Auction Week


BRING YOUR AUCTION DONATIONS!

On the following dates and times, someone from the Auction Team will be in the Red Door Room to accept your donations to the auction:
Sunday, April 16                     after worship
Tuesday, April 18                   11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Wednesday, April 19              11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Thursday, April 20                  9:00 AM – 8:00 PM


Day of Auction

Remember to come to Fellowship Hall for a delicious breakfast on Saturday, April 22 (and to bring someone with you). Breakfast will be served from 8:00 – 9:30.  Browse around the auction items on display and stick around for the bidding and fun. Bidding begins at 9:30 and continues until all is sold (usually around noon). 


The Mighty Tom Lever has offered to deliver large items for free within a 10-mile radius.




Service of Service

Service of Service
This Sunday

Some of you may recall our Service of Service when on Sunday morning, we worked at the Peace Park on the Bike Path and cooked in the kitchen. We are planning another Service of Service during the worship service on Sunday, April 23rd.

Choices will be: Singing at the Gary Home with Arthur; Cooking with Jim; or Creating Inspiring Signs for our Bethany Church lawn with Liz. Each activity will fit into our normal Sunday morning time together and will begin and end at Bethany.  

Whether you are a singer, a cook, an artist, or someone who just wants to listen, watch, or give ideas, please join in. 

Questions? 
See a member of the Worship Ministry Team: Joanne Hardy, Theresa Lever, Liz Sykas-Ringgenberg 

Holy Week


Palm Sunday April 9

Sermon: Palm Branches and Pink Hats

Scripture: Luke 19:28-44





Words of a Modern Day Prophet     
Robin Meyers, The Underground Church

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s voice from the 1940’s is prophetic, arguing as he did that Christianity would become increasingly irrelevant, a path to social respectability rather than a commitment to justice. Love of God and neighbor, he said, constituted “costly grace.” “It is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ.  It is costly because it costs a man his life.” The question for us is what constitutes costly grace in the church today. Our culture regards the church as a mostly quaint, stabilizing force that teaches moral lessons and builds character, not unlike the Boy Scouts.  Bonhoeffer saw the gathering clouds of fascism in his native Germany.  He could have escaped it all by staying in New York and not leaving his post at Union Theological Seminary.  But he chose to go back and confront the acquiescence of the church to the new National Socialist state as part of the confessing church movement.  It was an underground movement that trained pastors to resist.  It was a decision that cost Bonhoeffer his life.  
After the Gestapo forbid him to lecture, write, or make speeches, they arrested him and imprisoned him on April 5. 1943.  Two years later, after he led fellow prisoners in worship, Nazi authorities took him away to be hanged.  Costly grace indeed.


Offerings to One Great Hour of Sharing will be received. Got to the UCC page about this offering to find out how it helps disasters and refugees.



 Maundy Thursday Service

Communion 
Tenebrae
Hand Washing

7:00 in the Chapel




Good Friday Labyrinth Walk
Available all day in the Chapel. There will be written guides for those who new to this devotional practice. 


EASTER SUNDAY

6:30am Easter Sunrise Service
at the North Branch Nature Center on Elm Street

9:00am  Choir
10:00am  Easter Worship
11:15am  Hospitality 















Sermon: We Are Rising!

Scripture: Matthew 28: 1-15

A Parable of Jesus:  
"The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened."



Words of a Modern Day Prophet     
Robin Meyers, The Underground Church 


Rome knew if you had a problem with somebody, all you had to do was get rid of the body.  Make sure the body of the troublemaker is removed after running a spear through his side, the secure it in a big tomb with a big rock and big guards standing watch all night – or heaven forbid, some other body will steal the body and then we’ll have a cult of the risen body on our hands.

By the time the church got around to writing this story, Jesus had been dead for a long time, but apparently not to his followers.  In other words, the leaven of resurrection hidden in the hearts of his closest friend had begun to rise at once. 

The movement was small and irrepressible, and it began to swell first in the loaf of the forgotten.  Rome had tried to clean every last bit of leaven out of the Judean house, but it was too late. It was nothing short of a scandal, these unclean people, worshipping an unclean God.  Women had kept the movement alive, of course.  After all, don’t women live most of their lives in defiance of the odds?  The men thought it was an “idle tale”, but that’s because they don’t do the baking.


Service of Service
Upcoming

 Some of you may recall our Service of Service when on Sunday morning, we worked at the Peace Park on the Bike Path and cooked in the kitchen. We are planning another Service of Service during the worship service on Sunday, April 23rd. Choices will be: Singing at the Gary Home with Arthur; Cooking with Jim; or Creating Inspiring Signs for our Bethany Church lawn with Liz. Each activity will fit into our normal Sunday morning time together and will begin and end at Bethany.  Whether you are a singer, a cook, an artist, or someone who just wants to listen, watch, or give ideas, please join in. 

Questions? 
See a member of the Worship Ministry Team: Joanne Hardy, Theresa Lever, Liz Sykas-Ringgenberg 




Spring Auction and Breakfast:
Saturday, April 22nd
Upcoming


BREAKFAST cooked and served by our Music Team and Choir from 8:00 am – 9:30 am. The menu will be baked egg breakfast casseroles, assorted muffins, juice, and coffee. Following the breakfast, we will have our Annual Spring Auction: Jenkins Auction Service will start the live bidding at 9:30 am and continue until all is sold (approximately 12:00). Hope to see you here for a time of fellowship, good food, and lots of laughs.


AUCTION-AUCTION-AUCTION-The auction is just 13 days away!! Who will you invite to breakfast and the auction? Maybe a friend, a neighbor, an acquaintance, an adult grandchild who will be setting up an apartment or house, a co-worker, someone from your book club, someone from your exercise class, a niece, a nephew, a cousin, someone you know who is lonely? We need lots of people to come. Please invite someone to come with you.   If you haven’t donated something for the auction, there are still 11 days to do so.


Following the Star

Following the Star, people find love and something even better to follow.
Join us as we remember that first starry night and consider what to do when the new day dawns.

This Week


This Week

Tuesday, December 20

11:30am - 1:00pm Bethany Bowl Free Community Meal


Wednesday, December 21
11:30am - Staff Meeting


Thursday, December 22
8:00am Spiritual Exploration11:30am Brown Bag6:30pm Choir


Saturday, December 24
7:00pm Christmas Eve Service with Pageant of the Nativity


Sunday, December 25
10:00am  Christmas Day Worship

Christmas Dinner at the Good Samaritan Homeless Shelter


Christmas Eve Pageant 

This year the Christmas Eve service is at 7:00, and includes a children’s pageant.  If your child or grandchild would like to participate, please have them here at 6:30 that night to get into costumes.  This is a wonderful way for the children to understand and remember the Christmas story.  All are welcome!





Christmas Day Worship 

We will gather in the beauty of our sanctuary this Sunday and worship with carols and story!  Come as you are to welcome the Christ Child!




Christmas Day Mission

Good Samaritan Haven Christmas Dinner
This Sunday is your last chance to make a donation to the Good Samaritan Haven Christmas Dinner. So our good Bethany cooks wouldn't have to add another item to their already busy lives, plans were to order platters of meats, cheeses, veggies & fruits, along with salads and rolls and deliver them to the shelter on Christmas evening. People are also invited to share a festive dessert. The collection has gotten off to a good start but we need lots more to make it actually happen! 

Please see Judi Joy on Sunday after worship to make your donation. Bethany truly has a congregation that keeps the giving tradition of Christmas alive throughout the year! Many blessings to you all.



KIOSK! September 9

Sunday, September 11, 2016
No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey,
you are welcome here. And we are glad to see you.





This Sunday

 

Scripture: 
Romans 12:9-21
 
Sermon: 
Woven


 


Prelude
Tapestry of Grace
arr. by A.B. Zorn

Ministry of Music 
Weave, Weave, Weave Us Together
       Rosemary Crow

Offertory
Weave Our Varied Gifts Together
William Whitla

Communion 
Pie Jesu
Greg Gilpin


Hymns:
Blessed Be the Tie That Binds
No. 393 black hymnal

 
Won't You Let Me Be Your Servant?
No. 539 black hymnal

Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
No. 347 black hymnal
WARNING:
The Bethany Church Finance Meeting will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 10 am during the Sunday morning worship service.
The order of business will be as follows:
1. Opening Worship  and Call to Order
2. Approval of the Minutes of the June Annual meeting
3. Offerings of Gifts and Service
            a. Discussion and Vote of the 2017 Spending Plan
            b. Invitation to Offering of Individual Gifts and Prayer of Dedication
4. Prayers of the Church
5. Other business that may appropriately come before the congregation
6. Adjournment and Benediction


Announcements



Financial Documents for next week's Congregational Meeting 
are available at the rear of the sanctuary this Sunday


The Montpelier Food Pantry

This month's food is
Cereal, cold, hot, instant.
As the rebuilding plans continue at Trinity, the Food Pantry is going to continue handing out food on a limited basis from the Fellowship Hall during our regular Food Pantry hours. They will be assembling recipe kits, a recipe and all the ingredients needed to make meals at home. The first one will be our chili kit.  To complete the kits they will need chili powder and tomatoes, either crushed or puree.  If you're able to donate those items in the next couple weeks, it would be really helpful. In addition, any financial contributions you're able to make would be very much appreciated.  Checks to: Just Basics, Inc, 137 Main St, Montpelier 05602  Food Pantry in memo line.  
Thank you for all you do!

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Ministry Team Sign-ups
It's that time of year when you are invited to consider which of the church's ministries you'd like to participate in! Maybe this is the year to do something new! Take a look at all the options on the bulletin board outside the parlor and sign up!
 
LAWN SALE 
The time has come to gather BOXES for the sale! Not too small. Not too big. Not broken down. That and this: we are hoping for good weather - and we need to be ready for rain, just in case. Do you have a TENT we can borrow? One more 10 x 20 or two more 10 x 10's would do it! THANK YOU to all who have already signed up to help and to loan equipment. For all the details, pick up a flyer in the narthex!

Appeal for help: 
Easter Seals need help making their Family Visiting Room more welcoming!  Items needed are a kid-sized table and chairs, a wide but not too tall bookcase, a side table and toys and games (for all ages) in good condition. If anyone has these items, that you might have been planning to donate to the Lawn Sale, I’d be glad to pre-purchase them and put the money in the Lawn Sale money box. Thanks very much for your help with this project. Judi Joy 279-3177
 

Back to School! 
The Sunday School program is ready for the new year. Today is our first day of classes!  We have moved the classroom to the old resource room, with the nursery next door in Amy Pitton’s former office.  Come see the new space!

Nursery News!
The nursery has made the move from the basement up to the first floor in Amy Pitton’s former office.  Even if you do not have a little one coming to Bethany, stop in and say hello! We are looking for a good, comfortable and easy to-keep-clean chair for an adult to sit in while in the nursery (nothing too large).   If you have a chair to donate to the nursery, please let Amy Pitton, Patty Turley or Jennifer Weinert know!

Nursery Attendant Needed  
We are looking for someone to manage the Church Nursery every Sunday from 9:45-11:30 am.  This is a year-round, paid position.  A  background check is required.  A seasoned parent, grandparent, or someone with childcare experience is preferred.  If you know someone who would be great for this job, pass this request along!  If interested, contact the church office at 223-2424 between 9 and noon on weekdays or speak to Jennifer Weinert.


2016 Crop Hunger Walk
The Central Vermont Crop Walk will be held this year on Sunday, September 25th at the Berlin Pond.  We need a recruiter from Bethany and some walkers.  There will be a meeting this Thursday, September 1st at 6:00PM at the Barre Congregational Church.  If you are interested in being part of the CROP Walk, but aren't able to make the meeting, call Judy Cookson at 479-9002 and she will deliver the materials.  The goal for this year's walk is $10,000.

Sunday September 4

This Sunday

September 4, 2016

Scripture: 
Jeremiah 18:1-11
 
Sermon: 
Formed

 





Hymns:

 
Blessed Be the Tie That Binds
No. 393 black hymnal

 
Spirit of the Living God
No. 283 black hymnal

O God in Whom All Life Begins
No. 401 black hymnal
Words of a Modern Day Prophet:   
     
“...failure with clay was more complete and more spectacular than with other forms of art. You are subject to the elements... Any one of the old four - earth, air, fire, water - can betray you and melt, or burst, or shatter - months of work into dust and ashes and spitting steam. You need to be a precise scientist, and you need to know how to play with what chance will do to your lovingly constructed surfaces in the heat of the kiln.”

-A.S. Byatt

HELLO September!

22nd ANNUAL BETHANY CHURCH LAWN AND BAKE SALE September 24 & 25, 2016 

Donations:
Please bring your donations 1pm - 8pm on Monday 9/19, and 8am - 8pm on Tuesday 9/20, Wednesday 9/21 and Thursday 9/22.  WE CANNOT TAKE DONATIONS ON FRIDAY 9/23.


CLOTHING (sorted by age and gender)
ANTIQUES
FURNITURE (no mattresses or boxsprings)
TOYS
BABY GEAR (no infant car seats, all items must be within current safety guidelines)
TOOLS
SPORTS EQUIPMENT (no downhill skis/ boots)
HOUSEWARES CRAFTS
BAKED GOODS
BAGS for “Buck-a-Bag.”

SORRY - We cannot take these items: NEW This Year: Holiday Decorations & Paraphernalia, Books & Videos, Audio/Video Cassettes,  Electronics, Tires, Suitcases larger than Carry-on, or Used Fixtures/Appliances that were built-in. If you are not sure - please ask. 223-2424
Items should be CLEAN and in GOOD WORKING ORDER. 

HELP: We need many volunteers to help make this a fun and successful event: SORTING and PRICING clothing and lawn items - daytime and evening - starting at 1 pm on Monday 9/19, SETTING UP on Saturday at 7am sharp and on Sunday after the worship service, CASHIERS and HELPERS for downstairs and on the lawn during the sale, ANNOUNCERS to inspire our customers, DRIVERS to help carry away the leftovers, and CLEAN-UP CREWS – Saturday at 4pm, Sunday at 3pm, Monday at 9am. Sign-up sheets are in the hall by the Chapel.

JOIN THE FUN!!



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