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.*
Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m.*
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 Chris Dastoli. Contact us by phone at 540 828-2767 or use this contact form.

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December minutes posted

Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren
Leadership Team Meeting
December 19, 2019Present:  Chris Dastoli, Theresa Eckard, Deborah Hoover, Joe LaPrade, Amy Saum, Marlin Simmons, Zack Wampler, Bill Wood.  Ex-Officio:  Ryan Cooper – Pastor, Tess Southerly, Ann Healy, Darlene LaPrade – Church Clerk.  Absent:  Kenny Wheelbarger.Chris called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.Tess opened with devotions.The minutes from the November meeting were approved.Calendar Roundtable:  January 5 – Bread and Cup Communion during worship, January 5 – First Sunday Breakfast (9:15 a.m.), January 12 – Youth Sunday Night Live (3:00 p.m.), January 26 – Women’s Fellowship Soup and Sandwich Luncheon.  A meeting for those interested in starting a praise choir/band will be held following the luncheon.

Treasurer’s Report:  The Treasurer’s report was approved.  It was noted that all money collected from the rental of the church parsonage has been used to prepare the parsonage for the Coopers. Chris reported that we are ready to close out all accounts at Wells Fargo.

Matters for Leadership Team:  None

Pastor’s Report:  Pastor Ryan appreciates everyone’s patience and help in moving into the parsonage and dealing with the difficulty of selling his home.  He reported that he has had a very busy schedule with visitations, an anointing, funerals, meetings, and mentoring to name a few.  Pastor Ryan will begin a new series of sermons entitled “Walking in the Light”.  Surveys will be put out in January to get feedback on Bible study wants and needs (days and times).  He is hoping to get a Bible study started by Lent.  Pastor Ryan also wants to start a Cookie Project.  This would take place once a month in different households.  Cookies will be made and delivered to different places (fire station, rescue squads, etc.)

Old Business:  None

New Business:  None

Chris expressed thanks to members for their support during the past year.  Members thanked Chris for everything he has done for the church this past year.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

Darlene LaPrade – Church Clerk

Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren
Leadership Team Re-Organization Meeting
December 19, 2019

Present:  Pastor Ryan Cooper, Chris Dastoli, Ann Healy, Deborah Hoover, Candy Hulvey, Joe LaPrade, Diane Miller, Alice Over, Linda Rhodes, Amy Saum, Tess Southerly, Mike Suter, Faye Wampler, Zack Wampler, Tom Wilfong, Bill Wood, Darlene LaPrade – Church Clerk.

Zack called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

Focus Teams met and re-organized as follows:

Facilities Team: Chair – Tom Wilfong
Secretary – John Hoover
Leadership Team Rep. – Brian Whitmore

Fellowship Team: Chair – Deanne Dastoli
Secretary – Candy Hensley
Leadership Team Rep. – Deborah Hoover

Worship Team:  Chair –  Alice Over
Secretary – Bill Wood
Leadership Team Rep – Bill Wood

Finance Team: Chair – Chris Dastoli
Secretary – Linda Rhodes
Leadership Team Rep – Joe LaPrade

Outreach and Missions Team: Chair – Diane Miller
Secretary – Candy Hulvey
Leadership Team Rep – Kenny Wheelbarger

Ministry Team: Chair – Faye Wampler
Secretary – Mike Suter
Leadership Team Rep – John Jordan

Christian Education Team: Chair – Mitch Moore
Secretary – Misti Wheelbarger
Leadership Team Rep – Amy Saum

The meeting was adjourned at 7:46 p.m.

Darlene LaPrade – Church Clerk


Advent at Beaver Creek: Come join us!

Jesus is the reason for the season at Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren, and we welcome all for this year’s preparation and celebration! Here is a list of events, also included in the online December newsletter:

Dec. 1: Hanging of
the Greens

On Sunday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m., we will gather to decorate the church for Advent. The annual Hanging of the Greens begins with a light meal (bring finger food to share) and continues with decorating tasks for all. When the church is decorated, we will sing some songs of the season and have a brief program before having an ornament exchange in the Fellowship Hall.
You may also bring fruit basket items, nonperishable food to donate, and child-size mittens, gloves or hats for the Mitten Tree (for children served by area charities). If you wish, bring a Christmas card for the church bulletin board and a donation representing the amount you might have spent sending Christmas cards to Beaver Creek members and friends.

Music Minutes

Beginning December 1 and continuing through the season, all children and youth will gather at 9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall for ten minutes, right at the start of Sunday School. We’ll be getting ready for the youth and children to sing with the Instant Choir on December 22 in the worship service.

Dec. 1:
“Make Room for Peace”

We’ll start off Dec. 1 with coffee fellowship and breakfast foods at 9:15 a.m. In morning worship at 11 a.m., we will light the candle of peace on the Advent wreath. Pastor Ryan’s message, continuing the “Make Room” series, will be “Make Room for Peace,” drawing from Luke 1:26-38. Each Sunday of Advent we collect a category of food item under the tree for distribution to the hungry locally. The items for Dec. 1 are rice, beans and canned food.

Dec. 7:

On Saturday, December 7, at 7 p.m. the Women’s Fellowship presents its annual benefit Christmas Auction. Food will be available for purchase from 5:30 to 7 p.m., provided by the Outreach Sunday School Class. Come out for a selection of handicrafts, homemade foods, comforts and other unique items! All proceeds benefit the service and outreach projects of the Women’s Fellowship year-round.

Dec. 8:
“Make Room for Hope”

Jesus Christ is the hope of all nations. In morning worship at 11 a.m. December 8, we light the candle of hope on the Advent wreath. Pastor Ryan’s message, “Make Room for Hope,” is based on Luke 1:39-56. The food item to bring for the giving tree is cereal.

Dec. 15:
“Make Room for Joy”

On December 15 we focus on the joy of Christ’s coming. In morning worship at 11 a.m. we light the joy candle. Pastor Ryan’s message, “Make Room for Joy,” is based on Luke 1:57-66. For the giving tree, the item to bring is staples.

Dec. 16:

Monday, December 16 we will meet at Bob-A-Rea’s, 305 N. Main St., Bridgewater, at 5:30 p.m. Alternatively, you may meet the group in the lobby of White Birch Estates, our first caroling stop, at 5:45 p.m. Choir members will furnish soup, sandwiches, and drinks. Others may share Christmas sweets for dessert. We’ll be caroling at White Birch Estates, the Bridgewater Home, in-town Bridgewater and then Spring Creek.

“Make Room for Love”

In morning worship at 11 a.m. December 22, we light the candle of love and contemplate the mystery of God’s love in Christ. Pastor Ryan’s message, “Make Room for Love,” is from Matthew 1:18-25. The Instant Choir, including children and youth, will bring special music. Our final item for the giving tree is paper products to be distributed through area food pantries.

Dec. 24:
Candlelight Service

At 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve we will have a special worship service, to include an open communion and candle-lighting. We will sing the songs of the season and have a special service. Pastor Ryan’s message, based on Luke 2:1-21, will be “Is There Room for Jesus?”

Dec. 29:
“Make Room for All People”

On December 29 Pastor Ryan’s Christmas message will be “Make Room for All People,’ drawing from Luke 2:25-38. Any time Christmas Eve or afterward, all four Advent candles – for hope, peace, joy and love – are lit, followed by the Christ candle.

Jan. 5:
“Who Is on Your Throne?”

Epiphany, 12 days after Christmas, celebrates the visit of the Magi and the revealing of Jesus to the world. Pastor Ryan’s message is “Who Is on Your Throne?” from Matthew 2:1-12 and it will conclude the “Make Room” series. On the first Sunday of the New Year, bread and cup communion will be presented by the Deacons near the end of the 11 a.m. worship.

Here’s that newsletter link again: December 2019 newsletter

October minutes posted

Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren
Leadership Team Meeting
October 17, 2019

Present:  Chris Dastoli, Joe LaPrade, Amy Saum, Marlin Simmons, Zack Wampler, Kenny Wheelbarger, Bill Wood.  Ex-Officio:  Darlene LaPrade – Church Clerk, Tess Southerly.  Absent:  Theresa Eckard, Deborah Hoover.

Chris called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.

The minutes from the September meeting were approved.

Calendar Roundtable:  October 26 (4:30 a.m.) – Men’s Fellowship Chicken BBQ, November 3 – First Sunday Breakfast, November 3 – First Sunday Offering – Operation Christmas Child shipping costs,  November 15-16 – Beaver Creek Cares Weekend (shoe boxes will be packed on Friday night), November 19-20 – Open Doors, November 26 – Newsletter deadline, November 30 – Men’s Fellowship Meeting (Thomas House) and getting the Chrismon Tree, December 12 –  Jan. newsletter deadline.

Pulpit Supply for October 20 and 27 – Ron Wyrick, November 3 – Karl Magenhofer,

November 10 – Regina Harlow (Stewardship Sunday), November 17 – Installation of New Pastor (more…)