Friday, October 3, 2014


The KIOSK! Sunday and the week's news

This Sunday

Season of PentecostWorld Wide Communion SundayNeighbors In NeedCelebration of VAST Graduate

Scripture: Exodus 20:1-11
Sermon: "No Other Gods"
Music: "Turn the World Around" arr. DeCormier, "Morning Meditation" by Chan Wing-wah, and pieces by Halffter and Shostakokvich
Mission: Neighbors In Need Offering, Crop Walk
Community: Rev. Pam Lucas our Associate Conference Minister will be with us.

This Week

5:00 Wedding

10:00 am Sunday Worship
World Wide Communion, Neighbors In Need, VAST Celebration
10:15 am Sunday School
1:00 pm Crop Walk    Barre
11:15 am Hospitality

11:30 am Bethany Bowl

11:30 am Staff Meeting

7:00 am Spiritual Exploration Group

7:00 pm Bluegrass Gospel Project Concert

10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation Class
6:30 pm Youth Group Bowling

Neighbors in Need (NIN) = Justice
Through the Neighbors in Need offering, the church expresses a common commitment to justice and compassion throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
One-third of the offering under-girds the work of the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM), iinformation is HERE
Two-thirds of the offering supports justice advocacy and direct service projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. Information HERE

Formally incorporated in 2005, Mano en Mano | Hand in Hand is the “go-to” agency in Downeast Maine for Latino/Latina, immigrant, and farmworker issues.  As a 2010 Neighbors in Need grant recipient, Mano en Mano provides a wide variety of direct services in English and Spanish.

Program Director, Bethany Woods shares “when we first started adult English classes several years ago, the goals were based on language acquisition. But the project has evolved into much more, providing social resources that are not often readily available to new immigrants.” Ms. Woods further states, “Our adult students attend every week after long days working, exhibiting a high level of dedication to their own progress. The social activity and community development that has grown from these English classes is just as significant. Even more importantly, our students have become resources for one other, offering a supportive environment to encourage each other's learning and look out for their fellow peers.”

In service to their clientele, Mano en Mano | Hand in Hand believes in removing barriers within their community. This philosophy is similar to the core values of United Church of Christ: changing lives, continuing testament and extravagant welcomes. To learn more about Mano en Mano visit HERE.

Our donation will be received on October 5.


Fall Clean Up-October 25
Save The Date!

This Sunday! We will welcome Rev. Dr. Pam Lucas. She is our Associate Conference Minister in the Vermont Conference. She has been the Dean of V.A.S.T. and comes to celebrate that program and recent graduate, Liz Sykas-Ringgenberg.
Rev. Mark is preaching at the Berlin United Church of Christ. Their minister retired sometime ago and are still looking for an Interim. Rev. Mark will also provide communion.

Bethany Finance Meeting
Bethany Church held its annual Financial Meeting on Sunday, September 28th.  Financial information packets will be available on our web site and in the office. After discussion, the budget passed via paper ballot with 45 votes for passage and 10 against.

Sunday October 5th
2nd Annual CWS Central Vermont Crop Hunger Walk
Last year we raised over $6000 for Crop Hunger Walk – 25% of that came back to central Vermont soup kitchens and food shelves.  This year our goal is $10,000. If you are interested – please talk to me after church on Sunday.  Start walking at 1:00 from the Barre Congregational Church and help the hungry.
Liz Sykas-Ringgenberg

Food Pantry- for the month of  October the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is dried beans or rice.

THANK YOU to all who donated items for our 20th Annual Lawn Sale - - we couldn't do it without you. And of course, THANK YOU to all who were part of the crew – there were 71 of us this year. It takes lots of work and lots of hours, but we did it again - it is amazing. Let us know if you have any suggestions or concerns. Assuming that we schedule it as usual, the tentative 2015 dates will be September 19 and 20. SAVE THE DATES!

Concert!  Come hear the Bluegrass Gospel Project on Friday, October 10 at 7 PM at the Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph!  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by contacting Rev. Jim Thomas at or on-line HERE.
Proceeds will benefit the many missions and ministries of the Vermont Conference UCC!  Support this great event and see you there!

Book Signing - Several months ago we announced that Sue Maywood (currently living in California) had a book published. The editor notes that there is a local book signing by her this weekend. So keep an eye out for Sue and ask about the Book signing!

All Bethany Youth – Grades 6-12! Let's do some Lazer Tag and Bowling! We will meet at the Twin City Lanes on Sunday, October 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm for Lazer Tag and two games of bowling. Please bring $10 and any coupons you might have. If cost is a problem, come anyway, and just let Amy know. Bring a friend as well!

Check out our posters! As part of telling our story, we will be putting new posters in our signboard out front each week.  (If you want to see the whole series of posters, they are on the bulletin board outside the Parlor.) Some of those posters will also be used as ads in The Bridge newspaper between now and Christmas.  We want the wider Montpelier community to know who we are and this is one way to let them know.  Another way is for you, our members and friends, to talk up the church and what we do here with your friends and neighbors - you might even invite them to church!  
We will be putting interesting "Telling our Story" factoids in the bulletin each week - as you talk, you can share these tidbits with them.  Here's the first one:
Telling our Story!  Did you know that Bethany Church has a Tiffany stained glass window?  It is located in the narthex, just outside the office door, and is the window with the shepherds gathered around the fire.  It is a beautiful window - check it out!

A Chancy Idea...
...from Tom Clougher
Free money or free stuff can be won. It might be easier if we pool our resources. SO, if you go to McDonald's and get Monopoly play pieces, consider sharing them with an effort at Bethany to win so that we can give away what ever we get. Be it cash or prizes, what ever is won will go to someone else and for God's glory.

Please note: if we see you with Monopoly play pieces, we will assume that a friend went and that you do not eat there yourself. To turn them in to the church: you can just put them into the offering plate (secretly if you want), slid them in an envelope under the door of the church office, or just turn them into the office no questions asked. Our staff is use to keeping information confidential, and you can rely on our discretion in this matter as well.

BETHANY BOWL, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 FED 114 NECI SOUP: Tom Lever.   DISHWASHERS: Conrad Rowell and Tom Lever  HEAD COOK: Joy Facos HELPERS:Tina Campbell, John Hynlka, Phyllis Rowell, Ira Gravatt, Cynthia Latimer, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Grace Tarrant and Bob, Jim Hamel and Brittany. Joy made her delicious shepherd's pie to which was added a choice of two NECI soups (Chicken Noodle or Mulligatawny Soup) tossed green salad, homemade apple sauce, cranberry sauce, assorted desserts and beverages.  We thank Joy, Jim, and Cleo Facos for providing the ingredients for this fifth Tuesday meal.

Three-Part Series on Income Inequality -Bethany Church, Randolph - Bethany's Advocacy Committee is sponsoring a three-part series on income inequality, and would like to extend an invitation to other churches to join us. On October 12, we will be having a Bible Study regarding what the Bible might have to say on the subject, and this will be moderated by the Rev. Jim Thomas. On October 19, we will be showing Robert Reich's documentary "Inequality for All" with a discussion moderated by the Rev. Lee Moore.
On the 26th, we will present an updated version of the Livable Wage Workshop, led by Lee Moore and Betty Edson. Soup and bread will be served at 5:30, with program to begin at 6.

The Church

Despite what many people think, a parish does not exist to serve the needs of those who belong to the parish. The people are the parish. They exist to serve the needs of each other, and even more so, to serve the needs of those outside the parish. The focus of the parish is outward, not inward. It takes time to realize this. Seeing that the parish is not a club--that is, an organization whose primary purpose is to meet the needs of its own members--is a start.... We have to make church fresh every Sunday because Church is an event. Church comes into existence when people gather together deliberately as a community of God's people to do, as a people, what God has charged them to do.

Father Eugene Walsh, National Catholic Reporter