Pastor’s Letter

Dear Bible Center family & friends,

Welcome to church! Thanks for visiting on campus, online, or on TV.

Today we continue our series titled, “Are You Certain?” For 8 weeks we’re studying the inspired letter of 1 John in search of spiritual confidence and assurance of salvation.

Will you join me in praying about a BIG decision?

On Sunday mornings, we’ve run into a challenge fitting everyone safely into the auditorium. So-far-so-good, but with Mother’s Day on the horizon, new friends visiting every weekend, and everyone emerging from quarantine… our Elder Board challenged us last week to make any necessary changes to accommodate the growing crowds in our Sunday services.

We all want to create worship environments where everyone is safe and feels safe. Additionally, our prayer is to connect as many people as possible into groups and service opportunities.

One solution could be to encourage more folks to attend our weekly Thursday 7 PM services. We believe that’s part of the solution, but not the full solution. As summer approaches, we believe the Thursday service will take on an identity all its own with a distinctive style, cookouts, refreshments, and more interaction. Most importantly, the faithful Thursday evening attenders seem poised and ready to leverage this service as a place to invite their unchurched neighbors, college students, and friends.

At least for Mother’s Day, we will expand to a three-service format (much like we did for Christmas and Easter) to accommodate the larger crowd we normally see that day. It’s possible that this new schedule could continue indefinitely.

Rest assured! We are deeply committed to both worship styles on Sunday mornings: multigenerational and modern.

Things are moving quickly, but we plan to have more information for you shortly. Either way, we anticipate a beautiful Mother’s Day, spring, and summer!

With you for the gospel and for the community,

Matt Friend • Lead Pastor
@PastorMattBCC

This Week at a Glance

Thursday | April 22
  • 7 PM | Worship Service
Friday | April 23
  • HSM | Secret Church | 6:30 PM-1:00 AM | 1st Floor
Sunday | April 25
  • 9 & 11 AM | Worship Services | On Campus & Online
  • 9 & 11 AM | Early Childhood, Children’s Ministry, & Middle School (MSM)
  • 9 AM | High School Ministry (HSM)
  • 10 AM | Worship Service | WCHS-TV
  • Sunday Groups | Various Times
Tuesday, April 27
Wednesday | April 28
  • 6 PM | AWANA | 1st Floor
  • 6 PM | Middle School (MSM) | Church Campus
  • 7 PM | High School (HSM) | School Campus

Announcements

Whether you’re ready to become a member or you just want to know more about Bible Center, join Pastor Mike Graham, along with other BCC staff, for our next Membership Night!

  • Learn about our mission and vision.
  • Ask questions.
  • Interact with our staff and others considering membership.
Gregg Allison

Baptism is an outward expression of faith after someone has decided to follow Jesus. If you’ve been thinking about getting baptized, we’re providing many opportunities on May 16 in a safe (and chlorinated!) setting.

You can gather with friends and family for a small, intimate baptism service celebrating God’s grace in your life.

Church Life


Camp Scholarship Fund

Did you know 85% of people who come to faith in Christ do so by the age of 18? Summer Camp is a crucial time in the lives of students. By giving to the Susan Bosley Camp Scholarship Fund, you can help a student attend summer camp where they will hear life-changing messages from God Word by speaker David Platt, be encouraged to deepen their faith and grow closer to Jesus,  make memories with friends that will last a lifetime, and come home ready to tell others about what God has done in their life that week.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Golf Scramble

Friday, May 14 | 7:30 AM | Edgewood Country Club, Charleston | Sign up to play or to be a sponsor by contacting Tim Britton at (304) 881-2561. As a missionary with FCA and one of Bible Center’s global partners, annual events like this help to raise Tim Britton’s annual support, to provide Bibles for kids and coaches, to send kids to FCA camps who cannot afford to go, to provide meals for teams as a service outreach, materials for in-school FCA clubs, and other ministry opportunities that may come up throughout the year. [More info]

Kids


Child Dedication

Thursday, May 6 & Sunday May 9 | Child dedications highlight parents’ commitments to raise their children with a God-centered approach to parenting. Held during the beginning of the worship services, child dedication is not a sacrament or a means of salvation for the child, but an opportunity for the church and the parents to consciously purpose to raise our children to know and love the Lord. To participate, sign up by Wednesday, April 28. For questions, contact Jane Jackson-Fowler.

Save the Date | Vacation Bible School

Mark your calendars and plan now to attend Vacation Bible School! …Fun music, engaging lessons, crafts, and more! Evening snacks will be provided. Learn more about VBS here.

Middle & High School


Secret Church

Friday | April 23 | 6:30 PM – 1:00 AM | Meet at church campus in the MSM Room (1st floor) | This event will be put on by the HSM, but it’s not only an HSM event (some from Young Adults and Young PROs will be present)!

Graduation Sunday

Sunday, May 23 | We will honor our 2021 graduates during the morning services. To submit names of any individuals in our church family who are graduating from high school, college, or graduate school, complete the appropriate form by Wednesday, May 12: High School | College & above. For questions, contact Judy Mercer.

Bible Center School


Spring Open House

Wednesday, May 5 | 9 AM-2 PM | Considering Christian Education? Want to know what BCS is all about? Come check out BCS while students are in session! Tour the school, meet the faculty, and see what our students are saying about BCS. To schedule your tour, please call (304) 941-1704 and our office staff will be happy to answer your questions and help you choose a time that works best for your schedule.


BCS Employment Opportunities

  • Teacher for 3-year-old Preschool Class | Full-time (with benefits) | Email Preschool Director Machelle Huffman for details.
  • Preschool Summer Employment Opportunities | Email Preschool Director Machelle Huffman for details.
  • Substitute Teachers are needed at BCS (grade levels and days are flexible). Email Principal Stephanie Schafer.
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