April 2019 Messenger
 
VOLUME 71                                             APRIL 2019                                              NUMBER 4

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
You are invited to share in a "Love Feast", prepared for you by our Lord and Savior Jesus The Christ.  You are invited to partake of this meal.  Holy Communion is most important to a Christian.  While we can commune, talk to or fellowship with the Lord at any time and in any place, Jesus said that He would be especially present in the Holy Communion.  It is there that the repentant soul meets Him to receive forgiveness and reconciliation. Through this holy sacrament, Jesus comes to us anew, forgives us anew, and restores us to a living fellowship with Him.  Our sins, having broken that union with God, are forgiven through Jesus' atonement.  That's good News!  Join us at the altar in renewal of faith and life. 
 
The invitation has your name on it! The invitation has an RSVP.  How will you respond?
Join us to receive and give thanks for God's gift of love and mercy.

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

BIBLE STUDY WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, APRIL 9
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, April 9, at the home of Ruth Kissell, at the Williamsport Home.  They will be studying lesson # 4 Titus.  Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Ruth (974-3799).
 
They will also meet April 23 - Kathy Sausser's and April 30 - Pastor and Betty Letscher's.
 
EASTER FLOWERS
Easter flowers for the Chancel must be ordered and paid for by Thursday, April 11.  The cost of the flowers is $ 10.25 each and the choice will be Mums, Tulips, and Easter Lilies.  Please call the church office to order (368-8933).

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).

HOLY WEEK SERVICES AND EASTER SERVICES
Holy Wednesday - April 17 at 9:00 am. (Chapel) and 7:30 pm. in the (Sanctuary)
Maundy Thursday - April 18 - 7:30 pm. in the Sanctuary with Communion and Foot                    Washing
Good Friday - April 19 - 7:30 pm. in the Sanctuary
Easter Sunrise Service - April 21 - 6:00 am.
Easter Day - April 21 - 8:00 and 10:45 am.

EASTER EGG HUNT - SATURDAY, APRIL 20
Come join us for our Annual Egg Hunt and Easter Fun - Saturday, April 20, at 10:00 am.  Come for stories, crafts, and of course, an egg hunt.

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER LAY ASSISTANTS
                          Holy Wednesday    Maundy Thursday   Good Friday       Sunrise
Acolyte            VOLUNTEER NEEDED VOLUNTEER NEEDED    VOLUNTEER NEEDED VOLUNTEER NEEDED
Communion    ------------------           Brenda Kropp            Larry Barnard      Ruth Lundy       Assistants   ------------------                      ------------------           ------------------            VOLUNTEER NEEDED
Greeter            LaVon Hawley         Betty Letscher                                       
Reader             Michael Stover         Brenda Kropp            Larry Barnard      Ruth Lundy
Ushers             Jay Stabley              Barbara Winchester  Richard Hillegas  VOLUNTEERS              Tracy Rhian                          LaVon Hawley         Eugene Harris           NEEDED                          Joshua Rhian  Margaret Shultz                          Michael Brouse                                                                       Thomas Gower        

TUREEN LUNCH AND GAME DAY - SUNDAY, APRIL 28
Mission Committee will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, April 28, 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 - APRIL 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.

WOMEN'S BANQUET WILL BE HELD MONDAY, MAY 20
The Women's Banquet will be held Monday, May 20, at 6:00 pm.  A Turkey Dinner will be served.  Dick Hess will present the program.

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).

HOSS'S EVENT WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, MAY 7
On Tuesday, May 7, 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.

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. Collection date is April 11.

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the February meeting -
Received committee reports: Mission, Christian Education, Worship and Music
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through February 28, 2019 (8 Sundays)                                $ 29,094.81
Expenses through February 28, 2019                                                                      40,725.94
Balance                                                                                                                    $ - 11,631.13
 
Income received through February 28, 2018 (8 Sundays)                               $ 27,431.87
Expenses through February 28, 2018                                                                      40,768.44
Balance                                                                                                                    $ - 13,336.57

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

BETHANY'S WEB-SITE
www.BethanyNALC.org

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

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
            Church Office Closed - Monday, April 22
            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

MAY HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, May 5 - noon
            Hoss's Event - Tuesday, May 7 - all day
            Church Council - Monday, May 13 - 7:15 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, May 14 - Brown's
            Tureen Lunch / Game Day - Sunday, May 19 - noon
            Women's Banquet - Monday, May 20 - 6:00 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, May 21
            Property Committee - Tuesday, May 21 - 7:00 pm.
            Church Office Closed - Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day
            Mission Committee - Monday, May 20 - 7:15 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Tuesday, May 28 - 9:00 am.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, May 28 - Barnards'

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. 
 
 
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.                                                              -- Ann Long
 
Thank You to everyone who provided candy (and popcorn) for the college students and shut-ins.  It was much appreciated!!     

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
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

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