Network News - December 7, 2018
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Network News - December 7, 2018

Passing of Steve Davidson's son Jon

Friends of the Foundation Family,

We just received word that Steve Davidson’s son, Jon, died yesterday after being hit by a car. Services for Jon will be held this Saturday, December 8 at 11:00 AM at Clovis Hills Community Church; 10590 N Willow Ave, Clovis CA 93619, (559) 297-2600 .

Steve was the founding pastor of Clovis Hills Church and a former president of our California Southern Baptist Convention. He currently serves on the boards of CBU and Gateway Seminary. 

Join us in praying for the entire Davidson family, but especially Steve, his wife Shirley, their daughter Suzanne, Jon’s wife Kelly and their three young sons.

Blessings, Phil

Philip W. Kell


The Baptist Foundation of California

Dave Love, Pastor of Administration and Pastoral Care, at Clovis Hills Community, asked us to let you know that in lieu of flowers, the Davidson family would ask that you donate funds to the “Clovis Hills Youth.” Those funds could be sent straight to the Church or to the Foundation. 

Ordination Council Called at Elverta First Baptist Church
We are calling for pastors to take part in the ordination council for the pastor of First Baptist Church Elverts on January 13 at 4 pm. The ordination service will follow at 6 pm. Any questions should be directed to Peter at or to our office.

Attention Church Planters and Mission Churches - Reduced-Priced Materials Available

Study Books Available
Our church has excess study books of the LifeWay Bible Studies for Life Small Groups series. We are interested in selling them at a much reduced price. We have 25 different titles with leader’s guide CD plus student books of each category. If anyone is interested, please contact me directly at 530-753-4315 or







Beyond Belief









Do Over



God Is…



Honest To God






Let Hope In



Like Glue



Like No Other



More Than Enough






Pressure Points












Resilient Faith



Stand Strong



Storm Shelter



The Dark Side






Unstoppable Gospel



Unvarnished Truth



When Relationships Collide




UW Sports Ministry Available to Churches and Associations
Interns to help with camps are needed and will be trained May 31-June 8, 2019 with second level training available June 15-22, 2019.
Churches can advertise a sports ministry Sunday on February 3, 2019, and UW will provide some materials and prizes. 
To learn more about hosting a camp, advertising, or sending interns, check out the church brochure and the intern brochure or go to their web site.

Tahoe Spring, Summer, and Fall Teacher Intern Positions Open
Internship provides: airfare, housing, $500 a month stipend, food money, cars to drive, valuable work experience, and an opportunity to enjoy beautiful Lake Tahoe!
Ideal candidates are energetic, hard working, and people oriented. We are looking for college graduates or current college students. Some universities provide internship credit. Internship credits are not required to participate.
School age teachers: You will need 12 semester hours TOTAL in any combination: Education classes, Physical Education, Recreation, Music, Art, Dance, Theatre, Band, Psychology, Sociology, or Nursing. School age teachers teach their own class. There are 3 age groups: Kindergarten, 1st - 2nd, and 3rd - 6th. Four school age teachers are needed each semester (fall or spring); eight school age teachers are needed for the summer term.

Preschool teachers: You will need 12 semester hours TOTAL in any combination: Early Childhood Education, Human Growth and Development, Child Life, or Child Development. We have two age groups: Busy Bee Class (2.5 - 3 year olds) and Friendly Frogs Class (4 - 5 year olds). There will be two teachers in each class. Four preschool teachers are needed each semester and summer. 
Contact Debbie Wohler Reasoner at 530-448-9359 or For more information:

22 Wooden Pews Available
West Sacramento Baptist has approximately 22 wooden pews 14-16 feet long available for anyone who may want or need them. Contact 

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 or to schedule an interview.  

Large Shipping Container for Sale
Hillsdale Blvd. Baptist Church has a 40 foot shipping container for sale. Container has two sets of
doors, one at each end, so can be divided for two separate purposes. $3995.00. Please call Sharlotte Ibarra at (916)425-0642.

Part-Time Student Youth Director
Local church is actively searching for a highly motivated individual that is passionate about Christ and Youth. This individual must be a committed Christian, with a strong desire to see students grade 7-12 come to know Christ and mature in their faith. Responsibilities include teaching Sunday Bible Study, and leading Wednesday night Youth Bible study, planning/overseeing youth activities and outings. Assist others to develop a strong Youth Outreach Program, work with Pastoral staff, and be a Team Player. The position is part-time with up to 12hours per week. If interested, and for further information, please contact Sam Ibarra @ 916-947-5069 or at

Bi-Vocational Worship Leader 
Madison Avenue Baptist Church is looking for a person to be our worship leader to lead congregational singing during the morning and evening worship services. The position is a bivocational position, we have a pianist and a key boardist, we have a congregation of about 25 on Sunday morning, and 10 on Sunday evening. We are offering a stipend of $100 a week. If interested call Ed Thompkins at 916-274-9708 or George David at 916-342-5741.

English Pastor - Sacramento Korean Baptist Church
Part time position includes preaching and leading Bible study on Sundays and leading a small group during the week. Must be SBC ordained pastor with an MDiv. Pay is $1100 (negotiable). 
Send resume to or call 916-966-0191 for more information.

Pastor - Valley Baptist Church in Salinas
Please see the file for details: Pastor Job Description 

Worship Leader - Sutter Creek Baptist Church
Worship Leader needed for small foothill Baptist Church for Sunday Morning traditional worship service only. Call Bill at 916-599-1318.

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

Senior Pastor for Bridgeport Christian Fellowship
Bridgeport Christian Fellowship, an SBC affiliated church, located in Bridgeport, California is seeking a full-time pastor. The town of Bridgeport has a seasonal population of 500-800 people and is situated in the Eastern Sierra, at an elevation of 6500 feet. Although it is located in a naturally beautiful area, it is in a remote, rural setting where medical services and amenities are at least an hour away.

Bridgeport Christian Fellowship is an Elder led church with a congregation of approximately 20 members, and a seasonal attendance that fluctuates between 20-35. Our common goal is to worship and deepen our relationship with the Lord, to understand and pursue God's will, and to encourage others in faith. The current services and ministries are Sunday morning Bible Study, Sunday Worship Service, Wednesday evening Bible Study, a jail ministry, Spanish Bible Study, and community outreach events.  

Our Pastor and Elders are the spiritual leaders of the church and maintain oversight of those performing the corporate duties. The Pastor will meet the Scriptural qualifications of 1 Timothy and Titus. We are seeking a man with a "Pastor's heart" for his congregation and community, being a living example. He will demonstrate his passion for Jesus Christ through his worship, but also through his outreach to the church body and local community, discipleship, counseling and leadership.

Compensation is to be determined and will include use of the parsonage which is adjacent to the church (3 bdrm., 2 1/2 bath, 2 car garage.)

After prayerful consideration, if you sense God's calling, you may submit a resume with your responses to the supplemental questions, and a list of 10 references. Submissions may be sent to either our mailing or email address. Please note that we are seeking a Pastor who personally follows Jesus Christ and the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message.

Bridgeport Christian Fellowship
Attn: Pastor Search Committee
P.O. Box 676
Bridgeport, CA 93517
Email contact:

Supplemental questions: 
Tell us your salvatoin story. How is Christ working in your life today?
Why are you a pastor?
How will you reach our community for Christ?
Is there anything more you would like to tell us?

For more information about Bridgeport:,_California
Bridgeport Christian Fellowship on Facebook
Bridgeport CA on Facebook

1-31    Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

9          Winds of Faith Christmas Concert
           St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
           1800 Wildcat Blvd, Rocklin
            6:00 pm
            Free concert, a freewill offering will be taken during the concert for the Ensemble
The concert will include a variety of familiar sacred and secular Christmas music built around the theme--“The Story”. Other selections will include “O Holy Night”, “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” with Jim Tilton, Narrator, Jester Hairston’s “Mary’s Little Boy Child”, with Carole Brewer, vocal soloist and “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, with Todd Peterson, vocal soloist, and music from “Polar Express”. 

27-29    Ignition Student Conference at the Ontario Convention Center
            Ignition is a high-energy conference for students in grades 7012, college age, leaders and parents
            A $20 deposit is due when registering (pre-registration ends December 15)

16-18     Winter Youth Retreat 2019 at Jenness Park
Go to for more information

23              CSBC State VBS Clinic North
                  El Camino Baptist Church
                  2805 El Camino Ave., Sacramento
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
                  (Continental breakfast included)
                   No Child Care Provided

5-7       SRBN and Women's Evangelism Annual Women's Retreat
 Camp Alta, $150 per person
             "Women's Warrior Boot Camp: Equipping Women to Become Warriors for Christ!"
             Register online


17-19    2019 Ministers' Wives Retreat - Jenness Park
             Register at
             Cost: $190 

Run the Race in theaters February 22. Watch the trailer here.
The Least of These in theaters in 2019. Watch the trailer here.
Breakthrough in theaters in April 2019, but churches can schedule a theater before the release date any day between April 5-April 21. Check out the info and trailer.

Why Wouldn't I? A Haunting Question that Burns Bright at Advent by Tony Kriz for Christianity Today
My friend Marks says, "There are some people who just get the call. That is just the way it is."

I picked it up. It was Peter. "Hey Tony, do you still have people stay with you?"

My family has lived communally for over a decade. It is not a particularly fancy organizational structure. If someone comes across our path (or appears on our doorstep), we offer them room … if there is room to spare, that is. Most come for "just a few days … until I get settled," but more often than not stay longer. For as long as two years sometimes: people on the last rations of their faith, folks in life transition, people escaping violence, lovely friends, failed missionaries full of hurt, post-Christians … and many become uncles and aunties to our boys.

Peter continued: "There is this young woman I have known since she was a girl … she has had a hard run the last few years. She is getting her life together. She has a baby. She is looking for a safe environment with a room. Can I send her your way?"

Before I go any further, let me assure you that I was already not having a good morning, having already had a stout argument with my wife. More true to the point, I had not had a very good month—recently laid off from my teaching job, worried about money, and of course, wrestling my ever-present faith-angst.

I told Pete, "No."

Pete had called on the wrong morning. It didn't matter that a couple we had met on the streets of our neighborhood (two-year housemates) had moved out just two days before and their room was empty; I didn't want to help. I was so deep in my funk that it didn't even occur to me that, smack in the middle of Advent, I just told a young woman with child that there was "no room at the inn."

Two days before Peter's call, I taught my last class at a local college, a place I had grown to love. It was a preaching class—when his number was called, Nick stood to deliver his final sermon. Nick is an undergraduate, still finding his way around behind a pulpit. However there was one moment in his sermon that I won't soon forget.

Nick was talking about people in need that he passes every day: "They may need a pair of shoes, or lunch, or maybe just a friendly conversation. It seems like when I notice a need, I have been programmed to ask myself, 'Why would I help this person?' I am starting to think that I should instead ask, 'Why wouldn't I?'"

I don't think Nick realized his moment of preaching genius. It was one of those moments where eternity seemed to sink immediately into the soul.

Throughout the week, Nick's phrase echoed inside my heart: Why wouldn't I? Why wouldn't I? Why wouldn't I?

I found myself thinking about Jesus. When Jesus had a chance to touch a leper, he didn't ask, "Why would I?" Jesus thought, Why wouldn't I?

When he learned the Samaritan's woman's village was near by, he said, "Why wouldn't I?"

"If someone asks for my cloak … Why wouldn't I?"

"If someone asks me to walk a mile … Why wouldn't I?"

This very morning I was reading the Annunciation story in Luke 1, when Gabriel appears to Mary.

Reading it today again, I had this thought for the first time: When Gabriel told Mary that she would bear the Messiah, did she count the implications of his words? Did she catalog the unending pains, shames, challenges, inconveniences, mockings, and messes that his words would set in motion? Or did she simply say, "Yes."

Did she intuitively know that it was not her responsibility to count the second domino … or the third … or the fourteen thousandth? Did she somehow know that that first domino was more than enough eternity for that day?

And Mary said, "Yes."

Why wouldn't I?
Read the rest of the article here.

How Should We Talk to Our Kids about Santa? by Josh Straub for LifeWay Voices: Culture & Current Events

We just spent our Thanksgiving weekend at a hotel that’s Christmas-themed year round. During story time with Santa, the children gathered around his feet to hear him sing songs and tell stories. In the one hour he spent with them, who did he talk and sing about most? Not Rudolph. Not even Mrs. Claus.

Instead, he talked about Jesus. And he sang multiple birthday songs to Jesus. Our kids loved that even Santa focused so much on Jesus.

That’s a weird mix for many of us. As a dad of a 6- and 4-year-old, this is a question we continually pray about for ourselves on a personal level.

Perhaps you too wonder whether you should conform to the holiday tradition of Santa Claus celebrated around the world. Logically speaking, your concerns are warranted. If we lie to our kids about Santa, then perhaps they will think we lied to them about Jesus as well.

Yet, some of my greatest childhood memories were baking cookies and putting out milk for Santa. It wasn’t until I was in second grade sitting at the lunch table that one of my best friends broke the news. I defended Santa as fiercely as a 7-year-old could.

Were my parents wrong for lying to me?

Research from two psychologists just last year, suggest that lying to our children about Santa Claus could expose our children to “abject disappointment.”

As Kathy McKay, co-author of the study, said: “The Santa myth is such an involved lie, such a long-lasting one, between parents and children, that if a relationship is vulnerable, this may be the final straw. If parents can lie so convincingly and over such a long time, what else can they lie about?”

If you go along with the Santa tradition like most families do, take heart. I’m grateful my parents went along with Santa. But I also think we should pay attention to the research, and take some caution.


1. Follow your convictions.
For some, the answer to whether we should tell the truth about Santa to our kids from the beginning is clear. For others, the answer is a little more nebulous. Either way, we must know and follow our convictions. But in so doing, don’t judge others for how they carry out their own Christmas traditions (see Romans 14). Besides, there’s already enough parent shaming to go around today.

2. Don’t use Santa Claus to manipulate your children to behave.
Let’s be honest, who hasn’t used Santa to exorcise a sugar-possessed child from Christmas candy? At the risk of sounding like a scrooge, Santa’s not making a list and checking it twice. God, on the other hand, really does know your child’s heart. The values and discipline we instill in our children throughout the year ought not to be based on a fictional character, but on the God who knows even the number of hairs on our child’s head. Teaching our kids to love and behave well because God already loves them is better parenting—and theology—than telling them to behave because it will earn them presents. Relying on Santa to get our children to behave throughout December says more about our parenting than it does our children’s behavior.
Read the full article here.

Christmas Is in the Air by Mark Jones for (FREE RESOURCE)
We decorated the Christmas tree, hung lights on the house and even managed to buy a few Christmas presents this weekend. While in the store, I didn’t realize I was whistling a Christmas song until another man walking past me started whistling the song too. He was so so excited and made it look like we had planned this or something. When I looked at him, his eyes were “shiny and bright” as if to be smiling and saying, “We sound good dude!”  It was awkward, yet I continued as if to say, “I’m playing along as I walk away from you dude.” After finishing that verse, I refrained from such exuberant Christmas glee.  

I hope you enjoy today’s idea. It’s hard to fit all these in my classes since we only have one month.

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I want to give you a gift. I asked our team to send a copy of our December issue of Classroom Swag Magazine for you to download. You can make copies for all your teachers like I did or just forward the email so they can download it for themselves. I really loved these ideas and I’m excited to share them with you. You can go to and download a different free issue and start a notebook of ideas like mine.  

Merry Christmas from all of us at Mr. Mark’s Classroom! 
Your Friend,
Mr. Mark

Christmas: A Time for Generosity Training by Scott Turansky for Thriving Kids Connection

Christmas is a highlight in the life of most children, but much of the benefit is focused on what they get. In fact, some children feel entitled and their expectations create tension. What appears to be demandingness puts a tension in the holiday air. Most children need “generosity training” and what better time than the Christmas season to work on it.

Some children need a gentle reminder to get back on track. If your child tends to be self-focused, you might start with some questions to stimulate thinking. For example, “What makes Christmas special?” or “How can you bless others this season?” might be all that’s needed. After all Christmas is much bigger than getting. You might broaden their thinking to other things like spending time with family, remembering the Christmas story and what Christ has done for us, and enjoying holiday traditions.

Some children, however, need more than a suggestion or a question to move them away from self-focused thinking. Here are several tools you might consider to move your children to be generous.


Make generosity a topic of conversation. You might point out examples in life, tells stories, or even create specific definitions that apply to your child. For example, “Generosity is sharing with your sister before she even asks.” Or, “Generosity is looking for ways to surprise others with a gift.”

Remember that generosity isn’t just an action. It should characterize our lives. Children who live generosity have something in their hearts. We like to say, “The answer is always yes.” Kindness, compassion, and thoughtfulness provide further talking points to help children change their focus.


Read the rest of the article here.


Women's Retreat

April 5-7, 2019
Location: Camp Alta
$150 per person
Theme: "Women's Warrior Boot Camp: Equipping Women to Become Warriors for Christ!"
Theme Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-18
Register online.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12, NIV) 

Sunday School/Small Group Leader Training


Northern California Sunday School/Small Group Leader Training
August 24, 2019 (pre-session training on August 23 for Associational leaders)
Tentatively in Vacaville
For all teachers, leaders, and small group facilitators

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