Pastor’s Letter

Dear Bible Center family & friends,

Welcome to church! Thanks for visiting in person or tuning in online or on TV.

Today we launch a new series, Overwhelmed.

On a good day, even without a pandemic, life can be overwhelming. Buzzing phones, work obligations, family needs, to-do lists, email overload, expectations, illness, invitations, and the list goes on. On top of that, we have food choices, clothing choices, schooling choices, money worries, parenting burdens, and physical health issues that can weigh us down. Mask-wearing or a specific pandemic news story can often be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

So, what can we do when we’re overwhelmed? Ironically, the answer to feeling overwhelmed by life’s hardship is to be even more overwhelmed by heaven’s goodness!

Over the next six weeks, I pray that you’ll be overcome by heaven’s vision of unity, astounded by the Bible’s credibility, overawed by the rich doctrine of the Holy Trinity, dumbfounded by God the Father, stunned by God the Son, and speechless by God the Spirit. With God’s help, may we all be Overwhelmed (in a good way) by what we hear and see.

While coinciding with the 7-month rollout of our new Member Statement of Faith, my prayer is that this series will help us think higher thoughts about God and deeper thoughts about our own spiritual formation.

With you in pursuit of God,

Matt Friend • Lead Pastor


P.S. As a friendly reminder… our TV services are aired from the previous week. Additionally, they are no longer on Fox 11 at 11 AM, but have moved to WCHS (ABC) at 10 AM.


Campus Re-Opening Plan

New Core Classes | On Demand

Our 201 Core Classes on doctrine will continue in conjunction with the upcoming sermon series which rolls out our new Member Statement of Faith. The study of theology leads us to a greater knowledge of and deeper love of God Himself—a love that is then displayed to those around us as we make disciples who make more disciples. Classes will become available each Sunday evening via video and podcast on the Core Class page.

Campus Re-Opening Plan

Friday, October 2 | 6:30-8:30 PM | via ZOOM

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Saturday, October 3 | 9 AM-Noon | Room 3105/06

Join Pastor Matt, along with other Pastors & Staff, for our Fall Membership Session! We want membership to be a meaningful commitment to you from our pastors and church family, as you’ll want your membership to be a meaningful commitment to us. Being a Bible Center member is the best way to tell our leaders, “Remember me in your prayers, counsel, teaching, and godly example.” Joining the church is not required at the end of the session, nor will pressure be placed on you to join. So, feel free to attend, even if it’s just to know more about Bible Center and its staff. In the future, if you do decide to join our membership, you’ll already have the required class completed.

Only one class is required–virtually on Friday or in person on Saturday! (Saturday: Child care available. Due to the pandemic, no food will be provided.) Registration is required.

Church Life

Worship Center Available for Prayer Beginning Monday, September 14, our Worship Center will be available each weekday from 7-9 AM for anyone to enter and pray quietly. The windows will be open each morning and the space will be reserved solely for this purpose. Enter through the front doors, proceed to the auditorium, and find a socially distanced chair to read your Bible, contemplate, or pray. Feel free to stop by before starting your day!

Police & First Responder Family Counseling & Support Group Beginning Thursday, September 17 | 6-7 PM | Room 3104 | This group will meet every other week to provide emotional support for those who have a loved one serving on the front lines to protect our communities. Anyone with family members serving as a policeman, firefighter, paramedic, etc., is invited to connect with others who are dealing with similar fears and emotions. Led by Pastor Ted Tanzey and Jan Miller. Join our Facebook Group!

Financial Peace University Sundays, September 20-November 15 | 7:30-8:30 PM | Do you struggle to keep your finances in check? Are you spending more than you make? Do you want to learn how to save and invest? Plan for retirement? Financial Peace is for you! Financial Peace University includes nine lessons that focus on how to build a starter emergency fund and how to budget, pay off all debt, save, invest for the future and build wealth, and more! The class will be 100% virtual, utilizing Zoom. Cost: $129.99. Register now!


3 Ways to Find Belonging

Whether you’re ready to attend in person or you’re still more comfortable at home, there are several ways to connect and find community.

  • Visit our Groups web page and choose an in-person or online group that fits you best.
  • Join our brand new Online Group, led by Matt Garrison.
  • Become a part of our Bible Center Facebook Group where you can connect with others, join in conversations, and even enjoy some random questions (and maybe even some corny jokes!) from Online Campus Pastor Matt Garrison.


Coming Up in Children’s Ministry

  • Now-November | Every Wednesday | Fun activities outside with devotional/discipleship time.

High School Ministry (HSM)

  • Wednesday, September 16 | 7:30-9:00 PM | Kick-off at the RIM (school campus)
  • Wednesday, September 30 | 7:30-9:00 PM | Alive (Night of Worship) at the RIM (school campus)
  • Join us on Sundays! At 9 AM, we will temporarily meet in the Middle School Room (#1105/06 on Level 1); and at 11 AM we sit together as a group in the Auditorium (south/elevator side) for worship service.

Bible Center School

BCS Employment Opportunities If you are interested in the following positions, email Stephanie Schafer.

  • Full-time Preschool Teacher
  • Part-time Preschool Teacher’s Aide
  • Extended Care Attendants (Monday-Friday; 3:30-5:30 PM. Days and hours are flexible)
  • Substitute Teachers (Grades and days are flexible.)

Athletic Coaches Needed As BCS prepares for the Fall, several coaches are needed. Many of our coaches were parents of 8th grade students who have graduated. If you are interested in the following positions or know someone who may be a good fit, please email Stephanie Schafer or Dick Riffe. They would love to sit down and talk about what it means to coach middle school students at BCS!

  • Cheerleading Coach
  • Girls Basketball Coach & Assistant Coaches
  • Boys Basketball Assistant Coach
  • Track Coach & Assistant Coaches

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