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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


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.
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  • 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. 
  • Jul 3, 2016Revelation: To The Church in Ephesus
    Jul 3, 2016
    Revelation: To The Church in Ephesus
    "BCC-201607031000am" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
    Download “Notes” to view the sermon slides as you listen.
     
     
     
  • Jun 26, 2016Revelation: Hope For Suffering Saints
    Jun 26, 2016
    Revelation: Hope For Suffering Saints
    "BCC-201606261000" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
    Download “Notes” to view the sermon slides as you listen.
  • Jun 19, 2016Do All To The Glory of God – 1 Cor 10:31
    Jun 19, 2016
    Do All To The Glory of God – 1 Cor 10:31
    Series: (All)
  • Jun 5, 201610 Lessons from David’s Senseless Census – 2 Samuel 24
    Jun 5, 2016
    10 Lessons from David’s Senseless Census – 2 Samuel 24
    "BCC-201606051000" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
  • May 8, 2016Honoring Our Mothers
    May 8, 2016
    Honoring Our Mothers
    Series: (All)
    "BCC-201605080900" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
  • May 1, 2016Is David’s Rock Your Own? – 2 Samuel 22
    May 1, 2016
    Is David’s Rock Your Own? – 2 Samuel 22
    "BCC-201605010900" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.
  • Apr 24, 2016Lessons from the Story of Saul’s Guilt – 2 Samuel 21
    Apr 24, 2016
    Lessons from the Story of Saul’s Guilt – 2 Samuel 21
    Lessons from the Story of Saul's Guilt - 2 Samuel 21
  • Apr 17, 2016The Fallout of Sexual Abuse
    Apr 17, 2016
    The Fallout of Sexual Abuse
    "BCC-201604170900" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2016.

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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.
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– Be mindful of not only physical needs, but spiritual          needs.
– We also love to bring praises and areas of thanksgiving    to the Lord.
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Bear Blog

Bear Bulletin – 09/25/2016

Check the bulletin for an update on the singles group, and news from Izmir.
 


Bear Bulletin – 09/18/2016

Check the bulletin for a TOPSoccer update, and an upcoming discussion group for singles.
 


Bear Bulletin – 09/11/2016

Check the bulletin for a new book recommendation, and an upcoming discussion group for singles.
 


Bear Bulletin – 09/04/2016

Something new for the teen class, some new book recommendations, a new price for the upcoming Evening with C.S. Lewis, and our lake-to-lake bike/run.
 


Bear Bulletin – 08/28/2016

Something new for the teen class, upcoming change to service times, and our lake-to-lake bike/run.
 



Upcoming Events

 

november 11-13  –  Joni Tada is coming to Bear Creek!

 
Location: Bear Creek Church
Date: Nov 11-13 2016
 
 

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

 
Our new online giving is now with ShareFaith, so you will need to set up a new account if you previously gave through EasyTithe.  Both accounts still work, but we would encourage you to begin using this new program.
 
Thanks!
 

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
 
 

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