Category Archives: Music

Brown Bag volunteers needed Wednesday, June 21st

Volunteers are needed to help with brown bag hospitality on  Wednesday, June and Saturday, June 24th for our neighbors who stop by for brown bags. This program provides a bag of non-perishable food to 48 local neighbors in need. Bag packing lasts from 5-6 pm Wednesday, and hospitality lasts from 10-11 am Saturday. We serve food and fellowship with guests as they arrive.

Contact Molly Merkle to volunteer!

2017 schedule Wednesday pick-up Saturday distribution
June 21 24
July 19 22
August 16 19
September 20 23
October 18 21
November 15 18
December 13 16

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Liberation Theologies study group: The Cross and the Lynching Tree

Join the liberation theology study group Sunday afternoons at 3 pm to discuss James H. Cone’s seminal work, The Cross and the Lynching Tree.

The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk.cross lynching tree

Our study will begin Sunday, May 21st, 2017 at 3 pm with a discussion of the intro and chapter 1.

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Holy Week at Beloved

Palm Sunday processional Sunday, April 9th, 4:45-5 PM
Religious procession in Avondale with Beloved and The Abbey

Maundy Thursday service at Beloved, April 13th, 6 PM

Joint UCC service with our fellow UCC churches (Covenant Community UCC, First Congregational UCC and Pilgrim Church UCC).

Good Friday – Stations of the Cross – Linn Park, 12 PM

Starting at noon at Linn Park and ending by 1:30 at Kelly Ingram Park, this pilgrimage involves 15 blocks of travel on city sidewalks. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Sponsored by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Greater Birmingham Ministries, First Presbyterian Church and Church in the Park.

Good Friday – Seven Last Words of Jesus Service – 12 pm at Talladega First Congregational UCC

202 Martin Luther King Jr Dr N; Talladega, Alabama 35160

7 last words service

A powerful service with 7 UCC pastors reflecting on Jesus’ last words. Contact Jennifer to RSVP.

Sunday, April 16th, 7 AM at Avondale Park (4101 5th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222)
Joint Easter sunrise service with our neighbors at Avondale UMC and Saint Junia. In case of rain, will move to Avondale UMC at 500 40th St S, Birmingham, AL 35222.

Resurrection Sunday at Beloved!

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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.

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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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Gathered Around: Christmas Eve Sermon 2016

A sermon from Christmas Eve on Luke 2:1-14

It’s Christmas Eve. It’s also the first night of Chanukah for our Jewish friends. What a lovely thing that in this turbulent time in our world that these two observances coincide so closely.

Chanukah is the Festival of Lights. A hundred and sixty five years before the birth of Jesus, the Maccabean Jews recaptured Jerusalem from the Seleucid Empire (its latest conquerors) and rededicated the Temple. They found only enough sacred oil to light the lamps in the Temple for one night. But somehow the lights burned for 8 nights, long enough for them to get more of the oil. It was a miracle, one that is remembered in the modern observance of Chanukah.

And for Christians, from the first chapter of the Gospel of John – the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.

Now I think darkness often gets a bad wrap because we don’t understand it very well, but that’s a discussion for another time.

The essence of these 2 times have something in common, something that at the real heart of the matter is the notion of a miracle.

Continue reading Gathered Around: Christmas Eve Sermon 2016

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Christmas Eve Service, Christmas Potluck + Worship

All are welcome to come as you are.

Saturday, December 24th, 5 pmChristmas Eve Candlight Service with carols from Beloved Community Orchestra.


Sunday, December 25th, 3 pm: Creative potluck – bring food, a musical instrument, poetry to share  – these are the gifts we bring!


Feel free to come to the potluck only – whether we have seen you before or not, come alone or bring the whole family! – but also, feel welcome to stay for our worship service at 5 pm.


See you for Christmas at Beloved!

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Advent and Christmas Worship Series- Sunday nights at 5

Join us each Sunday in December for Advent messages about love, joy, and peace followed by Advent concerts with Beloved Community Orchestra and special guests!

Sunday, December 18th, 5 pm: A message on the meaning of love in  a turbulent world, with music from Christ Will Enter In & Roscoe Robinson!


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South African Preacher Rev. Alan Storey at Beloved Sunday, December 4th

Alan is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church of South Africa and is presently ministering at the Central Methodist Mission in Cape Town.

Alan believes the following: To take the whole Bible literally is an absurdity; Jesus would much rather be taken seriously than worshiped; the division of the world into “saved” and “un-saved” is hate speech; the holy land is not a place to visit but every place to value; there are around 7.2 billion chosen people in the world; the day will come when all guns will be turned into ploughshares (he chairs Gun Free South Africa); the Church must ask the Queer community for forgiveness for its bigotry and exclusion as a matter of urgency; inequality is a weapon of mass destruction.

Alan’s faithfulness to the peacemaking Christ was tested early in his life when he faced conscription into the apartheid regime military. After spending a year of discernment abroad, he returned to South Africa, declaring he would never fight in the apartheid army – or any army. He was arrested and faced trial with a six-year prison sentence as the likely outcome. Alan’s trial was surprisingly abandoned midway, and he became the last conscientious objector to be tried in apartheid South Africa.

Alan will be leading an Advent retreat this weekend with Mary’s House before joining us to preach on Sunday night.

Be sure to join us Sunday night at 5 pm to hear a brilliant theologian & preacher! (Note: Rev. Jennifer will be present as well!)

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Child of the Resurrection – a sermon on Luke 20:27-38

The sermon from Sunday, November 6, 2016 on Luke 20: 27-38

I do not know what happens when we die.

I mean, I know what will happen to my body – that’s both the blessing and the curse of having a background in a medical field.

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust indeed.

But none of us can really KNOW what happens after we die until we get there. That’s part of the mystery of faith. Some people find that worrisome. I think it’s beautiful. The mystery of it is beautiful. Some things – even some things that matter very much – are just not based on scientific knowledge. I’m okay with that.

Doesn’t stop people from making claims or wondering, does it?  Continue reading Child of the Resurrection – a sermon on Luke 20:27-38

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