Operation Veggie Box (OVB) picked, packaged and delivered to Fishes & Loaves 33 packages of produce Oct. 14.

Alice Sontag of Fishes & Loaves stands beside the 33 packages of fresh produce from Operation Veggie Box. Photo by Jennie Adams
Alice Sontag of Fishes & Loaves stands beside the 33 packages of fresh produce from Operation Veggie Box.
Photo by Jennie Adams

Eleven volunteers came to the Fellowship Hall at noon and got to work labeling boxes and bags, sorting and weighing vegetables, and preparing for packing. Only 15 bags of kale had been picked as of that morning, so a contingent of volunteers rushed to the garden and quickly picked another 23 bags and transported them back to Bethany.

Volunteers who helped included Jennie Adams, Dave Bailey, Rebecca Cowell, her grandson, Dustin, and his friend, Russell, Barbara Fredette, Margaret Harrell, Mac Harris, Jack Lee, Lorraine Yeager and Jim Yeager.

After the preparation work was completed, the volunteers formed an assembly line to package the vegetables. Included in the packages were sweet potatoes, squash, zucchini and kale. In addition, a spiritual message was inserted into each package, along with recipes for preparing the vegetables included.

When the packaging was completed, the 33 packages of produce were loaded and transported to Oriental by 2 P.M., where Fishes & Loaves’ Alice Sontag received the packages for distribution to those in need.

Fishes & Loaves has asked OVB to make another delivery Thursday, Oct. 17, by 2 P.M., so OVB asks for volunteers to help pick, package and transport vegetables beginning in the garden at 9:30 A.M. Thursday. For anyone who wants more information or who wants to volunteer to help Thursday, please email communications@bethanyarapahoe.org or call Mac Harris at 252-671-7615.

Operation Veggie Box is a ministry founded by Bethany Christian Church to help feed nutritious fresh produce to the hungry, and provide them with the message that as Christians, we love them and want to feed them physically, while Christ loves them and will feed them spiritually. OVB can be found on Facebook at Operation Veggie Box – Growing in Christ While Growing for Christ.


The Vision Team has rescheduled the Future Story presentation to Nov. 24 due to logistical concerns. The team apologizes for any inconvenience and hopes that all in the congregation will be present for what will be a seminal event in the life of Bethany.


Several Bethany people attended the Pamlico District Union Meeting at Kitt Swamp Christian Church Saturday, September 28, and heard reports from the churches in the district, as well as an informative program about the Discipliana Collection by George Loveland, Director of Hackney Library, Barton College.

An offering was taken during the meeting.
An offering was taken during the meeting.

Those from Bethany included David Bailey, Mac Harris, Julia Peterson and Merritt and Linda Watson. The agenda consisted of Bob Cayton’s explanation of the rules for General Minister Sharon Watkins’ visit to Reelsboro Christian Church Oct. 14, reports from each of the district churches, and general business.

Guest speaker George Loveland’s presentation, The Discipliana Collection: Weaving our Future from the Strands of our History, was an overview of how the collection of Disciples documents and photographs are being archived, including the digitization of much of it,

The attendees from Bethany.
The attendees from Bethany.

and the plans for establishing a Rare Book and Eastern North Carolina/Discipliana Special Collection that will support the college’s teaching mission. The collection will comprise a state-of-the-art rare book room with space for classroom instruction, an archive storage area, and a workroom for processing and storing materials. To view digitized Discipliana materials, including a link to Merritt Watson’s A History of Bethany Christian Church, use a browser to visit: http://barton.libguides.com/content.php?hs=a&pid=439103

Loveland also described the “Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection,” a collaborative project of Duke University, the

The luncheon
The luncheon

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University that will bring together, preserve and provide digital access to the primary materials of religious bodies in North Carolina.

After Loveland’s presentation, the meeting was adjourned and attendees were treated to Kitt Swamp’s excellent luncheon offering almost every kind of Southern church food. The dishes were so extensive that not even the most persevering of diners could sample all.


We learned of the death September 30 of Thelma Hines Buck, 79, of Alliance. We extend our prayers and condolences to her family. She was a member of Bayboro Missionary Baptist Church. A funeral will be held at 11 A.M. October 3 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Scott Fitzgerald officiating. Entombment will follow immediately at Greenleaf Memorial Park. The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 to 8 P.M. October 2 at the funeral home, and at other times at the home, 1446 Old Bay River Rd.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Pamlico, 11146 NC Hwy 55, Grantsboro, NC 28529.


We learned of the death September 29 of Robert “Bob” Richard Dales, 76, of Oriental. We extend our prayers and condolences to his family. A memorial dinner in celebration of his life will be held at 5 P.M., October 6, at Southeast Pamlico Fire Dept. #19, Straight Rd., Oriental, NC 28571.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Pamlico, 11146, NC Hwy 55, Grantsboro, NC 28529, P.A.W.S., P.O. Box 888, Oriental, NC 28571, or Southeast Pamlico Volunteer Fire Dept. #19, P.O. Box 429, Oriental, NC 28571.