Saturday, April 4, 2015


The KIOSK! Sunday and the week's news

This Sunday EASTER!

Sunrise Service
6:15 at at the North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier

Scripture: Mark 16:1-8
Sermon: Jesus is Loose
Music:  I Know That My Redeemer Liveth' Handel, Achieved Is The Glorious Work: Haydn, Alleluia!(from Motet VI);   Bach, Vocal quartet: Paula Chiuchiolo, Theresa Lever, Skip Potter, Stuart Williams,  Hallelujah!, Handel
Sacraments: Baptism of Fiona Elizabeth Green, and communion

This Week

Maundy Thursday
7:00 pm  Tennebrae

Good Friday
E-Mail Devotional

EASTER Sunday:
6:15 am Sunrise Service
10:00 am Easter Sunday Worship
11:15 am Hospitality

6:00 pm Conversational Spanish

11:30 am Bethany Bowl

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

5:30 pm Variety Show and Dinner

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


Food Pantry The focus food is canned or boxed veggies.

Maundy Thursday Service, Thursday, April 2 at 7 pm in the Chapel - Lots of Bethany folk say that this is their favorite worship service of the year.  Come celebrate the Last Supper and hear the words of the Tennebrae, when the story of Jesus between the Last Supper and the Crucifixion is told.

Easter Sunrise Service - 6:15 am on Sunday, April 5 at the North Branch Nature
Center, Montpelier!  Come hear the good news of resurrection at dawn on Easter Sunday morning! We will join with our friends from Trinity Methodist in worship and song at the North Branch Nature Center at 713 Elm Street.
Dress warmly and bring your coffee!

Easter Sunday Worship with Communion - Sunday April 5 at 10 am!  Come rejoice in the good news of Easter!  We will celebrate Communion, sing the great hymns of Easter and hear our choir sing glorious music, including the Hallelujah Chorus!

Easter Sunday Community Dinner at Christ Church! April 5th. Dinner served from 5-6:30 pm. All are welcome! Ham, Potatoes, Greens, Macaroni & Cheese, Salad, Desserts and Beverage. No Charge, Donations accepted.  64 State Street, Montpelier, VT.
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

Parking at Bethany - As you have noticed, VTEL is currently installing the broadband equipment in our steeple.  This is affecting the available parking in our lot.  While normally it is fine for church members to use the lot to park while they run errands downtown, we are asking that until the work on the steeple is completed that you refrain from doing so. This is particularly necessary on Tuesdays when all the available spaces are needed for those who are working at Bethany Bowl. Of course, if you have business at the church, you may use the lot.   Thank you for your cooperation.

COMING SOON - ELECTRONIC GIVING! - Actually it is already here. Support the work of our church through electronic giving. When thinking about your pledge for 2015-2016, consider having it transferred directly from your checking or savings account into the church account safely and electronically - you'll never have to remember your checkbook again! Interested? See Judy Ribolini for more details.

Central Vermont Relay for Life is renting Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, March 31  for the Kick-off
to its June 19 Relay event.  CV Relay invites Bethany folks to attend Kick-off, which is a free, fun pep rally.  You may know that these Relay committee members—Richard Pitonyak, Richard Swenson and Theresa Lever—like to have a good time!  All are welcome to Kick-off at 6:00 p.m.!

Dinner and Variety Show -  April 11, 2015 - 5:30PM - Come to supper before the show!  Chicken Parmesan, spaghetti, Caesar salad, Italian bread, homemade desserts.  A delicious meal from the San
Antonio Grande Ministry Team!  $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.  Reservations not necessary--but helpful!  Tell Joanne Hardy, Theresa Lever, or the church office if you plan to attend. Some Acts are coming together!!  Haleigh & Jack; Alec; Laura, Amy & Mark; Sophia & Maya; Arthur & Joanna; Theresa; and I'm sure there are others that we don't know about yet!! Please sign up your Act and reserve your Dinner with Theresa Lever, Joanne Hardy or Liz Sykas-Ringgenberg!  There will be a sign-up sheet in the office and during Sunday Hospitality for the next few Sundays!

Flood Watch! Just in case we do have a flood we need a list of people who can be called to help move stuff out of the basement. If you can help please call Gary Rogers @ 229-9893. If you are only available at certain hours or do not want to be called in the middle of the night please let Gary know this. Thank you-The Property Team.

BETHANY BOWL, MARCH 31, 2015, FED: 98  HEAD COOK; Joy Facos,  NECI SOUP: Tom Lever  DISHWASHERS: Gary Rogers and Conrad Rowell   HELPERS: Phyllis Rowell, Ira Gravatt, Tina Campbell, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn.  Joy made her popular sloppy joes to which was added a Coconut, Beet and Curry soup from NECI, cole slaw, assorted desserts and beverages.  We truly appreciate the fact that Joy takes a day from work on each of the fifth Tuesdays to plan and cook the meal for which her parents provide the funds for all ingredients. Wow!

FY 2015 Finance Update from Bethany’s Board of Directors
As of February 28, 2015, we are eight months through the current fiscal year. Thanks to the generosity of the Bethany community we have received operating income of $138,621, which is 67% of the total estimated income for this fiscal year.  Expenses through the end of February totaled $169,888, which is 57% of anticipated costs for this fiscal year.

Despite the fact that costs are running lower than projected, expenses exceed income. We anticipated this situation when the congregation approved the current financial operating plan at our meeting in September. As discussed then, we are drawing on investment funds and the Jackman bequest to cover the gap. If you would like to read the financial statements, copies are available for review in the church office.

Many thanks to everyone who participates in our vital and dynamic community of faith!