We learned of the death September 27 of Lucille Lee Dail, 45, of Oriental. We extend our prayers and condolences to her family. She was a member of Broad Creek Christian Church. Arrangements have not yet been finalized. More information will be posted when available.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Community Home Care & Hospice, 1423A S. Glenburnie Rd., New Bern, NC 28562, or the American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge, Wellness Dr., Greenville, NC 27834.
We learned of the death September 28 of Tommie Mae Fitzgerald, 85, of Oriental. We extend our prayers and condolences to her family. Services will take place at a time yet to be specified in El Dorado, Arkansas. Memorial contributions may be made to Oriental First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 313, Oriental, NC 28571.
David Bailey found a baby rattlesnake in the kale at the Operation Veggie Box site. Since snake-bites pose a significant risk, snake repellent will be deployed around the garden.
Operation Veggie Box shortly will provide information about snake-bite prevention and treatment, but as of now the rule for the garden is this: Do not go to the garden alone, and when there, be observant and very careful.
We learned of the death September 22 of Willie Dee Jarvis Sawyer, 89, of Alliance. We extend our prayers and condolences to her family. She was a member of Alliance Pentecostal Holiness Church. A funeral service will be held at 2 P.M. September 25 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Don Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Tyndall Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
We learned of the death today of James Brian McCrea, 51, of Oriental. We offer our prayers and condolences to his family. A memorial service will be held at 2 P.M. September 28 at Darlene and David’s home, 20395 NC Hwy 55 E, Oriental.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Pamlico, 11146 NC Hwy 55, Grantsboro 28529.
By Mac Harris
Bethany’s vision team will present the Future Story to the congregation in a special worship service November 10. Mark your calendars and plan to be there–you don’t want to miss this!
Bethany began the transformation process a year ago when about 25 members of the congregation attended classes on church transformation. Then the congregation affirmed transformation, and prayer triads–small groups–were established to meet, pray and discuss questions of what Bethany is, what Christ wants us to be, and how to get there. As chairman of the general board, I had the task of appointing a vision team representing a cross-section of the congregation to bring all of the transformation elements together and write the Future Story.
The vision team began meeting in early February, about the same time the prayer triads started, and almost every week since the team members have met with the goal of preparing a Future Story for Bethany. Their first task was to prepare a Contextual Analysis of the congregation and the community.
That was followed by reviewing the responses of each of the prayer triads to questions the triads answered in their 10 meetings over 10 weeks. Upon the triads’ completion of their studies, the vision team summarized their responses while considering each response and adding its own where they felt led to do so.
Then the vision team wrote a Vision Statement for Bethany that is both the prelude to and summarization of the Future Story. The Vision Statement, Contextual Analysis and Future Story will be included in a booklet that will be furnished to each member of the congregation during the presentation Nov. 10. Each member of the congregation will be asked to read the booklet over the following week. There will be a congregational meeting after worship Nov. 17, at which the congregation will be asked to affirm the Future Story.
The vision team began every meeting with a prayer for guidance from the Holy Spirit and a devotional appropriate to the team’s task, and concluded every meeting with a prayer. The team has worked hard to write the Future Story not as they wanted the church to go, but as Jesus Christ directs us to go.
While I am not part of the vision team, I have attended every meeting so far and have concluded that if all of us are as dedicated in our love of Christ and of our congregation as the members of the vision team, then Bethany will be heading in the right direction to do the will of Christ. I look forward to its presentation of the Future Story, as I hope all of us do, and I stand ready to do my part towards Bethany’s transformation as we begin as a congregation to travel the road ahead with Christ and for Christ.
A focus group to discuss Disciples beliefs and issues, including one that has received widespread attention, Resolution 1327, will begin Thursday at 7 P.M. in the fellowship hall. All are encouraged to attend. The objectives of the group are to facilitate an understanding of the issues as they impact our congregation, and to allow all to state their beliefs and concerns.
In the first session, the cultural and religious context will be described, and the stage set for discussion. While all might not agree on the issues, the setting will provide for disagreements in an atmosphere of love and understanding. Those participating will be asked to voice goals for the focus group sessions.
Although seven sessions are planned over the next seven weeks, meeting each time at 7 P.M. on Thursdays, the program is flexible enough to allow for fewer sessions if the goals are achieved, or more sessions if required.
These issues are important to Disciples throughout the world and to those of us at Bethany, so all are greatly encouraged to attend and make your voices heard.
We learned of the death September 15 of Marjorie Neal Tingle Kemp, 86, of Oriental. We extend our prayers and condolences to her family. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 A.M. September 17 at Oriental Cemetery, the Rev. Charles Moseley officiating. Funeral services will follow at 11 A.M. at Oriental United Methodist Church, and a reception will be held at the church following the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Dorcas Circle, c/o Oriental United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 70, Oriental, NC 28571.
We were saddened to learn of the death this morning of Russel Vance Lee, 89, a member of Bethany all his life, who served as a deacon and an elder. We pray for his family and offer our condolences. We will miss Mr. Russel, but thank God for his presence in our lives.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 A.M. September 10 at Bethany Christian Church, the Revs. Merritt Watson and Gary Bryan officiating. Interment will be in Don Lee Cemetery with Masonic Rites and military honors. The family will receive friends at Bryant Funeral Home from 6-8 P.M. September 9, and at other times at the home of Marion and Donna Altman, 6026 Highway 306 South.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Pamlico, 11146 Highway 55 East, Grantsboro, NC 28529.
We learned of the death September 6 of Bert Pollard Robinson, 84, of Hobucken. We extend our prayers and condolences to his family. A funeral service will be held at 11 A.M. September 9 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Mike Roach officiating. Interment will follow immediately at Barnett Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.