Friday, March 30, 2012

We Will Remember

With a last name like "Limerick," you may suspect that I am Irish - and you would be correct!  And while the Irish aren't always remembered for wholesome things, some of my favorite words of wisdom come from the old country in the form of "Irish Blessings."  One such quote says: "May you never forget what is worth remembering, nor ever remember what is best forgotten."  I think these words are so true.  Wouldn't we all be better off if we heeded this advice?  This comes to mind this week as I have started preparing for next week's Easter Communion.  On Wednesday, April 4, we will join together to remember what Jesus did for us on the cross some 2,000 years ago.  If you are a Christ-follower, I'm sure you've celebrated Communion before.  In fact, it's very easy to just go through the motions and treat Communion as "just another day."  But the Lord's Supper is so much more than that.  There's a great song called "O The Blood" that talks about what happened when Jesus chose to suffer, bleed and die for us.  My favorite line from the song proclaims: "that in my sin - yes even then - HE shed His blood for me!"  The truth is that Jesus' sacrifice saved my life!  I don't understand why Jesus would meet us all in the middle of our messes and rescue us with His love - but He did and He still does!  There is nothing worth remembering more than this act of love, so I choose to never forget it.  

What about you?  Have you truly thought about the price that was paid for your life?  Make plans now to join us for a special Mid Week worship on April 4th.  We'll remember together.  And to help you prepare, I've included the song I was talking about.  Watch, listen and remember!

You are loved!

Scott Limerick
Worship Pastor

Friday, March 23, 2012

One Thing

Spring is finally here! With the start of spring you have the beautiful weather, flowers beginning to grow, and one thing that I enjoy A LOT begins: baseball.

I have started coaching my oldest daughter in baseball. Coaching five and six year olds is challenging, especially when many of them have never even thrown or hit a baseball. We have been working with our daughter, Marley, on her focus during practice. Baseball can be very hard to focus on because it can go by at an incredibly slow pace. In five year old terms that means spinning around, doing dance moves, and even picking flowers. During and after practice I left with the feeling that practice hadn’t went well and I was kind of frustrated with Marley’s behavior. On the way home we were listening to the new passion “White Flag” album. As we continued on the way home Marley started to sing louder and louder. I have heard her sing many times before in the car but this time was different. It was like God was saying to me rather loudly that this is what matters. The one thing that really matters is her singing and worshiping Christ. It is easy for me at times to become focused on things that truly don’t matter.

Are there things that have your focus or attention that really don’t matter?

What can you do to shift your focus today to the One that does matter, Christ?

My hope and prayer for Brevard Community is that we all would be focused on this truth. Christ and Christ alone is the one thing that matters.

Take a moment and read this passage and watch this video and meditate on the truths found in them.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8
“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails...”

-Brent Metcalf
High School Pastor

Friday, March 16, 2012

Be Courageous.

I grow more and more encouraged every week about the work God is doing in the hearts of our children at Brevard Community Church. The baptism this last weekend was a spectacular milestone in 6 kids’ spiritual journeys. I wish you could enjoy, in detail, the stories I have been blessed to hear of how these journeys have gone up to this point. I try to relate as much as I can, but there is only so much words can do.

I finally got around to seeing the movie “Courageous” this week. So much of that film resonated with me; my heart’s desire for parents in our church to have a courageous spirit in leading their kids. Of course, the movie really does highlight the role of a father as spiritual leader of the home. When asked the question, “who will lead my kids in a life of following Christ?” will your response be “I will.”?

I appreciated so much that the film pointed out specifically that when someone makes a stand and commitment to lead, there will come challenges to that commitment. Thus, the need for courage. I hope we are simultaneously humbled by and trusting in the Holy Spirit to empower us.

If you are a single mom in our church, I want to encourage you that God has given you the role of spiritual leader for your child. But you don’t have to do it alone. I desire greatly that every single mom or grandma in this church who has a man-in-training under your roof that a brother in Christ would come along side them and help you. God, may it be so!

I hope that in baptisms to come we will see more milestones to spiritual journeys going on all around us. And, I pray that many of those will be interwoven with the leadership of men in our church of those being baptized, be it their own kids or ones in the larger family of Christ. Only three months until June; let’s see what the Lord will have us do!

In His Steps

BCC Children's Pastor

Friday, March 9, 2012


Growing up I often would respond by saying “so?”  I’m not so proud of that response because it was not from a pure and respectful heart!  It was more like saying “Why are you telling me this?”

For some reason that response has come back to me over the last few days.  But I am thrilled that it is now not out of disrespect, but from deep respect and reverence.  What changed in my attitude? 

Christ’s words in Matthew 16:24 led me there.  “Then Jesus said to His disciples, if anyone wishes to come after Me, let Him deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me.”  Now how did that lead me to SO? 

God has been teaching me about daily surrender and obedience.  Everyday He hammers on this one truth! All I want from you today is you.  So, SO took on a whole new meaning.

I love acrostics because they trigger my thinking.  S is for "surrender" and O is for "obedience."  Each day I ask this question to the Lord.  “So today Lord, what is your plan?” and His answer is Surrender and Obedience every day.

As you begin your day, may this help you remember what the Lord wants of us!  I hope this will serve as a trigger for you today as we live out our lives in daily surrender and obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Welcome to the BCC Blog!

Welcome to the BCC Blog! 
On a beautiful day like today, it's easy to marvel at God's wonderful creation. But God's greatest and most glorious creation isn't the beautiful blue sky or the new spring blooms; it's His heavenly and eternal plan to reach His children.  The greatest power on Earth and in Heaven is God's personal passion for you and His desire for a relationship with you. 

"After Jesus said this, He looked toward heaven and prayed: Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify You. For You granted Him authority over all people that He might give eternal life to all those You have given Him. Now this is eternal life: that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." - John 17:1-3

The God of the universe desires an intimate relationship with us. His love is deep and wild, fierce and furious. He pursues us with a passion unlike any we've ever experienced anywhere else. 

"Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you." - James 4:8

Let this steadfast promise fill you today, and draw near to the God who pours out endless and unceasing love upon His children everyday. 

Join us for MidWeek Tomorrow!
Join us tomorrow as Dr. Chuck Campbell wraps up our Transformational journey, and we continue to push forward into impacting the community and world around us as a transformational church body that God is equipping to make disciples and reach the nations. Join us at 6:30 PM following the 5:30 PM MidWeek meal! We'll see you there! 

Come Help Prepare for the Harvest!
Join us this Saturday, March 10th at 9 am to help get our community garden ready for the harvest! We will be preparing 450 lbs of potato seeds. Come out and lend a hand! 

Spring Forward this Saturday, March 10th! 
It's that time of year again! Don't forget to set your clock an hour ahead before you go to sleep!

Join us for Baptism this Sunday, March 11th!
Join us to support our brothers and sisters in Christ as they publicly demonstrate what God has done in their life and we give Him the all the glory for His mercy and grace. Baptism will take place during both worships. If you are interested in being baptized, call the church office!
What is God Teaching You During Transformational Prayer: 7:14?
Last thursday, March 1st, we started a journey together into the next stage of our transformation circled around 2 Chronicles 7:14. Here's the challenge: our whole congregation, bowing together before God at 7:14 a.m every morning from our individual homes or work places, sending our prayers up to an eagerly listening God. It's not about the specific time per se; it's about developing the habit of prayer and humility before the Lord on a daily basis. Here's the next piece: We want to hear from you about what God is teaching you and revealing to you during this journey! Share your stories with Todd at so we can see firsthand how God is working in our congregation. 
If you want to be a part of this 7:14 journey, and have not yet signed up for the morning emails, contact Breanna at

Life Line Health Screening coming Next Thursday, March 15th!
As a way to provide another valuable service to our community, BCC will once again host a Life Line Health Screening at our facility on Thursday, March 15th. Life Line is a series of preventative screenings to check health care issues like strokes, heart arrhythmias, osteoporosis, and several more. There is a cost involved and pre-registration is required. BCC is providing discount coupons to help offset the costs if you're interested! Please contact the church office fore more info. or call 1-800-324-1851 to schedule an appointment.

Gospel of John Adult Bible Study starting April 1st!
Join us at the beginning of April for a new adult bible study working through the Gospel of John. This study meets on Sunday mornings from 8:15 - 9:15 in the Brown House. This is the first part of a three part series, kicking off with a 10 week study of chapters 1 - 6. Book cost is @22.50. To sign up, contact Sheila Alewine at or call the church office for more details!