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!

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 10 am (Video starts a couple of minutes before 10 with some music)

We have suspended in-person worship during the current crisis

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

This Sunday - August 9 , 2020 - 10th Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Sermon - "Dreams and Storms" -  Dr. Mann

Special Music 

Special Kids' Video

Our worship service will be online at 10AM on our Facebook page (we will start with some prelude music a few minutes before 10 - this week for our pre-service music at 9:58am,  so VISIT our FB page (CLICK) for a live stream at 10am on Sunday!








Prepare for worship!

  • I again invite you to send in short sharing stories (written or video) of experiencing God and connection (to God - to each other) during the quarantine. Some of these may be included in our worship video (with your permission). Please send these by noon on Saturday August 1st so that Pastor Sylvia can place them into our video! If you don't make it in time for this week - don't worry – we love to share the presence of God in our lives, so send when you can. Here is an uplink so that you can upload your video directly to Pastor Sylvia.
  • Prepare your worship area – a candle, flower, As always, if possible, place a cross in your worship area today. If you do not have a wooden or metal cross, it can be a picture or a necklace, even a keychain fob. Just something to remind you of the cross. If have flowers you could decorate the cross! Think about a memory – a time that you did not realize God was there with you – and then later saw the hand of God in that moment. If you have a photo, or some kind of reminder (a keepsake?), include that in your worship area – or just write down a brief sentence of phrase about it on a small card or piece of paper, and include that… 
  • Thank you for your preparation.

Online Service Bulletin (PDF) - CLICK HERE  to get it!  (note - this weeks bulletin includes sheet music for the songs!)

Complete Family Bundle - Service Bulletin, Resources &  Children's Bulletin (PDF) CLICK HERE to get it!  (Includes Regular Bulletin, Kids Bulletin, Family Learning Activity, Coloring Page) 

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:


(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).  


Sunday August 9th, 2020:

All readings for the week:
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 with Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b or
1 Kings 19:9-18 with Psalm 85:8-13
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33

Focus Prayer:
Through the storms of life, O God, you are with your people in the person of Jesus your Son. Calm our fears and strengthen our faith that we may never doubt his presence among us but proclaim that he is your Son, risen from the dead, living for ever and ever. Amen.


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)




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.”



After worship,  stay for a fellowship - snacks, coffee, tea, etc... something we always enjoy!



 slm pic 2

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.






Bethel Congregational UCC






Promote Your Page Too


Google Site Verification


Please support Bethel in our ministries. Send an offering or donation here.

You can now use Zelle to send you offering! Our associated email for Zelle is (If you use Zelle, we do not have to pay a fee. If you use PayPal, we do pay a small fee - but it still works!)

If PayPal is better for you (especially if you need to use a card) - just click the donate button. below.


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 9AM 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.


text BethelUCC to 84576 to join our text network. Get all the latest info ASAP!

Furry Friends Pet Food Bank - Pepsi Refresh Grant Winner

  To donate to Bethel's Furry Friends, go to our Donation Page and scroll down to Furry Friends (Click)


Join our email list


We are an "Open and Affirming" congregation of the United Church of Christ.

Our Open and Affirming Statement is :

"We declare ourselves to be open and affirming. With God's grace, we seek to be a congregation that includes all persons, embracing differences of sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, mental and physical ability, as well as racial, ethnic, or social-economic background.  We welcome all to share in the life and leadership, ministry, and fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of participation in our congregation."