August 2018 Messenger
 VOLUME 70                                          AUGUST 2018                                            NUMBER 8


HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
            "Watch and be ready, for you know not the day
                       Nor the hour when the Son of Man cometh!"
 
            If we could know that "Doomsday" was scheduled for August 12, 2018, and that
 the Lord would come on that day, most people would be sure to be at church to commune with Jesus.  Jesus gives the warning: "Watch and be ready, for you know not the day nor the hour."  Do not be careless about the maintenance of your faith and spiritual life.  It's all that you have, then or now!  Communing with the Lord is both sacred and necessary.  He is the source of our life and strength.
 
            You are invited to join with us at Bethany for a time of spiritual refreshment, it's a very gracious thing that God has done for us.  Not because of our goodness, but because of our need for His mercy and forgiveness.
"All a man's ways seem right to him, but the Lord weights the heart."  (Proverbs 21:2)
 
                Don't forget your special "Thank Offering" - canned or packaged foods for the Food Pantry,  a cash donation for the Fuel Bank or a donation to Pastor's Discretionary Fund.  You have been blessed - share the blessing with others.

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, AUGUST 5
Pastor David will conduct a service of the word for Healing, following the 10:45 am. service Sunday, August 5.  Please join us.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON
 
SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL CONTINUES
Adults are meeting in Sunday Memorial hall.  They are 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.
August 5              Called to Witness - Choosing of the Seven                        Acts 6:1-8
August 12            Called to Break Down Barriers - Philip and Ethiopian      Acts 8:26-39
August 19            Called to Preach - Ananias                                                    Acts 9:10-20
August 26            Called to Be Inclusive - Peter and Cornelius                      Acts 10:19-33
September 2       Moses continued
 
Summer Sunday School pre-quiz:
How many men were chosen to serve food to the widows?  Seven, ten, twelve?
Stephen not only served tables but also did miracles.  True or False.
The eunuch who met Philip was from where?  Egypt, Antioch, Ethiopia?
The eunuch was reading from the prophet ____ when Philip encountered him.
Philip waited several days before baptizing the eunuch.  True or False.
Saul (Paul) was healed from blindness in the city of ____.
Ananias was told that Saul would bear god's name to both Israelites and Gentiles.  True or False.
What position did Cornelius hold?  Centurion, tribune, governor?
Cornelius resided in the city of Jerusalem.  True or False.

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - AUGUST 26
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 PICNIC WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, AUGUST 26
Plan to attend the Church Picnic Sunday, August 26, at Indian Park.  Meet at 4:00 pm.  Bring a dish to share, table service, and beverage.  Hot dogs will be provided.  A Vespers Service will be held at 6:30 pm.  Please make reservations in the Church Office (368-8933) by Thursday, August 23.  Pavilion #5.
 
 
 
HELP NEEDED FOR THE BELL CHOIR
We are in need of a person to play the bells beginning in September.  Rehearsal begins after Labor Day on Thursday evenings at 7:00. Please call Mary Paulhamus at (570 368-8858) as soon as possible if you are willing to help.  Playing the handbells is a lot of fun come and join us.

SOCIAL MINISTRY, STEWARDSHIP, AND EVANGELISM COMMITTEES
Social Ministry, Stewardship, and Evangelism Committees: please meet with the Mission Committee Monday, August 20 at 7:30 pm.

CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 - LABOR DAY

RALLY DAY - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Rally Day will be held September 9, at 9:30 am. in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Classes will be dismissed to their teachers and classrooms.  Second Year Confirmation will meet in Sunday Memorial hall, then go to his class.

TEACHER INSTALLATION - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Teacher installation will be held Sunday, September 9, at both Services.  Please plan to attend one of the services that day.

WOMEN OF BETHANY TUREEN DINNER - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Women of Bethany will have their annual Tureen Supper Monday, September 10, at 6:00 pm.  Bring a casserole to share and your table service.  Meat and beverage will be provided.  RSVP in the Church Office (368-8933) by Thursday, September 6.  Please bring Canned Goods for the Food Pantry.

REMEMBRANCE OF 9-11-2001 RIDE
The 9-11 Memorial Bike Ride will be held Tuesday, September 11.  We will meet at Bethany about 6:30 pm. to ring bells.

BIBLE STUDY WILL RESUME TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, September 11, following the 9-11 Memorial Ride (approx. 7:30 pm.) in the Seekers Room at the Church.  They will be studying lesson #1 - Hosea.  Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Sharon (435-5408).
 
They will also meet Tuesday, September 25, at the home of Beverly Brown.

BLOODMOBILE - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, FROM 1:00 - 6:00 PM.

TUREEN LUNCH AND GAME DAY - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Social Ministry will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, September 16, in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Bring a tureen to share and your table service...and a game to play.

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

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES - JUNE
Income received through June 30, 2018 (26 Sundays)                                     $ 96,574.46
Expenses through June 30, 2018                                                                           111,917.40
Balance                                                                                                                    $ - 15,342.94
 
Income received through June 30, 2017 (26 Sundays)                                  $ 107,768.22
Expenses through June 30, 2017                                                                           103,158.84
Balance                                                                                                                         $ 4,609.38

AUGUST HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, August 5 - noon
            Church Council - Monday, August 13 - 7:15 pm.
            Stewardship Committee - Monday, August 20 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, August 20 - 7:30 pm. - with Social Ministry,                                      Stewardship, and Evangelism Committees
            Finance Committee with Committee Chairs - Tuesday, August 21 - 7:00 pm.
            Church Picnic - Sunday, August 26 - 4:00 pm. - Indian Park
            Vespers at Park - Sunday, August 26 - 6:30 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, August 27 - 9:00 am.
            Social Ministry Committee - Monday, August 27 - 7:00 pm.
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, August 27 - 8:00 pm.

SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, September 2 - noon
            Office Closed - Monday, September 3 - Labor Day
            Chancel Choir - Wednesday, September 5 - 7:00 pm.
            Chancel Choir - Thursday, September 6 - 3:00 pm.
            Handbell Choir - Thursday, September 6 - 7:00 pm.
            5 x 5 Handbells - Thursday, September 6 - 8:00 pm.
            Rally Day - Sunday, September 9 - 9:30 am. - Fellowship Hall
            Women of Bethany Tureen Dinner - Monday, September 10 - 6:00 pm.
            Church Council - Monday, September 10 - 8:00 pm.
            Remembrance of 9-11-2001 Ride - 6:30 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, September 11 - 7:00 pm.
            Bloodmobile - Friday, September 14 - 1:00 - 6:00 pm.
            Tureen Lunch - Sunday, September 16 - noon
            Evangelism Committee - Monday, September 17 - 10:00 am.
            Mission Committee - Monday, September 17 - 7:30 pm.
            Property Committee - Tuesday, September 18 - 7:00 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, September 24 - 9:00 am.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, September 24 - 7:00 pm.

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

KEEPING UP WITH THE CONGREGATION
Baptized:  Aria Ann Mastrippolito, daughter of Nicholas and Lindsay Oechler                                     Mastrippolito.  Baptized: 1 July 2018

BETHANY'S WEB-SITE
ww.BethanyNALC.org

DOLLS FOR CHRISTMAS BOXES
A mission committee project again this year is to fill as many Christmas shoeboxes as possible for Operation Christmas child, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse.  A few ladies have volunteered to make adorable little crocheted dolls and teddy bears for the boxes.  If you are talented at crocheting or know someone who is and would like to help with this project, please contact June Grube (570-368-1424 or junegrube@verizon.net) for the pattern and/or more information.

THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Thank You to all for the lovely Birthday cards.  You are so kind and thoughtful.  Also, a thank You to Mary Ann Lichter for delivering a beautiful bouquet of flowers.  May God Bless each and everyone of you,
                                                                                          -- William Bair
 
Thank You to Marian Harris and Christie Fry for cleaning and straightening up the Library.
 
Thank You for the beautiful flowers for our Anniversary.  They are absolutely beautiful and still are.  We are enjoying them very much.  Thanks again,                                                            -- Joyce and Denny Palmeter        
 
Thank You to the ladies of the church for the delicious cookies and for Ruthie Kissell for delivering them.  They are super good.  I appreciate your thoughtfulness.                                                   -- Joanne Bosch
 
Thank You - I would like to Thank Pastor David and the congregation of Bethany Lutheran Church for their prayers and blessings while I was in the hospital.                                                                -- Michael Sevinsky
 
Thank You so much for your visit and the cookies and candy.  You really brightened my day.                                         -- Herb and Sandy Bright
 

Thank You to June Grube for bringing the Altar Flowers, Jean Beard for the cookies, Ruth Kissell and Kathy Sausser for the cookies and smiles, and to Pastor for Communion.  All this makes being at home a little easier.  Thanks for everything,                               -- Roxie Lundy
 
Thank You to those who have been mowing the lawn and watering the flowers - we really appreciate it!  They look nice!
 
Thank You Bethany Friends, for the lovely assortment of candy and cookies.  They were all so delicious.  Your kindness and thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated.  A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Jean Beard for delivering them.  May God Bless All of You,                      -- William Bair
 
Thank You - I really appreciated the lovely birthday cards I received.  It made my day special. Thank You, Marjorie Fantaskey
 
Thank You t those who have been mowing the lawn and watering the flowers and trimming the bushes!!  We appreciate it!  They look nice.
 
Thank You to the Paulhamus and Taylor Families for the beautiful altar flowers and thanks to Jane Leiter for bringing them to me.  They certainly brightened my day.                                                  -- Jean Fox 

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.

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

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.
 
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 - Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd, 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 - Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville
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.

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).

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. 

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.