December 2017 Messenger

 VOLUME 69                                       DECEMBER 2017                                      NUMBER 12

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
ADVENT!  The Latin word means a time of new beginning and anticipation.  It is the beginning of a new church year.  Will it be more of the same?  Our world has continued its slide into hopelessness, immorality, and despair.  Is there any GOOD NEWS out there?
 
Distressing as our world's condition must be to God, His love is so great that He has not given up on us - yet.  The Advent season reminds us that God is doing something to save and redeem His people - God is sending a Savior, Jesus, The Christ!  He offers a time for repentance, forgiveness, and renewal.
 
Will this Advent Season be that time for you?  Will you heed God's call?  The Old Testament prophets would regularly call the nation to show signs of their acceptance of God's grace and mercy.  We show those signs by first accepting God's grace through reception of Jesus' body and blood, "...given and shed for you...," in the Sacrament of Holy Communion,  The Sacrament of Holy Communion should never be a ritualistic, meaningless, thoughtless act.  It is a sign that you "accept God's terms" for a new life with a new, cleansed spirit.  Will you accept that gift today?

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.
 
We will meet in the Sanctuary.

HELP IS NEEDED TO PUT UP THE CRèCHE
We need help to put up the crèche December 3 the First Sunday in Advent.  Many hands make the work light.  Thanks!

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 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.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

OFFERING ENVELOPES FOR 2018 WILL BE AVAILABLE
2018 offering envelopes will be available outside the Church Office the first Sunday in December.  Please stop by to pick up your set and those of anyone you know who is not able to get here for them.

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!

COOKIES NEEDED FOR THE SHUT-IN BOXES
Donations of cookies will be appreciated for the women to pack for the shut-ins.  Please deliver to the Church Monday, December 4.

ATLANTIC MISSION DISTRICT SPONSORED BIBLE STUDY
Atlantic Mission District sponsored Bible Study will be held Wednesday, December 6, at 7:00 pm. in the Seeker's Room.  Everyone is welcome!

POINSETTIAS FOR CHRISTMAS
If you would like to sponsor a red or white poinsettia this year, please call the Church Office (368-8933).  Please order and pay by Noon Thursday, December 7.  We cannot accept late orders.  Plants may be picked up following the 10:00 pm. service Christmas Eve. The cost is $ 10.25 for a 5-6 bloom plant.  Please pay in the Church Office by December 7.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
Join us for an afternoon of visiting and singing carols to our shut-ins - Sunday, December 10.  Your participation will help to brighten the season for them and you!  They will leave the Church parking lot at 2:30 pm.  Please plan to join them for fun and fellowship.
 
 
 
BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, December 12, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Kathy Sausser, 75 Rockey Lane, Apt 4, Montoursville.  They will be studying lesson #1 of II Timothy.  Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Kathy (337-5000).

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17
Our Sunday School Christmas Program will be held Sunday, December 17, at 9:30 am. in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Following the program, the children will trim the Chrismon tree.
 
Please bring new hats, scarves, and gloves/mittens (unwrapped) for children as a Birthday Gift for Jesus, which will be given to the Shepherd of the Streets.

TUREEN LUNCH AND GAME DAY - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17
Social Ministry will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, December 17, in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Bring a tureen to share and your table service.  Followed by GAMES!!

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
Christmas Eve Services will be held at 7:00 pm. and 10:00 pm.  Please plan to attend one of the Services, remembering that "Wise Men still seek Him."  The sacredness of that Holy Night long ago has not diminished over the years and OUR need for a Savior is still very real.

CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, DECEMBER 25 AND TUESDAY DECEMBER 26

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - DECEMBER 31
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.

DEADLINE FOR 2017 OFFERING - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31
All donations for the year 2017 must be received in the Church Office by noon, Sunday, December 31.  Any monies received after that time will be credited to 2018.

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

DECEMBER HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, December 3 - noon
            Women of Bethany - Monday, December 4 - 7:00 pm.
            Christmas Caroling - Sunday, December 10 - 2:30 pm.
            Church Council - Monday, December 11 - 7:15 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  and Game Day - Sunday, December 17 - noon
            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 - Wednesday, December 27 - 9:00 am.

JANUARY HAPPENINGS
            Church Office Closed - Monday, January 1 - New Year's Day
            Healing Service - Sunday, January 7 - noon
            Church Council - Monday, January 8 - 7:15 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, January 9 - 7:00 pm. - Brown's
            Evangelism Committee - Monday, January 15 - 10:00 am.
            Mission Committee - Monday, January 15 - 7:30 pm.
            Organization Reports Due - Monday, January 15
            Finance Committee - Tuesday, January 16 - 7:00 pm.
            Property Committee - Tuesday, January 16 - 7:00 pm.
            Staff Support Committee - Tuesday, January 16 - 8:00 pm.
            Tureen Lunch - Sunday, January 21 - noon
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, January 22 - 7:00 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, January 23
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, January 23 - 7:00 pm. - Williamsport                                   Home/Clement
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, January 29 - 9:00 am.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the November meeting -
Accepted committee reports: Social Ministry; Christian Education; Mission
Had third 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
Changed Council meeting time to 7:15 pm.
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through October 31, 2017 (44 Sundays)                              $ 183,661.25
Expenses through October 31, 2017                                                                      163,273.41
Balance                                                                                                                       $ 20,387.79
 
Income received through October 31, 2016 (44 Sundays)                             $ 178,682.17
Expenses through October 31, 2016                                                                      155,813.41
            Balance                                                                                                           $ 22,868.76

THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Pastor David and Betty would like to thank those who remembered us during Pastor Appreciation Month for the beautiful cards, gifts, and kind words.
 
Thank You! Thank You! To all who made the Reformation Sunday luncheon and program such a great success.  We are grateful for all the time and effort that was put in to the day by so many of you.  It was greatly appreciated by those of us who came to enjoy your hard work.
 
Thank You to everyone for my Birthday Greetings!  They were much appreciated!                                                       -- Andie Ryan 
 
Thank You so much for all the birthday cards and well wishes for Tom being 80 years old!  The altar flowers  really made the day special.  God is good!                                                            -- Tom and Ann Long
 
Thank You to Pastor  for bringing Communion and to Ruthie Kissell for bringing the altar flowers.                            --   Marjorie Gower

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.
 
MONEY FROM HOSS'S
We received $ 108.64 for our August Hoss's Event.  Thanks for eating out!

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

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.