prEview May 2, 2019
Pastor Rachel continues her sermon series, "Be the Church," on the theme of "Care for the Poor," with a sermon entitled, "When Did We See You?" based on Matthew 25:31-46. We will celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Kurt Habeck will be Deacon of the Day, and Claudia Anderson will be Lay Reader. Musical leadership will be provided by Zoe Vandermeer and the Sanctuary Choir. Please join us for coffee hour following the service, hosted by Claudia Anderson.

Pastor Rachel Fay Beam will be out of office May 13-17th.
Dr. Jane Ellingwood will be on call.
Board of Trustees : Sunday, May 5, following the service
Worship and Congregational Care Board: Monday, May 6, 7:15 PM
Board of Finance : Wednesday, May 8, 7:15 PM
Over the next few weeks you may notice photographs being taken at various times during various church functions. The Ad Hoc Website committee is working on obtaining some up-to-date photographs that can be used on the FCCB website. Most photographs will be of group shots from a distance in order to capture a large area in the photograph. If for any reason you wish not to be included in a photograph that may be used for the website, please notify one of the Ad Hoc Website committee members (Jim Welsh, Wade Anderson, David Oskandy, Bill Beckman) or the Church Secretary (Heather). Thank you.

We thank everyone in the congregation who participated in our Earth Day events -- those who volunteered in any capacity and those who came to share in the joy of our events. We thank in particular our wonderful staff, Heather McMillan, Ashley Adams, and Dr. Jane Ellingwood for their stellar contributions that made the day a huge success!

Bethel Community Hike at Wolfpit Preserve

May 5, 2019
1:30 PM

Join us on May 5th for a Sunday afternoon hike at Wolfpit Preserve. We will be starting out from the entrance at 37 Wolfpits Road in Bethel. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

This hike is being hosted by the Bethel Land Trust in conjunction with Bethel Community Earth Day, which is co-sponsored by the Town of Bethel Parks and Recreation Department and the First Congregational Church of Bethel.
CTUCC Meet Up at Bethel Pride Parade
May 4, 2019
12 PM – 5 PM
Join First Congregational Church of Bethel + Newtown Congregational Church as we turn up at Bethel Pride!

We will meet at the Parade Check In (across from the Bethel Train Station) at noon. The parade starts at 1:00 PM and the celebration continues until 5:00 PM. Bring your signs, your rainbow gear
and your pride!

Parking will be available behind the Municipal Center, on Main St, the train station or the library. More info available here:

See you there!
Vacation Bible School
Dates July 29th- Aug 2nd
Times 9:00am - 12:15pm

Office Hours
Tuesday 9am-12pm
Thursday 9am-12pm
Friday 9am-12pm

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered! Sign-up sheets are available, we need volunteers for May-June
Lay Readers are needed starting
April 28th.

In Our Prayers
Below are the people that are on our public prayer list. The Prayer Chain members also maintain prayer lists that are used in their personal devotions - these names are kept confidential. If you would like to add someone to either list, please email Pastor Rachel Fay Beam at
No names will be removed from the list until a request has been made to do so. Please contact Pastor Rachel or Heather if you would like your name -- or a loved one's name -- removed from the list.

  • Prayers for Tammie Emmons, recovery from illness.
  • Prayers for those who continue to be victimized by gun violence.
  • Prayers for Becky Everhart, recovery from complete knee replacement surgery.
  • Prayers for Gary, the uncle of Michelle Knapp, continued recovery from brain cancer, now in remission.
  • Prayers of healing for Jill Shaw.
  • Prayers for Jeff Lawrence, recovery from eye surgery.
  • Prayers for Callie Furlong, 2-year-old granddaughter of Carole Furlong, recovery from kidney cancer.
  • Prayers for Joe, Lisa and Patrick Conciatore and their family, following the death of Joseph Conciatore, Sr.
  • Prayers for Joan Gourley, recovery from illness and surgery.
  • Prayers for Helen Chapman, recovery from illness.
  • Prayers for David Samuelson following the death of his brother Harry.
  • Prayers of healing for Bob and Judy Andrews.
  • Prayers for Logan Gene and Loki Robert Ferguson, grandchildren of Cindy Ferguson who were born 12 weeks premature.
  • Prayers for Jack Kessinger, recovery from hip surgery and health issues.
  • Prayers for Renee Kelahan, sister of Julie Sorcek
  • Prayers for healing for June Fry.
  • Prayers for Melissa Mable and her family, following Tim's death.
  • Prayers for the Milsap Family, following Mark's death.
  • Prayers of healing for Charlie Smith.
  • Prayers for Richard Hill, recovery from illness.
  • Prayers for Richard Merritt, recovery from illness.
  • Prayers for the members and friends of FCCB who are on our "call and visitation" list and cannot be with us on Sundays.
  • Prayers for all caretakers, including those who are caring for older parents and ill family members.
  • Prayers for our UCC partners in ministry in Fairfield East Association, the CT Conference and the national office.
  • Prayers for Bethel Police Department and Fire Companies and all emergency responder's.
First Congregational Church of Bethel, 46   Main   St Bethel , CT  06801
Phone # 203-743-1877
An Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ.