VOLUME 71 SEPTEMBER 2019 NUMBER 9
HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
The Holy Bible and our Lutheran teachings tell us that Jesus' saving grace comes to us in a unique way. "Take, eat: this is my body, this is my blood, given and shed for you." Jesus understands the hurts, weaknesses, and failures of our lives. After all, He "came among us, full of grace." God and Jesus understand. They help and encourage us by offering forgiveness for the past, and strength and guidance for the future. So "being at the table and participating" means that you want to be a partaker of God's loving mercy.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is more thank just a "remembrance" of what Jesus did long ago. It is a continued sacrifice of love for us"... that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us; the righteous for the unrighteous..." That is good news! Will you be there to share in Jesus' feast of love and mercy? You are invited!
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.
PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON
HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Pastor David will conduct a service of the word for Healing, following the 10:45 am. service Sunday, September 1. Please join us.
CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 - 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.
TUREEN SUPPER WILL BE HELD MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
A tureen supper will be held by the Women of Bethany Monday, September 9, at 6:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. 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 - Susanna. 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.
FUND RAISER - WENDY'S MONTOURSVILLE - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
On Tuesday, September 10, from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, 10% of all proceeds from Wendy's, Montoursville, will be designated for Bethany Church. Mark your calendar!
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. There is a sign-up sheet outside the church office, for people to supply the main course. Please help.
MISSION COMMITTEE PROGRAM - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
The Mission Committee will meet on Monday, September 16 at 7:15 pm in the Social Hall to present a program on "Healing Communities" presented by Mr. Marty McCormick. The congregation is invited to this meeting to hear about this most important and timely topic on prison reform. We urge you to come and be informed.
BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES SEPTEMBER 29
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.
RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the August meeting -
Received committee reports: Mission, Christian Education, Finance, Property, Staff Support, Worship and Music
Discussed roof repairs
Changed the time of the September meeting to 8:00 pm.
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
Income received through July 31, 2019 (30 Sundays) $ 118,104.70
Expenses through July 31, 2019 123,184.31
Balance $ - 5,079.61
Income received through July 31, 2018 (30 Sundays) $ 113,723.13
Expenses through July 31, 2018 124,392.47
Balance $ - 10,669.34
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.
Wendy's Event - 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Fund Raiser
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'
Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, September 24
Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, September 24 - 7:00 pm. - Brown's
Stuff Newsletters - Monday, September 30 - 9:00 am.
Worship and Music Committee - Monday, September 30 - 7:00 pm.
Healing Service - Sunday, October 6 - noon
Life Chain - Sunday, October 6 - 2:30 pm.
Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, October 8 - 7:00 pm. - Griffith's
HOSS'S Event - October 8 - All Day.
CROP Walk - Sunday, October 13 - 1:30 pm.
Church Council - Monday, October 14 - 7:15 pm.
Finance Committee - Tuesday, October 15 - 7:00 pm.
Staff Support Committee - Tuesday, October 15 - 8:00 pm.
Spark Plugs - Wednesday, October 16 - 10:00 am. - Perkins'
Tureen Lunch / Game Day - Sunday, October 20 - noon
Mission Committee - Monday, October 21 - 7:15 pm.
Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, October 22
Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, October 22 - 7:00 pm. - Kissell's
Stuff Newsletters - Monday, October 28 - 9:00 am.
Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, October 29 - 7:00 pm. - Letschers'
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
THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Thank You to all who helped with Vacation Bible School.
Thank You for the lovely Anniversary Cards. -- Mike and Gail Stover
Thank You to Jane Leiter for delivering the Altar Flowers for our anniversary and we enjoyed her visit so much. Thank you to everyone for their cards for our anniversary. -- Charlie and Mary Ann Lichter
Thank You - Many thanks to Tracy and Gail for the Altar flowers and deliver of the same. They bring great pleasure. -- Paul Seaman
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
Home Bound Communion is always available to our shut-ins. If you desire to have Communion, please call the Church Office (368-8933).
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.
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.
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 Thursday, September 12.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.