Welcome to Bethany Evangelical
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 2/28/21
Holy Week Schedule: Maundy Thursday Service @ 3pm
Good Friday Service @ 3pm
Easter Sunrise Service @ 7am (outdoors; dress for the weather)
Easter Breakfast @ 8am, or directly after the service; logistics pending
Easter Sunday Service @ 9am; including Sunday School program
Changes due to COVID :
- 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 ), 3/14, 3/28, 4/4 (Easter), 5/9, and 5/23 (Sundae Sunday). If the format is remote, you can request a meeting link.
- Pastor Jeff is leading a Bible Study on Wednesdays @ 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
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.
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.
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 2021:
Pres. Jeanette Cornwell
V.P. Elaine Cooper
Sec. Cathy Caiazzo
Treas. Betty Taccone
Next Meeting: March 10 @ 10am at the Parsonage
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 - S All kids ages 3-6th grade are invited to attend. Yvonne Keller-Baker is the teacher.
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 - In 2019, the Pantry was used 24 times, feeding 58 people. 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.