Witches? Zombies? Vampires?

Witches, zombies, ninjas, storm troopers, angels, fairies, butterflies, vampires, Harry Potter, and even Magnastorm swarmed Bethany’s Fellowship Hall on Friday, October 26 for the BCC Youth kick-off event—a Halloween lock-in.

Party goers, over 20 kids, were comically terrorized with a creepy gross-out booth that only the bravest of youth would dare to stick their hands into. The costumed goblins decorated pumpkins, bowled over ghosts, snacked on mummies, and bobbed for apples.

The members of Bethanyjoined the fun by dressing up and providing goodies for trunk-or-treat. All ghouls were fed heartily in the am and sent safely home. It was spooktacular! Thank you all for turning Halloween into a fun, festive time for Christian fellowship for our youth—the leaders of tomorrow. Come grow with us!

Here are some of the characters:

Story and photos by Melissa Watson

Death Notice

We regret to learn of the death Saturday of Delores “Ann” Jones Lawrence, 49, of Grantsboro. We offer our prayers and condolences to the family, and ask God to comfort them. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Cayton Cemetery, the Rev. Cindy Midyette officiating, and the family will receive friends after the service at the home of Ms. Lawrence’s sister, Susie Eastwood, 1197 S. Goose Creek Road.


New Quilt on Display

The quilt that was dedicated Homecoming Sunday is pictured below. The women of the quilt team (see October 11 post) spent two years making a quilt with church family names that updates the one from 1912 that also is on display in the fellowship hall.

Photo by Janci Cahoon

Death Notice

We are sad to learn of the death yesterday of an Arapahoe community member, Sarah Ann Dixon Murphy, 80. She was a member of Aversboro Road Baptist Church in Garner. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Greenleaf Memorial Park Lakeside Chapel, Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer officiating. We express our condolences to the family and offer our prayers for their comfort.

Good Southern Gospel Music is Slated for Sunday’s Monthly Music Series

Bethany’s monthly music program series Sunday will feature Southern Gospel Music by Simon and Sara Spalding, the multi-talented Wilson family, and others, singing and playing fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, autoharp and other instruments.

The Wilson family are members of Tabernacle Baptist Church in New Bern. Scott plays guitar and Monica sings. Their daughters are  Shelby, who plays mandolin; Hannah, who plays violin/fiddle and mandolin; and Lillie, who plays 5-string banjo. Roger Bennett will play the upright bass (bull fiddle), and a number of other guests will sing and/or play.

The music to be played includes Cripple Creek, To Caanan’s Land I’m on My Way, Victory in Jesus, Down in the River to Pray, Will the Circle be Unbroken, and much more.

The program, which begins at 6 pm in Bethany’s sanctuary, is free to all, and the community is invited. A free-will offering will be taken. Don’t miss the program Sunday; it promises to be a spectacular event!

Homecoming 2012

Homecoming Sunday turned out to be one of the best. The sanctuary was filled with worshipers, the chancel choir and the Jericho Ringers provided beautiful music, in the sermon Rev. Watson related Bethany’s interesting history, the women of the church who made a quilt like the one made 100 years ago dedicated the just-completed one that’s on display in the fellowship hall, the weather was perfect for our homecoming dinner, the food was plentiful and delicious, and all found good fellowship. The event was both enjoyable and uplifting.

Homecoming Sunday worship.
So much food, and so delicious.
It was a great time for all our families and guests.

Photos by Emily Harper and Pat Stilley

Death Notice

We are sad to learn of the death today of Harley D. Davis, 75, of Arapahoe, and we extend our prayers and condolences to his family for their loss. The family will receive friends 4-6 p.m. Sunday, and a funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church.

Quilt to be Unveiled Homecoming Sunday

Bethany’s quilting team has been working for two years making a quilt with church family names as an updated companion to the one currently on display. Now that it is finished, it will be unveiled at homecoming.

Juanita Arrington took pictures of the team making the quilt, as displayed below. Captions are the fault of the editor.

Julia Peterson looks puzzled.

But Pat Stilley looks pretty calm.

“Now Julia has it!” says Linda Watson

From left: Linda Watson, Julia Peterson, Renée Midyette, Juanita Arrington and Annette Aldridge.

The instructor, Polly Taylor,  shows them how to do it. From left: Annette Aldridge, Linda Watson and Polly Taylor.

Now it’s finished. From left: Linda Watson, Julia Peterson, Terry McCotter, Juanita Arrington and Annette Aldridge.

Photos by Juanita Arrington


Death Notice

We are saddened at the death Sunday of Rebecca “Becky” Vendrick Cahoon, 80, a long-time part of Bethany’s family. We will miss her, and we ask God to comfort her family, as she is now in the comforting arms of the Lord. Her funeral took place today at Bethany.

In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

Transformation: Becoming the Church and the People Christ Wants Us to Be

Bethany set out on its transformational journey the week of Sept. 17 with Dr. Richard Hamm’s class, Recreating the Church: Leadership for the Post Modern Age.

The way the class works is that we view an online video-on-demand presentation each of the 5 weeks the class is in session, followed by an interactive session on Thursday nights at 9 p.m., in which those who participate can talk with Dr. Hamm and ask questions generated by our viewing of the video on demand.

Although those who signed up can view the video on demand and participate in the interactive session on their personal computers wherever they may be, Bethany is offering the video-on-demand session on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. at the Arapahoe Charter School for those who want to view the video-on-demand session in a group. On the Thursday interactive sessions, one can join the discussion by phone from any location.

Even though two sessions–The Shift from Modern to Post-Modern, and Generational Differences and Similarities– have been completed, it is well worth watching the remaining video-on-demand  sessions and participating in the Thursday night interactive sessions. The information is not only quite interesting, but extremely useful as well. The session-3 video on demand–The Life Cycle of Congregations–is scheduled to be completed prior to the interactive session tomorrow night at 9 p.m.

The session-4 video on demand–A Visioning Process for Congregations–is scheduled for the week of Oct. 8, with the group session Wednesday at 7 p.m., and the interactive session Thursday night, Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. Session 5–Leading Adaptive Change in Churches–skips a week, with the video on demand the week of Oct. 21 (group session Wednesday, Oct. 24), and the interactive session Oct. 25.

The classes only mark the beginning of our journey, about which we’ll have much more information shortly.