Updated: 02/22/19

Lenten Sermon Series 2019
Ash Wednesday – March 6, 7:00 pm     Topic: I Wonder If God Exists    Scripture: Genesis 1:1-5   Preacher: Rev. Stephen Portner    Host Church: Ebenezer UMC
Lent 1 – March 13, 7:00 pm   Topic: I Wonder Why Bad Things Happen to Good People    Scripture: Romans 8:28-29   Preacher: Rev. Susan Knorr   Host Church: First UMC, Berwick
Lent 2 – March 20, 7:00 pm   Topic: I Wonder Why My Prayers Go Unanswered   Scripture: Luke 11:1-13   Preacher: Rev. Deb Harvey   Host Church: Evansville UMC, Berwick
Lent 3 – March 27, 7:00 pm   Topic: I Wonder About God’s Will For My Life   Scripture: Romans 12:1-2   Preacher: Rev. Bob Rice   Host Church: Bower Memorial, Berwick
Lent 4 – April 3, 7:00 pm    Topic: I Wonder About the Miracles in the Bible    Scripture: John 2:1-11    Preacher: Rev. Bob Wood   Host Church: Wesley UMC, Nescopeck
Lent 5 – April 10, 7:00 pm   Topic: I Wonder About the End of the World   Scripture: Mark 13:32-37   Preacher: Rev. Ralph Hartenbach   Host Church:Bethany UMC, Berwick

Church Council meeting is March 5th in the Stained Glass Room at 6:30 pm.

Confirmation Class has been scheduled for the following dates: Feb 24, Mar 10,24,31 with a mission trip. Confirmation classes will be available for all youth currently in 7th grade and older. March 2nd and 3rd will be the mission trip to Mission Central where the confirmation class will work on projects Saturday and attend church on Sunday. Permission slips are available in the office.

Prayer Time – A time for prayer is held in the Library every Sunday morning at 8:00 am.  All are welcome to share in prayer.

​​​​​​Grief Support Group -  A Grief Support Group meets each Monday at 6:30 pm in Room 2.  The Group is led by Joan Harmon.  Everyone is welcome.

​​Quilters – The Quilters meet each Monday in the Stained Glass Room at 2:00 pm.  The quilters make quilts for the area homeless.  Everyone is welcome to help with this ministry.  June Sitler is the coordinator for the quilters.  

Alice's Prayer Group meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at BRV2 chapel at 2:00pm.  Everyone is welcome to join us at this prayer meeting.
 ​Pieces of Prayer  will be meeting On February 27th in the Stained Glass Room at 6:30pm.  They will not be meeting during the Lenten holiday season.  They will resume meeting on April 24th at 6:30 pm.

Our next Clothing Giveaway will take place in late April from 9-11 AM in the Big Room.  If you have clothes to donate, please get them in as soon as possible, so they can be sorted in advance.  We are currently accepting Spring and Summer clothing.

Volleyball  - Bethany will be hosting an evening of fellowship and volleyball  in the Big Room on Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm.   Please contact Ginny Crake at 570-441-3452 with any questions.  Thank you! 

The American Red Cross is having a Blood Drive on May 14th from 1-6 pm in the Bethany UMC Fellowship Hall.  Please donate the gift of life by contacting the Red Cross to schedule an appointment at 1-800-733-2767.

Direct Payments - Did you know that you can also set up regular payments directly from your bank account to ours?  These are commonly known as ACH payments.  If you are interested in this option, please see Connie for the information you will need.

Online giving now available.  Bethany UMC now has an option to donate to our church via PayPal. This can be used to send your gifts and tithes electronically, at your convenience. When you visit the home page of our website at, scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see a "Donate" button. Just click the button, fill in the amount you would like to donate, and click the button corresponding as to whether you are using a debit card, a credit card or your PayPal account, and your transaction has been completed. The transaction will show up on your account with BBUMC. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

Going On Vacation? Going to miss Church this winter? DON’T MISS OUT!
Here is an easy way to stay connected to the Bethany Family this winter.  Sign up for one of our Sunday Worship Packs to keep up on what you’ll miss while your vacationing.  Signup sheets will be on the information desk or email the office at 
Worship Packs will include: Bulletin / Children’s Bulletin, Most Current Beacon,  CD Recording of the Service you missed as well as Sunday School activities for children.  Also, you can use this link for PayPal to keep up on your offering and tithes too!

Pink Tote Outreach - We are asking for donations of jars of peanut butter and Jelly for our outreach mission.  We are also asking for cash donations to purchase the bread before the giveaway.  We will be holding the PB&J care pack giveaway’s the 3rd Wednesday of every month. It will be an honor system from 8:00 am – 8 pm.  Totes will be located under the canopy at the back of the church.   We have handed out flyers to several needy homes close to the church and the balance of the items collected will be distributed to The Gate House in Danville and the Woman’s Shelter.    Your donations are greatly appreciated.  A pink tote will be placed in the back of the sanctuary for donations.  Cash donations can be dropped off at the church office or put in the special offering envelopes and placed in the offering plate.  Please mark your envelopes PB&J outreach.  Please see Barb Erb or Kellie Wojciechowski with any questions.


 ​Safe Sanctuary – All volunteers and employees must turn in their Safe Sanctuary certificates and all other clearances to the Church Office as soon as possible.  All Clearance documentation must be kept in the Church office.  Thank you.

Prayer requests reminder: We keep people’s names on the “Current Prayer” list for 3 weeks and then names are moved to the “Continue to Pray For” list for 3 weeks before being removed from the bulletin unless otherwise requested.  The Beacon contains the complete list and a requested long-term prayer list.

If you are hospitalized and desire a pastoral visit, you will need to contact the church office.  Because of HIPAA laws the hospital does not give out information and even a hospital worker saying they will contact your pastor does not necessarily mean that it happens. HIPAA law does not recognize a person's nickname, so please let the pastor know of the person's given name as well.

Transportation Ministry – Would you be willing to give transportation to a few of our parishioners who are unable to drive to the church on Sunday mornings for worship services?  Please contact Pastor Steve or Connie.  The van ministry needs your help because this is a very important ministry we do not want to lose.  

Request a Prayer Square – If anyone is in need of a prayer square, please contact Sally Campbell or Edna McClintock (8:30 service) and Rose Hunsinger or Christine Portner (11:00 service).  You may also contact the church office during normal office hours.

Bethany United Methodist Church - Peacemakers Prayer Support Ministry
Matthew 5:9  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
On January 8th, 2017 our Bethany church family began a very special prayer outreach program showing our support for local Police Departments and Officers.  These men and women that keep our communities safe have been deeply impacted by recent events that have captivated the news media.  They deserve and need our respect and prayer support. 
There will be an insert in the Church Bulletin each week requesting your prayer support. The insert will provide a list of local Police Departments for general prayer and a list of officer names, one name each day, for specific prayers.
Prayer suggestions for officers may be for God's guidance, wisdom, courage and protection.  Prayer for the departments may include community acceptance and support, excellent leadership, teamwork within the department and between departments and safety. 
Please place this bulletin in a location where it will remind you to take a few minutes to pray each day.  Perhaps the kitchen table or attached to the refrigerator would be a choice location.  Thank you, in advance, for your very important prayer support for our peacekeepers.


Columbia County Volunteers  in Medicine Clinic,   310 East Third Street,  Mifflinville, PA  18631    570-752-1780

  • CCVIM Guidelines to qualify for care:
  • Local residents ages 18-65. A photo ID, and proof of income- 2 recent paystubs and copy of taxes.
  • By appointment only: Mon-Thurs (mornings, afternoons, or evenings available). Call for availability of next appointment, or with any questions.

CCVIM does NOT see patients for:

  • Emergency Services, Walk-in Clinic hours, or Narcotics.
  • If you have any type of insurance coverage you cannot be seen at CCVIM.



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