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 14-week “Wholly Transformed” series, walking verse by verse through the New Testament book of James. Two weeks ago, I began with an introductory message titled, “Transformed Through Suffering” from James 1:1-18. Pastor Mike preached another introductory message last weekend titled, “Transformed by God’s Word” from 1:19-27.

You can download both messages on our app, on our sermon podcast, or on the series page here.

Beginning this weekend, the next 12 messages address 12 different ways Jesus wants to transform us. The first area can be found in James 2:1-13 from which I’ll bring a message titled, “Transformed Through Mercy.”

James begins chapter 2 with, “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism” (v. 1). His words sound a lot like Jesus’ words, “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” (Matthew 5:46-47).

Are we ever tempted to show favoritism toward a certain group of people at work, at church, or in our neighborhoods… while consciously (or subconsciously) ignoring another group of people? If we’ve been in the church for a long time, are we ever tempted to use a Bible verse (out of context) to justify our lack of hospitality or love for a specific person?

In today’s message, James will not only teach us how to identify the problem; he’ll also give us the key to solving the problem, once and for all.

Transforming with you,

Matt Friend
Lead Pastor

News & Events

Discipleship Journal

Spiritual growth takes place when the Holy Spirit uses the Word, His people, and prayer to infiltrate and influence our lives.  

Discipleship Groups (D-Groups) create an environment for us to commit to this process of growth and transformation in Christ together.

The D-Group Journal was designed to be a simple tool to help small groups facilitate connecting with one another, studying the Bible, and memorizing Scripture. 

Pick up your journal this weekend, grab some friends, and get started! 

Weekend Conference with Gregg and Nora Allison

February 11-12 | Child care provided | At Bible Center, we talk much about the written Word of God; however, have you ever wondered what role the Holy Spirit plays in our transformation? What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit? What must we do to be filled with the Spirit? How can we walk in the Spirit with our families, friends, colleagues, and neighbors? Dr. Gregg and Nora Allison will answer those questions for us this weekend, both through their teaching and stories from life, family, and ministry.

Registration is free; however, we want to have plenty of seats and refreshments for you.

Church Life

Parents’ Afternoon Out (free babysitting)

Saturday, January 22 | 1-4 PM | BCS RAM Center | FREE babysitting! One of our high school girl’s small groups and their leaders would like to provide childcare for you for THREE hours on Saturday afternoon. This is a great opportunity for a date with your spouse, shopping, or even a nap! 🙂 Limit: 25 kids. Register now!

Baptism Sunday

February 27 | 12:30 PM | Ready to go public with your faith in Jesus? Get baptized! On Sunday, February 27, your friends and family can gather in the Worship Center after the morning services (12:30 PM) to see you baptized. This special, intimate baptism service is for anyone who is ready to take the next step in their journey with Christ. Let Pastor Matt know that you’re ready to take this next step in your spiritual journey. Want to learn more about baptism? Check out the brief video and pamphlet on baptism. February 27 will be a special day!

Save the Dates | Member Meetings

This year’s Member Meetings will be held at 6 PM on March 20, June 26, and September 25. Mark your calendars now, and plan to join us.

Employment Opportunities

Two part-time positions are available in the Facilities Department. Contact Steve DeBord at or (304) 346-0431.


Special Events Child Care Team

A team is being developed to provide childcare for special events. If you love kids and would like to make a little extra money, complete this form. Contact Julianna Vogt for more information. Adults and teens are welcome.

Join the Hospitality Team… Keep the Coffee Coming!

Wasn’t it great having the coffee & hot tea back in the Lobby on Sundays during the Christmas Season? We’d love to keep it going, and we’re looking for people to help make it happen! You can serve once a month or every other Sunday—you choose! Please contact Paula Toney to join the Hospitality Team.


Parent Breakfast

Sunday, January 23 | 10:00 & 11:15 AM | Room 1122/23 | For all parents of K-5th grade kids | Families are invited to enjoy a free breakfast hosted by the Children’s Ministry! Hang out with other parents and savor delicious food as Pastor Steve shares news and information about new discipleship materials. For planning purposes, registration is preferred.

Child Dedication

Sunday, March 20 | 5 PM | For Members or Members-in-Process | Child Dedication services are uniquely special for our members and their guests. Child Dedication at Bible Center is now held on Sunday evenings, at least a couple of times each year, and has a three-fold purpose:

  • Parents dedicate their child(ren) to God.
  • Parents dedicate themselves to raising their child(ren) in obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • As fellow members (or members-in-process), the Bible Center membership commits to helping parents raise their children within our covenant community.

Ready to dedicate your baby or small child? View the schedule, FAQs, and more info, or register now.

College & Young Adults

Game Night

Friday, January 28 | 8:30 PM-Midnight | at Bible Center School | Open Gym, Music, Food, Board & Video Games | Invite your friends and plan to join us for a night of fun at the Bible Center School campus. For more info, contact Emma Neill: (603) 937-0160 or Jagur Smith: (304) 437-3408.

Bible Center school

Employment Opportunity

We are now hiring a Middle School English teacher! Looking for a qualified, self-motivated person who has a love for teaching English and Reading. Applicants must be willing to teach all learners and create an environment where students thrive through engaged learning. Please email Principal Schafer for more information.

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 Lead teacher
  • 1 Aide/Assistant Teacher
  • 1 Floater

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