Good News Brief–May 21, 2024

Sermon Recap: OUTWARD DECLARATION OF INWARD CHANGE based on Acts 16:29-34 and Galatians 5:16-25

This Sunday, we celebrated five new members via transfer and seven new members through baptism! It truly was a wonderful day!

Baptism was significant in the life of the early church. On the first Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit poured out over the one hundred and twenty in the upper room. Their joy could not be contained and spilled into the streets. Peter preached his first sermon, and over three thousand responded by giving their hearts to Jesus. They ended that day with a mass baptism! Since that day, baptism has been a crucial component of the life of the church and a person of faith. What does the act of baptism mean at its core? It is a public, outward declaration of an inward change. Baptism is a significant declaration of allegiance to follow Jesus instead of Caesar or self.

How do we show our allegiance to Christ above all else? How do we demonstrate an inward change in response to the outward show of baptism?

  1. Embrace repentance (Acts 16:29-34). When the Philippian jailer experienced the earthquake, he thought for sure his life was over. He had fallen asleep on the job, and with the prison doors open, some may have escaped. Paul and Silas stopped him from committing suicide, and he asked the question, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). He was not thinking about salvation from sin through Jesus, for he had never heard the gospel; rather, he was thinking about getting out of the predicament. Paul answered the way of true salvation, in the physical, as well as the mental, emotional, and spiritual, was through Jesus. In that moment, the jailer embraced repentance. He believed the Word about Jesus (16:31-32). He brought Paul and Silas to his house and made right where he had wronged (16:33). He bandaged their wounds, took care of their needs, and fed them a meal. Then, he and his whole family declared their faith by being baptized, publicly declaring what God had done within (16:33-34). That day was the beginning of a new chapter in his life.

    If we are to live out our baptism, we need to show the inward change. We must believe the Word about Jesus, make right the areas where we have wronged others or God, and publicly declare with our living who we believe. We cannot continue being the same person we always were.

  1. Live by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-18, 25). Instead of living for the world, culture, enemy, and self, we are now committed to a life that follows the Spirit. We become committed to a new way of living, forsaking the old ways. The sinful nature and Spirit will always be in conflict (5:17). Therefore, we have to make a choice: to live for God or live for our sinful nature. The Spirit brings freedom; sinful nature brings consequence (5:18). We show that we are living by the Spirit by keeping in step with the Spirit (5:25), constantly spending time with God and seeking his guidance. It means we have to also engage in a steady diet that feeds our spiritual self.
  1. Crucify the sinful nature (Galatians 5:19-21, 24). In addition to living by the Spirit, we actually should put to death the sinful nature. We cannot belong to Christ and indulge sinful passions at the same time (5:24). If we try to serve two masters, we become lukewarm, desensitized to the leading of the Spirit, and actually go back to the old way. It is like a bad game of tug-of-war; the one with the greater pull will always win (usually the sinful nature). If we know something is poison, we purposefully do not partake of it, for when we do, we know we will die. We should do the same in the spiritual. We should put to death our sinful nature, for willful sin cannot inherit the kingdom of God (5:21). The acts of the sinful nature are obvious. Leave them behind. Put them to death. Live by the Spirit.
  1. Bear the fruit of repentance (Galatians 5:22-23; Acts 16:34). When the jailer gave his heart to Jesus and repented, he showed a new outlook for life, choosing the way of joy (Acts 16:34). When we inwardly change, there needs to be an outward declaration. The initial declaration is in our baptism, but every day, we need to live out that change. The fruit of repentance, the new manner of living, is the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). We should demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Baptism is the outward declaration of the inward change brought about by Jesus. But for our baptism to be genuine, we must order the remainder of our lives by that reality. Embrace repentance. Live by the Spirit. Crucify the sinful nature. Bear the fruit!

Questions for Reflection

1) Do you remember when you gave your heart to the Lord? What was your life like before Jesus? What is it like now?

2) Where do we still need to repent in our faith walk?

3) Do we need to rectify a wrong?

4) What spiritual practices do you employ to keep your relationship with Jesus strong?

5) What sin continues to trip you up? What sin do you need to crucify once and for all?

6) Which of the fruits of the Spirit do you excel at? Which one do you need to work on?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will start the study on the Foundations of Sin and Salvation with the sermon titled “The Sin Problem” based on Romans 3:9-18, 23; 6:23; and 8:5-8. What is sin? What is the true impact of sin? How can one solve the problem of sin? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for May 21 – 27

May 21: Psalm 30:1-12 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 22: Psalm 31:1-24 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 23: Psalm 33:1-22 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 24: Psalm 34:1-22 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 25: Psalm 36:1-12 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 26: Psalm 37:1-17 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 27: Psalm 37:18-40 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Sunday, May 26–Instachoir Picnic @ Sandy Bottom @ 5 pm

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, June 2–Summer Hours Begin (First Sunday Breakfast @ 8:45 am, Sunday School @ 9:15 am, Worship @ 10:30 am)

Sunday, June 2–First Sunday Offering–Ava Cares & Beginning of Baby Bottle Campaign

Sunday, June 9–Graduate Recognition Sunday

Saturday, June 15–Father/Son Breakfast @ 8 am–sign up available beginning Sunday

Sunday, June 23–Outdoor Worship

Sunday, June 23–Vespers @ 5 pm

VERSE OF THE MONTH!

Every month we will feature a verse. The goal is for the entire church to learn this verse for the month so we grow in our memorized Bible knowledge. The verse of the month of May is Galatians 5:22-23:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

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.

Social Media

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:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

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 take the summer months off (June, July, August).

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Vacation Bible School will run on Wednesday evenings during the month of July (July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31). If you would like to help or assist in any way, such as running a station, being a group leader for kids, preparing food, etc., please sign up on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex or respond to this email. So far, we have had only a few names sign up. We need several other volunteers. Please consider volunteering for this great outreach today!

GRADUATES!

If you are graduating this year or know of a graduate, please call the office. We are aware of one graduate. We are in the process of planning graduate recognition Sunday.

Nursery

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 participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (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. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!

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!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Bouchery family (unspoken)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Quinn Cox (health)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Amy Cyzick (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Stanley Jackowitz (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meeta McNett (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Bob Simmons (health)

Millie Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–May 14, 2024

Sermon Recap: OUR SPIRITUAL CALLING based on Acts 1:3-8 and Ephesians 5:15-20

We are God’s children. Just as a mother wants her children to grow up and be successful in life, so too God wants us, his children, to grow in him and fulfill our spiritual calling and destiny. But it is up to each and every one of us to embrace that calling and live into it, just as it is up to us to follow in the counsel and wisdom our mothers provide. Hopefully it is our goal and aim to make both our mothers and our Lord proud!

We are called to be a witness for Jesus! (Acts 1:8) How can we find success in our spiritual calling? What tools are at our disposal to faithfully walk in that calling and make God proud?

  1. Wait on the Lord (Acts 1:4-5). The term “wait” here is best understood as “tarry,” or to wait with a focused purpose. Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength and mount up on wings like eagles (Isa 40:31). We wait on the Lord by spending time with him, clearing out our agendas, wishes, and desires, and seeking him with all we have. God rewards those who diligently seek him (Heb 11:6). We find our strength and draw closer to God the more we wait on him.
  1. Trust God to be God (Acts 1:7). Instead of seeking our will and pursuing what we believe should happen, we trust God to be God. We seek his way and take our hands off the steering wheel. We ask God what his thoughts are in everything we do before we walk out and act. Avoid the trap that willful teens fall into, believing that the parent is not working for the good. God is working for our good (Rom 8:28) to give us hope and a future (Jer 29:11).
  1. Power from on high (Acts 1:8). The word power in Greek is dunamis, the same word from which we derive dynamite! Just as dynamite can blast rock and break through things that could not be broken on its own, so too the Spirit gives us the power to break through. The Spirit in us is not weak but powerful and effective. When we step out into our calling, God supplies the power.

As we do these three things, we have the strength to walk out our calling as witnesses of God. But how can we demonstrate our witness in everyday life?

  1. Live wisely (Eph 5:15). Make choices according to wisdom and not foolishness. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov 1:7). The more we seek to listen to the wisdom of our spiritual parent in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, the more we will live wisely. The more we reject God’s counsel, the greater the likelihood we will make a poor choice and reap the consequences.
  1. Make the most of your opportunities (Eph 5:16). Every situation can be an opportunity for God to work and use us. But in order to make the most of the opportunity, our eyes need to be open to the needs around us. Who can we touch? Who can we impact? Who can we show by our actions the love of Christ?
  1. Understand God’s will (Eph 5:17). The more we seek God’s will and put it into practice, the more it will strengthen our faith and trust in God. We can discern God’s will by putting ourselves and ambitions on the altar (Rom 12:1), silencing the voices of culture and others around us (Rom 12:2), and allowing the Spirit to change our thinking by renewing our minds (Rom 12:2). We must resist the trap of folly, forcing God to submit to our will.
  1. Be filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18). Since the Spirit is our power source, we need to remain connected to the Spirit. The verb in this verse is meant to be understood continuously; we are to keep being filled with the Spirit! Just like a phone needs to be regularly plugged into the charger to regain its charge so it can operate with maximum power, so too we need to be regularly plugged into the Spirit so we can operate at our full strength! Avoid anything that can compromise or sap our spiritual life!
  1. Heart full of worship (5:19). Turn every situation into a song of praise to God, including the rough seasons. Paul understood this, singing in the midst of his prison cell in Philippi (Acts 16:25). Joyful singing causes the weary heart to take notice. Joy is infectious!
  1. Heart full of gratitude (5:20). In a world that struggles with complaints and the need for something more, let us be thankful for all we already have. Dissatisfaction will keep us in bondage; gratitude brings freedom!

Questions for Reflection

1) What barriers keep you from waiting upon the Lord?

2) Do you fully trust God with all your heart? If not, why? What is keeping you from full trust?

3) What needs have you seen around you? How can you be a witness for Jesus to that individual in need?

4) Do you actively pursue God’s will for your life?

5) What keeps you from walking in joy?

6) What are three things you are thankful for today?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday is Membership & Baptism Sunday! Pastor Ryan will conclude the study on the Foundations of the Holy Spirit series with the sermon titled, “Outward Declaration of an Inward Change” based on Galatians 5:16-25 and Acts 16:29-34. What is the evidence of a life changed by the Spirit? How do we show we have been changed forever by God? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for May 14 – 20

May 14: Psalm 22:1-24 What does this passage teach us about God (and Jesus)?

May 15: Psalm 23:1-6 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 16: Psalm 24:1-10 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 17: Psalm 25:1-22 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 18: Psalm 27:1-14 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 19: Psalm 28:1-9 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 20: Psalm 29:1-11 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Sunday, May 19–Baptism Sunday & Carry-in Celebration

Monday, May 20–Timothy Bible Study @ 7 pm (final Bible study until September)

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, June 2–Summer Hours Begin (First Sunday Breakfast @ 8:45 am, Sunday School @ 9:15 am, Worship @ 10:30 am)

Sunday, June 9–Graduate Recognition Sunday

Sunday, June 23–Outdoor Worship

Sunday, June 23–Vespers @ 5 pm

VERSE OF THE MONTH!

Every month we will feature a verse. The goal is for the entire church to learn this verse for the month so we grow in our memorized Bible knowledge. The verse of the month of May is Galatians 5:22-23:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

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.

Social Media

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:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

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 Sunday, May 19. It will be the last Children’s Church until September.

Children’s Church will take the summer months off (June, July, August).

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Vacation Bible School will run on Wednesday evenings during the month of July (July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31). If you would like to help or assist in any way, such as running a station, being a group leader for kids, preparing food, etc., please sign up on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex or respond to this email. So far, we have had only a few names sign up. We need several other volunteers. Please consider volunteering for this great outreach today!

BAPTISM

Baptism Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, May 19.

*NOTE: The weather forecast for Saturday is very wet, which can potentially cause some trouble for parking down at the creekside. We may have to become creative! I will continue to update as the weather forecast becomes clearer and as alterations are made.

GRADUATES!

If you are graduating this year or know of a graduate, please call the office. We are aware of one graduate. We are in the process of planning graduate recognition Sunday.

Nursery

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 participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (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. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!

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!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Joe Berry (health)

Bouchery family (unspoken)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Quinn Cox (health)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Amy Cyzick (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Stanley Jackowitz (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meeta McNett (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Bob Simmons (health)

Millie Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–May 7, 2024

Sermon Recap: SPIRIT IN US based on Romans 8:11, 22-27, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:18-20

Just as we struggle to know and understand the Holy Spirit and his impact on our lives, we also fail to understand how much God desires to empower our lives. Humanity, for too long, has believed the lies that we are worthless, nobodies, and without purpose or meaning in life. We have exchanged the eternal and what has lasting value to that which is directly in front of us to make ourselves feel good. Corinth, in Paul’s day, experienced great struggle. Because they had bought into the lie, they fully embraced idolatry, substituting the true devotion and worship of God for others. The city also was known for its immorality. Even though they believed that immorality and temple prostitution were vital for the fertility of their crops, the city actually had one of the lowest average lifespans of its time and one of the highest STD epidemics of the Roman empire!

However, Paul conveyed a message to this city that holds true for us today: God values us and desires to dwell with us. But that dwelling is more than just among us; rather, it is inside of us! If we are in Christ, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, the place where God decided to pitch his tent! What does this mean for us?

  1. We are valuable to God (1 Cor 6:19-20, 3:16). Just as we choose to invest in that which we value, God chose to invest in us. He gave everything, including his life on the cross, so we can be in a relationship with him and have a means to address our sinful condition. We were bought for a price (1 Cor 6:20), which was Jesus’ shed blood. Because of what Jesus did, we are washed white as snow, and we can become holy and worthy (1 Cor 3:16). Why? Because God loves us and considers us to be of great worth to him! Stop trying to fill that need for value outside of God, for nothing else will satisfy. Don’t buy the lie that you don’t need God and you need the approval of others; Jesus died for you even when you were deep in your sin!
  1. We have access to resurrection power (Rom 8:11). The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us. That means the Spirit present at his baptism, that anointed Jesus for the ministry, that recovered sight for the blind and set the captive free, dwells in us! We are more powerful than we think we are because the one in us is far greater than the one in the world (1 John 4:4). We don’t have to stay in defeat. We don’t have to live stuck in sin and struggle. We don’t have to buy the lie that we are weak, powerless, and hopeless. The Spirit in us gives us the ability to overcome the evil one; stand as more than a conqueror!
  1. We are adopted children of God (Rom 8:22-23). When we call on the name of the Lord and believe in Christ, we have the right to become children of God (John 1:12). The Spirit in us becomes the guarantee that we are children and heirs, set to inherit eternal life. We are children of the King of Kings! Even though we might have a past, if we are in Jesus, the past remains in the past; we are a new creation (2 Cor 5:17). You were chosen by God and welcomed into his family. You are important to God!
  1. We have a saving hope (Rom 8:24-25). In a world that feels hopeless, the Spirit is the constant reminder of hope. Why? Because the God of the impossible dwells inside of us! The Spirit in us is the constant reminder of God’s victory over death, hell, and the grave, that the Evil One, the Adversary of our souls, has been defeated, and this world has no hold on us. Even when things look hopeless, we can cling to hope, for God’s plan for us includes hope and a future (Jer 29:11).
  1. We have prayer assistance (Rom 8:26-27). We all struggle with prayer from time to time. In times of great heartache and stress, words fall short. But the Spirit in us connects to the Father and synchronizes our hearts to God. Sometimes, the Spirit intercedes on our behalf (8:27). At other times, the Spirit speaks in groanings we cannot understand (8:26). Prayer connects us to God. We can be in his presence because the Spirit is in us!

Since the Spirit is in us and counters the narrative in the world, how should we live? What adjustments should we make?

  1. Care for the sacred temple (1 Cor 3:17). Since we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, keep it holy. Value who you are in Christ. Do not purposefully allow sin into your midst. Do not destroy the gift God has given you and live fully for God. Watch out for compromise, allowing culture, sin, and corruption to trick you into worshiping an idol, surrendering your connection to God because you think something else will satisfy you.
  1. Flee from immorality (1 Cor 6:18). To flee is to run away as if a lion is behind you chasing you down. We should do the same for all forms of sexual immorality. Do not believe the lie that we need to live for the moment and discard all morality. Instead, keep yourselves pure, avoiding the snare of sexual temptation. If you have sinned, go and sin no more!
  1. Honor God with your body (1 Cor 6:20). God has given everything for you and placed his Spirit inside of you. Can we give God 100% of ourselves and hold nothing back? Do we live in such a way that people can clearly see Jesus in everything we do?
  1. Claim your place as a member of the family of God (Rom 8:22-24). You are a child of the King; live like it! Your life has value and meaning because of God; stay connected to him!

Questions for Reflection

1) How do you truly view yourself in light of God? What about others?

2) What guilt, sin, or shame holds you back from giving 100% of yourself to God?

3) In what area do you need the resurrection power?

4) What other idols do you turn to before God? Can you tear them down?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, in addition to honoring our mothers, Pastor Ryan will continue the study on the Foundations of the Holy Spirit series with the sermon titled, “Our Spiritual Calling” based on Acts 1:1-8 and Ephesians 5:16-20. How does the Spirit empower us for witness? How should it impact our living? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for May 7 – 13

May 7: Psalm 15:1-5 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 8: Psalm 16:1-11 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 9: Psalm 18:1-15 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 10: Psalm 18:16-36 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 11: Psalm 18:37-50 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 12: Psalm 19:1-14 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 13: Psalm 20:1-9 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Saturday, May 11–Mother/Daughter Banquet @ 5 pm

Sunday, May 12–Mother’s Day

Monday, May 13–Timothy Bible Study @ 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, May 15–Ministry Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Thursday, May 16–Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Sunday, May 19–Baptism Sunday & Carry-in Celebration

Sunday, June 2–Summer Hours Begin (First Sunday Breakfast @ 8:45 am, Sunday School @ 9:15 am, Worship @ 10:30 am)

VERSE OF THE MONTH!

Every month we will feature a verse. The goal is for the entire church to learn this verse for the month so we grow in our memorized Bible knowledge. The verse of the month of May is Galatians 5:22-23:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

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.

Social Media

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:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

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 NOT meet this Sunday, May 12.

Children’s Church will take the summer months off (June, July, August).

MOTHER DAUGHTER BANQUET

The mother-daughter banquet will take place Saturday, May 11 at 5 pm, sponsored by Men’s Fellowship. So far, only two households have signed up for the banquet. Please sign up by this Sunday, May 5, or call the church office to have your name placed on the list. The men need to know by WEDNESDAY AT NOON approximately how many people will be attending for accurate food acquisition.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Vacation Bible School will run on Wednesday evenings during the month of July (July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31). If you would like to help or assist in any way, such as running a station, being a group leader for kids, preparing food, etc., please sign up on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex or respond to this email. So far, we have had only a few names sign up. We need several other volunteers. Please consider volunteering for this great outreach today!

BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP CLASS

Baptism Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, May 19.

For those who are interested in transferring membership, you only need to attend the classes on Sunday, May 12, and Sunday, May 19. Also, please email Pastor Ryan the name of your previous church so we can mail out the request for transfer of membership.

GRADUATES!

If you are graduating this year or know of a graduate, please call the office. We are aware of one graduate. We are in the process of planning graduate recognition Sunday.

Nursery

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 participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (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. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!

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!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Keep Evy Kaye’s friend Mary Beth in your prayers as she is wrestling with cancer.

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Joe Berry (health)

Bouchery family (unspoken)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Quinn Cox (health)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Amy Cyzick (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Stanley Jackowitz (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meeta McNett (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Bob Simmons (health)

Millie Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church