Pastor’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to church! I’m so glad you’re here. Today it’s our privilege to celebrate Adoption/Foster Care Sunday. I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Why celebrate Adoption/Foster Care Sunday?

  1. To celebrate God’s adoption of us
  2. To celebrate those in our church who have adopted or fostered
  3. To dream as a church how we can continue to be more included in this movement.

Can you imagine waking up as a child each morning thinking, “Maybe today will be the day that I get a home, bedroom, or family of my own!” A few of you have lived that experience, which is why adoption and foster care are so close to your heart. Others of you have made an eternal investment by adopting or fostering children into your home.

All of us can support this movement in one way or another. Our little church can’t do everything, but we can do something. At the end of today’s service, I’ll share three tangible ways we can get involved.

Members (and those planning to be members): Please join me back here at 6 PM this evening for our fall Member Meeting. In addition to celebrating Paula Toney’s 15-year staff anniversary, I’ll be sharing concrete vision for the next two years and we’ll conclude with a time of prayer. Bring the kids… even the little ones with their coloring books or iPads. We’re a family, so I like to imagine us all in one big living room!

Much love,

Matt Friend • Senior Pastor


Tonight • 6:00 • Auditorium • Make plans to join us for hot chocolate and cider as our Senior Pastor and Elder Board share their hearts and clarify our vision for the decades ahead. These meetings help explain the Why? behind what we do. We hope all members will attend along with regular attenders considering membership. We’ll also celebrate Hospitality Director Paula Toney’s 15-year staff anniversary!

Church Life

Food Collection Ends Today
Today’s the last day to donate food for the Food Distribution. Doors will remain unlocked until the conclusion of the Member Meeting (approximately 9 PM). 

Memorial Poinsettias: Today’s the last day to order
If you’d like to buy a poinsettia in memory of a loved one, forms are at the Info Desk or order on the website or app. Poinsettias can be taken home after the 5 PM Christmas Eve service.

BCS Christmas Craft & Vendor Show
Friday, December 6, 3-4:30 PM & 6-8 PM • Saturday, December 7, 10 AM-1 PM • School campus, RAM Center • Bible Center School is excited to hold its first Christmas Craft and Vendor Show! View the variety of beautiful products from 20+ crafters and vendors. Shop for yourself or check some names off your Christmas list and help support BCS. Invite friends and bring the whole family!

Christmas Parade Helpers
Thursday, December 12 • BCC will participate in the Christmas Parade again! Opportunities are available to build the float, hand out candy along the route, or be a parade walker. Register or contact Jane.

Christmas in Charleston Concert
Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15 • 6 PM • Auditorium • Invite your friends and family! Identical programs celebrating the birth of Jesus.


Save the Date: Annual Gala
January 31, 2020 • 6 PM • Tickets go on sale in December.


Union Mission Thanksgiving Gospel Service & Food Distribution
Saturday, November 23 • Volunteers are needed to help with food distribution on Saturday, November 23. There are a number of different positions available, and you have the option of serving inside or outside. Volunteers are asked to arrive at the church no later than 8 AM. To participate in the Distribution, register today or contact Sheri Skidmore (304-346-0431).


Wednesdays at BCC (Holiday Break) (K-12th Grade)
The last day of Wednesday night AWANAs & Student Ministries is November 20. Groups will resume on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Children’s Choir Practice (K-5th Grade)
Now to mid-Dec., rehearsals for the Christmas season will take place between the Sunday services (10:20-10:50 AM) in Rm. 1124. Contact Mary Ann Nelson.

Save the Dates!

  • Small Group Night Out (6-12th Grade) • Friday, December 4 • 6 PM
  • Christmas Party (6-8th Grade) • Saturday, December 7 • 6-8 PM • Auditorium
  • Pajama Party (K-5th Grade) • Sunday, December 29 • 9 & 11 AM • Base Camp


12th Annual Men’s Thanksgiving Luncheon
Wednesday, Nov. 27  •  11:45 PM – 1 PM • All men are invited to join Pastors Mike and John for lunch in the Gathering Space. $12 at the door. Registration preferred. Go online, on the app, or contact Sheri (304-346-0431).

OWLS Christmas Brunch (Adults 55+)
Saturday, December 7 • 9-11 AM • Gathering Space • We will have a delicious breakfast and then assemble Christmas baskets to deliver to our elderly shut-ins and those with special needs within our church family. RSVP to Judy by Dec. 1.

GEMS: Cookies, Cupcakes & Christmas Music (Widows)
Friday, December 20 • 5:30-7:30 PM • Gathering Space • RSVP to the church office (304-346-0431) by Dec 10.