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Here’s what you might expect at BCC

 

What’s the Church Service Like?

Four words that come to mind are: Casual, Reformed, Friendly, and possibly Noisy.
Casual People tend to dress casually, but because there’s a nice variety of ages, you’ll see a mix of dress.  So feel free to wear what’s comfortable, though we do encourage modesty… and pj’s are probably pushing it.
 
Reformed – Though we’re casual in dress, and don’t take ourselves too seriously (we like to have fun), we have a high view of God and His sovereignty.  So, in the sermons, Sunday School curriculum, and other teachings, you’ll probably hear a very God-centered emphasis.  If you’re not familiar with reformed theology, you can check out our beliefs page.  Also, you might check out some modern-day examples of pastors who hold to reformed theology, such as: R. C. Sproul, John Piper, Tim Keller, Kevin DeYoung, and Matt Chandler.
 
Friendly – Keeping an eye out for visitors, and getting to know each other has been a continual emphasis at BCC.  Because God has called us a body, it’s obvious that we need to function as those who are connected to one another, and so being nice, and enjoying each other’s company becomes more than a social expectation, but a spiritual practice.  So, expect people to greet you and make an effort to get to know you.  One intentional way we encourage this is through our monthly (3rd Sunday) meals, after the 2nd service.  
 
Noisy – Maybe.  Not necessarily every week, but it’s a possibility because BCC loves and welcomes families that are affected by disability.  So, as a body that includes and appreciates children with autism (and other disabilities) there may be an occasional screech or noise people aren’t accustomed to.  Sadly, the majority of these families find it hard to come to a church, and many churches aren’t prepared with a program or team specifically designed for people with disabilities.  So it’s a good challenge to the church body, and a beautiful picture of the kingdom of God, when we make efforts to consider others more significant than ourselves, and where we learn to practice the heart of Jesus, who said, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God”
 

How About Worship?

The musical style is contemporary, but we are very intentional in the selection of songs that are God-centered, and theologically rich.  With this in mind, we love to mix in rich, modernized hymns with some meatier contemporary songs.

What About the Kids?

Not only do we have Sunday School for all ages, but we believe we have the very best curriculum available.  It’s great to learn the stories of the Bible, but one thing most curriculums do is moralize the story – making the emphasis something like, “Be nice,” or “Share,” or “Be brave like David.”  Though there are benefits to following the examples of biblical heroes, this often misses the main point of God being the ultimate hero to sinful people, like us.  Here’s a description of the Children Desiring God Curriculum:
Children Desiring God exists to equip the body of Christ to spread to the next generations a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ. Our aim is to impart to children a vision of God, who He is, and who we are in relation to Him, and to establish them with a foundation of doctrine and truth. We want them biblically grounded, seeing God as the hero of every story, with a God-centered world view and a faith that will hold them when the days of testing come. We want them to love the Lord their God with all their heart, and to delight in Him forever.

Teens?

We use the CDG curriculum up to the 6th grade, and for teens we focus on a variety of subjects that are designed to equip them to deal with questions typically faced in college, and in our growingly skeptical society.  Also, instead of a typical youth group with lots of activities and games, it’s our belief that a classroom setting focused on foundational subjects will better prepare our teens to learn as adults,  instead of craving after more entertainment.

When is Sunday school?

Classes for all ages (including adults) take place during the 2nd service.  Ideally, we encourage families to come to the 1st service so they can be a part of both worship, and Sunday School.

Why 2 Services?

One reason is that we’re too big to meet in one service, but another reason is that we encourage families to expose their children to both the preaching of God’s Word, as well as Sunday School.  Having 2 services gives more people the option of doing both, as well as enabling our teachers to worship in the 1st service, before teaching during the 2nd.

When Do You Serve Communion?

We serve communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, but we only serve it during the beginning of the 2nd service.  Look at the answer to our service structure to find out why we only do this in the 2nd service.

What’s the Structure of the

2 services?

If you come to the 1st service, we’ll encourage you to stay and visit with people coming for the 2nd service.  Then we’ll sing some more (not a repeat set of the 1st service), have communion together (on 1st and 3rd Sundays), and then dismiss 1st service people before the 2nd sermon so they can either go home, or stay for one of the classes that happen during the 2nd service.  
Our hope is to encourage the entire body to be together, as well as create an opportunity for people to both worship and be in a class.  
Also, every 3rd Sunday of the month, we have a meal after the 2nd service. 

Here’s where you’ll find us

Bear Creek Church is a friendly, non-denominational church in beautiful southern Oregon. We invite you to check out this website or contact us for more information. Two services are available in the gym at St. Mary’s School at 816 Black Oak Drive in Medford, one block south of the intersection of Barnett and Black Oak. Classes are available for all ages during the second service. Please use the form below if you have any questions or comments.

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Church Information

 
Sunday Morning Service Location
(Please do not send mail to this address)
816 Black Oak Drive
Medford OR 97504
 
Sunday Mornings – First Service
9:00 – 10:15 Nursery care available
Sunday Mornings – Second Service
10:30 – 11:45 Nursery care available; Sunday School classes for all ages dismissed during the worship service
 
Mailing Address
Bear Creek Church
PO Box 4732
Medford OR 97501

Sermons


Dec 4, 2016
Back to Bible Basics: Reading in Context
CLICK HERE to watch the video shown at the end of this sermon.
 
"BCC-201612041030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
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  • Dec 4, 2016Back to Bible Basics: Reading in Context
    Dec 4, 2016
    Back to Bible Basics: Reading in Context
    CLICK HERE to watch the video shown at the end of this sermon.
     
    "BCC-201612041030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
  • Nov 27, 2016Thankfulness: The Overflow of a Humble Heart
    Nov 27, 2016
    Thankfulness: The Overflow of a Humble Heart
    CLICK HERE to watch the video shown at the end of the sermon.
    "BCC-201611270900" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
  • Nov 20, 2016Having a Thankful Heart
    Nov 20, 2016
    Having a Thankful Heart
    "BCC-201611201030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
     
    CLICK HERE to watch the opening video
    CLICK HERE to watch the closing video
  • Nov 6, 2016Cultivating Christian Generosity
    Nov 6, 2016
    Cultivating Christian Generosity
    "BCC-201611061030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
    Steve Murphy, BCC Elder
  • Oct 30, 2016Back to Bible Basics: Trustworthy Message
    Oct 30, 2016
    Back to Bible Basics: Trustworthy Message
    "BCC-201610301030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
  • Oct 23, 2016Back to Bible Basics: Trustworthy Manuscripts
    Oct 23, 2016
    Back to Bible Basics: Trustworthy Manuscripts
    "BCC-201610231030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
     
    CLICK HERE to watch the video mentioned in this sermon
  • Oct 16, 2016Back to Bible Basics: Trustworthy Means
    Oct 16, 2016
    Back to Bible Basics: Trustworthy Means
    "BCC-201610161030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
  • Oct 2, 2016Revelation: To The Church in Medford
    Oct 2, 2016
    Revelation: To The Church in Medford
    "BCC-201610021030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
  • Sep 25, 2016What Does It Mean To Be A Part Of A Local Church? – 1 Cor. 12:12-31
    Sep 25, 2016
    What Does It Mean To Be A Part Of A Local Church? – 1 Cor. 12:12-31
    "BCC-20160925" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
  • Sep 18, 2016Revelation: To The Church in Laodicea
    Sep 18, 2016
    Revelation: To The Church in Laodicea
     
  • Sep 11, 2016Revelation: To The Church in Philadelphia
    Sep 11, 2016
    Revelation: To The Church in Philadelphia
    "BCC-201609111030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
  • Sep 4, 2016Prayers of Life: Psalms 30, 88, and 145
    Sep 4, 2016
    Prayers of Life: Psalms 30, 88, and 145
    Series: (All)
    CLICK HERE to watch the video mentioned in the sermon.
     
    "BCC-201609041030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
  • Aug 28, 2016When Your Faith is Tested – 1 Peter 1:6-9
    Aug 28, 2016
    When Your Faith is Tested – 1 Peter 1:6-9
    "BCC-201608281000" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
  • Aug 21, 2016Our Buckets Are Too Small – Hebrews 11
    Aug 21, 2016
    Our Buckets Are Too Small – Hebrews 11
    "BCC-201608211000" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
  • Aug 14, 2016Prayer to a Sovereign God – Phil 4:6-7
    Aug 14, 2016
    Prayer to a Sovereign God – Phil 4:6-7
    "BCC-201608140830" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
  • Aug 7, 2016Revelation: To the Church in Sardis
    Aug 7, 2016
    Revelation: To the Church in Sardis
    "BCC-201608071000" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
  • Jul 31, 2016Church: A Conversation with the Pastors
    Jul 31, 2016
    Church: A Conversation with the Pastors
    "BCC-201607311000" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
  • Jul 24, 2016Revelation: To The Church in Thyatira
    Jul 24, 2016
    Revelation: To The Church in Thyatira
    "BCC-201607241000" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
    Download "Notes" to view the sermon slides as you listen.
     
    CLICK HERE to watch the video mentioned at the end of the service
  • Jul 17, 2016Revelation: To The Church in Pergamum
    Jul 17, 2016
    Revelation: To The Church in Pergamum
    "BCC-201607171000" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
    Download "Notes" to view the sermon slides as you listen.
     
    CLICK HERE to watch the video mentioned at the end of the service
  • Jul 10, 2016Revelation: To The Church in Smyrna
    Jul 10, 2016
    Revelation: To The Church in Smyrna
    "BCC-201607101000am" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
    Download “Notes” to view the sermon slides as you listen.
     
    CLICK HERE to watch the video shown before the sermon. 

Watch these videos of Joni’s recent visit to Bear Creek Church!

 

Small Groups

At Bear Creek Church, a variety of small groups exist for the purpose of building relationships in Christ, encouraging one another in the faith, and joining together in prayer.
 
Home Groups
BCC home groups are a great way to build relationships with other believers while engaging in worship, study, and prayer. If you would like to join a home group, contact one of the shepherds listed below, or Elder Bill Pritchet, who oversees all of our home groups.
 
Bible Study Groups
Bible study groups for men or women meet at various times throughout the week, timed and formatted to accommodate varied work and life schedules. Contact Pastor Jim if you are interested in finding a study group to attend.
Here’s a list of the various BCC home and bible study groups:
 
 

Sundays

HOME GROUP
(3:30 pm) Shepherd – Bobby Krause (760) 583-3542  
“Key Doctrines of the Christian Faith”
 
HOME GROUP
(6:30 pm) Shepherd – Greg Stiles (541) 324-0183
 
MONTHLY FELLOWSHIP
(Ladies 13-25) – games and activities on the first Sunday of each month.  Contact Anne Meador for details at
(541) 261-6919 or almeador@aol.com
 

Mondays

HOME GROUP
Shepherd – Deacon Daren Thomas (541) 778-4628 
 

Tuesdays

MOM’S WITH LITTLES STUDY
(9:30-11am) Mandi Meador (541) 282-3765 mandimeador@yahoo.com – Child care will be provided.
 
TOPSoccer
(6:00 pm) – A ministry to kids with disabilities (background check required) see Deacon Tom Eastwold (541) 776-6315
 

Wednesdays

MEN’S STUDY
(6am – 7am) Meets at the Medford Library and is led by Pastor Brian Phelps (541) 261-8426
 
MEN’S STUDY
(noon) Meets at the Medford Library and is led by Pastor Brian Phelps (541) 261-8426
 
HOME GROUP
(6:30 pm) Shepherd – Daniel Szczesniak (541) 261-9777 
 
HOME GROUP
(6:30 pm) Shepherd – Bob Scott (541) 821-0343
 
HOME GROUP
(6:45 pm) Shepherd – Elder Bill Pritchett (541) 778-0734
 

Thursdays

MEN’S STUDY
(6am – 7am) Meets at Shari’s Restaurant (S. Medford) contact Jonathan Bennett (541) 601-4431
 
WOMEN’S PRAYER GROUP
(noon) – Helen Foster (541) 535-6721
 
HOME GROUP
(6:30 pm) Shepherd – Justin Knight (541) 301-5623
 
HOME GROUP
Shepherd – Pastor Jim Cartwright (541) 821 0343
 
(7:00pm – 8:30pm) This is a seasonal study led by Pastor Brian Phelps.  Contact him for details at either (541) 261-8426, or pastorbrianbcc@gmail.com
 
 

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Be a part of the team!
 
Prayer is a wonderful gift of God, who graciously invites us to be involved in His sovereign work. Use the form below to sign up and be a part of the BCC Prayer Team where you’ll receive e-mail prayer requests.
 
Here are a few team requirements:
 
– You’ve been a regular attender of BCC for at least 3 months.
– You promise to pray (we recommend setting aside a regular           time each day)
– You keep all requests confidential.  No requests are meant             for sharing.  They are intended for this group only.
 
 

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We would be honored to pray as a church for you!  When sending your prayer requests, please keep the following in mind:
 
– If it’s a medical need, please avoid details that may be     too personal or sensitive.
– Avoid criticism.
– Be mindful of not only physical needs, but spiritual          needs.
– We also love to bring praises and areas of thanksgiving    to the Lord.
– Please promise to keep us updated with your situation,    as it’s encouraging to see how God is at work.
 
 

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Bear Blog

Bear Bulletin – 12/11/2016

Lots of opportunities this Christmas season. Check your bulletin for details.
 


Bear Bulletin – 12/04/2016

The Christmas season has begun! Check your bulletin for details.
 


Bear Bulletin – 11/27/2016

The Christmas season has begun! Check your bulletin for details.
 


Bear Bulletin – 11/20/2016

A great visit with Joni, and a thank you for over 500 shoeboxes!
 


Bear Bulletin – 11/13/2016

Book recommendations, upcoming events, and opportunities to connect at BCC.
 



Upcoming Events

 

 
Jan. 13th – Women’s Game Night: A fun opportunity to get to know others in a casual atmosphere. Details to come.
 
June 29th – July 3rd – BCC Campout at Howard Prairie Lake, Sugar Pine Campground

Ministries

 
Bear Creek Church exists to glorify God by helping all people to find their fullest joy in Jesus Christ. To this end we serve the members of our church, the people in our local community here in the Rogue Valley, and in the worldwide community through supporting and participating in a variety of ministries.
 
The links below provide helpful information about the many opportunities for you and your family to serve, be served, grow, and connect with others through the ministry of Bear Creek Church in Medford, Oregon.

Your Ministry at BCC

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:10-11 ESV)
 
Are you using the gift(s) God has given you to encourage and strengthen His church? Click the button to see where we could use your help, and let us know on the following form.

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GIVING TO BCC

 
 

Other Ways to GIVE

TEXTING – Just text the dollar amount to (541) 214-BEAR (2327).  There is a $10 minimum for text-giving, and you can also specify your gift by typing the following word after the dollar amount: MISSIONS, BOETHEO, or if you’re buying a book from our book table (that’s $10 or more), type BOOK.
 
AUTOMATIC WITHDRAWAL – Our regular giving form above enables you to give a one time gift, or to set it up for reoccurring gifts.  If you want to set up a reoccurring gift to come directly out of your bank account, instead of through a debit or credit card, then this is a good option.  Just click here  to print out the form.  You can bring the filled out form to church, and give it to a deacon or elder, or place it in the offering.
 
NONCASH DONATIONS –  Suggested non-cash donations might include: A will, trust or life insurance, Beneficiary designations, Stocks or mutual funds, Real estate, Personal property, Autos, RVs.  For information about these or other options, contact Pastor Jim Cartwright at 541 821-0343 or pjcartwright@charter.net
 
 

BCC Respite morning

December 10th
9am – 12pm
 

Respite Signup

 
Would you like to bring your child (6 months-12 years) to the BCC Respite?  Anyone from a family affected by disability – from BCC or not –  is welcome to do so.  Please sign up using the form below.  
 
If you have any questions, e-mail Anne Meador at almeador@aol.com
 
 

Parent/Caregiver:

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Use the field below to list all children attending, their age, diagnosis (or if they're a typical sib.), allergies, and any other comments.

Volunteer Signup

 
If you’re wanting to serve as a volunteer for the upcoming BCC Respite Morning, please register below.  Note that all volunteers must have attended BCC for at least 6 months.  Volunteers need to arrive by 8am sharp and plan to stay until 12:45pm.
 
If you have any questions, e-mail Anne Meador at almeador@aol.com
 
 

Name/Primary Contact:

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Please note your age, and list (with age) each additional volunteer below.

Volunteers must have attended BCC for at least 6 months.