Update (3/26/2020):

Pastor Jack … Unplugged 

Weekly encouragement from Pastor Jack, watch HERE.

21 Yet I still dare to hope
    when I remember this:
22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
    therefore, I will hope in him!”
25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him,
    to those who search for him.
26 So it is good to wait quietly
    for salvation from the Lord.

Lamentations 3 NLT

Past updates HERE

Cancellations for the week of March 29: 

    • No services Sunday/March 29 – pre-recorded service available HERE.
    • No Awana on on Sunday/March 29
    • No Life Groups during the week of March 29 – but stay in touch!
    • Ladies Bible study meets via Zoom on Tuesday/March 31
    • No Youth Group on Wednesday/April 1 – see Pastor David’s videos
    • No men’s breakfast on Saturday/April 4

Suggestions for ways to care

Consider thoughtful, loving, and safe ways to care for those around you. Work with your Life group or other small group to share ideas! 

  • Check in on at-risk neighbors, particularly those who are elderly. Offer to share or get groceries as possible. Offer to pray.
  • Tree of Life Ministries has been approved as Essential/Emergency Services to our community — help provide care through TOL by volunteering, giving financially, or donating food to the pantry. (See all details by clicking flyer.)

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  • Support at-risk children/foster families in Western Loudoun in prayer and in tangible ways HERE.
  • Pray intentionally for health care workers, first responders, and others serving our communities. Consider mailing them a note of encouragement! (Suggestions: your local family practice, Purcellville Fire & Rescue, Purcellville Police Department.) READ this article for inspiration.

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UPDATE (3/19/2020):

God has placed us all on quite the adventure this past week! All of a sudden, the things that we’ve been learning from the book of Isaiah are taking on a very practical aspect of how to live by faith when things around you aren’t normal.  Let’s remember that “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.” (Isa 26:3)

I’d like to explain how we’re going to approach these next few weeks and then give a pastoral exhortation. 

1)  We are not canceling things that are more than two weeks out …

2) Thursdays we will continue to release Ridge Notes, and I’m going to drop a weekly note and/or video to the congregation there …

3) The primary focus of our LIFE groups has always been that it would be a place where people can be known—and that has not changed.  They will be connecting virtually for now, though their focus might have to be more oriented towards shepherding and prayer. Some might have to meet in digital sub-segments rather than a large group …

4) Our Sunday services will be pre-recorded and made available early Sunday mornings …

How do we move forward as a congregation? Philippians 4:6-7 give us great direction …

Read Pastor Jack’s full letter HERE and watch his video of encouragement HERE.

Cancellations for the week of March 22: 

    • No services Sunday/March 22 – check back for link to online service on our homepage
    • No Awana on on Sunday/March 22
    • No Life Groups during the week of March 22 – but stay in touch!
    • Ladies Bible study meets via Zoom on Tuesday/March 24
    • No Youth Group on Wednesday/March 25
    • No men’s breakfast on Saturday/March 28 
    • No Spring workday on Saturday/March 28

Suggestions for ways to care

Consider thoughtful, loving, and safe ways to care for those around you. Work with your Life group or other small group to share ideas! Check in on at-risk neighbors, particularly those who are elderly. Offer to share or get groceries as possible. Offer to pray.

Here is a list of what the Tree of Life food pantry could use right now to help them specifically through the next week.
Drop off at the Tree of Life Center (210 N. 21st., Street, Unit D Purcellville, VA 20132), Monday – Friday: 9AM-2PM.

  • kids snacks – especially those packaged individually
  • coffee
  • regular black tea
  • potatoes
  • onions
  • pancake mix
  • shelf safe regular milk
  • canned fruit
  • 5# white sugar
  • 5# flour

UPDATE (3/14/2020):

After further consideration and prayer, the elders and pastors have decided to cancel the public services for this Sunday, March 15.  All ministry events are also temporarily suspended for at least the next week.

While the public services will be canceled, we will have a worship service and message pre-recorded, to be available online at 11am.  You are all invited to participate at the same time in heart, mind, and in prayer together—even if we cannot see one another!

We will continue to monitor the circumstances over the next few days to determine how we will proceed in the future.

Our President has declared March 15 as a National Day of Prayer. Let’s do so for our nation’s leaders, that they might have the Lord’s direction in the decisions that they must make in the days ahead.  Let’s also lift up our local civic leaders.  (You might even write them a short  note or email as an encouragement, letting them know how you are praying for them.)

Finally, let’s pray that the Lord would be glorified in how we trust Him through this global challenge. As we continue to walk by faith, unified in caring for our neighbors as well as one another, may all see God exalted by us in the way in which we conduct ourselves in grace, love, and an unwavering confidence in our sovereign Lord!

The Elders and Pastoral Staff of Blue Ridge

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”     John 16:33

Current cancellations – for the week of March 15

  • No services Sunday/ March 15 – link for online service: https://brbible.org/covering/
  • No Awana on on Sunday/March 15
  • No Life Groups during the week of March 15
  • No ladies Bible study on Tuesday/March 17
  • No Youth Group on Wednesday/March 18
  • The second Community Care Team meeting will be postponed to a later date TBD and will not occur on March 18.
  • No men’s breakfast on Saturday/March 21

UPDATE (3/12/2020):

Blue Ridge family,

As a congregation, our heart’s desire is to honor God, respect our authorities, keep the congregation as safe as we can, and think about the needs of others in our community compassionately. Your pastors and elders are actively trusting God through diligence, prayer, and the abundance of counsel as we carefully and continuously monitor the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) along with other area churches.

After much discussion, we want to let you know our current action plan that affects our weekly schedule of activities, beginning this Sunday/March 15.

We will hold only one service on Sunday/March 15 at 11:00am. No childcare will be provided. Life Groups and Youth Group, as well as all other ministries, will continue on break and will not meet during the week of March 15. 

The sermon audio will be uploaded as usual to our sermon database available here following the service. We are currently working to provide the service via livestream in its entirety. Please check back on this webpage for a link if that is possible. 

In summary: 

  • Sunday/ March 15 – 1 service at 11am only – no childcare
  • No Awana on on Sunday/March 15
  • No Life Groups during the week of March 15
  • No ladies Bible study on Tuesday/March 17
  • No Youth Group on Wednesday/March 18
  • The second Community Care Team meeting will be postponed to a later date TBD and will not occur on March 18. 

Any further updates will be posted to this webpage and sent via Blue Ridge Connect as well. 

Finally, we ask that you all continue to endure in times of uncertainty and  trials. Join your elders in praying that our time of public worship, fellowship and service to others would not be impeded during this season. We seek wisdom and prudence in moving forward. We cannot and will not respond in fear! 

Finally, let’s take comfort in the words of our Lord:

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”     John 16:33