The annual Music and Melons event occurred under the pavilion, Sunday evening, July 23, made tolerable by a fairly strong breeze that tempered the effect of the early evening heat. Bethany was blessed by the appearance of the Craven Consort, who performed while the watermelons were being prepared, as people arrived, and into the feast. Also blessing the event was a performance by Bethany’s bell choir, the Jericho Ringers.The music was coordinated by Associate Minister Roger Bennett.

The Jericho Ringers

Meanwhile, as the wonderful music filled the area under the pavilion, the smell of freshly cut watermelons began to waft through the air, and the watermelons soon filled the stomachs of those in attendance.


The Craven Consort

The well-attended event was the perfect way to spend a warm July evening. Those who prepared the event, along with those in the Craven Consort and the Jericho Ringers, who gave their time and shared their talent, are thanked for their graciousness!

Photos by Admin






Photo by Admin

As the watermelons and cantaloupes continue to ripen, the youth are picking!

Photo by Torrie Osgood

Photo by Torrie Osgood

Friday evening, those who picked braved fire ants and snakes as they made their way through the garden, peeking under the vines for ripe fruit. The heat wasn’t so bad,

Photo by Admin

due to a good breeze blowing off the Neuse.

A few of the cantaloupes split open and rotted as a result of the recent rain, but plenty of good ones were picked. The watermelons fared better through the rainy days.

Friday night’s harvest filled Matt Bailey’s truck bed with produce, which was transferred to Anointed Remnant Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) to be distributed [In photo at bottom, Robert Hackney, Anointed Remnant Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), is pictured along with Luke, Kelli and Matt Bailey].

Pictured along with Luke, Kelli and Matt is Robert Hackney, Anointed Remnant Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ)

Photo by Torrie Osgood

The youth will pick again Tuesday at 7 PM to stay ahead of over-ripening cantaloupes.


Bethany youth harvested 13 watermelons and a number of cantaloupes from the garden Friday evening. The harvest was transported to Bethany overnight, where it will be picked up Saturday morning by members of our sister church, Anointed Remnant Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), and distributed within our community.

A second picking is set for Friday evening, 21 July, at 7 PM.


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.


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.”