Thank you to Chris Dastoli for sharing the word while I was away this weekend.
Call for Fasting and Prayer
Beaver Creek family and friends,
As you are aware, we are in a season of discernment. In recent days, there have been some misleadings that have circulated, as well as the involvement of some outside influences that have called into question trust. As pastor, my primary concern is the welfare of the entire body. Therefore, out of the recent events, as well as knowing the discernment process still before us, I am asking for the following from every person:
1) That we set aside specifically Thursday, November 18 as a day of prayer and fasting. If you are able to fast for the entire day, please do so and pray. If you can only fast one meal, please do so. If you are unable to fast due to medical conditions, I encourage you to do the Daniel fast for one day–water, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains only–even if it is for just one meal. This is a serious moment ahead for us; we need to be in fervent prayer.
2) In addition, we will have the following times available for communal prayer:
I will be present in the sanctuary on Tuesday, November 16 from 12:00 noon to 1 pm for prayer for our congregation. All are welcome to attend.
I will also be present beginning at 6 pm on Thursday, November 18 for prayer in advance of the 7 pm Leadership Team Meeting.
We will have a time of prayer on Saturday, November 20 at 6 pm. This will also be our final question and answer time before Sunday’s meeting. We will answer questions you may have, and then pray together.
What should we be praying for?
1) That we would all discern the leading of the Holy Spirit. This is not just for the regular attenders, but anyone associated with Beaver Creek.
2) That we would be shielded from outside influences and those who want to disrupt or sway.
3) That we would have wisdom to decipher lies from truth.
4) That we would walk in unity, truly listening to the heart of each other.
5) That we would be obedient to God wherever He leads, and we would put our own preferences and desires aside to follow Him as a people of faith.
Again, as I have stated multiple times, my heart is for the welfare of the entire church. When one suffers, we all suffer. And if an action taken would cause people to sin, we need to follow the apostle Paul’s advice and put it aside.
This Sunday is Stewardship Sunday. Pastor Ryan will preach the sermon titled “Thank You, Lord,” based on Luke 17:11-19. Why is gratitude so important? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!
Daily Bible Readings for November 16-22
November 16: Genesis 41:41-57 How was Joseph a faithful steward? How did it touch lives?
November 17: 1 Samuel 4:1-11 How did poor stewardship cost Israel?
November 18: Amos 2:6-16 How did Israel demonstrate poor stewardship?
November 19: Matthew 24:36-51 What is spiritual stewardship?
November 20: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 How do we show we are spiritual stewards?
November 21: Exodus 15:1-18 How did Moses express thanks to God?
November 22: Judges 5 How did Deborah express thanks to God?
This Week’s Events:
Tuesday, November 16–Prayer @ 12 pm
Thursday, November 18–Prayer @ 6 pm
Thursday, November 18–Leadership Team @ 7 pm
Saturday, November 20–Q&A time and prayer @ 6 pm
Sunday, November 21–Stewardship Sunday
Sunday, November 21–Called Council Meeting @ 12 pm
Sunday, November 28–Hanging of the Greens Celebration
Saturday, December 4–Women’s Fellowship Auction
Saturday, December 11–McAvoy/Over Wedding @ 4 pm
Hanging of the Greens
Hanging of the Greens will be on Sunday, November 28, starting during morning worship and concluding with a fellowship meal afterwards. Each family should bring: a carry-in dish to share; a Christmas ornament to be exchanged; a Christmas card for Beaver Creek Congregation; a donation for the amount you would normally spend on Christmas cards; children’s winter clothing items for the Mitten Tree; and food pantry items. You can bring a donation that Sunday, and also build a box of items as a reverse advent calendar this year!
Question & Answer Sessions
Thank you for all who attended the question and answer sessions. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Pastor Ryan. If you would like a visit to ask some questions as well, please reach out to the office so a visit can be scheduled.
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
7) Guidance for our congregation in the days ahead
In addition, if you have questions and would like answers for clarification, please reach out to the office, Ann Healy, or Pastor Ryan. The Leadership Team will inform the congregation of the entire process in this season of discernment despite the rumors spreading in the community. But if you do have a question, please reach out!
Book Study during Sunday School–all who do not have a class are welcome to attend!
The Fidelis Class has begun a new book study for Sunday School called Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel. If you are not actively involved in a Sunday School class, you are invited to participate in this book study!
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!
Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Stanley Suter & Carolyn Wine
John Bennington (health)
Norman Clark (COVID)
Patsy Dastoli (health)
Elijah Tucker Dean (health)
John Fix (addiction)
Janet Good (health)
Cindy Heatwole (health)
Heath Kimmell (health)
Gene LaPrade (health)
Larry LaPrade (COVID)
Lent family (work)
Barbara Meadows (health)
Alda Miller (health)
Betty Miller (health)
Mary G Miller (health)
Marty Moore (recovery)
Tami Plaugher (health)
Lottie Ritchie (health)
Victor Samalot (health)
Chris Shirk (health)
Ann Simmons (health)
Crystal Smith (health)
Stan Suter (health)
Owen Wright (health)
Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek COB