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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 Summer Break - May 26 through September 1
We will be having a summer break for our normal Sunday school classes starting on May 26th and lasting until September 1st. The normal Sunday school classes will start back up on September 8th. During the break the Nursery will continue to meet with Hayden. The older “Children’s Sunday School” group that meets with Brittany will stay in service for those weeks. The middle “Young Learners” group that meets with Sarah will have the choice of either staying in service, or going to the Nursery. We will be looking for volunteers to help in the nursery during this time period.

Nursery

Meets: Upstairs each Sunday after the children’s moment, year round.
Main Teacher: Lindsey Lingenfelter
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…

June 2
Communion Sunday
Usher
Pat Ferguson
Lay Reader
Carol Landing
Sunday School
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
June 9
Usher
Tim & Issy Huddleston
Lay Reader
Mindy Severtson
Sunday School
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
June 16
Usher
Shirley & Alan Nelson
Lay Reader
Stuart Wells
Sunday School
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
June 23
Usher
Pat Ferguson
Lay Reader
Pat Ferguson
Sunday School
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
June 30
Usher
Vi Matyas
Lay Reader
Gail Wells
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™.

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, sing a Hawaiian hymn during service, and perhaps have some ukulele music. Afterwards we are going to have a roasted pig delivered to the church and we will have a picnic downstairs and in the shelter. We are asking people to bring side dishes to go with our theme and the main dish.

What's The Least I Can Believe and Still Be A Christian? - A Book Study For Adults - May 29 through June 19
Our new book will start on Wednesday May 29th and will continue on Wednesday nights at 7PM for four weeks, ending on Wednesday June 19th. The book we are reading is What's the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian? by Rev. Martin Thielen. The church has purchased 7 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 0664239382. “Pastor and author Martin Thielen has compiled a list of ten things people need to believe, and ten things they don't, in order to be a Christian. This lively and engaging book will be a help to seekers as well as a comfort to believers who may find themselves questioning some of the assumptions they grew up with. With an accessible, storytelling style that's grounded in solid biblical scholarship, Thielen shows how Christians don't need to believe that all sinners will be "left behind" to burn in hell or that it's heresy to believe in evolution. And while we must always take the Bible seriously, we don't always have to take it literally.” We will try and meet at member’s houses each Wednesday, and we will announce the locations as we get them sorted out.

Blessings, Pastor Brian

May 29th – Preface – Chapter 6
June 5th – Chapters 7 – 12
June 12th – Chapters 13 – 17
June 19th – Chapter 18 – Conclusion

Pentecost Sunday: Show Your Spirit - June 9
On Sunday June 9th we will celebrate Pentecost, the event marking the founding of the Church when the Holy Spirit came upon early Christians in a great fire. The traditional color for this holiday is red. We are asking that on that Sunday people wear red to church to celebrate the Holy Spirit.

Strengthen The Church Offering - June 9
On June 9th we will be taking up our denomination’s “Strengthen the Church” special offering. It is one of our denomination’s four special yearly offerings. This offering is used to help churches in our denomination.

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.

Cookie Walk Volunteers - Coming in November
Dear bakers, and even people who can sort of bake something: Beaver church needs your help again. The church is doing another cookie walk fundraiser in November of this year. For those who don’t know what that is, it involves us baking a whole bunch of cookies and then people buying them from us. They get to fill a tin/box for a certain amount of money, and then walk down a long selection of cookies and pick whichever ones they want to fill the container. We felt it would be a good idea to have people start signing up for this now, so that we could get a sense of the interest and give people time to bake and freeze cookies etc. Look for the sign-up sheet at the back of the church sometime in May. Each slot you sign up for is for 5-dozen cookies. If you don’t have freezer space, there is a large freezer in the pantry at church.