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–January 12, 2021

RECAP–Light’s Freedom–based on John 9:1-12

Imagine being blind in Jesus’ time. To be blind not only meant you were unable to see, but so much more. It was a commonly held belief that blindness and other physical ailments were the result of sin, either of the person themselves or as a generational curse of the parents. If you had one of these conditions, you had to live outside of the community. You were not allowed to fellowship with anyone, could never enter the temple or place of worship, or even be touched by anyone. If you were in this man’s shoes, how would you feel? Unloved? Unwanted? Undesirable? Hated by God?

But in a moment, all of this man’s despair changed when Jesus arrived. Jesus touched him and set him free from his bondage, and he was able to see. Not only did the man learn that he was loved and desired by God, but he encountered the one who can truly set him free inside and out. After all, that is why Jesus came: “to preach good news to the poor, to set the captive free, to recover the sight of the blind and to set free the one who is oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19). As long as Jesus was in the world, he was going to be the “light of the world” (John 9:5). This man encountered the light of Jesus, and he was instantaneously set free and no longer bound.

Even though Jesus might not physically walk this earth, Jesus still is in the business of being the light of the world. What does Jesus do for us?

He breaks the chains of bondage…

…of our past. It does not matter what we have done or what has happened to us. Jesus sees us right where we are and can reach us there. This man was born blind; some of us might be where we are because of our own choices. We might live with pain and regret and with the consequences of what has happened. But we don’t have to be bound by the past; it is “for the glory of God to be revealed” (John 9:3) that Jesus works. He shows us that he can still minister into our lives despite what exists in our past, nurture us, and set us on a new path.

...of our questionable beliefs. This man, as did Jesus’ disciples, believed that the condition was a result of sin. Jesus corrected this faulty view by saying neither this man nor his parents sinned. Sometimes we become bound by believing in things that are not necessarily true. Those falsehoods could cripple us into rejecting the truth of the Word. Some of those beliefs are straight lies from Satan (God could never use you; you are washed up and not good; you are hopeless).

Nothing is too messy for Jesus.

Jesus could have spoken a healing for the blind man. Instead, he spit on the ground, made some mud, and put it on the man’s eyes. Jesus was willing to get dirty and touch this untouchable man. In so doing, he showed us no one is untouchable; everyone can be touched by Jesus! Also, it shows the great lengths God is willing to go. Don’t believe the lie you are not worth it, for Christ went all the way to the cross to set us free! It does not matter how messed up life is; God loves you and is working on your behalf!

We have a role to play.

Again, Jesus could have healed the blind man without hesitation. Instead, he asked him to go wash in the Pool of Siloam. The blind man had to trust in Jesus’ words and rely on the help of others to get to the Pool in order to wash. Likewise, we too have a role to play. Jesus has come to set us free from bondage, showing that nothing is too messy for him. But we have to trust in Jesus’ word and show the willingness to go and wash, to remove those things in our lives that we allow to place us in bondage.

When we encounter the light of the world, there is freedom. But night is coming. Seek the freedom that comes from the light now before it’s too late!

Questions for reflection

1) What keeps you up at night, or keeps you in bondage?

2) Are there any beliefs that need to be readjusted?

3) How do you honestly view yourself in light of God? others? Do you need a touch from God today?

4) What are those things we might need to go and wash away from our lives?

5) Do you trust God fully?

Upcoming Services

Pastor Ryan will continue the In the Light series with the sermon titled, “Do We Really See?” based on John 9:13-34. What causes spiritual blindness? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for January 12 – 18

January 12: John 4:27-38 What energized Jesus?

January 13: John 4:39-42 How did an entire town find freedom?

January 14: John 5:1-15 Who found freedom in Jesus? In what way?

January 15: John 5:16-30 How can Jesus bring freedom?

January 16: John 5:31-47 What needs to change in us to accept freedom?

January 17: John 6:1-15 How did Jesus reveal himself?

January 18: John 6:16-24 How did Jesus reveal himself?

This Week’s Events:

Tuesday, January 12–Women’s Fellowship @ 6:30 pm

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, January 21–Leadership Team @ 7 pm

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).

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

Directory

There is a draft of the 2021 directory in the narthex of the 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.

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

1) Mail your tithe into the church office **PLEASE NOTE: We have had several days of no mail, and also some reports of mail being stolen on our street.

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 at the main entrance as you enter for church

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer: 

Those in our community being negatively impacted by COVID and economic impacts. Several have seen layoffs in recent weeks.

Andy Anderson (COVID)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sam Carr (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Heath Kimmell (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Mary Miller (health)

Shirley Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Chris Southerly (procedure)

Stanley Suter (health)

Mary & Joe Whitmore (health)

Carolyn Wine (health)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

Good News Brief–January 5, 2021

RECAP–Where Does the Light Shine? based on John 1:1-14

The Magi looked to the heavens for signs. The heavens, they believed, could guide their way and point them in the right direction. Sometimes, it revealed a significant birth. But there was something different this time about this new star that had appeared in the sky. This light, they knew, pointed to the birth of the king of the Jews. But why was this one so different and significant? What was so different about this light that they left everything behind, except a few costly gifts, and traveled to find and worship the new king? Something about this light was different, and they were drawn to it. That light pointed to Jesus, who John described as “the true light that gives life to every man” (John 1:5). Jesus was this light, harkening back to creation and the words “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3), shining forth in the darkness.

Where does the light shine?

1) The light shines in the darkness. When light shines in darkness, darkness does not understand or comprehend the light. Because light and dark cannot exist in the same space! Light exposes what is hidden in the darkness. The same is true spiritually. Light exposes and dispels the darkness within. When God shines his light into our life, that which is in darkness, sin, is exposed. How do we know what is sin? If the presence of God’s light is a threat, maybe we are hiding in darkness! Would we feel comfortable if our action or choice was exposed? Would we be proud of it? Could we do such a thing openly before God? Or do we feel the need to hide and be secretive? Cover up? Lie?

Too often we fall into a lie that we can compartmentalize God. We want just enough God to say we have God, and let his light shine in a corner of our lives; but outside of that sliver, we prefer to remain in the darkness. But it is impossible for light and dark to coexist, to dwell together. Even though we might try to hold on to both, in the end we run out of energy living a double life, and darkness tends to win. Light shines in the darkness!

What darkness lies within us? Where do we need to shine the light?

2) The light shines to all the world. When Jesus came, he did not come for a few, but for all. The world did not recognize him (John 1:10). He came for his own people, the people of Israel, but they did not receive him (John 1:11). But to all who received him, he made them into children of God (John 1:12). No one was excluded from the availability of God’s light; but only those who turned to light received its fullness.

The world is in darkness. Satan has blinded their minds so they cannot see (2 Cor 4:4). The world system is hostile toward the ways of God. Why? Because when we are in darkness, we want to remain in darkness. We do not want the presence of light. Satan’s aim and goal is to keep us living in the darkness. But God’s light (truth, guidance, conviction, freedom) can still reach the dark places of the world.

3) The light is embraced only by those who want it. We cannot serve two masters (Matt 6:23-24). Either we will embrace God’s light, or chose to dwell in the darkness. For when light comes, it is obvious and exposes the darkness for what it is. When we are exposed to the light, if we remain in darkness, it is not because Jesus cannot overcome, but because we chose to stay in the darkness. Darkness might give us short term pleasure, but long term consequences and ultimately spiritual death. But the light of Christ brings us new life, hope, and freedom. Those who embrace the light become children of God (John 1:12-13), and experience the fullness of grace and truth (John 1:14).

The light of Christ is the true light. The Magi, even in their darkness, was able to see the light and recognize the difference, ultimately coming to the light and embracing it. Will we embrace the light? Will we allow the light to shine in our darkness? Remember, you don’t have to buy into Satan’s lie that you are not good enough to walk in the light, for with Jesus, greater is the one in you than anyone in the world! (1 John 4:4) Surrender the darkness, and walk in his marvelous light!

Questions for reflection

1) When did you first encounter the light of Christ?

2) Why is it difficult sometimes to embrace the light?

3) Why do we fear exposure of darkness?

4) Are there any areas of darkness that you need God’s light to shine and set free?

Upcoming Services

Pastor Ryan will continue the In the Light series with the sermon titled, “Light’s Freedom,” based on John 9:1-12. What lies keep us bound? How does the light set us free? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for January 5 – 11

January 5: John 1:35-42 How were Peter and Andrew enlightened?

January 6: John 1:43-51 How was Nathaniel enlightened?

January 7: John 2:1-11 What truth did Mary understand about Jesus?

January 8: John 2:12-25 What was Jesus trying to help Israel understand?

January 9: John 3:1-21 What truth was Jesus trying to help Nicodemus understand?

January 10: John 3:22-36 How does Jesus bring freedom?

January 11: John 4:1-26 How did Jesus bring freedom to the Samaritan woman?

This Week’s Events:

Wednesday, January 6–Worship Team Meeting @ Parsonage office, 7:30 pm

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, January 12–Women’s Fellowship @ 6:30 pm

Thursday, January 21–Leadership Team @ 7 pm

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).

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

Directory

There is a draft of the 2021 directory in the narthex of the 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.

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

1) Mail your tithe into the church office **PLEASE NOTE: We have had several days of no mail, and also some reports of mail being stolen on our street.

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 at the main entrance as you enter for church

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer: 

Those in our community being negatively impacted by COVID and economic impacts. Several have seen layoffs in recent weeks.

Andy Anderson (COVID)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sam Carr (health)

Nancy Harper (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Michelle Johnson (COVID)

Heath Kimmell (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Shirley Miller (health)

Alice Over (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (health)

Randall & Allison Sandin (COVID)

Tim Shiflet (COVID)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Chris Southerly (procedure)

Stanley Suter (health)

Cole Wheelbarger (procedure)

Mary & Joe Whitmore (health)

Carolyn Wine (health)

Gary Wise (COVID)

Tom Wilfong (recovery)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

 

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

Good News Brief–December 22, 2020

Note: This is the last communication for this year since Pastor Ryan will be on vacation beginning Christmas Day. It will resume on January 5, 2021.

RECAP–HOW FAR DOES LOVE GO? from ISAIAH 53

How far does love go? What is love anyway? Although we as human beings really confuse love, it is something we crave more than anything else. Sometimes in that craving for love, we end up finding ourselves in a place of deep rejection or loneliness, feeling like we are unworthy of love. We experience the pain of rejection. We look in the mirror, and despise ourselves. At other times, we have allowed sin to put us into bondage, and we feel like we possibly cannot deserve the love of God. And still at other times, we feel we are too far gone, that healing is not possible.

But God loves us. Yes, Christmas is about the arrival of God on this earth. But why did he came? “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world could be saved” (John 3:16-17). How far did this love go?

Christ was rejected, so we can be accepted. He was hated, despised, rejected. Even we have seasons in our life when we reject him!

Christ became sin, so we can be set free from the bondage!

Christ was crucified, so we can find healing and be made whole!

Christ’s love for us is so deep, that he was brutally executed on a cross. Every drop of blood that was spilled out was for us, because he loves us! He took the whip for you. The crown of thorns was for you. The nails in his wrist and side was for you. Even when we shout crucify in our own hearts. Even when we turn away and try to hide, God still loves you.

We don’t have to live in rejection anymore. We belong to Christ. He has accepted us and welcomed us, no matter what our past looks like or how we are living. We don’t have to live in the weight of sin anymore. We don’t need to hide like Adam, cover up like Cain, remain entangled in sin like Lot’s wife; we don’t have to take things for ourselves like Achan or linger in the darkness and secret place like David or take God for granted like Samson. For when we experience the love of Christ, those chains that bind us, the chains of anger, hatred, self-loathing, depression, loneliness, unworthiness all fall off, and he has restored us. And the spiritual and emotional healing we seek will come because of what Christ has done for us!

Do we know how far love goes? How far has it gone for you? How far can it go for those outside the doors of our church? The same love and compassion Christ has for us, he has for the entire world. How far are we willing to go to share that love?

Questions for reflection

1) Do you know how much Christ loves you?

2) In what areas of your life do you need to experience the acceptance of Christ?

3) What chains of bondage do you need to be set free from? What sin do you need to kick out?

4) Where do you need to experience Christ’s healing?

Christmas Eve Service

Thursday, we will light the Christ Candle for our Christmas Eve service. The meditation will be titled, “Is He the Christ?”, based on both Matthew and Luke’s telling of the birth of Christ.

As everyone enters the sanctuary, please pick up a candle. This will be your candle for the candle lighting at the end. Because of COVID, we cannot circle the sanctuary like we normally do. However, Heather and I will bring the candle down the aisles. The first person in each pew will light their candle from ours. Then pass along to your family.

For communion, each pew will be dismissed one at a time. You will come down the center aisle, receive the bread and cup, and then return to your pew by walking alongside the front and down the side aisles.

Upcoming Services

Pastor Ryan is on vacation from Christmas Day through New Years Day. On December 27, Regina Harlow will be our guest speaker, preaching the sermon titled, “Drink Immortality,” based upon Matthew 12:43-45 and John 7:37-38.

When Pastor Ryan returns on January 3 for Epiphany Sunday, we will begin a new series called “Walking in the Light.” This series will take us right up to Lent. The first sermon is titled, “Where Does the Light Shine,” based on John 1:1-18.

Daily Bible Readings for December 22 – January 4

December 22: Psalm 112:1-5 How does God demonstrate his love?

December 23: Ephesians 2:11-22 How did Christ show us his love?

December 24: Luke 2:1-7 How did Christ’s humble beginning reveal God’s love?

December 25: Luke 2:8-20 What do the shepherds have to do with God’s message of love?

December 26: John 1:1-5 How is Christ the fullness of love?

December 27: Matthew 1:18-25 What is the promise of Immanuel?

December 28: 1 Peter 2:9-10 How can we show the light of Christmas?

December 29: Psalm 18:25-30 How does the light of God change us?

December 30: John 8:12-20 How did the light of Christ change his world?

December 31: Psalm 51:1-17 How does the light shine in the midst of brokenness?

January 1: Matthew 5:14-16 How can we shine the light of Christmas?

January 2: Luke 2:21-38 For whom is Jesus a light?

January 3: John 1:19-28 How did John point the way to Jesus?

January 4: John 1:29-34 How was Jesus revealed?

This Week’s Events:

Thursday, December 24–Christmas Eve service

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, January 9–SNL Youth Ice Skating

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).

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

Women’s Fellowship Fundraiser

Thank you to all who donated items or purchased items for the modified auction/fundraiser. It is not too late to donate for this worthy cause! A healthy amount has been received already.

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. We only have about 10 slots left for the 11 pm service.

Directory

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

Heifer International

There will be a box in the narthex for Heifer Project.

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.

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

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 at the main entrance as you enter for church

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer: 

Those in our community being negatively impacted by COVID and economic impacts. Several have seen layoffs in recent weeks.

Andy Anderson (COVID)

Mary Batterman (health)

Glenn & Debbie Bollinger (COVID)

Sam Carr (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Michelle Johnson (COVID)

Heath Kimmell (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Shirley Miller (health)

Alice Over (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (health)

Randall & Allison Sandin (COVID)

Tim Shiflet (COVID)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Chris Southerly (procedure)

Stanley Suter (health, currently at LifeCare in New Market)

Cole Wheelbarger (procedure, December 28)

Carolyn Wine (health)

Gary Wise (COVID)

Tom Wilfong (recovery)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB