Ridge Notes for July 24, 2014

Posted on 07/24/2014 by Blue Ridge

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! During the three weeks in July that our families hosted 5-Day Bible Clubs over 100 kids and some parents heard the gospel. Approximately 80 of them do not attend church. Pray that God’s Word would penetrate their hearts, and for our families to have follow-up opportunities with them. Praise the Lord for our youth who led the groups in faith and fun, and for Sara Watson’s administrative skills.

Bolivia Project
Brittany Paist is serving with the Holmans in Bolivia for six months, and has seen a wide range of needs to assist with their ministry to the poor, such as supplies for kids’ clubs to a replacement dental compressor for their free dental clinics. So far $1025 of the $2000 goal has been raised. Write “Bolivia projects” on your check or give on The City, “Bolivia Team” fund.

Vacation Bible School
Come walk on the wild side with “Weird Animals” at the 2014 Vacation Bible School. It’s for ages 5 years to 12 years. Volunteer and register early online at  or sign up in the foyer on July 27 and August 3.

Worship at Sunset
Everyone is invited to enjoy the sunset view and to worship together on August 10, at the Parkers’, from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Song lyrics will be provided on an app for your smartphone or tablet, so bring that, a heart to worship, and a folding chair for a great time of praising God for His wonders to behold.

Praise & Prayer
Some of our youth are going with Rich and Christy Shipe serving families with special needs kids at the Joni & Friends Camp in Pennsylvania. They leave early Sunday morning, for the week of serving. Pray for their safekeeping and abundant ministry.

Continuing with our “Traveling Light” summer sermon series, Bill Parker took us on a remembrance tour of God’s amazing handiwork in creation, His work in us, and how that relates to the work/employment He has given us to do for His Glory. His Powerpoint photos are provided on the website, as well as the audio download of the sermon . The list of topics for the summer is listed below:

SUMMER SERMON SERIESTRAVELING LIGHT (with our…)
July 27 – Schedules
August 3 – Families
August 10 – Community (Rich Shipe)
August 17– Money & Possessions
August 24 – Bibles
August 31– Church

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2014 budget – $18,616.00
Total giving to budget for week of 7/20/14 – $38,336.98

THIS WEEK
July 27 – Communion: As a courtesy to those with allergies, our communion crackers are gluten free rice crackers.
July 27 – Sign up for VBS in the foyer

NEXT MONTH
August 5, 6:30am – Congregational Prayer with Elders
August 8 – Church Workday (inside tasks)
August 10, 7:45-8:45pm – Worship time & sunset view at the Parkers’
August 11-15 – Vacation Bible School
August 31 – Baby Dedication

LOOKING AHEAD
September 7 – New Sunday Schedule begins: dual sessions of Worship & Sunday School at 9:30 & 11:00am
September 14 – Fall LIFE Group Session begins
September 27 – Annual Business Meeting

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Traveling Light – Employment

Posted on 07/20/2014 by Bill Parker

July 20, 2014

Bill Parker

Psalm 8

Traveling Light. Work is God’s Work. (ppt)

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Youth News – July 18, 2014

Posted on 07/18/2014 by Blue Ridge

This last Wednesday we had another great night of testimonies. This time, instead of all guys, we heard from all girls. (That wasn’t planned either night, just the way it happened) I am so proud of them and how God is working in their lives! It was such an encouragement to me and I know that it encouraged others. Our God is so good and loving! It is such a pleasure to know him and to help others to know him more.

Special parents note: The next two weeks we will be dealing with the sensitive topic of sexual purity. Please see below for complete details so you can know what to expect and how you might guide your student through this important topic.

It is not only a sensitive topic but also the topic of our age. The deception of Satan in this area is all around us. Youth today are facing and entering a world far different than the one that even I grew up in. I remember as a boy on rare occasion stumbling onto a pornographic magazine. Today, the access is instant and almost every present. While there is much to fear, the good news is that our King Jesus is not surprised or shocked or unable to handle it. He is well aware and is all powerful and able to protect and provide. His mercy and love and goodness is available to all of us. His healing touch is immediately available. Where sin abounds, his grace abounds all the more!

Rejoicing in God’s Good Design – Preview
This Wednesday the topic will be Sexual Purity. Besides our time of worship, the entire night we will separate the boys from the girls. I will teach the boys and then we will break into a younger guys group and an older guys group for discussion. My wife Christy will teach the girls and then they will break into younger and older girls groups. Our objective will be throughout to be respectful and not graphic and always pointing to Jesus as both our standard of perfection and our source of hope and healing from sin. Parents, please feel free to keep your son or daughter at home these coming two weeks and to talk to me if you have an questions or concerns.

In particular we will teach:

  • Sexual desires are God-given and good.
  • Sexual expression is to be exercised only within the covenantal framework of marriage.
  • Sexual relations outside of marriage are forbidden, immoral, serious, and destructive.
  • Sexual purity involves not just actions, but thoughts and desires as well.
  • Lust is dangerous and must be cut off.
  • The battle against lust is ultimately a battle of the heart fed by the mind and the eyes.
  • Modesty is an attitude and a mindset, not just a matter of dress.
  • True satisfaction is found only in a relationship with God.
  • God can give you right desires and cleanse your mind and guard your heart.

Coming Weeks – Sexual Purity Part 2 Preview
The Wednesday after this one (July 30) we’ll continue this topic with the goal of being more practical and giving the students resources and action steps for purity. More details on that week will come out next week.

Backyard Bible Clubs Report
This is the second week of BYBCs. Again things are going great! We have had one confirmed child that responded to the Gospel! Praise God for that and for all the other children who have heard. Pray that the seed would take root in their hearts and that their families would come to Jesus too!

New and the Old
Just a reminder that the last Wednesday in August will be the last day for students who just graduated from high school. And then the first Wednesday in September is when rising 7th graders can start youth group on Wednesday nights.

Parents Meeting
With the start of the new school year I would like to have a parents meeting during youth group. All parents of youth group aged students are welcome to come and learn more. We’ll talk about the plans for our next study and other things going on. Plan to attend and keep yourself informed!

LOOKING AHEAD
July 27 – Aug 1 – Joni & Friends Summer Trip
Aug 6 – First Wednesday
Aug 27 – Last Youth Group for students who just graduated, current study will finish
Sept 3 – Parents Meeting, 7:15-8:30pm
Sept 3 – Welcome rising 7th graders!!

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Ridge Notes for July 17, 2014

Posted on 07/17/2014 by Blue Ridge

Bolivia Fundraising Project — Brittany Paist, who is on a six-month missions trip serving with the Holmans in Bolivia, has seen a wide range of needs to assist with their ministry to the poor, such as supplies for kids’ clubs to a replacement dental compressor for their free dental clinics. The goal is for us to raise $2,000 for these projects. You can read more about it in her newsletter in World Missions Group on The City, and you can give by writing “Bolivia projects” on your check to BRBC or by giving on The City, “Bolivia Team” fund.

Vacation Bible School
Come walk on the wild side with “Weird Animals” at the 2014 Vacation Bible School. It’s for ages 5 years to 12 years. Volunteer and register early online.

Baby Dedication
Our next baby dedication is Sunday, August 31, during the worship services. If your family would like to participate or get more information, please contact Debbie Stevenson ([email protected]).

Praise & Prayer
The Smith family, plus Grace Rogan, are in Ireland for their annual family missions trip. Remember to pray for Benjamin Garber in Mexico, Brittany Paist in Bolivia, and Mark Cockerill and Nate Thomasson in Ghana.

This second week of 5-Day Bible Clubs had about 30 kids total attending at four homes. Pray that God’s Word would penetrate their hearts. Please remember the four new clubs starting next week.

Pray for Rich Shipe as he leads a team from our youth group to serve families with special needs kids at the Joni & Friends Camp in Ohio, July 27-August 1.

Pastor Rich started off our summer series called “Traveling Light”. He shared that our perspective is the foundational concept for all we do, with thankfulness and meditation on God’s Word as keys to the proper perspective. Catch the right perspective. The list of topics for the summer is listed below:

SUMMER SERMON SERIESTRAVELING LIGHT (with our…)
July 20 – Employment (Bill Parker)
July 27 – Schedules
August 3 – Families
August 10 – Community (Rich Shipe)
August 17– Money & Possessions
August 24 – Bibles
August 31– Church

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2014 budget – $18,616.00
Total giving to budget for week of 7/6/14 – $17,212.90

THIS WEEK
July 21-25 – Four more 5-Day Bible Clubs – please pray

THIS MONTH
July 27 – Sign up for VBS in the foyer

LOOKING AHEAD
August 5, 6:30am – Congregational Prayer with Elders
August 8 – Church Workday (inside tasks)
August 11-15 – Vacation Bible School
August 31 – Baby Dedication
September 7 – New Sunday Schedule begins – dual sessions of Worship & Sunday School at 9:30 & 11:00am
September 14 – Fall LIFE Group Session begins
September 27 – Annual Business Meeting

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Traveling Light: Perspective

Posted on 07/13/2014 by Rich Shipe

Sermon:  Rich Shipe

Psalm 127:1-2

July 13, 2014

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Youth News – July 10, 2014

Posted on 07/10/2014 by Blue Ridge

It has been a crazy few weeks! Sorry I’ve not kept up with these updates everyone. My Bolivia trip kind of threw a wrench into my routines.

The last two weeks were awesome! Last night we had a great teaching time and discussions in small groups about Biblical Womanhood. The previous week we had our Senior Sendoff Dance which was a lot of fun. We had close to 80 people!

Special parents note: The last two Wednesdays in July we’ll be dealing with another sensitive topic. The topic will be sexual purity. Next week I’ll be posting complete details so that you can preview it and know exactly what will happen and what will be discussed.

Rejoicing in God’s Good Design – Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Review
Last night we looked at Womanhood. A couple weeks ago we looked at Manhood. What is it as God designed it to be? I decided to put together a little summary of both and post it on The City next week. I hope to do that on Monday.

Coming Weeks – Preview
Next week we’ll have another testimony night. Myself and some of the other youth that went to Bolivia will also share about our trip. The last two Wednesdays we’ll cover Sexual Purity. Look for complete details next week.

Backyard Bible Clubs Report
The Backyard Bible Clubs started this week and so far they’ve been great! I got a short report from Mrs. Watson and Zac Kim, sounds like they are well attended. Please continue to pray for these clubs! More are next week and the week following too.

New and the Old (or The Young and the Younger)
Just a reminder that the last Wednesday in August will be the last day for students who just graduated from high school. And then the first Wednesday in September is when rising 7th graders can start youth group on Wednesday nights.

Parents Meeting
With the start of the new school year I would like to have a parents meeting during youth group. All parents of youth group aged students are welcome to come and learn more. We’ll talk about the plans for our next study and other things going on. Plan to attend and keep yourself informed!

LOOKING AHEAD
July 27 – Aug 1 – Joni & Friends Summer Trip
Aug 6 – First Wednesday
Aug 27 – Last Youth Group for students who just graduated, current study will finish
Sept 3 – Parents Meeting, 7:15-8:30pm
Sept 3 – Welcome rising 7th graders!!

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Summer Preaching Series 2014

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Join us for the rest of the summer as we go through a preaching series called Traveling Light.

Traveling Light (with our…)

  • July 13: Perspective (Rich Shipe)

  • July 20: Employment (Bill Parker)

  • July 27: Schedules (Jack Gill)

  • Aug 3: Families (Jack Gill)

  • Aug 10: Community (Rich Shipe)

  • Aug 17: Money & Possessions (Jack Gill)

  • Aug 24: Bibles (Jack Gill)

  • Aug 31: Church (Jack Gill)

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Ridge Notes for July 10, 2014

Posted on by Blue Ridge

Important Reminders
1) Please RSVP for the baby shower for Christa Berger and Joanna Carden, this Saturday, July 12, 10:00 a.m., hosted by Megan Rafalski ([email protected]). 2) Your help would be appreciated to provide food and service for the July 19 funeral and reception for Janine Jenkins. You may sign up to bring food on The City as you RSVP. If you would be available to help with set-up, clean up or food service, please contact Debbie Stevenson ([email protected]).

Security Team
We have a Security Team which serves on Sunday mornings to keep us safe and to assist those who come through our doors for each worship service. We are in need of more (not few) good men (18 years & older). It’s a great way to serve the church at a time when you are already going to be here. The more men on the team, the less frequent the assigned time to serve. Contact Mark Dillmuth ([email protected]) to sign up.

Vacation Bible School
Come walk on the wild side with “Weird Animals” at the 2014 Vacation Bible School. It’s for ages 5 years to 12 years. Volunteer and register early online.

Baby Dedication
Our next baby dedication is Sunday, August 31, during the worship services. If your family would like to participate or get more information, please contact Debbie Stevenson ([email protected]).

Praise & Prayer
Dear Janine Jenkins passed away on July 7 and is with her Jesus. The viewing is July 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge, and the funeral and reception is July 19, 10:30 a.m., also here. Please be in prayer for Russ and Claudine and the family as the grieve the loss of their daughter and sister.

The Smith family leaves this week for their annual family missions trip to Ireland. Pray for their safety and health, for good internet service so that Mark can maintain his job, and for the Lord to use them mightily as they minister through Bible studies, preaching, counseling, and kid’s programs.

The first week of 5-Day Bible Clubs had over 20 kids attending at four homes. Pray that God’s Word would penetrate their hearts. Please remember the four new clubs starting this coming week.

We finished the Book of Luke with Pastor Jack’s 85th sermon from this gospel, entitled “Luke: The Conclusion of the Matter”!! If you missed it, finish out the book at 

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2014 budget – $18,616.00
Total giving to budget for week of 7/6/14 – $13,148.81

THIS WEEK
July 14-18: Four more 5-Day Bible Clubs – please pray

THIS MONTH
July 21-25: Four more 5-Day Bible Clubs – please pray
July 27: Sign up for VBS in the foyer

LOOKING AHEAD
August 5, 6:30am: Congregational Prayer with Elders
August 8: Church Workday (inside tasks)
August 11-15: Vacation Bible School
August 31: Baby Dedication
September 7: New Sunday Schedule begins – dual sessions of worship & Sunday school at 9:30 & 11:00am
September 14: Fall LIFE Group Session begins
September 27: Annual Business Meeting

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VBS 2014

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side!
Weird Animals VBS
New Friends, amazing experiments, untamed games, lip-smacking snacks, surprising adventures, and incredible music.
Location: Blue Ridge Bible Church     
 
Dates: August 11-15
 
Times: 9am-Noon
 
Ages: 5 years old – 12 years old
 
Cost: $25 per child    ($10 for 3 & 4 year olds who have moms who are VBS workers)
 

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Luke: The Conclusion of the Matter

Posted on 07/06/2014 by Jack Gill

July 6.2014

Luke 24:36-53

Jack Gill

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