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 Jeff Silvernail's sermon and the service for 7/25/21


During the summer months,
bring a lawn chair and Join Us at 9am for outdoor worship !
{weather permitting, of course}

2021 Council Officers and Members

Lay President Christopher Cornwell
Vic President Carol Wilber
Secretary Catherine Caiazzo
Treasurer Jeanette Cornwell
Financial Secretary Catherine Caiazzo

Mark VanDerwerken, Denise Price, Judith Warner
Linda Lange Carman, Shirley Lawyer, Michael Taccone
 Jill Attanasio, Yvonne Keller Baker

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.

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
  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.

Special Offering for July, August, & September
  We will be collecting the following items as requested by the Schoharie Elementary School.  These are different from prior years because each teacher now has their own specific required list for their own students to bring
. Many of the things below are perfect finds for all you Garage Sale lovers!
1. Sneakers - Boys & Girls - sizes 13 to 7
2. Winter boots - Bots & Girls - sizes 13 to 7
3. Snow pants - B&G - sizes 6 to 16
4. Winter coats - B&G - sizes 6 to 16
5. Sweatpants/leggings - B&G - sizes 5 to 14
6. T-shirts in plain colors - B&G - sizes 5 to 14
7. NEW ONLY underwear - B&G - sizes 4 to 12
8. Journals
9. Sketchbooks
10. Colored pencils
11. Deodorant for B&G
12. Shampoo - small bottles (travel size)
13. Water by the case - 16 oz. bottles or smaller

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:  Sept.   8th @ 10am at 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

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.

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.

Sunday School - S All kids ages 3-6th grade are invited to attend.  Yvonne Keller-Baker is the teacher, with help from volunteers from the congregation.

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 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 to donate.  Follow the link for patterns, etc.

 7/28/21 CC