September 2017 Messenger
 
 
VOLUME 69                                      SEPTEMBER 2017                                        NUMBER 9

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, The Last Supper, portrays Jesus' disciples crowding close to the Master as he broke The Bread and shared The Cup.  By this time the disciples had come to know how important was the Lord to their souls.
 
Christians need to be just as aware as they approach the Lord's Table to celebrate God's gift of forgiveness and life.  Perhaps because the spiritual is not as readily visible as are the material things of life, we can easily forget how important they are to us. 
 
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.

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
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.

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

CHOIRS WILL RESUME
You are welcome to join them as they help with the Sunday Worship Services. 
Chancel Choir will meet Wednesday, September 6, at 7:00 pm. and
                                            Thursday, September 7, at 3:00 pm.
Handbells will meet Thursday, September 7, at 7:00 pm.
5 x 5 Handbells will meet Thursday, September 7, at 8:00 pm.

RALLY DAY - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Rally Day will be held September 10, at 9:30 am. in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Bibles will be presented.  Classes will be dismissed to their teachers and classrooms.  First and Third Year Confirmation students will meet in Sunday Memorial Hall, then go to their class.

TEACHER INSTALLATION - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Teacher installation will be held Sunday, September 11, at both Services.  Please plan to attend one of the services on that day.

REMEMBRANCE OF 9-11 - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 - 6:30 PM
The 9-11 Memorial Bike Ride will be held Monday, September 11.  We will meet at Bethany about 6:30 pm. to ring bells.

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.

BLOODMOBILE AT BETHANY - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, FROM 1:00 - 6:00 PM

TUREEN LUNCH - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Social Ministry will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, September 17, in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Bring a tureen to share and your table service.

CHURCH COUNCIL WILL MEET MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, AT 7:00 PM
 
BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - SEPT 24
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.

LIFE CHAIN - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1
The Annual Life Chain will be held Sunday, October 1, at 2:30 pm. on the Golden Strip.  If you are interested in participating in a silent stand for the unborn, please contact Sharon Barnard (435-5408).

WOMEN OF BETHANY WILL MEET MONDAY, OCTOBER 2
Women of Bethany 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.

CROP WALK - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8
"STOP HUNGER - ONE STEP AT A TIME."  CROP Walks will be held Sunday, October 9, at 1:30 pm.

REFORMATION CELEBRATION
SAVE THIS DATE / OCTOBER 29:  Bethany's celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation is shaping up and we don't want you to miss it.  The morning services will include more singing (Luther is credited with the birth of congregational singing and wrote over 40 hymns), followed by a German themed dinner, and then a movie (nominated for two Academy Awards) telling the story of Martin Luther and the start of the Reformation.  Stay tuned for further developments.  Still searching for talented people willing to share their gifts with the attendees.  Contact Kathy Sausser (570-337-5000).

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the August meeting -
Accepted committee reports: Stewardship, Social Ministry, Christian Education, Evangelism, Mission, Property, Finance, Staff Support, Worship and Music
Changed September meeting to September 18 at 7:00 pm.
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through July 31, 2017 (31 Sundays)                                    $ 130,602.48
Expenses through July 31, 2017                                                                            116,721.33
Balance                                                                                                                       $ 13,881.15
 
Income received through July 31, 2016 (31 Sundays)                                   $ 125,429.26
Expenses through July 31, 2016                                                                            112,579.29
            Balance                                                                                                           $ 12,849.97
 
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

OCTOBER HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, October 1 - noon
            Life Chain - Sunday, October 1 - 2:30 pm.
            Women of Bethany Tureen Dinner - Monday, October 2 - 6:00 pm.
            CROP Walk - Sunday, October 8 - 1:30 pm.
            Church Council - Monday, October 9 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, October 10 - 7:00 pm. - Church/Clement
            Tureen Lunch - Sunday, October 15 - noon
            Stewardship Committee - Monday, October 16 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, October 16 - 7:30 pm.
            Finance Committee - Tuesday, October 17 - 7:00 pm.
            Staff Support Committee - Tuesday, October 17 - 8:00 pm.
            Social Ministry Committee - Monday, October 23 - 7:00 pm.
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, October 23 - 8:00 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, October 24
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, October 24 - 7:00 pm. - Griffith's
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, October 30 - 9:00 am.

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

KEEPING UP WITH THE CONGREGATION
TRANSFERS:  Timothy Sechler to St. Paul's Methodist Church, Kensington MD

THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Thank You for the cards and well wishes for our 60th Anniversary.
                                                                     --Charlie and Mary Ann Lichter
 
Thank You - Betty Letscher would like to say thank you to the generous person who left a gift for her on Pastor's door knob.  It was very kind of you to think of her.
 
A Bushel of Thanks to everyone who sent me cards, get well wishes, visits, and most of all prayers.  I know all those prayers are the reason I am this far along in my healing.  Please keep me in your prayers for the patience I need to get back to good health again.                     -- Jean Wentz

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

HELP IS NEEDED
Donations to replenish Pastor's Discretionary would be greatly appreciated.  Mark your check "Pastor's Fund."  Thank you.

ANNUAL FALL HYMN SING AT OLD IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH
The Rev. Daniel P. Landin, pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Muncy, will be the leader at the Annual Fall Hymn Sing at Old Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lime Bluff Road, Muncy, Sunday, September 17, at 2:00 pm.  Pastor Landin has chosen the theme "Hymns of the Reformation," in keeping with the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation this year.  Mrs. Joy Barto, church organist at St. Andrew, will provide music on the church's antique pump organ, and a choir from the church will help with the singing.  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" them on Facebook!

MISSION COMMITTEE UPDATE ON JANS
You may recall that one of Bethany's mission projects this year is to help fund the nursing school education of a young Honduran man by the name of Jans Barahona.  This is being done thru Friends of Renacer, a support group founded for the purpose of financially assisting the Renacer orphanage in Honduras and the alumni of the orphanage school who wish to pursue a vocational or university education.
 
The beginning of August, a local group from Friends of Renacer visited Honduras and saw Jans.  They brought back word that he is doing well and is extremely grateful for our support, not only financially but also through our prayers and words of encouragement.  (Thanks to Google Translate and Facebook we are able to regularly communicate with Jans.)  He's working hard at his studies and is very motivated to turn his life around.
 
SHEPHERD OF THE STREETS
Due to funding struggles and increased volume, the Shepherd of the Streets ministry will be concentrating on medical needs alone.  Help for all other needs (work related issues, housing issues, utility help, travel problems) will no longer be available.  The need for medical funds to assist with various issues: prescriptions, medical supplies and equipment, transportation, glasses, and oral surgery has increased to a point that monies spent in traditional issues has been impacted.  The ministry receives no State or Federal funds, but only contributions from people and churches.  Please donate thru Bethany Church office.

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
William Bair - 1213 Cedar St, Montoursville
Herbert and Sandy Bright - 628 Broad St, 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
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

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.

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; prescriptions, medical supplies and equipment, transportation, glasses, and oral surgery; bedding; hygiene items.

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.