Pastor’s Letter

Dear Bible Center family & friends,

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

This weekend it’s our privilege to host Dr. John King as the grand finale of our 10-week Family Bundle series. He’ll bring us a Bible message about family legacy and having a vision for the long haul.

John and his sweet wife, Jeanie, have faithfully served in pastoral ministry for almost 50 years. They arrived in Princeton in 1990 to serve the Johnston Chapel Baptist Church, a congregation that has maintained a close relationship with Bible Center for decades. Just as we serve the Charleston area in Jesus’ name, they have served southern West Virginia through ministries such as Celebrate Recovery, Bluefield Union Mission, Abel Crisis Pregnancy Center, and Tender Mercies Food Pantry.

After more than 26 years at Johnston Chapel, and having mentored his successor, Pastor John retired a few years ago to make himself more available to serve churches like ours.

Sarah and I always love it when he and Jeanie come. They warm our hearts, encourage our children, provide invaluable coaching advice, and set an unparalleled example of what we want our relationship to look like when we reach their age and phase of ministry.

Please join me in welcoming a friend, a coach, a mentor, and the man who has been a great encouragement to the Bible Center Church family over the years… Dr. John King.

Thankful for godly examples,

Matt Friend
Lead Pastor

This Week at a Glance

Thursday | November 11
  • 8:30 & 10 AM | Bible Center School Veterans Day Programs
  • 7 PM | Worship Service
Saturday | November 13
Sunday | November 14

(Kids/Students Schedule | Groups Schedule)

  • 8:45 AM | On Campus & Online
    Overcoming Anxiety Pop-Up (Rm 3105/06)
  • 10:00 AM | On Campus, Online, WCHS-TV
  • 11:15 AM | On Campus, Online
    Overcoming Anxiety Pop-Up (Rm 3105/06)
Tuesday | November 16
Wednesday | November 17
  • 6 PM | Awana (2 yrs old-5th Grade)
  • 6 PM | Middle School (MSM)
  • 7 PM | High School (HSM) | School Campus

News & Events

Union Mission Food Distribution

Saturday, November 20 | The Thanksgiving Food Distribution will be held on campus, drive-through style this year. To volunteer for the distribution, please sign up here or call/email Sheri (304-346-0431) for more information.

The deadline for donating boxes of stuffing has been extended through Sunday, November 14, to help us meet our goal of 3,000 boxes.

Holidays at Bible Center

Don’t miss out!

Thanksgiving is only two weeks away, and before you know it the Christmas season will be here! Stay up to date on service times and changes over the holidays. We’re excited to celebrate with you this year!

Church Life

Overcoming Anxiety Pop-Up

Sundays, November 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 sessions, we’ll look at practical tips for coping and overcoming. The content is the same at 8:45 and 11:15. Led by Michelle Thompson and Jessica VonCrist.

Memorial Poinsettias

Bible Center will soon be decorating the church with beautiful red poinsettias in memory of those who have shared with us the joys of the seasons past. On Sunday, December 12, a memorial tribute of names will scroll before each service. Find out more or place an order here.

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!

OWLS (55+) Christmas Dinner & Lights

Thursday, December 9 | 4-9 PM | Celebrate the Season with a trip to see the Logan County Christmas Lights! Transportation and dinner at Chief Logan Lodge included. Meet in the church lobby at 4 PM; return time approximately 9 PM; Cost: $20. Space is limited, and registration is required by December 2. Questions? Contact Paula Toney (304-346-0431).


New! Moms & Coffee Group

Tuesdays | 8:00-9:30 AM | Moms are invited to meet to hang out together, talk about life, and pray for one another. Led by Julianna Vogt. Held at Panera (Southridge Location), or at Starbucks if Panera is closed.

New! Wednesday Night Mom’s Group

6:00-7:30 PM | Room 2104 | Join us as we laugh and learn together, studying the book 100 Days of Believing Bigger by Marshawn Evans Daniels. Led by Rebecca Cobourne.

Bible Center Preschool

Preschool Expands, Seeks Teachers

The Bible Center’s Preschool program will be expanding in early 2022 to include quality child care from birth to 2 years old, and we’re looking for team players who are passionate about building into future generations by caring for young children while inspiring a love for learning. Application and child enrollment information can both be found here.


An Opportunity for Crafters and Artisans

The Maker’s Center | Weekdays from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM | Crafters and artisans: We are actively seeking volunteers who can demonstrate how to make a craft or handmade item and assist others in making it for clients in recovery who will be coming to the Maker’s Center daily during their “Power Hour.” We are beginning a “gift-making” series so they can make gifts for friends and family members. The items should be fairly simple to make but may include sewing, woodburning, crochet, assembly, and more. Some of our plans are ornaments, pillowcases, bath bombs, etc. We also need “assistants” who do not need any skills, just a willingness to serve others. Contact Terri Smoot if interested.


IHOP & Ice (High School)

Saturday, November 13 | 7 PM-Midnight | Join us for a great time of food, friends, and ice skating (and bumper cars)! We will meet at IHOP in Southridge at 7 PM to eat and hang out. Beginning at 9 PM, the ice rink belongs to HSM! Bumper cars will also be available for those who are really bad at skating (like Pastor Ryan)! Invite your friends! Students can be picked up at the rink at midnight. Sign up now! For questions, email Pastor Ryan.


Family Movie Night | The Polar Express

Friday, December 3 | 6 PM | Base Camp | Families are invited to join us for a family movie night, featuring The Polar Express. Pizza, cookies, and hot cocoa will be provided. Pajamas, slippers, and blankets are encouraged! Registration is requested to help with planning. Parents are expected to stay with their children for the entirety of the event.

Christmas Children’s Choir

Children will be practicing during Base Camp on Sunday mornings to sing on December 12. As December approaches, families will be notified of call times and meeting locations. For questions, contact Mary Beth Malcolm.

Israel 2022

We’re going to Israel and would love to have you go with us (May 31-June 10, 2022)! Anyone is welcome: from our church, community, or otherwise.

  • So far, we have 33 registered to go with room for more
  • Bible teacher and Holy Land guide, Larry Bell, will accompany us.

Have you ever wanted to walk where Jesus walked? Learn more and book your spot today before space runs out!

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