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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.
IT’S AN ADVENT-FUL SEASON AT BUCC!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 AT 3:30PM. HANGING CHRISTMAS GREENS At BUCC we traditionally hang greens and wreaths in the sanctuary and narthex and assemble a mitten tree in the parlor. The Advent wreath is prepared for use during services. Just like at home, favorite decorations are discovered anew each year. You are invited to help decorate the church on Wednesday, November 29 at 3:30pm. Many hands make the task lighter and accomplished quickly. We should be done 5pm. For more information contact the church office email@example.com.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH, 7 PM TAIZE SERVICE Come and unwind for a special Taize service this holiday season. Experience the meditative beauty of Taize and let the music take you to a deeper spiritual place beyond the stress and busyness of holiday preparations.
DECEMBER 3rd FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT AND COMMUNION Worship 10:30 a.m. Today we welcome in worship the Rev. Denise Mason Bullitt, the Intentional Interim Conference Minister of the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ. Rev. Denise will present the message for the morning and Rev. Dee will lead worship. Advent Study begins after worship in library at 12 noon.
DECEMBER 7TH, 6-9 pm (Thursday Evening) ADVENT INDOOR LABYRINTH WALK Free and open to all.
Leave behind lines and shopping lists and de-stress with our Advent Labyrinth Walk in the Sanctuary. Enjoy a rare and peaceful atmosphere as you walk the labyrinth, meditate, or pray in a candlelit sanctuary. Invite a friend! Reflective recorded musical meditation during walk. Please note that participants are asked to remove shoes before entering/walking the labyrinth. You may wear/bring your own socks or clean socks will be available for use. There will also be meditative stations for coloring, sitting in prayer, lighting candles, or using finger labyrinths (provided). Information about labyrinth walking will be available. This event is open to the public.
DECEMBER 9TH (SATURDAY) from 8 am until ? PUTZ BUILDING We will begin our Advent miracle of transforming crates, stumps, and moss into a middle-eastern landscape to tell the Christmas story. The Putz is a three-dimensional storybook of the Nativity stories. Activities will commence early in the morning so come join in the fun. There are jobs for all ages — unpacking figures, carrying stumps from the shed, unraveling lights, and best of all — creating a scene. We work in pairs for most scenes so that first time folks can learn from our experienced scene builders. If you have any questions, contact Martha Knouss. Great hands-on activity for children, adults, families of all ages. No experience required!
DECEMBER 9TH (Saturday) 10-12 noon WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP meets in Pastoral Counseling Office. Please contact church office for additional info.
DECEMBER 10TH SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT: “Messengers of Hope” and Human Rights Day, Worship 10:30 a.m. Rev. Dee preaching. Advent Study continues in library at 12 noon.
DECEMBER 17TH THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT: PUTZ AND PAGEANT SUNDAY Worship 10:30 a.m. Special Children’s Putz Pageant with Carol Singing during Worship followed by a yummy ADVENT POTLUCK in Fellowship Hall with festive music and gathered friends. Invite a new-comer, neighbor, or friend!
DECEMBER 24TH (MORNING) FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT: Join us as we have a special service of Lessons and Carols. Worship 10:30 a.m. Rev. Dee leading. Our Advent Study continues after church in library at 12 noon.
DECEMBER 24TH 7 pm CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
Welcome the birth of Jesus Christ into the world with a joy-filled worship of music, singing, special readings, candle-lighting, and prayers of hope and well-being for our times! Before the service there will be a Wassail Bowl in the Narthex. Come early and enjoy warm cider and cookies before the service.
DECEMBER 25TH A MERRY AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS!
No formal worship this day.
DECEMBER 31ST NEW YEAR’S Worship 10:30 a.m. Start the New Year with God! A special Guest Preacher TBA!
JANUARY 7TH EPIPHANY CELEBRATION in Worship 10:30 a.m. Rev. Dee preaching.
Advent Study concludes after worship in library at 12 noon.
JANUARY 14TH BAPTISM OF CHRIST SUNDAY: SPECIAL ALL-CONGREGATION RENEWAL OF BAPTISMAL VOWS Worship 10:30 a.m. Rev. Dee preaching. Do you remember your baptism? Whether baptized or not, join with your church friends and family for a special ritual renewal of the promises made at our baptism. All are welcome to participate and you do not have to have been baptized to receive a special blessing this day! If you are not baptized and wish to be baptized on this date, please contact Rev. Dee to arrange.
UCC 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! Please check out this community resource guide for resisting hate in yourneighborhood.
NEW ADVENT BIBLE STUDY BEGINS This study will be led by Rev. Dee and will meet in library on December 3rd, 10th, 24th, and Jan 7th at 12 noon.
FALL CHURCH-WIDE DISCUSSION AND STUDY: FAITH AND IMMIGRATION. Our church has just completed a 6 week immigration study, but will continue the discussion throughout the fall and spring seasons. We will keep you posted of additional offerings and opportunities.
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.
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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