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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 started on July 5th
– outside on the yard at 9:00 am-

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. 
  • We have been stocking the Blessing Box ('food pantry') at the Central Mat Laundromat located by the railroad crossing @ 110 S. Main Street Central Bridge. It is seeing good usage and we restock this box every Sunday.
    We have plenty of canned vegetables but could use the following as of 8/2:
  • Box cereal/crackers
  • Canned Soup
  • Canned fruit
  • Applesauce
  • Pastas
  • Rice  
  • Peanut Butter
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  From July:
- From the most recent Yoking Committee meeting, we hope to have Pastor Silvernail signed on with both Helderberg and Bethany on 9/1/20.  After 4 months of trying out the new arrangements,
we could re-negotiate and sign a 6 month contract
.  Keep an eye out for further information about a Congregational Meeting on this topic.
- Painting still has not begun, but after it's finished, carpeting will be installed.
 - Garage Sale will be 9/12/2020 from 9-3.  Details to follow.
 - No choir yet due to COVID
 - Evening of Music on hold due to COVID
 - Confirmation classes will restart in September via Zoom
 - Sunday will start in September ~ somehow!
 - Bible Study or mid-week service may resume in Sept./Oct. if there is enough interest

  • 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 are now using fellowship cups which contain a wafer and juice.  Please 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 glove

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. We also record the service to post on our church YouTube page for anyone that is not able to be there in person.


As part of the updating of the church interior, the extra altar step that tripped people up/down has been removed.  The altar itself (ever wonder what was inside it?  Air!) will probably become free standing, so the pastor can stand behind it and face the congregation instead of turning his/her back on us.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Dave Preisinger's sermon for 8/2 AND the outdoor service
Pastor Jeff Silvernail's sermon for 7/19 AND the outdoor service
Pastor Jeff Silvernail's sermon for 7/5 AND the outdoor service
Pastor Jeff Silvernail's sermon for 6/28
Pastor Jeff Silvernail's sermon for 6/21

    His recorded sermons will be posted here for you to watch! 

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 Jeff Silvernail (6/1/20 - 8/31/20)
                                                                                                          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, Pastor Dave Perisinger, & Rev. Peter Cook.

Special Offering

Click on logo to go to information page

  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

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.

8/13/20 CC