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Beaver United Church of Christ is 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 the church.

At Beaver UCC, we 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 and 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.

In all things we seek to offer an atmosphere of informality, spontaneity, fellowship, and fun. We hope our church is a place where all feel both welcome and comfortable.



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December, 2017, Worship Schedule
December 3
Communion
Scripture

Usher
Lay Reader
Sunday School
Bill Conner
Carolyn Conner
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
December 10
Scripture

Usher
Lay Reader
Sunday School
Dean Severtson
Pat Ferguson
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
December 17
Cantata Sunday
Scripture

Usher
Lay Reader
Sunday School
Cantata Sunday
No scripture
Sharon Parkison
None
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
December 24
Morning Worship
10:30 AM
Scripture

Usher
Lay Reader
Sunday School
Pageant
No scripture
Shirley & Alan Nelson
Steve Filer
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
December 24
Christmas Eve Service
7:00 PM
Scripture

Usher
Lay Reader
Sunday School
Tim Huddleston
Amelia O’Dowd
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
December 31
Scripture

Usher
Lay Reader
Sunday School
TBD
Pastor Brian
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
December, 2017, Events and Announcements

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™.

Hanging of the Greens - December 10 - after Worship
We will meet after church on December 10th to decorate the church for Christmas. This will, of course, involve putting the tree up, and any other decorations that we have or that people bring. Please stay to help; many hands make quick work.

Christmas Tree of Remembrance - December 10 - during Hanging of The Greens
This year we will be setting up a special Christmas tree in the fellowship hall during the hanging of the greens. This tree will be a tree of remembrance, and have special ornaments that can be placed on it to remember those who are no longer with us for the Christmas season.

Shirley & Alan Nelson’s Ornament Party - December 13 - 6:30 PM
Just a reminder that the annual Christmas Ornament Exchange party is December 13th. It begins at 6:30 and is generally over by 8:30 or so. Bring a wrapped, “secret” ornament ($10 or less) and let the fun begin! If you're up to it, bring a dessert or snack to share. We will have sandwich fixings on hand. Address is 4207 Country Glen Circle Beavercreek 45432.

Christmas Caroling - December 15 - 6:30 PM
We will be Christmas caroling again this year, and we hope you can join us. We will meet at 6:30 PM at the church and split into two groups to deliver boxes of cookies and sing some carols.

Christmas Raffle - December 17 - after Worship
Attention all crafters and donators of choice items. Bring in your Christmas raffle items anytime between now and December 17th. 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 17th after Sunday Service. See Melissa Baumbarger for raffle tickets.

Christmas Hors d’oeuvres Carry-In - December 17 - following Worship
On Sunday December17th we are going to be repeating a special event for our 3rd Sunday carry-in. Instead of dishes, we are asking that everyone bring a plate of hors d'oeuvres, little appetizers, to share with everyone. We will put them out and share all the appetizers and enjoy each other’s company as we celebrate the week of Christmas.

Holiday Service of Remembrance - December 20 - 7:00 PM
This year we will again be holding a special service to honor those who will not be with us this holiday season. The service will take place on Wednesday, December 20th at 7:00 PM. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations can be some of the happiest times of the year; they can also be a sad reminder of those we have lost. We will acknowledge our grief and seek comfort in God. We are here for each other, here to give comfort, here to provide support, and here to be a community of God together. Please come and share in this special service where we will remember our loved ones and remember that we are not alone.

Christmas Season Services


Sunday, December 17 - Cantata, 10:30 AM
We will perform our Cantata during our morning worship service.

Sunday, December 24 - Christmas Pageant - 10:30 AM
During our Sunday morning service on December 24th we will be having our impromptu Christmas pageant. We will have some hymns and other aspects of the usual Sunday service; however, the children will remain downstairs and the majority of the service will be the pageant. We will hand out parts to people as they come to church, and there will be costumes available for anyone that wants them. It should be a bunch of fun and will help get everyone into the spirit of Christmas.

Sunday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Service - 7:00 PM
Please join us December 24th at 7:00 PM for our Christmas Eve service. Pastor Brian will offer a Christmas message, and we will sing your favorite traditional Christmas hymns. We will have communion and end with “Silent Night” by candlelight. It is truly a special night at Beaver Church and we hope you can join us.

Sunday, December 31 - Question Sunday - 10:30 AM
Our Sunday service on the 31st will be a “Question Sunday”. Pastor Brian will answer questions instead of delivering a sermon.

Christmas from the Back Side: A Different Look at the Story of Jesus’ Birth
A Book Study for Adults
Our new book will be just two weeks in length, starting on Wednesday, November 29th, with the second and final week being December 6th. We will meet both nights at 7:00 PM at a member’s house TBD. The book we are reading is Christmas from the Back Side: A Different Look at the Story of Jesus Birth by J. Ellsworth Kalas. 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 0687027063.

“Popular and beloved author J. Ellsworth Kalas presents new insight into the biblical story of Christmas. Kalas approaches the season through the "back side"--through a unique starting point, a creative retelling, a new "lens," or the eyes of a minor character. Kalas's creative approach both clarifies basic teachings and introduces new possibilities of meaning, even for those who are most familiar with the Christmas story. Enriched with contemporary illustrations and personal experiences, this volume will provide new perspectives.” We will try and meet at member’s houses each Wednesday, 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 29th – Introduction, Chapters 1-4
December 6th – Chapters 5-7

Holiday Charity Programs
Each year Beaver UCC tries to help those in need during the times of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Listed below are all of the ways you will be able to help those in need at Beaver UCC of the next 2 months.

Washington UCC Christmas Drive:
We will be collecting new, unwrapped, toys and children’s clothing for our sister church in Cincinnati. Washington UCC is located in the Camp Washington neighborhood of Cincinnati, a very poor community that struggles with many basic needs. Washington UCC is a mission church that provides many services to this in-need community, including an opportunity for parents in the community to come and “shop” for Christmas gifts at the free event offered by the church and stocked by donations from area churches. Look for a donation box sometime in November in the “cry/ comfort-room” of the church. We will collect toys and clothes until December 3rd. One note on toys, they have requested no toy guns, due to the environment of the neighborhood.

Dayton Area Food Bank:
From now through January 7th we will be collecting non-perishable food items that we will donate to the Food Bank. Look for a donation container in the “cry/comfort-room” of the church. We are also asking families to consider doing an Advent box at home. The idea would be that for every day of Advent a food item is placed in your box, like an Advent calendar. When Advent is over you would bring your items to the church. We are collecting items through January 7th, to allow for families to have an Advent box and bring in their donations on Christmas or after.

Kroger Community Rewards Program
Supporters of this program will no longer need to re-enroll their Kroger Plus Card to earn dollars for our church.
If you are not yet a supporter, go to Kroger.com/communityrewards to register. The church ID # is 82299.
Questions? See Alice Clausing or Gail Wells.