Kelli, Luke and Matt Bailey, Jordan, Katie and Tiffany Bennett, Mac Harris and Torrie Osgood watered and weeded the OVB/Bethany melon garden this morning. After working, Jordan, Katie, Luke and Matt had a swim, while the adults lounged under an umbrella.

< Play, work, then play some more!

The next garden work-day is scheduled for Saturday, 27 May, at 10 AM, so, if you can, join us–it will be fun!



The youth of Bethany, led by Kelli Bailey and Tiffany Bennett, prepared and planted the Operation Veggie Box Melon Garden this afternoon at 4 PM.

Preparation included chopping grass and raking it out, creating mounds every four feet, and planting 96 watermelon plants along with a number of cantaloupe plants, then watering each mound.

After the work in the garden, everyone had watermelon, thanks to Kelli.

Those participating included Kelli, Luke and Matt Bailey, Tiffany, Jordan and Katie Bennett, Merritt and Linda Watson, and Mac Harris.

Now that the garden is planted, the youth will water the plants and weed the garden weekly. They are hoping for many watermelons and cantaloupes to transport to local food banks, along with spiritual messages in each box telling recipients about the love and help of Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit.

The weekly garden schedule will be posted on this site so that anyone who wishes to help can come join the fun!


While Bethany honored all mothers in the worship service today, several were singled out: the most mature (Admin will get in trouble by saying “the oldest,”), the youngest (likewise, Admin will get in trouble by saying “the least mature”), and the one who has reared the most children (and surely Admin is now in trouble for some reason).

Those mothers are Julia Peterson, Tiffany Bennett, and Linda Watson.

Congratulations, thank you for the loving nurture you gave and give, and Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers!


The youth of Bethany will plant watermelons and cantaloupes in the OVB/Bethany Melon Garden Monday, 15 May, at 4 PM. They can use the help of adults, too, so keep the date in mind; more information will be available soon, so if you want to have a good time, come out to the garden and help the youth. Kelli Bailey and Tiffany Bennett are the leads.

The garden, located on Don Lee Farms land fronting River Road along the Neuse River, will grow watermelons and cantaloupes. During the growing season, there will be plenty to do. The garden will need to be weeded and watered. At harvest time, the watermelons will be picked, loaded, and transported to Bethany’s pavilion for sorting and boxing, then taken to a food pantry for distribution, either Fishes and Loaves in Oriental, or Religious Community Services (RCS) in New Bern. This year, Bethany will have the help of our sister church across the street, Anointed Remnant Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ).

Operation Veggie Box (OVB) began at Bethany in 2013 with a vegetable garden on land that Don Lee Farms let it use. That first garden still is the most productive one of all the gardens that OVB has planted since. OVB’s mission is to provide nutritional food–fresh vegetables and fruit–to those who suffer from a food deficit. In each bag or box distributed is a spiritual message assuring the recipient of Christ’s love and that the Holy Spirit is with them.

This year, the Corn Jam and OVB Annual Event will be held the same day, Friday, 30 June. Plans are for volunteers to pick fresh corn grown for OVB by Don Lee Farms, tentatively at 6 AM. The corn will be transported to the boxing sites at Bethany’s pavilion and at RCS in New Bern, where tentatively at 10 AM volunteers will place the sweet corn, onions, white potatoes and sweet potatoes and spiritual messages in 1,000 boxes. The boxes will be distributed throughout Pamlico County.

Volunteer groups that will help with the Corn Jam include campers from Camp Seafarer, campers from Camp Don Lee, the Society of St. Andrew in Durham, and Religious Community Services in New Bern. Of course, it is hoped that many of us at Bethany will volunteer, both to pick corn and/or to box later that day, as well as to help the youth with melon-garden operations.

Other OVB gardens are at Arapahoe Charter School (green garden), Oriental United Methodist Church, Anointed Remnant Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ (square-foot garden) and at Pamlico Community College (tomato plus garden).

Suppliers of vegetables for the OVB Annual Event are Flatland Ag (5,000 lbs. of onions), Don Lee Farms/Neuse River Turf Farm (20,000 to 30,000 lbs of sweet corn), Sackett Potatoes (white chipping potatoes), Tull Hill Farms (sweet potatoes) and the Society of St. Andrew.

OVB welcomes volunteers both for planning and operations! For information, please contact David Bailey, (252) 229-6228, or Mac Harris, (252) 671-7615,



Mothers Day is May 14, so honoring mothers is the right theme for the May header. As the mothers at the worship service May 7 graced the sanctuary, the photo was taken.

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” … Proverbs 31:25-30.


Each fifth Sunday, the youth of Bethany present the worship service. April 30, the theme was “The Road to Emmaus.”

The highlight of the service was a play, The Road to Emmaus.

The youth participating were Luke Bailey, Matt Bailey, Jordan Bennett, Katie Bennett, Diana Harper, Liam McCarthy, Abigail Spenser, Patrick Spencer, Casey Stilley, Miko Stilley, Marcus Tyson and Parker Watson.

The service was followed by a Fifth Sunday Dinner in the fellowship hall. The next fifth Sunday will be 30 July.


Bethany’s Maundy Thursday service is this coming Thursday at 7 PM. Maundy Thursday also is called Holy Thursday. It is the first day of the three days including Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. The Maundy Thursday service usually is held in the evening, and commemorates the Last Supper and Good Friday, because in Jewish tradition, Thursday evening is when Friday begins. [Image is of Simon Ushakov’s painting, The Mystical Supper, 1685.]

It is the start of the Easter Triduum, which, according to Wikipedia, “is the period that commemorates the passion, death and resurrection of Christ,” ending on the evening of Easter.

According to the Gospel of John, on the night before Jesus’ betrayal and arrest, he washed the feet of his disciples and gave them the commandment recorded in John 13:34: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” In many Maundy Thursday services, the washing of feet is part of the celebration.

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, according to Wikipedia, “the Holy Passion service of the reading of the Twelve Gospels is conducted. In these readings Christ’s last instructions to his disciples are presented, as well as the prophecy of the drama of the Cross, Christ’s prayer, and his new commandment. The twelve readings are:

  • John 13:31-18:1
  • John 18:1-29
  • Matthew 26:57-75
  • John 18:28–19:16
  • Matthew 27:3-32
  • Mark 15:16-32
  • Matthew 27:33-54
  • Luke 23:32-49
  • John 19:19-37
  • Mark 15:43-47
  • John 19:38-42
  • Matthew 27:62-66″


By Christine Beeman

For the Love for Colt Fundraising Committee, Christy Beach, Melissa Watson, and Christine Beeman

On the Monday night prior to our Love for Colt Dinner/Dance and Silent Auction event, we had a heart and fishing line tying party. Hearts had been cut out and holes punched in the top so we could tie the fishing line in between two hearts several of which would be placed on the trees. There were probably about 20 people there to help with that so the time went by quickly.

The setup of tables and  decorating, headed by Terry McCotter, occurred on Thursday evening (a lot of people showed up for that). Also on Thursday night, the Food committee, headed by Margaret Harrell, decided how they were going to arrange the serving tables, pasta, bread, salads, and beverages and how they would get people to go through the line to get their food to allow for greater efficiency and ease. Friday morning at 8:30, it was time to decorate some more. A good group showed up for that as well. By Friday lunch time, the decorating was done. The tables were ready for occupancy. The tables were decorated with vases holding trees with floating hearts as centerpieces along with votive candles and the plates, silverware, napkins, red heart shaped doilies, and salt and pepper shakers had been all set out.

About 2 PM Saturday, Gloria and Keith Cowell came with their daughter-in-law, Sam, to set up for the Silent Auction. There was such a nice variety of items available to bid on. Several of Bethany’s members donated items and several won items they had bid on. Billy Holton and the Soul Shakers came in about 3:30 PM to begin set up for the dance portion of the evening. The Craven Consort came in around 4:30 PM to determine where they would set up for their dinnertime music. We extend a special thank you to Roger Bennett for booking the Craven Consort.

Everything seemed to go rather smoothly…wait for it…until…wait for it…the food got there. Famous Subs and Pizza brought our food in many, many trays. One misunderstanding was the way the salads would be brought. They were in trays like we were told, but all of the lettuce had been separated from the other vegetables which was unexpected. Famous had set up their trays so beautifully, but that was not going to be very efficient for food serving. Never fear Famous is here. In no time, they pitched right in and helped to get the salads together with the different types of other vegetables mixed with the lettuce. The food was absolutely delicious.

We had some leftovers, so they were packaged up and brought to the church after the event for refrigeration, then sold for a donation after church on the next day. Those sales gave us $634. Famous even discounted our meal because of the type of fundraiser it was. We are extremely grateful for that since it was the biggest expense of our event. Thank you Famous!!

The Arapahoe Volunteer Fire Department and the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Department also came out for the kids. Christine asked Gloria what Colt loved (after all that was our theme…Love for Colt) and she told her all emergency type vehicles, like firetrucks, and people like firemen and cops. So the Sheriff’s office and the Arapahoe Fire Chief were asked if they could come out for the event. They said they would like to do that without any hesitation. We had asked them to come out around 7 PM and stay for about 45 minutes or so.

Prayers were answered and the rain stopped during that time. The weather could not have been much better. When the children found out the firetruck and the deputies’ vehicles were out in the parking lot, they were so excited. The children got inside and on top of the firetruck. Some of the firemen showed them their gear that they wear and use. The Fire Chief brought coloring books, crayons, and firemen’s hats. Also, two deputies from the Sheriff’s office were there to show the children their vehicles and items they use in their daily tasks. It was great; just beautifulto see!

During the event, the children took over the dance floor dancing to the music provided by Billy Holton and the Soul Shakers. Typically they play music for adults to dance to but not many adults ventured out there to dance. The children had a fantastic time, however, and were probably tuckered out by the time they got home.

Results of the Love for Colt Dinner/Dance and Silent Auction Fundraiser:

Gross                    $15,022.75

Expenses               $3,021.00

Net                        $12,001.75

We want to thank Rev. Osgood for being our emcee for the evening and in Christy’s words, “Way to go T O.” There are so many people to thank for all the work that went into making this event so successful. No other names will be mentioned here because if we do we will surely miss someone.

Thank you notes have been sent to the newspapers. They have been more cooperative with this part than with the ads and articles we wanted them to put in the papers prior to the event. Hopefully, you have had a chance to see the County Compass and/or The Pamlico News. Thank you notes have also been written and mailed for those people making donations, whether it was a straight out donation or an over and above the ticket purchase donation.

Thank you to one and all! This was a big undertaking for Bethany, one that we had never done before and one that we will not soon forget. We were blessed by this event and our hope is that we will want to do other community type events in the future.

“Let all that we do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14



The 169th Regional Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina, will be held 29 April at First Christian Church, Wilson.

Featured speakers at the assembly will be Dr. Jerry L. Sumney, PhD., Professor of Biblical Studies, Lexington Theological Seminary, the E.G. Purcell, Jr. Bible Conference Lecturer; and the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Moderator, Christian Church in North Carolina, and Pastor, Greenleaf Christian Church, Goldsboro, the Thedford G. and Woodrow W. Sprinkle Lecturer.

The registration fee is $35.00 (including lunch), and the registration deadline is 21 April. The host church is located at 207 N. Tarboro Street, Wilson.