Category Archives: Get to know Beloved

New Year’s Eve Watch Night Service and Chili/Soup Supper, 5 pm

Join us at 5 pm Sunday, December 31st, for our New Year’s Eve worship and early watch night service, followed by a soup and chili supper. All people are welcomed for food, fellowship, prayer, reflection, worship and blessings to prepare for the year to come.

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Advent concert series at Beloved, Sunday nights at 5

We kicked off the Advent concert series on Sunday, December 3rd with the Phenomenal D’Marie (Rev. Dollie Howell Pankey)…watch video of her performing her original song “Afraid,” below:

The series continued Sunday, December 10th at 5 PM with Beloved KB (Kelvin Benion) and the outstanding Perfect Praise choir.

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Followed Sunday, December 17th at 5 PM by the sensational singing group CWEN (Christ Will Enter In).

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Advent will conclude Sunday, December 24th at 5 PM with our Christmas Eve service – featuring a carols and candlelight worship with  LeNard Brown and the Beloved Community Orchestra.

All are welcome to worship, fellowship and joyful song – Sunday nights at 5 pm.

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Alabama Arise meeting on Criminal Justice Debt Monday, December 11th

Join Alabama Arise at Beloved from 6-7:30 PM on Monday, December 11th for an informational discussion on Alabama’s oppressive criminal justice debt. A presentation will be led by key legal staff from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In addition, Arise organizer Stan Johnson will preview the entire 2018 slate of Alabama Arise state legislative priorities. Your voice and suggestions are needed to advocate on the following priorities:

  • Criminal Justice Debt (A new issue for Arise members to work on in 2018!)
  • Tax reform/Untax Groceries
  • Death Penalty Reform/Abolition
  • Affordable Housing (Housing Trust Fund)
  • Payday and Title Lending Reform
  • Public Transportation Funding (Transit Trust Fund)

The state legislative session begins Tuesday, January 9th. And, later next summer, state legislators will be campaigning for re-election. Your voice, and your vote, matters to speak out and speak up for fellow Alabamians suffering from unjust laws.

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How Sweet It Is To Be-Loved Music Festival Thursday, October 19th!

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Thursday, October 19th, 5:30 – 8 pm

Beloved Community Church
131 41st Street South, Birmingham, 35222

Featuring:

David Sea of The Temptations Revue
Alvin “Cornbread” Garrett
The Murray Family
LeNard Brown of the Controllers
Roscoe Robinson
CWEN

Purchase Tickets to the How Sweet It Is Music Festival

Tickets are $25. If you would like to pay more for your ticket, we have offered a sliding scale for the first time ever:

$25 – one ticket
$50 – one ticket + one ticket sponsored for a low-income person
$100 – one ticket + expenses sponsored for 1 grassroots justice meeting
$1000 – one ticket + utilities and supplies sponsored for 1 month
$10,000 – one ticket + all expenses sponsored for a month (hey, might as well ask!)

Volunteers are needed to promote, sell tickets, collect silent auction items and organize food. Contact us if you would like to help!

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Living our Covenant

We hope you will join us through advocacy, prayer and action this month to support the realm of God on earth.

This is our Covenant: “With the help of God, We will walk together in the ways of Jesus, creating a community and striving for a world where no one is an outcast and no one is a stranger

Speak out for Sanctuary policies in Birmingham

“Where all people are celebrated as precious children of God

Speak out against LGBTQ discrimination in Birmingham

“Where we joyfully share with one another: Hope for the living…”

Write letters to support summer feeding and child nutrition programs

Comfort for the dying.. Dignity for those in struggle…”

Ask our Senators to protect healthcare for low-income, elderly and sick people

“And the freedom to ask, and to seek, and to grow
more fully into the 
persons we were created to be.”

(Above photos show Beloveds at the March for Sanctuary, Pride Parade, Brown Bag Ministry and the healthcare sit-in this month.)

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Happy Anniversary, Beloved!


  

  
Shown above: LeNard Brown, Rev. Jennifer, our celebration meal, and performances from The Murray Family, Christ Will Enter In (CWEN) and D’Marie

Thanks again to our anniversary sponsors:

A.G Callins Home Inspection – First Congregational Church UCC – Hope Central Church –Pilgrim Church UCC – Radical Hope Church – Risk Consulting Expert Services – S&W Electric – Birmingham Friends Meeting – Birmingham Progressive Christian Alliance – The Cooperative New School – Kelsey Weeks Photography – The Abbey Coffee Shop – Beautiful Rainbow Cafe & Catering – JC Services – The Juke Joint – Just Love Weddings – Mentone Vacation Cabin

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PRIDE 2017 at Beloved

This week, we’ll have many opportunities to celebrate PRIDE with our Beloved Community! All people are welcomed to celebrate…

Thursday, June 9, 6:30-8 pm – PRIDE Reading at Beloved

RSVP/more information on Facebook

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Continue reading PRIDE 2017 at Beloved

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Help feed hungry families! June volunteer opportunities at Beloved

 We’ve committed to a big month of volunteering this June! The week of June 26th-30th, we’re providing meals and helping host homeless families with Family Promise.
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We’re also providing summer meals to 175 students that week through GBM’s Thank Goodness I’m Fed Summer Program. Most of the meal assembly will happen the weekend before and meals will be delivered by 10:30 each morning, MondayFriday.

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Plus, we will continue to do our Brown Bag Ministry on June 21st and 24th!

How you can help:

  • Help with meal prep, packing or delivery – contact Molly Merkle or Jackie Limbaugh to help (several volunteer opportunities available June 21st-28th).
  • Volunteer to stay overnight with Family Promise June 26th, 27th or 28th – You don’t have to bring food to help out. Contact Jackie Limbaugh for info.

 

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Photos from our February 12th Installation Service

Sunday, February 12, 2017, Beloved Community Church UCC celebrated the installation of Rev. Jennifer Sanders, the second minister to serve as head pastor of our congregation since our founding in 2000.

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The service of installation celebrated the covenant between Rev. Jennifer, Beloved Community Church, the United Church of Christ and the wider community.

Continue reading Photos from our February 12th Installation Service

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Beloved Community annual meeting Sunday, February 19th

Join us this Sunday after the 5 pm service to vote on our budget and plan for the year ahead. All are welcome and invited to attend to the business of the church.

If you are not yet a member of Beloved, please make your membership (covenant) official to be eligible to vote! Read our church covenant, which is the basis of membership in our community, and talk to Rev. Jennifer to learn more about this commitment!

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