Ridge Notes for April 16, 2015

Posted on 04/16/2015 by Blue Ridge

REMINDERS1) Meals for Rogans: We have extended the meals schedule for the Rogans until May 3. Click here to see the schedule and sign up. 
2) Covenant Membership Class – Our four-week class for those who want to become members or for those seeking more information about BRBC will meet on April 26, May 3, May 10 & May 17 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 104. Sign up this week at debbie@brbible.org.

Refuge for Young Adults
This group is perfect for those after-high-schoolers, in college or beginning their early careers. There’s discussion on a wide spectrum of issues, fellowship and worship. It’s next meeting is Friday, April 24, from 7:00-9:00 pm. For more information and to get on their email list for future announcements, contact Adam or Megan Rafalski (megan.rafalski@gmail.com or 540-892-0898).

Baskets of Blessings
As an outreach opportunity, we ask everyone to think of a special mom you know (other than your own)…a friend, neighbor, grocery store clerk, co-worker. Start praying for her now, or ask the Lord to show you a mom who could really use a good blessing. On April 26 we will ask you for that name. A gift basket will be prepared for these special moms and you will deliver it to her on Mother’s Day weekend. Start praying now, and stay tuned for more details.

Honoring Our High School Graduates
In the June 7 worship services, we will honor the high school graduates from our congregation. If you are one or have one in your family, please provide the graduate’s name on a comment card in the chair pocket or to debbie@brbible.org, no later than May 31.

Nehemiah 10 continues with indicators of repentance with Israel committing to God to be separate from the world. What does that look like to us? To download the message click here 

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget through online giving only on 4/12/15 – $16,178.68

THIS WEEK
April 24, 7:00pm – Refuge (young adult group)
April 26 – Provide names to receive baskets of blessings

NEXT MONTH
May 3 – Pick up the basket of blessings reserved for the mom you are honoring
May 5 – Congregational prayer with the elders
May 7 – National Day of Prayer
May 8-10 – Deliver baskets to moms
May 10 – Mother’s Day
May 17, 12:30pm – Newcomers Lunch

LOOKING AHEAD
June 7 – Summer Sunday School begins
June 7 – Honoring our high school graduates
June 7 – Ladies Birthday Bash (stay tuned for details)
June 9 (am) or 10 (pm) – Summer Women’s Bible Study begins (thru August 16)
June 21 – Father’s Day
July – Backyard Bible Clubs
August 2-7 – Joni & Friends Camp (contact David Watson, ccbanddwatson@gmail.com)

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Revival: What It Looks Like

Posted on 04/12/2015 by Jack Gill

Jack Gill

April 12, 2015

Nehemiah 10

 

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Youth News – April 9, 2015 – Love They Neighbor Through Prayer

Posted on 04/09/2015 by Blue Ridge

Does how we interact with people on the truth of the gospel matter? According to the verse we studied in Colossians last night it does (see more below). And here is the video I showed last night that shows how love and respect can impact even the most hardened and militant atheist. Here is magician/comedian Penn Jillette sharing about an encounter with a Christian. Keep in mind that he is normally very antagonistic toward Christianity and the Bible:

Teaching Review
Last night I taught again on my Evangelism series, Love Thy Neighbor. The main topic last night was praying for the lost. We looked closely at Colossians 4:2-6 which shows Paul’s heart for the lost and how we can pray. It says that we should pray for opportunities and for clarity when we speak. The activity we did last night was to get everyone to partner up with someone else and to start praying together for someone. My hope is that the students can hold one another accountable and support one another in prayer, following the example of scripture.

Like I said last night, if your prayer is that God will open a door to share the gospel he will do it! This is a prayer I’ve seen him answer over and over. I’ll be praying too for everyone and I am excited to see how God works!

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

Work Day!
Can you help out this Saturday? We’ve got a number of spring stuff to do around the church grounds from spreading mulch to clean-up. We always have a good time just hanging out together and helping to make the church property look great. It will go from 8:30am to 2pm. Come for all or come for part!

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 11 – Spring Work Day at the church (8:30 am – 3:30 pm)
May 6 – First Wednesday
June TBD – Senior Sendoff
Aug 2-7 – Joni and Friends
Aug TBD – Kings Dominion

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Ridge Notes for April 9, 2015

Posted on by Blue Ridge

REMINDERS
1) Our Spring Work Day is this Saturday, April 11. If you have an hour or two, please come by and help spread mulch or do other tasks inside the building. We will be here from 8:30 to 3:00 p.m.
2) Ladies, Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. there’s a baby shower for Amanda Riese and baby girl Riese who is due in May. RSVP to Megan Rafalski, megan.rafalski@gmail.com if you can come.

Online Giving
As you are finishing up your tax preparation, are you wishing you had been more consistent with your offerings? Schedule your giving on The City, and make 2015 a more generous, obedient and consistent year. Aren’t on The City yet? Contact Rich Shipe (rich@brbible.org).

Tree of Life
Tree of Life is a local ministry that we support financially and with volunteers. We have a bucket in the upper level foyer where you can drop off non-perishable food, as well as personal hygiene items like toothbrush/paste, floss, bandaids, neosporin, sanitizers, soap, washcloths, body lotions, diapers baby wash and shampoo. For more information on how you can help or to refer others, go to TOLministries.org.

Welcome Team
Did you receive a warm greeting and a bulletin this morning from one of our faithful Welcome Team members? Wanna return the favor and be on the friendliest Team around? We are in need of new smiles to join the Team and be on our rotation schedule. More info at debbie@brbible.org.

We celebrated Resurrection Sunday together and were reminded of the amazing gift of salvation provided by our Savior Jesus Christ. To download the message click here

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget through online giving only on 4/5/15 – $18,743.55

NEXT MONTH
May 5 – Congregational prayer with the elders
May 10 – Mother’s Day
May 17 – Baptism
May 17, 12:30pm – Newcomers Lunch

LOOKING AHEAD
June 7 – Special fun event for our women (stay tuned)
June 21 – Father’s Day
August 2-7 – Joni & Friends Camp (contact David Watson, ccbanddwatson@gmail.com)

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Easter Sunday- The Resurrection

Posted on 04/05/2015 by Media Admin

Jack Gill

April 5, 2015

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Ridge Notes for April 2, 2015

Posted on 04/02/2015 by Blue Ridge

We praise our Gracious and Almighty God who sent His Son Jesus Christ to live, die and rise up from the grave to give us forgiveness of our sins and the gift of eternal life with Him. He is risen indeed!!!

Please come to our Good Friday Service, April 3, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. This is open to the entire family to come together for a meaningful worship time looking at Christ’s work on our behalf.

Easter Sunday follows our normal schedule — 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services, with children’s classes at both services, and adult class at 9:30 only.

Congregational Prayer with the Elders
Our elders meet regularly to pray for our congregation, and on the first Tuesday of each month, they invite the congregation to join them in their prayer meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at the church. This is open to anyone and you can stay for the whole time or leave when you need to.

Refuge for Young Adults
This group is perfect for those after-high-schoolers, in college or beginning their early careers. There’s discussion on a wide spectrum of issues, fellowship and worship. It’s start-up meeting is Friday, April 10, from 7:00-9:00 pm. For more information and to get on their email list, contact Adam or Megan Rafalski (megan.rafalski@gmail.com or (540-892-0898).

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 your schedule allows. Any and all help is greatly appreciated! Lunch will be provided. For info contact Steven Jessberger (thejessbergers@verizon.net).

Baby Shower
Ladies, come together to honor Amanda Riese as she awaits the birth of her baby girl in May. Megan Rafalski is hosting a baby shower on April 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Please RSVP on The City or to megan.rafalski@gmail.com.

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget through online giving only on 3/29/15 – $9,687.07

THIS WEEK
April 5 – Easter Sunday
April 7, 6:30am – Congregational prayer with the elders
April 10, 7:00-9:00pm – Refuge LIFE Group

THIS MONTH
April 11, 8:30-3:30pm – Spring Church Work Day
April 11, 2:00-4:00pm – Baby Shower for Amanda Riese

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

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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?

Posted on by Blue Ridge

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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