HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAY!

If you are driving somewhere this Labor Day weekend, please drive carefully, and may God be with you.

If you’re staying in the county, we hope you have an enjoyable holiday weekend, made more enjoyable and fulfilling by joining us at Sunday School and worship tomorrow!

DEATH NOTICE – JACOB STERN

We learned of the death August 27 of Jacob Stern, 89, of Oriental. We extend our prayers and condolences to his family. A graveside service was held at the Hebrew Cemetery in New Bern August 28. A memorial service will be held at Temple B’nai Sholem in New Bern at 4 P.M. September 3.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Temple B’nai Sholem, Hospice of Pamlico County, Pamlico County Educational Foundation, or the charity of one’s choice.

DEATH NOTICE – JAMES MONROE HOLTON

We learned of the death August 28 of James Monroe Holton. We extend our prayers and condolences to his family. A funeral service will be held at 2 P.M. August 31 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1 P.M. to 2 P.M. at the funeral home.

More details will be posted when available.

SUNDAE SUNDAY WAS ICE CREAM AT ITS BEST!

Enjoying the homemade ice cream.

Enjoying the homemade ice cream.

Over 25 folks showed up at the pavilion last night to enjoy homemade ice cream and other goodies. The weather was perfect–just cool enough so the ice cream didn’t melt fast!

Enjoying the good weather and fellowship.

Enjoying the good weather and fellowship.

Simon Spalding kept everyone entertained with music, while the youth took turns hand cranking the vanilla maker, but there was peach and strawberry on hand too.

Simon plays the Ud.

Simon plays the Ud.

Crank it faster!

Crank it faster!

And Garland Cahoon, who celebrated his 86th birthday yesterday, was able to finish up his party with the homemade ice cream! Happy birthday, Garland!

A fitting end to Garland's birthday party!

A fitting end to Garland’s birthday party!

BETHANY HAS THREE FACEBOOK PAGES

Bethany now has three Facebook pages: “Bethany Youth (Arapahoe),” https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bethany-Youth-Arapahoe/140261282731979

Bethany Youth (Arapahoe) - Arapahoe, North Carolina

“Bethany Christian Church at the Crossroads in Arapahoe,” https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bethany-Christian-Church-at-the-Crossroads-in-Arapahoe/1411516342393657 and “Operation Veggie Box.” https://www.facebook.com/pages/Operation-Veggie-Box/200264136816631.Operation Veggie Box - Arapahoe, North Carolina

Bethany Youth (Arapahoe), which has been operating the longest, has posts and pictures since 2011 recording youth activities, while Operation Veggie Box and Bethany Christian Church at the Crossroads in Arapahoe were activated this weekend. Operation Veggie Box, a ministry of Bethany Christian Church, has posts already, with pictures and video to come, but Bethany Christian Church at the Crossroads in Arapahoe, the general ministry page, is not yet displaying pictures and posts.

Want to know more? Check out these pages and “like” them! You will enjoy reading the posts and seeing the pictures!

DEATH NOTICE – LOIS AZALIE LUPTON D’ESOPO

We learned of the death August 23 of Lois Azalie Lupton D’Esopo, 86, of Vandemere and Camp Hill, Pa. We extend our prayers and condolences to her family. A funeral service will be held at 11 A.M. August 28 at Bryant Funeral Home. Interment will follow immediately at Celestial Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Grane Hospice of Camp Hill, 4 Lemoyne Drive, Suite 201, Lemoyne, Pa. 17043.

DEATH NOTICE – LISELOTTE SAYLE JACKSON

We learned of the death August 17 of Liselotte Sayle Jackson, 84, of Oriental. We extend our prayers and condolences to her family. A memorial service will be held at 11 A.M. August 22 at Oriental First Baptist Church, the Rev. Jerry Harper officiating. The family will receive friends and family immediately following the service in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that memorial contributions be made to Oriental First Baptist Church, 605 Broad Street, Oriental 28571.

DEATH NOTICE – KENNETH JACKSON JONES

We learned of the death August 18 of Kenneth Jackson Jones, 62, of New Bern. We offer our prayers and condolences to his family. Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. August 21 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Debra McPeak officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Bridgeton Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. August 20 at Bryant Funeral Home, and at other times at the home, 62 Blackhorse Run, New Bern.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to Harvest Temple Church of God, P.O. Box 235, Vanceboro, NC 28586.

OPERATION VEGGIE BOX KICKS OFF!

Bethany’s garden project, Operation Veggie Box, kicked off this morning with a planning meeting conducted by David Bailey. Fifteen volunteers attended.The project has a site, thanks to the generosity of Buck Jones of Don Lee Farms.

David explained the project goals as providing nutritious produce to those who need it, but most importantly, providing a message explaining the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

He discussed the project objectives for the next two weeks, including field preparation, planting carrot, kale and rutabaga seeds, transplanting cabbage, collard and broccoli plants, designing a project logotype and building a Facebook page.

After reviewing the two-week schedule, he noted the equipment and materials needed, and solicited volunteers to lead a packaging team and a distribution team.

Pending weather conditions, site preparation will commence August 23 at 5 P.M., followed by planting Saturday, August 24, at 8 A.M.

VISION TEAM TO DISTRIBUTE PRAYER TRIAD SUMMARIES

Bethany’s vision team will distribute summaries of the prayer triad reports Sunday during worship service. Those who participated in prayer triads will be able to see responses from other triads, and those who did not participate in prayer triads will see all the responses and gain an understanding of how the triads worked.

In January, following the transformation classes in 2012, groups of from three to seven people formed prayer triads that met ten times in 100 days to pray and discuss questions about our church and community. The goal was to gain an understanding of the church’s strengths and shortcomings and through prayerful thought and discussion to suggest how we can better serve Christ and do his will. After the prayer triads finished their meetings, the vision team reviewed the triads’ responses to the questions for each of the ten topics discussed and added its own responses where it thought appropriate.

The vision team, appointed by the general board chairman in January, comprises seven congregation members who represent a cross section with regard to age, gender, length of membership and position in church committees and organizations. The vision team has met for an hour and a half almost every Sunday afternoon since January. Based on guidance from the Holy Spirit and congregational response, the team is writing a vision statement and future story for Bethany. It will be presented to the congregation as the way we can go forward doing what Jesus Christ wants us to do as individuals and as a church.

The vision team thinks it is important for all in the congregation to see the questions posed in the prayer triads and the triads’ responses to those questions, and to be able to add their thoughts and comments. Then, when the team prepares the vision statement and future story, it will have considered all suggestions and points of view. To reach all in the congregation, the team plans to mail the summaries to those who cannot be present Sunday.

For those who want to read the prayer triad summaries immediately, the vision team requested that they be posted here as well. Please click on this link to read the summaries: Prayer Triad Summaries – website (PDF, 44.4 KB)

To see the compilations of the question responses for each of the prayer triad meetings, click on the following links (Note: the numbers are not prayer triad designations; they refer to the meeting numbers. Each of the triad’s responses is included in each of the meetings):

Prayer Triad 1 compilation (PDF, 28.3 KB)

Prayer Triad 2 compilation (PDF, 29.7 KB)

Prayer Triad 3 compilation (PDF, 29.1 KB)

Prayer Triad 4 compilation (PDF, 26.8 KB)

Prayer Triad 5 compilation (PDF, 30.4 KB)

Prayer Triad 6 compilation (PDF, 67.2 KB)

Prayer Triad 7 Compilation (PDF, 64.6 KB)

Prayer Triad 8 Compilation (PDF, 63.1 KB)

Prayer Triad 9 Compilation (PDF, 72.3 KB)

Prayer Triad 10 Compilation (PDF, 65.2 KB)