Pastor’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to church!

I’ve titled today’s message, Distress, Abandonment & Despair: Does God Care? The writer of Psalm 77 walks through a deep valley and gets honest with God about what he feels. The first part of the Psalm reminds me of a song written years ago by Bill Gaither and Lily Isaacs: “Does Jesus care when my heart is pained too deeply for mirth or song; as the burdens press, and the cares distress, and the way grows weary and long?” My prayer is that you’ll be able to say by the time you leave today, “Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares; His heart is touched with my grief. When the days are weary, the long nights dreary, I know my Savior cares.”

If you’re a member here (or plan to be in the future), please join us this evening for our Member Meeting (6:00-7:15 PM). I’ll share my heart, as I do annually, about what I feel is going well and what challenges and goals are on the horizon for the coming year. Current and new church leaders will be introduced (Elders & Deacons), along with the 2019 Nominating Committee that prayed diligently through your nominations. Our Elder Chairman will update us on an exciting ministry initiative and the Deacons will present next year’s budget for approval. At the end, we’ll celebrate Pastor Richard’s 20-year staff anniversary with cake and ice cream!

Deeply thankful for God’s grace in your life,

Matt Friend • Senior Pastor


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Any Sunday in June. Contact Jane.

June 23 | 2:30 PM

From Parkway Rd. (Bible Center Dr. intersection) Drive 6.1 miles southbound on SR-119 • Turn left onto Little Coal River Rd. • Turn Left onto the Public Stream Access • Park on graveled area and walk out to the Coal River (cement boat ramp)


Want to Be Baptized?
Choose any Sunday in June! Contact Jane.

Member Meeting (Annual Meeting)
Tonight • 6 PM • Join us as Pastor Matt and the Elder Board share their hearts and vision for the decades ahead. Next year’s budget is at the Info Desk now.

Books for Sale
Stop by the Group Wall to check out the books and study guides available.


OWLS Luau (55+ Adults)
Today • 12:30 PM • Bible Center School, The RIM • $5 at the door • Join us for a pulled pork lunch! Bring your friends! 


Union Mission Crossroads Dinner
Thursday, June 27 • 4 PM • Sign up online to volunteer, bring supplies, or make a monetary donation. Volunteers must register and should arrive at 3:30 PM. 

Vacation Bible School Volunteer Opportunity
Help with registration, crafts, or in a classroom. Middle School students through adults are welcome. Sign up online or on the app. Or contact:


Beach Camp Meeting Today
12:15 PM • Middle School Room (#2104) • For parents of attending students.

5th Grade Missions Trip
Kids leave tomorrow at 8 AM from the Church campus.

Cribs (Middle & High School)
Wednesdays in June & July • 6:00-7:30 PM • Stay connected and hang out with friends. Meets at different host homes each week. Check the online schedule


Child Dedication
Sunday, June 16 • Register today! Email or text Jess Backus (304-941-2836).