Thursday, May 29, 2014

KIOSK! May 29 - June 6

The KIOSK! Sunday and the week's news

Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014

10:00 am Integrated Worship and Business Meeting


Opening Worship
Approval of Minutes of the June and
September 2013 congregation meetings
Discussion of Focus Area Priorities for Next Year
Consideration and vote on the resolution to implement
a new Governance and Ministry zone model for one year.
Offerings of Gifts and Service
Vote to accept Annual Reports
Election of Board of Directors
Vote on FY15 Interim Financial Plan
Invitation to Offering of Individual Gifts
Ministry of Music
Prayer of Dedication
Other business the may appropriately come
before the Congregation
Prayers of the Church

This Sunday

Scripture: Luke 14:12-24
Sermon: "In Sickness and in Health, in Plenty and in Want"
Music: Prelude in G Major by G. F. HandelSeekers of your Heart arr by Tom Fettke, Chaconne by Johann Fischer, Intrada by Christopher Graupner
Sacrament: Communion

May 29-June 8

10:00 am Worship
11:15 am Hospitality

6:00 pm Conversational Spanish with Betsy Parah

11:30 am Bethany Bowl

7:00 pm Trustees

7:00 am Spiritual Exploration Group
11:45 am Brown Bag

9:30 am Second Sunday Concert
10:00 am Sunday Worship
Worship will include our Annual Meeting
11:20 am Hospitality


2014 Annual Reports
These are now available after worship and in the church office.

Questions about the new governance? If you have questions about the proposed Resolution which will be voted on at the Annual Meeting, or about any aspect of our intended change in governance structure, please see Liz Sykas-Ringgenberg after church this Sunday.  Or, check out the Frequently Asked Questions sheet on the table outside the office.

Food Pantry
For June Montpelier Food Pantry is asking for Peanutbutter and Jelly. Smooth, crunchie, natural, jellies, jams, preserves. Even Fluff would be fine!

A Conversational Spanish Class
This is for beginners as well as the more proficient, will be held Mondays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Bethany during May and J
une. Facilitator is Betsy Parah. There will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board near the parlor; or email Betsy at Anyone interested in learning some phrases for travel, or simply looking for an opportunity to work on their Spanish, is welcome to take part.
People going on the upcoming El Salvador trip are especially encouraged to join us! Payment will be $5.00 per class you attend. If you miss a class, you don't owe $$ for that class. Spanish class money earned will be contributed to the Bethany Church operating budget. Bueno, amigos, amigas y compadres - vamos a hablar espanol, juntos!

Annual Meeting of the Washington Association - TODAY-Sunday, June 1 at the United Church of Waitsfield.  The meeting will begin at 1 pm with light refreshments.  The program is entitled "Church Vitality in Waitsfield" and will be presented by the Rev. Nancy McHugh.  All are welcome to attend!

SAVE THE DATE - Mark your calendars for the 20th Annual BETHANY LAWN AND BAKE SALE September 13 & 14. We will need many helpers starting September 8. Sign-ups will start soon - don't miss out on your favorite way to help support your church and community.
THANK YOU - Bethany Lawn Sale Committee

Springtime for Bethany and the Lawn Sale
Hello to all, It's Spring, and we are cleaning out our garages and attics. The  usual buzz about looking forward to the Bethany Lawn Sale is  starting. At this time of year, some folks are wishing there was SOMEPLACE ELSE to store those special boxes and bags (the ones that contain clean, attractive items, in good working order).  It is still our policy to ask donors to wait until the week before the sale to bring their donations - and when we get requests for exceptions, the policy is to suggest that donors make private arrangements with other members who have extra space. Consequently, it would be helpful for us to know who has extra space so that this suggestion work well.  DO YOU HAVE ANY SPACE WHERE LAWN  SALE DONATIONS COULD BE STORED UNTIL LAWNSALE WEEK ? Please let us know asap. ( or 223-5307)
If you choose to accept this mission... at the time you agree to a private arrangement, it is wise to have the donor PROMISE to take the items from your space to the church during the collection week. For those of you looking for somewhere else to put those items, one option is to sell them independently and then donate the proceeds to the church. And if there is anyone out there who would be willing to manage sales of donated items on Craigslist or Ebay, we need you all year round!!
THANK YOU - Bethany Lawn Sale Committee

Last Sunday, May 18, Joanne Hardy and I handed out updated pledge information as of May 12th. If you were not in church that day, Joanne will be handing them out again on May 25th.
If you did not receive a letter, you are caught up with your pledging. Payments of all amounts due should be done by SUNDAY, JUNE 29 as our year end is the next day, June 30th and in order to have your dollars be credited in the current fiscal year, it needs to be received by then. Now that we use an outside bookkeeper and in order to comply with standard accounting practices, our books are closed on the last day of our fiscal year.
If you feel your amounts are not correct, please contact me at OR at 223-7134.

The Bethany Bowl is looking for a head cook on the third Tuesday for the months of July, August and September. Anyone interested? Call Phyllis Rowell at 476-4277 for more details or e-mail her at   The head cook's responsibility is to plan a menu, buy any ingredients that may not be already in the well-stocked pantry, and on the third Tuesday prepare the main entree. The other helpers will prepare all other parts of the menu. Reimbursements are made for all expenditures.

Montpelier and Northfield Seek Host Families for
Chinese Cultural Exchange Summer Program!
Montpelier High School and Northfield Middle/High School are excited to offer English language programs for over 30 Chinese middle and high school students and an exciting cultural sharing opportunity for students and families in the greater Montpelier and Northfield area.

The Montpelier program will take place this summer from July 10th – July 23rd at Montpelier High School and the Northfield program will happen July 23rd through August 4th 2014 at Northfield Middle/High School.  We need families to house two students for two weeks and you will receive a stipend of $200 per student to help with expenses.  Students will study at school during the day from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with English classes in the morning and cultural activities and field trips in the afternoon.
You provide breakfast and dinner and evening activities that showcase what Vermont families do in the summer.   Love to fish?  Show these kids how.  Enjoy kayaking on the pond?  Let students try their hand at this summer activity.  Do you love flower or vegetable gardening?  Help teach about the simple joys of planting and harvesting in the Green Mountains.  Love to go to the Mountaineers home games?  Show students how much Americans love their baseball!   Anything you and your family do is a fascinating cultural exchange for these kids and all that is needed is your willingness to share.Interested in hosting but are concerned about transportation?  We can help with families who have transportation concerns.  Want to host but have a commitment for several days during the window?  We can provide temporary housing while you are away.  Live outside the Northfield or Montpelier districts?  We’ve had successful placements in many neighboring towns! Concerned that you no longer
have a middle or high school students at home?  We need a variety of host families with or without children…we just need you to want to share your love of Vermont with these kids.
Want to host or find out more information?  Please contact Program Director Sam Hagen at 802-498-7742 or or Housing Coordinator Molly Clark at 802-917-4576 or

BETHANY BOWL, MAY 27, 2014, FED: 108  HEAD COOKS: John Hnylka and Phyllis Rowell  SOUP GATHERER: Tom Lever  DISHWASHERS: Conrad Rowell and Tom Lever HELPERS: Ira Gravatt, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Jean Hnylka, and Pete Gomez.  The menu was John's beans (several kinds of beans with sweet Italian sausage), cole slaw made by Ira, corn bread made by Phyllis, fruit cup, assorted desserts from Chris and Anne, and beverages pored by Pete.

This is Karen Lafayette. She is the legislative liason for the Vt. Low Income Advocay Council (VILIAC). For 42 years this organization has been dedicated to being a voice at the State House for low income citizens. Bethany Church and our Vt Conference have supported VILIAC financially and with people and space. Theresa Lever, Judi Joy, and Esther Farnsworth have been especially active.

On May 25 she preached at Bethany Church, which is the picture to the right. To the left is Karen speak to Legislatures, Administration Leaders, and interested people about this years work at the State House.

Thank You Karen for "Doing Justice" and letting us be a part of that.