DEATH NOTICE

We learned today of the death Wednesday of Carol Lee Jones, 79, of New Bern. We offer our prayers and condolences to her family. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. May 4 at Arapahoe United Methodist Church, the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer officiating. Funeral services and visitation will be held at 11:00 A.M. May 11 at Haight Funeral Home. Interment will follow immediately in Lakeview Cemetery, Sykesville, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 2202 Wrightsville Ave, Suite 111, Wilmington, NC 28403.

DEATH NOTICE

We learned today of the death Wednesday of Vance Burton Brinson, Sr., 89, of Grantsboro. We offer our prayers and sympathy to his family. Graveside services with Masonic Rites will be held at 11:30 A.M. at the Grantsboro Cemetery April 27. The family will receive friends at Bryant Funeral Home from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Free Will Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 249, Middlesex, NC 27557.

MEREDITH BEEMAN IS A NEW SITE ADMINISTRATOR

Meredith Beeman now is a site administrator of bethanyarapahoe.org. She is able to do all routine site maintenance and posting, providing the site with operational backup.

In future, if you have any information you would like to see posted on the site, please send emails to both mac@amharris.net and pianokeys2000@hotmail.com. That way both site administrators will have the information, so if one cannot post for some reason, the other can.

Welcome to site administration, Meredith!

YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP

By Melissa Watson

Polly Surprenant was the guest speaker at the most recent CWF/CMF meeting. She talked about her trip to the Dominican Republic.

Polly Surprenant was the guest speaker at the most recent CWF/CMF meeting. She talked about her trip to the Dominican Republic.

If you don’t attend CWF (Christian Women’s Fellowship), you are missing out. It is an opportunity for the women of the church to get to know one another, work together, and be together as Christians. CWF is a worldwide organization under Disciples Home Ministries. Checkout their website https://www.discipleshomemissions.org/dhm/dhm-ministries/disciples-women/ for lots of helpful information on current projects.

At Bethany, we work on projects for the church (both fun and functional), such as updating the church office décor, the dinner for the District meeting, and the eagerly anticipated Harvest Dinner. We also have quarterly programs during our meetings. Ms. Polly was the guest speaker for our most recent program. She talked about her humanitarian mission trip to the Dominican Republic.

Bethany’s CWF is active in the church and active in the community. According to Bethany’s website, our CWF

contributed $2,761.51 to missions, including general church for missions, the Christian Church in North Carolina, blessing boxes, Camp Caroline, Camp Agape, school teachers, camper tuition, Hope Clinic, Hospice, Grantsbrook Nursing Home, the Gardens of Pamlico, Habitat for Humanity and Fishes and Loaves.

That’s awesome! Come be a part of this wonderful and worthwhile ministry! CWF meets once a month, third Sunday, at the church.

GROUP 5 STARTS BACK PACK BUDDIES PROGRAM

By Emily Harper

Bethany Christian Women’s circle group #5 would like to invite you to become part of Bethany’s Back Pack Buddies program. Children who receive free breakfast and lunch at school sometimes go hungry on weekends when school is out. Back Pack Buddies is a program that helps fill the void on the weekends. We will begin by collecting food on the third Sunday of each month. Women in our group will then create snack packs to be delivered to ArapahoeCharterSchool where they will be discretely distributed to children identified as having a need. The snack packs can include juice, soup, applesauce or pudding, cereal and snacks. The children will take the snack packs home to have food over the weekends.

Ideas for donations include the following: Pop-top meal items; Granola bars; oatmeal/grits packet; Cheerios cups; Corn Flakes mini boxes; applesauce, fruit cups or fruit snacks; 100% juice boxes; mini pop-top vegetable cans; cheese or peanut butter crackers; Mac-n-Cheese packets; Jello or pudding cups; individually wrapped packages of Goldfish, Cheesitz, or other kid-friendly snacks; individual macaroni-and-cheese cups; shelf-stable dinners; individual cans of soup or spaghetti-and-sauce product; and small individual boxes of cereal.

WE HAD ANOTHER GREAT OUTREACH YEAR!

Bethany celebrated its 2012 successful missions March 3 during the worship service by displaying this poster that shows the missions and amount given for each.

Bethany celebrated its 2012 successful missions March 3 during the worship service by displaying this poster that shows the missions and amount given for each.

In 2012 Bethany gave about 12% of its income to missions, totaling just over $18,000. Contributions were made through special offerings totaling $4,986.01; Pamlico County Disaster Reconstruction, $3,049.00; Minister’s Discretionary Fund, $237.00; Local Outreach, $2,252.50; the Regional Capital Campaign, $2,277.00; and Scholarship grants, $1,500.00, all of which totaled $14,301.51.

In addition, the Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF) contributed $2,761.51 to missions, including general church for missions, the Christian Church in North Carolina, blessing boxes, Camp Caroline, Camp Agape, school teachers, camper tuition, Hope Clinic, Hospice, Grantsbrook Nursing Home, the Gardens of Pamlico, Habitat for Humanity and Fishes and Loaves.

Circle 5 of the Bethany CWF gave $400.00 to a family at Christmastime to pay the electric bill, and the Christian Men’s Fellowship (CMF) gave $582.00 to missions including a needy family, camper tuition, CampCaroline for pavers, and the Bethany Youth.

Bethany’s total missions giving is among the top giving totals—and represents a high amount of giving per capita—of all the Christian churches in North Carolina. Our congregation can be proud of its outreach and missions giving!

DEATH NOTICE

We have learned of the death of Iva Johnson of Clayton, the mother-in-law of Susan Bissette. Our prayers and condolences go to her family. The funeral most likely will be Monday, but arrangements have not been finalized.