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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

December 2, 2018
Communion Sunday
Usher
Shirley & Alan Nelson
Lay Reader
Gail Wells
Sunday School
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
December 9, 2018
Usher
Pat Ferguson
Lay Reader
Stuart Wells
Sunday School
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
December 16, 2018
Usher
Dean Severtson
Lay Reader
Not needed
Sunday School
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
December 23, 2018
Usher
Ed Rauch
Lay Reader
Shirley Nelson
Sunday School
Patti King
Sarah Hogan
Lindsey Lingenfelter
December 24, 2018
Christmas Eve Service
Usher
Tim Huddleston
Lay Reader
Amelia O'Dowd
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™.

Holiday Charity Programs
Washington UCC Christmas Drive
We will be collecting new, unwrapped, toys and children’s clothing for our sister church in Cincinnati. Washington UCC is located in the Camp Washington neighborhood of Cincinnati, a very poor community that struggles with many basic needs. Washington UCC is a mission church that provides many services to this in-need community, including an opportunity for parents in the community to come and “shop” for Christmas gifts at the free event offered by the church and stocked by donations from area churches. Look for a donation box in the “cry/comfort-room” of the church. We will collect toys and clothes until December 9th. One note on toys, they have requested no toy guns, due to the environment of the neighborhood.
Dayton Area Food Bank
From now through January 6th we will be collecting non-perishable food items that we will donate to the Food Bank. Look for a donation container in the “cry/comfort-room” of the church. We are also asking families to consider doing an Advent box at home. The idea would be that for every day of Advent a food item is placed in your box, like an advent calendar. When Advent is over you would bring your items to the church. We are collecting items through January 6th, to allow for families to have an Advent box and bring in their donations on Christmas or after.

Christmas Tree of Remembrance

This year we will again be setting up a special Christmas tree in the fellowship hall. This tree will be a tree of remembrance, and have special ornaments that can be placed on it remembering those who are no longer with us for the Christmas season.

Christmas Season Services
Cantata Sunday - December 16 - 10:30 AM
We will perform our Cantata during our 10:30 Sunday service.

Holiday Service of Remembrance - December 19th - 7:00 PM
This year we will again be holding a special service to honor those who will not be with us this holiday season. The service will take place on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 PM. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations can be some of the happiest times of the year; they can also be a sad reminder of those we have lost. We will acknowledge our grief and seek comfort in God. We are here for each other, here to give comfort, here to provide support, and here to be a community of God together. Please come and share in this special service where we will remember our loved ones and remember that we are not alone.

Christmas Pageant - December 23 - 10:30 AM
Impromptu Christmas Pageant, 10:30am During our Sunday service on December 23rd we will be having our impromptu Christmas pageant. We will have some hymns and other aspects of the usual Sunday service; however, the children will remain downstairs and the majority of the service will be the pageant. We will hand out parts to people as they come to church, and there will be costumes available for anyone that wants them. It should be a bunch of fun and will help get everyone into the spirit of Christmas.

Christmas Eve Service - December 24 - 7:00 PM
Please join us December 24th at 7:00 PM for our Christmas Eve service. Pastor Brian will offer a Christmas message, and we will sing your favorite traditional Christmas hymns. We will have communion and end with “Silent Night” by candlelight. It is truly a special night at Beaver Church and we hope you can join us.

Church Office Closed between Christmas and New Year's

Pastor Brian will not be holding his regular office hours on 12/25, 12/26, 12/27, and 1/1. If you need to speak with him, please call him at (937) 469-1383.

New Testament Stories from the Back Side: Bible Stories with a Twist - November 27, December 4, December 11 - 7:00 PM
(A Book Study for Adults)
Our new book will be three weeks in length, starting on Tuesday November 27th, meeting again on Tuesday December 4th, and with the final week being Tuesday December 11th. We will meet all nights at 7:00 PM at a member’s house TBD. The book we are reading is New Testament Stories from the Back Side: Bible Stories with a Twist by J. Ellsworth Kalas. 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 or Amazon, the ISBN number is (0687073065). “Using an approach similar to his other "Back Side" books, J. Ellsworth Kalas opens up new possibilities of insight into selected New Testament stories by entering them through the "back side" -- through a unique starting point, a creative retelling, a new "lens", or the eyes of a minor or unsympathetic character. Includes 12 stories and a study guide. We will try to meet at member’s houses each Tuesday, and we will announce the locations as we get them sorted out. If you want to bring a snack, it is always appreciated. Blessings, Pastor Brian
November 27th – Introduction, Chapters 1-4
December 4th – Chapters 5-8
December 11th – Chapters 9-12


Hanging of The Greens - December 9 - Following Worship

We will meet after church on December 9th to decorate the church for Christmas. This will, of course, involve putting the tree up, and any other decorations that we have, or people bring. Please stay to help; many hands make quick work.

Shirley and Alan Nelson's Ornament Party - December 12 - 6:00 PM
Just a reminder that the annual Christmas Ornament Exchange party is December 12th. It begins at 6:00 and is generally over by 8:30 or so. Bring a wrapped, “secret” ornament ($10 or less) and let the fun begin! If you're up to it, bring a dessert or snack to share. We will have sandwich fixings on hand. Address is 4207 Country Glen Circle

Christmas Caroling - December 15 - 2:00 PM
We will be Christmas caroling again this year, and we hope you can join us. This year we will be caroling on a Saturday afternoon, December 15th. For those that are coming to carol, we will meet at 2:00 PM at the church and split into two groups to deliver some goodies and sing some carols.

Christmas Raffle - December 16 - Following Worship
Attention all crafters and donators of choice items. Bring in your Christmas raffle items anytime between now and December 16th. The items will be on display in the fellowship hall with a basket in front of each item (or group of items). Buy tickets and place them in the basket in front of that item for a chance to win it. Tickets are $1.00 each, 6 tickets for $5.00 or 15 tickets for $10.00. The Raffle will be Sunday, December 16th after Sunday Service. See Melissa Baumbarger for raffle tickets.

Christmas Hors d'oeuvres Carry-In - December 16 - Following Worship
On Sunday December 16th we are going to be repeating a special event for our 3rd Sunday carry-in. Instead of dishes we are asking that everyone bring a plate of hors d'oeuvres, little appetizers, to share with everyone. We will put them out and share all the appetizers and enjoy each other’s company as we celebrate the week of Christmas.

Sunday School Winter Break - December 16 through January 6
We will be having a winter break for our normal Sunday school classes starting on December 16th and lasting until January 6th. The normal Sunday school classes will start back up on January 13th. During the break the Nursery will continue to meet.

Volunteer Of the Year Award
There was a tie for first place for the 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award: Steve Filer, for his work especially with lighting repairs and other things mechanical; and Bob Willhelm, as the volunteer choir director and the mechanical guru for the new church sign. Their names will be added to the official plaque. Thanks for all your work and time spent for the benefit of the church.