PHOTO CONTEST RUNOFF IS COMPLETE

The runoff vote to decide the winning photograph among the four 1st-place and the four 2nd-place photos is complete, the votes have been counted and the election certified!

Do you want to know who won? If so, be sure to read the August issue of The Bethany Beacon!

COMMUNICATIONS PHOTO CONTEST IS TIED

The Communications Photo Contest voting that ended July 22 resulted in a 4-way tie for 1st place, and a 4-way tie for 2nd place.

Consequently, a tiebreaker re-vote is necessary. The tiebreaker re-vote will begin Sunday, July 29, and end Sunday, August 5.

All are urged to vote again for your favorite 1st-place and 2nd-place photos! The four tied 1st-place and four tied 2nd-place photos will be displayed on a table in the fellowship hall from July 29 until August 5. They also are displayed below.

1st-place tied images:

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

 

27

35

 

2nd-place tied images:

8
14
19
29

 

DESPITE INCLEMENT WEATHER, GOOD TIME WAS HAD AT WATERMELON SOCIAL

Image by Ethandun Publishing

Last Sunday (July 22) at 7 PM, a number of folks, despite  impending rain, came to the pavilion to enjoy ripejuicy watermelons.

A downpour occurred about 7:20 PM. The pavilion would have provided sufficient shelter had not a strong wind accompanying the rain blown it under the pavilion roof to the dismay of the watermelon consumers.

Fortunately, after a few minutes the rain and wind subsided, and the festivity carried on. No one left hungry, though perhaps a bit damp.

–Photos by Communications

NORTH CAROLINA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA PRESENTS 2ND CONCERT AT BETHANY AUGUST 2

The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra (NCBO) will present a concert, Fiori del barocco (Flowers of the Baroque) at Bethany, Thursday, August 2, at 7 PM.

This marks the second year that NCBO has played in concert at Bethany. The concert presented August 4, 2017, was standing room only.

Composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco, Antonio Vivaldi and others will be featured in the performance. The orchestra will play on period instruments.

The concert is by donation only. Suggested donation is $15 general; $10 students and seniors; kids free.

NCBO is presenting the concert while on retreat at Camp Caroline, where it conducts an in-house workshop to grow the orchestra’s musical bonds and artistry. The concert is a way for the orchestra to highlight its endeavors during the retreat to celebrate its accomplishments and to share the music with the Eastern North Carolina community.

The orchestra was formed by sisters Frances Blaker, artistic director, and Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, executive director, along with musical collaborators, to provide opportunities for musicians and vocalists interested in exploring baroque performance practice in a baroque chamber orchestra setting.

NCBO allows musicians in North Carolina and the surrounding area an opportunity to work with highly experienced experts in the field. Conductor Frances Blaker is a world-renowned expert in baroque performance practice, in addition to being a virtuoso instrumentalist.

 

GONE FISHIN’

Gone Fishin’ is the theme for the July Header, and for the A Light for Your Path devotional.

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” –Matthew 4:19

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. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” –Matthew 28:19-20.

Have you ever been fishing, and only caught little croakers instead of the big ones that everyone knows are out in the river? It’s easier to snag the little ones, isn’t it?

That is true when we are fishing for people to lead to Christ. It’s easier to lead the little ones to Christ by taking them to Sunday School and Worship, teaching them from the Bible, and setting a good example for them. It’s much harder to get the message across to an older, perhaps jaded, person, who is grounded in the world, rather than in Christ.

In a local TV show years ago, The Southern Sportsman, the host, Frank White, used to end the program with the imperative, “Take a kid fishing!” That is good advice to follow.

But, although it is extremely important to “take a kid fishing,” it is just as important to take anyone fishing: That is what Christ told us to do! We are fishers of men!