Thursday, April 23, 2015

KIOSK! April 23

 This Sunday! We collect food for the Pantry and

 Dinner for the Good Samaritan Haven Homeless Shelter

This Sunday

Scripture: Acts 2:41-47
Sermon: Living in Community
Music: Joy in the Morning Natalie Sleeth; Oh, Give Us Pleasure in the Flowers Today Cyril V. Taylor;  Spring Has Now Unwrapped the Flowers Thomas Benjamin
Moment for Stewardship: Joanne Hardy


Food Pantry- for the month of May the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is Fruit. Canned or dried!

The Montpelier Food Pantry- is now send out a weekly email through Front Porch Forum for urgent needs. If you are able to meet these urgent needs, please drop your donation at the Food Pantry. This week's needs are: Meals in a can (ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, hash, pork & beans), hearty soups and tomato products (sauce, crushed, puree) Always needed:  Personal Products: TP, shampoo, toothpaste. Thank you!

Next Sunday, May 3rd,
we will celebrate that Bethany is blooming! by receiving our plans for Giving in the next year! Letters with Giving Plan cards were sent out this last week, if you have not received one, please let Mark LeGrand in the church office know and one will be sent to you,  Please return your Giving Plan card to the church by bringing it with you next Sunday and placing it in the offering plate, or mail it the church by May 10th.  Because of you, Bethany is blooming! Thank you!

Annual Reports are due on Monday, May 18th!  If you are the leader of one of our team ministries, please write a short report about what your team has done this past year.  Then please send it to the church via email (uccbethany@comcast,net (chrome-extension://bpmcpldpdmajfigpchkicefoigmkfalc/views/qowt.html#mailto:uccbethany@comcast,net) ) Thanks so much!

Telling our Story! From our bicentennial history book published in 2008: "From church and town records through the years, we can trace the lives of a strong-willed and determined people who grappled with their Christian beliefs during tumultuous times. Individuals in the congregation have reacted to wars, to weather, to businesses and the economy, to politics and to cultural changes. Those strong-willed individuals often took sides against each other and against their ministers. Ministers often struggled to keep the congregation together or struggled against strong reactions by the congregation. Conflicts are never easy to resolve when each side is equally sure of their persuasions. Scars often remain for years." Bethany is still a church of determined people, some who carry scars - fortunately, at the moment, we are not struggling with each other and have found some healing! Hallelujah!

Bethany Church is doing amazing ministry! Joyful and relevant Sunday morning worship, a warm, affirming and welcoming Christian community, an open building that serves the community, a 20+ year sister parish relationship with San Antonio Grande, weekly Bethany Bowl, Good Samaritan Haven Dinner, support of the Montpelier Food Pantry, a lively music ministry, Sunday School, ecumenical book studies, and so much more! We are a vital church in the midst of the Montpelier community!

The Board of Directors has been working on revisions to the Bylaws to address our new governance structure on a permanent basis. This also provides us with an opportunity to update the Bylaws to better reflect today’s Bethany. We will be holding informational meetings in the month of May so that you can see these changes before June’s annual meeting.  You are also welcome to see the work-in-progress draft at any time; just contact Patty Turley (223-5488 or 

Spring Clean Up Day-Saturday May 16th. 9-noon. Great time for fellowship and caring for our building and grounds. All are welcome!

Save the dates for these upcoming events!
Sunday, May 3 - Stewardship Sunday
Sunday, May 10 - Sunday School Sunday
Sunday, May 17 - Recognizing Laura Cadmus' Student Ministry
Sunday, May 24 - Confirmation Sunday
Sunday, May 31 - Celebrating the Conclusion of the Ministry of the Rev. Mark Pitton - worship and Celebration of Ministry
Sunday, June 7 - Bethany Church Annual Meeting!

This Week

Friday- Saturday:
Vermont Conference Annual Meeting

9:00 am Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am Sunday Worship
11:15 am Hospitality

6:00 pm Conversational Spanish

11:30 am Bethany Bowl

11:30 am Staff Meeting

7:00 am Exploring Spirituality
6:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

6:00 pm Middle School Youth Group

9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Stewardship Sunday with Communion
10:15 am Sunday School
11:00 am Hospitality
12:00 pm Confirmation