April 2016 Messenger
 
VOLUME 68                                             APRIL 2016                                              NUMBER 4
HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
"HE IS RISEN!  HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!"
 
There can be no better news than "Christ, The Lord is Risen! He is risen indeed."  What an exciting and beautiful day for Christians.  We greet and celebrate our Lord's rising with joy and thanksgiving as well as participate in His " Feast of Love and Forgiveness."
 
"Do this for the remembrance of me."  Jesus' closing words when He first celebrated the Lord's Supper call us to remember the reason He gave His body and blood as a sacrifice: "Given for you."  The Sacrament of Holy Communion is more than 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..."  Through this holy sacrament, Jesus comes to us anew, forgives us anew, and restores us to a living fellowship with Him.  Our sins, having broken that union with God, are forgiven through Jesus' atonement.  That's good news! 
 
Will you be there to share in Jesus' feast of love and mercy?  His invitation has YOUR NAME ON IT!!   Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday at Bethany.
                              
HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, APRIL 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.

Hoss's event - tuesday, april 5
Hoss's Event to aid Pastor's Discretionary Fund will be held Tuesday, April 5, at Hoss's, Williamsport.  You can go at lunch or supper.  What an easy way to have a meal out and help others in need.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET TUESDAY, APRIL 12
Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 pm. at the home of Beverly Brown, 923 Mulberry Street.  Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Bev (368-1866).  They will be studying lesson 18 of Matthew.
 
They will also meet April 26 at the home of Kathy Sausser.

Tureen lunch - sunday, april 17
Evangelism Committee is sponsoring a Tureen Lunch Sunday, April 17, following 10:45 Service.  Bring a casserole to share and your table service.  Great fellowship!

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES - APRIL 24
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.

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.

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.

CONTACTING PASTOR DAVID
            Pastor's Office hours at the Church: Monday-Thursday  9:00 am. - 5:00 pm.
            Church phone: 570-368-8933                
            Home phone: 570-322-3685
            email:  bethanypastor@chilitech.net

KEEPING UP WITH THE CONGREGATION
Deaths:  Michelle L. Inch died January 26, 2016
               Thomas A. Kern died March 21, 2016

COMMITTEES THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT
            Sunday, April 3 - Healing Service - noon
            Monday, April 11 - Church Council - 7:00 pm.
            Sunday, April 17 - Tureen Lunch - Noon
            Monday, April 18 - Stewardship Committee - 7:00 pm.
            Monday, April 18 - Mission Committee - 7:30 pm.
            Tuesday, April 19 - Finance Committee - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday, April 19 - Staff Support Committee - 8:00 pm.
            Monday, April 25 - Stuff Newsletters - 9:00 am.
            Monday, April 25 - Social Ministry Committee - 7:00 pm.
            Monday, April 25 - Christian Education Committee - 8:00 pm.

MAY HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, May 1 - noon
            Church Council - Monday, May 9 - 7:00 pm.
            Women's Banquet - Wednesday, May 11 - 6:00 pm.
            Tureen Lunch - Sunday, May 15 - noon
            Evangelism Committee - Monday, May 16 - 10:00 am.
            Mission Committee - Monday, May 16 - 7:30 pm.
            Property Committee - Tuesday, May 17 - 7:00 pm.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, May 23 - 7:00 pm.
            Office Closed - Monday, May 30
            Stuff Newsletters - Tuesday, May 31 - 9:00 am.

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

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through February 29, 2016 (9 Sundays)                                $ 36,529.16
Expenses through February 29, 2016                                                                $37,407.22
Balance                                                                                                                  $ -878.06
 
Income received through February 28, 2015 (8 Sundays)                               $ 25,195.56
Money from Peter's Trust (2015)                                                                                  0.00
Expenses through February 28, 2015                                                                  49,094.39
            Balance                                                                                                $ -23,898.83

St paul scholarship
St. Paul Scholarship - Complete eligibility requirements and the new online application may be found at InFaithFound.org/scholarship_applications.  Beginning in 2016, paper applications will only be available by request.  All applications and necessary documents must be received by the Foundation no later than April 15, 2016 for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  If you have any questions, call 1-800-365-4172. 

Mark your calendar women's banquet may 11, 2016
The Women's Banquet will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 6:00 pm.

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 Albert M. McCoy by: Mr/Mrs David Black   

THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS
Thank You - Pastor David and Betty would like to say thank you for the Birthday cards, etc. from you for our Birthdays.  Special thanks to Ruth Lundy for honoring us with Altar Flowers and for the Altar Flowers given to us by Kathy Sausser and Kathy Hinton.  We are very appreciative.
 
Thank You - Charlie Lichter would like to thank the ushers for volunteering to  open and close the Church on Sunday mornings when they usher.  Also, he  would like to thank persons who volunteered to help with snow removal.  We still need more volunteers.  If you are interested in helping please call Charlie                                                (570-433-3657).
 
Thank You so much for all your cards, prayers, and concerns during my recovery.  I love you and appreciate it all.                      -- Sandy Long and Family
 
Thank You - to Kathie Hinton and Kathy Sausser for bringing the beautiful Altar Flowers, to Ruthie Kissell and Kathy Sausser for the cookies and other goodies.             To Pastor David for his visits and bringing Communion and to the congregation for the cards and prayers.  All are greatly appreciated and mean so much, especially when you are not feeling well.                       -- JoAnne Bosch
 
Many Thanks for all the cards and well wishes for my birthday. It was so nice to be remembered.              -- Margaret Ryan
 
Thank You to the Quilters at Bethany for the beautiful afghan given to me and to Ruthie Kissell and Kathy Sausser for delivering it.  It is greatly appreciated.  I  love it.                                                                   -- Elnora Paulhamus
 
Thank You everyone who helped with the Chicken 'n' Biscuit Dinner and all who came and ate!  There is still soup available:  chicken and noodle or chicken  corn.  See Deb Harman.
 
Thank You to everyone who helped with the Men's Banquet!  Your help was appreciated.
 
Thank You for the beautiful Altar flowers! It was so thoughtful.                                                         -- Tom and Ann Long

  PLEASE REMEMBER OUR seniors AT Home
Herbert and Sandy Bright, 628 Broad Street, 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
Helen Leidhecker - Hillside Assisted Living, 2725 Four Mile Dr, Montoursville
Catherene F Lowe - 2410 North Hills Dr, Williamsport 
Joyce McQuillen - Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville
Loren Moss - Chestnut Knoll, 120 W Fifth St, Boyertown  PA  19512
Tessie Moss - Chestnut Knoll, 120 W Fifth St, Boyertown, PA  19512
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
Patricia Snauffer, Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville
Alberta Swartz - Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville

SHEPHERD OF THE STREETS NEED CONTINUES
Though they try to operate on a shoestring budget, they struggled mightily this past year to balance their budget.  Without additional support they will not be able to keep the Shepherd of the Street ministry viable.
They need additional support to help keep this program functioning at its current level.  For over 25 years, the Shepherd of the Streets has been providing spiritual counseling and prayer to the poor and destitute of Lycoming County as well as to transients who find their way to the Shepherd.  In addition, the Shepherd provides help with:  medical prescriptions, safety work shoes, bedding, baby needs, utility grants, background checks, eye exam and glasses, starter uniforms, hygiene items, oral surgery, ID and Birth certificates. 

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.
They also need clean plastic grocery bags (no holes), 30 gal trash bags, disinfectant wipes.
 
BETHANY'S WEB-SITE
www.BethanyNALC.org

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.

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 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
  
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.