Ridge Notes for December 18, 2014

Posted on 12/18/2014 by Blue Ridge

Two dates to remember for next week:
Christmas Eve Service, December 24, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

December 28 worship service at 11:00 a.m. ONLY (childcare up to 3rd grade); no
classes or worship at 9:30 a.m.

Christmas Eve Service
Everyone is encouraged to join the Blue Ridge church family in celebrating our Savior’s birth on Christmas Eve, December 24, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The program will include singing Christmas carols, scripture readings and a short message from Pastor Jack. Invitation cards for friends and neighbors are available in both foyers.

Worship Service Change for December 28
Please note that on December 28 we will have one worship service at 11:00 a.m. only. Childcare will be provided for nursery up through 3rd grade.

Year-End and Online Giving
December 28 is the last day for year-end giving through the offering to have it included in 2014 donations. By mail, checks must be dated and postmarked by December 31. December 25 is the last day for a scheduled online gift either through The City or your bank. Setting up your giving on The City will help you be more consistent, generous and obedient in 2015. All donations are recorded on The City, so you are able to look up your giving record anytime. Aren’t on The City yet? Contact Rich Shipe ([email protected]).

LIFE Groups
Are you in a LIFE Group yet? The next 10-week session begins the week of January 4th. Plan now to pray about your availability and get connected! The complete list of groups, days and times is coming soon.

Praise & Prayer
“The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High…He will reign…and His kingdom will have no end.’” Luke 1:30-33

The shepherding trilogy in the Our Christmas in the Psalms series continued in Psalm 23 which focused on our Savior as The Great Shepherd?  We sheep are His greatest priority to lead, protect and abundantly provide.

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget for week of 12/14/14 – $24,223.84

THIS WEEK
December 24, 6:00-7:00pm – Christmas Eve Service
December 25-26 – Christmas (church office closed)

THIS MONTH
December 28 – 11:00 a.m. worship service only (childcare up to 3rd grade)
December 31, 7:00pm – Youth Group All-Night Party

LOOKING AHEAD
January 1 & 2 – Church office closed for New Year’s holiday
Week of January 4 – First week of LIFE group winter session
January 11 – Baptism
January 22 – March for Life in Washington DC
February 8 – Newcomers Lunch
March 14 – Church work day
March 20-21 – Women’s Retreat

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Christmas Eve Service

Posted on 12/17/2014 by Media Admin

HopeisBorn1Everyone is invited to our Christmas Eve Service titled “Hope Is Born.” The service will be a time of singing carols, reading scripture and most of all rediscovering the Hope that God has brought to us through Jesus Christ.

The Christmas Eve service will be held at Blue Ridge Bible Church on December 24th at 6-7pm followed by refreshments.

This year, join us for our Christmas Eve service, as we get back to the basics of the season and
discover how Christmas can still bring hope for our lives today and for the future!

*There will be no childcare provided at this service

Getting Here

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Christmas White Elephant Party – Youth Group

Posted on 12/16/2014 by Blue Ridge

Remember that this Wednesday night is the White Elephant gift exchange at youth group. We’ll run our normal times from 7pm – 9pm.

Find something fun/funny to give away. Maybe something that lots of people will want to steal? That’s always fun. I’ve got prizes for the most creative gifts!

White Elephant parties are a reminder that the gifts that people give are not always what we want. They are a surprise but not always a good surprise. 

In James 1:17 it says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

And his greatest gift of all his gifts was giving himself!

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The Good Shepherd

Posted on 12/14/2014 by Media Admin

Jack Gill

December 14,2014

Psalm 23

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Ridge Notes for December 11, 2014

Posted on 12/11/2014 by Blue Ridge

The Christmas season is here whether we are ready or not. Carri Casserino writes a poem each Christmas to share with family, friends and us. Hope it helps keep our perspective on the reason we celebrate:

Holy Way

We can look and not see,
We can search and not find,
We can hope and yet know sorrow,
There is an answer of a good kind.

It is found in seeking Him,
It is seen in Nature’s glory
It is known as the Holy way,
It is learning and living His story.

So seek Him, who loves,
Hope in the joy of forgiveness.
Find life in serving a faithful God.
Know the word and walk in witness.

There is clarity in Truth.
There is perfection in Adoniah.
There is completeness in life.
We must bow to the Babe we would crucify.

Christmas Eve Service
Everyone is encouraged to join the Blue Ridge church family in celebrating our Savior’s birth on Christmas Eve, December 24, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The evening will include singing Christmas carols, scripture readings and a short message from Pastor Jack. It’s for the whole family.

Year-End and Online Giving
As we prepare to close out 2014 and consider some year-end giving, please plan to give by December 28 in order to have it included in 2014 donations by offering. If sending by mail, it must be dated and postmarked by December 31. December 25 is the last day for a scheduled online gift either through The City or your bank. If you would like to be more consistent with your offerings, set up your giving on The City, and make 2015 a more generous, obedient and consistent year. All donations are recorded on The City, so you are able to look up your giving record anytime.

Praise & Prayer
Praise the Lord for the birth of baby girl #4 in the Baldwin family, and congratulations to Luke and Ardelle. Charlotte (Lottie) May was born on December 3rd, weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces. All are doing well and praising God for the blessing of this early Christmas present.

Did you know there is a trilogy in the Psalms which focus on our Savior and Good Shepherd Jesus Christ? Pastor Jack introduced us to it, starting in Psalm 22 on “The Good Shepherd.”  Our Christmas in the Psalms series continues through December.

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget for week of 12/7/14 – $16,085.60

THIS WEEK
December 14 – 2nd week of winter quarter of classes. It’s not too late to join in!

THIS MONTH
December 24, 7:00-8:00pm – Christmas Eve Service
December 25-26 – Christmas (church office closed)
December 28 – 11:00 a.m. worship service only (childcare up to 3rd grade)
December 31, 7:00pm – Youth Group All-Night Party

LOOKING AHEAD
January 1 & 2 – Church office closed for New Year’s holiday
Week of January 4 – First week of LIFE group winter session
January 11– Baptism
February 8 – Newcomers Lunch
March 14 – Church work day
March 20-21 – Women’s Retreat

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Youth News – December 11, 2014

Posted on by Blue Ridge

Another great night last night! Thanks everyone for your part from the small group leaders to the youth band. Awesome!

I told my story about how God showed me I had a vanity problem. I won’t go into all the details again but I had a spot of basal cell carcinoma on my lower eyelid that required a special removal process and then reconstructive eye surgery. That would be the third time in my life that I’ve had plastic surgery on my face!! (Another story for another time)

Anyway, I didn’t finish the story and tell you all what happened. So they were able to remove it and it wasn’t as extensive as they had originally thought so it was easily fixed by the plastic surgeon with skin graft from the hospital’s bank. If you look closely you can see I don’t have eye lashes on the lower lid of my left eye. If you can stand a semi-gross photo, here is what it looked like after the cancer was removed and just before the reconstructive surgery. The photo is on Facebook so we’ll have to be friends in order to see it.

Speaking of Facebook, have you liked the youth group page yet?

Teaching Review — Youth Requested: Vanity
Who was the best looking man in the Bible? I’m not sure but I think it would have to be Absalom. “Now in all Israel there was no one so much to be praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him. And when he cut the hair of his head (for at the end of every year he used to cut it; when it was heavy on him, he cut it), he weighed the hair of his head, two hundred shekels by the king’s weight” 2 Samuel 14:25-26 (ESV). The text goes out of its way to make clear that Absalom was a great looking guy and he knew it and he loved it. He was proud of his looks in an unhealthy way. I mean, who has a tradition of weighing their hair and then letting everyone know how much it weighed? That pride led him to mount an insurrection against his father, David, and ironically to eventually be killed because of his hair.

Vanity isn’t a topic that we talk about much and it isn’t just a problem for girls. Boys struggle with how they look and their image before others (e.g. cool, strong, athletic, funny, popular, etc.) Should our looks be our focus?

We looked at three texts to find out what God thinks of beauty and our bodies:

  1. Psalm 139:14-16 – This teaches us that God planned our bodies out to the smallest details. He doesn’t make mistakes and he doesn’t make junk. He says that we were wonderfully made. Do we trust him in that?
  2. 1 Samuel 16:7 – Man looks at the outside but God looks at our hearts. God really cares about what we look like in our hearts. Do we care more about our hearts or the hearts of others?
  3. 1 Peter 3:3-4 – What do we do to make ourselves look good? How do we “adorn” ourselves? Is it with the outward stuff or with what God likes to look at, a good heart? It isn’t wrong to look nice. But what is our main desire, to look good for people or to look good for God?

That hidden person of our heart is “precious in God’s SIGHT.” The amazing incredible good news is that he gives us a new heart through the work of Jesus. But would we rather go back to that old gross and dead heart? OR, do we want to live in that new heart that he’s given us? That’s the question we have to answer. God showed me that I cared more about how I looked on the outside than how I look on the inside. What about you?


Youth Group, Christmas Party
December 17 for youth group we’ll do our annual White Elephant exchange. Bring a present and wear something Christmas themed. Wrap your present and make it a good one! No need to spend any money on it. Maybe make something creative or find something from deep in the closet that your parents don’t mind giving away. Should be fun!

New Year’s Lock-In
More details to follow but here is what we have so far: Laser Tag again, movie with big screen and great sound system (need some ideas on this one), food, and lots of fun.

Complete details for the lock-in (schedule of activities, how chaperoning will work, permission slips, etc) will come out next week.

LOOKING AHEAD
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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The Good Shepherd

Posted on 12/07/2014 by Jack Gill

Sermon:  Jack Gill

Psalms 22 & John 10

December 7, 2014

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Youth News – December 4, 2014

Posted on 12/04/2014 by Blue Ridge

We had a lot of fun last night with our Christmas themed “Minute to Win It” games. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves. See below for a couple of photos. :)

Next Week — Youth Requested: Vanity
Next week we’ll cover a topic that isn’t discussed much, vanity. The Bible has a lot to say about how we look, both physically and our image to others. Our culture puts a very high value on looks and it is easy to get consumed in it. What does the Bible say about vanity? Can vanity be an idol? God gave me a skin cancer scare a few years ago that he used to show me that I had a problem with vanity. I look forward to sharing my story and discussing this really important topic in small groups.

Youth Group, Christmas Party
December 17 for youth group we’ll do our annual White Elephant exchange. Bring a present and wear something Christmas themed. Wrap your present and make it a good one! No need to spend any money on it. Maybe make something creative or find something from deep in the closet that your parents don’t mind giving away. Should be fun!

New Year’s Lock-In
More details to follow but here is what we have so far: Laser Tag again, movie with big screen and great sound system (need some ideas on this one), food, and lots of fun.

LOOKING AHEAD
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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Ridge Notes for December 4, 2014

Posted on by Blue Ridge

Looking for Christmas Trees this weekend?
Boy Scout Troop 711, which meets in our church building, is selling Christmas trees this Saturday only, December 6, at the end of the Walgreens’ parking lot in Purcellville.The prices vary.This is a fundraiser for the troop and they would appreciate your help in selling all of the trees. For more information, contact Stan Watson (540-532-0401).

New Bible Class Quarter Begins December 7
A new class called “Living in Triumph in Troubled Times”, going through Acts 1-12 begins December 7. The bulletin flyer has a full class description, and the list of winter quarter teachers and helpers in the children’s classes and needs. Note that some of the children’s grades have been combined and the 7th-9th grade class is moving to the lower level in Room 105.

Christmas Eve Service
Everyone is encouraged to join the Blue Ridge church family in celebrating our Savior’s birth on Christmas Eve, December 24, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The evening will include singing Christmas carols, scripture readings and a short message from Pastor Jack. It’s for the whole family.

Year-End and Online Giving
As we prepare to close out 2014 and consider some year-end giving, please plan to give by December 28 in order to have it included in 2014 donations by offering. If sending by mail, it must be dated and postmarked by December 31. December 25 is the last day for a scheduled online gift either through The City or your bank. If you would like to be more consistent with your offerings, set up your giving on The City, and make 2015 a more generous, obedient and consistent year. All donations are recorded on The City, so you are able to look up your giving record anytime. Aren’t on The City yet? Contact Rich Shipe ([email protected]).

Praise & Prayer
Praise the Lord that little Catie Cavicchi came home from the hospital on Thanksgiving weekend, several weeks before her original due date. Pray for her continued growth and development, and for Sarah and Tony as they start their life of parenting.

Pastor Jack took us through Psalm 72, as we continued in “Christmas in the Psalms” series. Download the sermon and find out what a “Good King” looks like

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget for week of 11/23/14 – $11,422.52

THIS WEEK
December 7 – Winter quarter of classes begins

THIS MONTH
December 24, 7:00-8:00pm – Christmas Eve Service
December 25-26 – Christmas (church office closed)
December 28 – 11:00 a.m. worship service only (childcare up to 3rd grade)
December 31, 7:00pm – Youth Group All-Night Party

LOOKING AHEAD
January 1 & 2 – Church office closed for New Year’s holiday
Week of January 4 – First week of LIFE group winter session
January 11 – Baptism
February 8 – Newcomers Lunch
March 14 – Church work day
March 20-21 – Women’s Retreat


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The Good King

Posted on 11/30/2014 by Jack Gill

November 30, 2014

Jack Gill

Psalm 72

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