August 2017 Messenger
 
 
VOLUME 69                                          AUGUST 2017                                            NUMBER 8

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
"You are invited...," says our Lord Jesus, "to a feast of forgiveness and mercy."
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.  For that reason He invites us to "...take and eat; take and drink..." of the forgiveness that He has offered us.
 
Take stock of your life, your soul.  Find the help and refreshment that we all need at the altar of Bethany Church.  "This is my blood of the New Covenant, which is poured out for the forgiveness of sins."  Luke 22:20
 
Communing with the Lord is both sacred and necessary.  He is the source of our life and strength.  Please join us every Sunday as we give thanks to the Lord for His gracious gift.  
      
SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL
Summer Sunday School continues.  Adults will meet in Sunday Memorial Hall.  The lessons are about "being a servant of Christ.  In our modern day, we tend to associate a religious calling only with clergy.  This was even more true in Luther's day.  But one of the greatest biblical insights Luther shared was in helping lay people recognize the power and validity of everyday life and work as a genuine calling from God.  From the Scriptures, Luther learned that a Christian's vocation is lived out not just within the walls of the church, but in our everyday lives among those we love, friends and relatives give of themselves by supporting one another in faith.  As His disciples, we all are called by God to this mutual submission in lives of sacrifice and service to the neighbor, just as Christ Himself gave His life in love and faithfulness for all of us."  Come join the adult class in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 am.
 
September 3             Symbols in the Sanctuary.

COMMUNITY DAY AT HOSS'S - TUESDAY, AUGUST 8
On Tuesday, August 8 ALL DAY!  Hoss's will donate 20% of the cost of your meal to Pastor's Discretionary Fund. Tickets will be available in the Church Office.  There is no additional cost to you, except the cost of your meal, but you do need a ticket and it must be given to the cashier at the time of your order. 

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, AUGUST 13
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.  August will be 2nd Sunday.

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.

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - AUGUST 27
On the last Sunday of each month, our parish nurses will again be checking blood pressures.  Come to the Library after either Service on that day and have your blood pressure checked.

CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 - LABOR DAY

BIBLE STUDY WILL RESUME TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, September 12, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Larry and Sharon Barnard, 5981 E Rt 973 Hwy, Cogan Station.  They will be studying lesson 5.  Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Sharon (435-5408).
 
They will also meet Tuesday, September 26, at the home of Beverly Brown.

WOMEN OF BETHANY WILL MEET MONDAY, OCTOBER 2
Women of Bethany will not meet in September.  They will have their annual Tureen Supper Monday, October 2, at 6:00 pm.  Bring a casserole to share and your table service.  Meat and beverage will be provided.  RSVP in the Church Office (368-8933) by September 28.  Please bring Canned Goods for the Food Pantry.

REFORMATION CELEBRATION
LET US CELEBRATE!!! On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther started the Protestant Reformation when he nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany.  Bethany is planning a gala celebration in late October to commemorate the 500th anniversary of this beginning of Lutheranism.  Kathy Sausser (570-337-5000) has agreed to be the contact person for the planning of this event.  We are asking for ideas, suggestions, and/or talents which would contribute to this event. 
  
RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the June meeting -
Accepted committee reports: Worship and Music, Property
Discussed wind damage to the steeple
Changed September meeting to September 18 at 7:00 pm.
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through June 30, 2017 (26 Sundays)                                   $ 107,768.22
Expenses through June 30, 2017                                                                           103,158.84
Balance                                                                                                                         $ 4,609.38
 
Income received through June 30, 2016 (26 Sundays)                                  $ 106,830.89
Expenses through June 30, 2016                                                                             99,885.28
            Balance                                                                                                             $ 6,945.61

AUGUST HAPPENINGS
            Hoss's Event - Tuesday, August 8 all day
            Healing Service - Sunday, August 13 - noon
            Church Council - Monday, August 14 - 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.

SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, September 3 - noon
            Church Office Closed - Monday, September 4 - Labor Day
            Chancel Choir - Wednesday, September 6 - 7:00 pm.
            Chancel Choir - Thursday, September 7 - 3:00 pm.
            Handbell Choir - Thursday, September 7 - 7:00 pm.
            5 x 5 Handbell Choir - Thursday, September 7 - 8:00 pm.
            Rally Day - Sunday, September 10 - 9:30 am.
            9-11 Remembrance Ride - Monday, September 11 - 6:30 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, September 11 - 7:30 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, September 12 - 7:00 pm. - Barnards'
            Bloodmobile - Friday, September 15 - 1:00-6:00 pm.
            Tureen Lunch - Sunday, September 17 - noon
            Evangelism Committee - Monday, September 18 - 10:00 am.
            Church Council - Monday, September 18 - 7:00 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, September 19
            Property Committee - Tuesday, September 19 - 7:00 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, September 25 - 9:00 am.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, September 25 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, September 26 - 7:00 pm. - Brown's

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

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

THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
            Thank You to everyone who helps pack up handbells and move bell tables.  We really appreciate it!!  Thank You.                           -Mary and the Bell Choirs
 
            Thank You to the congregation for all your prayers, well wishes and thoughtfulness while I was in the nursing home and now while I am at home recovering.  All is greatly appreciated.                 -Darla and Debbie Starr
 
            Thank You - "It was a dark and gloomy day and June Grube came with the Altar Flowers and a smile on her face.  THANK YOU for brightening my day,"
                                                                                                -Elnora Paulhamus
 
            Thank You - so much to the Women of Bethany for the wonderful cookies and to Ruthie and Kathy for delivering them.  Such a great assortment and they look so  good.  You made my day.                                          -Elnora Paulhamus
 
            Thank You to all who helped plant the geraniums in the front flower gardens.   We appreciate your willingness to help with the planning and planting:  Ruthie Kissell, Flip Oechler, Ray Bomboy, Andie Ryan, Barbara Winchester, Judy
            Hayes, Tracy Rhian.
 
            Thank You for the wonderful cookies, for the women who made them and for Ruthie for delivering them to me.  They were so good.     -Joanne Bosch
 
            Thank You to those who are taking care of our flower beds!!!  They look so nice.
 
            Thank You to Pastor for his visits, Ruth Kissell for her visit and to the congregation for your prayers, calls, and cards during my hospital stay.  All is greatly appreciated.                                                    -Mike Sevinsky
 
            Thank You to all who sent Birthday Cards.        -Marjorie Fantaskey   
 
            Thanks to the congregation for their prayers, cards, and support following my recent knee surgery.  things are going well, praise God.  I would also like to Thank Pastor David for his visits and prayers before and after surgery.  It's so nice to be a part of a wonderful Church family.            - Philip (Flip) Oechler
 
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.
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.

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
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. 
  
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.

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, livestock, 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 - "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.