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.* (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 Ann Healy. Contact us by phone at 540 828-2767 or use this contact form.

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Good News Brief–November 30, 2021

RECAP: Hanging of the Greens and Hope in the Darkness based on Isaiah 9:1-7

Thank you to all who helped with Hanging of the Greens, from organizing to decorating! It was truly a wonderful service!

Lasting hope comes from deep scars. It is hard to know and truly understand hope when we don’t struggle like in other parts of the world; we don’t know what it is like to truly hunger and thirst, or to be on the run from violence everywhere we turn. Yet, in these parts of the world, they cling deeply to hope, for the depth of hope emerges when we have endured great hardship and pain.

This is where Israel was when the prophet Isaiah, inspired by the Holy Spirit, penned this week’s text. Israel was surrounded on all sides by Assyria. It looked bleak and dark. Yet, from the land of Zebulun and Naphtali, the Galilee of the Gentiles, a light would dawn in the form of a child. No one believed anything good would come from these regions, associated with deep occult roots and darkness (Can anything good come from Nazareth?). Yet, from the darkness emerged a hope. This hope would set people free from oppression, break the rod that bound them, and be a light that dawns. And this hope was a child, one who would command all governments, who would be known as the Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. This hope shows that no matter how dark our world may get, or how unlikely in the eyes of the world things may seem, God can still usher in his plan, his way, his purpose, and his future while also showing that no place is too dark to escape the light he brings.

So where do we need hope today? Where can we allow the Christ child to turn on the lights and give us hope, even if we are in darkness?

Questions for Reflection

1) What in your past have you felt God could never touch or restore?

2) Where do you need to experience freedom?

3) Do you fully trust Jesus with your life?

4) Who do you know in darkness who could use the light of Christ?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday we will light the candle of Love. Pastor Ryan will share the sermon titled, “Act of True Love”, based on John 3:13-21. Why is the love of God truly the most powerful thing in this world? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for November 30 – December 6

November 30: Romans 10:9-18 What hope did God promise?

December 1: Isaiah 1:24-31 What hope did God promise?

December 2: Luke 1:68-79 What hope did Zechariah prophecy about?

December 3: Philippians 1:18-26 What hope can we look forward to?

December 4: Malachi 4:1-6 What hope did God promise?

December 5: Luke 4:31-37 How did Jesus demonstrate God’s love?

December 6: Luke 4:38-44 How did Jesus demonstrate God’s love?

This Week’s  Events:

Saturday, December 4–Women’s Fellowship Auction

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, December 9–Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Thursday, December 9–Leadership Team Reorganization @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 11–McAvoy/Over Wedding @ 4 pm

Sunday, December 12–White Birch service @ 1:30 pm

Announcements:

Auction Items

It’s not too late to donate auction items! Please bring them by the church office before Friday afternoon!

Advent Food Baskets

Please do not forget to collect your food items for the pantries found on the backside of the Hanging of the Greens insert. If you would like to reacquire the list, please let the church office know.

Service at White Birch

We would love to have as many as we can go to White Birch for the mini service there on Sunday, December 12 at 1:30. We will sing a few carols to the residents and share a brief message of hope! You must wear a mask to enter and pass the COVID screening.

Reorganization Meeting

It’s that time of the year for the Leadership Team to reorganize. Please set aside Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 to attend. This is a very important meeting to attend if you are on one of the teams!

Caroling

We are still working out the final details of Christmas caroling. Please stay tuned for an announcement later this week.

Listening Sessions

We will take a pause from question/answer and listening sessions for the Advent Season. In January, we will schedule several different listening sessions as we continue to discern.

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 & Discernment

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

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)

Norman Clark (COVID)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Janet Good (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Gene (?) LaPrade (health)

Larry LaPrade (COVID)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Marty Moore (recovery)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Abbie Shiflet (health)

Chris Shirk (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Tom Wilfong (health)

Charles Wright (surgery)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

Good News Brief–November 23, 2021

SERMON RECAP: Thank You, Lord! based on Luke 17:11-19

Every year, we set aside a day to offer thanks to God for the blessings we have received. But in many cases, before the food has even settled, we begin thinking of all that which we do not have and want, the ultimate expression of a lack of gratitude. All our thankfulness disappears, and we miss the most important blessings right in front of us. However, for many who have known tragedy or trauma, they understand a lasting thankfulness and spirit of gratitude. Truly gratitude can help us lead fuller and happier lives.

This was a reality the Samaritan leper came to understand. Leprosy was a vicious disease, leading to open sores, disfigurement, and even loss of limb. The nerve ends and pain receptors are so damaged, a rat could chew off your finger, and you would not even feel it! Unlike so many diseases which you could hide, you could not hide leprosy. You were cast out of the town and village, having to be completely dependent upon the mercy of others for food left at the outskirts just to survive. And if you wanted to draw close to anyone, you had to shout “unclean” to let people know they need to stay away! It was a cursed and difficult life.

This man needed healing. Without a miracle, this man would live with the pain all of his days. Without a miracle, this man would never know the joy of being in a true community, nor would he know a God that cares and draws near. Further, he was an outsider, part of the hated Samaritans that the Jews worked so hard to ignore. But Jesus heard his cry, along with nine others, for mercy. And as this man placed his trust in Jesus’ word, being obedient, he experienced the healing he craved. His flesh was made new. He would be able to go home or worship the Lord with a community of faith. Jesus turned his world upside down. And with a heart filled with gratitude, he went back and thanked Jesus, knowing there was still a risk in the days ahead. And Jesus praised him and recognized his faith, expressed through his gratitude.

But the tragedy of this account was the nine others who were healed. They experienced the same blessing, but they did not return to express gratitude. They acted as if they expected Jesus to heal them. Then, when they were healed, they continued to take Jesus for granted, almost treating him like a genie in a bottle. And unfortunately, this is a trap we all fall into, only going to Jesus if there was a need.

How do we develop the spirit of gratitude as this Samaritan experienced? Recognize our true need for God. Recognize the undeserved grace we have received. Return to the only source of life, and then rest in the Lord’s goodness!

Questions for Reflection

1) What struggle do you have that you would be ashamed of for people to know? Can you give it to God for healing?

2) What is your view of God? How does it affect your relationship?

3) In what ways have you felt like an outsider?

4) What keeps you back from living in gratitude?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent and will light the candle of Hope. We will celebrate the Hanging of the Greens and have the short meditation titled, “Light in the Darkness”, based on Isaiah 9:1-7. How powerful is hope? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for November 23 – 29

November 23: 2 Samuel 22 For what did David give praise?

November 24: Psalm 19 For what did David give praise?

November 25: Psalm 33 For what did David give praise?

November 26: Ephesians 1 Why was Paul thankful and grateful?

November 27: Philippians 4:10-20 Why was Paul thankful and grateful?

November 28: Jeremiah 33:14-16 What hope did God promise?

November 29: Isaiah 2:1-5 What hope did God promise?

This Week’s  Events:

Saturday, November 27–Men’s Fellowship & Chrismon Tree, 9 am

Sunday, November 28–Hanging of the Greens Celebration

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, December 1–Worship Team @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 4–Women’s Fellowship Auction

Thursday, December 9–Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Thursday, December 9–Leadership Team Reorganization @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 11–McAvoy/Over Wedding @ 4 pm

Sunday, December 12–White Birch service @ 1:30 pm

Announcements:

Hanging of the Greens

Hanging of the Greens will be on Sunday, November 28, starting during morning worship and concluding with a fellowship meal afterward. Each family should bring: a carry-in dish to share; a Christmas ornament to be exchanged; a Christmas card for Beaver Creek Congregation; a donation for the amount you would normally spend on Christmas cards; children’s winter clothing items for the Mitten Tree; and food pantry items. You can bring a donation that Sunday, and also build a box of items as a reverse advent calendar this year!

Listening Sessions

We will take a pause from question/answer and listening sessions for the Advent Season. In January, we will schedule several different listening sessions as we continue to discern.

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 & Discernment

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

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)

Norman Clark (COVID)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Janet Good (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Heath Kimmell (health)

Gene LaPrade (health)

Larry LaPrade (COVID)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Marty Moore (recovery)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Abbie Shiflet (health)

Chris Shirk (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

Good News Brief–November 16, 2021

Thank you to Chris Dastoli for sharing the word while I was away this weekend.

Call for Fasting and Prayer

Beaver Creek family and friends,

As you are aware, we are in a season of discernment. In recent days, there have been some misleadings that have circulated, as well as the involvement of some outside influences that have called into question trust. As pastor, my primary concern is the welfare of the entire body. Therefore, out of the recent events, as well as knowing the discernment process still before us, I am asking for the following from every person:

1) That we set aside specifically Thursday, November 18 as a day of prayer and fasting. If you are able to fast for the entire day, please do so and pray. If you can only fast one meal, please do so. If you are unable to fast due to medical conditions, I encourage you to do the Daniel fast for one day–water, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains only–even if it is for just one meal. This is a serious moment ahead for us; we need to be in fervent prayer.

2) In addition, we will have the following times available for communal prayer:

I will be present in the sanctuary on Tuesday, November 16 from 12:00 noon to 1 pm for prayer for our congregation. All are welcome to attend.

I will also be present beginning at 6 pm on Thursday, November 18 for prayer in advance of the 7 pm Leadership Team Meeting.

We will have a time of prayer on Saturday, November 20 at 6 pm. This will also be our final question and answer time before Sunday’s meeting. We will answer questions you may have, and then pray together.

What should we be praying for?

1) That we would all discern the leading of the Holy Spirit. This is not just for the regular attenders, but anyone associated with Beaver Creek.

2) That we would be shielded from outside influences and those who want to disrupt or sway.

3) That we would have wisdom to decipher lies from truth.

4) That we would walk in unity, truly listening to the heart of each other.

5) That we would be obedient to God wherever He leads, and we would put our own preferences and desires aside to follow Him as a people of faith.

Again, as I have stated multiple times, my heart is for the welfare of the entire church. When one suffers, we all suffer. And if an action taken would cause people to sin, we need to follow the apostle Paul’s advice and put it aside.

Upcoming Service

This Sunday is Stewardship Sunday. Pastor Ryan will preach the sermon titled “Thank You, Lord,” based on Luke 17:11-19. Why is gratitude so important? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for November 16-22

November 16: Genesis 41:41-57 How was Joseph a faithful steward? How did it touch lives?

November 17: 1 Samuel 4:1-11 How did poor stewardship cost Israel?

November 18: Amos 2:6-16 How did Israel demonstrate poor stewardship?

November 19: Matthew 24:36-51 What is spiritual stewardship?

November 20: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 How do we show we are spiritual stewards?

November 21: Exodus 15:1-18 How did Moses express thanks to God?

November 22: Judges 5 How did Deborah express thanks to God?

This Week’s  Events:

Tuesday, November 16–Prayer @ 12 pm

Thursday, November 18–Prayer @ 6 pm

Thursday, November 18–Leadership Team @ 7 pm

Saturday, November 20–Q&A time and prayer @ 6 pm

Sunday, November 21–Stewardship Sunday

Sunday, November 21–Called Council Meeting @ 12 pm

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, November 28–Hanging of the Greens Celebration

Saturday, December 4–Women’s Fellowship Auction

Saturday, December 11–McAvoy/Over Wedding @ 4 pm

Announcements:

Hanging of the Greens

Hanging of the Greens will be on Sunday, November 28, starting during morning worship and concluding with a fellowship meal afterwards. Each family should bring: a carry-in dish to share; a Christmas ornament to be exchanged; a Christmas card for Beaver Creek Congregation; a donation for the amount you would normally spend on Christmas cards; children’s winter clothing items for the Mitten Tree; and food pantry items. You can bring a donation that Sunday, and also build a box of items as a reverse advent calendar this year!

Question & Answer Sessions

Thank you for all who attended the question and answer sessions. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Pastor Ryan. If you would like a visit to ask some questions as well, please reach out to the office so a visit can be scheduled.

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 & Discernment

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

In addition, if you have questions and would like answers for clarification, please reach out to the office, Ann Healy, or Pastor Ryan. The Leadership Team will inform the congregation of the entire process in this season of discernment despite the rumors spreading in the community. But if you do have a question, please reach out!

Book Study during Sunday School–all who do not have a class are welcome to attend!

The Fidelis Class has begun a new book study for Sunday School called Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel. If you are not actively involved in a Sunday School class, you are invited to participate in this book study!

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)

Norman Clark (COVID)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Janet Good (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Heath Kimmell (health)

Gene LaPrade (health)

Larry LaPrade (COVID)

Lent family (work)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Marty Moore (recovery)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Victor Samalot (health)

Chris Shirk (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Stan Suter (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB