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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™.

COVID Worship Precautions for November
The consistory met and discussed the state of the pandemic and decided that with the continued high infection rates, we will continue to keep the same safety protocols we have been doing. Although the infection rates are coming down, they are still elevated. Hopefully sometime in the next few months, rates will decrease enough for us to start lifting our safety protocols. Current protocols include wearing a mask in worship, social distancing, reduced singing, and no fellowship activities for the time being.

Daylight Saving Time Ends - November 7, 2021 - 2:00 AM
Remember to set your clocks BACK one hour Saturday night before you retire for the evening!
And… this is a great time to check smoke detector batteries and the batteries in any other safety or security systems in your home.

Planning Committee Meeting Again
We are starting up the planning committee at the church again. This is the committee that plans and takes care of various aspects of worship and fundraising events. If you are interested in joining, please let Pastor Brian know. We currently have 6 people that have volunteered, and if we could get a few more that would be great. We will be meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of every month and we will meet over Zoom to begin with, but hopefully move to in-person meetings soon if the pandemic numbers continue to drop. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday November 17th at 7pm.

Annual Volunteer Award
Beaver church sure does have a bunch of great people who volunteer and do many things for the church. A number of 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 from November 7th through November 21st and each person at the church can write down on a piece of paper who they think the volunteer of the year should be. If you are not attending the church services in person and want to vote, you can email your vote to Pastor Brian. All votes must be placed by November 21st. Please note that prior winners cannot win again, you can only win once. Below is the list of prior winners, so please do not vote for them. We will actually have two winners this year as we are awarding 2020 and 2021. Please still vote only once, the two people who receive the most votes will be given the award.

Prior Winners:
Bob & Ruth Tobias
Steve Filer
Kristine Petrick
Bob Willhelm
Martha Stevens
Alan Nelson
Don & Sharon Parkison
Melissa Baumbarger

Neighbors In Need Offering
(Submitted by Gail Wells): Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. How is the offering used? Through this offering we express our deep commitment to reaching out and touching our neighbors with justice and compassion. This allows us to speak prophetically to those in power and to advocate for a society where all people have a voice in decisions that affect their lives. In the spirit of Christ, we will seek to confront evil in the world and to alleviate suffering. We will do this through direct service as well as advocacy. When Stuart and I were the Interim Pastors in Las Vegas NV, the church was located in a very low income part of the city and the congregation wanted to do something that would be helpful for the neighborhood. The church was already involved with a weekly bread distribution which was very popular but they thought if we added a food pantry to the mix, it would also be helpful. We didn’t have the funds necessary to begin such a project so we applied to the Neighbors in Need fund for a grant. We received $500 to begin to stock the pantry. With the help of volunteers, the pantry began to operate on a once-a-week schedule. We also began distributing children’s clothing each time. Beaver Church will begin receiving contributions on November 7th for the Neighbors in Need offering. I encourage you to be generous in your giving.

Operation Christmas Child (A Holiday Charity Program)
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. 7th through Nov. 14th at the church. We would ask that you bring all of the completed boxes to church by Sunday Nov. 21st.

Book Study: A Psalm For The Wild–Built - October 26 through November 9
We will have a new book study that will be three weeks in length on Tuesday evenings, starting on Tuesday October 26th, and ending on Tuesday November 9th. We will meet all nights at 7PM over Zoom, and the information for the Zoom meeting will be sent out via the all-church email list each Tuesday. The book we are reading is A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers. It is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many major booksellers. The ISBN number is (1250236215). There will be several copies available at the church and it is available on Kindle for those that like to read books that way. This is a science fiction book that is set in a distant made-up future; however, the point of the book gets at what it means to be human, and what do we need as humans. There are two main characters, a robot and a monk that explore these questions together. A quick note, although the monk is human, the author has chosen not to assign a specific gender to them, and thus uses the “they” gender when referring to them in the book, which might be a bit confusing at first. My hope is that this will be a nice bit of fiction to offer some distraction from the current concerns of the world, but also will lead to some good discussions. “It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend. One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of "what do people need?" is answered. But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how. They're going to need to ask it a lot. Becky Chambers's new series asks: in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter?”

October 26th – Chapters 1-2
November 2nd – Chapters 3-6
November 9th – Chapters 7-8

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.