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  • BETHESDA BEACON

    A Publication of Bethesda Presbyterian Church

    May 2014 edition

    In Sympathy The love and sympathy of the congregation is extended to Louise Monroe upon the death of her brother, Wayne Phillips. !

    Congratulations Congratulations to Jasper C. Ardinger who earned A/B Honor Roll for the fourth grading period at Southern Middle! ! Congratulations to Ruth Sinclair whose student Arren Sevigny received the Katharine Lamont Boyd Award for Most Outstanding Festival Young Musician on March 15 and 16 at the 2014 Youth Musicians Festival at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities. !!!!!!!

    1002 N Sandhills Blvd! Aberdeen, NC! 28315! www.bethesdapres.net! ! Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Vol. 33 Issue 5

    Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 ! 1 I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. 2 Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. 4 Then I called on the name of the LORD: “O LORD, I pray, save my life!” ! 12 What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty to me? 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD, 14 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people. 15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful ones. 16 O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your serving girl. You have loosed my bonds. 17 I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the LORD. 18 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people, 19 in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!

    Mark your calendars and tell all your friends! Our "Under Construction" Vacation Bible School is Monday, June 16 -

    Thursday, June 19 from 5:30 - 8:15 PM. We still need helpers - please contact the church office. 

    VBS volunteers, please make sure to pick up your curriculum from Sam as soon as you can.

  • Presbyterian Women • Circle #4 will meet on Tuesday, May 6 at 10:00 am in the parlor followed by a

    lunch together at a local restaurant. • The Martha Circle will meet Monday, May 5 at 7:30 pm in the Church Parlor. • The Friendship Circle will meet Monday, May 12 at 10:00 am in the Jesse

    Wimberley room. Please join us. If you have questions please call Kay Mack at 215-8813.

    • On Sunday, May 4 the Coordinating Team of Bethesda Women would like all women of Bethesda to attend a luncheon in the fellowship hall following worship. This will also be a time of fellowship as we collect our birthday offering, and we do hope you will plan to join us! Questions? Please call any member of the Coordinating Team: Becky Brown, Nancy Arnold, Nancy High, Carolyn Burns, Mary Lou Black, Sandi Marts, and Kay Mack. !

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ! ChristCare

    Members of the ChristCare Visitation Group visit those who are homebound or in the hospital or those who would simply like a short visit. If you would like one of our group to visit you or know of someone else who would like a visit, please call 235-0206 or Lisa Keith at 944-1319. !

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ! Christian Education !

    The last regular Sunday School meeting of the school year is Sunday, May 25.  ! The annual Bible Bowl & Teacher Appreciation Breakfast is Sunday, June 1st in the Fellowship Hall during the Sunday School hour. All Sunday School teachers, Bible study leaders, group leaders and all those who have taught a class over the past year will be honored. The congregation is invited to join us for fun, trivia, and treats! ! We will also honor our graduates during the worship service on June 1st, so please wear your caps and gowns, graduates! ! We are in need of teachers for our "One Room" summer Sunday School (preschool - 5th grade). We will have a rotating schedule and are asking volunteers to teach one Sunday during the summer. The curriculum is provided. Summer SS begins on June 8. Please contact the office if you can help. ! The Christian Education Committee meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Jesse Wimberley room. !

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    Committee News Assistance Team

    Although the weather improved somewhat during the month of March, our turnout was lower than expected. While we were open all four Wednesday mornings, cold, rainy conditions on the second Wednesday again kept many of our patrons away. During the month of March we served a total of 189 households, averaging 47 per week. ! We would like to thank Michelle Jackson for coordinating with Dunkin’ Donuts to provide donuts to our patrons. Michelle picks up the unsold donuts at 10pm, brings them to the Fellowship Hall, and then puts them in individual zip lock bags for us to distribute on one or two Wednesdays each month! What a treat as well as a kind gesture and lots of work on Michelle’s part! ! Page Memorial Methodist Church in Aberdeen has added the first and third Friday of each month to its schedule of free lunches. Many of their volunteers are from other churches and they can always use more. Contact the Page Church office if you are interested in volunteering! !

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ! Wedding Calendar (bold indicates church member)

      Ashley Clark and Burton Wood

    July 19, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.  

    Emily Ferguson and Brennan McDuffie November 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Old Bethesda) !

    Allison Duncan and Justin Brooks December 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm !

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ! Budget

    To keep the congregation informed on the finances, here is a summary of March's income and expenses.  If you need to see a detail statement, one can be emailed to you or you can pick a copy up in the office.   February YTD Total Revenues $34,366 $95,482 Total Expenses ($26,857) ($78,807) Balance       $7,509 $16,675 !

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    Committee News

  • • Thank you to the Merry Hearts children, Liturgical Dancers, Emily Braun, the Carol Choir, Nancy Arnold, Gloria & Ruth for piano/organ duet, Moore Brass, and Bethesda Bells for your contributions to worship during April!

    • Special music is needed for the summer while the Chancel Choir takes their break. Please call the church office or Nancy Arnold (944-9378) if you can provide music one sunday during June, July, or August!

    • A special thank you to the Chancel Choir and Rod Harter for a beautiful presentation of the cantata “Once Upon a Tree” on Good Friday! The Chancel Choir’s last Sunday for the season will be June 8. Consider joining us when we start back in August, we’re always looking for more singers!

    • The Carol Choir will present the musical “Inside Out” a musical about the fruits of the spirit by Craig Crawshaw.

    Music Notes

    There is a small group of people who meet at 9 am Sundays in the Chapel for a short time of prayer.      We pray for those in need, who are ill, for the country, for our church, and for whatever is on our hearts.   We welcome any and all who would like to join us.

    Make plans now to join us for the 3rd annual Backyard BBQ and Craft Fair on Saturday,

    May 17th from 10-4. All proceeds will benefit the Moore Free Care Clinic. There will be crafters, vendors, a silent auction,

    delicious BBQ, and MORE!

    Congratulations to our youth who completed Confirmation and are now members of our church: Sierra Stefanelli, Ella Clark, Alicia Dunlap, Kelly Clark, and Palmer Noyes. Thank you Henry Hogan and Samantha Taylor for leading these classes!

  • Prayer List Marion Wiltjer! Wanda Taylor!

    Roger Schoonover! Robin Curlee!

    Emma Newberry! Ginger Wilson! Gladys Harris! Andy Auman!

    Scott Allen! Jennifer Pinkston!

    Elliott Frank! Leslie Watts!

    William Taylor! Bob Page!

    Catherine Taylor! Margaret McLeod!

    Lee Ann Allen! D.P. Black!

    Lee Buchan! Sara Wallace!

    Lillian Ransdell! Nancy Clark!

    !Our Armed Forces & the leaders of our nation! Lt. Col. Chriss Goff - USAF - active duty! !Penny Kelly - Kim Clark’s mother! Brian Hester - serving in Korea! Jacob Wilson - USAF! Nicholas Cunningham - US Army! !Nathan Cunningham - US Army! Julie Fogleman - sister-in-law of Craig and Sharon! !Beverly Taylor - friend of Carol Prevatte! Tommy and Carole Douglas - Lisa Noyes’ parents! !Nancy Reichner - friend of Sarah O’Brien! Betty Foehlich - Lynn Dworak’s mother! !Joel Turner - Jim Turner’s son! Cooper Ellington - friend of LoJuanna Pages! John Loeser - friend of Lynn Dworak! Helen Hill - Jeff Hill’s mother! Michael Shaheen - Michelle Jackson’s father! Harold Hogan - Henry Hogan’s father! Karole Jeanne Knapp - friend of Alice Demastus! Bob and Vickie Pinkston! Jo Ann Stokes - friend of Peggy Jacobs! Phy