Discipleship

Discipleship

Discipleship is learning to follow Jesus, learning about both him and ourselves, learning to love as God loves: all, no exceptions. Jesus commands us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, but how can we love ourselves if we don’t know who we are? By discovering and understanding ourselves in community, we learn to empathize with those around us and manifest God’s realm on earth.

Christian Education

Sunday School

Regardless of where you are in life’s journey, there is a place for you. You can find classes for pre-K through 12th grade during the entire year. A seasonal adult-supervised nursery is also available. We are always looking for volunteers to lead classes or help guide our youth.

Our Sermons

We Are An Easter People; Easter Sunday; Bethesda UCC; April 17, 2022


The Psalmist says, “Praise the Lord, Praise God in God’s sanctuary, praise God in God’s mighty heavens. Praise God for God’s acts of power, praise God for God’s surpassing greatness. Praise

Continue reading We Are An Easter People; Easter Sunday; Bethesda UCC; April 17, 2022

What Is Normal?; John 21: 1-19; Bethesda UCC; May 1, 2022


The Psalmist said, “As the deer pants for the streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Where can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my

Continue reading What Is Normal?; John 21: 1-19; Bethesda UCC; May 1, 2022

JOYFUL; Palm/Passion Sunday; Bethesda UCC; Rev. Vertie Powers; April 10, 2022


The psalmist says, “Go ahead and celebrate! Come on and clap your hands, everyone! Shout to God with the raucous sounds of joy! The Lord God Most High is astonishing, awesome beyond words... Sing

Continue reading JOYFUL; Palm/Passion Sunday; Bethesda UCC; Rev. Vertie Powers; April 10, 2022

The Mystery of Love; Fifth Sunday of Lent; Bethesda UCC; Rev. Vertie Powers; April 3, 2022


“O give thanks to the Lord, for God is good, for God’s steadfast love endures forever. O give thanks to the God of gods, for God’s steadfast love endures forever. O give thanks to the Lord of

Continue reading The Mystery of Love; Fifth Sunday of Lent; Bethesda UCC; Rev. Vertie Powers; April 3, 2022

Extravagant Joy Fourth Sunday of Lent Bethesda United Church of Christ March 27, 2022


“Praise the Lord! O give thanks to the Lord, for God is good; for God’s steadfast love endures forever. Who can utter the mighty doings of the Lord, or declare all God’s praise? Happy are those

Continue reading Extravagant Joy Fourth Sunday of Lent Bethesda United Church of Christ March 27, 2022

SECOND CHANCES Third Sunday in Lent Bethesda UCC Rev. Vertie Powers March 20, 2022


The Psalmist said, “O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless God’s name; tell of God’s salvation from day to day. Declare God’s glory among the

Continue reading SECOND CHANCES Third Sunday in Lent Bethesda UCC Rev. Vertie Powers March 20, 2022

Remember and Repent; Second Sunday in Lent Bethesda United Church of Christ Rev. Vertie Powers Sunday, March 13, 2022


The Psalmist said, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless God’s holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all God’s benefits – who forgives all your sins,

Continue reading Remember and Repent; Second Sunday in Lent Bethesda United Church of Christ Rev. Vertie Powers Sunday, March 13, 2022

Satan: A Second Look; Rev. Vertie Powers; March 6, 2022


The Psalmist says, “I will sing of the Lord’s great love forevermore; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever,

Continue reading Satan: A Second Look; Rev. Vertie Powers; March 6, 2022

The Valley is Holy Too; Rev. Dee Ledger, February 27, 2022

Luke 9:28-43
The last Sunday before the beginning of Lent, Transfiguration Sunday, is a strange Sunday indeed.  Strange because of the Transfiguration story which is usually read this day—a story that you did

Continue reading The Valley is Holy Too; Rev. Dee Ledger, February 27, 2022

Practicing a Passionate Patience; Rev. Dee Ledger, February 20, 2022

Psalm 37:1-11
Did you know that a sloth, despite its name, is not lazy?  These animals move around so slowly that algae and other plant-life actually grow on their fur.  Living high up in the tropical forests of

Continue reading Practicing a Passionate Patience; Rev. Dee Ledger, February 20, 2022