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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.
Sunday, April 8th, Bright Sunday/Holy Humor Sunday; Worship 10:30am, Experience the joy of Bright Sunday! We will explore the theme of “Jesus Christ Superstar” in worship, scripture, and music. After church, we will once again gather at Mattie Stepanek Park in Rockville for annual church kite-flying and fellowship.
Sunday, April 15th Worship 10:30am, Special Guest Preacher: The Rev. Maren Tirabassi. Rev. Maren is a prolific writer whose liturgical work is often featured in our Sunday worship. She recently co-edited a book A Child Laughs, in which Rev. Dee has some published writings. https://www.thepilgrimpress.com/products/a-child-laughs-prayers-of-justice-and-hope-mankin-and-tirabassi-eds Rev. Maren’s work is extensive and she has often been called the unofficial poet laureate of the UCC. We are blessed to welcome her and to hear her message this day! Book-signing will follow. This event, sponsored by the Worship Team, is held in conjunction with our 60th Anniversary celebratory year.
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
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LOCATION: Main Church Building