It has been a wonderful year at BCC! I didn’t say an “easy” year, but a wonderful year! God has been so good to us hasn’t He? He has been so faithful through each of the trials and struggles that we have faced as a church, as families, and as individuals during the past year. He has also blessed with abundant joy as we have shared in the birth of new babies, glorious weddings, and folks coming to know the joy of the Lord for the first time in their life. God is good…all the time!
When we gathered together for worship at the beginning of 2007 we had no idea what the year would hold. Some of us never dreamed that we would face such intense struggles as the loss of a loved one, a health challenge like we had never faced before, the heartache of divorce, loss of a job, or a wayward child or spouse. For some of us, the storm has quieted and for others the struggle continues. Through it all God has shown Himself faithful. He has been faithful and He will forever remain faithful. Isn’t that good news!
As we gathered at the end of 2007 and prepared for a brand new year we face the same scenario that we did last year at this time. We have no idea what lies ahead for us in the new year, but we know that God is sovereign over anything and everything that we will have to confront in the new year. My prayer for each of us in this new year is that we will drink deeply of the sovereignty of God and allow this truth to comfort us each new day.
Sunday was such a wonderful day for us at BCC. The Lord continues to lead many new people to share with us in worship. On Sunday we welcomed three new members to BCC. Dan Smalley has been attending the Men’s Promise Keeper’s Bible study on Tuesday mornings for some time now. On Sunday morning Dan came forward to express his desire to unite with BCC and serve the Lord through our ministry. Dan is pictured with one of our Elders, Karen Douglas, and one of our Deacons, Cody Bridwell.
Cathy Jo Wicks has been teaching a Sunday night Bible study at BCC for several years now. Cathy Jo has also been a leader with Spiritual Fellowship on Sunday mornings. Most recently we have prayed for Cathy Jo as she learned that doctors discovered she had cancer. What a joy it was to report to all of you on Sunday morning that Cathy Jo is cancer free! It was also a joy to welcome Cathy Jo into the fellowship of BCC as she came forward to join us in serving Lord on Sunday morning.
We have several teachers from Western Village Academy who attend BCC. These teachers have a wonderful ministry to the children they teach and the families they minister to. One of our teachers brought a friend to BCC last week and on Sunday morning, Ladine Jeremiah, came forward to join BCC with her family. What a blessing it is to welcome all of you to BCC.