Pastor’s Letter

Dear Bible Center family & friends,

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

This weekend we continue our overall 10-week “Family Bundle” series. Convinced that healthy families are the backbone of a church on mission, this fall we’re bundling family discipleship in a way everyone can use. So far we’ve studied the priority of family discipleship, focused on gospel-centered marriage, recommitted to invest in our children and grandchildren, learned how to thrive in a digital world, debunked many of the cultural myths surrounding singleness, and surveyed what God’s Word teaches about sexual identity.

Today’s message will give us the biblical understanding of mental health. Our own Executive Pastor, John King, will deliver today’s message. He embodies the balance of truth and grace more than most preachers and teachers I know, and the subject of mental health is a particular burden of his. I’ll be following along with you this weekend, taking notes, and asking God to speak to my heart from His Word.

Thankfully, Jesus is close to those who are suffering. What is constant throughout Scripture is that God provides comfort to the suffering and meets the needs of the brokenhearted. His Word promises that those who are in the midst of suffering—whether physical, mental, or spiritual—have the hope that everything is working together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

In the beautiful name of our Shepherd, Jesus Christ…

Matt Friend
Lead Pastor

This Week at a Glance

Thursday | October 21
  • 7 PM | Worship Service
Sunday | October 24

(Kids/Students Schedule | Groups Schedule)

  • 8:45 AM | On Campus & Online
  • 10:00 AM | On Campus, Online, WCHS-TV
  • 11:15 AM | On Campus, Online
  • 4-6 PM | Trunk or Treat
Tuesday | October 26
Wednesday | October 27
  • 6 PM | Awana (2 yrs old-5th Grade)
  • 6 PM | Middle School (MSM)
  • 7 PM | High School (HSM) | School Campus

News & Events

You’re Invited to Trunk or Treat!

Trunk or Treat is this Sunday! Bring the kids… invite friends and neighbors, and plan to join us for this fun day!

Church Life

Regroup | An Evening for Women

Friday, November 5 | 7-9 PM | Auditorium | Free | Ladies, we’ve all had a front-row seat on The Struggle Bus for too long, and it’s time to get off! Come refuel your tank with an evening of worship and time together with friends. Registration is not required but is requested for planning. [More Info]

Pickleball Courts Available

Three Pickleball courts are now available on the South end of the parking lot. Grab a few friends, and enjoy this new addition to our park area. Pickleball enthusiast Danny Rader will be available on Wednesdays from 4-7 PM to help anyone who wants to learn to play. For more info, call Danny at (304) 206-8123.

Christmas Craft & Vendor Show

Friday, November 19, 6-8 PM | Saturday, November 20, 11 AM-3 PM | Bible Center School is excited to hold its second Christmas Craft and Vendor Show! A variety of beautiful items will be available from over 20 different crafters and vendors. Plan to come out and shop for yourself or check some names off your Christmas list and help support BCS. Invite your friends and bring the whole family!


New Parenting Group

Begins Sunday, October 17  | 11:15 AM | Living Room | A new group for parents will begin this Sunday. Be encouraged, and meet new friends who are experiencing the same types of things you are!

Line Dancing Group

Tuesdays & Thursdays | November 2-December 16 | Have you ever wanted to learn to line dance and never had the chance? A line dancing group will begin on November 2. To reserve your spot, please register here, and indicate your preferred time. Led by BCC member Ann McGrath, (304) 444-5163. [More Info]

Overcoming Anxiety Pop-Up

Sundays, November 7, 14, 21 | 8:45 & 11:15 AM | Room 3105/06 | Life can be overwhelming, and anxiety may creep in or completely take over. In these three sessions, we’ll look at people in the Bible who struggled with anxiety, truths God gives us, and practical tips for coping and overcoming. The content is the same at 8:45 and 11:15. Led by Michelle Thompson and Jessica VonCrist. [More Info]

DivorceCare Support Group

1st & 3rd Mondays | 6:30 PM | Zoom | Discover hope, healing, and Christ-centered advice if you are in the middle of a divorce or have been through a divorce. A participant’s workbook can be purchased to go along with the study. Contact Donna Pethtel (304-767-4574) for more information.


Union Mission Food Collection & Distribution

Beginning Monday, October 25, we’re collecting boxes of Stove Top Stuffing for the Union Mission Thanksgiving Food Distribution, which will be held on Saturday, November 20. Our goal is 3000 boxes! Drop off your Stove Top Stuffing by November 11 at the wall outside of the auditorium. To volunteer for the distribution, please sign up here or call Sheri (304-346-0431).


Insomnia (Middle School)

Friday-Saturday, November 5-6 | 9 PM-6 AM | Bible Center School | Hey, students! Are you ready for one of the best nights of your life? Join us for INSOMNIA! Enjoy Sky Zone, ice skating, broomball, inflatables, tasty Chick-Fil-A, and all kinds of crazy games! Invite your friends for this awesome night that you definitely don’t want to miss. Cost: $40. Sign up now! For questions, email Pastor Josh.

Bible Center School

Annual Veterans Day Program

Thursday, November 11 | 8:30 & 10:00 AM | The Bible Center School children are hosting their annual Veterans Day Program to honor the men and women who protect us and have served their country. This year’s program will be held at Bible Center School with two program times from which to choose. Donations of cold-weather items (blankets, socks, gloves, long johns, toiletries, etc.)  will be received at BCS to support our local Veterans through the Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center.

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