Welcome

Welcome to Bethel Congregational Church, UCC 

We are an Open and Affirming UCC Congregation! 

See you at Bethel - 536 N Euclid Ave Ontario CA 91762 

Rev. Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann, Pastor 

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

 


Our Worship Service for January 29, 2023 will be an IN-PERSON service/brunch in our cozy, warm, Parlor at 10am

  CLICK HERE FOR OUR BETHEL BUNDLE - It includes our in-person worship bulletin, plus a kids bulletin and special activities! 

 

This week our focus is on “Blessings and Justice”, as we explore Micah 6, and the Beatitudes…

We will be singing a “new to us” song this Sunday - so we are sharing a teaching video for “What Does the Lord Require of You?” by Jim and Jean Strathdee. Check it out and practice up!

 

We also offer an early online video service at 8:30 am each week on all of our social media channels, or right here any time.

HERE is our "Early" Online Video Service for Sunday January 29, 2023 

This week for our "EARLY ONLINE SERVICE" we bring you a replay of our full January 31, 2021 service.

This video also streams at 8:30am on Sunday on all our social media pages). 

If you can't join us in person - please join us through this online service - and invite your family and friends to join you. You can watch on our Facebook page at 8:30am on Sunday and exchange comments! 

Here is some info about this service video: 

This video service focuses on "Healing Holy Places" - especially on Jesus in the Temple at Capernaum, where his teaching "astounded" people - and when he healed the "Man with the unclean spirit" by casting that evil out! We will have some wonderful Pre-Service Music from Ellie Choate on harp ("I Love to Tell the Story") and from the great Louisiana Women's group "Lip Service ("Don't Cross that Bridge", and of course, some great featured Special Music from the Bethel Choir ("Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel", arr. by Roger Emerson) Plus - sing with us - about the prophets, the Still-Speaking Word of God, and a beautiful hymn called, "Wounded World that Cries for Healing" Dr. Mann's sermon is entitled, "Disrupting Demons - Healing Holy Places" Of course - there will be a special kids' video.... Please note - ALL of our music is properly licensed and used with permission. We utilize CCLI & One License. We also feature Public Domain & Original Music (by our artists).

 

 

 

All readings for this Sunday, January 29, 2023 (4th Sunday after Epiphany, Year A):
Micah 6:1-8 • Psalm 15 • 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 • Matthew 5:1-12

Focus Questions:
What is justice? How does its absence impact the world?
How would you characterize a just world?
What does it mean to love kindness?
How does kindness manifest in the world?
What does it mean to walk humbly with God?
What challenges does walking humbly with God present to us?

 

Food for Thought 

“When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, 
when the kings and princes are home, 
when the shepherds are back with their flocks, the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost, 
to heal the broken, 
to feed the hungry, 
to release the prisoner, 
to rebuild the nations, 
to bring peace among the people, to make music in the heart.” 

CLICK the ICON below  for your favorite social media spot below to visit us on Sunday at 10am for worship - we stream our prerecorded service video 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:https://www.twitch.tv/bethelontario 

 

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" 

 

BECOME A BETHEL MEMBER!

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

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

Bethel Fellowship time! - We join together in fellowship - safely, each Sunday at Bethel following the worship service. We share news, and enjoy being together again. 

 

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 ~

1. GATHER: 

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. 

2. FOCUS: 

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. 

3. PARTICIPATE: 

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

(Available on our website, www.BethelUCCOntario.org  ) 

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”!) 

6. LISTEN: 

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

7. CLOSE: 

After the Benediction, Blow out the candle. 

8. FOLLOW UP 

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) 

9. JOIN IN 

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

10. STAY IN TOUCH 

My email address is drmann@betheluccontario.org 

What are we doing about Covid-19 NOW? 

Bethel Congregational UCC has returned to In-Person Worship (beginning Sunday February 20). Always check the website for the latest info -  sometimes thing change quickly.. 

Welcome Home! Our online services are also available on FB live, YouTube Live, and Twitch and even Twitter on Sunday mornings. 

Our Sunday worship services at Bethel Congregational Church UCC begin at 10am. 

We encourage you to join us in person when we offer in-person worship, or if you are either unwell, or do not live in the local area, remain at home, and join in worship online. 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. 

Here is the link to our FB page, where you can find the recorded stream. https://www.facebook.com/BethelOntario/ 

OR Click HERE FOR YOUTUBE  or HERE FOR TWITCH 

Please know, that as much as I want to see all of you in the pews every week - this is still an unprecedented time. When we cannot be together in-person, 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. 

Blessings, 

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.” 

The Reverend Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann is Bethel's Pastor and  Minister of Music. She is the Moderator for the Eastern Association and serves on the Committee on Ministry, and the Nominating committee for the Eastern Association of the Southern California-Nevada Conference of the UCC, She also 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, http://sylvialeemann.com 

 

 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. 

Bethel Congregational UCC

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.

VITAL INFO

Sunday Service 10am. Everyone is welcome.

Worship with us in-person or online.

 Address: 536 N Euclid Ave. Ontario, CA 91762

Office Phone: (909) 984-9111

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

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

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

Choir Rehearsal - Sunday morning at 9am

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

 

 

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This Week's Bulletin for in-person worship

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The Slave Letters

Bethel Congregational Church, 536 N Euclid Ave, Ontario CA 91762

Bethel is excited to host this production of "The Slave Letters", by Michal Dawson Connor, with Jeanine Wagner and the Wagner Ensemble on Saturday Feb 4, 2023 at 4pm. Admission is $20, or $15 for Students/Senior Citizens. Tickets will be available online soon, or just get tix at the door! ABOUT "The Slave Letters" The Slave Letters - Narratives and songs of an enslaved people - "is the culmination of a lifetime of work".

From 1994 to 2006, composer, Michal Dawson Connor undertook an ambitious research project curating letters written by slaves and former slaves from the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. In 2007, Connor's collection was published by Janssen under the title, "The Slave Letters."

In 2017, Connor created an immersive theatrical experience drawing from the letters in his book as well as a lifetime of his own arrangements of Negro spirituals. "The Slave Letters" is an hour-long journey spanning the depths of human despair, the transcendence of hope, and the unquenchable thirst for freedom. Now - this experience will be presented LIVE at Bethel - Please Join Us! For more background, including photos and links to some of the music of the work, visit the full website - https://theslaveletters.com