Good News Brief–October 25, 2022

RECAP: GET! IT! OFF! based on Colossians 3:1-11

Jesus Christ has come to set us free. But in order to walk in that freedom, Paul told the Colossians they had to do two things: take some things off and then instead put other things on. For unless we are willing to get rid of some things from our lives, we will continue to live in shackles of our own making, akin to the shackles Jacob Marley and Ebenezer Scrooge had built for themselves. And when we live in a state of sin, we actually keep ourselves in bondage and limit the freedom God has for us. So how do we live in freedom?

  1. Get your mind off earthly things. The Hebrew word for mind is the same word for stomach. A recent John Hopkins study confirms this reality, showing that the brain and stomach are linked (ever have an ice cream pity party?). If our appetite is for things of this world and our sinful nature, our brains will do whatever it takes to fill that hunger. So in order to stop the cravings, we need to retrain what we set our hearts on. We need to replace earthly things with spiritual things and go from our appetites for earthly pleasures to a hunger for the kingdom of God. We have been raised with Christ; we can overcome!
  1. Put to death your sinful nature. Our mind is driven by our appetite. We can have a new focus and goal to strive toward, but unless we put to death the sinful nature, we will gravitate toward them. There is an old Cherokee story that says each of us has two wolves within, one predisposed toward good, and the other toward evil. The wolf that wins is the wolf that we feed. If we feed our sinful nature, that will come out; if we starve our sinful nature and feed the Spirit, that will be victorious. We can’t feed our flesh and our Spirit at the same time! Avoid the trap of minimalizing sin; because of sin, the wrath of God is coming. Watch out, especially for sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed, and idolatry!
  1. Rid yourselves of destructive behaviors. Paul then challenges us to dig deeper, to move beyond the surface. Beyond the obvious, we also need to tackle anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language. These are all common today. But what if we took them off and encouraged instead of destroyed, or built up instead of torn down? Every time we destroy with our mouths (or fingers) we grieve the Spirit of God.
  1. Take off your old self. We are new in Christ. Don’t cling to our old ways. Satan wants us to return there, to make us believe we will never be good enough for God. But allow God to renew you, to shape you in his image. You have died with Christ and you have been reborn!
  1. Remove all prejudice. Paul was adamant that all can receive the forgiveness of God, that everyone could have the opportunity to respond to God’s grace. Do we believe it too?

 

Questions for Reflection

1) What is our greatest priority? Where is God in relation to that?

2) What sin is the greatest trap for you? Can you release it to God?

3) Who have we destroyed with our words? How can we repair that today?

4) Do you live as one who has been redeemed?

5) What barriers need to be destroyed in our community?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will continue the series in the book of Colossians with the sermon titled, “Put It On!,” based on Colossians 3:12-17. Even though we are free in Christ, we have to intentionally put some traits on to walk in that freedom. How should a person of faith be distinct from everyone else? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for October 25 – 31

October 25: 1 Timothy 1:9-11 What should we get rid of? Why?

October 26: 1 Corinthians 5 What do we need to get rid of? Why?

October 27: 2 Timothy 2:1-7 Why do we need to get rid of things that ensnare us?

October 28: 2 Timothy 3:1-9 What do we need to keep our distance from? Why?

October 29: Ephesians 5:1-11 What should we keep our distance from? Why?

October 30: Philippians 2:6-11 What should we put on? Why?

October 31: Ephesians 6:10-18 What should we put on? Why?

This Week’s  Events:

Thursday, October 27–Funeral for John Bennington (office closed); meal in Fellowship Hall after service

Saturday, October 29–Men’s Fellowship Breakfast @ Thomas House, Dayton @ 7:15 am

Saturday, October 29–Fall Festival Outreach from 10 am to 1 pm

Sunday, October 30–Instachoir sing during service!

Sunday, October 30–Chasing the Lions Bible Study at Pastor Ryan’s, 3:30 pm

Monday, October 31–Pastoral Epistles Bible Study @ 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

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 13–Crestmen leading worship service

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

For Beaver Creek Cares, we once again will be taking a collection for Strength in Peers. The list of items is attached to this email. 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!

New this year are exam care packages for our college students. There is a table in the basement 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 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

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, October 30 @ 3:30 pm at Pastor Ryan’s. This study meets every Sunday at 4 pm.

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).

Chili Cook-Off Winners

We had a wonderful council meeting and chili cook-off! The winners by category:

Chili (only 2 points separated!)

1st place–Winnie Wilfong

2nd place–Alice Over

Soup

1st place–Reba Kline

2nd place–Bonnie Sue Eckard

3rd place–Phyllis Simmons

Dessert (3 way tie broken by amount of 1st place votes)

1st place–Reba Kline

2nd place–Michael Over

3rd place–Heather McAvoy

Fall Festival & Beaver Creek Cares–Candy Request

Our outreach team is planning a fall festival for the church and community. Fall Festival will be Saturday, October 29 from 10 am to 1 pm. Beaver Creek Cares will be November 4-5.

For both, we will need individually wrapped fun-sized pieces of candy (Halloween style) for both the kids for Fall Festival and for the teachers for the appreciation gifts during Beaver Creek Cares. You can bring the candy to the narthex. We need lots and lots of candy!

Fall Festival

Fall Festival will take place Saturday, October 29 from 10 am to 1 pm. This will be a community-based outreach to reach children and young families in our areas. We will have several different activities:

Carnival games (with candy prizes)

Pumpkin painting

Costume contest

Food (hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn)

Hayride

Many hands make light work. We will need three different sets of volunteers for the event:

Friday afternoon to help with washing pumpkins and setting up indoor games (around 2 pm)

Saturday to help with the event

Saturday early afternoon with clean up (arrive around 1 pm)

There is a more detailed sign-up list in the narthex. Please sign up where you can help. We also need volunteers to help pass out flyers once they are ready. Let us come together and let the families in our community know Beaver Creek cares!

Also, there are a few flyers left in the office. Please take as many as you would like, and especially pass them out to families with children. We need to get the word out about the event! I have also attached a copy of the flyer to this email.

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 (health, plus to the entire Bennington family for John’s passing — prayers of comfort and 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)

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

Chicken Barbecue October 22!

We’ll get up before the chickens on October 22 to cook chicken for you! The Beaver Creek Church Men’s Fellowship will be having its spring chicken barbecue that Saturday, with all proceeds going to service and outreach programs. The chicken will be hot off the grill starting about 9 a.m., with pickup locations at the Montezuma Ruritan Park and downtown Bridgewater. Just look for our colorful sign!

Good News Brief–October 18, 2022

RECAP: RULES? WHAT RULES? based on Colossians 2:16-23

Jesus Christ has come to set us free. But that does not mean that we ignore all rules. If there were no rules, things would descend into utter chaos (what would happen if there were no such things as stop signs, stop lights, or rules of the road?). But not all rules are meant to be followed. Jesus was identified as a rule breaker, one who disrupted the status quo, yet was the sinless, perfect lamb of God who took away the sins of the world. the truth is we should not be free from the rules of God, but only from the rules of humanity. How do we know which rules we should follow? We can look to Paul’s counsel to Colossae as a guide:

  1. Judgement free. The Judaizers in their midst judged the church based on what they ate and drank. The word for judgment here in Greek is katakrineo, which is the word for condemnation. It literally means to rule against once and for all. But in Christ, there is no condemnation, for the law of the Spirit overrides the law of sin (Romans 8:1-2). Christ operates from the sphere of grace, that all can be redeemed. We don’t have to believe the lie that you must be good enough and follow religious customs to please God. The Judaizers believed that you had to adhere to true orthodoxy, including in the keeping of kosher laws, festivals, new moons, and sabbaths, exactly by the letter, or else God would not honor you. But the truth is God wants a heart that follows after him. Man looks to the outside; God looks at the heart. Isaiah 29:13 says, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; they worship me in vain, their teachings are but rules taught by men.” God is more concerned with our hearts!
  1. Pride free. The proto-gnostics among the Colossians taught that true spirituality could only be achieved through strict asceticism. There was no other way, in their view, to go “beyond” the trappings of the material and flesh. But this led to an overwhelming sense of pride, that those who practiced this lifestyle were better than everyone else. It was fed by the lie that we are only valued if we are the best. But the truth of God is that we are disqualified without humility. God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. When we are filled with pride or encouraged to be filled with pride, we are becoming what we think others want us to become instead of who God created us to be. We are meant for so much more than what the world wants us to settle for!
  1. Idolatry free. The mystery cult in Colossae wanted the church to worship angels. At its core, the lie was that we need something more than Jesus, for God is not enough. The liar tells us that we only need a little bit of Jesus, going through the ritual without a heart relationship, and still living for everything else. But God will not suffer a rival and will have no other gods before him. Do we believe that in Jesus we can find everything we need? All we need really is to be connected to the head and allow Jesus to be the answer to it all. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and everything else will be taken care of!
  1. World free. Paul told the church they had died to the basic principles of the world. Yet culture still tries to get us to conform. They tell lies such as “you do not need holiness; only acceptance.” But without holiness, no one will see the Lord. God tells us that we need to be holy as he is holy, which means set apart from the world. The world tells us the lie that we must embrace the movement of culture if we want success. Colossae still had a population that held to ancient Greek religion, including the Dionysius cult. They expected the residents to get drunk and eat the meat offered to Dionysius through an orgy. They put pressure on the church to follow the rules. We hear things today like “it’s not that bad,” “we can live for God later,” or “it’s perfectly normal today,” and even “you won’t grow your church unless you embrace the new movement of culture.” But Scripture is very clear, by the mouth of Jesus, as well as Peter, Paul, James, and John that we are supposed to be separate from the world, and that loving the world puts us at odds with God. We don’t need to embrace the world, but we need to embrace the cross. If we follow the rule of Jesus, we will thrive.

Many voices speak at us, trying to get us to follow their way. Let us drown out all other voices and only embrace the voice of Jesus, for he alone will direct our path!

Questions for Reflection

1) What set of rules outside of God do you feel the most pressure to embrace?

2) Does God rule your heart?

3) Do we feel like we are exactly who Christ created us to be? Or do we find ourselves being swayed by our peers?

4) Do you believe that Jesus is all you need? What do you need to surrender?

5) Do you strive for holiness? Can you live apart from the world system?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will continue the series in the book of Colossians with the sermon titled, “Get It Off!,” based on Colossians 3:1-11. Even though we are free in Christ, we put ourselves back into shackles by certain lifestyle choices. What should a person of faith stay away from? Come or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for October 18 – 24

October 18: Matthew 6:1-18 What are the practices of faithful living?

October 19: Matthew 6:19-34 What is the focus of faithful living?

October 20: Matthew 7:1-14 What are the signs of faithful living?

October 21: Matthew 7:15-23 What are the warning signs we need to pay attention to?

October 22: James 2:14-26 What are the signs of faithful living? What are warning signs of unfaithful living?

October 23: 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 What do we need to get rid of? Why?

October 24: Philippians 2:1-5 What should we get rid of? Why?

This Week’s  Events:

Wednesday, October 19–Outreach Team @ 7 pm

Thursday, October 20–Leadership Team @ 7 pm

Saturday, October 22–Men’s Fellowship Chicken BBQ

Sunday, October 23–Chili/Soup Cook-Off & Council Meeting

Sunday, October 24–Chasing the Lions Bible Study at Scott & Heather’s house (5509 Sagefield Dr, Rockingham), 4 pm

Monday, October 25–Pastoral Epistles Bible Study @ 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, October 29 — Men’s Fellowship breakfast @ Thomas House in Dayton, 7:15 am.

Saturday, October 29–Fall Festival Outreach from 10 am to 1 pm

November 4 – 5–Beaver Creek Cares weekend

November 13–Crestmen leading worship service

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

For Beaver Creek Cares, we once again will be taking a collection for Strength in Peers. The list of items is attached to this email. We also will be this year putting together treat boxes for our college students. More information will be coming on Sunday!

New this year are exam care packages for our college students. Beginning Sunday, during the chili cookoff, there will be a table in the basement 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 will purchase any missing items during the Operation Christmas Child shopping Friday evening. Let us bless our six college students!

Outreach team will release a tentative schedule next week.

Bible Study Opportunities!

The Chasing the Lion Bible Study will continue on Sunday, October 23 @ 4 pm @ Scott & Heather’s house (5509 Sagefield Dr, Rockingham). This study meets every Sunday at 4 pm.

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).

Council Meeting & Chili Cook-Off

Our next council meeting is Sunday, October 23 after the chili cook-off right after service. The packets for the council meeting are available in the narthex.

For the cook-off, we will have three categories this year. We will have the Chili category, the Soup category, and the Sweets category. We will award medals to the first three in each category at the end of the council meeting. Come for great food, friendly competition, and vote on next year’s budget and the slate of church leaders!

Fall Festival & Beaver Creek Cares–Candy Request

Our outreach team is planning a fall festival for the church and community. Fall Festival will be Saturday, October 29 from 10 am to 1 pm. Beaver Creek Cares will be November 4-5.

For both, we will need individually wrapped fun-sized pieces of candy (Halloween style) for both the kids for Fall Festival and for the teachers for the appreciation gifts during Beaver Creek Cares. You can bring the candy to the narthex. We need lots and lots of candy!

Fall Festival

Fall Festival will take place Saturday, October 29 from 10 am to 1 pm. This will be a community-based outreach to reach children and young families in our areas. We will have several different activities:

Carnival games (with candy prizes)

Pumpkin painting

Costume contest

Food (hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn)

We are also working on a bounce house and a hayride!

Many hands make light work. We will need three different sets of volunteers for the event:

Saturday morning to help with set-up (arrive around 8:30 am)

Saturday to help with the event

Saturday early afternoon with clean up (arrive around 1 pm)

There is a more detailed sign-up list in the narthex. Please sign up where you can help. We also need volunteers to help pass out flyers once they are ready. Let us come together and let the families in our community know Beaver Creek cares!

Also, there are flyers in the narthex. Please take as many as you would like, and especially pass them out to families with children. We need to get the word out about the event! I have also attached a copy of the flyer to this email.

If you would like to take a road to pass out flyers, please email me or call the office to let us know! We really could use as much help as we can get in spreading the word!

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 (health)–also, condolences to Sandy and the entire Bennington family for John’s passing this morning. Prayers of comfort and 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)

Betty Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Dan Rhodes (surgery)

Lottie Ritchie (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (various)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Owen Wright (health)

Stephanie Thurston family (Stephanie passed away last week)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church