Pastor’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to church!

Today, we continue our 5-week Good News series, learning about the gospel of Jesus Christ. The entire gospel story spans the Bible—cover to cover—just as it spans history from the beginning to eternity. We summarize this true story with 10 words: God Creates (last Sunday), Sin Breaks (today), Jesus Saves (next Sunday), Jesus Transforms (January 27), and God Restores (February 3).

Have you ever started watching a movie halfway through and found it difficult to discern what happened at the beginning? If you missed last Sunday’s message on “God Creates,” let me catch you up. Jesus reminds us that the Creation story is essential to the Gospel story. God is bigger than time, space, and matter; yet He invented time, space, and matter. We’ll never comprehend God’s glory; but we can taste and see that He is good. God is distinct from His creation; but He chooses to interact with His creation. Jesus created the light of the stars; likewise, Jesus gives us the light of salvation. You can watch or listen to the entire message (and download the study notes) from our app or website.

Today, we pick up the story with what went wrong. Why do we feel so broken? If today’s service seems more somber than usual, please know that’s on purpose. Let’s remember that “Sin Breaks.” Be sure to come back next Sunday as we celebrate, “Jesus Saves!”

With you for the gospel and for the city…

Matt Friend • Senior Pastor



Baptism Class
Sunday, Jan. 20 • 6 PM • For anyone interested in being baptized, the next baptism class will be Sunday, Jan. 20, at 6 PM in Room 3101/02. Please register for the class and bring a photo (paper or digital) or be prepared to have one taken. The next baptism service is Feb. 3.

Belong: Membership Weekend
Feb. 8 (6:30-8:30 PM) & Feb. 9 (8:30 AM-1 PM) • Free • Want to become a member, know more about BCC, or meet the Ministry Staff? Then join us for Membership Weekend! Because food and childcare will be provided, registration is preferred. Questions? Contact Jane.


Fitness with Friends (Ladies)
Mondays & Thursdays • Jan. 28-Mar. 7 • 6-7 PM • $30 • This session, primarily yoga, will be held at Bible Center School in the RIM. Led by Poozie Null. Questions? Contact Paula Toney. Registration required.

Community Groups Begin
Community Groups will be starting within the next few weeks. If you’re not in a group, this would be a great time to join! Group leaders will be available at the Group Wall today to answer any questions and to help you find a group that fits.

Dude Night
Friday, Jan. 25 • 6:30 PM • Guys of all ages are invited to a night of food, fun, and challenging talks on leadership and making your life count. Bring friends, co-workers, and neighbors for a great night! Cost is $5 at the door. To make sure there’s enough food, registration is preferred. Questions? Contact Pastor Mike GrahamVideo Speakers: Craig Groeschel  and Erwin McManus


Crossroads Shelter Dinner
Thursday, Jan. 24 • 4 PM • Share Jesus by serving food, offering a smile, and giving a kind word. To donate money or supplies, contact Sheri Skidmore.

Foster Care Informational Meeting & Luncheon
Have you ever considered foster parenting? NECCO foster agency will host an informational luncheon on Jan. 27 after the 11 AM service. Attending is not committing; come and explore the possibility! To register, email Michelle Thompson.


Insomnia (Grades 6-12)
Friday, Jan. 25 (8 PM) – Saturday, Jan. 26 (6 AM)• Get ready for Insomnia! The cost of $50 will include Sky Zone, bowling, Escape Room (High School) and inflatables (Middle School), Chick-Fil-A dinner, and a t-shirt. Sign up today!

Beach Camp (Current 6th-12th Graders)
June 17-21 • Students are invited to Beach Camp for worship and Bible study in the sand and surf! Experience a combination of God’s beautiful creation and an unforgettable time in Christian community during this life-changing week. A $60 deposit is due by Sunday, Jan. 27. The total cost is $399. Register online.


If you have questions, contact Principal Stephanie Schafer or (304)-941-1704.

BCS Middle School Open House & Info Meeting
Monday, Jan. 14 • 6 PM • RAM Center • For all parents and middle school students interested in enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year. This meeting will benefit current 5th Grade students at BCS and students new to Bible Center School.

BCS Kindergarten Info Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 17 • 6 PM • The RIM • Parents of children enrolling in Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year are invited.