February 2019 Messenger
 
VOLUME 71                                       FEBRUARY 2019                                         NUMBER 2

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
            The cold winter winds may blow and chill our bodies, but God's Word and Love warms our spirits as we gather to celebrate God's Feast of Love for His children.  It's a very gracious thing that God has done for us.  It is not because of our goodness, but because of our need for His mercy and forgiveness that He has continued to love and bless us.  He is the source of our life and strength.  Angers, hatreds, sins, hurts, are all brought before the Lord for healing and forgiveness. Your are invited!  Will you be present?  "All a man's ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart." Proverbs 21:2.
 
            Won't you please join us as we share and give thanks.  

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Pastor David will conduct a service of the word for Healing, following the 10:45 am. service Sunday, February 3.  Please join us.
"souper bowl" Sunday - February 3
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.  Offering plates will be at each door.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

HOMEMADE CANDY NEEDED
Homemade candy is needed for the goody boxes for our college students and shut-ins.  Please bring Monday, February 4.
addresses needed for college students
College students' addresses are needed for the goody boxes packed by the Women of Bethany.  Please call the church office as soon as possible.

WOMEN OF BETHANY WILL MEET MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4
The Women of Bethany will meet Monday, February 4, at 1:00 pm.  Kathy Sausser
will have devotions and Jean Beard will have refreshments.  The ladies will be packing candy for our college students and shut-ins.  Please bring Canned Goods for the Food Pantry.

BIBLE STUDY WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, February 12
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, February 12, at the home of Kathy Sausser, 75 Rockey Lane, Apt 4, Montoursville.  They will be studying lesson # 2 Titus.  Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Kathy (337-5000).
 
They will also meet February 26 at the home of Larry and Sharon Barnard.

TUREEN LUNCH AND GAME DAY - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Mission Committee will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, February 17, in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Bring a tureen to share and your table service...and your favorite game.

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - FEBRUARY 24
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.

OFFERING ENVELOPES FOR 2019 ARE AVAILABLE
2019 offering envelopes are available outside the Church Office.  Please stop by to pick up your set and those of anyone you know who is not able to get here for them.

ASH WEDNESDAY - MARCH 6
Ash Wednesday Service will be held Wednesday, March 6, at 9:00 am. in the Chapel and 7:30 pm. in the Sanctuary.  There will be imposition of ashes for those desiring to receive the ashes as an outward sign of inward sorrow for your sins.  It is an optional rite for those wishing to receive the ashes.  Holy Communion will be served.

BETHANY'S WORSHIP ASSISTANTS FOR ASH WEDNESDAY
Acolyte:  Catrina Bagwell
Communion Assistants:  Ruth Lundy and Karen Paulhamus
Greeter:  Julie Griffiths
Lay Reader:  Ruth Lundy
Ushers:  Louis Bassler, James Foose, Ryan Kane, Ray Bomboy
 
Lenten dessert and services
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 Lenten Dessert time in the upstairs lounge at 7:00 pm.  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).

MEN'S BANQUET WILL BE HELD MONDAY, MARCH 18
Come to the Men's Banquet, Monday, March 18, at 6:00 pm. in Sunday Memorial hall.  Enjoy a turkey dinner and fellowship.  Program will be on Whitetail Deer, presented by Dick Hess.  Reservations and payment must be made in the Church Office (368-8933) by March 11.  Cost:  Adults: $ 12.00; Children (6-12): $ 5.00; Children under 6: free.
 
Women - if you will help serve the Men's Banquet and/or help clean up afterwards, please call Gail Stover (368-2282).

BACKPACK BREAKFAST EVENTS
Needed: Oatmeal (1-2 oz. packets); Cream of Wheat (1-2 oz. packets); Boxed Cereal (Individual, 1.5-2 oz); Multigrain Bars; Breakfast Bars; Pop Tarts; Belvita Breakfast Biscuits (1.76 oz.); Cereal Bars (individually packaged).  Thanks for the great response for this project.  February pick up will be February 14, 2019.

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the January meeting -
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through December 31, 2018 (52 Sundays)                         $ 209,214.52
Expenses through December 31, 2018                                                                 211,336.33
Balance                                                                                                                       $ - 2,121.81
 
Income received through December 31, 2017 (52 Sundays)                        $ 223,579.96
Expenses through December 31, 2017                                                                 197,795.44
Balance                                                                                                                      $ 25,784.52

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."
 
KEEPING UP WITH THE CONGREGATION
DEATHS:  Shirlee English died December 24, 2018

FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, February 3 - noon
            "Souper Bowl" Sunday - Sunday, February 3
            Women of Bethany - Monday, February 4 - 1:00 pm.
            Church Council - Monday, February 11 - 7:15 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, February 12 - 7:00 pm. - Sausser's
            Tureen Lunch / Game Day - Sunday, February 17 - noon
            Mission Committee - Monday, February 18 - 7:00 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, February 19
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, February 25 - 9:00 am.
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, February 25 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, February 26 - 7:00 pm. - Barnards'

MARCH HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, March 3 - noon
            Ash Wednesday Service - Wednesday, March 6 - 9:00 am. - Chapel
            Ash Wednesday Service - Wednesday, March 6 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
            Church Council - Monday, March 11 - 7:15 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, March 12 - Brown's
            Morning Prayer - Wednesday, March 13 - 9:00 am. - Chapel
            Lenten Dessert - Wednesday, March 13 - 7:00 pm. - Upstairs Lounge
            Lenten Service - Wednesday, March 13 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
            Tureen Lunch - Sunday, March 17 - noon
            Men's Banquet - Monday, March 18 - 6:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, March 18 - 7:00 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, March 19
            Property Committee - Tuesday, March 19 - 7:00 pm.
            Morning Prayer - Wednesday, March 20 - 9:00 am. - Chapel
            Lenten Dessert - Wednesday, March 20 - 7:00 pm. - Upstairs Lounge
            Lenten Service - Wednesday, March 20 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, March 25 - 9:00 am.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, March 25 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, March 26 - Griffiths'
            Morning Prayer - Wednesday, March 27 - 9:00 am. - Chapel
            Lenten Dessert - Wednesday, March 27 - 7:00 pm. - Upstairs Lounge
            Lenten Service - Wednesday, March 27 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary

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!

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

THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Thank You to all who helped take down the creche!  We really appreciate your work.
 
Thank You - I would like to Thank You for the beautiful flowers from Bethany Church and to those who brought them to me.   --Cella Taylor
 
Thank You - We would like to thank You for the very nice altar flowers from Bethany Church and to those who brought them.  Thank You.
                                                                         -- David and Maureen Taylor       
 
Thank You - Pastor and Betty would like to say Thank You to those who remembered us with cards, gifts, and well wishes at Christmas and our Anniversary.
 
"Thanks" to all the people of Bethany for their prayers.  "Thanks" again for the recent visit on Monday.  Sandy was so happy to get the flowers and she will keep smelling them until they are gone.     --Herb Bright       

PLEASE REMEMBER OUR SENIORS AT HOME
William Bair - 1213 Cedar St, Montoursville 17754
Herbert and Sandy Bright - 628 Broad St, Montoursville  17754
Jean Fox - 2123 Robinson Rd, Apt 141, Jackson  MI  49203
Marjorie Gower - Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd, 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
Thomas Long - 163 Charles Dr, Montoursville
Catherene F Lowe - 2410 North Hills Drive, Williamsport, PA  17701
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 - 500 Pelham Dr, Waynesboro  VA  22980
Cella Taylor - Aristia Care, 1445 Sycamore Rd, Montoursville  17754

DISASTER RELIEF
Donations for Disaster Relief will be accepted in the Church Office anytime.  Funds received will be sent to NALC Disaster Response.

PASTOR'S DISCRETIONARY FUND
Donations to replenish Pastor's Discretionary would be greatly appreciated.  Please make your check out to Bethany Lutheran Church, but mark the memo line: "Pastor's Fund."  Thank you. 

SHEPHERD OF THE STREETS
Shepherd of the Streets is a Christian ministry with the emphasis on medical issues that abruptly invade people's lives.  They not only help with payments for medicine, supplies, and transportation, but they help with a person's ability to cope with immediate and long-term inflictions.  Your support for this very vital ministry helps keep matters from getting worse, and/or assists in the healing or dying process.
Thank you for your donation of hygiene items, baby needs, and/or bedding.  Almost every person who comes through their doors is blessed by one or more of the hygiene items you send.  Items needed:  toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, razors, shampoo, conditioner, women's hygiene products, towels/wash cloths, bedding, blankets, tissues, toilet paper, paper towels, soap, deodorant, combs, baby diapers, baby shampoo, baby oil, baby Q-tips, baby wipes, baby powder.

SEWING MACHINES AVAILABLE
The Quilting Room has several old sewing machines, some in cabinets, looking for good homes.  They haven't been used in a long time, so will need servicing.  If interested, contact Barb Winchester (570-244-6681).

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.

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS
During this time of harvest and as we grow closer to the Holidays, one way to show love, caring, and comfort to those in need is to buy at least one item every time you are in a store to donate to the food pantry.  Such a simple act will become a huge answer to someone's prayer that day!
 
Items needed: snacks (all healthy), canned vegetables, pasta (all types), tomato sauce, cake mixes, potato and rice boxes, canned meats, Ramen noodles, cookie mixes, peanut butter, hot chocolate, coffee, cereal, soup, oatmeal, jelly, juices, ketchup, mustard, flour.  Thank you so much for all your contributions (food and financially) to the Food Pantry.
 
 
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.

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.

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. 

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.