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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 - January 12, 2020
Our middle and older children’s Sunday school classes have been on a winter break while the nursery has continued to meet. We will have the two classes that have been on break start back up on January 12th.

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…

February 2
Communion Sunday
Usher
Martha Stevens
Lay Reader
Marty Smith
Sunday School
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Hayden Rauls
February 9
Usher
Dean Severtson
Lay Reader
Janice Rice
Sunday School
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Hayden Rauls
February 16
Usher
Tom Rauls
Lay Reader
Tom Rauls
Sunday School
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Hayden Rauls
February 23
Usher
Ed Rauch
Lay Reader
Cathy Miller
Sunday School
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Hayden Rauls
December 24
Communion Sunday
Usher
The Huddlestons
Lay Reader
Amerlia O'Dowd
Sunday School
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Hayden Rauls
December 29
Question Sunday
Scripture
Usher
Dean Severtson
Lay Reader
Sunday School
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Hayden Rauls

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™.

Valentine’s Day Dinner - February 14 - 6:00 PM
We will be having a Valentine’s Day dinner again this year on Friday February 14th at 6PM in fellowship hall. There is no cost, but we will be taking donations towards the event, and any amount above and beyond the food costs will be a church fundraiser. Please RSVP Pastor Brian by email or phone at 937-469-1383 by February 13th if you wish to attend. Please also indicate if you are vegetarian or have any other dietary needs. It should be a great time as always.

Penrod Anniversary Party - February 23 - 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Bob and Barb Penrod will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary of February 23rd and are having a party that everyone in the church is invited to. The party will take place at the downtown Dayton Metro Library on the 3rd floor, and will be from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. If you are coming please RSVP either by email or phone (937) 426-6187. They have also asked for no gifts. Please come and help them celebrate this wonderful milestone.

Ash Wednesday Service - February 26 - 6:30 PM
Join us from 6:30 – 7:00 PM on Wednesday, February 26th, for our Ash Wednesday service. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Please come participate in this holy day, where we set the spiritual tone for the season to come.

Youth Event - February 28 - 6:00 PM
Mark your calendars; we will have a youth event starting at 6:00 PM on the evening of Friday, February 28th. Details will be figured out soon.

2020 Consistory
The members elected during the Annual Meeting on January 19 are: Dean Severtson, Bob Willhelm, Shirley Nelson, Melissa Baumbarger, Gail Wells, and Carolyn Connor— for 2 years. Tom Rauls will complete his 6-year service in 2020. Serving 1 year are Carol Landing, Bob Penrod, and Cynthia Solomon.
2020 officers:

  • Dean Severtson, President
  • Bob Willheim, Vice–President
  • Shirley Nelson, Secretary
  • Melissa Baumbarger, Treasuerer
  • Gail Wells, Assistant Treasuser
Those retiring their positions with thanks for their service are Alice Clausing, Alex Ignatiou, and Andrew Lingenfelter. Congratulations for a job well done. Best wishes for the new year.

2020 Envelopes Are Here
For those who would like donation envelopes, there are new ones for 2020 at the rear of the church near the flower chart and stairs. If you cannot get to church and would like the church to send you envelopes, please contact Pastor Brian at 937-469-1383 or pastorbrian@ beaverucc.org and he will arrange for you to get your envelopes.