March 2019 Messenger
 
VOLUME 71                                           MARCH 2019                                             NUMBER 3


HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
Lent calls Christians to repentance; Change of Life Style

Most Christians have an unclear idea of what Lent is really all about.  We may know that it lasts 40 days, sometimes we "fast" or give up certain things.  There will be extra church services held mid-week.  While many or most of these things are part of someone's Lenten observance, it is possible to miss the true significance of this important Season in the church.
 
Lent is, first of all, a time of remembrance of God's great love for His people, of God's grief for His children, and the extent to which God would go to bring us back to His love and care.
 
Secondly, Lent speaks to us about examining our own consciences and souls to see if they are in harmony, or out of it, with the mind and Spirit of our Heavenly Father.  Even if we do not readily admit it, most of us suspect that some thing's are "not right with us."  It may be with our selves, our family, our mate, friends, fellow-workers.
 
Thirdly, God offers us the opportunity to accept His help, guidance and support to correct what is not "right."  Through prayer, Bible Study, worship, meditation, we open our souls to God's illuminating Holy Spirit that not only points out the problem area, but shows what needs to be done to correct that situation or problem.  If we would but take the time to do it, how much better life would be.
 
Why not make use of the Lenten Season this year to turn your life around.  A Change!  A New Life Style!                               
 
HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, MARCH 3
Pastor David will conduct a service of the word for Healing, following the 10:45 am. service Sunday, March 3.  Please join us.

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

BIBLE STUDY WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, MARCH 12
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, March 12, at the home of Beverly Brown, 923 Mulberry Street, Montoursville.  They will be studying lesson # 2 Titus.  Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Bev (368-1866).
 
They will also meet March 26 at the home of Julie Griffiths.

LENTEN SERVICES AND DESSERT
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).

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

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).

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - MARCH 31
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.

"SOUPER BOWL" SUNDAY
We received $ 257.00.  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 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.

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. March pick-up date is Thursday, March 14, 2019.

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the February meeting -
Received committee reports: Finance, Mission, Property
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through January 31, 2019 (4 Sundays)                                  $ 14,940.40
Expenses through January 31, 2019                                                                     23,861.873
Balance                                                                                                                       $ - 8,921.47
 
Income received through January 31, 2018 (4 Sundays)                                 $ 13,813.13
Expenses through January 31, 2018                                                                       25,753.42
Balance                                                                                                                    $ - 11,940.29

THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS ENVELOPE MONEY WILL AID NEEDY
Money from the special Thanksgiving and Christmas envelopes that are in your offering boxes was distributed to:
            Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village: $ 75.45
            Tressler Lutheran Social Services: $ 75.45
            Food Pantry: $ 226.35
            Social Ministry Committee: $ 150.90
            Shepherd of the Streets: $ 377.25
            American Rescue Workers: $ 226.35
            Fuel Bank: $ 377.25

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 / Game Day - Sunday, March 17 - noon
            Men's Banquet - Monday, March 18 - 6:00 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, March 19
            Property Committee - Tuesday, March 19 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Tuesday, March 19 - 7:15 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

APRIL HAPPENINGS
            Morning Prayer - Wednesday, April 3 - 9:00 am. - Chapel
            Lenten Dessert - Wednesday, April 3 - 7:00 pm. - Upstairs Lounge
            Lenten Service - Wednesday, April 3 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
            Healing Service - Sunday, April 7 - noon
            Church Council - Monday, April 8 - 7:15 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, April 9 - 7:00 pm. - Kissell's
            Morning Prayer - Wednesday, April 10 - 9:00 am. - Chapel
            Lenten Dessert - Wednesday, April 10 - 7:00 pm. - Upstairs Lounge
            Lenten Service - Wednesday, April 10 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
            Mission Committee - Monday, April 15 - 7:15 pm.
            Finance Committee - Tuesday, April 16 - 7:00 pm.
            Staff Support Committee - Tuesday, April 16 - 8:00 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, April 16
            Holy Wednesday Service - Wednesday, April 17 - 9:00 am. - Chapel
            Holy Wednesday Service - Wednesday, April 17 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
            Maundy Thursday Service - Thursday, April 18 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
            Tenebrae Service - Friday, April 19 - 7:30 pm. - Sanctuary
            Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday, April 20 - 10:00 am.
            Sunrise Service - Sunday, April 21 - 6:00 am. - Sanctuary
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, April 22 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, April 23 - 7:00 pm. - Letschers'
            Tureen Lunch / Game Day - Sunday, April 28 - noon                           
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, April 29 - 9:00 am.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, April 30 - 7:00 pm. - Sausser's

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

KEEPING UP WITH THE CONGREGATION
DEATHS:  Larry Bruch died 8 December 2017

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 donated to the Souper Bowl - we received $257.00 for the Shepherd of the Street.
 
Thank You to everyone who helped with the Chicken 'n' biscuit Dinner.  We earned $1,606.00 for Pastor's Discretionary Fund!  Thank you to everyone who brought desserts - they were wonderful.
 
Thank You! Thank You!  For all the Birthday Cards and wishes I received for my Birthday.  You made my day.  God bless all of you.
                                                                                  -- Ruthie Kissell
 
Thank You to the women for the candy for Tom and to Barb Winchester for bringing it.
 
Thank You to everyone who provided candy (and popcorn) for the college students and shut-ins.  It was much appreciated!!    

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. 

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 - Elmcroft of Loyalsock, 2985 Four Mile Dr, 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
Betty Rosencrans - The Meadows, Room 404, 2160 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville  17754
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

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.

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).

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.