"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
Once again our hearts have been broken by an act of terror on one of our nation's school campuses. As of February 2018, including the shooting at the high school in Parkland, Florida, there have been five school shootings in which a gun was discharged and victims were either injured or killed this year.
We must ask ourselves several questions and answer those questions. One, why? Why would someone go onto a school campus with the intent of hurting or killing innocent students? How can anyone do that? The answer has to be: evil. The person committing the deed has to be filled with evil thereby discounting the value of life. The problem with school shootings, or any other type of violence involving a gun, is not with the ownership of guns but with the lack of conscience on the part of the individual perpetrating such an act. One possessed with evil will use whatever tools available to bring about violence. On August 12, 2017 a car was driven into a group of pedestrians in Charlottesville, Virginia leaving twenty-six injured and one dead. On May 18, 2017 a car was driven into a group of pedestrians in Times Square leaving twenty-two injured and one dead. When one is possessed with evil any tool can be used to bring about harm or death.
The most important question that must be asked and answered is: What can we do? What can we do in a nation where Judeao-Christian values have been compromised for decades? What can we do when we now are in our second or third generation of Americans of whom many have been raised without Biblical training? The prophet of old said, "For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind". (Hosea 8:7) The apostle Paul said, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." (Galatians 6:7) That last verse not only applies to an individual; but also to a home or to a person.
First, we must see actions such as the school shooting in Florida as wake-up calls. As we head toward the coming of the Lord for His bride, the Scriptures teach, "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." (Matthew 24:12) Iniquity is abounding. Love is waxing cold. And, we are trying to raise our children and grandchildren in these conditions.
Second, we must return to the God of our fathers. We must humble ourselves before Him, seek His face, turn from our wicked ways (as believers) so that He will hear from heaven, hear our prayers and heal our land.
I am genuinely concerned about what the condition of our nation will be in the next years ahead if we do not do this. What schools will be next? Will there be one in western North Carolina which will have an armed intruder enter therein for the purpose of hurting and killing students? How we need His protection, His provision and His power! All of the schools, without exception, which had a shooting have stated, We didn't think it would happen here.
Third, train up children to know right from wrong and to honor the old-fashioned beliefs that made this nation great. Train them to respect and serve the Lord. Teach them His Word, His Will and His Ways. Model before them Christlikeness so they can see what they must do. Without that they are lambs among the lion and he is seeking to devour.
Finally, join me in deep prayer that God will have mercy on our nation, hear our plight and rush to our rescue.
Pastor Bruce Cannon
Baptist Men's Disaster Relief Meeting
Date: Sunday, February 25th
Time: Following the Morning Worship Service
Baptist Men's Disaster Relief Meeting is Sunday, February 25th, in the church library, following the Morning Worship Service. If interested in being a volunteer for the Disaster Relief Team, please be at this meeting or contact Dale Buchanan.
February 25 - All Card Groups
March 4 - Card Group #1
Adult Choir Practice
Date: Sunday, February 25th
Date: Tuesday, February 27th
A Visitation Committee Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 27th, 10:00am in the Historical Room. Members of this committee are: Bruce & Wendy Cannon, Jeannie Burleson, Nora Nell Jarrett, Stella Thomas, Roger & Marie Willis, Janet Miller, Mamie Carpenter, Peggy & Ken Howell, Joan Smith & Joyce Greene. If you would like to serve on this committee, please contact Roger Willis or the church office.
First Caswell Deposit
The First Caswell Deposit of $25.00 is due March 1st. Please give the money to Karla Buchanan. Caswell dates are July 16th - 21st, 2018.
Children's & Youth Church Bible Drills
Children and Youth Church Bible Drills will be held on Sunday, March 18th, 6:00pm at Bear Creek Baptist Church. Please come out to support our children and youth!
What a wonderful service this was! We had five beautiful children dedicated to the Lord.
The ones dedicated were:
Holden Biddix - Parents Justin & Anthea Biddix
Cora Duncan - Parents Kyle & Rebecca Duncan
Emma Renfro - Parents Tim & Lori Renfro
Zayn Jarrett - Parents Jake & Brittany Jarrett
Saylor Cooke - Parents Kasey & Cara Cooke
Our Church Family is truly blessed!
Senior Adult Valentine Lunch
A wonderful time was had by all.
We had 56 in attendance.
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!
There is an ongoing collection of non-perishable food items to be taken to the food pantries in Mitchell County schools. The food bos 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.
2017 Contribution Reports
Contribution reports are now in Linda's office. Please check these carefully and let Linda know if any changes need to be made. New boxes of offering envelopes are in the Sunday School office.
"Discerning the Voice of God"
Women's Bible Study by Priscilla Shirer
Date: Each Tuesday
10:00 - 11:30am or
6:30 - 8:00pm
For more information contact Tammy Hedrick @ 766-0937
Check It Out
"The Best Is Yet To Come - Bible Prophecies Through The Ages" by Tony Evans has been placed in our church library by Joyce & Henry Boone.
Welcome New Members
We welcome into the fellowship of Bear Creek Baptist Church:
Kaden & Kynlee Buchanan - children of Mike & Laura Buchanan
Jonah Cook - son of Cara & Kasey Cook
Ascher Hefner - son of Levi & Santana Hefner, grandson of Jerry & Sherry Bartlett
Mia Horton - daughter of Randy & Cassandra Horton
These children, along with Savanna Harrell, (granddaughter of Barbara & Doug Harrell) were baptized at Bear Creek Baptist Church on Sunday, December 31, 2017.
Mitchell Baptist Association Mid-Year Meeting
Date: February 26, 2018
Location: Snow Hill Baptist Church, Bakersville, NC
Our mid-year meeting will be held at Snow Hill Baptist Church in Bakersville, Monday, February 26th, 7:00pm. Our evening message will be brought by Rev. Steve Williams, pastor of Berry Chapel Baptist Church in Spruce Pine.
We will have congregational singing and a time for business and reports. Please have your church represented. Everyone is invited and messengers are encouraged to attend. (These are your messengers from the August meetings.) There will be a roll call of churches.
Fellowship, coffee and snacks beginning at 6:00pm.
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering & Week of Prayer
Dates: March 4 - 11
Theme: "On Mission Here & Now"
National Goal - $70 million
Every year the North American Board supports 5,000 missionaries who serve primarily as church planters in the United States and Canada. One hundred percent of gifts given to the AAEO are used to support these missionaries.
The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering is the primary funding channel for NAMB's church planting strategy.
2018 Bible Children & Youth Bible Drills
Date: Saturday, March 24th
If you have any questions, please contact Martha Burleson, 688-2407 or the associational office, 765-9412.
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.
New Sunday School Class - Extreme Faith
A New Sunday School Class, Extreme Faith, is now meeting on Sunday mornings at 9:45am in the Historical Room. This class is for anyone of any age who does not have a Sunday School Class.
Teachers are Chris & Pam Pitman, Joey & Melissa Phillips and Brian Shuford.
It's Time For Bible Drill Practice
As Parents, we have a very short time to instill the Word of God into the hearts of our children. What better way to do that than through Bible Drill. Bible Drill is for children, youth and high school students in grades 4-12. Bible Drill helps students increase in their knowledge, memorization and application of scripture. We encourage you to get your child involved in Bible Drill.
Wee Drillers (age 4 - 2nd grade) - 6:00pm with Martha Burleson
Children Drillers (grades 3 - 6) - 6:00pm with Sherri Buchanan
Youth Bible - 5:15pm in the church library with Sheila Speight
New Schedule For Awana, Wednesdays
6:00 - 6:45 pm Eat in Fellowship Hall
6:40pm Teachers please be in classrooms
6:45pm Awana begins - everyone goes to classes (except Sparks who will stay in fellowship hall for game time)
6:45 - 7:05pm Sparks Games
7:10 - 7:30pm Puggles & Cubbies Games
7:40 - 8:00pm T&T Games
Worship: 7:00 - 8:00pm
Small Groups for men, women, and families; 8:00 - 9:00pm
For more information contact the church office, 828-688-4331, Rev. Bruce Cannon, 910-876-2109, or Josh Wise, 828-385-0061
Care & Share Support Group
Care & Share is a support group for care givers of loved ones who have memory loss. They will hold monthly meetings at the offices of Hospice & Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive in Spruce Pine.
High County Caregiver Foundations welcome and encourage all care givers to attend.
Families dealing with a loved one with memory loss can quickly become exhausted, traumatized, and isolated. This group intends to provide support, friendship, education, information and referrals for care givers.
Monthly meetings are held on the first Friday of each month, 1:00 - 3:00pm, and will offer refreshments and fellowship. There will be opportunities for care givers to tell their stories, learn useful tips, trade information, and give and gain support to others in the same situation.
For further information about the group and the meetings, please contact Suzanne Russell at 714-614-5867 or Janet Ouzts at firstname.lastname@example.org.