There will be a called meeting of the general board following worship Sunday, December 23, 2012, to receive the Budget Committee’s 2013 budget recommendation, and there will be one other item on the agenda.


Somehow our blog site host, WordPress, created coding problems that changed the look of the site, changing the color and position of the navigation tab box, and dropping the date boxes on posts, among other distasteful and inconvenient changes. We are working on getting the site restored to its original look as soon as possible.

12/15/12: The site is now restored to a “plain vanilla wrapper,” and we will be getting it back to it’s theme look as soon as we can, but we’ll probably use a different theme than the one we originally used–that old theme may have been responsible for the problems–so the site will have a slightly different look ultimately.


We learned of the death today of George Magellan Jarvis, Jr., 83, of Lowland. We offer our prayers and condolences to the family. A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Dec. 15, at Wardens Grove Free Will Baptist Church, the Revs. Earl Sadler, Jr., John Carawan and John Hill officiating, with military honors by the Pamlico County VFW Honor Guard. The family will receive friends following the service, and they have asked that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Pamlico County, PO Box 959, Bayboro, NC 28515; Hospice of Carteret County, PO Drawer 1619, Morehead City, NC 28557; or Voice of Freedom, 234 Snow Hill St., Ayden, NC 28513, or PO Box 30310, Greenville, NC 27833.


We were saddened today to learn of the death of Hannah McCotter Cowell, a long-time member of Bethany who will be missed, and we offer our prayers and condolences to her family. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., December 12, at Bethany, the Rev. Merritt Watson officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Greenleaf Memorial Park. The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. December 11 at Bryant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Christian Church, P.O. Box 156, Arapahoe, NC 28510.


We have learned of the death last night of Lucille Rowe Parker, 86, the mother of Susan Lee. Our prayers and condolences go out to Lucille’s family. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, at the Cotten Funeral Home, the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the Parker family at

“O Christmas Tree…”

Another beautiful Christmas tree graces our narthex, reminding us of God’s grace and mercy.

And the sanctuary also is decorated to the glory of God and his gift to the world of his Son, Jesus. We invite you to join us to worship the Father and the Son, by whose grace our sins are forgiven and by our acceptance of that atonement our lives are made whole.

Photos by Janci Cahoon