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 of the Brethren 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.* (in person, socially distanced, with masks.)
Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. (in person, socially distanced, with masks.)
Church location is 5651 Beaver Creek Road, Bridgewater, VA 22812. (See map): 540 828-2767.
*Times are 30 minutes earlier June through August: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School, 10:30 a.m. worship.

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

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Good News Brief–February 23, 2021

RECAP–PRODUCE FRUIT…based on Matthew 3:7-12 and 7:15-23

There is nothing more frustrating than going to McDonald’s in Bridgewater and not getting what I ordered! I order my quarter pounder WITHOUT cheese and onions, just to see the clamshell with the “special order” label attached, open it up, and behold, a sandwich with cheese and onions! Or to order a Dr. Pepper only to get the awful taste of unsweet tea in my mouth! You can look right on the outside, but it is what is in the inside that counts.

The Pharisees and Sadducees looked good on the outside; all of Israel wanted to be like them. But when they came to the Jordan, they were called a brood of vipers. Later, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said the harrowing words, “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven…and I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me you evildoers!'” (Matt 7:21, 23). Too often we look good on the outside, but on the inside we are not right with God. The warnings from these texts taken together are very clear–saying we know who God is or having a form of religion will not save us. We cannot earn salvation by our good deeds. After all, WHAT GOOD IS IT TO GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD, YET LOSE OUR SOUL?

How then do we really know if we are living for God? We know by our fruit. What is the fruit of our life? There are four areas that we can bear fruit according to John and Jesus:

1) The fruit of repentance. To repent is to turn, to go in a different direction than you were going before. It does not mean getting washed and then going right back to where we were before! But it means that if we are living for Jesus, there has to be a change. We purposefully turn away from the old ways that hold us back or lead us into sin. We leave the failures of the past and choose to follow Jesus with our whole selves. A good tree bears good fruit. There is clear evidence of the work of God in our lives in that we bear fruit!

2) The fruit of a life of the Spirit. When we accept Jesus into our lives, we become the temple of the Holy Spirit. In other words, part of God dwells in us! As we grow in our faith, we nurture that Spirit, and it becomes a part of who we are. We begin to become more like Jesus, taking on his very characteristics and heart. We see the fruit of the Spirit in operation in our lives and the spiritual gifts as well. And because we want to see the Spirit grow in us, we fill ourselves with good things and turn away from things that could destroy us.

3) The fruit of character and integrity. Jesus warned us against false prophets, who are like wolves in sheep’s clothing. These prophets either misrepresent the words of God or lead in a direction away from God. How do you recognize them? By their fruit and character. Bill Hybels defined character as “who you are when no one is looking.” Who we really are will come to the surface, especially under pressure, fire, or temptation. We can look good on the outside and put on our Sunday best, but who we really are will show the remaining six days a week or when we think no one else is watching. When the rubber meets the road, what comes out of us? Is it a life that reflects God? If God called your life to account right now, would there be evidence of fruit?

4) The fruit of a relationship with Jesus. Even though people did miracles, prophesied, and cast out demons in the name of God, they did not know God and were removed from his presence. For it is one thing to know God intellectually; it is another thing altogether to have a relationship with God. The word “know” in Greek is the same word used to describe how a husband and wife know each other. Do we know the heart of God? Do we spend time with him? Have we come to a place in our lives that God’s opinion matters more than anyone else?

Lent is a season that draws us inward, to inspect our living. Are we actively seeking to bear the fruit of repentance, of life in the Spirit, of character/integrity, and of relationship with Jesus? Or do we just simply strive to look good on the outside, but not be right on the inside? May we never hear the words from Jesus, “Depart from me,” like I would discard a wrong sandwich or drink.

Questions for reflection

1) How can you demonstrate you have the fruit of repentance?

2) In what ways do you demonstrate the fruit of life in the Spirit? Where can you show growth?

3) What is your true character?

4) If Jesus were to return at this very moment, would he know who you are?

Upcoming Services

We continue the season of Lent with the sermon titled, “…In Keeping…”, based upon Matthew 8:18-22 and Romans 12:1-2. How do we show we are serious about following Jesus? What is the cost? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for February 23 – March 1

February 23: John 18:12-14, 19-24 What is a fruit of being a follower of Jesus?

February 24: John 18:15-18, 25-27 What is a fruit of repentance?

February 25: John 18:28-40 What is a fruit of repentance and following Jesus?

February 26: John 19:1-16 What is the fruit of sin?

February 27: John 19:17-24 What did Jesus do to set us free from the fruit of sin?

February 28: John 19:25-37 How did Jesus’ death remain faithful to the Word?

March 1: John 19:38-42 How did Joseph & Nicodemus show they were following Jesus?

This Week’s Events:

Thursday, February 25–Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, March 28–Bread & Cup Communion

Sunday, April 4–Sunrise Service & Easter

Announcements:

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 story. 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) Restoration of the national church

7) Revival

Hymn Series

After Easter, we will embark on a new series of our favorite hymns. We will spend 10 Sundays looking at our top ten favorite hymns. But we want your input! Please either put your hymns on a piece of paper and place it in the brown box in the narthex, call it in to the office, or send Pastor Ryan an email/text with your favorite hymns. SO FAR, I have only received 15 submissions. I really would love for everyone to make their submission by March 7th!

Nursery

Misti Wheelbarger is looking for volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School hour for 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! With the extended closure, this is greatly necessary.

1) Mail your tithe into the church office **PLEASE NOTE: We have had several days of no mail, and also some reports of mail being stolen on our street.

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 at the main entrance as you enter for church

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer: 

Those in our community being negatively impacted by COVID and economic impacts. Several have seen layoffs in recent weeks.

Mary Batterman (health)

John Bennington (health)

Sam Carr (health)

Elijah Dean (health)

Janet Good (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Shannon Hollen (health)

Heath Kimmell (health)

Reba & Garry Kline (health)

Lent family (work)

Alda Miller (health)

Mary Miller (health)

Shirley Miller (health)

Mark Milstead (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (health)

Chris Shirk (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Stanley Suter (health)

Carolyn Wine (health)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

Good News Brief–February 16, 2021

RECAP–False Light–based on 1 John 2:18-27 and 4:1-6

When I was a child, my grandmother was GREATLY interested in the plentitude of teaching around Revelation. I remember listening to Jimmy Swaggart tapes, watching Ted Hagee and the early foundations of TBN, and tried to imitate what they were teaching. I too became a student of Revelation, telling everyone at school that Jesus was coming soon and to watch out for the antichrist. Roughly 30 years later, Jesus has still not returned. Did I miss something? It is easy, when you are expecting something so much, to become discouraged and apathetic when what you hope for does not happen. And that is precisely where the church of Ephesus was. It was roughly 60 years since the resurrection of Jesus. Instead of things getting better, they were getting worse, and there was no guarantee the Lord would return. John was the only one of the original Twelve who remained. It’s hard to stay vigilant, focused, and faithful when it doesn’t seem like an answer is coming.

In the midst of this discouragement and apathy, John spoke to the church. Now is not the time to lay down and give up; now is the time to remain on your guard! Even though an “Antichrist” will appear, the “spirit of the antichrist” is already present and among them. Today, that same spirit, the spirit of the antichrist, is in our midst. What should we look for?

1) Looks the part–they look like Christians, but are not. “They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us”–1 John 2:19. On the surface, they might appear to be people of faith, but inside they are not committed to the way of Christ or to follow after God. They have a different motive: to undercut the work of Christ from within. How do we recognize if the spirit is in our midst? What is the fruit of their lives? Does it point to Jesus? The fruit of the Spirit? Or does it look more like the world?

2) Tries to convince us we don’t really need Christ. “It is the person who denies Jesus is the Christ”–1 John 2:22. Instead of encouraging us to remain in Christ, to trust in Jesus’ role as the vine and God as the vinedresser (see John 15), taking our nourishment from them, the spirit of the antichrist encourages us to cut ourselves off from the vine and go out on our own. We can do it better ourselves! Subsequently, they do not want to stand on or in the truth. “No lie comes from the truth”–1 John 2:21. For the truth reveals all things and can set us free (John 8:32). So the spirit of the antichrist will either give a false narrative of what the Scriptures teach or encourage us to not stand on the Word. Instead of asking, “What does God say? Or how do the Scriptures speak to this?”, they attack the authenticity of the Word of God (its outdated, irrelevant, that is not what Paul meant, etc.). For darkness wants to remain in darkness and not have the light shine on it!

3) Deny the person and place of Jesus. “Every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God”–1 John 4:3. The spirit tries to minimize the person of Jesus, reducing him to a myth or fabrication. Likewise, they try to strip the authority of Jesus. But Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! “Greater is the one in your than the one in the world”–1 John 4:4.

4) Pushes us down an alternative path. The spirit tries to lead us astray, attacking what we believe to be true. They try to teach us there are many ways to heaven apart from the sacrifice and repentance demanded by Jesus. In turn, they give us counterfeit blessings (2:27), and encourage us to become friends with the world (see 2:15-17 again and 4:5).

So if this is the spirit of the antichrist, how do we not fall into spiritual apathy and give in to this spirit?

1) Live in your anointing. “You have an anointing from the Holy One” (2:20). “The anointing you received from Him remains in you” (2:26). When we come to know Jesus, we receive an anointing from him. We were purposefully chosen, designed by God. Don’t forget who you are!

2) Cling to the truth. “All of you know the truth” (2:20). To see through the deception of the day, we need to know the truth! Are we spending time with the truth? Or do we fill ourselves with competing messages?

3) Remain in the Son. We remain by spending time with Jesus. We make Jesus the center of everything we do, the primary reason for living.

4) Test the Spirits. Examine everything we hear or see not by our knowledge or our emotions, but against the Word. God’s Word never fails–if it contradicts the Word, then it is false!

5) Put Christ in his rightful place. Let us make Jesus truly the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, seated on the throne!

6) Listen to godly counsel. Surround ourselves with other people of faith, who are encouraging us to follow God.

Questions for reflection

1) Why is the statement “looks are deceiving” true when it comes to faith?

2) What are some ways that you demonstrate a need for Jesus in your living?

3) What practices do you have in place to help you “remain” in Christ?

4) What place does Jesus have in your life? How do you show he is in charge of your life?

Upcoming Services

We begin the season of Lent with the sermon titled, “Produce Fruit…”, based upon Matthew 3:7-12 and 7:15-23. What is spiritual fruit? And how does it serve as a good indicator of our hearts? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for February 16 – 22

February 16: John 15:1-17 How do we remain in the light and not embrace a false light?

February 17: John 15:18-27 How does the world try to silence the true light?

February 18: John 16:1-16 How does the Holy Spirit lead us into light?

February 19: John 16:17-31 How does the Holy Spirit keep us in the light?

February 20: John 17:1-19 What role does the Word and truth play in keeping in the light?

February 21: John 17:20-26 What is a fruit of being a follower of Jesus?

February 22: John 18:1-11 What is a fruit of being a follower of Jesus?

This Week’s Events:

Tuesday, February 16–Sunday Night Live Planning Meeting @ 7:30 pm

Wednesday, February 17–COB Town Hall w/ Moderator Paul Mundey @ 10 am; see previous email for Zoom link!

Wednesday, February 17–Ministry Team Meeting @ 6:30 pm

Thursday, February 18–Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm (pending due to weather)

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, March 28–Bread & Cup Communion

Sunday, April 4–Sunrise Service & Easter

Announcements:

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 story. 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) Restoration of the national church

7) Revival

Hymn Series

After Easter, we will embark on a new series of our favorite hymns. We will spend 10 Sundays looking at our top ten favorite hymns. But we want your input! Please either put your hymns on a piece of paper and place it in the brown box in the narthex, call it in to the office, or send Pastor Ryan an email/text with your favorite hymns. SO FAR, I have only received 13 submissions. I really would love for everyone to make their submission by February 28th!

Nursery

Misti Wheelbarger is looking for volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School hour for 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! With the extended closure, this is greatly necessary.

1) Mail your tithe into the church office **PLEASE NOTE: We have had several days of no mail, and also some reports of mail being stolen on our street.

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 at the main entrance as you enter for church

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer: 

Those in our community being negatively impacted by COVID and economic impacts. Several have seen layoffs in recent weeks.

Mary Batterman (health)

John Bennington (health)

Sam Carr (health)

Elijah Dean (health)

Janet Good (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Shannon Hollen (health)

Heath Kimmell (health)

Reba & Garry Kline (COVID)

Lent family (work)

Alda Miller (health)

Mary Miller (health)

Shirley Miller (health)

Mark Milstead (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (health)

Chris Shirk (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Stanley Suter (health)

Carolyn Wine (health)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

 

Good News Brief–February 9, 2021

RECAP–The crafty three–based on 1 John 2:15-17

How did a church as strong as Ephesus lose their first love? In part, it was a result of the pressure of persecution by Rome. Another contributing factor was the theological threat of the Gnostics. But the biggest reason–they began to love the world. The world is the system that sets itself up against God, encouraging us to follow our own affections and attitudes, a heart that does not include God in its center. The world is hostile toward God, and those who are friends with the world become enemies of God (James 4:4).

How did a church so on fire for God love the world? It is through the slow fade of compromise. There is a real devil fighting for our soul. One of the tools he uses is culture. If you want to see the slow fade of culture, we only need to look at the messages being sent to our youth today. That which was never biblically or culturally acceptable when many of us were children are now commonplace today. Today society questions the very word of God, challenging us to be independent and cut ourselves off from anyone who is a spiritual authority. Then culture and Satan exploit our very vulnerabilities, which is what leads to compromise. Satan does not attack our strong convictions; he attacks us at our weak spots. What are the vulnerabilities he exploits? The crafty three:

1) Lust of the flesh. This is literally a strong desire, an obsession to fill the needs of the flesh. We all desire to be loved, wanted, feel valuable, important, like we belong or we matter. We don’t want to be alone, different, or feel unloved. And so the lust of the flesh encourages us to fill that hole with things (food, drugs, alcohol, etc.) or people (sex, pornography, etc.). Culture reinforces the message: if you are not satisfying your needs, something is wrong with you, or you will have to settle for what’s left. How do you boil a frog? You put it in room temperature water, and slowly turn up the heat! If we play with fire, we will end up burned.

2) Lust of the eyes. The vulnerability exploited is the need for security and safety or control. And so we see and want because we need these material things to fill the need for security. But what happens when we are insecure? We try to meet the need by any means necessary instead of turning to God, trusting God to meet the need. Therefore, we turn to the world for the solution. But in the end, anything the world gives us leaves us empty and dry.

3) The pride of life. This plays on our vulnerability of legacy, importance, and self-love. We all want to feel good about ourselves, and so we focus on our accomplishments or everything that we have. But when we are in a place of pride, we don’t see our real need. Likewise, if our world comes crashing down, there is nothing underneath our feet.

We want to protect these vulnerabilities. Satan uses these three ways to ensnare us and love the world. Love in this passage is agape, the same word used to describe God’s unconditional love for us! In other words, when we give into these three and love the world, we are sacrificing or crucifying ourselves–not on behalf of the welfare of others like God, but to take on what the world wants to give us. The world does not care about us. Don’t sacrifice yourself, your relationship with God, your future, common sense, trusted relationship, or your character for the world. The world and its desires will pass away, but God will never pass away (1 John 2:17).

No one falls overnight. No one loses their love for God instantaneously. It is a slow fade, compromise over time. Guard your hearts and your vulnerabilities. Instead of indulging the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and pride of life, fill yourselves with God and the things of God. Find your love in the one who gave His very life for you.

Questions for reflection

1) What does it mean to indulge the lust of the flesh? Why is it so dangerous?

2) What does it mean to indulge the lust of the eyes? Why is it so dangerous?

3) Why is the pride of life-crippling for a believer?

4) Why are some of the inadvertent ways we love the world?

Upcoming Services

Pastor Ryan will conclude the In the Light series with the sermon titled, “False Lights” based on 1 John 2:18-27 and 4:1-6. Why is a substitute light dangerous? How can we not fall prey to it? And what does it have to do with end times? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for February 9 – 15

February 9: John 12:20-36 How is the way of Jesus in conflict with human worldviews?

February 10: John 12:37-50 What robbed the people from the spiritual blessing of Jesus?

February 11: John 13:1-17 How is the washing of feet counter to loving the world?

February 12: John 13:18-30 What did Satan inspire Judas to do? How can Satan influence us?

February 13: John 13:31-38 How can fear of the world alter our actions on the truth of God?

February 14: John 14:1-14 What is the true core of the gospel message?

February 15: John 14:15-31 What role does the Holy Spirit play in keeping us in the light?

This Week’s Events:

Wednesday, February 10–Worship Team Meeting @ 7:30 pm

Sunday, February 14–Congregational Business Meeting @ 12 pm

Tuesday, February 16–Sunday Night Live Planning Meeting @ 7:30 pm

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, February 17–Ministry Team Meeting @ 6:30 pm

Thursday, February 18–Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Announcements:

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 story. 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) Restoration of the national church

7) Revival

Congregational Business Meeting

Our next Congregational Business Meeting will be on February 14th immediately after service. Reports are available in the narthex of the church AND in the church office. If you would like to pick a packet up, just swing by the church office while it is open.

Hymn Series

After Easter, we will embark on a new series of our favorite hymns. We will spend 10 Sundays looking at our top ten favorite hymns. But we want your input! Please either put your hymns on a piece of paper and place it in the brown box in the narthex, call it in to the office, or send Pastor Ryan an email/text with your favorite hymns. SO FAR, I have only received 9 submissions. I really would love for everyone to make their submission by February 28th!

Nursery

Misti Wheelbarger is looking for volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School hour for 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! With the extended closure, this is greatly necessary.

1) Mail your tithe into the church office **PLEASE NOTE: We have had several days of no mail, and also some reports of mail being stolen on our street.

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 at the main entrance as you enter for church

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer: 

Those in our community being negatively impacted by COVID and economic impacts. Several have seen layoffs in recent weeks.

Mary Batterman (health)

Sam Carr (health)

Janet Good (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Shannon Hollen (health)

Heath Kimmell (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Mary Miller (health)

Shirley Miller (health)

Mark Milstead (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (health)

Chris Shirk (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Stanley Suter (health)

Carolyn Wine (health)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB