Bethany Lutheran Church
1334 Griffin Road, Leesburg, Florida 34748 (352) 787-7275
August 2009 VOLUME XXIII No. 8
Our Bank Account
A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with
his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home
today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting
patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiles sweetly when told his room is ready.
As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the
eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.
“I love it,” he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.
“Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just wait.”
“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” he replied.
“Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on
how the furniture is arranged…it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it, it’s a decision I make
every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with
the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a
gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away just
for this time in my life.”
“Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to
deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories!”
Remember the five simple rules to be happy and continue to deposit items in your memory bank.
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
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A Church Garden
First, plant five rows of peas:
3 Bert Green 18 Virginia Missman Next to these, plant five rows of squash:
3 Brian Marko 18 Pat Boss Squash gossip.
5 Sylvia Schreck 19 Mary Fischer Squash criticism.
5 Peter Striker 19 Russel Moe Squash indifference.
7 Joan Klokis 20 Pauline Muetzel Squash selfishness.
8 Tom Hickman 22 Mary Martin Squash grumbling.
10 Brian Bussler 23 Helen Lardie
10 Jan Johnson 26 Ed Kish Plant four rows of lettuce.
12 Ann Burko 26 Ernest Orluck Lettuce be faithful.
12 Richard Love 28 Ed Ferber Lettuce be kind.
13 Dolores Ferber 29 Don Scherer Lettuce be patient.
16 Thelma Eichman 30 Dutch Yeager Lettuce really love one another.
17 Mae Biernesser
No garden is complete without turnips:
Turnip for meetings.
Turnip with a smile.
Turnip with new ideas.
Turnip to help one another.
Turnip with determination to make everything count for
something good and worthwhile.
To conclude our garden we must have thyme:
anniversaries Thyme for each other.
Thyme for family.
Thyme for friends.
12 Bill & Shirley Brack Duke
12 Bob & Ginger Evans Water freely with patience and cultivate with love. There is so
13 Ernest & Sharon Orluck much fruit in your garden because you reap what you sow.
21 Richard & Madalon Ritter
22 Brian & Joyce Bussler
23 Carl & Judy Jennejahn
25 Otto & Cindy Beckendorf
29 Robert & Elaine Strayer
30 Dennis & Janice Freitag
31 Don & Nancy Scherer
Coffee and the Church
An 8-year-old girl who lived two doors away from a
retired pastor asked him, “Why do you drink coffee?” The
surprised pastor answered with a smile, “Because I like the
taste of it and it gets me going in the morning.”
That pastor might have been interested in this bit of trivia:
In 1592, Pope Clement VIII declared coffee to be a legitimate
drink for Christians. Before that edict, it had been labeled “the
wine of infidels” because of its popularity among non-
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Report of the Pastor Call Committee, Someday
July 2009 We are all procrastinators. If there is something we do
not want to do, we will put it off as long as possible. We
The candidates provided to us by President Michael were figure we’ll get to it someday. The only problem is
screened by the committee members, who then each selected “someday” does come and we have to hurry to get the task
up to three candidates. Their selections were based on their done. I don’t know your “somedays”, but here are some
review of the information provided by the District office using common ones.
criteria developed by the committee earlier. The selections Someday we’ll get around to writing that letter to a
were totaled and, based on guidance from the Florida/Georgia special friend.
District, the top three pastor candidates were moved forward Someday we’ll tithe all our resources to God.
for further consideration. Someday we’ll learn a new skill or take up a new hobby.
Following selection of the top candidates, the committee Someday we’ll volunteer for that charity.
members had a few questions about the responses that had Someday we’ll tell loved ones how special they are to us.
been provided by each of the three pastor candidates in their Someday we’ll forgive that person that hurt us.
information packets. A telephone conference with each of the The problem is that someday never comes. That’s
three and the committee was arranged during the afternoon of because it’s already here. Today is the day to do our
July 24. Following the telephone conference, a vote was taken somedays!
among the committee members to determine the rank of the Joyce Bussler
three recommended candidates. Stewardship Committee
The three candidates, together with some background
information on each will be presented to the congregation for
approval during a special congregational meeting to be held in
the sanctuary after the 10:30 am service on Sunday, August 2.
Pray that the pastor we call will accept
Should you have questions, please call me at 223-1515.
Forgive the Inexcusable
To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable,
because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. This is hard.
It is perhaps not so hard to forgive a single injury. But to
forgive the incessant provocations of daily life—to keep on
forgiving the bossy mother-in-law, the bullying husband, the
nagging wife, the selfish daughter, the deceitful son—how can
we do it? Only, I think, by remembering where we stand, by
meaning our words when we say in our prayers each night,
“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass
against us.” We are offered forgiveness on no other terms. To
refuse it means to refuse God’s mercy for ourselves. There is
no hint of exceptions and God means what He says.
The Ten Commandments in Verse
Thou shalt have no gods but me.
Before no idol bow thy knee.
Take not the name of God in vain.
A Fishy Excuse Nor dare his Sabbath to profane.
Give both thy parents honor due,
Two men were in a boat fishing on a Sunday morning. “I And see that thou no murder do.
suppose we should have gone to church this morning,” said Abstain from thoughts and deeds unclean,
one man. “Don’t you feel a wee bit guilty about it?” Nor steal, though thou be poor or mean.
“Nope,” said the other, “besides, I couldn’t have gone Nor make a willful lie and love it,
anyway. My wife’s sick in bed today.” What is thy neighbor’s, never covet.
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Serving Bethany in August
Pastor’s Assistants: 8:00 a.m. Tom Prickett, Stan Dickey, School Supplies are Needed!
Waldo Laabs (2), William Grill Clip art
10:30 a.m. Dennis Freitag, Tom
Gardner, Bill Dixon, Bob Groh,
Lectors: 8:00 a.m. Tom Prickett, Gloria Dickey,
Caroline Rogers (2), Lois Laabs This month our Bethany congregation will be collecting
10:30 a.m. Jean Delafchell, Tom Gardner, elementary school supplies for one of our Lake County
Loretta Dixon, Bob Groh, Gloria schools. Walgreens, Walmart, Staples, and other stores have
Dickey supplies at bargain basement prices. Some suggested supplies
are small scissors, plastic rulers, craft glue, Elmer’s school
Greeters: 8:00 a.m. Tom & Shirley Hickman glue, wide rule notebooks and paper, crayons, no. 2 lead
Jim & Jan Gygi (16th) pencils, erasers, backpacks, etc. The schools have not yet
10:30 a.m. Bill & Shirley Duke posted their supply lists. When they do, we will put some lists
Bill & Jan Johnson (16th & 23rd) in the collection box for you to copy or refer to.
Visitor’s Desk: 8:00 a.m. Thelma Moe, Edna Wibbeler Some of these children come to school with nothing and
10:30 a.m. Betty Kopp are fortunate to have shoes and clothes to wear. We have not
yet selected a school to serve, so if you know of one in need,
Ushers: 8:00 a.m. Otto Beckendorf* Russel Moe please let us know.
10:30 a.m. Bob Evans* Darwin Kopp Thank you,
Coffee Hour Hostesses: Gloria Dickey, Carol Prickett, Lois Jim & Jan Gygi (408-6925)
Laabs, Loretta Dixon, Connie Grill,
Altar Guild: Earl Brewer and Ann Burko
Helping Veterans of the Cross
Recently there was a note in the FL/GA District
Newsletter mentioning the plight of some older retired pastors
who have limited means and income. If you would like to
make a contribution to them, send a check, made out to
“LCMS World Relief and Human Care,” with “Veteran of the
Cross” designated in the memo line, to
LCMS World Relief and Human Care
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861
Or, if you wish to donate through the church, please write on
your offering envelope under “Other” and specify “Veterans
of the Cross.”
Small class looking for Russel Moe, Treasurer
people interested in probing
Scripture and Lutheran
Doctrine A Prayer for Our Church
Interactive--Informal Lord Jesus, we pray that you will somehow give us ears to
. hear, hearts to love and wills devoted to serve; that in the days
to come this congregation may be known not for our glory but
Midweek Bible Study with for thine alone—a congregation of people who know you; that
Otto Beckendorf this place may be an oasis, a place where people come to find
Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. out about you, where lives are straightened out and made
whole, where people find the peace that passes understanding.
Current topic: Baptism Give us, we pray, a heart to desire these things above all
else. We pray through Jesus Christ. Amen.
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Women’s Luncheon Planned
To start another year of service and fellowship, the
Bethany Women’s Guild will have their annual fall Potluck Secret Sisters
Luncheon on September 16, at 12 o’clock noon in the
All women of Bethany are invited to attend this fun get
Thank-you notes to “My Secret Sister” which appear
together that we have each year. If you can attend, please
sometimes in the Sunday Bulletin give me pause. I think,
bring a dish to share. The menu is an open one and many
“How appropriate to seek out in this way the anonymous agent
wonderful dishes will tempt your appetite. Dessert will be
of a special blessing in order to say ‘Thanks’!” The side effect
furnished by the officers.
is that readers like me are inspired by the one who received
We look forward to seeing you there and enjoying a great
and acknowledged the blessing, as well as by the one
receiving thanks. The good life--the Christian life--is first
receiving from God our self, body, mind, and spirit, and
everything we need for life and Salvation. (What can anyone
have that has not been received?)
Realizing this, I see that graceful receiving is a most
Crafter’s Corner important virtue. A receiver’s expression of heartfelt thanks is
like a gift to the giver...
July was a very productive month. The group who now
fondly call themselves “Pillow Talk” has completed several
Thank you, Secret Sister, for caring, and for
Boudoir pillows which will be sold at the Mistletoe Mart. reminding me often with those cards and
They are taking a rest during August, due to the fact that pleasant surprises! Please keep praying for me.
everyone involved is taking a vacation at sometime during the I’ll be happy to discover who you are!!
month. We will resume making pillows in September. If you
are interested in joining our group, watch the September With you in Jesus‘ Love, Thelma Moe
bulletins for notification of the next meeting. We are in need
of tassels. Does anyone have one or two they would be willing
Pat Augustin has completed thirty-two origami boxes
which are filled with jewelry and will be sold as “grab boxes.”
They went over very, very well last year. She plans on making
a total of fifty boxes for this year’s event.
Summer LWML greetings to all!
Connie Grill has scheduled two workshops to decorate the MITES fund many important mission projects. Thank you,
gift wrapped boxes. The first one is scheduled for August 28 Bethany, for faithful Mites-giving! Women’s Guild Treasurer,
at 9 a.m., and the second one will be on Sept. 11 at 9 a.m., so Connie Grill, reports that in July she sent $119.48 to District,
please put those dates on your calendars. If you have boxes at for a to-date total of $536.57. Anyone may give to Mites using
home yet to be wrapped, remember to complete and return an LWML offering envelope in the offering plate, or by
them by those dates. depositing mites in the big Mite-box in the narthex on the first
Do you remember at one point I was begging for help Sunday of each month, and at Women’s Guild meetings.
with some sewing projects? Well God answers prayers. To obtain your personal Mite Box, see Thelma Moe.
Sharon Smith and Joan Smith came forward and took several
projects home with them. Thank you ladies!
LWML SUNDAY is being planned for October 1.
October 23 and 24 are the dates which have been
scheduled for the Mistletoe Mart. For those of you who are
making projects at home, remember that they should be LWML FL/GA District Retreat will take place
completed, priced (by you) and brought to church the Sunday September 25-27 in St. Petersburg at the Sirata Beach
before the sale. Resort. Check your LWML Summer Quarterly for
It is not too late to start your own project for the Mistletoe information and application. Early registration ends Aug. 15.
Mart. We have many supplies in the craft shed, so if you need
supplies contact Beverly Groh. LWML Fall Zone Rally will take place Saturday,
Remember “WE NEED SCRUBBIES”. We sell out November 14, at St. Paul’s in Apopka. Featured at the Rally
every year, so the more we have, the better. will be the play, It’s a Miracle, written and performed by
Thank you for all of the supplies, time and material which Bethany Women! Zone president Nancy Svenonius is
have been donated. Every little bit helps. Happy Crafting! building the Rally around its theme. Ladies, let’s rally around
The Christmas Crafters our Bethany players and attend this event!
Your LWML rep, Thelma Moe
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Thoughts from the Choir Director
New schedule announced, too!
Summertime means having extra company, leaving for Attention Singles
visits with family and friends, but not having fun singing with
the choir (we take a vacation, too).
I came across a reason that probably will explain why The Singles Group will meet for lunch at Takis’
they do not have the choir sing in the summer. Restaurant, Leesburg, on Monday, August 10 at 2:30 p.m. All
Bethany singles are invited. There is a sign-up sheet in the
narthex, or call Edna Wibbeler, 365-2620.
Then Jesus took His disciples up to the mountain and
gathering them around Him, He taught them saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of
Blessed are the meek.
Blessed are they who mourn.
Blessed are the merciful.
Blessed are they who thirst for justice.
Blessed are you when persecuted.
Blessed are you when you suffer. Be glad and rejoice for your
reward in heaven is great.”
Then Simon Peter said,
“Do we have to write this down?”
And Andrew said,
“Do we have to turn it in?”
If we tried this, we would probably get a “laughing
ovation.” I would rather you give the choir a “clapping And James said,
ovation” for the wonderful sounds of music they work so hard “Does spelling count?”
to give to you.
We will be starting our fall season on Thursday, And Phillip said,
September 10th, and would like to welcome Bob and Lynn “Will this be on the test?”
Wheeler into the choir. There are still a few empty seats
available for some of you who love to sing, so why not join us, And Bartholomew said,
also? “What if we don’t know it?”
Now, if you, as choir members, are asked, “Why doesn’t
the choir sing during the summer?” just refer them to the And John said,
above ‘attire to wear for summertime’. “The other disciples don’t have to learn this.”
I am looking forward to seeing the choir members and all
the new singers on Thursday, September 10, at 5:30 p.m. And Matthew said,
Musically yours, “When do we get out of here?”
Larry Luebben And Judas said,
Choir Director “What does this have to do with real life?”
And the other disciples likewise.
Then one of the Pharisees who was present asked to see Jesus’
lesson plan and inquired of Jesus his terminal objectives in the
And Jesus wept.
Contributed by Dr. Paul Rosene
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Could you make time to help a neighbor? Run some
errands? Stay with a patient while the caregiver takes a break?
Hospice really needs dedicated volunteers who want to help
patients and their loved ones.
Cornerstone Hospice is having a volunteer training class
Monday, August 10th and Friday, August 14th, from 9 a.m. -
4;30 p.m. at Cornerstone Hospice, located at 1300 Citizens
Boulevard in Leesburg. Both days must be attended and they
will provide lunch and snacks.
Please pre-register by calling Lisa Gray at (352)742-6806.
A mechanic was removing a cylinder-head from the Stupidity
motor of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle when he spotted a Do you ever wonder where we are headed??
well-known cardiologist in his shop. The cardiologist was thee
waiting for the service manager to come take a look at his bike Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?
when the mechanic shouted across the garage, “Hey Doc, want Why women can’t put on mascara with their mouth
to take a look at this?” The cardiologist, a bit surprised, closed?
walked over to where the mechanic was working on a Why you don’t ever see the headline; “Psychic Wins
motorcycle. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands Lottery”?
on a rag and asked, “So Doc, look at this engine. I open its Why ‘abbreviated’ is such a long word?
heart, take the valves out, repair any damage, and them put Why doctors call what they do ‘practice’?
them back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So, Why you have to click on ‘Start’ to stop Windows 98?
how come I make $39,675 a year and you get the really big Why lemon juice is made with artificial flavor, while
bucks, when you and I are doing basically the same work? The dishwashing liquid is made with real lemons?
cardiologist paused, smiled and leaned over, then whispered to Why the man who invests all your money is called a
the mechanic, “Try doing it with the engine running.” ‘Broker’?
Why there isn’t mouse flavored cat food?
Who tastes dog food when it has a ‘new & improved’
Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
Why they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
Why they don’t make the whole plane out of the material
used for the indestructible black box?
Why sheep don’t shrink when it rains?
Why they are called apartments when they are all stuck
If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of
Why they call the airport ‘the terminal’ if flying is so
The Bethany Messenger is published monthly
by Bethany Lutheran Church, 1334 Griffin Rd.,
Leesburg, FL 34748 (352) 787-7275
Editor: Evelyn Schultz
The editor reserves the right to edit for content and space.
The deadline for the September issue is August 23, 2009.
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