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!
Visit our Sunday Morning Worship Livestream - Every Sunday at 9:58AM
To make an offering online - just click on the Donate button on the right side of the page! (In the "Donate Here" widget. Or visit the Donate page...)
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)
May you be blessed and stay well, especially during these times of escalating health concerns, and the constantly changing scenario.
Our 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 a live stream at 9:55am on Sunday!
This Sunday - 2nd Sunday after Epiphany - "Speak, Lord, for your Servant is Listening" (Are we listening to God's call?)
Wonderful Prelude/Pre-Service Music - "It is Well With My Soul" - featuring Ellie Choate, harp
Special Music - "Blowin' in the Wind" Sandy Gunn, guitar, and Pastor Sylvia, viola
And of course - there will be a special kids' video....
Dr. Mann's sermon, "Speak, Lord, for your Servant is Listening" Why is it so hard to listen to God? .How do we listen and respond?
Here is last week's sermon - in case you missed it!
Online Service Bulletin (PDF )CLICK! (note - this week's bulletin includes sheet music for the songs!)
Complete Family Bundle - (PDF) CLICK!; (Compressed file Includes Regular Bulletin, Kids Bulletin, Family Learning Activity, Coloring Page for kids and families!)
SPECIAL RESOURCE KIT (PDF) - (CLICK) for this week
All readings for this Sunday:
1 Samuel 3:1–10 (11–20)
Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18
1 Corinthians 6:12–20
- How do you hear from God?
- What role do dreams play in your life?
- How do you react to messages you do not want to hear?
- In what ways do you hear God calling you to respond to our times?
- What beauty do you find in the night?
CLICK the ICON 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!
PLEASE NOTE - Periscope will be discontinuing service in March. We will relay our signal to Twitter, but check out out Facebook, YouTube and Twitch options as well!
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 Periscope - we also have that available. Here is our Periscope TV link: https://www.pscp.tv/BethelOntario1/
NEW - We now offer channels/apps on Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Both channels have been built and approved! 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).
After Sunday Worship Services - Join us at 11:15 on Zoom for the virtual fellowship hour: - here is the vital info
Bethel Fellowship Sundays
Time: 11:15am - about 12:45.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 869 4578 4663
ANNUAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT - Our annual meeting will take place Sunday Jan 31, at 11:15am on Zoom. We need all members present! Watch this space and your email for Zoom info.
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)
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, www.BethelUCCOntario.org )
Read the scriptures along with us. (They are in the online order of service, or use your own Bible)
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.
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 email@example.com
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. https://www.facebook.com/BethelOntario/
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.
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.”
After worship, stay for a fellowship - snacks, coffee, tea, etc... something we always enjoy!
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, 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.
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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: Thursdays at 10:30AM - 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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