A special thank you to Charles Sargent for sharing the Word of God this week! There is no recap this week of the sermon.

Questions for Reflection

1) Why is it important to dwell on the truth?

2) In what areas of your life do you need freedom this week?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will start the study in the discipline of solitude with the sermon titled, “The Power of Solitude”, based on 1 Kings 19:1-19. How important is it to be still and quiet before God? Why do we need to press on and drown out all distractions? Come or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for August 8 – 14

August 8: Romans 16:1-15 How were the church at Rome and Paul’s companions a portrait of what it will be like in heaven?

August 9: Romans 16:16-20 What should we watch out for? Why?

August 10: Romans 16:21-27 What was the final piece of truth Paul wanted the Romans to hold on to?

August 11: Acts 17:1-12 What was the primary difference between the Thessalonians and Bereans?

August 12: Acts 8:28-40 How did meditation upon the words of Isaiah change the course of history for Ethiopia?

August 13: Mark 1:1-8 How did the desert transform from a place of solitude to a place of blessing?

August 14: Mark 1:29-39 For Jesus, what was the importance of solitude?

This Week’s  Events:

Tuesday, August 8–Leadership Team prep meeting, 6 pm

Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13–Church Retreat @ Natural Chimneys (see schedule below)

Sunday, August 13–Children’s Church begins

Sunday, August 13–White Birch worship service @ 1:30–come join us!

Sunday, August 13–Get Out Of Your Head Bible Study @ 3:30 pm @ Scott & Heather McAvoy’s (5506 Sagefield Dr, Rockingham)

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, August 17–Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Wednesday, August 23–Ministry Team Meeting @ 6:30 pm

Sunday, August 27–Summer Vespers @ 5 pm


Solitude– Spiritual Discipline Challenge

Solitude is the art of building quiet time to refresh the soul. In order to build quiet time first, you must develop a quiet space. The quiet space needs to be free from noise and distraction. Jesus often withdrew to a “lonely place” to pray, far from people, so he could hear the voice of God the Father. Our lonely place needs to be similar, for the goal is to hear clearly and silence all.

In the movie War Room, the woman who was selling her house had a closet that she would go to pray and connect with God. At the end of the movie, a retired minister was touring the house, stopped by the closet, and knew that was the house for them, for he could feel the presence of God emanating from that room!

So your challenge this week is to find a solitary place where you can go to connect with God!


We will have our next Vespers of the summer Sunday, August 27, at 5 pm. We will have a simple meal together, sing some camp-song favorites, have a fellowship activity, and share in God’s Word. These have been very enjoyable in the past, so I encourage you to come attend!


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. Contact Alice Over (worship leading) or Phyllis Simmons (children’s story) if you want to serve.

Beaver Creek Church Retreat

Natural Chimneys Campground
August 11-13, 2023

RV sites: C3, C4, C22 (see Winnie for details)
An additional site for tent camping and overflow parking: C21 (see Jane for details)
(We saw online this morning that adjacent sites are still available).

Friday, August 11
Arrive and set up camp.
Campground’s official check-in time is 2 p.m.
Informal supper around the campfire in Beaver Creek camping zone 6 p.m.: Hot dogs and fixings provided
(Note: Pool not available Friday.)

Saturday, August 12
Lunch: noon. Bring something for yourself or to share (We will provide drinks, chips, paper plates, cups, ice, and materials for a make-a-sandwich lunch.)
Open group swim for all interested: 3 p.m. at the pool
(Pool admission is $4/person. Children 3 and under are free. Admission can be purchased from the Visitor Center with VISA, MasterCard, Discover, cash, or check.)
The fire starts at 5 p.m. at Shelter 2.
Make a mountain pie for supper at 6 p.m. (mountain pie materials are provided along with drinks, chips, paper plates, cups, and ice). Bring a side dish, and a mountain pie iron if you have one.
Vespers at 7 p.m. at Shelter 2.
S’mores around the fire in the Beaver Creek camping zone: 8:15 p.m.

Sunday, August 13
Break camp: Campground’s official check-out time is 12 noon
Sunday School and worship at Beaver Creek as usual


This Sunday, August 13, Children’s Church will begin. We will have Children’s Church every other Sunday. This week’s lesson will be on the Parable of the Sower. More details will follow!

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) Revival

7) Guidance for our congregation in the days ahead

Idea Box!

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 to 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) Place in the offering plate on Sunday!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller & Carolyn Wine

Keep Evy Kaye’s friend Mary Beth and Tami Plaugher’s friend Vicki as they both are wrestling with cancer.

Pray also for those departing to college in the next few weeks.

Eddie Baker (health)

Terri Burkholder (health)

Deanne Dastoli (health)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bill Eckard (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Alma Long (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)

Norma Samalot (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–August 8, 2023