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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 Summer Break - May 26 through September 1
We will be having a summer break for our normal Sunday school classes starting on May 26th and lasting until September 1st. The normal Sunday school classes will start back up on September 8th. During the break the Nursery will continue to meet with Hayden. The older “Children’s Sunday School” group that meets with Brittany will stay in service for those weeks. The middle “Young Learners” group that meets with Sarah will have the choice of either staying in service, or going to the Nursery. We will be looking for volunteers to help in the nursery during this time period.

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
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…

August 4
Communion Sunday
Usher
Kristine Petrick
Lay Reader
Patti King
Sunday School
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Hayden Rauls
Kendal Landrum
August 11
Usher
Dean Severtson
Lay Reader
Bebe Buttner
Sunday School
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Hayden Rauls
Jenny Rauch
August 18
Usher
Gail & Stuart Wells
Lay Reader
Jenny Rauch
Sunday School
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Hayden Rauls
Pat Ferguson
August 25
Usher
Martha Stevens
Lay Reader
Marty Miller
Sunday School
Brittany King
Sarah Hogan
Hayden Rauls
Sara French
June 30
Usher
Vi Matyas
Lay Reader
Gail Wells
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™.

Special Congregational Meeting - August 18 following Worship
A special congregational meeting has been called to be held after service on August 18th. The meeting is to discuss and approve funds for repair and improved access and safety in the main sanctuary. The most current information available at that time will be presented to the congregation, and then we will be asking that the congregation to vote on the planned changes to the sanctuary and approve the church spending funds on this project. The presentation and vote will be held during our 3rd Sunday Carry-In.

Youth Event - Friday, August 23 - 6:30 PM
We will be having a youth event on the evening of Friday August 23rd. We will be meeting at 6:30pm at “Skateworld of Kettering” located at 1601 E David Rd, Kettering, OH 45429. We will do some roller-skating and eat dinner there as well. Please join us; it should be a great time.

Otto Lingenfelter Baptism - August 25
On Sunday August 25th we will be baptizing little Otto. Please join us in this celebration.

Trinity Birthday Party - Tuesday, August 27 - 6:00 PM
Beaver Church will once again be hosting the birthday party at Trinity Nursing Home on Tuesday, August 27th. Setup is at 6:00pm, and the event starts at 6:30pm. We need volunteers to do special readings, dances, songs or any other talented gift, which you may wish to share. We are asking for donations of cookies and punch and also need volunteers to help serve to the residents. The residents are especially fond of children performing and serving. Please plan on attending this party and volunteering one hour of your time. The senior citizens are really very appreciative of the time we spend with them. Hope to see you.

School Supplies For Local Children - through August 11
Beaver UCC is collecting school supplies for Crayons To Classrooms again this year. Crayons To Classrooms is a free store for Dayton–area teachers to supply local classrooms in need.

Crayons To Classrooms

Cookie Walk Volunteers - Coming in November
Dear bakers, and even people who can sort of bake something: Beaver church needs your help again. The church is doing another cookie walk fundraiser in November of this year. For those who don’t know what that is, it involves us baking a whole bunch of cookies and then people buying them from us. They get to fill a tin/box for a certain amount of money, and then walk down a long selection of cookies and pick whichever ones they want to fill the container. We felt it would be a good idea to have people start signing up for this now, so that we could get a sense of the interest and give people time to bake and freeze cookies etc. Look for the sign-up sheet at the back of the church sometime in May. Each slot you sign up for is for 5-dozen cookies. If you don’t have freezer space, there is a large freezer in the pantry at church.