Bethany United Church of Christ
No Matter Who You Are Or Where You Are On Life's Journey...YOU ARE WELCOME HERE
We are all one, unified in Jesus Christ, and we believe that we are called as Christians to be a Community of Peace and Justice. Therefore, in the Spirit, we the members of Bethany United Church of Christ declare ourselves to be an Inclusive Church, open and accepting of all people without qualification including persons of any race, sex, age, nationality, marital status, physical or mental ability, economic status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and open and accepting of all family units including traditional, single parent, divorced, never married, same-sex, parents of LGBT, bi-racial or multi-racial.
We affirm the worth and dignity of all persons, just as Christ accepted all people he encountered. We believe that God's wondrous and inclusive love, Christ's church, and the Spirit's power are for all people, and that no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
We invite all who share in this vision to join us in the full life, membership, leadership, employment, and ministries of this Church as we strive to work for peace and justice for all of God's people.
GO OUTSIDE THE WALLS AND SERVE
We are excited to bring you some updates on our outreach projects. Without your support none of this would be possible. Thank you again for allowing us to serve others.
Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian (ECCCM) Ministry is located in Newton, NC about five miles from Bethany UCC. Years ago one of the ministers from Bethany, Rev. Banks Shepherd, was instrumental in beginning this vital Catawba County ministry. The congregation continues to volunteer monthly, and to provide monetary and non-perishable items on a regular basis.
The Program strives to help support the physical and emotional needs of children in foster care and families sorrounding them through connecting the communities of Catawba, Catwell, and Burke counties. Often that support includes meeting physical needs like providing diapers, winter coats, car seats, or books and school supplies. Sometimes it means recruiting new resource families or taking meals to foster family homes. Fostering Hope also offers emotional support by providing Family Support Groups for foster families, Social Worker Appreciation Events, Parents' Day Out, and so much more. At Bethany United Church of Christ, we grateful to join in ministry of Fostering Hope Catawba Velley.
Our Core Values
WE BELIEVE IN THE TRIUNE GOD
Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.
WE BELIEVE THAT EACH PERSON IS UNIQUE AND VALUABLE
It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.
WE BELIEVE THAT THE UCC IS CALLED TO BE A PROPHETIC CHURCH
As in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls the church to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor and comfort the afflicted.
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