Friday, December 13, 2013

KIOSK

Second Sunday of Advent 
  Scripture: Luke 2:22-35


Sermon: Light and Dark
Musicin Worship: Four Choir Anthems, Hymns we know, and Video Caroling
Community Carol Sing: Anthems, Carols, and Pageant
Mission: Moment for Mission about San Antonio Grande Blessing of PinS gifts
Youth Group: @ 7











This Week At Bethany Church 
The full calender is   here.  

December 12-19

Saturday:
9-4 Planting Hope/Solidarity Fair

Sunday
10:00 am Third Sunday in Advent Worship 
10:15 Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality 
6:30 pm Community Carol Sing
7:00 pm Youth Group

Tuesday:
11:30 pm Bethany Bowl

Wednesday:
2:00 pm Property Board

Thursday:
 7:00 am Spiritual Exploration Group
11:45 am Brown Bag Fete Westview
6:30 pm Choir Rehearsal
8:00 pm Bell Choir

Sunday:
 10:00 am Forth Sunday n Advent Worship
10:15 am Sunday School 
11:00 am Hospitality
7:00 pm Youth Group @ Amy's House

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Montpelier Food Pantry
 
The food of the month for November is BEANS. Count them, cut them, dried, canned, baked, or chillied.
  
 
 
Christmas Classic Now Available 

Thinking about the holidays- and what to get the person who has everything? Why not give them a Bethany Church cookbook. We still have a small supply of cookbooks left at the discounted price of $8 each. Available in the church office.



PINS Christmas Gifts
 This year we are collecting grocery cards, gas cards, and Wall-Mart cards.

Envelopes will be collected and blessed Sunday, December 15.  
 

 Pageant, Alive Alive Oh!
 
Here are two opportunities to appreciate the meaning of Christmas during this bustling time of year:
 
The first is the Community Carol Sing, this Sunday (Dec. 15) at 6:00 p.m.  During the service there is a simple pageant where our children are invited to be angels, shepherds, wise men, Mary, and Joseph.  There are no speaking parts. We need  participants and hope that your family can be there!  If so, please let Patty Turley know (pturley@zclpc.com  or 223-5488).  We would need the children in the Resource Room (outside Amy Pitton's office) by 5:45 to get into costumes. They can sit with you for some singing, then join us at the back of the church to begin the pageant, and rejoin you for the remainder of this joyful serv ice.
 
The second is part of our traditional Christmas Eve service, which begins at 6:00 p.m. on December 24.  We will be signing up the kids during Sunday School these next two weeks (Dec. 15 and 22).  But if you can't make it to Sunday School, and your children would like to be involved in the service, let Karen Songhurst know:  kesong@sover.net.  Children should gather in the Red Door Room (downstairs) to get into costumes at 5:45 p.m.
 
Your children, grandchildren and their friends or relatives are welcome in both pageants. We hope to see you there. Thank you!
 

Concert

Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio-Sunday,
angel window
 January 5, 2014-3:00 PM.Bethany United Church of Christ, 115 Main Street Montpelier.Admission by donation at the door. The early part of the concert program will feature favorite selections from the Christmas portions of Handel's  Messiah.Performed in English by the Bethany Church Choir, Arthur Zorn, director  with Diane Huling, pianist Featuring vocal soloists, Lisa Jablow, soprano, Vera Winter, mezzo soprano,
 Linda Radtke, alto, Skip Potter, tenor,  Stuart Williams and Arthur Zorn, baritone.
 

 
 
A joint simultaneous service
with the people of Bethlehem at the
Washington National Cathedral   
Saturday, December 21st, 2013
10:00 AM EST
 
In Bethlehem, Palestinian Christians continue to bear witness to their faith this Christmas, as they have done for generations.  Once again, let us join our voices with theirs in seeking and offering hope for a better future.  Prayers, readings, and hymns alternate between Washington, DC and Bethlehem via the Internet, bringing together people of different lands, languages, and ethnic backgrounds in celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace.

You can watch the service live at www.nationalcathedral.org.


 
 
 From the Second Sunday Concert
 





Typhoon Relief

Donations came in rapidly and in large numbers to assist people in the Philippines put their lives back together after Typhoon Haiyan. Those generous gifts from a multitude of contributors enabled the United Church of Christ and the Disaster Ministries team to raise more than a quarter million dollars in just weeks.  With gratitude, the UCC announced it surpassed its $250,000 goal on Friday, Dec. 6.
 
The Rev. James Moos, executive minister for Wider Church Ministries, extended a word of thanks to UCC members, congregations and conferences that stepped up in record-setting numbers. Moos said. "This is a record fundraiser for us online. Contributions came in almost immediately and money is still filtering in through other sources."
 
 


Announcements

 Fun at Bethany to End the Year  

 For Tickets, simply click HERE.


Help With Needed Supplies

On New Year's Eve afternoon, Bethany Church will be providing a craft time for children to make New Year's Eve hats & noisemakers. This event will is free!! We are looking for donated supplies. If you have any of these items, please bring them to the church and put them in the collection box in the Resource Room outside Rev. Amy's Office.
 Foil Wrapping Paper, Stickers, Colored Paper Plates, Paper Bags - Large and Medium size grocery bags, Ribbon - Curly, colorful, different widths, Crepe Paper - any color, Recyle/Used File Folders - any color and Other Shiny, Fun Stuff!
 Please contact Joanne Hardy (joannehardy789@msn.com) or #223-3246 or Amy Pitton with questions.

 
Get Involved for Fun and for Bethany

Would you like to help out with the New Year's festivities?  Folks are needed to help with the kids program, staff the kitchen and usher for the concert!  Sign up on the bulletin board outside the chapel! 
   
Sign up early for the  best jobs!



Poinsettias Time to Order!
 

Bethany Bowl

December 12th we served a wonderful meal to 130 people. Many thanks to all who helped! Joanne did the grocery shopping and, with Judi, held the place together in Phyllis' absence. Mark L set up the room. Gary set the tables and immediately started washing all of the prep dishes. Anne decorated the tables and also brought a dessert and helped serve. Frank made shepard's pie and vegetarian shepard's pie; John made three huge tossed salads; Joanne and Tracy made tuna sandwiches; Tracy also set out the butter, and Manghi's bread, along with peanut butter and jelly; Chris brought a dessert and set out the other yummy desserts; Pete handled the hot and cold beverages. Roger brought a very delicious apricot bread pudding, still warm from the oven. Tom picked up the NECI soup and stayed to get the cleanest hands in town, along with Gary (washing loads of dishes, pots and pans). Everyone served or carried food back and forth and kept very busy; doing what we do best, offer hospitality! Rev. Amy and Rev. Mark pitched in to wash and re-set the tables, along with John's wife, who comes each week with her friends from Pride. Many people asked after Phyllis and were relieved to hear that she was just out of town on a visit. 
 


Planting Hope Solidarity Craft Fair  

20th Annual Planting Hope Solidarity Craft Fair at Bethany and Unitarian churches - Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. This year Bethany is a second venue for the large and very popular Solidarity Craft Fair.  With over 35 vendors, the fair offers many opportunities to shop while supporting a multitude of good causes.  
  
Our San Antonio Grande Committee will be selling Carolina's jewelry (from our talented friend in El Salvador) and homemade pies.  Judy Ribolini will be selling Bethany cookbooks and raffling a handmade afghan for other church ministries.  
Carolina's Jewelry

Planting Hope is a Montpelier-based organization that serves communities in Nicaragua and Vermont by enhancing educational opportunities, supporting grassroots initiatives and fostering cultural exchanges.  Beth Merrill, the founder and director of Planting Hope, has been a longtime supporter of our San Antonio Grande partnership and a recent advisor and helper for our SAG projects. We hope you'll visit both Bethany Church and the Unitarian Church to have lunch, bid on a locally donated silent auction gift certificate, shop for local, handmade or international, fairly-traded crafts.  
While you shop, let the kids be entertained in the preschool room with activities just for them.  For more information please visit: http://plantinghope.org/ and click on the poster.  There you can find a preview of vendors and silent auction items.  
  
See you at the Fair! 
 
 
Something Old 
Something New 
with San Antonio Grande El Salvador
 
San Antonio Grande Annual Campaign-During the month of December, we offer
 you three ways to participate in the fundraising campaign for our San Antonio Grande, El Salvador sister parish ministry. 
1.  You may use the donation envelopes found in the pews or bulletins. 
2.  Bethany's Outreach Board invites your donations for cards to give as gifts:  "A monetary gift has been given in your name to the scholarship and community development fund for the village of San Antonio Grande, El Salvador . .  ."
3. For a donation, you may also obtain stars to place on the narthex Christmas tree in honor or memory of someone special.
In 2014, our San Antonio Grande funds
 will be used to help pay high school and college education expenses for some of San Antonio Grande's young people, as well as a community development sewing project for dozens of adults.
We are tremendously grateful for the involvement and generosity of the Bethany community over the 22 years of our sister parish relationship.  This ministry has allowed us to grow in faith, share gifts, and stand in solidarity with each other.
 


Typhoon Relief

Donations came in rapidly and in large numbers to assist people in the Philippines put their lives back together after Typhoon Haiyan. Those generous gifts from a multitude of contributors enabled the United Church of Christ and the Disaster Ministries team to raise more than a quarter million
dollars in just weeks.  With gratitude, the UCC announced it surpassed its $250,000 goal on Friday, Dec. 6.

The Rev. James Moos, executive minister for Wider Church Ministries, extended a word of thanks to UCC members, congregations and conferences that stepped up in record-setting numbers. Moos said. "This is a record fundraiser for us online. Contributions came in almost immediately and money is still filtering in through other sources."
 



Montpelier Vigil 
12/14/13 12:15PM - 12:30PM
At the State House

Community members in Montpelier will hold a vigil to remember those murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT on December 14. Vigil participants will gather to read the "Sandy Hook Promise" (a pledge for people of all perspectives to work together to reduce gun violence in the United States), read the names of the victims, and stand together in silent remembrance.



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