The Communications Photo Contest entry period ended Sunday, September 24, and the sixteen photo entries are posted on a display table in the narthex so members of the congregation can vote for first-place and second-place photos. Each photo posted has a number on its bottom tag. Choose the number of the photo you want to win first place, and write the number in the First Place Photo box on the ballot. Do the same for your second-place choice, fold your ballot, and place it in the ballot box. After the ballots are counted Monday, we will inform the first-place and second-place winners, and the winning photos will be published in the October Beacon, and on this site. Framed images will be displayed in the Fellowship Hall, and prints of the first-place winning photo (and, at the discretion of Bethany Communications and the Bethany Card Ministry, the second-place image) will be mounted on a greeting card to be used by the Bethany Card Ministry.

Please, if you have not already voted, be sure to vote Sunday, October 1!

Part II begins Sunday, October 8, when the congregation is invited to title the winning photos. The winning photos will be displayed on the display board in the narthex, and forms for writing title entries will be available there also. That phase will end at Homecoming, October 22. (It originally was scheduled to end October 15, but was extended to give members of the congregation more time to craft a thoughtful title.) Rules are as follows:

  • Titles must relate in some way to the theme: God’s Glory, in our lives or in nature.
  • Titles must not be more than four words.
  • Title entries must be submitted on the form furnished at the contest submission table.
    Title entries must be submitted by October 15, 2017.
  • The Bethany communications director and members of the communications committee may not participate in the con-test.
  • By participating in this contest, you acknowledge that you are the author of the title submitted and you authorize Bethany Christian Church Communications full use without compensation.

The winning titles will be affixed to the corresponding winning photo framed images mounted in the Fellowship Hall, and on greeting cards to be used by the Bethany Card Ministry.


Recognize this fire station? Bethany’s Women’s Group 5 decided to honor the Arapahoe volunteer firefighters for their service to the community. They are the ones who, 10 years ago, first responded to the sanctuary fire, and worked hard to try to save it. We are thankful for their efforts, and for all their service to our community.

The firefighters have been invited to attend our worship service October 1, and to join us for a meal in their honor afterward. October is a five-Sunday month, but rather than a Fifth-Sunday Dinner, we will have a First-Sunday Dinner to thank and honor the firefighters. So what you were planning for fifth Sunday, instead prepare for first Sunday. Make something especially good in honor of the Arapahoe Volunteer Firefighters!



If you haven’t yet taken photos for the Communications Photo Contest, there is one week left to submit up to three photos depicting God’s glory, taken between August 27 and September 24. The submission phase terminates September 24 and the judging phase begins that day and ends October 1. The winning photos will be announced here and in The Beacon.

Do not write your name on the photo. When you submit your photos, you will register them and the photos will receive a unique number that identifies them as yours, but members of the congregation who vote for the winning photographs will not know who the photographers are.

The photo below is an example of one that captures God’s glory! Capture several like that this week and submit them by next Sunday!


The header photo for September depicts labor in the fields.

Speaking to the Ephesians, Paul said, “You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)

Paul is telling us that work is not just for the sake of those who toil; it has a greater purpose: That by the fruits of our labor, we can help the weak.

What Paul said to the Ephesians directly reflects Jesus’ words in Matthew: “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” (Matthew 25:34-39)

If it is the will of Jesus that we “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you,” (Matthew 28:19,20), where, then, are the laborers, for the harvest is plentiful.