May 2017 Messenger
 
 VOLUME 69                                              MAY 2017                                                NUMBER 5

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
CHRIST IS RISEN!!  HE IS RISEN INDEED!!  ALLELUIA!!   
"Christ is risen!"  That astounding statement, so routine, so revolutionary when it was first exclaimed, seems almost impossible, perhaps even trivial today.  It has become part of our traditional Easter greeting that we pass off as casually as "Good Morning" to someone on the street.
 
But imagine, if you can, the impact on the women as they stood before the tomb that first Easter morning!  And the astonished looks of the disciples when Christ appeared in the Upper Room.  The fact that "...He lives, we, too, shall live," must impact us also.
 
"No greater love has a man than to lay down his life for his friends," said Jesus.  That's just what He did on the cross for our sins.  We celebrate that "feast of love" in Holy Communion each time we participate in the Lord's Supper.  We invite you to join with our Bethany Family to partake of that "wonderful feast" each Sunday morning.

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, MAY 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.

BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET TUESDAY, MAY 9
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, May 9, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Pastor and Betty, 2939 Cochran Avenue, DuBoistown.  They will be studying I Timothy, lesson #3.  Bible Study members, if you cannot attend, please call Betty (322-3685).
 
They will also meet Tuesday, May 23, at the home of Kathy Sausser.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

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).

TUREEN LUNCH - SUNDAY, MAY 21
Social Ministry will hold the Tureen Lunch Sunday, May 21, following the 10:45 Service.  Bring a casserole to share and your table service.  Great fellowship!

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).

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.

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

DONATIONS WELCOME
Donations welcome for the Byham Family of Linden, that lost their home to a fire recently.  Rob is the Choir Director at Messiah Lutheran Church, South Williamsport.  Mark your donation "Byham Family" and we will forward it to Messiah Lutheran Church.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Hoss's donation - Thank you to all who ate at Hoss's April 4.  $ 116.72 was donated to Pastor's Discretionary Fund.

CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, MAY 29 - MEMORIAL DAY

KEEPING UP WITH THE CONGREGATION
TRANSFERS:  Robert and Patricia Snauffer to Montoursville Presbyterian

COMMITTEES THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT
            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.

JUNE HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, June 4 - noon
            Women of Bethany - Monday, June 5 - 7:00 pm.
            Bloodmobile at Bethany - Monday, June 12 - 1:00 - 6:00 pm.
            Church Council - Monday, June 12 - 7:00 pm.
            Stewardship Committee - Monday, June 19 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, June 19 - 7:30 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, June 26 - 9:00 am.
            Social Ministry Committee - Monday, June 26 - 7:00 pm.
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, June 26 - 8:00 pm.

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the March meeting -
Accepted committee reports: Evangelism, Property, Worship and Music
Discussed wind damage to the steeple
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through March 31, 2017 (13 Sundays)                                   $ 56,477.98
Expenses through March 31, 2017                                                                           53,695.56
Balance                                                                                                                         $ 2,782.42
 
Income received through March 31, 2016 (13 Sundays)                                  $ 55,146.24
Expenses through March 31, 2016                                                                           51,635.83
            Balance                                                                                                             $ 3,510.41
 
 
 
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 Patricia Oechler by: Katherine Hinton
            In Memory of Betty Schmouder by: Norbert and Carmen Vishnesky, Becky Place
            In memory of Paul Flick by: Fay Sausser, Ethel Harris and Jean Fetterman, 

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.

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.

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
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