Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Banner Making

On August 24, we completed our Banner for Ordinary Time

We had crews making leaves...

...and some making fruit

and some flowers and birds

Here's all the fibers laid out
 Now it's time to get to work.
First we had to carefully cover it so the fibers would stay in place
 mash all the air out
 pour on water and start rubbing
 and rubbing
a truly hands-on project
 all ages got involved in the rubbing

 and now it's time to roll
Each little section had to be rolled - hard! - for as long as it takes to sing one verse of "Michael rowed the boat ashore"
 roll and rub and wring out the excess water
 now the other way
Get your back into it!
 time to wring and squeeze

Now the fun part - throwing!

 it's a safe way to get out all your aggression :)

drum roll please...
 Ta-da!  The felted banner
 We dedicated the banner on August 31, 2014 during worship.  We pray that its beauty may enhance our worship.
Click on this link for an explanation of the symbolism in this banner from a previous post: 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Join us for a Banner Day!

Pulling fibers
The whole family is invited to join in on this congregational-wide activity - making a new banner for our worship space.  This banner will be blessed by all of the hands that worked on it - your hands - so we hope you will participate!

Laying out fibers
This Sunday, August 24, right after worship, following a covered dish meal.

Under the leadership of our own personal Fiber Artist, Jane, we will be felting this banner from wool fibers - a process which involves using warm water, soap, and agitation (working it with your hands) to get the fibers to shrink down and mesh together.  (Have you ever accidentally shrunk a wool sweater in the wash?  Same concept.)

We will be using wool fiber, some of which has been hand-dyed by Jane, but most of which has been dyed by local dyer "Miss Babs".  Our own Ivy works with Miss Babs, which means Ivy may have also dyed some of these fibers.  Check out Miss Babs' website: http://www.missbabs.com/
Dyed wool by Miss Babs.  Color: "Come Fly with Me"

So, what in the world will be on this banner?
Fibers laid out for the background
 Well, it will be a banner that we will hang in our sanctuary during Ordinary Time, primarily during Summer, when we hear a lot of Jesus' Parables, and often, the Creation Story.
Banner beginning to take shape
 Still can't make it out?  Alright, I'll tell you.
This banner is supposed to hint at several biblical themes all at once.  It should call to mind the Parable of the Mustard Seed (which grows into the greatest of shrubs, and the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches), the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, Jesus' saying about the Lilies of the Field, and also the Tree of Life/Cross connection.  (In the Communion liturgy for the Passion/Good Friday is the memorable line: "Christ our Lord, who on the tree of the cross gave salvation to all, that, where death began, there life might be restored, and that he, who by a tree once overcame, might by a tree be overcome."  Thus, the branches on our tree are meant to hint at the cross, to highlight this connection.)
So, without further ado, I give you the backdrop.
Banner backdrop
 What's left to do, you might ask?  Well, we need leaves made, flowers, fruit, birds, eggs, and nests, and it all needs to be felted.  So, there's plenty left to do!  And we'll need some strong backs and arms for the felting part.  So we hope you'll join us and bring the whole family for this banner day!

Click on our next post "Banner Making" to find out how it went and to see an "after" picture!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sunday School

Sunday School starts back this Sunday, August 17 at 10am.  Our teachers have invested a lot of time and emotional energy into these classes, so we hope you will bring your family and be involved in the church's educational ministry.  When it comes to the life of faith, there's always more to learn and explore!

Monday, June 23, 2014

11 o'clock Worship in the Park

11 o'clock Worship
this Sunday, June 29, 2014
will be at
Green Valley Park*

*Weather permitting, of course.

"The good Lord willing, and the creek don't rise," the Sunday Q&A Sunday School Class will meet at 10am at Green Valley Park (all other Sunday School classes are cancelled).  And our regular, Sunday morning 11am Worship Service will be at Green Valley Park on Big Hill Road, just a few miles down from the church.  The Grubb family musicians and friends will be leading us in singing!

Bring a bag lunch for you and your family - stay and fellowship with us after worship is over!

Rain plans:  If it rains, we'll have worship (11am) and Sunday Q&A Class (10am) at the church.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Join Us and Grace for VBS!


This year, we'll be teaming up with Grace to do VBS, and we are reaching out to include adults!  Here's a promotional video!

Location: Grace Lutheran Church
               115 E King St
               Boone, NC 28607
Date:       June 22-24, 2014
               6-8:30pm each night
Theme:    Weird Animals

Monday, June 9, 2014

Coalition Gathering in the Park

Join us in the Park!
Sunday, June 15
at 5pm
Green Valley Park

The churches of the High Country Lutheran Coalition will once again be having Summer Coalition Gatherings.  The first Gathering is hosted by Bethany. 

Everyone is invited to come out for fellowship and outdoor games, a covered dish meal, and outdoor worship by the banks of the New River with the Grubb family musicians and friends!

Shall We Gather at the River?
What to bring:
Bring any outdoor games you have
Bring your Bocce ball set!

Bring a covered dish meal

Bethany folks will provide drinks and paper products.  You may also bring a folding chair if you like.

A Playground for the little ones

We look forward to seeing you there!  And go ahead and mark your calendars for the next gatherings:
  • July 13, 5pm at Holy Communion, when we will say Farewell to our vicars
  • August 10, 5pm at Lutherock, hosted by Grace

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Come, Holy Spirit!

It may seem hard to believe, but this Sunday will already be day number fifty since Easter.  (It seems to this vicar that Ash Wednesday was just yesterday!)  That means that this Sunday is the Day of Pentecost.

Pentecost is originally a Jewish festival that comes fifty days after Passover and commemorates when the God gave the law to Moses at Sinai (think of Exodus 20:1-21).  The original name in Greek just means "fiftieth."

Of course, it's significant for us as Christians for another reason.  It was at Pentecost that the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles in a rush of wind and in divided tongues of fire (Acts 2:2-4).  That is why one traditional phrase that the Church has used on this day is "Veni, Sancte Spiritus--Come, Holy Spirit!" Filled with the Spirit, the apostles were able to speak to a crowd of people from all different places speaking all different languages who had gathered for the festival.  If you've ever labored through trying to take a foreign language in school or even through Rosetta Stone, you have to be jealous!  

This promised sending of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8), which we heard about on both Ascension Day and Easter 7 (last Sunday), allows the Holy Spirit to continue the hard work of building the Church after Jesus is in heaven.  That's why you will often hear Pentecost called "the birthday of the Church."

A Pentecost "birthday card" to the Church (From: 2 x 2: The Church without a Building)

Flash forward: For us as Christians today, we receive the Holy Spirit in our baptisms.  Because of that, Pentecost is seen as an especially appropriate time to give thanks to God for the gift of baptism.  Often, the rite of confirmation, which reaffirms the baptismal promises, will take place on Pentecost.

This Sunday, we'll get a special chance to celebrate the birthday of the Church, the coming of the Spirit to the apostles, and the coming of the Spirit to us in our baptisms.  How?  Well, of course we'll have hymns about the Holy Spirit, of course we'll have Holy Communion, and of course Pr. Laura will preach a great sermon, but another way to celebrate is to wear red.  Red in the Church is always associated with the Holy Spirit.*  It reminds us of the tongues of fire that descended on the apostles, as well as the fire of God's Word (think Jeremiah 23:29 or even Luke 12:49).

*For instance, when we use red on Reformation Day, we are remembering how the Spirit breathed new life into the Church during the Reformation.  

So what is it?  The Day of Pentecost!  When/where is it?  11am this Sunday, June 8 here at Bethany!  Celebrate the Holy Spirit!  Celebrate the Church!  Celebrate your baptism!  Join us for Pentecost!