Service of Service

Service of Service
This Sunday

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

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

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

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

Holy Week

Palm Sunday April 9

Sermon: Palm Branches and Pink Hats

Scripture: Luke 19:28-44

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

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

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

 Maundy Thursday Service

Hand Washing

7:00 in the Chapel

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


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

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

Sermon: We Are Rising!

Scripture: Matthew 28: 1-15

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

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

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

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

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

Service of Service

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

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

Spring Auction and Breakfast:
Saturday, April 22nd

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

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

Following the Star

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

This Week

This Week

Tuesday, December 20

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

Wednesday, December 21
11:30am - Staff Meeting

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

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

Sunday, December 25
10:00am  Christmas Day Worship

Christmas Dinner at the Good Samaritan Homeless Shelter

Christmas Eve Pageant 

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

Christmas Day Worship 

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

Christmas Day Mission

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

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

KIOSK! September 9

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

This Sunday


Romans 12:9-21


Tapestry of Grace
arr. by A.B. Zorn

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

Weave Our Varied Gifts Together
William Whitla

Pie Jesu
Greg Gilpin

Blessed Be the Tie That Binds
No. 393 black hymnal

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

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


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

The Montpelier Food Pantry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday September 4

This Sunday

September 4, 2016

Jeremiah 18:1-11



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 

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)
FURNITURE (no mattresses or boxsprings)
BABY GEAR (no infant car seats, all items must be within current safety guidelines)
SPORTS EQUIPMENT (no downhill skis/ boots)
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.



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. 


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.

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