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–November 17, 2020

RECAP: 

A special thank you to the Worship Committee for leadership this Sunday, including leading the dedication for the shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Also a special thank you to the Program and Arrangements Committee for our district in putting together the worship service video for today, with our District Executive John Jantzi bringing forth the Word.

Questions for reflection

1) What new things do we see God doing in our midst?

2) What do you dream of for Beaver Creek?

Next Sunday

Pastor Ryan will continue the series Faithfulness Under Fire, with the sermon titled, “Spiritual Stewardship,” based upon 1 Peter 4:1-11. What does it mean to be a steward? And how can we demonstrate we are a steward not just of our finances, but our spirit? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for November 17 – 23

November 17: Daniel 1 How did Daniel show faithfulness to God?

November 18: Hosea 3:1-5 How did Hosea show faithfulness to God?

November 19: Amos 7:10-17 How did Amos show faithfulness to God?

November 20: Matthew 3:1-12 How did John show faithfulness to God?

November 21: Hebrews 11 How did all of the heroes of faith show they were faithful?

November 22: Genesis 1:28-31 What was the initial charge of stewardship?

November 23: Genesis 41:41-57 How did stewardship save the world?

This Week’s Events:

Thursday, November 19–Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Sunday, November 22–Stewardship Sunday

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, November 29–Advent Begins & Church Decorating

Saturday, December 5–Christmas Auction

Thursday, December 10–Leadership Team Reorganization

Thursday, December 24–Christmas Eve service

Saturday, January 9–SNL Youth Ice Skating

Announcements:

We are still in need of a volunteer to serve for the Worship Team beginning in 2021. If you are willing to serve, please call the office and let us know!

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

Christmas Auction

Due to COVID, the Christmas Auction will look different this year. It will be a silent auction from 3 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, December 5. We are still looking for donated items; however, try to limit it to two of a like item because of space (two plates of fudge instead of five). There will be space to hold refrigerated items.

Christmas Eve

This year, we will have two services for Christmas Eve due to  COVID–a 7 pm service and the traditional 11 pm service. We are asking that you call the church office and declare which service you plan to attend in order to make sure we can accommodate everyone.

Church Decoration/Ornament Exchange

Right after church on Sunday, November 29th, we will decorate the church for the season. We will also have a modified ornament exchange on that day, again, right after church. Continue to pick up or make your ornament! Details will come forth next week in the email update.

Directory

There is a draft of the 2021 directory in the narthex of church. Please check it and update any information that needs to be corrected.

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.

Stewardship Sunday

You should have received in the mail by now communication from our Finance Team concerning the 2021 budget. On Sunday, November 22, we will dedicate our commitment cards for the 2021 calendar year. You can either place your card in the offering plate or, if you are continuing to worship from home at this time, you can mail it to the church office. See the letter for more details.

YOUTH

Please fill out those interest surveys and mail them back to the church office as soon as you are able. We want to target ministries for the youth in the months to come!

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

1) Direct Deposit–form available on the website**NOTE** This avenue of giving will phase out on December 31. If you are currently using this format, the Finance Team encourages you to use the online giving tool.

2) Mail your tithe into the church office

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

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

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

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer: 

Mary Batterman (health)

Sam Carr (health)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Eli Harlow (recovery)

Cindy Heatwole (health, along with daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter)

Heath Kimmell (health)

LaDawn Knicely (recovery)

Alda Miller (health)

Shirley Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (health)

Pam Shaffer (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Carolyn Wine (health)

Tom Wilfong (recovery)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health–Charles Wright’s brother)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

 

Good News Brief–November 9, 2020

RECAP: STANDING OUR GROUND–based on 1 Peter 3:8-18a

In 1989, most of us watched with amazement as a young Chinese man decided to walk, with grocery bags in hand, and place himself immediately in the path of a group of tanks heading to Tiananmen Square. Just the night before many students lost their lives as the military opened fire on this group protesting, asking for democracy. This young man found the courage to stand up to the tanks. When they moved, he moved. When they shouted at him to leave, he would not depart. He stood his ground.

Likewise, Peter and John stood their ground. When pressed by the Sanhedrin in Acts 4, they had the courage to stand up to the religious establishment and said, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right to obey you rather than God” (Acts 4:19). What gave them the courage to stand? And how can we as the people of God stand–especially in such a polarizing time as it is right now? We have a clue in what Peter wrote to the early church who needed to stand their ground in the face of Nero. What give us the strength to stand?

  1. Learn to live in harmony with one another. Harmony does not mean we all hold hands, singing kumbayah, nor does it mean that we all have to agree. Rather, it is the different streams of belief and thought choosing to work together. Beautiful harmony in music is when you have the four parts, soprano, alto, tenor, and bass, all with their separate tones, coming together and working together. The parts that bounce off each other are in harmony. But to truly achieve this harmony, there has to be a central starting point–the key! If the alto were to sing with flats, while the tenor sang with sharps, it would be a hot mess! Likewise, we too as believers can live in harmony, with Jesus as our key. We rally around Jesus as our solid ground, choosing to make him known. How do we achieve this harmony, especially in a time of polarization?
  1. Be sympathetic. Literally, the word means to “feel together.” In order to truly sympathize, as Peter suggested we do, we need to understand the why. What makes the heart beat? Why does someone feel the way they do? What was the antecedent for this position? What environmental factors contributed to the belief? Upbringing? Community shaping events? When you understand the why, the person no longer becomes the villain; rather, they have a different perspective based upon different life experiences.
  1. Love as brothers. Everyone should be treated as family. What would we do for our siblings? That is what we should do for all! Jesus died so everyone would have an opportunity of repentance. Let us show the same love, the same willingness to forgive, the same spirit of long-suffering we would show our siblings!
  1. Be compassionate and humble. The Greek image is a spilling out of the insides. When we see the lost condition of our world, the division that exists in our country, the wandering and straying away from seeking after God, it should break us to the point that we can feel our stomach wanting to jump out from our chest. Jesus had compassion because “they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” We too should show the same compassion, for without God, we would not be where we are.
  1. Turn the other cheek. Peter said, “Do not repay evil for evil, or insult with insult, but with blessing.” The natural tendency of our world is to punish the other side–especially when they wrong us. But when we are pressed, we need to turn the other cheek, to speak words of life and blessing to the very one who is against us. Instead of seeing them as an enemy, envision them as one who can use that same passion to share the good news of Jesus once Christ has grabbed hold of their heart. And when we do this, we are able to stand our ground all the more, because we do not see people as the enemy; rather, we become angry at how Satan in robbing their life and fighting on their behalf!
  1. Focus on what is right. Too often, in times like now, we can get caught up focused on what is wrong, or a “sky is falling” mentality. But we are encouraged to seek peace and pursue it, to do what is good and right. We are assured that God’s ear is tuned in and will answer our prayers. As we seek and pursue the good and focus on what is right, we begin to see everything as an opportunity to spread the gospel message. Today is another opportunity for God to revive our land. Today is the day of salvation! This is another opportunity for healing and restoration to take place. And when we focus on what God can do, it is easier to stand our ground, for we recall what he has done before. God is still on the throne!
  1. Share Jesus! How has Jesus touched your life? Share it! The more you share the good news and your story, the stronger you become. And the more you share and see it change the lives of those around you, the more you want to share. We have hope. “Always be prepared to give an answer for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience.” Especially as we draw near to Advent, let us remember this world needs hope and the light of Christ. Share the hope within.

How do we stand our ground? Be like Jesus! The more we are like him, the more we want to stand!

Questions for reflection

1) What is the hardest part about living in harmony? Why?

2) What is so difficult about turning the other cheek?

3) Do you tend to focus on what is right or what is going wrong?

4) When was the last time you shared with another what God has done for you?

Next Sunday

Pastor Ryan will be out of town. However, the Worship Team will guide the service, which is actually provided by our District Program & Arrangements Team. This would have been the District Conference worship service, if we had met in person.

Daily Bible Readings for November 9 – 16

November 9: Judges 11:29-40 How did Jephthah show his faithfulness to God?

November 10: 1 Samuel 20:18-42 How did Jonathan show his faithfulness to God?

November 11: 1 Samuel 24 How did David show his faithfulness to God?

November 12: 2 Kings 12:4-16 How did Joash show faithfulness to God?

November 13: 2 Kings 23:1-27 How did Josiah show faithfulness to God?

November 14: Job 1 How did Job show faithfulness to God?

November 15: Jeremiah 32:6-16 How did Jeremiah show faithfulness to God?

November 16: Ezekiel 4 How did Ezekiel show faithfulness to God?

This Week’s Events:

Wednesday, November 10 – Sunday, November 15–Pastor Ryan out of office

Sunday, November 15–District Conference Worship service & OCC shoebox dedication

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, November 19–Leadership Team Meeting

Sunday, November 22–Stewardship Sunday

Sunday, November 29–Advent Begins & Church Decorating

Saturday, December 5–Christmas Auction

Thursday, December 24–Christmas Eve service

Announcements:

We are still in need of a volunteer to serve for the Worship Team beginning in 2021. If you are willing to serve, please call the office and let us know!

Beaver Creek Cares

Thank you to all who participated in Beaver Creek Cares weekend! Next week, we will have a prayer of dedication for the shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

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

Christmas Auction

Due to COVID, the Christmas Auction will look different this year. It will be a silent auction from 3 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, December 5. We are still looking for donated items; however, try to limit it to two of a like item because of space (two plates of fudge instead of five). There will be space to hold refrigerated items.

Christmas Eve

This year, we will have two services for Christmas Eve due to  COVID–a 7 pm service and the traditional 11 pm service. We are asking that you call the church office and declare which service you plan to attend in order to make sure we can accommodate everyone.

Church Decoration/Ornament Exchange

Right after church on Sunday, November 29th, we will decorate the church for the season. We will also have a modified ornament exchange on that day, again, right after church. Continue to pick up or make your ornament! Details will come forth next week in the email update.

Directory

There is a draft of the 2021 directory in the narthex of church. Please check it and update any information that needs to be corrected.

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.

Stewardship Sunday

You should have received in the mail by now communication from our Finance Team concerning the 2021 budget. On Sunday, November 22, we will dedicate our commitment cards for the 2021 calendar year. You can either place your card in the offering plate or, if you are continuing to worship from home at this time, you can mail it to the church office. See the letter for more details.

YOUTH

Please fill out those interest surveys and mail them back to the church office as soon as you are able. We want to target ministries for the youth in the months to come!

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

1) Direct Deposit–form available on the website**NOTE** This avenue of giving will phase out on December 31. If you are currently using this format, the Finance Team encourages you to use the online giving tool.

2) Mail your tithe into the church office

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

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

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

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer: 

Mary Batterman (health)

Sam Carr (health, Chris Dastoli’s uncle)

Patsy Dastoli (health, Chris Dastoli’s mother)

Eli Harlow (recovery)

Cindy Heatwole (health, along with daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter)

Heath Kimmell (health, Reba and Garry’s son-in-law)

LaDawn Knicely (recovery)

Alda Miller (health)

Shirley Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (health)

Pam Shaffer (Mary Batterman’s daughter–health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Carolyn Wine (health)

Tom Wilfong (recovery)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health–Charles Wright’s brother)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

Good News Brief–November 2, 2020

RECAP: A KINGDOM PEOPLE–based on 1 Peter 2:13-25

We are children of God, and when Jesus is our Lord, he is the one we follow first and foremost. But how do we live for God when that allegiance comes into direct contrast with the world and our human government? And this year, on the eve of the election, this struggle is even more real. No matter who wins and who loses, we live in an environment where allegiance to government is sometimes at odds with our faith. How should we live as kingdom people?

Remember, the early church in Peter’s time experienced deep oppression and persecution. We might not like our leaders or the results of an election, but in four years, we can make a new choice. For the early church, they were stuck with brutal emperor Nero! The guidance Peter gives is very difficult for us to accept because it is extremely difficult to do. But with Jesus as our model, this is the way of the kingdom of God. Jesus committed no sin. No deceit was found in his mouth. He did not retaliate or argue. Rather, he lived in such a way that it was abundantly clear he was the Son of God.

  1. Submit. Submission does not mean slavery, or becoming a doormat, or declaring yourself inferior. Rather, to submit is to order yourself under, to be willing to abide within the framework of governance that has been established. Again, Nero was the emperor! Yet Peter declared it to be God’s will that we would silence the foolish talk of the ignorant by our behavior. Just because the emperor was an enemy did not mean that gave the church permission to take up arms against the system; rather, they were to follow Christ and respectfully follow the law. In those areas where the law came into direct conflict with faith, the people should follow their faith and accept the consequence of breaking the law of man. Follow God, and if it comes into conflict with the king, do not fight the king, but accept the consequences.
  2. Use your freedom to serve. Freedom does not mean doing whatever we want, or living as one with no law. Nor does freedom mean that we force others to bend to our will. Rather, we are to use our freedom to serve God. And how do we serve God? We serve God by serving others. Don’t fall into the trap of power and authority. When you have been given a place of power or authority, use it not to dictate, but to serve.
  3. Show respect. Peter encouraged the church to show proper respect, to each other, to the king, but also to God. Respect for each other is caring for the needs of each other (love your neighbor). Respect for the king involves praying for the ruler, no matter who they are or if we agree with them or what political party they espouse. But we also need to show respect for God in not taking the job description of God! He is the judge and avenger!
  4. Demonstrate integrity. Be consistent. Be the same person in the light and the dark. The same person who worships God on Sunday should be the one who goes to work on Monday. There is nothing that destroys a faith witness for Christ than a lack of integrity.
  5. Strive for righteousness. Strive to do the right thing, even if there is a personal cost. The right teaching and right practice with the wrong disposition is still wrong! But as we strive to do what is right, and to maintain a right spirit in doing so, we can change things.

All of these are difficult. But imagine if we can embody them, especially under fire. That is why the church continued to grow even under enormous opposition. And that is how our nation will change–when people of faith stand for God and put these into practice. No human will change the course of our nation–but the people of God as one can!

Questions for reflection

1) Why is submission so difficult?

2) What is our natural response to injustice? Why?

3) What are some ways you can show respect even to those with whom you disagree?

4) How can you strive for righteousness?

Next Sunday

Pastor Ryan will continue the series, Faithfulness Under Fire, with the sermon titled, “Stand Your Ground,” based upon 1 Peter 3:8-18. How do we stand our ground under fire? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for November 2 – 9

November 2: Ezekiel 47:1-12 How can the presence of God change things?

November 3: Micah 4:6-8 Who will be included in the kingdom of God?

November 4: Zephaniah 3:9-20 How will God lay out his kingdom of restoration?

November 5: Matthew 11:1-5 What examples does Jesus cite as evidence that the kingdom has come?

November 6: Luke 15:1-7 What is God’s attitude about salvation?

November 7: Ephesians 5:1-21 How can we imitate God and the ways of the kingdom?

November 8: Genesis 22:1-19 How did Abraham show his faithfulness?

November 9: Judges 11:29-40 How did Jephthah show his faithfulness to God?

This Week’s Events:

Wednesday, November 4–Worship Team

Friday, November 6 & Saturday, November 7–Beaver Creek Cares Weekend

Sunday, November 8–Strength in Peers and Friendship Box Collection deadline

Sunday, November 8–Parable Bible Study concludes, 6:30 pm

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, November 15–District Conference Worship service

Sunday, November 22–Stewardship Sunday

Sunday, November 29–Advent Begins & Church Decorating

Announcements:

We are still in need of a volunteer to serve for the Worship Team beginning in 2021. If you are willing to serve, please call the office and let us know!

Beaver Creek Cares

We still will hold Beaver Creek cares on Friday, November 6 – Saturday, November 7. However, it will look a little different this year! It will begin on Friday evening, meeting at the Dayton Walmart to shop for Operation Christmas Child around 8 pm, led by our youth & other friends. There may be a campfire vespers, but that is uncertain still at this point. Then on Saturday, we will gather at 9 am to work on several projects, including shoe box assembly, raking leaves for our shut ins and elderly, collecting trash along Beaver Creek Rd (& possibly Thomas Spring), and the collection for Strength in Peers. They are an outreach literally on the streets of Rockingham and Page counties, as well as Harrisonburg City, to meet the needs of the homeless. Through Sunday, November 8, there will be a box in the narthex to collect the following goods:

Breakfast bars

Non-perishable food items: Nabs, etc.

Bottled water

Disposable rain ponchos

Shampoo/Conditioner

Feminine Hygiene products

Lotion or sunscreen

Tylenol or Advil

Cough drops

Shaving cream & disposable razors

Hand sanitizer

Band-aids or small first aid kits

Can openers

Hats

Gloves

Coats

Sleeping bags/blankets

Slightly used backpacks

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

Bible Study will continue on Sunday, November 8  at 6:30 pm. It will resume via Zoom for the time being. If you would like to participate but do not have Zoom ability, we can make alternative arrangements. The Zoom link is available from Pastor Ryan.

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

Christmas Eve

This year, we will have two services for Christmas Eve due to  COVID–a 7 pm service and the traditional 11 pm service. We are asking that you call the church office and declare which service you plan to attend in order to make sure we can accommodate everyone.

Church Decoration/Ornament Exchange

Right after church on Sunday, November 29th, we will decorate the church for the season. We will also have a modified ornament exchange on that day, again, right after church. More details to follow.

Directory

There is a draft of the 2021 directory in the narthex of church. Please check it and update any information that needs to be corrected.

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.

YOUTH

Please fill out those interest surveys and mail them back to the church office as soon as you are able. We want to target ministries for the youth in the months to come!

Friendship Box for nursing homes

The Outreach Team is putting together friendship boxes (care packages) for our members who are in the nursing homes. Index cards with specific items are located on the table in the narthex. Please bring the items with the card back by Sunday, November 8th for assembly.

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

1) Direct Deposit–form available on the website**NOTE** This avenue of giving will phase out on December 31. If you are currently using this format, the Finance Team encourages you to use the online giving tool.

2) Mail your tithe into the church office

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

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

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

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer:

Mary Batterman (health)

Sam Carr (health, Chris Dastoli’s uncle)

Patsy Dastoli (health, Chris Dastoli’s mother)

Eli Harlow (recovery)

Cindy Heatwole (health, and family health: daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter)

Heath Kimmell (health, Reba and Garry’s son-in-law)

LaDawn Knicely (recovery)

Alda Miller (health)

Shirley Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (health)

Pam Shaffer (recovery, Mary Batterman’s daughter)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Carolyn Wine (health)

Tom Wilfong (recovery)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health, Charles Wright’s brother)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB