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!
We have returned to the Sanctuary for In-Person worship
Join us IN-PERSON or visit our Live Streams
Full Length Service - IN PERSON and live streamed - Sundays at 9:55AM
Enhanced Video replay of the in-person service (with captions and bonus content) - posted mid-week
Get your Bethel Newsletter Right Here (THANKS to Sandy Gunn for doing our layout and editing!) CLICK for the current edition!
View our service for Sunday July 25, 2021 right here! (This is the upgraded replay!)
YOU are invited to join us in Worship, Community, & Celebration. .
May you be blessed and stay well, especially during these times of escalating health concerns, and the constantly changing scenario.
THIS WEEK: Sunday August 1, 2021 - Communion Sunday
Our service this week features:
Wonderful Pre-Service Music from several of our musical friends and members
Special Music from Deanna Morrison ("Welcome To The Place Of Level Ground")
Great Congregational Songs (One Bread, One Body; & "Cuano El Pobre" (When the Poor Ones)
and a Special Kids Video about Jesus calming the storm!
We are live and IN-PERSON, as well as live streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch
Sermon - "Living as Worthy" - Rev. Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann
View our Bulletin below (usually available by Saturday each week), or download your own copy!
Online Service Bulletin for Sunday July 25 (PDF ) CLICK HERE (posted by Saturday each week )
Complete Family Bundle for Sunday July 25 - (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 the week - August 1, 2021:
2 Samuel 11:26–12:13a and Psalm 51:1–12
Exodus 16:2–4, 9–15 and Psalm 78:23–29
- Do you join or avoid crowds?
- How do crowds function in encouraging or determining behavior of the members?
- Why do you imagine Jesus largely avoided crowds?
- How do crowd dynamics hinder or enhance ministry efforts?
- Who is attracted to the ministry found within your faith community?
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:https://www.twitch.tv/bethelontario
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! - We join together in fellowship - safely, each Sunday at Bethel following the worship service. We share news, and enjoy being together again.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
What are we doing about Covid-19 NOW?
Our In-Person service begins Sunday mornings at 9:55am at Bethel Congregational Church UCC. This service is both live streamed and recorded.
We also offer an enhanced video replay of our In-Person service on FRIDAYS at noon, complete with captions and other bonus material. (All recordings remain accessible through our pages). Sometimes, the replays are available sooner.
I encourage you to join us in person, or if you are either unwell, or do not live in the local area, 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 (which will resume soon) 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 still an unprecedented time. If you are not yet ready to join us 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.
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 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.
Please support Bethel in our ministries. Send an offering or donation here.
NEW - We invite you to CLICK TO FILL OUT YOUR PLEDGE FORM! (Help us plan...)
You can now use Zelle to send you offering directly from your bank! Our associated email for Zelle is email@example.com (If you use Zelle, we do not have to pay a fee. If you useTithe.ly or PayPal, we do pay a small fee - but it still works!)
You can use Tithe.ly by clicking the GIVE via Tithe.ly button here: (There is an option to cover the small processing fee, and if you are a first time user, you will be prompted to set up your account and PIN (free).
If PayPal is better for you (especially if you need to use a card) - just click the donate button. below.
You can now use TEXT TO GIVE! This is another Tithe.ly feature. To use it, text the word give to (833) 364-0261
The first time you do this, you will be taken to a web form to set up your text to give options. (You will only need to do the set-up. Once, after that, when you text to give, it will be automatically ready for you.)
Sunday Service 9:55am. 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
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!