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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.
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About Our Church

Sunday School Program

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's weekly worship service is held in our Sanctuary each Sunday at 10:30 AM. Find Beaver Church

Our 10:30 AM service is also offered on
Facebook Live, YouTube, and, for those who might wish to participate outdoors, is broadcast on 96.1 FM in our front parking lot.

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 service video for later viewing. Our on-line Calendar page also lists the current status of activities and events at our church.

Activities, Events, and News

Church News and Announcements are listed here as well as in our Beaver Church Newsletter available here each month.

  • The Pastor's Peace

    Pastor Brian's thoughts and musings...

    In January I performed two funerals for church members whom I had known since my first days at Beaver Church. This is in addition to the many funerals that I performed last year for church members and friends. It is fair to say that everyone in the church has experienced a great deal of loss recently and this has been a significant difficulty. I’m thinking of this as we are going into February, when we will all be bombarded by advertising geared towards love and loved ones for Valentine’s Day. For many this will serve as a reminder that those whom we love are no longer with us, a reminder of our grief. In times like this I turn to scripture for support, and one passage I try to remember is John 16:22 “So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” This is spoken by Jesus to the disciples when he is telling them that he will be returning to the Father. He knows that he will be leaving them and he is giving them guidance on how to handle the grief they will inevitably experience.

    As Christians we believe that death is not the end. We believe that those whom we have lost will be reunited with us at some point in the future. Thus, we have pain now, but in the future we will rejoice again. This does give us hope for the future, but it does not necessarily help us with the grief that we face today. In thinking more about this, I’ve come to the conclusion that sometimes we can actually focus too much on getting rid of grief, as if it was a bad thing that we should not experience. In reality, grief in itself is not bad: it is difficult, it can be painful, but it is the result of truly loving someone. Without love there would never be grief. If we did not love someone dearly, we would not deeply miss them after their passing.

    If we look at Christ and his life, we see that he was indeed human and divine, and experienced the full range of human experience including grief and loss. Even Christ wept for those whom he lost. I’ve heard it said that grief is love that has no place to go. In this case, we see that grief is a sign of our love for others, love that will never cease, even if that person is no longer with us. If love for others is eternal, perhaps that is a sign that those whom we love will also be with us always, even if it is in a form we will not fully see until a future time. So, as we come to Valentine’s Day, we will inevitably have joy and grief, but both of these come from love, God’s most wonderful and eternal gift to us all.

    Peace and Blessings,
    Pastor Brian


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™.

Health Safety This Winter
Recent data has suggested that the Covid numbers are again increasing in our area. This, combined with the spread of the Flu, and also increased cases of RSV, mean that many people have been sick, and will likely get sick this coming winter. There are vaccines available for Covid, the Flu, and RSV, which is recommended for those 60 and older. You can get multiple vaccines at once if you wish. Please stay safe this winter and we will continue to pray for a quick recovery for those affected by these and other illnesses.

Valentine’s Pizza & Game Night - February 9 - 6:30 PM
Nothing says Valentine’s like pizza and games. Instead of our Valentine’s dinner, we will be having a church pizza and game night in the fellowship hall on Friday February 9th. We will meet at the church at 6:30pm, and pizza will be delivered. We are asking that people who come bring a favorite game with them, and we will gather in groups to enjoy the evening together. We will also have a station where you can make your own valentines to give to your sweetheart or perhaps someone in the church. Please come and join us for this fun event. Also, please let Pastor Brian know if you think you might attend so we have an idea of how much pizza to order.

Ash Wednesday Service - Cancelled
Join us from 7:00 – 7:30 PM on Wednesday, February 14th, 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. The service will take place both in-person and online.

Photos for Church Advertising Campaign - Cancelled
The church is going to be launching a new online advertising campaign in 2024. We will be creating advertisements for the church on Facebook that will be directed at certain audiences. As part of our new campaign, we will have a photographer come to the church on Sunday February 18th to take pictures of the church, our Sunday service, and our fellowship time. We would ask you to please attend that Sunday if you can, so that we get a good turnout. The photos will mainly be group photos, but if you wish not to be included in the photos, please let Pastor Brian know, and we will accommodate for that.

Communion During Lent - February 18 through March 31
We will be having communion every Sunday during Lent as a way to help mark the significance of the season. Therefore, we will have communion on each Sunday starting February 18th through Easter March 31st.

Results from 2024 Annual Meeting
We held our annual meeting on Sunday January 21st in the sanctuary and over Facebook Live following our fellowship meal. We had a quorum and voted on our standard business for the year. The meeting minutes from the 2023 annual meeting were approved, as well as the 2023 financial reports. The 2024 budget was also approved.

The slate of candidates for the consistory was approved as presented. A list of current and new consistory members is listed below, along with who the officers are for 2024.
We would like to thank all of the consistory members who served in 2023 and all of the members who participated in our annual meeting.
2024-2025 Term
Charlie Williams, Doug Goudy, Carolyn Conner (President), Gretchen Weiler, Mindy Severtson
2023-2024 Term
Shirley Nelson (Secretary), Alice Clausing (Asst. Treasurer), Susan Saddler, Tom Rauls (Vice President),
Jeannette Papajcik


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