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Welcome to Bethesda United Church of Christ
We welcome all without exception as we worship God together, journey in the spirit, and share our gifts with each other, our neighbors, and the world.
We are so glad that you have found us on the web and we hope that you will join us in person! Are you looking for a faith for these times? Are you curious about life? Do you wonder how to make meaning from the difficult circumstances that confront you? Are you looking for spiritual friends and companions for your journey? Gathered in 1957, Bethesda United Church of Christ has been a spirited and spiritual presence on the corner of Fernwood and Democracy and a visible presence in our community since 1960. One of our great joys is to share a relevant, vital, inclusive faith that will provoke thoughtful questions, meaningful life reflection, and a passionate love of God that translates to love for neighbor and a healthy love for self. Here, we gather together to strengthen our ties to the larger community, to each other, and to God. Here, we sing and pray our faith in eclectic ways, true to our Christian roots but recognizing the on-going revelation of God in Christ Jesus and in the beautiful diversity of our Creator.
Please join us for our upcoming Fall Sunday Season. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m; nursery care and church school classes available.
Sunday, September 3rd SPECIAL WORSHIP SERVICE: BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS at 10:30 am
During this worship service, we will celebrate and give thanks for all of God’s creatures, great and small, especially our animal companions: beloved household pets (or photos of pets) and favorite stuffed animals. Please bring your pet or pet photo to this special service! To keep pets and people safe, all pets should be on a leash or in a cage/carrier, and under owner control at all times. There will be a “no pet zone” for those who are allergic or who do not wish to be next to animals. Please come and share in this exciting event!
Sunday, September 10th Re-Gathering Sunday and Blessing of the Backpacks
Join us as we gather from near and far from summer adventures to celebrate the beginning of the fall season. Young and old are invited to bring backpacks, work bags, briefcases, and satchels to be blessed for the start of the school year! We will also bless the backpacks that the church prepared for area schools. Communion will also be shared and celebrated.
BUCC SOCIAL JUSTICE CONCERNS—-WHERE DO WE STAND?
Come make a difference in our community and in the church! Be a voice of love, not hate! Our next Social Justice Exploration gathering will be on Monday, September 25, 2017, at 7:30 pm in the Church Parlor where we will brainstorm and help to further the voice of love in the community and world. Please check out this community resource guide for resisting hate in your neighborhood. https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/com_ten_ways_to_fight_hate_2017_web.pdf
FALL STUDY/DISCUSSION “Faith and Immigration” will begin on Sunday, August 20 in the Parlor following service. These sessions, led by Rev. Dee, are scheduled for August 20 and August 27 with September dates to be determined. Additional information will be available in upcoming E-vangelism mailings and bulletins.
As disciples of Jesus, we seek to embody Christ’s extravagant love, and share this love with everyone regardless of race, gender identity, income, age, orientation, or disability. Our building is wheelchair accessible, we provide assisted listening devices, and produce large-print bulletins for our members and guests with diminished vision. We fly a rainbow flag near our doors to boldly attract the attention of passers-by who see that a Christian church is declaring its welcome to LGBT persons.
We are proud of our history on the forefront of progressive change whether it be marching on the Mall with Martin Luther King, Jr., making a commitment to reduce homelessness and hunger around us, or becoming an Open and Affirming church.
Won’t you join us? Review some of our BUCC Events for Website, Welcoming, and Worship.
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Here, we hope that you will find a spiritual home among those who seek God like yourself, and who share the many ways God seeks us.
Bethesda United Church of Christ
10010 Fernwood Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20817
Sunday | 10:30am – Worship and Sunday School
A Season of Joy
Christmas Celebration and Pageant
THE CHRISTMAS STORY TOLD WITH A BEAUTIFUL PUTZ AND PAGEANTRY
The Bethesda United Church of Christ Sunday school students will tell the Christmas Story, using an elaborately decorated Putz, as adopted by traditions of Pennsylvanian families drawn from their Moravian heritage. The Putz, which uses moss and tree stumps as landscaping for a beautiful backdrop for the nativity scene and other elements of Christ’s birth, is the centerpiece of this telling of the Christmas story.
Please join us for this joyous celebration on December 11, 2016 beginning at 10:30 am. Bethesda United Church of Christ is located at 10010 Fernwood Road, Bethesda, MD 20817. For more information, contact Rev. Dee Ledger at 301-365-3387 (phone). There is no charge for this event .
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LOCATION: Main Church Building