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 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 10:30 a.m.*
Sunday School is at 9:15 a.m.*
Church location is 5651 Beaver Creek Road, Bridgewater, VA 22812. (See map): 540 828-2767.
*These are our summer hours. Beginning in September and running through May, our regular times will be 30 minutes later.

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

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Emergency relief giving (updated — two ways to give)


Two ways to give:
Brian and Becky Whitmore had a devastating house fire early on the morning of Dec. 26. Thankfully, Brian and Becky and the kids all escaped without injury, but the house is a total loss. People have already been asking how they can give to the church’s emergency relief effort so that these needs can be met. Here’s how:

1. To make a money contribution:

Go to our online giving platform (https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving) and choose “Whitmore Family.” You may give as a guest without creating an account or use an existing account if you have one. All donations marked in that way will go to the family.

 

2. To sign up to give items:

Most of the items needed have now been accounted for. There will be a need for further donations once they move out of the temporary residence back into their home. At that time, a new list will be created with the specific needs and will be accessed from this site.

For those of you who have pledged items, be on the lookout for a phone call in the next few days to acquire those items for the temporary residence. Thank you all for your generosity and willingness to help out!

Update from Pastor Ryan July 1: Thank you for all who have given so far. The next step in the process to help the family recover from their fire is to acquire the materials. for the rebuild of their home. They have a temporary place to live, but it truly is only temporary and eventually they will need to move into their rebuilt home. We have had conversations with several community partners, and hope to have a specific amount needed soon. What we do know is that we do not have enough as of yet. All gifts to the Whitmore family will go directly into the fund set aside for the rebuilding of the home.

Good News Brief–August 9, 2022

RECAP: UNDER FIRE based on Revelation 2:8-11

The second letter was written to the church at Smyrna. Smyrna, like Ephesus, is a church we know much about. Unlike Ephesus, the majority of what we know of Smyrna is through accounts of the early church fathers. Smyrna was one of twelve cities in the Roman Empire that actually had a temple built for and dedicated to Caesar, under the reign of Tiberius. In addition, because of its location on the East-West trade route, it was a very busy city with much wealth and influence that passed through its corridors. Therefore, when Domitian mandated imperial worship, Smyrna became front and center of the conflict. The church quickly became a church under fire in the following ways:

1) Affliction and poverty. In Smyrna, the requirement was to pay homage once a year in the temple of Caesar and declare Caesar as Lord, burning the incense and smearing the ashes on the statue of Caesar. Once this was completed, the resident received a certificate verifying the completion of the task. Since they were more affluent, they were able to keep on top of the records more. For those who did not comply, at first there was gentle pressure to quickly make it right. But over time, the pressure increased and consequences became more severe, including stiff financial penalties such as fines, increased taxes, or loss of job. For the Christian in Smyrna, taking a stand for Jesus might result in also the lack of ability to buy goods in the marketplace!

2) Slander from false Jews. The Jews were the only group that was exempt from the mandate, since the Jews were known for their lack of compliance, often by taking up arms. Even though Christianity started from Judaism, the Jews quickly tried to distance themselves from the Christian. After they had lost Jerusalem in 70 AD, the Diasposa Jews often came into deep conflict with Christians, for they believed it was all their fault that the temple was destroyed. So the Jews turned on the Christians, ratted them out to the government, and pointed out their treason.

3) Synagogue of Satan. Some believe it could refer to the temple of Caesar, but many believe this pointed to the mob of public opinion that rose up against the Christians. Once one was identified as a follower of Jesus, they were quickly turned over to the court of public opinion turned on them, refused goods, and believed that the Christians were the reason for all their problems. And so they became an adversary until the government had to act.

4) Imprisonment and persecution. Many Christians, because of their stand, faced prison. At least twelve leaders were executed publicly, including Polycarp, the 86-year-old bishop of Smyrna who was a disciple of John. Polycarp was one of the four church fathers of the second generation (Clement of Rome, Timothy of Ephesus, Ignatius of Antioch the others). Many more laid down their life for belief in Christ.

It would have been easy for this church to have given up, throw in the towel, for it was too hard. Yet, this church not only thrived but had success throughout the centuries in part because they took Jesus’ words to heart. How can we stand when we are under fire?

1) Develop a perspective of gratitude. Jesus encouraged the church to be thankful for what God has done in their lives and not forget it. Focus on the good that can never be taken away, for, despite their poverty, they were “rich” because they had Jesus!

2) Do not be afraid. Jesus encouraged them to flip the script on fear. The world is going to come against them, but they should not be afraid. For it is fear that the darkness uses to control humanity and keep us down. But if we are not afraid and take our place as more than conquerors, to keep on fighting to the end and be the champions we were created to be, all power was broken. The stand of the people of Smyrna encouraged more to believe and stand, for there was something worth dying for!

3) Unwavering Faithfulness. Jesus called the church to be faithful, no matter what they faced, and no matter what false accusation was leveled at them. Live with and practice integrity at all times, and see what God will do!

4) Focus on Eternity. Jesus reminded them that those who overcome will not face the second death. He encouraged the church to keep their eyes on heaven, for that is the ultimate reward. Then, everything on this earth is just extra!

The day may come when we are under fire. Will we stand like Smyrna?

Questions for Reflection

1) Have you ever faced a time you experienced hardship for your faith?

2) What is a time God has shown his faithfulness to you or your family in the midst of struggle?

3) For what can you be thankful today?

4) What are you most afraid of? Can you flip the script and rise above it?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will continue the series called “Faithful in Unfaithful Times” with the sermon titled, “Biblical Compromise,” based on Revelation 2:12-17. Of what did God warn the church at Pergamum? What can we learn from this church under pressure to compromise? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for August 9 – 15

August 9: Daniel 3:1-30 How did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego find themselves under fire? How did they remain faithful?

August 10: Daniel 5:1-30 How did Daniel find himself under fire? How did he remain faithful?

August 11: Daniel 6:1-28 How did Daniel find himself under fire? How did he remain faithful?

August 12: 2 Corinthians 11:1-15 How did Paul come under fire? What did he want the Corinthian church to understand?

August 13: 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 How did Paul come under fire? How did he remain faithful?

August 14: Psalm 19 How can one prevent biblical compromise?

August 15: Psalm 119:1-8 How can one prevent biblical compromise?

This Week’s  Events:

Sunday, August 14–Chasing the Lion Bible Study at Sunset Park @ 4 pm

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, August 18–Leadership Team Meeting–all budgets due!

Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21–Church Retreat @ Natural Chimneys

Sunday, August 28–Lenten Vespers

Sunday, September 4–return to normal hours!

Sunday, September 11–Instachoir practice begins

Sunday, September 11–Pastoral Epistles Bible Study Begins; more information to come next week

Sunday, date TBD (October)–Love Feast

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek,  please call the office or leave in the offering plate your birth date so we do not miss anyone!

Bible Study Opportunity!

It is not too late to start the study! You can read the information below. This week will meet at Sunset Park in Dayton.

Six Weeks of Lion Chasing: A Study Series

Do you feel called to step out and do something great in your life? Or are you looking for what to do next? Then this six-week series may be for you! Based on the best-selling Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson, this series has as its theme: If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s too small

This small-group series has been meeting at 4 p.m. for six consecutive Sundays starting July 17. It will be led by a team of two educators, Lynne Miller Lent and Bill Wood.

Child care will be provided. There will be lemonade and ice water and cookies for the kids — and participants. Each session is designed to go for one hour. We will be covering the first six chapters in Chase the Lion and then gauging the interest in follow-up sessions for fall.

Adult participants of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Child care will be for those age 2 and up.

To register, fill in the form at williamcwood.com/lion.

About Chase the Lion (from publisher’s description):

Based upon 2 Samuel 23, Chase the Lion tells the true story of an ancient warrior named Benaiah who chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day—and then killed it. For most people, that situation wouldn’t just be a problem…it would be the last problem they ever faced. For Benaiah, it was an opportunity to step into his destiny. After defeating the lion, he landed his dream job as King David’s bodyguard and eventually became commander-in-chief of Israel’s army under King Solomon.

Written in a way that both challenges and encourages, this revolutionary book will help unleash the faith and courage you need to identify, chase, and catch the five-hundred-pound dreams in your life.

Summer Vespers

We will have our final summer vespers on the final Sunday of August. We will gather for a meal over the fire, sing some hymns and camp song favorites, play a camp-style game or two, and conclude with a vespers devotional. Come out and enjoy!

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are still in need of both worship leaders and children’s stories. 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) Revival

7) Guidance for our congregation in the days ahead

Church Retreat

We will have our first Church Retreat post-COVID at Natural Chimneys from Friday, August 19 through Saturday, August 21. Come rent a lot, pitch a tent or park a camper, and spend the whole weekend, or come and go as you please. It will be a great time to get away and simply enjoy each other at Beaver Creek!

Friday dinner will be a meal of hot dogs and the fixings in shelter #3 (closest to the chimneys).

Saturday dinner will be a catered meal, and a time of vespers to follow.

If you have any questions as far as where to set up camp, please connect with the fellowship team!

Idea Box!

What do you want to see at Beaver Creek? What are some ideas you have for the long-term growth of our congregation? Any outrageous outreach ideas? Please either email Pastor Ryan or write them down and place them in the brown suggestion box in the narthex. Dream big!

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School hour. If you are willing to help, even if it is just for a Sunday, please reach out to the Christian Education Team and let them 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)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Donnie Cornwell Sr (health)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tori Jackson (peace)

Darlene LaPrade (health)

Leroy Makely (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Torrey Meyer (well-being)

Meda McNett (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Marty Moore (recovery)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (various)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Winnie Wilfong (knee & health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–August 2, 2022

RECAP: FIRST LOVE based on Revelation 2:1-7

Revelation was written toward the end of the first century, during the reign of Domitian, one of the most ruthless of all the Caesars. Under his reign, all who dwelled in the Empire must proclaim Caesar as lord, and those who chose not to do so would face prison, public humiliation, and even death. Of course, many of the early churches refused, and the persecution soon followed. At the writing of this book, the intensity of the persecution separated the true followers of Jesus from those who were afraid to continue to follow under the pressure. So Revelation was Jesus’ final words to the church under fire to encourage them to remain faithful, for, in the end, evil will not endure, for Jesus will return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

The encouragement to remain faithful came along with words of correction. Seven churches received a letter (Revelation 2 – 3). In each letter was an encouragement for what the church was doing well, as well as some guidance to fix something that was robbing the church of being vibrant and strong in the face of such persecution. And these letters can also help us learn how we can be spiritually healthy and strong, no matter what pressure we face!

The first letter was to the church in Ephesus, who had forsaken their first love. Ephesus is the church we know the most about; two chapters in Acts are devoted to Paul’s ministry there. We also have an epistle of Paul and, in addition, the two letters to Timothy who became the leader there. This was a church that started big, from the baptism of the Holy Spirit to miracles of healing to divine deliverance to a mass riot. This was also a church that was vital in gathering funds for the collection in Jerusalem and accompanied and prayed over Paul right as he traveled back to Jerusalem before being arrested. This was a church that was happening! But over fifty years they lost their first love. Over time, their zeal for following God waned, and those “glory days” had gone. Sometimes that also happens with us: over time our desire for God might fade, and what once was is no longer the case.

How can one recover their first love? What was the Ephesian church encouraged to do? And how can we today see that passion renewed?

1) Remember. Jesus told the church to remember the height from which it had fallen. This was not a statement of shame, but an encouragement to remember, to literally recall and place on the forefront of our minds. 49 times the scriptures encourage us to not forget, and many more call the believer to remember. For when we remember where we came from, it gives us the strength to continue to be faithful, no matter how strong the pressure! When the church started, seven sons of Sceva wanted to imitate Paul’s deliverance ministry. When they confronted an individual with a demon (Acts 19), the individual professed knowledge of Christ and recognition of Paul’s authority but had no knowledge of these seven. He then proceeded to badly beat all of them. The event showed the depth of the spiritual battle, leading to a deep commitment of the church. They gathered all of their sorcery scrolls (valued at over 50 thousand days’ wages!), burned them, and corporately confessed their sins to each other. It was a high watershed moment, a time when they first really committed to following Jesus.

Do we remember those watershed moments in our lives, when Jesus really came through or we know we met with him? Do we remember the day of our salvation, the depths from which we were delivered? Paul constantly referred to his past as motivation to draw even closer to Jesus. To recover our first love, we need to remember those times. As we cling to those moments, we find the strength to draw closer to God and stand, even under immense pressure!

2) Repent. Jesus asked the church to repent and return to what they did at first. Repentance is not saying “I’m sorry” and going back to do the same thing; repentance is a change of orientation and direction. Of what did the Ephesians need to repent? The epistle points to a few things that crept into the life of the church: apathy, compromise, disunity, loss of the Spirit, and syncretism (blending Christianity with other faith traditions). The church stopped doing what made it successful and had gone a different direction. To find vibrancy again, they needed to correct their course and get back on the path. The same is true with us; to recover our first love, we have to go back to what we were doing when we were thriving the most, confess those things that have led us astray, and remove them.

3) Listen. Jesus encouraged those who had an ear to hear. In other words, he wanted to church to pay attention and listen. Listening starts with hearing the Word, then processing it, and finally acting on it. The church needed to take Jesus’ word seriously and dive into its correction and counsel. Then the church needed to see what changes needed to be made, and then act upon it. Unless action is taken, then the word is ignored and no listening has taken place. Too often we hear what God says or read about it in the Word, but do not like it, change it, ignore it, or even rewrite it. But to recapture our first love, we need to listen to God’s Word, apply it, and then act on it.

Jesus gave Ephesus everything they needed to restore their first love. Remember. Repent. Listen. We can see our love for God grow exponentially the more we do the same.

Questions for Reflection

1) What is the most impactful memory you have in your faith walk with Jesus? How did that moment shape your life?

2) What things do you struggle with that have thrown your faithful walk off track? Can it be released to God?

3) What steps can you take this week to reorient yourself to follow God more?

4) In what way this week can you act upon this message?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will continue the series called “Faithful in Unfaithful Times” with the sermon titled, “Under Fire,” based on Revelation 2:8-11. Of what did God warn the church at Smyrna? What can we learn from this church under fire? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for August 2 – 8

August 2:  Judges 16:1-20 How did Samson not even recognize he had lost his connection to God?

August 3: 2 Samuel 11:1-27 What can happen to a person of faith if they forget to take care of their first love for God?

August 4: 2 Kings 23:1-27 How did Josiah try to restore Israel’s first love?

August 5: Ezekiel 23:1-49 To what did God compare Israel’s unfaithfulness and abandonment?

August 6: Hosea 2:1-23 How did God try to restore Israel’s faithfulness?

August 7: Daniel 1:6-20 How did Daniel and his friends find themselves under fire? How did they remain faithful?

August 8: Daniel 2:10-49 How did Daniel and his friends find themselves under fire? How did they remain faithful?

This Week’s  Events:

Sunday, August 7–First Sunday Breakfast

Sunday, August 7–Chasing the Lion Bible Study at McAvoys (5509 Sagefield Dr) @ 4 pm

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, August 18–Leadership Team Meeting–all budgets due!

Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21–Church Retreat @ Natural Chimneys

Sunday, August 28–Lenten Vespers

Sunday, September 11–Instachoir practice begins

Sunday, September 11–Pastoral Epistles Bible Study Begins

Sunday, date TBD (October)–Love Feast

Announcements:

First Sunday Breakfast and Offering

We are at the first Sunday of August, so once again it is time for First Sunday Breakfast and offering. This month the offering is to support the local chapter of Gideons International. If you would like to learn more about the Gideons, you can reach out to Alda Miller, John Jordan, Joe LaPrade, among others in the church.

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek,  please call the office or leave in the offering plate your birth date. We want to make sure that no one’s birthday is missed.

Bible Study Opportunity!

It is not too late to start the study! You can read the information below. This week will meet at the McAvoys (5509 Sagefield Dr).

Six Weeks of Lion Chasing: A Study Series

Do you feel called to step out and do something great in your life? Or are you looking for what to do next? Then this six-week series may be for you! Based on the best-selling Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson, this series has as its theme: If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s too small

This small-group series will meet at 4 p.m. on six consecutive Sundays starting July 17. It will be led by a team of two educators, Lynne Miller Lent and Bill Wood.

Child care will be provided through a close-by kid zone. There will be lemonade and ice water and cookies for the kids — and participants. Each session is designed to go for one hour. We will be covering the first six chapters in Chase the Lion and then gauging the interest in follow-up sessions for fall.

Adult participants of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Child care will be for those age 2 and up.

To register, fill in the form at williamcwood.com/lion.

About Chase the Lion (from publisher’s description):

Based upon 2 Samuel 23, Chase the Lion tells the true story of an ancient warrior named Benaiah who chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day—and then killed it. For most people, that situation wouldn’t just be a problem…it would be the last problem they ever faced. For Benaiah, it was an opportunity to step into his destiny. After defeating the lion, he landed his dream job as King David’s bodyguard and eventually became commander-in-chief of Israel’s army under King Solomon.

Written in a way that both challenges and encourages, this revolutionary book will help unleash the faith and courage you need to identify, chase, and catch the five-hundred-pound dreams in your life.

Summer Vespers

We will have our final summer vespers on the final Sunday of August. We will gather for a meal over the fire, sing some hymns and camp song favorites, play a camp-style game or two, and conclude with a vespers devotional. Come out and enjoy!

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are still in need of both worship leaders and children’s stories. 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) Revival

7) Guidance for our congregation in the days ahead

Church Retreat

We will have our first Church Retreat post-COVID at Natural Chimneys from Friday, August 19 through Saturday, August 21. Come rent a lot, pitch a tent or park a camper, and spend the whole weekend, or come and go as you please. It will be a great time to get away and simply enjoy each other at Beaver Creek!

Idea Box!

What do you want to see at Beaver Creek? What are some ideas you have for the long-term growth of our congregation? Any outrageous outreach ideas? Please either email Pastor Ryan or write them down and place them in the brown suggestion box in the narthex. Dream big!

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School hour. If you are willing to help, even if it is just for a Sunday, please reach out to the Christian Education Team and let them 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)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Donnie Cornwell Sr (health)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tori Jackson (peace)

Darlene LaPrade (health)

Leroy Makely (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Torrey Meyer (well-being)

Meda McNett (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Marty Moore (recovery)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (various)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Winnie Wilfong (knee & health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–July 26, 2022

RECAP: KEEP WATCH based on Matthew 24:36-51

We sometimes like surprises, when they are pleasant and fun (like a gift or trip). Most of the time, however, we are not fans of surprises. Life happens and hits us with something unexpected. Jesus has told us that he will return, so really there should be no surprise. But Jesus also said that the day and hour are unknown, and therefore a surprise! The question is: will we be ready when he returns?

Jesus again was speaking to his disciples, so the message is for his faithful followers. Yet, despite those who followed, Jesus warned that on the day of his return one will be taken while the other left. How do we know we are truly ready for his return? How do we know we are keeping watch?

1) Be alert. The day and hour are unknown. We need to be in a state where we are constantly paying attention, ready for Jesus to arrive at any moment. That means we are ready to go. When the hour comes, there will not be a time to repent and put our lives in order. We have to live in that way now, which means being alert! For many years people have heard the Lord will return, and as recent survey data reveals, most no longer believe that Jesus will return in their lifetime (if at all). So we have lost all sense of being alert and ready in the moment. If we are alert, ready for his arrival, and living in a way that we are prepared for his return, then we will not be taken off guard.

2) Be righteous. Jesus further illustrated the truth with the example of Noah. The people in Noah’s day knew the truth, yet they chose to not listen to God and Noah’s warnings but embraced the evil existing in their day. They were so evil that the Scriptures record that “their thoughts were evil all the time.”

Noah, however, did not experience the flood waters. Rather, he and his family were rescued through their obedience to God and entrance into the ark. Noah was called a righteous man–he strove to live for God and in accordance with God’s ways. He was never called a perfect man; he had his shortcomings and even fell into sin after the flood. But he strove, desired, hungered to follow God’s way and not the way of the deceiver and the world; for that, he was declared righteous.

If we want to be ready for God’s return, we need to be righteous. We need to strive to be in right-standing with God and follow his ways. The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God (see 1 Cor 6:9-10). When the flood waters came, by then it was too late; the unrighteous perished, while those who were righteous were in the ark. The same will be in Jesus’ return–if we are not living righteously, then it will be too late.

3) Be vigilant. Jesus compared his return with a thief in the night. If we know when the thief is coming, we can channel our inner Kevin Mcallister and defend our spiritual house from the thieves. We do what it takes to reinforce our spiritual house so we are strong and prepared, no matter what comes. This means taking time to strengthen our relationship with God, grow in the Word, stretch ourselves in prayer, and so forth. If we are preparing our house, we will be ready for the real thief of our souls, the devil. And if we can stand against him, we will be more than ready for Jesus when he returns!

4) Be faithful. Jesus compared his followers to a servant. The faithful servant is the one who will be rewarded; he is the one following the instructions up until the master returns. But the unfaithful one, the one who will find himself out, is the one who was not being faithful to his charge but took advantage of his charge. The specific example Jesus used was an abuse of fellow servants, but it can be extended to any form of unfaithfulness. We know what God expects of us; it is not for us to abuse and squander! But if we are doing what Jesus asked, even though we do not know when he will return, we have nothing to fear, for we are being faithful.

5) Be genuine. Jesus warned his disciples of becoming like the hypocrites, those who put on a false face, who are duplistic, being one person around the people of God but presenting another face with a different group of people. If we are trying to live a double life, there is no way we will truly be prepared! Those who try to satisfy everyone at the end of the day will satisfy no one, and they will lose themselves! God rather wants us to be genuine, to be who we are, to be true to who he has called us to be.

If we are alert, righteous, vigilant, faithful, and genuine, we will be ready when the Lord returns. Are we ready now? Jesus can return at any moment. Will he find us faithful? The choice is ours.

Questions for Reflection

1) Are you ready for the Lord’s return?

2) What areas in your life do you need to surrender to God?

3) Are you striving to live in right standing with God?

4) Which of the five areas could you most work on to improve readiness for the Lord’s return?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will continue the series called “Faithful in Unfaithful Times” with the sermon titled, “First Love,” based on Revelation 2:1-7. Jesus warned the church in Ephesus they had lost their first love. How can it be restored? What steps can we take to care for our first love? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for July 26 – August 1

July 26: Luke 12:35-48 How can we show as believers we are keeping watch?

July 27: Luke 13:22-30 How can we show as believers we are keeping watch?

July 28: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-16 How can we prepare to endure the end?

July 29: 2 Peter 3:1-18 How can we prepare to endure to the end?

July 30: Revelation 13:1-18 What should we be on guard against?

July 31: Exodus 32:1-35 How did Israel abandon their first love for God?

August 1: Deuteronomy 6:1-25 How do we keep our first love in God?

This Week’s  Events:

Saturday, July 30–Men’s Fellowship Breakfast @ Thomas House, 7:15 am

Sunday, July 31–Chasing the Lion Bible Study at church @ 4 pm

Sunday, July 31–Vespers @ 6 pm

Monday, August 1–Outreach Team Mtg @ Mary Miller’s house, 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, August 7–First Sunday Breakfast

Thursday, August 18–Leadership Team Meeting–all budgets due!

Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21–Church Retreat @ Natural Chimneys

Sunday, August 28–Lenten Vespers

Sunday, September 11–Pauline Epistles Bible Study Begins

Sunday, September 25–Love Feast

Announcements:

Bible Study Opportunity!

It is not too late to start the study! You can read the information below. This week will meet at the church.

Six Weeks of Lion Chasing: A Study Series

Do you feel called to step out and do something great in your life? Or are you looking for what to do next? Then this six-week series may be for you! Based on the best-selling Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson, this series has as its theme: If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s too small

This small-group series will meet at 4 p.m. on six consecutive Sundays starting July 17. It will be led by a team of two educators, Lynne Miller Lent and Bill Wood.

Child care will be provided through a close-by kid zone in the park. There will be lemonade and ice water and cookies for the kids — and participants. Each session is designed to go for one hour. We will be covering the first six chapters in Chase the Lion and then gauging the interest in follow-up sessions for fall.

Adult participants of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Child care will be for those age 2 and up.

To register, fill in the form at williamcwood.com/lion.

About Chase the Lion (from publisher’s description):

Based upon 2 Samuel 23, Chase the Lion tells the true story of an ancient warrior named Benaiah who chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day—and then killed it. For most people, that situation wouldn’t just be a problem…it would be the last problem they ever faced. For Benaiah, it was an opportunity to step into his destiny. After defeating the lion, he landed his dream job as King David’s bodyguard and eventually became commander-in-chief of Israel’s army under King Solomon.

Written in a way that both challenges and encourages, this revolutionary book will help unleash the faith and courage you need to identify, chase, and catch the five-hundred-pound dreams in your life.

Summer Vespers

We will have summer vespers on the final Sunday of each month for July and August. We will gather for a meal over the fire, sing some hymns and camp song favorites, play a camp-style game or two, and conclude with a vespers devotional. Come out and enjoy!

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are still in need of both worship leaders and children’s stories. 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) Revival

7) Guidance for our congregation in the days ahead

Church Retreat

We will have our first Church Retreat post-COVID at Natural Chimneys from Friday, August 19 through Saturday, August 21. Come rent a lot, pitch a tent or park a camper, and spend the whole weekend, or come and go as you please. It will be a great time to get away and simply enjoy each other at Beaver Creek!

Idea Box!

What do you want to see at Beaver Creek? What are some ideas you have for the long-term growth of our congregation? Any outrageous outreach ideas? Please either email Pastor Ryan or write them down and place them in the brown suggestion box in the narthex. Dream big!

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School hour. If you are willing to help, even if it is just for a Sunday, please reach out to the Christian Education Team and let them 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)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Donnie Cornwell Sr (health)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tori Jackson (peace)

Darlene LaPrade (health)

Leroy Makely (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Torrey Meyer (well-being)

Meda McNett (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Marty Moore (recovery)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (various)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Winnie Wilfong (knee & health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church