October 2017 Messenger

 
VOLUME 69                                         OCTOBER 2017                                        NUMBER 10

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
"Take and eat; take and drink."  We take eating and drinking for granted in our part of the world.  There is plenty!  Not so in other parts of the world.  More than one-half of the world goes to bed hungry each night, we are told.  How they must long for the basic essentials.  No one can live without food and drink.  We have the means to help - on Sunday, October 8, you can support the CROP Walk, either by walking or be supporting someone who is walking.  "We walk because they walk."
 
Neither can our souls last long without proper nourishment.  The Lord Jesus knew our needs when He issued His invitation to "take and eat; take and drink."  He knew that we need to be fed with spiritual food as well as with physical food.  The place for all Christians is at the Lord's table to answer His call to commune with Him.  Come, have your faith lifted, your sins forgiven, your soul put at peace.    

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1
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.

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).

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON
 
 
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.  Barbara Winchester will have a brief presentation on the Lutheran World Relief tied quilts project.  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. For more information contact Gwen (570-322-1110 or 570-419-1464) or director@uclc.org  There will be offering plates at each door October 8, to support those from Bethany who are walking.

BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, October 10, at 7:00 pm. at the Church, Jane Clement will be hostess.  They will be studying lesson 7.  Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Jane (692-1811).
 
They will also meet Tuesday, October 24, at the home of Julie Griffiths.

TUREEN LUNCH - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15
Social Ministry will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, October 15, in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Bring a tureen to share and your table service.

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - OCTOBER 29
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.

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).

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
 
 
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.

NOVEMBER HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, November 5 - noon
            Church Council - Monday, November 13 - 7:00 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, November 14
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, November 14 - 7:00 pm. - Church/Kissell
            Bloodmobile - Friday, November 17 - 1:00 - 6:00 pm.
            Harvest Home - Sunday, November 19
            Tureen Lunch - Sunday, November 19 - noon
            Evangelism Committee - Monday, November 20 - 10:00 am.
            Mission Committee - Monday, November 20 - 7:30 pm.
            Property Committee - Tuesday, November 21 - 7:00 pm.
            Church Office Closed - Monday, November 23 - Thanksgiving Day
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, November 27 - 9:00 am.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, November 27 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, November 28 - 7:00 pm. - Letschers'

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 Elnora Paulhamus by, Mr/Mrs Eugene Harris

KEEPING UP WITH THE CONGREGATION
MARRIAGE: Hayley Rhian to William Potter (September 23)
DEATHS:  Elnora Paulhamus, Lester Erdman, Raymond Fry 

OCTOBER IS PASTOR [AND FAMILY] APPRECIATION MONTH!
Please let Pastor and Betty know you appreciate them.  Some simple (and not so simple) things you can do:
Pray for them.  Prayer is the most powerful weapon against the pressures of spiritual warfare; pray for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual strength; surround them with God's protection.
Card Shower and messages of appreciation
Volunteer to help with a project
Support him with encouragement
Be willing to participate enthusiastically in ministry
Love your Pastor as Jesus loves him and show it through regular, tangible acts of encouragement all year long

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the September meeting -
Accepted committee reports: Finance, Stewardship, Mission, Social Ministry, Christian Education
Had first reading of 2018 Budget
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through August 31, 2017 (35 Sundays)                               $ 143,247.82
Expenses through August 31, 2017                                                                       133,074.06
Balance                                                                                                                       $ 10,173.76
 
Income received through August 31, 2016 (35 Sundays)                              $ 139,515.24
Expenses through August 31, 2016                                                                       126,586.30
            Balance                                                                                                           $ 12,928.94

THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Thank You to Kathy Sausser and Ruthie Kissell for bringing the Altar Flowers for our 60th Wedding Anniversary and also to the congregation for your cards and greetings.  They made the day very special.  Also a special thank you to Kathy Sausser and Barbara Winchester for the Special things you both do for us.  It is greatly appreciated. 
                                                                                    -- Tom and Ann Long
 
Thank You - We would like to thank the congregation for the cards for our 45th Wedding anniversary and Jean Beard for the Altar Flowers. It meant a lot to us.  God Bless,                                                -- Fred and Peggy Shultz
 
To Pastor David, Ruth and Kathy, and Parishioners of Bethany - Thank You for your love and prayers for me in these days dealing with my broken femur.  I'm getting better.  With Love and Prayers for our journeys. 
                                                                                    Sincerely, Barbara Wood 
 
THE IMPACT OF THE REFORMATION
A presentation on the Impact of the Reformation will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, State College, Saturday, October 28, from 10:30 am. - 2:00 pm.  Emmanuel Lutheran meets at the Albright-Bethune United Methodist Church, corner of Burrowes and College Avenue, State College.  Dr. Amy Schifrin, President of the North American Lutheran Seminary, Ambridge PA, will be the speaker.  She will present two lectures, (10:30 am. and 1:00 pm.).  A question and answer period will follow each presentation.  Registration costs $ 12.00, which includes lunch.  Please register with Pastor David by October 10.

BOOK ON THE REFORMATION AVAILABLE
Concordia Publishing has prepared a book on the history of the Reformation.  There is more to the time than Martin Luther and his posting of the 95 Theses.  The history, art, portraits, maps, and other highlights are included.  Cost: $ 22.49.  Deadline to order is October 15.  A sample of the book is available to look at in the Church Office (please do not remove the sample).

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.  They will still be giving out hygiene kits: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream razors, shampoo, conditioner, women's hygiene products, towels, wash cloths, bedding, tissues, toilet paper, blankets, soap, deodorant, combs, baby diapers, baby shampoo, baby oil, baby Q-tips, baby wipes, baby powder.

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.

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

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.

PLEASE REMEMBER OUR SENIORS AT HOME
William Bair - 1213 Cedar St, Montoursville  17754
Herbert and Sandy Bright - 628 Broad St, Montoursville  17754
Shirlee English - PO Box 322, Montoursville  17754
Marjorie Gower - 1409 Jordan Ave, Montoursville  17754
Caroline Kern - Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville
Virginia Laudig - 1119 Broad St, Montoursville  17754
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  17754
Joyce McQuillen - Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville  17754
Tessie Moss - 12 Lutheran Home Dr, Personal Care 220, Telford  PA  18969
Francis Poeth - 1900 Ravine Rd, Apt 1226, Williamsport  17701
Hilary Schmouder - The Meadows Room 111, 2160 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville  17754
Eleanor Shaheen, 515 Rt 405, Hughesville  17737
Richard (Fred) Shultz - 1275 Broad St, Montoursville  17754
Darla Starr - 68 Sechler Dr, Montoursville  17754
Cella Taylor - 1412 Broad St, Montoursville  17754

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).

BETHANY'S WEB-SITE
www.BethanyNALC.org