Youth News – October 30, 2014

Posted on 10/30/2014 by Blue Ridge

I’ll start off with the bad news. Because of the bad weather coming on Saturday I decided to cancel the Corn Maze. It is supposed to rain and have high winds and wind chill in the 20s. No fun.

BUT! How about a pizza and costume party instead? Same time just the warm confines of the church building. Details below…

Teaching Review — Worship: Student Requested
Anna Parker led us in worship and shared some awesome things with us about worship. We were made to worship and that is an incredible thing! Jesus made it possible to approach God and to really please him. We are always worshipping something. Am I worshipping God?

Next Week — First Wednesday
The first Wednesday of every night is game night. So come on out for some fun!

Corn Maze! — CANCELLED
Sorry, because of weather weather we’ve cancelled it. But…

Pizza and Costume Party
In place of the Corn Maze we are throwing together a last minute pizza party. Wear a costume and come have some fun! Everyone is invited, you didn’t need to have RSVP’d for the Corn Maze. I just need to know a count so I can order enough pizza. RSVP on The City or by sending me an email. Please bring $2 per person to help offset pizza and drinks.

LOOKING AHEAD
Nov 1 – Corn Maze, CANCELLED
Nov 1 – Pizza and Costume Party
Nov 5 – First Wednesday, game night!
Nov 12 – Youth Group, Topic: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Nov 19 – Youth Group, Topic: Gospel Perspectives on the World and Issues of Today
Nov 26 – No youth group, Thanksgiving
Dec 3 – First Wednesday, game night!
Dec 10 – Youth Group, Topic: Vanity
Dec 17 – Youth Group, Christmas Party
Dec 24 – No youth group, Christmas
Dec 31 – Youth Group, Regular youth group followed by all nighter.
Jan 30-Feb 1 – Senior High DNow
Feb 13-15 – Middle School DNow

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No Corn Maze, Pizza Costume Party Instead!

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I decided the cancel the Corn Maze because of the weather forecast. We are supposed to have rain on Saturday and high winds. I read that we may have wind chills in the 20s! That combined with mud and wet doesn’t sound like fun. Sorry everyone.

But instead, how about a Pizza and Costume Party instead? Here are the specifics:

  • Saturday, Nov 1, 5:30pm-8pm
  • $2 per person, pizza and drinks
  • Wear a costume. Or come as yourself!
  • At the church
  • Games and other fun

RSVP here if you are coming so I can plan the pizza and drinks! Everybody is invited!

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Ridge Notes for October 30, 2014

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Timely reminders for this coming weekend…
1. Daylight saving time ends on Saturday night, so before you go to bed turn back your clocks one hour, or else Sunday morning will be really interesting.


2. There’s a baby shower for Ardelle Baldwin on Saturday, November 1st, at 10:00 a.m. at the Berryville home of Amanda Wiegand. More info and to RSVP go to The City > Calendar > Baby shower.

Newcomers Lunch
If you are new to Blue Ridge this year, you are invited to attend a catered lunch today, November 2nd, immediately after the 11:00 service. Our leadership wants to get to know you and for you to know us a little better.

National Orphan Sunday
Today we acknowledge National Orphan Sunday by highlighting the need for adoption and foster care, and our own adoption ministry called Reflections.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
It’s time again to help reach out to children around the world through the Samaritan’s Purse project to supply children with fun but essential items packed into shoeboxes. Our Awana program invites the entire church to join them by bringing filled shoeboxes to church on November 2, 9 & 16. Click here for complete instructions on what can or cannot go in the boxes. This is a great family project to start off the holiday season with giving to others!

Baby Shower
All Blue Ridge women are invited to come to a baby shower brunch for Sarah Cavicchi and Christina Scott on Saturday, November 22, hosted by Christy Shipe at 10:00 a.m. Please RSVP on The City or to Christy ([email protected]). This is a great time of fellowship and you’re encouraged to come even if you don’t know the honorees.

Prayer & Praise
We praise God for the privilege of living in our country and for the freedom to vote. Please pray for the elections on Tuesday and that everyone would take the time to express their values and vote.

We normally provide a brief synopsis and a website link for the previous Sunday’s sermon, but this week regretfully there was a mechanical failure and the recording didn’t happen. If you missed being here, please email Pastor Jack ([email protected]) and he will send you the transcript for “Why A Priest?” from Leviticus 6:8-7:38.

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget for week of 10/26/14 – $7,415.50

THIS WEEK
November 2 – National Orphan Sunday
November 2, 12:30pm – Newcomers Lunch
November 4, 6:30am – Congregational prayer with the elders
November 4 – Election Day. Exercise your privilege!!

THIS MONTH
November 9 – Baptism
November 9 – International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
November 22, 10:00am – Baby shower for Sarah Cavicchi & Christina Scott
November 27 – Thanksgiving Day
November 28 – Church office closed for the holiday

LOOKING AHEAD
December 6 – Ladies Christmas Gatherings by Regions
December 24, 7:00pm – Christmas Eve Service
December 25-26 – Christmas (church office closed)
December 27 – 11:00 a.m. worship service only (childcare up to 3rd grade)

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Ridge Notes for October 23, 2014

Posted on 10/23/2014 by Blue Ridge

Reminder — Missions Potluck for France Team this Sunday
Everyone is encouraged to come to a potluck after the 2nd service on Sunday in the lower level quad room. There will be lots of fellowship, and stories and photos from our team which just returned from France. Bring a main dish for 10 and a salad or dessert to share.

Newcomers Lunch
If you are new to Blue Ridge this year, you are invited to attend a catered lunch on Sunday, November 2nd, immediately after the 11:00 service. Our leadership wants to get to know you and for you to know us a little better. To ensure there’s enough food, please RSVP for you and your family by October 28 to [email protected]  If you have brought a visitor recently, please invite them to come and you are welcome to come with them.

Baby Shower
More babies to celebrate! Ladies, please come to a baby shower on November 1st at 10:00 a.m. to honor Ardelle Baldwin and her soon-to-be-born fourth daughter. It is being hosted by Amanda Wiegand. Please RSVP either on The City or at [email protected]

Baptism Service
If you or someone in your family would like to participate in our next baptism service on November 9 during the worship services, please contact Debbie Stevenson ([email protected]) before November 1st.

In Leviticus 5 and 6 we learned about guilt offerings and making restitution for wrongs we have caused, intentional or unintentional. Download “Restoring What Was Lost” and join us as we in week seven of this series called “The Way to the Holy One.”

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for new FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget for week of 10/19/14 – $18,016.87

THIS WEEK
October 26 – Communion: As a courtesy to those with allergies, our communion crackers are gluten free rice crackers.
October 26, 11:00am – Covenant Membership Class in Room 104
October 26, 12:30pm – Missions Potluck in quad room

NEXT MONTH
November 1, 10:00am– Baby shower for Ardelle Baldwin
November 2 – National Orphan Sunday
November 2, 12:30pm – Newcomers Lunch
November 4 – Election Day. Exercise your privilege!!
November 9 – Baptism
November 9 – International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
November 27 – Thanksgiving Day
November 28 – Church office closed for the holiday

LOOKING AHEAD
December 6 – Ladies Christmas Gatherings by Regions
December 24, 7:00pm – Christmas Eve Service
December 25-26 – Christmas (church office closed)

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Youth News – October 23, 2014

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We started off our new series of teaching at youth group last night. See below for more on that and where we are headed for the rest of the calendar year.

Couple of things of note, more on each below: This Sunday after church we are having our leadership info meeting. And November 1 we going to the corn maze. I need an RSVP for the corn maze so I can plan rides.

Teaching Review — Baptism: Student Requested
Last night we looked closer at Baptism. We learned that baptism is an outward expression of an inner reality. In other words, we practice baptism in the church in order to publicly proclaim what God has done in our hearts. John the Baptist said that he baptized with water but that the Messiah would baptize with the Spirit. The first part of Romans 6 tells us a lot about the amazing thing that Jesus has done for us through the baptism of the Spirit. Jesus died, was buried, and then was brought to life. We are joined with Christ through this baptism in a way that makes his death, burial, and new life a reality for us too.

So there are two applications:

  1. If you have received Christ as your savior and you have not been baptized it is something you should do! It is one of the first things we do when we becomes Christians. It is an act of obedience and it is a blessing of testimony to the church.
  2. As a Christian we should remind ourselves that we have been baptized in the Spirit, our heart has been cleansed. We died and were buried and were raised from the dead to live a new life. Romans 6:11-14 tells us that in light of this truth we should a) consider ourselves dead to that old way and alive to God, b) stop offering our body to sin, and c) start offering our body to God.

The amazing truth of verse 14: “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”

Teaching Preview — Worship: Student Requested
Next week Anna Parker is going to lead us in worship and share some of the things that she’s learned about worship. Clue: It isn’t just music!

Corn Maze!
Saturday November 1 we’ll be doing a corn maze in the evening! Please RSVP so we can plan driving. You can do that on The City here or via an email to me. We’ll meet at the church at 5:30 PM and be back around 9:30 PM.

Youth Group Leadership Team
Would you like to help organize fun stuff and service projects with the youth group? I need an elite team of people with great ideas and the willingness to help make them happen. Come to an info meeting October 26 to learn more. We’ll meet in the library after church at about 12:20 and go until 12:40.

LOOKING AHEAD
Oct 26 – Youth Leadership Info Meeting, after church
Oct 29 – Youth Group, Topic: Worship
Nov 1 – Corn Maze
Nov 5 – First Wednesday, game night!
Nov 12 – Youth Group, Topic: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Nov 19 – Youth Group, Topic: Gospel Perspectives on the World and Issues of Today
Nov 26 – No youth group, Thanksgiving
Dec 3 – First Wednesday, game night!
Dec 10 – Youth Group, Topic: Vanity
Dec 17 – Youth Group, Christmas Party
Dec 24 – No youth group, Christmas
Dec 31 – Youth Group, Regular youth group followed by all nighter.

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Youth Group Schedule for Coming Months

Posted on 10/21/2014 by Blue Ridge

Here is where we are headed with Youth Group on Wednesday nights and beyond for the rest of the calendar year.

I asked for suggested teaching topics from the students a couple of weeks ago. We got a lot of great ideas! I’m going to go through those suggested topics for the rest of the year. The most requested topic by far was issues related to sharing your faith. Because of that I’m planning to do a series on Evangelism starting with the new year. In the meantime we’ll tackle some of the other topics that were requested.

So here are all the important dates for the rest of the year, including some special events:

  • October 22 Youth Group — Topic: The What, Why, and How of Baptism. What happens when a person gets baptized? Why get baptized? How does it apply to me today?
  • October 26 Youth Leadership Team info meeting. Students, come to this meeting after church if you are interested in helping plan and lead youth activities and service projects.
  • October 29 Youth Group — Topic: Worship, What does it mean to worship? How do we worship?
  • November 1 Corn Maze
  • November 5 Youth Group — First Wednesday
  • November 12 Youth Group — Topic: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. We’ll learn about modern persecution and how we can support our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted for Christ.
  • November 19 Youth Group — Topic: Issues and Current Events of Today, How do we think biblically about tough issues today? We won’t answer every issue but we’ll give a construct for approaching issues biblically. Don’t just know the answers, know how to find the answers!
  • November 26 No Youth Group because of Thanksgiving
  • December 3 Youth Group — First Wednesday
  • December 10 Youth Group — Topic: Vanity, I think it is neat that someone asked about this one. I’ve struggled with this sin. It isn’t one that we talk about much. I’m looking forward to sharing my story.
  • December 17 Youth Group — Christmas Party
  • December 24 No Youth Group because of Christmas
  • December 31 New Year Party and All-Nighter — More info to come later

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Restoring What Was Lost

Posted on 10/19/2014 by Jack Gill

October 19, 2014

Jack Gill

Leviticus 5:14-6:7

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Ridge Notes for October 16, 2014

Posted on 10/16/2014 by Blue Ridge

Our annual clothing exchange is going on this week. Today and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. you are welcome to bring clothes that you and your family no longer need but are still usable to bless someone else. You are encouraged to help distribute the clothes and shop the stacks of clothes that your family needs to take home during that time too. On Saturday, from 9:00 to Noon, the public has been invited to come and take everything they need. If you are available to volunteer during the drop-off hours or on Saturday morning to assist shoppers or Saturday afternoon for clean-up, please contact Courtney Shipe ([email protected])..

Missions Potluck for France Team
Everyone is encouraged to come to a potluck after the 2nd service on October 26 for fellowship and to hear stories and see photos from our team that just returned from France. Bring a main dish for 10 and a salad or dessert to share. Please RSVP on The City.

Baby Shower
More babies to celebrate! Ladies, please come to a baby shower on November 1st at 10:00 a.m. to honor Ardelle Baldwin and her soon-to-be-born fourth daughter. It is being hosted by Amanda Wiegand. Please RSVP either on The City or at [email protected]

Newcomers Lunch
We are looking for people who are new to Blue Ridge this year. Are you one of those people? Or did you bring someone for a visit? Or have you met a new person recently during our handshake time? We are having a catered lunch for our newcomers on Sunday, November 2nd, immediately after the 11:00 service. This is an informal time for our leadership to get to know the new folks and for the new people to get to know Blue Ridge a little better. So if you are new, please come. If you are a regular part of our church family AND brought some new people to church this year, please bring them to this lunch. To ensure there’s enough food, please RSVP for you and your family by October 28 to [email protected]

Welcome Team
Did you receive a warm greeting and a bulletin on Sunday from one of our faithful Welcome Team members? Wanna return the favor and be on the friendliest team around? We are in need of new smiles to join the team and be on our rotation schedule. More info at [email protected]

Online Giving
We are grateful to see more and more people giving online through The City. Maybe you would like to join them and be more consistent with your offerings? It’s easy to schedule your giving on The City, so that it goes from your bank directly into the church’s bank account. Aren’t on The City yet? Use the laptop in the Welcome Center or contact Rich Shipe ([email protected]).


Pastor Jack gave an illustration of the trash heap our sins can become without the cleansing blood of Jesus represented in the sin offering in Leviticus Chapter 4-5. Download “Cleansing What Is Defiled” and join us as we learning more about God’s holiness each week.

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for new FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget for week of 10/12/14 – $8,997.49

THIS WEEK
October 19, 11:00am – Covenant Membership Class in Room 104

THIS MONTH
October 26 – Missions Potluck

LOOKING AHEAD
November 1, 10:00am – Baby shower for Ardelle Baldwin
November 2 – National Orphan Sunday
November 2, 12:30pm – Newcomers Lunch
November 4 – Election Day. Exercise your privilege!!
November 9 – Baptism
November 9 – International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
November 27 – Thanksgiving Day
December 6 – Ladies Christmas Gatherings by Regions
December 24, 7:00pm – Christmas Eve Service
December 25-26 – Christmas (church office closed)

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Youth: We Need Help

Posted on 10/13/2014 by Blue Ridge

This coming week is our annual clothing exchange. Can you come early to youth group and help us setup the auditorium? We’ll be starting at 6pm this Wednesday (October 15). We should be able to knock it out before youth group starts at 7pm.

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Cleansing What is Defiled

Posted on 10/12/2014 by Jack Gill

Jack Gill

Leviticus 4:1-5:13

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