Network News - October 13, 2017
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Network News - October 13, 2017

Pray for the Sacramento Area, that lives would be reached and changed and that God would "heal our land" beginning with the hearts of each individual, then to the cities and counties in our network, to our nation and the world. 

"One of the things our church is passionate about is reaching families through Vacation Bible School. The training SRBN provides each year inspires our volunteers and gets us all off to a great start." --Eunice Pond from First Baptist Orangevale

Pray for the Pastors of SRBN:

"The Association is important for networking with other churches. I feel it's very valuable to our smaller churches that do not have the resources that the larger churches have." --Sandy King, First Baptist Fair Oaks 

"There is power in unity! All of us working together to win Sacramento to Jesus!" --Pator Scott Barham, Country Oaks Baptist Church 

"Smaller churches often don't have the resources of larger congregations, therefore being apart of an association/network of churches is important.  It's very difficult to do it alone. We need each other,  we are better together.  In fact I believe God designed us that way.
These are the ways the SRBN has helped me and New Seasons Church
1.  Use of the Block Party Trailer

2.  Use of the conference room for meetings
3.  Providing printing and copying of fliers and handouts
4.  An opportunity to meet and get to know other pastors and form relationships
5.  Training - The Lead Conference, the Leadership Summit,  and the Cluster Group
6.  Support and advice from the Director of Missions
7.  Opportunities to serve and speak at several Annual Meetings
8.  Financial and other support from sister churches in the Network" --Pastor Ron Jackson, New Seasons of West Sacramento

"Baptist Associations help churches not to feel like they are out there working all alone, they help as a catalyst for churches to cooperate and minister together, and they help us do ministry together than we cannot do alone. They also help personalize our Convention." --Pastor Dave Brown, The Church on Cypress in Carmichael

"Chrstians were made to be together and have been reaching out to one another since Pentecost. The Association is simply the formal recognition of this activity." --Bob Lewis, Interim Director of SRBN

"I'm so appreciative of SRBN/Southern Baptist Convention. I know I'm a better Christian because of the solid doctrine​. I have had many opportunities to travel & teach others how to pray & share their faith. I'm forever grateful." --Sistahpat Roundtreerivers

SRBN is a network of Baptist churches in the Sacramento region encouraging and strengthening churches and leaders in fulfilling the Great Commission in our local setting and beyond.  Since the SRBN is not a church, we assist our member churches to do their work by networking together to reach and serve a growing and diverse urban community of more than two million people across four counties.

Have you filled out your ACP (Annual Church Profile) for this year? Reports should be completed by 10/15 each year. You should receive yours from CSBC. If you have not, please let us know. Thank you!

Disaster Relief is deploying now and into next week to help those affected by the fires in California. Please pray, give, and go if you are able.

October is Hunger Awareness Month. Almost 800 million people around the world live with constant hunger. 1 in 6 in North America are undernourished. Together we can fight the global hunger crisis.

Did you know that October is Global Hunger Month? Have you ever wondered how you can help?

Do some research to find families or groups in your community who go hungry. Talk with the manager of a homeless shelter or government-assisted housing complex to discover where best to carry out this experience. Ask for permission to bring a meal to these people one night.

Choose a night when families normally enjoy a family dinner at home. Give each church family the name and address of a needy group. Give details on how to orchestrate the supper time experience in their home to household leaders only.

Ask families to prepare a meal. Instruct the family leaders to call “supper time” to the family on the designated night. When the family members gather, they will notice no supper is on the table. Instead, their prepared meal is boxed up to take to a hungry family or group.

The families will load up the meal and deliver it together. After the meal is delivered, ask the church families to gather at the church to end the night with a time of prayer.

Ask families to commit to pray for hungry families in your community and around the world. One evening without supper is not equal to living a life of hunger, but by giving our food to others and seeing the impact one meal can make in the lives of the hungry, a journey toward understanding begins. And with understanding comes change.

For less than two dollars a person, your church, school, or community group can fight world hunger together by collecting money in the official Global Hunger Bread Bank to:

  • Start a food pantry in your church.
  • Deliver Meals on Wheels to senior adults with volunteers from more than one church.
  • Join Habitat for Humanity and help build houses for low-income families.

Ideas for Fall Ministry:
Fall Festival

  • Add more fun to the kids’ area of your festival this year. Check out easy-to-make yard games, like Grass Twister - spray-paint colorful Twister dots right onto the grass. Or, Backyard Bananagrams - cut lauan plywood into 6- by 6-inch squares, paint letters on each square, and get ready to play right on the grass. If your property has a length of sidewalk, you can create a life-sized board game like Candy Land by using tempera paint or sidewalk chalk to transform each section into one square of the game path.
  • Arrange the perfect photo backdrop at your festival. Here’s how: Set up near a beautiful fall tree on your property, or stack bales of hay as a backdrop, and place pumpkins and gourds near a bench. Plan to print photos immediately and give the pictures to festival attendees.
  • CTA offers a Fall Festival value pack for kids attending your event. It has everything you need for a “Kids’ Korner”: a simple pumpkin craft featuring John 3:16, a plastic tumbler to hold finger food or apple juice, and a fall-themed goodie bag. Best of all, everything has a Christ-centered message!
  • If you’re hosting a fall craft fair, your biggest challenge may be keeping little hands busy while moms and grandmas shop. Here’s an idea: As they enter the event, give each child one of CTA’s activity cards with a FREE sucker. Children can enjoy the candy treat and complete the printed activity while their accompanying adult has time to shop!

Fall Retreats

  • Are you using CTA’s Steppin’ Out In Faith women’s retreat this fall? Looking for table toppers? Place flowers inside shoe “vases.” Begin by collecting a variety of shoes, boots, even bedroom slippers! Spray paint the shoes, add glitter, paint polka dots or stripes, and use any other fun craft supplies you have on hand. Cut floral foam to fit inside the shoe, insert silk flowers, and place a different kind of shoe on each table. You might even raffle off these unique table centerpieces at the end of your event.
  • If you can’t seem to find time for a men’s retreat, try a “Rapid Retreat!” Plan one day for devotional time, fellowship, and service. Begin your day with 30 minutes of Bible study, discussion, and prayer. CTA’s Blueprints for Life has a FREE Ministry Message that can serve as your devotion and discussion topic. Later in the day, explain your service project. Consider doing yard work or house repairs for the homebound, building a wheelchair ramp, or volunteering for other local construction projects. Give specific assignments to the men, pairing experienced workers with those who have less experience. At the close of the day, gather together for snacks and closing discussions.
  • Get your worship teams and choir participants together for a fall retreat this year. While you may be tempted to spend the entire time rehearsing new songs, don’t do it! It’s okay to plan some time for rehearsals, but focus on building relationships and strengthening each person’s commitment to the Lord’s work through music. Be sure to give each participant a take-home gift to remember the time you spent together.

Pastor Appreciation Month (October)

  • Arrange a day for volunteers to spruce up your pastor’s yard: rake leaves, trim bushes, plant fall flowers, clean gutters and siding, freshen up the mailbox with paint, and more!
  • Take a group photo of everyone in front of your church. Get the photo enlarged and framed as a gift to your pastor, along with a huge note of appreciation signed by everyone.
  • Inspire church members to honor your pastor in meaningful ways all throughout the year. Ask your pastor to complete this survey. Distribute the completed survey to church members. Encourage them to follow through with an appropriate gift or act of service.
  • Invite your pastors to lunch. Talk candidly about their schedule, specifically how many free evenings they have each week. Make an effort to reduce the number of nighttime meetings and obligations so that they have more time to spend at home. Also, discuss the activities they’d like to have more time to do like exercising, enjoying hobbies, and resting. Find ways to help. Consider meeting them for a daily morning jog or giving them a membership to a local gym. Offer free babysitting for a night out with their spouses or free dog-sitting for a day trip.
  • Being a pastor can be a lonely job. Encourage church members to include your pastor and your pastor’s family on special outings. Invite your pastor to accompany you to a movie or dinner out. Call occasionally just to check how things are going. Offer to pray for your pastor and the ministry. Follow through with prayer!
  • Invite worshippers to purchase items for a gift basket to give to your pastor’s family. Gather the donations in a large basket or gift bag. Include board games, movie tickets, snacks, and gift certificates to local family attractions.

The external links included in this article are provided for informational purposes only. CTA makes every effort to ensure the information included in these links is accurate and relevant; however, CTA cannot guarantee the content, nor does CTA endorse any of the products or services offered on the external sites.

© 2017 CTA, Inc. Used with permission.

Important Article from CSBC on Automatic External Defibrillators
Churches are increasingly being targeted for civil suits because someone was injured or assaulted on their campuses. In some instances, churches have been sued because someone had a heart attack, perhaps during a worship service or exercise class, and died because there was no Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) available onsite, or because the available AED was not used.

While California state law does not require churches to have an AED installed and available, it may still be advisable for the church to purchase, install and train first-responders in the use of an AED; depending on the size and layout of the campus, more than one unit may be advisable or necessary. If there are members or attenders who are registered nurses, physicians or paramedics/EMTs, there already are some first-responders who can easily be trained to use an AED, and who can be certified to train others.

Effective January 1, 2016, newly constructed buildings in California may require AEDs to be purchased for the facility. “Assembly” places, such as a church capable of seating 300 or more, and most other commercial spaces and schools with a capacity of 200 or more also are required to place at least one AED in their facility.

If your church operates (or leases its property to) a private school for students in grades K-12 there probably should be one or more AEDs onsite, and the church or school needs to be in compliance with that requirement. Section 1797.196 of the Health and Safety Code spells out the exact requirements, including a minimum of one trained person for each AED (up to five), “readiness” inspections, testing and other maintenance responsibilities (download the full text of the code).

Recent amendments to that code have lowered the “plaintiff’s bar” in a way that probably makes it easier for a church or school to be sued. Monthly inspections have been reduced, in most cases, to every 90 days, and most aspects of mandatory training of personnel have been dropped. School personnel must receive annual “information” concerning sudden cardiac arrest and other aspects of the AED. You and your liability insurer do not want to be in this unenviable position!

An in-depth article recently was featured in Church Tax & Law, a publication of Christianity Today, that looks at various aspects of a church’s decision to purchase an AED … or not. In our increasingly litigious society, not having an AED onsite could expose the church to avoidable risk. Certain immunities are granted under state law when the church or school makes an AED available and has trained personnel to use it. Churches generally have little or nothing to fear by purchasing, installing and maintaining an AED on their campus. Here is a link to resources offered by Church Tax & Law

A download on this page of "The Legal and Moral Case for a Defibrillator" by Richard R. Hammar includes real examples and case studies.

There currently are six manufacturers of FDA-approved AEDs, which range in price from $1,000 to $3,000. Various distributors offer “value packages” that include wall cabinets and signs, defibrillator pads for children/infants and adults, and maintenance services, which can include registration with local EMS providers.

A comprehensive “buyer’s guide” comparison of various approved AEDs is available to download.

[NOTE: CSBC has no relationship with and does not endorse or recommend the AED vendor that created the buyer’s guide – we simply make it available as a resource. Your church’s decision to consider purchasing an AED from any vendor requires due diligence to make sure the vendor is reputable, reliable, offers competitive prices and has dedicated customer service personnel. Vendors may be available locally or via the Internet, and services and prices vary considerably.]

Max Herr, Ministry Specialist for Human Resources and Church Compliance, CSBC, who provided the article above, has negotiated a 7.5% reduction in rates for CSBC churches with Church Mututal Insurance. one of their representatives will be contacting you. This is completely voluntary and you can buy insurance from any company.

Job & Ministry Opportunities
Annual (Senior) Adult Conference
Cande Ackler sent a report from the recent 11th Annual Adult Conference with a request for the 12th Annual Conference:
First Baptist Church of Orangevale has hosted this meeting for the past eleven years, and 2017 was one of the best we have had.

During the three days, we had a barbecue on Sunday afternoon followed by music led by John McDaniel and the worship team from Orangevale, and a presentation by Dr. Carl Morgan, Director and Curator of the Woodland Museum of Biblical Archaelogy.  Dr. Morgan also spoke on Monday and Tuesday mornings.  Early sessions on Monday and Tuesday included a presentation by the California Highway Patrol of their “Age Well Drive Smart” program for drivers age 65 and older.  The Senior Ombudsman from California Department of Motor Vehicles provided invaluable information for the senior driving community.  On Tuesday morning, representatives of First Call Hospice presented great information about the concepts involved in hospice care for patients of all ages approaching the end of life.
The conference was well attended  by representatives from seventeen churches, with 83 on Sunday evening, 64 on Monday, and more than 40 on Tuesday.  Of course great fellowship occurred during the lunches after each morning session.
Orangevale has enjoyed hosting the past eleven years of conferences, but is seeking another church to host the meetings in 2018.  Any church group interested in hosting may contact Richard Ackler, Senior Adult Ministries Coordinator at First Baptist Church of Orangevale, at (916)601-6017, or email

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

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:
Click here: Myanmar Mission Pictures Or: 

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

Steve McQueen: American Icon - two encore presentations October 10 and October 19
Let There Be Light in theaters October 27
The Price of Fame in theaters November 7
Genesis Part 1: Paradise Lost in theaters November 13 only
The Star: The Story of the First Christmas in theaters November 17 (If you would like a pre-screening preview on 10/21 in Rocklin, please email Terrie at and request the link. This is for ministry leaders only, and you can bring one guest and up to three children with you).

13    SRBN Youth Leaders Meeting, 6pm
El Camino Baptist Church, 2805 El Camino Ave., Sacramento
      For more info: Gregory Horton, 415-684-4549, 

13-23  Malawi Mission Trip with Internatonal Commission
           Contact Sonia Burnell  at or 916-784-2372

14    2nd Saturday Outreach
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation

19    SRBN Annual Celebration
        7 pm

20-21 Disaster Relief CISM Class in Auburn

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 
        Info and registration
        Contact: Chris Stambaugh (916) 952-7880

23      Special Flood Recovery/Mud-Out Disaster Relief Training in Riverside prior to the Annual Meeting

24-25  CSBC Annual Meeting
           Magnolia Church, Riverside, CA
           For More information:
           (Fellowship of Church Musicians’ Conference-Oct. 23-24
            and other meetings at the Annual Meeting as well.  
          Be sure to check out CSBC for details).

28       Wills & Trusts Seminar - Rancho Cordova

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
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation

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   2nd Saturday Outreach
     10 AM - 1st Time orientation

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

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


SRBN Youth Leaders Meeting

Friday, October 13, 6 pm
(2nd Friday of each month)
El Camino Baptist Church
2805 El Camino Ave., Sacramento

For more info: Gregory Horton

SRBN Annual Celebration!

SRBN Annual Celebration!
October 19th
Join in the fellowship at 6:30 pm
Celebration starts at 7 pm
Country Oaks Baptist Church
9717 Bond Road, Elk Grove

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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