Pastor’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to church! I hope you’ll grab a cup of coffee and make yourself at home. You’re among friends.

Today is sermon #5 in our 6-week Relationship Goals series. We’ve been walking verse-by-verse through Solomon’s Song of Songs, and will pick back up in chapter 7 next Sunday. You can listen or watch the first four messages on our app or website.

It’s my privilege to host today’s guest speaker, Pastor Shawn Thornton. We’re also grateful to have his wife, Lesli, as our honored guest. They have three adult children: Jon, Katie and Megan.

Shawn accepted the call to become Bible Center’s 4th Senior Pastor in 1997. Together, for nearly 11 years, the church—and Shawn—grew! During his tenure, our current church building was built, and we relocated to these 87 acres.

Since 2008, Shawn has served as the Senior Pastor of Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, CA. In 2016, his memoir, “All But Normal: Life on Victory Road” was released by Tyndale Publishers. It’s a powerful story of growing up in a chaotic home with a mother affected by a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Shawn’s radio teaching ministry, All Things New, currently broadcasts throughout the country on XM Radio.

Please join me in welcoming my friend, my mentor, and the man who gave me my first job here at Bible Center 12 years ago… Pastor Shawn Thornton.

 

With you for the gospel and for the city,

Matt Friend • Senior Pastor
@PastorMattBCC

Announcements

Sunday, Mar. 31 • 6 PM • Worship Center

Make plans to join us as our Senior Pastor and Elder Board share their hearts and clarify our vision for the decades ahead. In addition to our other communications (bulletin, app, social media, website, All-in! email), these meetings help explain the Why? behind what we do. Regular attenders interested in membership are invited. We’ll also celebrate Pastor Caleb’s (belated) 10-year staff anniversary with cake and ice cream!

God’s Creation Core Class (1 Night Intensive)

1 DAY ONLY: Friday, Apr. 12 • 6:30 PM • Worship Center 

God spoke it all into being, and He sustains every molecule and every galaxy! How can everything be so beautiful and broken at the same time? Join us as Pastor Mike tells us what the Bible says about angels, demons, the world, and man (dignity & depravity). God’s Creation Study Guide $5. Registration preferred.

CHURCH LIFE 

God’s Creation Core Class (3rd in the Bible Doctrine Series)
1 NIGHT ONLY: Friday, Apr. 12 • 6:30 PM • Worship Center
God spoke it all into being, and He sustains every molecule and every galaxy! How can everything be so beautiful and broken at the same time? Join us as Pastor Mike tells us what the Bible says about angels, demons, the world, and man (dignity & depravity). God’s Creation Study Guide $5. Registration Preferred.

Israel Trip 2020: Info Meeting TONIGHT
Pastor Matt & Sarah would love for you to join them in Israel for 10 days in February of 2020! Plan to attend the info meeting with Matt and Shawn on Sunday, Mar. 24, at 5 PM in rm. 3105/06.

Community Easter Egg Hunt
Think Trunk or Treat, only in the Spring! We need your help to welcome our community for our Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, Apr. 20 from 11 AM-1:30 PM. Held in partnership with Chick-fil-A and V100. Sign up on the website or app to help. Individually wrapped candy can be dropped off in the Gathering Space. For questions, contact Jane.


CHILDREN AND STUDENTS

Beach Camp (Current 6th-12th Graders)
June 17-21 •
Experience God’s sun and surf during this life-changing week. A $60 deposit is due today. Register online.

AWANA: Carnival Night (Grades K-5)
Wednesday, Mar. 27 • 6:30 PM
Step right up! Join us for food, games, and fun–invite your friends, too!

Egg Hunt Stuffing Party (Middle & High School)
Saturday, April 13 • 9-11 AM • Gathering Space
Need some community service hours??? Help stuff eggs for our Easter Egg Hunt! Just show up.


BIBLE CENTER SCHOOL

BCS Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
Saturday, Mar. 30 • 8-10 AM • Applebees (Southridge)
Come support Bible Center School’s Technology Vision 2020 by enjoying a pancake breakfast and a drink for $5. Tickets on sale in the School Office.


BELONG

Girlfriends Get 2Gether: Barn Yard BBQ (Women)
Saturday, Apr. 6 • 11 AM • Worship Center
We’re bringing the barn indoors for a fun lunch with a farmhouse chic theme. Invite a friend or neighbor to join us. Let’s reach every neighborhood in our city! You can wear boots, blue jeans and pearls, or even your favorite cowgirl hat. Enjoy corn hole, giant Jenga, and even a line dancing lesson if you’re game. Purchase your tickets by Mar. 31 online, on the BCC app, or in the Lobby. $15, full lunch included.

New Divorce Group Coming Soon
Monday, April 1 • 6 PM • 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month • At the home of Jeff McLaughlin (33 Coventry Woods, So. Chas., 25309, (681) 205-3906)
For those who have gone through divorce and find themselves asking, “Where do I go from here?” This group is not for those considering or currently in the midst of divorce, but for those needing support and encouragement after a marriage has dissolved. For questions, call/text Dan Miller (304) 549-9982 or Bob Jones (304) 741-4380.

Men’s Breakfast
Saturday, Apr. 6 • 8 AM • Ryan’s Buffet (Southridge) • All men invited!
Speaker: Bob Jones, BCC Deacon. Dutch treat.

GEMS Luncheon: Lunch & Lemonade (Widows)
Saturday, Apr. 27 • 12:30 PM
Special entertainment by SH-BOOM. RSVP by Apr. 10. Contact Judy for questions.