Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Dialogue

April Dialogue


Palm Sunday 
  • Bethany Cup
  • Second Sunday Concert
  • Worship
  • Collect the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
  •  Final Meeting for book Study "The Last Week"
  •  Art @ Bethany ends

  • Maundy Thursday Service with Tenebrae

Good Friday
  • On line Reflections at the Bethany website

  • 6:00  Sun Rise Service at fountain on Vermont College Green
  • 10:00 Celebration of Easter

One Great Hour of Sharing

On Palm Sunday, April 13, contributions to One Great Hour of Sharing will be received.
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS)

Did you know….

  • In 2011 the UCC offering to OGHS reached $2,756,804.
  • 138 countries received support to provide clean water, food,  medicines, shelter, healthcare and education.
  • An additional $2.3 million was donated to support international disaster relief efforts including response to the earthquake in Japan and drought and famine in East Africa.
  • In the U.S. disaster relief was provided to the victims of the tornado in Joplin, MO and  Hurricane Sandy.
  •  The UCC unites with 8 other Protestant denominations and with the Church World Service to multiply the effectiveness of relief efforts many times over.
  • Bethany Church was one of the top 100 UCC churches in per capita giving to OGHS.
  • The OGHS offering will be received on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013.

Information on OGHS is also available on the UCC website or through the Bethany website.
Tom Clougher
for the Outreach Board

Visioning Committee 
We continue to work on some changes to our governance structure.  In many ways, the revised structure will reflect how we do things now, as many boards, committees and groups are already functioning as ministry teams.  The biggest difference will be how the Board of Directors function and the level of responsibility of our staff and lay leaders.  We are preparing for our Spring activities, including informational meetings for the congregation after the Stewardship Dinner on May 3, and after church on May 4.  Written materials will be provided to the congregation by late April.

We are also finalizing the proposed Resolution to be adopted at the Annual Meeting which authorizes the trial run during FY 2015. We are still fine-tuning the governance changes, and we expect that these adjustments will continue through the transition year that begins the first of July.

Our next Visioning committee meeting will be held on Monday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m. and all are welcome.
Look for more information coming soon.

 Supper for Good Samaritan Haven

Good Samaritan Haven
I delivered an amazingly wonderful and bountiful dinner to the Haven last Sunday. Many thanks to all who contributed! Once again I stayed to share the meal with the folks who reside there and met many really nice (and very thankful) people. Trista was busy doing a couple of intakes so I had a chance to talk to several of the residents. One young man had just been there a few days and was still trying to find out about resources. He clearly had some mental health and substance abuse issues with which he was trying to deal. Then when he mentioned needing to be in court in Rutland at 8:30 the next day I realized, again, just how heavily burdened some folks are. I let him use my cell phone to call his probation officer in the hopes of not having a warrant issued for failure to appear. I will wonder how he made out until I go again next month. There was an older man there and we talked about the changes in the world since we were young. My grandchildren had made some brownies for their dessert and when I told them that, I had a couple of nice conversations sharing “children and grandchildren” stories.  Also, in the middle of last month, one of the men from the shelter stopped me in the library and asked me to let everyone at Bethany know how much they appreciate the great dinners we send. He was not there last Sunday and I hope he has moved on to better things. The staff there work very hard to get people stabilized and out of homelessness. Again, thanks to all who make this ministry possible!
Please know that your support of this ministry is what makes it possible!

Thank you all!
The Property Board  would like to thank those who got up early on a Saturday morning to help wash and wax Fellowship Hall. Because 13 people showed up we were also able to clean in the kitchen and wash the walls in one bathroom. Thanks again to Connie, Phyllis, Tom, Amy, Jane and grandson Parker, Stuart, Art, Christa, Peter, Mark, Anita and Gary.
And they had fun doing the work!

Bethany Youth Group News!

Sunday, April 6 – 6 – 7:30 pm  Boys Night at Youth Group!  We will be chefs - let's make our own pizza and dessert!  Come for the food and fun!
Sunday, April 13– 7:30 am –Bethany Cup!  Church Kitchen!  Can you make muffins that involve jelly beans or chocolate eggs? Let's find out!
Sunday, April 20 -  No Youth Group – Happy Easter, everyone!
Sunday, April 28 – Let's go to the movies!  We will meet at the church and then go see a movie together!  Movie and time to be announced!
Wednesday, April 30 – Senior High Breakfast at the Wayside! 7:15 am

Join the Youth Group for a
Palm Sunday BETHANY CUP!
Sunday, April 13th – 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

"In a world that seeks the sacred but hesitates to get involved directly with religion, we have hints that Bethany is the spiritual home to many in the Montpelier area.  Community members enter our building not only for meetings, rehearsals, and meals, but also for quiet space and reflection.  Anecdotes include: thank you notes left on chalk boards; appreciation for the Art Show and dismay that it temporarily covers the labyrinth; and, a comment by a musician at our New Year’s Eve concert who gladly donated her time to the event because she and others artists in the area use the chapel as a space for reflection and inspiration." 
S. Ratmeyer

Christian Education

We are busy with our nourishing children's program and are evaluating potential new names that better reflect this program.
We are supporting Reverend Mark as he leads the Lenten series on the book The Last Week, by Marcus Borg and J. Dominic Crossan.
Even if you can't attend after church, the book is thought-provoking (food-for-thought, considering our focus on nourishment), and you can participate online through our blog, which you can enter through the church website.
We are also planning our CE Celebration Sunday for Mother's Day, May 11.  Come to church that day with your children (of all ages!) and help us recognize the role of CE in our church community!
We continue to discuss and brainstorm ways to communicate better to our wider community, using our sidewalk sign and targeted publications. CE activities bring us great joy and energy.  Consider volunteering in a children, youth or adult CE activity and experience this joy! Our next CE Board meeting is April 8 at 6:00 p.m.

Time to order Lilies in honor of some one living or in memory of some one who has passed away. Lilies will be on the placed at the Communion Table and a list of people in the bulletin. Remember them with beauty on Resurrection Sunday.

Food: (n) something that sustains and nourishes
About a year ago a young man named Erick came to the Bowl asking if he might volunteer in the kitchen.  Erick had experienced some emotional issues and lived in a group home with a care giver.  In spite of his situation, we were assured that Erick was able to follow directions and to work independently.  But most of all Erick liked to cook.
Soon he was making egg salad, tuna salad, tossed salad and helping to prep some of the main dishes. With encouragement from other volunteers, especially John, Gary and Conrad, Erick became more talkative and willing to work on the serving line.  He even began to try out some of his new skills when it was his time to help cook meals at the group home.
Erick’s care giver, who drove him to the church each Tuesday, shared with us his excitement at learning something new. She also told us that he had heard about an opportunity in Barre to attend a culinary school but was sure that he would not be able to fulfill its requirements. Could we help him?
With this in mind, the Bowl volunteers began talking up the opportunity, and Erick decided to enroll in the Community Kitchen Academy at CVCAC. Erick fulfilled all expectations and graduated recently from the program.  He is now looking for a place to put his skills to work in a paying job.
When we think of the Bethany Bowl, we are reminded of its mission to feed the hungry. As Erick has taught us, hunger can express itself in many ways.  We are humbled to have been a small part of Erick’s story and success.
Phyllis Rowell

Lend a hand
The Deacons would like to invite folks to join our Usher team.
The tasks are not difficult-just welcoming people to the Sanctuary, giving out the Bulletins and later helping to collect the offering. It is an easy and fun way to get to know people in the congregation and we really would like to have more people taking part on Sunday mornings. If you are interested please talk to one of the ushers, call the church office or call Judi at 279-3177. 
Thank you!

Please join us the Second Sunday of March, April, May and June for our concerts in the Chapel which begin at 9:30 a.m. Coffee is available and the concert is free and open to the public.
The line up for the coming months include:

  • April 13 - Bill Fraser
  • May 11 (Mother's Day) - Nancy & Lilly Smith (mother & daughter)
  • June 8 - Justin Murray
Why not come at 9:00 and have breakfast at Bethany Cup! It's not that expensive and it's very, very, good!
We will then take June, July and August off since so many people are on vacation during the summer. September will be the start up (hopefully) of the Second Sunday Concerts again.

Please Join Us for
VLIAC Annual Legislative Day
Friday, April 4th ~ Vermont State House
Co - Sponsored by the Vermont Conference UCC
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Come to the VT Statehouse -  Meet with your Legislators, Community Action Folks, State Officials, and other Advocates

“Bag” Lunch in Room 10 at 12:00 PM
Lunch generously provided by the Vermont Conference UCC Department of Mission

Program During Lunch

50th Anniversary of the "War on Poverty" - How are we doing?
On January 8, 1964, in his State of the Union Address, President Lyndon Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America,” vowing that “It will not be a short or easy struggle,… but we shall not rest until that war is won. The richest Nation on earth can afford to win it. We cannot afford to lose it.” ... he  declared that “Our aim is not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.”

Please RSVP Karen if you will be attending the LUNCH kmlafayette


Sharing brings joy to us, to others, to God. When we share resources, lives change.

“God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” 12 Corinthians 9:8
Each of us can help with the work of transforming lives across the world and in the U.S. through a contribution to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering today.
We will recieve this offering on Palm Sunday.

Bethany Auction News
It’s going to be a good auction!
April 5 is the date.
There are early indications that this year’s Auction will be one of best. Items will be interesting and useful. Jenkins Auction Service always brings energy and good humor to the sale. It’s fun to be there.

There will be: 

…for the baseball / Red Sox fan…

…for the collector…
 …for nostalgia…

…for the art lover…

Come and bring a friend.  It’s fun to bid or watch.  Door prize drawings every hour for registered bidders.
April 5 is the date.
Fellowship Hall is the place.
9 a.m. is the early-bird preview.
9:30 a.m. is the start of bidding.

Items to sell may be brought to the church from Mon., March 31, to Thurs., April 3. No items will be accepted after April 3.
Helpers are always welcome, so sign up on the bulletin board by the Chapel. There are many ways to participate in this annual event - and remember to donate an item.
Supporting The Auction Supports Bethany

El Salvador, here we come!
We are busy making plans for a visit to El Salvador in August.

John Hall’s presentations at other Washington Association churches are bearing fruit—potential travelers come from the Waterbury, Barre, East Montpelier, Williamstown and even Thetford UCC churches!  Airfares are high right now and we’re hoping for a little good luck to be able to book affordable flights.  There is still time for other Bethany folks interested in a faith adventure to join this group!

We’re looking forward to spending 2 nights in San Antonio Grande, during which time we’ll meet with the scholarship students and the fledgling sewing group.  We are excited to hear about their accomplishments and their challenges.  We will also spend time sharing joys and concerns—and having fun!—with families, community leaders, elementary school children and teachers.

In January, Nery, Yanci, Jose, Margarita, Vanessa, and Rodrigo began a new semester of college because of their hard work and motivation, their families’ support, and our fundraising efforts.  The total scholarship budget for 2014 is $8,720.  The total budget for the sewing group from September 2013-14 is $3,737.  Our fundraising is ongoing and includes invitations to other Washington Association churches to partner with us in this ministry.  We are so grateful to the Bethany community for its support of this ministry that allows all of us to be in solidarity with Christian brothers and sisters in another part of the world and enables us to grow in faith and understanding.