August 2016 Messenger

VOLUME 68                                          AUGUST 2016                                            NUMBER 8
HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
"You think it's hot here?  Better be good; it's a lot hotter down there!" goes the old comedy line.  For some reason, winter cold, summer heat, fall cool, and spring pollen, wet or dry, cloudy or sunny; all seem to discourage people from regularly worshipping God.  How quickly we forget that "God doesn't forget us" at any and all seasons of the year.  How fortunate we are!  How Blessed!  God never takes a vacation!
 
Jesus once told a parable about a King who gave a dinner, but many people refused to attend, most with very lame excuses.  The King brought his judgment and vengeance upon them (Matthew 22:1-14).
 
What a unique privilege - to be invited by the Lord to Supper!  Even more so, a very special Supper with a gift for all who attend - FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS!  How can we stay away from such an invitation?  The Lord Jesus knew our needs when He issued His invitation to "take and eat; take and drink."  He knew that we need to be fed with spiritual food as well as with physical food.  Please join us to share and celebrate our Lord's merciful Sacrament to us, His children.

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL
Summer Sunday School continues.  Adults will meet in Sunday Memorial Hall.  They will be studying the Word of Life Series.
 
August 7        Salvation has Come                        Psalm 40:1-11; Luke 19:1-10                    
August 14      Ask and Receive                              Psalm 28; Luke 11:5-13
August 21      For the Glory of God                        Psalm 121; John 11:17-23, 38-44            
August 28      God is Love                                       Psalm 136:1-16, 23-26; I John 4:7-12     
September 4 Love Your Neighbor                        Psalm 23; Luke 10:25-37

WORSHIP AND MUSIC COMMITTEE
Worship and Music Committee will meet Monday, August 1, at 7:00 pm.

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, AUGUST 7
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.

CHURCH PICNIC WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, AUGUST 14
Plan to attend the Church picnic Sunday, August 14, at Indian Park.  Pavilion 5.  Meet at 4:00 pm..  Bring a dish to share, table service, and beverage.  Hot dogs will be provided.  A Vespers Service will be held at 6:30 pm.  Please make reservations in the Church Office (368-8933) by Thursday, August 11.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - AUGUST 28
On the last Sunday of each month, our parish nurses check blood pressures.  Come to the Library after either Service on that day and have your blood pressure checked.

CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 - LABOR DAY

WOMEN OF BETHANY WILL MEET MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Women of Bethany will meet Monday, September 12, at 6:00 pm. for their annual Tureen Supper.  Sandy Nelson will tell us about her mission trip to Liberia.  Bring a casserole to share and your table service.  Meat and beverage will be provided.  RSVP in the Church Office (368-8933) by September 9.  Please bring Canned Goods for the Food Pantry.

BIBLE STUDY WILL RESUME TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, September 13, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Beverly Brown, 923 Mulberry Street, Montoursville.  They will be studying Habakkuk.  Bible Study members, if you cannot attend, please call Bev (368-1866). 
 
They will also meet Tuesday, September 27, at the home of Larry and Sharon Barnard.

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
 
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
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, August 1 - 7:00 pm.
            Healing Service - Sunday, August 7 - noon
            Church Council - Monday, August 8 - 7:00 pm.
            Church Picnic - Sunday, August 14 - 4:00 pm.
            Vespers Service - Sunday, August 14 - 6:30 pm.
            Stewardship Committee - Monday, August 15 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, August 15 - 7:30 pm.
            Finance Committee with Committee Chairs - Tuesday, August 17 - 7:00 pm.
            Social Ministry Committee - Monday, August 22 - 7:00 pm.
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, August 22 - 8:00 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, August 29 - 9:00 am.

SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, September 4 - noon
            Church Office Closed - Monday, September 5 - Labor Day
            Rally Day - Sunday, September 11
            Teacher Installation - Sunday, September 11 - both Services
            Remembrance of 9-11 - 6:30 pm.
            Women of Bethany Tureen Supper - Monday, September 12 - 6:00 pm.
            Church Council - Monday, September 12 - 8:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, September 13 - 7:00 pm.
            Evangelism Committee - Monday, September 19 - 10:00 am.
            Mission Committee - Monday, September 19 - 7:30 pm.
            Property Committee - Tuesday, September 20 - 7:00 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, September 26 - 9:00 am.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, September 26 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, September 27 - 7:00 pm.

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the June meeting -
Accepted committee reports: Mission, Property, Evangelism, Worship and Music
Changed time of September meeting to 8:00pm
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through June 30, 2016 (26 Sundays)                                    $106,830.89
Expenses through June 30, 2016                                                                             99,885.28
Balance                                                                                                                         $ 6,945.61
 
Income received through June 30, 2015 (26 Sundays)                                    $ 87,867.75
Money from Peter's Trust (2015)                                                                                60,794.50
Expenses through July 31, 2015                                                                            129,124.19
            Balance                                                                                                          $ 19,538.06
 

THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS
Special Thank You to our friends at Bethany for all the cards and calls they sure made my 89th birthday great.  It was so very thoughtful and thanks again.                                                                                           -- Bob Kissell
 
Special Thanks to our Decorating Committee you do a super job and don't miss an opportunity to enhance our service, most recently the red, white and blue for Memorial Day.  Yea! Yea! It is appreciated and noticed.
 
Thank You to the church ladies for baking the cookies and for Jean Beard for delivering them.  They are delicious and very much appreciated.                                                                                                              -- JoAnne Bosch
 
Thank You to Ruth Kissell and Kathy Sausser for weeding the flower beds!!  Thank You to Charlie Lichter, Rich Hillegas, and Dave Grube who mulched the flower beds!!  The flower beds look wonderful!
 
Thank You - I want to thank everyone for the flowers, cookies, cards, and phone calls I received.  It means so much to know people care and are so generous with their good wishes.                                               -- Joan Hiller
 
Thank You so much for your congregation's generosity.  We here at Trinity Lutheran Church are so grateful for this support and we grow and share the love of Jesus in the Washington, DC area.   --God Bless, Pastor Dennis DiMauro
 
Thank You to everyone for their prayers, well wishes, and congratulations concerning the birth of our son, Callen Michael.  We look forward to introducing him to you all.                                                              --Jeff and Megan Perkinson
 
Thank You for all the beautiful birthday cards.  They really made my day special.  Many Thanks also for the lovely sympathy cards and the great support from Bethany.  Thank You to Pastor and all who came to the funeral.  It means a lot to the family and me.  Again - thank you!                        -- Margie Fantaskey
 
      
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.
            In memory of Donald H. Shaheen by:  Diane L. Shaheen, Samuel E. Shaheen, Mr/Mrs Louis J. Gusbar 

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 - 1500 Elliott St, Williamsport
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

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.

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.

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.

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.