Network News - November 24, 2017
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Network News - November 24, 2017



We hope your family was blessed this Thanksgiving and that you have many, many blessings to be thankful for.


Home Loss Assistance Fund
A fund has been set up through the Redwood Empire Association to help those who've lost their homes in the recent fires. They are taking donations between now and November 30. All donations to the Redwood Empire HOME LOSS ASSISTANCE FUND will be distributed to the 25 REBA church families who lost their homes to wildfires in Sonoma County.
We cannot help every family affected by this disaster, but those who have absorbed the heaviest blow - the loss of their home - will receive your aid.
TWO WAYS TO DONATE!
Donate online at our homepage - www.rebachurches.org 
Or, you can mail your donation to
Redwood Empire Baptist Association
Home Loss Assistance Fund
P.O. Box 2042, Vacaville, CA 95696
You can download the flyer here or the bulletin insert here for your church or group.


Christmas Events
Country Oaks Baptist Church in Elk Grove has two major events this Christmas Season.


What's happening at your church this Christmas? Let us know so we can help let others know. 


Igniting Students' Hearts for Serving God
Ignition Conference is next month. Students will be ministering throughout the SRBN area on December 29th from 1:15 pm to 4:45 pm. We need a site where the Disaster Relief Mass Feeding group can set up to help train some of the youth to help in future Disaster Relief efforts. Could you use a team at your church to help with a ministry project? Could you host Mike Bivens and the DR team in your parking lot so they could train some of the students? Please contact the SRBN office this week or as soon as possible. And please pray for the teams as they go out and minister all over the Sacramento area on December 29th. Thank you! 


Rocklin Charter School Parents Ask for Delay of Charter Renewal after Exposing Kids to Transgenderism
by Greg Burt on November 18, 2017 for California Family Council News

The Rocklin, California charter school that made national news over the summer for introducing kindergartners to transgenderism, asked for a five-year renewal to their charter last week. But upset parents showed up to object, asking the Newcastle Elementary School Board of Trustees, that oversee the school, to hold off on the decision until  Rocklin Academy Gateway is investigated for not living up to its promise to be “parent friendly.”

Half a dozen parents stood to complain that their views and values were disregarded and disrespected last summer when they raised objections to a kindergarten teacher reading “I Am Jazz,” a book about transgenderism, to her class, without notifying parents beforehand. The Rocklin Academy Gateway teacher later explained she hoped the book would help her students accept a boy in her class who was transitioning into identifying as girl.

Several children from the class went home confused and fearful, after seeing their male classmate change into a dress and hearing their teacher explain how their friend was a girl trapped in a boy’s body. One little girl was in tears and shaking, fearful she was turning into a boy. When parents asked the teacher what happened, they were told the details were confidential to protect the privacy rights of the transgender student.

Rocklin Academy Gateway parent Wendy Sickler spoke publicly at the Newcastle Elementary School Board meeting and told the trustees Rocklin Academy Gateway was not living up to one of its core values. “The parent partnership piece, that’s why many parents joined the school,” Sickler said. If the school no longer plans to partner with parents “let’s not have that one of the core values or the core pieces of the charter.”

Sickler went on to tell the board that when she first heard about the controversy in the kindergarten class last summer she thought the school was going to take care of the issue by the time school started again in August. “I only got involved when school started and nothing had changed, and there weren’t any additional restrictions on what could be brought to the classroom or what could be taught,” Sickler explained.

“I do still care and believe that parents have the fundamental right to direct the upbringing of their children,” Sickler said. “For myself personally, and many people I know at the school that stand for a biblical view of human sexuality, I didn’t feel that my rights were respected… so we did leave the school over that.”

Read the full story here.





Job & Ministry Opportunities
Senior/Lead Pastor - Capital City Baptist Church
Capital City Baptist Church is prayerfully seeking a full-time Senior/Lead Pastor.  Send resumes ONLY to Ray Torrez, Chairman of Search Team. 
Deadline: December 29, 2017 

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

Urgent Need: Preschool Teacher Interns
Teachers needed wot tork with the preschool program at Lake Tahoe. Teachers must be studying or have a dregree in Early Childhood, Child Life, Child Development, or Human Development and Family Studies. You need 12 semester hours in any combination fo these types of classes to qualify as a preschool intern. Round-trip air fare, housing, food money,a nd local ministry-related transportation provided plus a $500 monthly stipend. 

For more information: Debbie Wohler Reasoner-Internship Coordinator: 530-448-9359 (Eastern Time) or debbie@fbctahoe.com, Jayme Blanton, A+ Director: 530-583-1534 (Pacific Time) or jayme@fbctahoe.com, Pastor Scott Capshaw: 530-583-7458 (Pacific Time) or scott@fbctahoe.com  

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.  Thank you in advance for your assistance.
In Christ,
Pastor James  Allen  and the FBCW Stewardship/Personnel Committee

Youth Mission Projects Needs
As part of the Ignition Conference at the end of December, the students will have the opportunity to help with several service projects in our area from 1:15 pm to 4:45 pm on December 29th. If you have a special project that you think it appropriate for students to help with, please contact the SRBN office to let us know.

Free Supplies:
Folding Machines Available Free
The Church on Cypress, Carmichael, is giving away two folding machines. The big one folds newsletters, bulletins, and possibly tri-folds. Both have manual adjustment, and instructions are included for the smaller one. For more information or to request them, please contact Melissa Burgess at 916-972-8200 or admin@churchoncypress.org
     

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

Mission Team Available
South Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Yadkinville, NC is planning a mission trip to our area this summer. They have led soccer sports camps, VBS, Backyard Bible Clubs, Door-to-door Evangelism, and construction. They can come as early as the 2nd week of June. Would your church like to host them and have the extra hands to help this summer? 
Please contact SRBN and Chris Hauser at 336-469-2758, chrishauser@southoakridge.org 
It is helpful if you can contact them before the end of the year so the adults can put in for their vacation time in January. 


Many Christian movies are in theaters or are coming to theaters this fall and next spring! It's exciting to see family-friendly movies in theaters and movies with a meaningful Christian message! Here is a list of the ones we know about:


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
1    First Baptist Church of Lincoln "Reboot"
     
1545 1st Street, Lincoln, 2 pm

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

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/

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
During Ignition, students help local ministries and churches on Friday, Dec. 29th from 1:15 pm to 4:45 pm
If your group could use some eager helpers, please contact the SRBN office ASAP to book a group to come minister.

January

27      Church Music Workshop - North
          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


3 Ways Social Media Helps Your Outreach Efforts by Marty Duren for LifeWay
Fall and winter are usually busy outreach seasons for churches: Fall Festivals, Trunk-or-Treats, Thanksgiving dinners, musicals, Christmas Eve and Christmas services, and more.

In the not-so-distant past, advertising for such events was limited to your local newspaper. Such ads were not always cheap, and reach was limited to subscribers who read the paper on the day your ad ran. Not so with social media. Today, your event info can be shared, shared, and shared some more, providing multiple opportunities for viewing.

Social media is the easiest, most effective way to promote your outreach efforts that exists today. Please don’t overlook it.

What are some benefits? Here are three.

1. Social media provides advertising at no cost.

2. Social media provides advertising at low cost.

3. Social media allows for answering questions.
Read the full article here.


The Thankful Exchange: A Leader's Most Significant Transaction by Gordon MacDonald
After I concluded a talk a few days ago, a man and woman approached me. "We need to thank you for today," the man said. "We've been deeply touched by your words." My automatic reaction was to take the "aw shucks" route, minimizing what I'd done.

But the woman interrupted my shallow expression of humility: "No. Please listen carefully. It's important that we give and that you receive from us our gratitude, what this hour has meant to us. God has spoken through you into a very bruised part of our lives, and we want to affirm his wonderful gift."

The words morphed into tears and the two clutched each other. "We will never be the same because of what we heard today."

Suddenly I realized that this was not simply two people being courteous. And it was certainly not a moment for me to casually dismiss. The three of us were involved in something significant. I've come to call it the thankful exchange.

When we were children, most of us learned to use the words please and thank you. At first, we weren't entirely sure why the words were so important, but it wasn't difficult to figure out that in most cases good things happened when they were used.

We came to understand that please (as in "Please, may I have a glass of water?") opened doors of generosity. And thank you (as in "Thanks much for the drink") usually led to further door-openings down the line.

Here's a case in which we acquired a positive habit (saying the words) before we knew the full meaning of what we were doing.

It's the second of these two terms that grabs me: Thank you. Its variants? I appreciate. I'm grateful. Much obliged. I'm in your debt.

A message beneath the words

Why are these expressions important? Why were our mothers so insistent that we use them?

The message behind thank you seems to be this: I am acknowledging something—a gift, a word, an action—that you have offered to me. It has added value to my life, and I am compelled to celebrate what you have done.

It may seem strange—in an article for leaders—to focus on the thankful exchange. Wouldn't it be better addressed wherever it is that people comment on etiquette and good manners?

My opinion? The thank you exchange is an indispensible element to all healthy human relationships: friendships, marriage, family, organizations of all sizes and shapes. Neglect it, and, over a period of time, the quality of any of those relationships deteriorates.
Therfore, the thank you exchange is one of a leader's most important actions.
Continue reading the article here


Preparing for a Meaningful Advent:Down-to-Earth Practices for a Holy Season by Tony Kriz for Christian Today 
In the Christian Church of the West, the summit of the liturgical calendar is Easter. For the Eastern Church it is Christmas. The West sees the central hope of humanity as the story of our Savior who died to save sinners ("For God so loved the world …"). The East holds Christmas as the high mark because hope is found in the fact that God joined, became embodied, became incarnate with the cosmos ("The Word became flesh … ").
East or West, celebrations of Lent (the season leading to Easter) and Advent (the season leading to Christmas) are holy and have been historically prioritized to aid Christians in a robust life of faith.

Sunday, November 30th marks the first day of Advent this year. More often than not, Advent arrives with the thought, Is Advent here already? Regrettably, that moment is often too late to plan a meaningful Advent experience.

Planning to practice

It always amazes me that a mere spoonful of forethought can transform our spiritual life. There are many, many creative ways to practice Advent. Here is one example from our family:

We set aside the season leading to Christmas for daily family ceremony. We celebrate each evening just before my youngest heads to bed. The service is not complicated, but it is intentional—and our boys seem to enjoy it.

The last several years our service has gone like this:

1.Set the atmosphere: One of our boys lights a candle on our simple wooden Advent wreath. Then we discuss some aspect of each candle's theme (hope, peace, joy, love.) For example during the week of "hope" each evening we ask something like, "Why is Jesus' coming hopeful for marginalized people like shepherds?" or "Why is it hopeful that people of other religions, like the Magi, are a part of Jesus' story?"
Read the rest of the article here.


Here are some great videos that are free to use for Advent: https://thebibleproject.com/advent-word-series-churches/ 


 

Announcements

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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