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Welcome to Bethel Congregational Church, UCC

We are an Open and Affirming UCC Congregation!

YOU are invited to join us in Worship, Community, & Celebration

Sundays at 10 am


   Sunday July 21, 2019 - 10 AM

Sermon  - "What Comes First?" -  Rev. Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann



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All readings for this Sunday:
Amos 8:1-12 with Psalm 52 or
Genesis 18:1-10a with Psalm 15
Colossians 1:15-28
Luke 10:38-42

Focus Questions:

1. Who are the "behind-the-scenes" people in your church, who make much of its ministry, including its hospitality, possible?

2. What would these stories sound like if they were told by those who are mostly silent but whose quiet action often drives the ministry of our churches?

3. How does the Gospel reading, paired with last week's passage about the deeds of the "good" Samaritan, reconcile the disagreement between two sisters?

4. What would need to change to bring a sharing of "hearing" and "doing" across lines that have often been drawn when assigning "roles" in the life of the faith community?

5. Why do you think Jesus chose such unlikely teachers for the lessons about loving neighbor and loving God?





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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




After worship,  stay for a fellowship - snacks, coffee, tea, etc... something we always enjoy!




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The Reverend Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann is Bethel's Pastor and  Minister of Music. She serves on the Committee on Ministry for the Eastern Association of the Southern California-Nevada Conference of the UCC, 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,



Open and Affirming 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.


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