VOLUME 70 MARCH 2018 NUMBER 3
HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
What a unique privilege - to be invited by the Lord to supper! Even more so, a very special Supper with a gift for all who attend - FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS! ETERNAL LIFE! How can we stay away from such an invitation!
The Holy Week and Easter Sunday Services are a very important part of our Christian Year. Participation in each of these Services heightens our awareness of the great sacrifice made by Jesus Christ for our salvation. If we walk, by faith, with our Lord through each of these events and days, Easter will mean so much more to you.
Holy Week this year will be March 28 through March 30, will be celebrated with a Lenten Service on Holy Wednesday at 7:30 pm.; our traditional Maundy Thursday Communion/Footwashing Service at 7:30 pm., and the "Service of Shadows" (Tenebrae) on Good Friday evening.
Easter Day will be celebrated in all its glory with the Easter Sunrise Service at 6:00 am. and regular services at 8:00 and 10:45 am. Holy Communion will be celebrated at all three services to highlight this major festival of the Christian Church.
"SOUPER BOWL" WAS FEBRUARY 4
The "Souper Bowl" is one way to help the Shepherd of the Streets to help more people in need. It is an effort to glorify God and care for "the least of these" by donating a dollar (or more) that day. $ 145.00 was donated to the Shepherd of the Streets.
HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, MARCH 4
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.
LENTEN SERVICES AND DESSERT
MID-WEEK LENTEN SERVICES:
Mid-week Services will be held the Wednesdays in Lent at 9:00 am. in the Chapel and 7:30 pm. in the Sanctuary. The series of services will include journeys along six significant roads on which we confront Christ:
On The Road to Damascus life is given a new direction
On The Road to the Wilderness the Holy Spirit leads us from baptism (Jesus' and our own) to a confrontation with temptation
The prodigal son shows us the wisdom and necessity of seeking The Road Home
The disciple Peter becomes a roadblock on The Road to Jerusalem, prompting Jesus to say, "Get behind me, Satan!" and invites us to take up the cross and follow
As the Good Samaritan stopped on The Road to Jericho, so Jesus stops to care for us in our needs and teach us to "do likewise"
The Bethany Road leads to the home of Mary and Martha and the funeral of their brother Lazarus, and then on to Jerusalem for the Palm Sunday procession
LENTEN DESSERT TIME will be held in the upstairs lounge at 7:00 pm. prior to the evening Mid-Week Service. Please join us. The Lenten Dessert time will be just beverages and a snack. If you would help with the snack a Wednesday in Lent, please contact Sharon Barnard (435-5408).
Morning Prayer will be held at 9:00 am. The Wednesdays in Lent in the Chapel.
Lent Service will be held at 7:30 pm. in the Sanctuary, preceded by a Lent Dessert time in the upstairs lounge at 7:00 pm. Please join us.
USHERS AND LAY READERS NEEDED
Ushers and Lay Readers are needed for the 7:30 pm. Mid-Week Lenten Services. Please contact the church office (368-8933) if you will help.
BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET TUESDAY, MARCH 13
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, March 13, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Pastor and Betty Letscher, 2939 Cochran Ave, DuBoistown. They will be studying lesson # 5 of II Timothy. Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Betty (322-3685).
They will also meet Tuesday, March 27, at the home of Kathy Sausser, 75 Rockey Lane, Apt 4, Montoursville.
TUREEN LUNCH - SUNDAY, MARCH 18
Social Ministry will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, March 18, in Sunday Memorial Hall. Bring a tureen to share and your table service.
PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON
MEN'S BANQUET WILL BE HELD MONDAY, MARCH 19
Come to the Men's Banquet, Monday, March 19, at 6:00 pm. in the Fellowship Hall. Enjoy a turkey dinner and fellowship. Reservations and payment must be made in the Church Office (368-8933) by March 12. Don King will present a program on the History of Montoursville. Cost: Adults: $ 12.00; Children (6-12): $ 5.50; Children under 6: Free.
HELP IS NEEDED
Women - if you will help serve the Men's Banquet and/or help clean up afterwards, please call Gail Stover (368-2282).
Easter flowers for the Chancel must be ordered and paid for by Tuesday, March 20. The cost of the flowers are $ 10.25 each and the choice will be Mums, Tulips, and Easter Lilies. Please call the church office to order (368-8933).
BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - MARCH 25
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.
HOLY WEEK SERVICES AND EASTER SERVICES
Holy Wednesday - March 28 - 9:00 am. (Chapel) and 7:30 pm. (Sanctuary)
Maundy Thursday - March 29 - 7:30 pm. in the Sanctuary with Communion and Foot Washing
Good Friday - March 30 - 7:30 pm. in the Sanctuary
Easter Sunrise - April 1 - 6:00 am.
Easter Day - April 1 - 8:00 and 10:45 am.
HOLY WEEK LAY ASSISTANTS
Holy Wednesday Maundy Thursday Good Friday Sunrise
Acolyte Sarah Lomison Cadence Jones Mark Whitmoyer Volunteer Needed
Communion ------------------ Larry Barnard ------------------ Volunteer Needed
Assistants ------------------ Sharon Barnard ------------------ Volunteer Needed
Greeter ------------------ ------------------ ------------------ David Shipton
Reader Joan Hiller Larry Barnard Michael Brouse Volunteer Needed
Ushers Michael Stover Deborah Harman LaVon Hawley Volunteer Needed
Gail Stover Beverly Brown Jean Beard Volunteer Needed
Fred Paulhamus Margaret Shultz Volunteer Needed
Michael Brouse Volunteer Needed
EASTER EGG HUNT
Come join us for our Annual Egg Hunt and Easter Fun - Saturday, March 31, at 10:00 am. Come for stories, crafts, and of course, an egg hunt.
Healing Service - Sunday, March 4 - noon
Morning Prayer - Wednesday, March 7 - 9:00 am. - Chapel
Lenten Dessert time - Wednesday, March 7 - 7:00 pm. - upstairs Lounge
Lenten Service - Wednesday, March 7 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
Church Council - Monday, March 12 - 7:15 pm.
Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, March 13 - 7:00 pm. - Letschers'
Morning Prayer - Wednesday, March 14 - 9:00 am. - Chapel
Lenten Dessert time - Wednesday, March 14 - 7:00 pm. - upstairs Lounge
Lenten Service - Wednesday, March 14 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
Tureen Lunch - Sunday, March 18 - noon
Evangelism Committee - Monday, March 19 - 10:00 am.
Men's Banquet - Monday, March 19 - 6:00 pm.
Mission Committee - Monday, March 19 - 7:30 pm.
Property Committee - Tuesday, March 20 - 7:00 pm.
Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, March 20
Morning Prayer - Wednesday, March 21 - 9:00 am. - Chapel
Lenten Dessert time - Wednesday, March 21 - 7:00 pm. - upstairs Lounge
Lenten Service - Wednesday, March 21 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
Stuff Newsletters - Monday, March 26 - 9:00 am.
Worship and Music Committee - Monday, March 26 - 7:00 pm.
Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, March 27 - 7:00 pm. - Sausser's
Holy Wednesday Service - Wednesday, March 28 - 9:00 am. - Chapel
Holy Wednesday Service - Wednesday, March 28 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
Maundy Thursday Service - Thursday, March 29 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
Color Easter eggs for Egg Hunt - Friday, March 30 - 12:30 pm. - kitchen
Good Friday Tenebrae - Friday, March 30 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday, march 31 - 10:00 am. - Fellowship Hall
Sunrise Service - Sunday, April 1 - 6:00 am.
Church Office Closed - Monday, April 2
Healing Service - Sunday, April 8 - noon
Church Council - Monday, April 9 - 7:15 pm.
Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, April 10 - 7:00 pm. - Barnards'
Tureen Lunch - Sunday, April 15 - noon
Stewardship Committee - Monday, April 16 - 7:00 pm.
Mission Committee - Monday, April 16 - 7:30 pm.
Social Ministry Committee - Monday, April 23 - 7:00 pm.
Christian Education Committee - Monday, April 23 - 8:00 pm.
Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, April 24 - 7:00 pm. - Brown's
Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, April 24
Stuff Newsletters - Monday, April 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
RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the February meeting -
Accepted Committee reports: Mission, Property, Worship and music, Evangelism
Received Pastor's Report
RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through January 31, 2018 (4 Sundays) $ 13,813.13
Expenses through January 31, 2018 25,753.42
Balance $ - 11,940.29
Income received through January 31, 2017 (5 Sundays) $ 22,955.59
Expenses through January 31, 2017 21,943.07
Balance $ 1,012.52
THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Thanks so much! WOW!! Beautiful cards, beautiful wishes and so very many. It is almost worth adding another year. -- Ruthie Kissell
Thank You to everyone that helped in any way with the Chicken and Biscuit dinner and those that came out to eat. We had a great turnout of 166 meals and made $1,591 for the Pastor's "Discretionary Fund" including food donations and the Thrivent Card. Thanks again for a great time of fellowship by all! -- Debbie Harman
Thank You - to all who contributed candy to the Women of Bethany for their February "goodie boxes" we had such a nice variety of candy.
Thank You for the beautiful Altar flowers and to Earla Gower and Barbara Winchester for delivering them. I enjoyed their visit so much. Also, thanks to everyone for the prayers and cards for my Birthday; you made it special. -- Jean Fox
Thank You to the Women of Bethany for the delicious candy, such a wonderful variety. Thank You to Ruth Kissell for delivering them.
-- Joanne Bosch
Thank You So Very Much for visits from Pastor, Altar Flowers, and visits from Kathy Sausser and Kathy Hinton. Also, big thanks for the delicious candy from the Church Women. All are greatly appreciated.
-- Jane Newton
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.
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
Joanne Bosch - Williamsport Home, 1900 Ravine Rd, Bldg A 316, Williamsport 17701
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
Roxie Lundy - 410 Arch St, Montoursville
Eleanor Mellish - 1246 Deerfield Dr, Williamsport 17701
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
Joan Swartz - 1012 Arthur Rd, 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 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.
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.
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.
Home Bound Communion is always available to our shut-ins. If you desire to have Communion, please call the Church Office (368-8933).
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.
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.