The Communications Committee is holding two photo contests in 2018. The first concluded June 30, and the winners are announced in the August issue of The Beacon.

Photo by Mac Harris

Contest No. 2 began July 1 and runs until December 31. For Contest No. 2, contestants may submit two (2) images only, so pick your best ones! The theme for the contest is Rooted in Christ.

Contestants my submit digital images to jenniekadams@gmail.com, or 5″ x 7″ prints to the church office, placed in the communications inbox.

Qualifying images will be those that depict the theme and were taken between July 1 and December 31, 2018.

Beginning Sunday, August 5, contestants in Contest No. 1 (January 1 – June 30, 2018) are asked to sign release forms so their photographs can be published as background for the weekly devotional, A Light for Your Path, and as background for other Bethany publications and displays. Any reproduction of a contestant’s image(s) will be afforded proper attribution. Those submitting images for Contest No. 2 also will be asked to sign release forms.



Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. –Colossians 2:6-9

August definitely is a hot, summer month. Yet, near the end of August we begin to see the first signs of fall, signaling the last quarter of the year. If we relate a calendar year to life, we understand that, for most of us, the part of our lives approaching is shorter than the part that has passed.

So it is imperative that we make sure our lives are rooted in Christ. In the Book of Job, Job, talking about humans and death, says, [unlike man] there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. Though its root grow old in the earth, and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put out branches like a young plant. (Job 14:7-9).

In Job’s time, Christ had not come to give us the ability to be like a tree that lives again “at the scent of water.” Jesus made it possible to be like a tree, so that we can be revived and nourished by His Living Water. If our roots are in the world, when “[they] grow old in the earth,” they wither and die. But if our roots are in Christ, His Living Water is accessible to us, and will save us.

“Rooted in Christ” also is the theme for the August A Light for Your Path devotionals.


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!


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:


















2nd-place tied images:




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


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’ 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!


Photo by Communications

The Columbarium Administration Committee established by the general board as part of its adoption June 3 of the Columbarium Rules and Regulations, held its first meeting June 26. As its first order of business, Mac Harris was elected Chair, and Meredith Beeman was elected Secretary. In addition to Harris and Beeman, other members of the committee are John Beeman, Jr., Sandra Hardison and Renée Midyette.

The committee began setting up the operating plan and establishing accounting procedures. It also determined that it is appropriate for Rev. Osgood to plan a dedication ceremony for the columbarium facility.

Landscaping and benches for the columbarium facility will be in place soon. Upon completion of the operating plan and as soon as the accounting procedures are set up, the committee will be ready to receive niche reservations.

The next meeting of the committee will be July 16.


Rev. Torrie Osgood with Garland Cahoon, our most mature father; and Chris Furr, pastor of Covenant Christian Church in Cary, the youngest father present. —Photo by Communications

My son, do not despise the Lord‘s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights. –Proverbs 3:11-12.

In worship today, we celebrated fathers, because a father’s love, discipline and support are just as necessary as a mother’s love for a child. Just as a mother is a child’s role model for how a woman of faith is to live and conduct herself, so a father is a child’s role model for how a man of faith is to live and conduct himself.

It is important that children and wives show love, honor and respect for our fathers and husbands. As children, we appreciate the time they spend with us and the feeling of security they provide, and as wives, we appreciate them for loving our children and helping them grow in the way they should, and for being our faithful partners.

We, as a congregation, thank, love and respect all the fathers for their love and hard work, not only for their children, but for the Lord and their church, which needs them and their help just as much as it needs that of the mothers!