Kelli, Luke and Matt Bailey, Jordan, Katie and Tiffany Bennett, Mac Harris and Torrie Osgood watered and weeded the OVB/Bethany melon garden this morning. After working, Jordan, Katie, Luke and Matt had a swim, while the adults lounged under an umbrella.

< Play, work, then play some more!

The next garden work-day is scheduled for Saturday, 27 May, at 10 AM, so, if you can, join us–it will be fun!



The youth of Bethany, led by Kelli Bailey and Tiffany Bennett, prepared and planted the Operation Veggie Box Melon Garden this afternoon at 4 PM.

Preparation included chopping grass and raking it out, creating mounds every four feet, and planting 96 watermelon plants along with a number of cantaloupe plants, then watering each mound.

After the work in the garden, everyone had watermelon, thanks to Kelli.

Those participating included Kelli, Luke and Matt Bailey, Tiffany, Jordan and Katie Bennett, Merritt and Linda Watson, and Mac Harris.

Now that the garden is planted, the youth will water the plants and weed the garden weekly. They are hoping for many watermelons and cantaloupes to transport to local food banks, along with spiritual messages in each box telling recipients about the love and help of Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit.

The weekly garden schedule will be posted on this site so that anyone who wishes to help can come join the fun!


While Bethany honored all mothers in the worship service today, several were singled out: the most mature (Admin will get in trouble by saying “the oldest,”), the youngest (likewise, Admin will get in trouble by saying “the least mature”), and the one who has reared the most children (and surely Admin is now in trouble for some reason).

Those mothers are Julia Peterson, Tiffany Bennett, and Linda Watson.

Congratulations, thank you for the loving nurture you gave and give, and Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers!


The youth of Bethany will plant watermelons and cantaloupes in the OVB/Bethany Melon Garden Monday, 15 May, at 4 PM. They can use the help of adults, too, so keep the date in mind; more information will be available soon, so if you want to have a good time, come out to the garden and help the youth. Kelli Bailey and Tiffany Bennett are the leads.

The garden, located on Don Lee Farms land fronting River Road along the Neuse River, will grow watermelons and cantaloupes. During the growing season, there will be plenty to do. The garden will need to be weeded and watered. At harvest time, the watermelons will be picked, loaded, and transported to Bethany’s pavilion for sorting and boxing, then taken to a food pantry for distribution, either Fishes and Loaves in Oriental, or Religious Community Services (RCS) in New Bern. This year, Bethany will have the help of our sister church across the street, Anointed Remnant Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ).

Operation Veggie Box (OVB) began at Bethany in 2013 with a vegetable garden on land that Don Lee Farms let it use. That first garden still is the most productive one of all the gardens that OVB has planted since. OVB’s mission is to provide nutritional food–fresh vegetables and fruit–to those who suffer from a food deficit. In each bag or box distributed is a spiritual message assuring the recipient of Christ’s love and that the Holy Spirit is with them.

This year, the Corn Jam and OVB Annual Event will be held the same day, Friday, 30 June. Plans are for volunteers to pick fresh corn grown for OVB by Don Lee Farms, tentatively at 6 AM. The corn will be transported to the boxing sites at Bethany’s pavilion and at RCS in New Bern, where tentatively at 10 AM volunteers will place the sweet corn, onions, white potatoes and sweet potatoes and spiritual messages in 1,000 boxes. The boxes will be distributed throughout Pamlico County.

Volunteer groups that will help with the Corn Jam include campers from Camp Seafarer, campers from Camp Don Lee, the Society of St. Andrew in Durham, and Religious Community Services in New Bern. Of course, it is hoped that many of us at Bethany will volunteer, both to pick corn and/or to box later that day, as well as to help the youth with melon-garden operations.

Other OVB gardens are at Arapahoe Charter School (green garden), Oriental United Methodist Church, Anointed Remnant Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ (square-foot garden) and at Pamlico Community College (tomato plus garden).

Suppliers of vegetables for the OVB Annual Event are Flatland Ag (5,000 lbs. of onions), Don Lee Farms/Neuse River Turf Farm (20,000 to 30,000 lbs of sweet corn), Sackett Potatoes (white chipping potatoes), Tull Hill Farms (sweet potatoes) and the Society of St. Andrew.

OVB welcomes volunteers both for planning and operations! For information, please contact David Bailey, (252) 229-6228, or Mac Harris, (252) 671-7615,



Mothers Day is May 14, so honoring mothers is the right theme for the May header. As the mothers at the worship service May 7 graced the sanctuary, the photo was taken.

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” … Proverbs 31:25-30.


Each fifth Sunday, the youth of Bethany present the worship service. April 30, the theme was “The Road to Emmaus.”

The highlight of the service was a play, The Road to Emmaus.

The youth participating were Luke Bailey, Matt Bailey, Jordan Bennett, Katie Bennett, Diana Harper, Liam McCarthy, Abigail Spenser, Patrick Spencer, Casey Stilley, Miko Stilley, Marcus Tyson and Parker Watson.

The service was followed by a Fifth Sunday Dinner in the fellowship hall. The next fifth Sunday will be 30 July.