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!!



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. 


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