Photo taken at Hardison Farms by Communications






Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Since Thanksgiving is in November, the header photo for November refers to giving thanks “in all circumstances.” When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, they found a New World, but difficult circumstances. When they realized that the colony would survive, they gave thanks to the Lord. Our times may be difficult in other ways, but we, too, thank the Lord for our blessings, and “give thanks in all circumstances!”


The Communications Photo Title Contest ended Sunday, 22 October. The Communications Committee has reviewed the entries and voted, and the winner has been selected based on the quality of the three titles submitted for the first and second place winning photos.

Communications Committee members voted on the entries submitted in a blind review, in which a number was assigned to each entry and the names of those entering were withheld. Members voted for a number, and the name of the contestant was unknown to all but the communications director, who was not allowed to vote.

A letter has been mailed to the winner, and the winner and winning titles will be announced in the November edition of The Bethany Beacon.

A prize of $20.00 will be awarded with a certificate during the 12 November worship service. In addition, the title will be written on the winning photo, which will be framed and hung in the fellowship hall. In addition, the winning titles will be written on the three winning images that will be used by the Bethany Card Ministry.

The Communications Committee thanks those who entered the God’s Glory photo contest, and the God’s Glory photo title contest, and looks forward to more activities in the future.


Linda Watson trims a bush. (Photo by Jennie Adams)

Around twelve Bethany members were on hand at 9 AM Saturday, October 14, to prepare the building and grounds for Homecoming, October 15.

The weather cooperated well. The sky was cloudy, and though there was a light sprinkle just before 9 AM, it stopped quickly, leaving the ground dry and the temperature bearable.

Johnny Cahoon and John Beeman spread pine straw. (Photo by Jennie Adams)

The workers outside trimmed trees and bushes, spread new pine straw in the borders and around bushes, changed the message on the sign and planted new flowers in the planter below it, and performed other touch-up details.

Inside, there were floors to be vacuumed, pews to be dusted, and baseboards to be cleaned, among other things. But all was done in about four hours. Homecoming morning, volunteers will be drafted to set up tables in the pavilion, and all will be ready for an enjoyable Homecoming dinner.


Communications Director Mac Harris presents award certificates and prizes to Christy Beach and Hannah Metts. (Photo by Emily Harper)

Communications Photo Contest second-place tie winners Christy Beach and Hannah Metts received their award certificates and cash prizes during the worship service October 8. First-place winner James Hardison, who is recovering from surgery and was not able to be at the service, received his certificate and prize privately.

The Communications Photo Contest theme was “God’s Glory,” and photos submitted had to be taken between August 27 and September 24, and had to in some way depict God’s Glory.

Now, in Part 2 of the contest, the congregation may write four-word-phrase-or-sentence titles for the three winning photos. Entry forms for Part 2 are in the narthex, and the winning photographs and Part 2 rules are posted on the bulletin board in the main hallway. There is a ballot box in the narthex for the submission of entries. The Communications Committee will judge the submissions and determine the winner; consequently, members of the committee may not participate in the contest. The photographers who won, however, may take part in the titling contest.

Entries for the titling part of the contest must be in the ballot box by the end of the day Sunday, October 22. The winner will be announced in the November edition of The Bethany Beacon.

Show us your literary genius: Get an entry form and submit your titles!



The Bethany Christian Youth will meet at 4:30 PM, Sunday, October 29, for a movie night. At the meeting, they will preview the script for the children’s Christmas Program, and parts will be assigned. Kelli Bailey will serve a meal at the event, and will appreciate donations, although what will be served has not yet been decided.

The youth will prepare a trunk display for the Arapahoe Charter School trunk-or-treat in October. Donations of candy or small Christian-themed give-a-ways for that event will be appreciated as well!

Those who wish to donate for either the October 29 meeting, or the trunk-or-treat may contact youth leader Kelli Bailey.


The Communications Photo Contest, Part 1, is complete. The congregation voted for the following photographs:

First Place (photograph by James Hardison):

Second Place [Tie] (photograph by Christy Beach):

Second Place [Tie] (photograph by Hannah Metts):

Part II began Sunday, October 8, when the congregation was invited to title the winning photos. The winning photos are displayed on the bulletin board in the main entrance hall, and forms for writing title entries will be available there also. That phase will end Sunday, 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 22, 2017.
  • The Bethany communications director and members of the communications committee may not participate in the contest.
  • 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.


Torrie Osgood and Christy Beach held an open house Saturday.

Welcome, Rex and Jack! Come inside!

Friends and neighbors, including the Bethany congregation, visited between 1:30 and 4:30 PM, where they were welcomed to the home, treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres and punch and mingled and chatted for a while.

The event was catered by Kathy Chandler, and women of the church made ham biscuits. Terry McCotter prepared a flower arrangement that adorned the food table.

The weather was perfect, and children who visited with their parents had a good time playing on the lawn.
















Most of Arapahoe’s volunteer fire fighters joined us at our worship service October 1, where they were recognized for their service to the community. After worship, Bethany hosted them at a dinner.

The special worship and dinner was the work of CWF Group 5, which planned and executed the event. During the worship service, Christy Beach, president of Group 5, presented to the Fire Chief a check for $100, explaining that, in appreciation for the valuable service they provide to the community, at a risk of life and deleterious effect on family, Group 5 wanted to make a contribution to help offset the considerable expenses incurred by the department for training, equipment maintenance, re-certification and the like.

When Bethany’s sanctuary and fellowship hall building burned 10 years ago, the Arapahoe firefighters were the first responders, and worked long and hard in an attempt to save the building and prevent the fire from spreading to Bethany Hall and to the pavilion.




The winners of the Communications Photo Contest are:

First Place: James Hardison










Second Place (Tie) Christy Beach, and








Hannah Metts

Since a tie was not anticipated, and there was no contingency for one, the second-place prize will be awarded to both.

Voting was relatively close. Communications appreciates the participation in the contest: All of the photo images were good images depicting the theme, God’s Glory.

The voting turnout was lower than hoped, but we thank those in the congregation who voted.

The prizes will be presented to the winners Sunday, October 8, in the worship service.


For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. –2 Corinthians 5:1-21.

The header photo for October refers to Homecoming, October 15. All those who have been part of the Bethany family at any time are welcomed home, to join us in worship, and for a homecoming dinner on the grounds (actually, under the pavilion). We welcome you whether you are part of Bethany now, or once were; whether you live here or elsewhere; we welcome you as part of the One Body of Christ!