Monday, April 11, 2011

This Week

This Week At Bethany Church – April 10-17

10:00 am Sunday Worship Sanctuary

11:00 am Hospitality Parlor
1:00 pm Washington Assoc. Annual Meeting Waterbury
3:000 pm Concert Sanctuary
7:00 pm Youth Group Youth Room

11:30 am Bethany Bowl Fellowship Hall

5:00 pm Choir Coaching Choir Loft
7:00 pm Lenten Book Study - Naked Spirituality Youth Room

6:30 pm Spanish Class Purple Door Room

7:00 pm Deacons Parlor

7:00 am Prayer Group Parlor

11:00 am Worship Service Gary Home
11:45 am Brown Bag Parlor
1:00 pm Worship Service Heaton Woods
6:15 am Bell Choir Choir Loft
7:00 pm Choir Choir Loft

8:30 am Peace Service Chapel
10:00 am Sunday Worship-Palm Sunday Sanctuary

11:00 am Hospitality Parlor


Today! Concert Pianist, Diane Huling- performs at Bethany Church, Sunday April 10 at 3 PM. Music: Gavotte by Rameau, A major sonata by Mozart, Jeux D'Eau by Ravel and Carnaval by Schumann. Tickets (at the door) are $20, $5 for students and limited income, or $30 per family. For information call (802)563-2860, or email

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

Reminder- PINS Easter baskets are due back Today.

Bethany's Spring Auction is only 3 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!
- 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!

Food for the 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.

There will be NO Bethany Cup next Sunday, April 17th! It is school vacation week and the members of the youth group are traveling far and wide! Join us on May 15th for the last Bethany Cup of the year!

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 The Cross as Futility Not Forgiveness.

The announcements will be posted to the web site on Monday mornings at 9:00am.

Lenten Book Study - 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 meet on Tuesday evening April 5. There are a couple extra copies of the book available if you would like to join this study. Please see Rev. Mark.

Lenten Organ Recital- On Wed. April 20th 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

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

Legislative Dinner in honor of the late Edna Fairbanks-Williams - April 12th This annual free dinner put on by the Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council (VLIAC) will be here at Bethany. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by time with legislators and a tribute to Edna, a champion for low-income Vermonters who died in an accident last year. VLIAC exists to ensure that the voices of low-income Vermonters are heard in the Legislature and state government. The Vermont Conference United Church of Christ has been a major supporter of VLIAC for 39 years. Call Theresa Lever at 229-0415 for more information.

From the Food Pantry What happened to the juice factory worker who couldn't concentrate? He got canned!Surprisingly 100% fruit juice is one of the Food Pantry's most popular items. Each month we serve on average 103 children through the Food Pantry and having these types of staples may be the only way some of these families are getting fruit into their diets. Thank you all for the many containers of juice and all that you do to support the Pantry. I would also like to mention the staff at Bethany and how hugely important they are to our day to day activities at the Pantry. The very first experience that our clients have is at Bethany for the registering process. It is sooooo important that our clients are treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve. We couldn't do this work without you!
Kimberly Lashua, Food Pantry Director