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.

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Sundays at 10 am

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

Sunday April 5, 2020 - 10 AM

Palm/Passion Sunday - Communion

Pastor Sylvia will be live and in person this Sunday, and the service will be live-streamed on our Facebook page - so VISIT our FB page for a live stream!

By the way - our FB Page is public - so you do NOT have to have a FB account to view it!

If you prefer to try Periscope - we are hoping to also have that available (it will be from a slightly different angle/phone camera - hope it works well). Here is our Periscope TV link:

(Have you been visiting and thinking about joining? Today is a good day for that!)

Sermon  -  "End of the Road?" - Rev. Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann


Get Ready for this Sunday's Service!

Click HERE for a PALM COLORING PAGE, to color and enjoy. Take a pic or video of you and your family and send it to Pastor Sylvia so we can share with each other ....

Check back HERE for a PDF of the "Bulletin" - it has all the songs, prayers and readings, so you can follow along! We will post it for you soon!


VISIT our FB page for a live stream!    (Tune in at 10am on Sundays)  

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

Communion -

On Sunday, April 5, Palm (and, for some, Passion) Sunday we share together Holy Communion in our online interactive worship.

Before the time of the service you will want to prepare some bread, a slice or a small loaf of any kind of bread. In some parts of the world tortilla, rice cake, cassava are used as this element which is defined not as a wheat product but as the most common food of the people. Let it be something you alone or you with others in your house may break and share. Prepare a cup or cups of juice -- perhaps grape or cranberry -- or wine, with or without alcohol.

Set these elements in the living room or kitchen where you experience worship electronically with our faith community. Perhaps you want to put them on a lovely cloth or fabric that reminds you of a special time or a person deeply connected with you in the communion of saints. Perhaps you will light a candle or place a flower or plant or the photograph of someone you wish to bring into the circle of faith beside the bread and the cup.

Thank you for your preparation

Pastor Sylvia

Click this pic for a nice pdf of these instructions!



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

Sunday April 5, 2020

All readings for the week:
Liturgy of the Palms:
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Matthew 21:1-11
Liturgy of the Passion:
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:14-27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54

Focus Questions:

1. Why do you think the powers-that-be feared Jesus?

2. What is the power of fear in your life, and in the life of your community?

3. What does it mean to you that "Jesus died for you"?

4. When have you ever felt like Peter, in that courtyard?

5. Why do you think Mary Magdalene and the other Mary sat there, opposite the tomb? What were they waiting for?


What are we doing about Covid-19?

Bethel Congregational UCC worship will be available on FB live Sunday mornings at 10am. (And the recording will remain accessible through our page). We are also looking into making our services available on other platforms as well. We expect to also be accessible soon through Periscope (Twitter video platform) We are a small congregation, and are, most Sundays, under the 50 person threshold. Nonetheless - things have changed rapidly since last week. So - Sunday March 22, our worship service will be online only. 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.  

You will also be able to access our live stream and archived services through our media center page.

In addition, we will be making Bible Study 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



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 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!



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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,





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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


Bible Study: NEW - Lenten Bible Study begins Thursday March 5th, 2020.  Thursdays at 9AM via ZOOM  CLICK HERE FOR A STUDY GUIDE



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