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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 – Resumes September 11
The normal Sunday school class schedule will resume on September 11th.

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 September 29, 2022
The consistory met again in September to discuss the current trend of Covid infections and how that will affect how we conduct our services and fellowship for October. With the continued decrease in cases, and with feedback from the congregational meeting, the consistory has decided on the following:

  • Masks will remain optional but encouraged for those who are more vulnerable
  • We will be singing all 3 of our normal hymns, although 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
  • We will continue having communion with the disposable kits
  • Choir will be restarting in a limited fashion to begin with
  • We will now be doing meals again with volunteers as we have done in the past after service.
  • The first Sunday of the month will be a potluck for the meal, starting November 6th.
  • Sunday School will continue as normal
Neighbors in Need (NIN) offering - October 2
Beaver UCC will receive the NIN offering on Sunday October 2nd as one of our four special denominational offerings we take up during the year. Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Minis- tries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.

Blessing of the Animals - October 4 - 6:30 PM 🐈 πŸΆπŸ΄πŸ„πŸ‡πŸ¦œ
We will have a blessing of the animals at 6:30 PM in the shelter on Tuesday Oct. 4th, which is the Feast of St. Francis. All types of animals are welcome, although we would ask that folks be considerate and not bring animals that don’t get along well with others. We also ask that the animals have a leash or restraint of some kind.

Chicken and Noodle Dinner - October 15 - 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM πŸ“
We will be having our fall Chicken & Noodle fundraiser dinner for the church and public on Saturday October 15th. The dinner will be open for most of the day 11AM to 7PM, and we will offer chicken and noodle, 2 sides, dessert, and a drink for $14. We will be doing advertising and please tell folks you know about it. We will put up a signup sheet for people to help with the dinner, and we are also asking people to donate sodas, waters, and desserts if they can. There will be a signup sheet with specific items to donate so we get the right amount of things. Thank you so much!

Budgetary Congregational Meeting - October 16 following Worship Service and Fellowship Luncheon
In September we held a congregational meeting to discuss a shortfall in offerings in comparison to last year, and how that shortfall was affecting this year’s budget. There was a great deal of positive and helpful ideas shared during the meeting. As promised there will be a follow-up congregational meeting on October 16th where we will discuss how things have gone in the last few weeks in terms of offerings, and what direction the congregation wants the consistory to go in terms of the budget for 2023. The meeting will be held in the sanctuary at 12:30pm after the service and fellowship lunch. It will also be broadcast over Facebook live for those that wish to access it.

Big Ol’ Pumpkin Night - October 28 - 6:30 PM
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All kids and families, and other folks who might want to join, let it be known that we will again be having our annual grand pumpkin carve-off on Friday October 28th at 6:30 PM here at the church. Please bring a pumpkin to carve, whatever carving instruments you feel you need, and come prepared to “bring it on” as the youth would say. We will likely have apple cider and other snacks; feel free to bring those as well. We will also have different categories of competition and prizes, yup that’s right— prizes.

Book Study - Praying for Strangers: An Adventure of the Human Spirit - October 26 thru November 16 - 7:00 PM - Zoom
Our new book study will be four weeks in length, starting on Wednesday October 26th, meeting again on each Wednesday, with the final week being Wednesday November 16th. We will meet all nights at 7PM via Zoom, and the link for the Zoom meeting will be sent out each Tuesday via the all-church email list. The book we are reading is Praying for Strangers: An Adventure of the Human Spirit by River Jordan. The church will have several copies for those who want to participate. Please see Pastor Brian to get one of these copies. If those run out, you can pick up a copy at some bookstores, Amazon, or on Kindle, and the ISBN number is (0425245608). The reading schedule for each week will be given as we get closer to starting the study. “As 2009 approached, both of River Jordan's sons were about to go off to war-one to Iraq and the other to Afghanistan; she was planning a family reunion to see them off. All River could do was pray for her sons' safety and hope to maintain her strength, until she unexpectedly came upon the perfect New Year's resolution-one that focused on others instead of herself. She would pray for a complete stranger every single day of the year.” “In Praying for Strangers, Jordan tells that the discovery that she made along the journey was not simply that her prayers touched the lives of these strangers (in often astounding ways), but that the unexpected connections she made with other people would be a profound experience that would change her life forever.”

Sunday Fellowship Lunches Returning
Lunches will begin again on October 2nd and there will be a signup sheet on the blue table in the sanctuary for people to sign up to provide them for the week. People who provide the lunch will be offered a $40 reimbursement, if they wish to take it, for providing food. All excess donations will be used to cover kitchen expenses etc. We will also be doing potlucks again once month for the lunch. Starting on November 6th we will have our first potluck and then the potluck will be on the 1st Sunday of every month thereafter.

Coming In November…

Cookie Walk - November 19 πŸͺ
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.