BC Briefs


Note From the Pastor - Service Information

Good Morning Church Family,

Because of the COVID-19 threat, Bear Creek is moving to online services each Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening.  We will still have Celebrate Recovery because of the problems with addictions.  If you do not have internet capabilities we can provide a copy of the services on DVD.  If you do not have a DVD player we can provide you one at no cost to you.

To view us online go to:

www.youtube.com and search for  

bear creek baptist 327 (lower case letters).

This will take you to our services where we will keep everyone up to date on announcements, prayer requests, other happenings and worship services.

This coming Sunday morning, March 22nd, we will hear the quartet of Pam Pitman, Melissa Phillips, Sherri Buchanan & Don Waldroup.  You will not want to miss them!  

Please help others who may not get texts to know about the services.  Wendy & I love each of you and thank you for your prayers as we move ahead during the next few weeks.

Pastor Bruce



"In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb"

"In like a lion, out like a lamb," so goes the proverbial expression.  Everyone hopes for much improving weather as we go through the month of March.  And, while I also hope that to be true, that expression reminds me of two of the names of our God.  He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb of God.

Both names are equally precious to us.  The name, "Lion", speaks of His regal character.  The name, "Lamb", speaks of His being the Savior of the world.  Both names are used in Revelation 5:5,6, "And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth."

When I think of a lion my mind conjures up an image of a male African lion.  This animal is over 400 pounds and 4 feet tall at the shoulder.  It is equipped with enormous fangs and incredibly powerful neck, forelimbs and claws that allow them to hunt, on average, the largest prey of any land animal.  He is referred to as the "king of the jungle" and has no natural enemies.

What a perfect description of our God!  Powerful; no enemies can stand before Him! He is our champion, our shield, our hiding place, our mighty fortress, our cleft in the rock, our hiding place.  Under His wings and in His shadow we can abide.  The picture of a mother hen and her chicks is also used in the Scriptures to speak of His protection.  He can turn away all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  He can heal all our diseases.  He can save our souls, no matter what we have done, and declare us righteous before His presence.

As the Lamb of God He is tender, kind, compassionate and loving.  He was willing to go to the cross for us.  He shed his blood to wash away all our sins.  Isaiah wrote in 53:7, "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mounth."  He had all authority and all power yet He chose to not use it.  He allowed Himself, who knew no sin, to die for those who had no hope...me and you!

What preceious names are these:  Lion and Lamb!  Two names which bring great hope and peace to our hearts because we know that we need both.  We need a Lion to fight our battles and win them because we can't on our own.  We need a Lamb to be our sacrifice for sin so the righteous demands of God can be met for us to be able to go to Heaven.

In like a lion, out like a lamb.  March, thank you by your blusteriness and calm that you remind us of our God.  Lord, thank you for being our Lion and our Lamb!  We praise You for Your protecting power, your shielding help on our behalf.  We also praise you for being our sacrifice.  We couldn't save ourselves but you so wonderfully and graciously provided the payment for us.  Thank you!  In Jesus' sweet name.  Amen!

~~Pastor Bruce



Joint Prayer Time

Sunday, April 19th, everyone will meet in the sanctuary at 9:30am for prayer.  We will have prayer at 9:30am on the third Sunday of each month.










The Landing Class-On Hold Until Further Notice

The Landing Class began Sunday, March 1st, 6:00pm.

Ages 12 - 17

This class meets each Sunday night, 6:00pm.  We will also be having our Youth Class with LUG leaders.






Bible Study

Date:  To Be Announced
Time:  6:00pm

Bible Study for the women will meet in the sanctuary and the men will meet in the fellowship hall.



5th Sunday Night Singing

Date:  Sunday, March 29th
Time:  6:00pm

"Boone & Church", a bluegrass gospel group from Avery County will be providing the music.




Wild Game Dinner

When:  Saturday, March 28th
Location:  Bear Creek Church Fellowship Hall
Time:  Games at 4:00pm
           Meal at 5:00pm


Bring your favorite wild game dish or just your favorite dish and join us for some good food and lots of fun for kids and adults.

Guest Speaker:  Kenny Adcock
Director of Truett Conference Center and Camp
Hayesville, NC

Games include archery, sling shots, BB guns, and rifle shootings (will be supervised)


Please send your trophy pictures to be put on the screen to jarrettphotography@gmail.com

Also, please bring any old football or cheerleading pictures to put on display.

Any questions, contact Lonnie Speight.



Easter Drama - "It's All About The Lamb"

Wednesday, April 8th - 6:00pm
Thursday, April 9th - 7:00pm
Friday, April 10th - 7:00pm









Easter Drama Meeting/Practice

Date:  To Be Announced 

Time:  4:30pm












Easter Sunday

Date:  Sunday, April 12th













Meals On Wheels

Volunteers are needed to help with Mitchell County Meals on Wheels.  If interested, please call the Mitchell County Senior Center at 688-3019.








Operation Christmas Child Shoebox
Month-By-Month Collection

This year, we want to collect items for the shoeboxes monthly.  

Items for March - Items for older kids - small tools, small sewing kits or sewing kit items, fabric squares, scissors, tape measures, small calculators, flashlight & batteries, twine or rope, work gloves, math flash cards, hair ties.

A box has been placed under the double bulletin boards for these items. Thank you for being a part of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to children all over the world.  Any and all donations of supplies and money is greatly appreciated.

Any questions, please contact Karla Buchanan or Savannah Miller.



Toddler Time Workers Needed

We need two workers for our Toddler Time Class. If interested, contact Heather Bonaminio.









Associational Bible Drills & Speakers Tournament

Date:  To Be Announced
Location:  Bear Creek Baptist Church

Children & Youth Drills

Registration: 9:30am
Drills: 10:00am

If you have questions, please contact Heather Bonaminio, 766-0953, our associational Bible Drill Director.

Leaders, you will be able to register your participants online for the State Convention at ncbaptist.org. Go to ministries at the bottom of the page and click on Bible Drills.  Please do this before you come to the associational drills.

Please be much in prayer for the children, youth and Bible Drill leaders as they prepare for these drills.




Challenge Verses For Adults:  Memorizing the Scriptures With Our Children

  • "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24 KJV
  • "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105 KJV
  • "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3: 5-6
  • "A soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger." Proverbs 15:1
  • "The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him." Nahum 1:7
  • "Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shall thou serve." Matthew 4:10
  • "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand for ever." Isaiah 40:8
  • "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
  • "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that hosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
  • Key Passage: A Psalm of Praise - Psalm 100
  • "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." John 15:12
  • Key Passage:  The Temptations of Jesus:  Matthew 4:1-11
  • "And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."  Luke 11:9
  • Key Passage:  The Ten Commandments:  Exodus 20:3-17
  • "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged; condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned; forgive, and ye shall be forgiven." Luke 6:37
  • "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Acts 16:31
  • Key Passage:  The Sermon on the Mount:  Matthew 5-7
  • "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Acts 16:31
  • Key Passage:  The Sermon on the Mount:  Matthew 5 - 7
  • "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
  • Key Passage:  The Parable of the Sower:  Mark 4:1-20
  • "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1
  • Key Passage:  The First Lord's Supper:  Luke 22:15-20
  • "Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful." 1 Corinthians 4:2
  • Key Passage:  Jesus and Nicodemus:  John 3:1-21
  • "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."  Ephesians 4:32
  • Key Passage:  The Crucifixion:  John 19
  • "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men."  Colossians 3:23
  • Key Passage:  The Faith Chapter:  Hebrews 11
  • "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7
  • "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."  2 Timothy 3:16



2020 High School & College Graduates Recognition Service

Date:  Sunday, May 17th, 2020

Time:  10:45am




The dates for Caswell this year is July 20, 2020 to July 25, 2020.  Please keep watch for further information as it becomes available.







Vacation Bible School

It is never too early to begin praying for Vacation Bible School.  The dates for Vacation Bible School are:

July 26 - July 31

Please make plans to be a part of this great event.



Vacation Bible School Parade/Registration

The Vacation Bible School Parade and registration is planned for July 18, 2020. Stay tuned for further information.









Letter From Tri-County Pregnancy Center

Dear Bear Creek Baptist Church,

We want to thank you so much for your donation in 2019.  We were able to accomplish and do some amazing things - including giving 24 pregnancy tests with 17 of the 24 coming to the center as vulnerable for an abortion.  Through prayer and love from our wonderful staff none of the women chose to abort their baby.

The Tri-County Pregnancy Center was able to provide over 400 classes to men and women on topics ranging from "How to be a better Parent" to "How to make your marriage stronger." Each and every day we see lives changed as we seek and pray to God and allow Him to work through us.

This year we want to strengthen the center to new heights as we seek what God desires for us to do to further His kingdom.  One of the first things we plan to do this year is to expand our life skills curriculum from our four walls to surrounding communities.

As you start 2020, please pray for the center and how you can help us either financially or by volunteering.  If you have any questions, please call me at 828-682-7250.  Together we can reach our communities with the life changing Good News of Jesus Christ!

Jeff Turner
Tri-County Pregnancy Center
Executive Director

**A wish list for the Tri-County Pregnancy Center has been placed on the double bulletin boards outside the fellowship hall.




School Zone Challenge

Every time you see a school zone, use it as a prayer zone to pray for students, teachers, administrators and anyone else that impactsthe loves of STUDENTS!













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!



Bible Drill Practice Sunday 6:00pm

Wee Drillers - Ages 4-7 (Martha Burleson & Wendy Cannon)
Children - Grades 3 - 6 (Sherri Buchanan, Heather Bonaminio, Pam Pitmin)
Youth & High School - Grades 7 - 12 (Sheila Speight & Britney Carver)




A special "Thank You" to Lorraine and Donald Willis of Granite Falls, NC for the donation to Bear Creek Baptist Church in memory of Fred & Lillian Willis.





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.












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, April 3rd
Time:  8:00am
Location:  Fellowship Hall

Cooks need to be at the church at 7:00am.

After the breakfast, Brotherhood will be working in the community.




Adult Choir Practice

Date:  To be announced

Time:  4:30 pm

All choir members are encouraged to be here if possible.

Anyone interested in joining the choir is invited to attend.




Deacon's Meeting

Date:  To be announced

Time:  5:00pm







Card Groups


To be  announced






Community Women's Prayer Breakfast


Dates:  To be announced

Time:  8:00am

Location:  DT's in downtown Spruce Pine. 

All ladies are invited!!




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:  6:00pm













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.
















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.




Echoes of Praise Choir Practice

Every Wednesday-on hold until further notice

Time: 5:00pm



Awana-On Hold Until Further Notice



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
Celebration Place For Kids - 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

Meals discontinued until further notice