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!
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.
A memorial service for Julia Peterson will be held in the sanctuary at 2 PM, Saturday, September 23. A reception in the fellowship hall will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Bethany Christian Church, PO Box 156, Arapahoe, NC 28510.
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!
Click here for tips for taking good photographic images.
We have added a new page to the top navigation bar: Sermons. There you will find a link to view Rev. Watson’s sermons each week. Check it out!
The Bethany Calendar (in the “Bethany Calendar” tab on the navigation bar) now will show the current month and the two following months.
If anyone knows of an upcoming activity or event that is not on the calendar (see the sidebar at right), please advise Mac Harris via email at email@example.com, or by phone at 252-671-7615, or just tell me when you see me at church.
Jennie Adams sent these pictures from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly in Nashville.
Can't see him, but Jennie says Gary Edge was sitting to the left of the speaker.
Fred Craddock speaks.
Bob Kennel speaks to Fred Craddock
Jennie, Linda and Merritt perform at the Grand Ole Opry.
The June 24 chicken barbecue dinner succeeded in raising $1,814 for tornado relief in North Carolina.
Thanks to all who helped in the planning and execution of the event, and to all those who participated by purchasing plates!