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Beaverkill Church

photo contributed by Fred Banks
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Quick links

genesis of the Beaverkill Community Church
photo gallery  |  church board


June 3:  Opening Service; Mary Hall speaks
June 10:  Mary Hall speaks
June 17:  Mary Hall - Seeds of Stories
June 24:  Mary Hall - Stilling the Storms

July 1:  Mary Hall - Unclean
July 8:  Ed Cerny - Liberty, Property, and War
July 15:  Rev. Johnson (Boyd’s father) speaks
July 22:  Children’s Service

Photos Patricia Adams
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David and Goliath.
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July 29:  Bob Jones - Jesus at the Funeral in Nain

August 5:  Al Sykes - Living History
August 12:  Patricia Adams - Trees
August 19:  Sally Cerny speaks
August 26:  Norris Chumley - Message

Sept. 2:  Closing Service - Tradition vs Illumination


Goings On at the Church
contributed by Mary Hall June 26th, 2017

July 16, 2017
Posted June 17, 2017


Photo Virginia Lawrence
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Photo Virginia Lawrence
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Photo Virginia Lawrence
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Photo Virginia Lawrence
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Photo Margaret O'Connell.
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Photo Margaret O'Connell.
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Photo Margaret O'Connell.
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Photo Margaret O'Connell.
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Photo Margaret O'Connell.
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speakers' schedule 2017       
It is subject to change and we will let you know if that occurs.

May 28 - Mary Hall, The Left Behinds

June 4 Pentecost - Mary Hall, Pentecost

Jiune 11 - Bob Jones, The Doctrine of the Trinity - an Alternative.

June 18 - Mary Hall, Father in Control

June 25

July 2 - Ed Cerny, Temptation, Trial and Torture

July - Ed Cerny, The Holy Spirit

July 16 - Children’s Service 

July 23 - Mary Hall

July 30 - Patricia Adams, Time for Church

August 6 - Sally Cerny, Daily Forgiveness 

August 13 - Norris Chumley

August 20 - Linda Owens

August 27 - Dick Riseling

September 3 - Mary Hall (final service)

The Beaverkill Community Church opened for Sunday services on May 28, and will have services every Sunday at 10 AM through September 3, which will be the last service for the year until the Christmas Eve Carol Sing.  All are welcome to attend.

Early Sunday Morning July 24, 2016.  Photo Bruce Janklow.
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The 2016 Season

So far the scheduled speakers and events are as follows although this is subject to changes and additions as the season progresses:

May 29: Doing Deals - Mary Hall

June 5: Mary Hall 

June 12: Difference and Faith - Mary Hall

June 19: Faith and the Law - Mary Hall 

June 26: Grains of Sand - Patricia Adams

July 3: Power Games - Mary Hall 

July 10: Who is my Neighbor? - Sally Cerny

July 17: Childrens’ Service: The Garden of Eden - Mary Hall
and the Beaverkill Church Players

  Mary Hall with Beaverkill children in 1969: Lizzie and Tommy Lawrence, Andrew and Timmy Hall, and Katy Adams.  Photo Virginia Lawrence.  Click on photo to enlarge.

July 24: The Law and the Lord's Prayer - Ed Cerny

July 31: Rich Fool - Mary Hall

August 7: Prayers - Gary Jaskula, New York Buddhist Church

  Gary Jaskula.  Photo Ed Cerny.
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August 14:  In Defense of the Dark - Linda Owens

Brandon's Bach
Tenor Sax in Church
contributed by Virginia Lawrence, posted August 15

At yesterday's service SUNY junior Brandon Sparkman, the Beaverkill Community Church keyboard artist, played an exerpt from a Bach cello suite on his tenor sax.  This will be Brandon's final musical offering for the season - next week at this time he'll be back in class at Fredonia.

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August 21: Bent Over Woman - Mary Hall 

August 28: Living Water - Mary Hall

  Tom Burnham playing the bagpipes at the Beaverkill Church on Sunday, August 28, 2016.  Photo John Wilkens.
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September 4: Without My Worldy Goods - Mary Hall

2015 Schedule 2014 Sermons

May 31, 2015: Born Anew - Mary Hall

June 7, 2015: The Family Man - Bob Jones

June 14, 2015: Mustard Seed Parable - Mary Hall

June 21, 2015: Father in Control - Mary Hall

June 28, 2015:  Unclean - Mary Hall

July 5, 2015:  A Nation Founded on Christian Liberty - Ed Cerny

July 12, 2015: Love Rises Again - Bob Grant

July 19, 2015: Moses and the Burning Bush Drama Children’s Service - Mary Hall, Bob Jones, and Judith Katz.

July 26, 2015: Not by Bread Alone - Patricia Adams

August 2, 2015:  The Six Realms of Buddhism - Gary Jaskula

August 9, 2015:  David, Absalom, and Forgiveness - Sally Cerny

August 16, 2015:  Solomon's Heritage Mary Hall

August  23, 2015: How Do We Know?  Mary Hall, standing in for Tim Foote

August 30, 2015:  Sara Tweedy;  Communion

September 6, 2015:   Mary Hall

June 8, 2014 - Mary Hall - Believe!

June 15, 2014 - Bob Jones - Seeing God in the World

June 22, 2014 - Ed Cerny - The Spirit is willing but the Flesh is weak

July 13, 2014 -Mary Hall - Seeds of Stories

July 20, 2014 - Sally Cerny - Paul's Epistle to the Romans

July 27, 2014 - Mary Hall - Jacob's Ladder

August 10, 2014 - Patricia Adams - Transcendentalism


2013 Sermons 2012 Sermons

June 2, 2013 - Mary Hall - The Centurian

June 9, 2013 -Bob Jones - Born Again -- Again

June 23, 2013 - Patricia Adams - God and Nature

July 7, 2013 -Stuart Root - The Blame Game:  A Contrarian's View of The Garden of Eden, Adam, Eve, the Serpent, and God

July 14, 2013 - Bob Jones - The Good Samaritan

July 28, 2013 -Mary Hall - How do we pray? -- Church Dedication

August 4, 2013 - Bob Grant - My Faith in Love

August 18, 2013 -  Ed Cerny - What is Hypocrisy?

August 25, 2013 - Sally Cerny - Hypocrisy and Healing

May 27, 2012 - Mary Hall - Pentecost

July 1, 2012 - Mary Hall - Unclean Women

July 15, 2012 - Mary Hall - Dancing David

July 22, 2012 - Patricia Adams - Interpretations

July 29, 2012 - Ellen Singer - Samuel 11, Psalm 14

August 5, 2012 - Sally Cerny - David and Nathan-

August 19, 2012 - Mary Hall - Absalom, Absalom

August 26, 2012 - Ed Cerny - The Trinity

June 12, 2011 - Mary Hall - Pentecost

Genesis of
the Beaverkill Community Church

No longer part of Methodist Conference

August 13, 2012

One of the first projects of FOBC was to preserve the original clapboard on the Beaverkill Methodist Church, which was slated to be covered with vinyl siding.  We raised enough money to scrape and paint the church in the early 90s with the understanding that this procedure would have to be regularly repeated, which FOBC has done.  This maintenance has been an on-going community commitment.

 As of July 2012, the church is no longer affiliated with the Methodist Conference and the sign outside the church reads, “Beaverkill Community Church” to announce that the church will serve the community in an expanded way. It is non-denominational. Mary Hall serves as our lay speaker and we invite speakers from various perspectives to participate in the summer services.  The church is also open to a variety of community events. We have a small choir, led by Stuart Root and we are accompanied by Sean Carmichael, an accomplished musician. We are always looking for more singers.      

The schedule for the summer services is posted on the FOBC below. We hope you will support and participate in this new community church.

Directors of the Church in Process of buying the building

December 16, 2012

The Board of Directors of the Church is in the process of purchasing the building from the United Methodist Conference. It will not make very much difference in our experience of the Church - we will continue to gather for Sunday services from Memorial Day through Labor Day; we will continue to have the Christmas Eve Sing, the summer Musicale, occasional presentations and events given by other community organizations throughout the year, weddings, funerals and baptisms.

The control of the Church will be with the local community rather than with the United Methodist Church. We have met with the President of the Methodist Conference and the District Superintendent, and they fully support our decision.


The purchase price for the building is $17,000 and we need to raise a substantial portion of that money. We have money set aside for the repair and painting to the siding of the building, but we will have very little left after that.

Community church : It's a Done Deal

First service on June 2

June 4, 2013

On May 9, 2013,  the Beaverkill Church was officially purchased from the Methodist Conference and is now the Beaverkill Community Church.  This was made possible by the generous contributions of members of the community. 

A great deal of work is being done on the building. Brian Greenthal has replaced the siding, scraped, cleaned and restored the trim, and repaired water damaged beams and trim. Copper flashing has been installed above the windows, doorways and sub-roofing.

This seems like a good time to do something many of us have dreamed about for years; restoring the steeple that was destroyed by lightning in the 1950s. The original steeple was metal, perhaps copper, and we are making every effort to restore the steeple in an authentic way. The work on the steeple will start as soon as the exterior is finished next month and we will be looking for additional funds to complete the project.

The church will be cleaned and ready for our first service on June 2. Mary Hall, our lay pastor, will give the address.  We welcome speakers who would like to share ideas and thoughts from the pulpit. At this time we have four guest speakers but there is still plenty of opportunity for those interested in participating in this way.

We have a small choir. Brandon Sparkman, a student from Livingston Manor will be our accompanist. On June 2, the choir will sing Mozart’s Ave Verum. We invite interested singers to join us for the summer. We meet for practice at 9:15 before the 10 O’clock service every Sunday. Stuart Root directs the choir and chooses the music.

All are welcome; people of all faiths, families with small children and people with ideas to share. The services will continue through the summer until Labor Day, when we have a special Children’s Service.

A weekly reminder about services will be posted on this site announcing the speaker and subject and other news of our Community Church.

Quick Links: Photo Gallery

raising of the new steeple: 2014

historical photo of old steeple: 1910

dedication of the Beaverkill Community Church: 2013

archival photos of the church: early 1900s

New Steeple in Place

posted October 30, 2014 ~ Updated November 7, 2014


The Beaverkill Community Church has a new steeple,
put in place at 8am on Wednesday, October 29 at 8:00 am. 
Click on images to enlarge.  Photo by Ed Cerny
Full story and photos here

Church Steeple

contrituted August 27, 2014 by Steve Lott

Church circa 1910.  This picture is hanging in the church.
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The above picture is circa 1910ish. The steeple shown is the one we are trying to replicate. A couple of changes need to be made to make it work in today’s world:

1. The openings will be covered by shutters similar to the ones on the windows. They will keep out birds, bats etc. Also, it will protect the interior of the steeple and church from water damage from rain & snow.

2.  The finial atop the steeple will differ a bit with the inclusion of lightning protection (nothing major).

3.  The spire atop the bell tower will be encased with copper sheeting which initially may seem overly bright but will weather nicely. This covering will eliminate the need to replace shingles and will last many years.

The steeple pre-fabrication is well underway. We are trying to schedule a crane for the second half of September for removal of the old structure and installation of the new one. I will let everyone know once we firm up the date(s) of the work; it might be fun to watch.

Note: There will be a short (24") lightning rod on the new finial atop the steeple.  The existing steeple is shorter than the original, which was destroyed by lightning in the early 1900s. Subsequent steeples were built shorter, probably to facilitate construction so high above the ground. When we undertook the church restoration, we decided to go back to the original design. 


Beaverkill Communty Church Dedication

Sunday, July 28, 2013

posted July 28, 2013

The ceremony began outdoors in the rain. and then all entered the church to the ringing of the bell.  The prayer of Dedication was given by Ginny Carle, President of the Board of Trustees, New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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The congregation.
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Church Board. (l to r) Ed Cerny, Steve Lott, Ginny Carle,
Mary Hall, Patricia Adams, Stu Root.
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Board of Directors 2014-2015

Mary Hall, President
Ananda Adams, Vice President
Steve Lott, Treasurer
Patricia Adams, Secretary
Bob Jones, Director
Ed Cerny, Director

Directors who oversaw the purchase of the Church

Mary Hall, President
Ananda Adams, Vice President
Steve Lott, Treasurer
Patricia Adams, Secretary
Bob Jones, Director
Stuart Root, Director






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