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.
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.
Updates from Pres. Chris Cornwell:
- Sunday School is from 9am-10am with Yvonne Keller-Baker as the teacher. All kids ages 3-grade 6 are invited to attend!. Remaining dates are: (Christmas Program link ), 1/10/21, 2/14, 3/14, 3/28, 4/4 (Easter), 5/9, and 5/23 (Sundae Sunday).
- Pastor Jeff is leading a 7 part Bible Study on Wednesday @ 2pm at the church. See the Calendar for dates.
- Worship time is 9:00 AM
- Communionion: pick up a fellowship cup (which contain a wafer and juice) as needed
- Contact tracing: your temperature, attendance, and answer to several screenign questions will be recorded
- Anyone handling anything common will wear gloves.
Due to shipping delays with CoVID, we have not received the January to March issuance of Christ in Our Home Devotionals as of yet. We reached out to Augsburg Fortress and they have provided us a temporary access link. You will need to enter your name and email and a daily email will be sent to your email entered @ 4am each day Jan 1 through March 1.
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
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.
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. Bethany is stocking the Blessing Box food pantry in the Laundromat for public use.
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.
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 2020:
Pres. Jeanette Cornwell
V.P. Elaine Cooper
Sec. Cathy Caiazzo
Treas. Betty Taccone
Next Meeting: March 2021. There will be no meetings in January or February.
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?
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 - Sunday School resumed in person on Sept. 13th from 9-10am. All kids ages 3-6th grade are invited to attend. Yvonne Keller-Baker is the teacher. See above for updates.
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 690 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 Pantry 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.
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 to donate. Follow the link for patterns, etc.