundraiser for Bethany Church, as well as an opportunity for us to work and have fun together! We will need lots of help to make the auction a success! There are sign-up sheets on the bulletin board in the hallway - please sign up to help in any way that you can - lots of types of jobs are available for all abilities!
Thinking about Spring Cleaning? When cleaning out your clutter, think about donating to the Bethany Spring Auction. We will be receiving donated items at the church beginning the afternoon of Monday, April 25th through Thursday, April 28th. Item pickup will be available. We will accept antiques, furniture, collectibles, china, crystal, tools, artwork, unused wedding presents that are lurking in your closets, and other unique items in good, clean condition. Please – no TV's, computers, clothing, or mattresses.

Missed Worship? The announcements, including some that were only verbal, will be posted to the web site on Monday mornings at 9:00am.

Silent Auction - Have you redeemed your purchase from last September's Lawn Sale silent auction? Contact Theresa Lever if you can't remember what you purchased or who purchased something from you. You might want to have your transaction completed before Bethany's spring auction rolls along! (229-0415,

Sermon Series - Today starts a sermon series that goes through Lent and extends into the the first 2 Sundays of Easter. The series reflects a reformation of the church that responds to some people's desire to focus on some elements of early Christianity that have been overwhelmed by society and culture. As a jumping off point we are using the book “Saving Jesus from the Church” by Rev. Robin Meyers. This book is a reconstructing of what it means to be a Christian who is intelligent, honest, and faithful. The chapter titles in the order we will use them on Sundays is listed in the Dialogue and on the website. Next week it will be “Original Blessing, Not Original Sin”. Copies of the book can be ordered through any bookseller. There will be five “Sermon Talk Backs”, the next of which is this Sunday the 20th. Bring a bag lunch or not, these informal conversations will start about 11:30 and go no later that 12:45 in Fellowship Hall. You do not need the book to worship, understand the sermon, or attend the talk backs.

Lenten Book Study - On four Tuesdays in Lent we will study a book written by Brian McLaren, “Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words” to deepen our faith. We will look at his four-stage framework for understanding the spiritual life. We will explore each of these stages and the associated practice starting on March 22 and continuing on March 29, April 5 and 12. Each practice centers on a single, simple word. Come and learn from the words: here, thanks, O, sorry, help, please, when, no, why, behold, yes, and silence. You may buy one from your favorite bookseller.

If you have not already ordered your 2011 edition of the Bethany Cookbook, please clip and return this coupon to any of the following: Judy Ribolini, Kathy Cowens, Liz Sykas-Riggenberg, Jim Conneman, Katrina Pelkey, Vera Winters or Melitta Maddox BY SUNDAY, MARCH 20TH. (estimated cost is between $10 and $12)