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–September 22, 2020

RECAP: GROWING OUR FAITH–based on Acts 26:16-29

The Holiday Inn commercials always used to make me laugh. Here are all of these scenarios where someone is an “expert” to resolve the situation solely because they slept at a Holiday Inn! It is another thing to say that we are somebody, but it is another thing altogether to be able to back up that claim. Likewise, we can claim that we are a Christian, and have the most eloquent story or testimony on how Jesus has come into our lives or what he means to us. We come to the baptismal waters, declaring what Jesus has done for us. But how do we live in our baptism? We truly show the effects of our encounter with Jesus with what we do in response.

Paul certainly understood this. In Acts 22, he shared his testimony on how he encountered Jesus and how it changed the trajectory of his life. In Acts 26, he shares his testimony again. But he continued on, showing how he had grown in his faith. Through the words of Jesus and his actions, we see exactly what Paul did with his story. How do we show we are growing in our faith?

1) Display the character of Jesus. Jesus challenged Paul to be a servant and a witness. Jesus himself was the ultimate servant and witness of the father. In other words, Jesus instructed Paul to follow in his footsteps and take on his very characteristics. Paul went from a very proud individual to one who laid aside himself and served those around him. Being a Christian is not all about us; it is all about reconciling a world back to God and showing a better way in our living.

What witness do we leave for the world through our character? When they see us, do they see Jesus?

2) Continue the work of Jesus. Jesus challenged Paul to open the eyes of the people, to bring people from darkness to light, and free them from the oppression of Satan. This is the very mission Jesus proclaimed when he took that scroll in Nazareth! People who are blind still need to see. Individuals who are in the darkness still need light. Those oppressed still need to be delivered! Paul carried on that work.

Can people see the hope that we carry? Are we shining the light of Jesus into this dark world? Can those in bondage find freedom in Jesus through us?

3) Declare the message of Jesus. Jesus challenged Paul to preach a message of forgiveness and reconciliation. This is very much the message of Jesus which he put into practice through both his living and his death on the cross. But in order to preach this message, it must become a part of who we are. Paul at first struggled in this arena, for he was very judgmental and brash (read the tone in Galatians!). But by the end, like in Philippians, he extended forgiveness and grace consistently. We need to live the message of forgiveness before we can declare it.

Can we live and declare the message of forgiveness?

4) Embody the heart of Jesus. Jesus was filled with love and compassion, even for his enemies. His heart was filled with tears for those who rejected him, compassion to the lost, and he longed for all to be saved. Paul eventually learned this as well. When before Herod, a great enemy to the people of faith, Paul offered compassion. Instead of treating him harshly or with disdain, he offered even Herod an opportunity to encounter Jesus!

What is our heart for people?

5) Exhibit the temperament of Jesus. Jesus wants all to come to repentance. He is long-suffering, patiently giving chance after chance for salvation. Paul learned this too: “Long time or short, I pray that you all may become what I am, except for these chains” (26:26).

How patient are we with people?

All of these traits Paul learned over time. How do we know we are growing in our faith? How do we know the baptismal declaration has become real, and our story has changed us? How are we over time in these areas? Let us all strive to be more like Jesus!

Questions for reflection

1) Which aspect of Jesus’ character is the most difficult to put into practice? Why?

2) In what way this week can you do the work of Jesus?

3) How can you show the heart of Jesus?

4) Whom do you know needs to hear the message of Jesus?

Next Sunday

Pastor Ryan will continue the Acts Church series with the sermon titled, “Faithful in Adversity,” based upon Acts 27:27-44. How did Paul remain faithful in the midst of adversity? And how can we be strong even when we have our own shipwrecks? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for September 22-28

September 22: Leviticus 10:1-5 How did this challenge teach Aaron to become more dependent upon God?

September 23: Judges 7 What lesson did Gideon learn during his time of leadership?

September 24: 2 Samuel 6 What lesson did David need to learn? How did he become more dependent upon God?

September 25: Luke 22:31-34, 54-62 What lesson did Peter need to learn?

September 26: John 21:15-23 What further lesson did Peter need to learn?

September 27: Genesis 39 How was Joseph faithful in the midst of adversity?

September 28: 1 Samuel 24 How did David show he was faithful?

This Week’s Events:

Tuesday, September 22–Finance Team meets

Saturday, September 26–Prayer service @ 7 pm

Saturday, September 26–Drive by outreach for White Birch. Line up at Shenandoah Electric at 1 pm.

Sunday, September 27–New Member Sunday

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, October 4–World Wide Communion Sunday

Sunday, October 4–Bible Study resumes, 6:30 pm

Sunday, November 1–Congregational Business Meeting

Announcements:

Congratulations!

Congrats to Samantha Cooper for becoming a member of Beaver Creek through baptism. On Sunday, we welcome Scott McAvoy into the church membership through transfer.

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

Beginning Sunday, October 4th, we will resume Bible Study at 6:30 pm. It will resume via Zoom for the time being.

Call to Prayer

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

We will also have a special time of prayer set aside at the church on September 26, the day of the Return, the call for a national day of prayer. We will open the church at 7 pm. We ask that you RSVP with the church office. We want to make sure we keep the numbers limited due to COVID safety.

This week’s area of national repentance is the violation of the second greatest commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” There is not much love for neighbor in our world right now. Instead, there is much anger and hatred. Pray that we would return to loving each other in the same way Christ loved us. Love changed us; let our love change others.

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.

Sunshine Box

More details will be coming soon, but the Outreach Team has agreed to lead the creation of Sunshine Boxes for our members in long term care facilities.

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

1) Direct Deposit–form available on the website

2) Mail your tithe into the church office

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

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

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

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer: 

Mary Batterman (health)

Regina Harlow (health)

Eli Harlow (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

LaDawn Knicely (health–at home recovering)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (Roger & Nancy Simmons’ neighbor, health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (health)

Chris Shirk (Reba’s brother, health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Grayson Whitmore (recovery)

Tom Wilfong (recovery)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health–Charles Wright’s brother)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

August minutes approved

Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren
Leadership Team Meeting
August 20, 2020

Present:  Ann Healy, Candy Hensley, Joe LaPrade, Amy Saum, Zack Wampler, Brian Whitmore, Bill Wood.  Ex-Officio:  Ryan Cooper – Pastor, Darlene LaPrade – Church Clerk, Tess Southerly.  Absent:  John Jordan, Kenny Wheelbarger.

Zack called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and opened with devotions.

The minutes from the July meeting were approved.

Calendar Roundtable:  September 6 – Sunday School teacher recognition, September 12 – Brethren Woods Golf Blast, September 20 – Baptism and New Member Service, September 26 – National Day of Prayer, October 4 – World Wide Communion Sunday (Bread & Cup only), November 23-25 – Pastor Ryan on vacation, December 26-January 1 – Pastor Ryan on vacation

The Treasurer’s report was discussed and approved.  Families of loved ones will be contacted as to how memorial funds are to be used.

Matters for the Leadership Team:

  • The First Sunday Breakfast will continue to be on hold for now.
  • The Men’s Fellowship Steak Dinner will be cancelled.
  • Facilities team reported that the chair lift is not feasible due to fire codes
  • The positions of Moderator, Financial Secretary and Church Clerk are needed for 2021
  • Pastor Ryan met with Outreach and Youth. Outreach team is planning for 2021 and beyond.  Some ideas in the making are:  making cookies for teacher appreciation, Community Clean-up Day, helping with the Food Pantry, and Beaver Creek Cares.  The youth would like to meet outside of Sunday School with one regularly scheduled monthly meeting which would include outreach projects and fundraisers for NYC.
  • Pastor Ryan reported that as of now, COVID restrictions will likely continue into 2021. He is looking for meaningful ways to conduct Christmas activities such as Hanging of the Greens and Christmas Eve Service.
  • Joe reported that team budgets need to be in by next Thursday.
  • The Pastor’s compensation package was discussed (see attached reports). After some discussion, Joe made a motion to accept the Pastor’s compensation package as presented.  Bill seconded the motion and it was approved.  Mowing of the parsonage lawn will continue to be the church’s responsibility.
  • After discussion, Bill made a motion to give a raise to church staff in accordance with the District guidelines. The motion was seconded by Joe and was approved.
  • The October Congregational Business meeting will start at 12:15 on October 25. There will be no meal due to COVID restrictions.  Tess will inform Robert Alley of this change.

Old Business:

  • After reviewing the church bank accounts, it was noted that a large sum of money has been in a regular savings account for some time. After discussion about the interest earning potential of the Vanguard Life Strategy Fund, Ann made a motion to move $100,000.00 from the Park View savings to the Vanguard Life Strategy Fund.  Joe seconded the motion and it was approved.  The Finance Team will carry out this motion and it will be revisited in a year.

New Business:  None

The meeting was adjourned at 8:12 p.m.

Next Meeting – September 17

Darlene LaPrade – Church Clerk

Good News Brief–September 15, 2020

RECAP: KNOWING OUR STORY–based on Acts 22:1-21

Paul went to Jerusalem, completely unafraid. Shortly after he arrived, what had been prophesied by the Spirit came true. He was arrested, and would never truly again regain his freedom. Yet what gave him the courage to stand faithfully, despite the trouble?

Paul knew his story and testified before the entire crowd:

1) Paul recounted his life before Jesus. He focused on how he was revered in the eyes of the world. Paul had pedigree, being a disciple of Gamaliel, the disciple of Hillel–the one who is still to this day considered the greatest Pharisee of all time! He gloated on how he was superior, how he was pure and faultless, a fierce defender of the Law. But he also shared openly his sins: he persecuted the church and was an accessory to Stephen’s murder.

2) Paul then described his encounter with Jesus. He saw a blinding light and heard Jesus speak. Jesus confronted him about his actions, but also gave him a task–to finish the journey to Damascus and wait for Ananias. This was an encounter that his entourage also experienced, but only partially. They saw the light, but were not blinded. They heard a sound, but did not hear any specific words.

3) Paul then talked about Ananias’ impact. Ananias put his own reputation to help out Paul. First, Ananias gave Paul healing, restoring his sight. Then, he gave Paul a mission and vocation. He spoke life into Paul, charting his path.

4) Paul concluded with his ongoing dialogue with Jesus. Jesus was so real to him, that he had opened his heart to hear his ultimate mission–to take the gospel to the Gentiles.

Paul never forgot this moment on the Damascus road. And this is what shaped him and moved him along. Why? If God could forgive him, transform him, and save him, with his past, God could forgive, transform, and save anyone. And that is what gave him the strength to endure, no matter what. He was deeply connected to his story.

What is our story? Do we remember what our life was like before Jesus? Do we remember what we have been redeemed from? Do we remember when Jesus became real to us? What were those early days like? Who came beside us and spoke life into us?

Some of us have amazing testimonies. Some have been delivered from deep addictions. Others, like my grandfather Papo, were saved by direct divine intervention from his heart attack. Others have always known God and had the blessing of growing up in the church, seeing God’s faithfulness throughout the years.

Satan wants us to doubt the reality of God. He wants to question our story and for us to question how God is writing our story. But do we know our story? Do we hold it dear to our hearts? Do we have those anchor points that keep us strong? Satan wants us to forget, but we find our strength as we remember, as we bring the story back to the forefront of our minds time and time again.

Will you allow God to write the next chapters in your story? Will you share your story with others, so they too might find hope?

Questions for reflection

1) How can an awareness of our story be powerful?

2) If you could testify of God’s goodness in your life, what would you share?

3) Who do you know has a powerful testimony for God? How did God change their life?

4) If there is one area you want to see God work in your life right now, what would that be?

Next Sunday

Pastor Ryan will continue the Acts Church series with the sermon titled, “Growing Along the Way,” based upon Acts 26:1-15. Paul once again shared his testimony. But how did God help his faith grow? And how can we continue to grow in our faith? Come or tune in Sunday to find out! We will also have baptism after church!

Daily Bible Readings for September 15 – 21

September 15: John 9 How did a blind man’s testimony change lives?

September 16: Mark 5:1-20 Why can testimony be very powerful?

September 17: Galatians 1:11-24 What was the result of Paul’s testimony?

September 18: Hebrews 11 How does testimony embolden faith?

September 19: 1 Peter 2:1-12 How can personal testimony change the world?

September 20: Genesis 15 What were some of Abram’s growing pains? What did he learn?

September 21: Exodus 5 How do challenges teach us to become dependent upon God?

This Week’s Events:

Thursday, September 17–Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Sunday, September 20–Baptism Sunday

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, September 26–National Day of Prayer for our country

Saturday, September 26–Drive by outreach for White Birch

Sunday, September 27–New Member Sunday

Sunday, October 4–World Wide Communion Sunday

Sunday, October 4–Bible Study resumes, 6:30 pm

Sunday, November 1–Congregational Business Meeting

Announcements:

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

As we look at the ability to reopen in the coming weeks, we are in need of both worship leaders and children’s story. We are looking for one person each week, rather than a month at a time. If you would like to serve, contact Alice Over (worship leading) or Tammy Stine (children’s story).

Bible Study

Beginning Sunday, October 4th, we will resume Bible Study at 6:30 pm. It will resume via Zoom for the time being.

Call to Prayer

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

We will also have a special time of prayer set aside at the church on September 26, the day of the Return, the call for a national day of prayer. We will open the church at 7 pm. We ask that you RSVP for a time slot with the church office. We want to make sure we keep the numbers limited due to COVID safety.

This week’s area of national repentance is the violation of the greatest commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your mind and with all your strength.” We as a nation claim to be a people who love God; but what is the primary love of our hearts? What do we dwell on in our minds? What do we devote our strength to? If we truly loved God as a nation with all our hearts, mind, and strength, we would not be as a nation where we are. But the reality is we have replaced our love for God with other loves; for this, we need as a nation to repent.

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.

Sunshine Box

More details will be coming soon, but the Outreach Team has agreed to lead the creation of Sunshine Boxes for our members in long term care facilities.

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

1) Direct Deposit–form available on the website

2) Mail your tithe into the church office

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

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

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

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer: 

Anonymous–The office received an anonymous request for prayer.

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

Our Augusta County Teachers, Heather Cooper and Tammy Stine–(COVID reported at Beverley Manor and Clymore)

Mary Batterman–recovering at home; sign up to take a meal at: www.TakeThemAMeal.com/XHOZ8636.

Regina Harlow (health)

Eli Harlow (health).

Cindy Heatwole (health).

LaDawn Knicely (health)–at home recovering.

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (Roger & Nancy Simmons’ neighbor, health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (health)

Chris Shirk (Reba’s brother, health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Grayson Whitmore (recovery)

Tom Wilfong (recovery)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health–Charles Wright’s brother)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB