Jun/Jul 2016 Messenger

VOLUME 68                                       JUNE / JULY 2016                                   NUMBER 6 / 7

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
R.S.V.P.  Most of us have received an invitation with the notation "RSVP."  The sender requests a response to the invitation.  It is considered very impolite to not give an appropriate response.
 
What a unique privilege - to be invited by the Lord to Supper!  Even more so, a very special Supper with a gift for all who attend - FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS!  How can we stay away from such an invitation!
 
Participation at Holy Communion is one clear indicator of what we think of Jesus' Great Sacrifice at the Cross of Calvary.  "No greater love hath a man for his friends than he lay down his life for them.  And you are my friends."  Show your appreciation for Jesus' love by joining Him at His table.  Please be sure your RSVP says, YES, I will be there!

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL
Summer Sunday School will start June 5.  Adults will meet in Sunday Memorial Hall.  They will be studying the Word of Life Series.
 
June 5            Who Do People Say That I Am?   Psalm 95:1-7a; Mark 8:27-30                    
June 12         The Greatest Commandment        Psalm 89:1-6, 15-18; Mark 12:28-34a      
June 19         The Family of Jesus                        Psalm 115:1-8, 12-18; Mark 3:31-35        
June 26         Seek the Kingdom of God              Psalm 111:1-5, 7-10; Matthew 6:25-34    
July 3             Come to Me, All Who Labor           Psalm 121; Matthew 11:25-30                  
July 10           Feeding the Multitudes                   Psalm 145:1-5, 9-13; Matthew 14:13-21 
July 17           God and Tell the Good News!       Psalm 9:1-14; Matthew 28:1-10                
July 24           Trust in the Lord                               Psalm 27:1-11, 19-28; Matthew 8:23-27 
July 31           A Beautiful Inheritance                  Psalm 16; Luke 15:11-24          
                 
HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, JUNE 5 AND JULY 3
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

WOMEN OF BETHANY WILL MEET MONDAY, JUNE 6
Women of Bethany will meet Monday, June 6, at 7:00 pm.  Program will be Cookies for our Shut-ins.  Julie Griffiths will have devotions and refreshments.  Please bring Canned Goods for the Food Pantry...AND cookies for the packages!

COOKIES NEEDED
Cookies are needed for the packages for our Shut-Ins.  Please deliver to the Church for the women's meeting on June 6.  Thank you.

MINIATURE GOLF - SUNDAY, JUNE 12
Miniature Golf Outing will be held Sunday, June 12.  Meet at Hooplas (by the Lycoming Mall) at 5:00 pm.  Cost: Adults: $ 7.50; Children (5-10 years):  $ 5.00.

BLOODMOBILE AT BETHANY - MONDAY, JUNE 13
Bloodmobile will be at Bethany Church, Monday, June 13, from 1:00 - 6:00 pm.  Anyone willing to help, or just be present at the blood drive, please let Betty Letscher know (570-322-3685).  The donors seem to enjoy meeting and talking with members of Bethany.  This is a great opportunity to make our presence known in the community.  Also, let Betty know if you would like to donate sandwich spreads or money to buy them.

TUREEN LUNCH - SUNDAY, JUNE 19
Evangelism Committee is sponsoring a Tureen Lunch Sunday, June 19, following 10:45 Service.  Bring a casserole to share and your table service.  Great fellowship!  The next lunch will be in September.

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - JUNE 26 AND JULY 31
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, JULY 4 - INDEPENDENCE DAY

KEEPING UP WITH THE CONGREGATION
Deaths:  Dr Philip Kift died May 19, 2016
 
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL WILL BE HELD JULY 25 - 29
Vacation Bible School will be held July 25 - 29, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  There will be Bible stories, singing, crafts, games, and snacks for pre-school thru sixth grade.  Come join them for lots of fun learning about God!  Registration forms will be in the bulletin.
 
Helpers will be needed: teachers' aides, craft helpers, snack donations, snack helpers, etc.  If you will help, contact Karen Paulhamus (546-8558).  If you would help sponsor snacks and craft supplies, please donate in the Church Office (mark your check "VBS").

CHURCH PICNIC WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, AUGUST 14
Plan to attend the Church picnic Sunday, August 14, at Indian Park.  Pavilion 5.  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 11.

GOOD USED CLOTHING
The Mission Committee would like used clothing in good condition.  This is a new project and hopefully a successful way of helping others.  Bring to Sunday Memorial Hall.  Thank you.

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 FORMED AT BETHANY
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.

BETHANY'S WEB-SITE
www.BethanyNALC.org
 
COMMITTEES THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT
            Sunday, June 5 - Healing Service - noon
            Monday, June 6 - Women of Bethany - 7:00 pm.
            Monday, June 13 - Bloodmobile - 1:00 - 6:00 pm.
            Monday, June 13 - Church Council - 7:00 pm.
            Sunday, June 19 - Tureen Lunch - Noon
            Monday, June 20 - Stewardship Committee - 7:00 pm.
            Monday, June 20 - Mission Committee - 7:30 pm.
            Monday, June 27 - Social Ministry Committee - 7:00 pm.
            Monday, June 27 - Christian Education Committee - 8:00 pm.
 
            Sunday, July 3 - Healing Service - noon
            Monday, July 18 - Evangelism Committee - 10:00 am.
            Monday, July 18 - Mission Committee - 7:30 pm.
            Tuesday, July 19 - Finance Committee - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday, July 19 - Property Committee - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday, July 19 - Staff Support Committee - 8:00 pm.
            Monday, July 25 - Stuff Newsletters - 9:00 am.
            Monday, July 25 - Worship and Music Committee - 7:00 pm.
            Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29 - Vacation Bible School - 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

AUGUST HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, August 7 - noon
            Church Council - Monday, August 8 - 7:00 pm.
            Church Picnic - Sunday, August 14 - 4:00 pm.
            Vespers Service - Sunday, August 14 - 6:30 pm.
            Stewardship Committee - Monday, August 15 - 7:00 pm.
            Mission Committee - Monday, August 15 - 7:30 pm.
            Social Ministry Committee - Monday, August 22 - 7:00 pm.
            Christian Education Committee - Monday, August 22 - 8:00 pm.
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, August 29 - 9:00 am.

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the May meeting -
Accepted committee reports: Stewardship, Mission, Social Ministry, Christian Education
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through April 30, 2016 (17 Sundays)                                      $ 70,304.55
Expenses through April 30, 2016                                                                              68,053.47
Balance                                                                                                                         $ 2,251.08
 
Income received through April 30, 2015 (17 Sundays)                                     $ 58,538.74
Money from Peter's Trust (2015)                                                                                30,753.25
Expenses through April 30, 2015                                                                              88,500.21
            Balance                                                                                                                 $ 791.78

THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS
Thank You - Property Committee would like to thank Jay Stabley for volunteering to mow the lawn this year and Ruth Kissell and Kathy Sausser for trimming the bushes.
 
Thank You for the flowers from the altar for Jim's Birthday.  Also, to Gail and Jamie for bringing them and for the nice visit.              -- Jim Foose
 
Thank You all for all the prayers, concern, and your generosity.  We appreciate everything our Church Family has done for us.  It means a lot to us during this difficult time.  God Bless you all.                                      -- Gary and Linda Inch
 
Thank You to the donor who matched Hoss's Fund.
 
Thank You to everyone who helped during this difficult time.  Thank you to Pastor Letscher for a beautiful service. Thank all the ladies who prepared the luncheon.  Those luncheons were something our mother really enjoyed doing. 
                                                  -- Rick Swartz, Steve Swartz, and Julie McCabe
 
The Emmanuel Lutheran Church congregation wishes to extend our SINCEREST THANKS.  We would not be where we are today without your support helping us get started!  Please accept the enclosed donation with our gratitude. 
                                                      -- Emmanuel Lutheran Church, State College
 
Thank You to Philip Oechler and Ray Bomboy for taking the Cross down.
 
Thank You to everyone who made the Women's Banquet a great success.  Especially to Mike Stover and his crew of men who served.  To Savannah Mellish for her very interesting presentation on Panama and the Christian Work that is being done there and to all who attended.  It was a very nice evening.
 
Special Thank You to all who sponsored the beautiful geraniums that have been planted in the front flower gardens.  We will enjoy them all through the summer.  Thank you to all who helped to plant them.
 
Thank You for the Birthday cards, they were much appreciated.                                                                                                       -- Joan Hanner
 
Many Thanks to Pastor and Betty for their time spent with Paul's family and all who through prayers and cards encouraged Paul and Evelyn Seaman.
 
THANK You Flip Oechler for edging the lawn!!!
 
THANK YOU Ray Bomboy for taking the donations to the Shepherd of the Streets and Food Pantry each month!!!
 
 
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.
            In memory of Michelle Inch by: Mr/Mrs David Grube, Mr/Mrs James E. Wurster, John and Darl Simms
 
            In memory of Alberta Swartz by: Jacquelyn J. Fox, Margaret Ryan, Philip Oechler, Mr/Mrs Frank Harger

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 - 2300 Sterling Dr, Gilbertsville  19525-9368
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
Donald and 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

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.
 

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.

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 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.

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.
 
 
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.