Welcome to the Bethel United Church of Christ website. We are very excited that you have joined us. We strive to recognize and nurture the Christ in ourselves and each person that we encounter along the way. The United Church of Christ is a thriving community of believers, and lovers of the word of God. At Bethel United Church of Christ we are seeking the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, and Faithful response to the congregation to spread God's Word and reach out to the community and world by imitating Christ's service.
Join us on Sunday at 10:30am for our service and fellowship afterwards. All are welcome to bathe in the love of God.
UCC Women of Michigan - The Gathering
June 6-8, 2014 at the Kettunen Center
Sometimes the state of our world leaves little to rejoice about. Join us at "The Gathering" as we find new ways to "sing a new song" and bring joy to our lives. The Gathering is a wonderful time for women to come together, see old friends, make new ones, share time in worship, prayer, study, singing, laughter, crying, and, of course, eating! Most are touched in some way as we walk the journey together.
Click here for the information packet. The last page is the enrollment form that can be printed and filled out. Join Us! If you would like to see more on the Kettunen Center, click here.
Kid's Night Ministry
What an amazing night and incredible success!
Visit the Photo Gallery to see more pics!
Every Tuesday 5-7pm.
Pastors Message – May 2014
Happy Spring! We finally made it out of the polar vortex and on into this wonderful, life-giving time of year. Now that’s something to praise God for! I hope you had a wonderful Easter and were able to give time to reflecting on all that Easter means: Life! Hope! God’s affirming love! Proving through Christ’s resurrection that God has forgiven your sins! Hallelujah!
April was definitely a full month. The Waterford Ministerial Association Community Good Friday service which was held at Calvary Lutheran Church was well attended. Rev. John Negele from Christ Lutheran Church officiated the service at noon; Rev. Tom Hartley from Community Presbyterian Church officiated the 12:30 service; and I officiated the service at 1:00. It was wonderful to share the Good News of Christ’s love together, as one ecumenical body. I appreciate Calvary Lutheran Church for hosting the service in their beautiful space.
This past month we also celebrated the life of Mary Lou Gabler. Her memorial service was held at Donaldson Johns Funeral home on Saturday, April 19th. Afterwards the Gabler family and their guests continued their fellowship and remembrance in Bethel’s fellowship hall.
As we look into May, I wanted to make you aware that the church council will begin discussing and planning a vision for Bethel church. So I’d like to ask you: what are your hopes and dreams for this church? If you have ideas for outreach or promotion for Bethel, please let one of our council members know and we will add it to our visioning process. It’s an exciting time for our church as we consider, where do we want to be in 5 years, 10 years, and beyond? In what new ways can Bethel interact with our surrounding community? How can we help meet the needs of the ever changing community that lays just beyond our doors? How do we continue to live out our mission statement and purpose?
As we enter this planning process, please keep Bethel church and its leaders in your prayers. We hope and pray that our planning and our plans will be pleasing to the God through whom all things are possible (Matt. 19:26), and that our spirits will perceive the new things God is
doing (Is. 43:19).
Now, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. (3 John 1:2)
"This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life…" Deut. 30: 19-20a
Forty five years ago Beaumont Grade School allowed Bethel to hold church in their school while our church was being built next door. Bethel now wants to return the favor. We will be collecting "Box Tops for Education" and "Labels for Education" to help the children get a better education. Bring or send them to Church and drop them in the two boxes waiting there.