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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Upcoming events:

December 15, 2019
December 16, 2019
December 19, 2019
December 22, 2019

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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…)

Big weekend set for November 15-17

The weekend of November 15-17 is set to be a big one for Beaver Creek Church, including our annual volunteer weekend and installation of Pastor Ryan Cooper. The installation service will be held in morning worship on November 17, following our annual service weekend. It all starts on the night of Friday, November 15 at 6 p.m. with a hot dog roast, campfire and evening vespers in song. The field behind the picnic shelter will be available for those who want to camp out overnight. That night, the youth will be shopping for our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. (Update: With cold weather predicted, we will use discretion on which activities to have outside. We recommend cold weather gear for any planning to camp out.)

On Saturday morning, all participants will meet for an 8 a.m. breakfast and then work together on service projects arranged by the Outreach and Missions Focus Team. There will be lunch at 12:30 p.m. Saturday for everyone that has helped. Then on Sunday we’ll have reflection time and prayers for those we serve together with the installation and welcome of Pastor Ryan and his family.

For other church news, check out out our November 2019 newsletter.