Annual Meeting of Bethany Church

  • Sunday, June 9, 2019
  • 10 am Integrated Worship and Business Meeting


  • Call to Order
  • Approval of Minutes of 2018 Annual Meeting
  • Verbal Report on the Emergency Warming Shelter and feedback from the congregation
  • Vote to receive the 2019 Annual Reports
  • Election of Officers, Board of Directors, and Committees
  • Discussion/vote on Rental of Parking Lot to increase income
  • Vote on FY 20 Spending Plan
  • Other Business that may appropriately come before the meeting


An English Tea in the Chapel at Bethany

The English Tea at Bethany has been postponed and will not happen this weekend, May 4th, as scheduled.

We apologize for any inconvenience and will advertise when a new date is selected. We expect the new date will be sometime in fall.

We hope you will consider joining us at that time, and as always, thank you for your support!

Holy Week 2019 Schedule

Holy week

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 18

Service at 7 pm in Chapel

Join us for a solemn celebration of the Last Supper and the telling of the story up to Jesus’ crucifixion.

Good Friday

Friday, April 19

Self-directed Labyrinth Walk

Come walk the labyrinth focusing on the seven last words of Jesus.

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 21

Worship at 10 am in Sanctuary

We will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with story and music!

An English Tea in the Chapel at Bethany

A delicious menu of scones, finger sandwiches, sweet treats, and of course, tasty teas will make this English tea service one to remember.

This elegant event will delight folks of all ages so bring a friend, loved one, child, or book group and enjoy together! Fun hats and fancy dress encouraged!

Larger groups can be accommodated on a first come, first ticketed basis. There will be two seatings, one at 2:00 pm and one at 4:00 pm. Seating is limited in each.

Tickets are $20 each, advance purchase only. To purchase, please email Hannah at

We hope'll you join us for a wonderful time.

  • What: An English Tea in the Chapel at Bethany Church
  • When: 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm, Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • Where: Bethany Church, UCC, 115 Main St. Montpelier
  • Cost: $20 per ticket, advance purchase only
  • How to Purchase: Please email Hannah at

Check out our Facebook event here.

Bethany Church Prayers for Ash Wednesday

A Season of Hope

Friend, in the middle of this busy week, you are invited to pause to observe Ash Wednesday and remember that God made us from fragile, blessed dust and breathes through us the breath of life and love. From dust you were created in God's image and to God's good dust you shall return.

This year, March 6th begins a forty day Lenten journey to discover who we are to be as God's beloved. Lent is an invitation to follow Jesus, God's Beloved Child, bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh, in whom God's image is seen most clearly. Come, pray today for strength and imagination to follow Jesus wherever he will lead.

Bethany provides a devotional meditation to members of our email mailing list. You may view that meditation in your browser and sign up for more information from Bethany.

St. Patrick's Day Family-Friendly Shenanigans!

St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans

A Family Celebration!

Bethany Church, UCC is hosting an all-you-can-eat Corned Beef and Cabbage fundraiser to support the Tuesday community meals!

Please join us for a family-friendly, alcohol and drug free, G-rated night of food and fun on Sunday, March 17 at 5:00pm.

We will be serving an all-you-can-eat buffet of corned beef and cabbage, potatoes and vegetables, bread, desserts and drinks! We will, of course, have a vegetarian option to include vegetables, potatoes, and eggs! Meals and desserts also have gluten free options.** Take-out available by advanced order.

But that's not even the best part!

After you've gotten your food, after you've gone back for seconds or thirds…there will be an on stage lip sync competition!

Prizes will be awarded for all different types of songs. Feel free to just lip sync your song or full on act it out- costume and all!! The more contestants that enter the more fun it will be! The only rule is the song must be family-friendly G-rated.

Reservations for dinner are not required, but suggested. Walk-ins are welcome! Food service starts at 5pm and continues until the food is gone, or people finish eating. Lip Sync begins at 6 pm!

Suggested donation is $15.00 per adult/ $10.00 for 12 years and under, or $40.00 for a family of 3 or more. All proceeds directly benefit the weekly Tuesday Community Meal at Bethany Church.

The Community Meal, held every Tuesday from 11:30-1:00pm in Bethany's Fellowship Hall, is free and open to everyone. This fundraiser will help us purchase food and other items needed to make the Community Meal a success.

To enter the contest, make reservations, request meals, or any other question, please email Rachel at

Catch all the details below and we hope to see you there!

  • What: Family-Friendly St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans
  • When: 5:00 pm, Sunday, March 17, 2019
  • Where: Bethany Church, UCC, 115 Main St. Montpelier
  • Cost: Suggested donation $15.00 per adult/$10.00 for 12 years and under; or $40.00 for a family of 3 or more

Ticket Purchases or Take-Out Orders: Please email Rachel at

Take-Out Details:

We will be accepting to-go orders in advance for pick up at the ticket table between 5:00 & 6:00pm. You may also stop in during this time and we will happily pack one for you. The suggested donation for a take-out meal is $12.00.

Lip Sync Details:

Want to Lip Sync? Please send the song info along with the names of the person or persons performing the song to us ASAP so that we may get you on the program. We will be using iTunes through our sound system to play your song, so if there is a certain or unusual version, please let us know which one to purchase.

Questions? Please email Rachel at:

Sunday Morning Worship CANCELLED at Bethany Church January 20, 2019

Roger Hill, Vermont meteorologist, is forecasting heavy snow, bitter cold, and dangerous wind chills for Saturday night through Sunday afternoon. Because of this storm, the 10 am Worship Service, choir, Sunday School, the Wand making workshop, and other activities are cancelled for Sunday, January 20th.

While we will miss being together, you can still take time to spend with God. A prayer and meditation has been sent out to our Kiosk subscribers. That issue is available online for anyone who would also like to use those resources for your worship at home. As they say, "Stay at home, pray at home!"

May you enjoy the beauty of God's winter creation from the warmth of your home. And may God bring us back together for worship and fellowship next Sunday.

Dinner at Hogwarts is back again!

Didn't get a ticket to this sold out event in previous years? Or maybe you did and want to experience the magic again! In either case, now's your chance!

On Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm the chapel at Bethany Church will be transformed into the Great Hall of Hogwarts where you can dine with your House on a meal of comfort food, all the while listening to the ever curious and entertaining conversations of the Hogwarts staff at the head table.

Tickets sold by House - Adult (12 and older) $30, Child (11 and under) $20.

The purchase of your ticket includes a visit to the Wand Shop so your wand can choose you! Which one will you take home? Don't forget to visit the Three Broomsticks and get your butterbeer too!

There will also be lots of photo ops with Hogwarts faculty!

Reserve your tickets today by emailing, via Facebook Messenger to BethanyChurchVT, or by calling (802) 223-2424.

We hope you'll join us for this magical event!

The fine print:

Event Date and Time: Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Doors open at 5:00pm. Sorry, we can not accommodate early arrivals. Dinner service starts about 5:45pm.

Ticket Prices: Adult (12 and older) $30, Child (11 and under) $20.

You Get: Each adult or child ticket includes 1 (one) wand, 1 (one) butterbeer, an assigned seat at chosen House, and dinner.

Seating: House seats are on a first come, first served basis. Seats per House are limited so please get your tickets early if you have a strong preference for seating. Seating will be assigned to each table. To ensure your group sits together, please order all tickets needed at the same time.

Payment: Payment can be made via check, money order, or cash. We are unable to take credit cards at this time. Payment can be presented in person or mailed to Bethany Church.

Deadline: All tickets must be paid for by Wednesday, February 6. Any unpaid tickets remaining on Thursday, Feb. 7, will be released first to those on a waiting list, then to the public.

Photos: We love photo ops! All Hogwarts staff will be available for photos as well as themed standees and a Sorting Hat. Feel free to use your own camera/phone and also post to social media if you'd like. Additionally, we will have a professional photographer taking photos. All of these photos will be uploaded to a gallery to which attendees will have access and can purchase prints if they'd like.

Additional Costs: There are no additional costs at the event. Post-event, a photo gallery will be available and prints may be purchased. There is no commitment or pressure to make a purchase.

If you have any questions, please send them to

Christmas Services

Bethany Christmas Services


Sunday, December 23
10:00AM Fourth Sunday in Advent

Christmas Eve Service

Monday, December 24
7:00PM Candlelight and Carols



December 8, 9am-4pm

Bethany Church, Montpelier, 115 Main St: Decorations, Ornaments, Wrappings, Trimmings, Tableware, Lights, and LOTS MORE. Proceeds to benefit local and world-wide ministries of Bethany Church.

One Sky 2018

One Sky announcement

One Sky

October 28th, 2018 at 3pm

Concert and reception supporting Bethany's sister parish in El Salvador.

$20 suggested donation.



September 22 & 23, 2018

Please bring your donations 4pm - 7pm on Sat 9/15, and 11am-7pm Sun 9/16, and 8am - 8pm on Mon 9/17, Tues 9/18, and Wed 9/19.


  • CLOTHING (sorted by age and gender)
  • FURNITURE (no mattresses or boxsprings)
  • TOYS
  • 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 Electronics, Books & Magazines, Audio/Video Cassettes, 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.

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 4 pm on Saturday 9/15
  • SETTING UP on Saturday 9/22 at 7am sharp and on Sunday 9/23 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
  • CLEAN-UP CREWS – Saturday 9/22 at 4pm, Sunday 9/23 at 3pm, Monday 9/24 at 9am.

Sign-up sheets will be in the hall by the Chapel - JOIN THE FUN!!

Spring Auction and Breakfast

Saturday, April 21

Benefit Breakfast and Live Auction!

Come Support Some of Bethany Church’s Great Missions

Proceeds provide support to our weekly community lunch, the overnight warming shelter, the music program, and keeping the building open and heated for the 12-step and other programs that meet here weekly.

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
reasonably priced, made and served by our Music Team

preview 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
bidding 9:30 AM – noon

Come eat, bid, buy, have fun, and support some of our missions!

Call (802) 229-9893 for information

2018 Bethany Auction and Breakfast

Holy Week and Easter Services

Holy Week announcement poster

Bethany Church celebrates Easter this week with the following special services:

  • Maundy Thursday Service with Open Communion - Thursday at 7pm in the Chapel
  • Good Friday Labyrinth Walk - Self directed, open from 8am to 8pm
  • Easter Sunday Service - Sunday at 10am in the Sanctuary

All are welcome to join us for these services.

Website updates

There have been many small changes to the website lately, but a few are more visible than others.

  • Rev. Amy's pastoral profile has been added and can be normally found from the info page.
  • Our missions page is updated with information on the Bethany Kitchen and Warming Shelter ministries.
  • A publications page has been added and the news shows a small box that links to it.

There are a handful of other changes behind the scenes, but those are the most visible.

Auction Week


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

Day of Auction

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

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

Service of Service

Service of Service
This Sunday

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

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

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

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.