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 later earlier in June-July-August: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School, 10:30 a.m. worship.

Church leadership: We are currently in a pastoral transition with Elaine Hartman McGann serving as interim pastor. Our search committee is active. The church is governed by a leadership team headed by Jeanette Hess. 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 21, 2017
Present: Brad Eckard, Jeanette Hess, Diane Miller, Bill Eckard, Reba Kline, Deborah Hoover, Joe LaPrade,
Darlene LaPrade, Theresa Eckard, Bill Wood, Elaine McGann – Interim Pastor, Dana Suter – Church Clerk.
Absent: Ann Healy and Donna Miller – Treasurer.
Brad Eckard called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.
Brad led the group in devotions and a prayer.
The minutes from last month’s meeting were approved.
Calendar Update: January 7 – Celebrate Epiphany, January 14 – Bread and Cup Communion
Elaine inquired as to who would make a decision on cancelling church services in cases of inclement
weather. Brad will ask several church members that live closest to Beaver Creek to check the roads and
parking lot and make a final decision. They will then call Elaine and get the information to the
television/radio station as well as call Evy Kaye to place on the church prayer chain.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:17 pm.
Respectfully Submitted,
Dana Suter – Church Clerk

Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren
Re-organizational Leadership Team Meeting
December 21, 2017

Present:  Jeanette Hess, Chris Dastoli, Roger Simmons, Joe LaPrade, Theresa Eckard, Reba Kline, Bill Wood, Diane Miller, Kenny Wheelbarger, Amy Saum, Candy Hensley, Deborah Hoover.  Ex-officio:  Elaine McGann – Interim Pastor, Darlene LaPrade – Church Clerk.

Jeanette Hess called the meeting to order at 7:44 pm.

The focus teams met prior to this meeting to re-organize their teams.  Focus team responsibilities are as follows:

Facilities Team:  Roger Simmons – Chair/LT Representative, Marlin Simmons – Secretary, John Hoover

Finance Team:  Evelyn Sandin – Chair, Joe LaPrade – LT Representative, Linda Rhodes – Secretary

Ministry Team:  Mike Suter – Chair, Theresa Eckard – LT Representative, John Jordan

Worship Team:  Ann Healy – Chair, Reba Kline – LT Representative, Bill Wood – Secretary

Outreach and Missions Team:  Diane Miller – Chair, Kenny Wheelbarger – LT Representative, Candy Hulvey – Secretary

Christian Education and Discipleship Team:  Misty Wheelbarger, Amy Saum, Mitch Moore

Fellowship Team:  Deborah Hoover – Chair, Candy Hensley – LT Representative, Deanne Dastoli – Secretary

The Leadership Team requested that the Finance Team conduct a financial review of 2017.

The Deacons need 6 more units to be a full Deacon body.  They will meet on January 14 after church.

Bill Wood reported that we have $600.00 from the Cook Fund as start up money for a fundraising opportunity.  The Men’s Fellowship and Outreach Team will work together on this fundraiser.

Theresa Eckard will be the contact person for NYC which will be held summer 2018.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 pm.

Boxes go out to the world

Operation Christmas Child boxes packed by Beaver Creek youth on November 4 are now headed to locations around the world. We received notice from Samaritan’s Purse, sponsor of Operation Christmas Child, that Beaver Creek’s barcoded boxes were scanned on the way out to Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Paraguyau. That’s just one of the stories in Beaver Creek Church’s January newsletter, now available online. Other highlights include:

  • Plans for National Youth Conference in Colorado in July for youth who have completed 9th grade through 1 year of college (or the age equivalent)
  • Pastor Elaine’s reflections on “Leaning”
  • Photos and accounts from Advent and Christmas at Beaver Creek.

Here again is that link: January 2018 newsletter

November minutes posted

Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren
Leadership Team Meeting
November 16, 2017

Present: Brad Eckard, Bill Eckard, Reba Kline, Jeanette Hess, Darlene LaPrade, Joe LaPrade, Elaine McGann – Interim Pastor, Dana Suter – Church Clerk. Absent: Diane Miller, Ann Healy, Theresa Eckard, Deborah Hoover, and Donna Miller – Treasurer.

Brad Eckard called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Elaine led the group in prayer.

The minutes from last month’s meeting and the Treasurer’s report were accepted.

Calendar Update: Nov. 25 – pick out a Chrismon Tree, Dec. 3 – First Sunday Offering designated for the Salvation Army, Dec. 18 – Christmas Caroling
Focus Team Reports:

Facilities: Bill reported that the church windows and doors were painted, a rusty place on the roof was power washed and a new exterior light above the front door of the church was installed.

Finance: Joe reported that the commitment cards will be collected this Sunday.

Worship: Reba inquired as to who was responsible for hanging the four banners in the sanctuary. The Facilities Team will take care of getting the banners hung upstairs. Elaine reported that the selection of hymns has included some unfamiliar to many in the congregation but one hymn a month is selected as a new hymn to sing. Elaine is also more familiar with the old red hymnal than the blue hymnal used at Beaver Creek.

Pastor’s Report: Elaine stated that after the first of the year, she would like to meet with the new LT Chair and Chair-Elect and discuss possible changes to office hours and making some changes to the bulletin format.

New Business: Brad stated the need for deacons. A plea for deacon units will be placed in the bulletin and newsletter. The opening on the Christian Education and Discipleship and Gifts & Calling Team has been filled.

The next Leadership Team Meeting will be held on December 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:42 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Dana Suter – Church Clerk