A Letter from Pastor Jennifer after the Texas Church Shooting

We are all shaken by this latest incident of horrific violence, especially coming as it does after a long string of horrific violence and especially as the target was a church. It seems like there is so much hatred and bloodshed in our world today. The news is frightening. It's even becoming hard to give attention to these acts of violence because they're almost the new normal. They hurt in an undifferentiated way- not the pain of a single, terrible concert shooting or church shooting, but also the hurt of living in a country where shootings have become part of the culture. Some in the government have stated that it is not appropriate to talk about gun control in the aftermath of a shooting, yet for so long, we have been in the aftermath of a shooting, because they keep coming: Sandy Hook, Pulse, Vegas, and more. And we know that another will come. In part because it seems that there is nothing we can do about gun violence. 

Last Sunday, it happened at a church. We left our own service to discover that the worst shooting in Texas history had occurred at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a tiny town outside San Antonio. 26 men, women, and children were killed and many injured.   

Human beings aren’t wired to be afraid all the time. Our brains can’t process this threat. These single shooter murders touch on so much of what frightens us most- they’re unpredictable; we have no control over them. 

At Beavercreek UCC, we are preparing for emergency planning and active shooter training. 

In the meantime, it is important for us to know that there has never been an occurrence of such violence over theology. The Southern Baptist church in Texas where the shooting just took place was the church the shooter's in-laws attended, and he had a history of domestic violence. Black churches, mosques, and synagogues have all been targeted for violence, but that's not about theology. It's about hate. This kind of violence has never happened to a progressive Christian church because it was progressive. Progressive churches have been targeted for vandalism and theft (at probably higher rates than average- though churches in general are often picked out for vandalism and theft).  These shooters have been angry, entitled individuals who want to lash out and hurt others and get their names in the paper, and they have generally chosen random places to attack- churches, schools, nightclubs, shopping centers. It's a strange kind of reassuring that though it could happen at BUCC, since it could happen anywhere, it would not be because of our boldness in welcome.  Nearly 100 people are killed every day by gun violence in this country. The key common denominator is guns. It’s not about what the victims did or did not do. 

Jesus says repeatedly in the gospels, “Do not be afraid”. It’s an important theme throughout the Bible, in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Christ told us to love, love God and love neighbor, and love generously, but he knew that fear pushes out love. Love is the central theme of our faith, and Jesus understood that courage is the only way to have love. So do not be afraid. Fear keeps us from deep love, from generous giving, from visionary dreaming. When we are afraid, we cannot risk, and love is risk. 1 John 4:8 tells us that love drives out fear, but the reverse is true as well. Fear drives out love. They cannot co-exist. 

Following Jesus has always been risky. He warned us of this. It makes so much sense to be afraid in this climate. I get that. I don't know how this has become the world we live in. I don't want to let that fear make us smaller though. That is not who we are called to be. In Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl wrote that “fear makes come true that which one is afraid of.” We can see this around us. Fear of immigrants, of difference, of the other- and the more we believe other people- God’s beloveds- are unlike us, the more we separate ourselves. 

It makes sense to make a safety plan, and we will do this, yet what our world needs is more courage, more love, more integrity, more audacious witness.  We must be aware; we must be concerned; we must try to make change, in our culture and our guns laws; we must not be terrified or paralyzed. 

Emmanuel means “God with us.” Jesus coming to earth, which we celebrate next month, is the story of a God who leaves the comfort, the security, of heaven to join the suffering on earth. Along with Christians around the world, we identify with a victim of violence —a nonviolent, merciful, forgiving, and grace-filled victim. This is perhaps one of the most radical teachings of our faith, turning the wisdom and priorities of this world upside down. 

Nelson Mandela said, “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” So may our choices reflect our hope, our faith, and our love. 

God’s Peace,

Pastor Jennifer

Seeking Skilled Administrative Assistant to Help Manage Church Office

Beavercreek United Church of Christ, 23345 S Beavercreek Rd, Beavercreek, OR  97004

Beavercreek United Church of Christ, 23345 S Beavercreek Rd, Beavercreek, OR  97004

 

Beavercreek United Church of Christ, “Ten O’Clock Church” seeks skilled administrative assistant to help manage the office functions of the church. These functions include answering phones, overseeing church calendars, routing mail, preparing weekly worship bulletins,  creating and distributing written communications, keeping the office clean, working with church leaders and volunteers, office management, and openness to other tasks, from creating bulletin boards to designing promotional materials.

The successful candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, organizational competence, the ability to multi-task and prioritize, proficiency with technology and online communications (including word, excel, and publisher), and familiarity with nonprofit culture. The Office Administrator will work with the Pastor to create a professional and welcoming office environment.

BUCC is a progressive rural church: LGBT welcoming, Earthwise, and committed to building peace and justice.

This is a non-exempt, approximately 6-hour per week position, flexible schedule to be arranged with the pastor. Pay is $15 per hour. Non-members welcome to apply.

To learn more about our church and consider whether you might be a fit for this position, visit beavercreekucc.org. Please submit resume and brief cover letter to revjennifers@gmail.com. Applications due by Sunday December 3rd.

More Information

BEAVERCREEK UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

Job Title: Administrative Assistant

Wage: $15 per hour (Paid monthly)

Hours: Approximately 6 hours per week (A weekly schedule will be set up with the Pastor and a log kept of hours worked)

Supervisor: The Pastor

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Provide secretarial services for the Pastor, as needed, and maintain church files in an organized and accessible manner.
  2. Handle church phone calls and distribute messages to the appropriate people.
  3. Pick up and distribute mail.
  4. Edit, process, and print the weekly worship bulletin, and occasional special liturgy bulletins and distribute to pastor and others, designated by pastor, in timely manner.
  5. Keep and update a calendar of church meetings and events and other groups using the church facilities.
  6. Provide administrative support for church boards and committees as needed.
  7. Update the church directory on an ongoing basis.
  8. Process the Church Annual Report at the end of the year.
  9. Create and update church communications materials as needed.
  10. Supervise office supply needs and purchases.
  11. Maintain and distribute Sunday participant schedules.
  12. Help maintain the church office in a neat and professional manner.
  13. Other duties as needed and assigned by the pastor.

The Secretary's weekly hours are flexible given the task oriented nature of the position; however, the Secretary is expected to be at the church office on a regular basis determined by the needs of the Pastor and the church.

Unpaid vacation of up to two consecutive weeks may be arranged. Unpaid sick leave is to be arranged with the Pastor.

There will be a conference between the administrative assistant and the pastor to review goals and performance on an annual basis, or as determined by the pastor. This contract may be terminated with two weeks notice by either party. The administrative assistant reports to the pastor.

Beavercreek Fall Bazaar

Don't miss this wonderful event happening in the Beavercreek United Church of Christ (BUCC) Fellowship Hall on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. It's a beautiful drive out to Beavercreek and the event goes from 9 am to 4 pm. The Fall Bazaar has been happening annually at BUCC since 1999 and has become very popular. There will be over 30 vendors with a wide variety of creative items to sell so it's a great time to get started on your holiday shopping. There will be a delicious lunch served from 11 am to 2 pm that will include homemade chicken noodle soup, sandwiches and pieces of homemade pie. The lunch is worth the drive in itself.  

There will also be raffle drawings, baked goods, plants and more. Tell your friends, neighbors, colleagues and relatives about the Beavercreek Fall Bazaar and come join us for a great time. 

BUCC is located at 23345 S Beavercreek Rd, Beavercreek, OR 97004.

Children's Summer Camp (VBS)

Beavercreek United Church of Christ, "The Ten O’clock Church," is hosting another year of children's summer camp! This year, we are doing Godly Play, a Montessori based program, which helps children explore faith and learn through stories and play. Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be Monday, August 7th - Friday, August 11th, from 9:00 am - noon.  Ages 5-12 years old. Participation in Beavercreek UCC’s VBS is free, and healthy snacks will be provided. 

BUCC is a progressive Christian community, which honors diversity in faith, gifts, thought, and action. We honor our relationship with God by seeking to embody unconditional love of God and unconditional love of neighbor. Whoever you are and wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome at BUCC.

BUCC is located at 23345 S. Beavercreek Rd. in Beavercreek.  Find our website at http://www.beavercreekucc.org/. For information or to register for VBS, please contact the church office at 503-632-4553 or revjennifers@gmail.com.

BUCC VBS Registration Form PDF Download

Annual Strawberry Festival June 17, 2017 at Beavercreek United Church of Christ

Dinner - Silent Auction - Raffle

Come join us for another wonderful Strawberry Festival at Beavercreek UCC on Saturday, June 17, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  We always look forward to this event since it's the beginning of summer and time for those wonderful local strawberries.

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Good folks, good food, and STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE!

The evening will consist of a delicious dinner including barbecued chicken, scalloped potatoes, salad, green beans, cornbread, beverage and STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE with ice cream.  The strawberries will be fresh off the vine from our local Albeke Farms.

The Silent Auction will again have many wonderful items to bid on and Raffle prizes will be drawn at the end of the evening. It's a wonderful event for the whole family.

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See you there!

Date and Time: Saturday, June 17, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

Location: 23345 S. Beavercreek Road, Beavercreek, Oregon, 97004.

Dinner prices:  Ages 13 & up - $12,  Ages 6 to 12 - $8,  Age 5 & under - Free.

Proceeds will help support our church's local and wider missions including our Food Pantry and Summer Camp Youth Programs.  For more info call 503-632-4553.

Annual Rummage Sale and Lunch

Another HUGE Rummage Sale will be held at Beavercreek United Church of Christ aka "The Ten O'Clock Church".  It will be Friday, March 24, Saturday, March 25, and the next weekend, March 31 and  April 1.  The doors will be open from 9 am to 4 pm each day.

Find us in the fellowship hall!

Find us in the fellowship hall!

There will be an abundance of vintage and collectible items along with clothes, shoes, books, housewares, bedding, seasonal decorations, toys, games, jewelry, tools, electronics, furniture, plants and much more.

The women's group will be serving a delicious lunch from 11 am - 2 pm each day.  The lunch will include their famous chicken noodle soup, sandwiches and pieces of HOMEMADE PIES!!

All this and pie too!

All this and pie too!

The address is 23345 S. Beavercreek Rd. in Beavercreek.  The proceeds will be used for the church's local and wider missions including the food pantry.

If you would like to donate items to our sale, we are seeking unique collectibles, craft items, tools, clothing, plants etc.  Please be sure all items are clean and saleable.  If you have questions or need assistance with donating, please call Shelley at 503-655-0700.