Barbara James Creates Worship Banner

A Note From Mac Harris


Barbara James thought Bethany needed a worship banner at the pavilion worship service last Sunday, so she designed and created the three-piece cloth banner spelling “JOY” that adorned the pavilion behind the communion table. Barbara began working on the banner Saturday before the service, and finished around 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

As she was purchasing the cloth needed to make the banner, a stranger overheard her mention the burned Bethany church and donated a yard of the cloth. The store in New Bern also donated a yard of cloth, and gave her a 15% discount on the balance of the purchase.

Bethany is lucky to count Barbara among its church family, and grateful to strangers and businesses for their kindness and help. Barbara’s banner again Sunday and beyond will remind us of the “joy” of our risen Christ, the journey upon which we have embarked to rebuild God’s Church at the Crossroads, and of the love shown by compassionate brothers and sisters who are strangers only in the sense that we do not know their names.

New Bern Christian Churches Raise in Excess of $10,000.00 for Bethany at Ice Cream Social


Representatives of Broad Street Christian Church and Highland Park Christian Church Sunday presented to the Bethany Board proceeds of the Ice Cream Social held Sunday afternoon in the Broad Street Fellowship Hall. The social raised in excess of $10,000. The Bethany Church Family greatly appreciates the generosity and Christian love shown by the people of both churches, those who attended the social, and of the Maola company, which provided the ice cream.

Board Action & Calendar Notes – Sunday, July 1


Worship services again will be held at the Pavilion Sunday, July 8, at 10:00 a.m.

The Bethany Christian Church Board voted Sunday to begin holding Sunday School and Worship Services at Camp Caroline at regular times on July 15 : Sunday School, 10:00 a.m. and Worship, 11:00 p.m.


Camp Seafarer invites the Bethany Church Family to an informal outdoor vespers service Sunday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. The camp wishes to stay in touch with Bethany as we begin our rebuilding journey.


Chairman Chris Watson appointed Jennie Adams to the Communications Committee to fill the eventual vacancy when Charles Beard relocates to Wilson.

The First Sunday After the Fire

Highlights from the pulpit.

“We are on a journey, It has already begun.

“We’re all one in this. Let us lift each other up in prayer.

“Look over there, what do you see?

John Beeman, Jr., said, “I see a new start.”

“Look over there, what do you see? Some see nothing but problems. People of faith see opportunity.

“Look over there, what do you see? Some see a pile of rubble. People of faith see a shepherd we will follow.”

“It’s God who will build His church back, but He will need our help.”

Using the book of Ezra for context,”God builds us up when we renew our committment to him. God builds us up when we renew our committment to faith.

“God builds us up when we build a foundation on a rock. The foundation of our new church will be Jesus Christ. He is the solid rock from which we will build.”

And in closing, “We are in Easter people. The events of Good Friday will not hold us down.”

Lea Banks, Walking to See the Light

Lea Banks drove from his Virginia Beach home Saturday morning to visit his boyhood church home, Bethany Christian Church. Annette Hardison Aldridge embraced him shortly after his arrival.

Lea Banks, born in 1923, grew up in the depression. He recalled walking the mile or so from his home north of the crossroads in Arapahoe (Bethany Crossing) to see the electric lights inside the church at night. His home had not yet connected with electric power and was still lighted by lamps.

He said, “Every time I come across that passage in the bible, ‘I am the truth and the light,’ I think about walking from the house to the church just to see the lights in the church. A church represents the worthwhileness of life.”

He wiped away the sadness of the moment with a humorous recollection of communion being prepared using Nugrape soda back in those days. He said that it took two bottles of Nugrape to prepare communion. “I would slip into the church and drink those one or two swallows left over in those bottles after the communion was prepared.”

Recalling the turbulent times of being on a ship in World War II, and then coming home, he said, “For soldiers, church represented some stability in life.”

Members of Bethany Christian Church, after a long week, will maintain the stable tradition of Sunday worship on July 1. Worship will be under the pavilion an hour earlier than usual, but worship will carry on.

Camp Caroline CYF Camp Reaches Out to Bethany

A note from Gary Edge

This afternoon Richard Stevens came by the Church and presented a Love offering from the youth at the CYF (Christian Youth Fellowship) Summer Camp at Camp Caroline in the amount of $283.18. The youth also prayed with us while at camp this past Tuesday at the same hour we had our Prayer Meeting under the Pavilion.

God’s love comes to us in countless ways . . . His wonders to behold!

Camp Seafarer Counselors Reach Out to Help

Camp Seafarer Directors,Sally Ransome, left, and Sarah Kronour, brought a contingent of Seafarer counselors to Bethany on Friday, June 29, to use Charlie Beard’s power washer to clean folding chairs from the fellowship hall for Sunday’s worship service under the pavilion.

Young people from all over the nation, in Arapahoe for a summer at camp, reaching out to help Bethany Christian Church recover.

Effort – Effort for the Common Good

Roger Surprenant captured a poignant moment.

Firemen, not members of Bethany Christian Church, at significant risk, taking non-paid leave from regular jobs, during the demolition of the remaining walls of the sanctuary, saved the stained glass window over the front door of Bethany Christian Church.

There is a lesson here about many values. Rebuilding of this historic structure – this historic church home to so many people – this part of the heritage of Bethany Crossing, now called Arapahoe – this rebuilding begins. It is more than a rebuilding of a church sanctuary; it is a rebuilding of the life of Bethany Christian Church.

Ice Cream Fundraiser Sunday, July 1, Sponsored by New Bern Christian Churches

Broad Street Christian Church and Highland Park Christian Church in New Bern are co-sponsoring an ice cream social Sunday, July 1, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at
Broad Street Christian Church, 802 Broad Street, New Bern.

The event is a fundraiser to help the rebuilding effort at Bethany Christian Church. Bethany Disciples are grateful to the outpouring of support from Disciples everywhere.