Pastor’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to church!

“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” -William Shakespeare

We designed today’s service with cheer and hospitality in mind. From the singing, to the teaching, to the partaking of communion, to the celebrating of baptisms… We want every part of the morning to feel like a family feast.

First, today concludes our 11-part series walking through the book of 1 Timothy. The parting words in this short book challenge us with gratitude, thanksgiving, and generosity.

Furthermore, we’ll celebrate baptisms and communion. Jesus gave us both traditions to remind us of His perfect life, dreadful death, and glorious resurrection. For millennia, baptism and communion have stirred God’s people to grateful worship.

Finally, I’ll conclude today’s message with an opportunity for you to record blessings for which you’re thankful. On the cards provided, please write down anything that comes to your mind, and drop it in the offering basket as it’s passed at the end of the service. This week we’ll combine all the cards into one huge display for us all to enjoy next Sunday.

“Put your hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Do good, be rich in good deeds, and be generous. In this way you will lay up treasure for yourself as a firm foundation for the coming age.” -1 Timothy 6:17-19 adapted

Happy Thanksgiving!

Matt Friend • Senior Pastor
@PastorMattBCC

Announcements

"Bless Your Neighbor" November

Use the handout, Bless Your Neighbor November, to encourage and honor people you see throughout your day.

CHILDREN

Christmas in Early Childhood (EC)
EC will be decorating for Christmas, and if you have a tree you will not use, would you consider loaning or donating it to us? Contact Jess Backus (304-941-2836).

 

CHURCH LIFE

‘Tis the Season to Remember
Today is the last day
 to order memorial poinsettias. If you’d like to honor a loved one this Christmas, forms are at the Info Desk. For complete details, refer to the order form or go to the app or BibleCenterChurch.com/register.

Financial Health Seminar: Lawyers & Wills & Estates… Oh My!
Monday, Dec. 5 • 6:30 PM • Rm. 3105/06 • Free • Estate planning, wills, fiduciary powers, trusts, and more. Estate Attorney(s) from Kay Casto & Chaney law firm will also be there to answer legal questions. Registration preferred, but not required. All adults are invited!

 

SERVE

Charleston Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 1 • 10 AM • BCC will be participating in the Charleston Christmas Parade by building a float and entering it into the contest! We will also hand out hot cocoa along the route. To participate, register or contact Jane Jackson-Fowler.  Sign up for building/decorating the float, making hot cocoa, transporting the cocoa in your truck, handing out the cocoa, and being a parade chaperone (adults only).

City Ministries
Register today or email Michelle Thompson to get more info on any of these serving opportunities: 

  • Frank Veltri Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner • 10:30 AM • Deliver hot meals to the elderly in town who may not have Thanksgiving dinner otherwise. Individuals, groups, and families are welcomed (incl. young children).
  • Deliver furniture to foster families and the newly re-housed (homeless) population – we are seeking drivers who own trucks.
  • Feed the hungry at Union Mission Crossroads Dinner. Servers and food donations needed. Volunteers, please be there by 4 PM on Nov. 29.
  • Help at a Warming Station for the homeless on nights when it drops below 0° F.  We need people to cook large pots of homemade soup or work check-in, and medical professionals to assess individuals for frostbite.
  • Help with ongoing flood recovery in Clendenin. We are forming work teams now!

BELONG

Girlfriends Get 2Gether: A Christmas Crafternoon Event
Saturday, Dec. 1 • 2 PM • Rm. 1120/1121 • Create a wooden holiday calendar. Supplies included in the $5 cost. Today is the last day to register.

Men’s Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon
Wednesday, Nov. 21 • 11:45 AM-1 PM • Bible Center Gathering Space • $15 • All men welcome! • Registration preferred, but not required.

Men’s Breakfast
Saturday, Dec. 1 • 8 AM • Ryan’s • All men are invited! Speaker: Steve Neill, Bible Center Pastor of Children’s Ministries. Dutch treat.

OWLS Breakfast & Baskets (55+)
Saturday, Dec. 8 • 9 AM • Gathering Space • We will have a delicious breakfast and assemble Christmas baskets to deliver to shut-ins and to those with special needs in our church family. RSVP by Nov. 30. Questions? Contact Judy Mercer.