Announcements

Updated 5/25/18


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 www.bethanyberwick.org, 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.


Grief Support is cancelled on Memorial Day.

 Bethany Blessings Sunday is June 3rd.  Bethany Blessings is celebrating their 20th Graduation. 


June 10th and July 8th  Worship Times are  as follows:  Sunday School will be at 9:45 am – 10:45 am, Combined Worship will be at 11:00 am, Meetings starting at 12:15 pm.


A Town Meeting is scheduled for June 10 at 12:15 pm. This will give an opportunity for a question and answer discussion concerning the proposed Simplified Accountability Structure for church governing and the Guiding Principles for Bethany UMC.  Everyone will have the opportunity to review the proposed Guiding Principles before the Special Church Conference.

 Special Church Conference on July 8 at 12:15 pm to vote for the adoption of the proposed Simplified Accountability Structure for church governing.

We are planning a Church Picnic on July 15th with regular worship schedule times.  The Praise Service will be at 11:00 am in the playground area with the picnic to follow as weather permitting.  The Praise Service and picnic will be moved inside to the Big Room in the event of inclement weather.  Please plan to attend and bring your favorite covered dish to share.

Going On Vacation? Going to miss Church this summer? DON’T MISS OUT!
Here is an easy way to stay connected to the Bethany Family this summer.  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 bumc@pa.metrocast.net. 
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  www.bethanyberwick.org for PayPal to keep up on your offering and tithes too!
 
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.  


The Quilters need your donations. Our Quilters are asking for your help with their mission.  They are in need of stretch pants, sweat pants, sweatshirts, blankets, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and baby powder.  While you travel this summer, please remember them by collecting the toiletries in your hotel room to donate them to our Quilters to put in their sleeping bags.

 Our Extra Mile Giving for  June will be going towards funding for special activities for our Kids' Ministries.  Donation envelopes are available at the Information Desk in the Overflow Area.  Please help our children with their activities and fellowship.


Trustees – The Trustees will be meeting on Wednesday, June 6th at 7:00 pm in the Library.

The Worship Team  will be meeting in the Library on June 4th and July 9th at 6:00 pm.


Pieces of Prayer  will be meeting at 6:30 pm in the Stained Glass Room on the First and Third Wednesdays of each month.


Volleyball  - Thank you to everyone who enjoyed our spring season of volleyball! We averaged 10 participants each night and shared many laughs and fellowship.  Bethany will host a team over the summer at the Ber-Vaughn Pool.  Games are Sunday evenings, which started May 20th at 7:00 pm with a $20 one time per person fee.   If you would like to sign up, please contact Ginny Crake at 570-441-3452.  Thank you! 

Extra Mile Giving for the month of May will go towards camp scholarships.  This will help our kids attend United Methodist summer camps, even if they can't afford it.  Please use the Extra Mile Giving envelope in your Beacon, or mark any envelope “Extra Mile-Camps” and drop in the offering plate, or give it to Connie in     the office.  Extra Mile giving envelopes are also available at the information desk.

 The Annual Missions Yard sale will be in the Big Room on Saturday, June 16th.  Donations can be dropped off at any time, but if possible please hold until the week before the sale.  If you have a large amount, please contact Barb Kleckner so she knows it's coming.  NO TVs, NO computer equipment, NO large furniture items.  Thanks so much for your support!

  Youth Group - The Bethany Balcony Kids will extend their learning and fun by hosting a Sunday Evening Youth Group at 6 pm in the Balcony on the last Sunday of each month.  Students 10 years and older will have an hour of activity to learn more about Jesus.  Please extend the invitation to all area students.  


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.

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 ​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.



FREE HEALTHCARE FOR THE UNINSURED 

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.

 Berwick Area Playgroup - For caretakers and children ages 0+   (10-11 am)

  • First Friday of the month at Bervaughn Park
  • Third Friday of the month at Salem Township Park
  • In the event of mild inclement weather, join us under the park's pavilion and bring an activity to share.


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