Pastor’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to church! I’m so glad you’re here. Feel free to grab a cup of coffee and snack from the lobby and make yourself at home. Today, to celebrate the conclusion of our unbelievable All-in! Challenge year, I’m speaking on Why I’m Thankful for Bible Center Church

Over and over again, the Apostle Paul expressed his gratitude and love for the churches he led. I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world (Romans 1:8). I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:4). I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers (Ephesians 1:16). I thank my God in all my remembrance of you (Philippians 1:3). We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers (1 Thessalonians 1:2). I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers (Philemon 1:4).

Drawing thoughts from today’s Scripture text (Colossians 1:1-8), I want to express my appreciation for our church family and the unbelievable progress we’ve made this past year. On behalf of my fellow elder board members, pastors, and staff… Thank you for going all in for the gospel and for the city!


Matt Friend • Senior Pastor



Baptism Next Sunday
We’ll be baptizing next Sunday, May 12, during both services. If you believe the Lord is leading you to be baptized, contact Jane ASAP for further details.

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.

Baptism Class
For anyone interested in being baptized, come to the Living Room (#2101) on May 19. Choose from 10:15 AM, 12:15 PM, or 6 PM. No registration needed. Please bring a photo or be prepared to have one taken. Contact Jane with questions

Trauma Informed Training 
May 9: Faith-based ($10) -or- May 10: CEU credits offered ($25) • Learn how a traumatic childhood can affect adulthood. also welcome.

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.


GEMS Luncheon at Panera (Widows)
Saturday, June 1 • 12-2 PM • Panera (Southridge) • All are invited! Dutch treat. Call Suzanne Lackey at (304) 610-3034 to attend.

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 included). Contact Judy Mercer with questions or to register. May 5: $169 deposit due, May 26: final $135 payment due.


May We Serve
Visit the group wall or website to see how you can impact our city this month.

Collection of New Children’s Books
One of our projects for May We Serve is a redesign of the Children’s Playroom at Sojourner’s homeless shelter. To make our project even better, we will collect new children’s books (birth-teen) today and May 12. Books may be donated near the May We Serve Wall in the Lobby.

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 SteveSign up online or on the BCC app.


Student Ministry Wednesday Schedule (Middle & High School)

  • May 8 – Beach Camp final balance due & High Schoolers participate in the May We Serve: Trauma Informed Training
  • May 15 – Regular program
  • May 22 – High Schoolers participate in the May We Serve: Combs Family Yard Work
  • May 29 – Burger Bash

Graduation Sunday is May 19
Use the app or go to 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—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.