January 2017 Messenger
 
VOLUME 69                                         JANUARY 2017                                          NUMBER 1

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
NEW YEAR'S  - "Start it right - at the altar of the Lord."  If you are into making New Year's resolutions, here's one for your list: "I will, with God's help and guidance, worship and commune weekly at the altar of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church."  You can't go wrong if you start right!
 
Salvation of your soul is what's at stake.  It doesn't seem to be a big issue right now, when everything is going well for you.  But let your fortune change, let life begin to slip away, and people get concerned.  The time to prepare for the future is the PRESENT! The future is tomorrow!  The Sunday gathering of God's saints around His altar is a good way to begin to assure your soul's future.  May God bless each and everyone of us in this coming NEW YEAR.                                          

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, JANUARY 1
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.

SUNDAY EVENING SERVICE CANCELED DUE TO NO ATTENDANCE

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

OFFERING ENVELOPES FOR 2017 ARE AVAILABLE
2017 offering envelopes are available outside the Church Office.  Please stop by to pick up your set and those of anyone you know who is not able to get here for them.
 
BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET TUESDAY, JANUARY 10
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, January 10, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Julie Griffiths, 2320 Warrensville Road.  They will be studying Zechariah, lesson #9.  Bible Study members, if you cannot attend, please call Julie (433-3249).
 
They will meet Tuesday, January 24, at the Church.  Lesson # 10.

TUREEN LUNCH - SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 AT NOON
Social Ministry will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, January 15, in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring a tureen to share and your table service. 

COMMITTEE CHAIRS - ORGANIZATION REPORTS ARE DUE JANUARY 15

CHICKEN 'N' BISCUIT DINNER - SATURDAY, JANUARY 28
A Chicken 'n' Biscuit Dinner will be held Saturday, January 28, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. at Bethany Church.  If you will help or provide desserts, please contact Deb Harman (326-0942).  All profits will go to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund.

"SOUPER BOWL" WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5
The "Souper Bowl" is one way to help the Shepherd of the Streets to help more people in need.  It is an effort to glorify God and care for "the least of these" by donating a dollar (or more) that day.  Offering plates will be at each door.

MISSION COMMITTEE
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.

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.  Charities are: Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Tressler Social Services (for counseling), Food Pantry, Social Ministry Outreach, Shepherd of the Streets, American Rescue Workers, Fuel Bank.
 
If you do not want to help these charities, mark your Thanksgiving and/or Christmas envelopes "Regular Fund."

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
            email:  bethanypastor@chilitech.net

STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE
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

COMMITTEES THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT
            Healing Service - Sunday, January 1 - noon
            Church Council - Monday, January 9 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, January 10 - 7:00 pm. - Griffith's
            Tureen Lunch - Sunday, January 15 - noon
            Evangelism Committee - Monday, January 16 - 10:00 am.
            Mission Committee - Monday, January 16 - 7:30 pm.
            Finance Committee - Tuesday, January 17 - 7:00 pm.
            Property Committee - Tuesday, January 17 - 7:00 pm.
            Staff Support Committee - Tuesday, January 17 - 8:00 pm.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, January 23 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, January 24 - 7:00 pm.
            Chicken 'n' Biscuit Dinner - Saturday, January 28 - 4:00 - 7:00 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, January 30 - 9:00 am.
 
FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, February 5 - noon
            "Souper Bowl" - Sunday, February 5
            Women of Bethany - Monday, February 6 - 7:00 pm.
            Church Council - Monday, February 13 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, January 10 - 7:00 pm. - Letschers'
            Tureen Lunch - Sunday, February 19 - noon
            Stewardship Committee - Monday, February 20 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, February 20 - 7:30 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, January 30 - 9:00 am.
            Social Ministry Committee - Monday, February 27 - 7:00 pm.
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, February 27 - 8:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, January 24 - 7:00 pm. - Sausser's

THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS
            Thank You to all who donated shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  We received 23 boxes!  Thank you, Jeff
 
            Thank You to all who brought cookies for the shut-ins!!  We sent out 23 boxes of delicious goodies.
 
            Thank You to all who helped put up the crèche last Sunday.
 
            Thank You for the cookies and for Jean Beard for delivering them.  I appreciated them very much.        --JoAnn Bosch
 
            Thank you to everyone who has helped with the snow removal!!!  We really appreciate it!

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the December meeting -
Accepted committee reports: Property, Evangelism, Worship and Music
Audit Committee
Elected officers for 2017:  President: Glenn Kaufman; Vice-President: Jay Stabley; Secretary: Tracy Rhian; Treasurer: Weston Miller
Approved donations to 3 missionaries with the NALC
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through November 30, 2016 (48 Sundays)                         $ 191,644.76
Expenses through November 30, 2016                                                                 173,810.47
Balance                                                                                                                       $ 17,834.29
 
Income received through November 30, 2015 (48 Sundays)                        $ 154,114.57
Money from Peter's Trust (2015)                                                                                91,102.47
Expenses through November 30, 2015                                                                 232,366.63
            Balance                                                                                                           $ 12,850.41
 
MARCH FOR LIFE
Susquehanna Valley Chapter, Pennsylvanians for Human Life (SVC-PHL) will be taking buses to Washington, D.C. Friday, January 27, 2017, for the annual, grassroots March for Life - 2017 Theme: "The Power of One."  To reserve your seat, call Evelyn Rall (570-398-0722).  Cost: $ 15.00 per person.  Seats will be reserved only when payment is received.  No payments will be taken the day of departure.  Checks can be made to SVC-PHL and mailed to Evelyn Rall, 778 Old Fort Rd, Jersey Shore  17740.  All buses will depart promptly at 6:00 am. from Beiter's Home Center on Rt. 15 and will return later that evening. 

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.

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.

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.

MEMORIALS
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.
 
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
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 AVAILABLE
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.

HOSPITAL VISITATION
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.

HOMEBOUND COMMUNION
Home Bound Communion is always available to our shut-ins.  If you desire to have Communion, please call the Church Office (368-8933).

LINUS BLANKETS
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.

BETHANY'S WEB-SITE
www.BethanyNALC.org
 
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.
 
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 locations 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 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:
            Prayers
            Financial support for the scholarship fund, school, and orphanage home
            Team members to support and participate in future mission trips
 
GAIN
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:
            Praying
            Actually packing food
            Giving financial support
            Going on a mission trip
 
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