March 2017 Messenger

VOLUME 69                                           MARCH 2017                                             NUMBER 3

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
The Holy Season of Lent will begin on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  The 40 days of Lent mark a time of repentance for sins and renewal of our spiritual life.  We study and meditate on the life of Christ, God's gift of redemption for all our disobedience.  Lent is a time to re-examine our lives to see whether they are in harmony with Christ.                
You see, Jesus knows every thought, every need, every weakness, every sin.  He also knows that you and I cannot escape the penalties of our disobedience unless someone with greater power than sin comes to our aid. (John 3:16)  Take stock of your life, your soul.  Find the help and refreshment that we all need at the altar of Bethany Church.  You are invited!  

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. 

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, MARCH 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.

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.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

COME ONE, COME ALL FOR FUN AND GAMES!
Your Mission Committee is sponsoring a game day for Sunday, March 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm?  in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Bring your favorite game to share or come and enjoy someone else's.  Light snacks and drinks will be provided but feel free to bring your own for sharing.  See you there!

BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET TUESDAY, MARCH 14
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, March 14, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Larry and Sharon Barnard, 5981 E Rt 973, Cogan Station.  They will be studying Malachi, lesson #12.  Bible Study members, if you cannot attend, please call Sharon (435-5408).
 
They will also meet Tuesday, March 28, at the home Beverly Brown, 923 Mulberry Street.  Lesson #1, I Timothy.

TUREEN LUNCH - SUNDAY, MARCH 19, AT NOON
Social Ministry will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, March 19, in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring a tureen to share and your table service.  There will not be a tureen lunch in April. 

HOSS'S EVENT - APRIL 4
Hoss's Event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 4.  Have a day out to enjoy a meal at Hoss's and the church will receive a portion of our money for Pastor's Discretionary Fund.  Tickets are available in the church office.

KEEPING UP WITH THE CONGREGATION
DEATHS:  Betty Schmouder died January 29, 2017

"SOUPER BOWL" WAS 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.  Donations received: $ 305.00.  Thank you for helping!
 
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.

HELP IS NEEDED
Help is needed to serve the Men's Banquet and clean up afterwards.  If you will help, please call Gail Stover (368-2282).

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
            Morning Prayer - Wednesday, March 1 - 9:00 am. - Chapel
            Ash Wednesday Service - Wednesday, March 1 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
            Healing Service - Sunday, March 5 - noon
            Morning Prayer - Wednesday, March 8 - 9:00 am. - Chapel
            Lenten Study - Wednesday, March 8 - 6:30 pm. - Fellowship Hall
            Game Day - Sunday, March 12 - 2:00 pm. - Fellowship Hall
            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. - Chapel
            Lenten Study - Wednesday, March 15 - 6:30 pm. - Fellowship Hall
            Tureen Lunch - Sunday, March 19 - noon
            Evangelism Committee - Monday, March 20 - 10:00 am.
            Men's Banquet - Monday, March 20 - 6:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, March 20 - 7:30 pm.
            Property Committee - Tuesday, March 21 - 7:00 pm.
            Morning Prayer - Wednesday, March 22 - 9:00 am. - Chapel
            Lenten Study - Wednesday, March 22 - 6:30 pm. - Fellowship Hall
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, March 27 - 9:00 am.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, March 27 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, March 28 - 7:00 pm. - Brown's
            Morning Prayer - Wednesday, March 29 - 9:00 am. - Chapel
            Lenten Study - Wednesday, March 29 - 6:30 pm. - Fellowship Hall

APRIL HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, April 2 - noon
            Morning Prayer - Wednesday, April 5 - 9:00 am. - Chapel
            Lenten Study - Wednesday, April 5 - 6:30 pm. - Fellowship Hall
            Church Council - Monday, February 13 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, April 11 - 7:00 pm. - Griffith's
            Holy Wednesday Service - Wednesday, April 12 - 9:00 am. - Chapel
            Holy Wednesday Service - Wednesday, April 12 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
            Maundy Thursday Service - Thursday, April 13 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
            Tenebrae Service - Friday, April 14 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
            Sunrise Service - Sunday, April 16 - 6:00 am.
            Church Office Closed - Monday, April 17
            Stewardship Committee - Monday, April 17 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, April 17 - 7:30 pm.
            Finance Committee - Tuesday, April 18 - 7:00 pm.
            Staff Support Committee - Tuesday, April 18 - 8:00 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, April 24 - 9:00 am.
            Social Ministry Committee - Monday, April 24 - 7:00 pm.
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, April 24 - 8:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, April 25 - 7:00 pm. - Church

ST PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH SCHOLARSHIP
The St. Paul Lutheran Church Scholarship Program was founded by the congregation of the former St. Paul Lutheran Church, Williamsport.  This scholarship program is administered by InFaith Community Foundation.  This special scholarship program is to benefit Lutheran students who are graduating seniors of high schools located in Lycoming County.  Scholarship recipients will receive an award of approximately $ 500.00.  Applications will be available 1 March 2017.  Complete eligibility requirements and the new online application may be found at Infaithfound.org/scholarships.  Paper applications will only be available by request.  All applications and necessary documents must be received by the Foundation no later than 30 April 2017.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  For questions, contact Nikki Johnson, Donor Services Associate at (1-800-365-4172) or scholarships@infaithfound.org  

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the February meeting -
Accepted committee reports: Evangelism, Mission, Property, Worship and Music
Changed date of May Council meeting to May 15 at 7:00 pm.
Agreed to pay secretary's for 2016 sick pay
Received Pastor's Report
 
RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through January 31, 2017 (5 Sundays)                                  $ 22,955.59
Expenses through January 31, 2017                                                                       21,943.07
Balance                                                                                                                         $ 1,012.52
 
Income received through January 31, 2016 (5 Sundays)                                 $ 20,579.31
Expenses through January 31, 2016                                                                       22,984.86
            Balance                                                                                                             $ 2,405.55

THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS
Thank You to our congregation for all the Get Well wishes I received while in the  hospital and now at home recovering from surgery.
                                                                               -- Mary Ann Lichter
 
Thank You - Dear Pastor, Mission Team, and Bethany Lutheran Church, for your generous support and your partnership in God's mission in India.  We hope to be able to work with you and be in conversation in near future.  Thank you  again for your prayers and support for us.  God bless.
                                                        --In His Service, Neeraje Nylou Eleka
 
Thank You to everyone ho sent cards and kept us in your thoughts and prayer during Bettie's hospitalization and passing.  Thank you also to all who prepared and helped with the luncheon.  All was very much appreciated.                                                          -- Rob and Karen Paulhamus
 
Thank You for the lovely cards and phone calls that helped make my birthday so enjoyable.  Thank you to the Bennett family for the beautiful Altar Flowers and to Kathy Sausser and Kathy Hinton for delivering them.  God bless you all.                                                                  -- Jean Fox
 
Thank You to all who helped with the Chicken and Biscuit Dinner. Especially those who worked so hard to get everything ready, those who donated desserts, those who served and to all who came to enjoy the fine meal.
 
Thank You - Dear Congregation, Pastor, and Betty - Thank you for the flowers, a great gesture of support for Sue and I.  Thank you to Earla Gower for delivering them.  My wrist is almost healed.
                                                      -- God Bless You, Dave and Sue Neidig
 
Thank You to the Congregation for all the thoughts, prayers, and cards I received when my father was ill and at the time of his passing.  I appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness.                          -- Kathy Sausser
 
Thank you to the congregation for all the cards, prayers, and concerns while my mother was ill and to the Women of Bethany for the lovely luncheon.                                                         -- Brian and Carol Aldinger

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 Bettie Paullhamus by:  North Central Mustang ClubMr/Mrs Gary Inch,                    Mr/Mrs Michael Callahan, Mr/Mrs Wayne Rockey, LaVon Hawley,                                                                Carmen Kremser
In memory of Betty Schmouder:  Rev/Mrs Walter Schell, Mr/Mrs Kevin D. Fry,                                Mr/Mrs Richard Thursby, Mr/Mrs Anthony L. Salvatori, Jane R. Wehler,                                            William D. Badger
In memory of Michelle Inch: Mr/Mrs Gary Inch        

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. 

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.

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.

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 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