HANGING OF THE GREENS PREPARES CHURCH BUILDING FOR FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Members of Bethany came together Nov. 30 for the Hanging of the Greens in advance of the First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 2.

Most of the decorations were retrieved from the attic prior to the event, and those at the event finished the task in about three hours, including a service at the end dedicating the decorations to the glory of God.

Thanks to the women of the church, the event began with a

meal featuring chili and accoutrements–and, of course, delicious desserts.

Photos by Mac Harris

CWF GROUP 5 HOSTS FIREFIGHTER APPRECIATION EVENT

Christian Women’s fellowship (CWF) Group 5 at Bethany showed their appreciation of our firefighters November 12 at the Arapahoe Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) by taking them refreshments and celebrating the ways they help and protect those in our community.

The women took a repast of sweets and dips to the AVFD kitchen, and greeted and served the firefighters. Before leaving, they thanked the firefighters for their service to the community, especially their hard work during Hurricane Florence.

The area served by AVFD had the most trees down in the county during Florence. The firefighters’ primary goal was to keep the roads clear for emergency personnel. All through the hurricane and its aftermath, the firefighters cleared the roads of fallen trees and debris .

In the period immediately after the hurricane, the firefighters went door-to-door checking for those in the community who had not evacuated, to assure their safety.

OBITUARY: CHARLES THEODORE (TED) JENNINGS, SR.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of a longtime member of our church family,

Charles Theodore Jennings, Sr., 14 December 1931 — 12 November 2018

Charles Theodore Jennings, Sr. — Ted to friends and family and Charlie to work colleagues — passed away in the early hours of 12 November 2018. He was born in Centreville, Illinois, to Marvin Edward and Alice (Muir) Jennings.

His wife of 57 years, Dorothy (Lange) Jennings predeceased him in 2014. He is survived by his daughter, Schalene Dagutis and her husband, Pete, of Cohoes, New York; his son, Charles Theodore Jennings, Jr., and his wife, Dawn, of New Bern; his son, John Edward Jennings, and his wife, Celeste, of Anniston, Alabama; and two grandsons, Austin and Bradley Jennings, and six great grandchildren. His brother, Marvin Edward Jennings also survives him. as well as three sisters-in-law, Katherine Lange, Jeanne Lange, and Virginia Lange.

Ted came to the Washington, DC, area in 1941 when his father accepted a job with the federal government. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1952-1954. He attended The Columbia Technical Institute at night, graduating as valedictorian and earning a degree in mechanical engineering in 1959. He and his family moved to Pamlico County in 1978 and attended Bethany Christian Church in Arapahoe. Ted and Dorothy moved to New Bern in 2006.

Ted never met a stranger and will always be remembered for his smile, outgoing personality, and willingness to help others whenever needed. His children will never forget the model he set for how to live a worthwhile life and be a loving, thoughtful spouse.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 17 at 3:00 p.m. at Bethany Christian Church, 8126 NC Highway 306 South, Arapahoe, North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, the family asks if you want to remember Ted, please donate to the charity of your choice in his name.

NOVEMBER THEME: THANK YOU, LORD, FOR…

So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.

–Psalm 63:2-4

Thank you, Lord, for…

When my day begins with washed-out colors, reflecting the lack of spirit in my soul and the dearth of hope in my heart, I thank you, Lord, for making me aware of your love and the beauty of Your creation. As your sun rises upon this fertile earth and illuminates the beauty around me, and as Your sun saturates the colors of all that appears, brightening the world, my soul is filled with Your Spirit, and my heart pulses with your love. I praise you for Your love, and I bask in Your glory. Forever.

OCTOBER THEME: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

“Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. –John 14:23

In The Secret Place: Devotions for Daily Worship, the Nov. 16 devotion, Home Sweet Home,  by Sarah Lyons, she uses John 14:23 as the “thought for the day.” She tells in the devotional of missing a flight, having to sleep in the airport, and catching a flight out the next morning.

Upon arriving home, she stated, “It felt great to be home. There really is no place like home. Jesus creates a home for those who love and obey him. It’s a home where we can feel safe and comfortable. If our earthly home can feel good to us, imagine how great a home with Jesus will be.”

Whether our home is grand or modest, there’s no place like it. The only one better is not to be found in this world; rather, it is the one Jesus prepares for us.

 

PRAYERS FOR YOUR SAFETY THROUGH HURRICANE FLORENCE

One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” –Luke 8:22-25

Our faith is in Jesus, and we are praying for everyone’s safety as Hurricane Florence heads into land.

If you have not made preparations for the storm, there still is a little time to get ready through today, before storm conditions worsen. It is likely that tornado action can occur, too, so be especially aware of the weather at all times.

If the location of your home is low, get to a shelter or to friends or family who live on higher ground.

Pray for the safety of all in the county, and hope that, on the other side of the storm, we all are safe and have had minimal damage.

HURRICANE FLORENCE ALTERS EVENTS SCHEDULE

Due to the approach of Hurricane Florence, events previously scheduled for this week are cancelled.

Saturday, 15 September, Rev. Torrie Osgood will try to send a One Call Now phone message update regarding the schedule for Sunday and beyond.

Bethanyarapahoe.org also will post updates as they become available to us.

SEPTEMBER THEME: ABANDONED, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!  For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in. –Psalm 27:7-10

There are people who have been abandoned, not necessarily intentionally. Think of old people who languish in nursing homes; those who are bound to their homes due to their infirmities; those who receive few visits. They are like old abandoned buildings that continue to stand, though no longer serving a useful purpose. Even when those buildings are structurally sound, because their facades show age and deferred maintenance, they are abandoned.

If you visit those in nursing homes, as elders do, you will find that, often, rather than blessing the one you visit, the one you visit blesses you. Elders frequently feel that, after their visits, they have been blessed far beyond what they have provided to those they visit.

Our Lord does not abandon us; He is with us through adversity, and provides us strength. He never forgets us. When our walls lack paint, our doors creak, our windows fail to block rain and cold, and no one seeks our shelter, the Lord becomes our shelter. “For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.”