• Welcome to UCC Seneca Valley!
  • We are a part of the United Church of Christ.
  • We are an Open and Affirming church welcoming the LGBTQ+ community.
  • We seek to follow Jesus and continue his life transforming ministry.
  • We believe that eating together and feeding others are holy endeavors.
  • We believe laughter and joy are gifts from God.
  • We believe worship should be inclusive and intergenerational.
  • We believe in praying for each other and the world.
  • Our faith teaches us how to live.
  • We seek to serve our community.
  • We advocate for justice and peace.
  • We use art to explore and express our faith.
  • We love to make music together.
  • We explore hands-on ways of approaching faith and spirituality.
  • We value preaching that is relevant, challenging, and meaningful.
  • We value children and youth and the gifts they bring to our community.
  • Immigrants and Refugees are welcome here.
  • You are welcome to feast at our table and make it your own!
 

Welcome

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey,
you are welcome at
the United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley.

We are an open and affirming, progressive and inclusive spiritual community centered in the belief that we are all beloved children of God. You are invited to come as God made you, believing as you do, to a church with big IDEAS. We Include all, Deepen connections between God and people, encourage you to Express yourself, and work to Advocate for justice and Serve our community. You belong here. Come see what's possible!

   

Contact Information

United Church of Christ Seneca Valley

13421 Clopper Rd.
Germantown, Maryland 20874
Phone (301) 540-3449

Regular Schedule

Office Hours

  • Wednesday-Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM

Sunday

  • Havruta: Adult Bible Study
    – 9:00 AM to 9:50 AM
  • Sunday Service and Sunday School
    – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Thursday

  • Choir Practice
    – 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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Announcements

  • Worship on Sundays

    In-person worship is presently suspended due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Please see below for more information on online worship and other ways we are working to remain a connected community held together by God's love.

    Want to know what to expect on a typical Sunday morning? Click HERE.

    Looking for our core beliefs and values? Click HERE.

     

  • Maundy Thursday Worship

    Our Maundy Thursday worship is usually a very hands on time of rituals and holy experiences. In moving that online we will have scripture and contemporary readings along with prayer and rituals for you to do at home even while we are all together in a virtual space. Please have ready and nearby before starting worship:

    1. Oil or fragrant lotion for anointing (Only a small amount is needed. This could be an essential oil or olive oil or a fragrant hand or body lotion.)

    2. Supplies for handwashing or foot washing. Have a small bin with water and a washcloth.

    3. Bread or a cracker and juice or wine for communion.

    Our zoom room will open at 6:30pm with early arrivals asked to discuss questions to help us set the mood for service.

    Topic: Maundy Thursday Service
    Time: Apr 9, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/666299920?pwd=S3ZGZ1pVdEQxdWFaT2xzVmVyRFFMdz09
    Meeting ID: 666 299 920
    Password: 20874
    Dial by your location
    +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
    Meeting ID: 666 299 920
    Password: 20874
    Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aez3F7gr5H

    The bulletin for this service can be found HERE.

  • Good Friday Worship

    Our Good Friday Zoom service tells the story of Jesus’ last day including his time with the disciples in the garden, his trial and crucifixion, and his body being placed in the tomb. During this service we will slowly move from light to darkness, though we have to be creative in the way we do that this year. We ask each household participating in worship to have a candle with them as worship begins. One by one we will all put our candles out as we go through the service. This service more than any other this week will echo where our world is right now. It is important to sit in that grief and understand how our current situation connects us with our faith.

    Topic: Good Friday Worship
    Time: Apr 10, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/948243705?pwd=bXVDYkQ4WlIwdHYzNUdXK3hnaytRdz09
    Meeting ID: 948 243 705
    Password: 20874
    Dial by your location
    +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
    Meeting ID: 948 243 705
    Password: 20874
    Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aez3F7gr5H

    The bulletin for this service can be found HERE.

  • Easter Sunday 4/12/20

    If there was ever a time to be reminded that even darkness, isolation, and death could not stop God and that there is hope even when all seems lost, this is it! This is the Easter Sunday we will never forget. Yes, we will have to do it over Zoom and our sanctuary will be as empty as a tomb, but as we worship from home we are reminded how the disciples spent that first Easter, locked in their homes, scared, and grief stricken. We will journey with them even as we shout our Alleluias.

    For Easter Sunday Worship we invite you to:
    1. Wear a fabulous Easter hat or outfit.
    2. Have a flower or plant nearby to remind you of new life.
    3. Have a candle ready to light.
    4. Have a ribbon wand from Easters past to wave or make your own Alleluia sign to wave to the camera.
    5. Children to have a bag of colorful jelly beans nearby.

    6. Have bread (or a cracker) and wine or juice (or other liquid) for communion

    Topic: Worship Easter Sunday
    Time: Apr 12, 2020 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/870551007?pwd=eXZRK3RNL0ZqOGY1TnFqOVZiWmRPdz09
    Meeting ID: 870 551 007
    Password: 20874
    Dial by your location
    +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
    Meeting ID: 870 551 007
    Password: 20874
    Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aez3F7gr5H

  • Recording of Last Sunday's Worship

    Want to check out Last Sunday's Zoom Worship and get a sense of what it's like? Click here.

    Keep in mind that as we learn best pracitces for online worship we are continuing to adapt our format and expereince. Each week we learn a little more!

  • Medical Debt Buyback and Justice Effort

    In the past forty years, medical costs have doubled, insurance copays and deductibles have spiked, and bankruptcy rates have quadrupled, creating an avalanche of destructive medical debt. Forty-three million Americans owe about $75 billion in past-due medical debt. Medical debt contributes to more than 60% of all bankruptcies and three-quarters of all individuals in medical bankruptcy had health insurance coverage. Lives, households, and dreams are sinking under loads of medical debt. Medical debt restricts individual’s freedom with garnished wages and poor credit. A low credit score can deny someone a loan, an apartment, or even a job. The financial effects of one trip to the hospital can hold someone back their entire life, keeping them from ever reaching their full potential.

     

    A dozen United Church of Christ congregations and institutions in Washington, DC and the surrounding counties have banded together in an effort to erase $2 million or more in medical debt in the area in and around the District. We are working with the nonprofit organization, RIP Medical Debt, which locates, buys, and forgives medical debt of individuals in the community who are below twice the federal poverty line, have debts greater than their assets, or have debts greater than 5% of their annual income. Prior to RIP's purchase, these bills have passed through several collection agencies and have been pursued for months or years. RIP offers to purchase these accounts at their present industry market value of pennies on the dollar. Then the debt is simply forgiven. Debt relief recipients are sent a letter informing them that their medical debt has been bought by a third party and erased with no strings attached. They owe nothing on the debt and face no tax penalty.

     

    The United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley in collecting donations during March and April to help reach the combined goal of raising $25,000 in the local area. Your donations, when combined with others, will enable the purchase of debt in bundled portfolios, millions of dollars at a time at a fraction of the original cost. A donation equal to the cost of a movie ticket can help relief over a thousand dollars of medical debt for a needy individual or family. Every donation from the congregation will be matched by an equal allocation from the UCCSV Social Action Fund. This enables every dollar of your gift to buy back over $200 in medical debt! And all the donations collected from participating congregations will be matched by an anonymous donor so your donation will go 4 times as far! Donations can be accepted in our offering on Sunday clearly marked as Medical Debt Effort or you can give online here: http://www.uccsenecavalley.org/donate

     

    For more information: https://www.congregationsagainstmedicaldebt.org/

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