MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE IS APRIL 13

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″

BETHANY HOLDS SUCCESSFUL “LOVE FOR COLT” EVENT

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

 

NC REGIONAL ASSEMBLY TO BE HELD IN APRIL

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.

MARCH HEADER PHOTO TAKEN AT THE WEST CREEKSIDE WORSHIP AREA AT CAMP CAROLINE

It is appropriate that the March header photo depict the cross as we begin the Lenten Season, the 46 days leading up to Easter, when we celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ. The photo was taken at the West Creekside Worship Area overlooking a calm Dawson Creek at sunset February 26, Transfiguration Sunday.

March 1 is Ash Wednesday, when Bethany will begin the Lenten Season with an Ash Wednesday Worship Service at 7 PM, in which we will prepare ourselves for this holy season.

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE SET FOR MARCH 1

All are invited to Bethany’s Ash Wednesday Service Wednesday, March 1 at 7 PM.

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the Lenten Season, 46 days before Easter. The name comes from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday. During the service, the ashes are placed on the heads of participants.

In the Lenten Season, believers prepare for the Holy Week before Easter through prayer, doing penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement and self-denial.

 

BETHANY FAMILY HELPS AT CAMP CAROLINE

Anna Wilson, Pam Hardison and Susan Bissette spent eight hours this week helping prepare Camp Caroline to host a meeting of United Methodist Women this weekend. The women, all of whom are on the camp’s volunteer list, worked

leveling a dirt walkway, raking leaves in the kid’s fenced area and hauling 3 to 4 loads away, and picking weeds in the West Creekside Worship Area. Additionally, they will serve food to those at the meeting.

Earlier, Susan, Pam, John Beeman Jr., Christie Brooke, Gladys Lee, Clara Ensley, Sandy Netting, Christy and Torrie Osgood (and a friend), Julia Peterson and Linda Watson spent a couple of hours writing postcards to former campers inviting them to return to camp for the 2017 session. Sandy and Dave Netting have provided much time helping at camp.

Particularly now that the camp is developing a strategy to attract both Disciple and outside groups for conferences and retreats in the out-of-camp-session season, it is necessary to maintain the camp in excellent condition. Volunteering to help at Camp Caroline is a good way to save the camp money that can be better spent on its mission rather than just maintenance.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help at Camp Caroline should call Casey Perry at 252-299-3157, or email him at caseyperry2@gmail.com, and ask to be placed on the volunteer list. Casey will call those on the list from time to time asking for help on a specific day and time. Although the work can be hard, it is always fun and involves good fellowship.

So, by volunteering to help like those who already have lent their efforts, let’s make Bethany a sustaining force for Camp Caroline and an example to other churches in the Pamlico District and the region!

Photos by Sandy Netting and Casey Perry

CMF WILL HOLD PANCAKE SUPPER 6 FEBRUARY

Bethany’s Christian Men’s Fellowship will hold a pancake supper in the Fellowship Hall Monday, 6 February, 5 to 7 PM.

Plates served will include pancakes and bacon or sausage. Plates are offered for $7.00. Beverages will be available, also.

Those working at the dinner are asked to be at the Fellowship Hall by 4 PM to prepare for service.

YOUTH CONDUCT SERVICES ON YOUTH SUNDAY 29 JANUARY

Bethany’s youth conducted the worship service January 29, leading all parts of the service. Casey Stilley and Miko Stilley served as elders, along with deacons Luke Bailey, Jordan Bennett, Katie Bennett, Diana Harper, Liam McCarthy and Parker Watson. Marcus Tyson served as acolyte.

Matt Bailey delivered the morning message based on the beatitudes in the Book of Matthew, reminding adults in the congregation that they are examples to the youth.

A special feature of the service was the baptism of Jordan Bennett, conducted by his grandfather, Rev. Merritt Watson.

In addition, the Chime Choir, comprised of youth in the church, performed “Come, Christians, Join to Sing.”

Following a welcome to new members by Board Superintendent Emily Harper, Macy Tyson gave the benediction.

After the worship service, those in attendance enjoyed the new member dinner in the Fellowship Hall.