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.

FEBRUARY HEADER PHOTO: POLLY AND ROGER SURPRENANT CELEBRATE 60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Polly and Roger Surprenant, Saturday, 28 January, renewed their marriage vows of 1957 and celebrated 60 years of marriage. In the header photo, they are shown at the Sunday School Assembly as they acknowledged their anniversary and received congratulations from those in the assembly.

Isn’t that a great Valentine event? All those at Bethany wish them another happy 60 years!

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.