"Building a multi-cultural, multi-generational church, today, tomorrow, and for the future”
From Pastor Lamar...
Off and Running!
It has been a wonderful and busy first month here at The First Baptist Church of Sacramento. Changes are underway in the sanctuary with slight renovations being made to the chancel area to prepare for our musical instruments. As worship continues to grow and evolve we are gearing up for what we believe will be a great year of growth for FBC in 2017.
As Pastor, I have spent time praying over ministry and worship services to name a few things present. It is with great excitement that we are seeing classrooms on the 3rd floor taking shape for new ministries and Sunday School Classrooms. Christian Education and Youth/Children’s ministry are a very high priority for me. Seeing the church come together and rally around volunteers and church cleanup activities reveals to me that we are coming together and we are striving for unity within our church.
I know change is sometimes erratic and uncomfortable at times, yet we have weathered storms in the past and my hope and prayer for FBC is during our seasons of change that we all find hope and love and joy in the process. Ephesians 3:20 is scripture I share every Sunday: I do this to share with you how amazing and mighty God truly is: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”. We are 166 years old, and I pray you can sense and feel how mighty God is, and how this church, our church, The First Baptist Church of Sacramento is a place of hope, love, and refuge for all those that seek and need Sanctuary.
The First Baptist Church of Sacramento is: “Building a Multi-Cultural, Multi-Generational Church today, tomorrow and the future.”
Following His Lead,
Senior Pastor Lamar J Pringle
Fuel for the Roadis our weekly half hour radio show broadcast at 710AM KFIA Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 4 p.m.Tune in as Pastor Bill shares a portion of his sermon series. You can now stream Fuel for the Roadright here on our website.
Dates for your Calendar!
11-29—St. John’s dinner for women and children, contact Sharon Reyes, 916-664-4032 to volunteer
12-3—Hanging of the Greens 9 am-12 noon
12-11—Adult Sunday school classes’ Christmas potluck, 9:15 am, Social Hall
12-11—Discovery Class for new members, after worship, Social Hall for lunch, then Room 102.
Contact Bill Dean, 916-444-1574, to let him know.
12-24—Candlelight Service 8 pm
12-25—Christmas Day Worship 9 am; there will be no Sunday school classes or other activities
Greetings, First Baptist Church family. It is an honor and privilege to serve as your Youth Pastor. As we are developing the youth ministry, I pray for your patience and help as we strive to do long-lasting, impactful ministry and teen development. Starting in January of 2017, we will have a youth Sunday schoolclass at 9:15 am for ages 13-18. Also in 2017 we will begin our Matthew 25 Alive campaign to focus on teaching the youth how to utilize active faith. I thank you in advance for your support and help regarding the youth ministry at First Baptist. Remember, Teen Life Youth Church is every 2nd and 4thSundays upstairs in room 302 for ages 13-18.
We are also in the process of developing a children’s Sunday school at 9:15 am. This class will be up and running in January of 2017. We are in need of volunteers to help teach children’s church and Sunday school. Please be on the lookout as we will do some children’s ministry curriculum training, beginning January 2017. If you are interested in assisting with this ministry, please email Desmond Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org. – Desmond Robbins, Youth & Children’s Pastor
Newsletter Changes Ahead
Beginning in January 2017, First Baptist Church will no longer send newsletters at a bulk rate. The newsletters will be available on your computer or in the church office or sanctuary narthex on Sundays.
For those of you unable to get to FBC or who do not have computers, please call the church office and let us know you would still like to receive the Connections newsletter and your name will be added to a permanent list; we will then mail you a newsletter each time one is prepared. Please call the church office, 916-443-6537, or email Bonnie Anderson at email@example.com or Jessica Crouter at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a note to our mailing address 2324 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95816.
We desire to stay in touch with you and would appreciate your letting us know you would still like to receive Connections by snail mail. – B. Anderson
Men’s Bible Study to Thursday Nights
The men’s Bible study is finishing Luke and beginning Romans. It has moved from Tuesday to Thursday nights, same room 102, same time 7-8 pm.
International Day of Prayer
On November 6 a couple dozen of us observed the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church by – you guessed it – a prayer meeting in the Sanctuary after church. It was a time of information sharing, story-telling, and, of course, prayer. Every year around 90,000 Christians are killed for their faith. Three quarters of the world’s population live in countries that have no religious freedom. We got to hear about some individuals in Iran and India. The most intense part was a five-minute video about Hannelie Groenewald, whose family moved from South Africa to Afghanistan to share the gospel of Christ. In November 2014 militants killed her husband and two children. Hannelie’s family gave all to serve Jesus. What will we give? – Bill Dean
St. John’s Program for Real Change Dinner
On Tuesday, November 29, dedicated members and friends of FBC will gather at the Shelter site and serve a delicious dinner of fried chicken, various vegetables and side dishes to the women and children who call St. John’s Shelter their home—home until the mothers are able to complete the program and to become independent with their children in their own homes.
This is an opportunity to see missions in action, to be grateful for all we have as individuals and to help someone in need in a very positive way. If you would like to participate, please contact Sharon Reyes, 916-664-4032 or email@example.com. You will be glad you did!
Carillion Bell Choir
The Carillion Hand Bell Choir played All ThingsBright and Beautiful on Sunday, Nov. 13, using both hand bells and choir chimes. Christian Valdez, age 17, made his directing debut! Christian is a high school senior at McClatchy High School who plans to pursue a music major in college next year in Texas. Besides hand bells, Christian’s primary instrument is the trombone. He has also played the alto sax, drums and some piano. Look for Christian to direct again this season. He has a special music request for June 2017, called Jesus, Hold My Hand (1933).
We missed bell ringer Janice Tiner, who is recovering from recent surgery. She is scheduled to return to bell ringing in December. Keep her in your prayers.
On Sunday, Dec. 11, the bells will once again play for the Annual World Wide Candle Lighting Service for the Sacramento-South Placer County Chapter of the Bereaved Parents of the USA at Creekside Church in Rocklin, 6:30-8 pm. This service honors children who have died the past year. Our former choir director, Sean Herle, will direct us in three pieces: Amazing Grace, Beside Still Waters, and God’s Train. –Jennifer Schield
Karrie Pavish Anderson of Galena, Alaska
The song Climbing, saysrecording artist Karrie Pavish Anderson, was born in the sanctuary of FBC a year ago. She was visiting friend Lamar Pringle on a weekday and asked if she might play the Steinway piano there at the front of the church. As she reflected on a dark year of her life—deaths through murder, a fall from a mountain, and suicide—she found God’s grace in the stillness and beauty of the empty sanctuary. Oh, yes,I’m climbing up the mountain through the shadows that held me for so long.
Now a year later, Karrie was visiting Sacramento as she headed for a recording studio in Rocklin to make a new album of songs of faith, built around Climbing. So, the song soared out again but this time with people in the pews in the worship service Sunday, Oct. 23.
Karrie told us a little about Galena, Alaska, a fly-in-only village on the Yukon River. No roads lead out and there’s no Starbucks within 300 air miles. She recounted how she first met Pastor Lamar at a Young Life conference in Michigan and “forged a cool friendship.” Karrie performs original Alaskan-grown music, “soul with a side of blues and folk,” at festivals, clubs, church, parks, and concert halls in North America and Europe. To keep posted on the album’s progress, check her out on Facebook. –M. Dean
Support the completion of Karrie's new album, which includes her song Climbing that she penned in the FBC sanctuary. She has a pledge campaign set up and would appreciate your contribution. You can also preorder the album:
Nadia Krutikova welcomed family members from Moscow to Sacramento. Uncle Nikolay and Aunt Olga Epishin attended our Oct. 23 worship service and invited both Pastor Lamar and Pastor Bill to visit them in Russia, where Nikolay is a senior pastor. Nadia [farright], who faithfully translates the FBC sermon into Russian each Sunday, is herself planning a trip to Moscow this month. – M. Dean
Who Are All These New People?
As you may have noticed, there are many changes taking place at church lately. We are excited that as we endeavor to build our church into becoming multi-generational and multi-cultural, we have people willing and excited to help us. Here is a quick overview of some of the new faces on our FBC staff.
Pastor Desmond Robbins
Pastor Desmond Robbins is our new Youth and Children’s Pastor here at FBC. As new families come to First Baptist, we want to take a holistic approach to Christian education. Teens are now involved in a Sunday morning Teen Life program every other Sunday. And there are plans to begin a weekday gathering for teenagers in the near future. With the help of the Children’s ministry team, Pastor Desmond is making new efforts to re-work our children’s 252 Basics Sunday school classes and curriculum for kids.
All this new transition takes a lot of manual labor! Steve Towne can’t possibly do it all himself, so
we have hired Anthony Hall as another member of the janitorial staff. If you see him early on Sunday morning opening doors and turning on the heaters, say a quick hello.
Although not yet on staff, Savina Hall has a passion for performing arts. Her dream is to build a ministry here at FBC called First Baptist Theatre Company or FBTC, a place where people of all ages in our church family and in our community can come participate in productions. When asked about her dream, she said: “Theatre teaches a plethora of areas of one’s life. Acting can help with stage fright, public speaking, as well as interviewing for a job. FBCT is where all plays are written prescriptions for healing.”
Those remaining are Pastor Pringle, Pastor Kellogg, myself and Bonnie Anderson, administration; Evelyn Schenkenberger, bookkeeper; Hansen Kwok, organist; and Steve Towne, facilities, maintenance and landscape.
Yes, we have new faces, and yes, given the time and commitment of these new staff members we will see progress in reaching our community. But it should also be noted, First Baptist, that it is with the committed support and building done by volunteers in our church family that we see the most growth and the most success. With that said, let’s work together in the coming years to continue to love well, encourage each other, and be ever in tune to what God is doing here at FBC. --Jessica Crouter, Administration
Just Walk Across the Room
Pastor Bill is leading a four-part series by Bill Hybels on sharing your faith story. The class meets Sunday mornings 9:15-10:15 am in Room 102. The Discipleship Class has decided to join this study!
Hanging of the Greens
Saturday, December 3, is the day for of the Hanging of the Greens in the sanctuary. We will be working from 9 am to 12 noon to decorate the sanctuary for the Christmas Season.
We need individuals willing to climb ladders to hang the wreath and garland outside and put ornaments on the top portion of the tree. We will have refreshments and fellowship as well. Please join us for a great time!
The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is at 8 pm and on Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day the worship service at 9 am. There will not be any other scheduled activities.
Food Closet Update!
The Food Closet has changed locations. It is now in the social hall in the cabinets on the south wall. You still need to get in touch with David Fisher or Richard Heins for assistance.
Also, the Apple Hill excursion was rained out and the Band of Brothers free car wash was postponed for now. But look for them to reschedule it soon.
Puzzle Comes Together
Saturday, Nov. 5, the pieces of the FBC workday puzzle came together well. Take a huge puzzle piece, which was the 20-yard dumpster delivered the previous Thursday. Add other pieces of that puzzle--the people who came to work and consumed two dozen donuts, juice, fruit, bagels and cream cheese.
The worker puzzle pieces were: Pastor Lamar and family, LaQisha, Nesya, Imri and Gigi; Pastor Bill; Bill & Marguerite Dean; Shawki Moore; Curt & Chris Mackey; Tony & Lisa Jennings; Karen Duncanson; Michael Kim and his teenage children, Kyle and Megann; Desmond Robbins; Jahque Morgan; Jessie Harts; Laron Harts; Bennett Personius; Steve Towne and Bonnie Anderson.
On the 4th floor, you can now see the prop room floor, and all the student desks and chairs were taken out of the hallway to a donation center by Tony & Lisa Jennings. On the 3rd floor, cardboard boxes from the equipment installed in the 2004 sanctuary renovation got broken down and moved out along with a room-full of stored items awaiting the dumpster.
The 20-yard dumpster quickly filled, and we closed and locked the huge metal door so the dumpster was set for a Monday-morning pickup, effectively putting the last puzzle piece in place. Workdays provide not only benefits to the grounds and church facility but also an awesome opportunity to work together and to share, laugh and fellowship with one another. Join us when you can. – B. Anderson
This class is your opportunity to ask questions, get answers and learn about FBC’s history and the vision Pastor Pringle has for the future in building a multi-cultural, multi-generational church family.
Put December 11 on your calendar for this class. It will be right after the worship service, starting with lunch in the social hall and moving to Room 102 for the class.
You can take the class and not become a member but, to become a member you must take the class.
If there are those that need or would like to be baptized please let Bill Dean, the teacher/facilitator, know and one will be scheduled.
In Memory of
Joined FBC January 26, 1947
At home with the Lord October 22, 2016
Lucille was born March 24, 1915 and died at the age of 101.
Birthday Party for Joyce Ziehn
Those of you who know Joyce are invited to celebrate her birthday on Sunday afternoon, November 20 , at an open house 2-4 pm at Pioneer House where she lives, 415 P Street in the recreation room. Come for a few minutes, wish Joyce a happy birthday and have a piece of cake.
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