Monday, December 5, 2011

This Week

This Week At Bethany Church -Dec 4-11

10:00 am Worship Sanctuary

11:00 am Hospitality Parlor

11:30 am Bethany Bowl Fellowship Hall

6:00: pm Greening of the Church Parlor-Sanctuary-Fellowship

5:30 pm Outreach Purple Door Room
7:00 pm SAG Purple Door Room

7:00 pm Trustees Parlor

11:00 am Worship Service Gary Home
11:30 am Brown Bag Parlor

1:00 pm Worship Service Heaton Woods
6:15 pm Bell Choir Choir Loft
7:00 pm Choir Choir Loft

9:00 am Choir Rehearsal Choir Loft

9:30 am Second Sunday Concert Chapel
10:00 am Sunday Worship Sanctuary
11:00 am Hospitality Parlor

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

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

Sunday School today - Grades K-3 will meet in the Blue Door Room, Grades 4-8 in the Purple Door Room.

We are collecting Food- for the Montpelier Food Pantry on the last Sunday of the month. 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 November our focus food will be beans. Canned, Bags, Red, White, Baked, Refried.

BETHANY CUP!Join the Youth Group for A CHRISTMAS BETHANY CUP! Sunday, December 18th – 8:30-9:30 am in the Parlor! Come for warm, homemade muffins, great coffee, yogurt parfaits, an oatmeal bar, and artisan bread for toasting. $5 for full breakfast - $3 for coffee and a muffin

Feed your soul this Advent! Advent can be a wonderful time of spiritual preparation. Giving your soul a little attention in this time can help make the whole season a true joy! Bethany's Working Chapel is a great place to spend a hour or so each week during Advent. Come walk the labyrinth, sit and meditate on a new group of mandalas or color your own mandala. Lose yourself in a zen sand garden or fold a paper crane as you pray for peace. There is no right way to use any of the resources in the chapel – simply do one and see what happens! You might be very surprised at the peace and serenity that comes with one of these simple activities! The chapel is open each day from 8 am – 8 pm, except for Monday evenings and some Saturdays. A CD player and CD's are available in the cabinet at the rear of the room if you would like some background music.

Christmas Day Worship! This is a special year, because Christmas falls on a Sunday! Come join your church family for worship at 10 am in our beautiful sanctuary on Christmas morning! We will sing Christmas carols, hear the Christmas story, and celebrate the joy of the day together!

Christmas Eve Services are planned for 6 pm & 10 pm.

The Flower Committee places flowers on the altar every Sunday. You are invited to place flowers on the altar in memory of a loved one, or to celebrate a special event, perhaps a birthday, anniversary or new baby. Flowers may be ordered from the florist to be delivered to the church by Friday noon or loose flowers may be arranged by you or a member of the flower committee. Call Esther Farnsworth (225-6006) to reserve a date.

New Members- This is a great church. Great people, great worship, great mission, great community. Do you want to have your name connected with Bethany Church, UCC? Please call or email the church office with your name and contact information so we can set this up. We need you and have lots to offer you.

The Property Board- is looking for one or more interested folks to act as a facility liaison during the First Night event. This would mean being available (in person or perhaps "on call") to either address issues directly or contact the folks who can address the issues. If we have more than one person volunteer, the "on call" duties may be shared.If you are interested in this, please contact the church office or a Property Board member (Eric Benedict, David Fiske or Gary Rogers).

Looking for a unique Christmas/Holiday Gift?- Don't know what to buy for the person who has everything? Why not purchase a Bethany Church Cookbook! On sale for $12.00 in the parlor after church most Sundays.

PINS Holiday Gifts-For many years members of the Bethany congregation have supported the work of the Barre DCF Office in their work with abused and neglected children. At Christmas we have provided requested gifts. We have received a letter from Catherine Harris, District Director. She writes “With the holiday season upon us I wanted to let you know that the Barre District of the Department for Families and Children, Family Services Division deeply appreciates all that you have done for the children that we serve. Your congregation’s commitment to helping these children has made a difference in many of their lives.” She explains that in recent years, department practice has shifted, and they are working with an increased number of families where the children remain in their homes while social workers work with parents to increase safety and well-being for their children, hopefully avoiding the need for custody and placement in foster care. The staff of Barre DCF has considered how to work with their PINS partners to best meet the needs of these families and children. Many families struggle to meet basic needs. During this holiday season, DCF is asking us to provide food cards, gas cards, and gift cards from stores such as Wal-Mart where people can purchase clothing. Tags are available in the narthex before and after church. Thanks for your help!

Second Sunday Concert- December 11 9:30 in the Chapel - Tuesday's Woodwind Quintet will play several pieces including but not limited to works by Vaughn Williams, Milhaud, Ebert, Mozart, and some original holiday classics. Free coffee and open to the public

Bethany Bowl- November 29, 2011, FED 125, Head CooK: Joy Facos Dishwashers: Gary Rogers, Dan Williams, Tom Lever VOLUNTEERS: Darlene Colby, Esther Farnsworth, Meri Neilsen, Chris Terry, Pete Gomez, Anne DeVaughn, Cleo Facos, Phyllis Rowell and Chloe from MHS. Joy made a super tasty Shepherd's Pie.

A Big Thank You from Bethany Bowl-In this season of giving thanks and sharing gifts, the volunteers from the Bethany Bowl wish to offer their deep appreciation for the continued support from the Bethany congregation and the larger community as well. Our attendance continues to average about 120 folks weekly…sometimes higher, sometimes lower. The appreciation from those who attend is incredible and warming…and you help to make it happen. Thank you to all who continue to offer financial support. This support helps us to maintain a well stocked pantry and to purchase other needed supplies such as napkins, cups, butter, milk, coffee, cooking staples, etc. To those who have provided produce from their gardens, thank you for some mighty fine meals. The Halls have become expert squash and beet cutters and cookers, and Jim Conneman and the Levers sure can grow big zucchinis. In addition, the donations of sugar, spices, cups, napkins, containers for leftovers help to stretch our funds. We continue to have the best desserts in town thanks to the regular bakers especially Amy Bell, Judy Ribolini, Chris Terry, Ann DeVaughn and Darlene Colby. Desserts are always needed. And of course, the larger community plays a part in this mission. The Manghi’s Bread provides at least four loaves of fresh bread which are a part of the regular meal each Tuesday. NECI at National Life sends hearty soups each week. By the way, these soups are under the direction of Bethany’s Bob Hildebrand. La Brioche sometimes has day old pastries and muffins. The Red Hen Bakery in Middlesex continues to drop by with four bags full of their various breads. These are put out on the free table for the guests at the Bowl, and some are left on the pews in the narthex for others to share. Recently the Cabot Coop by way of John Hall sent yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and salsa.