Fellowship


BCBC Homecoming 2015

But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. (Luke 15:22-24)

Welcome home.

Welcome home.

Dr. Harry J. Pilson, Pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, in Virginia, tells us that Homecoming celebration is a Baptist tradition, with roots primarily in the South. It’s a celebration of memories past and new beginnings.

In earlier times, people who migrated to the North to work in factories or in domestic professions would return home to participate in their church’s annual
Homecoming service.

Brethren, we have met to worship.

Brethren, we have met to worship.

We at BCBC continue that tradition this Sunday as we welcome loved ones returning home to visit their old church and fellowship with friends and family.

As we celebrate Homecoming, let us remember the prodigal children lost in sin and away from the church. When the time comes, God will be there to welcome them back to his family. And so will we.

Let us celebrate Homecoming as a new beginning in our lives. We welcome Steve Harris who will be bringing the message.

Thanks to Rick Shuford and Doug Van Wirt for the photos from BCB Homecoming 2015.

Pastor Porter Jennings

Pastor Porter Jennings

Food and fellowship, another Baptist tradition.

Food and fellowship, another Baptist tradition.

More food. More fellowship.

More food. More fellowship.

Doris Case

Doris Case

 

 


Men, Take Time for Spiritual Renewal

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. – See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Fellowship,-Among-Believers#sthash.LttyGEnM.dpuf

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. – See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Fellowship,-Among-Believers#sthash.LttyGEnM.dpuf
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. – See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Fellowship,-Among-Believers#sthash.LttyGEnM.dpuf

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42)

The annual BCBC Men’s Retreat will take place September 16-17 at Balsam Lake Lodge.  If you can’t make it for the whole weekend, come for part. Call Aaron Creasman (828-777-1272) if you are interested.

Remember, when men take time out for spiritual renewal, the whole church benefits.

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Balsam Lake Lodge

During the 2016 BCBC Men’s Retreat at Balsam Lake Lodge you’ll catch fish, hike the beautiful North Carolina mountains, eat hamburgers, and — most importantly — be spiritually renewed and refreshed as you share key truths and new perspectives in your walk with Jesus Christ.

Men, take this opportunity to develop unity through fellowship.

Best of all, the benefits continue long after the first fish is caught and last hamburger is eaten. Relationships at home become more positive and hopeful when you find renewal in God.

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Join us on Friday, September 16th  to Saturday the 17th  for the BCBC Men’s Retreat.

Speak with Aaron Creasman, or call the church office for more information. 828-667-9818

And, remember you must sign up at the information desk in the church lobby. Space is limited for this event!


Your New Year’s Resolution: Give the Best You Have

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight.
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.
Give the best you’ve got anyway.

You see,
in the final analysis it is between you and God;
it was never between you and them anyway.

This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

This prayer is often associated with Mother Teresa. The original was authored by Kent Keith.


Looking Back at Trunk or Treat 2015 at BCBC

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Tom Shropshire, Burlington, Wisconsin.

Tom Shropshire, Burlington, Wisconsin.

On Saturday, October 31st, Bent Creek Baptist Church held its annual Trunk or Treat Festival.

It’s our effort to give children a chance to have fun and give their parent’s piece of mind that their children will be safe while doing it.

Enjoy these photos of your neighbors at the event.

Thanks to Doug Van Wirt for the photos.

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Don’t let You’re Testimony for God Suffer

Charles Spurgeon once said, “The more you know about Christ, the less you will be satisfied with superficial views of him.”

You’ve been there. Some people make you want to to cry out, “Stop it! You are an annoying and pitiful boor!”

But before you do, Pastor Ben Reed, of the Saddleback Community Church, reminds us that responding in this way just makes the boor dislike you, and you’re testimony for our God suffers. Just ask a scribes and Pharisees who’s actions provoked Jesus to his wits end!

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.… (Matthew 23:27)

Dead man’s bones? Hmm. It seems that even Jesus got frustrated at times.

For us, it’s important to stay composed. Don’t let your emotions become a barrier to the ability of others to experience Christ’s love. Here are some reminders that will facilitate the ability of your friends to experience the joy of Christ through you.

Be…

Be a listener. Get started, not by doing, but by listening. It’s not necessary to speak first. It’s more important to be listened to last.

Be there. Make the effort to connect. Share a well-timed, targeted, and relevant truth in the moment.

Be real. Your friends want reassurance that the person you appear to be is really you. Be open and honest about your struggles and victories.

Be consistent. Once you make a commitment, show up whether or not you feel like it. Consistency builds trust. Trust opens the door for Christ.

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, (Titus 2:78)

Give…

Give more than expected. Go beyond the minimum effort. Engage, support, and enjoy your friends.

Give grace. When everybody expects you to go 100% for truth, go all the way with grace.

in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Remember…

Remember names. It shows you care. If you can’t remember a person’s name, examine your motives.

Remember the little things. Facebook makes it easy to remember birthdays, anniversaries, and special events. Or, go old school, and use a calendar.

Remember His wonderful deeds, which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth, (1 Chronicles 16:12)

Share…

Share your story. It’s a gift to share your life in a way that focuses on the love and grace of God.

Share resources. What you have is really only yours on loan. Share things, knowledge, and time.

Share love. Care enough to make a connection. Give support during challenging times.

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. (Hebrews 13:16)

And always…

Be yourself. Be all that God created you to be. Are you funny, contemplative, patient, gregarious, intellectual? These are God’s gifts to you. Use them to further the plan Jesus has for you.

For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)


Benefits of Living in a City that “Embraces the Bible”

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. (Genesis 2:18)

Asheville ranks among the most “Bible-minded” cities in America. Actually, the region from Asheville to Greenville/Spartanburg South Carolina ranks 7th. “Bible minded” people, according to the American Bible Society, have read the bible within the past seven days and agree strongly in the accuracy of the Bible.

A similar study by Gallup ranked the immediate Asheville metropolitan area as the 70th “most religious” area among 189 surveyed in America. For people in the “most religious” cities, religion is an important part of their daily life, and they attend religious services every week or almost every week.

Why is this important?

Well, it’s been said that when Jesus calls us to follow him, he calls us to journey with others. Christian spirituality is not a solitary matter. To journey with others is the joy of spiritual friendship and fellowship.

It’s joyful to be on a flight and openly talk about Jesus with the person next to you. Just a month ago on a flight from Houston to Charlotte (#48 and #21 on Gallup’s list) I spoke for an hour with a young man coming home from a mission. Among other things, we prayed for his ailing mom. On a flight from Charlotte to Asheville I once discussed free will with a pastor. So much fun!

When you come together, each one has a song, has a lesson, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all these things be done for the strengthening of the church. (1 Corinthians 14:26)

At Reuters YMCA, my Zoomba class is enriched because the instructor inserts a Christian song between the Latin beats. Later, in another room, a woman openly asks for prayer for a sick friend.

Small things? Maybe. But these are just a few examples of a day in the life of a relocated north-easterner. It’s heartening and fun to live where the Bible matters.

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)


Time for the Second Annual BCBC Skeet Shoot and Cookout!

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Colossians 3:17)

Did you know that sporting clays originated in England in the early 1900’s. Bird hunters who wanted an off-season way to practice created it. The sport came to the United States in the late 1980’s. Today, it’s the fastest growing shotgun shooting sport, with over 20,000 members in the National Sporting Clays Association.

At BCBC we have our own special version of sporting clays (aka skeet shooting). Normally, the event is meant to simulate the action of bird hunting. The BCBC variation is meant to stimulate fellowship and hot dog eating.

The secret to our event involves creating an electrical connection between Brent’s truck and the clay disk mechanically flinger thingy. The game ends when Brent’s battery runs dry or we run out of hot dogs, whichever comes second.

So, join us on April 18th for the Second Annual BCBC Skeet Shoot and Cookout sponsored by the BCBC Men’s Ministry. The location for the event is the same — somewhere in the middle of Mike’s cow pasture. But meet at the church parking lot at 12:45 pm so we can carpool to the shooting range. This will cut down on the number of cars that have cow patties stick to the underside of their fenders.

Guns, ammo, targets, and vittles will be provided. Don’t bring your own firearms, but do bring your own hearing/eye protection. You might also bring a hat to protect your head from the sun and a chair to rest your butt between turns at the firing range.

The entry fee is $25/person, $20/person plus an extra hot dog if you bring more than 1 person. After all, in addition to fellowship, our objective is to provide a vehicle for outreach to the community.

We had a great time last year and look forward to more of the same this year.

A signup sheet is on the information desk in the worship center lobby. We need this information so we know how many supplies to get. If you can’t make it to the lobby, call the church office for assistance in signing up. 828-667-9818

Looking forward to seeing you, and try to bring a friend!


Mark Your Calendars for Adult Ministry Events

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Essential features in the life of the church are active Men’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry, and ministry programs for seniors. The heart of BCBC rests on the passion and spiritual maturity of our men and women in Christian fellowship and service.

Please mark your calendars and join us during 2015. More information will be published on this site as we get closer to the events.

Men’s Ministry activities for 2015

  • January 15th: Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministries (ABCCM)
    • Join us to help prepare dinner, offer fellowship and service
  • February 28th: Pole Creek Outdoorsman Banquet
  • April 18th
    • Skeet Shooting
  • June 7th
    • Breakfast and Bible School Training
  • August 29th
    • Tailgate Party
  • October 2nd to 4th
    • Men’s Retreat
  • December 5th
    • Men’s Ministry Breakfast

Women’s Ministry activities for 2015

  • February 21st: Embrace, Connect, Serve
  • April 25th, all day: Book and Bake Sale in the frame building
    • Fiction, non fiction, children, travel, devotional, cooking, ebook covers,and puzzles (with all pieces).
    • Baked good and muffins
      • Contributors should bring them to the frame building on Friday 24th, 6-7pm
    • Come try The Bent Creek Blend coffee!
  • May 29th – 31st, all day
    • Women’s Spring Retreat
  • July 10th, all day
    • Beth Moore in Greenville, SC
  • August 29th, all day
    • Church-wide Family Tailgate Party
  • September 12th, all day
    • Fall Retreat at BCBC
  • October 20th, all day
    • Soup and Salad Dinner
  • December 12th, all day
    • Christmas Tea

Senior activities sponsored by our Young at Heart Sunday School members.

  • March 6th, 2015, Friday, 4:00 pm
    • Mark Lowery & The Martins get together
  • March 21st, 2015, 4:00 pm
    • Chili/Potato Bar and Desserts
  • March 29th, 2015, Sunday
    • 5th Sunday Night Gospel Singing
  • April 18th, 2015, Saturday, all day
    • Narroway Theater
  • June 1st, all day
    • Hymn Sing at The Cove

The Men and Women's Ministry teams want to make sure that we have your updated information. Keep up-to-date with upcoming events by completing the form below. Then click to submit the info to John Russo. Thanks, and God Bless.


An Invitation to Wednesday Night Prayer

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. (Psalm 107:28-30)

Jesus made a promise to us.

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. (John 15:7)

Accordingly, group prayer was a characteristic of worship among early Christians.

When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. (Acts 12:12)

And so it is today, says Greg Laurie Senior Pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, “we should never give up or back down. We need to keep praying.”

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

Join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm in Pastor Tommy’s office for a time of praying for our church and our impact on missions in the world.

Also, please see our Prayer Requests on this website. Prayer is very powerful, and its effects can cause everlasting life changes.


Super Supper Six: Why It’s Important to the Church and the Congregation

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Bent Creek Baptist has started a program to facilitate fellowship among our members through informal, small group monthly meetings. This program is for singles and married couples.

The Apostle Paul knew the importance of small groups of believers, and his letters addressed the issues challenging early believers. Super Supper Six offers opportunities for our parishioners to enjoy an evening to share a meal and socialize. In addition, Super Supper Six will help meet three basic necessities for healthy spiritual growth: connection, renewal, and focus.

Connection

As the body of Christ, says Greg Bowman, a veteran of small group ministry, “sin demands to have us by ourselves because when we’re alone, it has power over us,” When we’re alone, we’re vulnerable and open to the temptation to walk away from God.

Small groups give people connection points and an opportunity to refocus relationships, drawing us into greater spiritual intimacy with each other and with God.

Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up. (Thessalonians 5:11)

Renewal

Rev. Fred DeJong, a pastor in Plainfield, Illinois, tells us, “The best way for people to experience life transformation is when it happens in a small-group setting. There’s interaction, caring, support, and accountability when people are engaged in the process.” For smaller churches, small groups can foster spiritual growth, renewal, and rebirth.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Focus

The Barna Group, a research organization focusing on the intersection of faith and culture, reports that 9 out of 10 American adults say their religious faith is important in their lives, and 3 out of 4 sense God motivating people to stay connected with him. There is, however, a growing sense of release from traditional religious practices, with two-thirds “completely open to carrying out and pursuing [their] faith in an environment or structure that differs from that of a typical church.”

Small groups are an option to satisfy this need while providing a mission focus that gives churches another avenue to unite or reunite people’s hearts around a common cause.

And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. (Acts 5:42)

All are invited. More information on participating is here.


The Importance of Group Bible Study

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)

Group fellowship is time well spent and as old as Christianity itself.

Prior to the printing press, personal quiet time was possible only for a privileged few. In fact, during the early centuries of the church overemphasis on personal (or “private”) worship was considered characteristic of the heresy of Gnosticism! For the vast majority, spiritual growth took place within the Christian community, as people gathered together to listen to and discuss God’s Word.

Today, nobody would discourage solitary Bible reading and contemplation. Christ is present when we are alone or in a group. However, there are benefits from group worship. In addition to Sunday worship services (11 am) and Sunday school (9:30 am), Bent Creek Baptist offers many opportunities for group fellowship and biblical learning.

Here’s a short list of benefits for group fellowship.

Strengthen each other’s faith

In his letter to the Romans, Paul taught us that when we see the faith in another believer, it encourages us in our own faith.

… that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. (Romans 1:12)

Support

Small group members can provide a “safety net,” supporting each other in hard times.

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

Prayer

When people become connected emotionally, they are more open to praying for one another. Often, group members exchange prayer requests or become prayer partners.

Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. (1 John 3:21-22)

Friendship

Many people, including Christians, lack close friends. When people get together in a small group, close friendships form and often remain long after the group ends.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:  If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

Remember, God doesn’t expect pastors and teachers to do all the ministering. He gave each of us gifts and talents to encourage, teach, and challenge each other. Small groups provide the perfect setting for Christian ministry, one to another.

In 2015 take advantage of opportunities for group worship and learning at Bent Creek Baptist Church. Consider this an invitation to all BCBC members and our Bent Creek neighbors in the community to participate.

  • Super Super Six
  • BCBC Women’s Bible Study
  • BCBC Men’s Bible Study
  • Student Ministry
  • Awana (preschool to 6th grade)
  • Small group bible study

Call the church office for more information. 828-667-9818


Super Supper Six

Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46,47)

Fellowship is a vital part of Christian life. Starting in February, BCBC will inaugurate a program to facilitate fellowship among our members.

Six people (couples or singles) will be placed together randomly for 3 months. They will meet once a month at a participant’s home or restaurant for dinner then rotate for the remaining 2 months.

Fellowship and bible study will follow the meal. For example, “The Last Supper” is an obvious choice but anything that suits the group is fine, such as a discussion of Pastor Tommy’s sermon from the previous Sunday. Or, passages may be assigned before the event. The goal is to make Christian fellowship compliment the dinner.

Let’s start 2015 with a new commitment to Christian fellowship. We will start in February, so sign up now at the information desk. Any questions, call Ed McGlamery at 828-712-7462.


Share With Grieving Friends During the Happiest Season

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

The Creation of Man by Michelangelo Sistine ChapelKay Warren knows that through it all, God is faithful. Yet, two years after, Pastor Rick and Kay Warren of the Saddleback Church in California, lost their son, “painful reminders every single day of what has been lost” remain.

You can read her Facebook post here. But what’s most important is her guidance to well-meaning family, friends, and acquaintances who mail Christmas cards to grieving parents and family.

“What I’m trying to convey is this,” says Ms. Warren. “Please think about the recipient before you send a greeting card this year. If you’ve taken the obligatory picture of the ‘happy family,’ consider sending instead a plain card to a grieving family — one that doesn’t smack them in the face with a reminder of how life used to be for them.”

“Tell them in a few words that you are aware of how painful Christmas can be and that you are praying for them — tell them you love them and that you are with them in shared sorrow.”

The Bible offers many examples to guide us in applying our faith in a meaningful message during times of sorrow and loss. Job clung desperately to God, despite catastrophic loss and unhelpful friends. David openly grieved the death of his son.

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,4)

Jesus is our best role model for combining faith and grief. As revealed in John 11:1-45, when he saw Mary and Martha in anguish over the death of their brother Lazarus, he wept and groaned. Although Jesus knew he was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, he still allowed Himself to feel – and express – the depths of human sorrow.

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 35 Jesus wept. (John 11:32-25)

Take comfort in knowing that Jesus leads us safely through “the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4). Let his life embolden us to communicate meaningfully to grieving friends and family. Remember, a shadow indicates that there is light on the other side!


Meeting the Need for Friendships Among Men

That we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. (Romans 1:12)

Clarence Shepard Day, Jr.: An American author, best known for his 1935 work Life With Father.

Research shows that the key to a long, happy life is not diet or exercise but strong social connections — in other words, friendships.

Yet, men are not good at this. Their inability to bond with other men even has a name — Male Deficit Model. Male friendships are less intimate than female friendships, and because there’s greater interpersonal competition, men experience lower friendship satisfaction.

“Most men,” according to psychologist Stuart Miller, “don’t let themselves think or feel about friendship; this immense collective and personal disappointment is usually concealed, sloughed over, shrugged away.” Moreover, “The older we get, the more we accept our essential friendlessness.” It’s not good psychologically. It’s also not good physically, with a correlation between loneliness and the activity of certain genes associated with systemic inflammation, which raise the risk for viral invasion and cardiovascular disease.

Surprisingly, married life does not appear to be a cure for loneliness. An Australian Study showed that family relationships have almost no impact on longevity. Friendships, by contrast, boost life span up to 22%.

What’s a man to do?

How about joining a church and becoming active in men’s activities? Here at BCBC the Men’s Ministry Outreach program provides opportunities for men to interact and bond. Outreach programs such as our work with ABCCM, as well as the men’s retreat, and sporting events are available.

Also, men might consider participating in the Men’s Bible Study on Sunday night at 6 pm at the church. We discuss the bible, with a focus on issues that matter to men, in the company of other men.

Here’s your invitation to join us. For more information about men’s activities at BCBC call the church office 828-667-9818. You man call Aaron Creasman (828-777-1272) or email Brent Besosa brent@4outdoorsmen.net of the Men’s Ministry. And Dale Butler dale@bentcreekbaptist.com of the Men’s Bible Study group would love to hear from you.

 


Christmas Caroling in the Bent Creek Community

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:13-14).

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

There are historical records from as early as 129 AD of songs written specifically for Christmas celebrations.The history and evolution of caroling as a way to celebrate Christmas is recorded here. However, you can join us on Thursday, December 18th to start our own bit of history.

We will meet at the Bent Creek Community Park at 6:30 pm to enjoy caroling in the community and return to the park for a bonfire and hot chocolate. We look forward to residents in the community joining us.

Don’t forget to bring a flashlight and warm clothes!


Sign up for the Women’s Christmas Tea!

Ladies, you are cordially invited to

“Elizabeth’s Reflections,

Celebrating a Christmas Frozen in Time”

Shared by Michelle Butler

Annual Women’s Ministry Christmas Tea

Saturday, December 13th

2 – 4 pm

Please RSVP below

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* indicates required field

 Click to download the Christmas Tea Flyer PDF file


Men Shooting Clays

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)

Here’s a great way to share fellowship among men. Join the Men’s Ministry this Saturday. November 8th at 1:00 pm for a “Target Practice” outing and closest to the pin golf.

All men from BCBC are invited, and you may invite your friends. Cost is to be determined but will be $20 to $25 per person to cover the cost of supplies and food.

All shotguns and ammo will be provided. DO NOT bring your own. Those who insist on showing off their latest iron will be asked to keep their firearms locked in their vehicles.

Hot dogs and fixin’s will be served. If you want anything else like a chair, bring it.

Here’s the important stuff to remember

  • 1. We will provide the guns & ammo.  Please don’t bring your own.  This is just a safety precaution.
  • 2. If you want to bring your golf clubs go ahead.  If not we will have some.  We will also have a lot of golf balls.
  • 3. This event is BYOC (Bring your own chair). We will have a few tables for the food & guns but if you want something to sit in bring your lawn chair.
  • 4. We will be meeting at the church & leaving from there at 1 pm.  This is an attempt to keep everyone from getting lost.
  • 5. If you can’t make it by then come on out when you have the chance.  Just give one of us a call.

See you at the church at 1 pm!

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Fellowship by the Lake

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (2 Timothy 1:5)

This Tuesday, October 21st starting at 6 pm, the ladies of BCBC will hold their annual Women’s Night Out at the Biltmore Lake Clubhouse.

You’re invited to attend. The clubhouse is located at 80 Lake Drive, Candler.

Bring soup or salad if you can. Otherwise, just bring yourself.

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Upcoming BCBC Student Ministry Events

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. (Psalm 127:3)

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1554 Brevard Road, Asheville NC 28806 | 828-667-9818 | Sunday Service 11 am

Mark your calendar now for these upcoming BCBC Student Ministry events this winter.

 

  • Starting January 4th: “He Said…She Said”
    • All Students 6th to 12th grade
      • Sunday morning 9:30-10:45 am
        • BCBC
      • Sunday evening 6:00-7:30 pm
        • Brian and Libby’s home

Libby and Pastor Brian Davis

Pastor Brian and Libby Davis direct the BCBC Student Ministry. You may call Brian for more information. 828-450-1070

Also, as always, you may call Linda Stewart (aka information central) at the church office for more information. 828-667-9818

 

 


Mark Your Calendar for Women’s Night Out

But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. (Hebrews 10:39)

It’s easy to get caught up in our daily lives and let events distract us from living for God. Maybe the strongest and most pointed passage about fellowship is in Hebrews 10 when Paul says that some have stopped meeting and are neglecting fellowship.

and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

It’s a message that’s important for women of faith.

Take a night out to let go of daily distractions and focus on fellowship with God and each other at Bent Creek Baptist Church during Women’s Night Out on Tuesday, October 21 at 6 pm. We will meet at the Lake Club House.

Bring a salad or dessert  and Drink to share!

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Men’s Bible Study: Promise to Change

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)

Robert Mankoff, 1999

There’s a classic New Yorker cartoon of a man and woman having dinner. He says, “Look, I can’t promise I’ll change, but I can promise I’ll pretend to change.”

Fortunately for us, God isn’t interested in our self-perceived limits. He’s not interested in our personal narrative or the one that others construct for us. He’s interested in us, hiding behind a vernier, suffering and inflicting suffering on others, having a bad day (and good one).

Jesus is willing to meet us where we are. Tullian Tchividjian, the grandson of Ruth and Billy Graham, tells us, “Jesus is not the man at the top of the stairs; He is the man at the bottom, the friend of sinners, savior of those in need of one. Which is all of us, all of the time.”

But we have to reach out. Bent Creek Baptist Men’s Bible Study is more than a place to meet and discuss the Bible. Using the Bible as our anchor, it’s a place to reexamine our faith and our lives in our families, our work, and personal life. It’s a time for stories and sharing thoughts. A time for fellowship.

Men must strive for more than shallow relationships. Men must be ready to answer the call of God as one body. BCBC Men’s Bible study is a good way to start.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Men’s Bible Study begins again in January 25th at 6 pm. Members and neighbors, join us in the pastor’s office in the Bent Creek Baptist Worship Center.


“Cor9:24” Starts Again on September 3rd

As a church, we are all called to be followers of Christ! Too, we’re called to go and make disciples of Christ. Paul writes…

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25 [thus the name “Cor9:24”])

On Wednesday and Sunday nights, Bent Creek Baptist will offer a variety of “small groups” to help you with your “core training.” They are open to everyone regardless of your affiliation with Bent Creek Baptist Church. These classes will connect and encourage you on the journey of discipleship!

Wednesday Night Groups (6:30-8:00)

Answering Hard Questions:

  • “Can we know truth?” “Does God exist?” “Can we trust the Bible?” The world has become a fast-paced race of ideas. How do we engage the many worldviews and questions that challenge our faith?
  • 1 Peter 3:15 says, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as Holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
  • In this class, we’ll explore the worldviews influencing our culture and learn how to engage these with the Gospel in ‘gentleness and respect.’

Beginning Spanish: (NOTE: this class begins on September 17th)

  • If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish or brush up on your skills, here is your chance!
  • Being able to communicate in another language can open so many new doors to build relationships and share the love of Christ with a whole new people group.
  • You will learn basic-intermediate Spanish skills and have the opportunity to use them in conversational settings. No previous Spanish required! Any age is welcomed!
  • Ready? ¡Vamos!

Women’s Bible Study:

  • During the dark time of Judges where everyone did what was right in their own eyes, the book of Ruth stands out as a shining beacon of hope and redemption.
  • Join us for an 8-week in depth study of the short but packed book of Ruth. (Written and taught by Patty Nicholas)

Worship Team:

  • Psalm 95:2 says “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and worship him with music and song.”
  • Join the worship team as they enjoy fellowship and worship together! (And prepare to lead our church family in worship on Sunday morning.)

Awana:

  • Join a team that serves a vital ministry in the lives of our children (preschool to 6th grade).
  • You’ll help the kids learn the Bible (as well as learning more yourself)!

Encouragement 101:

  • Ever had a chance to visit and encourage someone in a nursing home?
  • This group will be focus on ministering to those in our church who are home-bound or in nursing homes.

Foundations – New Members Class:

  • Have you been attending Bent Creek and are now interested in becoming a member?
  • We will discuss Bent Creek’s core beliefs and practices as well as help you discover your spiritual gift!

 

Sunday Night Groups (Meet at 6:00)

Men’s Bible Study:

  • Men, this is a great opportunity to meet with other men and talk honestly about issues that we face on our journey of discipleship!
  • Join this group for stimulating Bible discussion and practical help from 1 John.

Youth Group (meets at Davis’ home):

  • Join other students (6th to 12th grade) for fun relationships and engaging time in the scriptures!

 

It will be the most rewarding time you’ll spend all week. Join us at Bent Creek Baptist Church on Sunday and Wednesday evenings beginning September 3rd. Childcare is available on Wednesday nights.

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