Good News Brief–May 25, 2021

RECAP–OUR HOPE based on 1 Corinthians 15:51-58

#5 Hymn–Blessed Assurance

Context for the Hymn (based on research by Pastor Ryan)

Fanny Crosby, America’s most prolific hymn writer, wrote 8,000 Gospel songs and hymns during a lifetime, which spanned nearly a century. She passed away in her 95th year. All of her days, except the first six weeks, were spent in blindness. However, not even the loss of eyesight could render defeat to this astoundingly courageous soul. Aunt Fanny, as she later was affectionately called, also wrote 1,000+ nonreligious songs, and had four books of poetry and two best-selling autobiographies published.

Frances Jane Crosby was born in Putnam County, New York, on March 24, 1820. A poorly trained doctor applied a mustard plaster poultice to her eyes when she was only six weeks old, rendering her totally blind. Even in her childhood, she realized she had a special gift.

She often said, “I have a jewel — content.”

When only nine years of age, she wrote:

“O what a happy soul am I, Although I cannot see,

I am resolved that in this world, Contented I will be.

How many blessings I enjoy That other people don’t.

To weep and sigh because I’m blind,  I cannot, and I won’t.”

She continued to put her poetical gift to use. A strong believer in God, she used her gift to give glory to God. Our hymnal alone contains eight of these hymns, such as To God Be the Glory, Praise Him! Praise Him!, and I Am Thine, O Lord. 

One day in 1873, Fanny was visiting with a friend, Phoebe Knapp, a musician of sorts and wife of the founder of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. During their visit Mrs. Knapp played a tune on her piano, which she had recently written. She then asked Fanny, “What does this tune say?” After kneeling in prayer for a few moments, she rose and declared, “It says, ‘Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!’”

Aunt Fanny began to dictate verses to Mrs. Knapp, who wrote them down, fitting them to the melody just as we hear it sung today.

SERMON RECAP

Fanny Crosby had every reason to be angry and live a life of bitterness. After all, the doctor messed up a treatment and left her blind! Instead, she lived a life full of contentedness and joy! Likewise, Maggi Peterson could have become an angry little girl when she received her cancer diagnosis as a seventh-grader in 2018. Instead, she was a constant beacon of joy and hope, bringing joy to those around her and inspiring her teachers (including Heather!). Maggi did succumb to the cancer late in 2019, but even to the very end, she was filled with joy.

We look at these two individuals with admiration. How did they live with so much joy, so much hope, despite their horrific circumstances? They lived with deep joy because they had a deep blessed assurance–Jesus was theirs! And it was their relationship with Jesus that saw them through their lives, whether it was 95 years of blindness or a little more than 13 years of life.

Beginning with Descartes and the rise of the Enlightenment, a growing secularism has covered the face of the earth. Whether it is doubting truth in everything except our own existence (Descartes) to killing the myth of God (Nietzche), the idea has been trumpeted that the only life that matters is the here and now. We especially see this in culture today with our young people (I see my three girls face it on a consistent basis), where reason and consequence analysis is abandoned for what “feels good here and now.” But later in life, we become filled with regret. We live with the consequences of our choices. And when we get to the point of death, we fear it, or begin to confess and ask God for forgiveness. For as much as society wants to silence God and remove him, the immanence of death stirs within our soul the reality we try to bury–there there is an appointed time for us all to leave this earth, and then face the judgment (Heb 9:27), to give an accounting for how we lived (Rom 14:12).

But we as believers do not have to dread death, nor live in defeat and sorrow in the midst of struggles of our life. We do have a blessed assurance! For IF WE ARE IN JESUS, we know that there is eternal life waiting for us, made possible through the victory of Jesus over death and sin by the cross! We have an assurance that life is not the end; one day we will see him face to face and be reunited with our friend. This earth is just a temporary home; no matter what might happen to us, Jesus is the biggest blessing and greatest treasure we could ever possess!

Fanny certainly looked forward to that day. After all, she longed for the visions of rapture to burst on her sight–even though she could not see! She envisioned in her mind what that day would be like when she could finally open her eyes, and the first thing to see is Jesus! And of Maggi’s final actions in this life was to worship God, hands lifted toward the heavens, praising her Jesus!

This body will decay. But if we are in Jesus, we will be raised. There is a rapture, and we will meet Christ and dwell with him forever! There will be no sting of death, nor victory for the grave, for Jesus Christ took the sting of death upon himself so we can truly be free and live!

So how do we live in this blessed assurance of hope? Take Paul’s counsel in 1 Corinthians 15:58. Develop your relationship with Jesus. Make him more than just an exercise on a Sunday morning; may everything you do be about him! Stand firm in your faith. Recall what the Lord has done in your life, and build upon his faithfulness. Let nothing move you. Anchor yourself in Christ, for trials will come. Trust in the one who brings the victory! And devote yourself fully to the work of Christ. The more we share the good news, the stronger our faith becomes.

Do you have that blessed assurance that Jesus is yours? If not, you can have it today!

Questions for reflection

1) Who is the most joy-filled person you know? Did they know Jesus?

2) How would you rate your relationship with Jesus?

3) What practices do you have in your life to help your relationship with Jesus grow?

4) With whom could you share the good news?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday Pastor Ryan continues the Favorite Hymn Series with our #4 hymn, based on Psalm 66. How does creation declare the praises of God? How great is our God? Come or tune in Sunday to find out.

Daily Bible Readings for May 25 – May 31

May 25: Psalm 42 How did the Psalmist describe his hope?

May 26: Isaiah 51:1-16 What would be Israel’s hope?

May 27: Jeremiah 33 What was God’s message of hope?

May 28: Zechariah 10 What was God’s promise of hope?

May 29: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 What is our blessed hope?

May 30: Exodus 12:1-42 How did God demonstrate his greatness over Egypt?

May 31: Joshua 8:1-29 How did God prove his greatness?

Birthdays

May 26–David Simmons

This Week’s Events:

Saturday, May 29–Men’s Fellowship Resumes @7:15 AM, Thomas House Restaurant

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, June 5–Women’s Fellowship Yard Sale @ Diane Miller’s house–you can leave items for donation in the basement of the church or place in the trailer once it arrives

Sunday, June 6–Summer Hours Begin; Worship @ 9:30 AM, Sunday School @ 10:45 AM

Sunday, June 6–First Sunday Breakfast @ 8:45 AM

Sunday, June 6–First Sunday Offering for Ava Cares

Sunday, June 13–Graduate Recognition Sunday

Sunday, June 20–Outdoor Worship

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).

Brethren Woods–Fundraising Opportunities

Thank you to all who have given so far! Pastor Ryan will be soaked! But if Pastor Ryan is the highest money raiser for this fundraiser for Brethren Woods, he will get a weekend retreat at Forest Haven. So let’s continue to give toward the cause!

What is more, if we can raise over $400, Winnie Wilfong has agreed (in part, due to Tom’s volunteering!) to also take a bucket of water for camp! If the kids can be involved, she will let each of the kids who participate dump a bucket of water on her!

We plan to get soaked during outdoor worship Sunday, June 20!

Also, Pieter and Nils will be doing a 100-mile bike ride, visiting congregations through the valley, starting at Brethren Woods and ending at Pleasant Valley COB. They are hoping to make a stop here. We can show support by donating to their cause!

If you would like to donate to either cause, write a check out the church, but you need to mark it as “Dunk Pastor Ryan” or “Bike Ride” in the memo line. If donating via cash, please mark it on an envelope.

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

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! 

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 our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Stanley Suter & Carolyn Wine

John Bennington (health)

Sam Carr (health)

Cooper family (challenges)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Tina Dotson (COVID)

Bill Eckard (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Janet Good (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Shannon Hollen (health)

Shirley Holland (health)

Heath Kimmell (health)

Lambert family (loss)

Larry LaPrade (COVID)

Lent family (work)

Alda Miller (health)

Diane Miller (health)

Mary Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (procedure)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (health)

Chris Shirk (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

Good News Brief–May 18, 2021

RECAP–GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS based on Lamentations 3:16-26

#6 Hymn–Great is Thy Faithfulness

Context for the Hymn (based on research by Pastor Ryan)

Thomas Chisholm wrote “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” when he was 60 years old (1925) as a testament to God’s faithfulness through his very ordinary life.  Born in a log cabin in Franklin, Kentucky, Chisholm became a Christian when he was twenty-seven and entered the ministry when he was thirty-six, though poor health forced him to retire after just one year. During the rest of his life, Chisholm spent many years living in New Jersey and working as a life insurance agent.  Still, even with a desk job, he wrote nearly 1,200 poems throughout his life, including several published hymns.

Chisholm explained toward the end of his life, “My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now.  Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.”

Just think, with each new day, God gives us the chance to prove His faithfulness.  And throughout history, He’s never once been proven wrong, for His mercies are new every morning, no matter what. 

SERMON RECAP

My great-grandmother, Abuela Mary, and my grandmother, Mama, both called Great in Thy Faithfulness their favorite hymn. I remember singing the hymn in Spanish, since my Abuela Mary knew very little English, by her bedside in the hospital the night before she passed away in 1998. I then sang the hymn in her honor at her funeral, and my grandmother Mama wants me to sing it at her funeral too. For me, this hymn has deep history and connection that went even farther than Thomas Chisholm’s words.

Abuela Mary was the first of my entire family line, on both sides of the family, to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. As a young woman in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she married her sweetheart she had met at church, and had two children, Mama and my late Uncle Teo. But then the Great Depression struck and continued to intensify. My great-grandfather became mixed up in the wrong crowd, and soon had not only walked away from a life of faith, but became mixed up in drugs. He was murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Abuela Mary and her two children were forced to become homeless due to debts that were called into account and a foreclosure of their home. They were welcomed by the local church, who had an unused Sunday School room on the second floor which they were able to use as living quarters until she was able to land a nursing job and get back on her feet. She had been through the worst of times, but knew God’s faithfulness!

As she emerged from the ruin of that time, she always had an “upper room” of every dwelling she lived in which was held vacant for a person in time of need. She also used that room to pray multiple times a day. She continued that tradition even into her final days–a tradition that Mama continued. Whenever I would go over to their house as a child in Rochester, NY, Abuela Mary and Mama would spend multiple times a day, praying in the upper room, for those in need. Both of them were strong in their faith, firmly believing God would answer their every prayer. One of the last things Abuela Mary said to me, which Mama has repeated regularly: “No matter where you are in life, God is always faithful.” They prayed for my mother, who was a rebellious teenager at the time, back into church. They prayed for my father, who when he met my mother had nothing to do with God, to find the Lord. They prayed for my father to enter into the ministry–and he did. And they prayed over me, saying multiple times when I was a youth that I would lead many to Christ and faithfully preach his Word. In many ways, the impact on you as my church family is a result of their firm, unwavering belief in the faithfulness of God, no matter where they were in life. And Samantha, Katie, and Joscelin are all a continuation of the legacy started by Abuela Mary back in the 1930’s.

God is always faithful, no matter what. When Jeremiah penned these beautiful words in Lamentations, the city of Jerusalem was in the process of being destroyed by Babylon. The temple was no more. His people were taken into exile as a direct result of their unfaithfulness. Yet Jeremiah clung to the faithfulness of God.

God is always faithful. He made a covenant with us, that he would be our God, and we would be his people. A covenant, unlike a contract today which is easily broken, was meant to be enduring, lasting, enforced until death. What this means is that God’s word never fails. We don’t have to worry at all about if God will come through, because he always will. He will never leave us or forsake us; he will forgive our sins and remember them no more; he is as close as the mention of his name; he loves us with an everlasting love. God never promised that we would have a trouble free life, nor did he promise that we would be free of trials or difficulties or pain. Rather, he promised his presence in the midst of it all–even if it is exile. God is faithful.

He is faithful, no matter where we are in life. Satan wants us to believe that when we are in our darkest seasons, God has abandoned us. Sometimes those dark times are self-imposed. But no matter what we face, no matter where we are, God is still faithful, and his Word remains true. We don’t have to be overcome by despair, but we can cling to hope, that there is a way through. I did not include this in the sermon Sunday, but will add it here: the promise in Jeremiah 29:11, that we will have a hope and a future, was given to a people about to go into exile! Even when it looks like our world is shattering around our feet, God is still working! Cling to hope!

God is faithful, even when we are not. Israel was in exile because of their unfaithfulness. Sometimes, we push God away because we make the choice to be in sin. We keep him at arms length because we don’t want to face conviction, and we also push away those who love us and those who care enough to say something. But just because we mess up doesn’t mean that the covenant is null and void. God stays committed to us, and even provided the way of salvation so we can have a way to become faithful again!

Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes it is very difficult, and we are struck with catastrophe. But cling to the faithfulness of God; he will see you through, no matter where you are in life.

Questions for reflection

1) Is there a time in your life you have seen firsthand the faithfulness of God? How did it impact you?

2) What circumstances are you facing right now that you could use God’s help? Lay it before the faithful God!

3) When you are facing a crisis, what Scripture is the one you cling to?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday Pastor Ryan continues the Favorite Hymn Series with our #5 hymn, based on 1 Corinthians 15:51-58. What is our blessed hope? And why should we cling to it now, more than ever? Come or tune in Sunday to find out.

Daily Bible Readings for May 18 – 24

May 18: Joshua 6 How did God demonstrate his faithfulness?

May 19: Genesis 15 What does the covenant have to do with God’s faithfulness?

May 20:  Ruth 4 How did God show his faithfulness to Naomi and Ruth?

May 21: 2 Kings 20:1-11 How did God show his faithfulness to Hezekiah?

May 22: Daniel 1 How did God show his faithfulness in the midst of exile?

May 23: Psalm 34 How did David describe his hope?

May 24: Psalm 27 How did David describe his hope?

 

This Week’s Events:

Thursday, May 20–Leadership Team @ 7 PM

Friday, May 21–Apple Dumpling Making @ 9 AM

Friday, May 21 & Saturday, May 22–Disaster Auction

Sunday, May 23–Pentecost Sunday Love Feast @ 6 PM

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, May 29–Men’s Fellowship Resumes @7:15 AM, Thomas House Restaurant

Sunday, June 6–Summer Hours Begin; Worship @ 9:30 AM, Sunday School @ 10:45 AM
Sunday, June 6–First Breakfast @ 8:45 AM

Sunday, June 13–Graduate Recognition Sunday

Sunday, June 20–Outdoor Worship

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).

Brethren Woods–Fundraising Opportunities

Thank you to all who have given so far! Pastor Ryan will be soaked! But if Pastor Ryan is the highest money raiser for this fundraiser for Brethren Woods, he will get a weekend retreat at Forest Haven. So let’s continue to give toward the cause!

What is more, if we can raise over $400, Winnie Wilfong has agreed (in part, due to Tom’s volunteering!) to also take a bucket of water for camp!

Also, Pieter and Nils will be doing a 100-mile bike ride, visiting congregations through the valley, starting at Brethren Woods and ending at Pleasant Valley COB. They are hoping to make a stop here. We can show support by donating to their cause!

If you would like to donate to either cause, write a check out the church, but you need to mark it as “Dunk Pastor Ryan” or “Bike Ride” in the memo line. If donating via cash, please mark it on an envelope.

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

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! 

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 our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Stanley Suter & Carolyn Wine

John Bennington (health)

Sam Carr (health)

Cooper family (challenges)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Tina Dotson (COVID)

John Fix (addiction)

Janet Good (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Shannon Hollen (health)

Shirley Holland (health)

Heath Kimmell (health)

Lambert family (loss)

Larry LaPrade (COVID)

Lent family (work)

Alda Miller (health)

Diane Miller (health)

Mary Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (health)

Chris Shirk (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

Good News Brief–May 11, 2021

RECAP–POWER OF THE CROSS based on Colossians 1:15-23

#7 Hymn–THE OLD RUGGED CROSS

Context for the Hymn (based on Lifeway.org & other research by Pastor Ryan)

Unlike many of our previous hymns, The Old Rugged Cross was birthed as a result of the growing liberalism in the early 1900s. Troubled by the disregard for and watering down of the gospel, evangelist George Bennard turned to Scripture to reflect on the work of Christ on the cross. He later recalled, “I seemed to have a vision … . I saw the Christ and the cross inseparable.” His focus was to call the people back to the cross, but he did so by poetry, which would later be turned into a hymn.

The words came easily, and the first verse was completed by Bennard during a series of meetings in Albion, Michigan. Several months later, the remaining three verses were completed in Pokagon, Michigan, where Bennard was leading meetings at a local church.

In 1912, he gave the song to Charles Gabriel (tune for I Stand Amazed in the Presence & His Eye is On the Sparrow), who turned into the melody we know today.

Ironically, the song was not well-liked by many because of its deep individualized message. It stood in contrast to many of the congregations of the day, which minimized an individualized experience (possibly as a reaction to the Holiness and early Pentecostal movements) compared to a community experience. In fact, the hymn does not even appear in any Brethren hymnals!

SERMON RECAP

What makes Christianity different than the other religions of the world? What makes it unique? While other religions teach there are many ways to touch the divine, Christianity is the one where the divine came down, in human form, and touched us. We learn that we are people filled with sin, in need of redemption, in need of a Savior. There is no way we can ever be good enough to atone on our own; we need the hand of a Savior. And Jesus was that Savior, who left heaven and took on human form, becoming obedient to death on the cross so we could have life. In many ways, the cross is the ultimate expression of the deep love of God.

What does the old rugged cross mean?

1) Restoration of creation. Jesus is the creator and was intimately involved with the foundations of the world. Yet, when sin entered the world at the Garden of Eden, a new cursed trajectory was established. This new path created bondage, for humanity and all of creation, which needed to be liberated. But Jesus loved his creation so much that he could not stay on the sidelines and let us go our own way; he had to intervene to restore. As a parent, I understand the risk of intervention; my own children could reject what I am trying to say, even though I am motivated out of love. Jesus paid the ultimate price for his intervention; he was crucified on that cross! But it was worth it all because, in the end, the path of restoration was established!

2) Reconciliation with God. When a relationship is broken, it takes a significant amount of time to heal. Sometimes, it feels like things can never be restored. But like a mother with a wayward child keeps holding out for hope and trying to find a way of reconciliation, so too Jesus, through the cross made a way of reconciliation possible. Sin built the bridge and widened the chasm; the cross filled the chasm and provided the path back to the wholeness of relationship again. No one is too far gone, no matter how deep the sin!

3)  Peace within. We are always at war–with our sinful nature, with Satan and other powers of darkness, with our culture, with ourselves, etc. Because we are always at war, it is difficult to know peace, because true peace only comes when all is right with God, with all relationships with others that we have, and within. As long as sin is present, we cannot know peace. As long as Jesus is absent from our lives, we cannot know peace. But the cross made peace possible because it restored our relationship with God through the shed blood. That shedding of blood covered over our sins, making us white as snow again. And the shed blood removed the guilt and shame. allowing us to stand whole again. The cross means peace!

4) Friends, not enemies. Before Christ, we were, because of our sins, enemies of God. Our minds are hostile. All you need to look at is a toddler. They kick, scream, hit, and tantrum when they don’t get their way. Although we are grown up, we still are like a toddler spiritually when we don’t get our own way and sin. And in turn, we treat God and anyone that represents right-living as enemies, because they get in the way of our sinful nature’s desires! But through the cross, we have become friends of God. Our nature can be made new. We no longer have to fight God, but we can accept his friendship.

5) New life. Yes, we have the hope of eternal life through the cross. But we also have a new life now. We are a new creation (2 Cor 5:17). We don’t have to live in our past failures, but can stand renewed!

The cross means so much to us. Abide in the cross; live your faith in such a way that you daily honor Jesus’ act of love. Be established and firm in Christ, digging deep in our relationship, individually and collectively. And let us not waver from hope, for because of the cross, we always have hope!

Questions for reflection

1) What in your life needs restoration? Can you allow God to restore it?

2) What relationships in your life need reconciliation? Can you allow God to bring it?

3) Where do you struggle to have peace in your life?

4) In your daily living, do you regularly honor the cross, or keep God at arms length?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday Pastor Ryan continues the Favorite Hymn Series with our #6 hymn. The sermon will be titled, “Great is Thy Faithfulness!,” based on Lamentations 3:16-26. How can we stand on the goodness of God, especially when life seems to be falling apart? And what special meaning does the #6 hymn have for Pastor Ryan? Come or tune in Sunday to find out.

Daily Bible Readings for May 11 – 17

May 11: Ruth 1:1-22 How did Ruth show kindness to her mother-in-law?

May 12: 1 Samuel 1:21-2:11 How was Hannah a great mother for Samuel?

May 13: 2 Kings 4:1-7 How was an unnamed widow an example of a great mother?

May 14: Proverbs 31:10-31 What are some great characteristics of a woman of faith?

May 15: Matthew 20:20-28 How did James and John’s mother advocate for them?

May 16: Genesis 41 How did God demonstrate his faithfulness?

May 17: Exodus 14 How did God demonstrate his faithfulness?

This Week’s Events:

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, May 20–Leadership Team @ 7 PM

Friday, May 21–Apple Dumpling Making @ 9 AM

Friday, May 21 & Saturday, May 22–Disaster Auction

Sunday, May 23–Pentecost Sunday Love Feast @ 6 PM

Saturday, May 29–Men’s Fellowship Resumes @7:15 AM, Thomas House Restaurant

Sunday, June 6–Summer Hours Begin; Worship @ 9:30 AM, Sunday School @ 10:45 AM

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).

Brethren Woods–Fundraising Opportunities

Do you want to see Pastor Ryan poured with a bucket of water? If we can raise over $200, we can do so! This time, instead of it being done by family, it can be done right after church by one of you! And if Pastor Ryan is the highest money raiser for this fundraiser for Brethren Woods, he will get a weekend retreat at Forest Haven.

Also, Pieter and Nils will be doing a 100-mile bike ride, visiting congregations through the valley, starting at Brethren Woods and ending at Pleasant Valley COB. They are hoping to make a stop here. We can show support by donating to their cause!

If you would like to donate to either cause, write a check out the church, but you need to mark it as “Dunk Pastor Ryan” or “Bike Ride” in the memo line. If donating via cash, please mark it on an envelope.

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

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! 

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 our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Stanley Suter & Carolyn Wine

John Bennington (health)

Sam Carr (health)

Cooper family (strength, rest, and wisdom)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Janet Good (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Shannon Hollen (health)

Shirley Holland (health)

Heath Kimmell (health)

Larry LaPrade (COVID)

Lent family (work)

Alda Miller (health)

Diane Miller (health)

Mary Miller (health)

Mark Milstead (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (health)

Chris Shirk (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Charles Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB