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

Pastor-of-record Pastor Jeff Silvernail  518-630-7995
Pastor Jeff's Youtube Introduction

Pastor Silvernail's sermon and the service for 1/2/22

SUNDAY SCHOOL - @ 9AM IN THE PARSONAGE!! the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 5th Sundays of the month.  On the 4th Sunday, we ask the children to attend church with their parents.  Kim Rogers is the teacher, and she needs to have at least one adult helper (to help with the craft of the week and the snack; sign-up sheet is in the church).  The planned year started with the Creation and Old Testament Stories until November when she stared the New Testament with the Birth of Jesus.  We are planning both a Christmas Program during the service on Dec. 19th and an Easter Program.  Bring a friend to the Parsonage with you!!

2021 Council Officers and Members
Lay President Christopher Cornwell
Vic President Carol Wilber
Secretary Catherine Caiazzo
Treasurer Jeanette Cornwell

{vacant}, Denise Price, Judith Warner
Linda Lange Carman, Shirley Lawyer, Michael Taccone
Jill Attanasio, {vacant}

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,  Pastor Judy Converse, & Pastor Tonya Eza.

Bethany Lutheran is currently sharing a Pastor of Record {Pastor Jeff Silvernail} with Helderberg Lutheran Church in Berne, NY.
We are working toward becoming Yoked congregations and sharing more in the future.

Helderberg Lutheran on Facebook
History of Helderberg Lutheran as St. Paul's
                                                                                                                                   Special Offering

 FOOD PANTRY - Now On the 2nd Monday of Each Month        
Call 518-868-2868 to arrange food pick up at other times.
People in charge are Jeanne Hay, Donna Schuttig,
Judy Warner, & Luanne Manscheffer.

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
@ 10am . 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 2021: 
Pres. Jeanette Cornwell
V.P. Carol Wilber
Sec. Cathy Caiazzo
Treas. Betty Taccone

Next Meeting: Wed. 1/10/22 @ 10am in the parsonage

"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

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.

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!  Rehearsal is right after church.  No choir during the summer., or on the 4th Sundays of the month.

Sunday School - from 9-10 AM at the Parsonage on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 5th Sundays of the month.  On the 4th Sundays, children are encouraged to attend the church service with their parents/care givers.  All kids ages 3-6th 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 703
prayer shawls, and 648 have been given away.

Food Pantry - Canned and boxed goods (nothing that needs refrigeration) are always welcome; you don't have to wait for a special drive.

Albany Maritime Ministry/ Christmas at Sea -
Seafarers are likely to spend their holiday alone at sea after they bring us the goods that fill our stockings. Maritime Ministries show our appreciation by offering toiletries, gifts, books, candy and other gifts. Our ministry collects these items from area churches and distributes them at the Seafarer Center. In the past, Bethany has collected handmade scarves and hats, as well as personal care items, to donate.  Follow the link above for patterns.