Youth News – August 21, 2014

Posted on 08/21/2014 by Blue Ridge

I’m thinking about taking a group to Faith Day at Nationals Park. On September 6 it will be the Nats vs. the Phillies followed by a Lincoln Brewster concert and player testimonies. Get more info here and let me know if you are interested. I’ll need your money by August 27 if you want to go.

Rejoicing in God’s Good Design – Review from last night
Last night we looked at gender and God’s design in the church.

  • Main idea: Although certain roles of headship and authority are restricted to men, there is much fulfilling work to be done by both men and women in the church.

Key Points:

  • Biblical headship and submission follow the pattern of the trinity. “Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of woman man, and the head of Christ is God.” 1 Corinthians 11:3
  • The biblical idea of headship means servanthood. Clearly Christ is over mankind with authority. But this authority is expressed through sacrificial service. Christ laid himself down for the church.
  • The biblical idea of headship involves voluntary, respectful submission between equals. –– “The head of Christ is God.” Christ is above human beings, but the Father and Christ are equal in power, dignity, and importance. Therefore, headship does not imply superiority. Philippians 2:6 tells us that the Son was equal to the Father, but voluntarily took on a subordinate role, obeying the Father. He did this to accomplish our salvation.
  • “Headship” is something given by one person to another. The giver is equal to the receiver: the receiver has a real and final authority, but uses it only to serve and please and build up the giver.
  • Traditionalist misunderstanding – If man is the head in the home and at church then it must imply that women are inferior. Therefore, it is better that they stay at home, not go to college, not get jobs or pursue a career.
  • Feminist misunderstanding – Authority implies greater value so therefore the Bible can’t be accurate on this point.

Rejoicing in God’s Good Design – Preview: Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Wrapup
We’ll be finishing up the curriculum and doing a summary and review.

  • Main Idea: Young men should rejoice in God’s good design and train themselves for mature masculinity, and young women should likewise rejoice and train themselves for mature femininity.
  • Key Verse: Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.—1 TIMOTHY 4:7-8

New Policies for Wednesday Nights – Reminder
For the purpose of greater safety and accountability on Wednesday nights we will be implementing these new policies. These aren’t meant to restrict but simply to provide better protection and accountability on Wednesday nights:

  • All parents who pick up their students must be here at 9pm. Parents, please come and hang out with us and be a part at that time. All the extra eyes is a really good thing.
  • No student is allowed upstairs on Wednesday nights.
  • Everyone must be off the property by 9:15.

Upcoming This Fall

  • Rising 7th graders are welcome to youth group starting with the first Wednesday of September.
  • New curriculum of Apologetics: Answering tough questions about God and Christianity by Matt Chandler – Why does God allow suffering and tragedy? Does science disprove Christianity? Is Jesus really the only way? Why are Christians so hypocritical?
  • New Sunday school format. There will not be a 10-12 grade class in Sunday school this fall. Instead we are going to encourage the older youth to start serving on Sundays or attend an adult class. A large number of our youth are already doing this.

First Wednesday Party
September 3 we’ll be at the Parker’s home in Philomont for a party to kick off the new school year! More details in the coming weeks. But remember that we will not be at the church that night.

Faith Day at Nationals Park
Nationals vs. Phillies. Lincoln Brewster. Player Testimonies. All for $15. Get more info and signup.

LOOKING AHEAD
Aug 27 – Last Youth Group for students who just graduated, current study will finish
Sept 3 – First Wednesday – Welcome rising 7th graders!! Parker Party!
Sept 6 – Faith Day at Nats Park
Sept 10 – Start Apologetics

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Faith Day at Nationals Park

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On September 6 the Nationals are holding their annual Faith Day. It will be the game which starts at 4:05pm followed by a concert by Lincoln Brewster and testimonies by players. Learn more about the event here.

We can get seats for $12 each + $3 for parking (I’ll drive the church van). I think we would need to leave at 2:30 and probably wouldn’t be back until about 10pm.

Are you interested in going? I know several students expressed interest last night at youth group. If you would like to go I’ll need your money by September 27 so I can buy the tickets.

Bring your own cash if you would like to buy concessions. They do allow single serving food items to be brought in as long as they are not in glass containers.

So let Rich Shipe know if you would like to go!

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Ridge Notes for August 21, 2014

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Urgent Needs for Children’s Classes — With the start of our new schedule in just two weeks, we are looking for two things especially from parents – On Sunday we are providing a bulletin flyer for you to indicate when you will be available to serve in your children’s classes. We also welcome anyone, ages 14 and up, to serve in these classes, in the hour they are not in the worship service. Secondly, to speed up check in for the new classes, parents are asked to visit our new check-in area in the lower level on August 24 and 31 to pre-register your children in The City for Sunday school (see bulletin flyer for details).

New Sunday Schedule
September 7th is the first Sunday of our new morning schedule – dual worship services at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Children’s Sunday School (ages Nursery through 9th grade) will be offered at both services. One adult class will be held at 9:30 a.m. only, taught by Tim Murphy for the fall quarter.

Join the Welcome Team
Looking for a way to serve here which doesn’t require meetings or nights out? Our Welcome Team is in need of more people with great smiles. Contact Debbie Stevenson ([email protected]) for more information.

Prayer & Praise
Peter and Kim Crowder are Blue Ridge members who are preparing to be missionaries in the United Kingdom, starting this fall. They will be involved in church planting. Please pray for them and their five children as they finish up details here and as they go and see God open up doors and hearts in the UK.

Continuing with our “Traveling Light” summer sermon series, Pastor Jack shared some new insights on the impact that money and possessions has on our lives and the viewpoint that God wants us to have. You can download his message. We have one more week of this summer series:

SUMMER SERMON SERIESTRAVELING LIGHT (with our…)
August 24 – The Weight of Truth
August 31– Church

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2014 budget – $18,616.00
Total giving to budget for week of 8/17/14 – $10,973.25
YTD giving needed for budget – $850,137.01
YTD actual giving – $789,216.69
(FY2014 budget ends 9/30/14)

THIS WEEK
August 24, both services – Presentation of new missionaries, Peter & Kim Crowder
August 24, 12:20-45pm – Special Meeting for Members only (childcare is provided in lower level for ages 2 thru 4th grade)
August 24, 4-8pm – Chillin & Grillin at Franklin Park

THIS MONTH
August 31 – Baby Dedication

LOOKING AHEAD
September 1 – Labor Day – church office closed
September 7 – New Sunday Schedule begins: dual sessions of Worship & Sunday School at 9:30 & 11:00am
September 7 – Visit from Missionary Mike Richardson & potluck after church
September 7, 4:00pm – Awana begins new year
September 14 – Fall LIFE Group Session begins
September 27 – Annual Business Meeting

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Awana starting soon!

Posted on 08/20/2014 by Geni Hall

Find everything you need to know for Awana this year!! (more…)

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Traveling Light – Money & Possessions

Posted on 08/17/2014 by Jack Gill

August 17, 2014

Jack Gill

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Ridge Notes for August 14, 2014

Posted on 08/14/2014 by Blue Ridge

Reminders for you – Ladies, RSVP for the baby shower for May Neer. Everyone, sign up and pay for the Chillin & Grillin in the foyer on August 17. Parents, please take note of two bulletin inserts on Sunday for volunteering to help in the children’s classes, and signing up your children for Sunday classes in The City at our new check-in station in the lower level.

Important Meeting for Members
The elders are calling a special meeting of members on Sunday, August 24, at the end of the 11:00 worship service. Please plan to attend.

Baby Shower for May Neer
Ladies, you are invited to honor May Neer and Baby Elsa (born 7/13) on August 22, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., hosted by Debi Knight. RSVP on The City > Events, or contact Debi ([email protected])

Chillin & Grillin
Come chill out, eat hot dogs and swim on August 24 at Franklin Park from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Cost is $5.00 per person for food and pool entrance, so you don’t even have to bring anything…just yourselves. Sign up and pay in advance at the VBS table in the foyer on August 17.

New Sunday Schedule
September 7th is the first Sunday of our new morning schedule – dual worship services at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Children’s Sunday School (ages Nursery through 9th grade) will be offered at both services. One adult class will be held at 9:30 a.m. only, taught by Tim Murphy for the fall quarter. There are two bulletin inserts all parents need to read regarding children’s classes for check-in and volunteering.

Join the Welcome Team
Looking for a way to serve here which doesn’t require meetings or nights out? Our Welcome Team is in need of more people with great smiles. Contact Debbie Stevenson ([email protected]) for more information.

Praise & Prayer
Praise and thanks for the safekeeping and abundant ways God used the Smith family and Grace Rogan on their missions trip to Ireland.

Continuing with our “Traveling Light” summer sermon series, our new elder, Tim Murphy, brought community to life as he shared the importance of participating in a community, and then had the entire congregation get up out of our seats and actually meet the people who live in our neighborhoods and regions. You can hear his message, but you missed the fun part if you weren’t here. The list of topics for the summer is listed below:

SUMMER SERMON SERIESTRAVELING LIGHT (with our…)
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 8/10/14 – $18,122.38

THIS WEEK
August 17 – Gideons ministry presentation in both services
August 22, 7-9pm – Baby shower for May Neer
August 23, 4-6pm – Awana Leader Training

THIS MONTH
August 24, 12:15pm – Special Meeting for Members
August 24, 4-8pm – Chillin & Grillin at Franklin Park
August 31 – Baby Dedication

LOOKING AHEAD
September 7 – New Sunday Schedule begins: dual sessions of Worship & Sunday School at 9:30 & 11:00am
September 7 – Visit from Missionary Mike Richardson & potluck after church
September 7, 4:00pm – Awana begins new year
September 14 – Fall LIFE Group Session begins
September 27 – Annual Business Meeting

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Youth News – August 14, 2014

Posted on by Blue Ridge

I have really enjoyed teaching about Manhood and Womanhood. I’ve been getting so much out of it personally. God’s design is so beautiful and incredible! I doubt anyone else is getting as much out of it as me. We’ve got just two more weeks left of this content.

Quick reminder that last week’s Youth News had a lot of information on it so if you haven’t read it please do. You can find it here.

Rejoicing in God’s Good Design – Review from last night
Last night we looked at gender and God’s design in the family.

  • Main idea: Men have a unique and God-given role of headship in the home over their wives. Women have a calling from God to gladly submit to and honor their husbands in the home.
  • This order in the home was designed by God and it is good.
  • The marriage relationship reflects the relationship of Christ and the church.
  • A husband is to exercise headship actively, lovingly, sacrificially, and with understanding.
  • A wife should submit to her husband with respect, submissive words and actions, purity, awareness of her husband’s imperfections, and fearless faith in God.
  • Jesus is our example who both humbly submitted to the Father and sacrificially loved us.
  • When husbands and wives follow this design it commends the Gospel to the onlooking world.
  • The world’s idea that value is determined by power and authority should be rejected.

Rejoicing in God’s Good Design – Preview: Manhood and Womanhood in the Church

  • Main idea: Although certain roles of headship and authority are restricted to men, there is much fulfilling work to be done by both men and women in the church.
  • The church is under the authority of Christ first and foremost, with Christ’s authority mediated through the apostles and the inspired, written Word.
  • The Bible instructs the Church to set apart leaders who give oversight to the church. Though their authority is not absolute, God works through leaders to provide protection to His Bride.
  • The role of elder or overseer in the church is a role of headship and is restricted to men.
  • Though restricted from the role of elder, there are many greatly needed roles women can fill in the church.
  • The world’s idea that value is determined by power and authority should be rejected.

New Policies for Wednesday Nights
For the purpose of greater safety and accountability on Wednesday nights we will be implementing these new policies. These aren’t meant to restrict but simply to provide better protection and accountability on Wednesday nights:

  • All parents who pick up their students must be here at 9pm. Parents, please come and hang out with us and be a part at that time. All the extra eyes is a really good thing.
  • No student is allowed upstairs on Wednesday nights.
  • Everyone must be off the property by 9:15.

Upcoming This Fall

  • Rising 7th graders are welcome to youth group starting with the first Wednesday of September.
  • New curriculum of Apologetics: Answering tough questions about God and Christianity by Matt Chandler – Why does God allow suffering and tragedy? Does science disprove Christianity? Is Jesus really the only way? Why are Christians so hypocritical?
  • New Sunday school format. There will not be a 10-12 grade class in Sunday school this fall. Instead we are going to encourage the older youth to start serving on Sundays or attend an adult class. A large number of our youth are already doing this.

First Wednesday Party
September 3 we’ll be at the Parker’s home in Philomont for a party to kick off the new school year! More details in the coming weeks. But remember that we will not be at the church that night.

LOOKING AHEAD
Aug 27 – Last Youth Group for students who just graduated, current study will finish
Sept 3 – First Wednesday – Welcome rising 7th graders!! Parker Party!
Sept 10 – Start Apologetics

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Traveling Light – Community

Posted on 08/10/2014 by Media Admin

Sermon: Tim Murphy

Genesis 28:3

August 10, 2014

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Youth News – August 8, 2014

Posted on 08/08/2014 by Blue Ridge

It was a great youth group this past Wednesday! We had an excellent parents’ meeting and a fun game night. Thanks everyone! Full details on the parents meeting is below in the News section.

But first I want to put out a big thank you to Laura Ness and Rachel Miller. They are both stepping down from their leadership roles in the youth group. They both did a wonderful job. Their heart for the students and their desire to point everyone around them to Jesus was encouraging. I could always count on them and I got a lot of great advice and wisdom.

As they were stepping down God provided for the vacancies! Chrissy Schneider and Rachel Parker are going to start helping out! I’m really excited to have them.

Communications Reminder
Everything is posted to the Youth Ministry group on The City and reposted to the church website and can be found on the Youth Group page. On the youth group page at the bottom you can sign up to get everything emailed to you. All congregant parents and youth are welcome to join the Youth Ministry group on The City.

New Format of Youth Group Review
In March we switched the format around to increase the small group time with the goal of being more oriented toward discipleship. The first Wednesday of each month is reserved for a game/fun night. We also started a new curriculum on Biblical manhood and womanhood call Rejoicing in God’s Good Design. So far this has all gone well but with some hiccups. We are always looking to make adjustments for the sake of improvement.

New Policies for Wednesday Nights
As most of you know we had dangerous thing happen at youth group a couple nights back. For the purpose of greater safety and accountability on Wednesday nights we will be implementing these new policies. These aren’t meant to restrict but simply to provide better protection and accountability on Wednesday nights:

  • All parents who pick up their students must be here at 9pm. The hangout after youth group time is a really great time but it is just too difficult for myself and my volunteers to keep an eye on so many in so many places. So parents, please come and hang out with us and be a part at that time.
  • No student is allowed upstairs on Wednesday nights.
  • Everyone must be off the property by 9:15.

Upcoming This Fall

  • Rising 7th graders are welcome to youth group starting with the first Wednesday of September.
  • New curriculum. Apologetics: Answering tough questions about God and Christianity by Matt Chandler – Why does God allow suffering and tragedy? Does science disprove Christianity? Is Jesus really the only way? Why are Christians so hypocritical? See a full description here.
  • New Sunday school format. There will not be a 10-12 grade class in Sunday school this fall. Instead we are going to encourage the older youth to start serving on Sundays or attend an adult class. A large number of our youth are already doing this.

Coming Weeks – Rejoicing in God’s Good Design
We are going to finish this curriculum in August. The final three lessons will look at gender in the family, church, and then a wrap-up on the final Wednesday. We had planned to do another week on purity. The plan is to cover that again sometime later in the year.

LOOKING AHEAD
Aug 27 – Last Youth Group for students who just graduated, current study will finish
Sept 3 – First Wednesday – Welcome rising 7th graders!!

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Ridge Notes for August 7, 2014

Posted on 08/07/2014 by Blue Ridge

Many things need your attention – Sign up for the work day on Saturday at The City > Events…or just come for any amount of time between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Vacation Bible School starts on Monday, so go online (see below) and register your kids. Sign up and pay in the foyer on Sunday for the August 24 Chillin & Grillin. For food planning, we must receive payments in order for you and your family to be completely registered. And Sunday evening, join the Parker and Frattarola families watching the Blue Ridge Mountain sunset and enjoying a time of worship our great Creator God, 7:45 to 8:45, at the Parkers’ Philomont home ([email protected])

Vacation Bible School
This Sunday is the very last day to sign up for VBS or pick up t-shirts in the foyer. Sign up and pay online 

Baby Shower for May Neer
Ladies, you are invited to honor May Neer and Baby Elsa (born 7/13) on August 22, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., hosted by Debi Knight. RSVP on The City > Events, or contact Debi ([email protected])

Chillin & Grillin
Come chill out, eat hot dogs and swim on August 24 at Franklin Park from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Cost is $5.00 per person for food and pool entrance, so you don’t even have to bring anything…just yourselves. Sign up and pay in advance at the VBS table in the foyer on August 10.

New Sunday Schedule
September 7th is the first Sunday of our new morning schedule – dual worship services at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Children’s Sunday School (ages Nursery through 9th grade) will be offered at both services. One adult class will be held at 9:30 a.m. only, taught by Tim Murphy for the fall quarter. Check out the sign-up form for opportunities to serve in the children’s classes. Please place competed forms in the offering plate.

Praise & Prayer
Praise the Lord for the safe return of Mark Cockerill and Nate Thomasson from Ghana last weekend. Remember to pray for our other missionaries – Brittany Paist in Bolivia (through October), Benjamin Garber in Mexico (through mid-December). Update on The City > World Missions Group.

Continuing with our “Traveling Light” summer sermon series, Pastor Jack asked us to look at the priorities and purposes of our families.  The list of topics for the summer is listed below:

SUMMER SERMON SERIESTRAVELING LIGHT (with our…)
August 10 – Community (Tim Murphy)
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 8/3/14 – $19,301.35

THIS WEEK
August 10 – Sign up for VBS and Grillin & Chillin in the foyer
August 10, 7:45-8:45pm – Worship time & sunset view at the Parkers’ (for more info go to [email protected] or me@j[email protected])
August 11-15, 9-Noon – Vacation Bible School

THIS MONTH
August 22, 7-9pm – Baby shower for May Neer
August 23, 4-6pm – Awana Leader Training
August 24, 4-8pm – Chillin & Grillin at Franklin Park
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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