Bethany United Church of Christ

1235 Broad Blvd.

Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223


330-923-5277​

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This Christian life is a great mystery, far exceeding our understanding, but some things are clear enough: He appeared in a human body, was proved right by the invisible Spirit, was seen by angels. He was proclaimed among all kinds of peoples, believed in all over the world, taken up into heavenly glory.
-1 Timothy 3:16 (The Message)


Bethany UCC, and the United Church of Christ in general, is a mainline denomination comparable in its understanding of God and the Bible to other denominations such as Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Episcopal. Here, you can learn more about what we believe and who we are.

What We Believe

Bethany Church was founded in 1917 with this mission:

  • to establish a Christian congregation for worship,
  • to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ,
  • to celebrate the sacraments,
  • to render loving service toward humanity,
  • to strive for righteousness, justice, and peace,
  • to advance the realm of God at home and abroad

We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God and we support and encourage the unique spiritual journey of each individual. The United Church of Christ is an inclusive church, believing fully in the message of the Gospel as lived and taught by our savior, Jesus Christ. You can visit the website of the United Church of Christ, where you will find a comprehensive view of this denomination.


The UCC’s Eastern Ohio Association, Ohio Conference, of which Bethany is a part, also has a website where you may find additional information.

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Ministry
​​​​​​​Teams​​​​​​​

Faith Formation
Chair: Suzanne Roach


​​​​​​​Church Growth

Chair: Marcia Spring


​​​​​​​Finance

​​​​​​​Chair: Tim Truby

The Finance Committee meets on a monthly basis to monitor income and expenses and to prepare an annual budget.


Ministry

​​​​​​​Chair: Jan Charton

The Ministry Committee is responsible for


  1. Obtaining greeters for Sunday service
  2. Finding people to deliver altar flowers
  3. Delivering Christmas and Easter flowers to our homebound members
  4. Sending birthday, get well, thinking of you and special occasion cards

Mission

​​​​​​​Chair: Carolyn B. Hofmann


Worship

Chair:


Property

Chair: John Mancinelli


Stewardship

Chair: Kathy Booth


Youth

Chair: Andy McVan


The goal of the Youth Committee is to provide the youth loving and caring support towards Christian leadership and service, develop active, committed participation in the work of the church, and provide a welcoming church home now and long after graduation. We seek to provide this support by:


  1. remembering our call and identity as people of the church,
  2. encouraging initiative and responsibility,
  3. providing training, guidance, and resources for growth and service,
  4. speaking the truth in love,
  5. expecting responsibility and commitment,
  6. assuring that those working with the youth are serving in their best interest, and claim their authority and responsibilty as models, guides, and teachers

so that Youth Fellowship is a joyful, challenging, inspiring experience of the church both in terms of the work we share and all our relationships with each other.

6 PRINCIPLES WE LIVE BY

AUTHENTICITY:  We believe we can’t be what God has called us to be if we are not genuinely ourselves. We must be our true selves so that we make a connection with one another on a higher level.


BIBLICAL TRUTH: We believe the Bible is God’s inherent truth and it’s the foundation to everything we do. 


COMMUNICATION: He used the current language and daily life experiences of those around him to communicate truth.


LIFE TOGETHER: We aren’t interested in being a place where a lot of people get together for an inspiring service but never move beyond the casual, arm’s distance relationships of an auditorium.


EXCELLENCE: We don’t believe in striving for unrealistic perfection. Real excellence is about bringing your best to God’s work and to life in general.


GROWTH: This is a safe place for everyone. But safe doesn’t mean comfortable. The answers aren’t always comfortable.

"That they may all be one." 

John 17:21