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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

Sunday School – Summer Break
We will be having a summer break for our normal Sunday school classes starting on May 29th and lasting until September 4th. The normal Sunday school classes will start back up on September 11th. 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.

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 has resumed in–person worship each Sunday. The 10:30 AM service will continue to be offered on Facebook Live and, for those who might wish to participate outdoors, be 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

Inperson worship has resumed. Other church activities and events will resume in–person as permitted by health department regulations. Check our on–line Calendar for the latest information.

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

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™.

COVID Worship Precautions - Updated May 1
The consistory met and discussed the current Covid infection rates and how we should update what we do in service for May. The current infection rates remain low; however, the rates are increasing and so the consistory has decided to move forward with some caution. We will continue to hold services as we have, including our coffee and doughnut social hour after service. Changes for May will include adding a closing hymn to the service and we will now pass the offering plates and the microphone during joys and concerns. This continues the strategy that the consistory has adopted of slowly moving things back to normal, but continuing to monitor infection rates for the overall safety of the church.

Mother's Day - Sunday, May 8
Mothers, past and present, will be honored with a carnation on Mother’s Day.

Sunday School Summer Break - May 29 through September 4
We will be having a summer break for our normal Sunday school classes starting on May 29th and lasting until September 4th. The normal Sunday school classes will start back up on September 11th. 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.

Memorial Day Sunday - Remembering those that have passed - May 29
On Sunday May 29th we will recognize and remember all those in our church family who have died in the past year. We will do this by reading their name aloud and lighting a candle in their honor. If you have any family or friends who you would like remembered, please give their name to Pastor Brian either by telling him or sending him an email.

Church Scholarship - June 5 deadline
It is that time of the year again for us to receive applications for the church scholarship. If you are a graduating high school senior and wish to apply, you can request an application from Pastor Brian. The due date for the application is June 5th.

Book Study - May 24, May 31, June 7, June 14 - Zoom
Trains, Jesus, and Murder: The Gospel according to Johnny Cash
Our new book study will be four weeks in length, starting on Tuesday May 24th, meeting again on each Tuesday, with the final week being Tuesday June 14th. We will meet all nights at 7PM via Zoom, and the link for the Zoom meeting will be sent out each Tuesday via the all-church email list. The book we are reading is Trains, Jesus, and Murder: The Gospel according to Johnny Cash by Richard Beck. 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, Amazon, or on Kindle, and the ISBN number is (1506433766).

“‘Saints and sinners, all jumbled up together.’ That's the genius of Johnny Cash, and that's what the gospel is ultimately all about."

Johnny Cash sang about and for people on the margins. He famously played concerts in prisons, where he sang both murder ballads and gospel tunes in the same set. It's this juxtaposition between light and dark, writes Richard Beck, that makes Cash one of the most authentic theologians in memory. In Trains, Jesus, and Murder, Beck explores the theology of Johnny Cash by investigating a dozen of Cash's songs. In reflecting on Cash's lyrics, and the passion with which he sang them, we gain a deeper understanding of the enduring faith of the Man in Black.”

May 24th – Introduction, Chapters 1-4
May 31st – Chapters 5-8
June 7th – Chapters 9-12
June 14th – Chapters 13-15, Epilogue