YOUTH PRESENTED ‘TWAS THE VERY FIRST CHRISTMAS’ DECEMBER 10

The youth enacted, and the congregation participated in, ‘Twas the Very First Christmas’ Sunday evening December 10.

After a welcome by Rev. Osgood, Mary (Macy Tyson) and Joseph (Miko Stilley), arrived in Bethlehem as the congregation sang “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”Because of the tax enrollment, there were no accommodations at inns, but Mary and Joseph were allowed to stay in a stable, where Mary gave birth to Jesus.

The Jericho Ringers performed “The Friendly Beasts,” as the animals (Ashleigh Deditch, River Morris and Jaden Hochteil) went to the stable to meet the baby Jesus.

Katie Bennett, violinist, performed “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” and Rachel (Christine Beeman) told the story of the angels (Diana Harper, Jillian Stilley) appearing before shepherds, telling them the good news of Jesus’ birth. As she related the shepherds’ (Like Bailey, Jordan Bennett) trip to the stable, the congregation sang “Go Tell It on the Mountain.”

The congregation sang, “We Three Kings,” and the innkeeper (John Beeman) told of the wise men’s (Liam McCarthy, Casey Stilley and Marcus Tyson) journey.

The wise men and shepherds kneeled before the new-born King, our Lord and Savior, Jesus, as the congregation sang “Away in a Manger.”

The performance concluded when the cast and congregation together sang “Joy to the World,” and Rev. Osgood offered a closing prayer.

In addition to the performers in the play, Dawn Metts was the pianist, Hanna Metts, Tiffany Bennett and Christine Beeman were the costumers, and Matt Bailey, Parker Watson and Chris Watson built the sets. Thanks go to the CWF women who provided and served the supper before the play and the cookies after the play.

 

DECEMBER HEADER PHOTO: HANGING OF THE GREENS

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. –Isaiah 9:6.

Each year, Bethany’s family comes together for the “hanging of the greens,” to celebrate the advent of the birth of our Lord, and Christmas.

It is a busy evening, with quite a bit to do, and the process seems messy, but the result is a beautifully decorated building. The header photo records part of the process, and shows the activity that lasted through the preliminary meal to the dedication of the decorations to the Glory of Christ.

The best things about the Hanging of the Greens are the fellowship, the fun, the sense of accomplishment, and the pride that comes when we look upon what has been accomplished.

None of the photographs in this story show the wonder of the end result; but if you come to Sunday School and Worship Service during Advent and the Christmas season, you will look in awe at the beauty produced by the Lord, through those who participated in the Hanging of the Greens!

 

BETHANY PARTICIPATES IN “CLOSER, PROJECT FOR A PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIAL NARRATIVE”

I would like to invite your community/church/organisation (British spelling) to participate in this project. I propose to be a part of your world for a few weeks or more, documenting regular or specific gatherings and learning about your life. This will include some candid, photojournalistic photography. as well as some portraiture for those interested. I invite you to think about specific events that I should cover or people that are making a difference that I should meet and photograph. In this you will contribute in sharing an important message of unity. You will also be able to use some of the digital images as you wish towards the development of your community.

Photo by Mac Harris

Annabelle Henderson (photo by Mac Harris)

I thank you deeply for your interest in my project and look forward to collaborating with you.

Warmest regards,

Annabelle Henderson

The foregoing is part of Annabelle Henderson’s introduction of Closer: Project for a Photographic Social Narrative. Ms Henderson explained her project to the general board November 5, and asked for board approval for Bethany’s participation. The board approved her request.

In her explanation of the project, Ms Henderson wrote, “I aim to show real connexion (British spelling) and the resemblances that I trust live within us all, regardless of our beliefs, race, gender or sexual orientation. In times where our society seems in critical need of renewed solidarity and faith–in all its forms–I hope that this idea will be met with a positive response and encourage more people to seek the strength of the human spirit.”

During her time at Bethany, Ms Henderson has been, and will be, doing some candid photo-shooting of meetings and events, as well as some portrait photography. She will be in the county this week, and she will return in the spring.

Ms Henderson shared with Bethany Communications several of her images taken at the All Saints Sunday worship service.

The project is in its beginning stage, and will not be completed for some time. As we participate, however, we look forward to the project completion. So as Ms Henderson works at her project within our community and at Bethany, please welcome her and aid her in Christian fellowship.

Learn more about Ms Henderson here.

 

GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES

Photo taken at Hardison Farms by Communications

 

 

 

 

 

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Since Thanksgiving is in November, the header photo for November refers to giving thanks “in all circumstances.” When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, they found a New World, but difficult circumstances. When they realized that the colony would survive, they gave thanks to the Lord. Our times may be difficult in other ways, but we, too, thank the Lord for our blessings, and “give thanks in all circumstances!”

COMMUNICATIONS PHOTO TITLE CONTEST IS OVER; WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED

The Communications Photo Title Contest ended Sunday, 22 October. The Communications Committee has reviewed the entries and voted, and the winner has been selected based on the quality of the three titles submitted for the first and second place winning photos.

Communications Committee members voted on the entries submitted in a blind review, in which a number was assigned to each entry and the names of those entering were withheld. Members voted for a number, and the name of the contestant was unknown to all but the communications director, who was not allowed to vote.

A letter has been mailed to the winner, and the winner and winning titles will be announced in the November edition of The Bethany Beacon.

A prize of $20.00 will be awarded with a certificate during the 12 November worship service. In addition, the title will be written on the winning photo, which will be framed and hung in the fellowship hall. In addition, the winning titles will be written on the three winning images that will be used by the Bethany Card Ministry.

The Communications Committee thanks those who entered the God’s Glory photo contest, and the God’s Glory photo title contest, and looks forward to more activities in the future.

HOMECOMING CLEANUP DAY

Linda Watson trims a bush. (Photo by Jennie Adams)

Around twelve Bethany members were on hand at 9 AM Saturday, October 14, to prepare the building and grounds for Homecoming, October 15.

The weather cooperated well. The sky was cloudy, and though there was a light sprinkle just before 9 AM, it stopped quickly, leaving the ground dry and the temperature bearable.

Johnny Cahoon and John Beeman spread pine straw. (Photo by Jennie Adams)

The workers outside trimmed trees and bushes, spread new pine straw in the borders and around bushes, changed the message on the sign and planted new flowers in the planter below it, and performed other touch-up details.

Inside, there were floors to be vacuumed, pews to be dusted, and baseboards to be cleaned, among other things. But all was done in about four hours. Homecoming morning, volunteers will be drafted to set up tables in the pavilion, and all will be ready for an enjoyable Homecoming dinner.

AWARDS PRESENTED TO PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS

Communications Director Mac Harris presents award certificates and prizes to Christy Beach and Hannah Metts. (Photo by Emily Harper)

Communications Photo Contest second-place tie winners Christy Beach and Hannah Metts received their award certificates and cash prizes during the worship service October 8. First-place winner James Hardison, who is recovering from surgery and was not able to be at the service, received his certificate and prize privately.

The Communications Photo Contest theme was “God’s Glory,” and photos submitted had to be taken between August 27 and September 24, and had to in some way depict God’s Glory.

Now, in Part 2 of the contest, the congregation may write four-word-phrase-or-sentence titles for the three winning photos. Entry forms for Part 2 are in the narthex, and the winning photographs and Part 2 rules are posted on the bulletin board in the main hallway. There is a ballot box in the narthex for the submission of entries. The Communications Committee will judge the submissions and determine the winner; consequently, members of the committee may not participate in the contest. The photographers who won, however, may take part in the titling contest.

Entries for the titling part of the contest must be in the ballot box by the end of the day Sunday, October 22. The winner will be announced in the November edition of The Bethany Beacon.

Show us your literary genius: Get an entry form and submit your titles!

 

OCTOBER YOUTH ACTIVITIES ANNOUNCED

The Bethany Christian Youth will meet at 4:30 PM, Sunday, October 29, for a movie night. At the meeting, they will preview the script for the children’s Christmas Program, and parts will be assigned. Kelli Bailey will serve a meal at the event, and will appreciate donations, although what will be served has not yet been decided.

The youth will prepare a trunk display for the Arapahoe Charter School trunk-or-treat in October. Donations of candy or small Christian-themed give-a-ways for that event will be appreciated as well!

Those who wish to donate for either the October 29 meeting, or the trunk-or-treat may contact youth leader Kelli Bailey.

PHOTO CONTEST PART 2, TITLING THE WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS, IS UNDERWAY

The Communications Photo Contest, Part 1, is complete. The congregation voted for the following photographs:

First Place (photograph by James Hardison):

Second Place [Tie] (photograph by Christy Beach):

Second Place [Tie] (photograph by Hannah Metts):

Part II began Sunday, October 8, when the congregation was invited to title the winning photos. The winning photos are displayed on the bulletin board in the main entrance hall, and forms for writing title entries will be available there also. That phase will end Sunday, October 22. (It originally was scheduled to end October 15, but was extended to give members of the congregation more time to craft a thoughtful title.) Rules are as follows:

  • Titles must relate in some way to the theme: God’s Glory, in our lives or in nature.
  • Titles must not be more than four words.
  • Title entries must be submitted on the form furnished at the contest submission table.
  • Title entries must be submitted by October 22, 2017.
  • The Bethany communications director and members of the communications committee may not participate in the contest.
  • By participating in this contest, you acknowledge that you are the author of the title submitted and you authorize Bethany Christian Church Communications full use without compensation.

The winning titles will be affixed to the corresponding winning photo framed images mounted in the Fellowship Hall, and on greeting cards to be used by the Bethany Card Ministry.

OPEN HOUSE AT THE OSGOOD’S

Torrie Osgood and Christy Beach held an open house Saturday.

Welcome, Rex and Jack! Come inside!

Friends and neighbors, including the Bethany congregation, visited between 1:30 and 4:30 PM, where they were welcomed to the home, treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres and punch and mingled and chatted for a while.

The event was catered by Kathy Chandler, and women of the church made ham biscuits. Terry McCotter prepared a flower arrangement that adorned the food table.

The weather was perfect, and children who visited with their parents had a good time playing on the lawn.