All are invited to Bethany’s Ash Wednesday Service Wednesday, March 1 at 7 PM.

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the Lenten Season, 46 days before Easter. The name comes from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday. During the service, the ashes are placed on the heads of participants.

In the Lenten Season, believers prepare for the Holy Week before Easter through prayer, doing penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement and self-denial.



Anna Wilson, Pam Hardison and Susan Bissette spent eight hours this week helping prepare Camp Caroline to host a meeting of United Methodist Women this weekend. The women, all of whom are on the camp’s volunteer list, worked

leveling a dirt walkway, raking leaves in the kid’s fenced area and hauling 3 to 4 loads away, and picking weeds in the West Creekside Worship Area. Additionally, they will serve food to those at the meeting.

Earlier, Susan, Pam, John Beeman Jr., Christie Brooke, Gladys Lee, Clara Ensley, Sandy Netting, Christy and Torrie Osgood (and a friend), Julia Peterson and Linda Watson spent a couple of hours writing postcards to former campers inviting them to return to camp for the 2017 session. Sandy and Dave Netting have provided much time helping at camp.

Particularly now that the camp is developing a strategy to attract both Disciple and outside groups for conferences and retreats in the out-of-camp-session season, it is necessary to maintain the camp in excellent condition. Volunteering to help at Camp Caroline is a good way to save the camp money that can be better spent on its mission rather than just maintenance.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help at Camp Caroline should call Casey Perry at 252-299-3157, or email him at, and ask to be placed on the volunteer list. Casey will call those on the list from time to time asking for help on a specific day and time. Although the work can be hard, it is always fun and involves good fellowship.

So, by volunteering to help like those who already have lent their efforts, let’s make Bethany a sustaining force for Camp Caroline and an example to other churches in the Pamlico District and the region!

Photos by Sandy Netting and Casey Perry


Bethany’s Christian Men’s Fellowship will hold a pancake supper in the Fellowship Hall Monday, 6 February, 5 to 7 PM.

Plates served will include pancakes and bacon or sausage. Plates are offered for $7.00. Beverages will be available, also.

Those working at the dinner are asked to be at the Fellowship Hall by 4 PM to prepare for service.


Bethany’s youth conducted the worship service January 29, leading all parts of the service. Casey Stilley and Miko Stilley served as elders, along with deacons Luke Bailey, Jordan Bennett, Katie Bennett, Diana Harper, Liam McCarthy and Parker Watson. Marcus Tyson served as acolyte.

Matt Bailey delivered the morning message based on the beatitudes in the Book of Matthew, reminding adults in the congregation that they are examples to the youth.

A special feature of the service was the baptism of Jordan Bennett, conducted by his grandfather, Rev. Merritt Watson.

In addition, the Chime Choir, comprised of youth in the church, performed “Come, Christians, Join to Sing.”

Following a welcome to new members by Board Superintendent Emily Harper, Macy Tyson gave the benediction.

After the worship service, those in attendance enjoyed the new member dinner in the Fellowship Hall.