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

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE BEGINS SUNDAY JUNE 8

Beginning Sunday, June 8, Sunday School will begin at 9:30 A.M. and conclude at 10:25 A.M.

At 10:30, all will gather in the Fellowship Hall where we first will have Sunday School Assembly. Following the assembly, we will have fellowship, coffee, tea and snacks, and greet and welcome visitors. Worship service still will start at 11:00 A.M.

This change in schedule will last from June 8 through August 31. The Implementation Team recommended this trial in response to suggestions from the prayer triads and to changes recommended in the Future Story that was adopted last November. The general board approved the recommendation June 1.

Part of the rationale for the change is that it will provide time before the worship service for the whole congregation to meet visitors, welcome them, and talk to them, as well as have fellowship with each other, and it will provide more time for Sunday School lessons.

TWO EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISION DAY

New Bern, NC – Local medical and legal professionals, social workers and clergy are leading an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making as a part of a larger national effort by the National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) Initiative to encourage the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and to execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will). The goal of National Healthcare Decisions Day, observed on April 16, is to provide the public with the tools and information necessary to make decisions about their care and to document those decisions in accordance with North Carolina state laws.

Two events are planned for our area. The first will take place on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Pamlico County Public Library on Highway 55 in Bayboro. Panelists will discuss the medical, spiritual and ethical issues surrounding end-of-life health care decision making.

On Monday, April 16, at 1:00 p.m., the public is invited to attend a discussion panel to learn more about advance directives and what they mean for patients and their families. The event will be held in the main living room of The Courtyards At Berne Village on Amhurst Boulevard in New Bern. The panel will include Dr. Robert Fisher, CarolinaEast Hospitalist and Craven County Hospice Medical Director, Chaplain Michael Bostian, Director, Pastoral Affairs at CarolinaEast, Attorney Cindy Turco, Vice President of Legal Affairs at CarolinaEast and Mary Lou Infinito with the Crystal Coast End of Life Awareness Coalition. The goal of the event is to provide attendees an opportunity to learn about options for advanced directives, why they matter and where to turn for guidance in making these important decisions. Notaries and witnesses will be available if anyone is interested in executing an advance directive. The event is offered at no cost as a community service of CarolinaEast Health System, National Healthcare Decisions Day Initiative and The Crystal Coast End of Life Awareness Coalition.

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Chaplain Michael Bostian, Director of Pastoral Care at CarolinaEast Medical Center.  “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

For more information about this event, contact Mary Lou Infinito at 973-214-8092. More information about National Healthcare Decisions Day can be found at www.nhdd.org.

BETHANY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THREE OVB GARDENS!

OVB gardens Bethany #1, #2 and #3, ready for planting!

OVB gardens Bethany #1, #2 and #3, ready for planting!

Operation Veggie Box is seeking volunteers from the Bethany congregation to help in OVB’s three, yes three, Bethany gardens!

We will kick off the gardens by planting cabbage. Here is the schedule:

Saturday, March 15, 8 A.M.: Bethany Youth will plant cabbage in OVB garden Bethany #1, located at 447 River Road.

Week of March 17 (actual date to be decided): We want as many people to help at the OVB garden Camp Seafarer. This will be a media event–Channel 12 reporter Ellen Bacca will be videotaping for a feature story, so we want a lot of activity. This is your chance to be a TV star! More details will be published soon.

Saturday, March 22, 8 A.M.: We need a big group of volunteers to plant cabbage at OVB gardens Bethany #2 and #3, located at 447 River Road. Please volunteer to help. The work will not be hard, but will be a lot of fun.

Don’t just volunteer yourself; ask others you know from other churches in the community to volunteer as well, and get the whole body of Christ involved!

In addition to the OVB gardens Bethany #1, #2 and #3, there will be OVB gardens at Camp Seafarer, at the Senior Citizens Center in Alliance, in Vandemere, in Bayboro, and potentially another one in Arapahoe. For these gardens we are seeking volunteers from churches and organizations in those communities. We will have help from the Boy Scout Troop and possibly from 4-H, Young Marines and ROTC.

This is getting exciting, and a good turnout from the Pamlico County community to help in the gardens will help us be successful in feeding the hungry and delivering a spiritual message to feed their spirits.

But that’s not all: Helping in the gardens will feed your spirit and help the Christian community in Pamlico County do God’s will. So come help, please!