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Beaver United Church of Christ is 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 the church.

At Beaver UCC, we 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 and 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.

In all things we seek to offer an atmosphere of informality, spontaneity, fellowship, and fun. We hope our church is a place where all feel both welcome and comfortable.



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November, 2017, Worship Schedule
November 5
Communion
Scripture

Usher
Lay Reader
Sunday School
Mindy & Dean Severtson
Tom Rauls
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
November 12
Scripture

Usher
Lay Reader
Sunday School
Janice & Doug Rice
Cathy Miller
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
November 19
Scripture

Usher
Lay Reader
Sunday School
Ed Rauch
Janice Rice
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
November 29
Reign of Christ Sunday
Scripture

Usher
Lay Reader
Sunday School
The Landings
Gail Wells
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
November, 2017, Events and Announcements

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™.

Change your clocks! Fall Back on November 5 - 2:00 AM
Set your clocks BACK one hour by 2:00 AM Sunday, November 5. Clocks connected to the internet should automatically change, but watches, alarm clocks, clock radios, and most appliance clocks will need reset by hand. And, don’t forget the clock in your car!
This is also a great time to clean and change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The general recommendation is to replace detectors every 10 years.


Operation Christmas Child (A Holiday Charity Program) - October 29 through November 12
We will be working with Samaritan’s Purse again to send shoebox-sized gift packs to children around the world for Christmas. We will be providing boxes and instructions which will be available Sunday Oct. 29th through Nov. 12th at church. We would ask that you bring all of the completed boxes to church by Sunday Nov. 19th.

Cookie Walk - November 18 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
As many of you know we are doing a cookie walk and bake sale fundraiser on November 18th from 10am to 5pm. Please tell everyone you know about the event. Below is info for the event: Volunteer Signup: We will be placing a volunteer signup sheet in the sanctuary under the clock,; please sign up if you can. Cookie Deadline: We are asking that all cookies for the event be brought to the church before 8pm on Friday November 17th. There is room in our freezers for cookies brought even earlier. Pre-Setup: We will be doing an initial setup for the cookie walk on Friday the 17th from 6pm-8pm. We will be arranging tables etc. There will be slots for this on the signup sheet. Day of Setup: We will meet at 8am on Saturday the 18th to put all the cookies out and do the final setup. There will be slots for this on the signup sheet. Cookie Walk: The cookie walk will be from 10am to 5pm on November 18th, and we will have slots for this on the signup sheet. Optional Bake Sale: For those that want to bring other baked items, we will have a table of baked goods. Please bring your items and suggested price either between 6pm and 8pm on Friday the 17th, or between 8am and 10am on Saturday the 18th.

Thanksgiving Carry-In - November 19 after Worship
As usual, we will be having our Thanksgiving carry-in on Sunday, November 19th, which is the Sunday before Thanksgiving and the 3rd Sunday of the month. The carry-in will start immediately after church. We will not be cooking turkeys at the church, so we ask that some of you please bring some meat dishes if possible. Knowing Beaver Church, we will have plenty of food, good times to go around, and much to be thankful for.

Fifth Annual Volunteer Award - November 19 after Thanksgiving Carry-In
Beaver church sure does have a bunch of great people who volunteer and do many things for the church. Four years ago we started an award to be given to a new volunteer each year. Our voting box for this year is in the sanctuary and each person at the church can write down on a piece of paper who they think the volunteer of the year should be. We will count the votes and the person who wins will be honored during our Thanksgiving carry-in. Each year we will vote for another person, but you can only win once. Winners will be added to our special plaque.

Hymn Sing Sunday - November 26
Dear kids, youth, and other folks who might want to join, let it be known that we will be having another grand pumpkin carve off this year on Friday October 27th at 6:30 PM here at the church. Please bring a pumpkin to carve, whatever carving instruments you feel you need, and see if you can take the title this year. We will likely have apple cider and other snacks; feel free to bring those as well. What pumpkin will you make?

Christmas from the Back Side: A Different Look at the Story of Jesus’ Birth
A Book Study for Adults
Our new book will be just two weeks in length, starting on Wednesday, November 29th, with the second and final week being December 6th. We will meet both nights at 7:00 PM at a member’s house TBD. The book we are reading is Christmas from the Back Side: A Different Look at the Story of Jesus Birth by J. Ellsworth Kalas. 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 or Amazon, the ISBN number is 0687027063.

“Popular and beloved author J. Ellsworth Kalas presents new insight into the biblical story of Christmas. Kalas approaches the season through the "back side"--through a unique starting point, a creative retelling, a new "lens," or the eyes of a minor character. Kalas's creative approach both clarifies basic teachings and introduces new possibilities of meaning, even for those who are most familiar with the Christmas story. Enriched with contemporary illustrations and personal experiences, this volume will provide new perspectives.” We will try and meet at member’s houses each Wednesday, and we will announce the locations as we get them sorted out. If you want to bring a snack, it is always appreciated. Blessings, Pastor Brian

November 29th – Introduction, Chapters 1-4
December 6th – Chapters 5-7

Holiday Charity Programs
Each year Beaver UCC tries to help those in need during the times of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Listed below are all of the ways you will be able to help those in need at Beaver UCC of the next 2 months.

Washington UCC Christmas Drive:
We will be collecting new, unwrapped, toys and children’s clothing for our sister church in Cincinnati. Washington UCC is located in the Camp Washington neighborhood of Cincinnati, a very poor community that struggles with many basic needs. Washington UCC is a mission church that provides many services to this in-need community, including an opportunity for parents in the community to come and “shop” for Christmas gifts at the free event offered by the church and stocked by donations from area churches. Look for a donation box sometime in November in the “cry/ comfort-room” of the church. We will collect toys and clothes until December 3rd. One note on toys, they have requested no toy guns, due to the environment of the neighborhood.

Dayton Area Food Bank:
From now through January 7th we will be collecting non-perishable food items that we will donate to the Food Bank. Look for a donation container in the “cry/comfort-room” of the church. We are also asking families to consider doing an Advent box at home. The idea would be that for every day of Advent a food item is placed in your box, like an Advent calendar. When Advent is over you would bring your items to the church. We are collecting items through January 7th, to allow for families to have an Advent box and bring in their donations on Christmas or after.

Christmas Raffle - December 17 after Worship
Attention all crafters and donators of choice items. Bring in your Christmas raffle items anytime between now and December 17th. The items will be on display in the fellowship hall with a basket in front of each item (or group of items). Buy tickets and place them in the basket in front of that item for a chance to win it. Tickets are $1.00 each, 6 tickets for $5.00 or 15 tickets for $10.00. The Raffle will be Sunday, December 17th after Sunday Service. See Melissa Baumbarger for raffle tickets.

Kroger Community Rewards Program
Supporters of this program will no longer need to re-enroll their Kroger Plus Card to earn dollars for our church.
If you are not yet a supporter, go to Kroger.com/communityrewards to register. The church ID # is 82299.
Questions? See Alice Clausing or Gail Wells.