Dear Church Family,

During the business meeting Sunday evening, several wonderful & very important issues were addressed.  I want all of you to know about them so you can celebrate them too!

We voted to license and ordain Doug Harrell into the ministry.  We all know Doug and believe him to be a wonderful servant of the Lord!  For some time Doug has believed the Lord was leading him to this next step in his life and we are always excited when someone follows the Lord's will for their life.  His ordination service is Sunday, August 9th, 6:00pm.

We also announced a third Sunday morning worship service which will begin on Sunday, August 23rd.  We are very excited and blessed to have 197 worship with us yesterday which just about maxed out our seating capacity while allowing for social distancing.  The Sunday morning schedule beginning on August 23rd will be as follows:

8:30 am Worship (Face masks required by all)
9:45 am Sunday School (Face Mask optional)
9:45 am Worship (Face mask optional)
11:00am Worship (Face mask optional)

I know we all want to be able to worship together but with COVID-19 we have to take proper precautions to keep everyone safe and yet provide space for everyone wanting to attend worship services.

And it is our hope and belief that many more of our church family are realizing COVID-19 will be here for some time and will come back to Church to worship with us.  The third Sunday morning service will provide lots of opportunities for us to be able to accommodate everyone.

The third item discussed last night was our new building.  Great progress is being made and we now believe we will be in the new building within the next sixty (60) days.  It could not come at a better time and will serve as a great outreach tool to reach out to the 1000s who are unchurched living within a five mile radius of our Church.

The final item relates to Awana.  We believe we will be able to restart Awana just after school begins with the first Awana teaching time late August or early September.  I am so excited to have this ministry restarting and appreciated Britney Carver, Dale Buchanan and all of our teachers and workers who so faithfully serve in this ministry.

A meeting for all Awana workers will be taking place in the next week or so and will be announced as soon as we get the date for it set.

Rejoice with me.  The Lord is doing great things among us in spite of COVID-19 and I and SO thankful.

Love you all!
Pastor Bruce

Sunday Mornings:
8:30am - Early Worship Service - You must wear a mask! Masks will be available
10:00am - Sunday School
11:00am - Worship Service II

Sunday Evening Service - 6:00pm

Wednesday Midweek Service - 6:30pm in the Sanctuary
7:00pm - Youth meeting on Zoom (Dale)
                  5th & 6th grades on Zoom (Veronica)

All services will be based on social distancing.  Alternate rows of pews will be left vacant.  Ushers will be at the doors to open them for you.  Hand sanitizer and masks will be available for your use.  Only the Ushers will touch the offering plates.

We will NOT have Nursery, Children's Church or Toddler Time. 

If you are unable to attend services, 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. "Broken Chains" is also on Bear Creek CR every Tuesday evening. 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.

Prophecy Conference with Dr. Jimmy DeYoung

Date:  August 3, 4, & 5, 2020
Location:  Tri-County Baptist Tabernacle
                   252 Ridge Road
                   Spruce Pine, NC  28777

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, a prophecy teacher and journalist who travels the world educating people of the future events foretold in God's prophetic Word, will be with us once again in Mitchell County.

Our Baptist Tabernacle will be professionally cleaned, pews will be marked, and ushers will be in place to help you find a seat.  Social distancing will be respected.

There is no cost for this event.  A love offering will be taken each night.

Brian Center Ministry

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.)

The Married #1 Class (Janet Miller, Teacher) takes snacks the first week of each month. It is suggested that those who sign up take them on the third week of each month.

Snacks will be provided:
-- for the month of August by Helen Dogariu and Susan Michael
-- for the month of September by Chris and Christy Young
-- for the month of October by Charlene Farrell and Carey Riddle

A sign up sheet has been placed on the double bulletin board to sign up to provide these snacks the third week of each month.

Joint Prayer Time

We will have prayer at 8:00am in the Sanctuary every Sunday.

Journey and Stand Firm Available

Please come by the church and pick up the August issues of Journey and Stand Firm.
They are on the table in the vestibule and on the table across from the double bulletin boards.  There are also Open Windows on the tables.

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.

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

Postponed until future notice

Easter Drama Meeting/Practice

Date: To Be Announced
Time: 4:30pm

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: September 5, 2020
Time: 8:00am
Location: Fellowship Hall
Cooks need to be at the church at 7:00am.
All men and boys are invited to attend!

Deacon's Meeting

Date: To be announced
Time: 4:30pm

Card Groups

Date: to be announced
Time: 5:00pm

Date: To be announced
Time: To be announced

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'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.


Please remember to call, visit & pray for our shut-ins & homebound.
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.

Change of Date

Church Council and Deacons Meeting has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 2nd, 4:30pm.  Members of the Church Council are Pastor Bruce, Dale Buchanan, Linda Duncan, Nora Nell Jarrett, Wanda Duncan, Jamie Miller, Kenneth Pitman, Danny Willis, Chris Pitman, Tim Greene & Lonnie Speight.  Our Deacons are Kenneth Pitman, Chairman, Dale Buchanan, Dean Gouge, Chris Helms, Ken Howell, Jamie Miller & Leonard Wiggins
Mitchell Baptist Association
172nd Annual Meeting

Due to the Corona Virus some changes have been made to our Annual Meeting this year.

Location:  Bear Creek Baptist Church
Date:  Monday, August 24, 2020
Time:  7:00pm

Mitchell Baptist is asking for each church to be represented by the Pastor and only two messengers.

We will not have an afternoon session or a meal on this day.  Social distancing will be respected.

We will also not be having a second night's meeting on August 25th, as originally planned.

Please pray for our pastors and our churches as we go through these difficult days.


It's A Boy
Savannah & Caleb Miller are the proud parents of Walter Caleb Miller!  He was welcomed into the world on July 23rd, weighing 9lbs 5oz and was 19 1/2 long.  Also welcoming baby Walter are brothers, Charlie, Tristan and Holden, and sister, Rourie Jane.

A special thank you to Donald Willis of Granite Falls, NC for the love gift sent to Bear Creek Church in loving memory of his parents, Fred & Lillian Willis.

Bear Creek Church,

Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers, texts, phone calls and the beautiful flower arrangement during the loss of our mother/mother-in-law Shirley Burse.  We are so blessed to have great people like our Bear Creek family.  We love you all.

Terry & Melanie Burse family

Baptist Children's Home
Western Area Conference
Broyhill Home, Clyde, NC
Thursday, September 10th

In consultation with BCH president, Michael Blackwell, it was determined that it was in everyone's best interest not to hold their annual celebration.  This was not an easy decision and the conference has never been canceled in its 61-year history. You change children's lives for all eternity because of your prayers and support. The cottage parents, staff, boys and girls are safe and doing fine.

Sparks Awana Class

The Sparks Awana class will have summer activities on Tuesday nights at 6:30pm,, beginning on June 9th.

Online Church Photo Directory

Did you know? We now have an online Church Photo Directory. It is found on this website. Simply click on the "About" tab which will open up a drop down menu. Click on "Directory". 

The online Directory is password protected as it does contain names and addresses of our members. When you click on "Directory" you will be asked for a password. This password may be obtained by contacting me (Wendy Cannon) in person or by text or phone at 828-467-5557 or by calling Linda Duncan in the church office.

Please check out this Directory. I have found photos for most of our members. Please check out your photo. If you are not happy with your photo, you can send me a new one. If you have a more current photo, you can send me the new one. Just email or text the new photo to or 828-467-5557.

Please let me know if I have accidentally omitted someone from the Directory and I will certainly add them. Thank you!

Wendy Cannon

Nominating Committee Information

It is time for the Nominating Committee to be in full swing. Due to the current situation the Nominating Committee will not be functioning as usual. We will be keeping the same Nominating Committee members as last year.

We are also requesting that those who served in positions last year such as Sunday School teachers, etc., will keep their position(s) for another year. If there are changes that need to be made or if there are teachers who can no longer keep their current positions, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee. Thank you!
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!

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.

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)

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!!

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

Month-By-Month Collection

This year, we want to collect items for the shoeboxes monthly.
Items for July & August - crayons, pencils, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, paper, pens, markers, rulers, colored paper, crafts, drawstring backpacks.  

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.

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 *FELLOWSHIP HALL*  or Tune to Facebook - Bear Creek CR - or view on BCBC Soundroom  (*Note New Location)

For more information contact Rev. Bruce Cannon, 828-467-5416, Josh Wise, 828-385-0061 or Jessica Williams, 828-467-7243.

Meal Schedule

August 6 - Berry Chapel Baptist Church
August 13 - Ken, Peggy & Craig Howell & Mamie Carpenter
August 20 - Richard, Nora Nell, Phillip & Patsy Jarrett, Ruth Grindstaff, Jerry & Annette Duncan
August 27 - Lonnie & Sheila Speight, Roger & Marie Willis, Kenny & Sharon Huskins

** Please plan to serve around 30 - 35 people

Echoes of Praise Choir Practice

Every Wednesday
Time: 5:00pm

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.

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!