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–April 13, 2021

RECAP–I KNOW HE WATCHES ME based on Matthew 6:25-34 and 10:29-31

#11 Hymn–HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW

Context for the Hymn (courtesy of umcdiscipleship.org)

Origin: Civilla Durfee Martin (1866-1948) was born in Nova Scotia and died in Atlanta, Ga. In “His eye is on the sparrow” (1905), she has provided one of the most influential and often-recorded gospel hymns of the 20th century.

Civilla Martin describes the context out of which the hymn was born: “Early in the spring of 1905, my husband and I were sojourning in Elmira, New York. We contracted a deep friendship for a couple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle—true saints of God. Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for nigh twenty years. Her husband was an incurable cripple who had to propel himself to and from his business in a wheelchair. Despite their afflictions, they lived happy Christian lives, bringing inspiration and comfort to all who knew them. One day while we were visiting with the Doolittles, my husband commented on their bright hopefulness and asked them for the secret of it. Mrs. Doolittle’s response was simple: ‘His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.’ The beauty of this simple expression of boundless faith gripped the hearts and fired the imagination of Dr. Martin and me. The hymn ‘His Eye Is on the Sparrow’ was the outcome of that experience.”

The next day she mailed the poem to Charles Gabriel, a famous composer of gospel songs, who wrote a tune for it.

SERMON RECAP

Hymns speak deeply to us. Music has the power to connect us to events in our lives, our memories. As soon as a hymn begins, we are transported to an earlier time when we heard or sang that hymn, a time that has deep meaning in our lives. Every time I hear the hymn, “Holy! Holy! Holy!”, I am transported back to the Brownsville Revival movement in Pensecola, Florida, worshipping alongside of nearly 1500 people, filled with the presence of God.

The hymn His Eye is on the Sparrow was birthed not only from Scripture, but also from lived experiences. The Doolittle family had every reason to be bitter; he was wheelchair-bound, and she was bedridden for over twenty years! They had every reason to believe God had given up on them; yet they clung to the hope that Jesus brought. For if His eye is on the sparrow, He certainly is watching over us! What truth did the Doolittles know from the Scriptures? And what can we cling to today?

1) God values you. A sparrow was considered of very low value. Most Jews were poor, and could not afford a regular diet of meat unless they traded with families around them. But you could always buy two sparrows for a penny (half-drachma coin) for your pie!  But as much as these birds are considered of no value, God loves them and cares for them!

We are valued in God’s eyes. When he created humanity, he called it “very good.” He values you so much, that he gave his very life so we can find forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation. No one else in this world will love us as much as God loves you!

2) God will take care of you.  These birds do not have the intelligence to get what they need to survive on their own, yet God takes care of them. Even more so, God takes care of us. He has us in his hand and will guide our path into a path of wholeness.

3) God knows what you need. He knows what we truly need. We think we know what we need, but God sees the bigger picture and knows what you truly need. And he will work out the details so we get what we need.

4) Our life is in God’s hands. No matter what adversity comes, or when our world is spinning out of control, God is there as our shelter, our peace, our comfort, and our strength. Whatever we might face is not greater than God!

So how should we respond and live, like the Doolittles did, in light of how God views us?

1) Stop worrying! Worry will only draw us deeper and deeper into despair. To worry is to think excessively or plan excessively to a point of anxiety to where we take matters into our own hands. But God is working on our behalf, for our best. Draw closer to him, and rest in his care.

2) Stop striving to fill our own needs our own way. The world tries to fill the need in its own way, and by every way without submitting to Christ. Don’t compromise trust in Jesus by turning to the world for answers! Instead, Jesus knows best; allow his solution to come in his time.

3) Seek first the kingdom. There is no greater aim than knowing Jesus; don’t sacrifice the eternal for the temporary!

4) Dispel fear. Fear will try to control you and rob peace. But with Jesus in our corner, we have nothing to fear, no matter how difficult the circumstance.

We might have difficulties and challenges. We do face illness, pain, and loss. But we are still in the loving arms and care of Jesus, who will not let us go. If his eye is on the sparrow, He is certainly watching over us. How will we respond?

Questions for reflection

1)What is a time in your life you have seen the loving care of Jesus?

2) What would you identify currently as your greatest need?

3) Why is it hard to hear we are valued by God?

4) What do we need to surrender into the hands of Jesus?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday Pastor Ryan continues the Favorite Hymn Series with our #10 hymn. The sermon will be titled, “Jesus Our Friend,” based on John 15:1-17. How does Jesus show he is our greatest friend? And what is our #10 hymn? Come or tune in Sunday to find out.

Daily Bible Readings for April 13 – 19

April 13: Exodus 1:15-21 How did God show he cared for the Hebrew midwives?

April 14: Exodus 3:1-10 How did God show he cared for Israel in captivity?

April 15: Judges 6:1-16 How did God show Israel he cared for them?

April 16: 1 Kings 17:7-24 How did God show he cared for a widow?

April 17: Isaiah 38 How did God show he cared for Hezekiah?

April 18: Genesis 18:16-33 How do we know God considered Abraham a friend?

April 19: Genesis 5:21-24 How do we know God considered Enoch a friend?

This Week’s Events:

Saturday, April 17–Funeral for Golden Brunk, 11 AM

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, April 24–Virtual Spring Festival for Brethren Woods

Saturday, May 1–SNL event @ Brethren Woods from 2 PM – 5 PM

Saturday, May 8–National Day of Prayer event @ 6:30 PM

Friday, May 21 & Saturday, May 22–Disaster Auction

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–National Day of Prayer Service

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

We will have a National Day of Prayer Service on Saturday, May 8 @ 6:30 pm. If you would like to assist by leading a station of prayer, please let Pastor Ryan know. We would love to have six volunteers willing to lead a prayer station.

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.

Outreach for the Remote Area Medical Clinic

Thank you to all who gave. I received an email from Pat Lawhorn, the area church representative for the RAM Clinic: Over the course of two days, they serviced 443 patients!

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 at the main entrance as you enter for church

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)

Brunk Family (passing of Golden)

Sam Carr (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

John Fix (hospitalized)

Janet Good (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Shannon Hollen (health)

Shirley Holland (health)

Heath Kimmell (health)

Larry LaPrade (COVID)

Lent family (work)

Ella Makely (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Diane Miller (health)

Mark Milstead (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (health)

Chris Shirk (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

Good News Brief–April 6, 2021

RECAP–BELIEVE! based on Luke 24:13-35 and FOLLOW ME! based on John 21:15-19

Cleopas and one other unnamed disciple really struggled on resurrection day. They heard the report of the women that Jesus has risen. Instead of taking comfort, they rejected the report in part because of the views of women in that day, but also because they were so consumed by their grief. Instead of following the lead of Peter and the Eleven, they went the opposite direction to Emmaus–7 miles away.

While on the journey, Jesus came and dialogued with them. They could not recognize him because of their grief. But by the end of the conversation, and the breaking of bread, they realized they had encountered the resurrected Lord. Their hearts began to burn within them and they believed the good news. That belief changed everything!

Do we believe the good news? Do we live as if we believe?

A few days later, Peter and his companions decided it was time to go fishing. Fishing represented Peter’s past, what he was most comfortable with. In many ways, he was trying to escape the reality of his failure. He had boasted he would never desert Jesus, but when the pressure was on, he denied him three times and wasn’t even present for the cross. Now he had twice seen the resurrected Lord, with each appearance serving as a reminder of his failure. Now he was fishing, and like in days of old, he caught nothing. It wasn’t until Jesus appeared, just like at the initial call, that the fish came again, and Peter was left to confront himself about what Jesus meant to him.

How do we live in light of the resurrection? How do we live a resurrection life, even when we fail?

1) Is our love for God greater than others? Three times Jesus asked, ‘Simon, son of John, do you truly love me?” The first time, Jesus compared it to Peter’s comforts–fishing, the boat, the lake, etc. But the core of the question Jesus asked Peter and asks us today is if we truly love. Is Jesus our greatest love? Or do we have other things we love more than God? When there is a competition of affections, we will always favor the one we love most.

2) Develop a deep relationship with God. Jesus knew the answer to Peter’s love, and Peter knew that Jesus knew. But the questions and the responses brought hurt and sorrow because it was a question of relationship. How deeply do we know Jesus? Is he something we just know because we have always known? Is he someone that has always been a part of our lives? Or do we truly know his heartbeat?

3) Put our faith into action. Three times Jesus also instructed Peter to take care of the sheep or lambs. Jesus is the good shepherd; the sheep are all the people of God, both those in the faith community and those who will someday hopefully become a part of the faith community. Peter’s task is the same for us today–we are to provide spiritual nourishment and bring others to the shepherd. We show how deep our relationship with God is and our love for him by sharing him with others, even if we are alone.

4) Be willing to sacrifice. Peter was then asked to sacrifice his very life for the love of Jesus. We will only sacrifice that which we are truly committed to. Jesus gave his all for us. Can we give our all for him?

What will we do with the resurrection? Will we believe the good news? Will we deepen our love for God, grow in our relationship with him, put our faith into action, and sacrifice for God? Or will it simply be another story we only tell once a year?

Questions for reflection

1) How much do you love God? Are there things in your life that compete for his affection?

2) Are you actively deepening your relationship with God?

3) Who do you know who could use the good news of Jesus?

4) What can you sacrifice for Jesus?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday Pastor Ryan begins the Favorite Hymn Series with our #11 choice, His Eye is On the Sparrow. The sermon will be titled, “I Know He Watches Me,” based on Matthew 6:25-34 and 10:28-32. How much does God love and care for us? Come or tune in Sunday to find out.

Daily Bible Readings for April 6 – 12

April 6: Romans 13:8-14 In what ways can we follow Jesus in our living?

April 7: Romans 14:1-18 In what ways can we follow Jesus in our living?

April 8: Romans 14:19-23 In what ways can we follow Jesus in our living?

April 9: Romans 15:1-13 In what ways can we follow Jesus in our living?

April 10: Ephesians 4:17-32 In what ways can we follow Jesus in our living?

April 11: Genesis 16:1-16 How did God show he cared for Hagar at her point of need?

April 12: Genesis 28:10-22 How did God show he cared for Jacob at his point of need?

This Week’s Events:

Tuesday, April 6–Women’s Fellowship @ 7:30 AM

Wednesday, April 7–Worship Team @ 7:30 PM

Thursday, April 8–Leadership Team @ 7 PM; Chair, Chair-Elect & Pastor Ryan meet @ 6 PM

Saturday, April 10 – Sunday, April 11–Remote Area Medical Clinic @ Fairgrounds

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, April 24–Virtual Spring Festival for Brethren Woods

Saturday, May 1–SNL event @ Brethren Woods from 2 PM – 5 PM; more information to come soon

Friday, May 21 & Saturday, May 22–Disaster Auction **UPDATE COMING SOON

Announcements:

OFFICE HOUR CHANGES THIS WEEK:

The church office will be open Wednesday instead of Thursday to allow for Pastor Ryan to have his second dose of the COVID vaccine.

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

Thank you to all who have submitted hymns. The top 11 (one bonus hymn!) have been set, and we will begin to reveal them one at a time starting with number 11 beginning on April 11, the week after Easter.

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.

Outreach for the Remote Area Medical Clinic

There will be at the Fairgrounds on April 10th and 11th a clinic offering both medical and dental services for those in our area without medical insurance or who cannot afford to pay for the services. It is a great way to bless our greater community. UPDATE: Thank you to all who have donated! I think we are still looking for donations of full-sized candy bars. If you have any, please contact the office no later than tomorrow (Wednesday). 

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 at the main entrance as you enter for church

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)

Brunk Family (passing of Golden)

Sam Carr (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

John Fix (hospitalized)

Janet Good (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Shannon Hollen (health)

Shirley Holland (health)

Heath Kimmell (health)

Garry Kline (COVID recovery)

Lent family (work)

Ella Makely (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Diane Miller (health)

Mark Milstead (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (health)

Chris Shirk (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

Instant Choir Easter hymn

Here is our Easter hymn, “Jesus Paid It All,” performed by the Beaver Creek Church Instant Choir*:

*For those unfamiliar with the concept: The Instant Choir an an everybody-welcome, no-audition singing group. It’s called “Instant” because rehearsals happen right after church for a maximum of ten minutes. The idea is just to get together people who love to sing. During the pandemic we have not been able to meet in person, but we have been inventive about distancing and then cutting together video: