Ridge Notes for August 28, 2014

Posted on 08/28/2014 by Blue Ridge

Parents, this Sunday, August 31, is your last chance to pre-register your children for Sunday classes. What’s this about, you ask? We are switching our check-in system for all children’s classes to The City. That requires you to enter your kids’ names and choose their classes. The more that can get done ahead of time, the better for all. Please visit our new check-in area in the lower level on Sunday to provide this information. Rich Shipe will be there to walk you through it.  

September 7th is the first Sunday for our new worship hours AND it’s our traditional “promotion” Sunday, when your kids may or may not be moving up a grade or class. So pre-registration also helps make these decisions prior to your arrival next week. Your assistance with this will eliminate wrong decisions and long lines for everyone on September 7.

Finally, as a reminder, if your children will be attending our classes, parents are asked to sign up to serve. A sign-up sheet for that is available in the check-in room.

New Sunday Schedule Starts Soon
September 7th is the first Sunday of our new morning schedule – dual worship services at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. See the bulletin flyer for details.

Youth Group Fall Kick-Off Party – September 3
All youth (7th -12th grades) come to the Parkers’ in Philomont, 7-9pm, to kick off the new school year. Rising 7th graders particularly are encouraged to attend . See The City for specifics or contact [email protected]

Awana Leadership Training
It’s not too late to join the Awana team by attending the leadership training on Friday, September 5th, 7:00-8:30pm. This training is mandatory for all leaders. Contact Geni Hall ([email protected]) for more information and to sign up. The Awana year begins on Sunday, September 7th. Won’t you pray about how the Lord will use you in training boys and girls to serve Him?

Missions Potluck on September 7th
Our missionaries from Mexico, Mike and Pam Richardson will visit on September 7th and everyone is invited to a potluck after the 11:00 service to hear all God is doing in Mexico. Bring a main dish for 10 AND dessert or salad.

Prayer & Praise
We praise God for the newest babies in our church family. Pray for these parents as they dedicate themselves today to raise their children in Christ-centered families: Dustin & Christa Berger, Jon & Evie Farris, Chris & Amy George, Dan & Katie Haecker, Josh & Bethany Johns, and Karl & Giovanna Phenix.

Continuing with our “Traveling Light” summer sermon series, Pastor Jack shared the historical importance and value of God’s Word. You can hear his message online.  The series ends this Sunday, August 31 with the topic of “Christ’s Church”.

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2014 budget – $18,616.00
Total giving to budget for week of 8/24/14 – $12,412.88
YTD giving needed for budget – $868,753.01
YTD actual giving – $801,629.57
(FY2014 budget ends 9/30/14)

THIS WEEK
August 31 – Baby Dedication
September 1 – Labor Day–church office closed
September 3, 7:00-9:00 – Youth Group Fall Kick-Off Party at the Parkers’ (includes rising 7th graders; contact [email protected])
September 5, 7:00-8:30pm – Awana Leadership Training

NEXT MONTH
September 6, 7:00am – Mike Richardson speaking at Men’s Breakfast
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

LOOKING AHEAD
October (dates TBD) – Covenant Membership Class (sign up at [email protected])

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First Wednesday Youth Group Party!

Posted on 08/25/2014 by Blue Ridge

We are kicking off a new school year of Youth Group at the Parker home in Philomont! Pool, ultimate frisbee, and more!

Who: All students in grades 7th-12th

Where: Bill and Linda Parker’s home

When: September 3, 7-9pm

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Traveling Light with the Weight of Truth

Posted on 08/24/2014 by Jack Gill

Sermon: Jack Gill

2 Timothy 3

August 24, 2014

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Awana leader training

Posted on by Geni Hall

We are adding an additional Awana training on Friday, September 5th from 7 to 8:30 pm. Awana training is mandatory for those who would like to join us as leaders this year. Please make every effort to attend this last training before we start our Awana year on Sunday, September 7th. Contact me if you have any questions or scheduling conflict. We anticipate a dynamic year. Won’t you pray about how the Lord will use you in training boys and girls to serve Him?

Serving Him,
Earl & Geni Hall
Blue Ridge Bible Church Awana Commanders

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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

Posted on by Blue Ridge

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

Posted on by Blue Ridge

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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