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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 Fall Sunday Season. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m; nursery care and church school classes available. These are some of the special worship events happening:
***SPECIAL WORSHIP SERVICE***
Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
CELEBRATING THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY
OF BETHESDA UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Guest Speaker: The Rev. Marvin Silver, Associate Conference Minister, Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ
Sunday, October 29th 10:30 a.m. ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY Come light a candle in memory of a loved one. Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and touch base with our roots. Learn why leaving a margin in all you say and do is important to God and to your own spiritual sanity. Just a few of the things that we will explore together in worship…
Wednesday, November 1st, 7 pm ALL SAINTS’ CANDLELIGHT SERVICE If you have suffered a loss in the past year, or you are struggling with the loss of a loved one, please join us for this special evening candlelight service. We will light candles of remembrance for our loved ones and there will be singing, soft music, special readings, communion, and encouragement for your journey. If you have not suffered a loss, please consider joining us in offering support to others, or invite a friend or neighbor to this quietly uplifting service.
Sunday, November 5th, 10:30 a.m. STEWARDSHIP AND CONSECRATION SUNDAY On this Sunday, we come together to make and consecrate our pledges to the mission and ministry of the church. Our loving and caring stewardship of the church ensures that our ministry is supported and funded into the future and helps to determine our priorities for the coming 2018 year. What is your relationship to giving and to appreciating God’s blessings in your life?
Sunday, November 12th, 10:30 a.m. NEW MEMBER SUNDAY Would you like to join a progressive, dynamic community of faith to help deepen your spiritual journey? If so, we invite you to contact our minister. We will formally welcome new members on Sunday, November 12th. Please let us know if you will be joining us too or have questions about becoming a member by contacting Rev. Dee at email@example.com
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! Please check out this community resource guide for resisting hate in yourneighborhood.
NEW ADULT STUDY BEGINS SOON Did you know? The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation is October 31st. What in the world was the Reformation and why was it important to people? We will be having a 4-session study on the Reformation and how it has impacted (or not impacted) our present lives and theology beginning Sunday, October 29th and continuing thru Sunday, November 19th. The 4-session study uses a study guide created by the UCC Writers’ Group. This will be a fun, enlightening, and likely LIVELY discussion! Don’t miss it. The study guide costs $4. Please register for class and make check payable to Rev. Dee. Thanks! This study will be led by Rev. Dee and will meet in library on Sundays 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.
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