Ridge Notes for March 26, 2015

Posted on 03/26/2015 by Blue Ridge

Praising & Despising
Here are the two sides of our Lord’s Passion Week which begins this Sunday – “…the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel.’” (John 12:12-13). “Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot; and like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face. He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.” (Isaiah 53:1-3)

Good Friday & Easter Services
Please plan to bring the whole family to worship together at our Good Friday service on April 3, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. On Easter Sunday, April 5, we will meet in our regular Sunday morning schedule – 9:30 a.m. for worship and classes, and 11:00 a.m. for worship and children’s classes. If you or your teen are available to serve in the children’s classes, please contact Regina Gossage (gossagefam@aol.com).

Youth & Parents Together – April 1st
All parents of youth group students are invited to a parents meeting during youth group this week. Come and enjoy worship and fun, and hear about plans and opportunities for the summer.

Spring Church Work Day
Please join the fun at our annual spring work day on April 11. Sign up on The City to help on projects inside and outside of the building. The biggest priority is distributing mulch, so please bring rakes, gloves and wheelbarrows if you want to join that team. There are tasks for all ages and abilities. Come for as much of the day as you can. All help is greatly appreciated! Lunch will be provided. For info contact Steven Jessberger (thejessbergers@verizon.net).

Our study in Nehemiah continued in Chapter 8 with Revival: How It Begins. The only True God has given us His Truth in His Word. That amazing truth should draw us to His Word and His covenant community to worship Him together with joy!

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget through online giving only on 3/22/15 – $12,347.83

THIS WEEK
March 29 – Covenant Membership Class 4
March 29 – Palm Sunday & Communion (our wafers are gluten free
April 3, 7:00-8:00pm – Good Friday Service

NEXT MONTH
April 5 – Easter Sunday (normal schedule)
April 7 – Congregational prayer with the elders
April 11, 8:30-3:30pm – Spring Church Work Day

LOOKING AHEAD
May 5 – Congregational prayer with the elders
May 10 – Mother’s Day
May 17 – Baptism
May 17 – Newcomers Lunch
June 21 – Father’s Day
August 2-7 – Joni & Friends Camp (contact David Watson, ccbanddwatson@gmail.com)

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Youth News – March 26, 2015 – What is our purpose?

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Two quick notes first:

  1. Parents: Remember that next week we are having a parents meeting on April 1. Students and parents come! More below…
  2. Bring your Bibles! Some of you bring your Bibles but many don’t It is hard to have serious discussion in the groups if you can’t look at the text we are studying.

Teaching Review
Last night we continued the worldview study and looked at the question, “What is our purpose?” This question flows logically out of the question from last week, “Where did we come from?” How we answer the question of where we came from is going to have a huge impact on how we answer the purpose question.

How does the Bible answer the question of purpose? Here are the verses we looked at for this question: Psalm 149.1-9; Eph. 2.10; Ecc. 12.13; Phil 3.8-10; Matt. 22.35-40.

What about human worth and value? Gen. 1.24-31; Matt. 6.25-26; Psalm 8.3-9; Romans 5.6-8; Psalm 139.13-17

There are two main reasons that humans (ALL humans) are immensely valuable, 1) They were marked with the glory of God (his image) by God, and 2) They are worth the life of God himself in the person of the Son, Jesus Christ.

Let’s apply these truths to beauty. What does the world say is beautiful? Well that depends a lot on the culture and time in history. In our culture what dominates the idea of beauty it artificial and manipulated.

Here is a quote from Al Mohler that continues this argument very well:

“This means that Christians believe the radical truth that nothing good can be ugly, that nothing untrue can be beautiful, and that everything beautiful and true is also good.

“To attempt a separation of the good, the true, and the beautiful is, by Christian understanding, both impossible and self-defeating. Furthermore, the attempt to separate them is sinful — an act of defiance.

“For this reason the Christian worldview insists that the face of a child with Down syndrome is infinitely more beautiful than an airbrushed model on the cover of a fashion magazine.”

Wow! One is handmade by God and the other has been manipulated with special cameras and lights and software to show us something fake.

What about you? How does the Christian answer to the big question of “What is our purpose?” impact the way you think?

Teaching Preview
In two weeks we’ll look closer at the third “big question” and how different worldviews answer it: What is wrong with the world?

Parents Meeting
Because it is “First Wednesday” (game night) I thought it would be fun to not hold a separate meeting with the parents but to do it all together. So we’ll have a time of worship a short meeting and also some parents vs. students games! Should be fun!

We are going to spend a little time too talking about some of our plans for the summer. Just to give everyone a heads up.

Joni and Friends
Mark your calendar for August 2-7. David Watson is going to lead another group this summer. I highly recommend it for older students or families with older kids together! We have a group on The City that can be found here.http://bit.ly/1k97gCC

LOOKING AHEAD
April 1 – First Wednesday and Parents Meeting
April 11 – Spring Work Day at the church (8:30 am – 3:30 pm)
June TBD – Senior Sendoff
Aug 2-7 – Joni and Friends

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Revival: How IT Begins

Posted on 03/22/2015 by Media Admin

Sermon

March 22, 2015

Jack Gill

Nehemiah 8

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Youth News – March 19, 2015 – Where did we come from?

Posted on 03/19/2015 by Blue Ridge

Parents: Mark your calendars for April 1. That Wednesday night we’ll be having a parents meeting during youth group. More details below…

Teaching Review
Last night we continued the worldview study and looked at the question, “Where did we come from?” Every worldview attempts to answer this question and how we answer it has a big impact on how we live.

The Christian worldview says that God created everything from nothing, that humans are the crown jewel of his creation (because we are made in the image of God), and that God has put humans in charge of the creation. In our small groups we talked about two basic applications: 1) Because God is over creation and he is good, we don’t have to fear nature, and 2) We should be good stewards of creation because God is over us.

The dominant view in the academic world (particularly those in the hard sciences) says that the universe and everything in it just happened by chance with no design or outside force. Under this worldview there is much to fear about nature! If we got here by chance we can be killed off by chance. This is part of the motivation behind efforts to colonize Mars: Mankind might need a Plan B planet. This worldview does teach us to take care of nature but when taken to its logical conclusion it can be extremely inhumane: See the Nazis and eugenics for an extreme example.

Here are the verses we looked at that tell us a lot about the different questions all related to “Where did we come from?”: Gen. 1:1-10, 26-2:1; Psalm 24:1-2; Isaiah 45:11-12; John 1:1-3; Romans 1:19-20; Col 1:15-16; Heb. 11:3.

And then some Biblical examples of stewardship: Gen. 39:1-6; Matt. 25:14-21; Luke 12:42-48.

What about you? What are some practical ways that you can be a steward of God’s creation?

Teaching Preview
Next week we’ll look closer at the second “big question” and how different worldviews answer it: Why are we here and what is our purpose?

Parents Meeting
It has been a while since we’ve held a parents meeting so I am going to have another on April 1. We’ll talk about how things are going in the youth group and some of our future plans.

Because it is “First Wednesday” (game night) I thought it would be fun to not hold a separate meeting with the parents but to do it all together. So we’ll have a time of worship a short meeting and also some parents vs. students games!

I hope all the parents can make it!

Joni and Friends
Mark your calendar for August 2-7. David Watson is going to lead another group this summer. I highly recommend it for older students or families with older kids together! We have a group on The City that can be found here.http://bit.ly/1k97gCC

LOOKING AHEAD
April 1 – First Wednesday and Parents Meeting
April 11 – Spring Work Day at the church (8:30 am – 3:30 pm)
June TBD – Senior Sendoff
Aug 2-7 – Joni and Friends

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Ridge Notes for March 19, 2015

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LIFE GROUP SPRING SESSION BEGINS – All of our LIFE groups will resume meeting next week for the spring 10-week session. If you haven’t connected with one yet, now’s the time. Also, there’s an additional LIFE group focused on financial stewardship. It begins March 26. Sign up to learn God’s ways of handling money, using curriculum called Financial Peace by financial expert Dave Ramsey. Cost is $93 per couple, which includes money-management tools to use at home. It will meet at the church on Thursday evenings (7:00-9:00 p.m.). Childcare will be provided. Register online at brbible.org/fpu

Good Friday & Easter Services
Please plan to bring the whole family to worship together at our Good Friday service on April 3, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. On Easter Sunday, April 5, we will meet in our regular Sunday morning schedule – 9:30 a.m. for worship and classes, and 11:00 a.m. for worship and children’s classes.

Spring Church Work Day
Our annual spring work day was changed from March 14 to April 11. Sign up on The City to join the fun and help work on projects inside and outside of the building. There are tasks for all ages and abilities. Come for as much of the day as you can. All help is greatly appreciated! For info contact Steven Jessberger (thejessbergers@verizon.net).

Prayer & Praise
We thank the Lord for our LIFE group leaders and hosts, and their wives, as they provide our places of fellowship and learning each 10 weeks. Please be in prayer for these groups as they begin the spring session this coming week. Also be in prayer about which group the Lord may be asking you to attend if you have not connected yet.

Pastor Jack finished Part II of “A Register of God’s Gift“. Download to hear how God has gifted and empowered His people to keep His work going, providing significance in His kingdom plan for each individual.

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget through online giving only on 3/15/15 – $19,780.15

THIS WEEK
March 22 – Covenant Membership Class 3
Week of March 22 – Spring LIFE Group session begins
March 26, 7:00pm – Financial Peace Class begins

THIS MONTH
March 29 – Covenant Membership Class 4
March 29 – Palm Sunday

LOOKING AHEAD
April 3, 7:00-8:00pm – Good Friday Service
April 5 – Easter Sunday (normal schedule)
April 7 – Congregational prayer with the elders
April 11, 8:30-3:30pm – Spring Church Work Day
May 3 – Newcomers Lunch
May 10 – Mother’s Day
May 17 – Baptism
June 21 – Father’s Day
August 2-7 – Joni & Friends Camp (contact David Watson, ccbanddwatson@gmail.com)

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A Register of God’s Gift, Part 2

Posted on 03/15/2015 by Media Admin

March 15, 2015

Jack Gill

Nehemiah 7

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Ridge Notes for March 12, 2015

Posted on 03/12/2015 by Blue Ridge

Reminder for the Ladies — Please go to the website for information on our spring retreat, March 20-21. The last day to register is this Sunday, March 15. The cost is only $35. Don’t miss out on this great time of learning and fellowship!

Covenant Membership Class
It’s not too late to join our four-week class for those who want to become members or for those seeking more information about BRBC. It started last week and will continue on March 15, 22 and 29, 9:30 a.m. in Room 104. Just come to the class even if you did not pre-register or attend the first class.

2015 Women’s Retreat – March 20 & 21
Ladies, today is the last day to register in the foyer for our 2015 retreat! It will be at BRBC on Friday evening and continue on Saturday, 9am to 6:00pm. The bulletin flyer or website give details. Register at www.brbible.org. Deadline to register and pay is March 15.

Financial Peace Returns March 26
Sign up to learn God’s ways of handling money, using curriculum by financial expert Dave Ramsey. Cost is $93 per couple, which includes money-management tools to use at home. It runs in the spring LIFE Group session on Thursday evenings (7:00-9:00 p.m.). Childcare will be provided. Register and info: brbible.org/fpu

NEW DATE for Spring Church Work Day
Our annual spring work day was changed from March 14 to April 11. Sign up on The City to join the fun and help work on projects inside and outside of the building. There are tasks for all ages and abilities. Come for as much of the day as you can. All help is greatly appreciated! For info contact Steven Jessberger (thejessbergers@verizon.net).

No weekend snow brought everyone back on March 8 to hear Pastor Jack’s Part I sermon in Nehemiah 7, entitled A Register of God’s Gift. Catch up before Sunday’s Part II continues on how God raises up leadership for His work.

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget through online giving only on 3/8/15 – $20,900.05

THIS WEEK
March 15 – Covenant Membership Class 2
March 15 – Baby dedication
March 20-21 – Women’s Retreat

THIS MONTH
March 22 – Covenant Membership Class 3
Week of March 22 – Spring LIFE Group session begins
March 26, 7:00pm – Financial Peace Class begins
March 29 – Covenant Membership Class 4
March 29 – Palm Sunday

LOOKING AHEAD
April 3 – Good Friday Service
April 5 – Easter Sunday
April 7 – Congregational prayer with the elders
April 11, 8:30-3:30pm – Spring Church Work Day
August 2-7 – Joni & Friends Camp (contact David Watson, ccbanddwatson@gmail.com)

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Youth News – March 12, 2015 – What is a worldview?

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Hey Everyone! How about this warm weather! So nice to finally get some spring weather.

Last night we had a great night! Thanks for coming and look below for more details and announcements.

I had a couple people ask me about the music I was playing before youth group started. Here is a YouTube playlist of some stuff I’ve discovered recently.

Teaching Review
What is a worldview? And what is a Christian worldview? That was the question we answered last night. As I mentioned before, Chrissy Schneider is doing a short series on worldviews.

We learned that everyone has a worldview, even if they don’t realize it. A worldview is a way of looking at the world that gives answers to the big questions in life. Big questions like Where did we come from? Why are we here and what is our purpose? What is wrong with the world? and How do we fix it?

There are a lot of worldviews and all have their own answers to those big questions. But everyone should want a worldview that lines up with reality, not just something that we are comfortable with or prefer.

The Bible is the primary source for the Christian Worldview. The Bible has four main parts in its grand story: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. Answers to the big questions in life can all be found in those four parts.

And how does it practically matter in life though? In the small groups we looked at several verses that show a big contrast between God’s way of thinking and viewing life and every other way. Take a look at these again: Eph. 2:1-5; Eph. 4:17-24; Col. 3:1-8, 12-14; 1 Pet. 1:14-16.

Teaching Preview
Next week we’ll look closer at the first big question and how different worldviews answer it: Where did we come from?

Parents Meeting
It has been a while since we’ve held a parents meeting so I am going to have another on April 1. We’ll talk about how things are going in the youth group and some of our future plans. I hope all the parents can make it!

Joni and Friends
Mark your calendar for August 2-7. David Watson is going to lead another group this summer. I highly recommend it for older students or families with older kids together! We have a group on The City that can be found here.

LOOKING AHEAD
April 1 – First Wednesday and Parents Meeting
April 11 – Spring Work Day at the church (8:30 am – 3:30 pm)
June TBD – Senior Sendoff
Aug 2-7 – Joni and Friends

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A Register of God’s Gift

Posted on 03/08/2015 by Media Admin

March 8, 2015

Jack Gill

Nehemiah 7

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Ridge Notes for March 6, 2015

Posted on 03/06/2015 by Blue Ridge

VERY TIMELY REMINDER – Remember to TURN YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD on Saturday night for the start of Daylight Savings Time. Sunday morning will be challenging if you don’t! And yes, even though there is snow on the ground, this is the correct Sunday to change and a good sign that warmth is just around the corner.

Covenant Membership Class
Our four-week class for those who want to become members or for those seeking more information about BRBC will meet March Sundays starting this coming Sunday, March 8, 9:30 a.m. in Room 104. Just come to the class even if you did not pre-register.

Financial Peace Returns March 26
Sign up to learn God’s ways of handling money, using curriculum by financial expert Dave Ramsey. Register with Rich Shipe (rich@brbible.org). Cost is $93 per couple, which includes money-management tools to use at home. It runs in the spring LIFE Group session on Thursday evenings (7:00-9:00 p.m.). Childcare will be provided.

2015 Women’s Retreat – March 20 & 21
Ladies, register today in the foyer for our 2015 retreat! It will be at BRBC on Friday evening and continue on Saturday, 9am to 6:00pm. The bulletin flyer or website give details. Register at www.brbible.org. Deadline to register and pay is March 15.

Spring Church Work Day
Sign up on The City to join the fun and help work on projects inside and outside of the building. There are tasks for all ages and abilities. For info contact Steven Jessberger (thejessbergers@verizon.net).

Baptism
If you or someone in your family are interested in being baptized or finding out about baptism, please contact Debbie Stevenson (debbie@brbible.org).

Next Baby Dedication
Sunday, March 15 is our next opportunity for baby dedication. If you would like to participate, contact debbie@brbible.org by March 8.

On March 1, there was just one worship service before the weather cancelled the 2nd service, but we were able to get another of Pastor Jack’s great sermons from the Book of Nehemiah. In Chapter 6, Nehemiah does not compromise God’s truth nor give up in fear in the face of opposition. As always, God wins! Download “Reintensified Opposition, Recognizing Providence” to see how our MVP God leads us to great wins.

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget through online giving only on 3/1/15 – $12,459.16

Note: Even on snowy Sundays, you could be faithfully giving to ministry if you click on the “Giving” button and enter your information for regular online giving.

THIS WEEK
March 8, 9:30am – Covenant Membership Class begins
Week of March 8 – Winter LIFE Group session ends

THIS MONTH
March 14, 8:30am-3:30pm – Church work day
March 15 – Covenant Membership Class 2
March 15 – Baby dedication
March 20-21 – Women’s Retreat
March 22 – Covenant Membership Class 3
Week of March 22 – Spring LIFE Group session begins
March 26, 7:00pm – Financial Peace Class begins
March 29 – Covenant Membership Class 4
March 29 – Palm Sunday

LOOKING AHEAD
April 3 – Good Friday Service
April 5 – Easter Sunday
April 7 – Congregational prayer with the elders
August 2-7 – Joni & Friends Camp (contact David Watson, ccbanddwatson@gmail.com)

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