SERVICE IS WORSHIP based on Romans 12:1-8
How do we live a life of true worship? How do we demonstrate that we are truly committed to Christ and fully surrendered to him? Paul encourages all believers to do five things:
- Be a living sacrifice (12:1). A sacrifice is not a sacrifice unless there is a cost. We are encouraged to offer ourselves to God as living sacrifices. We do this by striving for holiness and longing to please God.
- Focus on your true LORD(12:2). Do not conform to the pattern of this world. Use selective listening to reject the pressure placed on us by the world to become what it wants us to be and instead focus on God. Transform your mind by the Spirit. The more you say yes to God and the Spirit, the easier it becomes to say no to the world.
- View yourself rightly(12:3). The way of surrender is the way of realized mercy, recognizing that we are only where we are because of the grace of God. Resist the urge to take the place of God.
- Work together with the body of Christ(12:4-5). We are not meant to live life alone, and we cannot be everything all at once. God gave us each other to support each other and work together to be the light of this world.
- Operate in your gifts(12:6-8). We all have been given different gifts by the Spirit. Live out who you were created to be in God!
Questions for Reflection
1) What do you need to sacrifice?
2) What thoughts do you need to drown out or cut off?
3) How do you view yourself? How do you view God?
4) What gifts has God laid on your heart?
This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will conclude the study in the discipline of service with the sermon titled, “Generosity,” based on 2 Corinthians 9:6-11. Why is generosity so important? And how does God respond to generosity? Come or tune in on Sunday to find out!
Daily Bible Readings for October 24 – 30
October 24: Matthew 20:29-34 How did Jesus’ act of service impact lives?
October 25: Acts 4:32-37 How was service modeled in the early church?
October 26: Acts 5:1-11 Why is the right heart important in service?
October 27: Acts 5:12-16 How did service point to salvation?
October 28: Acts 6:1-7 How did service help the early church grow?
October 29: Romans 12:3-8 How can we serve? What should be our heart?
October 30: Romans 12:9-21 How can we serve others?
This Week’s Events:
Saturday, October 28–Men’s Chicken Barbeque @ 4:30 am
Sunday, October 29–Trunk or Treat @ Oakdale Park outreach, 1:30 pm – 4 pm
Monday, October 30–Timothy Bible Study @ 7 pm
Friday, November 3 & Saturday, November 4–Beaver Creek Cares
Sunday, November 5–Daylight Savings Ends; turn the clock back one hour!
Sunday, November 19–Stewardship Sunday
Sunday, November 26–Hanging of the Greens & Advent begins!
Service– Spiritual Discipline Challenge
This month’s spiritual discipline is service. Service starts with the right heart, not doing good deeds for recognition, but because we love God.
You have two challenges this month. First, sign up for at least one service project, either at the church or in the community, to be completed between now and the end of the year. Second, submit to pastor Ryan at least one service idea or impactful way we can make a difference in the community before the year is done.
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!
The next chicken barbeque will take place Saturday, October 28. If you are willing to help, please see Joe LaPrade. Many hands make light work!
Beaver Creek has updated its social media page. Please follow and share so as many people can hear what is going on at Beaver Creek! You can find the pages as follows:
Beaver Creek Cares
Beaver Creek Cares will take place on Friday, November 3 & Saturday, November 4. We will meet for dinner at 6 pm on Friday, then have a Vespers service. The youth and friends will shop for Operation Christmas Child in the evening. We will gather Saturday morning for breakfast around 9 am, assemble the shoe boxes, sort and package the donations for Strength in Peers, assemble the gifts for our local teachers, assemble the exam kits for our college students, and clean up trash. At 2 pm we will gather at White Birch for bingo.
I have attached the list for donations for Strength in Peers. If you are unable to shop, please drop by donations for either Winnie or Diane, and they will go shopping on your behalf. Also, the index cards for exam kit items are available in the narthex.
Misti has placed a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board to assist with the backpacks. If you are willing to help, please sign up this week!
Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story
We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. Contact Alice Over (worship leading) or Phyllis Simmons (children’s story) if you want to serve.
CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY
Children’s Church will not meet this Sunday. It will meet on Sunday, November 5.
The Christian Education Team is looking for six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School hour and church hour. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to be able to participate in worship, please let one of the members of Christian Education know (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. But before the class can investigate bus prices and total cost, we want to gauge the true interest in the church. We have had several express interest and are trying to the best package for us as a church body. If you are interested and would like to be considered for this one-day event next year, please contact the office or let Pastor Ryan know in the next few weeks.
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!
Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller & Carolyn Wine
Keep Evy Kaye’s friend Mary Beth and Tami Plaugher’s friend Vicki as they both are wrestling with cancer.
Eddie Baker (health)
Terri Burkholder (health)
Norma Cunningham (recovery)
Patsy Dastoli (health)
Elijah Tucker Dean (health)
Natalie Dodge (health)
Bill Eckard (hospital)
Cindy Heatwole (health)
Cora Henkel (COVID)
Bob Hess (health)
Darlene LaPrade (health)
Christy Lazer (emergency surgery)
Ruth Luce (health)
Mark Martin (health)
Barbara Meadows (health)
Betty Miller (health)
Norlen Miller (hospital) –also had a fall and brain bleed. According to Roger this morning, he is stabilized and likely will not need surgery.
Mary G Miller (health)
Mary M Miller (recovery)
Savannah Miller (health)
Tami Plaugher (health)
Ann Simmons (health)
Shelby Simmons (foot)
Roger Simmons (recovery)
Crystal Smith (health)
Janet Stepp (COVID)
Norma Suter (recovery)
Kenny Wheelbarger (recovery from injury)
Whitmore family (house)
Mary Whitmore (health)
Cindy Wittig (health)
Shelvy Wittig (health)
Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church