Sunday, December 22, 2013


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Here is what's Happening on Sunday
Fourth Sunday of Advent 
  Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon: Do you have change for a paradigm?
Music: In My Heart I Believe, O Lord by Saint-Saens with Skip Potter Soloist, Christmas Day Gloria! by John Purifoy, and Christmas Carols
Mission: Receiving and Blessing meal for the Good Samaritan Homeless Shelter
Youth Group: @ 7 @ Amy's House

This Week At Bethany Church 
The full calender is   here.  

December 12-19

10:00 am Forth Sunday in Advent Worship 
10:15 Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
Blessing Dinner for The Haven
7:00 pm Youth Group Amy's House

 6:00 pm Christmas Eve Pageant
10:00 pm Candlelight Lessons and Carols

 Christmas Day-Office Closed

7:00 am Spiritual Exploration Group

 10:00 am Worship Sanctuary
11:00 am Hospitality Parlor

9:00 am Dialogue Due


Montpelier Food Pantry

Next Sunday, the 5th day of Christmas,we collect for the Montpelier Food Pantry. Bring anything, the food of the month for December 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 and from Judy THE Ribolini.

Judy Ribolini will be selling raffle tickets for 2 crocheted afgans after Church today. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 and all proceeds go to the Music Budget of the church. The drawing will be held on Thursday, December 19th.

PINS Christmas Gifts
 Thanks goes to everyone who helped bring some joy to children in State custody.

 Pageant, Alive Alive Oh!

Here is an opportunity for your kids to take part in 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 this week (Dec. 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:  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 this pageant!


Your children, grandchildren and their friends or relatives are welcome in the pageant. We hope to see you there. Thank you!


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, pianistFeaturing 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



 Fun at Bethany to End the Year  

 For Tickets, simply click HERE.

Please forward information about this fund raiser to your local friends. It will be fun for them and funds for us.

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 ( 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!

Bethany Bowl

DECEMBER 17, 2013  FED: 105  HEAD COOK: Joan Barrett  DISHWASHERS: Gary Rogers and Conrad Rowell : SOUP RETREIVER FROM NECI: Tom Lever HELPERS:  John Hnylka, Frank Kluberspies, Anita Rogers, Phyllis Rowell, Chris Terry, Anne De Vaughn, and Pete Gomez  The menu was a hearty vegetable soup from NECI and a delicious gift as well from NECI of 77 chicken pot pies...What a treat! Joan, Frank and John added cole slaw, cranberry sauce, and a fruit cup to the pies and when they ran out the pies Joan had sliced baked ham and baked beans ready to serve. As always Chris Terry and Anne DeVaughn brought yummy desserts. Phyllis and Anita filled in where needed..Anita with holiday centerpieces for the tables. Our beverage baron, Pete Gomez, added milk, water and juices. A class from Union School came to wash and set the tables.They brought each guest an individual bag of homemade cookies as well as many toys which filled the Toy Joy box. To paraphrase an expression ...and the little children shall lead us. Their eagerness and excitement in giving is a wonder to see in this blessed season. For your information there will not be a Bowl on December 24 or 31....a rare break for the dedicated volunteers.

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.

If you would like a glimpse of the sewing project, here is a video from El Salvador: 
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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.

We are part of a mighty community. To read a bit more about what we do as a part of the church community, you can read about theVermont Conference. 

To check out what we do internationally and nationally, visit the website of our denomination:
 United Church of Christ. 
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