Pastor’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to church! I hope you’ll join me back here this evening for Trunk or Treat. Why?

  1. You’ll make new friends. Last year we hosted around 4,000 people. Let me encourage you to meet five new people, remember their names, and connect with them on Facebook before you leave the parking lot.
  2. You’ll be a billboard for the love of Jesus. Cultural rhythms like holidays give us the opportunity to connect with people where they live. Serving hot chocolate, popcorn, and marshmallows are small ways to show we care.
  3. You’ll be part of an effort to share the Gospel. We’ve published our own Gospel tracts to pass out tonight. These simple notes give an explanation of Jesus’ good news.
  4. You’ll be part of something older than you. Did you know that Halloween (All Hallows Eve) was first a Christian idea? Halloween can be for us—like it was for Christians of yesteryear—an opportunity to share Christ. God isn’t calling us to curse the darkness, but to light a candle.
  5. You’ll have fun. Thankfully, God invented fun, and He encourages us to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Unreligious people were deeply attracted to Jesus’ enjoyable company.

So… Plan to attend! Bring candy! If you want to distribute candy from your car (decorated or undecorated), arrive beginning at 2:30 pm. See Jane at the Connect Table if you’d like to volunteer.

With you for the gospel and for the city,

Matt Friend • Senior Pastor


Trunk or Treat

Thanks for your willingness to go “all-in” to show the love of Christ! If you are participating, here are some last-minute reminders:

Decorating a Car

  • Parking begins at 2:30 pm. Have your vehicle parked, decorated (optional), and manned by 3:45 pm.
  • Groups must meet and enter together in order to park together. We cannot “save spaces.”

Serving in the Event

  • Arrive by 2:45 pm.
  • Park on Peyton Rd. (the gravel road on the hill).
  • Check in at the table under the canopy and pick up your ID lanyard.

In case of rain, ponchos will be provided.

For questions, see Jane at the Connect Table or contact her at (304) 549-9042 or

Union Mission Thanksgiving Food Collection

To help those who are in need, Bible Center will be collecting non-perishable food for the annual Gospel Service & Thanksgiving Food Distribution. Because Union Mission has changed their food distributions, Thanksgiving will be the only opportunity to donate and serve this year.

How You Can Help:

  • Drop off donated items here or at Bible Center School now through Sunday, November 11.
  • Food distribution on Saturday, November 17. If you’d like to help at this event, register today.


Belong: Membership Weekend

Nov. 2 (6:30-8:30 PM) & Nov. 3 (8:30 AM-1 PM) • Free • Want to know more about us, become a member, or meet the Ministry Staff? Then join us! Registration is required. Food and childcare will be provided. Questions? Contact Jane Jackson-Fowler.

Men’s Breakfast

Saturday, Nov. 3 • 8 AM • Ryan’s • All men are invited! Dutch treat.

Rockin’ the Sock Hop

Friday, Nov. 7 • 7-9 PM • Girlfriends, pull out your poodle skirts and saddle shoes! Join us for a fun evening of activities from the ‘50s. No charge; register by Wednesday, Nov. 7.


Children’s Choir Practice (K-5th grade)

Rehearsals for the Christmas season will take place between the Sunday services (10:20-10:50 AM) in Room 1124 (South AWANA Room), now to mid-Dec. Contact Mary Ann Nelson.

Child Dedication is Nov. 4th

Child dedications highlight parents’ commitments to raise their children to know and love the Lord. Register today or contact Jess Backus.


Fall Back! Daylight Saving Time Ends

Be sure to adjust your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Financial Health Seminar: Retirement Planning

Monday, Nov. 5 • 6:30 PM • Rm. 3105/06 • Free • Topics for our next seminar will cover retirement issues, such as ROTH versus other IRAs, Social Security/Medicare, RMDs, and more! Church-sponsored and conducted by BCC-attender Gary Swingle, CPA, PFS. Registration is preferred, but not required. All adults are invited!

BCS Veterans Day Program

Monday, Nov. 12 • Reception: 10 AM, Program: 10:30 AM • Church Campus • Join the students and staff of Bible Center School as we honor our veterans who served our country and fought for our freedom. The Guest Speaker will be Chief Master Sergeant Robert D. “Dan” Chandler, USAF (retired), who served in the Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, and the War in Bosnia.


Union Mission Crossroads Dinner

Thursday, Nov. 1 • Sign up online to volunteer, bring supplies, or make a monetary donation. Volunteers must register and should arrive at 4 PM. Questions? Contact Sheri.