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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.
MAKE YOUR LENTEN JOURNEY WITH
BETHESDA UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST!
Feb 4th thru Feb 11th Please bring any “old” dried palms to church and place in basket in Narthex. These dried palms will be used to make the ashes for our Ash Wednesday service. Thanks!
Sunday, February 11th, Worship 10:30am and Lenten Study 12 noon Lenten Study begins: “Jesus and Buddha.” We will be reading and studying the book Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings by Marcus Borg (Editor) and Jack Kornfield (intro) The book is available in multiple formats via Amazon and can be purchased new or used. Rev. Dee will have 15 copies of the book. Please make check payable to Rev. Dee for $13. if you wish to reserve a book thru her. Please obtain book prior to first session. We will read and discuss. NO preparation needed. Please R.S.V.P. to email@example.com so that we know how many to expect. We will share resources.
Ash Wednesday, February 14th, 10- 12 noon, Help to distribute ashes to passersby at Grosvenor Metro Station with Rev. Dee. Stand, greet, and bless those who are commuting back and forth.
Ash Wednesday, February 14th, 7 pm Service of Ashes and Communion in the Sanctuary. Begin your journey with this reflective and prayerful service. Invite a friend!
Sunday, February 18th, Worship 10:30am and Lenten Study 12 noon Theme: “Wilderness”; Lenten Study: “Jesus and Buddha” We will be reading and studying the book Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings by Marcus Borg (Editor) and Jack Kornfield (intro).
Sunday, February 25th, Worship, 10:30am , Lenten Study 12 noon Theme: “Suffering”; Lenten Study: “On Jesus and Buddha” We will be reading and studying the book Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings by Marcus Borg (Editor) and Jack Kornfield (intro).
Sunday, March 4th, Worship 10:30am with Communion, Lenten Study 12 noon, Theme: Channeling Anger; Lenten Study: “On Jesus and Buddha” We will be reading and studying the book Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings by Marcus Borg (Editor) and Jack Kornfield (intro).
Saturday, March 10th, Women’s Spirituality Group, 10:00 am We gather to share our joys and concerns, to grow in our inner life, and to deepen our sense of connection and community with God and one another.
Sunday, March 11th, Laetare Sunday, Worship 10:30 am, Lenten Study 12 noon, Theme: Sit and Serve; Lenten Study: “On Jesus and Buddha” We will be reading and studying the book Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings by Marcus Borg (Editor) and Jack Kornfield (intro).
Sunday, March 18th, Worship 10:30am, Lenten Study 12 noon Theme: “Praying”; Lenten Study: “On Jesus and Buddha” We will be reading and studying the book Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings by Marcus Borg (Editor) and Jack Kornfield (intro).
Saturday, March 24th, 10-12 noon Palm Folding in the Fellowship Hall; all ages welcome. Learn the art and experience the joy of folding palms. No experience necessary!!!
Sunday, March 25th, Palm/Passion Sunday, Worship 10:30am Lenten Study 12 noon Enter Jerusalem with Jesus! Palms will be distributed to the congregation this day. Enter into Holy Week as we explore Jesus’ movement from Pedestal to Passion. Theme: “When Stars Begin to Fall”; Lenten Study concludes: “On Jesus and Buddha” We will be reading and studying the book Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings by Marcus Borg (Editor) and Jack Kornfield (intro).
Thursday, March 29th, 7 pm Maundy Thursday Service in Sanctuary. Please join us for this special service as we “move” thru the last days of Jesus’ life. Our worship includes beautiful music, foot washing (or handwashing), communion, candlelight, readings, and service of Tenebrae.
Friday, March 30th, Good Friday 1- 8 pm The labyrinth will be set up this day beginning at 1 pm for any and all who wish to walk it in the sanctuary. Several “stations” will also be created for your devotional reflection. We also seek volunteers to keep “vigil” at the labyrinth from 1-8 pm. There will be live musical accompaniment by a visiting flute player beginning at 7 pm.
Saturday, March 31st, Holy Saturday We invite you to share a meditative experience by yourself or with family members by visiting a local park or sharing reflective time together.
Easter Sunday, April 1st, 10:30 a.m. Come celebrate Christ’s Resurrection with a festive and joyful celebration featuring special music and seasonal songs, readings, and a message of hope for these times.
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