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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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“In the Company of the Poor” study group Sundays at 3 pm

Our Liberation Theology study group is working our way through In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez.
Farmer is the founder of Partners in Health while Gutierrez is one of the founding voices of the concept of liberation theology.
Reading schedule:
February 5th: chapters 3-5
February 12th: chapters 6-7 and the afterward
Anyone is welcome. Our goal is to both make sense of the material together and to make sense of it in our own personal and communal contexts.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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God is in the Midst of the City – a Sermon on Psalm 46

The sermon from Sunday, November 20 on Psalm 46

Some churches celebrate today as Christ the King Sunday. While I embrace the idea of a realm of God wherein we model our lives after the example of Jesus, because language is what it is, I’m not so excited about using the hierarchical language of royalty and kingship to help us understand the message of Jesus.

Now it’s fine if you do that or believe that or if some other church wants to preach that. It’s not just what I’m going to preach up here. We do a lot of things differently around here – and we have, for us, good reasons for that.

(and just in case anybody here is worried the whole thing, let me point out that the observance of Christ the King Sunday has only been around since it was put into the liturgical calendar of the feasts of the Catholic Church by Pope Pius XI in 1925. This was not inscribed in stone tablets.)

Anyway, some people preach this – Jesus – as a different type of kingship and I can see that – but the traditional associations we have in our mind are mighty, mighty hard to shake. I would argue that Jesus came to up-end the way we think about authority and in doing so the way we think about one another. And that’s what we try to live out here in community.

So instead I want to begin by talking about a man by the name of Mark Zwick, who died this past week. Anybody ever hear of him?

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Volunteer with Family Promise Nov. 27th-29th

In partnership with Family Promise and Baptist Church of the Covenant, rotating weeks with other churches across the city, we help to provide overnight shelter and meals for homeless families.

Volunteers are always needed to cook, serve and stay overnight once per quarter. You may be able to help by providing one dinner, lunch supplies, or by staying overnight with another volunteer from Church of the Covenant.

Our next dates to help will be Sunday, November 27th – Wednesday, November 30th.

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Fifth Sunday potluck October 30th after 6 pm service

Join us after the 6 pm service Sunday night for our 5th Sunday Potluck!
Family and friends welcome – bring what you can and share if you are able.
See you Sunday at Beloved!

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Sunday afternoons at Beloved: meditation, fellowship + more

New service time! Continuing our tradition of evening service but adjusting with the seasons, our weekly worship service will start at 5 pm, with food and fellowship downstairs at 4. 

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We’re also offering different ways to connect with Beloved on Sunday afternoons:

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