SITE HEADER PHOTO WILL CHANGE MONTHLY

Beginning this month, the site header photo will change monthly. Many will recognize the January header photo as the stained glass window from the old church building, that now is over the doorway between the narthex and the fellowship hall.

Each month the header photo will represent some association with Bethany, either physically or spiritually.

Anyone having a suggestion for a photo is invited to contact Mac Harris, (252) 671-7615, or mac@amharris.net. Keep in mind that the photo has to be wide in width and narrow in height, so please suggest subjects that are adaptable to the photo constraint.

Have fun thinking of good photo subjects!

HAL GORDON CELEBRATED HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY DECEMBER 27

Several Bethany members visited Hal Gordon Tuesday to celebrate his 90th birthday. Susan Bissette organized the party and brought a birthday cake, coffee and other desserts. She researched the year 1926 and printed pages of historical facts pertaining to Hal’s birth year, which she passed out to those in attendance to read. As it turns out, 1926 was a momentous year!

After serenading Hal with a lively rendition of “Happy Birthday,” the 1926 historical facts were recited followed by all enjoying the birthday goodies. Before the party broke up, Rev. Osgood said a prayer for Hal and for those traveling back to their homes.

All had a good time, and stand ready to celebrate Hal’s 91st birthday next December!

BETHANY’S WEBSITE IS FUNCTIONAL AGAIN

Our webmasters, Nora Harris and Chris Mounsey, restored functionality to bethanyarapahoe.org 12 December. We currently are in the process of assessing how we will affect changes that will make the site more responsive and provide a better experience to our church family and our community.

If you have missed the site, look for it online now and follow it as we improve it in 2017.

TORRIE OSGOOD BEGINS AS NEW SENIOR MINISTER

The Reverend Torrie Osgood began service as Bethany’s senior minister March 1, 2016. Torrie and his wife Christy moved to Pamlico County from Dunn, where he was the minister at Hood Memorial Christian Church.

Torrie, originally from New Bern, has served congregations in Texas, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. He is a graduate of Barton College, and graduated from seminary at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University.

As the regional youth minister, Torrie was head of the camp and conference program and spent a great deal of time at Camp Caroline.

His parents, Paul and Virginia Osgood were long-time members of Broad Street Christian Church in New Bern. His brother, Bob Osgood, lives in New Bern at the Bayview Nursing Home.

Since arriving here, Rev. Osgood has become involved in the ministries of the congregation, as well as community ministries like Operation Veggie Box (OVB).

He and Christy are looking forward to a long ministry with Bethany.  They make their home at 522 Country Club Drive in Minnesott Beach.

 

COMMUNICATIONS STAGES ANNUAL BARBECUED CHICKEN DINNER

The communications committee will hold its annual barbecued-chicken dinner Friday, March 27, featuring Merritt Watson’s unparalleled barbecued chicken and sauce! Plates will be sold by subscription only.

Accompanying the half-chicken on each plate will be baked beans, slaw, a roll and a piece of cake. The price is $7.00 per plate. To order, contact one of the communications committee members: Jennie Adams, Meredith Beeman, Emily Harper, Mac Harris, Renée Midyette or Chris Watson.

Deliveries will be made to institutions with multiple orders, and purchased plates may be picked up at the fellowship hall between 11 AM and 12:30 PM March 27.

Only 400 plates will be available. In the unlikely event that not all plates have been sold as of the event, the remaining plates will be sold at the door. But don’t count on any plates being available March 27; purchase your plates in advance!

 

NOVEMBER IS A BUSY MONTH AT BETHANY!

There is a lot going on at Bethany in November. Youth meetings include the K-2 group meeting at 7 PM on the 5th and 19th; the 3-5 group meeting at 3 PM on the 10th and 24th; and the 6-HS group meeting from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM on the 9th. On the 29th, they will meet at 3:30 PM in the parking lot to go on a Christmas hayride at Mike’s Country Farm in Onslow County. All of the church family is invited to participate. On the way, they will stop for lunch at a fast-food restaurant.

Hospice of Pamlico County is holding a community-wide grief workshop at Bethany Nov. 13. Entitled Getting Through the Holidays, the workshop will be held at 10:30 AM and again at 7 PM.

The following day, Nov. 14, the Pamlico District Christian Men’s Fellowship meeting will take place at Silver Hill Christian Church. Women are invited to attend. County Commissioner Pat Prescott will be the guest speaker.

Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes will be collected the week of 17-23 November, and the shoe boxes will be dedicated in the worship service Nov. 23.

Thanksgiving offering envelopes will be available at worship Nov. 16 and 23, and we will have a Thanksgiving Day Service in the sanctuary at 10 AM Nov. 27.

A lot is happening on the 16th: In addition to the Thanksgiving offering, the special offering for Fishes & Loaves will take place during worship, and after worship CWF Group 5 is holding Souper Sunday, offering soup and sandwiches at the price of a donation. Later, at the 6 PM CMF/CWF meeting, Casey Perry will speak about Camp Caroline.

A Harbor Sounds concert to benefit the Anointed Remnant Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, will be held at the church across the street from Bethany at 7 PM Friday, Nov. 21. We have offered the use of our parking lot for the concert from 6 PM to around 8:30 PM.

Hanging of the Greens is scheduled for 6 PM Friday, Nov. 28. A light supper will be served. The Hanging of the Greens will be dedicated in the worship service at 11 AM Nov. 30. Following the worship service Nov. 30 will be a 5th-Sunday Dinner, at which donations for the Regional Capital Campaign will be collected.

Everyone is invited to participate in  as many of the activities, events and services as possible, and to enjoy the work and fellowship of Christ’s church!

Editor’s Note: If anything has been overlooked, please notify us at 252-671-7615, 252-671-2658, communications@bethanyarapahoe.org or pianokeys2000@hotmail.com. We can edit!

 

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE CHANGED BEGINNING JULY 6

Beginning Sunday, July 6, the Sunday School Assembly will begin at 9:30 AM in the sanctuary. Sunday School will begin at 9:45. Café 20 will begin at 10:40 in the fellowship hall.

The implementation team, in consultation with the Sunday School superintendent, changed the schedule through August 31 so that the Sunday School Assembly occurs before Sunday School, preserving the traditional order. In addition, when Sunday School is over, we hope people will go to the fellowship hall for Café 20. The objective of Café 20 is not to eat and drink, but to provide a special time for everyone in the congregation to experience fellowship with each other and to meet and welcome any visitors and to help them feel at home at Bethany.

BIBLE QUEST IS UNDERWAY AND OFFERS FREE TRANSPORTATION

10376320_10202968210357466_3538488362307270775_nLast summer’s successful Bible Quest Sunday School program is back for this summer, and began June 1. View the Bible Quest Poster.

The program uses a variety of hands-on learning experiences for youth to learn God’s word, and activities are designed toward worship.

A new feature this year is that Bethany’s Bus Ministry will pick up any child who wants to atte10351533_10202968211757501_546572055524629583_nnd Bible Quest but doesn’t have transportation. The purpose of the Bus Ministry is to reach children with the gospel of Jesus Christ and train them to serve God with their lives. But the Bus Ministry, in addition to providing children with transportation, also gla10304346_10202968208917430_7580700335108167571_ndly will pick up adults who want to attend Sunday School or worship services.

Those who would like transportation
may call 249-0266 and leave a message for the Bus Ministry with name, address and phone number, and number of children or adults who need transportation.

Bible Quest Poster