May 2019 Messenger
 VOLUME 71                                              MAY 2019                                                NUMBER 5

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
 
                             HE IS RISEN!  HE IS RISEN INDEED!  ALLELUIA!
 
            The Easter - Resurrection joy is still with us!  It is the fact of Jesus'
resurrection that gives our celebration of Holy Communion meaning.  Through our reception and participation in the Sacrament, we are offered new life through the forgiveness of our sins.

              Holy Communion is an important and essential part of the life of a Christian.  We need the reminder of 1) God's great love for us, and 2) God's willingness to sacrifice (even) His only Son for our sakes in forgiveness.

             We invite you to be present with us as guests at the Lord's Table.  It could be the most important invitation you ever accepted!   

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

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.
 
BIBLE STUDY WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, MAY 14
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, May 14, at the home of Beverly Brown, 923 Mulberry Street.  They will be studying lesson  #7 Titus.  Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Bev (368-1866).
 
They will also meet May 28, at the home of Larry and Sharon Barnard. 

TUREEN LUNCH AND GAME DAY - SUNDAY, MAY 19
Mission Committee will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon May 19, in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Bring a tureen to share and your table service...and your favorite game.

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 on Blue Birds.  Cost:  Adults: $ 12.00; Children 6-12:
$ 5.00; Children under 6: free.  Reservations and payment must be made in the Church Office (368-8933) by May 12.

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).

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - MAY 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 OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, MAY 27 - MEMORIAL DAY

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL WILL BEGIN SUNDAY, JUNE 2
Summer Sunday School will start June 2.  Adults will meet in Sunday Memorial Hall.  They will be studying the Covenants. 

WOMEN OF BETHANY WILL MEET MONDAY, JUNE 3
Women of Bethany will meet Monday, June 3, at 1:00 pm.  Program will be Cookies for our Shut-ins.  Gail Stover will lead devotions and Marie Franquet will have refreshments.  Please bring Canned Goods for the Food Pantry...AND cookies for the packages!!

COOKIES NEEDED
Cookies are needed for the packages for our Shut-ins.  Please deliver to the Church for the women's meeting June 3 at 1:00 pm.  Thank you.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON
 
BLOODMOBILE - FRIDAY, JUNE 14
Bloodmobile will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church, Friday, June 14, from 1:00 - 6:00 pm.  Anyone willing to help by donating sandwich spreads or money to buy them, please let Betty Letscher know (570-322-3685).

LAWN PARTY - SATURDAY, JUNE 22
SAVE THE DATE  - The Church will be hosting a Lawn Party on Saturday, June 22, from 1:00 to 4:00.  There will be a "Cake Walk" at 3:00 pm.  If you have an idea for a "tent" or activity, please contact Jamie Brouse.  So far, we need  pop-up tents, dishes for a coin toss, cakes, ideas and your time.

INTERESTED?
I have had several people suggest that we take a group trip to Sight and Sound in Lancaster to see "Jesus."  Would like to know who would be interested in going.  Not taking a bus, probably car pooling or getting a van.  It is playing until October 5 and ticket prices are $ 36.00 for Children 3-12 and $ 79.00 for Adults 13+.  These are Saturday prices and show times are 11:00 am., 3:00 pm., and 7:00 pm.  April thru the end of September.  Let me know if you would be interested in going and your preferences in time of show.                    Thanks, Betty Letscher

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.

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the April meeting -
Received committee reports: Property, Worship and Music, Mission
Discussed roof repairs
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through March 31, 2019 (13 Sundays)                                   $ 49,486.14
Expenses through March 31, 2019                                                                           55,458.62
Balance                                                                                                                       $ - 5,972.48
 
Income received through March 31, 2018 (12 Sundays)                                  $ 44,904.05
Expenses through March 31, 2018                                                                           57,107.26
Balance                                                                                                                    $ - 12,203.21

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

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
            Spark Plugs - Wednesday, May 15 - 10:00 am. - Perkins'
            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
            Stuff Newsletters - Tuesday, May 28 - 9:00 am.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, May 28 - Barnards'

JUNE HAPPENINGS
            Summer Sunday School begins - Sunday, June 2 - 9:30 am.
            Healing Service - Sunday, June 2 - noon
            Women of Bethany - Monday, June 3 - 1:00 pm.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, June 3 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, June 3 - 7:15 pm.
            Church Council - Monday, June 10 - 7:15 pm.
            Bloodmobile - Friday, June 14 - 1:00 - 6:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, June 17 - 7:15 pm.
            Lawn Party - Saturday, June 22 - 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, June 24 - 7:00 pm.

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 - Thanks to everyone for the wonderful birthday cards.                           I so appreciated them.  They brightened my day.    
                                                                                              -- Joan Hiller
           
            Thank You - I just want to thank everyone in our congregation for                the Love and Prayers on my 90th birthday.  It was a beautiful day                                 for me - the people of our church are special and I want you all to                                     know my family and I will always remember.  Thank You. 
                                                                                           -- Joan Heckrote

KEEPING UP WITH THE CONGREGATION
BAPTIZED:  Isabel and Jasmin Laudig, daughters of John and Yasemin Laudig,
                        baptized 15 April 2019.

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

NALC'S DISASTER RESPONSE TOOL TRAILER PROJECT
Join with Reformation Lutheran Church and the Atlantic Mission Region to secure and equip a fully functioning Rapid Response Disaster "Tool Trailer" to help rebuild the lives of those affected by disasters.  Sponsoring congregation: Reformation Lutheran Church, Lancaster  PA.  Volunteers who donate their time, hands, skills and hearts for needed rehab work do not always have appropriate equipment for needed tasks.  Outfitting a "tool trailer" for disaster relief cannot be done without monetary contributions.  An estimated $ 15,000 is needed to complete the project with all planned equipment. 
 
Monetary Donations will fully fund: purchasing the cargo trailer, customizing the inside for tool transportation and storage, equip it with the power and hand tools needed.  The outfitted trailer will be turned over to the NALC's National Disaster Response Coordinator.  Funding over and above cost will be sent directly to NALC Disaster Response. 
 
Please send donations to: Tool Trailer Project, PO Box 172, Mount Joy PA  17552-0172.
 
Make checks payable to Reformation Lutheran Church.  Clearly mark the memo section "Tool Trailer."  Receipts will be available.
 
Questions?  Email news.atlantic.nalc@gmail.com or call 844-442-9442 - leave a message and you will be called back.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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).

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.