Service Information

Good Morning Church Family,

We’re going back inside!
This coming Sunday morning, May 24th, we will again meet as the Church inside our sanctuary!  How we have longed for this day to come and how we have missed worshipping together!

A joint Sunday School Class for everyone will take place in the Sanctuary at 9:45am with Josh Wise teaching on the Book of James.  Following the Sunday School lesson, worship will begin at 10:45am and will feature special singing, the message and patriotic elements.

To keep everyone safe we will mark off every other pew which will provide proper safe distancing.  Families can cluster together, however.

We will open doors for everyone, provide masks and hand sanitizer.  Those who attend will literally not have to touch anything.

We want to make certain no one feels guilty for not attending.  We do realize there are some who are immune compromised or who have family members who are and simply do not feel safe attending at this time.

Please join us if you can.  Wanda Duncan has made contact with some of our vocalists and we believe the service is going to be very special.

Looking forward to seeing you then!

If you are unable to come to be a part, we will also have online services each Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening.  

To view us online go to: and search for  
bear creek baptist 327 (lower case letters).
Services are also available on Facebook.  Go to BCBC Soundroom and wait for the live service to come up.  The services are also archived and may be viewed at a later time.

CR Services are on Tuesday evening at 7:00pm and may be viewed on Facebook.  Just look for Bear Creek CR.

If you do not have internet capabilities we can provide a copy of the Sunday morning services on DVD.  If you do not have a DVD player we can provide you one at no cost to you.  Please call the church office to request a copy of services.

Service schedule:
Sunday Mornings:
   Sunday School - 9:45am
   10:00am - Youth meet on Zoom
   10:00am - 5th & 6th Grade Sunday School with Veronica
   Worship Service - 10:45am (Special music each week)

Sunday Evening Service - 6:00pm
   Bible Study on Colossians with Rev. Dale Buchanan

Wednesday Midweek Service - 11:30am
   7:00pm - Youth meeting on Zoom

If you have prayer requests or know of any needs, you may still call the church office or give me a call. You may also send texts to me to advise of announcements or prayer requests.

Please help others who may not get texts to know about the services.  Wendy & I love each of you and thank you for your prayers.

Pastor Bruce
Please Help...

Bear Creek is beginning a new ministry for the Brian Center residents during this time of isolation.

We are asking for volunteers to put together a box of snacks and just drop them off at the front door of the Brian Center.

If you wish, you may include devotionals, word puzzle books, etc.

There are an estimated 100 residents in the Brian Center.

Acceptable snacks include:  Gold Fish, Animal Crackers, peanut butter crackers.  The snacks need to be individually wrapped.  (You can do 100 of one snack or do a mixture for 100 total individual snacks.)

Snacks need to be low sugar, less than 8 grams.

We would like to do this once a month.  If we have several volunteers, we can do two boxes a month.

Please call Linda at the church office, 688-4131 if you would like to take advantage of this ministry opportunity.

Snacks will be provided
-- for the month of May by Dean and Karen Duncan
-- for the month of June by Pastor Bruce and Wendy Cannon
-- for the month of July by Eddie and Linda Duncan, Lori and Tim Renfro

3rd & 4th Graders

Sunday School packets for grades 3 & 4 (Mrs. Beth & Mrs. Karen's Class) have been placed in a zip lock bag and placed in the small green tote on the porch outside the Secretary's office.  Parents, please come by the church and pick up a packet for your child.

Joint Prayer Time

We will have prayer at 9:30am on the third Sunday of each month. - Postponed until future notice
Journey and Stand Firm Available

Please come by the church and pick up the May issues of Journey and Stand Firm.
 They are in plastic boxes on the porch outside the Secretary's office.

The Landing Class-On Hold Until Further Notice

The Landing Class began Sunday, March 1st, 6:00pm.
Ages 12 - 17
This class meets each Sunday night, 6:00pm.  We will also be having our Youth Class with LUG leaders.

Date:  To Be Announced
Time:  6:00pm

Bible Study for the women will meet in the sanctuary and the men will meet in the fellowship hall.

Easter Drama - "It's All About The Lamb"

Postponed until future notice
Easter Drama Meeting/Practice

Date:  To Be Announced
Time:  4:30pm

Volunteers are needed to help with Mitchell County Meals on Wheels.  If interested, please call the Mitchell County Senior Center at 688-3019.
Associational Bible Drills & Speakers Tournament

Date:  Postponed to future date
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 Go to ministries at the bottom of the page and click on Bible Drills.  Please do this before you come to the associational drills.
Please be much in prayer for the children, youth and Bible Drill leaders as they prepare for these drills.
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 impacts the lives 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!

Brotherhood Breakfast, Fellowship & Workday

Date:  To Be Announced
Time:  8:00am
Location:  Fellowship Hall
Cooks need to be at the church at 7:00am.
After the breakfast, Brotherhood will be working in the community.

Deacon's Meeting

Date:  Sunday, May 24, 2020
Time:  9:00am

Card Groups

Date: To be announced
Time:  To be announced

Date:  May 24, 2020 (Information & Updates will be given)
Time:  After PM Service study of Colossians by Rev. Dale Buchanan

Sunday School Class for College Age-Postponed Until Further Notice

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.

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.

Visitation Committee

If you are interested in being on the Visitation Committee, please contact Roger or Marie Willis.

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 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.
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.

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.
Echoes of Praise Choir Practice

Every Wednesday-on hold until further notice
Time: 5:00pm


Please remember to call, visit & pray for our shut-ins & homebound.
Awana-On Hold Until Further Notice

6:00 - 7:20pm  Awana
Includes meal and classes!
Bring your children to be a part of this wonderful program!

Sunday Evening - May 24 - Service
Time:  6:00pm

This Sunday evening, May 24th, we will be having Church inside the Church building.  Rev. Dale Buchanan will be continuing his study in the book of Colossians.

Following the Bible Study we will have a short business meeting.

After the business meeting we will be taking a tour of the new building.

Symbolism of the 13 Folds of The American Flag

Most Americans have seen the traditional folding of the American flag, at specific events, such as funerals. Have you ever wondered why Old Glory is folded that specific way? Much more than just pomp and circumstance, each of the 13 folds holds special meaning.

The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing states our veterans served in uniform. The field of blue, dresses from left top right and is inverted only when draped as a funeral cloth over the casket of a veteran who has served our country honorably in uniform. In the U.S. Armed Forces, at the ceremony of retreat, the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nation's honored dead. The next morning it is brought out and, at a ceremony of reveille, flown high as a symbol of belief in the resurrection of the body.

The flag-folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our great country was originally founded.

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of the flag draped casket for our military? Here is how to understand the flag that is laid upon it and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers.

Have you ever noticed that the Honor Guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of American Flag thirteen times? Some think it is to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

The first fold of the flag is a symbol of life.

The second fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.

The fourth fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The fifth fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country", in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."

The sixth fold is for where people's hearts lie. It is with their heart that they pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The seventh fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to the father, for he too has given his sons and daughters for their defense of their country since they were first born.

The eleventh fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The twelfth fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

The thirteenth fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding them of their Nation's motto, "In God We Trust."

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.

There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning.  In the future when you see folded flags, you will understand the meaning of the flag draped coffin and the folded flags.
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Letter to NBC - Let Your Voice Be Heard

The following letter takes a stand against children drinking alcohol.  Please copy this letter and print; signing your own name to the letter.  Send in your copy of this letter to NBC to let your voice be heard.

Stephen B. Burke
NBC Universal
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY  10112

Dear Mr. Burke,

On Saturday, May 9, 2020, NBC's Saturday Night Live shared a skit that featured children drinking alcohol with the repeated words "let kids drink."  While we recognize this was created in satire, we feel this could be harmful to youth who are exposed to the content, both as it aired on television and is being shared online across Saturday Night Live's social media platforms.

As a community, we feel that preventing underage alcohol use is of utmost importance.  The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) have shared insight with us surrounding the prevalence of binge drinking and underage drinking during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Especially during this time of uncertainty and fear, sharing content that features youth alcohol use and parents allowing underage drinking could be extremely damaging to our prevention efforts.

In the future, we ask you to please be more responsible with the content you share and consider the implications on our nation's youth.  In addition, we ask that you remove the "Let Kids Drink" video from your social media channels, to limit the exposure children and parents may have to this particular content.


Your Name


Online Giving Now Available

Online giving to Bear Creek Baptist Church is now available on the Give page of this website or on the app version.  We have completed testing and are now ready to use both of these program.  Both of these options are secure.

To give through this we site simple go to the Give tab and follow the instructions on the bottom right portion of the page.

To access the app version simply go to

If you would like to mail your tithe to the church, the address is
Bear Creek Baptist Church
327 Bear Creek Church Road
Bakersville, NC  28705
and of course, your tithe may be given during our Sunday morning worship services.

Your Tithes and Offerings make the ministry of Bear Creek Baptist Church possible.  Thank you!

Baby Shower

Because of COVID-19, a baby shower cannot be given for Kayla Cook, daughter of Denise Barker, granddaughter of Kay & Dennis Burleson.  However, gifts can be taken to the home of Dennis & Kay Burleson or brought to the church office.  Kayla is having a girl and baby girl Cook is due June 26th.

5th Sunday Night Service

Date:  May 31st
Time:  6:00pm

Normally on the 5th Sunday Night we have a Gospel Singing.  This 5th Sunday night service we are going to do things a little differently.

The Lord has blessed us all tremendously.  He has also equipped the people of the church with many talents.  This 5th Sunday night will be a time when we can bring our "offerings" to the Lord.  These "offerings" could be words of thanksgiving or songs, readings or another way that you feel impressed to show your love and thanksgiving to the Lord.  Come and be a part of this special service.
Wild Game Dinner

When:  Postponed until future date
Location:  Bear Creek Church Fellowship Hall
Time:  Games at 4:00pm
           Meal at 5:00pm
Bring your favorite wild game dish or just your favorite dish and join us for some good food and lots of fun for kids and adults.
Guest Speaker:  Kenny Adcock
Director of Truett Conference Center and Camp
Hayesville, NC
Games include archery, sling shots, BB guns, and rifle shootings (will be supervised)
Please send your trophy pictures to be put on the screen to
Also, please bring any old football or cheerleading pictures to put on display.
Any questions, contact Lonnie Speight.


The email address for Bear Creek Baptist Church is Emails sent to that address will be received by Linda Duncan.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

Month-By-Month Collection

This year, we want to collect items for the shoeboxes monthly.  
Items for May - Clothing items sizes 2 - 4T through 14 - 16 years old, t-shirts, sundresses, flip flops, socks, underwear, sunglasses.
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.
2020 High School & College Graduates Recognition Service
Date:  To Be Announced
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.

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.
Bible Drill Practice Sunday 6:00pm - Postponed until further notice

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)

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.

Adult Choir Practice

Date:  To be announced
Time:  4:30 pm
All choir members are encouraged to be here if possible.
Anyone interested in joining the choir is invited to attend.

Community Women's Prayer Breakfast

Dates:  To be announced
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 Josh Wise and Wendy Cannon. Come and be a part if you are not already a part of another class. Everyone is welcome!

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.

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 or Tune to Facebook - Bear Creek CR - or view on BCBC Soundroom

For more information contact Rev. Bruce Cannon, 828-467-5416, Josh Wise, 828-385-0061 or Jessica Williams, 828-467-7243.
Meal Schedule
June 4 - Ken, Peggy & Craig Howell, Mamie Carpenter
June 11 - Richard & Nora Nell Jarrett, Phillip & Patsy Jarrett, Ruth Grindstaff, Jerry & Annette Duncan