The April 22 barbecued chicken lunch sponsored by the communications committee was well-organized, efficiently executed and successful. The committee thanks all those who helped, as well as all those who purchased tickets.

Special thanks go to those who helped plan and organize the event, the ticket sellers, the chicken cooks, the kitchen assembly line folks, the delivery drivers, the cashier, and event general Renée Midyette for jobs well done!


We have learned of the death today of Agnes Ireland Mayo, 97. Our prayers and sympathy are offered to her family. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM March 29 in the Bryant Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Mike Roach officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Barnett Cemetery, Hobucken. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.


A “Prayer Requests” page has been added to the main menu bar. This page is available to everyone for the posting of prayer requests. If you want to post a prayer request, please follow the instruction on the page.


We have learned of the death March 13 of Steve Taylor Dixon, 82, of Grantsboro. Our prayers and sympathy go to his family. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. March 18 at Grantsboro Cemetery, the Rev. Dale Clark officiating. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Bryant Funeral Home, and at other times at the home, 431 NC Highway 306, Grantsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Pamlico County Hospice, 11146 NC Highway 55, Grantsboro, NC 28529.


We have learned of the death February 26 of Verdie Dixon Lynch, 78. Our prayers and sympathy go to her family. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. March 16 at Rock of Zion Original Free Will Baptist Church, Rev. Ray Lewis officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Rock of Zion Original Free Will Baptist Church, P.O. Box 381, Grantsboro, NC 28529.


2013 Barbecued Chicken Flyer

A barbecued chicken dinner is scheduled for Friday, March 22, from 11 am to 1 pm. The event, hosted by the communications committee, is its annual operating budget fundraiser. Each plate will have half a barbecued chicken, baked beans, slaw, corn sticks and cake. Tickets are $7.00, and may be obtained from the church office, or by calling 252-249-0266 and leaving a message. Walk-in sales may be limited.


By Roger Surprenant

Here is an update and overview of the Pamlico County Fishes and Loaves outreach program so we can better understand just how important it is to the people that are helped, and to the county as a whole.

Fishes and Loaves is a grass-roots project that was started by a few individuals in February of 2008 to replace the discontinued county food bank. The program distributes food in four different ways:

1. The Referral Pantry. People receive food on a regular basis and must be approved by, and work through, the county. This pantry feeds 224 families each month, up 26.8 percent over 2011.

2. Emergency referrals. These are requests directly from pastors of Pamlico County churches and are usually a one-time instance. Thirty families per month are emergency referrals.

3. The Mobile Food Pantry. This is the federal food truck that comes once a month. Its food is available to everyone and must be distributed that same day. This pantry furnishes food to an average 120 families a month.

4. Food Lion Outreach. Fishes and Loaves daily picks up foods that are being removed from the shelves and distributes immediately to pastors of nine churches for the needy families in their congregations on a rotating basis. This portion of the project feeds an average of 319 families a month.

Considering that 47 percent of the Pamlico County population’s income is at or below the federal poverty level, it is vital that this program continue.

With the exception of the mobile food truck, this operation is run completely by private donations of food and money. Fishes and Loaves performs a much-needed service to Pamlico County, and our congregation should be thankful and proud that we are able to give a helping hand to those in need. During 2012, Bethany contributed $2,929.01.

The program now has reached the saturation point with regard to helping new people without expanding the pool of volunteers. Besides Polly and me, Dave Netting is a volunteer from our congregation. If anyone else wishes to get involved on an occasional basis, please contact me.

In closing, there are two quotations that I offer for your reflection: First, “We can only judge what is proper and right by our standards of right and wrong. We must continue throughout our lives to do what we conceive to be good. If we have corn and meat, and know of a family that has none, we divide with them.” –Chief Black Hawk, Sauk Indian Tribe, 1838.

My personal favorite, and one that I try to live my life by, is: “Do good when you can for you may not pass this way again.”

Editor’s Note: Bethany collects a special offering for Fishes and Loaves the third Sunday of each month.


We learned of the death March 1 of Rodman Talmadge Spruill, Sr., 91. Our sympathy and prayers go out to his family. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. March 8 at Oriental United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service. They ask that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Oriental United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 70, Oriental, NC 28571, or the Sharon Towers  Residents Fund, 5100 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210.


We have learned of the death Feb. 27 of Gregory Carl Parker, 58, brother of Susan Parker Lee. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM, March 2, at Brooks Funeral Home, Morehead City, Rev. Dr. Steven Fitzgerald officiating.