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Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church
Welcome to Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church


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

Sunday Service @ 10:30am

For Pastoral Emergencies, contact:
Pastor Ken Simurro (Foothills Conference Dean)

2018 Council Officers and Members
Lay President Christopher Cornwell
Secretary Venus Ludewig Louise

Financial Secretary Dennis Tilison
Treasurer Jeanette Cornwell

2016-2018: Katrina Lawyer, Everett Palmer III, Carol Wilber
2017-2019: Jillian Hahn, Yvonne Keller-Baker, Michael Taccone
2018-2020: Annie Poquette, Denise Price, Mark VanDerwerken

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


Sunday School
First day of Sunday School will be Sept. 9th at 10:30 am.  Sunday School will meet the 1st & 3rd Sundays, with the 4th Sunday being Family Worship Day.  We need kids, so tell everyone about it!

October Special Offering - Operation Christmas Child
"The Shoebox Ministry" has been supported by Bethany for many years.  Please bring small toys, school supplies, and personal hygiene items (nothing liquid or war-like) by November 1st for the Sunday School kids to pack.  Families may again this year fill their own shoeboxes and donate them, also by 11/1 please.

November Special Offering
As always, will be for the residents of the Clinton Home (now called Lutheran Care). New items to donate include personal care items, hairbrushes, large print books & puzzle books, afghans, throws & lap robes, slipper & slipper socks, tote bags for walkers, and calendars.

Evening of Music
This year's theme is "Christmas," so please let Carol Wilber know about your act well before Nov.17th!  Harvest Dinner will begin at 6pm (bring a dish to share and your own place settings; coffee & tea will be provided), and once we're (too) full, we'll go upstairs and start enjoying the performances at 7pm.

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 2018: 

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

Next Meeting  -

"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?

Stretch along with Venus Louise, RYT as she leads yoga sessions here at Bethany on Tuesdays, now with four one-hour sessions. 9:30 am, 2:30 am, 5:30 am, 6:30 am. Due to the popularity of these classes, please call 518-868-5022 for availability.
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. 

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 9:30 on Sunday mornings.

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 649 prayer shawls, and 590 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. 

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

10/14/18 CC