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Annie Armstrong Easter Offering & Week of Prayer

Date:  March 1 - 8, 2020

Theme:  "It's All About The Gospel

National Goal:  $70 Million

The Week of Prayer is annually observed the first Sunday through the second Saturday in March.  Each year gifts to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering - 100 percent - support missionary salaries and training, church planting and evangelism across the United States, Canada and their territories.  Our partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention churches and individuals make this work possible.

Prayer is the fuel for sustaining missionaries and their families to take their ministries in places where the gospel is greatly needed, but often opposed.

The North American Mission Board is supported through 3 main sources - 49% - Annie Armstrong Easter Offering; 36% - Co-operative Program; 15% - other Revenue Services.

While you may have heard of the AAEO, how much do you know about Annie Walker Armstrong (1850 - 1938)?

She was a remarkable advocate and supporter of missions, influenced by her pastor and other women important to her, she developed a passion for helping others in Jesus' name.  She was involved in ministries to children, poor and sick people but also felt burdened that the church should do more to evangelize the world.  In one year, Annie wrote 18,000 letters encouraging people to give to missions.  Annie used her hands to write those letters, and she also used her hands to hold her Bible and learn more about how God wanted her to show His love to others.  She also folded these hands to pray for people who needed to know about Jesus.  We honor and imitate Annie's love for lost people when we give to the offering named for her.



Youth Bible Drill Progressive Lunch

Date:  Sunday, March 1st
following the Morning Worship Service

Any questions, please contact Sheila Speight.




The Landing Class

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








Easter Drama

Date:  Wednesday, April 8th -
          Friday, April 10th
Tme:  To Be Announced








Easter Drama Meeting

Date:  Sunday, March 1st and each Sunday thereafter

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.  Although January is almost over, items to bring for soeboxes are - personal hygiene items (no liquids), toothbrushes, toothbrush caps, dental floss, hairbrushes, combs, wash cloths, bar soap, stick deodorant (for men or women).

Items for February - "Wow items" or toys. Soccer balls and pumps, small stuffed animals, dolls, cars, trucks, blls, puzzles, puppets, blocks, jump ropes, jacks, marbles, dinosaurs, small lego kits.

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.









Church Bible Drills

Date:  Wednesday, March 18th
Time:  6:30pm

Everyone is encouraged to attend to support our children and youth!




Associational Bible Drills

Date:  Saturday, March 21, 2020
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.




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



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)





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/Ladies Breakfast, Fellowship & Workday

Date:  Saturday, March 7th
Time:  8:00am
Location:  Fellowship Hall

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

 For the month of March we would like to invite all men and ladies to our breakfast.  Men will be doing the cooking!!!

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




Adult Choir Practice

Date:  March 8
          March 22

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:  Sunday, March 1st

Time:  5:00pm







Card Groups


March 1 - Card Group #1

March 8 - Card Group #2






Community Women's Prayer Breakfast


Dates:  March 13th

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:  Sunday, March 22

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.















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.




Echoes of Praise Choir Practice

Every Wednesday

Time: 5:00pm






6:00 - 7:20pm  Awana

Includes meal and classes!

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

March 4th - Team Colors - Wear your school colors to Awana






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

March 5 - Janet Miller, Beth Willis, Jeff & Ella Edwards, Brody Miller, Karen Young

March 12 - Marcella Miller, Karla Buchanan, Susan Michael