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Welcome to Beaver Church!
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Beaver UCC

We are a community of caring individuals brought together by a common bond – love!

Our congregation is composed of people from all walks of life who come together to offer healing and comfort, learning and encouragement - much like a family. We welcome all, and believe that extravagant hospitality is central to the role of our church.

At Beaver UCC, we strive to help our members grow spiritually, while at the same time understanding that everyone has their own spiritual path. Our church is a place where you can think for yourself while differing views are respected. It is our hope that through education, fellowship, and service we can, as a community, come closer to God and each other.

Since our founding over 200 years ago, Beaver Church continues seeking to offer an atmosphere of informality, spontaneity, fellowship, and fun. We hope our Church is a place where you and all will feel both welcome and comfortable.
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About Our Church

Sunday School Program

Sunday School – Summer Break
We will be having a summer break for our normal Sunday school classes starting on May 29th and lasting until September 4th. The normal Sunday school classes will start back up on September 11th. During the break the Nursery will continue to meet with Hayden. The older “Children’s Sunday School” group that meets with Brittany will stay in service for those weeks. The middle “Young Learners” group that meets with Sarah will have the choice of either staying in service, or going to the Nursery.

Nursery

Meets: Upstairs each Sunday after the children’s moment, year round.
Main Teacher: Hayden Rauls
Ages: Infant through Pre-K
This class is for our youngest students and there will be a combination of play and some instruction depending on the ages present.

Young Learners
Meets: Upstairs each Sunday after the children’s moment, September through May, with a one month break around Christmas.
Main Teacher: Sarah Hogan
Ages: K through 4th grade
This class is for our younger learners and will be focused on instruction and lessons. Material will be taught from a children’s story type Bible. Children less comfortable with working on lessons might wish to stay in the nursery, and those that are more advanced might wish to go to the older class.

Children’s Bible Study
Meets: Upstairs each Sunday after the children’s moment, September through May, with a one month break around Christmas.
Main Teacher: Brittany King
Ages: 4th through 8th grade
This class will be a Bible and faith study where children will read scripture lessons from the Bible each week and study them. Children will also learn about Christian faith themes present in the topics and readings for the week. Readings should somewhat overlap with the readings given in the service. As children reach the point where the curriculum or discussions seem less challenging, then they are encouraged to stay in service, attend the Adult Bible Study, and seek confirmation with the Pastor when ready. During breaks, children will be asked to stay in service.

Adult Bible Study
Meets: In the fellowship hall each Sunday at 9:30 AM, September through May.
Main Teacher: Pastor Brian
Ages: Youth and Adults
This class will be a Bible and faith study each week led by Pastor Brian. Jr. High and Sr. High youth and Adults are encouraged to attend.

Services Provided by Beaver UCC

Prayer List and Card Ministry
Do you know someone who would appreciate our prayers, receiving a card from us, or having Pastor Brian visit with them? Please let us know. The Prayer List and Card Ministry will never be published on our website, although it will be included in our monthly newsletter.

Weddings
Beaver UCC offers wedding services including space rental, pre-marital counseling, and officiating for both members and non-members. Please contact the pastor for more information.

Funerals
Our church offers support in any way we can to assist those who are grieving the passing of a loved one. Funerals are generally held in the sanctuary and a meal is provided by the church afterwards.

Confirmation Classes
Confirmation classes are held each year for teenagers who wish to join the church and know more about their faith. Classes generally start in September and culminate with confirmation in May.

Counseling
The church offers pastoral counseling for members and non-members. Please see the Pastor’s Page for information on office hours.

Accessiblity
Beaver Church is wheelchair accessible with elevators. Sound reinforcement devices are available for the hard of hearing as are signers for the deaf. Please let us know if you have any special needs.

Beaver UCC Choir

Beaver Church Sings!
Music is an important component of worship at Beaver Church, one that lifts our spirits and helps us rejoice in God and with each other. Everyone is invited to participate in Beaver UCC’s choir - all you need is an appreciation of music and a desire to learn. We also encourage any and all musicians who wish to share their talents with us during worship. If you would like to join the Beaver Church Choir or provide accompanying instrumental support during a service, please contact our choir director or Pastor Brian.

Adult Choir
Beaver UCC’s Adult Choir provides music for each worship service from September through May, plus a special service on Christmas Eve. Practices are held following Sunday Worship in the church sanctuary.

Community Service and Support

Service is just as important to Beaver Church as fellowship.

Weekly contributions of food and clothing are taken to local food pantries and service organizations for those in need. Volunteers plan special activities for residents of nursing homes, while the congregation as a whole makes Christmas brighter for folks by sponsoring food and gift drives each holiday season.

Members of our congregation also support a variety of other charitable causes with time, money, and in-kind donations, including
Heifer International, the Dayton Food Bank, the Salvation Army, and the Connor Puckett Fund.

The United Church of Christ

The religious heritage of the
United Church of Christ (UCC) stems from the great traditions of the Protestant Reformation - Lutheran, Calvinist, and Congregational. These traditions were brought to America by Protestants fleeing persecution in Europe.

Four religious traditions, including the German Reformed, of which Beaver UCC was part, united in 1957 to become the United Church of Christ. Today, any local church or denomination is welcome to apply for membership in the UCC.

Beaver Church's services feature a combination of formal and informal worship. Our service includes communion on the first Sunday of the month, and all are welcome to participate.

Worship

Beaver Church's weekly workshop service is held each Sunday at 10:30 AM. Find Beaver Church

Our 10:30 AM service is offered on
Facebook Live and, for those who might wish to participate outdoors, be broadcast on 96.1 FM in our front parking lot.

The weekly bulletin (downloadable) and links to each Sunday's scripture, for your reference and study,
are available here as well as a link to the Sunday 10:30 AM service video for later viewing. Our on-line Calendar page also lists the current status of activities and events at our church.

Activities, Events, and News

Church News and Announcements are listed here as well as in our Beaver Church Newsletter available here each month.

Watch Past Worship Services
Videos of each week's service are available – click here. Sermons from past years are available on The Pastor's Page™.

COVID Worship Precautions - Updated August 1, 2022
As you read in the Pastor’s Peace, the consistory has voted to reinstate some safety precautions due to Greene County being at the CDC High level, with a continued increase in cases. Starting on the first Sunday in August, we will be asking everyone to wear masks again during the service, although those presenting the worship service such as the Pastor and the Lay Reader can remove their masks when speaking. We will sing fewer verses of our hymns, have the offering plates in the center aisle again, and will have communion with communion kits, although we did buy nicer ones this time. In addition, we will be moving coffee and doughnuts to the outdoor back shelter again. Please be patient as we implement these changes again, and hopefully we will be able to roll some of these back soon if the numbers start to decrease.

United Church Homes Golf Outing - August 5 - 8:00 AM
You are invited to participate in the United Church Homes golf tournament on August 5th. This is a fundraiser for the organization that runs several of our UCC nursing homes including Trinity here in Beavercreek. The tournament will be at Beavercreek Golf Club and starts at 8:00 am on Friday August 5th with breakfast. The cost per player is $100 and includes breakfast, 18 holes, and lunch. The registration deadline for the tournament is July 15th. You can register online at https://www.unitedchurchhomes.org/trinity-atbeavercreek/ where there is a link at the top of the page. You can also email advancement@uchinc.org and register that way. We already have 2 people from the church participating, and will be looking for at least two more to form a team. If you register, please let Pastor Brian know so he can let the event organizers know who is from the church and thus should be put together on a team.

Trinity Birthday Party - August 11 - 1:30 PM
We will be hosting the August Trinity Nursing Home birthday party again on Thursday August 11th. We are asking people that are helping or bringing items to please come at 1:30pm, and then the party starts at 2pm. We will have some music, and we are asking people to please bring cookies for the event. The church will also be putting together some gift bags for the August birthday folks as well.

Church Basement Sale - August 18-20 - 9:00 AM
The church is planning on having their annual basement sale in a few weeks, on Thursday August 18th through Saturday August 20th. We will have a setup for the event on Sunday August 14th and tear down on Sunday August 21st. Feel free to bring items for the basement sale to the church anytime between now and August 14th. We ask that things brought to the church be placed in closed boxes as much as possible to make stacking and storage easier. There will be more information announced as we get closer to the sale, and signup sheets provided for people to sign up to volunteer. We will be asking volunteers to wear masks assuming that the Covid infection levels are still high, however, we will not be forcing the public to do that.

Postal Mail Security
It has come to our attention recently that one or two things have gone missing from the front mailbox at the church. It could be that they were lost. However, the consistory was concerned, and so the mail was held at the post office until we could install a lockable mailbox for the church, which we have completed. As an extra step to make sure mail wasn’t stolen, our treasurers will be sending out statements at the end of August to each member showing what they have given so far this year, and the dates for those gifts, so that you can check them against your records. If you find any discrepancies, please let either Alice or Melissa know immediately. Thank you for this, and hopefully this is not a bigger issue than one or two missing pieces of mail.

Upcoming In September…

Congregational Meeting - September 11 - after Morning Worship
As 2022 has continued on, it has become apparent that overall offerings are down significantly from 2021, and we are currently about 17% or $10,000 behind our budgeted offerings for the first 6 months of the year. There are of course likely many reasons for this, and there are certainly members who have been hurt by a decreased stock market and inflation. Gifts are kept confidential at Beaver UCC, and so the Consistory only knows that overall offerings are down, but no more information than that. The Consistory felt that it should let the congregation know of this and set up a meeting for the issue to be discussed. We will be holding a congregational meeting after our church service on Sunday September 11th. The meeting will be held in the sanctuary, and over Facebook Live. This will give the church a little more time to collect financial information for July and August, and allow the congregation to discuss and vote on how it wishes to proceed with this issue concerning next year’s budget. Thank you to all who have given to the church in the past, and all who continue to do so. Without the generous support of the members, Beaver UCC would not exist. Every donation no matter how big or small makes this possible.


Upcoming In November…

Cookie Walk
Assuming things don’t change too much from the present with Covid, we will be holding our cookie-walk again in November, which we might move outside to make it safer. Regardless of where it takes place, however, we will need cookies and plenty of them. This is a friendly reminder to please start to make cookies and freeze them in anticipation for our November event. It is a fun and delicious way to support the church.