Welcome

HI. A very little about us.


No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you'll find a welcoming spiritual home at Bethany Church, Montpelier. We are an Open and Affirming Congregation, we have publicly stated that GLBTQ people are welcome and affirm that they are fully a part of our life and leadership.

Join us for a Sunday's Worship Service (10:00am), get involved in one of the many Mission Projects we do, take part in a Bible Study, Lenten Study, or stop in for one of the many concerts, or events held at Bethany. On a Saturday near April first is our Talent Show, always fun, funny, or both. Select the Calendar to find out more about upcoming events.

Bethany Church, founded in 1808, has been a vital part of the Montpelier community for over 200 years. Our members are extremely active in pursuit of peace and justice on the local, regional and international levels.

You do not have to dance, some just like to.



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

Directions

Bethany Church is located at 115 Main Street in downtown Montpelier. It is the large stone church with the slate roof, on the corner of Main Street and School Street.

From interstate 89, get off at exit 8 and follow the signs to the Business District, turning left at the fourth signal. This will put you on Main Street. Proceed into town and go straight through the stoplight (there is just one in downtown Montpelier!). Bethany is the stone church on your right, about 100 yards past the stoplight.

There is metered parking on Main Street and School Street, and Bethany has a parking lot behind the church (entrances off School Street or Main Street) for persons attending events at Bethany.




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Useful Links

Here are some links which we have found useful:

  • United Church of Christ The website for the United Church of Christ, our Denomination. It is a great place to find out more about the church, our wider mission work, and our activities throughout the country and the world. 
  • Check out the About Us section especially Firsts for the United Church of Christ. You may know more about us than you realize.
  • God is still speaking Gracie Allan said, “Never put a period where God has put a comma.” Find out more about how this denomination is trying to let God speak and help people listen.
  •  Open and Affirming to LGBT  We are an Open and Affirming Congregation. We have declared that all people can be a part of our church life and leadership despite a person's sexual orientation, identity, or expression.
  • Vermont Conference of the UCC Use this site to find out more about the Vermont Conference, of which Bethany Montpelier is a part.
  • Resource Center  With news of new and classic resources available through the Vermont Conference.
  • Arthur Zorn  Arthur Zorn, our Minister of Music, has a website that includes his music, his art and information about the Arts
  • Church World Service  This is an interdenominational agency that is a main partner for the United Church of Christ when it comes to Disaster Relief and Recovery, Development and Refuges.  When we have a special disaster appeal, this is where it goes.
  • City of Montpelier A very useful and informative site on the nation's smallest capital city and our home.

Building

We have a big Building

The purpose of our building is to provide a place for the spiritual growth and nurture of all people. It is where the congregation lives out their ministries and missions. It is where we have fun and touch God.

We have it as a legacy and responsibility. We want it filled, used to build up Montpelier.

We rent space as a way to fund it's care. But we also have a commitment to having it open for anyone. People come and sit and pray and walk the labirynth and use the toilet and ask for help and read books and attend 12 step meetings and practice the piano and meditate and find shelter from the storm. This commitment means we have installed a timed automatic door opener and have hired an evening lock-up person.

On the last Sunday of the month the Synagogue, Beth El,  uses our kitchen and fellowship hall to provide a community meal open to anyone. The churches do this during the week and they said, "We know you folks are busy on Sundays." On Thanks giving Day, the Youth Service Bureau uses this space to provide a community Thanksgiving meal to hundreds.

Interactive Chapel Is a beautiful space with a 13 path Labyrinth for walking, mandalas for meditating and for making, a prayer station especially for healing, and Zen Sand Gardens for exploring the spirit in creativity. Free and open to any and all.

And of course our own classes, groups, meetings, dinners, variety shows, worship, spiritual exploration groups, counseling, and work space.

Music


Music speaks to the Soul and for the Soul



Art speaks in ways words can not and do not. It opens up ways to express our praise and thanks to a God that love us unconditionally, just as we are.  Music opens up windows and doors in our soul to God 's word of joy, hope, love and presence. Music enlivens our worship and our  lives.




Bethany Church has long been known for the quality and vitality of its music programs and with Music Director Arthur Zorn, Bethany's Adult choir lifts the rafters high.



The Bell Choir, gentle percussion from Doug Little, and soloists all add delight to the ministry of  music here at Bethany Church.Those who directly participate in the Music Ministry of Bethany form a close community that simply loves what they are doing.


Second Sunday Concerts On the Second Sunday of the month there is a special concert.  The music starts at 9:30 am and ends 9:55. It is a bit of beauty for the morning or before worship. The musicians vary as do the styles. Information is on the website.

We are also a venue for concerts.  Check for concert information in the Calender and on the Website..





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

Kids at Bethany

Education in the Spirit

We follow the way Jesus taught. We try to learn even as we teach. This journey never ends. Whether we want to learn more about God, the way of Jesus, or how to live a faithful life: we gather in community to teach and to learn. And that usually means laughter and often food. We grow close to each other and to God.

Sunday School is when we teach children about God and how to be disciples. Children start Sundays with their parents in worship. After a time in worship set aside for them, they go to a Sunday School room to engage in discussions, activities, crafts, and games as a way to learn. They also will do various mission projects over the course of a year. 
If you would like to have your child be a part of this, come to worship about 15 minutes early (9:45) and mention to the Greeters that you would like to 'sign up'. You can also call (223-2424) or email Rev. Amy who does great work with great joy.

Adult Education happens as Bible Studies, workshops, Book discussions, and mission work. These happen periodically but are listed in the KIOSK! and newsletter. Or call the church. There is also a weekly discussion group that is held offsite at West View Meadows. This group will tackle theological books by Marcus Borg, Karen Armstrong, Joan Chittister, and Robyn Meyers. They meet Thursdays at 11:45. Call for more information call or email Rev. Amy.




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

Communication and Operation

Good News is communicated and supported at Bethany.

We are called as witnesses to the God we know and the way that Jesus shows. Thus communication is a foundation of your living faith. If we are not communicating our faith, we are not being faithful. 

Operations are just as foundational. Every bit of our mission work and ministry happens on this foundation. The meetings, mailings, the committees, computers, mops, phones, electricity, accounting, policies and procedures, paper, soap, etc. are all tools we need and use to be the faith community we want to be. They are essential for the essential work we do. 

The Bethany Dialogue is our newsletter. A link usually appears on the website. You can also sign up to have it emailed to you directly.

KIOSK! This is a weekly email with info about Sunday and the week ahead. It too can be linked from this website but it really is best if you sign up to get it direct.

Mark LeGrand is our Office coordinator and might be the first person you communicate with. He is also key to room rentals and the operation of Bethany. Phone is 223-2424 and email at Bethany Church






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

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.

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