The Faith Café Sunday School Class held an oyster roast Jan. 6. Merritt Watson and Gregory Midyette steamed the oysters to perfection and deposited them on a table for those participating to shuck and eat. Several varieties of cocktail and hot sauce were available. In addition to the oysters, there was shrimp and dessert.

The consensus was that the oysters were salty, delicious and well cooked. There were no comments from the oysters, “and this was scarcely odd, for they’d eaten every one.” (Apologies to Charles Dodgson)

The stars of the party were the oysters, of course.
The stars of the party were the oysters, of course.
The oyster-eaters heartily shucked…
The oyster-eaters heartily shucked…
and ate their fill.
and ate their fill.

Photos by Melissa Watson


We learned today of the death Dec. 29, 2012, of Elizabeth Anne Ferdinandsen, 75. We offer our prayers and condolences to her family. A memorial service was held Jan. 5 at Saint Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Oriental, the Rev. Paul Mizener officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to PAWS, P.O. Box 888, Oriental, NC 28571.


We learned today of the death Jan. 7 of Margaret Walker Rice, 95. We offer our prayers and condolences to her family. A graveside service was held Jan. 11 at Whitehill Free Will Baptist Cemetery, the Rev. Wesley Taylor officiating.


We just learned of the death today of Gary Wayne Whorton, 69. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family. A funeral service will be held Jan. 16 at 11:00 a.m. at Stonewall United Methodist Church, the Revs. Penny Dollar Farmer and Richard Baldwin officiating. Interment will follow in Concord Memorial Gardens, Florence. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Stonewall United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 183, Stonewall, NC 28583.


By Melissa Watson

A beautifully lit tree stands stately in the narthex—casting its quiet glow onto the waiting people. Silently the visitors enter the sanctuary. It is still and dark and peaceful inside. The chancel area has been transformed into ancient Bethlehem with a manger scene tucked into the corner. All heads are bowed in anticipation for the beginning.

Somewhere off stage the haunting notes of a song begin—The theme song to Batman! In a flurry of flying capes, ten super heroes burst onto stage. They’ve heard that someone is coming to save the world, and they’re not willing to be unemployed—after all—saving the world is a job for super heroes! But soon these caped crusaders learn that the One coming is not trying to put them out of work but save the world in a way that only the Son of God can do.

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Black Widow, The Incredible Hulk, Billy Blazes, Cat Woman, Spiderman, Karate Man and Super Girl are not normally characters seen in a Christmas Play. But boy did I enjoy seeing these characters along with their more traditional counter parts, Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds, stable animals and angels in Bethany’s 2012 Christmas play. This year’s program was full of energy and surprises—and was really fun to watch.

We were also blessed with a beautiful solo sang by Samantha Hardison. Thank you all involved in making this year’s program so wonderful. A special thank you to the BCC youth leaders and also to the BCC youth who invested much time into practicing for the play and learning their lines. You all are SUPER!

JC 121223 Christmas Pgm 4

JC 121223 Christmas Pgm

MW 121223 Christmas Pgm 1

MW 121223 Christmas Pgm 2

MW 121223 Christmas Pgm 4

Photos by Janci Cahoon and Melissa Watson


The annual congregational meeting will be held following worship January 13. The items on the agenda are the general board’s recommendation of the 2013 budget for approval, and the approval of the board’s nominees for Elder and Diaconate; however, members of the congregation are free to put forward motions or make comments during the meeting.