December 2019 Messenger

 
VOLUME 71                                       DECEMBER 2019                                      NUMBER 12


HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
Just as the coming of Christmas is a time of excitement for a small child, so the coming of Advent is an exciting time for Christians!  It isn't a matter of the repetition of the holiday that is important.  It is the knowledge that the promised Second Coming of Jesus is just that much nearer!
 
The birth of Jesus was first celebrated as God's Messiah coming to call His people to faith and repentance.  When Jesus comes again (the second time), He will come to judge all the people of the earth.  What we celebrate at Advent is not the first coming, but our eager expectation of Jesus coming to establish His kingdom in completeness upon the earth.  On Christmas Eve, we give thanks for the first coming of Jesus.  Take advantage of this Advent to ready yourself for the Great Day when Jesus' Kingdom finally arrives on earth.  Will you be ready?
 
Shut-ins not receiving Holy Communion should call the Church Office (570-368-8933) to get on the schedule.   
                           
ANNUAL CONGREGATION MEETING - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1
Notice is hereby given of the annual Congregation Meeting of Bethany Lutheran Church, Sunday, December 1, at 9:30 am.  Among the items of business will be the election of five Council persons, youth representatives, and approval of the 2020 Ministry Plan.  Every active (has communed and contributed directly to Bethany [not to another charity thru Bethany] in the last year), confirmed member of Bethany is encouraged to attend to help direct the affairs of our congregation.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1
Pastor David will conduct a service of the word for Healing, following the 10:45 am. service Sunday, December 1.  Please join us.

SETTING UP CRÈCHE - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 - 10:30 AM.

OFFERING ENVELOPES FOR 2020 WILL BE AVAILABLE
2020 offering envelopes will be available outside the Church Office the first Sunday in December.  Please stop by to pick up your set and those of anyone you know who is not able to get here for them.

WOMEN OF BETHANY - MONDAY, DECEMBER 2
The Women of Bethany will meet Monday, December 2, at 1:00 pm.  Julie Griffiths and LaVon Hawley will have devotions and refreshments. The ladies will be packing Christmas Cookies for the Shut-ins.  Please bring Canned Goods for the Food Pantry.  Donations of cookies will be appreciated!

POINSETTIAS FOR CHRISTMAS
If you would like to sponsor a red or white poinsettia this year, please call the Church Office (368-8933).  Please order and pay by Noon, Thursday, December 5.
 
We cannot accept late orders.  Plants may be picked up following the 10:00 pm. service Christmas Eve.  Cost: $ 12.00 for a 5-6 bloom plant.  Please write down the information you want in the bulletin.

TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, December 10, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Beverly Brown, 923 Mulberry Street, Montoursville. They will continue their study of the Apocrypha.    Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Bev (368-1866).

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
Our Sunday School Christmas Program will be held Sunday, December 15, at 9:30 am. in the Fellowship Hall.  Following the program, refreshments will be served and the children will trim the Chrismon tree.
 
Please bring new hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, and socks (unwrapped) for children as a Birthday Gift for Jesus, which will be given to the Shepherd of the Streets.

TUREEN LUNCH AND GAME DAY - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
Mission Committee will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, December 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.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
Join us for an afternoon of visiting and singing carols to our shut-ins - Sunday, December 15.  Your participation will help to brighten the season for them...and you!  They will leave the Church parking lot at 2:30 pm.  Please plan to join them for fun and fellowship.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
Christmas Eve Services will be held at 4:00 pm. and 10:00 pm.  Please plan to attend one of the Services, remembering that "Wise Men still seek Him."  the sacredness of that Holy Night long ago has not diminished over the years and OUR need for a Savior is still very real.
 
Volunteers are needed for:  Communion Assistant (4:00); Ushers (4:00 and 10:00)

CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED DECEMBER 25 AND 26

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES
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.

DEADLINE FOR 2019 OFFERING
All donations for Bethany Church for the year 2019 must be received in the Church Office by noon, Tuesday, December 31.  any monies received after that time will be credited to 2020.

THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS ENVELOPE MONEY WILL AID NEEDY
Money from the special Thanksgiving and Christmas envelopes that are in your offering boxes will be given to charities to help the needy.  Each holiday time, we use these envelopes to help those less fortunate than we are.  Watch the bulletin for the list of charities that will be designated
 
If you do not want to help these charities, mark your Thanksgiving and/or Christmas envelopes "Regular Fund."

KEEPING UP WITH THE CONGREGATION

TRANSFERS:  Charles Probst to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Venice FL
                             Beryl Welshans to Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Louisburg  KS

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
 
RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the November meeting -
Received committee reports: Finance, Mission, Worship and Music, Christian Education
Had Third Reading of the 2020 Ministry Plan
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through October 31, 2019 (43 Sundays)                              $ 163,362.02
Expenses through October 31, 2019                                                                      177,085.76
Balance                                                                                                                    $ - 13,723.74
 
Income received through October 31, 2018 (43 Sundays)                             $ 162,910.76
Expenses through October 31, 2018                                                                      178,065.72
Balance                                                                                                                    $ - 15,154.96

THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
THANK YOU - to all who have helped maintain our building:  Jay Stabley, Philip Oechler, Tracy Rhian,  David Grube, Charles Lichter, Denice Palmeter, Deb Harman, Fred Paulhamus, Michael Harman.  If we missed anyone, please let the church office know.
 
THANKS - to Yvonne Sechler for bringing the very pretty Altar Flowers to me.  They helped make my Birthday very special.
                                                               -- Thanks, Faye Benedict
 
THANK  YOU - Pastor David and Betty would like to thank those who remembered them with cards, gifts, and words of appreciation during Pastor Appreciation Month.
 
THANK YOU for your thoughts and prayer during my cataract surgery.  They were really appreciated.  The healing is coming along nicely.
                                                                                          -- Betty Letscher
 
THANK YOU - We wanted to Thank Ruth Kissell and Kathy Sausser for the beautiful Altar Flowers and cookies.  Had a great visit too!
                                                                      -- Chris and Marie Franquet
 
THANK YOU - Tom and I would like to thank Jim and Bonnie Sechler for delivering the beautiful flowers for Tom's 82nd birthday.  He was so pleased to know he was remembered.  We are blessed!                                                                                                                                            -- Tom and Ann Long
 
THANK YOU - so very much for the beautiful flowers.        -- Ruth Kissell
 
 
THANK YOU to Denise Bergenstock, Beverly Brown, and Marie Franquet for your help with and donations for the Blood Drive.  Also thanks to Gail Stover for the PB Bars, Fay Sausser for the cookies, the person who donated $ 5 and those who donated blood.  The donors appreciated your presence and the homemade goods.  Our goal was 28 pints and we collected 26 pints.  I am looking for someone to take over the Blood Drives next year.  Thanks again, Betty Letscher

BETHANY'S WEB-SITE
www.BethanyNALC.org

DECEMBER HAPPENINGS
            Annual Congregation Meeting - Sunday, December 1 - 9:30 am.
            Setting up Crèche - Sunday, December 1 - 10:30 am.
            Healing Service - Sunday, December 1 - noon
            Women of Bethany - Monday, December 2 - 1:00 pm. - Packing cookies
            Church Council - Monday, December 9 - 7:15 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, December 10
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, December 10 - 7:00 pm. - Brown's
            SCS Christmas Program - Sunday, December 15 - 9:30 am.
            Tureen Lunch / Game Day - Sunday, December 15 - noon
            Christmas Caroling - Sunday, December 15 - 2:30 pm.
            Spark Plugs - Wednesday, December 18 - 10:00 am. - Perkins'
            Mission Committee - Monday, December 16 - 7:15 pm.
            Christmas Eve Service - Tuesday, December 24 - 4:00 pm.
            Christmas Eve Service - Tuesday, December 24 - 10:00 pm.
            Church Office Closed - Wednesday, December 25 and Thursday, December 26
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, December 30 - 9:00 am.
            Deadline for 2019 Offering - Tuesday, December 31 - NOON

JANUARY HAPPENINGS
            Church Office Closed - Wednesday, January 1 - New Year's Day
            Healing Service - Sunday, January 5 - noon
            Church Council - Monday, January 13 - 7:15 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, January 14 - 7:00 pm. - Griffiths'
            Spark Plugs - Wednesday, January 15 - 10:00 am. - Perkins'
            Tureen Lunch / Game Day - Sunday, January 19 - noon
            Mission Committee - Monday, January 20 - 7:15 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, January 21
            Property Committee - Tuesday, January 21 - 7:00 pm.
            Finance Committee - Tuesday, January 21 - 7:00 pm.
            Staff Support Committee - Tuesday, January 21 - 8:00 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, January 27 - 9:00 am.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, January 27 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, January 28 - 7:00 pm. -                                                          Kissell/Williamsport Home

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.

CHECK OUT BETHANY'S FACEBOOK PAGE
Check out this year's quilt donations to NALC Disaster Response and the Lutheran World Relief.  Our quilters do a great job!  Thanks to Barb Winchester, Jean Wentz, and Gloria Goodspeed.
 
Thank you to everyone for your continued support and donations.

PLEASE REMEMBER OUR SENIORS AT HOME
William Bair - 1213 Cedar St, Montoursville 17754
Herbert Bright - 628 Broad St, Montoursville  17754
Sandra Bright - Arisitia Care, 1445 Sycamore Rd, Montoursville  17754
Jean Fox - 2123 Robinson Rd, Apt 141, Jackson  MI  49203
Marjorie Gower - Elmcroft of Loyalsock, 2985 Four Mile Dr, Montoursville  17754
Joan Hanner, 350 Jordan Ave., Montoursville 17754
Joan Hiller - Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville
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 - 1200 Ravine Rd, The Ridge, 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

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).

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. Pick-up date is December 12.

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.

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, tea,  peanut butter, hot chocolate, coffee, cereal, soup, oatmeal, jelly, juices, ketchup, mustard, Pop-Tarts, flour.  Thank you so much for all your contributions (food and financially) to the Food Pantry.

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.

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 (570 326-6868) 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).

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.