September 2016 Messenger
 
VOLUME 68                                      SEPTEMBER 2016                                        NUMBER 9
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" was scheduled for September 4, and that the Lord would come on that 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!  Communing with the Lord is both sacred and necessary.  He is the source of our life and strength.
 
You are invited to join with us at Bethany for a time of spiritual refreshment, it's a very gracious thing that God has done for us.  Not because of our goodness, but because of our need for His mercy and forgiveness.  "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."
 
"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching."   (Hebrews 10:25)

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL
Summer Sunday School continues.  Adults will meet in Sunday Memorial Hall.  They will be studying the Word of Life Series.
 
September 4       Love Your Neighbor                  Psalm 23; Luke 10:25-37
September 11     Rally Day
September 18     Bear Good Fruit                          Psalm 34:1-14; Luke 6:43-45
September 25     Love Your Enemies                   Psalm 27:7-14; Luke 6:27-36
October 2             Walk in the Light                        Psalm 119:105-112; I John 1:5-10
October 9             Love as I have Loved                Psalm 107:1-9; John 15:9-17

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

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - SEPT. 25
On the last Sunday of each month, our parish nurses check blood pressures.  Come to the Library after either Service on that day and have your blood pressure checked.

CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 - LABOR DAY

RALLY DAY - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Rally Day will be held September 11, at 9:30 am. in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Bibles will be presented.  Classes will be dismissed to their teachers and classrooms.  The Second Year Confirmation class will meet in Sunday Memorial hall at 9:30 am., then go to their class.  Third Year Confirmation class will begin September 25.

TEACHER INSTALLATION - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Teacher installation will be held Sunday, September 11, at both Services.  Please plan to attend one of the services on that day.

REMEMBRANCE OF 9-11
The 9-11 Memorial Bike Ride will be held Sunday, September 11.  We will meet at Bethany about 6:30 pm.

WOMEN OF BETHANY WILL MEET MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Women of Bethany will meet Monday, September 12, at 6:00 pm. for their annual Tureen Supper.  Sandy Nelson will tell us about her mission trip to Liberia.  Bring a casserole to share and your table service.  Meat and beverage will be provided.  RSVP in the Church Office (368-8933) by September 9.  Please bring Canned Goods for the Food Pantry.

CHURCH COUNCIL WILL MEET MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 AT 8:00 PM.

BIBLE STUDY WILL RESUME TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, September 13, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Beverly Brown, 923 Mulberry Street, Montoursville.  They will be studying Habakkuk.  Bible Study members, if you cannot attend, please call Bev (368-1866). 
 
They will also meet Tuesday, September 27, at the home of Larry and Sharon Barnard.
 
CHOIRS WILL RESUME
You are welcome to join them as they help with the Sunday Worship Services.
Chancel Choir will meet Wednesday, September 7, at 7:00 pm.
                                            Thursday, September 8, at 3:00 pm.
Handbells will meet Thursday, September 8, at 7:00 pm.
5 x 5 Handbells will meet Thursday, September 8,  at 8:00 pm.

BLOODMOBILE AT BETHANY - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, FROM 1:00 - 6:00 PM.

SUNDAY EVENING SERVICE
There has been a discussion for a couple of years now, about having an afternoon/evening worship service.  This service would be especially for those who are not able to attend Sunday morning, but also for those who desire a less liturgical service.  This service will contain all the elements of Lutheran worship - prayer, Scripture readings, preaching, Eucharist, and singing; however, the service would be held in the chapel or the fellowship hall in a more casual atmosphere.
 
There was much discussion about the day and time, and I believe that we should keep with Sunday as our day of worship.  Sunday, the Lord's Day, has been the day that Christians have worshipped since Christ Jesus' resurrection.  Moreover, it was on Sunday evening that the Eucharist was celebrated; therefore, beginning Sunday, September 25, we will have a casual worship service beginning at 5:00 pm.
 
Hope to see you there, Pastor David

LIFE CHAIN - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
The 25th Annual Life Chain will be held Sunday, October 2, at 2:30 pm. on the Golden Strip.  If you are interested in participating in a silent stand for the unborn, please contact Sharon Barnard (435-5408).

CROP WALK - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9
"STOP HUNGER - ONE STEP AT A TIME."  CROP Walks will be held Sunday, October 9, at 1:30 pm. at the River Walk in Williamsport.  Registration will begin at 1:00 pm. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 142 Market Street, Williamsport.

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:  bethanypastor@chilitech.net

MISSION COMMITTEE
The Mission Committee is in great need of support regarding reestablishing its community breakfast.  All are welcome.  Please attend our next meeting Monday, September 18, at 7:30 pm.

MISSION COMMITTEE
The Mission Committee is seeking volunteers to support new Mission activities here at Bethany.  Do you have a desire to serve your local community but are lacking capability and resources to make it happen.  The Church Office would like to have a list of folks on hand willing to help with everyday tasks such as light cleaning, yardwork, snow shoveling, maintenance, and repairs if someone were to call the Church Office looking for help.  Please call the Church Office (570-368-8933) if you will help. The Committee
meets on the third Mondays of the month at 7:30 pm. 
 
The committee's first large project involves trying to establish a once-a-month community breakfast on Saturday mornings, with a small suggested donation provided to the church.

COMMITTEES THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT
            Healing Service - Sunday, September 5 - noon
            Rally Day - Sunday, September 11 - 9:30 am.
            Remembrance of 9-11-2001 - Sunday, September 11 - 6:30 pm.
            Women of Bethany Tureen Dinner - Monday, September 12 - 6:00 pm.
            Church Council - Monday, September 12 - 8:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, September 13 - 7:00 pm.
            Chancel Choir - Wednesday nights - 7:00 pm.
            Chancel Choir - Thursday afternoons - 3:00 pm.
            Handbell Choir - Thursday nights - 7:00 pm.
            5 x 5 Handbells - Thursday nights - 8:00 pm.
            Evangelism Committee - Monday, September 19 - 10:00 am.
            Mission Committee - Monday, September 18 - 7:30 pm.
            Property Committee - Tuesday, September 20 - 7:00 pm.
            Sunday Evening Service - Sunday, September 25 - 5:00 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, September 26 - 9:00 am.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, September 26 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, September 27 - 7:00 pm.

OCTOBER HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, October 2 - noon
            Life Chain - Sunday, October 2 - 2:30 pm.
            CROP Walk - Sunday, October 9 - 1:30 pm.
            Church Council - Monday, October 10 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, October 11 - 7:00 pm.
            Stewardship Committee - Monday, October 17 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, October 17 - 7:30 pm.
            Finance Committee - Tuesday, October 18 - 7:00 pm.
            Staff Support Committee - Tuesday, October 18 - 8:00 pm.
            Social Ministry Committee - Monday, October 24 - 7:00 pm.
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, October 24 - 8:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, October 25 - 7:00 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, October 31 - 9:00 am.
 
RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the August meeting -
Accepted committee reports: Stewardship, Mission, Social Ministry, Christian Education, Evangelism, Finance, Property, Staff Support, Worship and Music
Discussed Domain Name for website
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through July 31, 2016 (31 Sundays)                                    $ 125,429.26
Expenses through July 31, 2016                                                                            112,579.29
Balance                                                                                                                       $ 12,849.97
 
Income received through July 31, 2015 (30 Sundays)                                      $ 98,353.51
Money from Peter's Trust (2015)                                                                                60,794.50
Expenses through July 31, 2015                                                                            153,855.34
            Balance                                                                                                             $ 5,292.67

THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS
Thank You - It is wonderful to have a caring "family" at Bethany.  Many thanks for all the prayers, well wishes, and cards for our  50th Anniversary and to Arlene Klepper for the altar flowers.                                 -- Mike and Gail Stover
 
Thank You - we want to thank everyone in the congregation for all the cards, blessings and love sent to Bob for his wonderful 90th birthday.  I was very thankful to be with him.                                                  -- The Heckrotes
 
Thank You for all the well wishes and cards for our Anniversary.
                                                                             -- Charles and Mary Ann Lichter
 
Thank You - I would like to thank the congregation and Pastor Letscher for your prayers and concerns during my conditions.  Also, I want to thank the Oechler family for the Altar Flowers and Gail Stover for delivering them.
                                                               God Bless You All, Marian Harris
 
Thank You to the congregation for the lovely Altar Flowers for our Anniversary.  To Gail Stover for delivering them, it is so thoughtful and they are greatly appreciated.                                             Thanks again, Tom and Ann Long

KEEPING UP WITH THE CONGREGATION
DEATHS:  Fay Salicco died August 16.

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.

LUTHERAN SHARED MINISTRY'S SCHOOL OF RELIGION
Wednesdays in October.  LSM's School of Religion has been an annual study time for adults for over 25 years.  It meets on Wednesday afternoons through the month of October from 1:30 - 3:30 pm., at St. mark's, 142 Market Street.
 
Please call St. Mark's (570-323-4619) by October 4 to register.
 
Classes available:
Creation-Crisis Preaching.  For lay school of ministry grads and pastors.
Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol"  The classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is a cherished symbol of Christmas and a wonderful story of redemption and hope.  this study is contained in one book which includes the entire text of Dickens' enduring tale.  The discussions help you understand the story's relevance, not just at Christmas, but all year 'round.  This is an insightful intro for those attending LSM's "A Christmas Carol" performance this year.  Leader: Bernadette Jones (St. Mark's).  There is a charge of $ 5.50 for the book.
With Healing in His Wings.  This year's film study series deals with brokenness and healing.  Each of the films has a medical backdrop; these particular films are not your typical "doctor movies."  Each film is complete within itself, but as the series evolves, the nuances of the theme, brokenness and healing, are discovered in surprisingly different contexts, and should lend themselves to some thoughtful conversation.  Leader: Pastor Ted Cockley (St. Matthew's).                    Films:  "Something the Lord Made"                                                                                  "Awakenings"                                                                                                                       "Antwone Fisher"                                                                                                             "The Twilight of the Golds"
Awakening to God's Call to Earthkeeping.  This study is for those who wish to gain a deeper awareness of our connection to creation, to awaken the Spirit's call to better care for it, to see how we can life in relationship between us and God's creation, and to help equip us to find ways to bring this vision to life.  Leaders: Ned Coates (St. Luke's) and Mike Ochs (St. Mark's).

SHEPHERD OF THE STREETS
Shepherd of the Streets needs: donations for their budget and discretionary funds, blankets, bedding, supplies for hygiene kits (regular sizes only):  deodorant, soap, tissues, toilet paper, combs, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, razors, shampoo, conditioner, women's hygiene products, towels, wash cloths, paper towels, sheets (all sizes), blankets, baby diapers, baby Q-Tips, baby shampoo, baby powder, baby oil, baby wipes.  Our "Shepherd Box" is in the hall outside the Church Office.  Thank you for your gifts of money and material that extends the love of God from you to those in such need, and most of all for your prayers on our behalf.  Money helps with guidance and counseling; prescription assistance; transportation assistance; baby diapers and supplies; dental, audio, and visual assistance; work preparedness; bedding, utility help; hygiene items; documentation.
 
 
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS
They continue to see an increase each month in the number of clients they have assisted.  The need is great.  These are tough times for all of us.  Items needed: cake mix, cereal, hot cocoa, coffee, powdered creamer, powdered drink mix, frosting, canned fruits, granola bars, hamburger helper, jello, ketchup, mac-n-cheese, instant mashed potatoes, mustard, egg/spaghetti noodles, oatmeal packets, oodles of noodles, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, microwave popcorn, poptarts, pork-n-beans, pudding mix, ramen noodles, saltines, chunky soups, soups (chicken noodle soup, tomato soup), spaghetti sauce, stuffing, sugar (1 lb.), regular tea bags, canned tuna, canned vegetables, clean plastic grocery bags (no holes), 30 gal trash bags, disinfectant wipes.

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.

PLEASE REMEMBER OUR SENIORS AT HOME
Herbert and Sandy Bright - 628 Broad Street, Montoursville
Shirlee English - PO Box 322, Montoursville
Lester Erdman - Muncy Skilled Nursing, 215 E Water St, Muncy  17756
Raymond Fry - 1101 Broad St, Montoursville
Marjorie Gower - 1409 Jordan Ave, Montoursville
Caroline Kern - Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville
Betty Jean Kift - 1500 Elliott St, Williamsport
Virginia Laudig - 1119 Broad St, Montoursville
Helen Leidhecker - Hillside Assisted Living, 2725 Four Mile Dr, Montoursville
Sandra Long - 721 Weldon St, Montoursville
Catherene F Lowe - 2410 North Hills Dr, Williamsport 
Joyce McQuillen - Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville
Tessie Moss - 12 Lutheran Home Dr, Personal Care 220, Telford  PA  18969
Bettie Paulhamus - 88 Oak Lane, Montoursville
Elnora Paulhamus - 827 Weiss Ave, Montoursville
Francis Poeth - 1900 Ravine Rd, Apt 1226, Williamsport
Hilary and Betty Schmouder - The Meadows Room 111, 2160 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville
Eleanor Shaheen, 515 Rt 405, Hughesville  17737
Richard (Fred) Shultz - 1275 Broad St, Montoursville
Patricia Snauffer, 1108 Spruce St, Montoursville
Darla Starr - 68 Sechler Dr, Montoursville
Cella Taylor - 1412 Broad St, Montoursville

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.

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).

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.

NEED TRANSPORTATION TO CHURCH?
Do you want to attend church but need transportation?  The Evangelism Committee has volunteers who are willing to pick you up and bring you to church and return you home again on Sunday mornings.  If you would like to attend church, please call the Church Office (368-8933) by noon Friday so arrangements can be made.

BETHANY'S WEB-SITE
www.BethanyNALC.org

WISE OPTIONS FOR WOMEN
For 120 years the YWCA has supported women and children in Lycoming County.  Now you can help us: The Boutique  at the YWCA is offering high-quality, gently-used clothing for the whole family.  100% of proceeds stay local to support women and children in crisis.  The Boutique is open Wednesday: 4:00 - 7:00; Thursday & Friday: 11:00 - 5:00; and Saturday: 10:00 - 2:00.