“As a North Carolina native, I’m troubled that secularism has spread across our state like it has across our country. Many in North Carolina are doing everything in their power to remove God’s truth and His Name from our government, our schools, our businesses—all parts of public life. Meanwhile, the number of people across the state who profess faith in Jesus Christ has dropped significant.y. What North Carolina—and America as a whole—needs is the transformation that comes when individuals surrender their lives to Jesus Christ. He is our only Hope.
The Lord has given me the opportunity to join with believers like you at free, one-night evangelistic events across our state this October. I want to tell our neighbors about the hope they can find through repentance and faith in Christ. Will you encourage your church members to bring their friends and family who need to hear about His love to the Decision America Tar Heel State Tour? Let’s come together to proclaim ‘the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God’ (2 Corinthians 4:4, NKJV).
Each event on the eight-city tour will also feature live music and prayer for our state and nation. Will you and your church join this life-changing outreach?
After the concert, as I exited the sanctuary and listened to people’s comments, I heard several say, “This was even better than the concert last year!”
I agree with those comments, and look forward to next year’s performance. As the members of the orchestra were leaving, I asked them to come back next year, and they responded that they would, and that they looked forward to the performance as well.
Events like the performance of the NC Baroque Orchestra are enriching both to our congregation and to the community, and we are privileged to host such uplifting events that we can share with our community.
Thanks to the hard work of many at the participating churches, the community Vacation Bible School, an event sponsored by four cooperating churches, held this year at Bethany July 15-19, averaged 27 children, and was both exciting and successful. It was, in fact, a Miraculous Mission.
Here are some photographs taken at the event (Photos by Melissa Watson):
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. —1 John 1:5-7
When we walk with the Lord, it signifies that we know Him, love Him and rely on Him. Was that not our intention when we were baptized into Christ? Christ died to forgive our sins. Now we can walk with Him and not fear that His light, that shines on us, will reveal sin or darkness within us. If we stray from His light and walk in darkness, He will accept us back into the light if we confess, repent and ask His forgiveness. So let us walk with Him, for He is light, and in walking with Him, we will reflect His light so that others will want to walk with Him, too.
Trust and Obey
When we walk with the Lord in the light of his Word What a glory he sheds on our way! While we do his good will, he abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
—John H. Sammis, 1887
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But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 6:22 ESV
As we celebrate our nation’s independence and 243rd birthday, the image of the Liberty Bell would be a symbolic image. But the header picture here is of Bethany’s bell from the church building that burned 11 years ago. A church bell is appropriate for our July theme, Let Freedom Ring! If we believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and our Savior, then He has set us free from sin. So, as people free from the slavery of sin, living in Christ’s Kingdom, a church bell is symbolic of the grace of Christ. Let Freedom Ring!
Bethany will hold its annual Sunday School Picnic at Camp Caroline tomorrow, 23 June, beginning at 2 PM! After fun at the pool and on the creek, supper will be served around 5 PM.
The Sunday School also is providing gluten-free buns, and Bubba Veggie Burgers to make our gluten- free and vegetarian people feel welcome!
While the Sunday School is providing hamburgers and hot dogs, those attending are invited to bring a side dish or dessert to the picnic so that there will be a variety of food available for everyone to share.
So, enjoy your time at Sunday School and worship tomorrow, then eat a light lunch, and go to Camp Caroline to enjoy fun, fellowship and supper with Bethany family and friends!
Note: There was not room in the Beacon to report the text of the motion voted on in the general board meeting June 2, so it is presented here.
The following motion was introduced during the general board meeting June 2. The motion failed by a vote of 6 nays to 4 yeas.
Motion: That prior to each General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and each General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina, all resolutions and other important business to be voted on by delegates to those assemblies be printed in advance and made available to members of the congregation of Bethany Christian Church.
Further, that a congregational meeting be called prior to each assembly so that the members of the congregation have an opportunity to discuss the resolutions or business items and vote yea or nay on each, and so that the congregation is informed of the business of the regional church and the general church, and so that Bethany’s delegates to the assembly(s) can cast their votes in accordance with the expressed will of the congregation.
Summertime brings thoughts of being outdoors with family and friends. Bethany is providing an opportunity to do just that! Each year on the fourth Sunday in June, Bethany has it annual Sunday School Picnic. It should probably be called the Church Picnic since everyone is invited, not just those who attend Sunday School.
The event begins about 2 pm, Sunday, June 23rd and will continue until approximately 6 or 6:30 pm. Activities include kayaking, sailboating, swimming, lazing by the pool, eating a meal together, fellowship, and fun. If anyone wants to bring some other type of yard gaming activity, it will be welcomed.
Our Sunday School Superintendent, Chris Watson and some of his helpers, will cook the hot dogs and hamburgers. The hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, beverages, condiments, plates, napkins, and utensils are furnished by the church. We do ask that you bring your favorite side dish that you want to share with others. Examples might include fruit, vegetables, dessert.
So…come on out to Bethany’s annual Sunday School picnic at Camp Caroline on Sunday, June 23rd. FYI…For those who just would like to participate in the food and fellowship portion, the food is usually served between 5 and 5:30 pm.
Have you heard? Bethany Christian Church will be going on an “out of this world” Vacation Bible School (VBS) adventure. We are launching a “Miraculous Mission” the week of July 15th through 19th.
Each day will begin at 8:30 am with our opening ceremony where we will greet each other with songs and other activities relating to our VBS theme. Wait until you hear the stories that a “mad scientist” will be telling! Also, there will be Bible challenges, games, crafts, and, of course, snacks. The day will be packed full of excitement concluding at 11:45 am with our closing ceremony.
We met with some of the area churches on Sunday, June 2nd to introduce the theme and to begin the process of finding out the number of children that might attend and who would like to volunteer from each of these churches. We will be meeting again on June 16th. We will be asking for your help in a variety of ways: team leaders, decorating, crafts, snacks, musicians/leading songs, photography, publicity, leading games, etc. If you would like to volunteer for any of these positions, please contact Rev. Osgood or Christine Beeman.
Let’s make this VBS an adventure that will be fun and memorable for all the children and will help bring children closer to Jesus.