Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer Dialogue

Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual
September 15 & 16.
We will need many helpers starting September 10.
Sign-ups have started - don't miss out on your
favorite way to help support your church and community.

Sign-up sheets are on bulletin Board by Chapel!

Bethany Lawn Sale

The magic of the LAWN SALE is already happening!  THANK YOU to all who have signed up already, especially the very generous team who will oversee the Bethany Boutique.  You already know that the sale will be September 15 & 16 and that we will need many helpers starting September 10.
If you have never tried being a crew leader, you're in luck - we hope to break in a new CREW LEADER for the CONCESSION. Training avaliable.
Get your stuff together, share fliers with your friends and neighbors, and sign up early and often -
Lots of great positions are still open, but the good ones go fast!

A 10' X 10' Storage Unit has been donated and is  available to store Lawn Sale items for the summer. Please contact Joanne Hardy or #223-3246) for more information.

Join Us for Worship the Summer
1 Mark 5:21-43 Communion
8 Theresa Lever preaching
15 Marjorie MacNeill preaching
22 Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
29 Commissioning of Travelers to San Antonio Grande, El Salvador
August (starts at 9:45 with Hospitality)
5 Micah 3 and Acts 9
12 Joel 2
19 Mark 8
26 Revelation 21

This is the place to find out what is planned for worship, what is happening through the week, the early edition of the Dialogue, and changes you should know about. It is also the place to see pictures of our life together.  You do have it bookmarked, right?

Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls"
And whispered in the sounds of silence

“Sounds of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel

A vision was planted in our brains, when we were not looking and not paying any attention. And it has the power to cause some one to shout out to the prevailing culture that their neon gods cause them to stop speaking and hearing and creating. Until all that is left is a whispering that the prophets can only whisper from the most unexpected places.

I love that song. Always have. I love it in every mood (possible exception is when the “59th Street Bridge Song” is the only song that will do). It was first on my mind as I have taught and read about the prophets. Where do YOU expect to see their words? Now it is on my mind as Bethany starts looking at its self: who we are and how will we express that. It has been talked about as a “visioning process”, which it is. But I prefer the older and more theological term: discernment. Discernment implies that the vision is already there, planted in our brains, just waiting, even wanting us to uncover, recover, discover it. It is theological because there is a clear place for God in the planting and in the revealing of what we will see. The vision of the vision, if you will, is going to be our seeing of what God shows us. It is all it can be. As such, it can not be made up by the seeker. A sightseer sees the sights. Then they are a witness.

The worship being planned for August is centered around the word “Vision”. We will meet people in scripture who are blind or blinded and thus are in the dark. There will be God's promises that we will have people of every description who will see, have insight, see visions, and know that dreams do come true. We will consider one who is able to see because of Jesus, but with difficulty. We will hear from a visionary and see what he sees of what is and will be. From holy darkness to a heavenly light will be our journey.

August worship will again be in Fellowship Hall. This location allows us to see each other and be more in community than in our Sanctuary boxes. It allows us to have cool worship. It allows us meet and greet before worship, again increasing community. And it allows this formed community to truly discuss the scripture, creating a sermon that is birthed from our coming together. Thus, we might talk about myopia and hyperopia; that is, how is being nearsighted better and worse than being farsighted. Light and dark, blind and insightful, mirages and visions, looking without seeing, seeing without looking: these all might be a part of the discussion. How we look at the world may be as similar as Degas, Monet, Picasso, and Ansel Adams. Which is why our theology will need to be done in black and white, pastels and neons, melody and clay, paint and lyrics.

Our worship, whether in Sanctuary, Chapel, parking lot, or front lawn, is about us interacting with God. The reasons to have worship in any of these places may not be sufficient for you, personally. But you are invited to be a part of the community as we worship God, trying to see what see what there is to be seen. God is still singing “ Hear my words that I might teach you, take my arms that I might reach you” and so we keep gathering to worship, praying to hear and take what is offered to us by God. In worship we keep offering to God. We offer our hopes, fears, hurts and gains. We offer time, talent, love, and loyalty. God never misses what we offer. It only misses the other way.

This year, Bethany Church's Family Fun Day will be held on Sunday, July 29 at the home of Arthur and Nancy Zorn, 410 Camp Street in Barre. !  
We will gather at 1:00 pm for swimming, basketball, and hiking, (and volleyball/badminton, if someone wants to bring a net and other equipment!) . Bring your swimsuit, lawn chairs, lawn games, and snacks and beverages to share.  Join us for the fun!

Faces and Names TOGETHER!

Bethany's last Member Directory was published in the summer of 2005.  It's time for a rewrite.  Are you interested in being a part of this project?  If so see or call Phyllis Rowell at 476-4277. We welcome ideas.

Sing. Sing a Song. Sing-a-Long
The Bethany Choir meets by the piano at 9:15 AM each Sunday.  All are welcome to join us as we prepare an anthem for the 10 AM service.
2012-2013 Pledges
There are still several individuals who have not turned in their pledge information for the coming year. If you have not done so and need a form, you may obtain one in the Church office. 

Not Reaching a Minister?

Sometimes in the summer Revs. Mark and Amy might flex their time a bit and be on a picnic at just the moment you need them.  If you can not reach them, leave a message with the Office Manager.  If it should not wait until office hours, call the Church President or the Chair of Deacons.  They will know how to find them or who to call for you to have a minister. 

In-Reach Committee being formed
Melitta Maddox and Esther Farnsworth are forming a committee who will send cards and/or visit sick or home bound people and people who have lost a loved one. We would welcome people who would like to be part of the committee. Please call Melitta or Esther if you know of someone who would welcome a visit or a card. Also, if you are going into the hospital or having outpatient treatment we would like to send you cheer and thoughtful prayers. Melitta – 262-1019; Esther – 226-6006.
Dialogue Deadline for the  September Issue is August 23nd  at 9:00am.