Bethany Communications is holding a photo contest, the theme of which is God’s Glory. The objective is not only to gain some good photographs, but to involve us all in a spiritual experience. As I photograph sunrises, sunsets, flowers, animals and pastoral scenes, I am awed at God’s creation, and for me, it is a way to experience God’s presence and worship Him. If you participate, you may have that experience, too. Get in the spirit!

Between August 27 and September 24, use your phone or camera to take a picture that captures God’s Glory, in nature or in your life. It can be anything you can imagine, like a photo of a new baby, a precious child, a family celebration, a sunrise or sunset, a normal or macro shot of a flower, a farm animal–the opportunities are endless, so charge your phone, put fresh batteries in your camera, and be ready to shoot!

The winning photographs will be selected by the congregation. The photos will be posted for viewing in mid September, and voting will take place beginning September 24 through October 1.

Take your photos between August 27 and September 24. Each person participating may submit three (3) images. We ask that you submit a print that will be posted on a display board, as well as a digital file of the photo that can be used to publish in the Beacon and on bethanyarapahoe.org. Also, we ask that you submit a statement with the photos explaining how they relate to the theme of the contest. Yes, it might be obvious, but please do it. It will help you with the experience.

After the winning photos are determined, everyone, including the winning photographers, will be invited to title the winning images! The winning images will be posted for display at a table set up for submission of title entries.

Photo and Titling Contest rules, details and prizes will be posted on a display in the narthex beginning Sunday, August 27.

So dust off your equipment, plan your shots, take some good photographs, and enter them in the contest, and you’ll have a chance to win some money, have your photo published in the Beacon and on the website, and used on a greeting card for the card ministry. Then, enter the titling contest, write  good titles for the winning photos for a chance to win some (or some more) money!

The communications director and members of the communications committee are ineligible.



Photo by Admin

Bethany is now using a bulletin board mounted in the Sunday School Room/Porte Cochere entrance hallway as a communication tool as well as an attractive centerpiece.

Photo by Admin

Part of the bulletin board (right side) is used to post schedules, such as the acolyte serving schedule, while the left side is reserved for Sunday School classes to highlight what they are learning. The board also is available to highlight special events, like the recent performance of the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra (July/August), and the tenth anniversary of the fire (June).

Currently, the youth Teen class posting on the board is a summary of their Bethany/Operation Veggie Box successful melon garden project. The upcoming Sunday School class posting schedule is: September, Faith Café (Torrie’s class); October, Good Shepherd class; and November, The Seekers (Roger Bennett’s class). December will be a Christmas bulletin board.

As you enter the sanctuary building through the porte cochere and head to the narthex, pause for a minute to glance at the bulletin board, and let us know what you think. Just email communications@bethanyarapahoe.org, or speak to Christine Beeman, or any one of the communications team, Jennie Adams, Meredith Beeman, Susan Bissette, Janci Cahoon, Mac Harris, Torrie Osgood, or Melissa Watson.


A crowd of approximately 110 enjoyed listening Friday evening at Bethany to the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra’s renditions of music by Pisendel, Leclair, Telemann, Vivaldi, Bach and Rameau.




Martie Perry, concertmaster
Frances Blaker, Conductor

Conducted by Frances Blaker, the orchestra performed beautiful and complex baroque pieces. The orchestra currently is on retreat at Camp Caroline, and agreed to perform at Bethany Friday. It is performing Saturday at Craven Community College in New Bern, and Sunday at Hayes Barton United Method  Church in Raleigh.



Bethany is fortunate that its facility proved to be a satisfactory venue for the performance, and Bethany and Pamlico County were blessed to host such a performance, as it is not often that organizations of the quality represented by the NC Baroque Orchestra can perform in sparsely populated areas.

Overview of the event

Martie Perry, the orchestra’s concertmaster, is the sister of Casey Perry, Camp Caroline’s director, who is a Bethany member.

Photos by Admin


The August header photo was taken on the last night of regional camp at Camp Caroline. The campers were assembled for worship at 8 PM in the West Memorial Waterfront Chapel as the sun set across Dawson Creek before them.

Photo by Admin

As the camp season ends, the youth who have attended will be back in their communities and back in school, with only memories of summer camp. But those camp memories–building relationships with each other and with Christ–will be concrete in the sense that the campers will take what they have learned about Christ, and about the value of a relationship with Him, and make it the way they relate to their friends, parents, siblings and their community.

They will be living examples of Christ’s love and how to live as Christians as part of His one church. Though the camp season is ending, their lives for Christ are just beginning!