Pastor’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to church! I’m so glad you’re here. I pray that everything about the service—from the decorations to the children’s choir to the Scripture readings—draws your heart upward in appreciation for the Christ of Christmas.

We’re in the middle of a series titled, The Gift of Christmas. What kind of people did Jesus come to rescue? Who found Him to be a gift?

Last week we saw that Jesus is a gift to good people—men and women (like Joseph) who are trying to do their best and are considered to be “good people” but who still need a Savior. Today we’ll see that Jesus is a gift to searching people, just like the magi. In the coming weeks we’ll see that Jesus is also a gift to ordinary people (the shepherds’ story), and broken people (our story).

In addition to each Sunday morning service, you’ll want to mark your calendar for the many Christmas events listed in this bulletin. I especially anticipate Christmas in Charleston, two special evenings of identical concerts, celebrating the birth of Jesus (6 PM on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th). Invite your friends and neighbors to enjoy the sounds of the season with our musicians, choir, and band.

Join us each Sunday morning this month to get lost in the Christmas story and discover Jesus, the gift of Christmas, afresh and anew.

Merry Christmas!

Matt Friend • Senior Pastor
@PastorMattBCC

Announcements

2019 Christmas Offering

Through the years, the Bible Center family has creatively given in various ways during the holidays. This year we are designating all December giving as the “Christmas Offering” to ensure we end the year strong and look forward to all that God will do next year. You may give on Sundays, or anytime online, on the app, or through the mail.

All December giving focuses on two goals:

  1. Fund the ministry
  2. Catch up on our budget shortfall so far this year

Your December giving will catch up our budgeted expenses, allowing us to:

  • Reach people who may never step foot inside a church by hosting conferences and training events.
  • Partner with local organizations like Union Mission
  • Repair and maintain our parking lot
  • Serve families affected by special needs
  • Teach the Bible to hundreds of children weekly, and reach teens with the gospel
  • Lead approximately 1500 people in worship each Sunday
  • Support missionaries worldwide

​Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15
6 PM • Identical programs

Join us for two special evenings as we celebrate the birth of Jesus! Invite your friends and neighbors to enjoy the sounds of the season this Christmas as our musicians and band include both familiar and newer songs. The program will be the same each night, so choose the evening that works best for you.

Church Life

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

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Tuesday, December 24 • 3 PM & 5 PM • Auditorium • Childcare (for children up to 2 years old) and the Lodge (special needs room for people of any age) available at the 3 PM service.

BCS Annual Gala
January 31, 2020 • 6 PM • Be our guest and plan to join us for dinner, a silent auction, and stories of impact from BCS students and alumni. Tickets ($35) on sale now. They are available on the app or BibleCenterSchool.com.


Belong

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.


FAMILY

Pajama Party (Grades K-5)
Sunday, December 29 • 9 & 11 AM • Base Camp • Come dressed in your PJs!

Wednesday Night Time Change (Preschool-High School)
AWANA and Student Ministries (which resumes Jan. 8) will slightly shift times to 6:15-7:30 PM.

Dodgeball Tournament (Grades 3-5)
Saturdays, January 18-February 8 • 9-11 AM • Bible Center School, Gym • Break the winter blues with our annual Dodgeball Tournament. Not only is it tons of fun, but it’s a great way to introduce your friends and family to Bible Center. Gather your team of 4-8, and register to play. Cost: $5 for food.