Pastor’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to church!

I’m so glad you’re here. We’ve been praying for today’s services all week.

For over 76 years, the Bible Center family has invested much to spread the gospel around our city and around our world. But why? Why is this so important? What’s the big deal? That’s the heart behind today’s message, Why Missions?, #6 of 12 in the Why? series.

While I’m out of town (on a retreat with a couple of our men’s Bible study groups), Pastor Mike Graham is the right man to deliver today’s message. Along with 20+ years of church leadership experience, he has served internationally with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) to train missionaries and develop strategies for reaching more people for Jesus. God has clearly given Mike the gift of teaching, so I’m confident that you’ll learn something and be encouraged.

Today’s message is a special milestone for our Global Outreach Committee, our Elders, and all our staff. They have worked diligently and collaboratively over the last 5-7 years on a biblical missions philosophy, strategy, and implementation plan. Join us for the member meeting on June 9th (6 PM) to receive your copy of our new missionary prayer guide.

One of my heroes, Dr. Alan Hirsch, said it best, “Every Christian is a sent one. There is no such thing as an unsent Christian.” May God continue to make it so at Bible Center!


With you for the gospel, the city, and the world…

Matt Friend • Senior Pastor


For a list of projects and sign-up information:
• Go to the website
• Visit the Group Wall
• Use the Bible Center app




Belong: Membership Weekend
May 17 (6:30-8:30 PM) & May 18 (8:30 AM-1 PM) • Free
Want to know more about BCC and what we believe, meet the Ministry Staff, or become a member? Then you’re invited! And at the conclusion, there will be no pressure to join. Because child care and Saturday’s meals are provided, registration is preferred. Contact Jane with questions.


Jesus the Messiah Core Class (4th in the Bible Doctrine Series)
Thursdays, April 25-May 16 • 6:15 AM, noon, or 6:15 PM • Register online or on the app • Study guide: $5
Everything in all of human history points to the Messiah. How has He changed the world, everything in it, and me?


Trauma Informed Training 
Thursday, May 9: Faith-based ($10) -or- Friday, May 10: CEU credits offered ($25)
Anyone is invited to a conference to learn how a traumatic childhood can affect an individual in adulthood. Ideal for law enforcement, social workers, attorneys, and medical staff. More info online.


White Water Rafting
Saturday, May 25 • 8 AM-6 PM • Alpine Adventures in Beckley, WV • $100, lunch included
Must  be 13 years old or older to participate. Sign up online or on the app. Space is limited.


Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Golf Scramble
Saturday, June 1 • Greenhills Country Club in Ravenswood, WV
Sign up to play or to be a sponsor by contacting our FCA Global Partner Tim Britton (304) 881-2561). Brochures are at the Info Desk.





Student Ministry Wednesday Schedule (Middle & High School)
April 24 
– No Student Ministry
May 1, 15 & 22 – Regular program
May 8 – Small Group Night Out
May 29 – Burger Bash


Graduation Sunday is May 19
Use the app or go online by Sunday, May 12 to submit names of those graduating high school and above. Make sure to have your degree type and degree abbreviation ready. We will honor our 2019 graduates at the 9 & 11 AM services.


Middle School Missions Trip
Leave at 8 AM, June 5 and return at 10 AM, June 8
Students will have the opportunity to work for 2 days on projects still needed from the 2016 flood in Clendenin, WV. On the final day, we will have fun at King’s Island! The cost of the trip is $175. Sign up on the app or online. Space is limited, so register soon!






Save the Date: Power Up! Vacation Bible School (3 years old-Grade 5)
July 14-18 • 6-8 PM
Kids, raise your game by realizing that God’s power has given us everything we need to lead a godly life (2 Peter 1:3a)! Register on the app today. Evening snacks provided.





Men’s Breakfast
Saturday, May 4 • 8 AM • Ryan’s in Southridge
All men are invited! Speaker: Lee Walker, BCC Pastor. Dutch treat.


OWLS Trip to Sight & Sound Theaters (Adults 55+)
June 12-14 • Lancaster, PA • $304
See the show, JESUS, tour the Hershey Factory, and shop. Cost includes 2 nights at Rockvale Comfort Inn (breakfast is included). Contact Judy Mercer with questions or to register. May 5: $169 deposit due, May 26: final $135 payment due.





Union Mission Crossroads Dinner
Thursday, April 25 & May 2
Sign up online to volunteer, bring supplies, or make a monetary donation. Volunteers must register and arrive at 4 PM. Questions? Contact Sheri.


Vacation Bible School Volunteer Opportunity
Serve in a super fun environment by helping with registration, crafts, or in a classroom. Middle school students through adults are welcome. For questions, contact Pastor Steve.