Week of January 20, 2019



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 ...


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Sunday's Message
January 20, 2019






John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were great friends during the Revolutionary War.  Adams was Congress’ loudest proponent of Independence and Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence.  Yet after the war Jefferson and Adams became bitter political enemies.  However, in their old age their fellow signer of the Declaration, Dr. Benjamin Rush, encouraged them to give friendship a second chance.  He convinced Adams to write a letter of reconciliation.  Jefferson responded beautifully.  Their friendship was reborn!  They both wanted to live to see the 50th Anniversary of Independence Day.  Adams was 90 and Jefferson was 83.  On July 4, 1826 Jefferson died at 1:00 p.m. with bells ringing in the valley below.  At 6:00 p.m. Adams died, the sounds of celebratory cannons going off in the distance.  He said, “Thomas Jefferson survives,” not knowing that Jefferson had died a few hours earlier.  These two men were able to die happy men knowing that they had grabbed that second chance of being friends.

Sunday I’m preaching from Jonah 2 about “Grab that Second Chance.”  God had told Jonah to preach to Nineveh.  Instead he got on a ship and sailed in the opposite direction.  God hurled a storm onto the sea.  The sailors hurled Jonah into the sea.  A fish swallowed Jonah and then hurled Jonah onto the shore.  God called him again to preach to Nineveh.  He grabbed that second chance and went to that great city.

God gives us a second chance to make things right with him and others.  Let’s grab that second chance.  We want to die happy in the fact that we did all we could through God’s power to be pleasing to him and our fellow humans.  Hopefully we can learn that lesson without having to spend time in a fish’s belly like Jonah did!

Dr. Jim Meek





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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

January 20, 2019
Youth Ministry Update

 ’The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.  I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for Luke 16:8-9 NIV

yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.’

This passage in Luke is, in my opinion, one of the weirder parables of the New Testament.  The story opens with the ‘master’ firing the ‘dishonest manager’ for wasting his possessions.   Attempting to cover his buns, the manager goes to all his master’s debtors and has them reduce the value of their debt in exchange for providing for the manager.  After these exchanges, the master responds with the line from the quote above, and Jesus provides the moral of the story.  What exactly is Jesus trying to tell his disciples with this, and what is God expecting us to learn by preserving this for us to read?

In pursuit of the answer, I stole over to Jim’s office and perused through three different commentaries, each appearing more dogeared than the last, talked the passage out with three different people, Googled more information, and prayed for understanding… What I’ve come up with is this:

The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded
“Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.  The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.
Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 NIVnails—given by one shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.  Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.  For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”

Each of the different sources of wisdom came up with a slightly different approach to the parable.  Some used their study of the time period to assess that the manager wasn’t really hurting the master when he cut the debtors bills but was instead removing his commission from the actual debt.  Others assumed the manager was acting unjust but wise and that both the master and Jesus were praising the wisdom not the actions or the man.  In the end, within the context of the Book of Luke, we can find satisfaction in reducing the message down to valuing others over valuing money.

I brought out the passage from Ecclesiastes simply to remind myself that, as Jacob wrestled with God, so too are we to wrestle with His word.  We are to engage it, be challenged by it, consult others about it and pray about it.  “The word of the Lord is alive and active” (Hebrews 4:12) and God provided us with the tools to tackle it head-on.  BUT, we cannot let wrestling with the words allow us to neglect the One who spoke them.  If we find ourselves spending more time trying to ‘solve’ scripture than living out its commands of love, then we need to take a step back.  Not all scripture is meant to be clear; that does not mean that we shouldn't wrestle with it, but it does mean that sometimes we must simply accept that God is God and we are not.  Thanks be to God that he loves us enough to rough-house with us without getting angry or cutting us off.  After all the playing is done, we can return to His loving embrace and be secure that He will never let us go.

Upcoming Lessons:

  • Sunday 1/20:
    • Congrats, You’re Gifted: Gifted how?
    • Jesus and the Early Church: Luke 16:16-18
  • Wednesday 1/23: Spiritual Gifts, what are those?

Event Updates:

  • January Parent Appreciation Dinner, THIS Sunday, 1/20/19, 5pm
  • 5th Wednesday Fundraiser, Wednesday, 1/30/19, 5:30 pm
  • $60 Deposit for Centrifuge Summer Camp Due 2/1/19

Prayer Requests:

  • Passion and Excitement: The students (and the adults) have just come off a the excitingly exhausting winter break and are headed back to the doldrums of school once again.  We pray for a passionate new year; one that would have us excited with God’s prospects, not simply waiting for the summer vacation to come.
  • Wisdom: I have a wonderful team of youth leaders working with me in this ministry, I pray that God would give me wisdom to lead them effectively.  As I am an imperfect person leading imperfect people in the ways of a perfect God, please grant me wisdom.

Greg Horton
Youth Director


Highlights of activities coming your way soon.

Jan 20 New Beginnings Class, 9:00 am
Jan 20 Parent Appreciation Dinner, 5:00 pm
Jan 22 Building & Grounds, 5:30 pm
Jan 22 Personnel, 6:30 pm
Jan 27 Children's Dept Open House, 12:00 pm


Wednesdays At El Camino
Wednesday • January 16 • 5:30 pm

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Great Bible studies for adults, children, youth, & young adults

This Wednesday we will serve Sloppy Joes with salad & dessert.

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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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January 20 , 2019


Session 2
9:00 am
Conference Room


January 20 , 2019

5:00 pm
Youth Suite


We invite youth and their parents to join us for an appreciation dinner and a review of what's happening in 2019.



January 27 , 2019


12:00 pm
Children's Suite

Parents and children are invited to an informational meeting to review what's happening in 2019.


2019 Mexico Mission Trip

Those interested in more information about our
Mexico Mission Trip 2019 contact Kim Horton by Jan 27th.

Applications for this trip is due Feb 3rd.






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

Count the Cost Level 2 workshop offered
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January is Make Your Will Month
Super Bowl of Caring slated for February 3

Sacramento Region Baptist NetworkNEWSLETTER
Harold Woodall's Memorial Service
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

Sunday School/Small Group Leader Training
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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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Every profession has its tools. You can’t be a doctor without a stethoscope. You can’t be a carpenter without a hammer and a saw. The minister’s tools are his books. We’re in the feeding, leading, and communicating business. Reading helps us do that more effectively.... read more




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