Thursday, January 15, 2015

KIOSK! January 14-24

The Work of Christmas

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.

The Rev. Howard Thurman
Author, Philosopher, Theologian,
Educator and Civil Rights Leader

 This Sunday

Scripture: Psalm 139:1-18
Sermon: Black Lives Matter
Music: Shed a Little Light by James Taylor Vocal trio - Amy Papineau, Kathy Cowens, Theresa Lever, Anthem of Peace, arr. by Mack Willberg
Missionary from Turkey: Alison Stendahl

This Week


10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation Class
6:00 pm Missionary Dinner

9:00 am Office Closed
6:00 pm Spanish For Beginners

11:30 am Bethany Bowl

6:00 pm Habitat For Humanity CV

7:00 am Exploring Spirituality

9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation Class
4:00 pm Beth Jacobs Dinner


Food Pantry- for the month of January the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is Soup Broth or stock, canned or broth, carton or mix.
The Food Pantry can always use canned fruit as well!
The Challenge: We accepted the challenge to give more ponds of food than te last month. So far, so very good. In December we sent 610 pounds of food.

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.

If you would like to have your announcement printed in next week's bulletin, please have it into the office by 9:00 am Thursday morning.

Please make sure that the office has your current contact information, especially email addresses.

BETHANY BOWL JANUARY 13, 2015 FED: 92 ( TOO COLD TO GO OUT) HEAD COOKS: Phyllis Rowell and John Hnylka. NECI SOUP: Tom Lever  DISHWASHERS: Conrad Rowell, Gary Rogers, Tom Lever HELPERS: Judy Murray, John Hall, Ira Gravatt, Jean Hnylka,  Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez and a class from UES. The menu was a choice of 2 NECI Soups, Macaroni with or without meat sauce, Tossed salad (made by Judy),  egg salad sandwiches (made by John Hall and Ira Gravatt) Garlic Bread, Assorted Desserts and Beverages. Thank you to all who have provided warm socks, scarves and gloves.

Sunday January 18 at 6pm in the Church Parlor - Dinner with UCC Missionary, Alison Stendahl! Join us for a delicious supper and interesting program. Our special guest, Alison Stendahl, who will be speaking in churches in New England during January and February, will retire this summer after completing nearly 34 years of service in the United Church of Christ and Global Ministries mission schools in Turkey. She has been a math teacher, head of the Math Department, and for many years the Academic Dean of the mission school in Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey. She has also served in religious communities in Istanbul: as a participant in a Christian-Muslim Relationship Program and as a developer of the church history program at Bithynia Bible College. Stendahl grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has a bachelors degree in mathematics education, an M.Ed. degree in curriculum, and instruction from higher education institutions in Minnesota and Washington state. She also has an M.A.

degree from Andover Newton Theological School where she studied in 1989-91. Alison will have dinner with us and will talk about her extensive mission experience on behalf of the UCC in Turkey. Alison has also served on the Board of the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon and can also speak with us about her understanding of events in the Middle East. If you plan on attending, please let Amy Pitton or Theresa Lever know today after church so that we can provide enough dinner for everyone!

Telling our Story!  As we sit in our sanctuary on Sunday mornings, we look toward the stone wall at the front of our sanctuary.  Did you know that some of those stones were a part of the 1868 sanctuary that was torn down?  Stones, and other materials, from that church building were used in the construction of our present day sanctuary.  The warm red stones, along with the mid-tone wood and clear windows help to make our sanctuary a warm and welcoming place on Sunday mornings - and show that we were a congregation that recycled long before it was a popular concept!

Pictures from New Year's Eve