Construction Begins!

Photo by Tommy Banks May 20, 2008

Photo by Tommy Banks May 23, 2008

Construction of Bethany’s new building got underway Tuesday with the installation of the construction electrical service, followed by fill dirt and grading on Friday.

As construction progresses, approximately two photos will be posted per week.

Bethany Mourns the Death of Anna Bissette

With the death of Anna Bissette Tuesday, Bethany lost a friend and long-time member. Anna was 99. We express our Christian love and sympathy to her family.

Visitation will be at Cotten Funeral Home in New Bern from 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 27, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. First Baptist Church of New Bern will host the family. A grave-side service at the National Cemetery will follow the funeral service.

Construction on the New Church Building to Begin Next Week

C.A. Lewis, the general contractor for Bethany’s new building, wants to start construction the week of May 18. According to Chairman Floyd Hardison, the trustees are in the process of signing the contract now. Due to lower-than-expected subcontractor costs, the total construction cost will be slightly less than the amount presented in the congregational meeting in which the project was approved.

Tony Lewis of C.A. Lewis has requested that we stay away from the construction site, except when there for legitimate business, in which case the contractor should be notified in advance. He notes that construction-site safety rules will apply.

Construction progress will be updated regularly on this website, with frequent photographs. Praise God, and thanks to all who have helped us in any way to get to this point: The journey home has begun!

Trail Ride Succeeds, Fall Encore Planned

Sixty-five riders from all over eastern North Carolina rode the 12.5 miles of the Bethany CMF Trail Ride Saturday. According to James Hardison, the success of the event is owed to the organization and hard work of Trail Boss Mark Lee, Jeanette Lee, June Harris and Kip and Tammy Banks of the Pamlico County Horse Association, as well as to the men of the CMF, the women of Bethany, Nickey Cannan and Merritt Watson.

Many of the participants camped out Friday night at the site. The ride began at 10:00 a.m. Hot dogs, drinks and snacks were offered riders at the midway point. One hundred attended the barbecue dinner at 4:00 p.m., which was preceded at 3:00 p.m. by country music performed by Barbara Jarvis and Beau Hacker.

After the music, door prizes were awarded, including the half-and-half prize won by Pam Hardison, who donated the prize back to Bethany.

Comments on the event at confirmed that participants had a great time. Among the comments were, “The trails were wonderful…I am looking forward to the next one,” “The trails rocked and we look forward to the next one,” “What a beautiful destination,” and “Just loved the ride. All the work that went into it was well worth it on our part (the riders).”

The CMF raised $1,200 clear, and because the event went so well, plans are for another trail ride in the fall, probably on a Sunday.