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Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church


Welcome to Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church

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


In person worship starts on July 5th
– outside on the yard at 9:00 am-
Bring a comfy chair

 
 
  • We continue to monitor the church email and phone for any needs.  Scheduled Food Pantry hours are Cancelled; call 518-868-2868 to arrange for food pick up.
UPDATE FROM COUNCIL PRESIDENT CHRIS CORNWELL :
 ...from 6/28
For next Sunday (7/5), we will be resuming in person worship and a few key notes for this as it will be a bit different:
  • Worship time is 9:00 AM
  • We will be worshiping outside, we will have chairs but if you can bring a yard chair that would be appreciative.
  • Seats will be 12’ apart, but when moving to/from will need to wear masks
  • Everything will be in a bulletin you will pick up – no hymnals at this time
  • Offering we will be using a  ‘drop box’ for this on the way in or out so we are not circulating during the service
  • Communionion  - we have ordered fellowship cups – but they have yet to come in yet. As soon as they do, this is how we will be doing communion and all will grab one when you pick up the Bulletin.
  • We will also be recording who is present, in case there is any need for contact tracing, etc and as part of the NYS guidelines will have to ask a few basic questions to ensure no one has any CoVID symptoms and check everyone’s temp as they grab a bulletin.
  • Plus anyone handling anything common will wear gloves
**Please also note the County’s Church Street Bridge is closed through July,
so you have to go around from Main Street**


So – all of this is a combination of what is required from NYS and also best practices from our ELCA and our insurance company. It will be a bit different… and hope to see everyone next Sunday.  We will also be
recording this service and posting on our church YouTube page for anyone that is not able to be there in person

 
  • We agreed to start discussions with a formal partnering with Helderberg Lutheran Church in Berne which Pastor Jeff is serving as an Interim Pastor currently. A small committee consisting of Carol, Jeanette, Yvonne, and myself will lead this with HLC and our first meeting is this coming Monday, June 8th at Bethany to start discussions. 
  • This will also start a ‘trial’ run of our shared services with HLC in which time services will start at 9:00AM for the month of July, while HCL will be moved to 10:30.  Pastor Jeff will be leading these 4 Sunday worships for the month.
  • Also our painters are supposed be starting up the sanctuary  painting project here in the coming weeks now that they have resume work and this way if we meet outside we don’t’ have to worry about coordinating with them or have to worry as much on sanitary precautions and think it will make everyone at ease.  So in case of rain, bad weather – we will figure that game plan out. 
 
Pastor Jeff Silvernail's sermon for 6/28
Pastor Jeff Silvernail's sermon for 6/21
Pastor Bert Mayne's sermon for 6/14
Pastor Jeff Silvernail's sermon for transition
Pastor Bert Mayne's sermon for 6/7
Choir Director Carol shares a Virtual Choir "You'll Never Walk Alone"
Pastor Bert Mayne's sermon for 5/31
Pastor Bert Mayne's sermon for 5/24
                              hymns for 5/24
Pastor Bert Mayne's sermon for 5/17

Pastor Bert Mayne's Bert Mayne's sermon for 5/10
Pastor Bert Mayne's sermon for 5/3
                   hymns for 5/3
Pastor Bert Mayne's sermon for 4/26

Pastor Bert Mayne's sermon for 4/19

Pastor Bert Mayne's sermon for EASTER
Pastor Bert Mayne's sermon for Good Friday and hymns for Good Friday
Pastor Bert Mayne's sermon for Maundy Thursday and Music for Maundy Thursday
Pastor Bert Mayne's sermon for 3/29 on Youtube


 BERT MAYNE'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL
    His recorded sermons will be posted here for you to watch! 
Jean Guarino has recorded the sermon for 3/22 online for us that you can access
 
This LINK is from the ELCA with some other links of interest and information during this time

Bassett Healthcare Network is asking for volunteers to sew reuseable fabric face masks for staff to free up the N95 masks for use with actual COVID-19 patients.  Click for instructions and more info.  Here's a chance to bust your stash in a good cause!
       

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

bethanycentralbridge@gmail.com


 https://www.facebook.com/Bethany-Evangelical-Lutheran-Church-105299671144261

Sunday Service @ 9:30am

Pastor-of-record Pastor Jeff Silvernail (6/1/20 - 8/31/20)
 
518-630-7995
                                                                                                          Pastor Jeff's Youtube Introduction

2020 Council Officers and Members
Lay President Christopher Cornwell
Vic President Carol Wilber
Secretary Venus Louise
Treasurer Jeanette Cornwell
Financial Secretary Dennis Tilison


2018-2020: Annie Poquette, Denise Carpenter, Mark VanDerwerken
2019-2021: Shirley Lawyer, Linda Lange Carman
2020-2022: Jill Attanasio, Yvonne Keller Baker, Mike Taccone

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, Deacon Jean Guarino, & Rev. Peter Cook.

Prayer for Times of Fear from Pastor Bert Mayne

 

     Steadfast God, Your Son teaches us that when love is complete it casts out all fear. The world all around us is boiling over with concern that is legitimate and fears that are not. Help me to rely on Your Sovereignty and know that no matter whether I can clearly see it, You are in control.
     Help me to put to rest the imaginings that the voices of fear put into my head, and help me to remember Your love, Your inspiration of all the dedicated researchers and care givers who are working to defeat the illnesses that challenge us, and the wondrous way You made us that enables us to fight off disease, and heal in body as You heal us in spirit.
     Thank you for Your love in Christ that towers over all the noisy shallow fear-mongers and the useless wares they push. Thank you for making us part of Your own family, Your children, and hear our prayers for the rest of Your children who are suffering this day.
     Help us to breathe deeply of Your Spirit and rest in the peace that is beyond understanding so that we may again rise up, refreshed, to serve Your will.

     In Jesus' mighty name we pray. Amen.



Special Offering

Click on logo to go to information page
 
  


Prayer Shawl  Blessing
Next one will be last May/early June {??}.
Remember - there is yarn available at the church for you to use.  Call 518-868-2868 to schedule access to The Stash.

 
 
  Food Pantry -  Please bring non-perishable items as below!!
Is open the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 9-11am.  Staffed by volunteers, we thank Donna Schuttig, Jeanne Hay & Luane Mansheffer.  If you can serve, talk to Chris or Jeanette.  Spread the word especially if you know of someone who needs assistance.  As of May 2020, scheduled hours are CANCELLED.  Call 518-868-2868 to arrange food pick up.

Non-perishableitems 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 favorite, peanut butter.


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 2020: 
Pres. Jeanette Cornwell
V.P. Elaine Cooper
Sec. Cathy Caiazzo
Treas. Betty Taccone

Next Meeting:    stay tuned

"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 peac
e!

Alzheimer's Caregiving Support Group

Interested in volunteering to help caregivers for 2-3 hours/month?
Call 518-868-2868 for more 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 -...has finished for the 2019-2020 season, both in-person and online.   Hopefully we can resume teaching and learning together in September.
{{Eevery Sunday from 9:30-10:30amTeachers are Jillian Hahn and Yvonne Keller-Baker.  Classes include learning about Jesus, snacks, games, crafts, and fun.   All children ages 3 years through 6th grade are invited to attend!}}   

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 680 prayer shawls, and 644 have been given away.

Food Pantry - Starting January 2019, will be open the third Tuesday of the month from 9 - 11am.  In 2019, the Panrty was used 24 times, feeding 58 people.  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.


6/28/20 CC