Last night the general board approved an experimental garden project. “Operation Veggie Box’s” mission is to “help solve the problem of hunger in Pamlico County by providing fresh produce and the good news of Jesus Christ to those in need.”
David Bailey will lead the project. Plans are to transplant 1,000 lettuce, napa, broccoli, kale and collard plants at a local site using volunteer Bethany labor. Planting will start August 24 and end 14 September. About 10 to 15 people will be needed during planting and during harvesting/packaging. The garden will need to be tended for 70 days with weeding and watering until maturity.
The goal is to distribute 100 boxes of produce. Once the produce is harvested, 2 November to 30 November, it will be packaged and distributed along with spiritual messages explaining how the love of Christ offers the ultimate help. After the fall garden, the project will be assessed. If successful, the project will be transitioned into a spring garden, and the scope of the project may be expanded.
An organizational meeting will take place in the fellowship hall at 10 A.M., Saturday, 17 August. Please come and take part in this unique project. It will be some hard work, but a lot of fun and fellowship. Other than that, your reward will be that you are doing something that God wants us to do, growing in Christ while growing for Christ!
The August 4 general board meeting began with Chairman Mac Harris and Clerk Linda Watson donning funny glasses and with Harris wearing a red nose (taking a cue from the vision team’s earlier meeting). As Minister Merritt Watson lighted the Christ candle, he reminded the board that God is present despite the antics of the board chairman and clerk. Alluding to Harris’s absence at the elder’s early morning meeting, Julia Peterson surmised that Harris’s red nose is the explanation.
But the board soon got to the church’s serious work. It heard reports from its committees and organizations, approved an experimental garden project after hearing David Bailey’s well-organized presentation on the project, approved the establishment of a fund that will be used eventually to purchase a new church van, and considered incorporating into the columbarium project a prayer labyrinth. More detail on the general board meeting will be provided in the August issue of The Bethany Beacon, which will be published later this week.
This vignette is to provide a look into board meetings, which can be fun even while the serious work of the church is taking place. And Rev. Watson is right: God is present there. All are welcome at the board meetings, which occur on the first Sunday each month. Join us and see how the business of the church is conducted!