Dear Bible Center family & friends,
Welcome to church! Thanks for visiting on campus, online, or on TV. We’re thrilled to have you with us, especially on this Mother’s Day weekend.
This holiday gives us another reason to love our great state. Like the Golden Delicious apple, or the Strawberry Festival, or the Vandalia Gathering… Mother’s Day is intertwined with our West Virginia heritage. First celebrated in the early 1900s in Grafton, Anna Jarvis held a special service to thank God and honor her mother who had cared for wounded soldiers in the Civil War.
Ms. Jarvis later urged the U.S. government to memorialize the day. Her persistence eventually persuaded President Woodrow Wilson to declare it a national holiday in 1914.
On behalf of your pastoral team, please know that we love, appreciate, and pray for you on this special day. For many of us, it’s a time when we visit our mothers and bring their favorite flowers. For the lady sitting beside you… perhaps not so much. Maybe you’re reminded of your mother who is no longer here, or of your unfulfilled desire to be a mother (or of an adoption gone awry). Maybe your child went to heaven way too early, perhaps even prior to birth.
Please know that your joys and your burdens matter to God. Here at Bible Center, we are committed to honoring the Proverbs 31 woman along with the 1 Samuel 1 woman. Either way, our prayer is that everything about today’s service will remind you of God’s unconditional love.
Let me also express my gratitude for your willingness to adjust to this new service schedule with three new service times on Sunday mornings (8:45, 10:00, 11:15). With you, we desire to keep everyone safe and to provide many more opportunities for connection and service.
Thankful for my dear wife, my mom, and the many mothers in our church,
Matt Friend • Lead Pastor
This Week at a Glance
Thursday | May 6
- 7 PM | Worship Service
Sunday | May 9
- 8:45 AM | On Campus & Online
- 10:00 AM | On Campus, Online, WCHS-TV
- 11:15 AM | On Campus, Online
Tuesday | May 11
- Celebrate Recovery | 6 PM | On Campus or Zoom
Wednesday | May 12
- 6 PM | Middle School (MSM) | Church Campus
- 7 PM | High School (HSM) | School Campus
Mother’s Day | May 9
We hope you’ll join us on Mother’s Day. Bring a guest! Whether you bring your mom or daughter or a woman who’s had a special impact on your life, we’d love to celebrate with you. Mother’s Day (May 9) will follow the model we recently used for Christmas and Easter with all weekend services—including Thursday night, May 6—being identical.
- Early Childhood Ministries (Nursery through 5 years old) will be available Sunday morning, but all other age groups are encouraged to sit with their families for the service. Base Camp, MSM, HSM will resume May 16.
- Groups will not be held but will resume May 16.
Thursday, May 6
7 PM | On Campus
Sunday, May 9
- 8:45 AM | On Campus, Online
- 10:00 AM | On Campus, Online, On TV
- 11:15 AM | On Campus, Online
New Weekend Schedule
It used to be that crowded rooms were a good thing, but as we emerge from the pandemic, people seem more comfortable in smaller settings. To continue to provide the safest possible options, the most welcoming environment, and the best opportunities to connect, we will continue our three-service schedule on Sunday mornings: 8:45 (Multigenerational), 10:00, and 11:15 AM.
We believe a third service will allow us to welcome more people (fewer per service) to both our services and groups, to better connect with guests, and to help people take their next step toward making disciples—Jesus’ great commission to us.
For more details on this decision and what you can expect, check out the video below.
Friday, May 14 | 6:30-9:00 PM | 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! Register | Learn More
- Learn about our mission and vision.
- Ask questions.
- Interact with our staff and others considering membership.
May 16 | 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. Register | Learn More
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’s Word, 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]
May We Serve
May We Serve gives us the perfect opportunity to love our neighbors well in the name of Jesus. We hope you will join us! Check out this year’s projects and register here.
Drivers for Celebrate Recovery
Tuesday Evenings | Volunteers are needed to pick up and drop off people from a couple of the recovery homes. If you would like to help with this ministry, please email Sheri.
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 Sunday, May 9: High School | College & above. High School graduates will be recognized on Wednesday, May 12, during HSM. Names and photos of all graduates will play prior to each service on May 23.