Good News Brief–July 19, 2022

RECAP: FAITHFUL TO THE END based on Matthew 24:1-14

Right before the cross, Jesus and his disciples toured the temple mount and then traveled to the Mount of Olives. There were no other crowds present; it was only the Twelve. Jesus used this moment to convey a warning to those he loved and invested in for three years. Jesus’ heart is for all to be saved, but this message was for those who were his most faithful and devoted followers. Likewise, it serves for all who closely follow Jesus. What was on Jesus’ heart? A strong warning with the hope that his followers would be faithful all the way to the end.

What lies ahead? Of what should we be careful? What should we be watching out for? How can we be faithful to the end? Jesus pointed out six things:

1) Watch out against church idolatry. The disciples were focused on the temple and its magnificence. Jesus responded that soon it would be destroyed. This bothered the disciples enough that they pressed again to ask when it would happen. It can become a trap for the people of God to inadvertently replace good things, things about God, in place of a relationship with God. For Israel, the nation strayed from devotion to God to devotion to maintaining the temple and its practices. They believed as long as the temple stood, they would find favor with God. But they ended up making religion and the temple an idol that took the place of a genuine relationship with God.

We end up doing the same thing. Sometimes, it is a building that gains the focus over God. Sometimes, it might be a ministry or a project that we connect with. It may even be a belief that we have that supersedes all other beliefs, like the article I shared about one’s adherence to a peace position undercut the entire story of the Bible! We need to make sure we are seeking God first and not worship the things of God in place of God! And this is a trap that can ensnare anyone.

2) Watch out for fear of disasters. Jesus warned of various disasters that would face the people of Israel: wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines, etc. Troubles will come, but do we allow fear of those disasters to dictate our lives? At the root of fear is often comfort and control–we don’t want to lose that which we have. Our ancestors believed in simple living because material entanglements can get in the way of genuine faith. If everything were to vanish tomorrow, would we follow God? Do we worship because of what he has given us, or because of who he is? If we simply follow Jesus, take up our cross and follow, we won’t fear disaster when the worst strikes.

3) Watch out for persecution. If we are being faithful, we will face persecution. Jesus even said the disciples would be handed over to death. Why? Because when we are faithfully following Jesus, it will be at odds with the world; it goes against the world’s way of life. The world does not want to hear the truth, for they want to continue to embrace its lifestyle of sin. If the world is embracing us, we might be in a place of compromise. We need to stand firm on the Word of God and boldly preach the gospel, live according to the teachings of Jesus, even if we have to pay a price and go against the way of the world. This is not preaching a message of condemnation to the world, but living a way that is counter to the world. In this world we will have trouble if we are following Jesus’ way of life. Will we stand, or fall away because we don’t want to face the consequence?

4) Watch out for deceivers and false prophets. Jesus warned against both false Messiahs and false prophets, those who will claim to be anointed by God or under the power of the Spirit but really have nothing to do with God. They will sound pleasing to the ear, and deceive even the elect. Jesus warned many will fall away on their account. But we need to be on our guard. Just because someone says “Thus says the Lord,” or “This is what the Spirit is saying to me” does not mean it is truly the voice of the Lord. We only recognize the truth as we are diving into the Word of God regularly, both individually and collectively, and comparing what we hear with the Word of God. Popular theology today is not Biblical theology!

5) Stand Firm to the End. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. It will become easy to be discouraged and feel defeated, to want to throw in the towel. Or, because of the wicked times, we face the temptation to become apathetic, to follow the path of least resistance. Don’t give up being faithful. The one who stands firm all the way to the end will see the salvation of God.

6) Be faithful to the call. How do we know we can stand? If we are faithful to the call, taking the gospel that has changed our lives and sharing it with all nations, we know we are standing on Jesus! Our world needs to hear the good news, that there is a Jesus who died for their sins and they do not have to live in bondage. Let us share the good news, look for new ways to spread the gospel, so the community in which we have been planted can know the salvation of God, so they can endure in the end!

Questions for Reflection

1) Do we have any inadvertent idols we need to tear down?

2) Are there attachments to our world that we are afraid of losing? Can we lay it down?

3) Are we afraid of persecution? Can we do the right thing even under pressure?

4) Can you differentiate between popular theology and the Word? How can you increase your time in the word?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will continue the series called “Faithful in Unfaithful Times” with the sermon titled, “Keep Watch,” based on Matthew 24:36-51. Jesus gave us a strict warning of what life will be like in the last days. What counsel did he give? How can we apply it to today? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for July 19 – 25

July 19: 1 Timothy 6:11-21 How did Paul encourage Timothy to stand firm?

July 20: 2 Timothy 1:3-18 How did Paul encourage Timothy to stand firm?

July 21: 2 Timothy 2:1-13 How did Paul encourage Timothy to stand firm?

July 22: 2 Timothy 2:14-26 How did Paul encourage Timothy to stand firm?

July 23: 2 Timothy 3:1-9 What keeps us from being able to stand firm?

July 24: 2 Timothy 3:10-4:5 How did Paul encourage Timothy to stand firm to the end?

July 25: Matthew 25:31-46 How can we show as believers we are keeping watch?

This Week’s  Events:

Wednesday, July 20–Ministry Team @ 7 pm

Wednesday, July 21–Leadership Team @ 7 pm

Saturday, July 23–Lee Strobel @ Antioch Covenant Brethren Church (see below)

Sunday, July 24–Deacon Mtg after church

Sunday, July 24–Chasing the Lion Bible Study, Scott & Heather McAvoy’s House @ 4 pm

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, July 31–Vespers @ 6 pm

Monday, August 1–Outreach Team Mtg @ Mary Miller’s house, 7 pm

Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21–Church Retreat @ Natural Chimneys

Announcements:

Lee Strobel coming to Antioch Saturday!

Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Christ and internationally known speaker will be at Antioch Church on Saturday, July 23 from 9:30 am-3:00 pm.  He will speak about Why God Allows Suffering, The Case for Christ, The Case for the Gospels, and How to Reach Others for Jesus.  He will also respond to questions.  There is no charge for this and all are welcome.  Antioch Church is located at 23502 Senedo Rd near Woodstock. 

Bible Study Opportunity!

It is not too late to start the study! You can read the information below:

Six Weeks of Lion Chasing: A Study Series

Do you feel called to step out and do something great in your life? Or are you looking for what to do next? Then this six-week series may be for you! Based on the best-selling Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson, this series has as its theme: If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s too small

This small-group series will meet at 4 p.m. on six consecutive Sundays starting July 17 at the Sunset Park shelter in Dayton, Va. It will be led by a team of two educators, Lynne Miller Lent and Bill Wood.

Child care will be provided through a close-by kid zone in the park. There will be lemonade and ice water and cookies for the kids — and participants. Each session is designed to go for one hour. We will be covering the first six chapters in Chase the Lion and then gauging the interest in follow-up sessions for fall.

Adult participants of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Child care will be for those age 2 and up.

To register, fill in the form at williamcwood.com/lion.

About Chase the Lion (from publisher’s description):

Based upon 2 Samuel 23, Chase the Lion tells the true story of an ancient warrior named Benaiah who chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day—and then killed it. For most people, that situation wouldn’t just be a problem…it would be the last problem they ever faced. For Benaiah, it was an opportunity to step into his destiny. After defeating the lion, he landed his dream job as King David’s bodyguard and eventually became commander-in-chief of Israel’s army under King Solomon.

Written in a way that both challenges and encourages, this revolutionary book will help unleash the faith and courage you need to identify, chase, and catch the five-hundred-pound dreams in your life.

Summer Vespers

We will have summer vespers on the final Sunday of each month for July and August. We will gather for a meal over the fire, sing some hymns and camp song favorites, play a camp-style game or two, and conclude with a vespers devotional. Come out and enjoy!

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are still in need of both worship leaders and children’s stories. If you would like to serve, contact Alice Over (worship leading) or Tammy Stine (children’s story).

Call to Prayer 

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

Church Retreat

We will have our first Church Retreat post-COVID at Natural Chimneys from Friday, August 19 through Saturday, August 21. Come rent a lot, pitch a tent or park a camper, and spend the whole weekend, or come and go as you please. It will be a great time to get away and simply enjoy each other at Beaver Creek!

Idea Box!

What do you want to see at Beaver Creek? What are some ideas you have for the long-term growth of our congregation? Any outrageous outreach ideas? Please either email Pastor Ryan or write them down and place them in the brown suggestion box in the narthex. Dream big!

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School hour. If you are willing to help, even if it is just for a Sunday, please reach out to the Christian Education Team and let them 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)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Donnie Cornwell Sr (health)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tori Jackson (peace)

Darlene LaPrade (health)

Leroy Makely (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Torrey Meyer (well-being)

Meeta McNett (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Marty Moore (recovery)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (various)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Winnie Wilfong (knee, tests)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–July 12, 2022

RECAP: RIVER OF LIFE based on Revelation 22:1-17

Around the world, consistently the thing that people fear most is death–whether the death of a loved one or themselves. The fear associated with death is specifically “where is our eternal destiny?” As humanity, we try to delay death through advancements in medicine and technology, or we try to escape the penalty of hell through human efforts. But at the end of the day, the way to heaven, the way to eternal life comes through salvation, through the symbolic passing through the River of Life. When we are water baptized in the river, we are declaring for everyone what God has done inside our hearts. It is a public confession that we have been washed by the River of Life.

What are the benefits of the River of Life?

  1. It gives us access to the tree of life. The tree of life is the very tree that Adam and Eve had access to, but chose to ignore. This tree bears fruit in its season, providing nourishment for our souls. And Jesus hung on a tree so the river, which comes from his throne, washes away our sin so we can have access again to the tree of life.
  1. We find healing for the nations. The leaves of the tree can provide healing for all nations. The answer to our world strife is Jesus. When we all submit to Christ and allow his blood to wash us and make us whole, we will find the means of healing.
  1. Removal of the curse. Because of Adam and Eve’s sin, a curse was placed upon all humanity. As much as we have tried in recent years to escape the curse, we all face the inevitability of death. But the other aspects of the curse was separation from God. The river washes away the curse of separation and allows for reconciliation, which in turn allows us to live forever!
  1. See the face of God. No human, other than those who lived when Jesus walked this earth, has seen God face to face. For God is so holy, no human can stand fully in his presence because of sin. But because of the river’s cleansing, all sin has been removed from us, and we can stand before God sanctified–we have been made holy. We can one day behold the face of the one who saved us by his grace!
  1. No more night. There will be no more physical night, but also no more spiritual night. No more suffering, shame, or pain. No more sorrow or tears, for we will be in the presence of the Lord!

These are all wonderful benefits that the river’s cleansing can provide. How do we live on this earth as we wait for that day when we can see Jesus in heaven?

  1. Keep the Word. Jesus said “Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the scroll.” If we are faithful to the Word, we know we will see Jesus, for we are being true to his guidance, to his teaching!
  1. Worship God. Even John had to be reminded to keep his focus on the worship of God. If God is the center of everything we do, we know we will see him someday, for we can’t live without him. Every aspect of our lives have him as the focus!
  1. Live rightly. Those who are living right and holy need to continue to do so. No matter what direction the world takes, we need to live right and remain holy according to God’s standards. Human standards change, but God’s standard remains forever!
  1. Wash our robes. We need to repent of our sin, and remain in a state of repentance. It does no good to get clean and then put the same dirty clothes back on! When Christ redeems us and the river of his blood washes over us, allow those sins to leave and never return, just like we symbolically declare with our baptism that our sins are washed down the river!
  1. Keep sin out. Among Jesus’ final words in Scripture is the warning to keep sin away from us. When we allow sin to creep in, it will undo the freedom the river provides and keeps us outside with the “dogs.” What sins specifically did he name? Those who practice magic arts (divination), sexual immorality, murder, idolatry, and those who love and practice falsehood.
  1. Answer the invitation to come. The Spirit invites us to come and partake. We can answer that call even now, to taste our eternity even now, living daily in the presence of God.

One day, we will all have a fresh start in heaven. We will have nothing to fear, certainly not the fear of death! But it is up to us. Will we be washed by the river that flows from Jesus? Will we live as people redeemed? If so, we have a big future to look forward to!

Questions for Reflection

1) Do you remember the first time you said yes to Jesus? Remember the joy of that moment!

2) What sins are we holding on to that we need to allow the River of Life to wash away from us?

3) Which of the blessings of heaven do you most look forward to?

4) Which of the six ways to live do we need the most work on? What steps can we take to improve them?

5) Who do you know that needs a fresh start? Can you share with them the good news?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will start a new series called “Faithful in Unfaithful Times” with the sermon titled, “Stand Firm to the End,” based on Matthew 24:1-14. Jesus gave us a strict warning of what life will be like in the last days. What counsel did he give? How can we apply it to today? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for July 12 – 18

July 12: Romans 8:1-17 What is the hope of the gospel?

July 13: Romans 8:18-27 What is our future hope?

July 14: Romans 8:28-39 What is the hope of the gospel?

July 15: 1 Corinthians 15:35-58 What is our future hope?

July 16: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 What is our future hope, and current responsibility?

July 17: 1 Timothy 4:1-16 How did Paul encourage Timothy to stand firm to the end?

July 18: 1 Timothy 6:3-10 What keeps us from being able to stand firm?

This Week’s  Events:

Sunday, July 17–Chasing the Lion Bible Study, Sunset Park, Dayton @ 4 pm

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, July 20–Ministry Team @ 7 pm

Wednesday, July 21–Leadership Team @ 7 pm

Sunday, July 24–Deacon Mtg after church

Sunday, July 31–Vespers @ 6 pm

Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21–Church Retreat @ Natural Chimneys

Announcements:

Congratulations to Our Newly Baptized!

Congratulations to Becky, Grayson, and Kailey Whitmore for taking their baptismal vows and declaring before the community of faith that they are a new creation in Jesus and will follow after him! Let’s encourage them to keep the faith!

Lee Strobel coming to Antioch next week!

Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Christ and internationally known speaker will be at Antioch Church on Saturday, July 23 from 9:30 am-3:00 pm.  He will speak about Why God Allows Suffering, The Case for Christ, The Case for the Gospels, and How to Reach Others for Jesus.  He will also respond to questions.  There is no charge for this and all are welcome.  Antioch Church is located at 23502 Senedo Rd near Woodstock. 

Bible Study Opportunity!

Six Weeks of Lion Chasing: A Study Series

Do you feel called to step out and do something great in your life? Or are you looking for what to do next? Then this six-week series may be for you! Based on the best-selling Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson, this series has as its theme: If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s too small

This small-group series will meet at 4 p.m. on six consecutive Sundays starting July 17 at the Sunset Park shelter in Dayton, Va. It will be led by a team of two educators, Lynne Miller Lent and Bill Wood.

Child care will be provided through a close-by kid zone in the park. There will be lemonade and ice water and cookies for the kids — and participants. Each session is designed to go for one hour. We will be covering the first six chapters in Chase the Lion and then gauging the interest in follow-up sessions for fall.

Adult participants of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Child care will be for those age 2 and up.

To register, fill in the form at williamcwood.com/lion.

About Chase the Lion (from publisher’s description):

Based upon 2 Samuel 23, Chase the Lion tells the true story of an ancient warrior named Benaiah who chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day—and then killed it. For most people, that situation wouldn’t just be a problem…it would be the last problem they ever faced. For Benaiah, it was an opportunity to step into his destiny. After defeating the lion, he landed his dream job as King David’s bodyguard and eventually became commander-in-chief of Israel’s army under King Solomon.

Written in a way that both challenges and encourages, this revolutionary book will help unleash the faith and courage you need to identify, chase, and catch the five-hundred-pound dreams in your life.

Summer Vespers

We will have summer vespers on the final Sunday of each month for July and August. We will gather for a meal over the fire, sing some hymns and camp song favorites, play a camp-style game or two, and conclude with a vespers devotional. Come out and enjoy!

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are still in need of both worship leaders and children’s stories. If you would like to serve, contact Alice Over (worship leading) or Tammy Stine (children’s story).

Call to Prayer 

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

Church Retreat

We will have our first Church Retreat post-COVID at Natural Chimneys from Friday, August 19 through Saturday, August 21. Come rent a lot, pitch a tent or park a camper, and spend the whole weekend, or come and go as you please. It will be a great time to get away and simply enjoy each other at Beaver Creek!

Idea Box!

What do you want to see at Beaver Creek? What are some ideas you have for the long-term growth of our congregation? Any outrageous outreach ideas? Please either email Pastor Ryan or write them down and place them in the brown suggestion box in the narthex. Dream big!

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School hour. If you are willing to help, even if it is just for a Sunday, please reach out to the Christian Education Team and let them 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)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Donnie Cornwell Sr (health)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tori Jackson (peace)

Darlene LaPrade (health)

Leroy Makely (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Torrey Meyer (well-being)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Marty Moore (recovery)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (various)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Winnie Wilfong (knee)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–July 5, 2022

RECAP: FOR ALL PEOPLE based on Ephesians 2:11-22

When Jesus saved us, his goal was not just the salvation of you and me, but the entire world. We have been delivered and set free in order to carry a message to all people–the gospel! But unfortunately, in the world today, the perception of the church is that they keep people out except those who are just like themselves, almost like how in elementary school I was never chosen for kickball for various reasons (darker skin color, left-footed, wore glasses, etc.). But especially in this hour, Jesus wants no one to be left out from having the opportunity to respond to the good news. What message does Jesus want us to carry?

1) We can all be reconciled to God. Because Jesus came down from heaven and faced the cross, we can find reconciliation. God’s goal from the beginning with humanity was to walk with humanity; sin, however, interrupted that goal and drove a wedge between humanity and God. So Jesus came providing the way to atone for sin and to point humanity back on a path away from sin and toward God. And in so doing, he provided means for reconciliation. We are welcomed into the family of God, not as outcasts or less-than family members, but welcomed back as full participants in the kingdom of God!

2) Humanity can find peace with God. This world strives for inner peace. Peace within can only come when all is in order in the world. It does not mean that everything is perfect, nor does it mean there is a lack of struggle or difficulty; rather, true inner peace is evident in our calm and confidence even in the midst of the trial. That peace only comes from God. He came to bring us peace. The very thing that people crave the most, inward peace, comes by surrendering our lives to the very one who died for us to set us free. Nothing else will bring peace.

3) All barriers have been broken down. In the temple, there were many courts and rooms that only a select group of individuals could enter. The Gentiles could go no further than the court of the Gentiles; likewise, only the priests and Levites could enter the Holy Place, with the high priest being the only one to enter the Holy of Holies once a year. But with Jesus, the veil of the temple was torn down; all now can fully enter into the presence of God. There is no distinction, nor is there anything that can divide people from Jesus. All barriers are superficial constructions of humanity to keep people out. Jesus wants as many to come in as possible. Note: a boundary is different than a barrier. Jesus has no barriers to come into the sheepfold of God. But once you enter, you need to stay within the boundaries established by his holy word; otherwise, you are rejecting the invitation!

4) All people can have peace with each other. Tolerance does not bring peace between others. Compromise of values does not bring peace between people. Diplomacy will only go so far in bringing peace. Lasting peace can only be found when all parties come together to seek Jesus Christ. Jesus removed the barriers and promised his peace. He brings together those who are far away and those who are near and made the two into one. But unless there is a singular focus on Jesus, we won’t find peace. If we push our own agenda without seeking the face of God, we will not find peace at the end of the day. You cannot legislate peace or force people into tolerance! Jesus is the solution for peace in this world!

5) All have access to God. Because of what Jesus did, anyone can access God. We do not need a pastor or a priest to offer prayers on our behalf; we can boldly come before the throne of grace with confidence! Why? Because Jesus’ desire is to have a relationship with each and every one of his special creations!

6) If we accept the invitation, humanity can become citizens of heaven. Jesus paved the way for us to have eternity with God and enjoy the fruit of heaven; it is up to us to accept the invitation!

This broken world could use the message of hope. Can we bring and share the good news?

Questions for Reflection

1) Do we know the peace of God? Who do you know needs inward peace today? How can you bring that message of hope to them?

2) Do we have any inadvertent barriers (not boundaries) we need to tear down?

3) Do we need to forgive ourselves to allow for full reconciliation with God? Who needs to hear the message of hope of forgiveness and reconciliation?

4) Do you embrace God, or keep him at a distance? If at a distance, what keeps him there?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will conclude the series called “A Fresh Start” with the sermon titled, “River of Life” based on Revelation 22. How will God make all things new? And how can we know we will partake of the river of life? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for July 5 – 11

July 5: Romans 3:1-8 Why is there a need for the gospel?

July 6: Romans 3:9-20 Why is there a need for the gospel?

July 7: Romans 3:21-31 Why is there a need for the gospel?

July 8: Romans 5:12-21 Why is there a need for the gospel?

July 9: Romans 6:1-14 Why is there a need for the gospel?

July 10: Romans 6:15-23 Why is there a need for the gospel?

July 11: Romans 7:7-25 Why is there a need for the gospel?

This Week’s  Events:

Thursday, July 8–Gifts and Calling Team Mtg

Sunday, July 10–Baptism after service

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, July 17–Possible Deacon Mtg after church?

Wednesday, July 20–Ministry Team @ 7 pm

Wednesday, July 21–Leadership Team @ 7 pm

Sunday, July 31–Vespers @ 6 pm

Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21–Church Retreat @ Natural Chimneys

Announcements:

Summer Vespers

We will have summer vespers on the final Sunday of each month for July and August. We will gather for a meal over the fire, sing some hymns and camp song favorites, play a camp-style game or two, and conclude with a vespers devotional. Come out and enjoy!

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are still in need of both worship leaders and children’s stories. If you would like to serve, contact Alice Over (worship leading) or Tammy Stine (children’s story).

Call to Prayer 

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

Church Retreat

We will have our first Church Retreat post-COVID at Natural Chimneys from Friday, August 19 through Saturday, August 21. Come rent a lot, pitch a tent or park a camper, and spend the whole weekend, or come and go as you please. It will be a great time to get away and simply enjoy each other at Beaver Creek!

Idea Box!

What do you want to see at Beaver Creek? What are some ideas you have for the long-term growth of our congregation? Any outrageous outreach ideas? Please either email Pastor Ryan or write them down and place them in the brown suggestion box in the narthex. Dream big!

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School hour. If you are willing to help, even if it is just for a Sunday, please reach out to the Christian Education Team and let them 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)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Donnie Cornwell Sr (health)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tori Jackson (peace)

Darlene LaPrade (health)

Leroy Makely (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Torrey Meyer (well-being)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Marty Moore (recovery)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (various)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Winnie Wilfong (knee)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church