Saturday, March 31, 2012

April Dialogue

Holy Week Calendar

Sunday, April 1

Palm Sunday Worship Service with Communion at 10 am followed by hospitality

Thursday, April 4

Maundy thursday Service at Gary Home

Maundy Thursday Service at Heaton Woods

Maundy Thursday Worship at 7 pm

Chapel Service with Communion and Tennebrae

Friday, April 5

The Labyrinth in the chapel will be open all day for walking and contemplation.

Good Friday Reflections will be available on our Website.

Sunday, April 8

Easter Sunrise Service at 6 am

On the Vermont College Green by the fountain

Easter Worship Service at 10 am

Followed by an Easter hospitality.


Mark your calendars now for April 29! Worship will be at the Barre Opera House with Churches from the Washington Association joining together for worship. There will be a combined choir and the sermon will be delivered by Katherine Patterson, Barre Author. Our choir has been working on the music; Arthur is involved in the planning as is Pastor Amy. The last one of these combined services we did was very uplifting so we hope you will join us!

Feeding the Homeless

The Good Samaritan Haven Dinner sponsored by the Outreach Board and provided by the Bethany Congregation has been going very well. Many thanks to all who cook the food and donate to these wonderful, and bountiful meals.

The next dinners are planned for April 22nd, May 27th and June 24th.

For the dinner in June help will be needed with collecting, heating and delivery because Judi Joy will be spending ten days in VA and NJ for the graduations of two grandchildren. The Fraser family graciously volunteered to take care of it for the month of March and their help was greatly appreciated.

Judi Joy

Houses for the Homeless

Central Vermont Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is pleased to announce the selection of our newest partner family for a house located in Orange, VT. Parents Fred and Chelsey along with their sons Micah and Owenn are working hard to complete the house and are excited about moving into their own home that will give the boys a large yard, great schools and a large (very RED) bedroom. We can use help in many areas including painting, finish carpentry, cleaning, washing windows, yard work, mentoring and child care. Please check our web site calendar ( ) or call 802-279-9261 for more information. Thank you for any help you can provide.

Central Vermont Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is looking for help in the following areas for upcoming and ongoing projects: Family Selection and Support, Construction, Bookkeeping, Faith relations, as well as constant prayers for our partner families, those trying to become partner families, and our volunteers. We are a Christian based housing partnership ministry and are seeking ongoing involvement by a member of the clergy. A $100 reward is offered for referral of a clergy person who successfully completes one year active service to our group. Please contact us at 802-279-9261, 802-485-4525, or,


Several folks have asked lately if there are any specific needs for the luncheon each Tuesday. We maintain a fairly well stocked pantry of food supplies, but there are a number of other items that are a part of the weekly preparations.

We use 9oz paper cups (not Styrofoam), paper napkins (any color), sugar (right now we have enough), Coffee Mate or Creamora, olive oil, PAM spray, butter or margarine, lemonade, ice tea, mayonnaise, empty containers for giving away left overs and always the wonderful desserts from the great Bethany bakers. We could also use more soup spoons and teaspoons since those in the kitchen are used by lots of folks and tend to disappear.

Any offerings from these suggestions may be brought to the luncheon any Tuesday (we love visitors) or left in the office marked For Bethany Bowl. Many thanks from all the volunteers.

Operating Budget Update

Our congregation is continuing to make good progress toward meeting the FY12 budget goals in support of our missions.

The FY12 approved annual budget compared with the actual income and expense totals for the first eight months of the fiscal year are shown on the chart below. From July 2011 to February 2012 (67% of the fiscal year) we

  • Received 75% of budgeted revenue.

  • Paid out 67% of the projected expenses.

Note that our income goal is approximately 104% of our budgeted revenue. The budget approved by the congregation included a deficit of $9,151.00.

Many thanks for your ongoing support of Bethany’s operating budget!

Finance Committee

Where is Bethany's Swing Set?

Are you wondering where Bethany's swing set is? In other words, do we outwardly show that we have much to offer young families? Your Christian Education board has been hard at work this year to provide quality Sunday School and youth programs for the church. This doesn't leave us with much time to plan for future or different initiatives, but we have some ideas!

For example, CE is interested in having a workshop or two for parents in the community to address spirituality for kids, when the parents are not active in a church. (Yes, we think that many families fall into this category). We also know that the time that parents need the most help is after-school or perhaps during school vacations.

So we are considering and ruminating on these kinds of ideas -- the kinds of ideas that look into the busy lives of people in our community, and match a need with a resource here in Bethany. If you have additional ideas or energy for these ideas, please let us know!

Patty Turley for the CE Board

Join the Youth Group for Bethany Cup!

Sunday, April 15th
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

Good times come with the meal


We will have concerts on Sunday, May 13 and June 10 and then will take July and August off; we will be back in September on the with the beginning of the 2012-2013 Second Sunday Concert season.

Trustees approve new Treasurer

The Trustees at a Special Meeting on 3/18/12 approved the proposal for an Outside Bookkeeper/Church Treasurer at Bethany Church. Please note that the proposals are to the end of our fiscal year of 6/30/12 and the cost will be $550/Mo. with a one time set up fee of $550. This is slightly more than the current Treasurer Position of $475/Mo.

We will revisit the arrangement in June to make any necessary adjustments/changes that may be needed.

I would also like to express my thanks to Judy Ribolini for accepting the Revised Church Treasurer position as we make this transition.

Please know that this is a change with many details to be sorted out. We ask for your patience and understanding as we make our way through this transition time. We will make every effort to keep Judy, Rev. Amy, Sandy Clougher and I welcome your questions and helpful suggestions.

Thanks and Blessings,
Joanne Hardy
President 2011-2012

Sunday School Update:
The Sunday School is studying "The Hardest Lesson" which is Love Thy Enemy. The children are learning about forgiveness and mercy. The focus scripture is Luke 6:27-36, which challenges us to love our enemies, do good, and lend (help), expecting nothing in return.

One of my favorite parts of this lesson is the reminder that God doesn't ask us to forgive those who love us, as this is easily done. Instead, God asks us to do good to those who hate us, bless those who curse us, and pray for those who mistreat us. Why? Because we should follow God's example of mercy.

Thanks to Pastor Amy Pitton for developing yet another wonderful Sunday School unit, which will run through the end of April.

Please note special information about Holy Week for the Sunday School.

On Palm Sunday, Sunday School children will remain in the service. The nursery will be open for children up to age 7 for this specific service.

Easter Sunday, there is no Sunday School.

Unfolding to God’s Love
A Joint Worship Service of the
Washington Association
of UCC Churches
April 29, 2012 at 11am at the Barre Opera House

This celebration of our shared faith will feature a 75 voice joint choir under the direction of Arthur Zorn, a brass ensemble, liturgical floral designing by Ned Davis, and preaching by acclaimed author and native of Barre, Ms. Katherine Paterson.

Activities for children 6 years old and under (including nursery care or infants and toddlers) will be available at the Barre Congregational Church. Please take your children to the church first (you may park in their lot and walk to the Opera House.) Please carpooling with other church members to make parking easier.

Participating churches are the Barre Congregational Church, Bethany Church Montpelier, Old Meeting House in East Montpelier, United Church of Cabot, United Church of Northfield, United Church of Waitsfield, Warren United Church of Christ, Waterbury Congregational Church, and the Williamstown United Federated Church. There will be NO worship service at Bethany Church on this day.

Please join us in Barre!

Bethany Youth Group News!

Sunday, April 1 – Meet in the Youth Room from 7- 8:30 PM

It is April Fool’s Day, so come prepared to be a fool! This is also our traditional Peeps-No-More night this year with anchovies – join us!

Sunday, April 8 – No Youth Group! Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 15th – Meet in the Kitchen at 7:30 am to prepare items for Bethany Cup! We have muffins to make!

Sunday, April 22 – No Youth Group! Happy Vacation!

Sunday, April 29 –Meet at Twin City Lanes at 4 PM – note the time change!It’s time to go bowling again – Amy had the highest score last time – is anyone up for the challenge of beating her? Come find out and give it your best shot!

Your Time and Talent

The Nominating Committee is seeking Bethany members to fill vacancies for officers, boards, committees, and delegates. Boards include Christian Education, Deacons, Music, Outreach, Trustees at Large, Finance, Property, and Stewardship. Most terms on boards are for three years and most meet once a month. Occasionally a vacancy will be filled for one or two years. Committees include Memorial Gifts, Personnel, Hospitality, Bethany Relations, Investments, Flowers, and Nominating. Committee meetings are held as needed, in most cases. We send delegates to meetings of Washington Association and Vermont Conference. The Nominating Committee is Phyllis Rowell, Jane Staudt, and Joanne Blakeman. Please ask them about openings that match your interests.

(A message from the Nominating Committee)

Think Spring?
April 21

Have you found it yet? That item that you will donate to the Bethany Church Spring Auction? The date is Saturday, April 21. Jenkins Auction Service from last year’s event will come again for a day of social fun. There will be morning refreshments and lunch will be sold.

Items should be delivered to the church from Monday, April 16, to Thursday, April 19.

NOTE: no donations will be accepted after the evening of April 19.

Days and times to deliver items are posted with the Volunteer sheets on the bulletin board by the Chapel. That’s where you may sign up to help on the day of the auction or with the preparations.

You may arrange for a pick-up if that is more convenient - just call the church office (223-2424) to leave your name, and someone will be in touch to make arrangements.

You may request a report of the selling price of your donation by completing a Donor Sheet. They are available in the Narthex and the office or you may fill it out when you bring in your donation.

Best of all, plan to attend the auction. There will be interesting objects and lively bidding, starting at 10 a.m. The preview will begin at 9 a.m.

For more information please contact the Planning Team: Gary and Anita Rogers, Liz Sykas-Ringgenberg, Tom and Sandra Clougher, Alan and Joanne Blakeman, and Amy Pitton