October 2016 Messenger
 
VOLUME 68                                         OCTOBER 2016                                        NUMBER 10
HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
"Take and eat; take and drink."  We take eating and drinking for granted in our part of the world.  There is plenty!  Not so in other parts of the world.  More than one-half of the world goes to bed hungry each night, we are told.  How they must long for the basic essentials.  No one can live without food and drink.
 
Neither can our souls last long without proper nourishment 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.  If we absent ourselves from God's presence, we create a vacancy for some other force to "move in" and replace God.  Don't leave a vacancy in your soul and life.  Keep it filled with God's True Presence.
 
The place for all Christians is at the Lord's Table to answer His call to commune with Him.  Come, have your faith lifted, your sins forgiven, your soul put at peace.

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL
Summer Sunday School continues.  Adults will meet in Sunday Memorial Hall.  They will be studying the Word of Life Series.
 
October 2             Walk in the Light                        Psalm 119:105-112; I John 1:5-10
October 9             Love as I have Loved                Psalm 107:1-9; John 15:9-17

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
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.

LIFE CHAIN - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
The 25th Annual Life Chain will be held Sunday, October 2, at 2:30 pm. on the Golden Strip.  If you are interested in participating in a silent stand for the unborn, please contact Sharon Barnard (435-5408).

SUNDAY EVENING SERVICE
There has been a discussion for a couple of years now, about having an afternoon/evening worship service.  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 will contain all the elements of Lutheran worship - prayer, Scripture readings, preaching, Eucharist, and singing; however, the service would be held in the chapel or the fellowship hall in a more casual atmosphere.
 
There was much discussion about the day and time, and I believe that we should keep with Sunday as our day of worship.  Sunday, the Lord's Day, has been the day that Christians have worshipped since Christ Jesus' resurrection.  Moreover, it was on Sunday evening that the Eucharist was celebrated; therefore, beginning Sunday, September 25, we will have a casual worship service beginning at 5:00 pm.
 
Hope to see you there, Pastor David

HELP IS NEEDED
Help is needed to trim bushes around the Church.  Date:  Saturday, October 1, at 9:00 am.  Bring your gloves, pruning shears, etc.  If you will help, call Charlie Lichter (433-3657).

COMMUNITY DAY AT HOSS'S - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4
There will be a Hoss's Event to aid Pastor's Discretionary Fund Tuesday, October 4, at Hoss's, Williamsport.  You can go all day - anytime.  What an easy way to have a meal out and help others in need.  Hoss's will donate a portion of each meal to Bethany Lutheran Church for the Pastor's Discretionary Fund.  Tickets will be available in the Church Office during office hours Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am. - 4:30 pm.

CROP WALK - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9
"STOP HUNGER - ONE STEP AT A TIME."  CROP Walks will be held Sunday, October 9, at 1:30 pm. at the River Walk in Williamsport.  Registration will begin at 1:00 pm. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 142 Market Street, Williamsport.

BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, October 11, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Julie Griffiths, 2320 Warrensville Road, Montoursville.  They will be studying Zephaniah, lesson # 5.  Bible Study members, if you cannot attend, please call Julie  (433-3249). 
 
They will also meet Tuesday, October 25, at the home of Larry and Sharon Barnard.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

TUREEN LUNCH - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 AT NOON
Social Ministry will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, October 16, in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring a tureen to share and your table service. 

ALL SAINTS' MEMORIAL SERVICE - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6
All Saints' Memorial Service will be held Sunday, November 6, at 4:00 pm.  Call the Church Office (368-8933) by Wednesday, November 2, if you want a loved one named.

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.

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
 
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

COMMITTEES THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT
            Healing Service - Sunday, October 2 - noon
            Sunday Evening Service - Sunday, October 2 - 5:00 pm.
            Evangelism Committee - Monday, October 3 - 10:00 am.
            Community Day at Hoss's - Tuesday, October 4 - ALL DAY
            Chancel Choir - Wednesday nights - 7:00 pm.
            Chancel Choir - Thursday afternoons - 3:00 pm.
            Handbell Choir - Thursday nights - 7:00 pm.
            5 x 5 Handbells - Thursday nights - 8:00 pm.
            Sunday Evening Service - Sunday, October 9 - 5:00 pm.
            Church Council - Monday, October 10 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, October 11 - 7:00 pm. - Kissell's
            Sunday Evening Service - Sunday, October 16 - 5:00 pm.
            Stewardship Committee - Monday, October 17 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, October 17 - 7:30 pm.
            Finance Committee - Tuesday, October 18 - 7:00 pm.
            Staff Support Committee - Tuesday, October 18 - 8:00 pm.
            Sunday Evening Service - Sunday, October 23 - 5:00 pm.
            Social Ministry Committee - Monday, October 24 - 7:00 pm.
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, October 24 - 8:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, October 25 - 7:00 pm. - Barnards'
            Sunday Evening Service - Sunday, October 30 - 5:00 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, October 31 - 9:00 am.

NOVEMBER HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, November 6 - noon
            Memorial Service - Sunday, November 6 - 4:00 pm.
            Sunday Evening Service - Sunday, November 6 - 5:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, November 8 - 7:00 pm. - Letschers'
            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.
            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
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, November 28 - 9:00 am.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, November 28 - 7:00 pm.
 
RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the September meeting -
Accepted committee reports: Stewardship, Mission, Finance, Social Ministry, Christian Education
First Reading of 2017 Budget
Discussed Adopt-A-Cop Project
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through August 31, 2016 (35 Sundays)                               $ 139,515.24
Expenses through August 31, 2016                                                                      126,586.30
Balance                                                                                                                       $ 12,928.94
 
Income received through August 31, 2015 (35 Sundays)                              $ 113,103.40
Money from Peter's Trust (2015)                                                                                60,794.50
Expenses through August 31, 2015                                                                       175,639.90
            Balance                                                                                                            $ -1,742.00

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 Fay Salicco by: 
            Liboria Fisher, Charles and Dianne Fisher, Margaret Ryan

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 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.