This SundayThe Season of Pentecost
Scripture: II Samuel 12:1-7a
Sermon: "Talking the Walk"
Music: hymns, anthems, intruments
Mission: PinS Collection
Sunday Supper for Samaritan Haven
10:00 am Worship
Collect PINS supplies.
11:15 am Hospitality
Gather and bless Good Samaritan meal
11:30 am Bethany Bowl
7:00 pm Board Of Directors
7:00 am Spiritual Exploration Group
9:00 am Dialogue Articles are due
10:00 am Sunday Worship
Collect for Food Pantry
11:00 am Hospitality
AnnouncementsDialogue articles are due on Thursday August 28 at 9:00.
Food Pantry- for the month of August the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is Tomato Products. Sauce, Paste, Crushed, Puree or Whole.
These will be collected NEXT Sunday.
A Memorial Service for Rev. Mark Follansbee will be on Saturday, September 13 at 11:00 am. The service will be at the College Street Church in Burlington.
School Supplies for Barre DCF kids - It is nearly time for the new school year to begin, and all children will be getting ready. This includes the children involved with DCF. It is hard for these kids and their foster parents to afford all the needed supplies. The State of Vermont does not provide any extra funds for these items. The Bethany Church PINS partnership is once again collecting school supplies to help out. Please bring items on Sunday, August 24, 2014.
The following list gives ideas for kids at all grade levels:
#2 pencils, pens, erasers, crayons, colored pencils, markers, high lighters, pencil sharpeners, calculators, rulers, compass/ protractor sets, notebooks, notebook paper, dividers, spiral notebooks, report covers, index cards, glue, scissors, paste, tape, book covers, backpacks, lunchboxes, water bottles.
Thank you so much for your help and generosity. Sandy Clougher, Sue Day, and Carol Welch.
The 20th Annual Lawn and Bake Sale will be held on September 13 and 14, 2014.
September 7 will be boxing Day. Bring boxes to worship for the Lawn Sale.
boxes... BOXES... yes Boxes.. boxes.LAWN SALE.. BOXES... more boxes.... a few big boxes.... lots of boxes... Strong boxes... boxes, not broken down boxes... and a few more extra boxes, PLEASE and THANK YOU
Last year the call went out that the Lawn and Bake Sale was an all Church Event. Things are different enough this year that we can only hope that people had fun and saw the benefit of the hard work it takes. Bethany will need your effort, bake goods, time, and maybe some moeny again this year to create what is the longest running All Church Fund Raiser.
This is a fun and rewarding event to support our many ministries and connect with the local community. Thank you to all who have already signed up to help. More helpers will be needed Sept. 8 -15 - - As usual, we need folks to SORT & PRICE mornings, afternoons, or evenings, SET UP THE TENT Friday noon 9/12, SETTING UP SATURDAY MORNING at 7am, work as a CASHIER or a DISPLAY & MARKETING associate, help with CLEAN UP Saturday at 4, Sunday at 3, and Monday at 9. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the hall with many types of positions available. Yes, we will need good bags - but we already have plenty of hangers. Boxes will also be needed again - last year's sources for intact boxes (not broken down) seemed good. DONATIONS of clean items in good working order are welcome 9/9 - 9/11 8am - 8pm, also Monday 9/8 1 - 8pm. We cannot take donations on Friday 9/12. Flyers with all the details are available in the Narthex. This is a perfect way to give back to Bethany and get to know each other better - It's fun and uplifting - and only 3 weeks away - - JOIN US!!
HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? At this time of year gardens are beginning to produce summer squash, zucchini, green beans, and cucumbers. Do you have an excess? If so, we would love to have them at the Bethany Bowl. You can bring your offerings into the church office daily from 9-12 noon or to the Bowl on Tuesday. We love to invent dishes so can use just about anything. Thanks in advance.
BETHANY BOWL, AUGUST 19, 2014, FED:106 HEAD COOKS: Phyllis Rowell and Tom Lever NECI SOUP: Tom Lever DISHWASHERS: Conrad Rowell and Eric Norkeveck and anyone with spare time. HELPERS: John Hnylka, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez The menu was a choice of 2 NECI soups, Hamburgers and Hot dogs with all the trimmings, buttered carrots, buttered beets, zucchini, green beans ( the last two from Anne DeVaughn), assorted desserts and beverages. This meal is always a special treat thanks to Tom Lever who not only provides the ingredients for the meal but also starts cooking at 7:30 on a grill at the end of the parking lot so all will be ready by serving time. His daughter Rachael helped with the cooking. Thank you Levers. PS: He also did this same meal on the third Tuesday in July.
New Team Ministry!
At our Annual Meeting, we voted to try a new governance structure that includes team ministries. Now we need to form the teams! On the bulletin board outside the parlor, there are sign ups for teams - please take a look and sign up for a team that interests you! Everyone's participation is needed. If you have an idea for a team that isn't there, talk to Amy or Mark about the possibility!
Are We an Institution or a Movement?
Two weeks ago I attended the National Church Leadership Institute (NCLI) in Atlanta GA. The conference was hosted by the Center for Progressive Renewal (CPR). CPR is the organization the Vermont Conference has
begun a long term relationship with to help equip our churches and pastors for mission and ministry.
The theme of this year's conference was "Finding Our Way Again," apropos since Brian McLaren was the main speaker and that is the title of one of his books. Brian is a great writer and an engaging speaker. He shared too much to try to summarize here, so I'll pick one point and expound a bit.
Brian, in one of his presentations, explained about the difference between institutions and movements, and how they come about and how they are changed. Institutions are, by nature, defenders of the status quo - they have a system and processes and direction and changing that from within is hard. Movements, on the other hand, aren't burdened by history or tradition - they are trying a new thing, trying a new way, trying to upset the status quo.
Movements generally have three outcomes:
- They wither and die, unable to sustain momentum
- They become accepted, and eventually become an institution themselves, or
- They cause significant change in an existing institution.
What does this mean to us?
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