Pastor’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Over the last month, we’ve seen that hope as a name: “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father…” (Isaiah 9:6). Today the series culminates around the Prince of Peace.

Peace is often demonstrated through the sharing of a meal. If you’re at odds with a friend or family member, it’s helpful to seek peace while enjoying delicious food. Peace treaties have historically involved extravagant dinners. That’s what King David meant when he recognized that God prepares “a table before me in the presence of my enemies” (Psalm 23:5).

Jesus used this tactic with His disciples, the night before He was crucified: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” (John 14:27). He then said, “This bread is My body broken for you. Do this in remembrance of Me. This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19-20).

Nearly 2,000 years later, Jesus still invites us to His communion table of peace. Today’s communion service illustrates that glorious reality. (If you’re new to Bible Center, don’t worry. I’ll explain everything near the end of the service.)

Remember… hope has a name, and His name is Jesus.

Merry Christmas!

Matt Friend • Senior Pastor
@PastorMattBCC

Announcements

Could your new year use some good news? Do you find January and February to be uniquely depressing?

Be inspired by the most thrilling news found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Even though we feel sin’s effects every day, God has made a way to save, transform, and restore our hearts, our church, and our world. Join us for this 5-week series to learn 10 words that will change your life, mature your faith, renovate your relationships, alter your world view, and secure your destiny.

GOD CREATES / January 6

SIN BREAKS / January 13

JESUS SAVES / January 20

JESUS TRANSFORMS / January 27

GOD RESTORES / February 3 (Baptism Sunday)

Your generosity is making an impact for the gospel and for the city! Will you consider giving a special gift to the Lord through your church as part of your year-end giving?

Through the years, the Bible Center family has creatively given in various ways during the holidays (e.g. missionary projects, special needs classroom). This year we are designating all December giving as the “Christmas Offering.”

What you give in this year’s Christmas offering will impact boys, girls, men, and women for decades to come… and into eternity! Now is the time… [More…]

CHURCH LIFE

Offices Closed
Please note that church offices will be closed Dec. 25-Jan 1.

Wedding Reception
The church family is invited to a drop-in reception for Aaron and Katelyn Stricker on Sunday, Jan. 6 from 4:30-6:30 PM. Stop by the Gathering Space and congratulate the new couple!

New Core Class: Praying with Purpose and Perspective
Friday, Jan. 11 • 6:30-9 PM • Worship Center • Have you ever asked these questions: Does God hear me when I pray? Why should I pray? Does God really want to spend time with me? Is everyone as distracted as I am when they pray? Why isn’t God answering my prayers? Prayer changes everything: us, our church, and our city! Learn how to view prayer in light of your relationship with God, what hinders prayer, and how God answers prayer. Register by Monday, Jan. 7 to ensure adequate materials are available and to enroll for child care (up to 4 years old).

 

CHILDREN 

Dodgeball Tournament (​3rd-5th)
Saturdays • Jan. 12-Feb. 2 • RAM Center, Bible Center School • Gather your friends, name your team, and sign up! Each team needs 4-6 players, but each person must register separately by Dec. 29. Cost: $5 for a pizza party!

BASE Camp Pajama Party (K-5th)
Sunday, Dec. 30 • 9 & 11 AM • Rm. 1102 • Your kids have played and celebrated Christmas, and we want to help you move their young bodies and minds back into BASE Camp. Getting your kids up and out of bed has just gotten simpler! Bring them in their Christmas PJs for games, a lesson, and food. Come take a break and worship as we help your child learn about Jesus while having fun.

Wednesday Night AWANA Clubs (2 years old-5th grade)
Resumes Jan. 2.

 

STUDENTS 

Middle School Ministry
Starting Jan. 6, Middle Schoolers will meet during both the 9 AM and 11 AM services each Sunday in the Middle School Room (#1105). These meetings will be identical, so choose the one that best fits your schedule.

Wednesday Night Student Ministries (6th-12th)
Resumes Jan. 2.

 

SERVE 

City Ministries
Many opportunities are available to make a difference in the lives of people throughout our city. Visit biblecenterchurch.com/city, or contact Michelle Thompson.