April 2018 Messenger

VOLUME 70                                             APRIL 2018                                              NUMBER 4


HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN.  HE IS RISEN, INDEED.  HALLELUJAH!!
 
The source of our joy is Easter, indeed, in every day living.  Each moment, each day is an invitation to rise to new life in Christ. Easter is "present history," not an event from the far distant past.  it is a life-style to be lived to the fullest - with God's blessing.
 
Few aspects of Lutheran worship are as important to us as the availability and celebration of Holy Communion.  "My body given for you; my blood shed for you."  Those words carry a tremendous impact to us - LIFE!  Jesus' Presence in this Bread and Cup conveys a sense of healing and salvation for our souls that no other means on earth can give.  Sins are forgiven, time for renewal of life is granted, and new hope for the future is offered.  Jesus comes into us in a very real way to change and bless our life.
 
New life is not gained "automatically" by receiving the Bread and Cup.  It is received through opening your heart to Jesus' saving and renewing power.  Only He can change us, our attitudes, our behavior through His Word.  As you open you hand, open your heart to the Lord.  You'll see real miracles; real changes as the Lord guides your heart and life.  Ephesians 1:11-14 
 
CHRIST IS RISEN. HE IS RISEN, INDEED.  HALLELUJAH!!

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, APRIL 8
Pastor David will conduct a service of the word for Healing, following the 10:45 am. service on Sunday, April 8.  Please join us.
 
BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET TUESDAY, APRIL 10
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, April 10, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Larry and Sharon Barnard, 5981 E Rt 973 Hwy, Cogan Station.  They will be studying lesson # 7 of II Timothy.  Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Sharon (435-5408).
 
They will also meet Tuesday, April 24, at the home of Beverly Brown.

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

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - APRIL 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.

EASTER SERVICES
Easter Sunrise - April 1 - 6:00 am.
Easter Day - April 1 - 8:00 and 10:45 am.

EASTER LAY ASSISTANTS
                        Sunrise
Acolyte           Volunteer Needed
Communion   Ruth Lundy and Weston Miller
Greeter           David Shipton
Reader            Ruth Lundy
Ushers            Tracy Rhian, Hayley Potter, Will Potter

WOMEN'S BANQUET WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, MAY 15
The Women's Banquet will be held Tuesday, May 15, at 6:00 pm.  A Turkey Dinner will be served.  Steve Bagwell will present the program.  Watch the bulletin for cost. 

MEN - HELP IS NEEDED FOR THE WOMEN'S BANQUET
If you will help serve the women's Banquet and/or help clean up afterwards, please call Gail Stover (368-2282).

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

APRIL HAPPENINGS
            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.

MAY HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, May 6 - noon
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, May 8 - 7:00 pm. -
             Hoss's Event - Tuesday, May 8 - all day
            Church Council - Monday, May 14 - 7:15 pm.
            Women's Banquet - Tuesday, May 15 - 6:00 pm.
            Tureen Lunch - Sunday, May 20 - noon
            Evangelism Committee - Monday, May 21 - 10:00 am.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, May 21 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, May 21 - 7:30 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, May 22
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, May 22 - 7:00 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Tuesday, May 29 - 9:00 am.

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the March meeting -
Accepted Committee reports: Stewardship, Mission, Social Ministry, Christian Education
Agreed to have the investments changed to 65% equities/35% fixed income
150th anniversary of Bethany is in 2019.  Committees need to look into ideas for celebrations, activities, etc.
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through February 28, 2018 (8 Sundays)                                $ 27,431.87
Expenses through February 28, 2018                                                                      40,768.44
Balance                                                                                                                    $ - 13,336.57
 
Income received through February 28, 2017 (9 Sundays)                               $ 38,789.35
Expenses through February 28, 2017                                                                      39,161.83
Balance                                                                                                                          $ - 372.48
 
 
BETHANY'S WEB-SITE
www.BethanyNALC.org

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

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.

'WALK OF REMEMBRANCE AND HONOR"
The "Walk" was completed last fall and is beautiful, please stop by and check it out.  Recently several people have inquired if it would be possible to add bricks to the walk and yes it is.  Requirements being the same as last year.  The cost of each ("4 x 8")
brick is $50.00 and can be imprinted with up to Three lines of 15 characters each (including spaces).  You can let the church office know of your desire to purchase a brick/bricks during the months of April and May. Order will be placed with the brick company Wednesday, June 6, 2018.  Call (570 368-8933) or come in to the office.
 
 
HELP IS NEEDED
Donations to replenish Pastor's Discretionary would be greatly appreciated.  Mark your check "Pastor's Fund."  Thank you.

HOSS'S EVENT WILL BE HELD MAY 8
On Tuesday, May 8, we will hold a Hoss's Event to help Pastor's Discretionary Fund.  This will be an all day event.  Tickets will be available in the church office.  Go out to have a fine meal at Hoss's and 20% of the total of your purchases will be given to Bethany Church.

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.

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.