Monday, April 18, 2011

This Holy Week

This Week At Bethany Church – April 17-24

10:00 am Sunday Worship Sanctuary
11:00 am Hospitality Parlor
11:30 am Sermon Talk Back
7:00 pm Labyrinth Walk Chapel

8:00 am Stewardship Mark's Office
11:30 am Bethany Bowl Fellowship Hall
5:00 pm Choir Coaching Choir Loft

6:30 pm Spanish Class Purple Door Room
7:00 pm Lenten Organ Recital Sanctuary

7:00 am Prayer Group Parlor
11:00 am Worship Service Gary Home
1:00 pm Worship Service Heaton Woods
7:00 pm Maundy Thursday Service Chapel

7:00 pm Good Friday Service Sanctuary

6:00 am Easter Sunrise Service Vermont College Fountain
10:00 am Sunday Worship-Easter Sanctuary
11:00 am Hospitality Parlor
5:00 pm Good Samaritan Dinner Good Samaritan Haven

Monday: 9:00 am Dialogue Due

Holy Week Schedule:
Wednesday, April 20 - Lenten Organ Recital- a spiritual journey in sound embracing the emotional aspects of Holy Week. Admission by donation at the door. For Information call Arthur Zorn, Director of Music, Bethany Church (802)223-2424 ext.224
Maundy Thursday - A Service of Communion and Tennebrae will be held in the chapel at 7 pm on Thursday evening, April 21.
Good Friday - Friday, April 22 - there will be a time of worship at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Filled with more prayer and silence, it will be a time to be with God as this Holy Day is remembered. There will also be images and reflections for this day available at the Church's website. Here you will find thoughts, questions, challenges as well as images and symbols of this day. They will be available from 7:00 am throughout the day.
Easter Sunrise - Meet at the fountain of Vermont College (of Fine Arts) on Easter Morning. at 6:00. We will be outside, so dress for the weather, not for church.
Easter Sunday Worship - 10 am in the sanctuary with Memorial lilies


Bethany's Spring Auction is only 2 weeks away...
and here's what you can do to help!
- Please sign up to work on the auction! Sign up sheets are on the bulletin board
outside the chapel! We are counting on you!
- Put up posters at work, in your car and around town! Posters Available Today!
- Find things to donate! What do you have stored in your attic or basement that you
aren't going to use, and face it, aren't ever going to get around to putting on E-Bay?
We are looking for antiques, furniture in good condition, collectibles, crystal, china,
tools, artwork and other unique items!
-Consider donating something you have made! Paintings, wooden stools and
shelves, birdhouses, signs, etc - let your light shine and support the church!
- Come to the Auction! Enjoy the fellowship and the fun, and support the church!
- Get a Poster and display it!

Brown Bag will continue reading The Heartbeat of God until April 28 when we will choose a new study to take us through June.

Good Samaritan Sign Up-Today is the last chance to sign up to be part of the preparation of Easter Dinner for the folks at the Good Samaritan Haven shelter. There are lots of spaces left and it would be really wonderful if there were none left by the end of Hospitality today. It is a very special gift to be able to present a wonderful meal and “feed the hungry” on this most blessed of days. Your participation is greatly appreciated!!

Bethany Book Group - April's read is What Strength Remains by Tracey Kidder which will be discussed on Sunday, May 1st.

Montpelier Food 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 April our focus food is canned fruit.

Sermon Series - We are in the midst of 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. The chapter titles in the order we will use them on Sundays are listed in the Dialogue and on the website. The sermon on April 17 will be based on Easter as Presence not proof.

Announcements are posted on the website Mondays at 9:00am.

Blooms into Spring- Show and sale of new paintings by Montpelier artist, Arthur Zorn at The Skinny Pancake, 89 Main St, City Center complex in Montpelier VT. March 30th through May 30th. Bright acrylic "representational" abstract impressions of flowers and more. For further information call (802)229-4431 or visit

BETHANY BOWL- Tuesday, April 12, 2011: FED 100; Head Cook: Sonja Grahn and her mother, Marlene Mcallister DISHWASHER: Conrad Rowell, VOLUNTEERS: Darlene Colby, Phyllis Rowell, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez and an eighth grade class from Main Street School with teacher, Kim Scott

Dialogue- articles are due the day after Easter, (Yes really) Monday April 25 at 9:00 am

We will receive the One Great Hour of Sharing offering anytime it is given. If you participate in this offering, you will be supporting these ongoing areas of ministry in the United Church of Christ: National Disaster, Refuge, Volunteer, and Global Missionaries.

Please give generously to OGHS. Through the National Disaster Ministries and Church World Service a portion of your gift will be used to support relief and rehabilitation work in Japan. 17% of the OGHS offering is utilized for disaster preparedness and response, responding to disasters on average every 2.5 days. One Great Hour of Sharing funds provide much needed supplies to Japanese earthquake/tsunami survivors. It will and has already been supporting 4 missionaries in Japan:
Jeffrey Mensendiek serves the Council on Cooperative Mission where he is assigned to the Emmaus Center in Sendai as director of youth activities.

Martha Mensendiek serves through the Council of Cooperative Mission at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan where she teaches social welfare.

Casilda Luzares serves the United Church of Christ in Japan, Kyoto Conference. She is an English Literature Professor at Doshisha University.

David and Joyce Murchie serve as missionary associates in Japan, and in recent years have taught at Tohoku-Gakuin University in Sendai

For News from Your Global Ministries Missionaries in Japan got to: UCC in Japan