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.* (Suspended until June 7 due to Corona virus)
Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m.* (Suspended due to Corona virus)
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 — July 28, 2020

RECAP: A CALLING BODY–based on Acts 13:1-3; Acts 14:21-28

I think it is safe to say that most of us have never had a theophany, a visible manifestation of God, calling us to serve him or his kingdom. Moses had a burning bush. Isaiah had a vision. Paul had a blinding light. But most of us have never had such an experience. In fact, if God would to speak to us, would we recognize it or hear it? Would we know it is God? How would we be sure? And how would we know what he is calling us to do?

We have been looking over the last several weeks at the Acts church, specifically the congregation at Antioch. Here was a congregation that had five leaders. Yet they were able to not only recognize the call of God, but act upon it! How did this church accomplish this? And can we do the same? The church was successful in being a calling body because they did three things very well:

1) Listened for the call. They intentionally carved out an atmosphere where they could hear God speak. They spent regular time in worship and prayer. They worshipped and fasted. They came together for the whole body to focus on God. In doing so, they drowned out the competing voices and could hear God clearly.

Do we have an intentional space to listen for God? Do we come together, seeking the will of God for Beaver Creek, not in a “God’s will be done” sense, but “God, enable us to do your will”?

2) Discerned the call. Once they heard the voice of God, they tested it to make sure it was truly God’s voice. They tested it with more fasting and prayer. They discerned it as a community, making sure all heard the call. They examined it against the word of God. They also tested the need: is this truly a need for this time? Surely the gospel needed to go to the Roman Empire! But they also tested the individuals: are Barnabas and Paul the right men for the task? They had to be strong, well learned, and stubborn. After all, they were stoned, left for dead, but got up and went right back into the town to continue preaching!

Do we have the right tools to test God’s will? Romans 12:1-2–offer your body as a living sacrifice. Break your dependence on the world, and renew your mind by the Holy Spirit.

3) Recognized the call in others. Paul and Barnabas received the original call. Yet they could not be the pastors of every church they planted in the Roman Empire. As they traveled, they recognized in the new believers who had the gifts of teaching and leadership, and tapped them on the shoulder. They then empowered and called them to continue the work.

More often than not, we serve because someone has come beside us and tapped us on the shoulder and recognized our gifts. My great-grandmother and grandmother did that for me. My congregation as a youth did that for me. And Scott Duffey did that for me in a season of my life when I had thrown in the towel.

This church continued to thrive and grow because they created an environment where they listened for God, tested what they heard, and recognized the call in others. Whose shoulder can we tap? Are we listening? Who knows where God can lead!

Questions for reflection

1) In what ways do you carve intentional room to hear the voice of God?

2) What needs do you see exist in our church? Our community?

3) Who is someone in the congregation that you think has a gift or call? In what area?

4) Are you willing to tap that person on the shoulder and encourage them to get involved?

Next Sunday

Pastor Ryan is on vacation this week. John Wright will be bringing forth the message titled, “Grace vs. Works,” based upon Ephesians 2:4-9.

Daily Bible Readings for July 28 – August 3

July 28: Ephesians 4:11-16 Why does God give different people different gifts?

July 29: 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 Who does God bring together to become the body of Christ?

July 30: 1 Corinthians 3:1-17 How are we fellow laborers in Christ?

July 31: Matthew 25:14-30 How can this parable speak to calling and investment?

August 1: 2 Timothy 1:3-14 What was the fruit of Paul’s empowerment of Timothy?

August 2: Matthew 7:15-23 What does Jesus teach about works and salvation?

August 3: Matthew 20:1-16 What is the relationship between works and grace?

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).

Bible Study

We will take the month of July and August off from Bible study due to vacations and other scheduling conflicts. We will resume Bible study in September!

Baptism/Membership Class

Before church closed for COVID, we had begun to announce a baptism and membership class (for transfer of membership). So for we have two that have expressed interest. If you are interested in either, or even if you recently became a member without the class and would like more of what it means to be a member of Beaver Creek, please let Pastor Ryan or Tess know you would like to take the class. Once there is enough interest, more specifics will be shared at that time. Classes will be on Sunday evenings at 7 pm in pastor’s office, beginning August 9 and ending September 13. If you would like to be a part, let Pastor Ryan know ASAP!

Call to Prayer

As we know, right now has been a time of unrest in our land. Our nation needs healing! Let us take five minutes every day to pray for our country. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, would humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” If we want to see our nation healed, it starts with us as the church in fervent prayer and leading the way of repentance. September 18-28 has been called as a ten day season of repentance. On Saturday, June 26, there will be a national day of prayer for our nation. Let us take that day and time to pray!

Five Ways to Give! With the extended closure, this is greatly necessary.

1) Direct Deposit–form available on the website

2) Mail your tithe into the church office

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

4) New online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

5) Drop off in the offering plate at main entrance as you enter for church

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer: 

Prayers for our Congregation–pray for those who have been unable to visit or spend time with family, those who have lost their jobs or seen furloughs, for those who have been discouraged, and those in our nursing homes, who have not been able to have any physical contact since early March.

Mary Batterman–(recovering at home, provide a meal at this link: www.TakeThemAMeal.com/XHOZ8636.)

Betty Miller — (Roger & Nancy Simmons’ neighbor, hospital)

Rhoda Phifer — (Dan Rhodes’ mother-in-law, injury)

Tami Plaugher — (health) great report last week!

Dan Rhodes — (health, recovering from surgery)

Lottie Ritchie — (health, Sandy Bennington’s mother, at Lifecare)

Evy Kaye Sandin — (health, surgery August 6)

Chris Shirk — (Reba’s brother, health-testing)

Louise Shirkey — (loss, in the passing of her brother, Andrew Brookman)

David Simmons — (health)

Grayson Whitmore — (recovery)

Tom Wilfong — (recovery)

Charles Wright — (health)

John Wright — (health, surgery August 4).

Owen Wright (health–Charles Wright’s brother)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

Good News Brief–July 21, 2020

RECAP: I BELONG TO JESUS–based on Acts 11:19-30

The church in Antioch stood out. This was certainly no small feat, for the city of Antioch was a melting pot of over 500,000 people–the third largest city in the world at that time! Antioch was where three major roads intersected–the road to Rome and the European interior, the road down to Egypt and North Africa, and the Silk Road to the Orient. Yet this small church made a name for themselves literally, being the first church to actually be called “Christian.” What caused this church to be so unique and stand out?

1) They were unwavering in their faith. Their faith was strong as a result of persecution. They knew who they believed, and clung to Jesus with everything they had. Instead of their neighbors, who allowed themselves to be tossed and turned by everything and embraced new religions every day, they were resolute in what they believed. They knew the Jesus who saved them, and there was no other to follow. They were so committed to their faith, they tried to imitate Jesus in every way. And when under pressure, they stood strong as diamonds, refusing to recant or deny.

2) They had an open message to all. Although Antioch was a melting pot, they often did not mix faiths, nationalities, or classes beyond financial reasons. But this church broke down political, social, and racial barriers. They believed that God’s message of hope is for all, and shared with everyone. Jesus reached out to everyone, and they did too.

3) They were true to the Lord with all their heart. They literally asked themselves “What would Jesus do?” and tried to follow everything in the Scriptures. They used the text as their guide and strove to remain faithful in every circumstance.

4) They had open hands. When they heard about the coming famine, instead of saving up resources for themselves, they gathered as much as they could to help out Judea.

All of these were counter cultural. They stood out because of their faith. When people see us today, do they clearly see a follower of Jesus? Do we walk so closely with him that we are a “little Christ?” Let it be so!

Questions for reflection

1) Why is it easier to fade into the crowd and go unnoticed?

2) What would you say is the core of your faith?

3) Who guides your steps?

4) What type of individual is the hardest for you to welcome? Why?

Next Sunday

Pastor Ryan will continue the Acts church series with the sermon titled, “A Calling Body,” based upon Acts 13:1-3 and 14:21-28. The Antioch church called out a few of their own and empowered them into mission. What can we learn about calling out those to service? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for July 21 – 27

July 21: Romans 5:1-11 What should be our message?

July 22: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 What is the good news?

July 23: 1 Peter 4:1-11 How do we embody the gospel?

July 24: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 How do we live in a way that pleases God?

July 25: Romans 12:9-21 How do we show we are different from the world?

July 26: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 What are the different gifts of the Spirit?

July 27: Romans 12:4-8 What are the ways one can serve the body of Christ?

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).

Bible Study

We will take the month of July and August off from Bible study due to vacations and other scheduling conflicts. We will resume Bible study in September!

Baptism/Membership Class

Before church closed for COVID, we had begun to announce a baptism and membership class (for transfer of membership). So for we have two that have expressed interest. If you are interested in either, or even if you recently became a member without the class and would like more of what it means to be a member of Beaver Creek, please let Pastor Ryan or Tess know you would like to take the class. Once there is enough interest, more specifics will be shared at that time. Classes will be on Sunday evenings at 7 pm in pastor’s office, beginning August 9 and ending September 13. If you would like to be a part, let Pastor Ryan know ASAP!

Call to Prayer

As we know, right now has been a time of unrest in our land. Our nation needs healing! Let us take five minutes every day to pray for our country. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, would humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” If we want to see our nation healed, it starts with us as the church in fervent prayer and leading the way of repentance. September 18-28 has been called as a ten day season of repentance. On Saturday, June 26, there will be a national day of prayer for our nation. Let us take that day and time to pray!

Sunday School

The Leadership Team has approved for us to begin reopening Sunday School based upon the teacher’s personal preference.  It is summer hours, so Sunday School will begin at 9:15.

Five Ways to Give! With the extended closure, this is greatly necessary.

1) Direct Deposit–form available on the website

2) Mail your tithe into the church office

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

4) New online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

5) Drop off in the offering plate at main entrance as you enter for church

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer: 

Prayers for our Congregation–pray for those who have been unable to visit or spend time with family, those who have lost their jobs or seen furloughs, for those who have been discouraged, and those in our nursing homes, who have not been able to have any physical contact since early March.

Mary Batterman–(injury, at Augusta Health & Rehab)

Andrew Brookman JR–(health).

Brunk family–in the passing of Sylvia. Prayers of comfort and peace. Memorial service will be 7/25.

Jacobson Family (loss of child)

Tami Plaugher (health)–great report last week!

Dan Rhodes (health)

Chris Shirk (Reba’s brother, health)

David Simmons (health)

Grayson Whitmore (recovery)

Tom Wilfong (recovery)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health–Charles Wright’s brother)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

Good News Brief–July 14, 2020

RECAP: OPEN TO GOD’S LEADING–based on Acts 11:1-18

Peter was in Joppa, the same city where Jonah had to make the tough choice whether to obey God and go to Nineveh, his enemy, or run in the other direction and flee by the sea. We know the choice Jonah made. But Peter had to make a similar choice there. It was there that God spoke to him.

Do we believe that God can still speak today? Do we hear God’s voice, or is it drowned out by competing voices? Do we even know how to hear God’s speaking to us? And if we were to hear God speak to us, are we truly open to it? We learn from Peter’s experience in Joppa what we truly need to do in order to hear God’s voice and be open to his leading.

1) Be in a place of prayer. Peter was on the roof of the house praying. Prayer puts us in a position to connect with God; it is far more than just an exercise on Sunday mornings or offering prayer requests! Rather, prayer is how we tune in to hear God. Radio stations are always playing around us, but we cannot hear the words or music. We need a radio and a tuner to amplify the right frequency and wavelength to hear the sound. The same is true with God; we need a personal radio to hear God speaking, and that is prayer. Prayer puts us in alignment with God’s frequency and his heart’s wavelength, which allows him to speak to us. Are we committed to intentional prayer? It is hard to hear God speak without tuning into the right frequency!

2) Wrestle with the Word of the Lord. When we are tuned in via prayer, God will speak. But when he speaks, we might need to wrestle with the word for a bit! God’s word to Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac. God’s word to Moses was to return to Egypt. God’s word to Hosea was to marry the prostitute Gomer. God’s word to Peter was to get up, kill and eat unclean animals. Peter’s response showed his wrestling: “Surely not Lord! Anything unclean has ever entered my mouth.” But what Peter shows us is that sometimes the Word of the Lord comes into direct conflict with what we believe to be true.

Side note: Not everything we hear is from God. That is why we need to discern what we hear. Does it align with Scripture? Is it consistent with the character of God? Is it discerned by the community?

3) Have a paradigm shift. Peter thought what God was asking him to do violated the Law. It is true that a good Jew should observe kosher and not eat unclean animals. But he missed a truth: “Do not call anything unclean that I have made clean.” In other words, God has the ability to transform that which is unclean and make it clean. With God in the mix, sometimes long held beliefs can be challenged because God can transform our world and the human heart. Again, as long as the transformation is consistent with Scripture, the character of God, and the community, it might simply be pushing us out of our comfort zone! The whole point of Peter’s vision was to challenge him to go to Cornelius, a Roman centurion. The Romans were the ones who were the enemies of Israel, but also the ones who crucified Jesus. Peter was left with the same choice as Jonah–do I go to my enemy, or do I flee and resist? The paradigm shift? Maybe the enemy is no longer an enemy through gospel transformation!

4) Make room for change. God’s ways are higher than ours. He does not change like the shifting shadows, but he sees the bigger picture. Are we willing to trust God into the unknown? Peter trusted and went, even though it could have been a trick. But in the end, he witnessed salvation come to that house, and they were also filled with the Holy Spirit. God moved Peter from believing the good news as only for native Jews and pushed him into the Gentile world.

God can speak to you and to me. Will we put ourselves in a place to listen? And when that word comes, are we willing to act upon it?

Questions for reflection

1) Have you ever heard God speak to you?

2) What are some of the voices that keep you from hearing God’s voice?

3) Why is it difficult sometimes to tune in to hear God?

4) What would be the most difficult thing for God to ask you to do? Why?

Next Sunday

Pastor Ryan will continue the Acts church series with the sermon titled, “Bringing Christ to the World,” based upon Acts 11:19-30. Antioch earned the distinction of being the first place where the new church was called “Christian.” What made this church stand out? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for July 14 – 20

July 14: Judges 6:36-40 What inspired Gideon to be open to God’s leading?

July 15: 2 Kings 22:1-13 What inspired Josiah to be open to God’s leading?

July 16: Esther 4 What inspired Esther to be open to God’s leading?

July 17: John 3:1-18 How did Nicodemus show he was open to God’s leading?

July 18: Acts 10:9-23 How was Peter inspired to follow God’s leading?

July 19: Matthew 10:5-20 What was the first missionary project of the disciples?

July 20: Matthew 28:16-20 What is the mission of the church?

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).

Bible Study

We will take the month of July off from Bible study due to vacations and other scheduling conflicts. We will resume Bible study in the beginning of August after this week!

Baptism/Membership Class

Before church closed for COVID, we had begun to announce a baptism and membership class (for transfer of membership). So for we have two that have expressed interest. If you are interested in either, or even if you recently became a member without the class and would like more of what it means to be a member of Beaver Creek, please let Pastor Ryan or Tess know you would like to take the class. Once there is enough interest, more specifics will be shared at that time. Classes will be on Sunday evenings at 7 pm in pastor’s office, beginning July 26 and ending September 6 (no class on August 2). If you would like to be a part, let Pastor Ryan know ASAP!

Call to Prayer

As we know, right now has been a time of unrest in our land. Our nation needs healing! Let us take five minutes every day to pray for our country. Let us also take five minutes to pray for the wisdom of our local and state officials as they make decisions based upon the COVID crisis. This week, let us add an additional five minutes of prayer for our school division leaders who need to make tough decisions on reopening of schools.

There is also a prayer gathering in Oakdale Park on Thursday. Please see a previous email for more information.

Sunday School

The Leadership Team has approved for us to begin reopening Sunday School based upon the teacher’s personal preference.  It is summer hours, so Sunday School will begin at 9:15.

Five Ways to Give! With the extended closure, this is greatly necessary.

1) Direct Deposit–form available on the website

2) Mail your tithe into the church office

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

4) New online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

5) Drop off in the offering plate at main entrance as you enter for church

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer: 

Prayers for our Congregation–pray for those who have been unable to visit or spend time with family, those who have lost their jobs or seen furloughs, for those who have been discouraged, and those in our nursing homes, who have not been able to have any physical contact since early March.

Mary Batterman–(recovery, Augusta Health & Rehab)

Andrew Brookman JR–(health, Louise Shirkey’s brother)

Brunk family–in the passing of Sylvia. Prayers of comfort and peace. Memorial service will be 7/25.

Nancy Harper–(health)

Jacobson Family (loss of child)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Chris Shirk (Reba’s brother, health)

Showalter family (loss of child)

Grayson Whitmore (recovery)

Tom Wilfong (recovery)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB