June_July 2017 Messenger
VOLUME 69                                       JUNE / JULY 2017                                     NUMBER 6/7

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
The Holy Bible and our Lutheran teachings tell us that Jesus' saving grace comes to us in a unique way.  "Take, eat, this is my body, this is my blood, given and  shed for you."  Jesus understands the hurts, weaknesses, and failures of our lives.  After all, He "came among us, full of grace."  God and Jesus understand.  They help and encourage us by offering forgiveness for the past, and strength and guidance for the future.  So "being at the table and participating" means that you want to be a partaker of God's loving mercy.
 
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is more than just a "remembrance" of what Jesus did long ago.  It is a continued sacrifice of love for us"...that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us; the righteous for the unrighteous..." That is good news!  Will you be here on Sunday mornings to share in Jesus' feast of love and mercy? You are invited!!

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, JUNE 4 AND JULY 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.

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.

AFFIRMATION OF BAPTISM
Confirmation / Affirmation of Baptism will be held Sunday, June 4.  This year, Catrina Bagwell and Jennie Brouse will be confirmed. 

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL
Summer Sunday School will start June 4. Adults will meet in Sunday Memorial Hall.  They will be studying the "Living as Holy Families."
      June 4                  The Reform of Marriage and Family                                                                                             Psalm 128:1-6; Mark 10:1-9; Genesis 24:1-67                     
      June 11               The Reform of Marriage and Family                                                        
      June 18               The Estate of Marriage and Family                                                                                               Ecclesiastes 4:7-12; Genesis 2:15-25; Ruth 4:1-17
      June 25               The Estate of Marriage and Family                                                          
      July 2                   The Vocation of Marriage and Family                                                                                           John 13:1-17; Ephesians 5:15-22, 6:1-4; Matthew 1:18-25;                                                                                   Luke 2:22-35
      July 9                   The Vocation of Marriage and Family                                                     
      July 16                 The Struggle of Marriage and Family                                                                                           Matthew 10:34-39; Romans 8:12-37; I Samuel 2:12-35
      July 23                 The Struggle of Marriage and Family                                                      
      July 30                 The Blessing of Marriage and Family                                                                                           Hosea 1:1-3, 2:14-23; II Corinthians 5:14-19; Genesis 50:14-26
      August 6              The Blessing of Marriage and Family                                                     
      August 13            The Community of Marriage and Family                                                                                      Isaiah 54:1-8; I Corinthians 12:12-27; Ruth 1:1-18
      August 20            The Community of Marriage and Family                                                
      August 27            Nicene Creed
      September 3       Symbols in the Sanctuary

WOMEN OF BETHANY WILL MEET MONDAY, JUNE 5
Women of Bethany will meet Monday, June 5, at 7:00 pm.  Program will be Cookies for our Shut-ins.  Jane Clement will have Devotions.  Gail Stover will have Refreshments.  Please bring Canned Goods for the Food Pantry...AND cookies for the packages!!

COOKIES NEEDED
Cookies are needed for the packages for our Shut-ins.  Please deliver to the Church for the women's meeting on June 5.  Thank you.

MINIATURE GOLF - SUNDAY, JUNE 11
Miniature Golf - June 11 - at Hoopla's at the Mall.  Meet at 5:00 pm. at Hoopla's.  Adults: $ 7.50; Ages 5-10: $ 5.00; under 5 years: free.  Weather permitting.
 
ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE AT OLD IMMANUEL CHURCH
Annual Memorial Service at Old Immanuel Church, Lime Bluff Rd, Muncy - Sunday, June 11, at 2:00 pm.  Pastor David will be officiating and Mary Paulhamus will provide the music on the church's antique pump organ.  Pastor David will be examining the theme "Faith of Our Fathers," his sermon is entitled "We Believe." 
 
The steeple bell will be tolled in memory of Old Immanuel's immediate past President, Raymond Hoover, who died last June.  Ray leaves a legacy of caring and service to Old Immanuel that will not be forgotten.
 
Old Immanuel is considered to be the mother church of Lutheranism in Lycoming County.  Founded in 1791, it lived until its doors shut permanently in 1920.    The first structure built on the property was of log; the second and third (the remaining) structures were of brick.  The current building was dedicated in 1869, and contains two cornerstones, one in German dated 1832, and one in English dated 1869.  At least 9 Revolutionary Soldiers and 5 Civil War Soldiers are buried in the historic cemetery.  The church was built on land donated by Henry and Barbara Shoemaker, of "Shoemaker Mills" at the Routes of 442/405 intersection.
 
At one time, there was a school associated with Old Immanuel, and the church contained a gallery, a wine-glass pulpit, and enough straight-backed pews to seat 600 people.
 
Old Immanuel closed its doors for regular services in 1920, after giving rise to 19 other Lutheran congregations.  Some of these have also closed their doors, such as Moreland Lutheran, Trinity (Huntersville), St. Paul's (Millville), Germany Church, Katy's Church, St. Mark's (Lairdsville), Christ Lutheran (Montgomery), Messiah (Alvira), the Stone Church (Elimsport), and Zion (Elimsport).  Some of these churches have taken on new identities as they have become home to other congregations.
 
Churches that have sprung up from Old Immanuel that continue with the Lutheran tradition include Trinity and Mount Zion (Hughesville), St. Andrew's (Muncy), St. James (Muncy), Messiah (Clarkstown), St. John's (Gordner's Grove), St. John's (Brick) (Montgomery), and Bethany (Montoursville). 
 
The public is invited to attend this service as well as to tour the historic church.  Light refreshments will be served after the service.  For more information, or to follow Old Immanuel more closely, "Like" us on FaceBook!

BLOODMOBILE - FRIDAY, JUNE 16
Bloodmobile at Bethany Lutheran Church, Friday, June 16, from 1:00 - 6:00 pm.  Anyone willing to help, or just be present at the blood drive, please let Betty Letscher know (570-322-3685).  The donors seem to enjoy meeting and talking with members of Bethany.  This is a great opportunity to make our presence known in the community.  Also, let Betty know if you would like to donate sandwich spreads or money to buy them.

CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED TUESDAY, JULY 4 - INDEPENDENCE DAY

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL WILL BE HELD JULY 24 - 28
Vacation Bible School will be held July 24 - 28, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  There will be Bible stories, singing, crafts, games, and snacks for pre-school thru sixth grade.  Come join them for lots of fun learning about God!  Registration forms will be in the bulletin.
 
Helpers will be needed: teachers' aides, craft helpers, snack donations, snack helpers, etc.  If you will help, contact Karen Paulhamus (546-8558).  If you would help sponsor snacks and craft supplies, please donate in the Church Office (mark your check "VBS").

CHURCH PICNIC WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, AUGUST 27
Plan to attend the Church picnic Sunday, August 27, at Indian Park.  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 24.

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.

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the May 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 April 30, 2017 (18 Sundays)                                      $ 77,202.99
Expenses through April 30, 2017                                                                              69,620.89
Balance                                                                                                                         $ 7,572.10
 
Income received through April 30, 2016 (17 Sundays)                                     $ 70,304.55
Expenses through April 30, 2016                                                                              68,053.47
            Balance                                                                                                             $ 2,251.08
 
JUNE HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, June 4 - noon
            Women of Bethany - Monday, June 5 - 7:00 pm.
            Old Immanuel Church Service - Sunday, June 11 - 2:00 pm.
            Miniature Golf - Sunday, June 11 - 5:00 pm.
            Church Council - Monday, June 12 - 7:00 pm.
            Bloodmobile at Bethany - Friday, June 16 - 1:00 - 6:00 pm.
            Stewardship Committee - Monday, June 19 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, June 19 - 7:30 pm.
            Social Ministry Committee - Monday, June 26 - 7:00 pm.
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, June 26 - 8:00 pm.

JULY HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, July 2 - noon
            Church Office Closed - Tuesday, July 4 - Independence Day
            Evangelism Committee - Monday, July 17 - 10:00 am.
            Mission Committee - Monday, July 17 - 7:30 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, July 18
            Finance Committee - Tuesday, July 18 - 7:00 pm.
            Property Committee - Tuesday, July 18 - 7:00 pm.
            Staff Support Committee - Tuesday, July 18 - 8:00 pm.
            Vacation Bible School - July 24-28 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, July 31 - 9:00 am.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, July 31 - 7:00 pm.

AUGUST HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, August 6 - noon
            Hoss's Event - Tuesday, August 8 all day
            Church Council - Monday, August 14 - 7:00 pm.
            Finance Committee with Committee Chairs - Tuesday, August 15 - 7:00 pm.
            Stewardship Committee - Monday, August 21 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, August 21 - 7:30 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, August 22
            Church Picnic - Sunday, August 27 - 4:00 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, August 28 - 9:00 am.
            Social Ministry Committee - Monday, August 28 - 7:00 pm.
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, August 28 - 8:00 pm.

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.
           
STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE - "WALK OF REMEMBRANCE AND HONOR"
Last fall the Stewardship Committee asked the congregation for your opinion about this project.  To refresh your memory, it was proposed that a "Walk or Wall of Remembrance and Honor" in which personalized bricks providing for perpetual recognition be built in the front lawn.  The bricks (4" x 8") can be imprinted with up to three lines of 15 characters each (including spaces) and would be obtainable for a donation of $50 each.  This will be an enhancement to the church property and a financial benefit to the congregation
 
The Stewardship Committee feels we now have sufficient positive information to begin this project which will be a walk of bricks placed in front of the Memorial Garden now in place in the northeast corner of the front lawn, (Will Bagwell's Eagle Scout Project).  We will need approximately 200 bricks to make a beautiful walk.
 
We would appreciate it if now we can start the project and have it completed by October, 2017.  To accomplish this we need your commitment by Tuesday, July 11, 2017.  How many bricks you will purchase, what you want engraved in the brick and your payment for same.  Once we receive this information and submit to the brick company they will need four (4) weeks to complete the order.  The installation of the walk will take several weeks and we are hopeful that the work will be accomplished by late September or early October. Forms to be completed by you and returned to the church office by Tuesday, July 11, 2017.   More forms are available in the church office.
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FORMS - "WALK OF REMEMBRANCE"
 
Name___________________________Address___________________Phone #______________
You can have up to three lines on each brick - 15 characters on each line (including spaces)
Please print clearly:_______________________________________________
                  ________________________________________________
                  ________________________________________________
 
Cost is $50.00 per brick  Total amount due_______________
Please return to Church Office by Tuesday, July 11, 2017
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THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Thank You to everyone for the many cards and phone calls for my birthday.  I                  feel truly blessed.  Thanks again, Bev Brown
             
Thank You to all who helped with the Women's Banquet.  It was a great evening              and all of us who attended are very appreciative for those who made it                           successful.
 
            Thank You for the appreciation shown to us during Secretary's Week, we appre-             ciate your thoughtfulness.                                         --Sharon and Vonnie
 
            Thank You to Katherine Costello's Family.  They donated Katherine's sewing                  machine to Bethany Quilters.  Thank You.
 
            Thank You so much for the carnations for Mothers.  We Mothers appreciate the                thoughtfulness.
 
            Thank You to those who painted the Nave and cleaned it.  It looks wonderful!! 

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 - Aristia Care, 1445 Sycamore Rd, Montoursville
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.

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.