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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…

November 3
Communion Sunday
Usher
Tom Rauls
Lay Reader
Patti King
Sunday School
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Hayden Rauls
November 10
Usher
Shirley & Alan Nelson
Lay Reader
Steve Filer
Sunday School
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Hayden Rauls
November 17
Thanksgiving Carry–In
Usher
Ed Rauch
Lay Reader
Marty Miller
Sunday School
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Hayden Rauls
November 24
Usher
Dean Severtson
Lay Reader
Cathy Miller
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™.

New Members
Gretchen Weiler and Marty Smith were welcomed as new members of Beaver Church on October 13. Rev. Ward Tilton did the honors and Dean Severtson, as president of the congregation, presented the certificates and the ever-famous Beaver Church red t-shirts.
Welcome, friends!

Daylight Saving Time Ends - November 3 - 2:00 AM
Remember to set your clocks back an hour before going to bed Saturday! This is also a great time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Book Study - November 5, 12, and 19 - 7:00 PM
Love and Quasars: An Astrophysicist Reconciles Faith and Science Our new book will be three weeks in length, starting on Tuesday November 5th, meeting again on Tuesday November 12th, and with the final week being Tuesday November 19th. We will meet all nights at 7PM at a member’s house TBD. The book we are reading is Love and Quasars: An Astrophysicist Reconciles Faith and Science by Paul Wallace. 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 (1506448437). “Like many Americans, Paul Wallace grew up as a church-going Christian. Also like many, he lost his faith when he started taking science classes in college. He just didn't see how the rigorous method demanded by science could coexist with the belief in things unseen required by Christianity. But, as a working astrophysicist, he started to wonder if he'd gotten something wrong. Slowly and deliberately, he investigated the claims of Christianity, while also acknowledging that science, too, has limits. Ultimately, he came back to Christianity. In Love and Quasars, Wallace shows how faith and science are pitted against one another, and he explains how the standard ways of reconciling them don't work. He then proposes a reasonable, thoughtful approach that will appeal to Christians and students of science alike. Readable and wise, Love and Quasars is an indispensable resource for people who wonder if faith and science can coexist.” We will try and meet at member’s houses each Tuesday, 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 5th – Introduction, Chapters 1-5
November 12th – Chapters 6-9
November 19th – Chapters 10-13

BUCC Ladies Night - November 8 - 6:30 PM
Ladies night will be Friday November 8th at 6:30pm. Activities TBD.

Cookie Walk - November 16 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
As many of you know we are doing a cookie walk and bake sale fundraiser on November 16th 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 15th. 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 15th 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 16th 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 16th, 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 15th, or between 8am and 10am on Saturday the 16th.

Thanksgiving Carry-In - November 17
As usual, we will be having our Thanksgiving carry-in on Sunday, November 17th, the 3rd Sunday of the month. It will be two Sundays before Thanksgiving this year because of the late date of Thanksgiving. 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.

Annual Volunteer Award - November 17
Beaver church sure does have a bunch of great people who volunteer and do many things for the church. Several years ago we started an award to be given to a new volunteer each year. Our voting box for this year will be 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.

Operation Christmas Child (A Holiday Charity Program) - boxes due by November 24
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 Nov. 3rd through Nov. 17th at church. We would ask that you bring all of the completed boxes to church by Sunday Nov. 24th.

Hymn Sing Sunday - December 1
On Sunday December 1st we will have a hymn sing at church. Instead of the usual sermon we will take some time and call on folks to shout out their favorite hymns, which we will then sing. Get your singing voice ready and celebrate as we head into Advent.

Christmas Raffle - December 15
Attention all crafters and donators of choice items. Bring in your Christmas raffle items anytime between now and December 15th. 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 15th after Sunday Service. See Melissa Baumbarger for raffle tickets.