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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 as we welcome several special guest ministers and speakers to the church for our upcoming Summer Sunday Season. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m; nursery care and church school classes available.
Sunday July 2nd (Communion Sunday and UCC General Synod Sunday) Guest Minister: The Rev. Deb Vaughn, Alliance of Baptists, Chaplain JSSA Hospice and Twinbrook Baptist Staff
Sunday, July 9th Guest Minister: The Rev. Dr. Margaret Benefiel, Executive Director, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Author
Sunday, July 16th Guest Minister: The Rev. Raymond Patch, United Church of Christ, Member BUCC
Sunday, July 23rd Guest Minister: The Rev. James Semmelroth-Darnell, United Church of Christ
Sunday, July 30th Guest Minister: The Rev. Phil M. Rider, United Church of Christ
Sunday, August 6th (Communion Sunday) Guest Minister: The Rev. Art Waidmann, United Church of Christ, Member of BUCC
We Are Open and Affirming!
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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Location & Directions
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