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 3-week “Awkward Family Christmas” series! Feel free to wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater and join in the fun.

Last weekend we studied The Awkward Relatives of Christmas from Jesus’ family tree. If you can relate, or are interested in how Jesus’ family might be similar to your family, feel free to download that message here.

Today we’re considering The Awkward Situations of Christmas, especially in the life of Joseph (Mary’s fiancé and Jesus’ step-father). Imagine how Joseph must’ve felt when he learned that his bride-to-be was pregnant with a baby that wasn’t his. We don’t know if he felt anger, resentment, or bitterness; however, he most certainly would’ve been hurt.

The Lord would never completely remove the awkward situation—for Joseph and Mary’s neighbors gossiped about them for the rest of their lives—nevertheless, God gave Joseph a promise that would carry them through the hardest of days.

Let’s be honest. We can all relate to awkward Christmas situations, right? Maybe it’s awkward for you to gather with a particular family member. Perhaps this time of year is difficult for you due to something more serious, such as the death of a loved one, the estrangement of a friend, some other “ghost” of Christmas past.

Take comfort! God has a promise for you, just as He did for Joseph. That’s what we’ll study today.

Merry Christmas,

Matt Friend
Lead Pastor

This Week at a Glance

Thursday | December 9
  • 7 PM | Worship Service
Sunday | December 12

(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
Tuesday | December 14

News & Events

Because of your generous giving last year, we were able to see God do amazing things through the completion of the ball fields, bike park, and playgrounds, providing additional resources with which to connect to our community, encourage families, and introduce more people to Jesus.

In addition to keeping the lights on and paying bills, our prayer is that God would use our gifts to make disciples of Jesus and for being a place known for loving God, loving each other, and loving our neighbors.

You’re invited to join us at Bible Center Church for a beautiful Christmas Eve service. Each of the 1-hour services will feature Christmas music, a brief devotional, and will end with all of us singing Silent Night while holding a candle representing Jesus, the Light of the World!

Christmas Eve Schedule:

  • 7:00 AM | Fox 11 TV
  • Noon | WCHS-TV8
  • 3:00 PM | On Campus
  • 4:30 PM | On Campus
  • 6:00 PM | On Campus

Sunday, December 26 Schedule:

(No on-campus services December 23, 26, or 30)

Church Life

Women’s Gift Exchange

Saturday, December 18 | 9:30-11:30 AM | All ladies are invited to a gift exchange like you’ve never seen! Bring 4 identical unwrapped gifts and join us for the fun, coffee, and snacks.

Bible Center Preschool

Employment Opportunities

In early 2022, Bible Center’s preschool program will expand to include children from birth (6 weeks old) to 2 years old. We are looking for team players who are passionate about building into future generations by caring for young children while inspiring a love for learning. We are currently receiving applications for open positions.

Complete the application here. Jane Jackson-Fowler, Director of Preschool Ministries, will follow up with applicants. Positions available:

  • 1 floater
  • 1 Aide/Assistant Teacher

Bible Center school

Employment Opportunities

Aftercare Attendant | Looking for someone who loves working with K-8th grade students! Hours are M-F 3:00-5:30 PM (flexible days). This job would be perfect for a high school or college student looking for a few hours each week.

Teaching Positions | We are currently taking applications for K-8th grade teachers. We are looking for applicants who have a passion for creating an engaged learning environment through hands-on learning experiences.

To apply, contact Principal Stephanie Schafer.


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.

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