RECAP: GIDEONS SUNDAY
A special thank you to Bob Hill for sharing about the Gideons’ ministry. When we put the Word of God into places where people can find them, we give an open door to the Spirit to work on a heart. Jesus is the Word of God, and the Word has the power to set people free! Thank you Gideons for distributing the Word of God locally and abroad so people have an opportunity to respond to the hope that is found in Jesus.
Questions for Reflection
1) Who can you think of this week that you could share the good news with someone?
This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will resume the series on Worship with the sermon titled, “Praise the Lord!”, based on Psalm 150. Why should we praise God, and how often should we take time to praise him? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!
Daily Bible Readings for January 17 – 23
January 17: Psalm 119:17-24 Why is the Word of God important?
January 18: Psalm 119:25-32 Why is the Word of God important?
January 19: Psalm 119:33-40 Why is the Word of God important?
January 20: Psalm 119:41-48 Why is the Word of God important?
January 21: Psalm 119:49-56 Why is the Word of God important?
January 22: Psalm 149 How should we worship the Lord? Why?
January 23: Psalm 148 How should we worship the Lord? Why?
This Week’s Events:
Wednesday, January 18–Outreach Team @ 7 pm
Thursday, January 19–Leadership Team @ 7 pm
Monday, January 16–Timothy Bible Study @ 7 pm
Sunday, February 5–Congregational Business Meeting after church w/soup & sandwich meal provided by Women’s Fellowship
Sunday, February 26–Birthday dinner
New Year Long Series
We believe in following Jesus. How do we grow in our faith? All year long, we will explore the twelve Spiritual Disciplines. These are spiritual practices with the intention on helping us grow deeper in our faith and relationship with God. Each month, we will focus on a different discipline. For January, we will explore the discipline of worship. And in this section, I will include an exercise you can practice to help with spiritual growth.
Worship / Spiritual Discipline Challenge
Last week, we focused on the devotion aspect of worship. This week, we explore a little more about the commitment side of worship. We do call a Sunday morning service a worship service, for it is a time we set aside to give honor to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. But true worship goes far beyond regular attendance at church.
The Samaritan woman thought worship was about frequency and location. The Samaritans worshiped God at Mt Gerizim–the site where Joshua renewed the covenant with Israel. Israel worshiped at the temple in Jerusalem. But look at what Jesus said, “A time is coming when you will worship neither on this mountain or in Jerusalem…the time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship in Spirit and truth” (John 4:21-24).
What was Jesus saying? What God desires is when we are fully committed to him in every way, both in Spirit and in truth. We worship in Spirit when our lives are directed by the leading of the Holy Spirit–which means he must be a daily part of our lives! We worship in truth when our actions match our mouths and our hearts, and it shows a life pointed to God. Sunday is important, but what we do every day is even more important.
So this week’s challenge: take at least 10 minutes of time each day to praise God and seek his face. Ask the Holy Spirit to come and fill your life fresh each and every day, and pray that God would grant you the strength to live in a way that reflects Him, no matter the situation!
If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek, please call the office or leave in the offering plate your birth date so we do not miss anyone!
Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story
We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. If you would like to serve, contact Alice Over (worship leading).
If you served on Leadership Team last year, we need your end-of-the-year report for the council meeting! Please send it to Tess at the office by today!!
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
7) Guidance for our congregation in the days ahead
What do you want to see at Beaver Creek? What are some ideas you have for the long-term growth of our congregation? Any outrageous outreach ideas? Please either email Pastor Ryan or write them down and place them in the brown suggestion box in the narthex. Dream big!
The Christian Education Team is looking for volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School hour. If you are willing to help, even if it is just for a Sunday, please reach out to the Christian Education Team and let them know.
Four Ways to Give!
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 on Sunday!
Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Stanley Suter & Carolyn Wine
Pray for several in our congregation who are battling either COVID or the flu.
Sandy Bennington (peace)
Patsy Dastoli (health)
Elijah Tucker Dean (health)
Natalie Dodge (health)
John Fix (addiction)
Cindy Heatwole (health)
Bob Hess (health)
Tori Jackson (peace)
Darlene LaPrade (health)
Mark Martin (health)
Barbara Meadows (health)
Alda Miller (health)
Betty Miller (health)
Norlen Miller (health)
Mary G Miller (health)
Mary M Miller (health)
Savannah Miller (health)
Tami Plaugher (health)
Evy Kaye Sandin (recovery)
Ann Simmons (health)
Crystal Smith (health)
Tess Southerly (recovery)
Norma Suter (health)
Whitmore family (house)
Grayson Whitmore (recovery)
Mary Whitmore (health)
Shelvy Wittig (health)
Owen Wright (health)
Pastor Ryan Cooper
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