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
December 4th, 2022
2nd Sunday of Advent - Communion Sunday
Worship with us "Live and In-Person" in our Sanctuary at 10am on Sunday
THIS WEEK - "Sunday Morning Choir" begins!
CLICK here join the Sunday Morning Choir (or just talk with Pastor Sylvia)
- Congregational songs , including "O Come O Come Emmanuel" and "Peace, Peace"
- Scripture readings from the Book of Isaiah, and the Gospel of Matthew
- Kids' Message
- Special Music - "Child of Light" with the Sunday Morning Choir!
- Special message from Pastor Sylvia - "Choosing Peace"
Online Worship is also available every Sunday. You can watch the live "in-person" service at 10am on our Facebook page, OR you can view our early service online at 8:30 am this week on all of our social media channels, or right here any time.
HERE is our "Early" Online Video Service for Sunday December 4, 2022
This week for our "EARLY ONLINE SERVICE" we bring you a replay of our December 6, 2020 service. "Second Sunday of Advent - Seeking Peace"
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 9am on Sunday and exchange comments! Here is some info about this service: Prepare by getting your advent wreath/candles ready! This Week's Sermon "Seeking Peace" - Dr. Mann
Advent Candle lighting - the Avalos Family Special Music - Music from Messiah - Abrenda Davis sings "Rejoice Greatly" with the Southland Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. Pre-Service music - Southland Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - Music from from Messiah - Steve Grabe, Tenor, singing "Comfort Ye & Every Mountain", and the chorus sings, "His Yoke is Easy" Special Kids' Video - David and Saul
VIEW our latest Bulletin (for our live in-person 10am December 4, 2022 service) BELOW:
All readings for this Sunday:
Psalm 72:1–7, 18–19
1. How would you envision heaven on earth?
2. How does the gospel provide a vision that counters societal norms?
3. What makes a community flourish?
4. What keeps a community from flourishing?
5. How can we contribute to the kindom on earth?
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
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!)
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)
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Office and Parking lot are in the rear of the building - enter off of F Street.
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Live, In-Person, Open and Affirming Worship. This service is also (usually) available of Facebook Live on Our Page (https://www.facebook.com/BethelOntario/)
OPEN AND AFFIRMING
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."
Dr Sylvia Lee Mann, Pastor & Minister of Music