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Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church
  .Welcome to Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church

***** WORSHIP TIME IS NOW 9:30 AM *****
****Choir Practice is now at 8:45 AM****


Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church
185 Church Street
P.O. Box 273
Central Bridge, NY 12035-0273
518-868-2868 (monitored daily)

Sunday Service @ 9:30am

Pastor-of-record Pastor Greg Zajac

2019 Council Officers and Members
Lay President Christopher Cornwell
Vic President Carol Wilber
Secretary Venus Louise

Financial Secretary Dennis Tilison
Treasurer Jeanette Cornwell

2017-2019: Jillian Hahn, Yvonne Keller-Baker, Michael Taccone
2018-2020: Annie Poquette, Denise Price, Mark VanDerwerken
2019-2021: Shirley Lawyer, Linda Lange Carman

As of June 1, the Wednesday afternoon worship service is on hold. 

NEEDED - folks willing to train and serve as Acolytes and Ushers!!!
Please contact Chris Corwell for more information.

We thank our Pulpit Supply Preachers for serving our congregation:
Pastor Jim Crouthamel, Pastor Bill Siiss, Deaconess Mary Rainey, Pastor Dennis Meyer, Pastor Elaine Berg
Deacon Tom Collins, Pastor Rahel Hahn, Pastor Roger Behrens, Bert Mayne, Pator Greg Zajac,
Pastor John Knarvik

Garage Sale

On May 24 and May 25, we will hold our annual garage sale. We will hold this at Nate and Angela Armstrong’s home on Route 30 (formerly Jane King’s). Needed are items to sell. Bring them on Sunday mornings or contact the church office (518-868-2868) to make arrangements to bring the items to the church and place in the garage.


May 10 will be our annual Mothers’ Day Smorgasbord from 4:30 to 6:30. You will be notified by e-mail or in person or mail soon as to what we are asking you to furnish. All and any help is needed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. (Times to be announced) We ask for certain dishes, certain food items, or a monetary donation to help defray the cost. Spread the word, we would like to increase the attendance as we have each year since we started this spring fund raiser.

Food Pantry
Will be open the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 9-11am.  To be staffed by 2 people from the congregation.
If you can serve, talk to Chris or Jeanette. 

The next food pantry will be held on April 16. February, we served 2 families and 7 people. Spread the word especially if you know of someone who needs assistance. 

 Special Offering for the month of March: we will be collecting the items to be used in the pantry. Bring your non-perishable items to church on Sunday. Items needed are CANNED fruit, mixed veggies, carrots, tuna, beef stew, potatoes, yams, beans, and soup. Also coffee, tea, juices, Ensure, pasta, pasta sauce, hot cereal, mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, pancake mix, syrup, jams and jellies. honey, cooking oil, salad dresings, applesauce, dried fruit, rice, graham crackers, macaroni & cheese, popcorn, dried beans, lunch box items, and my favotire, peanut butter.


Holy Week
Palm Sunday, April 14 - service with Rev. Jim Crouthamel

Maundy Thursday, April 18 @ 4:30 pm - service @ Bethany with Rev. Bert Mayne

Good Friday, April 19 @ 4:30 pm - service @ Bethany with Rev. Bert Mayne

Easter Day

7:30 am - Easter outdoor service with Rev. Bert Mayne
8:30 am - Easter Breakfast
9:30 am - Easter Service with Rev. Bert Mayne.  Holy Communion and a program by the children of our Sunday School


Sunday School
Sunday School will meet the 1st & 3rd Sundays at 9:30AM, with the 4th Sunday being Family Worship Day.  We need kids, so tell everyone about it!
2019 -  4/21, 5/5, 5/19, 6/2, 6/16 is Last Day of Sunday School with a Picnic for kids and families

Ladies' Auxiliary
Did you know? All Ladies of the church are considered members of the Ladies' Auxiliary. Come to our meetings, held on the second Wednesday @ 12 noon . Our meetings open with reading a psalm, then a short story, followed by a discussion of church related items such as our turkey supper and smorgasbord. We close with a benediction (see below). Our meetings are very informal, with plenty of time for visiting with everyone. Come Join Us! We Need Your Ideas And Suggestions!

Officers for 2019: 

Pres. Jeanette Cornwell
V.P. Elaine Cooper
Sec. Cathy Caiazzo
Treas. Betty Taccone

Next Meeting Wed. Aptil 10th @ 10am @ the Parsonage

"A Benediction"
from Carol Zale
As you go your way may Christ go with you.
May he go before you to show you the way;
May he go behind you to encourage you;
Beside you to befriend you;
Above you to watch over you;
Within you to give you peace!

Alzheimer's Caregiving Support Group

Interested in volunteering to help caregivers for 2-3 hours/month?
Call 518868-2868 for mpre information.

Blue Clothing Box
The blue clothing recycling bin is located by the parsonage garage. Bethany is paid 5 cents/pound for these donated items: all men's, lady's and children's clothing, handbags, belts, paired shoes and sneakers, sheets, blankets, towels, bedspreads, draperies, curtains, material, stuffed animals, hats and scarves.

Blue Clothing Box website

Groups and Ministries
Prayer Ministry - daily prayer list, use the yellow file cards and the Prayer Concerns Box on the back table for names and concerns to be passed along to the Prayer Chain. 

Choir - Director Carol Wilber. The Choir sings a weekly offering anthem, and lead the congregation in the worship service music and hymns. No audition needed! We meet at church at 8:45 on Sunday mornings.

Sunday School - the first and third Sunday of the month @ 9:30am.  Leaders are Jillian Hahn and Yvonne Keller-Baker.

Prayer Shawl Ministry - If you can't knit or crochet, you can still donate yarn or money for yarn.  Since we started (May '06), the congregation has blessed 658 prayer shawls, and 590 have been given away.

Food Pantry - Starting January 2019, will be open the third Tuesday of the month from 9 - 11am.  Help is needed to staff these hours; please call Jeanette or Chris if you are willing to serve.   Canned and boxed goods (nothing that needs refrigeration) are always welcome; you don't have to wait for a special drive. 

Albany Maritime Ministry - (as of 5/10)  Richard & Marilyn Walker @ 518-872-2622

3/13/19 CC