February 2017 Messenger

VOLUME 69                                       FEBRUARY 2017                                         NUMBER 2
HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, The Last Supper, portrays Jesus'  disciples crowding close to the Master as He broke the Bread and shared the Cup.  By this time the disciples had come to know how important was the Lord to their souls.
 
Christians need to be just as aware as they approach the Lord's Table to celebrate God's gift of forgiveness and life.  Perhaps because the spiritual is not as readily visible as are the material things of life, we can easily forget how important they are to us.
 
The Holy Bible and our Lutheran teachings tell us that Jesus' saving grace comes to us in a unique way: "Take, eat; this is my body, this is my blood, given and shed for you."  Jesus understands the hurts, weaknesses, and failures of our lives.   He encourages us by offering forgiveness for the past, and strength and guidance for the future.
 
Plan to be present when we gather as a family to partake of this Holy Meal.  
                 
"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.

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5
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.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

WOMEN OF BETHANY WILL MEET MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6
Women of Bethany will meet Monday, February 6, at 7:00 pm. in Sunday Memorial hall.  They will be packing Goody Boxes for shut-ins and college students.  Please bring Canned Goods for the Food Pantry.

HOMEMADE CANDY AND COOKIES NEEDED
Women of Bethany will be packing Goody Boxes for shut-ins and college students.  Donations of cookies and candy will be appreciated.  Please bring them to the Church Office by 4:30 pm. Monday, February 6.  Thank you!

BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, February 14, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Pastor and Betty, 2939 Cochran Ave, DuBoistown.  They will be studying Zechariah, lesson #11.  Bible Study members, if you cannot attend, please call Betty (322-3685).
 
They will also meet Tuesday, February 28, at the home of Kathy Sausser, 75 Rockey Lane, Apt 4, Montoursville.  Lesson # 12.

TUREEN LUNCH - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, AT NOON
Social Ministry will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, February 19, in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring a tureen to share and your table service. 

COMMITTEE CHAIRS - ORGANIZATION REPORTS ARE DUE

ASH WEDNESDAY - MARCH 1
Ash Wednesday Service will be held Wednesday, March 1, at 7:30 pm. in the Sanctuary.  There will be imposition of ashes for those desiring to receive the ashes as an outward sign of inward sorrow for our sins.  It is an optional rite for those wishing to receive the ashes.  Holy Communion will be served.

MORNING PRAYER - WEDNESDAYS BEGINNING MARCH 1
Morning Prayer will be held at 9:00 am. on Wednesdays, beginning March 1, in the Chapel.  There will be imposition of ashes March 1. 

LENTEN STUDY - WEDNESDAYS IN LENT
Wednesdays in Lent, we will meet at 6:30 pm. in Sunday Memorial Hall for a video Bible study on "He Chose the Nails," by Max Lucado.  Max will examine the gifts that Christ gave at His crucifixion: the cross, the thorns that pierced His brow, the nails that tore His flesh, the seamless robe that He removed for us, and the empty tomb where He forever defeated sin and death.  The hill of the cross is rich with God's gifts of grace, and as we unwrap them, we will hear Him whisper, "I did it just for you." 
 
Come join us.

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.

MEN'S BANQUET WILL BE HELD MONDAY, MARCH 20
Come to the Men's Banquet, Monday, March 20, at 6:00 pm. in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Enjoy a turkey dinner, and  fellowship.  The Program will be presented by I-Tec (International Technical Electric and Construction), located at 23 Green Hollow Road, Montoursville.  I-Tec is a non-denominational ministry utilizing volunteers to meet the technical needs of missionaries and not-for-profit organizations worldwide and to actively support local and international disaster relief.  Purpose Statement: To advance the message that Jesus Christ is the light of the world by Powering Missions Worldwide.  Presenters will be Tom Garber, Kerry Grasser, and Michael Fisher.  They will be bringing a container to show the work and what they take to countries in need. 
Cost: Adults: $ 11.00.  Children 6-12: $ 5.00.  Children under 6: free.  Reservations and payment must be made in the Church Office (368-8933) by March 12.
 
Women - if you will help serve the Men's Banquet and/or help clean up afterwards, please call Gail Stover (368-2282).

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.

COMMITTEES THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT
            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

MARCH HAPPENINGS
            Ash Wednesday Service - Wednesday, March 1 - 7:30 pm.
            Healing Service - Sunday, March 5 - noon
            Morning Prayer - Wednesday, March 8 - 9:00 am.
            Lenten Study - Wednesday, March 8 - 6:30 pm.
            Church Council - Monday, March 13 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, March 14 - 7:00 pm. - Barnards'
            Morning Prayer - Wednesday, March 15 - 9:00 am.
            Lenten Study - Wednesday, March 15 - 6:30 pm.
            Tureen Lunch - Sunday, March 19 - noon
            Evangelism Committee - Monday, March 20 - 10:00 am.
            Mission Committee - Monday, March 20 - 7:30 pm.
            Property Committee - Tuesday, March 21 - 7:00 pm.
            Morning Prayer - Wednesday, March 22 - 9:00 am.
            Lenten Study - Wednesday, March 22 - 6:30 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, March 27 - 9:00 am.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, March 27 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, January 28 - 7:00 pm. - Brown's
            Morning Prayer - Wednesday, March 29 - 9:00 am.
            Lenten Study - Wednesday, March 29 - 6:30 pm.

KEEPING UP WITH THE CONGREGATION
DEATHS:  Bettie Paulhamus, died Wednesday, January 25

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

THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS
Thank You to all who helped with the Christmas Eve Services and to the    Decorating Committee who make the Sanctuary so beautiful for the Services.
 
Thank You for the altar flowers and thank you to Gail Stover and Kathy Sausser for delivering them, they are so beautiful.                             -- Jane Clements
 
Thanks!! To the great members of Bethany - I've received visits, cookies,     flowers, an afghan and Communion from Pastor David.  Many thanks for all of them.                                                                    -- Roxie Lundy
 
Thank You - Pastor David and Betty would like to thank those who remembered us with cards, gifts and kind words at Christmas and our Anniversary.  Your kindness is greatly appreciated.  We pray that you all have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

Thank You to you wonderful Bethany members - for the cards, calls, visits, Altar Flowers, prayers, and to Pastor David for his visits.  I just love them.                                                                                           -- Eleanor Shaheen
 
Thank You for your support of the United Churches Food Pantry in 2016.  Your generosity has made a huge difference in our clients' lives                                                                       -- Mona Rundio and Volunteers U.C.F.P
 
Thank You - Danielle and I would like to say Thank You to all the members of Bethany for your support, prayers, and generosity in our time of need.  We would also like to let everyone know we found a house here in town and will be moving in February. 
-- Thank You, Ryan and Danielle Kane

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the January meeting -
Accepted committee reports: Mission, Staff Support
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through December 31, 2016 (52 Sundays)                         $ 216,719.55
Expenses through December 31, 2016                                                                 197,069.33
Balance                                                                                                                       $ 19,650.22
 
Income received through December 31, 2015 (52 Sundays)                        $ 175,106.15
Money from Peter's Trust (2015)                                                                                91,102.47
Expenses through December 31, 2015                                                                 259,356.93
            Balance                                                                                                             $ 6,851.69

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.

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 - Elmcroft of Loyalsock, 2985 Four Mile Dr, Montoursville
Sandra Long - Muncy Skilled Nursing, 215 E Water St, Muncy  17756
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
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 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 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
 
 
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