April 2017 Messenger

VOLUME 69                                             APRIL 2017                                              NUMBER 4

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY

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).]

 

Holy Communion is another of the Lord's many invitations to partake of His grace and mercy.  Who dare refuse such a gracious offer?  Romans 3:23 reminds us:  "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."  in plain language, "we all need it."  when Bethany's member gather to celebrate the Lord's Supper, no one should be absent from His Table.  Please join us to share and celebrate our Lord's merciful Sacrament to us, His children.  "My body given for you; My blood shed for you."  Those words carry a tremendous impact to us - LIFE!  Jesus' Presence in this Bread and Cup conveys a sense of healing and salvation for our souls that no other means on earth can give.  Sins are forgiven, time for renewal of life is granted and new hope for the future is offered.   

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, APRIL 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.

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.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

MORNING PRAYER - CONTINUES WEDNESDAYS, APRIL 5 AND 12

Morning Prayer will be held at 9:00 am. on Wednesdays in the Chapel. 

LENTEN STUDY - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5

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.

COME ONE, COME ALL FOR FUN AND GAMES!

We had so much fun last month, the Mission Committee is doing it again.  Won't you come and join us Sunday afternoon, April 9, from 2 - 4 (?) 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!

MOVIE - "THE SHACK"

Movie - "The Shack" is playing in both the area theaters.  A member of our church has made monies available for you to see this movie.  Bring your ticket stubs to the church office and you will be reimbursed.

BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET TUESDAY, APRIL 11

The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, April 11, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Julie Griffiths, 2320 Warrensville Road.  They will be studying I Timothy, lesson #1.  Bible Study members, if you cannot attend, please call Julie (433-3249).

 

They will also meet Tuesday, April 25, at the church.  Ruth Kissell will have refreshments.  Lesson #2, I Timothy.

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

HOLY WEEK SERVICES AND EASTER SERVICES

Holy Wednesday - April 12 - 9:00 am. (Chapel) and 7:30 pm. (Sanctuary)

Maundy Thursday - April 13 - 7:30 pm. in the Sanctuary with Communion and Foot                    Washing

Good Friday - April 14 - Tenebrae Service - 7:30 pm. in the Sanctuary

Easter Sunrise - April 16 - 6:00 am.

Easter Day - April 16 - 8:00 and 10:45 am.

 

HOLY WEEK LAY ASSISTANTS

                       Holy Wednesday     Maundy Thursday   Good Friday           Sunrise

Acolyte         Volunteer Needed       Volunteer Needed       Volunteer Needed      Volunteer Needed

Communion                                    Volunteer Needed                                        Ruth Lundy               Assistants                             Volunteer Needed                                          Volunteer Needed

Greeter                                            Betty Letscher                                              Volunteer Needed

Reader          Volunteer Needed       Volunteer Needed       Volunteer Needed      Ruth Lundy

Ushers          Volunteers Needed     Volunteers Needed     Volunteers Needed    Tracy Rhian, Joshua                                                                                   Rhian, Ruth Kissell

EASTER EGG HUNT

Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 15, at 10:00 am. in the Fellowship Hall.  Come for Story, games, crafts, and of course an Egg Hunt.  Kids confirmation and older - come help fill and color eggs Friday, April 14, at 12:30 pm. in the kitchen.

WOMEN'S BANQUET WILL BE HELD MONDAY, MAY 8

The Women's Banquet will be held Monday, May 8, at 6:00 pm.  A Turkey Dinner will be served.  The Suzuki Strings will present the program.  Cost: Adults: $ 11.00; children 6-12: $ 5.00; children under 6: free.  Please make and pay for reservations in the Church Office by Monday, May 1.

MEN - HELP IS NEEDED FOR THE WOMEN'S BANQUET

If you will help serve the women's Banquet and/or help clean up afterwards, please call Gail Stover (368-2282).

NO TUREEN LUNCH IN APRIL!  SEE YOU MAY 21

GERANIUMS FOR PENTECOST - SUNDAY, JUNE 4

If you would sponsor a geranium for Pentecost Sunday, June 4, we would appreciate it.  Cost: $ 6.50.  The plants will be planted in the flower beds for summer.

HELPERS NEEDED FOR THE ALTAR COMMITTEE

For the month of August.  If you will help, talk to Gail Stover (368-2282).

MEN'S BANQUET WAS HELD MONDAY, MARCH 20

THANK YOU to everyone who helped with the banquet!  Good meal, good fellowship, good program.  The Program was 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.  If you would like to donate to I-TEC, please do so in the Church Office.

MISSION COMMITTEE UPDATE: FRIENDS OF RENACER

One of the missions Bethany chose to support this year is Friends of Renacer, a group that supports the Renacer orphanage in Honduras.  Our contribution of $ 1,000.00 is making it possible for one of their young men, Jans Barahona, to attend nursing school this year.  He was headed for gang life on the streets but instead is now determined to turn his life around, is involved with church, and is doing well with his studies.  Our help is a big factor in making this possible for him.  Although Jans does not speak English, we are able to communicate via Facebook and Google translate.  He sends his heartfelt thanks to Bethany and reports he is studying hard, doing well, and appreciates our caring and encouragement.

COMMITTEES THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT

            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

MAY HAPPENINGS

            Healing Service - Sunday, May 7 - noon

            Women's Banquet - Monday, May 8 - 6:00 pm.

            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, May 9 - 7:00 pm. - Griffith's

            Evangelism Committee - Monday, May 15 - 10:00 am.

            Church Council - Monday, May 15 - 7:00 pm.

            Mission Committee - Monday, May 15 - 7:30 pm.

            Property Committee - Tuesday, May 16 - 7:00 pm.

            Tureen Lunch - Sunday, May 21 - noon

            Evangelism Committee - Monday, March 20 - 10:00 am.

            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, May 22 - 7:00 pm.

            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, May 23 - 7:00 pm. - Church

            Church Office Closed - Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day

            Stuff Newsletters - Tuesday, May 30 - 9:00 am.

ST PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH SCHOLARSHIP - DUE APRIL 30

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 March meeting -

Accepted committee reports: Stewardship, Mission, Social Ministry, Christian Education

Discussed wind damage to the steeple

Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES

Income received through February 28, 2017 (9 Sundays)                                $ 38,789.35

Expenses through February 28, 2017                                                                      39,161.83

Balance                                                                                                                          $ - 372.48

 

Income received through February 28, 2016 (9 Sundays)                               $ 36,529.16

Expenses through February 28, 2016                                                                      37,407.22

            Balance                                                                                                              $ - 878.06

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.

 

 

 

THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS

Thank You to the Women of Bethany for the box of cookies and candy and to Jean Beard for delivering them.  Thank You to Pastor David for visiting me and bringing Communion.                         -- JoAnne Bosch

 

Thank You for your generous support and for prayers for us and also thank you for your partnership in God's mission especially in India (Ranchi).  We hope to keep in touch with you and share God's work that is going on in Ranchi, India.  May God Bless You all and thank you again. 

                -- In Christ, Pastor Nijhar Neeraj-Elcka and Pastor Neeraj Elcka

 

Thank You - Pastor David and Betty would like to thank you for the many beautiful cards, gifts, and wishes for our February birthdays.  They were greatly appreciated.

 

Thank You - Pastor David and Betty would like to thank you for the beautiful altar flowers on the Anniversary of our 5th year here at Bethany.  We thank God for sending us here and hope to retire from here.

 

Many Thanks for all the cards and good wishes from members and friends on my birthday.  it was so nice to be remembered and made a perfect celebration.                                                                   -- Margaret Ryan

 

Thank You for all your kind expressions of sympathy on the loss of our Cindy.  Your prayers, cards and hugs are very comforting.

                                                          -- Jean and Andy Wentz and Family

 

Thank You to the Pastor and the congregation for your prayers, concern, visits, and cards during my recent hospitalization and rehab stay.  A special thanks to those who sent books and magazines - I needed them.  And to Kathy and Ruthie, a particular thank you for their visits and the altar flowers.  It has been and will be a long recuperation and I am blessed with everyone's thoughtfulness.  Hope to be back soon.                                  -- Ann Long

 

Thank You All - Dear Pastor David and Betty, the beautiful people and friends of Bethany Church.  Bob and I want to thank everyone that has been so kind and thoughtful with your cards, prayers and love.  We are both lucky to have you in our life.  The flowers were beautiful, full of cheer.

                                                                                                -- The Heckrotes

 

Thank You! Thank You! to all those who helped with the Men's Banquet this past Monday evening and to all who attended the banquet and helped to make it successful.  Program was very interesting and informative. 

 

Thank You for the Altar Flowers.  They were a complete joy on my 85th Birthday!                                                              -- Louise Foose

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.

 

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. 

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

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 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

 

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