Pastor’s Letter

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Dear Friends,

Next year will be an electrifying year for our church and city! By God’s grace, we will continue growing. Our mission isn’t just to be maturing followers of Jesus, but to produce more maturing followers of Jesus. We want to be a church Charleston can’t live without.

Our leaders will be announcing several large events in 2018, and we hope to introduce our campus to over 50k people through television, social media campaigns, and radio. Let’s commit together to do whatever it takes to reach our families, friends, neighbors and coworkers with Jesus’ good news.

We have a big milestone coming up in March… Bible Center turns 75! We have an exciting guest line-up planned and many opportunities to get involved in the biggest celebration in our history.

Later in the spring, we’re launching an effort to make sure we’re a church Charleston can’t live without for the next 75 years. I’ll share more details next Sunday, but we are committed to freeing ourselves for what’s next.

If you’ve noticed the large circles in the lobby—worship, belong, and serve—you’ll know this is nothing new. So I challenge you to come on Sundays, get involved in a small group, and volunteer with a service team. There’s no way you can do everything, but you can do something.

Join me in 2018 to grow together, celebrate together, and go all in together. 2018 will truly be a year to remember!

friendFor the City,
Matt Friend • Senior Pastor

Next Sunday’s Message:
Jesus’ Vision for Charleston
Luke 4: 14-30


Christmas Card Offering

As we minister more intentionally to families of children with special needs, we will outfit a designated classroom with equipment and safety items. There are a number of ways you can give to this ministry:

  1. Through the Bible Center app;
  2. On;
  3. By placing your gift in the offering basket during services; or by
  4. Mailing a Christmas card with your donation.

Be sure to specify “Christmas Card Offering” on your gift. Funds given beyond what’s needed will be used to build an accessible playground on the South lawn.

Offices Will Be Closed Tomorrow

Please note that church offices will be closed Jan. 1.

Pastoral Q & A

Each Sunday in January • Noon-1 PM • Pastors Matt and John will be hosting a Q & A to launch the new year with strength. Come hear their hearts for 2018 vision, and bring your questions.

Men’s Breakfast at Shoney’s

Tuesday, Jan. 2 • 7:30 AM • Shoney’s • Dutch treat • Guest speaker: Pastor Matt Friend. All men are invited!

New Support Group

First Thursday of each month, beginning January 4 • 6-8 PM • Are you raising your grandchildren? Foster children? Or adopted children? We understand, and we care. Bible Center is forming this group because we realize that the only way we can parent these precious souls well is with the help of our Savior and the support of His family! RSVP online or email Michelle Thompson.

Volunteer Opportunity

First Thursday of each month, beginning January 4 • 6-8 PM • We are looking for individuals who would like to hang out with foster and adopted kids (birth-12 years old), and help with activities while their parents attend a support group here at Bible Center.  Sign up or email Michelle Thompson if interested.

End-of-Year Giving

The generous offerings from the people of Bible Center enable us to be a church Charleston can’t live without! To be included in the 2017 tax year, gifts must be received no later than today.


  • Dude Night: Friday evening on Jan. 12 • All men are invited. Details to come.
  • Group Leadership Summit: Saturday, Jan. 20 • 9 AM – 1 PM. All leaders and future leaders are encouraged to attend! Led by Pastor Mike. Register online.
  • Girlfriends Get 2gether: Keep Calm & Color On: Friday, Feb. 2 • 7 PM • Relax, unwind, and color! Details to come. R

Sparks Glow Night (K-2nd Grades)

Friday, January 12 • 6-7:30 PM • 1st Fl. • Let your light shine! (Matt 5:16a) Join us for a fun evening of glow-in-the dark games and activities. Wear a white or neon shirt! Register online.

Snow Tubing (3rd-5th Grades)

Friday, January 12 • Join us for tubing fun at Winterplace! The $40/child cost includes tubing and a meal. Buses will depart Bible Center School at 3:30 PM and return around 11:30 PM. For questions, contact Pam Howie. Register by Wednesday, Jan. 10.

45+ Singles Dessert Social

Saturday, Jan. 13 • 6:30-8:30 PM • Rm. 3101

Beach Camp (6th-12th Grades)

June 18-22 • Myrtle Beach, SC • We are partnering with Student Life Beach Camp for four days of worship and Bible study in the sand and surf! Experience a combination of God’s beautiful creation and an unforgettable time in Christian community. Anyone interested should attend our parent meeting on Sunday, Jan. 14, at 4 PM in the Worship Center. Register online.

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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