BC Briefs

From The Pastor's Heart

September 25th

So burdened today for my country! Yet, I know who is behind all of the turmoil...Satan. The Scriptures teach that the thief only comes to steal, kill and destroy. He now has our great nation hugely divided and in an extremely compromised position. But, this is how he works and he is very good at his job. This division not only is in the public arena, it is also in the Church in America. And, she (the Church) cannot be blessed if divided. A divided house cannot stand. And, if the Church is in trouble how will she stand against the enemy or be able to advance the call of righteousness and evangelism? Pray with me that God will use this division to call us to prayer, to rally around the Cross. How desperate we MUST be for God today! Father, You see our pitiful state. Please run to our rescue. The enemy is here and bringing great destruction. You, LORD, are our only hope. And, you are exceedingly able. Please have mercy and bring our nation back to You. We are a prodigal. Run, please run, to us. We confess our moral failures. We have grievously sinned against you. Forgive and restore us we pray. In the wonderful name of Jesus we pray


Sunday Evening/October 1st Evening Service

What a wonderful time at the Brian Center.  The dining area was packed as our Church Family and Residents gathered for worship.  The choir let their voices ring out and the Lord's presence was felt by all as we worshipped Him together.  What a sweet time in the Lord it was!






See You At The Pole

What a wonderfule time we had this morning!  We were able to meet at our schools and pray around "The Pole" for our Nation, our President and government officials, our local officials, our County, our Schools and each other.


Mayland Community College


























Mitchell High School


























Gouge Elementary School












Deyton Elementary School





















Greenlee Elementary School













Harris Middle School











New Sunday School Class - College & Career

The New College & Career Sunday School Class is now meeting on Sunday mornings at 9:45am in the Historical Room. Please let anyone you know, ages 19 - 31, that they now have a Sunday School class.

Teachers are Pam & Chris Pitman, Joey & Melissa Phillips and Brian Shuford.




Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Items for October

Deoderant (men's & women's) & lip gloss/chapstick.

A collection box is under the double bulletin boards for these items.




Awana Calendar - Wednesday Nights, 6:00PM

October 18 - No theme

October 25th - Trunk or Treat






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


Addresses Needed


The Card Group is looking for addresses for our college students and military.  They are working to update their address list.  Please call or send these addresses to the church office at 828-688-4331 or contact Rhonda Burleson.




CPR & AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Class Coming

If you would like to participate in this training class, taught by Tim Renfro, please sign up on the bulletin board.  This will be a 3 hour class and the only cost will be to purchase card at completion of class ( approximately $10.00).  
Date:  October 30th  
Time:  6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location:  Bear Creek Baptist Church








Dear Church Family,

You were so kind to honor us with Pastor Appreciation.  Your prayers, cards, gifts & love mean so much.  We are so thankful the Lord is allowing us the opportunity to serve Him with you.  We love you all so much!

Bruce & Wendy


Church Council Meeting

Date: October 22nd

Time:  5:00pm

Members of the Church Council are Preacher Bruce, Linda Duncan, Nora Nell Jarrett, Jamie Miller, Danny Willis, Tony Hoilman, Wanda Duncan, Kenneth Pitman, Dean Gouge, Dale Buchanan, Roger & Marie Willis.



Adult Choir Practice 

Date:  Sunday, October 22nd
Time:  5:00pm

If you would like to be a part of this wonderful ministry, please come!













Date:    October 25th

Time:  6:00pm

Decorate your car trunk or the back of your truck and have plenty of candy to hand out.  This is a good place to meet the children of the community and invite them to church.


5th Sunday Night Singing

Date: October 29th

Time: 6:00pm

The Hinson Girls will be the featured group on the 5th Sunday Night Gospel/Bluegrass Singing at Bear Creek Baptist Church on October 29th, 6:00pm.

The group is made up of 4 talented sisters from Lancaster, SC. All play musical instruments and have been playing and singing together for 8 years.

Make plans to attend and invite a friend!


Baptist Children's Homes

Date:  November 5th

Join us for a very special day of worship as Rev. Louis Smith and children from the Clyde Campus of the Baptist Children's Homes lead us during our morning service.




187th Annual Session
Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

      Dates:  November 6 - 7
      Registration and Exhibits open at 2:00pm on Monday
      Program begins at 6:30pm

             Location:  Joseph S. Koury Convention Center, Greensboro, NC
                                                           Theme:  "Return to Me"

Pastors' Conference
Theme: "I Need His Power"
Sunday, November 5, 5:30pm - 9:15pm
Monday, November 6, 9:00am - 2:30pm
Location: Koury Convention Center, Greensboro, NC


Thanksgiving Meal

Our Annual Thanksgiving Meal will be held on Sunday, November 12th after our Morning Worship Service.  Ladies are to bring side dishes and desserts.






Talent Sharing

Date:  Sunday, November 12th

Time:  6:00pm

The Lord has blessed Bear Creek with so much talent.  During the service we will have the opportunity to worship as many of our church family share their gifts.  As we get closer to the date, a sign-up sheet will be on the bulletin board behind the Sanctuary for those wishing to participate.



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





Celebrate Recovery

Every Thursday

Fellowship: 6:30pm

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.  The 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 jnutouzts@yahoo.com. 


Church Fall Festival/We Had a Great Time!

Sunday, September 24th

What a wonderful day in the Lord!  We started out with an awesome Church service.  "We are Blessed" was sung by the choir and indeed, we all are truly blessed!  We do not deserve it. We cannot earn it. But God love us and He blesses us anyway.  

The "preaching" was done by folks in the congregation who shared what the Lord had laid on their hearts.  Tears were shed and we praised the Father for His goodness.

After the service we shared a wonderful meal. A great time was had by all as we loved on each other and spent time with one another.  

A special "Thank You" to those who worked so hard to make this happen.


































Disaster Relief Special Offering


Richard Brunson, NC Baptist Mens Director, shared at the Mitchell County Annual Meeting that there was a great need for money to buy food to feed the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.  Manna 1, one of our NC Baptist feeding units capable of producing 30,000 meals at each feeding had been deployed and is still serving in Texas.

Bear Creek Baptist Church collected a special offering on Sunday morning, September 3rd, and collected almost $6,000. for this very important cause. The Deacons approved an additional amount to make our total offering $7,500. Way to go Bear Creekers!  We are very proud of our church family.

Please keep the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma in your prayers.


Annual Conference for Baptist Children's Home

Date:  September 7th




Great service at Baptist Children's Homes last night. We toured a cottage and made new friends with the children there.  We had a great time of worship as we saw and heard how God is using North Carolina Baptist to help OUR CHILDREN.