Good News Brief–January 17, 2023

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?

Upcoming Service

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

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, February 5–Congregational Business Meeting after church w/soup & sandwich meal provided by Women’s Fellowship

Sunday, February 26–Birthday dinner

Announcements:

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!

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

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).

Reports!

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

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!

Nursery

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!

Prayer Needs

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
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–January 10, 2023

RECAP: CHRIST IS THE KING based on Revelation 19:11-21

The early church was under immense pressure from the Roman Empire. At the writing of Revelation, Domitian authorized a wide-scale persecution of anyone in the Roman empire who would not declare Caesar to be lord and pay tribute. Many early church leaders were put to death under this horrible persecution. But the church under fire received at the end of Revelation the ultimate spoiler that encouraged them–Christ is the victorious king!

We are not under fire to the same degree that the early church was. However, it is becoming more and more hostile toward faith and the things of God. How can we stand strong? We stand in the person of Jesus Christ, our coming king. We can trust him because…

  1. He is Faithful and True. He is the one who is 100% dependable, the one who will never let us down or fail. He is who he says he is. He is also the righteous standard, the unwavering one who never changes. Even though the world might change and definitions of right and wrong in the world’s eyes might change, Jesus never changes. He is the dependable, holy standard. Nothing escapes his eye, and he will execute true justice–one rooted in holiness and his character.
  1. He is the Word of God. Creation is a direct result of the spoken, powerful word of God. There is a reason why the world does not want the Word going forth or to say the name of Jesus, for there is power in his name! God’s Word will never return empty and accomplish its purpose.

What does this mean? If God says it in his holy Word, we can bank on it! That gives us hope. He is true redemption; he said he would come and deliver us from our sins, and he has indeed done so! We can count on him fulfilling his promise that he will return again!

  1. Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Even though Caesar tried to use this title for himself, it rightly belongs to Jesus! Despite humanity’s best efforts to minimize or discount Jesus, in times of national tragedy people return to prayer because innately they know there is One higher than it all. God is El Elyon, the highest one, the name above all names, the one to whom everything else answers. All earthly rulers will bow to the name of Jesus. All spiritual beings, including Satan and the demons, will also bow to the name of Jesus. He will never be defeated and will fight our battles for us. He just invites us to trust in him!
  1. Our enemies will be defeated. At the end, all those who rise up against Christ will find themselves defeated. The beast will lose his power. The false prophet will be silenced. Any voice that tries to confuse or injure the body of Christ will be exposed and dealt with. Their destiny is declared to be the lake of fire.

Even when we are afraid, and it feels like evil is winning, we can trust that God has already won the victory and stand in it! Let us truly worship and devote our lives to the service of the King. We can’t serve two masters, Jesus, and the world; our true master is the one we show we serve with our lives outside the walls of the church!

Why share the end of the story? If we are faithful, yet discouraged, there is hope in the name of Jesus! But if we are not following Jesus, there is still time to repent and pledge allegiance to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Don’t take the mark of the beast and pledge loyalty to this world. Rather, live in the victory of Christ; defeat sin and temptation, for in Christ we are overcomers!

Questions for Reflection

1) Do you fully trust Jesus with your life? Why or why not?

2) In what ways have you experienced the faithfulness of God?

3) Do we believe that Jesus reigns victorious? In what areas of your life could you use the victory of Jesus?

4) Who do you truly worship? Who do you pledge loyalty to?

5) When people observe you outside of the church, can they tell you are a follower of Jesus by your living?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will be away for Katie’s dance convention. Bob Hill from the Gideons will be sharing about how the Gideons make a difference for Christ in the sharing of God’s Word. There will also be an opportunity to give a special offering to support the Gideon’s work! Come and hear about this wonderful ministry!

Daily Bible Readings for January 10 – 16

January 10: Matthew 4:1-11 How did Satan try to manipulate Jesus to become a king in a different way than the cross?

January 11: Matthew 13:1-23 How do we know Jesus is king in our hearts?

January 12: Matthew 20:20-28 What does the kingdom of Jesus look like?

January 13: Revelation 4:1-11 What will heaven be like?

January 14: Isaiah 11:1-9 What are the characteristics of king Jesus?

January 15: Psalm 119:1-8 Why is the Word of God important?

January 16: Psalm 119:9-16 Why is the Word of God important?

This Week’s  Events:

Tuesday, January 10–Women’s Fellowship meeting @ 1 pm

Wednesday, January 11–Deadline for submissions of reports to office

Thursday, January 12–Outreach class Christmas dinner

Sunday, January 15–Gideons presentation during worship & love offering for Gideons

Monday, January 16–Timothy Bible Study @ 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, January 18–Outreach Team @ 7 pm

Thursday, January 19–Leadership Team @ 7 pm

Sunday, February 5–Congregational Business Meeting after church w/soup & sandwich meal provided by Women’s Fellowship

Sunday, February 26–Birthday dinner

Announcements:

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

The word “worship” comes from a Hebrew term meaning to make oneself low, bow down, and exalt another. To fully worship God, we must take the counsel of John the Baptist: “I must decrease, so he can increase” John 3:30.

The word closely associated with worship is the word devotion. The word devotion literally means from the Hebrew to place before one’s face. So if we are truly worshipping and devoted to God, we are before his face, in his presence regularly. But there is a second side to the coin: what do we bring before our faces? Do we saturate ourselves with God or other things?

This week’s challenge: write down at the end of each day how you spent your time. If you went to work, write down “work” and about what hours. If you spent time watching television or reading the paper, or on the phone, write that down.

Then, on Saturday evening, evaluate what you wrote down. Then, answer the following questions:

  1. What did you spend the most time on?
  1. How much time did you spend on things of the faith?
  1. Are things of faith a priority, or an afterthought?
  1. The item that you notated that you spent the most time on is what you are devoted to the most. If it is not a matter of faith, can you let it go?

We will gravitate toward that which we devote ourselves to, to bring before our face the most. The more we spend time with God, the deeper our faith will become!

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

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).

Reports!

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 tomorrow, January 11!

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!

Nursery

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!

Prayer Needs

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

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)

Meeta McNett (COVID)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

John Miller (COVID)

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
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–January 3, 2023

RECAP: CHRIST IS THE ANSWER based on Romans 8:1-11

There are many reasons why people are unsuccessful in completing a New Year’s resolution, but overwhelmingly the greatest reason for failure is a lack of discipline coupled with a lack of accountability. That is why so many start strong, but by the end of January have already given up on their resolutions. But if one has the discipline and someone to keep accountable, coupled with a goal that is worth pursuing, there is a great chance for success.

The same thing is true spiritually. We can make spiritual resolutions to grow in our faith until we are blue in the face, but unless we have discipline and accountability, coupled with that goal, it is easy to quit and give up. After all, that is what the enemy of our soul wants. Even though he has been defeated and has already lost, he deceives us into believing that we can’t be successful, and so we quit. But if we have a specific goal that drives us with discipline and accountability, we can overcome the enemy’s lies and be victorious.

Over the course of this year, we will look at the twelve major spiritual disciplines, as well as there will be a practical exercise each week in the Good News Brief on how you can practice that discipline. But the disciplines work when we have our goal–Christ is our answer!

Paul was abundantly clear in the letter to the Romans that Christ was the answer to it all. In chapter 7, he outlined the struggle between his sinful nature and his desire to do what is right. He asked in 7:24 “Who will rescue me from this body of death?” The answer: “Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our LORD” (Rom 7:25). Then he continued in Romans 8: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Christ is our answer and should be our highest goal. Why? What are the benefits?

  1. No more condemnation (8:1). Jesus became the penalty for our sins so we do not have to face one. Instead of judgment and a permanent record, Jesus offers us redemption, grace, and a fresh start. If we are in Christ Jesus, if we are living for him and repented of our sins and he is our LORD, we no longer dwell in judgment!
  1. Spiritual Freedom (8:2). Through Christ, the Spirit has set us free from the law of sin and death. Jesus broke the hold of the power of sin. Our past is our past, and we do not have to dwell in bondage anymore. We don’t have to be haunted by our failures and past mistakes. Sin no longer has mastery over us!
  1. Life and peace (8:6). The life controlled by the spirit is life and peace. Jesus came so we can have eternal life (John 3:16), but also came so we can have abundant life (John 10:10). He also came so we can live in a state of perfect peace (Isa 26:3). We don’t have to live according to the world’s “normal”–which is really “commonplace”–but according to God’s normal in his Word. The way of the world is drama, but the life controlled by the Spirit is peace and at rest. We can choose what to focus our minds upon!
  1. Our spirit is alive (8:10-11). Our old person is gone; in Christ we are a new creation! We have been granted newness of life!

Christ is our answer to living! So how do we enact the discipline to overcome and grow spiritually in light of our goal? Through the spiritual disciplines, leading off with the discipline of worship. Worship is defined as “showing honor or reverence to God.” We can do that by offering our whole selves as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). We break the power of the enemy through worship! How can we worship?

  1. Break the sinful nature (8:3-6). The sinful mind is hostile toward God. It cannot please God. We cannot live for the sinful nature and for God simultaneously. We have to intentionally choose to distance ourselves from that which brings us death. Otherwise, it is no different than trying to shove a square peg through a round hole with a fire truck! We have to starve the sinful nature to break its power. The ways of the world will be contrary to the ways of God.
  1. Set our minds on the Spirit (8:3-9). If we are going to remove something from our lives, we also need to fill our lives with something in its place. That something is the Spirit of God. The more we focus on the spiritual instead of the earthly and allow the Spirit to take control, the stronger our faith will grow. That means we need to change our diet, to fill our senses with spiritual things!
  1. Access resurrection power (8:10-11). We can let our sinful nature die and live as new creations. And we have spiritual power at our disposal to do so!

Questions for Reflection

1) Is your life characterized by life and peace, or drama? How can you invite the Spirit’s presence on a daily basis?

2) What practical steps can you take to put away the sinful nature?

3) What spiritual practices can you add to your regular diet?

4) Do you need spiritual freedom today? Do you feel the weight of condemnation? Can you allow Jesus to change that?

5) What is your personal spiritual goal for 2023?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will continue the study on the spiritual discipline of Worship with the sermon titled, “Christ the King,” based on Revelation 19:11-21. Epiphany is all about the revelation of the light. How does knowing the end influence how we live? How can we live in worship of our King? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for January 3 – 9

January 3: Luke 7:11-17 How did Jesus demonstrate he was the answer to a widow and son?

January 4: Luke 7:18-35 How did Jesus show John the Baptist he was the answer?

January 5: Luke 19:35-43 How did Jesus show a blind man he was the answer?

January 6: Luke 22:47-53 How did Jesus show the crowd he was different?

January 7: Luke 23:32-43 How did Jesus show a criminal he was the answer?

January 8: Matthew 2:1-12 How do we know Jesus was king?

January 9: Matthew 2:13-23 How did Herod try to remove Jesus so he could not be king?

This Week’s  Events:

Sunday, January 8–First Sunday Offering for Our Community Place, Breakfast, and communion

Sunday, January 8–Worship Team Meeting @ 12 nn

Sunday, January 8–Church undecorating

Monday, January 9–Timothy Bible Study resumes, 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, January 15–Gideons presentation during worship & love offering for Gideons

Wednesday, January 18–Outreach Team @ 7 pm

Thursday, January 19–Leadership Team @ 7 pm

Announcements:

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 

The word “worship” comes from a Hebrew term meaning to make oneself low, bow down, and exalt another. To fully worship God, we must take the counsel of John the Baptist: “I must decrease, so he can increase” John 3:30.

One way we can practice this is to write down all of our accomplishments, or things that we have been blessed by in the past year. Then, we declare the list out loud, give God all of the credit for those accomplishments and blessings, and thank God for his goodness. Then, after we do this for the year, once a week do the same thing for that previous week. This will help position ourselves lower and exalt God to his rightful place and help our perspective grow.

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

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).

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!

Nursery

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!

Prayer Needs

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

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
Beaver Creek Church