October 2018 Messenger
 
 
VOLUME 70                                         OCTOBER 2018                                        NUMBER 10

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, The Last Supper, portrays Jesus' disciples crowding close to the Master as He broke The Bread and shared The Cup.  By this time the disciples had come to know how important the Lord was to their souls.
 
Christian need to be just as aware as they approach the Lord's Table to celebrate God's gift of forgiveness and life.  Perhaps because the spiritual is not as readily visible as are the material things of live, we can easily forget how important they are to us.  Plan now to be present when our congregation gathers close to the Lord to receive the Lord's Supper.
 
Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life.  He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never by thirsty."    John 6:35

WORSHIP AND MUSIC COMMITTEE WILL MEET MONDAY, OCTOBER 1
Worship and Music Committee please note the change of date for the meeting.

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
Pastor David will conduct a service of the word for Healing, following the 10:45 am. service Sunday, October 7.  Please join us.

LIFE CHAIN WILL MEET SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
The Annual Life Chain will be held Sunday, October 7, at 2:30 pm. on the Golden Strip.  If you are interested in participating in a silent stand for the unborn, please contact Sharon Barnard (435-5408).

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

BIBLE STUDY WILL RESUME TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, October 9, at the home of Julie Griffiths, 2320 Warrensville Road.  They will be studying lesson #3 - Hosea.  Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Julie (433-3249).
 
They will also meet Tuesday, October 23, at the Williamsport Home.  Ruth Kissell will be hostess.   AND Tuesday, October 30, at the home of Pastor and Betty.

CROP WALK - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
The CROP Walk is scheduled for Sunday, October 14, at 1:30 pm.  This is the 40th year of walking in Lycoming County to help end hunger.  Sponsor forms and promotional and educational materials can be picked up at the United Churches office (202 E Third Street, Williamsport).  For more information contact Gwen (570-322-1110 or 570-41901464 or director@uclc.org  Walks all happen rain or shine.  This year the agencies chosen to receive funds from CROP Walk are: Son Light House Food Pantry, Muncy; New Love Center, Jersey Shore; Sojourner Truth Ministry, Williamsport; United Churches Food Pantry, Williamsport.
 
The Walk begins at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 142 Market St, Williamsport and will move onto the River Walk.  Walkers choose a 3, 6, and 9 mile loop that takes you along the river on the Williamsport and South Williamsport side between the Market and Maynard Street Bridges.  Contact Rev. Ken Wagner-Pizza (570-322-0126) or Trinity Episcopal Church, 844 W Fourth Street.  Recruit sponsors who will pay you or your team to walk. 

TUREEN LUNCH AND GAME DAY - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
Social Ministry will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, October 21, in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Bring a tureen to share and your table service...and a game to play.

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - October 28
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.

OCTOBER IS PASTOR [AND FAMILY] APPRECIATION MONTH!
Please let Pastor and Betty know you appreciate them.  Some simple (and not so simple) things you can do:
Pray for them.  Prayer is the most powerful weapon against the pressures of spiritual warfare; pray for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual strength; surround them with God's protection.
Card Shower and messages of appreciation.
Volunteer to help with a project.
Support him with encouragement (all year long).
Be willing to participate enthusiastically in ministry.
Love your Pastor as Jesus loves him and show it through regular, tangible acts of encouragement all year long.

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the September meeting -
Accepted Committee reports: Stewardship, Mission, Social Ministry, Finance, Christian Education
Had first reading of 2019 Budget
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES - AUGUST
Income received through August 31, 2018 (34 Sundays)                               $ 128,678.67
Expenses through August 31, 2018                                                                       142,968.15
Balance                                                                                                                    $ - 14,289.48
 
Income received through August 31, 2017 (3526 Sundays)                         $ 143,247.82
Expenses through August 31, 2017                                                                       133,074.06
Balance                                                                                                                      $ 10,173.76

THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
 
Thank You to those who have been mowing the lawn and watering the flowers and trimming the bushes!! We appreciate it!  They look so nice.
 
Thank You to all who sponsored students in my class. I received enough to fund all of the elementary students in our program!  Thank You for providing the students with an opportunity to love reading.
                      -- Hayley Potter and the Blast IU #17 South Academy Staff

BETHANY'S WEB-SITE
ww.BethanyNALC.org

OCTOBER HAPPENINGS
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, October 1 - 7:00 pm.
            Healing Service - Sunday, October 7 - noon
            Life Chain - Sunday, October 7 - 2:30 pm. - Golden Strip
            Church Council - Monday, October 8 - 7:15 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, October 9 - 7:00 pm.
            CROP Walk - Sunday, October 14 - 1:30 pm.
            Stewardship Committee - Monday, October 15 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, October 15 - 7:00 pm.
            Finance Committee - Tuesday, October 16 - 7:00 pm.
            Staff Support Committee - Tuesday, October 16 - 8:00 pm.
            Tureen Lunch and Game Day - Sunday, October 21 - noon
            Social Ministry Committee - Monday, October 22 - 7:00 pm.
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, October 22 - 8:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, October 23 - 7:00 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, October 29 - 9:00 am.
            Tuesday Night bible Study - Tuesday, October 30 - 7:00 pm.

NOVEMBER HAPPENINGS
            Deadline for returning Samaritan's Purse Shoeboxes - Sunday, November 4
            Healing Service - Sunday, November 4 - noon
            Memorial Service - Sunday, November 4
            Church Council - Monday, November 12 - 7:15 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, November 13 - 7:00 pm. - Sausser
            Bloodmobile at Bethany - Friday, November 16 - 1:00 - 6:00 pm.
            Tureen Lunch - Sunday, November 18 - noon
            Evangelism Committee - Monday, November 19 - 10:00 am.
            Mission Committee - Monday, November 19 - 7:00 pm.
            Property Committee - Tuesday, November 20 - 7:00 pm.
            Office Closed - Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 22
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, November 26 - 9:00 am.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, November 27 - 7:00 pm. - Barnard

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

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
Jean Fox - 5136 Foxfire St, Jackson  MI  49201
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

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

DISASTER RELIEF
DONATIONS FOR DISASTER RELIEF will be accepted in the Church Office anytime.  Funds received will be sent to NALC Disaster Response.

COME AND SEE OUR QUILTS
We will soon take this year's quilts for transporting to the warehouse in Maryland.  They can be viewed along with information about the project in the quilting room from September 30 - October 12. If you’re interested in joining us please call Barbara Winchester at 570-244-6681. Tied quilts are easy to do.

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).

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.

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.

28th ANNUAL ORGAN CONCERT
28th ANNUAL ORGAN CONCERT to support dialysis patients and their families of the North Central PA Dialysis Clinics will be held Sunday, November 4, at 4:00 pm. in the sanctuary of St. Luke Lutheran Church.  This year's program features musical offerings from Williamsport High School "Strolling Strings"; the Lycoming College Instrumental Ensemble; and Scott Schell.

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. 

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS
First, they need a volunteer to work Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.  This person will help clients walk through and choose their food items.  If you'd like to put in some volunteer house, give Mona Rundio, coordinator, at call (570-322-1657).
 
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.

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.

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.

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.