Network News - December 8, 2017
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Network News - December 8, 2017


 - Date of the Event: Saturday, December 16th, 2017, 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

 - Location: Entire event to be held in Old Town Sacramento, meet in front of the Railroad Museum

 - Activities: Photo Scavenger Hunt, Dinner, Old Sacramento Theatre of Lights, prayer, fellowship, and some free time

 - Requirements to participate: Permission slip for each youth, $5 per eating individual, Adult Chaperones to cover your youth group (1 adult 25+ y.o. per 5 youth of 18- y.o.)

 - Group RSVP Due on or before our next SRBN Youth Leaders Meeting, December 9th, 2017, 6:00 PM @ El Camino Baptist Church.
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Job & Ministry Opportunities
Senior/Lead Pastor - Capital City Baptist Church (Elk Grove, CA)
Capital City Baptist Church is prayerfully seeking full-time Senior/Lead Pastor.  Send resumes ONLY to Ray Torrez, Chairman of Search Team.  Deadline: January 31, 2018 - Ray Torrez, 772 Stargell Way, Galt, CA 95632   E-mail: raytorrez@comcast.net
Deadline: January 31, 2018 

Full Time Worship Leader - First Baptist Orangevale
First Baptist Orangevale is looking for a full time worship leader. Please contact Jimmy Butler at butlerjc@surewest.net or 916-539-3894

Live-In Home Health Care Helper
A pastor from Suisun whose parents live in Sacramento needs to find 24/7 live-in assistance for his mother and her husband. Please contact Pastor Richard Guy from Grace Baptist Church of Suisun. His number is 707-290-3200.

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 or pastorron@newsesonws.com

Youth Leader Internship
Our church is seeking to fill a vacant position for Youth Leader Intern immediately, and we are reaching out to other churches and Christian organizations in the area with hopes of finding the right person (or couple) for the job.  We are a small-town conservative church, and our active Youth Group currently consists of 8 – 15 students at our Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday gatherings.  The position will require about 15 hours of work each week.  We will offer a salary of $750 - $1000, along with a generous budget for Youth activities.
We hope you would be willing to share our description with anyone who you feel would be a great addition to our team at FBCW.   Please respond and we will send the application as a pdf file, or interested parties may contact the church at 530-795-2821 orfbcw@fbcwinters.org to schedule an interview.  
In Christ,
Pastor James  Allen  and the FBCW Stewardship/Personnel Committee


Free:
Used Materials for Bible Study
Materials are available to any mission or church plant that would want materials for Bible Study or Sunday School. Please contact Martha Kelly at First Baptist Church of Fair Oaks at (916) 966-2295


Christian Movies in Theaters:
Let There Be Light in theaters now, Free Resources
The Star: The Story of the First Christmas in theaters November 17 
Alien Invasion in theaters January 11, 2018
I Can Only Imagine in theaters March 16, 2018
Tortured for Christ in theaters Spring, 2018


Calendar
December
9    Madison Avenue Baptist Church
     Rainwater Music Company presents two plays:
    "Check Out That Star" performed by Jesus Express at 6 pm
     "Just in Time for Christmas" performed by Shades of Praise at 7:15 pm
     4148 Madison Avenue, North Highlands

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

14-16 Live Nativity, Free and open to all
          Country Oaks Baptist Church
          9717 Bond Road, Elk Grove
          20 minute walk-through interactive experience
          6-9 pm

17  Lisa Daggs "Celebrate the Heart of Christmas" concert
      Country Oaks Baptist Church
      9717 Bond Road, Elk Grove
      7 pm

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


January

27      Church Music Workshop - North
          Trinity Baptist Church, Livermore
          http://www.csbc.com/events/church-music-workshop-north 

February
16-19   Winter Youth Retreat Week 1
            http://www.csbc.com/events/winter-youth-retreat-2018

17        Clinicas para Escuela Biblica de Vacaciones - San Jose
            http://www.csbc.com/events/clinicas-para-escuela-bíblica-de-vacaciones-en-español

21-Mar. 5 International Commission Kenya Mission Trip
             Contact Sonia at soniab@ic-world.org
             https://www.classy.org/campaign/kenya-february-2018/c135807

23-25     Winter Youth Retreat Week 2
              http://www.csbc.com/events/winter-youth-retreat-week-2

24         State VBS Clinic at El Camino Baptist Church
             2805 El Camino Ave., Sacramento

24         Clinicas para Escuela Biblica de Vacaciones - Manteca
             http://www.csbc.com/events/clinicas-para-escuela-bíblica-de-vacaciones-en-español-1


The Church Visitor I Didn’t Want as a Member By
In the rural south, church signs still mean something. They remind people to get right or get left. They sometimes make political statements. Sometimes, their attempts at humor end up being really funny for all of the wrong reasons. Of all the messages I’ve seen on church signs, there’s one common theme:

All are welcome here.

We love to tell ourselves that everyone is welcome in our church. All races are welcome. Bikers are welcome. Sinners are welcome. The unchurched are welcome. Come one, come all.

As the pastor of one of those rural churches, I can tell you that we’re lying. Everyone isn’t welcome. This became obvious to me one day standing at the door of the church that I lead. But the really sad part is that the unwelcoming didn’t come from a few of our church members.

It came from me.

A man was doing some work on our building and I was showing him around. It was the first time that we had ever met. On his way outside he told me that he was interested in visiting our church. I was like a proud father. He was probably impressed by our loving people. Or perhaps he had heard about my last sermon. That pride quickly went away when he told me the reason why he wanted to give our church a try.

“Yeah, there’s just too many black people coming to the church we’re at now.”

I froze. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. As I processed our conversation over the days that followed I waxed eloquent about all of the things I wished that I had said. Basically, the eloquent sermon that I was preaching in my heart to that man had one major point.

You are not welcome here.

I was proud of myself. In my mind I was Martin Luther King Jr. A lot of other pastors would have laughed this man’s comment off or maybe even agreed with him, happily accepting his membership and money. But not me. Oh, no sir. I was having none of this man’s sin. He’s not welcome where I pastor.

And then I thought about Jesus.

Jesus frequently engaged those who were not welcomed by the religious elites of their day. Sometimes he sat with them (John 4:1-45) and sometimes he ate with them (Mark 2:13-17). Continue reading.


How to Care for Abuse Survivors in Your Congregation by Krispin Mayfield for CT Pastors
Alex left home 10 years ago when he was 18 and hasn’t been to church since. When a friend at work mentioned going to church, Alex felt nagging guilt. Alex hoped that by attending church with his friend he might feel better about himself.
As a young boy, Alex was sexually abused by his uncle. When Alex told his parents about the abuse, they instructed him to “be a good Christian” and forgive his uncle. It’s been years since Alex has seen his uncle, but the shame left by the abuse remains and has made him feel disconnected.
Alex remembers his former pastor’s attempts at transparency during sermons. The pastor spoke about arguments with his wife on the way to church and failure to rest on Sabbath days. “If those are the darkest aspects of your life,” Alex thought, “you could never understand my experiences.”
While sitting in the church service with his coworker, Alex felt worse about himself. Everyone else seemed put together and healthy. “I’m broken and out of place,Alex thought.
Alex’s experience is one of many stories about the aftermath of abuse and how attending church can be difficult for those who, like Alex, have endured trauma. No single statistic captures the ubiquity of abuse. The National Center for PTSD estimates that 7 to 8 percent of the general population will have Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point. However, there are many people who do not neatly fit a PTSD diagnosis but have experienced what psychologists call “attachment trauma” and other forms of abuse or neglect. The National Center for Victims of Crime shares that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys are victims of sexual abuse. The National Domestic Violence Hotline reports “Nearly 3 in 10 women (29%) and 1 in 10 men (10%) in the US have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by a partner and report a related impact on their functioning.” The statistics do not consider rates of spiritual abuse, sexual harassment, verbal abuse, or other forms of maltreatment.
Given those statistics, how in the everyday aspects of church life can we care for survivors of trauma? How can church leaders convey welcome and belonging to survivors of abuse who show up to a Sunday service? There are a number of ways those things can be accomplished within the church. Continue reading.


Sexual Misconduct at Church by Marian V. Liautaud for Church Law & Tax from Christianity Today
2007 survey of self-described "active Christian women" shows more than a quarter personally experienced sexually inappropriate behavior—and a third of those that experienced it said it happened in a church or ministry setting.

The survey was designed to capture the range and extent to which women encounter unwelcome, gender-based behaviors by their male counterparts, either in the workplace or within a church or ministry setting.
The most common inappropriate behaviors reported? Eleven percent say it was demeaning comments; 10 percent, suggestive jokes.
It's not funny
While some may take suggestive jokes or demeaning comments to a coworker or ministry colleague lightly, this kind of behavior can create a stressful environment.
Joy Thornburg Melton, an ordained minister and attorney who currently serves in the United Methodist Church as Chief Resource Officer for PACT (United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust), says these survey results are "interesting, but not surprising." Based on the anecdotal reports she receives from individual women in a wide variety of ministry settings, she says, "There is a lot of inappropriate 'conversation' being tolerated by women so as not to antagonize men in their workplaces."
While the study, based on answers given last fall by 779 American women to NationalChristianPoll.com, provides a window into the world of sexual misconduct that women are enduring, it is important to note that not all incidents reported in the survey fall under the strict legal definition of sexual harassment. 
According to Frank Sommerville, an attorney and CPA who specializes in church law and tax, the simple legal definition of sexual harassment is "unwelcome attention due to one's gender." "Closely related to this is the term 'hostile work environment,' which occurs when unwelcome comments or conduct based on sex, race, or other legally protected characteristics unreasonably interferes with an employee's work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment," Sommerville explains. The survey shows a relatively low number of occurrences of sexual harassment in churches or ministry workplaces. Only 2 percent of respondents who work in a church or ministry setting say their employment was contingent upon dates or sexual favors. This number goes up sharply in the secular world: 22 percent of women reported "quid pro quo" harassment.
Continue reading.


Podcast: When Christians Sexually Harass and Assault
Allegations of sexual impropriety against the longtime Religious Right celebrity and current Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore have forced the church to wrestle once again with sexual harassment and assault.
While we don’t know whether the claims that seven women have leveled against Moore are true, in general, when people claim to have been victims of sexual assault or abuse, Christians ought to believe them, says Liberty University English professor Karen Swallow Prior.
“People are denying the reality that most women grow up and live their lives being harassed, if not assaulted, and being propositioned or being pursued inappropriately,” she said. “Almost every woman I know, including myself, has had something like that happen to them. This is just the world we grow up in.”
Prior recently joined associate digital media producer Morgan Lee and editorial director Ted Olsen to discuss how quick we should be to distance ourselves from those who sin grievously or egregiously misrepresent us and what public repentance and confession might look like.
Christianity Today: 10 Things Sexual Assault Victims Want You to Know
Christianity Today: If You See Something, Say Something
Fresh Air: White Evangelicals Conflicted By Accusations Against Roy Moore


 

Announcements

SRBN Youth Event-Photo Scavenger Hunt & Dinner


Saturday, December 16
2 pm to 7 pm
Old Town Sacramento, meet in front of the Railroad Museum
$5 per person for dinner
Group RSVP Due on or before Dec. 9th
1 adult 25+ y.o. per 5 youth 18- y.o.
For more information contact Gregory Horton, El Camino Baptist Church
kazuma4321@hotmail.com
Hosted by Signal Heights Baptist Church and El Camino Baptist Church

Donation of Turkeys Needed for Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners

For His Glory Church is looking for free turkeys. We are serving FREE Thanksgiving Dinner and Free Christmas dinner again this year to families who otherwise won't have a dinner on those days.

If you can make a donation of any kind we appreciate it.
Tax deduction.
916-396-1890


 

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