Pastoral Care and Worship

Pastoral Care and Worship

We like each other. We try and show that care in our prayers and visits. The minister like visiting with those in a Hospital or Nursing Home and anyone who would like a visit. 

Our worship is a come as you are event with prayers, scripture, music, sermons, laughter, and care. 

If you would like to join us for worship on Sundays, a prelude starts about 5 minutes before 10:00. Usually worship is done in 60-70 minutes. The first Sunday of the month is communion and  is always a bit unique and might take a bit more time. We understand that everyone is called to this table.  

There are also special times of worship: Christmas, Easter, Evensong, weddings, and funerals happen at other times than Sunday morning. Sometimes Sunday morning worship is made special.


If you would like a visit with a minister, call the office at 223-2424. If you want to worship, just come on by Sunday morning. Children worship with us for a bit and then they can go to Sunday School.





 We are an Open and Affirming Church,
 people who are GLBT are invited to be a part of our full life and leadership. 

Our Pastor

 Amy was called to ministry here at Bethany in the summer of 2002.

Amy seems happiest when she is doing a lot, from reading (trashy romance, Jane Austin, NYT best sellers, and String Theory), decorating, talking, renovating, moving furniture, talking, sewing, knitting, beading, talking, and complaining about the laundry. When it comes to TV; Red Sox, and Big Bang Theory, are favorites.

You do not need to be a member of Bethany Church or any church to talk to Amy. She listens well and gives comfort and counsel as needed. To talk to her, call the church office 223-2424. Generally, Amy is in Tuesday through Friday.

 Email works too, although Saturday and Sunday can be iffy for a fast response.
revamyp@comcast.net

She is on Facebook.



 We are an Open and Affirming Church,
 people who are GLBT are invited to be a part of our full life and leadership. 


September Dialogue

Pastor's Piece



Autumn is nearly upon us, and with it the arrival of the new program year here at Bethany.  We will begin on Sunday, September 4th with a four week worship series entitled, “The Tie That Binds”, exploring how our relationships with the Holy and with each other form and transform us. And we will affirm the power of God’s presence in our worshiping community to inspire us to “go and do likewise” in the world. 

The beginning of the program year includes other beginnings as well.  Our Sunday School program will be starting up again on Gathering Sunday, September 11th.  Team Ministries will begin a new year as well with a team orientation meeting after worship on the 11th.  We will hold our annual Finance Meeting on September 18th as we consider the spending plan for the year ahead. And we will cap September off with a newly re-organized Lawn Sale on September 24-25.  

All of these beginnings reminds us of the ways that we are bound together, the promises that we have made to one another, and the covenant we hold as a community of faith. I treasure the bonds that I have with each of you, and I look forward to the ways our lives will be woven together in the year ahead. 

 May God bless these ties that bind!

Blessings,
Rev. Amy 


September at Bethany!

NEW NAME TAGS!  We have new name tags at Bethany Church! On Gathering Sunday, September 11, make sure you pick up your new name tag on the table in the entryway on your way into worship. We are a growing church with new members and name tags are an easy way we get to know one another! These name tags are a new style – they hang on a colorful lanyard around your neck!  They are easy to wear and easy to read. So don't forget to pick yours up!



NEW KIOSK!/DIALOGUE APPROACH

The weekly Kiosk! will continue with news and happenings at Bethany.  Once a month, an "extended" Kiosk! will be produced containing periodic updates by teams and committees and special news.  Welcome to the first edition of the extended version!

Congregational Finance Meeting, Sunday September 18th

 Bethany Church will be holding its annual Finance Meeting on September 18th during the worship service. The primary agenda item will be to discuss and vote on the FY17 Spending Plan.  Details about the plan will be available to members on Sunday, September 11th after worship.  Full financial details will be available in the church office.



Team Sign-ups!

 Now is the time to get involved with the various ministries of Bethany Church. New sign up sheets are posted on the bulletin board outside the parlor.  If you have been on a team and want to remain on that team, you need to put your name on the sign up sheet again.  If you want to try something new this year, this is the time to join up!  There will be a team orientation meeting for ALL team members on Gathering Sunday after hospitality.  Please plan to attend if you are serving on a team.  The meeting will last 45 minutes.





New Members – we will once again be receiving new members into Bethany Church on Sunday, September 18th.  If you would like to join the church, please speak with Rev. Amy on Sunday morning, or you may email her at revamyp@comcast.net.


Kids in worship 

We warmly welcome children and want them to feel comfortable at Bethany Church.  Children are welcome to stay in the sanctuary for the worship service or they may go to our nursery or Sunday School class.  Rocking chairs for moms and dads and a small table with kid's activities are available for families at the rear of the sanctuary. Toward the beginning of the worship service, there is a time called “God's Word for All Ages”  when children are invited to go to the front of the sanctuary for a time with the minister.  Afterward, they may go to Sunday School if they wish.  Our Nursery and Sunday School classrooms are located on the main floor of the building and are newly refurbished.  Greeters and ushers are happy to guide you to the rooms.  Parents are welcome to sit in on the class if they would like.   Bethany Church follows Safe Church practices.



The Good Samaritan Haven Dinner Team



Can anyone believe that this Team has been in existence for almost eight years? That’s right EIGHT years!!! Going back through sign-up sheets, Sunday Bulletin announcements and old dialogue articles, I found the very first appeal for cooks to help provide an evening meal for guests of the Good Samaritan Haven shelter. It was in the bulletin on October 5, 2008 and the first meal was provided on Friday, October 10th. Together, we made it happen, with very little notice, and we have been doing it almost monthly, ever since. The day switched, at some point, from Friday to Sunday, to make it more convenient for those bringing food. In working with the shelter, we learned that the 4th Sunday was when they were most in need of a meal so that’s what we have done for many years. There are over 30 members of this vibrant and giving team and I want to thank everyone who provides food (or money for food) for this meal. Look for the sign-up sheets on Sundays, in the Parlor and during the week on the right side bulletin board or call Judi Joy at 279-3177 for more information.

In that first Bulletin notice I wrote that I hoped that many will be inspired to follow the Gospel’s call to “feed the hungry and welcome the stranger” in this way. We have proven that Bethany’s Congregation are truly servants of the Still Speaking Christ.

The Montpelier Food Pantry

This month's food is
Cereal - cold, hot, or instant!
The Food Pantry is still in clean-up and repair mode. We are open in the Trinity Fellowship Hall on a very limited basis during our regular hours. If you wish to donate money it will help. Please make checks payable to Just Basics, Inc, 137 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602 memo: Food Pantry. We will be asking for volunteer help in the next few weeks as we  rebuild - look for updates on Front Porch Forum. Thank you very much for all your support.

Thank you for all you do!


Communion Sunday

Communion will be celebrated NEXT Sunday September 11, on Gathering Sunday.



Choir rehearsals

will resume THIS WEEK! Thursday, September 8th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. If you like to sing, can read music, and have fun, we want you. Please arrive in time to gather music and be in your seats by 6:30 pm so we can start on time! It would be really helpful in planning for choir during the year if you could mark off Thursday evenings for rehearsals so we can plan certain anthems on Sundays. There will be a special musical event in December that the choir will present and begin learning soon. Hope to see you on September 8th!


LAWN SALE 

What Lawn Sale? ........ Helpers?  Who me??? ......... YES YOU!!
We need lots of helpers starting Monday 9/19 at 1pm. It's fun working together on Sorting and Pricing (Morning, Afternoon,or Evening) when there are plenty of people. Also fun Setting Up The Sale on Saturday the 24th  at 7AM (bring a friend). Check out the sign-up sheets for other help needed - no talent is too small.  We especially need to fill four more cashier times (Sat AM, Sat PM, Sun PM, Sun PM), and there are lots of spaces for more general help. Good clean donations will be accepted 9/20-22 8am-8pm, and 9/19 1-8pm - but not Friday 9/23. We need bags and boxes, and we don't need hangers. Thank you to all who have signed up already!!




Back to School!
The Sunday School program is getting ready for the new year.  Our first day of classes is September 11, Gathering Sunday.  We have moved the classroom to the old resource room, with the nursery next door in Amy Pitton’s former office.  Whenever we have a big crowd, we will conduct activities in the Chapel. Please join us on September 11, to welcome in the new year!



Nursery News! The nursery has made the move from the basement up to the first floor in Amy Pitton’s former office.  We are still settling in but everything will be ready by September 11, Gathering Sunday.  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).  We are also looking for a small “kids table” which sits low to the ground for the littlest people.  If you have either of these 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 479-9002and she will deliver the materials.  The goal for this year's walk is $10,000.

September Dialogue

Pastor's Piece



Autumn is nearly upon us, and with it the arrival of the new program year here at Bethany.  We will begin on Sunday, September 4th with a four week worship series entitled, “The Tie That Binds”, exploring how our relationships with the Holy and with each other form and transform us. And we will affirm the power of God’s presence in our worshiping community to inspire us to “go and do likewise” in the world. 

The beginning of the program year includes other beginnings as well.  Our Sunday School program will be starting up again on Gathering Sunday, September 11th.  Team Ministries will begin a new year as well with a team orientation meeting after worship on the 11th.  We will hold our annual Finance Meeting on September 18th as we consider the spending plan for the year ahead. And we will cap September off with a newly re-organized Lawn Sale on September 24-25.  

All of these beginnings reminds us of the ways that we are bound together, the promises that we have made to one another, and the covenant we hold as a community of faith. I treasure the bonds that I have with each of you, and I look forward to the ways our lives will be woven together in the year ahead. 

 May God bless these ties that bind!

Blessings,
Rev. Amy 


September at Bethany!

NEW NAME TAGS!  We have new name tags at Bethany Church! On Gathering Sunday, September 11, make sure you pick up your new name tag on the table in the entryway on your way into worship. We are a growing church with new members and name tags are an easy way we get to know one another! These name tags are a new style – they hang on a colorful lanyard around your neck!  They are easy to wear and easy to read. So don't forget to pick yours up!



NEW KIOSK!/DIALOGUE APPROACH

The weekly Kiosk! will continue with news and happenings at Bethany.  Once a month, an "extended" Kiosk! will be produced containing periodic updates by teams and committees and special news.  Welcome to the first edition of the extended version!

Congregational Finance Meeting, Sunday September 18th

 Bethany Church will be holding its annual Finance Meeting on September 18th during the worship service. The primary agenda item will be to discuss and vote on the FY17 Spending Plan.  Details about the plan will be available to members on Sunday, September 11th after worship.  Full financial details will be available in the church office.



Team Sign-ups!

 Now is the time to get involved with the various ministries of Bethany Church. New sign up sheets are posted on the bulletin board outside the parlor.  If you have been on a team and want to remain on that team, you need to put your name on the sign up sheet again.  If you want to try something new this year, this is the time to join up!  There will be a team orientation meeting for ALL team members on Gathering Sunday after hospitality.  Please plan to attend if you are serving on a team.  The meeting will last 45 minutes.





New Members – we will once again be receiving new members into Bethany Church on Sunday, September 18th.  If you would like to join the church, please speak with Rev. Amy on Sunday morning, or you may email her at revamyp@comcast.net.


Kids in worship 

We warmly welcome children and want them to feel comfortable at Bethany Church.  Children are welcome to stay in the sanctuary for the worship service or they may go to our nursery or Sunday School class.  Rocking chairs for moms and dads and a small table with kid's activities are available for families at the rear of the sanctuary. Toward the beginning of the worship service, there is a time called “God's Word for All Ages”  when children are invited to go to the front of the sanctuary for a time with the minister.  Afterward, they may go to Sunday School if they wish.  Our Nursery and Sunday School classrooms are located on the main floor of the building and are newly refurbished.  Greeters and ushers are happy to guide you to the rooms.  Parents are welcome to sit in on the class if they would like.   Bethany Church follows Safe Church practices.



The Good Samaritan Haven Dinner Team



Can anyone believe that this Team has been in existence for almost eight years? That’s right EIGHT years!!! Going back through sign-up sheets, Sunday Bulletin announcements and old dialogue articles, I found the very first appeal for cooks to help provide an evening meal for guests of the Good Samaritan Haven shelter. It was in the bulletin on October 5, 2008 and the first meal was provided on Friday, October 10th. Together, we made it happen, with very little notice, and we have been doing it almost monthly, ever since. The day switched, at some point, from Friday to Sunday, to make it more convenient for those bringing food. In working with the shelter, we learned that the 4th Sunday was when they were most in need of a meal so that’s what we have done for many years. There are over 30 members of this vibrant and giving team and I want to thank everyone who provides food (or money for food) for this meal. Look for the sign-up sheets on Sundays, in the Parlor and during the week on the right side bulletin board or call Judi Joy at 279-3177 for more information.

In that first Bulletin notice I wrote that I hoped that many will be inspired to follow the Gospel’s call to “feed the hungry and welcome the stranger” in this way. We have proven that Bethany’s Congregation are truly servants of the Still Speaking Christ.

The Montpelier Food Pantry

This month's food is
Cereal - cold, hot, or instant!
The Food Pantry is still in clean-up and repair mode. We are open in the Trinity Fellowship Hall on a very limited basis during our regular hours. If you wish to donate money it will help. Please make checks payable to Just Basics, Inc, 137 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602 memo: Food Pantry. We will be asking for volunteer help in the next few weeks as we  rebuild - look for updates on Front Porch Forum. Thank you very much for all your support.

Thank you for all you do!


Communion Sunday

Communion will be celebrated NEXT Sunday September 11, on Gathering Sunday.



Choir rehearsals

will resume THIS WEEK! Thursday, September 8th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. If you like to sing, can read music, and have fun, we want you. Please arrive in time to gather music and be in your seats by 6:30 pm so we can start on time! It would be really helpful in planning for choir during the year if you could mark off Thursday evenings for rehearsals so we can plan certain anthems on Sundays. There will be a special musical event in December that the choir will present and begin learning soon. Hope to see you on September 8th!


LAWN SALE 

What Lawn Sale? ........ Helpers?  Who me??? ......... YES YOU!!
We need lots of helpers starting Monday 9/19 at 1pm. It's fun working together on Sorting and Pricing (Morning, Afternoon,or Evening) when there are plenty of people. Also fun Setting Up The Sale on Saturday the 24th  at 7AM (bring a friend). Check out the sign-up sheets for other help needed - no talent is too small.  We especially need to fill four more cashier times (Sat AM, Sat PM, Sun PM, Sun PM), and there are lots of spaces for more general help. Good clean donations will be accepted 9/20-22 8am-8pm, and 9/19 1-8pm - but not Friday 9/23. We need bags and boxes, and we don't need hangers. Thank you to all who have signed up already!!




Back to School!
The Sunday School program is getting ready for the new year.  Our first day of classes is September 11, Gathering Sunday.  We have moved the classroom to the old resource room, with the nursery next door in Amy Pitton’s former office.  Whenever we have a big crowd, we will conduct activities in the Chapel. Please join us on September 11, to welcome in the new year!



Nursery News! The nursery has made the move from the basement up to the first floor in Amy Pitton’s former office.  We are still settling in but everything will be ready by September 11, Gathering Sunday.  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).  We are also looking for a small “kids table” which sits low to the ground for the littlest people.  If you have either of these 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 479-9002and she will deliver the materials.  The goal for this year's walk is $10,000.

This Sunday

No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. And we are glad to see you.
Sunday, August 28, 2016

This Sunday



Scripture: 
Jeremiah 2:4-13
Sermon: 
“Where is the Lord?”


Hymns:

 


God of Grace and God of Glory
No. 436 black hymnal

Shadow and Substance
No. 398 black hymnal

Praise to the Living God
No. 8 black hymnal
Words of a Modern Day Prophet:
When human beings give their heartfelt allegiance to and worship that which is not God, they progressively cease to reflect the image of God. One of the primary laws of human life is that you become like what you worship; what’s more, you reflect what you worship not only to the object itself but also outward to the world around. Those who worship money increasingly define themselves in terms of it and increasingly treat other people as creditors, debtors, partners, or customers rather than as human beings. Those who worship sex define themselves in terms of it (their preferences, their practices, their past histories) and increasingly treat other people as actual or potential sex objects. Those who worship power define themselves in terms of it and treat other people as either collaborators, competitors, or pawns. These and many other forms of  idolatry combine in a thousand ways, all of them damaging to the image-bearing quality of the people concerned and of those whose lives they touch.”

N.T. Wright

Outreach - Local and Beyond

Mission Here and There


Our Outreach comes from an awareness that God wants the best for all people and that we are the hands, feet, and voice for God. We seek to ease short term, immediate need and we seek to remove the roots of a problem. We have also discovered that it can be very satisfying and even fun.

All aspects of our church life has a mission component.

Hunger: We have found ourselves involved with hunger/food issues. We have responded in these obvious ways:
  • Bethany Bowl - On Tuesdays we cook and serve a Community Meal/ Soup Kitchen for about 100 people. We provide a place to eat, meet, have a cup of coffee, get in out of the cold (or heat) and feel like welcomed. We receive wonderful support from the community. You can help too.
  • Montpelier Food Pantry - The last Sunday of the month we collect food for the Montpelier Food Pantry. We have a particular focus food every month. During we worship we make it a part of our offering to God and bless it on its way to homes and families.
  • Good Samaritan Supper -  The fourth Sunday of every month we gather and bless it before sending it to the Good Samaritan Haven Homeless Shelter. There is a sign up for particular items, and help is always needed.  
  • CROP Walk -  CROP and Hunger Walks raise awareness and funds for hunger related issues around the world. A portion of the funds are used in this community and some go to international concerns via Church World Service. Look for this to happen in the Fall when we work with Barre to host this event in each city on alternating years.
  • Food Bank -  The Vermont Food Bank gathers food and makes meals that can be used across Vermont. We have supported this because we know hunger is every where. 
  • Hunger Free Vermont  - Advocates and lobbies for the elimination of hunger and food insecurity in our state. The money we raise seeks to end the need for all that we do above.


 We are an Open and Affirming Church,
 people who are GLBT are invited to be a part of our full life and leadership. 


Sister Parish


San Antonio Grande
Love
Friendship
Hope


These girls greet Bethany visitors with a big smile.  

During a 1991 visit to El Salvador with a group of the Vermont Conference United Church of Christ, a Bethany Church member visited San Antonio Grande at the invitation of the Lutheran Synod, one of the United Church of Christ's global mission partners.  At its next annual meeting  Bethany Church voted to become a sister parish to San Antonio Grande.  

There have been thirteen visits to San Antonio Grande by Bethany members.  Twice we have hosted representatives of the Sister Parish Program, and in August of 2008 Roberto, Oden and Pastor Maura visited for ten days.  

We learned many things during our time together and were awed by the students' commitment to their education and betterment of their community. In the early 1990s, Bethany Church helped compensate the teachers placed by the Lutheran Church.  When the 12-year civil war ended, the government gradually took on more  responsibility for education. Now most San Antonio Grande children finish school through at least the 7th grade.  Currently, Bethany Church funds are used to help some students attend high school and even college.  As a result, the community now boasts several college graduates, including one young woman who is a doctor of medicine!  Before Bethany's partnership, most San Antonio Grande residents had little or no schooling. 

In San Antonio Grande, families struggle because of the lack of employment opportunities.  Except for the seasonal cutting of sugar cane, work is scarce.  In 2013, for the first time,  Bethany funds are enabling women in San Antonio Grande to participate in a sewing workshop that may eventually help increase family income.  And while they come together to learn and sew, they enjoy the camaraderie and the prospect of a brighter future.

The education scholarships and sewing workshop funds that Bethany provides give hope to the community as it struggles to overcome the effects of systemic poverty.  But our ministry with San Antonio Grande is more than this; it is one of companionship, fellowship, and love for our brothers and sisters.  In a Christmas letter to Bethany Church, the students and other community members wrote,
 "What we want you to know is that we never forget you.  You have won our hearts with your love, friendship and understanding.  God will reward you.  We wish you good health, happiness and many blessings.   
 Muchas gracias!"



We are an Open and Affirming Church,
 people who are GLBT are invited to be a part of our full life and leadership. 

Bethany Dialogue June

Bethany Dialogue June


 Pastor's Piece

I ran across this quote by Amanda Christian recently, and it seems a good thing to remember as Bethany Church enters yet another new beginning.  Here's the quote: “Whatever the new beginning is for you right now, allow yourself to be swept away by the sweet freedom that comes with it. Growth is around the corner.”

I like the quote because it is fearless.  For me, new beginnings can be an unsettling time of uncertainty mixed with fear.  I wake up at night with those scary 3 am questions,  “What if this doesn't work out?  What if I can't handle it? What if I fail?  What if this is a really bad idea?”  It is really easy to get caught up in the fear and uncertainty, but if we do, that often means we miss the exciting possibilities that the new beginning brings.

We are poised on the cusp of a new beginning at Bethany Church.  Our staff is smaller, but our desires to do ministry are as big as they ever were.  We must not allow ourselves to get all Eeyore-y, worrying because things aren't the same, longing for what is gone, and afraid that we might fail.

Rather, let's be people of faith, pushing aside the fear and pessimism. Let's resolve to move into the future positively, viewing this time as an opportunity to risk trying new things, with that giddy sense of sweet freedom that comes with new beginnings.  If we do, it is quite likely that all different kinds of growth are around the corner.  For with God, all things are possible!

May God bless us with sweetness and hope!
Rev. Amy





WARNING
Annual Meeting of Bethany Church
June 7, 2015
10 am Integrated Worship and Business Meeting

I. Opening Worship
II. Approval of Minutes of the September Financial Meeting
III. Update on Focus Area Priorities
IV. Discussion and vote on Bylaws Changes
V. Offerings and Gifts of Service

  • Vote to accept Annual Reports
  • Election of Board of Directors Members
  • Vote on FY16 Interim Financial Plan
  • Discussion and Vote on Jackman Bequest First Fruits Gift

VI. Other business that may appropriately come before the congregation
VII. Adjournment

Annual Reports and By-Law Revisions available in the Office.








 SAVE THE DATE

Mark your calendars for the 21st Annual BETHANY LAWN AND BAKE SALE September 19 & 20. We will need many helpers starting September 14. Sign-ups will start in early June - don't miss out on your favorite way to help support your church and community.
THANK YOU - Bethany Lawn Sale Committee


 Food Pantry

Start collecting now. The month of June the food for the Montpelier Food Pantry is  Peanut Butter & Jelly. And lots of it. This will become Children's lunch all summer.

We will collect on June 28.



 FY 2015 Finance Update from Bethany’s Board of Directors

As of April 30, 2015, we are ten months through the current fiscal year. Thanks to the generosity of the Bethany community we have received operating income of $174,476 which is 84% of the total estimated income for this fiscal year.  Operating expenses through the end of April totaled $211,598, which is 71% of anticipated costs for this fiscal year.

Despite the fact that costs continue to run 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!



 Snacks for Kids

Children are often at DCF in Barre for stretches of time because of court hearings or family visits.  The office is always in need of snacks and drinks for kids. Having snacks on hand is a kindness to the kids, parents and staff. But there is no budget for this.

On Sunday June 14, 2015 we will be collecting snacks one again to help out.  Please bring snacks wrapped as individual servings: crackers, cookies, fruit strips, toddler snacks, juice boxes, etc.  DCF needs to be able to store any snacks without refrigeration.  There is no budget for that either.

Thank you for helping with our PINS partnership with DCF.



 Let Us Know before we see it on Facebook


Is a member of your family celebrating a graduation this spring?  Please let the church office know! We will be recognizing our graduates on Sunday, June 14th during the worship service!  Invite your graduates to attend!


 HOW TO: ONLINE GIVING

Easy as 1, 2, 8


1. Click on the ONLINE GIVING button on the left side of the page.   
2. If a new contributor, on the right side of the page look for CREATE YOUR ONLINE PROFILE and click CREATE PROFILE.
3. Click ADD TRANSACTION
4. In BETHANY MINISTRY type in the amount you want to contribute
5. DONATION FREQUENCY - highlight how often you want your giving to be taken from your bank account
6. STARTING DATE – click on the calendar and indicate when you would like the amount taken from your bank account.
7. DONATION INFORMATION – this is where you indicate your bank account information. Please use either a checking or savings account (not a credit card as there are fees to the church). You will need your bank’s routing number (lower left hand corner of your check) and account number. There is a picture that shows you where these numbers are located.
8. HIT PROCESS – and then don’t worry about your giving plan until June of next year when you can either change the timing for your giving OR increase/decrease your pledge.



A New Team Has Formed!

Bethany's new team is the Local Church Discernment Team!  The purpose of the team is to help James Merriam as he seeks ordination to ministry in the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ.  We will be hearing about James' call to ministry and exploring what ministry means with him.  The Team members are Liz Sykas-Ringgenberg, Tom Clougher, Eric Benedict and Theresa Lever.  You are invited to keep James and the LCD Team in your prayers as they make their way through this process..


Youth Group!

All Bethany Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to a cook-out at Amy's house on Sunday, June 7th  from 6 - 8 PM– and maybe some kickball or ultimate frisbee as well!  Please bring a bag of chips or a beverage with you to share.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and dessert (could it be Ben and Jerry's ice cream?) will be provided.Come for the fun!


The end of our Choir


And this is how it ends on Thursday June 4th,  The choir will enjoy a pot luck dinner at 410 Camp St Barre 6:30PM. The choir will not meet on Thursdays until Sept.

** THEN
EVERYONE is invite to join our summer choir, rehearsals each Sunday at 9:15 AM in the front of the sanctuary.  Join us when ever the spirit moves you to do so!




On Sunday May 31 Bethany Church said good-bye to Rev. Mark as our minister. Check the KIOSK for pictures and comments. 

As a good-bye to us, Mark wants to say Thank you. Love you all and God. Maybe God a little more, but hey. It has been a grand thing for these 13 years. When I can stop reacting like a minister, I will be back to Bethany to worship. But in all these things please know and trust I leave with some hesitancy because it has been good. And if I seem to joke a lot about it, remember that clowns paint their faces with smiles or frowns for a reason. Also, I can not say what I want to well enough or briefly enough and confess to being humbled* by the task of trying.


So: Godspeed. Farewell. Vichyssoise! Vaya Con Dios.

*Okay. Actually I have been frustrated. Which after reflection leads to humbling.


KIOSK!

A Weekly Sense of what is happening


The KIOSK! Sunday and the week's news


WARNING
Annual Meeting of Bethany Church
June 7, 2015
10 am Integrated Worship and Business Meeting

I. Opening Worship
II. Approval of Minutes of the September Financial Meeting
III. Update on Focus Area Priorities
IV. Discussion and vote on Bylaws Changes
V. Offerings and Gifts of Service
* Vote to accept Annual Reports
* Election of Board of Directors Members
* Vote on FY16 Interim Financial Plan
* Discussion and Vote on Jackman Bequest First Fruits Gift
VI. Other business that may appropriately come before the congregation
VII. Adjournment



This Sunday
Season of Pentecost

Scripture: Genesis
Sermon: Vichyssoise  Music: My Heart Ever Faithful, J.S. Bach; Heaven's Gate, Carl Strommen;: Hand in Hand,Kirby Shaw; Come to the Water; John B Foley; Toccata in C, A.B. Zorn
 Mission: Food Pantry Collectin Sunday! Bring it IN!!!
Community: Because this is theLast Sunday as a Bethany Minister for Rev. Mark Pitton we will celebrate

Announcements


Pantry of Montpelier- We will receive FRUIT on May 31. Canned, dried, jammed, jellied, preserved, jarred, or um see this space to find out if fresh will be okay! For The Food Pantry- This week we could really use pasta sauce, meals in a can, condiments, and clear storage bags in gallon size. Thanks, everyone!

JUNE DIALOGUE DEADLINE is May 29th at 9:30! And yes, that might be tomorrow or even today, depending on when you read this.

Up coming Sundays
* Sunday, May 31 - Celebrating the Conclusion of the Ministry of the Rev. Mark Pitton -  worship and Celebration of Ministry
* Farewell Party/Lunch for Rev. Mark - on Sunday, May 31st at 11:30AM. All are welcome!
* Sunday, June 7 -  Bethany Church Annual Meeting! See above.

There are many ways to thank Mark and honor his ministry with us and for those who wish to make a financial gift, please give checks payable to Bethany Church with a note in the Memo section "Mark Pitton Gift" to Joanne Hardy or leave in the office.

Food Pantry- for the month of June the food for the Montpelier Food     Pantry is  Peanut Butter & Jelly

Upcoming Hospitality Schedule
June 7-The Frey Family,
June 14-San Antonio Grande.

The end of our Choir: Thursday June 4th,  The choir will enjoy a pot luck dinner at 410 Camp St Barre 6:30PM. The choir will not meet on Thursdays until Sept.
EVERYONE is invite to join our summer choir, rehearsals each Sunday at 9:15 AM in the front of the sanctuary.  Join us when ever the spirit moves you to do so!

BETHANY BOWL, MAY 26, 2015, FED 105  This was left--over day at the Bowl.  The menu was made up of ingredients donated last week.  It was 2 soups from NECI, Tomato, Hamburger, Macaroni Soup by Phyllis using left -over meat balls, buttered carrots, cole slaw (both items from the Foodbank) egg salad sandwich (eggs from Arthur Zorn) rhubarb sauce (rhubarb from Katrina Pelkey), assorted desserts (some from Shaws) and beverages.  Helpers were Conrad Rowell, Charlie Wiley, John and Jean Hnylka, Tom Lever, Anne DeVaughn, Chris Terry, and Pete Gomez.

We are still working out the bugs of our new sound system! So far, the sound is great and we are very pleased.  Here are some things to remember if you need to use the microphone for a prayer or an announcement.  Please hold the tip of the microphone about 5 inches from your mouth - this will produce good sound.  Speak normally - the microphone volume is being controlled by one of our volunteers and they will adjust the sound as necessary.  Please do not push any buttons on the microphone - it will be on, and it will be controlled by our sound volunteer.  Pushing buttons can lead to the microphone not working appropriately.  Thank you, and enjoy the sound!

Snacks for Kids PINS Offering - Sunday, June 14th  Children are often at DCF in Barre for stretches of time because of court hearings or family visits.  The office is always in need of snacks and drinks for kids.  On Sunday, June 14, we will be collecting snacks once again to help out.  Please bring snacks wrapped as individual servings: crackers, cookies, fruit strips, toddler snacks, juice boxes, etc.  DCF needs to be able to store any snacks without refrigeration.  Thank you for helping with our PINS partnership with DCF.

Is someone you know in the church graduating this spring?  Let the church office know!  We will celebrate our graduates on Sunday, June 14th.



Help San Antonio Grande
Help El Salvador
Help Nature

The World Bank could soon decide whether the tiny nation of El Salvador will have to pay millions for rejecting a destructive gold mine. OceanaGold’s mine would ruin the little remaining clean water left in El Salvador -The Lempa River is San Antonio Grande's River and is rumored to be one of the few rivers with fresh water jelly fish- tell the World Bank tribunal to side with Salvadorans!

Below you will find a link to a petition to sign to ask the world bank not to allow Oceana corporation to sue El Salvador for preventing them for mining for gold, which would destroy the Lempa River. We heard about this on our last trip. Please consider signing, and forward this on to others. El Salvador doesn't need this.
Thanks!  Amy

HERE 

More information:
El Salvador groups accuse Pacific Rim of 'assault on democratic governance  The Guardian, April 10 2014.
El Salvadorian Activists Protest TPP-Like Lawsuit: How The Pacific Rim Arbitration Case Is A Preview Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership  Latin Times, March 19 2015.

 Calendar

Sunday
9:00 am Choir

10:00 am Worship, Recognition of Mark Pitton's ministry

11:30 am Luncheon honoring Rev. Mark Pitton


Monday:

6:00 pm Conversational Spanish


Tuesday:

11:30 am Bethany Bowl


Wednesday:

11:30 am Staff Meeting

6:30 pm Deacons Team


Thursday:

7:00 am Exploring Spirituality

6:30 pm Choir Rehearsal


Sunday:

9:00 am Choir

10 am Worship with Annual Meeting

11:15 am Hospitality

11:15 am Local Church Discernment Committee



KIOSK! What's happening 'round about Bethany

The KIOSK! Sunday and the week's news

WARNING
Annual Meeting of Bethany Church

June 7, 2015
10 am Integrated Worship and Business Meeting


I. Opening of  Worship

II. Approval of Minutes of the September Financial Meeting

III. Discussion of Focus Area Priorities for Next Year

IV. Discussion and vote on Bylaws Changes

V. Offerings and Gifts of Service
  • Vote to accept Annual Reports
  • Election of Board of Directors Members
  • Vote on FY16 Interim Financial Plan
  • Discussion and Vote on Jackman Bequest First Fruits Gift
VI. Other business that may appropriately come before the congregation

VII. Adjournment and Benediction


This Sunday

 Pentecost

Scripture: Acts 2-1-21 Bible page 111 NT

Sermon:  Heads On Fire
Revs. Mark and Amy Pitton  A sermon in two voices

Music: Prelude in D minor, J.S. Bach    Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart, David Schwoebel  Psalm 23, Gwyneth Walker

Mission: Gather and bless Sunday Supper for the homeless of the Good Samaritan Haven. Call Judi Joy to help!


Announcements



Pantry of Montpelier- We will receive FRUIT on May 31. Canned, dried, jammed, jellied, preserved, jarred, or um see this space to find out if fresh will be okay!
Additional Food Pantry needs: This week, the food pantry could use Mac & Cheese, jelly and condiments:  ketchup, mustard, mayo, salad dressings. They are also encouraging participation in the Montpelier Farmers Market SHARE program. When you shop at the Market, buy one for yourself, buy one for your neighbor. The donation coolers are conveniently located at the front & back of the market. Our shoppers love the fresh healthy produce.

JUNE DIALOGUE DEADLINE is May 29th at 9:30!

The flowers on the communion table this morning are in loving memory of Ruth Lane MacPherson.

Up coming Sundays

* Sunday May 24 Pentecost - Wear red, yellow or orange!
* Sunday, May 31 - Celebrating the Conclusion of the Ministry of the Rev. Mark Pitton -  worship and Celebration of Ministry
* Farewell Party/Lunch for Rev. Mark - on Sunday, May 31st at 11:30AM. All are welcome!
* Sunday, June 7 -  Bethany Church Annual Meeting!

There are many ways to thank Mark and honor his ministry with us and for those who wish to make a financial gift, please give checks payable to Bethany Church with a note in the Memo section "Mark Pitton Gift" to Joanne Hardy or leave in the office.


Upcoming Hospitality Schedule
June 7-The Frey Family
June 14-SAG.

BETHANY BOWL, MAY 19, 2015, FED 110  Something special happened today. The children from UES, who come to wash and set the tables, presented us with $11.00 that they had earned by doing good deeds.  Each time their teacher recognizes an act of kindness, she puts a penny in a jar. They, in turn, gave the money to the Bowl.  And a little child shall lead them.

We are still working out the bugs of our new sound system! So far, the sound is great and we are very pleased. Here are some things to remember if you need to use the microphone for a prayer or an announcement. Please hold the tip of the microphone about 5 inches from your mouth - this will produce good sound. Speak normally - the microphone volume is being controlled by one of our volunteers and they will adjust the sound as necessary. Please do not push any buttons on the microphone - it will be on, and it will be controlled by our sound volunteer. Pushing buttons can lead to the microphone not working appropriately. Thank you, and enjoy the sound!


Beatification of El Salvador’s Oscar Romero a turning point for Catholicism

By John L. Allen Jr.

Next Saturday, arguably the most important beatification of the early 21st century will be celebrated in San Salvador, El Salvador, when the late Archbishop Oscar Romero reaches the final stage before sainthood in the Catholic Church.

It’s an event 35 years in the making, and it’s hard to imagine anyone with a more remarkable tale to tell.

At the outset of a bloody civil war in El Salvador in the late 1970s, Romero was the country’s most important voice for the poor and victims of human rights abuses. His stance obviously threatened the power structure, because in a scene straight out of T.S. Eliot’s “Murder in the Cathedral,” Romero was shot to death while saying Mass on March 24, 1980.

To read the entire article, go HERE 

Calendar


Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Worship

11:15 am Hospitality

11:30 am First Fruits Gifts Informational meeting


Monday:

6:00 pm Conversational Spanish


Tuesday:

11:30 am Bethany Bowl


Wednesday:

11:30 am Staff Meeting

6:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting

Clougher home

Thursday:

7:00 am Exploring Spirituality

6:30 pm Choir Rehearsal


Sunday:

9:00 am Choir

10:00 am Worship, Recognition of Mark Pitton's ministry

11:30 am Luncheon honoring Rev. Mark Pitton

KIOSK! May 14-24

The KIOSK! Sunday and the week's news

This Sunday
Eastertide





Scripture: John 17:1-19
Good-bye to Laura Cadmus


Announcements

Pantry of Montpelier- We will receive FRUIT on May 31. Canned, dried, jammed, jellied, preserved, jarred, or um see this space to find out if fresh will be okay!

JUNE DIALOGUE DEADLINE is May 29th at 9:30!


Annual Reports are due tomorrow, 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) Thanks so much!

Stewardship Update - As of May 14th, Bethany Church had received 47 giving plan cards for a total of $106,102.00.  Thank you, thank you to all who have turned in their cards!  If you haven't had an opportunity to return your card to the church, extra cards are available.  Fill yours out today!


Bylaw changes! There will be an informational meeting today following hospitality in the Red Door Room to discuss the changes.  Copies of the draft bylaws will be available.


Save the dates for these upcoming events!
* Sunday May 24 Pentecost - Wear red, yellow or orange!
* 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!



Farewell Party/Lunch for Rev. Mark - on Sunday, May 31st at 11:30AM. All are welcome!
Scrap-booking for Mark- today at 1:00PM  We will have a time to Create Pages for an Album of Memories. There will be scrap-booking supplies available.  Please bring pictures, memories, creative ideas for your “Page”. Questions?  Speak to a Committee Member: Arthur Zorn, Vera Winter, Melitta Maddox and Joanne Hardy.

Upcoming Hospitality Schedule

  • May 24- Carol & Don Welch,
  • June 7-The Frey Family,
  • June 14-SAG.


BETHANY BOWL- MAY 12, 2015  FED: 95  HEAD COOKS: John Hnylka and Phyllis Rowell, NECI SOUP: Tom Lever. DISHWASHERS: Conrad Rowell and Charlie Wiley HELPERS: Judy Murray, Ira Gravatt, Chris Terry, Anne DeVaughn, Pete Gomez and Jean Hnylka.  The menu was Corn Chowder from NECI, Small Meatball Subs, Chili, Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Apple Sauce Cup, Assorted Desserts and Beverages. The Bowl helpers will be taking a break starting June 30 and reopening August 4.

Mark LeGrand will be on vacation this week Sunday, May 17 through Friday, May, 22.  Office coverage will be spotty, so be prepared to leave a message or ring through to Amy's office at extension 223.  Your call will be returned as soon as possible. In the case of an emergency, you may call Amy Pitton at any time at 223-5233.


Sound by Jackman - We are still working out the bugs of our new sound system! So far, the sound is great and we are very pleased.  Here are some things to remember if you need to use the microphone for a prayer or an announcement.  Please hold the tip of the microphone about 5 inches from your mouth - this will produce good sound.  Speak normally - the microphone volume is being controlled by one of our volunteers and they will adjust the sound as necessary.  Please do not push any buttons on the microphone - it will be on, and it will be controlled by our sound volunteer.  Pushing buttons can lead to the microphone not working appropriately.
Thank you, and enjoy the sound!


This Week


 Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Worship and recognition of Laura Cadmus
11:15 am Hospitality
11:30 am Bylaw changes Informational meeting
1:00 pm Scrap-booking For Mark

Monday:
6:00 pm Conversational Spanish

Tuesday:
11:30 am Bethany Bowl

Wednesday:
11:30 am Staff Meeting
6:00 pm Habitat For Humanity CV

Thursday:
7:00 am Exploring Spirituality
6:00 pm Local Church Discernment Committee
6:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

Saturday:
1:00 pm Leroy Carlson Memorial Service- Sanctuary & Fellowship Hall

Sunday:
9:00 am Choir
10:00 am Pentecost!
11:00 am Hospitality
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