November 2017 Messenger

 
VOLUME 69                                       NOVEMBER 2017                                      NUMBER 11

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
Picture a family gathered in reunion around a table in loving fellowship, blessing, and ministering to each other's needs.  Picture yourself as a member of that family enjoying the warmth and the love of that fellowship.  How wonderful it is.
 
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is a feast of compassion and love, sent from Jesus to His friends and followers.  Who doesn't need to receive God's gracious gift of forgiveness, and who doesn't need the Lord's guidance to live a more godly life?
 
Angers, hatreds, sins, hurts, are all brought before the Lord for healing and forgiveness.  You are invited!  Will you be present?

ALL SAINTS' SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, REMEMBERS OUR DEPARTED FAITHFUL
The Christian Church around the world celebrates ALL SAINTS' SUNDAY.  On this day, we thank God for the lives and witness of all Christians, both living and dead.  We pray God's continued blessing upon His saints militant (those living) as well as the saints triumphant (those who have died) since last All Saints' Day.  We will commend their souls to the Lord's love at our Service November 5.
 
Eight members of Bethany Church have entered eternal life during the past year.  We thank God for their lives among us.  May God bless their memory to us.
      Lester Erdman                            Raymond Fry                              Caroline Kern
      Betty Jean Kift                            Lorretta Myers                             Bettie Paulhamus
      Elnora Paulhamus                    Betty Schmouder

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

Atlantic mission district sponsored bible study
Atlantic Mission District sponsored Bible Study will be held Wednesday, November 1 and 15, at 7:00 pm. in the Seeker's Room.  Everyone is welcome!

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5
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.

ALL SAINTS' MEMORIAL SERVICE - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5
All Saints' Memorial Service will be held Sunday, November 5, at 4:00 pm.  We will be remembering our loved ones who have died with a Memorial Service of Holy Communion.  At the time of reading of the names of the deceased, a family member or friend will have the opportunity to light a candle in their memory.  Call the Church Office (368-8933) by Tuesday, October 31, if you want a loved one named.

THANKSGIVING MEALS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SHUT-INS
The LaRue Artley Foundation will provide Thanksgiving dinner for shut-ins in the Montoursville School District.  If you know of anyone who would qualify, call the Church Office (368-8933) by noon, November 13.
 
Please check with the shut-in first, so that they are aware a meal is coming at noon and are home.  Include the person's name, address, telephone number, and directions to the house. NOTE: the Artley Foundation is independent of Bethany Church.  Bethany Church does not provide the dinners or the funds.

BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, November 14, at 7:00 pm. at the Williamsport Home, 1900 Ravine Rd, Bldg A, Williamsport.  Ruth Kissell will be hostess.  They will be studying lesson #9.  Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Ruth (974-3799).
 
They will also meet Tuesday, November 28, at the home of Pastor and Betty.

BLOODMOBILE AT BETHANY - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17
There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, November 17, 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.

HARVEST HOME - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19
It's Harvest Home time again.  Time to give thanks for the many blessings God has provided.  You may bring cash or nonperishable item (regular size cans only) to either service that day.  Cash will be sent to Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village and canned goods will be given to the Food Pantry.

SAMARITAN'S PURSE OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child is underway!  Shoe boxes are available in the Church Office.  Donation is $9.00 to cover shipping and handling.  Please make checks payable to Samaritan's Purse.  Please return your donation and completed shoe box in the Church Office by noon Wednesday, November 15.
Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. 
Select a medium to large "wow" item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. 
DO NOT INCLUDE: toothpaste; candy; used or damaged items; war related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable item such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans. 

TUREEN LUNCH - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, FOLLOWED BY GAME DAY
Social Ministry will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, November 19, in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Bring a tureen to share and your table service.  The lunch will be followed by GAME DAY!!!  Bring games to share.

CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - NOVEMBER 26
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.

ANNUAL CONGREGATION MEETING - DECEMBER 3 AT 9:15 AM.
Notice is hereby given of the annual Congregation Meeting of Bethany Lutheran Church, Sunday, December 3, at 9:15 am.  Among the items of business will be the election of five Council persons, youth representatives, and approval of the 2018 budget.  Every active (has communed and contributed directly to Bethany [not to another charity thru Bethany] in the last year), confirmed member of Bethany is encouraged to attend to help direct the affairs of our congregation.

WOMEN OF BETHANY WILL MEET MONDAY, DECEMBER 4
The Women of Bethany will meet Monday, December 4, at 7:00 pm.  LaVon Hawley will have devotions.  LaVon Hawley and Julie Griffiths will have refreshments and a Christmas program.  The ladies will be packing Christmas Cookies for the Shut-ins.  Please bring Canned Goods for the Food Pantry.  Donations of cookies will be appreciated!

KEEPING UP WITH THE CONGREGATION
ADDRESS CHANGE:  Mr/Mrs Charles Lichter, 931 Claire Rd, Montoursville. 
                                         Phone: 368-1434
DEATHS:  Lorretta Myers died Sunday, October 22
                    Caroline Kern died October 13

THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS ENVELOPE MONEY WILL AID NEEDY
Money from the special Thanksgiving and Christmas envelopes that are in your offering boxes, will be given to charities to help the needy.  Each holiday time, we use these envelopes to help those less fortunate than we are.  Watch the bulletin for the list of charities that will be designated.
 
If you do not want to help these charities, mark your Thanksgiving and/or Christmas envelopes "Regular Fund."

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:  pastorbethanyNALC@gmail.com

NOVEMBER HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, November 5 - noon
            All Saints' Memorial Service - Sunday, November 5, - 4:00 pm.
            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 - Thursday, 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'

DECEMBER HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, December 3 - noon
            Women of Bethany - Monday, December 4 - 7:00 pm.
            Church Council - Monday, December 11 - 7:00 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, December 12
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, December 12 - 7:00 pm. - Sausser's
            Sunday School Christmas Program - Sunday, December 17 - 9:30 am.
            Tureen Lunch - Sunday, December 17 - noon
            Christmas Caroling - Sunday, December 17 - 2:30 pm.
            Stewardship Committee - Monday, December 18 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, December 18 - 7:30 pm.
            Christmas Eve Service - Sunday, December 24 - 7:00 pm.
            Christmas Eve Service - Sunday, December 24 - 10:00 pm.
            Church Office Closed - Monday, December 25, and Tuesday, December 26
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, December 27 - 9:00 am.

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the October meeting -
Accepted committee reports: Property,' Worship and Music
Had second reading of 2018 Budget
2017 Nominating Committee:  Larry Barnard, Michael Brouse, Tracy Rhian
2018 Nominating Committee:  David Grube, Glenn Kaufman, Kathy Sausser
Set Congregation Meeting for December 3 at 9:15 am. in the Sanctuary; no coffee hour
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through September 30, 2017 (39 Sundays)                       $ 165,248.25
Expenses through September 30, 2017                                                                148,307.24
Balance                                                                                                                       $ 16,941.01
 
Income received through September 30, 2016 (39 Sundays)                       $ 157,240.95
Expenses through September 30, 2016                                                                142,761.26
            Balance                                                                                                           $ 14,479.69

THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Thank You to all who came to share in our special day.  Thank You to everyone for the prayers, blessing and well wishes in our marriage.  It means a lot to us.                                 --Will and Hayley (Rhian) Potter
 
Thank You - I would like to "Thank" Pastor David and Betty for being there during my surgery and for all their prayers and concerns.  Thank Jean Beard for her visit and bringing the Altar Flowers.  They were very pretty.  I want to thank each and everyone of our church family for all the cards and prayers during my illness.  Thank you to Ruth Kissell and Kathy Sausser for their visit and for the cookies.                                              -- Marian Harris
 
Thank You to Ruthie Kissell and Kathy Sausser for visiting me.  It was such a nice visit and the delicious cookies.  My surgery went well and I am in the healing process.  God is good!                -- Jean Beard
 
Thank You so much for the Altar Flowers. They brightened up our whole week.                                                            -- Chris and Marie Franquet
 
Thank You for the Altar Flowers for Pastor and family appreciation.
                                                                                    -- Pastor and Betty
 
Thank You to Jean Beard for bringing the Altar Flowers and to all those who sent cards and expressed congratulations on our 50th wedding anniversary.  The day was more special because of all of you! 
                                                             -- Blessings, David and June Grube
 
Pastor David and Betty would like to thank those who remembered us during Pastor Appreciation Month for the beautiful cards, gifts, and kind words.

SHEPHERD OF THE STREETS
A MESSAGE FROM SHEPHERD OF THE STREETS - The ministry receives no State or Federal funds, but only contributions from people and churches.  The last four months have been difficult.  The cost of nearly everything (especially medicine) has gone up and the economy has gone down.  At the SOS office they have ceased some help-programs, taken cuts in personal financial involvement, and have plans for cutting some other programs with medical and safety emphasis.  For you who have faithfully given, they are most appreciative.  For you who will give in this winter season, they are grateful and they thank you even now for your support to help us achieve their mission.  Be assured that your donation will be used to help with medicine, glasses, safe practices, and work-entry needs.  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.

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

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.
 
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
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

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.

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).

BETHANY'S WEB-SITE
www.BethanyNALC.org

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.

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.