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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

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 worship service is held in our Sanctuary each Sunday at 10:30 AM. Find Beaver Church

Our 10:30 AM service is also offered on
Facebook Live, YouTube, and, for those who might wish to participate outdoors, is 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.

  • The Pastor's Peace

    Pastor Brian's thoughts and musings...

    As I write this, I am getting ready to go on vacation to Myrtle Beach, God willing. Of course, I am doing the thing that I normally do and finishing all of the last-minute items I need to do. There are church things to finish like getting bulletins done, writing this Pastor’s Peace, and getting the sanctuary ready for this Sunday. I even have had to do things for my wife’s store like fixing electronics and making beard oil; it’s a long story. Then there is packing still left to do, but at least I’ve done the laundry. Needless to say, these last few days I have had a frantic energy about me, and I pray that once I actually do get to go on vacation, I can finally relax. With my luck it will probably take half my vacation time just to calm down. I was joking with my wife that I need a pre-vacation before vacation just so I have time to get everything done.

    As busy as I am, I still have to be very thankful, as many people don’t have the ability to take vacation or even think about it. However, no matter your profession and income, all of us struggle with the busyness of life. This is made even more pronounced thanks to technology that can notify us in an instant of new tasks to be done and things to worry about every hour of the day and anywhere on the planet. Gone are the days of being peacefully out of contact once you stepped outside your home. These changes to our life are not innocuous. Studies have shown wide spread addiction to phones and social media, as well as an often increase in depression and anxiety correlating to consumption of social media and other online resources. As a child in school, I will never forget the fire safety tip: stop, drop, and roll. I feel like in general these days another safety tip for mental health might be stop, just stop. We clergy are not immune to such things either. I talked to a fellow pastor recently and found out that he takes vacation days, but never has Sundays off if he can help it. My response was, “You know even God took a break.”

    God did take a break, and not only that, God told us that we should, too. The Sabbath is not only a holy day, but a mandated day of rest. This is why I take a nap after church every Sunday, just making sure to follow God’s instruction. All jokes aside, our culture of continuous work and consumption is not a healthy one. This is something that God foresaw about humanity. Even in Eden humans needed more and more, unable to be content with the paradise around them. At what point do we say enough is enough? Hopefully before we have exhausted ourselves to death, both physically and spiritually. My prayer for myself as I finish writing this is that I do indeed take time to rest and see the beauty of this paradise that is creation. My prayer for you is that you too can take some time as well to make sacred and honor God’s commandment of rest.

    Peace and Blessings,
    Pastor Brian


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™.

Luau Sunday - June 2
On June 2nd we will be having our annual Luau Sunday. The luau or Hawaiian party is a time for celebration and community. These are both things we value at Beaver UCC, and so to celebrate the summer and each other we are going to have a bit more fun than usual on June 2nd. We will invite folks to wear Hawaiian shirts to church, give out leis, and have a carry-in afterwards. We will have City BBQ delivered to the church for the main dish, and we ask that people bring side dishes and desserts to go with the meal. The food will be kept in the fellowship hall, but we are encouraging those who wish, to use the shelter if the weather is nice.

Father's Day - June 16

Fathers, past and present, will be honored on Father’s Day, June 16th. Because there are often afternoon plans on Father’s Day, there will be no carry-in or fellowship meal after service.

Church Scholarship
It is that time of the year again for us to receive applications for the church scholarship. If you are a graduating high school senior that plans to attend college and wish to apply, you can request an application from Tom Rauls or there are some copies available at the church. The due date for the application is June 16th.

Book Study - The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity - June 26 though July 17 - 7:00 PM
Our new book will start on Wednesday June 26th, and will continue on Wednesday nights at 7PM for four weeks, ending on Wednesday July 17th. The book we are reading is The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity by William P. Young. We will meet online each Wednesday via Zoom, and the Zoom link will be sent out each Wednesday via the all-church email list. Pastor Brian will soon have several copies of the book, and if those run out, it can be ordered on Amazon.

A bit about the book: “In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You'll want everyone you know to read this book!”

June 26th – Chapters 1-4
July 3rd – Chapters 5-9
July 10th – Chapters 10-13
July 17th – Chapters 14-18

Military Card & Care Package Programs
This summer Beaver Church will participate in several programs to send out cards and care packages to members of the military. There are many programs designed to bring some joy to those in the armed services, especially to those deployed far away from home. Beaver Church will participate in several of these this summer and hopefully many church members will help in this effort. As we get further into June look for further announcements about this ministry and some handouts with instructions.

Cookie Walk Reminder
We will be holding our annual cookie-walk again on Saturday November 23rd. This is just a reminder that we will need cookies and plenty of them. If you can, please start to make cookies and freeze them in anticipation for our November event. As we get closer to November, we will have signup sheets under the clock in the sanctuary so that we can get an estimate of how many cookies people are bringing and what types. The more unusual cookies are the ones that are often the most popular. Please help if you can, it is a fun and delicious way to support the church.


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