Pastor’s Letter

Dear Bible Center family & friends,

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

Usually, I begin by letting you know the topic or text of this weekend’s sermon. However, today, I’ll start by telling you what my message is not about.

  • I won’t be speaking on the subject of trust, or encouraging anyone to overlook the law (which a God of justice would hardly condone!), or detailing the steps to reconcile with an estranged family member or friend.
  • All of those topics could be messages in and of themselves, and—most of the time—require the wisdom of Solomon to navigate.

Instead, today’s message is all about forgiveness… why and how to forgive those who’ve wronged us, including those who’ve carved out wounds too deep to discuss in polite company.

If you’re new to our church, today’s message is part of a 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, learned how to thrive in a digital world, debunked the cultural myths surrounding singleness, examined what God’s Word teaches about sexual identity, appreciated God’s perspective on mental illness, and surveyed healthy life boundaries.

May the Lord continue working in our hearts today, helping us forgive even those who’ve hurt us the most!

Thankful for the grace of Jesus,

Matt Friend
Lead Pastor

This Week at a Glance

Thursday | November 4
  • 7 PM | Worship Service
Friday | November 5
  • MSM Insomnia | 9 PM-6 AM
Sunday | November 7

(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 9
Wednesday | November 10
  • 6 PM | Awana (2 yrs old-5th Grade)
  • 6 PM | Middle School (MSM)
  • 7 PM | High School (HSM) | School Campus

News & Events

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.

Union Mission Food Collection & Distribution

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).

Church Life


Fall Back!

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 7. Remember to set your clocks back Saturday night!

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]

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.

Preschool Expands, Includes Infant & Toddler Care

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.

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!

Belong


New! Moms & Coffee Group

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

New! Wednesday Night Mom’s Group

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

Line Dancing Group

Thursdays | Now through December 16 | Have you ever wanted to learn to line dance and never had the chance? To reserve your spot, please register here. Led by Ann McGrath, (304) 444-5163.

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.

Students


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.

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.

Kids


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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