BC Briefs

Another birthday is quickly approaching for our nation.  America was founded by men and women looking for a place where they could worship God in spirit and in truth.  History bears this out through so many speeches and documents from its beginning. For example, consider this:

In God We Trust was first inscribed on U.S. coins in 1864 under President Lincoln, and in 1956 Congress made it the national motto of the United States.

George Washington added "so help me God" to his inaugural oath; every president since has likewise asked for God's assistance at his inauguration.

Since its first meeting in 1774, Congress has opened its sessions with prayer, usually given by its official chaplain in both houses.

On October 3, 1789, one week after Congress approved the Bill of Rights, President George Washington recognized "the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits and humble to implore His protection and favor," and therefore declared a national "day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially  by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

On October 3, 1789, recognizing the "duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, "President Washington declared a national day of thanksgiving and prayer thanking God for His "many signal favors," including the Constitution.

The famous Liberty Bell of Philadelphia is inscribed with the message of freedom found in Leviticus 25:10, "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof."

And, there are so many more examples of our nation being founded on the Lord God, the creator of heaven and Earth.

My question is, "How are a few so able to demand removal of the symbols of our Christian heritage and succeed in doing so?" To borrow a phrase used by a few over the past years, "Is the tail wagging the dog?" Why can't the "dog way the tail?" Does the majority rule? Or have the voices of a loud few out-shouted the softened, or silenced, voices of the masses?

Examples of our Christian faith and heritage being under attack include the Cross being removed from some public buildings; the Ten Commandments being removed from some locations; and the name of "Jesus" being barred from public prayers in some instances.  These are but a few examples of the seeming movement to ban the Lord from America.  And, while all of this is happening, it seems as if so many have lost their will to fight for our Christian freedoms.

What must we be reminded of this July 4th? Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it; except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. (Psalm 127:1) And, Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. (Psalm 33:12)

What must we do to help our current pitiable situation: 1) Pray! Pray that our government leaders and our Christian leaders will have the wisdom and gumption to stand for those time-honored principles that make our nation great. 2) Be! Be the change that American needs.  Live out your faith in God so that everyone knows beyond a doubt that you believe in, serve and love the Lord. Pray publicly. Carry your Word around openly. 3) Vote! Vote for those who have those time honored Christian values. 4) Love! Love the Lord God with all your heart! Serve Him and He will give you the wisdom and power to be the change America needs.

Preacher Bruce

 

 


Observance of the Lord's Supper



Date:  Sunday, October 6th

Time:  10:45 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VBS Kick-Off, Registration & Parade


Date:  Saturday, July 13
Time:  9:00am

VBS Classes begin
Date:  Sunday, July 21 - Thursday, July 25
Time:  6:00pm - 8:30pm
Adult Class - 7:00pm

VBS Commencement & Picnic
Date:  Friday, July 26th
Time:  6:00pm

Bible stories, songs, refreshments, mission stories, crafts, fun, fellowship, new friends!

 

 

Food List For VBS

A food list for our 2019 VBS has been posted on the double bulletin boards. Please go by, select an item/items to bring. Sign your name on the sheet, take a reminder card and bring food to the fellowship hall before or on Sunday, July 21st.  Thanking you in advance for your help!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Building Fund Offering-1st Sunday  


Our Building Fund Offering will be received on the first Sunday of the month. Building Fund Envelopes are in the Sunday School Office and in the pews.

What a wonderful opportunity this is to be able to give back to the Lord in furthering His Kingdom!

  

 

 

Mitchell High School Graduates

Congratulations to our high school graduates!  Job well done!

Allison Greene - daughter of Joe Greene & Tonya Bristle
Kaleb McKinney - son of Rocky & Connie McKinney
Braeden Keller - son of Joy & Trent Keller
Halee Turbyfill - daughter of Steve & Penny Turbyfill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoe Boxes Needed for VBS!!!

It's almost VBS time!

We need 50 - 60 shoe boxes before VBS.  Please bring shoe boxes as soon as possible and place under double bulletin boards in hallway outside the fellowship hall.

 

 

Driver Needed


We need a driver for the donated van given to Bear Creek. If you would like to volunteer to drive the van on Wednesday evenings & on Sundays, please contact Jay Carver.  You MUST be added on to our insurance BEFORE you drive a van.  Please contact Linda with you date of birth and driver's license number so the insurance company can be contacted.

 

 

Children's & Youth Summer Classes

We will be having summer classes on Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 7:30pm. Starting date to be determined. Teachers and helpers are needed.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Dale Buchanan at 467-9343.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

An offering was given to our Building Fund in memory of Wade Edwards by Arthur and Doris Greene.

 

 

 

 

 

An offering was given to our Building Fund in memory of Wade Edwards by Janet Miller.

 

 

 

 

 

A special "Thank You" to Earl and Clara Smith of Spruce Pine, NC for the love gift to be used toward the upkeep of the cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

Great success!  A spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser was held for Zoe's Fund to help needy children in our county. Donations around $3,000.00 were received!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoe's Fund

For those interested in contributing to Zoe's Fund, it will be ongoing to help local children in need.  You may mail or take checks to Jamie M. Miller, CPA at 1136 Greenwood Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.  Please make checks out to Zoe's Fund.

 

 

Zoe Ashlyn Ellis Memorial Scholarship


A scholarship has been established at Mayland Community College in memory of Zoe Ellis.  Donations may be mailed to Mayland Community College Foundation, c/o Margaret Earley-Thiele, P.O. Box 547, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.  Please memo checks to Zoe Ashlyn Ellis Memorial College Fund.  Thank you for your contributions.

 

 

 

Cooking List


If you are interested in being on the cooking list to prepare meals for those who are very sick, recently had surgery, chemo, radiation, etc., please contact Joyce Greene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can You Help?

Brian Center & Mitchell House
Our kids, youth and leaders will be visiting the Brian Center and Mitchell House on Wednesday, July 10th.  They need our help in supplying the following items for the residents:  Chapstick, lotion (small size), body wash (small size), men's socks, snacks, Little Debbie cakes and snacks (individual packs of crackers, animal crackers, goldfish, etc.). A donation box has been placed under the bulletin boards.  They will be collecting items until Sunday, July 7th.

 

 

 

Connecting to the Internet

Want to connect to the Internet?  Connecting to the Internet is easy at Bear Creek.  Our password is
bcbc28705 under Bear Creek guest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please remember to call, visit & pray for our shut-ins & homebound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brotherhood Breakfast, Fellowship & Workday


Date:  Saturday, August 3rd
Time:  8:00am
Location:  Fellowship Hall

 

All men and boys are invited to join us.

 

 

 

  

Card Groups - Help Needed

 

 The Card Committee needs someone to send cards on the second Sunday of each month.  You can contact Peggy Howell or Rhonda Burleson and they will explain the process to you.

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Choir Practice

Date:   To be announced

Time:  4:30pm

 

 

 

 

  

 

Deacon's Meeting

Date:  Sunday, July 7th

Time:  5:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

Community Women's Prayer Breakfast

 

Date:  July 5th

Time:  8:00am

Location:  DT's in downtown Spruce Pine. 

All ladies are invited!!

 

 

 

 

VBS Kick-off, Registration & Parade
Date:  Saturday, July 13
Time:  9:00am

VBS has been scheduled for July 21 - 26, 2019,
Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm. 
Adult Class - 7:00pm

VBS Commencement & Picnic
Date: Friday, July 26th
Time:  6:00pm

Bible stories, refreshments, mission stories, crafts, fun, fellowship, new friends

Co-Directors for VBS this year are Pastor Bruce and Chris & Christy Young.  There is a place for you at Vacation Bible School.  There are classes for all ages. Also, workers are needed for various jobs.

 

 

 

New Sunday School Class

There is a new Sunday School Class at 9:45am every Sunday morning in the sanctuary.  Teachers for this class are Wendy Cannon and Josh Wise. Come and be a part if you are not already a part of another class.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Date:  To be announced

Time:  6:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Vacation Bible School


Vacation Bible School has been scheduled for July 21 - 28, 2019.  Kick-off and Parade will be held on Saturday, July 13th.  Details to be announced as available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additions to our Library


"Biblica - The Bible Atlas, A Social & Historical Journey Through The Lands of The Bible" has been placed in our church library by Joyce Boone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several fiction books written by Beverly Lewis, Wanda Brunsetter & others have also been placed in our church library.

 

 

Pop Tart/Breakfast Bars Food Drive for Mitchell County Schools


Food Pantry Items Needed:  There is an ongoing collection of non-perishable food items to be taken to the food pantries in Mitchell County schools.  The food box is located under the double bulletin board in the hallway outside the fellowship hall.  Items needed are pop tarts, breakfast bars, peanut butter, saltine crackers, graham crackers, pudding or jello cups, pop top meals such as spaghetti, ravioli, soups, etc.  Make sure they are pop top cans, a lot of the children do not have can openers.  If you would like to give a monetary donation, please contact Karen or Dean Duncan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Change in Wednesday Night Prayer Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because of the Awana schedule, our Wednesday night Prayer Service will now be held from  6:30 - 7:20pm.

 

  

Sunday School Class for College Age


We have a Sunday School Class for College Age that meets each Sunday, 10:45 am in the Historical Room.  Teachers are Joey & Melissa Phillips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Services Are Live On The Internet

Our services may be viewed live on Sunday and also older services may be viewed by going to 

www.youtube.com and searching for  

bear creek baptist 327 

If you are unable to join us in person please join us online as we worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

  

 

 

Visitation Committee


If you are interested in being on the Visitation Committee, please contact Roger or Marie Willis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

Building Fund Offering-1st Sunday  

Our Building Fund Offering will be received the first Sunday of each month. Building Fund Envelopes are in the Sunday School Office and in the pews.

What a wonderful opportunity this is to be able to give back to the Lord in furthering His Kingdom!

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

Food Ministry

There is an ongoing collection of non-perishable food items to be taken to the food pantries in Mitchell County schools.  The food box is located under the double bulletin board in the hallway outside the fellowiship hall. (Please be sure canned food is pop top lids only as some do not have can openers).

If you would like to give a monetary donation, pleae contact Karen or Dean Duncan.

 

 

 

Awanas-on hold through the summer

 

6:00 - 7:20pm  Awana

Includes meal and classes!

Bring your children to be a part of this wonderful program!       

 

 

 

   

 

Celebrate Recovery

Every Thursday
Meal:  6:15pm
Worship: 7:00pm
Small Groups: 8:00pm

CR Seekers Sunday School
Sunday Morning: 9:45am in the Sanctuary

For more information contact Rev. Bruce Cannon, 828-467-5416, Josh Wise, 828-385-0061 or Jessica Williams, 828-467-7243.

Meal Schedule

July 11th - Kyle & Rebecca Duncan, Norma Helms, Bert Hannel
July 18th - Danny & Lorie Jarrett, Joyce & Addy Greene