January 2018 Messenger
 
VOLUME 70                                         JANUARY 2018                                          NUMBER 1

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
"Start it right - at the altar of the Lord."  If you are into making New Year's resolutions, here's one for your list:  "I will, with God's help and guidance, worship weekly at the altar of Bethany Lutheran Church.  You can't go wrong if you start right!
 
Salvation of your soul is what's at stake.  It doesn't seem to be a big issue right now, when everything is going well for you.  But let your fortunes change, let life begin to slip away, and people get concerned.  The time to prepare for the future is the PRESENT!  The future is tomorrow!  The Sunday gathering of God's saints around His altar is a good way to begin to assure your soul's future.
 
Give God top priority in your life - put Him first on your list of New Year Resolutions - it will pay big dividends.         

CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, JANUARY 1

ATLANTIC MISSION DISTRICT SPONSORED BIBLE STUDY
Atlantic Mission District sponsored Bible Study will be held Wednesday, January 3 and January 17, at 7:00 pm. in the Seeker's Room.  Everyone is welcome!

BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET TUESDAY, JANUARY 9
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, January 9, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Beverly Brown, 923 Mulberry Street, Montoursville.  They will be studying lesson #1 of II Timothy.  Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Bev (368-1866).
 
They will also meet Tuesday, January 23, at the Church.

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 - PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
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.

COMMITTEE CHAIRS - ORGANIZATION REPORTS ARE DUE JANUARY 15

CHICKEN 'N' BISCUIT DINNER
A Chicken 'n' Biscuit Dinner will be held Saturday, January 20, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. at Bethany Church.  If you will help or provide desserts, please contact Deb Harman (326-0942).  All profits will go to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund.

TUREEN LUNCH - SUNDAY, JANUARY 21
Social Ministry will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, January 21, in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Bring a tureen to share and your table service

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - JANUARY 28
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.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

OFFERING ENVELOPES FOR 2018 ARE AVAILABLE
2018 offering envelopes are 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, FEBRUARY 5
The Women of Bethany will meet Monday, February 5, at 1:00 pm.  Sharon Barnard will have devotions and refreshments.  The ladies will be packing candy for our college students and shut-ins.  Please bring Canned Goods for the Food Pantry.  Donations of
 
PLEASE NOTE: Women of Bethany at the December meeting voted to hold three (3) meetings per year: The first Monday of February, June, and December our project months.  Meetings will begin at 1:00 pm.  Please join us for a time of fellowship.
Also mark your calendars now for: Men's Banquet on Monday, March 19, 2018;
Women's Banquet on Tuesday, May 15; and Tureen Dinner on Monday, September 10.

KEEPING UP TO DATE WITH THE CONGREGATION
Deaths:  Joyce McQuillen died December 11, 2017
Update:  Andrew M. Snauffer has completed his Doctorate at the University of British                 Columbia in Vancouver BC, Canada.  Drew's Phd is in Geological Engineering.                     His research has focused on climate.  Drew, wife Jenny, and son, Danny reside                                  in Victoria BC.  He is the son of Don and Kathie Snauffer.

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."

JANUARY HAPPENINGS
            Church Office Closed - Monday, January 1 - New Year's Day
            AMD Bible Study - Wednesday, January 3 - 7:00 pm.
            Church Council - Monday, January 8 - 7:15 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, January 9 - 7:00 pm. - Brown's
            Healing Service - Sunday, January 14 - noon
            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.
            AMD Bible Study - Wednesday, January 17 - 7:00 pm.
            Chicken 'n' Biscuit Dinner - Saturday, January 20 - 4:00 - 7:00 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.

FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, February 4 - noon
            Women of Bethany - Monday, February 5 - 1:00 pm.
            AMD Bible Study - Wednesday, February 7 - 7:00 pm.
            Church Council - Monday, February 12 - 7:15 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, February 13 - 7:00 pm. - Griffith's
            Ash Wednesday Service - Wednesday, February 14
            Tureen Lunch  and Game Day - Sunday, February 18 - noon
            Stewardship Committee - Monday, February 19 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, February 19 - 7:30 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, February 20
            AMD Bible Study - Wednesday, February 21 - 7:00 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Wednesday, February 26 - 9:00 am.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, February 27 - 7:00 pm. - Williamsport                                  Home/Kissell
 
ANNUAL CONGREGATION MEETING
Annual Congregation Meeting results:
Passed 2018 Ministry Plan
Elected to Council:  Jamie Brouse, Ruth Lundy, Tracy Rhian, Jay Stabley, Michael Stover, Catrina Bagwell, Jennie Brouse

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the December meeting -
Accepted committee reports: Mission, Property, Worship and Music
Accepted Ruth Kissell's resignation
Appointed Richard Hillegas and Thomas Richardson to Council
Elected Officers:  President: Glenn Kaufman; Vice-President: Jay Stabley; Secretary: Tracy Rhian; Treasurer: Weston Miller
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through November 30, 2017 (48 Sundays)                         $ 198,178.98
Expenses through November 30, 2017                                                                 180,964.00
Balance                                                                                                                       $ 17,214.98
 
Income received through November 30, 2016 (48 Sundays)                        $ 191,644.76
Expenses through November 30, 2016                                                                 173,810.47
            Balance                                                                                                           $ 17,834.29

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

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 Joyce McQuillen by:  Faye Benedict, Mr/Mrs Kenneth Larson, Jr.,
            Callahans Antiquities    

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.
 
 
THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Thank You so very much for the beautiful flowers.  Sandy and I both thought they were a great cheer up.                 -- Sandy and Herb Bright
 
Thank You for all the prayers, cards and visits while I was in the hospital.  I really appreciate all your kindness.                 -- Barbara Pentz
 
Thank You...Thank You to everyone who donated cookies for our shut-ins!  We had a great selection and they were all different!  Thank you for helping.
 
Thank You Church Family for stopping by and for the cookies.
                                                                                 -- Cella Taylor
 
Thank You so much for the cookies, they were just wonderful.
                                                                           -- Tom and Ann Long
 
Thank You so much - My Bethany family gives me much to smile about - prayers, visits, cookies, Pastor David bringing Communion, all are really appreciated.                                                     -- Roxie Lundy
 
Thanks to Tracy Rhian for the beautiful Altar Flowers and to the girls who delivered them.  They made my day!               -- Jean Fox
 
Thank You - to the wonderful Bethany Christmas Carolers, you made the Christmas Season very special for us.             -- Fred and Peggy Shultz
 
Thank You - Charlie Lichter would like to thank everyone for his birthday wishes and for Gail and Kathy for delivering the Altar Flowers for my 80th birthday.                                                            

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
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
 
 
BETHANY'S WEB-SITE
www.BethanyNALC.org

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

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.

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.

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).
 
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.

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.