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Beaver United Church of Christ
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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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Have a Joyous Christmas!


About Our Church

Sunday School Program

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 December 1, 2022
The consistory voted to keep current Covid practices in place for December with some changes and they include:
Masks will remain optional but encouraged for those who are more vulnerable
We will be singing all 3 of our normal hymns, although sometimes with limited verses
We will continue to pass around the mic for joys and concerns, and the offering plates
We will continue passing the peace and the parting song as we have been currently doing them
Communion will now take place in our traditional way of people coming up to receive bread and juice. Separate packets will still be available for those who wish to use them.
Choir has restarted and will be singing a Cantata on December 11th
We will continue to do meals with volunteers, and the first Sunday of the month will be a potluck for the meal
Sunday School will continue as normal
We will begin to have everyone sign cards at the card table as we have done in the past
Children will now be allowed to sit on the altar area for the Children’s moment

Sunday December 4 - Hanging of The Greens - following morning worship
We'll be decorating the Church on Sunday, December 4, following Morning Worship… this is also a carry-in dinner day!

Sunday December 18 - Impromptu Christmas Pageant - 10:30 AM
During our Sunday service on December 18th, we will be having our impromptu Christmas pageant. We will have some hymns and other aspects of the usual Sunday service; however, the children will remain downstairs and the majority of the service will be the pageant. We will hand out parts to people as they come to church, and there will be costumes available for anyone that wants them. It should be a bunch of fun and will help get everyone into the spirit of Christmas.

Wednesday December 21 - Service of Remembrance - 7:00 PM
This year we will again be holding a special service to honor those who will not be with us this holiday season. The service will take place on Wednesday, December 21st at 7:00 PM. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations can be some of the happiest times of the year; they can also be a sad reminder of those we have lost. We will acknowledge our grief and seek comfort in God. We are here for each other, here to give comfort, here to provide support, and here to be a community of God together. Please come and share in this special service where we will remember our loved ones and remember that we are not alone.

Saturday December 24 - Christmas Eve Service - 7:00 PM
Please join us for our traditional Christmas Eve service at 7:00 pm. Pastor Brian will offer a Christmas message, and we will sing your favorite traditional Christmas hymns. We will end with Silent Night by candlelight.

Sunday December 25 - Christmas Day - 10:30 AM

We will have a service on Christmas Day as it is a Sunday. It will be an informal and low-key service, and people can even attend in their pajamas if they want. Pastor Brian will read a selection of Christmas stories during the service.

Sunday January 1 - Question Sunday - 10:30 AM
Our Sunday service on New Year’s Day will be a “Question Sunday”. Pastor Brian will answer questions instead of a sermon. There will not be a carry-in, and instead Stuart Wells will be providing a pancake breakfast after the service.

Volunteer of the Year Award 2022

Thank you to everyone who volunteers at Beaver Church. Our church would not exist without the help of so many people. The voting has concluded for volunteer of the year, 2022. There were votes for 9 different church members, however, there is one winner for this year, and that is Alice Clausing. Congratulations Alice, and thank you for all of your work over so many years. Again, thank you all for all the work that everyone has done this year and every year. When you consider the fact that 16 members could not win because they have won before, the fact that we still had so many votes for so many people, shows how much volunteering happens at Beaver Church.

Card Table Update
We are going to start putting cards on the card table again for everyone to sign like we used to. Shirley Nelson, has been taking care of our card ministry, but it would be nice if one or two people could assist in this ministry as well. If you are interested in that, please talk to Pastor Brian.

Consistory Members Needed
We will need at least 3 if not more new consistory members for next year. If you are interested, please let Pastor Brian know. The term for the consistory is two years, and you must be a member of the church.

January 1, 2023 - Pancakes after church
On January 1st we will not be having a carry-in as we usually would for the first Sunday of the month. Instead, Stuart Wells will be preparing pancakes for everyone after the church service.