November 2016 Messenger
VOLUME 68                                       NOVEMBER 2016                                      NUMBER 11

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.

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

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 to serve Communion at the 10:45 Service.  If you will help, call Sharon (368-8933) by November 3.

DEATHS:  G Robert Kissell, died October 22

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  for full details concerning this program. 
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.


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.

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!

"STOP HUNGER - ONE STEP AT A TIME."  Donations were $ 135.00.  THANK YOU!!
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,
Pastor David
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:
            1. Prayers
            2. Project Promise: 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
                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 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

            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

            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 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.

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

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.


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  • Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
    It is no secret that Bethany Lutheran Church is planning to leave the ELCA. Bishop Driesen has known since February 2014, it was recorded in the minutes of the May 2014 Synod Council meeting, and published in the Bulletin of Reports of the 2014 Synod Assembly. In addition, I have been asked a number of times by other pastors, When will the vote be taken?
    If others are discussing our future, so should we. By this time, my position should be evident; I have been part of reform and renewal movements in the ELCA for over ten years and cannot foresee any correction in their progressive direction. They will continue to move forward with their progressive agenda forcing traditionalists, such as the faithful here at Bethany, to either capitulate and change or fade away and die ... and that is what is happening.
    In my newsletter articles over the past two years, I have listed problem issues within progressive churches. I will not, nor can I see the faithful here at Bethany, capitulate to the progressive agenda within this church. Frankly, I consider this church to be in apostasy as it embraces Progressive Christianity. In my heart and mind, the continual progressive drift of the ELCA, as it becomes more of the world, is a prime reason to affiliate with a traditionalist Lutheran denomination.
    Bethany's church council has explored other Lutheran denominations and determined that the best fit for Bethany is the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). The NALC believes and teaches what we here at Bethany believe and teach. As several of us have said, nothing would be different here at Bethany if we were a church of the NALC. Why? Because we have held to traditional Lutheran Christianity! We have not changed as the ELCA has changed. Our worship has not been revised to the politically correct Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW). We use the services from the Lutheran Book of Worship (LBW), which is used by nearly all NALC congregations, and supplemented with theologically sound resources from Sola and Concordia publishers. We do not use the official ELCA readings from the politically correct NRSV bible translation or the progressive Prayers from Sundays and Seasons/Celebrate. We have not used educational materials from the ELCA or Augsburg Fortress publishers, for Confirmation, Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, or Bible Study for years.
    Bethany becoming an NALC congregation would mean remaining a traditional orthodox Lutheran congregation. The only thing different at Bethany would be a new official church letterhead, reading NALC rather than ELCA. The reasons for denominational reaffiliation are not the outward, obvious, visible things; but doctrinal, theological, and confessional and to assure that we here at Bethany can maintain our beliefs and practices in the future. The possibility of Bethany maintaining its traditional position in the future in the ELCA is questionable. Pastors and bishops do not last forever and unless the ELCA does an about face, the probability of the next candidate for pastor or bishop not being a progressive is mighty slim.
    Now, when I make that statement someone always asks, What are they teaching in the seminaries? What is being taught is Liberal Protestantism, progressive Christianity, universalism, radical inclusivity! Frankly, most of the faithful in the pews would be shocked by what is not being taught, as well as what is being spewed by professors and embraced, promoted and tolerated on seminary campuses. I recently had an eye opener from a current resident student  I'll just say, that from our viewpoint, it is disturbing and certainly not hopeful.
    In addition, based on my personal experience, progressives have one agenda and will not rest until that agenda becomes law. They preach love and acceptance, inclusivity, tolerance, justice and it being the right thing to do until they, the progressives, are in control, in the position of power; then all of that charity disappears as they impose their agenda on the body. The body is bullied into either capitulation, silenced, or eliminated. Progressives never step back; they may step to the side but always forward promoting their agenda. Their opponents either capitulate or disengage. I opt for disengagement. There comes a time when one must admit that she or he cannot amend another's opposing fundamental belief(s). I cannot imagine the ELCA returning to the teachings of traditional, orthodox Christianity; therefore, I see no alternative but to move on with a church body with whom there are no conflicts. There comes the time, as Jesus said, And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. Matthew 10:14
    It is time to resist the radical changes of the ELCA and join with other traditionalist Lutherans in a home where we feel at home as sisters and brothers, not as estranged distant cousins. We are not alone; there is a remnant who still believe as we do. So, let us set our lamp upon a hill and become that glimmer of hope to other traditionalists in Lycoming County.
    The NALC embodies the theological center of Lutheranism in North America. It is a church body committed to the authority of the Bible as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life. In keeping with the Lutheran Confessions, we believe all doctrines should and must be judged by the teaching of Scripture.
    The NALC is committed to shaping its life around four attributes: Christ-Centered, Mission-Driven, Traditionally-Grounded, and Congregationally-Focused.
    God's love and peace,
    Pastor David
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