RECAP: WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT based on Galatians 4:4-7
Why do we celebrate Christmas? Why do we have the holiday season in the first place? It is easy to get caught up in all the wonder, excitement, and busyness of the season that we forget to slow down and remember why it exists in the first place! But what if we could slow down, reflect, and capture the essence of the meaning of the season?
The apostle Paul also wanted the Galatians to slow down and capture the core essence of their faith. What should we grab hold of? At the right time, God sent his Son in the midst of our struggles to redeem us from our sins so we can become children of God and claim our rightful inheritance! Jesus came at the right time in history, when as many people as possible could hear and receive the good news. At this precise moment in time, God sent his Son, not because we asked him to but because he loved us so much he wanted to. Jesus came amid our struggles, knowing our sinful condition and showing us the way to freedom. He redeemed us from our sins, taking the penalty of sin upon himself so we can have hope and a future. And because of God’s great love, we are now his children and have the hope and promise of eternal life!
Jesus’ love is the greatest gift we can possibly receive. Will we embrace the gift? Will we focus on what it is all about?
Questions for Reflection
1) Do you know how much God loves you?
2) What are you struggling with? Can you release it to God?
3) What sin has a hold of your life? Can you release it God?
4) What is your hope?
This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, and we will light the candle of Hope. Pastor Ryan will preach the sermon “Hope is Born,” based on Luke 1:5-25. How important is hope to a Christian life? Why should we pursue and cling to it? Come or tune in on Sunday to find out.
Daily Bible Readings for November 28 – December 4
November 28: Colossians 1:15-23 Why is Jesus’ advent so important?
November 29: 1 John 1:1-4 Why is Jesus’ advent so important?
November 30: John 1:1-18 Why is Jesus’ advent so important?
December 1: Hebrews 2:5-18 Why is Jesus’ advent so important?
December 2: 2 Peter 1:12-21 Why is the declaration of the Word important? How does it relate to Christ’s arrival?
December 3: Psalm 130 What does this passage teach us about hope?
December 4: Isaiah 40:27-31 What does this passage teach us about hope?
This Week’s Events:
Saturday, December 2–Women’s Fellowship Christmas Auction @ 7 pm; Food @ 5:30 pm
Sunday, December 3–First Sunday Breakfast @ 9:15 am
Sunday, December 3–First Sunday Offering–Salvation Army
Sunday, December 3–Children’s Church
Sunday, December 3–Christmas Carols & Message @ White Birch, 1:30 pm
Sunday, December 10–Christmas Caroling after church; soup/sandwich carry-in
Sunday, December 10–Church pizza and movie night, 5 pm
Sunday, December 24–Christmas Eve @ 11 pm
Simplicity– Spiritual Discipline Challenge
This month’s spiritual discipline is simplicity. Simplicity arises from minimizing any and all distractions that keep us from focusing on God.
Last week, you should have evaluated your activities compared to your faith in God. You should have also written down ideas to help you grow in your faith. This week, simply take ten minutes a day to spend time with God. Thank him for what he has done in your life, and allow him to speak life to you.
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.
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:
Advent Music Minutes & InstaChoir
Reminder to all children and youth: Please meet downstairs at 9:45 to prepare for an advent song, “Go Tell it On the Mountain,” that will be sung during worship on December 17 w/ the InstaChoir.
InstaChoir will meet briefly after church in the library.
Women’s Fellowship Christmas Auction
Our next Christmas Auction is on Saturday, December 2. Food will be served at 5:30 pm, with the auction beginning at 7 pm. If you have any items that you would like to donate for the auction, please have them at the church by 5:30 pm at the latest on Saturday. Remember, all proceeds go to help fund the heating assistance ministry.
Beaver Creek will bring the message and some carols of the seasons to White Birch this Sunday, December 3 @ 1:30 pm. Please arrive by 1:15 pm. Let’s help make the season bright!
Beaver Creek will go caroling on Sunday, December 10 (snow date December 17). We will meet right after church. Please bring a soup or sandwich tray to share. Then, we will carol to our friends!
Pizza & Movie Night
On Sunday, December 10, please gather at the church at 5 pm. Please bring with you a pizza and a drink to share. After enjoying some fellowship, we will watch Home Alone together!
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, 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 week on Sunday, December 3.
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 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 expressions of interest and are trying to find the best package for us as a church body. If you want 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 in your prayers as she is wrestling with cancer.
Eddie Baker (health)
Sandy Bennington (health)
Joe Berry (health)
Terri Burkholder (health)
Norma Cunningham (recovery)
Patsy Dastoli (health)
Elijah Tucker Dean (health)
Natalie Dodge (health)
Cindy Heatwole (health)
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)
Mary G Miller (health)
Mary M Miller (recovery)
Savannah Miller (health)
Tami Plaugher (health)
Ann Simmons (health)
Shelby Simmons (foot)
Crystal Smith (health)
Norma Suter (recovery)
Kenny Wheelbarger (recovery)
Whitmore family (house)
Mary Whitmore (health)
Cindy Wittig (health)
Shelvy Wittig (health)
Pastor Ryan Cooper
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