Week of March 17, 2019



2805 El Camino Ave / Sacramento 95821
916 488-1522

Come Worship With Us
Sunday's • Bible Study 9:00 am • Worship 10:30 am
Wednesday's • Bible Study 6:30 pm

El Camino is a family of love who reaches up to God and out to the world through effective worship, Bible study, outreach, mission support and ministry to the needy.


What's Happening
March 17 - 23


Church Council Meeting,
Sunday March 17 at 6:00 pm
in Suite E


Sunday's Message
March 17, 2019

Create Joy in Heaven 


When I was a kid there was a pretty, brown-haired girl in my church named Patricia. During the invitation time one Sunday I was praying intensely for her to receive Christ. Next thing I knew she walked down the aisle and gave her life to Jesus! I imagined angels singing with joy in heaven that day. Since then I’ve been a firm believer in praying hard during each invitation time that people would publicly give their lives to Jesus.


Sunday I’m preaching on “Create Joy in Heaven” from Luke 15:1-10 in which Jesus tells the parables about the shepherd who left his 99 sheep to seek the lost sheep, and the woman who did all she could to find her lost coin. Their joy on finding that which was lost reflects an eternal truth. Jesus said, “There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” We should create joy in heaven by bringing people to Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.


I remember a Sunday in which a visiting evangelist in the church where I grew up told me, “Keep praying for me during those invitation times. Keep praying that people will come to Jesus.” I was surprised he noticed me, but every Sunday since childhood I have prayed that angels could rejoice because someone was giving his or her life to Christ.


Please come Sunday, and during that crucial invitation time, pray that people give their lives to Jesus.


By the way, we have many wonderful events coming up! I’ve listed only some of them. Saturday we have a Yard Sale. Proceeds go to our Vacation Bible School and the Mexico Mission Trip. Sunday we have a Church Council meeting at 6:00. March 22, there’s a game night for everyone in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30. March 31 we’re having our Spring Celebration with a potluck followed by games such as basketball and volleyball. Please take advantage of each of these events in order to help create joy in heaven!


With love in Christ,

Jim Meek


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


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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


Youth Update
March 17, 2019

A true calling from the One True God

Jesus said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy.  Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!  Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.

Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.

Luke 18:22-27 NIV

What do you value more than God?  In the case of the rich young ruler, he valued his possessions greatly.  The account in Luke does not tell us whether the ruler followed through on Jesus’s command, but it does tell us that he was very sad.  Jesus throughout His ministry tells His followers that they must be willing to give up everything they value in order to follow Him.  Parents, spouses, children, careers, and any other blessing provided by the Father, should never come between us and Him.  The Old Testament provides plenty of examples of mothers giving their children to service for God.   We cannot imagine this choice, and God does not call us to it often, but how would you respond?

We all hope that we would respond with quick obedience to a direct order from God, but I know that I, at least, would have some major issues with the request.  I don’t know if I could give my daughter to serve the church, nor leave my wife to serve Him, nor sell all my possessions to give to the poor.  I believe that wrestling with God can be the right response to these kinds of high callings.  Moses argued with God over why he was the one being called to save the Israelites, Peter gave up his integrity in place of his life during Jesus’s trial, and Jesus prayed for the Father to take this cup from Him; yet each chose to have His will be done over theirs.  We must be sure that the calling is from God, not a whim, not born from depression, not a self-serving escape, but a true calling from the One True God.  If it is truly from Him, then no matter how much it costs to follow, the rewards for all involved are more rewards.  Pray, ask for Christian counsel, listen to the answers and be sure, you’re sure, you’re sure, then act without hesitation, and God will reward you.

Upcoming Lessons:

  • Sunday 3/17:
    • You’re Gifted: Let’s Celebrate
  • Wednesday 3/20:
    • You’re Gifted: Let’s Celebrate

Event Updates:

  • Family Game Night, Friday, 3/22, 5:30-8:30 pm
  • Easter Lock-In, Friday to Saturday, 4/19-4/20

Prayer Requests:

  •  The Easter Lock-In: I am a firm believer in the “go all the way, or don’t bother” plan for décor and theme, and for this lock-in, we’re going all the way.  I pray for wisdom as we work that our efforts would be rewarded with teenagers excited in coming to our church.
  • Wisdom: There is a lot on our plates as we move to Easter, and I pray that my leadership team would be blessed with great wisdom as we choose how we invest our time.
Greg Horton
Youth Director


Highlights of activities coming your way soon.

Mar 16  Missions Yard Sale 7:00 am
Mar 17 & 24  New Beginnings Class 9:00 am
Mar 17  Church Council 6:00 pm
Mar 19  Stewardship Meeting 5:30 pm

Mar 22  Family Game Night 5:30 pm
Mar 23  Parking Fund Raising Event 7:00 am
Mar 23  Paint Night 3:00 pm 
Mar 30  VBS Clinic 8:30 am
Mar 31  Spring Celebration Pot Luck 12:00 pm


Wednesdays At El Camino

March 20, 2019

Come Wednesday nights for wonderful meals at 5:30 in the Fellowship Hall.
Great Bible studies for adults, children, youth, & young adults at 6:30 pm in Suite E.

This Wednesday we will serve MEXICAN CRUSINE with all the fixings.
Invite a friend.




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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Don't Miss Out On All The Fun!




March 16, 2019
7:00 am

All proceeds from this event will be used for Vacation Bible School (Jul 8-12) and the Mexico Mission trip (Jun 8-15). Thanks to everyone who are donating items to sell. We are still collecting. Contact Jafet for a time (916) 223-6524.

Come and Enjoy the Fun, Food & Fellowship

Invite a friend!

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March 17 & 24
9:00 am
Conference Room

This class is for those who recently joined the church, those new to the church , those new to the Christian faith, as well as those who are looking for a new church home.

Our goal for this class is to lead you to commit yourself to Christ and his church as well as to learn everything you want to know about our faith family.

The class is divided into two sessions, the 17th and the 24th.




March 22, 2019
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Fellowship Hall


Come and Enjoy the Food, Fun & Fellowship.
Invite a Friend!



March 23, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fellowship Hall

Cost: $45
SIGN UP IN THE LOBBY Sunday morning to reserve your spot.
The cost covers the supplies and the artist who will walk us through step-by-step in painting our masterpieces.

Otherwise tickets can be purchased at: http://www.yaymaker.com/events/_10115163 and see our Facebook event page for more details.

This will be a fun afternoon with other ladies, and for every ticket sold $15 will be donated towards the Mexico Mission Trip. So come out and join us for painting, fellowship, and laughter. Light Snacks and drinks will be provided ̴ Kim Horton

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FREE VBS Training for all Teachers, Leaders, and Helpers

March 30th at El Camino Baptist Church
2805 El Camino Avenue

Registration begins at 8:30 am
Clinic is 9:00 am to 12:50 pm
Closing rally and VBS materials raffle at 12:50 pm to 1:00 pm

Training is for LifeWay's "In the Wild: Amazing Encounters with Jesus" VBS and "2019 Backyard Kids Club"
Please sign up all your teachers and workers! Workshops and training offered for every section of VBS!

Register at www.sacbaptist.org.
















Invite family and friends to join us.

Our 5th Sunday fellowship luncheon is March 31, following our worship service.

Bring your favorite lunch dish and share with your church family.
(please bring enough to feed 10-15 people) Please direct your food questions to Theresa Wright.

After lunch we’ll have basketball, volleyball and other games for all ages.




Foothill Skate Inn Inc · Sacramento

We had a wonderful time of fellowship and fun!


Giving with a Generous Heart


Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16


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

Safety/security webcast slated March 21
Tapestry 2019 is slated in multiple locations
CSBC equips volunteers for disaster relief

Sacramento Region Baptist NetworkNEWSLETTER

Woman's Retreat Regester online (easy payment installments)

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


Jenness Park Winter Youth Recap

We praise God for the many youth that came to Jenness Park in February. We give great praise for the 23 students who made the decision to follow Jesus Christ!!! We hope that you will join us next year for this wonderful event designed to engage the youth of this generation and share the good news of Jesus with them. Click here to register for next year! Below is a recap video from this year's winter camp, check it out!





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19 Creative Spring Outreach Ideas Leading Up to Easter by Outreach.com
Outreach magazine compiled and published a great list of idea starters in their annual Outreach 100 Fastest-Growing Churches in America special issue and here are our favorite ideas for Spring 2019: read more


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.

Thank you for your generous donations given to meet specific needs of Mark & Laura and their clients.

Pray for their safety and mission. Ukraine government is currently in an uprising and people are nervous and scare.

Mark & Laura Bohannan. To know more about us and our ministry
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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.
Paulau, the Movie in theaters April 4 & 6. Watch the trailer