As this is being read, the New Year will have already come. The previous year will have passed, and we will be facing many challenges and opportunities ahead. I am so thankful that while we do not know what tomorrow holds, we know who holds tomorrow. This is the message of the song: I Know Who Holds Tomorrow by Alison Krauss.
"I don't know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day.
I don't borrow from it's sunshine, For it's skies may turn to grey.
I don't worry o'er the future, For I know what Jesus said
And today I'll walk beside Him, For He knows what is ahead.
Many things about tomorrow, I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow, And I know who holds my hand."
Our Heavely Father knows everything and is already in our tomorrow's readying grace, arranging circumstances and will be our merciful and faithful High Priest when the trials or hardships of life come.
Our world is constantly changing. Leonard Sweet, Christian futurist, made the following comment, "If you were born before the year 1960 the world you were born in no longer exists." He is referring to those values once held dear being cast aside by so many, so quickly. Things such as absolute truth, strong work ethics, integrity, honesty, respect for authority and so forth are some of those things of which he speaks.
While some changes are good, many are not. Recent news stories substantiate my point. For instance, the news articles dated December 2018 state that Asheville, NC is readying itself for the sale of recreational marijuana. Recreational marijuana is already being sold in ten states with thirty-three selling medicinal marijuana.
My wife and I recently traveled to Colorado to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park. We saw some of the most beautiful sights created by our God. But, we also saw marijuana sales outlets in what seemed like every town...even the smallest of towns got in on the action. I cannot imagine what western North Carolina would be like with recreational marijuana sales. What a tragedy that would be!
According to the National Conference of State Legislators, state legislators in twenty-one more states considered bills that would legalize adult-use marijjuana for recreational purposes. Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana with North Carolina being one of the twenty-two.
2019 - what are you going to bring our way? Will it be a further distancing from God? Or will it bring revival to His Church? Pray with me for the latter.
Indeed, the need for the Church to be what the Lord intended it to be has never been greater!
What is the answer? Prayer! A genuine spiritual awakening! A powerful move of God upon our state and national leaders! We must claim and practice passages such as II Chronicles 7:14 and God will hear our prayers, forgive our sins and heal our land.
Connecting to the Internet
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Echoes of Praise
There will not be Echoes of Praise Practice February 13th. Echoes of Praise Choir will not sing Sunday, February 17th but will sing Sunday morning, February 24th. There will be practice February 20th.
Baptist Men Region 9 Mission Rally
Location: New Bridge Baptist Church, Asheville, Nc
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: Meal at 5:45pm
Program at 6:50pm
This year during the month of February, Baptists on Mission will host a total of 10 Regional Mission Rallies across the state. These rallies will highlight the variety of opportunities NC Baptists have to be involved in missions across our state, in our nation and around the world.
Featured in the programs will be worship, testimony, mission video and a prayer time for missions. These rallies are for men, women, and youth - everyone interested in missions is encouraged to attend. A main focus of these of these rallies will be state, national, international partnerships and projects, including Disaster Relief, and the NC Missions Offering.
A meal will be provided for the rallies at no charge, but reservations are necessary to ensure an accurate meal count.
If you are interested in going to this rally, please let Pastor Bruce or Dale Buchanan know ASAP so reservations can be made.
Visiting Our Homebound
Please remember to call, visit & pray for our shut-ins & homebound,
Brotherhood Breakfast & Fellowship
Date: Saturday, March 2nd
Location: Fellowship Hall
All men and boys are invited to join us.
Date: March 3rd
2018 Contribution Statements are Ready!
If you would like a copy of your contribution statement, please sign the sheet on the bulletin board. Read over these carefully and let Linda know if any changes need to be made. Remember, you must put your offering in offering envelope in order to get credit for it.
February 17 - Card Group #3
Adult Choir Practice
Date: To be announced
Community Women's Prayer Breakfast
Date: Friday, February 8th
Location: DT's in downtown Spruce Pine.
All ladies are invited!!
VBS Is Coming
VBS has been scheduled for July 21 - 26, 2019. Kick-off and Parade will be held on Saturday, July 13th.. Co-Directors for VBS this year are Pastor Bruce and Chris & Christy Young. There is a place for you at Vacation Bible School. There are classes for all ages. Also, workers are needed for various jobs.
New Sunday School Class
A new Sunday School Class begins this Sunday, January 20th, 9:45am in the sanctuary. Any age is welcome to join us. Teachers for this class are Wendy Cannon and Josh Wise.
Senior Adult Valentine Lunch
Date: Thursday, February 14th
Location: Church Fellowship Hall
All Senior Adults are invited to join us for a time of fellowship, food and fun.
Menu will be pinto beans, roasted potatoes, ham, chicken tenders, slaw, deviled eggs, cornbread, and dessert.
Date: February 17, 2019
Upcoming Singing Events
Featuring the Hayes Family
Date: February 24th
Everyone is encouraged to come hear this group as they proclaim the gospel through their testimonies and music.
Featuring The Landmark Quartet (with Ronnie Webb)
Date: March 31st
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Mitchell Baptist Association Mid-Year Meeting
Date: Monday, February 25, 2019
Location: First Baptist Church, Spruce Pine, NC
Our mid-year meeting will be held at First Baptist Church, Spruce Pine, Monday, February 25th, 7:00pm. Our evening message will be brought by Rev. Jason Kritz, pastor of Crabtree 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.
Annie Armstron Easter Offering & Week of Prayer
Dates: March 3rd - 10th
Theme this year is "On Mission: Sending Hope
Associational Bible Drills
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Location: Bear Creek Baptist Church
Children & Youth Drills
If you have 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. God to ministries at the botto of the page and click on Bible Drills. Please do this before you come to the associational drills.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School has been scheduled for July 21 - 28, 2019. Kick-off and Parade will be held on Saturday, July 13th. Details to be announced as available.
Altapass Annual Bible Conference
Altapass Baptist Church Annual February Bible Conference - February 17-20, 2019. Morning Services at 10:00am with Evening Services at 7:00pm. Guest speakers will be Rev. Dana Williams, Rev. Bob McCurry, Rev. James Hefner, Rev. David Clemons, Rev. J.D. Grasty. Special singing by the Brady Rochester Family. For more information contact Rev. Marcus Benfield at 828-850-3346.
...Focus on WMU Week is February 11th - 17th
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.
Dear Bear Creek Church WMU,
Thank you for making the ministry of Baptist Children's Homes (BCH) possible. Your gift of love makes a difference in the lives of the precious boys and girls we are privileged to serve every day.
For me, the holidays bring back wonderful memories of time spent with family. Spending time with the people I hold most dear is better than any present I could ever receive.
I remember a particular time I visited with one of our cottages. A group of girls excitedly showed me the doll house they had made. What tiny hands had carefully constructed from cardboard boxes and tape was like a castle in the hearts of these dear children. I watched and listened intently as they described in detail their house with pride. In that moment, mu presence was better than any presen they could have received.
Thanking you for making room in your heart for our boys and girls. Your prayers and support allow caring cottage parents to lovingly listen and speak life into the children and families we serve. It also makes it possible for them to prepare room in their hearts for Christ. His presence in their lives is truly the greatest gift they could ever receive. He is also the greatest gift we can share with others.
Letting His light shine from our "home" to yours,
Michael C. Blackwell, President, CEO
Baptist Children's Homes of NC
Dear Bear Creek Church Congregation,
Hospice, Palliative, & CAP of the Blue Ridge would like to send their humble thanks for your thoughtfulness to us. We greatly appreciated the gift baskets filled with goodies. We also appreciate those that delivered it to our office on a day filled with rainy, cold weather.
Your thoughfulness and good works does not go unnoticed. Please continue to keep Hospice, Palliative & CAP of the Blue Ridge in your prayers as we continue to care for those in need of our services. We are humbled each day by your support to our mission of care!
Christina Jenkins and all staff
with Hospice, Palliative & CAP of the Blue Ridge
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 Awana is starting 30 minutes early each Wednesday night, our Wednesday night Prayer Service will now be held from 6:30 - 7:20pm.
Parents, Are We Doing Our Part?
Children; how do we as parents teach them what is important and why? I have written several times about this. I guess the fact that we have 5 children, 21 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, children are quite often on my mind.
Jesus spoke directly about the importance and special place of children in Matthew 10:14, "But Jesus said, suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for such is the kingdome of heaven."
We must be sure that we lead, guide and protect our children, teaching them to have a relationship with our Lord and Savior. Life is tough and they need all the support we can possibly give them. Having faith will not keep our children from having challenges but it will provide them with guidance through the storms of life. It is critical for parents, especially the fathers, to set the example for the children. God appointed them to be the spiritual leaders in the family.
A unified marriage with commitment from both parents to follow the teachings of our Lord and Savior and to lead the children by example is critical. Be sure you are doing your part.
Written by Doug Harrell
(Used with permission with slight changes)
New Sunday School Class for College Age
A new Sunday School Class for College Age 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.
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!
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.
Schedule For Awana, Wednesdays
6:00 - 7:20pm Awana
Includes meal and classes!
Bring your children to be a part of this wonderful program!
We Love Him Night - Wear Red or Valentine decorations (stickers). We show our love for others & our love for Jesus.
Clothes Disaster Night
Clubbers come as mismatched as you can!!!
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.
February 14th - Church will provide
February 21st - Danny & Lorie Jarrett
Addy & Joyce Greene