Welcome to Beaver Creek Church

We are a small church located near Bridgewater, Virginia. Our church offers weekly services, Sunday School classes for all ages, and a small caring faith community. Our church’s mission statement says: Beaver Creek Church is a loving, caring and authentic fellowship of believers empowered by the Holy Spirit and called to be God’s church: to worship, humbly serve others and proclaim Jesus Christ. 

Worship starts at 11 a.m.* (masks optional)
Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m.* (masks optional)
Church location is 5651 Beaver Creek Road, Bridgewater, VA 22812. (See map): 540 828-2767.
*Summer times are 30 minutes earlier and may also “flip” the order of Sunday School and morning worship, June through August.

Church leadership: We are led by Pastor Ryan Cooper and governed by a leadership team headed by John Wright. Contact us by phone at 540 828-2767 or use this contact form.

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Upcoming events:

May 29, 2022
June 1, 2022
June 5, 2022
June 7, 2022
June 12, 2022
June 15, 2022
June 16, 2022

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Emergency relief giving (updated — three ways to give)


Three ways to give:
Brian and Becky Whitmore had a devastating house fire early on the morning of Dec. 26. Thankfully, Brian and Becky and the kids all escaped without injury, but the house is a total loss. People have already been asking how they can give to the church’s emergency relief effort so that these needs can be met. Here’s how:

1. To make a money contribution:

Go to our online giving platform (https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving) and choose “Whitmore Family.” You may give as a guest without creating an account or use an existing account if you have one. All donations marked in that way will go to the family.

 

2. To sign up to give items (Updated Dec. 30):

Most of the items needed have now been accounted for. There will be a need for further donations once they move out of the temporary residence back into their home. At that time, a new list will be created with the specific needs and will be accessed from this site.

For those of you who have pledged items, be on the lookout for a phone call in the next few days to acquire those items for the temporary residence. Thank you all for your generosity and willingness to help out!

3. Take them a meal:

To sign up to take a meal for Brian and Becky and the family to their temporary home, follow this link: https://www.TakeThemAMeal.com/KEYE9244


 

Good News Brief — May 17, 2022

RECAP: REBIRTH OF THE FAITHFUL based on 1 Samuel 3:1-21

Right now, it looks like our nation has lost its way. More and more the church in the United States is in decline. Kevin DeYoung, in his article Lessons from Mainline Decline, argues this decline is in part because of the desire of the church to become relevant and updated with the times, but in reality, this pursuit to increase attendance does little to win the heart and soul of the lost for Jesus. It can be inferred then, that in the desire to become relevant, the church has become just as lost as the world that needs desperately to find Jesus. The blending of worldviews ultimately leads to spiritual decline and loss of spiritual vitality.

This is not just today. There is nothing new under the sun. The same struggles existed early in the nation of Israel during the era of the judges, as notated in 1 Samuel. The decline of that day had five main characteristics:

1) Stopped hearing or teaching the word of God. It says in 1 Samuel 3:1 that “the hearing of the Word of God was rare in those days; it has been a long time since there were any visions.” Even Samuel, who was dedicated to the LORD’s service, had not even been taught to understand who the LORD is and what he requires. The nation had stopped hearing the Word of God; without the Word to guide, their deceptive and fickle feelings became their guide. That led to…

2) Loss of recognizing the voice of the LORD. Since they were not sharing or declaring the Word of God, they lost the intimate connection with the LORD. When the LORD called Samuel, it was understandable that Samuel did not know it was God because he was never taught the Word of the LORD; but Eli knew better! Eli was the judge of the nation, the spiritual leader; it took three times before he discerned that it might be the LORD speaking to Samuel. He had become so distant from God that he no longer could recognize the voice of the LORD. And when we stop recognizing the voice of the LORD and comparing it to the Word, we begin to confuse our feelings, our own hopes, and desires with the voice of the LORD, leading us into chaos. That leads to…

3) Allowing sin in the camp. The sons of Eli were wicked. They knew what their charge as stewards of the tabernacle was supposed to be as described in the Torah. They knew how important it was to keep the sacrifices pure and holy. Instead, they blasphemed the name of the LORD and became sacrilegious in the handling of the sacrifices, eating some of the meat intended for the LORD, bullying some of the worshippers, and showing utter contempt for the commandments of God. What was even worse, they took some of the women who came to worship and had sexual relations with them right at the entrance of the tabernacle! They had allowed sin in their midst, taken the holy place, and profaned it. This, coupled with the first two, led to…

4) Failure to condemn sin and discipline. Eli knew what his sons were doing, yet did not correct them or do anything about it. Instead, he remained inside of the tabernacle, buried his head in the sand, and refused to deal with the issue! Silence is agreement; when one refuses to take a stand against blatant sin, that individual is agreeing by their silence. And so God’s judgment on sin and the sons of Eli would be transferred also to Eli. God is holy and will not allow sin in his presence; he will deal with it! And when we allow sin to endure in the house of God and refuse to act, we risk losing the very blessing of God over us! For Israel, God allowed the ark of the covenant to be captured in 1 Samuel 4 to show the nation that he will not tolerate sin and be reduced to a magician!

5) Fatalistic attitude. When Eli heard the judgment of God, his attitude was nonchalant, almost “Oh well!” in nature. There was no concern or desire to change. When we get to this place when we are no longer moved toward repentance, then we are truly lost!

Where is the church in the United States? Is the Word being taught? Do we recognize the voice of the LORD? What sins have we allowed in the doors of the church? Are we removing the sin in our midst? Or do we have a fatalistic, “get over it” attitude?

Fortunately, the nation of Israel would see a rebirth! This rebirth was initiated by the LORD’s call to Samuel. What did Samuel do, and what can we do to see a rebirth even in our time?

1) He was in a position to listen. Even though he did not know the voice of the LORD, he stayed inside the tabernacle and away from the sin committed by Eli’s sons. He positioned himself right at the ark of the covenant (before capture), right in the very presence of the LORD. Before we can see rejuvenation, we first need to find the presence of the LORD. For there is no action we take as humanity that can do what only God can do!

2) He answered the LORD’s call. He heard God speak and answered. Even though he thought it was Eli initially, he answered the voice each time. When pointed in the direction of the LORD, he said, “Speak for your servant is listening.” Are we willing to answer when God speaks? Then, are we willing to act on what he asks of us? Samuel did not just say “I hear you,” but then he went at did what the LORD asked of him, showing he was truly answering the call.

3) Speak the truth. Even though the truth was painful, and he was afraid of the truth, he knew he had to share the truth. That truth was a word of judgment against the house of Eli. But Samuel obeyed, overcame his fear, and spoke the truth, for the truth is what endures. Too often we are afraid to boldly speak the truth because we are afraid of the consequences. But when we speak the truth, lives change, and people are set free!

4) Declared the Word of the LORD. Once he was in a place of hearing God, answering God’s call, and speaking the truth, he boldly declared the word of the LORD to all. He did not hesitate to share, and everyone recognized him as a prophet. Why? The true prophet does not tell the people of God to embrace culture; rather, the true prophet calls people back to the faithful observance and study of the Word of God. The decline started with the silencing of the Word of God; the rebirth is completed with the open sharing of the Word of God!

Our nation needs restoration. The church in this country needs to rise from the ashes. Will we choose to go the way of the house of Eli, or the way of Samuel?

Questions for Reflection

1) How often do you personally, outside of a Sunday, spend time in the Word and with God? How can you reorder your life to spend more time with both?

2) What sins do you feel exist in our nation? Are there any sins in our own hearts?

3) Are we willing to speak the truth of God’s Word? If not, what is holding us back?

4) How can you personally become more faithful to God? What about us as a church?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Lynne Lent will continue the series called “A Fresh Start” with the sermon titled, “Lessons from a Reluctant Prophet,” based on Jeremiah 1:4-10, 17-19. What can we learn from Jeremiah’s call? How can we overcome our own reluctance? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for May 17 – 23

May 17: 1 Samuel 8:1-22 In what way did Israel want a fresh start? Why did Samuel warn against it?

May 18: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 What is vital for a fresh start, from God’s perspective?

May 19: 2 Samuel 12:1-20 What steps did David need to take to find a fresh start?

May 20: 1 Kings 3:1-15 How did God provide Solomon a fresh start?

May 21: 1 Kings 9:1-9 What leads to a fresh start? And what leads to a wrong path?

May 22: 1 Kings 12:1-24 What lead to rebellion, separation, and civil war?

May 23: 1 Kings 12:25-33 What further contributed to the drift away from God?

This Week’s  Events:

Thursday, May 19–Leadership Team Meeting, 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, May 29–Deed Signing

Sunday, June 5–Pentecost Sunday, Baptism & Summer hours begin

Announcements:

Summer Hours

Summer hours return on Sunday, June 5th! Sunday School will start at 9:15, and Worship at 10:30!

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

As we look at the ability to reopen in the coming weeks, we are in need of both worship leaders and children’s stories. We are looking for one person each week, rather than a month at a time. If you would like to serve, contact Alice Over (worship leading) or Tammy Stine (children’s story).

Call to Prayer 

Let us continue to pray for our nation in the following ways:

1) National return to God

2) Repentance of personal sin

3) Repentance of corporate sin

4) Healing for the brokenness of relationships

5) Our leaders

6) Revival

7) Guidance for our congregation in the days ahead

Idea Box!

What do you want to see at Beaver Creek? What are some ideas you have for the long-term growth of our congregation? Any outrageous outreach ideas? Please either email Pastor Ryan or write them down and place them in the brown suggestion box in the narthex. Dream big!

Baptism Interest:

If you are interested in water baptism, please email Pastor Ryan in the next few weeks!

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School hour next year. If you are willing to help, even if it is just for a Sunday, please reach out to her and let her know.

Four Ways to Give! 

1) Mail your tithe into the church office

2) Drop it by the church office on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

3) Our online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

4) Drop off in the offering plate on Sunday!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Stanley Suter & Carolyn Wine

John Bennington (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Samantha Cooper (health)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bill Eckard (health)

Will Eckard (travel)

John Fix (addiction)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Melina Hoover (travel)

Darlene LaPrade (health)

Alma Long (COVID)

Leroy Makely (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Torrey Meyer (well-being)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Marty Moore (recovery)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Shank family (loss)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Norma Suter (health)

Whitmore family (various)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Tom Wilfong (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Joyce Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–May 10, 2022

RECAP: GRIEVING WIDOW AND DEVOTED DAUGHTER-IN-LAW based on Ruth 1

We have all had times or seasons in our lives when it felt like nothing was going the way it should. We may have even had the sky is falling moments. When we are in those places, it is hard to see the faithfulness of God. We even, if we are honest with ourselves, sometimes blame God for the situation or even freeze him out. We ask God where he went in the midst of the trial, and we even wonder how those situations could ever be redeemed or restored.

Imagine how Naomi felt in the book of Ruth. She was in a miserable place, in a whole that left her completely broken and empty. She was:

1) In the plight because of circumstances beyond her control. Her land was suffering a famine, which was often a result of either testing or trial (think Joseph or Job) or, in most cases, a result of covenantal unfaithfulness as a nation to God. In Deuteronomy, the purpose of things such as famine was to inspire the nation to do some soul searching and correct that which has gone astray. But in Naomi’s case, when the famine came, her husband Elimelech (name meant God is my king) decided to take matters into his own hands. Instead of leading his family into a season of repentance or soul searching, he took his family to the land of Moab. Moab was seen as an enemy of Israel, who, through the assistance of Balaam (see Numbers 22-25) led Israel astray from devotion to God to a state of compromise. Many in Israel in the desert sold out their faith to assimilate with the pagan culture and got caught up in sexual immorality with Moabite women. Moab was associated with compromise.

In those days, women had no individual rights or freedoms. They had to submit to the authority of their father, or if they were married, to their husband’s authority and, if deceased, her son’s authority. Women could not own property on their own or conduct business on their own. So Naomi, despite her own faith, had to follow her husband to the land of compromise. Everything that transpired happened there!

2) Experiencing great personal loss. While in the land of compromise, her husband passed away. After ten years, then both of her sons also passed away. Now, she had no husband and no sons to provide a covering. At that moment she had lost everything. Her world came crashing down her feet. She had become collateral damage, felt abandoned by God, and cursed.

3) Lost. She had lost her way. Because she was in this state of personal hell, her faith in God was shattered. This can be seen in what she says to her two daughters-in-law: “The LORD’s hand has gone out against me,” “I am too old,” and “If I thought there was still hope for me.” She had forgotten all of the stories she had learned as a child of God’s faithfulness and had replaced it with discouragement, despondency, and defeat. This led to…

4) Bitterness and Anger. She became so angry with God, she pushed God and people away and wanted to change her name to Mara, which meant bitter. She even yelled at God: “I was full, but the LORD has made me empty,” and “The Almighty has brought misfortune on me.”

We really can’t blame Naomi, can we? She was stuck, by no fault of her own, in the predicament she was in. She was obedient, and still ended in disaster and lost everything. Some of us may have experienced that kind of loss too. But the good news is that this was only Ruth chapter 1–there is far more to the story! By the end, in Ruth 4, Naomi was fully restored! How did God bring about restoration from this very dark place? It was through the actions of Ruth!

Ruth first was dedicated to making the LORD her Lord. She was a Moabite woman, and unfair as it may be, the stereotype was that she was a loose woman. But instead of meeting the stereotype, she became fully devoted to the LORD. She forsook her family, which she could have returned to, and her ancestral gods to follow the God of Israel. The journey to Israel was risky and could have cost everything, especially because of the bad blood. But Ruth surrendered her life into God’s hands, trusting that even though she could not see, God would help lead her through. It was a deep commitment of faith!

Second, Ruth showed Naomi the true heart of God by refusing to leave her side. She remained faithful to the end. She would not leave despite Naomi’s insistence. She made the journey. Naomi needed food, so she went into the farmer’s field to pick up loose grain so there was something to eat. Naomi and Ruth needed a covering; little did Ruth know the field she gleaned belonged to Boaz, a kinsman-redeemer, who legally could claim Ruth and marry her. Ruth’s commitment and obedience led her to Boaz, led her to marriage, and then redeemed Naomi’s legacy and heritage with a child. That child was named Obed, who had a son named Jesse, who had a son named David. Naomi became the great-great-grandmother of King David, and in the line of the Messiah! Naomi was able to come back to hope and redemption in God again because of Ruth’s faithfulness and devotion to her. She truly showed the heart of God who never leaves us or forsakes us.

If you are in a dark place this morning, know God has not abandoned you. But also know your church family will be there right beside you to lift you up, even when you cannot see. Even when your world is crashing around your feet, you are not forsaken or abandoned; God has you!

Questions for Reflection

1) Have you been weighed down by personal loss or tragedy? Confess that to God, or call someone in the church and talk about it!

2) What circumstances are going on in your life right now that are beyond your control? Lay your cares at the throne of Jesus.

3) In times of trouble, do you trust Jesus to take you through? What adjustments might you need to make?

4) Why is it difficult to remain faithful when under pressure? How could encouraging friends or church family help?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will continue the series called “A Fresh Start” with the sermon titled, “Rebirth of the Faithful,” based on 1 Samuel 3:1-21. Israel had lost its way. How did God bring about restoration? What can we learn from Samuel’s call? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for May 10 – 16

May 10: Joshua 24:1-27 To have a fresh start, what is truly needed?

May 11: Judges 13:1-24 How did God provide a fresh start for Manoah and his wife?

May 12: Ruth 2:1-23 How did God provide for Ruth and Naomi’s fresh start?

May 13: Ruth 4:1-17 How did God provide for Ruth and Naomi’s fresh start?

May 14: 1 Samuel 1:-20 Why did Hannah need a fresh start?

May 15: 1 Samuel 2:12-26 Why was Israel in need of a fresh start?

May 16: 1 Samuel 2:27-36 How did God promise a fresh start?

This Week’s  Events:

Sunday, May 15–Church Council Meeting after church

Sunday, May 15–Instachoir Picnic @ Wildwood Park, 5:30 pm

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, May 19–Leadership Team Meeting, 7 pm

Sunday, May 29–Deed Signing

Sunday, June 5–Pentecost Sunday, Baptism & Summer hours begin

Announcements:

Council Meeting

We will have a brief council meeting after church on Sunday, May 15. There are four items on the agenda: adopt a new official name for the church, approve the new constitution (needed for incorporation & non-profit legal designation), affirm a trustee, and begin the conversation on the color of new road signs for the church.

Instachoir

The Instachoir will have an anthem on Sunday, May 15. There will also be a picnic at the shelter in Wildwood Park at 5:30 pm. Please see Bill Wood’s email for details!

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

As we look at the ability to reopen in the coming weeks, we are in need of both worship leaders and children’s stories. We are looking for one person each week, rather than a month at a time. If you would like to serve, contact Alice Over (worship leading) or Tammy Stine (children’s story).

Call to Prayer 

Let us continue to pray for our nation in the following ways:

1) National return to God

2) Repentance of personal sin

3) Repentance of corporate sin

4) Healing for the brokenness of relationships

5) Our leaders

6) Revival

7) Guidance for our congregation in the days ahead

Idea Box!

What do you want to see at Beaver Creek? What are some ideas you have for the long-term growth of our congregation? Any outrageous outreach ideas? Please either email Pastor Ryan or write them down and place them in the brown suggestion box in the narthex. Dream big!

Baptism Interest:

If you are interested in water baptism, please email Pastor Ryan in the next few weeks!

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School hour next year. If you are willing to help, even if it is just for a Sunday, please reach out to her and let her know.

Four Ways to Give! 

1) Mail your tithe into the church office

2) Drop it by the church office on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

3) Our online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

4) Drop off in the offering plate on Sunday!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Stanley Suter & Carolyn Wine

John Bennington (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Samantha Cooper (health)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bill Eckard (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Melina Hoover (travel)

Darlene LaPrade (health)

Alma Long (COVID)

Mark Martin (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Torrey Meyer (well-being)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Marty Moore (recovery)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Norma Suter (health)

Whitmore family (various)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Tom Wilfong (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Joyce Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–May 3, 2022

RECAP: WANDERING NATION based on Joshua 1:1-9

It is not enjoyable at all to be in a place of wandering or to be stuck. Being stuck on a bus halfway up Afton mountain with a bunch of middle school children was not really the most pleasant experience I had on Friday! But that was only an hour and a half of being stuck on the side of the road. Now imagine being stuck in the same desert, wandering for forty years! It would be maddening or even deflating. Yet that was the experience Israel endured.

How did they end up in this place of wandering? Even though they had the instruction of the Lord to take the promised land, they allowed the fear generated by the spies’ report to take root. Instead of moving forward, they panicked, rejected God’s plan, and wanted to return to the place of bondage. Their disobedience and refusal to honor the Word of God resulted in a state of wandering. And we too end up wandering when we allow fear to dictate our lives over trust in God, when we disobey God’s plan, and refuse to walk into what God has called us to do.

We all from time to time allow fear to take root, exaggerate the obstacles and challenges, and discourage us from obedience. We all disobey or think our way is best at times. And we all have been stuck at one point in our lives. We could even say our nation right now is stuck and in an endless period of wandering. But how do we move on from the place of wandering? In the same way Joshua was encouraged to do so:

1) Take the step of faith. It was forty years later. Nothing in the promised land had changed. The obstacles and challenges were still there; the only difference was time. Moses was dead; the comfort of the people was gone. It was a new day, time to move forward and take the step of faith, or, as quoted in the movie Inception, “die an old man filled with regret.” Israel had two choices; they could either embrace their fresh start, take the step of faith and go forward, or they could reject it, refuse to act in faith, and remain in the place of wandering.

Do we want to leave our place of wandering? We need to take that step of faith, cross our river Jordan and watch what God can do! As soon as the priests hit the water, carrying the ark, the water at flood stage split in two like the Red Sea had done forty years prior. When we take the step of faith, we see God begin to work! Will we be strong and courageous to take the step of faith?

2) Remain faithful to the Word. When God spoke to Joshua, he did not discuss battle strategies; rather, the focus was calling the people back to faithful observance of the Word. Joshua and Israel were charged to be careful with keeping the entire law of Moses and not stray to the right or the left. Victory starts when we are obedient to the Word of God. Whenever Israel obeyed, they saw blessing; whenever they ignored the instruction, they saw consequence.

We need to remain faithful in order to stand strong. When we are willing to compromise, we say our faith can be negotiated. And it is through that weakness the enemy of our soul pounces! Part of the reason our nation is in crisis spiritually is that we have abandoned being faithful to the Word of God. Instead, we minimize it, delete the things we find uncomfortable, or even try to update it in the guise of “following the spirit.” But the Spirit (inner Word) will always be in harmony with the outer Word (Bible) and Living Word (Christ). Faithful observance leads to blessing!

3) Prioritize the Word. Being faithful to the immediate commandments was not enough; rather, the Word should not depart from the lips, and we should meditate upon it day and night, like how a cow digests his food multiple times by chewing the cud. The Word needs to become the centerpiece of our decision-making and how we live, the guiding principle behind all that we do. And that priority is for instruction in the Word as well. A reason why the church in the United States has suffered is the growing problem of biblical literacy and the lack of discipleship. The Word is no longer a priority; feelings have become the greatest priority! But when we put the Word first and foremost, we then have full access to the guide that lights the way and keeps us from sin. We can truly live!

4) Be strong and courageous. Three times it was stated to emphasize the importance of being strong. It takes courage to stand for Jesus and to do the right thing, even in the face of opposition! There are obstacles that want to keep us from achieving our promised land. But when we are strong and courageous, we can overcome any challenge because of our true source of power found in God!

Will we take the step of faith, be strong and courageous and live for God? Will we be faithful to the Word and restore priority to the Word? Or will be content to remain in a place of wandering?

Questions for Reflection

1) What fears are holding you back from taking a step of faith? Surrender them to God.

2) In what areas do you struggle in remaining faithful to the Word of God? What can help build faithfulness?

3) What adjustments can be made to your life to make the Word of God even more of a priority?

4) Where do you face the temptation to compromise and abandon doing the right thing?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will continue the series called “A Fresh Start” with the sermon titled, “A Wandering Nation,” based on Joshua 1:1-9. How do we stop wandering and move forward into the promised land God has given us? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for May 3 – 9

May 3: Numbers 12:1-16 What contributed to the wandering of Israel in the desert?

May 4: Numbers 13:26-33 What contributed to the wandering of Israel in the desert?

May 5: Numbers 14:1-25 What contributed to the wandering of Israel in the desert?

May 6: Deuteronomy 30:1-10 What can lead to the way out from wandering?

May 7: Deuteronomy 30:11-20 What leads to spiritual wandering? What leads to a fresh start?

May 8: Joshua 2:1-24 What led to Rahab’s fresh start?

May 9: Joshua 4:1-24 How did Israel commit to a fresh start in the promised land?

This Week’s  Events:

Sunday, May 8–Mother’s Day & Child Dedication

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, May 15–Church Council Meeting after church

Thursday, May 19–Leadership Team Meeting, 7 pm

Sunday, May 29–Deed Signing

Sunday, June 5–Pentecost Sunday, Baptism & Summer hours begin

Announcements:

Council Meeting

We will have a brief council meeting after church on Sunday, May 15. There are three items on the agenda: adopt a new official name for the church, approve the new constitution (needed for incorporation & non-profit legal designation), and begin the conversation on the color for new road signs for the church.

Instachoir

The Instachoir will rehearse over the next few Sundays for a few moments right after church. The Instachoir will have an anthem on Sunday, May 15.

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

As we look at the ability to reopen in the coming weeks, we are in need of both worship leaders and children’s stories. We are looking for one person each week, rather than a month at a time. If you would like to serve, contact Alice Over (worship leading) or Tammy Stine (children’s story).

Call to Prayer 

Let us continue to pray for our nation in the following ways:

1) National return to God

2) Repentance of personal sin

3) Repentance of corporate sin

4) Healing for the brokenness of relationships

5) Our leaders

6) Revival

7) Guidance for our congregation in the days ahead

Idea Box!

What do you want to see at Beaver Creek? What are some ideas you have for the long-term growth of our congregation? Any outrageous outreach ideas? Please either email Pastor Ryan or write them down and place in the brown suggestion box in the narthex. Dream big!

Baptism Interest:

If you are interested in water baptism, please email Pastor Ryan in the next few weeks!

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School hour next year. If you are willing to help, even if it is just for a Sunday, please reach out to her and let her know.

Four Ways to Give! 

1) Mail your tithe into the church office

2) Drop it by the church office on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

3) Our online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

4) Drop off in the offering plate on Sunday!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Stanley Suter & Carolyn Wine

John Bennington (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Samantha Cooper (health)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bill Eckard (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Darlene LaPrade (health)

Alma Long (COVID)

Mark Martin (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Torrey Meyer (mental health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Marty Moore (recovery)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (various)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Tom Wilfong (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Joyce Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church