To Lift you up - above is our music player with  a little music from our Jan 12, 2020 service - this is "Down to the River to Pray", with Deanna Morrison on vocals, Sandy Gunn on guitar, and Pastor Sylvia on viola.

Welcome to Bethel Congregational Church, UCC

We are an Open and Affirming UCC Congregation!

GET READY for "Return and Renewal" - In-person worship is coming May 23, 2021

We are coming back to the Sanctuary for Pentecost - watch here for details.

Starting May 23, 2021 - PENTECOST -  Join us in-person of Visit our Sunday Morning Worship Livestream - Every Sunday at 9:55AM

on Bethel's Facebook Page, Pastor Sylvia's Facebook PageYouTube, or Twitch  

NEW - Get your Bethel Newsletter Right Here (THANKS to Sandy Gunn for doing our layout and editing!) CLICK for the current edition!

View our You Tube stream for Sunday May 9, 2021 right here!

YOU are invited to join us in Worship, Community, & Celebration. .

ONLINE - Worship Sundays at 9:55 am (Video starts with pre-service music  music)

(We have suspended in-person worship during the current Covid-19 crisis - In-person worship returns May 23, 2021, with live stream worship continuing!)

May you be blessed and stay well, especially during these times of escalating health concerns, and the constantly changing scenario.


Our Sunday worship service will be online at 9:55am on our Facebook page (we start with some prelude music),  so VISIT our FB page (CLICK) for the live stream

THIS WEEK:  Sunday May 16, 2021 (Seventh Sunday of Easter & Ascension Sunday)

Our services feature:

Wonderful Pre-Service Music from several of our musical friends and members; Special Music -  and a Special Kids Video on Sunday! This week:

Sermon - "Power Up! (The Power of Unity)" - Rev. Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann


Online Service Bulletin for Sunday May 16 (PDF ) CLICK HERE (posted by Saturday each week )

Complete Family Bundle for Sunday May 16 - (PDF) CLICK HERE - (posted by Saturday each week - Includes Regular Bulletin, Kids Bulletin, Family Learning Activity, Coloring Page  for kids and families!)

PDF of PLEDGE FORM (If you did NOT do the online pledge submission, you may print the form, fill it out at home and mail to Bethel Congregational Church 536 N Euclid Ave Ontario CA 91762)

All readings for this Sunday:
Acts 1:15–17, 21–26
Psalm 1
1 John 5:9–13
John 17:6–19

Focus Questions:
1. What does it mean to be given to Christ?
2. How do you understand belonging in terms of Christian community?
3. How do you live your faith in the world?
4. What are uniquely sent into the world to do…or to be?
5. What does it mean to be sanctified in truth?

CLICK the ICON below  for your favorite social media spot below to visit us on Sunday at 9:58am for worship - we are live on all of these platforms!




By the way - our FB Page is public - so you do NOT have to have a FB account to view it! If for any reason you prefer not to use Facebook, try YouTube,  CLICK HERE  OR - try Twitch - We are now also streaming on TWITCH! Check it out here:


We also offer channels/apps on Amazon Fire TV and Roku. These channels do NOT broadcast live feeds, but they will have all of our services and activities available on demand.

Note: Amazon Fire TV is only viewable on compatible devices (Amazon fire stick or cube, Fire TV)

Our Channel name for either one is "Bethel UCC Worship Services"

(Have you been visiting and thinking about joining? Today is a good day for that! - just send a message to Pastor Sylvia! - we CAN do a membership ceremony online!) 

See us Live on FaceBook: We "Go LIVE" every Sunday at 10am on our Facebook Page @BethelOntario (Bethel Congregational UCC).  


Bethel Fellowship time!

Join us most Sundays at 11:15 on Zoom : - here is the vital info

Bethel Fellowship Sundays
Time: 11:15am - about 12:45.
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 869 4578 4663
Password: 977939


SIGN UP FOR OUR TEXT NETWORK just text BethelUCC to 84576 or fill out this form!


Here are some tips for ways to fully participate in our online worship! (click this pic to get a pdf of these to save)


~ How to Worship with us ONLINE ~


If you’re at home with your spouse, family or significant other(s) begin by gathering around a table, or in your family/living room. If it’s just you maybe you could just join us with your computer, tablet or phone and a friend to “join” you for worship by doing the same.


Once you’re in place light a candle to symbolize the presence of the Holy Spirit. This is a good way to signal that you are entering into sacred time, and the place where you were chatting and laughing just a moment ago has become a sacred place.


Follow along with the online service- use the pdf order of service

(Available on our website,  )

4. READ:

Read the scriptures along with us. (They are in the online order of service, or use your own Bible)

5. SING:

Sing along with us (the words are there for you on screen and in the “bulletin”!)


Listen to the service, say the prayers with us, take notes on the sermon!


After the Benediction, Blow out the candle.


With sharing with your family: comment, feel free to send in questions. And pray together! (Send in prayer requests and we will pray for you and yours)


Our other online activities: Bible Study, and Prayer Group! (Check the website for the latest info)


My email address is


What are we doing about Covid-19?

Bethel Congregational UCC worship services are available on FB live, YouTube Live, and Periscope Sunday mornings at 10am. (And the recordings remain accessible through our pages). I encourage you to remain at home, and join in worship online. Here is the link to our FB page, where you can find the live stream.  

In addition, our Bible Study is available through Zoom (the link for the recurring meetings is posted on the Bible Study Page), and other important meetings will also use Zoom. Don't hesitate to reach out by phone, text, FB message, or any other way that works for you. Support each other. Pray for one another.

Please know, that as much as I want to see all of you in the pews every week - this is an unprecedented time. We are blessed to have the ability to stay in fellowship with each other, even if we are not all in the same building at the same time. We are the church. The building is not the church. It is time to hold each other up - and we can do that, even if via virtual and remote methods.


Pastor Sylvia



If you are looking for a church where you are welcome, and where you can make a difference - please join us!




In the face of division and fear, let us resolve to truly "Be the Church"..



 Please - Plan to join us to have a great Sunday morning, and -  Feel free to bring your family and friends as we continue celebrate the triumph of Love...and contemplate our response


"Bethel Congregational UCC is church that does God’s work in the world, nurtures spiritual growth, and helps to build a loving community.”


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The Reverend Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann is Bethel's Pastor and  Minister of Music. She serves on the Committee on Ministry for the Eastern Association of the Southern California-Nevada Conference of the UCC, provides coaching to clergy and laity, She is the Music Director & Conductor of the Southland Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, is a member of the music faculty of  Chaffey College, and serves on the faculty of St. Teresa's Open Catholic Seminary. In addition to her work as our Pastor, she is widely known as musician, artist and inspirational speaker. To learn more about Dr. Mann, visit her personal site,





Open and Affirming Welcome! Bethel United Church of Christ is a church that does God’s work in the world, nurtures spiritual growth, and helps to build a loving community.No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. Bethel UCC Ontario is an Open and Affirming congregation.






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Sunday Service 10am. Everyone is welcome.

Worship with us online during the "Stay-at-home" orders...

 Address: 536 N Euclid Ave. Ontario, CA 91762

Office Phone: (909) 984-9111

 Pastor's message line: (909) 457-7893

Music line: (909) 283-0237

 Pastor and Minister of Music: Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann  Email Dr. Mann

 Bible Study Wednesdays at 4pm via ZOOM  CLICK HERE FOR A STUDY GUIDE

Membership Inquiry Class (Bethel/UCC 101) : Available upon request. Contact Pastor Sylvia to arrange an appointment

Office and Parking lot are in the rear of the building - enter off of F Street.



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