Network News - December 1, 2017
Capital Baptist News

Network News - December 1, 2017

SRBN received a $50,000 gift from First Baptist Church, Elverta on 11/19/17. We want to express our thanks to the fellowship of FBC, Elverta for their generosity and faithfulness.
"Thank you" does not adequately express my admiration and grateful emotion for your $50,000 gift to Sacramento Region Baptist Network. You have shouted the truth that each fellowship of Christ is only one expression of the Body of Christ and that we belong to one another and rise or fall with one another.
I have no doubt that what you have spoken through what you have given will become a mighty shower of blessing upon you all. 
With Admiration and Love,
Robert D. Lewis

They sent a beautiful card with a lovely note inside. We thought we would share that with you since you are part of SRBN. These words are for you as well.
Thank you for the work you do to network churches and connect leaders in Sacramento. We are strengthened and encouraged as we join with churches locally to reach our community and beyond for Christ. May this gift help you to continue to network churches and encourage leaders to further the message and calling of our Lord.
In Him,
First Baptist Church of Elverta

Christmas Events

Madison Avenue Baptist Church has two plays on December 9 at 6 pm and 7:15 pm
Rainwater Music Company which teaches music to Home-Schooled children presents: "Check out That Star" performed by Jesus Express at 6 pm and "Just In Time for Christmas" performed by Shades of Praise at 7:15 pm
4148 Madison Avenue, North Highlands

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

December 7 - Week of Prayer for International Missions

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

Did you know that your staff here at SRBN are authors?
Bob has published two books: Barnacle Busters and Closing the Communication Gap.
Terrie has published three books, but we're featuring two of them: Joy in the Journey of Faith and A Mother's Look at the Father's Heart

Closing the Communication GapAfter reading this book, you will understand how to be a better listener, how to use social media in marketing, how to deal with difficult people, and helpful tips for public speaking. You will gain valuable insights on how to talk to your employees, how to talk to your boss, and the best ways to communicate with a corporation.
Barnacle BustersHave you wished your church was better and thought that it might have room for improvement? Has the thought that it might not conform exactly to the biblical model visited your mind? Have you been involved in church conflict situations and failed at helping resolve the issues? Are you at the point of dropping out or are you just faking it? Read Barnacle Busters.
Joy in the Journey of Faith: "We were willing to go where and when God led, but the journey of getting there wasn't always smooth (Is it ever?)." 
In this book, you'll see one family's journey of faith as they follow God's leading to the mission field. God often calls each of us to step out in faith. And that faith grows through a process of trusting and obedience. We grow as we hear each other's stories. 
"Join us through this personal journal as we share our hearts. Our hope and prayer is that it encourages you in your own journey of faith."

A Mother's Look at the Father's Heart: Sixty devotional messages about God as our Father. Lessons learned from my children about being His child. A perfect gift for new parents or anyone who is a child of God wanting to understand Him better as our Heavenly Father.

Have you published any books that would encourage believers? Please let us know.

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 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, Jayme Blanton, A+ Director: 530-583-1534 (Pacific Time), Pastor Scott Capshaw: 530-583-7458 (Pacific Time) or  

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

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

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, 
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. 

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

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

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

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

1-2  Disaster Relief Roundtable for Cal Blue Caps
      More details:

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

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
     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:


27      Church Music Workshop - North

16-19   Winter Youth Retreat Week 1

17        Clinicas para Escuela Biblica de Vacaciones - San Jose

21-Mar. 5 International Commission Kenya Mission Trip
             Contact Sonia at

23-25     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

Christmas! It's the most ________ time of the year! (How would you fill in the blank?)

Be Careful Not to Spoil the Christmas Season By
On occasion, my wife says that my Christmas personality is a little bit like the Grinch. While she does not venture into Clark Griswold territory regarding her Christmas spirit, she does love the decorations, the season and all the trappings more than I do. Maybe you love the season, but not all the busyness that comes along with it. Following are several ways you can spoil the wonder of the Christmas season if you aren’t careful.

1. Say yes to everything.
Ministry is busy, and can be especially so during the holiday season. Extra events, ministry opportunities, parties, and services are part of the season. Your time will be in demand. You can definitely spoil the Christmas season by trying to do everything you are asked to do. Sometimes you just have to say no.

2. Say no to everything.
While saying no to some things will be necessary, avoid the opposite extreme. The Christmas season provides an opportunity to serve and minister to people you may not see or come in contact with any other time of the year. Be wise and look for timely opportunities to say yes and maximize your ministry influence.

3. Give to everything.
Read the rest of the article here.

Dear Pastor, How to Survive and Thrive During Christmas By
It almost sounds heretical doesn’t it? The idea that a pastor—called of God to lead and feed God’s people—could endure rather than enjoy the Christmas season? Let it not be!

Yet, because churches try to pack as much into the Christmas season as possible, pastors often find themselves unable to say “no” to one more invite to a class party, department fellowship, church-family gathering, or other yuletide function. By the time the last week of December rolls around many pastors find they have barely kept themselves—much less Christ—in Christmas.

Having survived a number of Christmases in ministry, here are a few things that can help you survive and thrive during Christmas.

Say “no.”
No matter how young and energetic or aged and spry you are, don’t do too much at Christmas. It’s okay to say “no” to some of the events to which you get an invitation. You can’t “keep Christ in Christmas” if you are giving yourself to everyone except Him.

Spread the ministry.
Whether your church has multiple staff, elders, deacons, a church council, or some combination, involve all of them in ministry around Christmas. Be honest that you cannot be available for every church event, family event, and community event without wearing out. Assign days for others to be responsible to spearhead ministry—even in emergencies. Lead the church-wide Christmas get together if needed, then graciously decline as many smaller parties as you can.

Take time off.
Read the rest of the article here.

Ask These Four Questions to Make Your Christmas Outreach More Effective By
How many years has your church been doing Christmas outreach events? Most churches automatically put it on their calendars because it’s just “something we’ve always done.” Has it been done effectively or has it just become another one of those events to check off the list? That’s the hard question we’ve had to grapple with at Calvary.

One tendency that many churches may have is to reproduce the same event year after year. Although this may work for some churches, it may be the case that things have changed. Maybe your event was once extremely effective but has waned in recent years. Now’s your chance to rethink your strategy and reboot your event.

For us, outreach during the holidays is critical to reach people before the long Maine winter sets in. Here are the questions that have helped us understand and serve our community in a more effective way.
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Recovering from the Christmas Rush: Every Pastor’s Challenge By
For many, work slows down during the Christmas season, but not for pastors. All the holiday festivities bring even more responsibilities.

But no you’ve made it through the musicals, the small group parties, the Christmas Eve service, the increased benevolence demands from the community, and the extra visitors in the pews.

Hopefully, in the midst of it all, you’ve had a moment of peace to reflect on the coming of the Prince of Peace and an opportunity to celebrate with your family the Father sending the Son as the baby in a manger. But now what?

As the Christmas season close to a close, how should you spend the last few days of the year? Here are five things you can do before the new year begins a new batch of tasks.
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Making Christmas Strange and Wonderful By Krish Kandiah for Christianity Today
It was 11:45 p.m. one Christmas Eve, and I was in church singing a carol. Normally Christmas Eve is one of the highlights of my year, but that day I felt sick. The last verse of the carol came to an end, and I made my way over to the pulpit with a blank notebook and nothing to say. It was not just this service I was ill-prepared for—it was the other three I had to give in the next 48 hours.

Christmas can be a preacher's nightmare. There are so many services in such a short space of time, so many well-known texts, and so many expectations of joyful, poignant, punchy sermons. There are so many visitors and so little time.

During Christmastime, there are many questions that we can find ourselves asking. How do we preach on familiar passages and still find something fresh to say? How can we help our temporarily expanded congregations capture the wonder of Christmas? How can we help Christians leave the service with their faith deepened and help those who are not yet Christians leave with their minds open to the possibility that what they have heard is more than a myth or a tradition? Twenty Christmases after that fateful ill-prepared one, I would like to suggest four tactics I have learned that may prove to be helpful to other preachers. Perhaps those tactics will not only help just our listeners to engage deeper with the Bible this season, but perhaps they will also help us preachers to relish the experience of retelling the gospel this Christmas.
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Feasting and Fellowship in the Age of Food Allergies: Eating can be a source of fellowship—but in a fallen and allergy-ridden world, it can also present challenges By Hannah Anderson and Dan Darling for Christianity Today

“I can’t eat that,” a friend said, passing by the staple of our church’s monthly potluck: the perfectly crafted homemade macaroni and cheese from the kitchen of a church matriarch. Eating Emma’s macaroni was a ritual in our church; to not eat it might signal to the longtime churchgoer that you really weren’t one of us. But this young woman wasn’t being either ignorant or pretentious. In fact, she had a rare stomach disorder that would not allow her to eat dairy products. Had she eaten Emma’s signature dish, she would have become violently sick.

For most of us, eating is a joyful opportunity for Christian fellowship. For people like my friend, however, it can be a source of division and isolation. I (Dan) was a young pastor when this incident occurred, and it helped me realize how complicated church feasts— which serve as a visible symbol of Christian unity and identity—can be in a fallen world. Feasting together is good, but it can also get complicated. If we want to love our brothers and sisters in Christ well, then it’s worth our time to think deeply about food sensitivity and its relationship to Christian hospitality and self-sacrifice.

Acknowledge the Risk
Food allergies are growing more and more common. Over the last two decades, the CDC has tracked a steady increase in food allergies, with some estimates showing as much as a 50 percent rise. Many of us know this to be true, if only anecdotally. We know friends and family members who have food allergies. Maybe we have them ourselves. Given the reach of social media, we also hear the stories of children and teenagers who have gone into anaphylactic shock after one bite of a Rice Krispies Treat.

The causes of food allergies aren’t clear; the effects, however, are. For some, they are relatively minor: hives, skin reactions, eczema, rashes, itchy and watery eyes, and congestion. For others, they are life-threatening: shortness of breath, obstruction of airways by a swollen tongue or throat, drops in blood pressure, chest pain, loss of consciousness, and sometimes, death.
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10 Mistakes Churches Make at Christmas By Jonathan Howe

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. Some would even say it’s the most wonderful time of the year. While it still has its wonderment, Christmastime has a tendency to be stressful as well—especially in the church. Unfortunately stress can lead churches to plan poorly and make unnecessary mistakes. Here are ten such mistakes to avoid in your church this Christmas:

1. Missing the focus. This may seem basic, but please keep the birth of Christ as the focus in your church this year. Everywhere people turn at Christmas, they see Santa, presents, and all the other material trappings of the holiday. The church should be one place where people can be reminded of the true reason to celebrate—the coming of the Christ.

2. Decorations outpace invitations. We talk a lot about outward focus vs. inward focus on the blog and podcast. This is the Christmas version of that tension. While nothing is inherently wrong with decorations, when members are more focused on what the church looks like than whom they’re bringing with them, there’s a problem. Remind your people that it’s more important to focus on who’s in the pews than what’s on the walls.

3. Scrooge serves on the greeter team. Jim Collins’ popular “seat on the bus” paradigm fits well with volunteer teams. Make sure you not only have enough people volunteering for Christmas services (because you’ll likely have larger crowds), but also make sure you have the right people in the right places. No one wants to meet Scrooge as they walk into your church building.
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Outreach Ideas for Christmas

Tips for Christmas Services 

Free Advent Resources from LifeWay

Here are some great videos that are free to use for Advent: 



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.


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