July is the month in which we celebrate American independence from England. We elected to photograph the cross, candle, Bible and American flag against the background of the quilt that the ladies of Bethany prepared for the church in 1913.
The cross and the Bible signify that our independence was won with reliance on God, as a Christian nation. The lighted candle symbolizes Jesus: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 ESV)
The quilt was completed by the ladies of Bethany in 1913, shortly after the sanctuary that burned in 2007 was built, and signifies Bethany’s long history since its founding in 1840.
The flowers in the sanctuary today were in honor of Annette and Bud Aldridge on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary Wednesday, June 28.
Fathers were honored at Bethany today, Fathers Day 2017. Rev. Osgood reminded us what fathers do for their children and families by reminding us how our Heavenly Father loves us
The oldest father, Garland Cahoon, and the youngest, Dan Bennett. (Photo by Admin)
We congratulate all the dads, and thank them for their dedication to their families and to the church!
The Bethany/OVB melon garden on River Road is doing well; the cantaloupe plants have bushed out, and the melon plants are running, and all are flowering.
Sunday, 11 June at 7 PM, the youth will be weeding and watering at the garden (447 River Road), and they can use all the help they can get.
You didn’t want to rest this evening, so come out to the garden and have fun!
L to R: Hannah Cowell (UNC-CH), Emilie Metts (High School), Ashleigh Deditch (High School), Kaley Tijerina (High School), and Liam McCarthy (Middle School). Not pictured: Parker Lee (ECU).
During worship June 11, Bethany honored and congratulated all its graduates, who are Liam McCarthy (Middle School), Ashleigh Deditch, Emilie Metts, and Kaley Tijerina (High School), Hannah Cowell (UNC-CH), and Parker Lee (ECU).
The service included a statement of purpose by Rev. Torrie Osgood, presentation of gifts and awarding of Bethany Scholarships by Susan and Del Lee, and a responsive litany of blessings for graduates by the congregation.
Also pictured in the group is Lindsey Lee (far right), standing in for her sister, Parker Lee (ECU), who could not be present.
Bethany members Gloria Cowell, Jack and Gladys Lee, Mac Harris and Torrie Osgood were among those present as Pamlico Community College hosted a Non-profit Leadership Breakfast at the Delamar Center May 23.
PCC President Dr. Jim Ross opened the event saying, “This is simply a way to say ‘thank you.’ You are the foundation of what makes this community great.” He staged the event to recognize non-profit groups in Pamlico County for what they do to improve the quality of life in the county, calling them the “foundation of what makes this community great.”
Ross said the college is helping non-profits by waiving Delamar Center rental fees for causes and non-profits.
Following a breakfast catered by Brantley’s Village Restaurant, a representative of each non-profit organization explained the mission of the organization and how it works.
Gloria Cowell, the first of the group’s speakers, described how Bethany’s Love for Colt event cleared $12,000 for Colt’s treatment expenses due to PCC’s Delamar Center fee waiver.
Torrie Osgood spoke about Bethany, Jack and Gladys Lee represented the Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust, and Mac Harris represented Operation Veggie Box.
Ross concluded the breakfast by stating that, “My personal belief is that we’re all here to do God’s work on earth. You’re appreciated and your hard work is appreciated. Thank you.”
On the morning of June 25, 2007, it was discovered that a fire had begun in the sanctuary that was built in 1911. What followed that day was for our congregation a traumatic event, as the sanctuary burned, and the fellowship hall was so damaged that it too, was lost.
Many of us remember well the sense of tragic loss we felt that day ten years ago this month. But we remember, too, the sense of coming together to overcome it, and the graciousness and generosity of those in the Pamlico County community that immediately offered help, and the generosity of those in the wider Christian community, as well.
Within two years we were worshiping in the building that we now call home, evidence of the love and generosity of a great many who helped us financially, and of the dedication and foresight of those in our congregation who guided us through those troubled times, and of the love of Christ, who enabled us to carry on as His church.
That terrible day, this website was activated, and from its archives we put together the two pictures that form the website header for June, one of the old church bell tower burning, and the other reflecting the larger view of that tragic scene. Because they were scanned, the resolution and sharpness are not too good, but they reflect our vision through tears that day.
Our wish is that what happened June 25, 2007, never again happens, but that we retain from the tragedy that sense of coming together to rebuild, so that we are a better congregation to serve Christ.
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!