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October Worship Changes
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 in place for October. This includes wearing a mask in worship, social distancing, reduced singing, and no fellowship activities for the time being. There seems to be some hope in recent data that infection rates are starting to decrease in Greene County, however, they are still very high. As soon as rates get to a more reasonable level, the consistory will consider lifting some of these practices and adding more activities.
Restarting The Planning Committee
Prior to the pandemic the church had a planning committee that met once a month and handled the day-to-day planning and volunteer recruitment for worship activities, fellowship, and fundraising and outreach activities. We stopped the committee during the pandemic, however, now that it has been a year and a half, the consistory has decided that we should restart this committee. If you served on the committee before and would like to again, or if you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact Pastor Brian.
Chicken & Noodle Fundraiser - October 24
We are going to have a Chicken & Noodle fundraiser in October, although due to COVID, it will be done differently than we have done it in the past. We will not be selling dinners, but rather just large portions of Chicken & Noodle in to-go containers. We are going to take orders and payment in advance and we will have the orders ready to pick up after service on Sunday October 24th. Each large order is $8 and we will be taking payments of cash, check, or credit card with the order. You can see Melissa Baumbarger or Pastor Brian to place your order and pay. If you are paying by credit card in person or over the phone, please contact Pastor Brian. Orders and payments will be taken through October 17th, and we encourage not only church members, but any friends and family as well to place orders if they wish.
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.
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