June_July 2019 Messenger
 
VOLUME 71                                       JUNE / JULY 2019                                   NUMBER 6 / 7

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
 
            If reception of Holy Communion means communing with Jesus, and receiving His precious gift of forgiveness for sins, can we get too much of that?  Reception of the Sacrament should indicate our longing for Jesus' presence in our lives.

            Salvation of our soul is what's at stake.  Maybe it doesn't seem to be a big issue right now, when everything is going well for you.  But let your fortunes change, let life begin to slip away, and people get concerned.  The time to prepare for the future is the PRESENT!!  The future is tomorrow!  The Sunday gathering of God's saints around His altar is a good way to begin to assure your soul's future.  It's not "church membership" that saves your soul.  I Corinthians 11:23-26.  No Christian should consider being absent from the Lord's Table. 
                  
HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, JUNE 2 AND JULY 7
Pastor David will conduct a service of the word for Healing, following the 10:45 am. service Sunday, June 2 and Sunday, July 7.  Please join us.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON
 
 
MISSING!!!
Pair of black liners for the Altar Vases.  Please return to the Church Office as soon as possible.    Thank You.
 
 
SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL WILL BEGIN SUNDAY, JUNE 2
Summer Sunday School will start June  and continue thru August 25.  Adults will meet in Sunday Memorial Hall.  They will be studying Covenant in God.  Ruth, I Samuel, Matthew, Mark, Ephesians, Colossians, Hebrews.
 
June 2            Jesus institutes the New Covenant   Mark 14:17-25; Hebrews 8:6,7, 10-12
June 9            Jesus seals the New Covenant          Mark 15:6-15, 25, 26, 33-39
June 16         The New Covenant's sacrifice            Hebrews 9:11-22
June 23         Hearts united in love                             Colossians 2:1-15
June 30         Right attitudes                                        Matthew 5:1-12
July 7             Fulfilling the Law                                   Matthew 5:13-20
July 14           Love one another                                  Matthew 5:21-32
July 21           Transforming love                                  Matthew 5:38-38
July 28           Spiritual discernment                            Matthew 7:1-6, 15-23
August 4        A Covenant between friends               I Samuel 18:1-5; 19:1-7
August 11      A Mother-Daughter Covenant             Ruth 1:6-11, 14-18
August 18      A Covenant to marry                             Ruth 3:1-6, 8-12, 16-18
August 25      A Covenant of mutual love                  Ephesians 5:21-33
 
Summer Sunday School pre-quiz: (Answers will be found in Sunday Memorial Hall)
Jesus' prediction of His betrayal saddened the apostles at the last supper.                        True or False
The new covenant is established on _____ promises.
Pontius Pilate was willing to release Jesus, finding Him innocent.  True or False
Moments after Jesus died, the temple curtain was torn from _____ to _____
Christ is the high priest and the _____ of the new covenant.
God's forgiveness of sin can be accomplished without the shedding of blood.      True or False
What other town of believers did Paul mention in Colossians?          (Thessalonica, Laodicea, Ephesus?)
In Jesus Christ, all the _____ of the Deity lives in bodily form.
According to Jesus, to whom belongs the kingdom of Heaven?                               (the poor in spirit, the meek, the pure in heart?)
The meek will inherit the earth; the merciful will be shown _____ .
Jesus compared His disciples to what?  (heat, salt, gold, ice, light?)
Jesus did not come to _____ the Law and the Prophets, but to _____ them.
We are to make our offerings to God before pursuing reconciliation.  True or False
One should act quickly in trying to reach an out of court settlement.  True or False
Jesus tells us not to _____ an evil person.  (challenge, resist, join?)
We are to only love those who reciprocate our affection.  True or False
You will be judged by the same _____ by which you judge others.
Sometimes bad trees can bear good fruit.  True or False
 
 
 
 
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.

WOMEN'S BANQUET HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, JUNE 3, AT 6:00 PM.

GERANIUMS FOR PENTECOST - SUNDAY, JUNE 9
If you would sponsor a geranium for Pentecost Sunday, June 9, we would appreciate it.  Cost:  $ 6.50.  The plants will be planted in the flower beds for summer.

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).

CONGREGATION MEETING - SUNDAY, JUNE 16
Notice is hereby given of a Congregation Meeting, to be held Sunday, June 16, at 9:15 am. in the Sanctuary.  The item for business is the roof and steeple repair.  A letter from Council President Mike Brouse will be in the newsletter.

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.

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - JUNE 30 AND JULY 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.

CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY, JULY 4 - INDEPENDENCE DAY
 
 
SIGHT AND SOUND TRIP - SATURDAY, JULY 6
The trip to Sight and Sound in Lancaster to see "Jesus" has been scheduled for Saturday, July 6.  If you told Betty you would like to go and she has not called you, please call her (570-322-3685).  Also, she will need the money before the trip, as the tickets had to be paid for when the reservations were made.  We plan to carpool and will meet at the church around 7:15 am. that morning.                          Thanks, Betty Letscher

BETHANY'S WEB-SITE
www.BethanyNALC.org

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL WILL BE HELD JULY 22 - 26
Vacation Bible School will be held July 22 - 26, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. There will be bible stories, singing, crafts, games, and snacks for pre-school thru sixth grade.  Come join them for lots of fun learning about God!  Registration forms will be in the bulletin.
 
Helpers will be needed:  teachers' aides, craft helpers, snack donations, snack helpers, etc.  If you will held, contact Karen Paulhamus (546-8558).  If you would help sponsor snacks and craft supplies, please donate in the Church Office (mark "VBS" on the memo line of your check).

CHURCH PICNIC WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
Plan to attend the Church Picnic Sunday, August 25, at Indian Park.  Meet at 4:00 pm.  Bring a dish to share, table service, and beverage.  Hot dogs will be provided.  A Vespers Service will be held at 6:30 pm.  Please make reservations in the Church Office (368-8933) by Thursday, August 22.

KEEPING UP WITH THE CONGREGATION
Received into Membership:  Joan Fremberg

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the May meeting -
Received committee reports: Mission, Christian Education
Discussed roof repairs
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through April 30, 2019 (17 Sundays)                                      $ 66,004.79
Expenses through April 30, 2019                                                                              71,106.05
Balance                                                                                                                       $ - 5,101.26
 
Income received through April 30, 2018 (17 Sundays)                                     $ 66,413.41
Expenses through April 30, 2018                                                                              72,940.05
Balance                                                                                                                      $ - 6,526.64
 
 
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. Next pick-up date will be June 13, 2019.

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

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.
            Women's Banquet - Monday, June 3 - 6:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, June 3 - 7:15 pm.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, June 5 - 7:00 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.
            Spark Plugs - Wednesday, June 19 - 10:00 am. - Perkins'
            Lawn Party - Saturday, June 22 - 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, June 24 - 7:00 pm.

JULY HAPPENINGS
            Church Office Closed - Thursday, July 4
            Healing Service - Sunday, July 7 - noon
            Church Council - on call only - Monday, July 8
            Finance Committee - Tuesday, July 16 - 7:00 pm.
            Property Committee - Tuesday, July 16 - 7:00 pm.
            Staff Support Committee - Tuesday, July 16 - 8:00 pm.
            Spark Plugs - Wednesday, July 17 - 10:00 am. - Perkins'
            Vacation Bible School - Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 25 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, July 23
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, July 29 - 9:00 am.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, July 29 - 7:00 pm.

AUGUST HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, August 4 - noon
            Church Council - Monday, August 12 - 7:15 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, August 19 - 7:00 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, August 20
            Finance Committee with Committee Chairs - Tuesday, August 20
            Spark Plugs - Wednesday, August 21 - 10:00 am. - Perkins'
            Church Picnic - Sunday, August 25 - 4:00 pm. - Indian Park
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, August 26 - 9:00 am.

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. 

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.

THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Thank You for the flowers, cards, and wishes for my Birthday!
                                                                                          -- Bev Brown
Special Thanks to Eileen Lauchle and Mary Ann Lichter for the beautiful Altar Flowers on Sunday, They look like sunshine.  Bless you both.
                                                                                          -- Love, Faye
Thank You to all who participated in the Hoss's Event last week we received a check in the amount of $169.10 for Pastor's Discretionary Fund.
 
Thank You for all the Birthday Cards, greetings and calls for my birthday.  They were all greatly appreciated.                           -- Jim Foose                                                            

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.
 
 

SPECIAL CONGREGATION MEETING CALLED FOR JUNE 16
 
Bethany Lutheran Church Congregation
 
God has a plan for everyone and everything.  That includes you and it includes Bethany Lutheran Church.  None of us can fully know God's plan - the best we can do is pray and listen for clarity.  Our church leadership has been doing just that and are excited to announce our latest church project.
 
It has been nearly 15 years since our roof has been replaced and we are nearing the end life for our roof.  The last several years we have been patching roof leaks as they occur.  Property committee has been looking for roof replacement options and received three bids from two contractors on a new roof.  Bethany Lutheran Church property committee voted on a bid from Heehn Commercial roofing at a cost of $ 39,933.  This bid includes an 18-year warranty and repairs to our Steeple that sustained damage a couple of years ago.
 
Property Committee along with Church council are looking to fund this project with money from our Capital Savings account.  We will hold a Congregation meeting at 9:15 am. between services Sunday, June 16, to vote on this matter.
 
Thank you for your input and prayers on this urgent matter.
 
 
Michael Brouse
Bethany Lutheran Church Council President