Welcome to Bethany Evangelical
We exist to welcome people to Jesus Christ,
equip them with a faith that works in real life,
and send them into the world to serve in Jesus' name.
Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church
185 Church Street
P.O. Box 273
Central Bridge, NY 12035-0273
518-868-2868 (monitored daily)
Leader of Record Robert Holt, SAM*
1-505-234-6077 OR email@example.com
Bob's last day with us will be April 30, 2023
* Synodically Authorized Minister
A LETTER TO THE CONGREGATION FROM PRESIDENT CHRIS CORNWELL
March 29, 2023
Dear Members and Friends of Bethany,
At our monthly Church Council Meeting held on March 20, 2023 after a long discussion with our present SAM Bob Holt and his mentor Pastor Eric Reimer of St Johns Altamont, Bob has resigned as of April 30, 2023. Bethany appreciates Bob’s service, but it has become evident that both of us need to move forward in a different direction.
What does this mean for Bethany? What does this mean for our yoking with HLC? More announcements will be coming in the next few weeks. The results and input of a survey received from active members of Bethany will be used to move forward in a positive direction in our mission to serve.
Bethany has approached many supply pastors who are very willing to come and serve at Bethany on different Sundays. With their help we will move forward. As of this date we have not heard from Upstate New York Synod, so we are unsure what, if any assistance they will offer for Bethany.
In the meantime, our mission will be ongoing, and we are hopeful to see you at some of these dates over these dates over the next few months including:
• April 2, 2023 - Palm Sunday @ 9:00 AM - Service with leader Bob Holt @ BLC with communion
10:30 AM – Procession with the Palms @ Methodist Church (outside – weather permitting)
• April 6, 2023 - Maundy Thursday@ 5:00 PM - Service with leader Bob Holt @ BLC with communion
• April 7, 2023 - Good Friday@ 3:00 PM - Service with leader Bob Holt @ BLC with Stations of the Cross
• April 9, 2023 – Easter Sunrise Service @ 7:00 AM - Ecumenical service with Methodist Church – Outside @ BLC - with Caye Perrotti (leader Central Bridge Methodist Church)
and Jean Guarino (Helderberg Lutheran) with communion
• April 9, 2023 – Easter morning Breakfast 8:00 AM - with Methodist Church – Everyone invited @ BLC
• April 9, 2023 – Easter morning Service @ 9:00 AM - Service with leader Bob Holt @ BLC with communion
• April 16, 2023 – Sunday morning service @ 9:00 AM - Service with leader Bob Holt
• April 23, 2023 - Confirmation Class - 8:00 AM - Reorganization meeting with leader Lorri Armstrong
• April 23, 2023 – Sunday morning service @ 9:00 AM - Service with Supply Pastor @ BLC
• April 30, 2023 – Sunday morning service @ 9:00 AM - Service with leader Bob Holt @ BLC with communion
• May 7 and future Sundays @ 9:00 AM - Service @ BLC with
Supply Leaders to be announced in the upcoming weeks
• Mother’s Day weekend - Dinner to be held Drive thru only; details to be announced in the coming weeks
Saturday, June 3 - Central Bridge Village wide garage sale
Possible Bake Sale with Methodist Church to benefit Food Pantry
Coordinated with Central Bridge Fire Department and Civic Association for Community Block Party
We realize this vacancy creates uncertainties that we were looking to not have. However, we are working as a Council on a more permanent solution that serves Bethany’s needs and will keep the Congregation posted of this effort. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas do not hesitate to share. Bethany is your Congregation.
Look for more updates to come in the next few weeks.
Chris Cornwell, Council President
FOOD PANTRY - Now on the 2nd Monday of each month at the church. People in charge are
Jeanne Hay, Donna Schuttig, Judy Warner, Luanne Manscheffer, & Sandy Deems. Call 518-868-2868 to arrange
food pick up at other times. Current food pantry needs are toilet paper, canned fruit, spaghetti & spaghetti
sauce, cereal, canned beets, coffee, 100% fruit juice, vegetable oil, sugar, flour, ketchup & mayonnaise.