Pastor Ryan will be on vacation beginning Tuesday, June 6 through Wednesday, June 14. If you have a need for pastoral care, please contact the deacons.
RECAP: VALUE OF STUDY based on Deuteronomy 6:1-9, 12, 20-25
Final words are extremely important; it is what the person who speaks desires to convey most. Those words should be heeded and valued. When Moses was about to die and Israel was to enter the promised land, he gathered the nation and shared what would become the book of Deuteronomy. What priorities did Moses want Israel to cling to? The same priorities that we should hold on to still even today:
- God alone (6:4). Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is One. God is the one that we should worship and revere and him alone. God should have no rival, but our full attention and devotion. Is God the center of everything we do, or is he simply a small piece of our lives? Do we have other things that we worship more than God? Can people tell we are devoted to God in how we live?
- Give God our very best (6:5). We should love the LORD our God with all our heart, soul, and strength. Literally, we should give God the very best of every part of ourselves. That means we should have God at the center of our decision-making, of our emotions, of our spiritual life, of our mental health, and of our physical being. We are not truly loving God if we are not fully devoted to him! Can we give him 100% instead of 90%?
- Intentional instruction & recall of the Word (6:6-9). Moses wanted Israel to put the Word at the center of their lives. The Word should be consulted when we wake up and when we sleep, as well as when we enter our home and depart it. Do whatever it takes to put the Word front and center, even if you have to tie it to your forehead (6:8-9!). We should be intentional in instructing our children in the ways of the LORD, for if they do not see it in us, they will not see it. Is every aspect of our lives shaped and guided by the pages of the Word?
- Do not forget (6:12). We absolutely should not forget what the LORD has done. When Israel forgot, it allowed room for their hearts to be led astray to the gods of the nations around them. But when we remember what God has done and how he has worked in our lives, it gives us more strength to continue to stand strong, even if we are standing alone. Do whatever it takes to recall the faithfulness of God!
- Fear and obey (6:20-25). We should keep a healthy fear of the LORD. This is not dread or terror, but great admiration and respect. It is a fear that values a relationship with God so much, that one would not attempt anything that would damage that relationship! The healthy fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, hates all evil, and pursues that which is right. It is manifest in obedience, for you should you are listening through obedience. Otherwise, it is just noise.
Why should we have the right priorities? What blessings are there for a well-ordered life after God? We have the blessing of long life–one that starts with salvation and goes throughout eternity! We have the blessing of success and enduring legacy, that what we build in the LORD will outlive us and pass on to future generations. We have the promise of the LORD’s protection from our enemies, giving us peace and strength even when we feel like we are in the battle alone. And we have the assurance of righteousness, that we will stand right before God and welcomed before him.
Questions for Reflection
1) Is God the sole focus of your devotion, or are there other things/people that you devote your time to more than God? What can you do to increase your devotion to God?
2) What are some practical ways you can show God the depth of your love for him this week?
3) How much time each day do you devote to God and instruction in the Word? How can you reorganize your time to increase this?
4) What is one way you have seen God work in your life?
This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will be on vacation. Lynne Lent will continue the study in the discipline of study with the sermon titled, “Never Void”, based on Isaiah 55:8-12. What is the true power of God’s Word? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!
When Pastor Ryan returns, he will continue the study in the discipline of study with the sermon titled, “Light For Our Path,” based on Psalm 119:9-16, 97-105. Why is it important to study the Word? How can it be our guide?
Daily Bible Readings for June 6 – 19
June 6: Psalm 119:73-80 What are the benefits to the study of the Word?
June 7: Psalm 119:81-88 What is the comfort provided by the study of the Word?
June 8: Psalm 119:89-96 What are the benefits to the study of the Word?
June 9: Psalm 119:97-104 What are the benefits to the study of the Word?
June 10: Psalm 119:105-112 What are the benefits to the study of the Word?
June 11: Psalm 119:113-120 What are the benefits to the study of the Word?
June 12: Psalm 119:121-128 What is the comfort provided by the study of the Word?
June 13: Psalm 119:129-136 What is the comfort provided by the study of the Word?
June 14: Psalm 119:137-144 What is the comfort provided by the study of the Word?
June 15: Psalm 119:145-152 What is the comfort provided by the study of the Word?
June 16: Psalm 119:153-160 What is the comfort provided by the study of the Word?
June 17: Psalm 119:161-168 What are the blessings of the study of the Word?
June 18: Psalm 119:169-176 What are the blessings of the study of the Word?
June 19: Isaiah 55:8-13 What is the power of the Word of God?
This Week’s Events:
Sunday, June 11–Get Out Of Your Head Bible Study, 4 pm
Thursday, June 15–Leadership Team Meeting
Saturday, June 17–Father/Son Dinner
Sunday, June 18–Graduation Recognition Sunday
Sunday, June 25–Outdoor Worship & Communion
Sunday, June 25–Summer Vespers @ 6 pm
Saturday, July 22–Back to School Event/Community Yard Sale?
Sunday, August 13–Children’s Church begins
Study– Spiritual Discipline Challenge
This week, your challenge is to read the entire book of 1 John (five chapters). For each chapter you read, answer the following questions: For next week (week of June 12), your challenge is to read the entire book of James (five chapters).
1) What is something new you learned in the reading today?
2) How is the passage challenging you to grow in your faith?
3) How can you better live out your faith in light of what you just read?
We will be honoring our graduates on Sunday, June 18. If you have a graduate, please contact the church office so we can make sure they are recognized and honored. We are aware of six graduates already. We also are asking for a photo of each graduate to be submitted to the office. Please submit it to the office by Friday, June 9!
Women’s Fellowship will host the father/son dinner on Saturday, June 17 @ 5 pm. The sign-up sheet will be on the bulletin board this Sunday. Please sign up if you plan to attend!
Back to School Outreach
The Outreach Team will be planning a small back-to-school event in the month of July. One thing we want to feature is to give away school supplies to families in need. Please consider donating some school supplies (paper, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, rulers, folders, backpacks, etc.). There will be a box in the narthex where you can place your donation.
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) or Phyllis Simmons (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
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 six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School hour and church hour. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to be able to participate in worship, please let one of the members of Christian Education know (Theresa Eckard, Scott McAvoy, Becky Whitmore), or sign up on the signup sheet!
Sight & Sound Interest
The Fidelis class is looking at sponsoring a church-wide trip to Sight & Sound in 2024. But before the class can investigate bus prices and total cost, we want to gauge the true interest in the church. We have had several express interest and are trying to the best package for us as a church body. If you are interested and would like to be considered for this one-day event next year, please contact the office or let Pastor Ryan know in the next few weeks.
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 & Carolyn Wine
Eddie Baker (health)
Terri Burkholder (health)
Deanne Dastoli (health)
Patsy Dastoli (health)
Elijah Tucker Dean (health)
Natalie Dodge (health)
Bill Eckard (recovery)
Emma Eckard (safe travels)
John Fix (addiction)
Cindy Heatwole (health)
Bob Hess (health)
Darlene LaPrade (health)
Lynne Lent (health)
Alma Long (health & recovery)
Mark Martin (health)
Barbara Meadows (health)
Betty Miller (health)
Norlen Miller (health)
Mary G Miller (health)
Mary M Miller (health)
Savannah Miller (health)
Tami Plaugher (health)
Ann Simmons (health)
Crystal Smith (health)
Whitmore family (house)
Mary Whitmore (health)
Wilfong Family (loss)
Cindy Wittig (health)
Shelvy Wittig (health)
Pastor Ryan Cooper
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