Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11
Sermon: Clearing a Path for God
Lighting of the Second Advent Candle: The Confirmation Class
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation
6:00 pm Conversational Spanish
11:30 am Bethany Bowl
6:30 pm Habitat For Humanity
6:00 pm Greening Of The Church
7:00 am Exploring Spirituality
6:30 pm Choir
9:00 am Solidarity Share Fair
9:30 am Partners In Sacred Places
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation Class
3:00 pm Counterpoint Christmas
This Sunday is the Second Sunday in Advent! Our Advent wreath will be lit by the Confirmatin Class. Come join us as we enter this holy season.
Would you like to be a part of the Confirmation Class' journey? We are looking for folks to provide lunch for the class and join us for that lunch! Lunch can be simple – you would need to provide food for 7, plus yourself and whoever you'd like to bring along. If this is something you'd like to do, contact Amy Pitton at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can tell you the available dates.
Food Pantry- for the month of December the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is Canned Beans, black, red & chick pea.
PINS Christmas Gifts-Bethany Church members have supported the Barre Office of DCF Family Services for many years through our PINS partnership. We can show that support again this Christmas by providing grocery cards, gas cards, or Wall-Mart cards. Social Workers give these cards to foster families and birth families to help meet the needs of the children in their care. These vulnerable children in our own communities have been subjected to neglect or physical or sexual abuse or are at high risk of abuse and neglect. It is difficult for many families to provide for a holiday celebration. Envelopes are available in the Narthex on November 30 and December
7. They will be collected and blessed on Sunday December 14. Please consider supporting the PINS relationship between Bethany and DCF with a gift card during this Christmas season.
Thank you! The PINS Team
Let's share a meal and green the Sanctuary!! The Fun & Frivolity team, in cahoots with the Deacons team, invites you to join us, Wednesday, Dec. 10th at 6:00 p.m. for a soup and bread dinner then the greening of the Sanctuary. There may even be some spontaneous singing of carols!! If you would like to bring a soup, bread, beverage or dessert please let me know by email or phone. email@example.com or 249-7922.
Brown Bag now meets at Westview Meadows on Thursdays at 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM. We are listening to a Bill Moyer’s video on the book of Genesis followed by a discussion. We welcome all Bethany people and friends. Bring a sandwich and join the group. Call Esther Farnsworth for directions. 225-6006.
Home-baked goods needed! The San Antonio Grande Ministry Team is having a bake sale at the December 13 Solidarity Fair (see below). Your contributions of sweets, quiche, baked beans, bread or other delicious home-cooked items will help make this sale a success. This sale benefits San Antonio Scholarships and sewing projects. Please contact John Hall (223-5912) or Theresa Lever 229-0415.
The San Antonio Grande team is offering candles, memory cards and stars for the tree December 7, 14 and 21. Available after church for a donation benefiting the SAG fund.
A Counterpoint Christmas-directed by Nathaniel Lew. Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:00 pm.Bethany United Church of Christ, 115 Main St., Montpelier, Vermont. Special guests: The Bethany Church Choir and Ensembles. $20 adults / $15 seniors $5 students and limited means. Tickets at the door for the performance. Information at (802) 540-1784 and www.counterpointchorus.org
BETHANY BOWL, DECEMBER 2, 2014, FED: 110 HEAD COOKS: John Hnylka and Phyllis Rowell NECI SOUP: Tom Lever DISHWASHERS: Conrad Rowell, Gary Rogers, Tom Lever HELPERS: Tina Campbell, John Hall, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Peter Gomez The menu was a choice of Beef Minestrone Soup or Chicken Stew, Roasted Vegetables with or without Kielbasa, Carrot/Raisin Salad, Egg Salad Sandwiches (eggs donated by the Halls), Sliced Tomatoes, Assorted Desserts (many from Shaws and members of the congregation) and beverages. We are sorry to report the death of one of our regular guests of many years. George Matkowski died just before Thanksgiving. He will be missed.
The Bethany Church Staff presents New Years Eve @ Bethany! Bring in the New Year with FUN, FOOD & MUSIC. 3-4:30 pm. Free fun activities for kids of all ages, making celebratory hats and noisemakers. 5:00-6:30 pm, Ham Dinner presented by Rev. Mark,. 7:00 pm Hearts and Souls in Concert featuring Sarah Munro and Mark LeGrand, guitar and vocals; Denise Ricker, Flute; Skip Potter, Tenor; Doug Little, Percussion; and Arthur Zorn, Piano and Pipe Organ! Tickets for dinner and concert are $30.00 per person at the door, $25.00 in advance. Tickets are available at Bethany office, 115 Main St. Montpelier, VT. M-F 9-noon. For information contact: Arthur Zorn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-622-0376.
Donations for New Year's Eve for kids! Again this year, Bethany Church will be offering the kids of Montpelier the opportunity to make celebratory hats and noisemakers on New Year's Eve from 3 - 4:30 in the chapel. We are looking for donations of supplies - sturdy medium and large brown paper bags, crepe paper, odds and ends of shiny wrapping paper, tissue paper, sparkly wire streamers, stickers, strips of fabric, small sturdy paper plates, ribbon, yarn, tacky glue and small glue sticks. If you have any of these items to donate, please bring them to the church and leave them in the Resource Room outside Rev. Amy's office.
Good Samaritan Haven Camping for a Cause is a collaborative fund raising and awareness raising effort of Barre Interfaith Group and Good Samaritan Haven that will take place in Barre beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday, December 12 and go until 12 noon on Saturday, December 13th. It begins with a community supper at Hedding United Methodist Church at 5:30 pm. At 7 pm, there will be a candlelight vigil on the steps of the Barre Univeralist Church.
Folks will camp on the Barre church lawns overnight. A breakfast will be held at the Barre Congregational Church at 7:30 am, followed by a coin drop on Washington Street. Our own Judi Joy is participating and would welcome your donations after worship on December 7th. Folks are also invited and encouraged to attend the candlelight vigil. If you would like more information about this event,
speak to Judi Joy.
Solidarity Craft Fair, December 13 at Bethany and Montpelier Unitarian Church. Bethany is co-hosting this annual fair that benefits Planting Hope's Nicaragua/Vermont projects. Don't miss this wonderful event!
Check out the Nativity! Our Sunday School students have designed and created a beautiful handmade nativity for the church. It is displayed in the narthex - check it out! A big thank you to Jennifer Weinert for arranging this project with the help of the Montpelier Mud Studio!
If you would like to place a poinsettia in the sanctuary for Christmas in memory or honor of a loved one, please fill out the form below and leave it with your money in the church office. Price of a poinsettia this year is $13.00. Envelopes can be found on the table in the Narthex. Thank you!
The flower committee,
Arthur Zorn and Esther Farnsworth
Donation made by: _____________________
Choose one option below:
In memory of _________________________
In honor of __________________________