Week of August 19, 2018

2805 El Camino Ave / Sacramento 95821
916 488-1522

Bible Study 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am

Our Vision:
To be a family of love reaching up to God and out to the world through effective worship, Bible study, outreach, mission support and ministry to the needy.

Our Aim:
To ensure that every aspect of the life, purpose, and work of our church will reflect and facilitate ...


What's happening August 19 - 25

Sunday's Message
August 19, 2018


Friends and family!  What an awesome combination!  Last Sunday my oldest son, his wife and their children showed up for worship at El Camino Baptist Church.  When I saw my oldest grandson I started crying with joy.  Then I discovered that two couples showed up from the church in Reno where I was pastor.  I hadn’t seen them in over 30 years!  Then I cried again!  The next day two people from my church in Livermore came over for lunch.  The next morning a widow from Livermore texted me and my former secretary from Livermore phoned me.  Today I’m thinking about how wonderful heaven will be when I’ll be with all my friends from all the churches where I’ve been pastor.  Plus I’ll be with my wonderful family.  I remember talking with my mom about heaven before she died.  I’m so looking forward to heaven, and I’m working through God’s power to take as many people as possible with me!

Sunday I’m preaching on “Enjoy the Prospects of Heaven” from John 14:1-13.  Jesus has just had the Lord’s Supper with his disciples, and he’s speaking to them about assurance of heaven, about who he is and how he’ll answer their prayers.  You see, heaven is where Jesus will be in all his love and glory.  To know him is to know heaven.  And to know him is to have the very resources of heaven for answering your prayers.  This is the essence of joy!

I loved teaching in Sunday School and preaching at El Camino last Sunday!  And I’m looking forward to teaching this Wednesday night as we dig deeper into the greatest book ever written: The Good News According to John.

With love in Christ,
Dr. Jim Meek



August 19, 2018


The Book of Amos is very reminiscent of what we would later hear from Jesus:

“For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins. There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts. Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times, for the times are evil. Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.” Amos 5:12-15 NIV

“There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.” Luke 12:2-3 NIV

In each passage God speaks to confront the hypocrisy of His people. God is not impressed by a show of faith, nor work done for him, nor any amount of success or wealth. Moses was given the Ten Commandments to explain what God expects, but when His people didn’t seem to get the message, Jesus summarized the ten down to two:

“‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

If we are hoping to earn our way into heaven, we are doing it wrong. If we are seeking glory for the good works God has called us to, we are doing it wrong. If we seek pleasure, comfort or entertainment over justice, righteousness or love, we are doing it wrong. These are all examples of hypocrisy we so readily fall into, me included, but God expects more from us. From Genesis to Revelation, Moses to Amos to Jesus, Layperson to Pastor, God gives us plenty of opportunities to confront our own hypocrisy. As iron sharpens iron, let us encourage each other to be accountable to our God and love Him and each other as we have been called.

Upcoming Lessons:

  • Sunday 8/19: Luke 12:13-21: “Where do we find our true value?”

  • Wednesday 8/22: The Book of Amos: “He can rebuild it, he has the technology.”

Event Updates:

  • August 29th: Fifth Wednesday, Youth Serves Dinner Fundraiser

  • September 8th: Lasertag Fellowship

  • September 15th-16th: End of Summer Lock-In

Prayer Requests:

  • School: School started Thursday for most of our kids. Please pray for them as they go into the mission field. We pray that they would be the influencers, not the influenced.

  • End of Summer Lock-In: I feel incredibly inadequate for the plans God has placed in my lap to accomplish. Please pray that I could have greater trust and dependence upon God as I seek to do the works put before me.

Greg Horton
Youth Director


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Call Jim Moore at (916) 966-2895 or the church office at (916) 488-1522.



Sundays 9:00 am
Bible Study for all ages

Sundays 10:30 am

Worship Celebration

Sundays 11:00 am
Children's Church

Wednesdays 6:30 pm
Bible Study for all ages


Highlights of activities coming your way soon.

Aug 19  Sunday School Promotion Day
Aug 20  Hispanic Bible Study 7:00 pm
Aug 21  Building & Grounds Meeting 7:00 pm
Aug 25  Church Work Day 8:00 am
Aug 28  Personnel Meeting 6:30 pm


Each Thursday from 3-5 pm Pastor Jim will lead a visitation team out into our community. If you are interested in joining us, show up at the church office no later than 2:50 pm.


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September 30
12:00 pm

Dear Friend,

If you're a ministry leader, committee member or teacher at El Camino Baptist Church we'd like you to participate in our Ministry Faire on September 30, during our 5th Sunday potluck.

We will have tables set up around the inside of the worship center on which you can let the church know about your ministry.  Your booth can simply have information about your ministry or class, or it can also ask for volunteers. You can have sign-up sheets, pamphlets and/or a suggestion box. We can help you with ideas and materials if you'd like.

Please call the church office or text me at 925 784-0402 by September 23, if you would like a booth.

This should be fun and it should help our people know what we have to offer, what our church is doing and where people can make a difference.

Let's pray for a great Ministry Faire and a church that pleases our Lord.

With love in Christ
Jim Meek




August 2018
Country Club Lanes

We had a marvelous time together at Country Club Lanes.


We are blessed beyond measure.

Good scores, bad scores; we are family!  


I Will Offer to God My Spiritual Worship with My Financial Gifts

This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs according to the riches in Christ Jesus.       Philippians 4:19



Remember to support our Southern Baptist work with your financial gifts as well as through prayer. Strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. Acts 14:22


California Southern Baptist ConventionNEWSLETTER

2018 CMO videos educate and encourage
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Sacramento Region Baptist Network ►NEWSLETTER

12th Annual Adult Conference
@The Church on Cypress

CMO Missions Offering


Other Articles of Interest for Church Leaders and Pastors

8 Steps to Getting Out of Debt By Pastor Rick Warren
It’s impossible to estimate the kind of good the church could do for the world if every believer was financially healthy and spiritually mature in the area of generosity... read more

5 Keys to Building a Solid Foundation for Your Small Group Ministry By Pastor Steve Gladen @ pastors.com

Ideas can provide wonderful breakthroughs for your ministry. However, trying to implement too many ideas at once can crush or fragment your ministry. Here are five important keys to begin building a solid foundation for your small group ministry . . . read more

Keep Growing by Avoiding These Seven Leadership Traps By Pastor Rick Warren @ pastors.com
God doesn't want ministries to stagnate. Not only does he want them to succeed, but he also wants us to succeed as ministry leaders... read more


Heart of Ukraine Ministries

August is the month we are focusing on Missions giving to the Heart of Ukraine Ministries. Mark & Laura Bohannan, members of El Camino Baptist Church, have devoted their lives to run David’s House Rehabilitation Center in Vinnitsya Oblast Ukraine where they minister to the many needs of men in the area.

Your financial gifts as well as donations given to meet specific needs of mark & Laura and their clients are welcome. We will provide a list of items you can donate. A collection box can be found in the chuch lobby. A jar is provided in our worship center for you to place your financial gifts.

Thank you for your generous heart.

Mark & Laura Bohannan
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Let There Be Light movie available for your church. Details here.
I Can Only Imagine movie can now be hosted by your church. Details are here.
Beautifully Broken - Coming to theaters August 24th, is a true story about the Legacy Mission Villagein Nashville, TN. It is the story of how it came to be and the work it does today. Three Families in two different worlds - US and Africa - are connected and so many lives changed because of it. Watch the trailer here.
An Interview With God - a movie coming to theaters via Fathom events August 20-22. WHAT WOULD YOU ASK God if you were sitting across the table from Him? The website and trailer are coming soon.

Unbroken: Path to Redemption in theaters September 14
Moses in theaters September 13 & 15. This is a play filmed in front of a live audience.


The Trump Prophecy - In theaters October 2 & 4.More information here. This is a movie about prayer
Michael Jr.'s More Than Funny: Everyone Has a Punchline in three theaters on October 18. Tickets only available through this link.

Indivisible in theaters October 26Watch the trailer here