February 2020 Messenger
 VOLUME 72                                       FEBRUARY 2020                                         NUMBER 2

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
"LOVE" seems to be the theme for the month of February"  hearts, angels, flowers, etc. Regardless how romantic the greeting cards may be, they pale in intensity to the Love of God for you and me, His children.  "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus), should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) Holy Communion has often been called "the Love Feast" of the Christian Church.  Here we hear, see, and taste the Love of God for us.  We participate in God's love; not only receiving, but giving our hearts back to Him and to others of the forgiveness that we have received.
 
Won't you make a very special effort to join your sisters and brothers of the faith around the altar of the Lord.  It's a precious and special time with the Lord.
 
Wednesday, February 26 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  Lenten services with Holy Communion will be held.
 
Shut-ins not receiving Holy Communion should call the Church Office (570-368-8933) to get on the schedule.                   

COMMITTEE CHAIRS - ORGANIZATION REPORTS WERE DUE JANUARY 15

"SOUPER BOWL" SUNDAY - FEBRUARY 2
The "Souper Bowl" is one way to help the Shepherd of the Streets to help more people in need.  It is an effort to glorify God and care for "the least of these" by donating dollar (or more) that day.  Offering plates will be at each door.
 
HEALING SERVICE - Sunday, FEBRUARY 2
Pastor David will conduct a service of the word for Healing, following the 10:45 am. service Sunday, February 2.  Please join us.

COLLEGE STUDENTS' ADDRESSES ARE NEEDED
We need college student addresses so the Women of Bethany can send them goodie boxes.

HOMEMADE CANDY IS NEEDED
Homemade candy is needed for the Women of Bethany to pack goodie boxes for the college students and shut-ins.

WOMEN OF BETHANY WILL MEET MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3
The Women of Bethany will meet Monday, February 3, at 1:00 pm.  Marie Franquet will have devotions and Kathie Snauffer will have refreshments.  The ladies will be packing candy for our college students and shut-ins.  Please bring Canned Goods for the Food Pantry.

TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, February 11, at 7:00 pm. at the Williamsport Home, Ruth Kissell will be hostess.  They will continue their study of the Apocrypha.    Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Ruth (974-3799).
 
They will also meet Tuesday, February 25, at the Church.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

TUREEN LUNCH AND GAME DAY - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Mission Committee will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon February 16, 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.

PRESENTATION ON THE PROBLEM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
The Mission Committee invites all members of the congregation to come hear a representative of the YWCA discuss the problem of human trafficking - signs to look out for and ways to fight back against it.  The event will be held February 17, at 7:15 pm. in the Fellowship Hall.  Please come to learn more about this issue which has been described as "the carbon monoxide of crimes" - very difficult to detect, but dangerous or even deadly to those who are exposed to it.
 
 
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.

ASH WEDNESDAY - FEBRUARY 26
Ash Wednesday Service will be held Wednesday, February 26, at 9:00 am. in the Chapel and 7:30 pm. in the Sanctuary.  There will be imposition of ashes for those desiring to receive the ashes as an outward sign of inward sorrow for your sins.  It is an optional rite for those wishing to receive the ashes.  Holy Communion will be served.

BETHANY'S WORSHIP ASSISTANTS FOR ASH WEDNESDAY
Acolyte:  Jennie Brouse
Communion Assistants:  Larry and Sharon Barnard
Greeter:  Julie Griffiths
Lay Reader:  Larry Barnard
Ushers:  Ruth Kissell, Christie Fry, Marian Harris, Becky Place

MEN'S BANQUET - MONDAY, MARCH 16
ATTENTION ALL MEN (all ages):  Come to the Men's Banquet, Monday, March 16, at 6:00 pm. in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Enjoy a turkey dinner, and  fellowship.  Tim and Brenda Logan will be presenting a program on their travels in Europe.  Watch the bulletin for more details.

OFFERING ENVELOPES FOR 2020 ARE AVAILABLE
2020 offering envelopes are available outside the Church Office.  Please stop by to pick up your set and those of anyone you know who is not able to get here for them.

KEEPING UP WITH THE CONGREGATION

BAPTISMS: 
Daisy Monroe Bortnyk, baptized 29 December 2019, daughter of Ryan and Teresa Oechler Bortnyk
Jack Tracy Potter, baptized 5 January 2020, son of William and Hayley Rhian Potter

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:
            Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village - $ 75.25
            Tressler Lutheran Services - $ 75.25
            Food Pantry - $ 225.75
            Social Ministry Outreach - $ 150.50
            Shepherd of the Streets - $ 376.25
            American Rescue Workers - $ 225.75
            Fuel Bank - $ 376.25
 
RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the January meeting -
Received committee reports: Mission, Staff Support
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through December 31, 2019 (52 Sundays)                         $ 202,258.29
Expenses through December 31, 2019                                                                 209,214.52
Balance                                                                                                                    $ - 12,127.98
 
Income received through December 31, 2018 (52 Sundays)                        $ 209,214.52
Expenses through December 31, 2018                                                                 211,336.33
Balance                                                                                                                      $ - 2,121.81

FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, February 2 - noon
            Women of Bethany - Monday, February 3 - 1:00 pm. - Packing goodies for  college students and shut-ins
            Church Council - Monday, February 10 - 7:15 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, February 11 - 7:00 pm. -    Kissell/Williamsport Home
            Tureen Lunch / Game Day - Sunday, February 16 - noon
            Mission Committee - Monday, February 17 - 7:15 pm. - Presentation on Human  Trafficking - Fellowship Hall
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, February 18                         
            Spark Plugs - Wednesday, February 19 - 10:00 am. - Perkins'
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, February 24 - 9:00 am.
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, February 24 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, February 25 - 7:00 pm. - Church
            Ash Wednesday Service - Wednesday, February 26

MARCH HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, March 1 - noon
            Lent - Wednesday, March 4
            Church Council - Monday, March 9 - 7:15 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, March 20 - 7:00 pm. - Barnards'
            Tureen Lunch / Game Day - Sunday, March 15 - noon
            Men's Banquet - Monday, March 16 - 6:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, March 16 - 7:15 pm.
            Property Committee - Tuesday, March 17 - 7:00 pm.
            Spark Plugs - Wednesday, March 18 - 10:00 am. - Perkins'
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, March 23 - 7:00 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, March 24
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, March 24 - 7:00 pm. - Brown's
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, March 30 - 9:00 am.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, March 31 - 7:00 pm. - Griffiths'
 
THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
            Thank You to Gail Stover for delivering the Christmas Flowers to us.  They were much appreciated.                                                 Charlie and Mary Ann Lichter
 
            Thank You - Pastor David and Betty would like to thank you for remembering  them at Christmas with cards, gifts and well wishes.  it means a lot to us.
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  (Please make sure you leave your name and phone number when you leave a message.)
            email:  pastorbethanyNALC@gmail.com

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.

BACKPACK PROGRAM
They began packing for the program in August of 2018 serving 60 children with weekend bags of food.  They increased the number in January 2019 to serve 80 students and followed this by increasing the number to 120 students.  In September, they had a request to increase the serving number to 131 students each weekend and finally their wishes are to increase in 2020 to 150 students.  This will take it to packing 600 bags of weekend food once a month.  These bags are then given to the school in large plastic bins and handed out privately to the students from the counselors.  If you are aware of a student in the Montoursville School District that is not getting these items and could benefit from the program, please contact their school counselor.  The school counselor will then follow through with their household adult.  When it came time to pack in August for September items, they were very short.  They discovered that over the summer their contributions had drastically decreased.  It is important that you know they will need to get ready in the summer for the August packing and to collect even in the summer. 
 
 
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. 

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS
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.

PLEASE REMEMBER OUR SENIORS AT HOME
William Bair - 1213 Cedar St, Montoursville 17754
Herbert 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
Joan Hanner, 350 Jordan Ave., Montoursville 17754
Joan Hiller
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).
 
 
 
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.

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.

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.

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.