Welcome to Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church
Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church
185 Church Street
P.O. Box 273
Central Bridge, NY 12035-0273
Sunday Service @ 10am
The Reverend Steffen A. Zehrfuhs, Pastor
2017 Council Officers and Members
Lay President Christopher Cornwell
Secretary Venus Ludewig
Financial Secretary Dennis Tilison
Treasurer Jeanette Cornwell
2015-2017: Elaine Diamond, Fred LaTulipe, Judith Ann Poquette
2016-2018: Katrina Lawyer, Everett Palmer III, Carol Wilber
2017-2019: Jillian Hahn, Yvonne Keller-Baker, Michael Taccone
RETIREMENT ? ... NOT A RUMOR!!
"September 1, 1976 - June 1, 2018
At the Annual Congregational Meeting of Bethany Lutheran Church, on Sunday, January 21, Pastor Steffen Zehrfuhs announced his retirement date: June 1, 2018. Arriving in the fall of 1976 with wife, Sue, son, David, and and daughter-on-the-way, Diane, Pastor Zehrfuhs began his (one-and-only-church) ministry at Bethany. With 42 years, he is (by far) the longest serving pastor with the congregation. Many thanks have been shared between the pastor and church members. The coming months will be very busy. Hope to see you at worship services and congregational events."
Weekly Servers for Feb./Mar.
February Ushers - Phil Rogers & Matt Mau
2/11 - Acolyte Serena Drobnack; Altar Flowers Annie Poquette
2/18 - Acolyte Christina Palmer; Altar Flowers Phil & Kim Rogers
2/25 - Acolyte Taylor Palmer; Altar Flowers ???
March Ushers - Linda Klingbeil & Grace Warner
3/4 - Acolyte Samantha Nelson; Altar Flowers Diane Manchester
3/11 - Acolyte Peter Palmer; Altar Flowers Shirley Lawyer
3/18 - Acolyte George Nelson; Altar Flowers Jeanette Cornwell
3/25 - Acolyte Venus Ludewig; Altar Flowers Jeanette Cornwell
April Ushers - Deny Tilison & Michael Tilison
4/1 - Acolyte Annie Poquette; Altar Flowers Jeanette Cornwell
4/8 - Acolyte Serena Drobnack; Altar Flowers ???
Special Offering for February - Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley
Cleaning supplies (Laundry detergent, dish soap, floor cleaners, mops and brooms, Lysol spray, plastic gloves, sponges, garbage bags, bleach)
Cat & Dog food (canned, bagged, boxed food, kitten chow)
Misc. Supplies (cat & dog treats, rawhides, stainless steel bowls, kitty litter, leashes, collars)
Feb. 14 - Ash Wednesday Services - 1pm and 7:30pm - Holy Communiion and Imposition of Ashes
Sunday Sermon Series - FORTY
2/18 - 40 Days of Rain
2/25 - 40 Years of Punishment
3/4 - 40 Days in Hiding
3/11 - 40 Days to Repent
3/18 - 40 Years Serving God
March 25 - Palm Sunday - worship service @ 10am
March 29 - Maundy Thursday - joining with the CB United Methodist Church for Soup & Bread @ 6pm, followed by a worship service and "The Passion of the Shadows" candles and readings @ 7pm.
March 30 - Good Friday - worship service @ 5pm
April 1 - Easter Sunday - outdoor worship service @ 7am
- Pancake Breakfast @ 8am
- worship service @ 10am
Communion Bread for 2018
2/14 - Shirley Lawyer (Ash Wednesday)
3/4 - Linda Klingbeil
4/1 - Grace Warner
from 10 -11 am on:
2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/8, 4/22, 5/6, 5/20.
New leaders are Jillian Hahn and Yvonne Keller-Baker.
Altar Flowers for 2018
2/11 - Annie Poquette
2/18 - Phil & Kim Rogers
2/25 - ???
3/4 - Diane Manchester
3/11 - Shirley Lawyer
3/18 - Phil & Kim Rogers
3/25 & 4/1 - Jeanette Cornwell
4/8 - ???
4/15 - Elaine Bortell
4/22 - ???
4/29 - ???
5/6 - Diane Manchester
5/16 - Jeanne Hay
5/20 - Lorri Armstrong
5/27 - Sandy Palmer
6/3 - Pauline Putman
6/10 - Diane Manchester
6/17 - ???
6/24 - Carol Wilber
7/1 - Elaine Cooper
7/8 - ???
7/15 - ???
7/22 - ???
7/29 - ???
8/5 - ???
8/12 - Linda Klingbeil
8/19 - Jane King
8/26 - ???
9/2 - Shirley Barber
9/9 - Kristy Hoos
9/16 - Carol Wilber
9/23 - Betty Taccone
9/30 & 10/7 - Jeanette Cornwell
10/14 - Pat Mau
10/21 - Linda Carman
10/28 - ???
11/4 - ???
11/11 - Jeanne Hay
11/18 - ???
11/25 - Betty Taccone
12/2 - Dorothy Lawyer
12/9 - ???
12/16, 12/23, 12/24, 12/30 - Cathy Caiazzo
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 2018:
Pres. Jeanette Cornwell
V.P. Elaine Cooper
Sec. Cathy Caiazzo
Treas. Sue Zehrfuhs (through 6/1)
Next Meeting - Monday Feb. 12 @ 10 am @ the home of Betty Taccone
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? Questions? Contact Pastor Zehrfuhs, or Renee Mandarano (518-238-4162).
Stretch along with Venus Ludewig as she leads yoga sessions here at Bethany on Tuesdays, now with three one-hour sessions beginning at 10am, 2:15, 5:15, and 6:15pm. Relax and benefit from the harmony of mind and body. $5/session.
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 (see Newsletter), 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. Call Grace Warner for further information.
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!
Sunday School - the first and third Sunday of the month @ 10am. 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 611 prayer shawls, and 570 have been given away.
Food Pantry - for emergency use for any and all folks in need. Canned and boxed goods (nothing that needs refrigeration) are always welcome; you don't have to wait for a special drive. Total use for 2013 = 79 uses with 264 people fed. Total use for 2014 = 129 uses and 464 people fed.
Albany Maritime Ministry - (as of 5/10) Richard & Marilyn Walker @ 518-872-2622