Friday, February 21, 2014

KIOSK! Feb 21-28

Sunday Update
The Season of Epiphany
John 4:46-54
Sermon: "Promise"
Music: Larghetto by G.F.Handel "Renew Us" by  David Lanztz, Psalm 19 Marcello

Mission: Collecting for the Food Pantry and for the Sunday Dinner at Good Samaritan Haven

This Week
At Bethany Church -

Feb 21-28

Sunday:  10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
        Collecting/Blessing food Pantry and Good Sam

11:30 am Bethany Bowl
7:00 pm Trustees      
7:00 am Spiritual Exploration Group
9:00 am Dialogue Due
11:45 am Brown Bag
6:30 pm Choir
8:00 pm Bell Choir

10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality


El Salvador Trip Meeting
Sunday, Feb. 23 at noon.  We invite all adults and youth who will be high school juniors or older in the fall to this first meeting to explore interest in a summer trip to El Salvador.  This is a time to hear from previous participants and to get many questions answered.  No commitment expected!  This year we're excited to visit not only with the scholarship students but also with the sewing group - Bethany seamstresses, you might want to consider this trip!

The food of the month  Focus food in  February for the Montpelier Food Pantry is  Fruit. Canned, boxed or dried. This will be collected this Sunday.
The Art of Bethany - From March 16 - April 13, 2014, Bethany Church will be presenting an Art Show featuring artists connected to Bethany Church.  Pieces by Will Adams, Kevin MacNeil Brown, Kimberley Greeno, Sarah Munro, and Arthur Zorn will be featured.  Our chapel will be transformed into an art gallery and open to the public.  
An Opening Gala will be held on Sunday, March 16th from 3-5 pm. Meet the artists, talk with them about their work, and enjoy light refreshments.  Tickets for the gala are $10 apiece and all proceeds go to support the work of Bethany Church in the community.  Mark your calendars!

Lectio Divina by Kevin Brown was made for a summer worship service a few years back.
The photo by Will Adams was taken from behind the communion table and through a vase filled with water.

Bethany's Annual Spring Auction
Bethany's Annual Spring Auction will be held on April 5.  In 6 weeks, the Auction will be gone, gone, gone.  We hope you plan to attend and even sign up to help.  Also, we hope you have decided on your donation(s).  Without an audience there will be no fun.  Without donations there will be no Auction.  We will accept items beginning on March 31 until April 3.  If you have questions, Gary and Anita Rogers probably have the answers.

Save-the-Date from Stewardship Committee. May 3, 2014 at 5:30PM will be a Pot Luck Dinner. More information to come…..Joanne Hardy, Chair- Art Farnum.  
Save-the-Date from Stewardship Committee. May 3, 2014 at 5:30PM will be a Pot Luck Dinner. More information to come…..Joanne Hardy and Art Farnum. In case you missed it.
Lenten Book Study 
Starting on March 9th, we will be looking at the book, "The Last Week", by Marcus Borg and J. Dominic Crossan. The book's subtitle is "What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus' Final days in Jerusalem". Starting with Palm Sunday and ending with Easter, the book looks at what the Bible says and doesn't say while looking for metaphorical meaning in what is actually said. We will discuss what we learn and what it means for us.

Discussion/class will be on Sundays from 11:30ish to 1 pm. If you sign up during hospitality, we will order a book for you. You can also buy an e-book version or get the book yourself. You do not need to sign up to attend. But please, read the chapter for that week.

BUT WAIT! THERE IS MORE! If you want to be a part of discussing the book, but cannot make it to class (ever or every time) there will be an online component for those who wish. There you can read what the class thought important and add your own comments and questions. There is a link on the church website or you can go HERE: 

Bethany Bowl,
February18, 2014. Fed: 103  Head Cook: Joan Barrett, Dishwashers: Conrad Rowell and Gary Rogers, Soup Getter: Tom Lever, Helpers: Frank Kluberspies, Anita Rogers, Cathy and Grace, Cynthia Latimer, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez, and Phyllis Rowell. Joan's menu was Manhattan Clam Chowder from NECI, Chili Mac, Chicken and Rice (from the dinner on Saturday), Cole Slaw, Fruit Cup, Manghi's Bread, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Assorted Desserts (some from River Rock School and from the Kellogg-Hubbard spelling bee), and Beverages.  A class from Union School came to wash  and set tables. Welcome to Cynthia, Grace and Cathy, new volunteers. 

A Monthly Message from the Department of Mission's Just Peace Advocates
 Gratitude! You might ask what gratitude has to do with peace. Without gratitude-deep, deep gratitude-I would not be able to dedicate my life to social service and working for justice and peace. I have been doing peace and justice work for many years now-marching and being arrested during the Vietnam War era, providing shelter to the homeless in Washington, DC and in Maine, writing letters and marching to make people aware of El Salvador's fight for freedom, and riding buses from New Jersey and Vermont to the Capitol to remind legislators that great numbers of people do not align themselves with those who want to wage war. And today I am involved in programs that feed the homeless and educate about environmental issues, and I am part of the Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council.
In all of that, I have found that faith and gratitude are the powers that help me stay strong and not give up. Peace work and justice work is hard work. It can be discouraging and depressing to see the world as it is. As wars continue to be fought throughout the world, the poor grow poorer, large numbers of people remain hungry or homeless, drug use increases and gangs become a way of life for many youth, it would be easy to become tired. As we realize that our hard work doesn't bring sweeping changes, it would be easy to just give up and sink into our own safe little lives. I, personally, cannot let that happen to my life, so I look to like minded people for support, turn to my faith for strength and remind myself that, filled with gratitude, I am able to continue to follow the call to love kindness, do justice and walk humbly with my Lord.
--Judi Joy
of Bethany Church, Montpelier,
is the Department of Mission representative
on the Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council
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