Friday, June 20, 2014

KIOSK! June 20-27


This Sunday

 Season of Pentecost

Scripture: Genesis 21:8-21
Sermon: "What Troubles You?"
Music: Come at 9:15 am to sing with the summer choir.
Mission: Collection Food for the Pantry and a blessing.

This Thursday the 26th is the deadline for the next Dialogue.
This Dialogue will cover July AND August. Please email by 9 am.

June 22-29

10:00 am Worship
11:15 am Hospitality
with blessing of the Good Sam Dinner

6:00 pm Conversational Spanish with Betsy Parah

11:30 am Bethany Bowl

7:00 am Spiritual Exploration Group
9:00 am Dialogue Due

10:00 am Sunday Worship
Collecting food for the Montpelier Pantry
11:00 am Hospitality
3:00 pm. Patriotic Organ and Percussion Concert
4:00 pm. Beth Jacob Community Meal


Patriotic Pipes & Percussion
Arthur Zorn, pipe organ with Doug Little, percussion
Arrangements of American Songs by Zorn and Little
Musical Fireworks to put you in the a great mood for the 4th!"
Sunday June 29th, 2014
3:00 PM
Bethany Church
115 Main Street
Montpelier, VT
Admission by free will offering at the door (for the organ restoration fund)

Feed the Hungry
Collecting Sunday Supper for the Good Samaritan Haven Homeless Shelter. Bring it in, we will bless it and deliver it.

Next week we will collect food for the Pantry.

Feed the Hungry
HEAD COOK needed For Bethany Bowl on the third Tuesday of the month!  The head cook's responsibility is to plan a menu, buy any ingredients that may not be already in the well-stocked pantry, and prepare the main entree. The other helpers will prepare all other parts of the menu. Reimbursements are made for all expenditures. Call Phyllis Rowell at 476-4277 for more details

Bethany Bowl
JUNE 17, 2014, FED: 104  HEAD COOKS: Joan Barrett and John Hnylka  SOUP RETRIEVER: Tom Lever DISHWASHERS: Conrad Rowell and Erik Norkeveck HELPERS: Phyllis Rowell, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez.  Joan's menu was Potato, Watercress, Spinach Soup from NECI, Chicken with Barbecue Sauce, Vegetarian Southwestern Beans, Green Salad, Egg Salad Sandwich, Assorted Desserts and Beverages.  A class from Union School came to wash and set tables. This class has been coming for two years. We will have a new class next school year.  Also, we had some special helpers from Morrisville. A junior high youth group along with two Moms and their minister, Marisa Laviola, joined us in serving the luncheon.  They were an enthusiastic group and very considerate of our guests.  Boy did they like our cookies! 

We said  goodbye to Joan Barrett as our third Tuesday chef.  Joan has been doing that job for fourteen years, and now she and Bob have officially retired.  Many thanks to Joan. She was
always a wise sounding board for Phyllis.  Joan's retirement means that we desperately need a person or persons to cover the 3rd Tuesday meal or we may have to eliminate that meal.  Please consider helping.

Be Hospitable
Still looking for people to sign up to do after worship Hospitality. This picture is out of date, but several dates are still empty. Please sign-up!

Financial Year
Get those pledges in! June is the end of our fiscal year and June 29th is the last Sunday of the month. It would be very helpful in closing the books on Monday, June 30th to have all monies in by that Sunday, June 29th that need to be credit to your pledge accounts.  If you plan to mail your check, do it early so it arrives on time!  If you need more information on what you owe, please contact Judy Ribolini at If you give Extra Pledge money, please note on the memo section of your check Extra Pledge.

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

A Little Help?
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.

Montpelier and Northfield Seek Host Families
for Chinese Cultural Exchange

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.

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

VIA's Correction Action is a big success!

Last night, 100 church, synagogue, and community members affiliated with VIA attended a terrific Action, the culmination of over a year of research on Corrections Reform. We won commitments from Doug Racine, Secretary of the Agency of Human Services; Chris Barton, Restorative Systems Administrator for the Department of Corrections; and Sen. Diane Snelling, member of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Corrections to work with VIA to improve preparation for re-entry into society for offenders released from incarceration.

The main points VIA leaders asked for were:
  • consistent use of the existing re-entry checklist, which ensures that offenders have transportation, appropriate clothing, medications, referrals to health care, employment, housing, etc. upon release
  • more effective, better coordinated case management
  • photo identification that does not carry the stigma of a "Department of Corrections" label
  • more collaboration with outside organizations like Mercy Connections and Vermont Works for Women to provide job and life skills for inmates while incarcerated
  • expansion of the highly successful Circles of Support and Accountability and mentoring programs to provide support for offenders after release.

The highest praise goes to the combined Local Organizing Ministry of St. Paul's Cathedral and Christ Church, Presbyterian, whose members worked so hard to make the Action a success! And thanks also to those who candidly shared their stories of incarceration in this public forum.

WCAX covered the event! Seven Days also attended and did extensive interviews. Look for a feature story in next week's print edition.

We can all be proud of the great impact VIA is having on this important issue!