Pastor’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to church! I’m so glad you’re here. Feel free to grab a cup of coffee and donut from the lobby and make yourself at home.

Last week we began journeying, verse-by-verse, through the book of Ephesians. In chapter 1 (verses 1-14) we learned: All of God has worked for all of time to save all of us. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have worked in eternity past, in the present, and in the future to save all who believe. Thankfully, God offers salvation to the whole world because Jesus died for the whole world; however, we–the Church–were called to enjoy a special union with Christ and one another for the praise of His glory. You can watch or listen to last week’s sermon on the app and website, or by subscribing to our podcast.

Today we’re continuing in Ephesians chapter 1 and exploring verses 15-23. God wants to teach us to pray like the great spiritual giants of the faith. As we walk through this Scripture passage together, ask yourself, “About what do I most often pray? Am I confident when I pray? Am I even praying for the right things? How might God want my prayers to change?”

The most profound and rewarding question Jesus’ disciples ever asked Him is found in Luke 11, “Lord, teach us to pray.” May that be our posture in today’s service.

Growing in prayer with you,

Matt Friend • Senior Pastor


October 18-20 | Bible Center School

Share the love of Christ in a very tangible way: Join the medical team ( or interact with patients at Heath Right’s Free Medical Clinic. Treat, welcome, feed, pray with, or shuttle those waiting for care. We will be working around-the-clock to help as many as possible over the weekend.

To register:

Questions? Email Todd Fowler.

Trunk or Treat | Sunday | October 27 | 4-6 PM

Trunk or Treat will be here soon, and Bible Center and V100 Radio are excited to welcome the city once again! Here are the ways in which you can welcome new parents and kids:

  • Decorate a car
  • Candy donations
  • Guest info
  • First-aid
  • Fire pit/marshmallow roasting
  • Set-up or Tear-down
  • Parking & traffic flow
  • Candy runner
Candy drop off begins today, and invitations are also at the Info Desk. Take as many as you need! Sign up today!
Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration!


Big Daddy Weave Concert: The Alive Tour
Next Sunday, October 13 • 7 PM • $20 • Purchase tickets online or at the Info Desk.

Core Class: Salvation
October 17-November 7 • 6:15 AM, Noon, or 6:15 PM • Room 3105/06 • No sin is too great and no person is too broken for the saving work of Jesus. How does an act from 2000 years ago change me today? How does saving faith continue to transform me daily? Registration preferred. Workbook: $5

Save the Date: Guest Speaker
Bible Center Church is thrilled to welcome Dr. Gregg Allison April 25-26, 2020, for a 1-day theology intensive and for our Sunday services.


Parent Workshop: How to Talk to Your Kids About Sexuality
Wednesday, October 23 • 6-7:30 PM • Middle School Room (1105/06) • What do I say? How and when do I say it? If you’ve asked yourself these questions, this workshop is for you. Led by Pastor Steve Neill, this evening will be geared toward parents of young kids thru teenagers with the goals of removing fear and giving confidence when presenting a biblical worldview of sex and sexuality to your kids. We will give you the tools you need to address a topic that’s often dreaded and awkward. Hope to see you there!

HSM Leadership Retreat (High School)
October 25-27 • $30 due 10/20 • Paddle board, kayak, fish, and swim in the Greenbrier River! We’ll leave the school campus at 5 PM and return to the church at noon on Sunday. Open to all high school students. Sign up on the app or website. For questions, email Pastor Matt.


Find Belonging in a Group
Group leaders will be available at the Group Wall after both services for anyone who would like to know more about how to connect smaller group settings for study, fun, and making friends.


Family Ministry Volunteers
Would you like to change the world? Want to make an eternal difference in the life of a kid or student? We have some opportunities for you to do just that! We are looking for people who can smile, listen to a child, hold or comfort a child, play with a child, etc. Stop by our table in the lobby to find out how to get in on this! Opportunities are available to serve Birth-5 years old, K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th, and Special Needs.

The Maker’s Center Work Days
October 12 & 26 • 8 AM-4 PM • 602 Patrick St., Charleston • Painting, cleaning, demo, removing trash, etc. Drop by for an hour, or stay all day!


Bible Center School Employment Opportunities
Email Principal Stephanie Schafer to apply:

  • Part-time Aftercare Attendant
  • Substitute Teacher, grades K-8. Flexibility with days and grade levels needed.