Pastor’s Letter

Dear Bible Center family & friends,

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

This weekend we launch our 3-week “Awkward Family Christmas” series!

Let’s be honest. We can all relate to awkward family Christmas moments, right?

It’s that time of year again when you uncomfortably ask, “Are we first cousins or third cousins?” (while you have your doubts that you’re even related). “Is that our Uncle’s new girlfriend?” (while you try to remember what happened to the old one). “Oh, thank you for the gift!” (while you try hard to decipher what the gift actually is).

Did you know the first Christmas was filled with awkward moments too? Think about it… When you read the Christmas story—a baby, a manger, a star—the whole thing seems like a strangely awkward way to save the world. Yet Christmas is really good news!

Over the next three weeks, I’ll retell the true stories of Jesus’ awkward family tree (“Jesus is related to that guy!?”), Joseph’s awkward situation (“My fiancé is pregnant!?”), and the Magi’s awkward gifts (“Who actually brings gold, frankincense, and myrrh to a baby shower!?”).

Join us for this entire series! Bring friends and other family members.

Oh, and don’t worry… You’ve got nothing on the first awkward family Christmas. No matter how out of place you feel, the Christmas story is for you too!

Merry Christmas,

Matt Friend
Lead Pastor

This Week at a Glance

Thursday | December 2
  • 7 PM | Worship Service
Friday | December 3
  • 6 PM | Family Movie Night | The Polar Express
Saturday | December 4
  • 5:30 PM | Christmas Carols Hymn Sing
Sunday | December 5

(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 7
Wednesday | December 8
  • 7 PM | Middle & High School Christmas Party | School Campus

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.

Don’t miss out!

Stay up to date on service times and changes over the holidays. We’re excited to celebrate with you this year!

Church Life

Christmas Carol Hymn Sing

Saturday, December 4 | 5:30 PM | Lobby | Gather around the piano for a night of Christmas music and fellowship. We’ll sing our favorite Christmas carols and take requests.

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.


Family Movie Night | The Polar Express

Friday, December 3 | 6 PM | 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.

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