Bethany United Church of Christ
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Embracing The Community
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Pastor's Page

Reverend Colleen Samson

Welcome to the Pastor’s Page.  If you are looking for a church to attend, I’m glad you decided to check us out.  This is my seventh year at Bethany United Church of Christ (UCC) and I am more excited about our ministries than I have ever been.  Of course, our ministries are evolving because we believe God is Still Speaking in our world and the people at Bethany are tuned in to hear what God is requiring of us as a community of faith.  Bethany is a church that widens the welcome to all people.  Come and be part of this exciting time for this church in this community. "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here."

Bethany’s motto is “Embracing the Community.”  Our goal is to reach our community through programs and ministries that people need.  Six years ago the leadership at Bethany stepped forward to create The Bethany After School All Stars (ASAS).  Our After School tutoring Program has expanded to include Before School Care and a Summer Camp.  The ASAS now receive United Way funding and is known for its quality outcomes.  We provide transportation to and from local schools.  Our All Star team shines brightly in the community.

We also “Embrace the Community” through participation in the LINC (Linked in New Creative) Ministries Gift and Thrift in Newton.  We joined with five other small UCC churches to offer quality goods at a reduced price.  You can also donate articles to the (LINC) Gift and Thrift by stopping by or contacting the store at 828-994-4170. Other small household repairs are can be made through our Heart and Hammer Team; applications can be picked up at the LINC Gift and Thrift.

Our signature community event is the Community Fun Festival offered in September of every year.  In collaboration with local businesses this free event is offered to the community  with free food, entertainment, displays, and young people's activities.  We host hundreds of people every year. 

As you can see, the Bethany congregation is active in our community.  This is a direct reflection of my belief that we are to be Jesus in this world with our hands, feet, hearts and minds.  My hope for Bethany is that ministry occurs both inside and outside the walls of the church.  As an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, my ministry vision is one of peace and justice.  I was ordained in the Central Association of the Massachusetts Conference, UCC, after graduating with a Master of Divinity from the Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, CA.  I also hold a Master in Social Work with a specialization in Family Therapy, from Boston University, MA.  My undergraduate work was in Music Education.  Life experiences, education, and a mind for God’s Kingdom here on earth, all inform my ministry.

Come and be our guest---once, twice, sometimes, all the time----get to know us.  We want to know you and extend to you a different vision of church for today’s world.

Serving with Bethany Church,

Pastor Colleen