Welcome to Beaver Creek Church

We are a small church located near Bridgewater, Virginia. Our church offers weekly services, Sunday School classes for all ages, and a small caring faith community. Our church’s mission statement says: Beaver Creek Church is a loving, caring and authentic fellowship of believers empowered by the Holy Spirit and called to be God’s church: to worship, humbly serve others and proclaim Jesus Christ. 

Worship starts at 11 a.m.*
Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m.*
Church location is 5651 Beaver Creek Road, Bridgewater, VA 22812. (See map): 540 828-2767.
*These are our regular hours. Then in June through August, our times are 30 minutes earlier.

Church leadership: We are led by Pastor Ryan Cooper and governed by a leadership team headed by Candy Hulvey. Contact us by phone at 540 828-2767 or use this contact form.

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Good News Brief–February 27, 2024

Sermon Recap: AUTHORITATIVE RULE OF FAITH AND CONDUCT based on Psalm 1:1-3, 119:11, 105; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Last Sunday, we explored what it means to say the Word of God is inspired and infallible. The Bible is the authoritative Word of God that never fails. We all have access to the Word; unfortunately, too many who call themselves Christians all around the world leave it on the shelf. According to a recent Barna study, only 11% who regularly attend church and identify as Christians in a survey reported reading the Bible more than once a week! In addition, the average respondent only had committed three verses to memory: John 3:16, Genesis 1:1, and John 11:35 (Jesus wept).

The Bible tells us that God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Pet 1:3). Everything we need to live a prosperous and successful spiritual life is contained in the Word. The enemy does not want us accessing it because when we do, we will find freedom, and the deception plaguing our land will be exposed. How can the Bible benefit us? Here are just a few ways:

  1. To light our path (Psalm 119:105). When we cannot see the way to go, God’s Word is our light, showing us the way of God and exposing darkness.
  1. To teach us the right way (2 Tim 3:16). The Bible is good for doctrine, or that which is steady, anchored truth. The Bible is clear on God’s stand on various positions and topics.
  1. To train us in the ways of righteousness (2 Tim 3:16). We can know not just what is God’s position (doctrine), but how to live. The Bible can serve as our guide for healthy living.
  1. To keep us from falling into sin (Psalm 119:11). The more we spend time in God’s Word and learn God’s Word, the more we give the Holy Spirit to combat the enemy in seasons of temptation.
  1. To reveal unhealthy influences (Psalm 1:1). Not everyone we surround ourselves with is healthy. Those who are healthy will live by the Word; those who are not will try to refute it, ignore it, or dismiss it.
  1. To correct us when we go astray (2 Tim 3:16). The Word serves as an alignment adjustment, pointing out where we need adjustment to get back on track with our walk with God.
  1. To rebuke our wrong attitudes and beliefs (2 Tim 3:16). When we have a hard heart, the Word is sometimes a sledgehammer of conviction, revealing our impure thoughts and motives.
  1. To discern what is right and wrong (Heb 4:12). The Word cuts through anything and can test the authenticity, as well as the motives and spirituality. If we run everything we do through the filter of the Word first, we wouldn’t be in so much trouble!
  1. To utilize as our weapon in the battle (Heb 4:12). Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the forces of darkness. The Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit, used to cut through all lies and reveal God’s truth. When we regularly handle the Word, we have something to stop Satan’s destruction!

How can we grow in the Word and access these things? We do so by taking time to meditate on the Word (Psalm 1:2), reading it regularly, and keeping it in the forefront of our minds. We do so by memorization (Psalm 119:11), putting it deep in our hearts so we have that weapon available to keep us from sin in seasons of temptation. We do so also by living by its guidance (Psalm 1:3). The one who lives according to the Word is like a tree planted by the water that bears fruit. It is a life filled with blessings. What will we do with the Word?

Questions for Reflection

1) How much time do you spend with the Word weekly?

2) How many verses have you committed to memory? Which one is your favorite?

3) What promise of God do you cling to the most?

4) Why is it hard for us to receive corrections or rebuke?

5) How well do you live by the Word’s guidance? How can you improve over the next month?

Upcoming Service

Next Sunday is the third Sunday of Lent. Pastor Ryan will begin a focused study on Jesus with the sermon titled, “Son of God,” based on Matthew 14:22-33, 27:54, and Romans 5:10. Why is the divinity of Christ foundational for belief? How should it impact our lives? Come visit or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for February 27 – March 4

February 28: 1 Samuel 17:41-51 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 29: 2 Samuel 6:1-15 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 1: 2 Samuel 7:1-16 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 2: 2 Samuel 12:1-25 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 3: 2 Samuel 22:2-16 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 4: 2 Samuel 22:17-30 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Sunday, March 3–First Sunday Breakfast @ 9:15 am

Sunday, March 3–First Sunday offering–Bridgewater & Stokesville Food Pantry

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, March 16–Progressive Hearts

Saturday, March 23–Youth Easter Eggs

Sunday, March 24–Love Feast

Date TBD–Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 30–Men’s Fellowship @ Thomas House, 7:15 am

Sunday, March 31–Easter Sunrise Service @ 7 am; Breakfast to follow

Sunday, March 31–Easter Sunday

VERSE OF THE MONTH!

Every month we will feature a verse. The goal is for the entire church to learn this verse for the month so we grow in our memorized Bible knowledge. The verse of the month of March is Hebrews 4:16:

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek, please call the office with your birthday or leave a note in the offering plate. We don’t want to miss anyone.

Social Media

Beaver Creek has updated its social media page. Please follow and share so many people can see what is happening at Beaver Creek! You can find the pages as follows:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. Contact Alice Over, Phyllis Simmons (worship leading), or Joscelin Cooper (children’s story) if you want to serve.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY

Children’s Church WILL NOT meet this Sunday, March 3. It will resume Sunday, March 10.

LENT Challenge

Every year during the season of Lent, which starts on Wednesday, Christians around the globe give something up until Easter as a sign of humility and self-sacrifice. For many, the sacrifice is food. This year for Lent, I challenge all of us to give up something for the next forty days. What activity, other than our jobs, prevents us from spending more time with God? Whatever it may be, I challenge you to sacrifice it and use that time to spend time with God instead.

BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP INQUIRY

Are you interested in following the Lord’s example in baptism? Would you like to become a member of the church? If so, please respond to Pastor Ryan or reach out to the church office. We would like to have a baptism/new member ceremony on Pentecost Sunday, and Pastor Ryan would like to have a baptism/new member class in advance of that day. As of this email, there are four possible baptismal candidates and six membership transfers! If you would like to participate, please reach out!

I have also had a few questions:

1) Is there a class? There will be a six-week class right before baptism & membership Sunday (time and location TBD). The class is for all baptismal candidates, as well as membership transfers and reaffirmations. The purpose of the class is to make sure that your faith in God is clear and that you know what you are declaring by membership and baptism.

2) What if I was baptized as a child? Can I be baptized again? The choice is yours. Some choose to become baptized again to publicly declare their faith in Jesus, now that they are older and know what they are doing! But the choice is yours!

3) What if I don’t have membership in another church, but I was already baptized? Do I need to become baptized again for membership? No, you do not. If you were already baptized at another church and want to become a member at Beaver Creek, but do not have membership at another church, we can do what is called a reaffirmation of faith. You would publicly take the same vows that new members and baptismal candidates would make.

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School and church hours. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (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. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!

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, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Keep Evy Kaye’s friend Mary Beth in your prayers as she is wrestling with cancer.

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Joe Berry (health)

Terri Burkholder (health)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meeta McNett (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Denny Miller (recovery)

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)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–February 20, 2024

Sermon Recap: INSPIRED AND INFALLIBLE based on Isaiah 40:6-8; 55:10-11; Hebrews 1:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:16-17

We all experience disappointment and failure. I know I was greatly disappointed by the weather forecast this past weekend. They called for several inches of snow, only to wake up to barely a dusting on the grass! All of us experience letdowns, but there is only one thing that will never let us down–God’s Word.

Amos spoke of a day of a famine for the hearing of the Word of the LORD (Amos 8:11-12). We live in a day and time when people have a “form of godliness, but deny its power” (2 Tim 3:5). We also live in a day spoken of by Paul, when people will not listen to sound doctrine, but instead gather around themselves teachers that will speak what their itching ears want to hear, turning aside from the truth of the Word and embracing of myths (2 Tim 4:3-4). From the very beginning, Satan has strived to keep the Word of God out of the hands of humanity or cause humanity to question it. Why? Because the enemy knows the true power of the Word! Without the Word being central in the life of a believer, any individual becomes a sitting duck, and our spiritual growth will be stunted. Why does the enemy attack so hard?

  1. The Word of God is inspired (2 Tim 3:16-17; Heb 1:1-2). First, all scripture is God-breathed (2 Tim 3:16), meaning God’s Spirit is injected into every written Word. The very breath that spoke everything into existence at creation also put everything together in the Bible! That means the Word carries the very authority of God. When we speak and declare the Word, we unlock God’s power and authority in every situation! Anyone who preaches a narrative that is counter to the Word of God is going against God himself! And anyone who tries to change the Word of God is no different than the serpent in the Garden! Second, God is the source of revelation (Heb 1:1). Everything about the Word points to Him. Anything that claims to be the Word but is inconsistent with God’s nature and character is false; that is why all should “test the Spirit” using God’s Word to see if it is truly from God (1 John 4:1). Third, the Son is the Word revealed today (Heb 1:2). If we look to Jesus, the Living Word, we see the truth that is meant to set humanity free. To follow Jesus is to embrace the very words of God and defeat the enemy once and for all. Satan does not want humanity to live in truth or in freedom!
  1. The Word of God is infallible (Isa 40:6-8; 55:10-11). First, God’s Word stands forever (Isa 40:8). The word stand in Hebrew means to be anchored, remain secure, and unmoving. the image is the anchor of a ship deep in the rock bed in the sea. No matter how strong the wind or waves are, the ship will not depart. The same is true with the Word: no matter what storm comes in life, or what humanity might say, or what curveball the enemy might throw at us, the Word of God will never ever change! Second, God’s Word is nourishment for the soul (Isa 55:10). Just as rain and snow provide nourishment for the ground, the same is true with the Word. All of us have a hole that only God and his Word can fill. We can spend our whole lives searching, but we will only find what we need to live and thrive in the Word. Third, God’s Word never fails (Isa 55:11). It has a 100% success rate and is fully guaranteed! Therefore, whatever promises are in the Word of God we can fully collect and claim! The enemy does not want us to hold on to the unfailing promises!

So what can we do with the inspired and infallible Word? We should stand on the Word and allow it to be our anchor, building our whole lives on its pages. We should feast on the Word, having a steady diet of Scripture, for whatever we feed grows, and whatever we starve dies. We should turn to the Word to grow in our understanding of God. Do not just rely on what others say, for there are many who speak falsely or misrepresent the Word. And allow the Word to equip you to live for God. If we are not growing in our faith, the first place to check is our diet!

Questions for Reflection

1) How frequently do you read and study the Word outside of church?

2) How can the Word of God’s authority make a difference in your life?

3) In what area of life are you having difficulty standing? How can the Word of God help?

4) What promise of the Bible is your favorite?

5) Do you examine everything you hear by the Word?

Upcoming Service

Next Sunday is the second Sunday of Lent. Pastor Ryan will continue the study of Scripture with the sermon titled, “Authoritative Rule of Faith and Conduct,” based on Psalm 1:1-3; 119:11; 119:105; Hebrews 4:12; and 2 Timothy 3:16-17. What is the true power of the Bible? How can it guide our living? Come visit or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for February 20 – 26

February 20: 1 Samuel 2:1-10 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 21: 1 Samuel 2:27-36 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 22: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 23: 1 Samuel 5:1-12 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 24: 1 Samuel 8:4-22 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 25: 1 Samuel 15:17-35 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 26: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Wednesday, February 21–Ministry Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Sunday, February 25–Worship Team Meeting @ 12 pm

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, March 3–First Sunday Breakfast & Offering

Sunday, March 24–Love Feast

Sunday, March 31–Easter Sunrise Service @ 7 am; Breakfast to follow

Sunday, March 31–Easter Sunday

YEAR-LONG SERIES

We live in a day and time when our beliefs are challenged. Can we articulate what we believe? For the entirety of 2024, we will be going through a series called the “Foundations of Our Faith.” Each Sunday, we will explore a different key belief or concept that is foundational to Christianity. Each concept will come straight from the Bible. Our first topic will be exploring who God is according to the Bible.

I encourage you through this year to allow these messages to strengthen your faith! The apostle Peter wrote, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Pet 3:15). And Paul wrote, “Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season” (2 Tim 4:2). Our world needs hope. May we, as we deepen our faith together, not only grow in the depth of our knowledge of Jesus but also share that hope in a world that needs it!

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek, please call the office with your birthday or leave a note in the offering plate. We don’t want to miss anyone.

Social Media

Beaver Creek has updated its social media page. Please follow and share so many people can see what is happening at Beaver Creek! You can find the pages as follows:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. Contact Alice Over, Phyllis Simmons (worship leading), or Joscelin Cooper (children’s story) if you want to serve.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY

Children’s Church WILL  meet this Sunday, February 25.

LENT Challenge

Every year during the season of Lent, which starts on Wednesday, Christians around the globe give something up until Easter as a sign of humility and self-sacrifice. For many, the sacrifice is food. This year for Lent, I challenge all of us to give up something for the next forty days. What activity, other than our jobs, prevents us from spending more time with God? Whatever it may be, I challenge you to sacrifice it and use that time to spend time with God instead.

BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP INQUIRY

Are you interested in following the Lord’s example in baptism? Would you like to become a member of the church? If so, please respond to Pastor Ryan or reach out to the church office. We would like to have a baptism/new member ceremony on Pentecost Sunday, and Pastor Ryan would like to have a baptism/new member class in advance of that day. As of this email, there are four possible baptismal candidates and six membership transfers! If you would like to participate, please reach out!

I have also had a few questions:

1) Is there a class? There will be a six-week class right before baptism & membership Sunday (time and location TBD). The class is for all baptismal candidates, as well as membership transfers and reaffirmations. The purpose of the class is simply to make sure that your faith in God is clear and that you know what you are declaring by membership and baptism.

2) What if I was baptized as a child? Can I be baptized again? The choice is yours. Some choose to become baptized again to publicly declare their faith in Jesus, now that they are older and know what they are doing! But the choice is yours!

3) What if I don’t have membership in another church, but I was already baptized? Do I need to become baptized again for membership? No, you do not. If you were already baptized at another church and want to become a member at Beaver Creek, but do not have membership at another church, we can do what is called a reaffirmation of faith. You would publicly take the same vows that new members and baptismal candidates would make.

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School and church hours. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (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. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!

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, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Keep Evy Kaye’s friend Mary Beth in your prayers as she is wrestling with cancer.

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Joe Berry (health)

Terri Burkholder (health)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meeta McNett (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)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–February 13, 2024

Sermon Recap: THREE IN ONE based on 2 Corinthians 3:12-18, 13:14; Genesis 11:5-7; John 1:1-3

The Trinity is a very difficult concept to explain. How can God be three beings, yet one and the same? No earthly illustration is adequate, even the illustration of water (ice, water, vapor). Yet the Three-in-One God was present from the very beginning in the creation of the universe and works regularly in harmony together. How can we understand the Trinity? We need to first look at each person:

  1. God the Father. The word father in Hebrew also means chief or boss. In other words, God is in control over everything (Gen 11:5-7). He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords; no other being is superior. He is Sovereign over all, the God Most High, or the one that all acknowledge as the BOSS, including all spiritual forces of darkness! He is the LORD of all (1 Cor 15:24-28), seated on the throne. God is full of glory (2 Cor 3:18), radiant in his holiness. The word glory in Hebrew means heavy; in other words, when you are in the presence of God, you know! God is the boss and full of glory, but he is also full of love. He created humanity in his image (Gen 1:26-27) and walked with humanity until sin entered the world. Yet God did not enjoy the separation from humanity; rather, he wanted to redeem it. Because He is holy, full of glory, and cannot dwell in the presence of sin, God chose to act in love to redeem humanity by sending the Son (Rom 5:8).
  1. God the Son, or God Made Flesh. The term son in Hebrew can also mean offspring or offshoot, a “chip off the old block.” That means the Son is of the same essence, nature, and makeup as the Father–the Son and the Father are One! Jesus is fully God, the Word made flesh (John 1:14). To trust in the Son is to trust in the Father! Just like God is love, Jesus is love embodied (John 3:16). Jesus demonstrated the love for all humanity, including the unlovable, and for all of creation to be redeemed! Jesus was moved by compassion to seek and save the lost, knowing it is loving kindness that leads all to repentance! Jesus, in his love, took away the veil caused by sin (2 Cor 3:14), being the perfect sacrifice (Heb 4:15), so we can experience God the Father in the fullness of his glory (Heb 9). Therefore, we can approach the throne of grace with confidence (Heb 4:16). In his love, Jesus brings us grace (2 Cor 13:14). Jesus became sin, so we don’t have to remain trapped in a life of sin (John 8:11). In so doing, Jesus restored everything to as it should be (1 Cor 15:21-28), so God the Father may be the BOSS of it all again as intended before sin entered the world!
  1. God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s presence living inside each of us. Remember, God in the beginning wanted to walk with humanity; it is through the Holy Spirit that He can do so! The Holy Spirit is the source of freedom (2 Cor 3:17), breaking us free from the bondage of sin. The Spirit is also the source of transformation (2 Cor 3:18), teaching us how to become holy so we can walk with God. Every day, the old self disappears, and we grow and take on the very characteristics of God, for he dwells in us. The Spirit renews our mind (Rom 12:2) and we become who we were created to be. In so doing, as we become holy, we can experience God in all of his fullness, for the Spirit brings us into fellowship (2 Cor 13:14). And it is the Spirit who guides us through troubled waters so we can stand (Gen 1:2).

We all face struggles. However, we are not alone; we have the Three-in-One God supporting us! Greater is the One (or Three-in-One) living in us than the one in the world! The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit work together in perfect harmony, giving us all we need to live a life of godliness. Will you trust in the Trinity today?

Questions for Reflection

1) What in your life feels greater than God? Can you release it to God?

2) What keeps you from experiencing the fullness of God’s glory? What do you need to confess?

3) In what area of your life do you need God’s grace? Where do you need to extend yourself grace?

4) In what area of your life could you use spiritual growth?

Upcoming Service

Next Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent. Pastor Ryan will start the study of Scripture with the sermon titled, “Inspired and Infallible,” based on Isaiah 40:6-8, 55:10-11, Luke 1:37, Hebrews 1:1-2, and 2 Timothy 3:16-17. What do we mean when we say the Scriptures are inspired by God? How reliable and trustworthy is the Bible? Come visit or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for February 13 – 19

February 13: Judges 6:36-40 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 14: Judges 7:1-8 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 15: Judges 13:1-7 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 16: Judges 13:8-23 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 17: Judges 16:1-20 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 18: Ruth 1:1-18 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 19: 1 Samuel 1:1-20 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Tuesday, February 13–Executive Meeting @ 6 pm

Thursday, February 15–Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Sunday, February 18–Benevolence offering (see below)

Sunday, February 18–Youth outing, time TBD

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, February 25–Worship Team Meeting @ 12 pm

YEAR-LONG SERIES

We live in a day and time when our beliefs are challenged. Can we articulate what we believe? For the entirety of 2024, we will be going through a series called the “Foundations of Our Faith.” Each Sunday, we will explore a different key belief or concept that is foundational to Christianity. Each concept will come straight from the Bible. Our first topic will be exploring who God is according to the Bible.

I encourage you through this year to allow these messages to strengthen your faith! The apostle Peter wrote, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Pet 3:15). And Paul wrote, “Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season” (2 Tim 4:2). Our world needs hope. May we, as we deepen our faith together, not only grow in the depth of our knowledge of Jesus but also share that hope in a world that needs it!

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek, please call the office with your birthday or leave a note in the offering plate. We don’t want to miss anyone.

Social Media

Beaver Creek has updated its social media page. Please follow and share so many people can see what is happening at Beaver Creek! You can find the pages as follows:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. Contact Alice Over, Phyllis Simmons (worship leading), or Joscelin Cooper (children’s story) if you want to serve.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY

Children’s Church WILL NOT meet this Sunday, February 18. It will resume next Sunday, February 25.

BENEVOLENCE OPPORTUNITY

We have been made aware of a family in need in our community whose children attend John Wayland (even though we have much in common with Ottobine, the church is technically zoned John Wayland). Due to no fault of their own, this family is currently homeless and is trying to secure a new place to live. However, right now, they are in temporary housing. John Wayland is running point on the need, so it is verified, but this family could use some temporary assistance during this unexpected transition.

Therefore, the Outreach Team is asking for a special offering this Sunday to assist this family in need. If you would like to give online, just send an email prior and we will let you know how to designate it. Note: Some of you were not able to give Sunday and have expressed a desire to still contribute. We will also collect it again this Sunday to give opportunity to those who were not able to give.

DISCIPLESHIP ASSESSMENT

Thank you to all who have volunteered to take the assessment. You have received your assessment in your email. If you did not receive it, contact Pastor Ryan ASAP. Pastor Ryan needs all completed assessments returned by Wednesday, February 14.

LENT Challenge

Every year during the season of Lent, which starts on Wednesday, Christians around the globe give something up until Easter as a sign of humility and self-sacrifice. For many, the sacrifice is food. This year for Lent, I challenge all of us to give up something for the next forty days. What activity, other than our jobs, prevents us from spending more time with God? Whatever it may be, I challenge you to sacrifice it and use that time to spend time with God instead.

BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP INQUIRY

Are you interested in following the Lord’s example in baptism? Would you like to become a member of the church? If so, please respond to Pastor Ryan or reach out to the church office. We would like to have a baptism/new member ceremony on Pentecost Sunday, and Pastor Ryan would like to have a baptism/new member class in advance of that day. As of this email, there are four possible baptismal candidates and six membership transfers! If you would like to participate, please reach out!

I have also had a few questions:

1) Is there a class? There will be a six-week class right before baptism & membership Sunday (time and location TBD). The class is for all baptismal candidates, as well as membership transfers and reaffirmations. The purpose of the class is simply to make sure that your faith in God is clear and that you know what you are declaring by membership and baptism.

2) What if I was baptized as a child? Can I be baptized again? The choice is yours. Some choose to become baptized again to publicly declare their faith in Jesus, now that they are older and know what they are doing! But the choice is yours!

3) What if I don’t have membership in another church, but I was already baptized? Do I need to become baptized again for membership? No, you do not. If you were already baptized at another church and want to become a member at Beaver Creek, but do not have membership at another church, we can do what is called a reaffirmation of faith. You would publicly take the same vows that new members and baptismal candidates would make.

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School and church hours. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (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. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!

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, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Keep Evy Kaye’s friend Mary Beth in your prayers as she is wrestling with cancer.

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Joe Berry (health)

Terri Burkholder (health)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Family of Patsy Dastoli (comfort in a time of loss)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meeta McNett (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)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church