Network News - August 18, 2017
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Network News - August 18, 2017


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With all that's been happening in our nation, we have to revisit this topic. We shared several resources and articles a few months ago in the March 17th issue of this newsletter. This week, as students are heading back to school, we need to also think about reaching new families in our communities and praying for students. Some are starting up again with small groups after a short summer break. But Race Relations is on the minds of every person right now, and here are some resources to help you as you minister in these troubled times. 


#Charlottesville, the Christian Response, and Your Church's Call by Ed Stetzer for The Exchange
I know I’m not the only one who has been keeping track of what is happening in Charlottesville, VA, and feeling both sadness and anger at the same time. I returned to the United States this morning, to a country that seems to be bursting at the seams with tension, hatred, and division.

As a Christian leader watching all that unfolded surrounding today’s Unite the Right rally, which saw white nationalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members (all making up what we sometimes call the alt-right) call for “taking America back,” my heart is grieving. And seeing the violent turn things took this afternoon, I am crushed.

Now, there are certainly bad people on all sides, but there are not “many sides” to this issue—this was a gathering of the alt-right and, whether you supported now-President Trump or not, there is no question they have been emboldened by his election (as I explain here).

So, as a white evangelical, part of a demographic category who disproportionally supported President Trump, let me start by saying this movement is antithetical to the gospel. It is an abomination to all that we stand for, and it must be condemned on every level of leadership in the Church. There is no room for waffling. We cannot sit in silence hoping this will pass.
Read the full article here.



Here are some resources from Small Groups for Multi-Ethnic Small Groups


11 Resources to Help Your Group Understand True Unity: Stories and tips for coming together in diversity by Amy Jackson for SmallGroups.com
The Bible not only says unity in the midst of diversity is possible, but actually calls us to a radically inclusive unity. In fact, unity is so important for Christ followers that Jesus prayed for it in John 17.

Small-group leaders, we have an important role in helping our group members not only understand the biblical call to unity, but also how to live that out in the midst of amazing diversity—whether theological, political, racial, or otherwise. This is a discipleship issue.

I’ve learned, however, that it’s impossible to lead my group members where I haven’t been myself. So that means before you can effectively talk with your group members about unity, you’ll need to understand it for yourself. So we’ve gathered the following 11 resources, including a Bible study, articles, training tools, and even books. Grow your own understanding of biblical unity. Then use a few of these with your small group. If we want to see unity in our world, it will have to begin with us.

Articles
True Unity in Small Groups
Diversity makes our unity stronger—but we have to work for it.
Jon Noto

Group Conflict Can Be a Powerful Agent of Change
We actually need chaos for transformation to take place.
Brenda Salter McNeil

Diversity in Community Changes Us
Why I go to church with white people
Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

Racial Reconciliation Through Small Groups
How NewStory Church created a safe place to discuss the hot topic of race
Amy Jackson

Unity Within the Church
Why we have to stop fighting against other Christians
Hugh Halter

Multiethnic Small Groups Matter
Are we really “all one in Christ”?
Amy Jackson

Bible Study
Racism: How Should Christians Respond?
Our faith must inform the way we think and act about this ongoing issue.
Aaron Cho and Amy Jackson

Training
Multiethnic Small Groups
Diversity helps us grow in Christlikeness
Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, Charles Davis, C. Christopher Smith, and more

Handling Conflict in Small Groups
Practical advice to help you when things get a little ugly
Joel Comiskey, Mark Bonham, and more

Books
Roadmap to Racial Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice
Brenda Salter McNeil

Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart
Christena Cleveland


Icebreaker questions for Talking About Race by Aaron Cho for SmallGroups.com
When discussing race feels overwhelming, start by reflecting on your experiences and sharing your story.

What were the conversations around race and ethnicity like in your family growing up?

When were you first made aware of your racial and ethnic identity?

Leader’s note: Create a safe space to be honest here. It’s okay, and actually preferred, for people to come to terms with acknowledging their discomfort with the topic, their fear of saying the wrong thing, and their worry about being judged or called a racist. This dialogue will go nowhere if folks aren’t willing to move past their fear and engage.

For a full Bible study on this topic, use Racism: How Should Christians Respond?

Radical Racial Reconciliation Through Small Groups by Amy Jackson for SmallGroups.com
How NewStory Church created a safe place to discuss the hot topic of race

Rich and Dori Gorman co-pastor NewStory Church in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. The diverse congregation has made a big impact on the neighborhood through their intentional work in racial reconciliation, mental health justice, creation care, and Friends of Swift, a non-profit organization they started to invest in the elementary school the church meets in.

The Edgewater community informs the ministry of NewStory, especially around the topic of racial reconciliation. Over 60 nations are represented in the local elementary school, and according to City-Data.com, nearly 25 percent of Edgewater residents were born outside the U.S. With this kind of diversity present in their neighborhood, the Gormans knew that racial reconciliation had to be central to the church's mission. This mission led to starting small groups dedicated to the topic of racial reconciliation. Offering one racial reconciliation group per semester, NewStory has now offered five different groups and seen amazing results.

I talked with Rich Gorman by phone to hear more about the church's commitment to racial reconciliation and how their racial reconciliation small groups are going.
Read the article here.


Be the Bridge offers materials for starting conversations about race and for healing. These conversations are mostly geared toward women's groups. 



Three Reasons White Pastors Need to Start Preaching on Race by Dan Darling for 
This year, our country has experienced much racial tension. Events in Ferguson, New York, Cleveland, and Charleston have revealed, once again, the ugly wounds of racism still present in American life. Thankfully, in recent days, the otherworldly display of forgiveness and authentic faith of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston showed the world the power of the gospel to bring unity and reconciliation.

Sadly, the unity of the past week is largely an anomaly. The very place where the message of the gospel is preached, the same gospel that eradicates ethnocentrism, is often where carnal divisions are tolerated. We saw this in the differing reactions to the racial flashpoints of the past year, with white evangelicals and black evangelicals expressing widely divergent reactions to the same news stories. This is inevitable because, sadly, our churches are still very segregated. These conversations on race should be family conversations between redeemed, blood-bought brothers and sisters in Christ.

Thankfully, this has spurred many evangelical leaders toward a renewed emphasison racial reconciliation. But how do individual, local churches begin to embody this kind of racial reconciliation in their own communities? It must begin, I believe, with pastors—particularly white pastors—prioritizing racial reconciliation in their preaching and teaching. Those called to teach the Bible carry a weighty responsibility (James 3:1) to feed the people of God (1 Peter 5:2-4).

I didn’t fully recognize this until I became a pastor. It was while serving my congregation that I realized the influence of the office. Church members value what their pastor values. In many ways, they depend on their church leaders to help them understand what is and what should be important. Those of us who spend our working hours analyzing the news, reading theology, and learning from a variety of sources help filter these things for church members who are busy working long hours, raising their families, and doing their best to study the Word and evangelize.

For most white evangelical pastors, racial reconciliation hasn’t been a primary emphasis of their teaching. This may be for a variety of reasons. First, as the majority culture, white Christians don’t feel the sting of prejudice. It’s not that all white evangelicals are insensitive; it’s that many are not in proximity to racism or injustice. Because most of our friends are white, we aren’t forced to empathize with our minority brothers and sisters in Christ. Second, there is likely some fear of addressing race. Racial issues are delicate. Pastoral leadership is already a tightrope act; why stir up more trouble? Third, it could be that pastors might view racial reconciliation as a worthy goal, but not a gospel issue. Russell Moore reminds us that it is:

The church, the Apostle Paul said, is a sign of God’s manifold wisdom, to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places (Eph. 3:10). When God joined together in one church, those who are both Jewish and Gentile, he was doing more than negating the bad effects of ethnic strife. He was declaring spiritual warfare. When those who the world thinks should hate each other, instead love each other, the church is testifying that our identity is in Jesus Christ (Col. 3:11). We cannot be pulled apart from each other, because we are one body, and a body that is at war with itself is diseased.

So how do pastors begin to preach on racial reconciliation in a gospel-centered way? Here are three ways I’ve found helpful in my own ministry and in observing the ministries of others:
Read the article here.


Why Multi-Racial Friendships Matter by  for LifeWay.com

Most pastors would agree that their church should look like their community, but do our friendships reflect that conviction? All pastors and ministry leaders need to have good friends; some of whom don’t look like us. Here are four reasons why:

  • Pastors Simply Need Good Friends

If you don’t have a close friend in your community, start by pursuing a friend of any race. Isolation has always been one of Satan’s schemes for pastors and spouses. Your life and ministry are too hard to do alone. I’ll write about this in next week’s post, Why Pastors Need Non-Pastor Friends.

  • Pastors Need to Lead by Example

When we lived in Arkansas, my close friendship with black pastor Cornell Maltbia was no secret in the city where we pastored. Our friendship was not based on common interests. He is not white, not a Baptist, not a hunter and most of all, not a Dallas Cowboy fan. What we did have in common was a love for each other. My favorite memories are the football games we watched together in our homes and the local high school stadium. We also did a lot of ministry together: countless community services, funerals, worship services, as well as serving as police chaplains.

I suspect that most pastors claim to have friendship outside of their ethnicity, but does that friendship go beyond your ministry responsibilities? Everybody knows the difference between a photo-friendship and the real deal.

  • Churches Need To Look Like Their Community

You already know how important ethnic diversity is to the health of your church. Your older members likely agree with diversity, but younger Christians insist on it. Many Millennials will assume that a church is irrelevant if the diversity in a church doesn’t reflect the diversity in its city.

Do those changes start with the people in the pews or the person in the pulpit? Our people notice who are on the stage. They notice staff composition. When is the last time a preacher or worship leader who didn’t look like you took the stage? Rev. Maltbia and I swapped pulpits so many times that I have literally lost count. Each time we did, our members loved it. So will yours.

  • Communities Need Colorblind Leaders

Your community also benefits from multi-ethnic ministry friendships. Pastors must sometimes navigate through the waters of political and cultural chaos intentionally and carefully. We are ministers of reconciliation who should reach beyond our church walls first privately, then publicly.

Our role is to serve the whole community and build bridges with those who look and vote differently than us.
Read the rest of the article here.


Working Toward Racial Reconciliation, feat. Daryl CrouchPastor Talk Ep.9 By 
Listen to the podcast here.

Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win, feat. Dr. John M. Perkins—Pastor Talk, Ep.16 By 
Listen to the podcast here.


Five Principles for Leading Your Church Toward Racial and Cultural Diversity by  for LifeWay.com
Far too many people in the North American church continue to value their race or cultural identity much more than their identity in Christ. It’s a problem that hinders evangelism efforts and it hinders unity within the Body of Christ. The racial and cultural walls of division are massive and are not easily torn down. It’s a problem that exists nearly everywhere we turn.

I’m one who believes that a church should work to reflect the racial and cultural diversity of its community. Whether everyone in a church’s community is of the same race or ethnicity or not, the church should have a clear strategy to reach and disciple every person. No one should be excluded for any reason, but especially because of race.

As a young believer in the early 1980s going “door-to-door” to invite people to church, I was given instructions in case I knocked on a door and a “black” person opened the door: apologize and explain that I was at the wrong house.

At a different church, the bus ministry I led was canceled by the deacons, because “those black kids were tearing up the building.” I never understood how that could be since it was a concrete-block building!

I have since led two historically all-white churches to become multi-racial and culturally diverse. Yes, some people were uncomfortable. Some left. But today, both of those churches are very diverse.

If your community is racially or culturally diverse, but your church is not, here are five essential principles to help you lead toward diversity.

Love everybody in your community intentionally.
Begin with the end in mind.

Be gospel-centered, not political-party centered.
Value people more than your own culture.
Live humbly.
Read the entire article here.


"White"Is Not a FOUR-Letter Word: Four Ways to Trust Each Other Enough to Go There by Pastor Bryan Loritts for GLS
I’ll never forget the time one of our staff guys came into my office and asked, “If you could live at any moment in world history, when would it be?” 

Without flinching I said, “As a black man?” Before he could respond I told him now 

Like 1783, or 1854 or 1957 weren’t good times for me. And while things are far from perfect (look to the streets of Ferguson, or corner stores in Baton Rouge and Staten Island), I’m incredibly hopeful. The opportunities that exist for people of color today are both long overdue and unprecedented. Things are trending upward.

But these times might be troubling for our white siblings. Many perceive being white as wearing white pre-Memorial Day, in the dead of winter in Chicago—not a crime, but certainly not optimal.  Phrases like “white privilege” not only heap huge portions of shame, but make it seem as if “white” is a four-letter word, pushing our siblings away from the table of friendship, ending all hopes for real substantive discourse. How can there be any hope for authentic community when one side of the table is mute? 

What makes for a healthy relationship is the willingness to express variant opinions, and wrestle with sensitive subjects with the goal of emerging with clarity and intimacy. 

In the beatitudes, Jesus never said, “Blessed are the conflict avoiders,” but “Blessed are the peacemakers.” It’s counterintuitive isn’t it? Many times before there can be peace, there must be conflict. Before there’s health, the surgeon must wield his scalpel. In order for there to be real friendship, both sides must be okay with going there—trusting each other enough to express hard and unpleasant things.

Now is the time to trust each other enough to throw our “PC” sensibilities to the wind. The blood of Alton Sterling, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown and a host of others, demand our careful stewardship. These tragedies should precipitate real dialogue among mult-iethnic tribes. So as we bare our souls over cups of coffee, I’ve found these principles to be helpful:

  1. Love. God doesn’t call us to change people, but to love. However old you or the person you’re talking with are, is how long the cultural biases and presuppositions have been forming. One encounter will not change them or you. So what has to keep us coming back to the table is love.
  2. Humility. People love to quote the Apostle Paul who told us to speak the truth in love. But remember, when you sit down to talk about these sensitive issues with a person who doesn’t look like you, you don’t have truth as much as you have perspective. So let’s be humble enough to know we could be seeing things wrong.
  3. Posture. Many of our white friends are fearful to ask the hard question or to potentially say the wrong thing. In our “uber PC” world, I get this. But what would help is if our white brothers and sisters would posture themselves as Ask questions instead of making statements. This will set your minority friend at ease.
  4. Keep Coming Back. Talking about race with a white person is hard for me. It brings up old wounds, and if I’m not careful I can leave the table too soon, so to speak. I can take my proverbial ball and go home. My hyper-sensitivity can suffocate dialog. It’s been helpful for me to remember white people are not the enemy. (Ephesians 6:12) And sure they’ll say things wrong, but I need to commit to keep coming back to the table and coming back and coming back. Racism in America is 400 years in the making, it won’t be solved with one conversation. We need thousands of daily conversations across the ethnic divide to see the ball advance down the field.

These are troubled yet hopeful times. While Dr. King and his army were used greatly to change laws, ours is the time to take their baton and go from the White House to dinner tables, trusting each other to go there, and have transformative conversations with what Dr. King called the community of the beloved.


Two Churches to Inspire Change:
Chicago Church Confronts Inequality to Meet Unique Neighborhood Needs from Outreach Magazine
How to Become Diverse:The Story of Fielder Church in Texas from Outreach Magazine


The Gospel, Pride, and Race from 
By John Piper — Excerpted from Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian(Crossway, 2011)
God hates pride.

“The Lord of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low. . . . And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled, and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day” (Isa. 2:12, 17).

“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matt. 23:12).

“God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. . . . ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord’” (1 Cor. 1:28–31).

Pride is a condition of the heart that does not submit to God. It does not delight in God having absolute power and authority. It presumes to rebel against God or negotiate with God. Therefore, it can be secular or religious. Pride loves to be made much of by men. It craves human approval. It may try to look cool in order to intimidate others. Or it may be meek and retiring for fear of offending others. It can look strong, and it can look weak. In either case, it is consumed with self and what a select group of others think.

Racial tensions are rife with pride—the pride of white supremacy, the pride of black power, the pride of intellectual analysis, the pride of anti-intellectual scorn, the pride of loud verbal attack, and the pride of despising silence, the pride that feels secure, and the pride that masks fear. Where pride holds sway, there is no hope for the kind of listening and patience and understanding and openness to correction that relationships require.

The gospel of Jesus breaks the power of pride by revealing the magnitude and the ugliness and the deadliness of it, even as it provides deliverance from it. The gospel makes plain that I am so hopelessly sinful and my debt before God was so huge that my salvation required the death of the Son of God in my place. This is devastating to the human ego. And God means it to be: “By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8–9). He saves us by grace alone so that we would boast in him alone. Pride is shattered.

And not only are we saved by grace; we live moment by moment by grace. “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me” (1 Cor. 15:10). Therefore, Paul says, “I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me” (Rom. 15:18). His entire life is a gift of grace. This rules out all boasting in himself. “What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?” (1 Cor. 4:7).

There is no power on earth that can break the power of pride except the gospel of Christ. Until we are broken because of our sinfulness and delivered from the sin of rebellion and unbelief, we remain hard and resistant outlaws to God—no matter how meek we may seem to man. The sin of pride will subtly contaminate all our relationships, even where it is not recognized. A disease does not have to be diagnosed in order to infect and kill.

The cross of Christ is the key to killing pride and living in humility. “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). Imagine what race relations and racial controversies would look like if the participants were all dead to pride and deeply humble before God and each other.




Begin making plans for CMO this fall

Now is the time to begin planning for the fall emphasis of the California Mission Offering, a season of prayer and giving. The theme for the 2017 emphasis is, “It Begins With You," based on Acts 1:8. 

“It Begins With YOU,” not with someone else, but you!

  • It begins when you pray for unsaved family, friends, neighbors and co-workers; when you pray for pastors, church starters and their workers; and when you pray for God’s help in pushing back the darkness in California.
  • It begins with you as you choose to tell others your story of faith in Jesus and how they too can know Him.
  • It begins when you love others, serving them the ways you would like others to serve you.
  • It begins when you choose to sacrificially give away your wealth so every person in California might hear the Good News of Jesus.

That leaves one big question: What will you let God begin through YOU?

Printed and downloadable materials highlighting this theme are available to help with your CMO promotion. A mailer and order card have been mailed to churches.

Find the 2017 CMO planning guide to learn how to use these materials to celebrate and participate in God’s work in California!


>>Please fill out your VBS and Block Party Reports and send them to Terrie at srbn@sacbaptist.org

>>The August Capital Baptist News is available to print at http://sacbaptist.org/page/capital_baptist_news 

>>We have three room dividers available. One has a slight tear in it, but it still works. You can check out the type of dividers here. Please contact our office if you are interested in them: 916-863-5426 or tbrown@sacbaptist.org


Job & Ministry Opportunities
Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church of Walnut Valley is seeking a full-time Senior Pastor to work, live, and walk with our congregation and church staff to spread the Gospel into the city of Walnut and beyond. 
REQUIREMENTS :
● 1–5 years of prior church-ministry experience (such as church staff) or 1-5 years as pastor
● Master’s Degree from a Seminary - must be ordained
● Southern Baptist and Baptized
● Qualities: strong personal relationship with Jesus Christ, Integrity, Humility,
Approachable, Passion, and Vision (of purpose for both present and future)
● Strength in leading and preaching
● Effective preaching style: Personal, relationship, then Textual (scripture based), and
Narrative, Challenging
● Ability to: plan services coordinating with Music Ministry, Minister of Discipleship and
Administration, and Church staff; teach bible study or Men’s ministry classes; and,
perform baptisms, weddings, funerals, and administer the Lord’s Supper, and other tasks
as needed or requested.
● Personal qualities and skills: leadership, excellent speaking and teaching skills, dedicated,
passionate to help others, motivated, and preaching style that provides clear application
from God’s word; work well and build relationships with current church staff.
● Commitment to and cooperation with the CSBC and SBC
PREFERRED
● Already based in California
● Experience as a senior pastor
● Bilingual a plus
● Reliable Transportation
APPLICATION :
APPLICATION IS DUE BY SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 . These completed applications will be given
first consideration for this position.
Applications must include the following: a cover letter describing your call to ministry, and why
you think you’d be a good fit with FBCWV, resume (please include all education information,
including high school), and answers to the application questions (listed with this description).
Send in your complete application via:
● Electronically to pastorsearch@fbcwv.org - PDF attachments preferred;
● Physically to the address listed below.
NOTES :
Please tote: all expenses incurred during the interview and selection process is the sole
responsibility of the candidate.
Do not worry if you do not fit all the requirements. If you feel that God is leading you to our
Church, APPLY !
Include any and all links to your social media - Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook,
Periscope, Tumblr if you have them.
CONTACT :
FBCWV Pastor Search Committee
pastorsearch@fbcwv.org
20425 E. La Puente Road
Walnut, Ca 91789
Application Questions
In addition to your cover letter and resume, please answer the following questions in full. If you
have any questions, please feel free to contact the Pastor Search Committee at
pastorsearch@fbcwv.org . There is no minimum or maximum word count - answer as completely
as possible. Thank you!
1. What are your strengths and weaknesses in ministry?
2. How active are you in associational work? In state-convention work? In Southern Baptist
Convention work? In civic clubs or social organizations in the community?
3. Describe your personal financial situation.
4. What is your philosophy of stewardship and tithing? Do you tithe?
5. Do you have outside business interests? If so, describe them.
6. What are your convictions on alcohol and drugs, gambling, pornography, racial
prejudice, abortion, homosexuality, and divorce? Feel free to cite passages or other
materials is necessary.
7. What is your desired salary range?
8. Describe your leadership effectiveness.
9. Outline the way you use your time throughout the week.
10. How would you rate your interpersonal skills?
11. What do you envision for this Church in terms of growth, missional opportunities,
community, and physically?
12. What challenges have you encountered in your ministry and how did you overcome
them?
13. How does your wife support you in your ministry? If you do not have a wife, how do you
imagine she would support you?

Children's Ministry Volunteers
New Seasons church has a need for temporary/short term volunteers in their children’s church ministry.
Trained, experienced volunteers with proper clearances, and pastor approval preferred.
For more information contact Pastor Ron Jackson – 619-540-9294 orpastorron@newsesonws.com

Youth Leader Internship
First Baptist Church of Winters (FBCW) is seeking a Youth Leader Intern.
The job requires about 15 hours of work each week, offers a competitive salary along with a generous budget for Youth activities. The youth group consists of 10-20 students at the Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday gatherings.
For more information, contact the church at 530-795-2821 orfbcw@fbcwinters.org.

Youth Director
New Hope Community Church (NHCC) in South Sacramento is searching for a part time (20 hr/wk) youth director. The position will report directly to the senior pastor and offers a competitive salary and some flexibility of work hours. The intent is to grow the position to full time and eventually a pastoral position. Some Bible college or seminary study is a plus, and candidate must be a self-starter.

For a full job description and other information, please contact NHCC board of deacons: deacons@newhopemeadowview.com
or
Board of Deacons
New Hope Community Church
1821 Meadowview Road
Sacramento, CA  95832

Unique Mission Project Opportunity: Supporting Seminary Students and Persecuted Christians in Myanmar
What your church can do:
1. Show a five-minute video in your service about the ministry
2. Have 1-2 leaders/contact persons to lead this project in your church who can explain the importance of this project and what it is accomplishing and who can oversee the sell of the bracelets used to raise the money as well as forward the money to The Church on the Rock in Canada. (See below for more details). (If you are near the Sacramento area, we can provide a leader/speaker to coordinate with your church if you are willing to let us come and share).
3. Commit to sell at least 100 bracelets. (They are really beautiful and are hand-made by the families in Myanmar).
4. Contact Claudia Wreyford at 916-944-2225 with any questions or to adopt this project in your church.
The Church on Cypress in Carmichael has partnered with The Church on the Rock in Canada for many years. We need churches who, as part of their mission activities, would be willing to join us in supporting the mission churches in Myanmar. This project provides financial support for a lay pastor seminary (training 70-90 men from 15 outlying villages) as well as aiding Christian families being persecuted there. 
The families are making Kumihimo (braided) Bracelets which will then be offered for sale through churches here in the US. 100% of all monies collected go to the mission in Myanmar. There are no administrative costs. All work here is done by volunteers. 
We currently have 1,000 bracelets ready for sale, we just need your help by including this as one of your mission projects.  Here are links to both the informational video available for your use and to pictures/information on the Myanmar Mission activities:
Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjJOvrW90So&feature=em-upload_owner
Click here: Myanmar Mission Pictures Or:https://goo.gl/photos/kYjMkiEmcWw9QHqU6 
Here is a picture of the Pastors Class in Myanmar


Calendar
August
15-16  Church Multiplication School
          $99 (limited scholarships are available for SBC planters and their spouses)
          Pastors and Church Leaders - $35 per person
          Info and to register: http://nwbaptistplanting.com/hidden-pages/cms

25     Chocolate and Chat Night preparing for Beth Moore Conference
         7 pm at Bayside of Citrus Heights, 6540 Sylvan Road

September
5   Pastor and Staff Lunch
      12:00-1:30 pm, Bring your lunch
       Roseville Baptist Church, 1301 Coloma Way

7      Movie "Extraordinary" in theaters for one day only
        Watch the trailer 

7-9   Disaster Relief Chaplain Retreat 
        $100 per person. Register online here.
        More information at http://www.csbc.com/events/dr-chaplains-retreat 

9      2nd Saturday Outreach
        www.thegracenetwork.org
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation

15    Pastors and Wives movie preview
        I Can Only Imagine at The Church on Cypress
        5709 Cypress Ave., Carmichael, RSVP to SRBN

29   Deep Love Live Simulcast with Drs. Les and Leslie Parrot
       Take a step toward deepening the marriages in your church
       Call 1-888-235-7948 for more information
       Video about the seminar
 

30   Prepared to Answer: Where Faith and Culture Collide, Simulcast
       with Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg, Inciite Events

October
2-5  Pastor & Ministry Leader Retreat
       Camp Cazadero, $115 (includes 4 days, 3 nights, & 8 meals)
       http://www.csbc.com/events/6th-annual-pastor-ministry-leader-retreat

3     Pastor and Staff Lunch
      12:00-1:30 pm, Bring your lunch
       Roseville Baptist Church, 1301 Coloma Way

5-7   Beth Moore - Living Proof Live and You Lead Training
         More information: lifeway.com/livingproof  or lifeway.com/youlead
         or call 800-254-2022

6-8   Mother/Daughter Retreat at Jenness Park
        Pricing, details, and online registration at
        http://www.csbc.com/events/mother-daughter-retreat-2017

13-23  Malawi Mission Trip with Internatonal Commission
           Contact Sonia Burnell  at soniab@IC-World.org or 916-784-2372

14    2nd Saturday Outreach
        www.thegracenetwork.org
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation

21    Piercing the Darkness 
        
A faith-fueled summit for those on the frontline
        of empowering and protecting children from
        social injustice and human trafficking
        FREE, at The Artisan (more info soon)
        Contact: Chris Stambaugh
        
chris@thegracenetwork.org (916) 952-7880

24-25  CSBC Annual Meeting
           Magnolia Church, Riverside, CA
           For More information: http://www.csbc.com/events/csbc-annual-meeting-2017

November
7   Minister and Staff Lunch
     12 pm to 1:30 pm, bring your own lunch
     Roseville Baptist Church, 1301 Coloma Way

11    2nd Saturday Outreach
        www.thegracenetwork.org
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation

December
1-2  Disaster Relief Roundtable for Cal Blue Caps
       More details: http://www.csbc.com/events/dr-blue-caps

5   Minister and Staff Lunch
     12 pm to 1:30 pm, bring your own lunch
     Roseville Baptist Church, 1301 Coloma Way

9   2nd Saturday Outreach
     www.thegracenetwork.org
     10 AM - 1st Time orientation

28-30  Ignition Student Conference
          Sacramento Convention Center
          Learn more: https://www.studentignition.com/

 

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