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 of the Brethren 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.* (masks optional)
Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m.* (masks optional)
Church location is 5651 Beaver Creek Road, Bridgewater, VA 22812. (See map): 540 828-2767.
*Summer times are 30 minutes earlier and may also “flip” the order of Sunday School and morning worship, June through August.

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

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Upcoming events:

January 23, 2022
January 29, 2022
January 30, 2022
February 1, 2022
February 2, 2022
February 5, 2022
February 6, 2022

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Emergency relief giving (updated — three ways to give)


Three ways to give:
Brian and Becky Whitmore had a devastating house fire early on the morning of Dec. 26. Thankfully, Brian and Becky and the kids all escaped without injury, but the house is a total loss. People have already been asking how they can give to the church’s emergency relief effort so that these needs can be met. Here’s how:

1. To make a money contribution:

Go to our online giving platform (https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving) and choose “Whitmore Family.” You may give as a guest without creating an account or use an existing account if you have one. All donations marked in that way will go to the family.

2. To sign up to give items (Updated Dec. 30):

Most of the items needed have now been accounted for. There will be a need for further donations once they move out of the temporary residence back into their home. At that time, a new list will be created with the specific needs and will be accessed from this site.

For those of you who have pledged items, be on the lookout for a phone call in the next few days to acquire those items for the temporary residence. Thank you all for your generosity and willingness to help out!

3. Take them a meal:

To sign up to take a meal for Brian and Becky and the family to their temporary home, follow this link: https://www.TakeThemAMeal.com/KEYE9244


 

Good News Brief–January 18, 2022

RECAP: SNOW DAY Sunday

Although the heavy snow started just after the proposed end of service time, we wanted to make sure everyone was safe. We will just carry over this past Sunday’s sermon to make it this Sunday.

There is again a potential threat of snow that we are monitoring coming in on Saturday. If we need to postpone again, we will record and make available on the website the sermon. Pray the snow misses us!

As a result of the heavy snow and the continued process to unbury, the office is closed today. 

Questions for Reflection

1) What is the most important aspect of your personal faith in Jesus?

2) What is your favorite aspect of our community of faith?

3) In what ways would you be willing to take a stand for your faith?

4) What are the non-negotiables you hold to?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will continue the  “I AM JESUS” series with the sermon titled, “Living Water,” based on John 7:25-44. Jesus identified himself as the living water. What does that mean, and how is it important for our faith? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for January 18 – 22 (more will come after parsonage repair complete)

January 18: Exodus 17:1-7 How did God provide water when there was none?

January 19: Leviticus 16:1-17 What role does water play in cleansing?

January 20: Psalm 23 What role does water play in our spiritual walk?

January 21: Matthew 3:1-12 What role does water play in the cleansing of sin?

January 22: Isaiah 44:1-8 How is God our living water?

This Week’s  Events:

Sunday, January 16–First Sunday offering for Tornado Relief (rescheduled)

Tuesday, January 18–ALL REPORTS DUE FOR COUNCIL MEETING

Thursday, January 20–Leadership Team @ 7 pm

Sunday, January 23–First Sunday Offering for Tornado Relief

Sunday, January 23–Church Listening session @ 9:45 am (during Sunday school hour)

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, January 29–Men’s Fellowship Breakfast @ Thomas House, 7:15 am

Saturday, February 5–Spaghetti Fundraiser for the Whitmore Family, more details TBA

Sunday, February 6–Council Meeting @ 12 pm

Sunday, February 6–Bible Study Begins @ 5:15 pm

Sunday, February 27–Winter Jam Christian Concert in Roanoke; $10 admission

Saturday, March 5–Sadie Rose Pancake benefit @ 2 pm

Friday, March 25–Gospel Hymn Sing Concert Benefit for the Whitmore Family @ 6:30 pm

Announcements:

Whitmore Family Relief

Thank you all for your help so far! Through Sunday’s offerings, over 30,000 dollars have come into the church to help the family! As far as specific needs, we are still in need of a few volunteer families to sign up to provide some meals for the family. They are also in need of two dressers–one for Brian, and one for the girls.

It is truly amazing to see how we as a church and the community have come together to help our friends!

There will be two fundraisers upcoming. First, on Saturday, February 5, there will be a spaghetti dinner and auction sponsored by the AMVETS on Liberty St in Harrisonburg. More details to follow. Second, we will host a Gospel Hymn Sing Concert benefit on Friday, March 25  beginning at 6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm). We will collect a love offering for the Whitmore family. Some of the guests include Michael Hoover (Elvis), one of the Crestmans, and more!

Directory

The directory will be in the narthex over the next few weeks. Please check and update!

Listening Sessions

We will have two listening sessions in the coming weeks. The goal of these listening sessions is to provide space for members to share their honest feelings and heart concerning our discernment before we proceed to step four in the process. The first one will take place during the Sunday school hour on Sunday, January 23. The second will take place as part of our regular council meeting on Sunday, February 6. Again, the goal is to be able to listen to the heart of our church.

Bible Study

Our new Bible Study will begin Sunday evening, February 6 at 5:15 pm at the church and will be every Sunday evening (except February 27) until the study concludes. We will start with a provided meal and then continue in the study. We will be exploring ways we can grow in our understanding of the Bible. The goal is for us to become even more connected and faithful to God’s Holy Word! If you would like to attend, please email Pastor Ryan or call the church office, especially so we know how many to prepare for!

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 stories. 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).

Call to Prayer & Discernment

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

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 on Sunday!

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)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Janet Good (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Marty Moore (recovery)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Pidge Rhodes (health)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Abbie Shiflet (health)

Chris Shirk (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (fire recovery)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Tom Wilfong (health)

Winne Wilfong (surgery)

Charles Wright (recovery)

Joyce Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

Good News Brief–January 11, 2022

RECAP: BREAD OF LIFE based on John 6:25-51

There is no doubt, that day long ago, that the people had witnessed a miracle. It was a late hour, and many had stayed hours to listen to Jesus. Then a boy offered Jesus his meal of five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus took this meager portion, blessed it and broke it, and passed it around. In the end, five thousand people were fed, and there were twelve basketfuls leftover!

Yet, by the end of the very next day, this crowd of five thousand dwindled down to the Twelve. Many of them said, “This is a hard teaching; who can accept it?” (John 6:60) What caused the crowd to disappear? What truths did Jesus preach that caused a mass departure?

Jesus questioned their attitudes and objectives. It said in verse 15 that the people wanted to make Jesus king. They had a preconceived idea of what the Messiah would do, framed in their political context. The people of Israel at that time believed the Messiah would come, overthrow the oppressor and reestablish Jerusalem as the highest city and Israel as the nation above all others. The people wanted to force Jesus to fit their paradigm, but that was not who Jesus was.

Jesus challenged the “What can you do for me” attitude. This attitude only comes to Jesus when there is a desire or want, and only pledges true allegiance if the desired task is performed. Instead of submitting to Jesus, Jesus submits to us! In this way, we actually try to take the place of God, dictating what God can and cannot do.

Jesus challenged also the “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude. The people pledged fealty only if Jesus performed another miracle. But this is really an excuse to not follow, to give only a part of ourselves to God. We bail on God as something does not go the way we feel it should.

Finally, Jesus challenged the “feed me” attitude. The people had an opportunity to have more than a full belly. But when Jesus did not meet the appetites and desires of the people, they bailed!

Jesus is the bread of life. He is our very source of living, all we truly need for nourishment. If we go to any other source, we are not feeding on Jesus. Many of us say that we only want Jesus, but when the rubber meets the road, is he all we need? Or do we try to grab hold of something else? Instead, we turn to idols and say Jesus is not enough by our choices and actions.

If a choice lies before us, and we have to choose between Jesus, even if that makes us alone, or something else, what will we choose? What and who do we cling to? We somehow believe that the world can give us a better life, or we can strive for things that do not matter at the end of the day because they make us feel good. But when we strive for Jesus, the deepest longing is filled. But that means letting other things go, even if it is painful or there is deep attachment, and following after Jesus. He is our bread of life; can we partake and enjoy eternal life? Or will we reject the hard call for surrender and discipleship, and leave like the five thousand? The choice is ours.

Questions for Reflection

1) Do we truly believe Jesus is all we need? What bad attitude do we need to confess?

2) What areas compete with Jesus for our attention?

3) What do we cling to that Jesus is calling us to let go of?

4) Do we get offended by Jesus? Do we allow his Word to shape our lives?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan continued the  “I AM JESUS” series with the sermon titled, “Living Water,” based on John 7:25-44. Jesus identified himself as the living water. What does that mean, and how is it important for our faith? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for January 11 – 17

January 11: Leviticus 6:14-23 How does grain and bread assist in redemption?

January 12: Leviticus 24:1-9 What is the purpose of bread in the temple?

January 13: 1 Samuel 21:1-9 How did the consecrated bread bring life to David?

January 14: Matthew 4:1-11 What is our true bread of life?

January 15: Matthew 12:1-14 What is the greatest bread we can receive?

January 16: Exodus 14:1-31 What is the power of the water?

January 17: Exodus 15:22-27 How did God make living water for the people?

This Week’s  Events:

Tuesday, January 11–Women’s Fellowship @ 1:30 pm

Wednesday, January 12–Ministry Team @ 7 pm

Sunday, January 16–First Sunday offering for Tornado Relief (rescheduled)

Tuesday, January 18–ALL REPORTS DUE FOR COUNCIL MEETING

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, January 20–Leadership Team @ 7 pm

Sunday, January 23–Church Listening session @ 9:45 am (during Sunday school hour)

Saturday, February 5–Spaghetti Fundraiser for the Whitmore Family, more details TBA

Sunday, February 6–Council Meeting @ 12 pm

Announcements:

Advent Food Baskets

Thank you to all who gave to the food banks! According to Roger, the Stokesville Food Pantry is now serving 34 households!

Whitmore Family Relief

Thank you all for your help so far! Through Sunday’s offerings, over 30,000 dollars have come into the church to help the family! As far as specific needs, we are still in need of a few volunteer families to sign up to provide some meals for the family. They are also in need of two dressers–one for Brian, and one for the girls.

It is truly amazing to see how we as a church and the community have come together to help our friends!

Listening Sessions

We will have two listening sessions in the coming weeks. The goal of these listening sessions is to provide space for members to share their honest feelings and heart concerning our discernment before we proceed to step four in the process. The first one will take place during the Sunday school hour on Sunday, January 23. The second will take place as part of our regular council meeting on Sunday, February 6. Again, the goal is to be able to listen to the heart of our church.

Bible Study

Our new Bible Study will begin Sunday evening, February 6 at 6 pm at the church and will be every Sunday evening (except February 27) until the study concludes. We will be exploring ways we can grow in our understanding of the Bible. The goal is for us to become even more connected and faithful to God’s Holy Word! If you would like to attend, please email Pastor Ryan or call the church office.

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 stories. 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).

Call to Prayer & Discernment

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

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 on Sunday!

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)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Janet Good (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Marty Moore (recovery)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Pidge Rhodes (health)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Abbie Shiflet (health)

Chris Shirk (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (fire recovery)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Tom Wilfong (health)

Winne Wilfong (surgery)

Charles Wright (recovery)

Joyce Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB

Good News Brief–January 4, 2022

RECAP: GOODWILL TO ALL HUMANITY, YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOR, AND OUT OF EGYPT

When Christ came, he came with a message of goodwill to all humanity. What was that message of goodwill? We think Christ had to come to die for the sins of humanity. Jesus did not NEED to come; he could have let humanity suffer the full weight of their rejection. Instead, he CHOSE to come to redeem humanity and show a new and better way. When Jesus came, he came for all people: he came for the broken-hearted, the oppressed, the unloved, the outsider, and those in bondage. He also came for the covenant people of God and anyone who calls on his name!

But to receive the work of Christ, one must allow Christ to work within us. We need to embrace his message, but also embrace why he came, to free us from our sin. If we remain in sin, we reject his message of goodwill; but if we turn from our sin, and help others find the message of goodwill, then Christ’s coming changes the world!

We discover that we have the Lord’s favor. The favor of the Lord does not mean life will be perfect; rather, we know that God will be with us, no matter what struggle we face or what we go through. How can we live Christmas every day, and know we are not forgotten by God? For it is hard to feel like we have the favor of God when we are in the midst of deep struggle and pain.

Jesus came to preach good news to the poor, both financially and spiritually. In so doing, he showed that we do not need riches or resources to access God; we only need to call on his name! Jesus came to bind up the brokenhearted; there is no wound too deep or life too broken that God cannot put back together! Jesus came to proclaim freedom to the captive, especially from sin. You may have deep failure and sin in your past, but God can break those chains and set you free! Jesus came to release the prisoner from darkness; even in the very dark places of our life, or in the darkness of this culture and world inspired by Satan, God’s light can shine and point the way to go! He will comfort all who mourn; he is moved by our cries and mourns alongside us, feeling what we feel. He will provide for those who grieve in Zion; his provision will come, even when it looks like all is lost. And he will give us a crown of beauty instead of ashes, so we don’t have to dwell in the shadows!

How do we know this? Because when Jesus himself was born, it was not a perfect scene. He was born in the midst of hardship, in a manger, an animal feeding trough after a long donkey-led journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem for a census count. Then, after a visit from Magi, Jesus, led by Joseph and Mary, fled to Egypt to escape the wrath of King Herod. It was not the start you would envision for the Messiah. But it shows us that he understands the struggle, and therefore can be with us in the midst of our struggle. This episode reveals to us that sometimes, following the right path is difficult. When we say yes to God, we should expect opposition and even those who will try to silence us. But even in the face of the struggle for doing what is right, God’s plan will come to pass, even if it is through a path like Egypt, the last place any Jew would want to go! We will face hardship, but that doesn’t mean God has left us; rather, he will see us through.

He has shown us goodwill, favor, and faithfulness through any storm. Therefore, we can have the courage to know that no matter what, God will see us through. Can we remain faithful in this new year to where God is leading?

Questions for Reflection

1) In what way could you benefit from God’s goodwill this year?

2) In what area of your life could you use the favor of the Lord?

3) Are you on a path that is following after God? Are we on that path as a church?

4) What is our Egypt?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will begin a new series, called, “I AM JESUS.” The first sermon is titled, “Bread of Life,” based on John 6:25-51. Jesus identified himself as the bread of life. What does that mean, and how is it important for our faith? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for January 4 – 10

January 4: 2 Kings 11:1-21 How did God protect Joash and continue the plan of salvation?

January 5: Esther 8 How did God, behind the scenes, protect the people of Israel?

January 6: Esther 9:1-17 How did God, behind the scenes, protect the people of Israel?

January 7: Zechariah 14:1-21 How will God ultimately set up his reign?

January 8: Jeremiah 31 How will God restore his people?

January 9: Exodus 12:1-30 How did bread play a role in the first Passover?

January 10: Exodus 16:1-36 How did God provide bread for the people during the Exodus?

This Week’s  Events:

Wednesday, January 5–Worship Team @ 7:30 pm

Tuesday, January 11–Women’s Fellowship @ 1:30 pm

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, January 16–First Sunday offering for Tornado Relief (rescheduled)

Tuesday, January 18–ALL REPORTS DUE FOR COUNCIL MEETING

Thursday, January 20–Leadership Team @ 7 pm

Sunday, January 23–Church Listening session @ 9:45 am (during Sunday school hour)

Sunday, February 6–Council Meeting @ 12 pm

Announcements:

Advent Food Baskets

Thank you for all who gave to the food banks! According to Roger, the Stokesville Food Pantry is now serving 34 households!

Whitmore Family Relief

Thank you all for your help so far! Through Sunday’s offerings, over 25,000 dollars have come into the church to help the family! As far as specific needs, we are still in need of a few volunteer families to sign up to provide some meals for the family. As more needs arise, we will let you know.

It is truly amazing to see how we as a church and the community have come together to help our friends!

Listening Sessions

We will have two listening sessions in the coming weeks. The goal of these listening sessions is to provide space for members to share their honest feelings and heart concerning our discernment before we proceed to step four in the process. The first one will take place during the Sunday school hour on Sunday, January 23. The second will take place as part of our regular council meeting on Sunday, February 6. Again, the goal is to be able to listen to the heart of our church.

Bible Study

Our new Bible Study will begin Sunday evening, February 6 at 6 pm at the church and will be every Sunday evening (except February 27) until the study concludes. We will be exploring ways we can grow in our understanding of the Bible. The goal is for us to become even more connected and faithful to God’s Holy Word! If you would like to attend, please email Pastor Ryan or call the church office.

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 stories. 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).

Call to Prayer & Discernment

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

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 on Sunday!

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)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Janet Good (health)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Marty Moore (recovery)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Pidge Rhodes (health)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Abbie Shiflet (health)

Chris Shirk (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (fire recovery)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Tom Wilfong (health)

Charles Wright (recovery)

Joyce Wright (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB