May 2018 Messenger
VOLUME 70                                              MAY 2018                                                NUMBER 5

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
The Easter - Resurrection joy is still with us!  It is the fact of Jesus' resurrection that gives our celebration of Holy Communion meaning.  Through our reception and participation in the Sacrament, we are offered new life through the forgiveness of our sins. 
 
Holy Communion is an important and essential part of the life of a Christian.  We need the reminder of 1) God's great love for us, and 2) God's willingness to sacrifice His only Son for our sakes in forgiveness.
 
You are invited to be with us as guests at the Lord's table.  It could be the most important invitation you ever accepted. 

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, MAY 6
Pastor David will conduct a service of the word for Healing, following the 10:45 am. service Sunday, May 6.  Please join us.

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.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

BETHANY'S WEB-SITE
ww.BethanyNALC.org

BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET TUESDAY, MAY 8
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, May 8, at 7:00 pm. at the Church.  They will be studying Obadiah.  Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Sharon (435-5408).
 
They will also meet Tuesday, May 22, at the home of Larry and Sharon Barnard, to study Jonah.

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.  Cost: Adults: $ 12.00; Children (6-12): $ 5.50; Children under 6: free.  Please make and pay for reservations in the Church Office by Monday, May 7.

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).

GERANIUMS FOR PENTECOST - SUNDAY, MAY 20
If you would sponsor a geranium for Pentecost Sunday, May 20, we would appreciate it.  Cost: $ 6.50.  The plants will be planted in the flower beds for summer.

AFFIRMATION OF BAPTISM
Confirmation / Affirmation of Baptism will be held Sunday, May 20.  This year, Cadence Jones and Mark Whitmoyer will be confirmed.

TUREEN LUNCH AND GAME DAY - SUNDAY, MAY 20
Social Ministry will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, May 20, in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Bring a tureen to share and your table service.  Bring you favorite game.

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - MAY 27
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.

CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, MAY 28 - MEMORIAL DAY

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
 
SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL BEGINS SUNDAY, JUNE 3
Summer Sunday School will start June 3.  Adults will meet in Sunday Memorial hall.  They will be studying "God's Urgent Call."  "One size fits all" does not apply to how God calls people to serve Him - or for that matter, to how people respond to His call.  As the calls were not uniform, neither were the responses to them.  Usually the called person was quite hesitant about saying yes to what God had in mind.  Barak, Gideon, Moses, and Jeremiah each offered an explanation of why he could not do what God commanded.  The only eager respondent was Isaiah: "Here am I.  Send me!" (Isaiah 6:8).  Christians from all centuries have all been called to make a difference in whatever sphere of influence they live or work.  Every follower of Jesus can, by his or her lifestyle, witness, break down barriers, preach, and demonstrate the inclusive nature of the Gospel.  The means of delivering the Gospel is not "one size fits all," since we are gifted differently.  We must remember that we speak for a Savior whose message does indeed "fit all," for He died for the sins of everyone.  May our lives be a faithful testimony through which the call of that Savior to a lost world is clearly and lovingly heard.

WOMEN OF BETHANY WILL MEET MONDAY, JUNE 4
Women of Bethany will meet Monday, June 4, at 1:00 pm.  Program will be Cookies for our Shut-ins.  Jean Beard will have refreshments.
 
Please bring Canned Goods for the Food Pantry...AND cookies for the packages!!

COOKIES NEEDED
Cookies are needed for the packages for our Shut-ins.  Please deliver to the Church for the women's meeting June 4 at 1:00 pm.  Thank you.

"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 for a form.

MINIATURE GOLF - SUNDAY, JUNE 10
Miniature Golf - June 10 - at Hoopla's at the Mall.  Meet at 5:00 pm. at Hoopla's.  Weather permitting.

BLOODMOBILE - MONDAY, JUNE 11
Bloodmobile will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church, Monday, June 11, from 1:00 - 6:00 pm.  Anyone willing to help by donating sandwich spreads or money to buy them, please let Betty Letscher know (570-322-3685). 
 
MAY HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, May 6 - noon
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, May 8 - 7:00 pm. - Church
            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.
            Affirmation of Baptism - Sunday, May 20 - both services
            Tureen Lunch and Game Day - 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. - Barnards'
            Stuff Newsletters - Tuesday, May 29 - 9:00 am.

JUNE HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, June 3 - noon
            Women of Bethany - Monday, June 4 - 1:00 pm.
            Bloodmobile - Bethany - Monday, June 11 - 1:00 - 6:00 pm.
            Miniature Golf - Sunday, June 10 - 5:00 pm. - Hoopla's
            Church Council - Monday, June 11 - 7:15 pm.
            Stewardship Committee - Monday, June 18 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, June 18 - 7:30 pm.
            Thrivent Seminar - Wednesday, June 20 - 7:00 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, June 25 - 9:00 am.
            Social Ministry Committee - Monday, June 25 - 7:00 pm.
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, June 25 - 8:00 pm.

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the March meeting -
Accepted Committee reports: Evangelism, Worship and Music, Property, Staff Support
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through March 31, 2018 (12 Sundays)                                   $ 44,904.05
Expenses through March 31, 2018                                                                           57,107.26
Balance                                                                                                                    $ - 12,203.21
 
Income received through March 31, 2017 (13 Sundays)                                  $ 56,477.98
Expenses through March 31, 2017                                                                           53,695.56
Balance                                                                                                                         $ 2,782.42

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

THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Thank You - Sincere thanks for all the wonderful Birthday cards and good wishes received.  I enjoyed celebrating all month.  It was great!
                                                              -- Margaret Ryan
Thank You to all Who sent cards and well wishes for my Birthday.  I greatly appreciated each and every one.                         -- Joan Hiller            
 
To say Thank You to everyone at Bethany Church is impossible - your love and kindness will always be remembered by my family - you all showed so much love.  We will always remember the congregation of Bethany Lutheran Church.
                         --  Love to all, the Family of Robert and Joan Heckrote

NORTH AMERICAN LUTHERAN SEMINARY MONTH
Will we have enough pastors?
Will our pastors be well-grounded in God's Word and the Lutheran Confessions?
Will they be able to teach and equip disciples at all ages and stages of life?
 
THE NALS will continue to answer "YES" to these questions with your help during North American Lutheran Seminary Month.
 
The North American Lutheran Seminary needs both your prayers and generous financial support to continue their mission of preparing competent, evangelical and confessional pastors who will faithfully and eagerly serve in the decades to come.  Here are some startling facts illustrating the urgent need for growing the Seminary of the North American Lutheran Church: 
Approx. 9 of 10 NALC pastors are over the age of 40
75% of pastors are over the age of 60
Since 2010, the NALC has grown to more than 420 congregations and is still growing
 
As a results, the Seminary's student body, faculty and staff are already growing and preparing to grow even more at their residential campus in Ambridge, at extension sites, and through relationships with undergraduate institutions across North America.
 
Join them this May to observe North American Lutheran Seminary Month.  with your prayers and generous donation, you are supporting the NALS and providing for the future of the North American Lutheran Church.
 
Donations can be made thru Bethany Lutheran Church, mark the memo line on your check: NALS.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
You are invited to a special event.  Get important financial strategies from a membership organization of Christians that's been helping members be wise with money and live generously for more than 100 years.  Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00 pm. in the Fellowship Hall.

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 Robert J. Heckrote:  M/M George Conrad, M/M Edward C. McLaughlin,                   Donald F. Karaffa, M/M Robert P Lenahan, Dolores Yost, Ethel M Hocker,                                            M/M Michael P McLafferty, Maureen and Richard Heckrote, Madeline O. Miller                                  and Cynthia L. Heckrote.

ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE AT OLD IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH
Mr. Jim Girven, Lutheran Authorized Lay Worship Leader, will be the officiant at the Annual Memorial Service at Old Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lime Bluff Road, Muncy, Sunday, June 10, at 2:00 pm.  the theme that Mr. Girven has chosen for the service is "We are Possessed."  Mr. Girven comes to Old Immanuel from the Messiah-St. James Lutheran parish of Muncy.  Both of these churches are "children" of Old Immanuel, and they are delighted to have Mr. Girven lead them in this service.  Mrs. Jane Landon will provide music on the church's antique pump organ.
 
Old Immanuel is considered to be the mother church of Lutheranism in Lycoming County.  Founded in 1791, it lived until its doors shut permanently in 1920.  The first structure built on the property was of log; the second and third (the remaining) structures were of brick.  The current building was dedicated in 1869, and contains two cornerstones, one in German dated 1832, and one in English dated 1869.  At least 9 Revolutionary Soldiers and 5 Civil War Soldiers are buried in the historic cemetery.  The church was built on land donated by Henry and Barbara Shoemaker, of "Shoemaker Mills" at the Routes 442/405 intersection.
 
At one time, there was a school associated with Old Immanuel, and the church contained a gallery, a wine-glass pulpit, and enough straight-back pews to seat 600 people.
 
Old Immanuel closed its doors for regular services in 1920, after giving rise to 19 other Lutheran congregations.  Some of these have also closed their doors, such as Moreland Lutheran, Trinity (Huntersville), St. Paul's (Millville), Germany Church, Katy's Church, St. Mark's (Lairdsville), Christ Lutheran (Montgomery), Messiah (Alvira), the Stone Church in Elimsport, and Zion's, also in Elimsport.  Some of these churches have taken on new identities as they have become home to other congregations.
 
Churches that have sprung up from Old Immanuel that continue with the Lutheran tradition include Trinity and Mt. Zion (Hughesville), St. Andrew's (Muncy), St. James (Montgomery), and Bethany (Montoursville).
 
The public is invited to attend this service as well as to tour the historic church.  Light refreshments will be served after the service.  For more information, or to follow Old Immanuel more closely, "Like" them on FaceBook!!!
 
 
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

YOKEFELLOW PRISON MINISTRY
Yokefellow Prison Ministry is in need of volunteers.  Would you consider being a part 
of the ministry along with us?   Please contact the Yokefellow Office (326-6868) if you would be interested in this most rewarding ministry.

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.