Thursday, December 11, 2014


 This Sunday

Scripture: John 1: 6-8, 19-28
Lighting of the Third Advent Candle: Peter and Chelsea Turley
Music: Counterpoint Concert, Community Carol Sing

Solidarity Craft Fair  Saturday December 13

An invitation from the Bethany Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is asking for your input on the following two questions as  they seek to make some significant financial decisions. On the back of this bulletin, you will find two sticky notes. Please answer each question on separate notes, then post them on the reflective walls that are located in the narthex.

  1. The Bible encourages us to give a portion of the gifts we receive as an offering of first fruits, stemming from a traditional religious offering of the first agricultural produce of the harvest. The offering of first fruits was given to God in the temple as an offering of thanksgiving for the harvest.  How can you imagine Bethany Church making a "first fruits" offering of thanks for the significant bequest we have received from the estate of Christina Jackman?
  2. We seek ways to be present and relevant ten years from now, so how can Bethany make use of the Jackman bequest as we seek to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God?

 This Week

10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation
3:00 pm Counterpoint Christmas
6:30 pm Community Carol Sing

11:30 am Bethany Bowl

6:00 pm Habitat For Humanity CV

7:00 am Exploring Spirituality
6:30 pm  Choir

9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation Class


Food Pantry- for the month of December the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is canned Beans, black, red & chick pea. The Food Pantry can always use canned fruit as well!

The San Antonio Grande team is offering candles, memory cards and stars for the tree December 14th and 21st. Available after church for a donation benefiting the SAG fund.

The  Spring Auction Team is looking for an individual or a team to plan, cook, serve, and clean up after a breakfast on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The funds raised from the breakfast would go to your favorite Bethany cause. If interested, please let Anita Rogers know before January 5th (229-9893 or

PINS Christmas Gifts- will be collected and blessed TODAY!   Thank you to all who have donated gift cards so that the Vermont Department of Children and Families can help all kids have a happy Christmas! The PINS Team

A Counterpoint Christmas-directed by Nathaniel Lew.
Sunday, 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

Community Carol Sing - Sunday at 6:30 pm at Christ Church Episcopal!  Come hear  our choir and other local church choirs share Christmas music and carols!  Bring a donation for the Good Shelf!

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!

Thank You! Thanks to Amy Bell, Jim Connemen, Anthony Otis, Mark Redmond, Gary & Anita Rogers, Conrad Rowell, Stuart Williams and Richard Williams for helping for helping to paint the chapel. This work done on Nov 15th., Nov. 22nd. and accomplished on Dec. 6th.

A Belated Thank You-Thanks from the Property Team to all those who helped on October 25th. for Fall Cleanup. If Gary's memory serves this would be Amy Bell, Joanne Hardy, Judi Joy, Priscilla Page, Mark Redmond, Gary and Anita Rogers with grand children Emily and Jarred Rogers, Stuart Williams, Richard Williams and Vera Winter. Apologies to anyone that might have been 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 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.

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 and she can tell you the available dates.

BETHANY BOWL, DECEMBER 9, 2014, FED: 90, HEAD COOK:  Phyllis Rowell and John Hnylka NECI SOUP: Tom Lever DISHWASHERS: Gary Rogers, Tom Lever, Conrad Rowell  HELPERS:  A third grade class from UES, Anita Rogers, Jean Hnylka, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez.  The menu was Macaroni  and cheese, Green Salad, Cranberry Sauce, Fruit Cup, Assorted Desserts (many from Shaws), Manghi's Bread, Beverages.   Many thanks to Anita  Rogers for  coming in to help on a short  request.

Christmas Fund Offering  - Offering envelopes are available in the pews for the United Church of Christ Christmas Fund.  This fund recognizes those who have served the church as clergy and lay leaders by providing direct financial assistance as well as emergency funds.  This offering is one of the four special offerings of the UCC.  If you would like to make a donation, put it in the envelope and place it in the offering plate.  Thank you.

Carl Schwartz will present a program of organ music for the joyous seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany on Sunday, December 21 at 2 pm on Christ Episcopal Church's mighty Wilhelm pipe organ. The program will be 45 minutes in length and all are welcome, free of charge. A free-will offering to benefit the Food Shelf will be received.  Carl will play a variety of selections by Bach, Buxtehude, Daquin, Bouvard, Wilbur Held (who is 100 years old!), Telemann, Widor and others.

Another Concert opportunity! Arthur Zorn, Skip Potter, and Denise Ricker will present a free Christmas concert at the Barre Congregational Church on Sunday, December 21st at 2 pm!  A great way to get in the holiday spirit!

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: _____________________

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In memory of _________________________
In honor of __________________________