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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

Nursery
Meets: Upstairs each Sunday after the children’s moment, year round.
Main Teacher: Lindsey Lingenfelter
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

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

March 3
Communion Sunday
Usher
Pat Ferguson
Lay Reader
Pat Ferguson
Sunday School
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
March 10
Communion Sunday
Usher
Dean Severtson
Lay Reader
Melissa Baumbarger
Sunday School
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
March 17
Communion Sunday
Usher
Alan & Shirley Nelson
Lay Reader
Susan Saddler
Sunday School
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
March 24
Communion Sunday
Usher
Greg Gloria Hurwitz
Lay Reader
Sunday School
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
March 31
Communion Sunday
Usher
Bill Conner
Lay Reader
Carolyn Conner
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™.

Communion During Lent
We will be continuing communion every Sunday in Lent as a way to help mark the significance of the season. We will therefore have communion on each Sunday starting March 3rd through Easter, April 21st.

Ash Wednesday Service - March 6 - 6:30 PM
Join us from 6:30 – 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 6th, 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.

BUCC Ladies Night - March 8 - 6:30 PM
Ladies night will be Friday March 8th at 6:00pm. We will have a movie & popcorn night at the church. Please bring your favorite movies and we will pick one to watch. Thank you, Linda & Lisa.

Daylight Savings Time Returns - March 10 - 2:00 AM
Spring forward on Saturday night before retiring! And, don't forget to check the batteries in your smoke detectors!

Forgiveness Video Series - March 13 and March 20 - 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM

In March as part of Lent we will have a 2 part video series on “Embracing Forgiveness” with the first session on Wednesday March 13th, and the second on Wednesday March 20th. This series will look at forgiveness, its significance, and what it is and is not. Each session will be shown twice on each day, at 1 pm and at 7 pm. This will give folks a bit more flexibility especially for those who prefer not to drive at night. Each session will be about one hour with video and discussion. We will meet in fellowship hall.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration - March 17 ☘️
This year St. Patrick’s Day will be on a Sunday, March 17th. We are asking that people wear green if they can, and for our carry-in that Sunday we are asking that people bring Irish–themed dishes if they can, but any food is, of course, ok.

Chicken and Noodle Dinner - March 23 - 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
This year we will be having a spring Chicken & Noodle fundraiser at Beaver Church in addition to a fall one. We are going to be hosting the chicken and noodle dinner for the church and public on Saturday March 23rd. The dinner will be open for most of the day 11AM to 7PM, and we will offer chicken and noodles, 2 sides, bread, dessert, and a drink for $10. We will be doing advertising and please tell folks you know about it. We will be putting up a signup sheet for people to help with the dinner, and we are also asking people to donate sodas, water, and desserts if they can. There will be a signup sheet with specific items to donate this year so we get the right amount of things. Thank you so much!

OGHS Offering - March 31
On March 31st, we will be taking up a special offering for “One Great Hour of Sharing”. This is one of the 4 special offerings we take up for our denomination each year. This offering will go to helping those in need around the world, including programs in 138 different countries.

BUCC Garage/Basement Sale - May 2–3–4
Mark your Calendar for the BUCC Annual Garage/Basement Sale!! Our basement sale has been scheduled for May 2nd, May 3rd and May 4th. To make this event successful and stress-free teamwork is absolutely necessary!!
#1 - We need donations! Please save those forgotten goodies for us. Please try to store items until after April 1st. If you absolutely need a place to store items prior to April, contact Pastor Brian and we will figure something out.
#2 - We need help on April 28th, after church. That is when we will ask all congregational members to help set up tables and put all the items out for pricing.
#3 - We need people to sign up to staff the garage sale. In April you will find a signup sheet in the back of the church.
#4 - Lastly, we need church members to help us pack up leftover items to go to the Salvation Army. We will do this after church on May 5th. Thank you and hope to see you and your forgotten treasures at the garage/ basement sale.