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Welcome to Beaver Church!
Sunday worship materials are available each week… click here
Videos of past services are also available – click here
Wednesday on–line fellowship… monthly @7:00 PM via Zoom

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 in August, 2021
We will be continuing to have Sunday school in August for all children who would have normally attended the nursery or our two older Sunday School classes. The class will continue to be one group that will be led by two teachers. We will be holding the class either outside, weather permitting, or in the fellowship hall. Some have asked why we are not using the Sunday School classrooms, and it is because the children are mostly unvaccinated due to their age, and thus we trying to use the space with the most ventilation possible. Unfortunately, the Sunday School classrooms are not ideal for that. Lessons, supplies, and toys are being brought outside or downstairs as needed for the class. If a parent or anyone else has any questions about this, please feel free to contact Pastor Brian. The Pastor, Consistory and Sunday School staff will be evaluating things as we move into August and September to see if we will change the current setup.

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 has resumed in–person worship on Sundays. The 10:30 AM service will continue to be 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 9:00 AM drive–in service will no longer be offered.

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 video service for later viewing. Our on-line Calendar page also lists the current status of activities and events at our church.

Activities, Events, and News

Inperson worship has resumed. Other church activities and events will resume in–person as permitted by health department regulations. Check our on–line Calendar for the latest information.

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™.

September Worship Changes
As has been our policy, the consistory is continuing to update our in-person service on a monthly basis. The consistory has voted for some changes in September based upon the continued prevalence and threat of the Delta variant, CDC masking guidelines, and the infection rate for Greene county. We will be continuing to ask everyone vaccinated or not to wear a mask for the church service and all church activities, including children that are 1st grade or older, although we understand that children keeping masks on can be a challenge. This is in keeping with CDC guidelines for masks for counties with substantial or high levels or transmission, which include both Greene and Montgomery counties. The consistory will reevaluate this for October based upon the data at that time and guidance from the CDC and state health department. We will be continuing our singing precautions with a very limited amount of singing during service, and choir will not be starting in September. We will continue broadcasting the 10:30am service over Facebook, and the 10:30am service will be broadcast over the radio for those that might wish to stay in their car and not worship in the sanctuary. We will continue with a lay scripture reader, although we will be asking them to keep their mask on while they read scripture. Starting in September we will be discontinuing the coffee and doughnut hour in the gazebo out of an abundance of caution. When infection numbers start to decline, we will look to restart some kind of fellowship activity. Each month we will continue to reevaluate things and hopefully over time we can again start to move to a more normal service. We will continue to offer a Sunday School program in September in the fellowship hall and outside for any kids that do not wish to stay in the service.

September 11 Remembrance - September 12 during Worship
As we come to the 20th Anniversary of the tragedies of September 11th, we will take time on Sunday September 12th to remember those who passed and acknowledge the difficulty that date still has for all of us.

Confirmation Class
Each year in September I ask if there are any youth interested in confirmation. Confirmation is the act by which youth study their faith, and traditionally confirm the baptism they received as an infant, or will receive as an adult. We usually have classes that start in September and go through May. During confirmation youth are expected to remain in worship, complete monthly reading assignments, and meet for a class with me each month, either in person or virtually. The age when confirmation is appropriate varies by the individual. I would suggest no earlier than 8th grade, and certainly by 10th grade, youth would be more than ready. I usually say that if our older Sunday school class is becoming too easy, then it is likely time to start confirmation. Anyone who is interested should contact me and we will try to have a class in late September.

Church Basement Sale - Thank you!
The Basement Sale in August was a success and the church raised over $3,000 through the fundraiser. Thank you to everyone who donated items for the sale, and for all those who volunteer in so many ways to make the event happen. In particular, thank you, Melissa Baumbarger, for organizing and leading the event.
There are a number of remaining items left from the basement sale that need to be donated to a charity. Usually, we would call a charity for pickup; however, the backlog for such a pickup is many months from now. All of the items to be donated are stacked next to the elevator door in the basement. If members could take a box or two and donate it to their favorite charity that would be appreciated. We also need help taking the remainder of our books to Half Price Books to be sold, and also need help taking some things to the dump. If you can help with the books, or have a truck to help take things to the dump, please let Pastor Brian know.

Card Shower - Happy 100th!
On September 21st Viola Robertson, long time church member, will be turning 100 years old. We are asking for you to help her celebrate that great milestone by sending her a card for her birthday. Cards can be sent to the address below.
Viola Robertson
1339 Fudge Dr.
Beavercreek, OH 45434

Visits From Pastor Brian
Due to an increase in the infection rates of COVID-19 for our area, and an abundance of caution, Pastor Brian will not be doing regular visits to people in their homes. This is a continuation of his current policy on visits. Pastor Brian, will however, do visits in emergency cases such as hospital visits. If that is required please contact Pastor Brian to let him know.

Joys And Concerns
We will be continuing our joys and concerns during our online service at 10:30 AM and our 9:00 AM drive-in service. To be included each week, please email your joys and concerns to Pastor Brian before each Sunday. There is also the ability to make comments during the service and we will use that as well for joys and concerns.

Giving To Beaver Church During The Pandemic
All of us have been impacted in so many ways by the Coronavirus pandemic. Many have been struggling financially, and for those of you who have, please contact Pastor Brian and we can assist you from our benevolence fund. For those that are able to continue to give your offerings to the church and wish to, you can either send checks to the church at “1960 Dayton-Xenia Rd. Beavercreek, OH 45434”, or if you wish, you can go to our website www.beaverucc.org and use the yellow donate button in the upper right hand corner of the webpage to donate online via credit or debit card. We also have a box for your offerings available at the 9:00am drive-in service. If you wish to give in person and cannot make it to the 9:00am drive-in service, please contact Pastor Brian to arrange a time to meet. We are very grateful for continued offerings during this period, as we are still paying staff and taking care of other bills and obligations.