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About Us

Vision and Mission

Our vision is:

    To receive and share Jesus’ message of extravagant love through compassionate care for our community and the world.

This vision inspires us to be a church of mission where we seek to:

  1. Know God and one another and open ourselves to be known.
  2. Be a church where people are comforted, encouraged, and challenged by God’s Word.
  3. Serve as God’s hands of mercy, affirming justice and peace in the world. 
  4. Welcome and celebrate the diversity of people and thought, encouraging each individual’s relationship with Christ.

Our History

We are a congregation rooted in a tradition of progressive Christian thinking.  Our history of worship, sacraments, rituals, social action and community support is the foundation on which we build our future.  Our members are seekers and believers reflecting a broad range of theological positions and Christian beliefs.  We recognize the centrality of the Bible and offer people the opportunity to explore how it might guide their daily lives.  This is our invitation to people of this community to come and celebrate the spirit of Christ with us.

We embrace diversity and our members’ backgrounds vary greatly.  We appreciate our differences of race, ethnicity, ability, age, gender orientation, religious upbringing, and family structure. Our openness stems from our Christian values. We believe Jesus was non-judgmental, nurtured people to discover God in their lives, and was a profound example of serving and standing up for people in need. We try to follow Christ’s extravagant example of love, service, and acceptance of all.  Read more…

 

Our Pastors

Rev. Patricia Barth has been Interim Senior Pastor at Bethel United Church of Christ since February 2016.  A professional Interim Minister, Patricia helps congregations in transition look to their history and dwell in their present, so they can develop a new identity and embrace new leadership and move forward into new directions.    She enjoys change, and has worked in a wide variety of ministry settings over the last nineteen years.  She has a passion for worship, particularly Holy Communion and healing prayer, and social justice.   Read more…

Rev. Carolyn Richar, our Associate Pastor, has served Bethel UCC part-time since graduating from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, with a BSN in 1982 and Master of Divinity from Candler Theological Seminary in 1985.  Carolyn’s full-time ministry is as General Manager for Capital Hospice in Northern Virginia.  Read more…