"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
Food Roundup for Baptist Children's Homes
The Food Roundup Matters to Maggie...
Maggie lived in Western NC with her mother and stepfather until one day they abandoned her. The three year old girl was heartbroken. She went to stay with her step-grandparents who were not able to work. They could barely take care of themselves much less a young child. When Maggie looks back on the years she lived with her step-grandparents, she can describe that difficult period of her life with one word: Hungry.
"I was always hungry," Maggie remembers. "There was never anything to eat." Thankfully Maggie came to BCH where she didn't have to worry about being hungry. So many boys and girls, like Maggie, could never count on eating regularly before coming to live at BCH. It's the reason why the annual Food Roundup means so much to the hundreds of children and families you help us serve each year. Boys and girls living at BCH see God's love through us when we help. You fill his or her heart when you fill the plate of a child who has gone without eating regularly before coming to BCH.
How Does the Food Roundup Help?
When churches, businesses and other community friends unite for the annual Food Roundup, it feeds hundreds and hundreds of boys and girls living at Baptist Children's Homes like Maggie. When you are feeding BCH cottages across North Carolina that can have as many as 12 - 16 residents, it takes a lot of food to fill hungry bellies.
What is This Year's Goal?
We need you to help collect $400,000 in nonperishable food, supplies and gift cards. This equals approximately 700,000 meals and snacks - enough to feed the children for a year! Through the annual Food Roundup, we help feed children and families through BCH's caring homes and services across 21 North Carolina communities.
In past years instead of collecting food items for Baptist Children's Homes, we have received a special love offering and it has worked very well giving them the opportunity to purchase items that are needed.
This year we will be taking our love offering for Baptist Children's Homes on Sunday, April 29th, during our Morning Worship Service at 10:45am. Please pray and give as the Lord leads.
Caswell dates are July 16th - 21st, 2018.
April 22 All Card Groups
April 29 All Card Groups
Adult Choir Practice
Dates: April 22nd
Our regularly scheduled business meeting will be held:
Date: April 22, 2018
Chonda Pierce to be in Charlotte, NC
Chonda Pierce, Christian comedian, will be in Charlotte, NC Friday, April 20, 2018. Tickets are $27.00. If interested, please contact Tammy Hedrick.
Senior Citizen Trip to Billy Graham Library
Date: April 24, 2018
We will take the church van(s).
Our Senior Adults will be going to the Billy Graham Library on Tuesday, April 24th. We will leave the church at 7:30am, stop for breakfast at Abeles in Morganton, then travel on to tour the library and grave sites. One the way home, we will be stopping for a late lunch. (Church provides meals.) We plan to return to the church by 5:00pm. If you are interested in going, please sign up on the bulletin board at the front of the church or the bulletin board in the hallway outside the fellowship hall by Wednesday, April 18th.Leaving:
If you are interested in being on the Visitation Committee, please contact Roger or Marie Willis.
Fifth Sunday Singing
Brian Burchfield of Surgoinsville, TN will be ministering in song:
Date: April 29, 2018
Brian Burchfield is from Surgoinsville, TN. He started singing at the age of two with his family, The Caltons (known as The Singing C's) He got saved at the age of nine and started writing songs at the age of twelve. He was called to preach in 2002 and is an evangelist also.
Brian graduated from Volunteer High School in the top 25 of his class and won the Sam L. Taylorscholarship. He went to college at the Walters State Community College, Draughons Junior College, East Tn x-ray school and The University Of Tennessee. He also graduated valedictorian in his class. In 1998 he won the summer youth worker of the year in Hawkins County, TN.
His first full time group position was in 1991 with The Singing Crisps. In 1994 he started Divine Purpose for ten years and five of those were full time. He used to do bookings in the early 1990's for Buck Rambo of the Rambos, The Ruppes, and Mike Bowling's family group, Family Tradition, among countless others. He also booked fill in dates for The Singing Cookes, The Whisnants, Naomi & The Segos and The Melody Trio to name a few. He has promoted numerous concerts with The McKameys.
He sang for the Australian rowing team for the Atlanta Olympics. He has also sang on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) He won the listeners choice award for the song, "The Grave Can't Hold Me." He recently had songs published by Crossroads Music Group and is associated with BMI. He has been a member of The Southern Gospel Music Association, The Gospel Music Association, The Southern Gospel Music Guild and Tennessee Association of Fairs.
Brian joined The Melody Trio in October of 2004 after the members of Divine Purpose decided to work in their home church and to be with families. While with The Melody Trio he wrote and sung lead on the number one song " I Know I'm Saved". He records and writes for the Eddie Crook Company , Morning Star Records of Nashville, Tennessee and for BMI of Nashville, Tennessee. he was nominated for the Horizon Award, Song Of The Year, and for Group of the Year with The Melody Trio for the Eddie Awards.
He wrote and sung these charting songs: " I Know I'm Saved " , " I Thought You'd Like To Know " , " Lord You're The Only One For Me " , " He's Always There " and " The Knee Route ". This is a full time ministry and ministers tothe lost and hurting with words of encouragement for the christian.
Everyone is invited to attend this service!
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.
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:
Rebecca Duncan - Wife of Kyle Duncan, mother of Cora Duncan, and daughter-in-law of Tommy & Wanda Duncan.
Shane, Jennifer & Kendal Parker - The family enjoys camping and hiking. Kendal, a third grader, enjoys tumbling and competitive dance.
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.
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 at 828-467-5416, or Josh Wise at 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 email@example.com.