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 9:30 a.m.* (masks optional)
Sunday School is at 10:45 a.m. (masks optional)
Church location is 5651 Beaver Creek Road, Bridgewater, VA 22812. (See map): 540 828-2767.
*Normally our times return to 9:45 a.m. Sunday School and 11 a.m. worship in September.

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

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Good News Brief–July 28, 2021

RECAP: PASSIONATE LIVING based on Philippians 3:4b-20

Vision without passion is just words. Togetherness in a church without passion is just a good time. We understand the truth behind the statement simply by observing New Year’s resolutions: most fail within the first two months because there is no discipline and no passion. Without passion, we simply will fall flat on our face every time, no matter what we resolve or how wonderful our goal might be.

Paul was a very passionate individual. He had every reason to lose his passion for ministry: he was beaten several times, stoned, left for dead, imprisoned, and even shipwrecked all for his faith in Jesus Christ. But instead of giving up in the midst of such great adversity, he grew even more passionate and tenacious. What inspired him to passionate living? And how can we find the same kind of passion?

1) Paul understood the value of Jesus. If a choice is before us, whatever we value more is what we will choose. On a simplistic level, I may choose which vintage baseball cards to buy based upon my perceived value. Yes, a 1959 Al Kaline is far more valuable than a 1976 Johnny Bench. But when Johnny Bench is distant kin and one of my father’s favorite players of all time, when making the choice, I took the 1976 Johnny Bench because it was more valuable to me.

The same is true in the things of life that matter, such as our faith. Whatever we value most, when we have to make a choice, is what we will choose. What we value less is what we will sacrifice. Unfortunately, in the church in the United States, we choose to sacrifice our relationship with Jesus and our integrity in favor of other things. We have lost sight of the value of our salvation!

Paul had every reason to not place value in Jesus. He was the who’s who of the Jewish faith! Yet, Paul considered every one of his accomplishments as a loss compared to knowing Christ. What was more, he considered everything else as garbage. Garbage in the first century was not like garbage today. They did not have paper plates, or tv dinner trays, or plastic bottles; they even reused bones in stews and soups. The Greek word skubalon which we translate as garbage refers to that which comes out of a person: from bowel movements to menstrual discharge to vomit. Paul was able to be passionate about Jesus because everything else amounted to no more than a pile of used cat litter! How valuable is Jesus to us?

2) Paul left the past behind and looked forward to what was ahead. Paul left the past in the past and kept his eyes on the goal, the prize, the heavenly calling of Jesus. The ultimate end of his passionate journey would be to see Christ face to face and become a citizen in heaven. Because his eyes were focused on what was above, he was able to be completely passionate because nothing was holding him to his current context.

Yes, our past is important, and it shapes who we are. But too often we become trapped by our past. We feel like we have to keep the trajectory set by the past, or live up to the expectations of the past. Sometimes, we are crippled by the failures in our past. And in so dwelling on the past, we can miss what God is doing in the present and the future. What is our highest goal? If it is serving Christ, the way of Christ is the way of sacrifice, but also the way of great joy. Our citizenship is in heaven, and Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Could we dare to follow him with everything we have, even if into the unknown?

Passionate living comes from deep within, valuing Christ above everything else, considering things as garbage. It comes from not being bound by the past, but allowing Christ to lead. People need hope; the lost need to see a life of passion living for Jesus. Can we bring it to them?

Questions for Reflection

1) How much do you value your relationship with Jesus?

2) What would you say is your greatest personal goal as it relates to faith?

3) What dream can we have as Beaver Creek?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday Pastor Ryan will continue the Vision series with the sermon titled, “Radical Transformation,” based on Mark 5:1-20. What is the power of radical transformation? And does it impact others? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for July 27 – August 2

July 27: Matthew 22:34-40 What does it mean to passionately live your faith?

July 28: Matthew 25:31-45 What does it mean to passionately live your faith?

July 29: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 How did the Corinthian church passionately live their faith?

July 30: Philippians 4:10-20 How did the Philippian church passionately live their faith?

July 31: Revelation 2:1-7 What is the warning if we lose our passion for Christ as one body?

August 1: Exodus 2:11-22 What was Moses like before his radical transformation?

August 2: Exodus 34:29-35 What was Moses like after his radical transformation?

This Week’s Events:

Thursday, July 29–Called Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Saturday, July 31–Men’s Fellowship Breakfast @ Thomas House @ 7:15 am

Sunday, August 1–First Sunday Breakfast @ 8:45 am

Sunday, August 1–First Sunday Offering–World Hunger

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, August 4–Outreach Team Meeting, time TBD

Wednesday, August 4–Worship Team Meeting @ 6:30 pm

Sunday, August 8–Summer Vespers @ 6:30 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).

Summer Vespers

In place of our Lenten Vespers, we will have summer outdoor vespers on our church grounds two additional Sunday evenings during the summer: August 8, and September 5 at 6:30 pm. Come enjoy some fellowship, campfire songs, and our wonderful church family outdoors!

This past Vespers, I challenged those who attended to think about one thing that the church has meant to them and one thing they would love to see at Beaver Creek in the next five years. I now extend the same two questions to you if you did not attend. If you would like to answer, please simply email me the answer to those two questions!

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

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! 

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)

Sam Carr (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Tina Dotson (COVID)

Bill Eckard (recovery)

John Fix (addiction)

Janet Good (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Heath Kimmell (health)

Reba Kline & family in Garry’s passing early Wednesday

Larry LaPrade (COVID)

Lent family (work)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (recovery)

Mary G Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (recovery)

Chris Shirk (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Tammy Stine (broken ankle)

Frank Tusing (health)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Whitmore family (various)

Owen Wright (health)

Tyler Zombro (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

Good News Brief–July 20, 2021

RECAP: TOGETHER AS GOD’S CHURCH based on Ephesians 4:1-16

It is very difficult to learn how to truly be and work together. I learned this truth especially when I was in college at a Resident Assistant team-building retreat. We were split into teams of four with a challenge–we had to canoe from the shore, touch the flag in the center of the pond, and then return to shore. My group struggled. We first could not figure out how to go forward. We ended up spinning in circles or moving to the left for a little bit, and then to the right, and we were back to where we started. The girls had already touched the flag. Then, with all our might, we tried to move forward, only to capsize the canoe! Even as we struggled to get the canoe righted, we kept returning to the water. It was a complete team failure!

I still do not know how to canoe. But what I learned is that when we canoe, we have to all have paddle in the same direction AND with the same rhythm in order to move the canoe forward. If any oar was not in sync, it would cause the canoe to go into a direction we did not desire to go.

The same reality is true in a church. The Acts 2 church was “together” and received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Later, they “were together and had everything in common,” and the Lord added to the number of disciples daily! Jesus’ prayer for us was to be one like he and the Father were one, in complete unity. Together, we are the church!

But if we look at the church in the United States right now, we are certainly not together. We are like an old story my pastor growing up used to tell. A man died and went to heaven. Peter was giving him a tour, and when they opened the first door, there was a long, narrow corridor with people worshiping God, and God was on the throne in the center of the room. Peter then took the individual to the next door, and it was another long, narrow corridor of people worshiping God in a different way, but God was on the throne in the center of the room. Peter and the man then went to the next door, and experienced the same thing. The man then asked for an explanation, to which Peter said, “The first room is the Baptists; the second room is the Catholics, and the third room are the Pentecostals–they each think they are the only ones here!”

We fracture each other and divide each other. How can we move toward God’s vision–a church that is together? We can look to Paul’s guidance to the Ephesian church who was also experiencing factions in its midst!

1) Focus on what we have in common. Paul encouraged the church to focus first on those things they all shared. They all shared one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father. This is the core of who we are. Paul did not say we needed to get all our theology, perspectives, or viewpoints in line. The church did not have to have a uniform belief of the rapture, the mode of baptism, or the makeup of the elements of communion. They simply needed to focus on the core of what they all shared together!

Now please do not think this means that Paul said we all need to embrace everything, hold hands and sing Kumbaya. Rather, he said we need to become one in these seven core areas. For example, God is holy–an embrace of any belief that goes against the holiness of God would keep us from being one, and would be like paddling our oars in opposite directions!

2) Share our gifts with each other. God has given the church unique gifts for a specific purpose. We all have been given the gift of grace. We also have the five vocational gifts: apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher. Now we might think we don’t have apostles or evangelists in our congregation. But even though we do not embrace those titles, it does not mean those gifts do not exist. The apostolic gift cares about new church growth, leadership development, and discipleship. The prophetic gift cares about integrity, declaring the truth of the word of God and preaches accountability to God’s Word and way even if it flies in the face of culture. The evangelist cares deeply about reaching the lost and sharing the good news of the gospel to those outside the walls of the church. The pastoral gift cares about the nurture of the body and casts vision and direction. The teacher instructs the church in the Word of God and models what it means to be a person of faith. Even though the specific office might not exist, all of these gifts exist within our body!

3) Live a life worthy of the calling. When we focus on what we have in common and share our gifts with each other, we begin to see amazing things happen. First, the body is edified, encouraged to continue the work of Jesus and growing in the faith. Second, we all reach the unity of the faith. We become one in spirit, goal, and direction while each remaining unique and different in perspective (unity, not uniformity). Third, we are equipped for works of service, inspired to reach those around us. Fourth, we grow in our knowledge of Christ, and fifth we can stand against any spiritual attack–because we are together!

Together can indeed happen. Let us as Beaver Creek grow in togetherness, paddle in the same direction, and see where we go. I firmly believe we can see a move of God in our day like the early church experienced in their day, but it starts with truly being together!

Questions for Reflection

1) What are some fond memories of togetherness you have experienced at Beaver Creek?

2) In what areas should we focus more on becoming one?

3) Which of the gifts have you seen operate within you?

4) Who within the congregation can you edify this week?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday Pastor Ryan will continue the Vision series with the sermon titled, “Passionate Living,” based on Philippians 3:4b-20. To execute the vision of God, we must be passionate about our faith. What does passionate living look like? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for July 20 – 26

July 20: Acts 2:1-4 What happened when the early church was one in heart and mind?

July 21: Romans 12:3-8 How should we function together as the body of Christ?

July 22: 1 Peter 2:9-10 What can we be together?

July 23: Acts 2:42-47 How did the early church live out their oneness?

July 24: Colossians 3:1-4, 12-17 How can we be one as the church?

July 25: Matthew 5:1-12 What does it mean to passionately live your faith?

July 26: Matthew 5:13-16 What does it mean to passionately live your faith?

This Week’s Events:

Saturday, July 24–Winnie’s retirement celebration from 4-8 pm

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, August 8–Summer Vespers @ 6:30 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).

Summer Vespers

In place of our Lenten Vespers, we will have summer outdoor vespers on our church grounds two additional Sunday evenings during the summer: August 8, and September 5 at 6:30 pm. Come enjoy some fellowship, campfire songs, and our wonderful church family outdoors!

This past Vespers, I challenged those who attended to think about one thing that the church has meant to them and one thing they would love to see at Beaver Creek in the next five years. I now extend the same two questions to you if you did not attend. If you would like to answer, please simply email me the answer to those two questions!

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

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! 

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)

Sam Carr (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Tina Dotson (COVID)

Bill Eckard (recovery)

John Fix (addiction)

Janet Good (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Heath Kimmell (health)

Larry LaPrade (COVID)

Lent family (work)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (recovery)

Mary G Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (recovery)

Chris Shirk (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Tammy Stine (broken ankle)

Frank Tusing (health)

Thompson family (COVID)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Whitmore family (various)

Owen Wright (health)

Tyler Zombro (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

Good News Brief–July 13, 2021

RECAP: SEEING THROUGH GOD’S EYES based on 2 Kings 6:8-23

Proverbs 29:18 states that without a vision, people perish. What happens when we have no vision literally? We become disoriented, like my attempt to drive on Skyline Drive from Big Meadows to the Elkton exit in the midst of deep fog! We become like the foundation of our nation, attacking one another until the vision of the founding fathers crafted a new way forward. For it is vision that rallies people together, that unites us, that gives us a common goal and direction.

Sometimes, it is hard to see a way forward, especially when in a spiritual fog. We are in a time similar to the time of Elisha the prophet. Culture was hostile toward the faith, and the nation of Israel, who was supposed to be the people of God, had sold out and watered down their faith in God, blending their faith with the other nations around them. God was just one piece of their lives. As long as the did the sacrifices, they were “okay” and could live no different than their neighbors. Does this sound familiar? There is nothing new under the sun!

How can we, in a time of spiritual fog, finding the vision we need to move forward and see through God’s eyes?

1) Realize it is sometimes difficult to see, especially when we are in a spiritual war. In the time of Elisha, Aram was at war with Israel, and I already stated the conflict within. The king of Israel at the time was Joram, the son of Ahab. Ahab was the wicked king that tried to kill Elisha’s mentor Elijah. That same Elijah, who called down fire from heaven in 1 Kings 18 ran for his life in 1 Kings 19. He was in a spiritual fog because he was surrounded by opposition!

When we are surrounded by opposition and it is hard to see, we need to position ourselves to be able to see. Elijah encountered God on Mt. Sinai, who there reminded him of three things: God was still in control, that Elijah was not alone, and there are more faithful than he realized. Elisha learned this story from his mentor, and so when he was in a time of opposition, he knew that God was in control, that he was not alone, and there were more faithful than he knew. It didn’t matter that a target was on his back and he couldn’t see; he knew God could see through the fog. And even when there are competing voices, the true voice of God will guide us through.

Sometimes following God leads to opposition, or more murkiness, but can we trust that God can see where we can’t?

2) God is still working even when we cannot see. The town of Dothan is surrounded by hills on every side. Imagine Gehazi’s horror when he woke up, walked out of the tent, and saw the entire town surrounded by the armies of Aram! But Elisha did not panic, for he could see the angelic host completely surrounding the armies, in chariots of fire and swords drawn! Even when it looks like the world is winning, God is still in control and works on the behalf of the righteous.

3) God specializes in the impossible! Even though the armies of God surrounded the armies of Aram, Elisha still had to escape the situation. God allowed the escape through answered prayer, blinding the entire army (at least 6000 strong!). The same is true in our lives–when we are surrounded spiritually by the forces of darkness, God will intervene. He will provide a way of escape when we face temptation (1 Cor 10:13). Satan wants us to believe our God is impotent and inactive, but God is alive and well, and still in control!

4) See as God does, through the lens of grace. Elisha led the blind army out of the city to Samaria, the capital of Israel. Once the blinded eyes were opened, the enemy realized their predicament–they were in the city of the king of Israel! They were as good as dead. But Elisha encouraged hospitality, mercy, and grace. From that day on, the army stopped raiding Israel, and they actually became allies. God’s faithfulness always comes hand in hand with grace.

We live in a tough time friends. It might feel like we are in a fog, and its difficult to see. But God is still working when we can’t see. He will do the impossible, and inspire us to grace. The best days of Beaver Creek are ahead! Can we see it?

Questions for Reflection

1) What things in your life make it hard to see God?

2) What spiritual armies are coming against you?

3) What impossible thing do you need God to do for you?

4) What is your dream for Beaver Creek?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday Pastor Ryan will continue the Vision series with the sermon titled, “Together as God’s Church,” based on Ephesians 4:1-16. What does it mean to be the church, and to walk into God’s vision together? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for July 13 – 19

July 13: 1 Kings 22:1-28 How can God’s vision clash with man’s?

July 14: Jeremiah 32:26-44 How did Jeremiah’s vision bring hope in midst of calamity?

July 15: Ezekiel 37:1-14 How did Ezekiel’s vision bring hope in the midst of difficulty?

July 16: Acts 10:23-48 How did Peter’s change of vision spread the gospel?

July 17: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 How did Paul’s vision strengthen him in his time of struggle?

July 18: John 17:20-26 What was Jesus’ prayer?

July 19: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 How does God view unity?

This Week’s Events:

Thursday, July 15–Leadership Team @ 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, July 24–Winnie’s retirement celebration from 4-8 pm

Sunday, August 8–Summer Vespers @ 6:30 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).

Summer Vespers

In place of our Lenten Vespers, we will have summer outdoor vespers on our church grounds two additional Sunday evenings during the summer: August 8, and September 5 at 6:30 pm. Come enjoy some fellowship, campfire songs, and our wonderful church family outdoors! More details will be coming in future editions.

This past Vespers, I challenged those who attended to think about one thing that the church has meant to them and one thing they would love to see at Beaver Creek in the next five years. I now extend the same two questions to you if you did not attend. If you would like to answer, please simply email me the answer to those two questions!

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

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! 

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)

Sam Carr (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Tina Dotson (COVID)

Bill Eckard (recovery)

John Fix (addiction)

Janet Good (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Heath Kimmell (health)

Larry LaPrade (COVID)

Lent family (work)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (recovery)

Mary G Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Chris Shirk (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Tammy Stine (broken ankle)

Frank Tusing (health)

Thompson family (COVID)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Whitmore family (various)

Owen Wright (health)

Tyler Zombro (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB