Good News Brief–November 15, 2022

RECAP: CRESTMEN SERVICE

Thank all who helped make the Crestmen service and meal that followed possible!

Questions for Reflection

1) Who can you invite to church in the coming days?

2) How can we increase our reach as a church into the community?

3) What has the Lord laid upon your heart to give for 2023?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will conclude the series on Colossians with the sermon titled, “All In,” based on Colossians 4:2-20. How can we be all-in for God? And what is the evidence of such a commitment?

Also, Sunday is Stewardship Sunday. Prayerfully consider what you would like to pledge for the coming year.

Daily Bible Readings for November 15-21

November 15: Psalm 86 Why should we give praise to God?

November 16: Psalm 91 Why should we give praise to God?

November 17: Psalm 97 Why should we give praise to God?

November 18: Psalm 116 Why should we give praise to God?

November 19: Psalm 136 Why should we give praise to God?

November 20: Malachi 1:6-14 Why is the heart more important than the gift itself?

November 21: Malachi 2:1-9 Why is the heart more important than church leadership?

This Week’s  Events:

Thursday, November 17–Leadership Team Mtg @ 7 pm

Sunday, November 20–Stewardship Sunday

Monday, November 21–Pastoral Epistles Bible Study @ 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, November 27–Hanging of the Greens

Saturday, December 3–Women’s Fellowship Christmas Auction–Food @ 5:30 pm, Auction starts @ 7 pm

Sunday, December 11–Christmas Caroling @ 4 pm

Saturday, December 24–Christmas Eve Service @ 11 pm

Sunday, December 25–Christmas Day Service @ 10 am (no Sunday School)

Sunday, January 1–New Year’s Day Service @ 10 am (no Sunday School)

Announcements:

NOTE: The flu is going around and is unfortunately in the Cooper house at the moment. I do not display symptoms, but I will hold off on at-home visitations until I know flu is clear. However, I do plan to get as many visits in as possible next Monday – Wednesday before Thanksgiving!

Stewardship Sunday

This Sunday, we will publicly affirm our commitment to the church for 2023. Please prayerfully consider how you can best support Beaver Creek in 2023 and write it down on the commitment card. We will dedicate those commitment cards during the service.

Hanging of the Greens

We will have our annual Hanging of the Greens service during worship on Sunday, November 27. Some of the highlights include:

–Lunch after service (everyone bring a finger food or dessert!)

–Ornament exchange

–Mitten Tree (please bring mittens and hats to place on the tree)

–Christmas cards (please bring a signed Christmas Card for the church to place on the bulletin board and make a donation of the postage–cause TBA)

–Fruit baskets (please bring in fruit for baskets we will assemble for our elderly friends within the congregation)

–Reverse advent (we will begin collecting items for the food pantry)

Please see the attached flyer for more information!

Women’s Fellowship Christmas Auction

We anticipate this year will be a very busy year of need for heating oil. The auction is one of the biggest ways the Women’s Fellowship raises money to help those in need this upcoming winter. I have also attached the flyer for this auction information. The auction takes place Saturday, December 3. Food starts at 5:30 pm, and the auction at 7 pm.

If you have anything to donate (baked goods, crafts, handmade items, etc., please let Women’s Fellowship know!

Youth Calendars

There are still plenty of calendars available to support the youth ministry. Please consider buying one today!

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

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!

Bible Study

Pastor Ryan will also continue the study on the books of 1 and 2 Timothy. Paul shared his heart with Timothy and gave him instructions for himself and the church after he was gone. Most of these letters are reflected even today. How can we live our faith? I encourage you to dig deeper into these two short books! We will meet on Mondays in the church library from 7 pm – 8 pm.

Take advantage of this Bible study today! If you would like to participate in the Timothy Bible study, please email Pastor Ryan or call the office.

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are still in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. 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

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

Sandy Bennington (peace)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tori Jackson (peace)

Mark Martin (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Evy Kaye Sandin (recovery)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Tess Southerly (surgery)

Whitmore family (various)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–November 8, 2022

RECAP: HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS based on Colossians 3:18-4:1

One area that the enemy has really tried to attack is our homes. It is no secret that there is much brokenness in our world, especially in our country. Children have risen against parents, or parents against children. Physical and sexual violence is unfortunately very common, and our land is also among the highest of children in foster care. In the Hebrew language, the word for house and sanctuary were the same. In other words, a house is supposed to be a daily place of sanctuary, peace, and rest, surrounded by those who will support you the most. But unfortunately, in many households, the home is the greatest source of strife, angst, and unrest.

How can the script be flipped? How can the tide change?

Paul encountered similar dynamics in Colossae. But instead of investing in the Hellenistic Code, which stated that the husband/father/master was the greatest in the house, and everyone else took direction from them, Paul offered a different code grounded in Jesus. The code seems antiquated and certainly would receive pushback in today’s world. But what if we were to embody these six values? It would truly be radical, and maybe it can help correct where we as a nation have lost our way.

1) Submission. Today, submission is associated with inferiority and becoming a doormat. Sometimes it is abused, saying that a woman is to submit to a man, essentially stripping them of all worth, dignity, value, and essentially saying that a woman is created to serve a man. But that is how we interpret it today. But in Paul’s context, submission meant literally to “come under the mission of.” When one submits, they are choosing to embrace a mission and narrative that is far greater than themselves, a cause worth living and dying for. The one we should submit to first and foremost is Christ–to seek and save the lost. Then, we should submit to our spouse in the hope that together one can raise children in a house that chooses to follow the Lord. Submission is best done when it is in the same spirit as Christ, in a way that is fitting and consistent with Scripture.

2) Agape love. Men were charged to love their wives. But it is agape, the same type of love that Jesus demonstrated for us, that esteemed and valued us so greatly that he faced a cross to die for our sins. Likewise, men should love their wives, treat them with the highest value, and be willing to sacrifice themselves if it meant it advanced their welfare! It is not self-seeking or self-gratifying; this kind of love takes delight in seeing another thrive!

3) Obedience and Honor. Children were charged to be obedient. But this is not slavery or forced compliance; rather, obedience comes from a heart of love and honor. It is a recognition that a parent has their best interest at heart and wants to see the child far exceed their own opportunities in life. It is a choice to respect and love, to emphasize relationship over selfish desire. It is recognizing that parents are not baffoons as portrayed in popular media today, or an enemy or obstacle; rather, it is recognizing that parents want their child to become greater than them!

4) Encouragement. Parents are tasked with encouragement, with building up a child. Paul actually told the fathers to not embitter their children, literally to provoke to anger or sin. Even though modern culture wants us to believe that we can embitter our children through discipline, discipline is God’s great expression of love. Discipline serves the purpose to help a child become their best self as God created them! When we speak life and belief, motivated by a heart of love, we can push our children to be strong in the LORD. But if we constantly move the goal posts, or are quick to judge and diminish every mistake, we can embitter and destroy.

5) Sincere service. Even though slavery was wrong, Paul still wanted them to faithfully serve the master, even if the master was not looking, to set a higher standard and in time call attention to the institution to dismantle it. But serving with integrity and character will show the master that not only can this individual be trusted, but they should no longer be a slave. This could be applied today to our employment: can we serve our bosses and do the right thing always?

6) Right and fair. Masters have master Jesus over them; they should act in the same manner. Everything Jesus did was right and fair, for the betterment of people while being under the holy standard of God. Fairness can only be measured by God and not by human standards, for we change the rules to our benefit all the time! But if we seek to operate the same way as Jesus, the standard of mercy and grace, every person has the opportunity to thrive.

What if we tried these six things? Even though it may not be popular today, we will find life more at peace and rest and in community.

 

Questions for Reflection

1) Why is it challenging to submit to others? Can we submit to the greater mission of God?

2) What is the motivation behind our love?

3) Why is obedience difficult?

4) When was the last word of encouragement you spoke? Who can you encourage today?

5) Of the three–integrity, mercy, and righteousness–which one do you need to work the most on? How can you demonstrate it this week?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will be out of town. However, the Crestmen will be leading us in worship. Note: There will be a meal after the service. Also, the service will start with announcements at 10:55 to allow the Crestmen a whole hour to lead. We will also collect a free-will love offering for the Crestmen at the conclusion of the service.

Daily Bible Readings for November 8-14

November 8: Proverbs 7 From what should children guard their hearts?

November 9: Proverbs 31:10-31 How should a woman of God live?

November 10: Ephesians 5:22-33 How should a husband and wife treat each other, and why?

November 11: Ephesians 6:1-4 How should children and parents treat each other, and why?

November 12: 1 Peter 3:1-7 How should wives and husbands treat each other, and why?

November 13: Psalm 66 Why should we give praise to God?

November 14: Psalm 84 Why should we give praise to God?

This Week’s  Events:

Sunday, November 13–Crestmen leading worship service & meal after service

Sunday, November 13–Instachoir practice immediately after service

Sunday, November 13–Chasing the Lions Bible Study at 4 pm at Lynne’s house (240 Ashby St, Dayton)

Monday, November 14–Pastoral Epistles Bible Study @ 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, November 17–Leadership Team Mtg @ 7 pm

Sunday, November 20–Stewardship Sunday

Sunday, November 27–Hanging of the Greens

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

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!

Beaver Creek Cares

Thank you for all who helped with Beaver Creek Cares. There are still a few shoeboxes that can be packed. If you would like to pack one, just find the empty boxes in the basement and bring back to the church at the latest Sunday morning!

Bible Study Opportunities!

The Chasing the Lion Bible Study will conclude on Sunday, November 13 @ 4 pm at Lynne’s House (240 Ashby St, Dayton)

Pastor Ryan will also continue the study on the books of 1 and 2 Timothy. Paul shared his heart with Timothy and gave him instructions for himself and the church after he was gone. Most of these letters are reflected even today. How can we live our faith? I encourage you to dig deeper into these two short books! We will meet on Mondays in the church library from 7 pm – 8 pm.

Take advantage of one of these two Bible studies today! If you would like to participate in the Timothy Bible study, please email Pastor Ryan or call the office.

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are still in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. 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

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

Sandy Bennington (comfort & strength)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tori Jackson (peace)

Mark Martin (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health, daughter of John & Stephanie Miller)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (various)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–November 1, 2022

RECAP: Put it On! based on Colossians 3:12-17

On Halloween, the kids who are participating in trick-or-treating are obvious, for they are wearing costumes. The customer broadcasts to those around that they are looking for candy–they stand out! It is the same with a good buffalo wing. A good wing stands out when it is compared to other “wing pretenders.” And being a chicken wing aficionado, I will gravitate toward the real wings any day! Just like kids on Halloween stand out and a good chicken wing stands out, so too we as people of faith should stand out. Our conduct and practice should be so distinct from the world around us that it should be obvious to all around that we belong to Christ.

Paul understood this to be true as well and tried to convey this to the Colossian church. If one is to truly live out their faith, one needs to take off the things that weigh them down into bondage and put on clothes that distinctly point to faith. Clothes reveal in part who you are. In earlier times, clothing marked what social class you were a part of, as well as how wealthy you were. Today, the material of clothing often distinguishes the level of wealth. But do we wear the clothes of Jesus? Can people see what we are wearing and know that we belong to him?

If we are living for Christ, we should be wearing:

1) Godly character. Our very lives should embody the characteristics of God, for we are his chosen, holy and dearly loved people. Our lives should demonstrate the fruit of the spirit and characteristics of God, such as his compassion, kindness, gentleness, humility, and patience. There should be a stark contrast to the ways of the flesh that we need to take off: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed, idolatry, anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language.

If we claim to live for Christ, yet still live for the world, we are confused. We send the world a mixed message about the character of God, and we deceive ourselves into thinking God would recognize and honor us. It would be just as strange as if one wore both Virginia Tech and UVA colors at the same time, or Commanders and Cowboys gear at the same time! Just like these sports teams are polar opposites of each other, the same is true between a life of faith and life for the world. If we try to wear both colors, we confuse ourselves and do not really represent Christ.

2) Forgiveness. Jesus operated with forgiveness and grace. Our world on the other hand is not as gracious, not living in forgiveness. Even though it is very hard to do, for we often want the one who is wounded to suffer. What if we, instead of viewing the one who wronged us as the villain, instead viewed each person as one who could use a touch of the grace of God? Jesus extended forgiveness to the very ones who crucified him. Can we be people of forgiveness and grace?

3) Love. This is not the love that the world preaches today, which is more of an eros and philew type of love. The world encourages us in “love” to accept not just everyone, but everything, which includes unbridled pursuits of passion. But agape love is self-sacrificial love on behalf of another. In other words, the love of God is willing to put itself in harm’s way to better the life of another, even if the other person never says thank you. It is the type of love that is willing to get in the way of an individual about ready to drive off the cliff to save them, even if they want to drive off the cliff because everyone else is doing so! If we are clothed in God’s love, we care about the eternal souls of those around us and will do what we can to bring them to the foot of the One who can set them free! That is far different than just accepting anything!

4) Peace. When we are following God, he grants us his peace. That peace passes all understanding, is the steady calm when the storms of life are raging, and is at rest even in the midst of tragedy. Our world strives for peace but in the guise of tolerance and compromise of values. But life at true peace is grounded and anchored in the person of God and immersed in the message of his Word.

5) Thankfulness. Jesus constantly gave thanks. As we are full of thanksgiving, the material attachments break and we appreciate more what Christ has done for us. We no longer are compelled to go and acquire more and break the cycle of coveteousness that takes advantage of others.

We don’t see much character, forgiveness, love, peace, and thankfulness. What if we wore these things as Christ did? Our world would be a far different place! Can the world look at us and see Jesus?

Questions for Reflection

1) Does your character reflect God? Can others tell you are a faithful follower of Jesus? If not, what within you can you change?

2) Who do you need to let go and forgive?

3) Who do you know is making poor choices? How can you demonstrate agape love to them to help bring them to Jesus who can deliver?

4) Is your life centered in God’s peace? How can you embrace peace today?

5) What can you be thankful for?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will continue the series in the book of Colossians with the sermon titled, “Healthy Relationships,” based on Colossians 3:18-4:6. When we live out our faith, our relationships will reflect Christ. How should we act toward one another? How is it different than culture? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for November 1-7

November 1: 1 Corinthians 13 What should we put on? Why?

November 2: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 What should we put on? Why?

November 3: Ephesians 4:17-32 How should a believer conduct themselves?

November 4: 1 Timothy 6:11-16 What should a believer pursue?

November 5: Revelation 7 What will be the sign of our faith in the end?

November 6: Deuteronomy 21:15-21 Why is it important for a parent to honor their children, and for children to honor their parents?

November 7: Proverbs 5 Why is fidelity important?

This Week’s  Events:

Tuesday, November 1–Women’s Fellowship Mtg @ 1 pm

November 4 – 5–Beaver Creek Cares weekend

Sunday, November 6–First Sunday Breakfast & Offering & Daylight Savings Ends (turn clocks back an hour)

Sunday, November 6–Worship Team Meeting after service

Sunday, November 6–Chasing the Lions Bible Study at 4 pm (location TBD)

Monday, November 7–Pastoral Epistles Bible Study @ 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, November 13–Crestmen leading worship service

Thursday, November 17–Leadership Team Mtg @ 7 pm

Sunday, November 20–Stewardship Sunday

Sunday, November 27–Hanging of the Greens

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

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!

Beaver Creek Cares

Beaver Creek Cares is this weekend!

For Beaver Creek Cares, we once again will be taking a collection for Strength in Peers. If you would like to make a monetary donation instead of purchasing items, you can give the money to either Winnie or Diane, and they will shop on your behalf! They will be shopping tomorrow (Wednesday!)

New this year are exam care packages for our college students. There is a table in the narthex filled with index cards of specific items (such as cup of ramen). Please take the card, purchase the specified item, and return it with the index card by Friday, November 4 of Beaver Creek Cares. We still have several cards that have gone unclaimed; if you would like one, they will be there until Friday evening. If you have items to bring on the slip of paper, but won’t have them until Saturday or Sunday, please call the office and let us know so we do not double purchase! We will purchase any missing items during the Operation Christmas Child shopping Friday evening. Let us bless our six college students!

Schedule:

Friday, November 4

6:30 pm Soup & Sandwich Meal & Hot Dogs!

7:15 pm Vespers

8:00 pm Operation Christmas Child Shopping

Saturday, November 5

9:00 am Breakfast

9:30 am Activities including: Shoebox packing, Strength in Peers packing, Exam Kits, Teacher Appreciation Gifts, Trash Pickup

2:00 pm White Birch Bingo (awaiting confirmation)

Bible Study Opportunities!

The Chasing the Lion Bible Study will continue on Sunday, November 6 @ 4 pm. Location still TBD

Pastor Ryan will also continue the study on the books of 1 and 2 Timothy. Paul shared his heart with Timothy and gave him instructions for himself and the church after he was gone. Most of these letters are reflected even today. How can we live our faith? I encourage you to dig deeper into these two short books! We will meet on Mondays in the church library from 7 pm – 8 pm.

Take advantage of one of these two Bible studies today! If you would like to participate in the Timothy Bible study, please email Pastor Ryan or call the office.

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

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

Fall Festival

Thank you to all who participated in the Fall Festival!

Our best guess, we had around 125 guests and children who graced our doors.

We served 180 hot dogs, 6 dozen donuts, served 5 pounds of popcorn, and gave away over 3000 pieces of candy!

We could not have done it without your help, and a special thank you for the leadership of the Outreach Team. And if you have any ideas to make it even better for next year, please email me or call the office with your suggestion!

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

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

Sandy Bennington (comfort)

Patsy Dastoli (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

John Fix (addiction)

Cindy Heatwole (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tori Jackson (peace)

Mark Martin (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Alda Miller (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Dan Rhodes (recovery from surgery)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (various)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church