Friday, August 1, 2014


Please turn in your Giving Plan. NOW. We are currently working on a Spending Plan for the coming year. We would like to know if we can count on your support. Giving Plan Forms can be found HERE.

This Sunday
 Season of Pentecost

Scripture: Matthew 14:13-21
Sermon: "Nourishing the Community"
Sacrament: Communion

The Week Ahead
July 31-August 9

10:00 am Worship w/Communion
11:15 am Hospitality
6:30 pm Commissioning of Travelers San Antonio Grande

11:30 am Bethany Bowl

7:00 am Spiritual Exploration Group

Good Samaritan Haven Walk a thon
Travelers to E Salvador leave

10:00 am Sunday Worship
11:00 am Hospitality

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.

The Most Fun Silent Auction Offering EVER!

Last year, at the Lawn Sale, Donna and John Hall offered a trip for two to their family’s farm in Bradford, including a free pumpkin for each person. I asked if the number of participants could be raised to three so I could invite my “grandgirls” to share the experience. They agreed, so I bid, and what a wonderful experience it was!! We planned a time shortly before Halloween and on the appointed afternoon met in East Montpelier, switched car seats into their car and we were off. The ride through the countryside was beautiful and it was great to have time to just relax and chat. We arrived at beautiful Newmont Farm, which is owned by Margaret and Walt Gladstone and their three sons.

We were welcomed by their lovely daughter, Margaret and their very pretty dog, who kept trying to snitch Maya’s stuffed kitty. We also met one of their grandsons, Matt. We saw some very cool chickens and some beautiful show horses in the horse barn. We took a tour of their large dairy operation.

The Hall’s grandson, Will, is the Herdsman. He showed us how the milking is done and the girls were amazed at how huge, but well behaved, the cows were. The highlight of the trip for them was the enormous pumpkin patch! There we met another grandson, John, who was supervising the loading of 1000 pumpkins destined to be sold for Jack-o-lanterns at Wal-Mart. The pumpkins were far larger than any we had ever bought and the girls were encouraged to pick out their favorites. Margaret had already given them a giant pumpkin that had Happy Halloween carved into the shell when it was small so it grew up, pre-decorated. Sophia and Maya were each allowed to pick out two of their own big pumpkins. I was thrilled to pick one also. They were so excited and couldn’t wait to carve and decorate them for Halloween.

The back of the car was filled to capacity with giant pumpkins! We stopped for supper on the way home and when we got back to East Montpelier we had to move two sleeping girls into my car. There was no room for the pumpkins so John delivered them to the house after church the following Sunday. I am so glad I bid on such a wonderful adventure and I’m also very happy to be one of the many, many helpers who make the Bethany Lawn Sale such a great success.

Judi Joy


See the video or read the story that Fox News has that features Bill Fraser and Rev. Amy HERE.

Walk for Shelter
A Previous Good Samaritan Walk-a-thon.
Yes, that is John Hall behind those Foster Grants.
Our Annual Walk-a-thon for the Homeless
Fighting Homelessness One Step at a Time
Saturday August 9, 2014
11:00 AM - Noon
BBQ and Music at Noon
Barre City Elementary School
Learn More HERE .
To walk, volunteer, or become a sponsor, contact Brooke Salls or (802) 479- 2294

Tomato Products
Food Pantry- for the month of  August the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is Tomato Products. Sauce, Paste, Crushed, Puree or Whole.

Travelers Commissioning Service

Darlene Colby, Theresa Lever, Jamie and Nina Merriam, and Amy Pitton are part of the Vermont UCC group taking a pilgrimage to El Salvador from August 9-18.  They join participants from churches in Barre, East Montpelier, Thetford and Waterbury.  You are invited to a service of commissioning and blessing of the whole group of travelers, Sunday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Bethany.  The short service will be followed by dessert.  Please come to bless these travelers and their journey!

From your Treasurers: We have received 37 Giving Plans. The total Giving is $87,371.00.   Thank you to everyone who responded. There are 23 Giving Planners from last year that we are waiting to hear from. As always, we are happy to welcome those that are new! With gratitude, Judy Ribolini and Joanne Hardy.

Sewers  The El Salvador travelers are taking sewing equipment and supplies for the new sewing workshop in San Antonio Grande.  If you have any of these items to donate, please contact Theresa Lever at 229-0415 or  We need them by August 3, which is the day we'll be packing them.  Thank you! Sewing machines, Fabric (clean and in good condition), scissors, embroidery threads, sewing threads, pins, pencils, tape measures and adornments. Especially thread.

She left more than an empty pew.
Chris Jackman, remembered by many for her dedication to Bethany's programs, especially those for children, was an integral part of Bethany Church. She pledged both her time and money, and we miss her very much. The church has recently learned that Chris remembered Bethany generously in her will, although we won’t know the amount for several months.  Through her gift, Chris’ presence will remain with Bethany in the years to come.  We are grateful and humbled. The Board of Directors is making plans for the congregation to offer input on the best uses of this gift, so look for those opportunities.

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!
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, JULY 29, 2014, FED: 130 (the last Tuesday of the month) HEAD COOK: Phyllis Rowell  SOUP FROM NECI: Tom Lever:  DISHWASHERS:  Conrad Rowell and Eric Norkeveck  HELPERS: Vera Winter, Ira Gravatt, Grace Tarrant. Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez.  The menu was Corn Chowder from NECI, Sloppy Joes, Green Salad, Four Bean Salad, and Zucchini and Green and Wax Beans from John and Donna Hall, assorted desserts (many from Shaw's) and beverages. Our folks sure do love those fresh garden vegetables.

The 20th Annual Lawn and Bake Sale 
will be held on September 13 and 14, 2014. 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 i tems 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 areavailable 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 5 weeks away - - JOIN US!!

Unaccompanied Children Crisis
Church World Service (CWS) Expanded Appeal: CWS is mounting a response to address the crisis utilizing a system modeled after our Caribbean Secondment Program. CWS draws on full-time staff for its secondments, giving the program the capacity to identify, prepare and send Spanish-speaking attorneys and legal staff for short-term assignments with little notice.

The specifics of the CWS response in the United States include these components:
CWS is deploying Spanish-speaking legal staff and volunteers to the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, interviewing children and their families and helping them understand how to apply for protection. With additional support, CWS also hopes to provide pro-bono legal services throughout the U.S. where children and families are sent after initial screenings.
CWS staff and volunteers are currently assisting with religious services and providing support in a detention facility in Artesia, N.M. With additional resources, we will establish a similar presence in other detention centers, matching federally funded services with private contributions.
Working with local partners, we are also helping provide food, water, clothing, diapers, medical care, housing and bus tickets for those people being left without any means of support.
Now, we are adding an additional component in Honduras itself: support for our partner Mennonite Social Action Commission, or Comission de Accion Social Menonita, known by the acronym CASM. (Our appeal will be likely be revised again in coming weeks with response information from additional partners in the region.)

The CWS-supported work of CASM focuses on providing humanitarian aid and assistance to returning migrant children and adolescents unable to be admitted to the United States - specifically, providing food, psycho-social care, healthcare and sanitation and hygiene services for some 1,000 children and teen-agers in a designated shelter - in the city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Art Exhibit:
Holiness and the Feminine Spirit: The Art of Janet McKenzie.  August 1-31, 2014 (with Artist's Talk & Reception on August 2).  Location:  Waitsfield United Church of Christ, Waitsfield, VT.    Click HERE for a flyer.

Gleaning Volunteers Needed
The Vermont Foodbank currently has a high need for volunteers to come out and assist in harvesting local produce for area food shelves and agencies. Specifically, they are focusing on the Hardwick, Stowe and Morrisville areas. Gleaning is the act of harvesting and gathering excess produce or "seconds" from farms. The produce we harvest is often top quality. Other times, the produce might have small blemishes or an irregular shape. This type of food rescue enables the Foodbank to provide delicious, healthy food to its customers who might not otherwise have access to local produce.

Click HERE for more information or contact:  Andrea Solazzo, Gleaning and Community Outreach Coordinator: / (802) 472-8280.