Friday, July 25, 2014

Children's Camp (VBS) for children in the Dominican . . .

While Bethany was having Vacation Bible School, our friend Katelyn, was in the Dominican for 6 weeks preparing and having Children's Camp in the Dominican.  Bethany supported Katelyn on her mission trip.







Sunday, July 13, 2014

Excitement abounds . . . .

As we prepare for Vacation Bible School at Bethany.
Begins Monday July 14 @ 6:00 p.m.






Monday, July 7, 2014

Calling all kids to VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL / WORKSHOP OF WONDERS

The countdown is on to . . . 

VBS begins on Monday, July 14 @ 6:00 - 8:15 p.m. at Bethany.
The last evening with be Friday, July 18.
For more information call the church office at (717) 843-2922

                                                       Hope to see you there!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Youth Outing at Lake Redman

A beautiful afternoon filled with laughter, fun, and building relationships . . .







Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Vacation Bible School is coming . . .



July 14 through July 18
6 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.     All children ages 3 through 12 are welcome.
Bring a friend for music, crafts, story time, snacks, games, and more!
Are you ready?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

TAIM (Think About It Moment)

A Matter of Perspective . . .

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6: 34

Have you had those times that you are overwhelmed?  It could be a time when there is so much on the schedule that you don’t know how you are going to meet all the commitments.  Last Friday I was having one of those moments.  The week had been filled with emotions and the schedule through the coming weekend, and week, was jammed with commitments.  At noon of Friday, it got the best of me, and I just needed to get away from the office.  

I found myself on the way to Susquehanna State Park along the Susquehanna River.  It was a beautiful afternoon with blues skies, puffy white clouds, and a nice breeze blowing.  A beautiful day to do some hiking on the trails and taking in God’s glorious creation. The bluebirds were singing and the buzzards were searching.  With grace and beauty, the Ospreys were spreading their wings as they dipped and turned, seemingly playing follow the leader. The wild flowers were hovered over by the honey bees that were covered with pollen.  God’s glorious creation was alive!    

Then I saw the most amazing sight!  Along the trail there was a tall tree that reached for the sky.  On the trunk of that tree I saw an ant.  Yes, just a common ant climbing the tree.  The ant seemed determined to go higher on the tree.  Did I mention the ant was carrying a heavy load that was bigger than its body?  This ant was carrying a worm up the side of the tree.  It would climb for a time and then stop and rest.  Then the ant would climb a little higher and stop.  Slowly climbing up the tree a short distance at a time, and getting closer to the destination.  With determination and a heavy load, the ant would climb, stop, focus, and seemingly place a marker higher up the tree.  Then with sights set on that spot it would continue on to that mark and stop again.  It wasn’t long until it was out of my sight.  


What a wonderful lesson!  Maybe God was reminding me to stop worrying about the long week ahead and trust Him to help me through today?   Maybe like the ant – I needed to stop – focus on today (and not the coming week) – set my sights on getting through today (with God) – one step at a time – and not on the coming week!






“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41: 10

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sunday, June 8 is Pentecost








When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.  Acts 2: 1-4 NIV

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Pound the Pastor

The month of May was Pound the Pastor.  The challenge was to collect 500 pounds of food for the well.  Grand total gathered: 479 pounds . . . . 21 pounds short.
Congratulations for all food donations.   Ravishing purple or forever gray???????
 

Purple beard for doing so well.  Good job Bethany Church Family!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sunday, May 25

It was a Mountain of Memories as we gathered on this Memorial Day weekend.  It was a time to worship, to give thanks, and celebrated those who have given so much for our freedom.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Forever Gray or Becoming Purple

The challenge is set!
Will PD have gray hair or purple colored hair on June 1?


The month of May has been POUND THE PASTOR at Bethany.  The challenge has been to collect 500 pounds of food, through the month of May, for "The Well" . . . at the moment we have collected 412 pounds of food.  Another 88 pounds are needed by Sunday, May 25, 2014.  Will PD have purple hair on June 1?

So . . . will it be Forever Gray or Ravishing Purple????????

Stay tuned for the outcome.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Celebrating Family / May 18, 2014

Sacrament of Baptism . . . Traditions Worship

                                    Sacrament of Baptism . . . Celebrations Worship


"Let the the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."  Mark 10: 14




Tuesday, May 13, 2014

PD's Day Off

A day at the zoo surrounded by plenty of critters!  Here's a sample . . . .

    "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good"  Genesis 1: 31






Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SPRING FLING!

May 2 & 3, 2014

Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday:  7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Friday:  Lunch, dinner, crafts, food, baked goods
Saturday: All-you-can-eat breakfast $3.00


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014


I was composing a letter for the month of April and was ready to put the finishing touches on it.  Suddenly I was compelled to hit the delete key . . . and I did!  It was gone.  Panic set in as I wondered why I hit that delete key.  I prayed  in desperation,  as the deadline was today.  Praying I found the answer:  too often we try to fill the space on the document with words and end up with nothing more than filler.  So I shortened it up to keep it simple.

Resurrection Sunday - Easter is a celebration of God’s unprecedented love for YOU.  A love demonstrated through Jesus, God’s Son, paying the ultimate price so that we might find forgiveness of sin.  Jesus gave His life so that YOU might have life!  A gift filled with hope, joy and eternal blessing, all by the grace of God.

Are you celebrating?

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3: 16


Let the celebration begin!    He is risen!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Holy Week at Bethany


Walking through Holy Week at Bethany . . . 


Palm Sunday - Matthew 26: 36-46  
     Traditions Worship - 9:00 a.m.
     Sunday School - 10:15 a.m.
     Celebrations Worship - 11:15 a.m.  

Holy Thursday - experiencing and sharing the Last Supper.  Bethany's choir will be singing.
     Service begins at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday - Hearing the Last Words of Christ from the cross.  Liturgical dance and soloist.
     Service begins at 7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday - Egg Hunt at 10:00 a.m. at the Holtzapple Estate.  Call church office for information.

Easter - SonRise Service begins at 6:30 a.m. in the Mt. Rose Cemetary
              Continental Breakfast at the church starting at 7:30 a.m.
              Traditions Worship at 9:00 a.m.    Celebrating the Risen Lord!
              Sunday School at 10:15
              Celebrations Worship at 11:15     Celebrating the Risen Lord!

You are invited to join us as we worship and celebrate!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Holy Week at Bethany

April 13:  Palm Sunday
     Traditions Worship @ 9:00 a.m.
     Celebrations Worship @ 11:15 a.m.
     Sunday School @ 10:15 a.m.

April 17:  Maunday Thursday Service @ 7:00 p.m.
               Experiencing the Last Supper



April 18:  Good Friday Service @ 7:00 p.m.
               Hearing the words of Christ from the cross

April 19:  Children's Egg Hunt @ 10 a.m.
                Contact the church office for details

April 20:  Easter Sunday
                6:30 a.m.  -  SonRise Service at Mt. Rose Cemetery
                7:30 a.m.  -  Continental Breakfast at the Church
                9:00 a.m.  -  Traditions Worship
                10:15 a.m.  -  Sunday School
                11:15 a.m.  -  Celebrations Worship

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring/Easter Bazaar Begins . . .

The Craft Guild have everything ready for the Spring/Easter Bazaar beginning today, March 28 and Saturday, March 29.  You are invited to join them for some good food, cupcakes, candies, and browse through the many craft tables. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. So, come on in and get to know us.  We'd like to get to know you . . . .