Pastor’s Letter

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to Bible Center!

Thank you for spending your Sunday morning with us.

Perhaps you’ve noticed a few new decorations in our Worship Center? We’re thrilled to launch our 2017 Vacation Bible School (VBS) this evening!

This year’s theme is Galactic Starveyors. As our children (ages 4 through 5th grade) “focus their telescopes on the Creator’s marvels painted in the sky, they will discover the wonder among all wonders—that the God who created everything—the visible and the invisible—wants a personal relationship with them!” Invite your kids into the clubhouse and let us show them the God who is over-the-moon in love with them.

Pastor Richard and Michelle Thompson wanted me to share that you can still register on our app, website, or downstairs at the north children’s check-in station. You may also ask any person with a name tag and they’ll be happy to point you in the right direction. Even if you don’t pre-register, you’re welcome to join us at 6 PM.

I plan to be here most evenings this week as well. Want to join me and the team to serve? You can also register on the app or online to help with registration, crafts, as classroom helpers and more. We could use about 10 more team members.

Why are we doing VBS this year? We believe it’s a great way to help more children become followers of Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him. Invite a neighbor family to join you, your children and/or your grandchildren for this special week.

friendFor the City,
Matt Friend • Senior Pastor

Next Sunday’s Message:
Is the Bible Enough to Get Me Through Life?


Service Time Change

Beginning Sunday, August 6th, the 10:45 AM service start time is changing to 10:30 AM. The 9 AM service will remain the same.

Our pastors and staff have shortened the gap between worship services to encourage participation in Adult Bible Fellowships, serving and student ministry. Changing the second  service’s start time encourages people to stay and enjoy the activities and opportunities available throughout the morning. And because the duration of our worship services will be shortened a bit as well, everyone will still have 25 minutes between services. If you currently serve, please note that second service volunteers should arrive at their locations 15 minutes earlier. For more information, go to

Got Questions?

If you’re new or have any questions, stop by the Info Desk anytime! Our volunteers would be happy to assist you.

July-September Special Missions Project

The Special Missions Offering will go toward offsetting expenses for the Thailand GO Team, which leaves February 2018. Perhaps the most challenging missions trip yet, the Thailand GO Team will be going into W.A.R. International’s safe houses to encourage and invest in the lives of men, women, and children who have been rescued from human trafficking. Please mark your checks: Special Missions Project.

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

Tuesday, July 11 • 7:30 AM • Shoney’s • Dutch treat • Because the first Tuesday of July is a holiday, the breakfast has been rescheduled for the 11th. All men are invited!


The next baptism service will be Sunday, July 16. Contact Pastor Richard or any other pastor if you are interested in being baptized or have questions about what baptism is.

Save the Date: All-Church BBQ Picnic

Wednesday, August 2 • 6 PM • It’s time for a picnic! Everyone in the church is invited for a delicious BBQ, potluck, live music from Bible Center Band, and lots of games! Parents may want to bring a change of clothes for kids who plan to play in The Splash Zone!

Picnic Volunteers

Wednesday, August 2 • Arrive around 5:15 PM • Several stations will be placed around the campus for fun & games during the picnic, and we need your help! Students and adults are needed to assist at the food drop-off station. Volunteers are also needed to help with parking and water games. For questions or to volunteer, contact Jane Jackson.

The Bible Center App

Use the Bible Center app to look up or register for an event, submit a prayer request, or let us know you visited. Download it from your usual app store or go to

Follow Along While the Word Is Being Read

If you’d like a Bible to follow along during readings, they are at the back of the Worship Center on either side.