VOLUME 68 NOVEMBER 2016 NUMBER 11
HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
All Saint's Day, November 6, has often been called the Memorial Day of the Christian Church. It is on this day that we recognize those who have left our fellowship for the "church triumphant." Our celebration of Holy Communion on this day is significant. Through the Holy Sacrament, our souls and lives are strengthened, sins forgiven, and assurance of God's continuing love, care and guidance is received. Let us be encouraged to seek the Lord with renewed vigor, worship and prayer for deepening of our faith, and a closer walk with God.
Please remember your "offerings" for the Food Pantry and Fuel Bank.
ALL SAINTS' SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, REMEMBERS OUR DEPARTED FAITHFUL
The Christian Church around the world celebrates ALL SAINTS' SUNDAY. On this day, we thank God for the lives and witness of all Christians, both living and dead. We pray God's continued blessing upon His saints militant (those living) as well as the saints triumphant (those who have died) since last All Saints' Day. We will commend their souls to the Lord's love at our Service November 6.
Nine members of Bethany Church have entered eternal life during the past year. We thank God for their lives among us. May God bless their memory to us.
John Dapp Maxine Everett Howard Hunter
Michelle Inch Philip Kift G Robert Kissell
Albert McCoy Loren Moss Jr Alberta Swartz
HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Pastor David will conduct a service of the word for Healing, following the 10:45 am. service on the first Sunday of the month. Please join us.
ALL SAINTS' MEMORIAL SERVICE - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6
All Saints' Memorial Service will be held Sunday, November 6, at 4:00 pm. We will be remembering our loved ones who have died with a Memorial Service of Holy Communion. At the time of reading of the names of the deceased, a family member or friend will have the opportunity to light a candle in their memory. Call the Church Office (368-8933) by Wednesday, November 2, if you want a loved one named.
SUNDAY EVENING SERVICE - NOVEMBER 6 AT 6:00 PM.
Beginning November 6, the service will be held at 6:00 pm. This service would be especially for those who are not able to attend Sunday morning, but also for those who desire a less liturgical service. This service contains all the elements of Lutheran worship - prayer, Scripture readings, preaching, Eucharist, and singing; however, the service would is held in the chapel. Hope to see you there, Pastor David
BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, November 8, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Larry and Sharon Barnard, 5981 E Rt 973 Hwy, Cogan Station. They will be studying Zechariah, lesson #7. Bible Study members, if you cannot attend, please call Sharon (435-5408).
They will also meet Tuesday, November 22, at the home of Kathy Sausser.
HARVEST HOME - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13
It's Harvest Home time again. Time to give thanks for the many blessings God has provided. You may bring cash or nonperishable items (regular size cans only) to either service that day. Cash will be sent to Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village and canned goods will be given to the Food Pantry.
BLOODMOBILE AT BETHANY- FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18
There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, November 18, from 1:00 - 6:00 pm. in memory of Michelle Inch. Please see Betty Letscher if you have any questions.
TUREEN LUNCH - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 AT NOON
Social Ministry will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, November 20, in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a tureen to share and your table service.
HELP IS NEEDED
Donations are being collected to help Ryan and Danielle Kane with their flood expenses. They live in Warrensville and lost everything on their finished lower level, plus their vehicles. If you will help give thru the Church Office. Thank you!
HELP IS NEEDED
Help is needed to serve Communion at the 10:45 Service. If you will help, call Sharon (368-8933) by November 3.
PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON
KEEPING UP WITH THE CONGREGATION
DEATHS: G Robert Kissell, died October 22
SAMARITAN'S PURSE OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Support Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child. This discipleship program partners with churches worldwide to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Each child receives a shoebox full of Christmas presents, along with Samaritan's Purse Bible study course, the Greatest Journey. This is a great opportunity to give children the gift of the Gospel. Simply pack a shoe box with Christmas presents for a boy or girl and bring the box back to Bethany by Sunday, November 20, along with the recommended $ 7.00 donation needed to ship the box worldwide. Extra shoeboxes are available in the Church Office. Visit
samaritanspurse.org for full details concerning this program.
HOW TO PACK A SHOEBOX:
Start with a shoebox (available in the Church Office).
Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category (2-4; 5-9; or 10-14).
Select a quality "wow" toy (a doll, soccer ball with pump, or stuffed animal). Add other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.
DO NOT include used or damaged items, war/violence-related items, food or candy, or toothpaste.
CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24
ANNUAL CONGREGATION MEETING - DECEMBER 4 AT 9:15 AM.
Notice is hereby given of the annual Congregation Meeting of Bethany Lutheran Church, Sunday, December 4, at 9:15 am. Among the items of business will be the election of five Council persons, youth representatives, approve new constitution, and approval of the 2017 budget. Every active (has communed and contributed directly to Bethany [not to another charity thru Bethany] in the last year), confirmed member of Bethany is encouraged to attend to help direct the affairs of our congregation.
WOMEN OF BETHANY
The Women of Bethany will meet Monday, December 5, at 7:00 pm. The ladies will also pack Christmas Cookies for the Shut-ins. Please bring Canned Goods for the Food Pantry. Donations of cookies will be appreciated!
CROP WALK REPORT
"STOP HUNGER - ONE STEP AT A TIME." Donations were $ 135.00. THANK YOU!!
THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS ENVELOPE MONEY WILL AID NEEDY
Money from the special Thanksgiving and Christmas envelopes that are in your offering boxes, will be given to charities to help the needy. Each holiday time, we use these envelopes to help those less fortunate than we are. Watch the bulletin for the list of charities that will be designated.
If you do not want to help these charities, mark your Thanksgiving and/or Christmas envelopes "Regular Fund."
The Mission Committee is seeking volunteers to support new Mission activities here at Bethany. Do you have a desire to serve your local community but are lacking capability and resources to make it happen. The Church Office would like to have a list of folks on hand willing to help with everyday tasks such as light cleaning, yardwork, snow shoveling, maintenance, and repairs if someone were to call the Church Office looking for help. Please call the Church Office (570-368-8933) if you will help. The Committee
meets on the third Mondays of the month at 7:30 pm.
The committee's first large project involves trying to establish a once-a-month community breakfast on Saturday mornings, with a small suggested donation provided to the church.
The Stewardship Committee has been exploring various ways to involve the folks of Bethany in a project that would be an enhancement to the church, meaningful to the people, and a financial benefit to the congregation. It has been proposed that we explore the idea of a Memorial Garden, in which "personalized bricks" providing perpetual recognition, form a "Wall of Remembrance & Honor " Or a "Walk of Remembrance & Honor". The 4" x 8" bricks can be imprinted with up to three lines of 15 characters each (including spaces) and would be obtainable for a donation of $50.00.
As this would be a permanent construction (wall or walkway) on church property, in the grassy area between the educational wing and the Broad Street sidewalk, the Committee desires to hear the opinions of the folks of Bethany. The number one question that the committee needs answered is... Is there enough interest or support among the folks to make this project viable? The wall or walk would need to be of a sufficient size to make it engaging to folks, congregation members and the public passing by the church property. it would be a public statement to the community.
So please give this some thought and let us know what you thing about this idea.
God's love and peace to you,
INTERNATIONAL MISSION EFFORTS
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF
Mission: Affirming God's love for all people, LWR works with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering. Primary loca- tions of work include East and West Africa, parts of Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Ways to Support:
2. Project Promise: Build Kits of Care www.lwr.org/get-involved/build-kits-of-care
Turn ordinary items into extraordinary gifts. You can help people dealing with some of life's most difficult situations - the aftermath of earthquakes and floods, fleeing home to escape violence and living in extreme poverty.
3. Mission Quilts http://lwr.org/get-involed/quilts
Through a simple combination of fabric and thread, you can reach out to
people in their time of greatest need with a strong message of hope.
4. Financial Support and Gifts. Gifts include emergency supplies, crops, live stock, and water.
5. Fair Trade Products
FRIENDS OF RENACER
Friends of Renacer is an ecumenical support network for the Renacer Orphanage and the connected Christian school which serves the local community in Honduras. They are a ministry of presence - praying, visiting, listening, encouraging, and helping financially with special projects. More than 100 local supporters have traveled to Honduras and gained first hand experience.
In addition to visits and work parties at different times throughout the year, they manage a scholarship fund for Renacer alumni interested in vocational or a university education. Tuition and living expenses cost roughly $ 2,000 - $ 3,000 per calendar year for university attendance. Recipients are required to maintain a B average and volunteer in some capacity at Renacer for one year. Since 2004, more than a dozen Renacer alumni and staff family children have been helped by this scholarship fund.
Ways to support:
Financial support for the scholarship fund, school, and orphanage home
Team members to support and participate in future mission trips
GAIN stands for Global Aid Network and is a division of Campus Crusade for Christ. This organization has World Hunger Events where volunteers pack food (rice and beans), and sometimes clothing and or blankets to help people throughout the world. Ways to support:
Actually packing food
Giving financial support
Going on a mission trip
CONTACTING PASTOR DAVID
Pastor's Office hours at the Church: Monday - Thursday 9:00 am. - 4:30 pm.
Church phone: 570-368-8933
Home phone: 570-322-3685
COMMITTEES THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT
Healing Service - Sunday, November 6 - noon
Memorial Service - Sunday, November 6 - 4:00 pm.
Sunday Evening Service - Sunday, November 6 - 6:00 pm.
Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, November 8 - 7:00 pm. - Letschers'
Sunday Evening Service - Sunday, November 13 - 6:00 pm.
Church Council - Monday, November 14 - 7:00 pm.
Property Committee - Tuesday, November 15 - 7:00 pm.
Bloodmobile - Friday, November 18 - 1:00 - 6:00 pm.
Sunday Evening Service - Sunday, November 20 - 6:00 pm.
Tureen Lunch - Sunday, November 20 - noon
Evangelism Committee - Monday, November 21 - 10:00 am.
Mission Committee - Monday, November 21 - 7:30 pm.
Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, November 22 - 7:00 pm. - Sausser's
Church Office Closed - Thursday, November 24
Sunday Evening Service - Sunday, November 27 - 6:00 pm.
Stuff Newsletters - Monday, November 28 - 9:00 am.
Worship and Music Committee - Monday, November 28 - 7:00 pm.
Congregation Meeting - Sunday, December 4 - 9:15 am.
Healing Service - Sunday, December 4 - noon
Sunday Evening Service - Sunday, December 4 - 6:00 pm.
Women of Bethany - Monday, December 5 - 7:00 pm.
Sunday Evening Service - Sunday, December 11 - 6:00 pm.
Church Council - Monday, December 12 - 7:00 pm.
Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, December 13 - 7:00 pm.
SCS Christmas Program - Sunday, December 18 - 9:30 am.
Tureen Lunch - Sunday, December 18 - noon
Christmas Caroling - Sunday, December 18 - 2:30 pm.
Sunday Evening Service - Sunday, December 18 - 6:00 pm.
Stewardship Committee - Monday, December 19 - 7:00 pm.
Mission Committee - Monday, December 19 - 7:30 pm.
Christmas Eve Services - Saturday, December 24 - 7:00 and 10:00 pm.
Stuff Newsletters - Monday, December 26 - 9:00 am.
Contributions to our Memorial Fund is a way of remembering those who have passed away or in honor of those who are still living. Monies can be donated to the Memorial Fund or to Pastor's Discretionary Fund.
THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS
Thank You to everyone for the Anniversary cards and well wishes.
-- Glenn and Cheryl Kaufman
Thank You to Louise Foose for hosting the Blood Drive while we were away, to Linda Bomboy for helping her and to Charlie Lichter for opening the church.
-- Gratefully, Betty Letscher
Thank You so much for all your thoughts, prayers and cards. Thanks to Pastor and Betty for your trips to Geisinger and giving Sue and myself communion. I am slowly getting better day by day. God Bless, Dave and Sue Neidig
Thank You to all who participated in the Hoss's Event. We received a check in the amount of $106.21 for Pastor's Discretionary Fund.
RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the October meeting -
Accepted committee reports: Mission, Property, Worship and Music, Evangelism
Second Reading of 2017 Budget
Waiting on Adopt-A-Cop Project
Set time for Congregation Meeting: December 4 at 9:15 am.
Received Pastor's Report
RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through September 30, 2016 (39 Sundays) $ 157,240.95
Expenses through September 30, 2016 142,761.26
Balance $ 14,479.69
Income received through September 30, 2015 (39 Sundays) $ 125,969.22
Money from Peter's Trust (2015) 91,102.47
Expenses through September 30, 2015 194,199.23
Balance $ 22,872.46
SHEPHERD OF THE STREETS
Shepherd of the Streets needs: donations for their budget and discretionary funds, blankets, bedding, supplies for hygiene kits (regular sizes only): deodorant, soap, tissues, toilet paper, combs, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, razors, shampoo, conditioner, women's hygiene products, towels, wash cloths, paper towels, sheets (all sizes), blankets, baby diapers, baby Q-Tips, baby shampoo, baby powder, baby oil, baby wipes. Our "Shepherd Box" is in the hall outside the Church Office. Thank you for your gifts of money and material that extends the love of God from you to those in such need, and most of all for your prayers on our behalf. Money helps with guidance and counseling; prescription assistance; transportation assistance; baby diapers and supplies; dental, audio, and visual assistance; work preparedness; bedding, utility help; hygiene items; documentation.
BIBLES FOR PRISON
Bibles for Prison are needed. The Lycoming County Prison Chaplain reports that the number of inmates attending Bible study continues to grow, and requests for Bibles has increased. Donations to help buy Bibles would be appreciated. Please mark your check "Bibles." Thank you.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS
They continue to see an increase each month in the number of clients they have assisted. The need is great. These are tough times for all of us. Items needed: cake mix, cereal, hot cocoa, coffee, powdered creamer, powdered drink mix, frosting, canned fruits, granola bars, hamburger helper, jello, ketchup, mac-n-cheese, instant mashed potatoes, mustard, egg/spaghetti noodles, oatmeal packets, oodles of noodles, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, microwave popcorn, poptarts, pork-n-beans, pudding mix, ramen noodles, saltines, chunky soups, soups (chicken noodle soup, tomato soup), spaghetti sauce, stuffing, sugar (1 lb.), regular tea bags, canned tuna, canned vegetables, clean plastic grocery bags (no holes), 30 gal trash bags, disinfectant wipes.
PLEASE REMEMBER OUR SENIORS AT HOME
Herbert and Sandy Bright - 628 Broad Street, Montoursville
Shirlee English - PO Box 322, Montoursville
Lester Erdman - Muncy Skilled Nursing, 215 E Water St, Muncy 17756
Raymond Fry - 1101 Broad St, Montoursville
Marjorie Gower - 1409 Jordan Ave, Montoursville
Caroline Kern - Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville
Betty Jean Kift - Elmcroft of Williamsport, 2985 Four Mile Dr, Montoursville
Virginia Laudig - 1119 Broad St, Montoursville
Helen Leidhecker - Hillside Assisted Living, 2725 Four Mile Dr, Montoursville
Sandra Long - 721 Weldon St, Montoursville
Catherene F Lowe - 2410 North Hills Dr, Williamsport
Joyce McQuillen - Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville
Tessie Moss - 12 Lutheran Home Dr, Personal Care 220, Telford PA 18969
Bettie Paulhamus - 88 Oak Lane, Montoursville
Elnora Paulhamus - 827 Weiss Ave, Montoursville
Francis Poeth - 1900 Ravine Rd, Apt 1226, Williamsport
Hilary and Betty Schmouder - The Meadows Room 111, 2160 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville
Eleanor Shaheen, 515 Rt 405, Hughesville 17737
Richard (Fred) Shultz - 1275 Broad St, Montoursville
Patricia Snauffer, 1108 Spruce St, Montoursville
Darla Starr - 68 Sechler Dr, Montoursville
Cella Taylor - 1412 Broad St, Montoursville
Equipment is available to borrow during recovering from surgery and for the elderly. We have walkers, canes, equipment for the bathtub and commode. If you have a need, talk to the staff.
If you or anyone you know is to be hospitalized, please notify the Church Office (368-8933). It is our desire to minister to you and your family, however that cannot happen if we don't receive notification.
Home Bound Communion is always available to our shut-ins. If you desire to have Communion, please call the Church Office (368-8933).
We are still sharing our knitting, crocheting, and quilting gifts with others by making blankets of all sizes (baby, children, adult) for those with cancer or going thru traumatic experiences at hospitals. Please bring to the Church Office.
NEED TRANSPORTATION TO CHURCH?
Do you want to attend church but need transportation? The Evangelism Committee has volunteers who are willing to pick you up and bring you to church and return you home again on Sunday mornings. If you would like to attend church, please call the Church Office (368-8933) by noon Friday so arrangements can be made.
WISE OPTIONS FOR WOMEN
For 120 years the YWCA has supported women and children in Lycoming County. Now you can help us: The Boutique at the YWCA is offering high-quality, gently-used clothing for the whole family. 100% of proceeds stay local to support women and children in crisis. The Boutique is open Wednesday: 4:00 - 7:00; Thursday & Friday: 11:00 - 5:00; and Saturday: 10:00 - 2:00.