August 2019 Messenger
 
 
VOLUME 71                                          AUGUST 2019                                            NUMBER 8

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
"Watch and be ready, for you know not the day
   nor the hour when the Son of Man cometh!"
 
If we could know that "Doomsday" were scheduled for a certain day, and that the Lord would come on the day, most people would be sure to be at church to commune with Jesus.  Jesus gives the warning:  "Watch and be ready, for you know not the day nor the hour."  Do not be careless about the maintenance of your faith and spiritual life.  It's all that you have, then or now!
 
Less than 40% of Bethany's members ever bother to receive Holy Communion:  only 20% worship with any regularity.  Are you one of those?  Jesus always looks at the intent of your heart, whether you love and serve Him in word, in deed and truth!
 
No Christian should consider being absent from the Lord's Table whenever the Sacrament is offered.  Join us at either 8:00 or 10:45 am service every Sunday receive and give thanks for God's  gift of love and mercy.  "Do you love me?" (John 21:16)

MISSING!!!
Pair of black liners for the Altar Vases.  Please return to the Church Office as soon as possible.    Thank You.
 
ALTAR COMMITTEE AND THOSE WHO SPONSOR ALTAR FLOWERS - DO NOT TAKE THE BLACK LINERS OUT OF THE CHURCH.  THEY STAY WITH THE VASES!!!!!  If you are taking the altar flowers and they are in the brass vases - put the flowers into a juice can or container found in the Sacristy.

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL WILL CONTINUE THRU AUGUST 25
Summer Sunday School will continue thru August 25.  Adults are meeting in Sunday Memorial Hall.  They will be studying Covenant in God.  Ruth, I Samuel, Matthew, Mark, Ephesians, Colossians, Hebrews.
 
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

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, AUGUST 4
Pastor David will conduct a service of the word for Healing, following the 10:45 am. service Sunday, August 4.  Please join us.

BEGINNER HANDBELLS
Introduction to reading music fundamentals will be held Thursday, August 15.
Introduction to playing handbells class will be held Thursday, August 22.
Classes will start at 7:00 pm. and last no more than 90 minutes, in the choir room.  Please register by calling Larry or Sharon Barnard (435-5408).

NEW CHURCH PICTURE DIRECTORY
Pictures are scheduled to be taken Monday, August 19, and Tuesday, August 20.  The LifeTouch picture directory company will be calling you to make an appointment for the photo.

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES AUGUST 25
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 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.

CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 - LABOR DAY

CHOIRS WILL RESUME REHEARSALS AFTER LABOR DAY
Chancel Choir - Wednesday, September 4 - 7:00 pm.
Chancel Choir - Thursday, September 5 - 3:00 pm.
Handbells - Thursday, September 5 - 7:00 pm.
5 x 5 Handbells - Thursday, September 5 - 8:00 pm.

BLOODMOBILE - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Bloodmobile will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church, Friday, September 6, 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).

RALLY DAY - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Rally Day will be held September 8, at 9:30 am. in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Classes will be dismissed to their teachers and classrooms.  Second Year Confirmation will meet in Sunday Memorial Hall, then go to his class.

TEACHER INSTALLATION - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Teacher installation will be held Sunday, September 8, at both Services.  Please plan to attend one of the services that day.

WOMEN OF BETHANY WILL MEET MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Women of Bethany will meet Monday, September 9, at 6:00 pm. for their annual Tureen Supper.  Ruth Kissell will have devotions.  Bring a casserole to share and your table service.  Meat and beverage will be provided.  RSVP in the Church Office (368-8933) by Thursday, September 5.  Please bring Canned Goods for the Food Pantry.

TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY WILL RESUME SEPTEMBER 10
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, September 10, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Larry and Sharon Barnard, 5981 E Rt 973 Hwy, Cogan Station.  They will start their study of the Apocrypha.  Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Sharon (435-5408).
 
They will also meet Tuesday, September 24, at the home of Beverly Brown.

REMEMBRANCE OF 9-11-2001 RIDE
The 9-11 Memorial Bike Ride will be held Wednesday, September 11.  We will meet at Bethany about 6:30 pm. to ring bells.

TUREEN LUNCH AND GAME DAY - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Mission Committee will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, September 15, in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Bring a tureen to share and your table service...and a game to play.

BETHANY'S WEB-SITE
www.BethanyNALC.org

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 June meeting -
Received committee reports: Property, Mission, Worship and Music
Discussed roof repairs
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through June 30, 2019 (26 Sundays)                                   $ 102,987.93
Expenses through June 30, 2019                                                                           108,671.55
Balance                                                                                                                       $ - 5,683.62
 
Income received through June 30, 2018 (21 Sundays)                                    $ 96,574.46
Expenses through June 30, 2018                                                                           111,917.40
Balance                                                                                                                    $ - 15,342.94

AUGUST HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, August 4 - noon
            Church Council - Monday, August 12 - 7:15 pm.
            Beginners Bells - Thursday, August 15 - 7:00 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'
            Beginners Bells - Thursday, August 22 - 7:00 pm.
            Church Picnic - Sunday, August 25 - 4:00 pm. - Indian Park
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, August 26 - 9:00 am.

SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS
            Regular Sunday School begins - Sunday, September 1 - 9:30 am.
            Healing Service - Sunday, September 1 - noon
            Bloodmobile - Friday, September 6 - 1:00 - 6:00 pm.
            Rally Day - Sunday, September 8 - 9:30 am. - Sunday Memorial Hall
            Women of Bethany - Monday, September 9 - 6:00 pm. - Tureen Dinner
            Church Council - Monday, September 9 - 8:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, September 10 - 7:00 pm. - Barnards'
            Remembrance of 9-11-2001 Ride - 6:30 pm.
            Tureen Lunch / Game Day - Sunday, September 15 - noon
            Mission Committee - Monday, September 16 - 7:15 pm.
            Property Committee - Tuesday, September 17 - 7:00 pm.
            Spark Plugs - Wednesday, September 18 - 10:00 am. - Perkins'
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, September 23 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, September 24 - 7:00 pm. - Brown's
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, September 30 - 9:00 am.
 
 
 
 
 
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 those who helped with the Women's Banquet: the servers, kitchen helpers, Karen Paulhamus for the favors, Gail Stover for organizing.  We appreciate your service.  Thank you for a wonderful evening.
 
Thank You - I received so many nice things from Bethany:  visits, cookies, and flowers.  Thanks for all of them.  Thanks to the delivery teams.
                                                                                          -- Roxy Lundy
 
Your Kindness is appreciated.  Just a note to thank you for the Altar flowers and to Mary Ann for her delivery and visit.        -- Carmen Kremser
 
Thank You - I would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts, cards, cookies, visits, and prayers during my recent illness.  it is nice to know I am surrounded by such wonderful caring people!    -- Joan Hanner
 
Thank You to Jean Wentz, Barb, Florence, and Viola Winchester for planting the geraniums in the flower beds!! we appreciate it!
 
Thank You - Just a note to say, "Thanks" for the flowers and cookies - they are beautiful and tasty!                                            -- Love, Sandy Bright
 
Thank You - We would like to thank our Church family for the delicious cookies and beautiful Altar Flowers.  A special shout out to Ruth Kissell, Kathy Sausser, and Bonnie Sechler for bringing these gifts to our home.
                                                                                          -- Tom and Ann Long
 
Thank You to everyone for your support, guidance, and patience during the first Lawn Party.  It was all very much appreciated.
 
Thank You - I would like to thank the Altar Committee and Yvonne Sechler for the beautiful altar flowers.  They really brightened up my day.
                                                                                          -- Fred Shultz
 
Thank You for the lovely flowers and birthday cards.  They truly brightened my day.                                                      -- Marjorie Fantaskey
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.

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.

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

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.