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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.

About Our Church

Sunday School Program

Sunday School Resumes - September 8
We will resume our Sunday school programs for both youth and adults on Sunday, September 8th. Listed below are our various classes and education opportunities with some information about each one. Age ranges are given for each class; however, flexibility is assumed depending on the child.

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

Adult Bible Study - Sunday, 9:30 AM
Worship Service - Sunday, 10:30 AM
Children’s Sunday School - 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary, retiring to their classrooms following the Children’s Moment
Click a date for worship info…

Adult Bible Study - Sunday, 9:30 AM
Worship Service - Sunday, 10:30 AM
Children’s Sunday School - 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary, retiring to their classrooms following the Children’s Moment
Click a date for worship info…

October 6
Communion Sunday
Usher
Alan & Shirley Nelson
Lay Reader
Jeannette Papajcik
Sunday School
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Hayden Rauls
October 13
Usher
Daquan Cunningham
Lay Reader
Gloria Hurwitz
Sunday School
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Hayden Rauls
October 20
Usher
Pat Ferguson
Lay Reader
Gail Wells
Sunday School
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Hayden Rauls
October 27
Usher
Bob Willhelm & Carol Hildebrecht
Lay Reader
Shirley Nelson
Sunday School
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Hayden Rauls
September 29
Usher
Dean Severtson
Lay Reader
Mindy Severtson
Sunday School
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
December 30, 2018
Usher
Shirley & Alan Nelson
Lay Reader
Not needed
Sunday School
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter

Activities, Events, and News

Beaver Church offers monthly activities for our congregants, including special youth events for our younger members.
Monthly activities, events, and news are listed on both our website and monthly
Beaver Church Chatter newsletter.

Listen to Pastor Brian's Sermons
When available, Pastor Brian's sermons are posted on our website by Thursday each week. Sermons are available on The Pastor's Page™.

Blessing of The Animals - October 4 - 6:30 PM
We will have a blessing of the animals at 6:30 PM in the shelter on Friday 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.

Neighbors in Need (NIN) offering - October 6
Beaver UCC will receive the NIN offering on Sunday October 6th 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 Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.

Harvest Dinner - October 20 (Carry-in)
Keep October 20th on your calendar for our usual carry-in on the Third Sunday of the month. For this carry-in we will have our annual Harvest dinner, to celebrate the harvest season and our farming history. There will be a prize for the best dish made with something that was grown at a home garden or farm.

Big Ol’ Pumpkin Night - October 25 - 6:30 PM
Dear Jr. High, Sr. High, families, and other folks who might want to join, let it be known that we will be having our annual grand pumpkin carve off on Friday October 25th 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.

Adult Baptism Sunday - October 27th
Recently it was requested by an adult in the church that they wanted to be baptized, as they never have been. It was felt that this would be a good opportunity to offer this to other adults in the church who might have never been baptized. We will be baptizing any such adults who wish to receive baptism for the first time on October 27th during service. If you are interested in this, please talk to Pastor Brian. If you want to be baptized, but the 27th does not work for you, Pastor Brian would be happy to find another date that does.

Interested in Becoming a Member?
We have had several people come forward recently who are interested in joining the church. We will have a joining ceremony on the second Sunday in October, 10/13. If you are not a member yet and would like to become a member or associate member, please let Pastor Brian know and he can include you in the upcoming ceremony. If that Sunday does not work for you, we can also always have you join on another Sunday.

Communion Attendant Program
For many years when serving communion in the church, people who could help distribute the elements of communion were limited to those people serving on the consistory. The consistory has recently had several discussions about this and has decided that instead of this system, Beaver Church will now allow anyone who wishes to may become a communion attendant and assist with communion. If you wish to become a communion attendant, you will need to briefly meet with Pastor Brian and receive some training and literature. After that, you are an attendant and can volunteer to help serve communion whenever Pastor Brian asks. For those in the church who are ordained clergy, you have automatically been made communion attendants, and no extra training is necessary.

Cookie Walk - November 16 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The date for the cookie walk fundraiser has been set for Saturday November 16th. We will be selling cookies from 10am-5pm and will have a signup sheet for volunteers sometime before the event. For all of those who signed up to bake cookies, please get them done before November 16th. If you can’t do what you have signed up for, please let Pastor Brian know. Cookies already made can be placed in the large freezer in the back room of the kitchen. Please label the type and the amount by dozen.

VOLUNTEERS, VOLUNTEERS, OH MY!
It would be impossible to list everyone and not miss one name!

  • Here’s to the lawn folks who keep the grass cut
  • Who pull up the weeds
  • Who pile up the brush
  • Who hose off the sidewalk so the names can be read
  • Who clean up the flowers and take out what is dead
You know who you are, we are so thankful. If we had the money, we’d give you a bank-ful!! Thanks, too, for the 15 or so people who helped with the Chicken Noodle dinner. What a success and a blessing for some of those who stopped to buy. Thank you, Melissa, for your organizational ability, willingness and cheerfulness. A job well done!