March Newsletter 2017

You know what they say about the month of March?

In like a lion, out like a lamb. Here’s what one “expert”  has to say.

Punxsutawney Phil is the name of a groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. On February 2 (Groundhog Day) each year, the town of Punxsutawney celebrates the legendary groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food.

During the ceremony, which begins well before the winter sunrise, Phil emerges from his temporary home on Gobbler’s Knob, located in a rural area about 2 miles (3 km) south-east of town.

According to the tradition, if Phil sees his shadow and returns to his hole, he has predicted six more weeks of winter-like weather. What can we say, uh oh told ya so more rain and snow coming.

Pastor’s Corner:

Many exciting things are happening at Magalia Pines Baptist Church these days., God has blessed us in so many ways and with so many people.

Upward International Schools is serving up another year with more schools on the horizon to teach the children about life with God in their presence. Please pray for them as they head out into all the world with the good news of the Gospel.

Pray for the areas in which God would have you serve. Every day adds excitement with the change of weather and the coming spring season. There is an abundant source of strength and Hope that comes with a new season that we can tap into and share with others.

Most of all be in prayer for each other and in all things, give thanks to God for his many wonderful blessings. In a recent message we dealt with Jesus’ answer to those who have experienced a crisis or disaster in any form. Check it out for yourself. It is not an opinion. It is God’s Word to the hurting.

Continuing in His Service,

Pastor Doug.


Here’s a few of the things going on at MPBC this month.

  • Monday March 6th at 6:00 PM the church council is meeting.
  • Wednesday March 8th Business meeting, members are encouraged to attend.
  • Sunday March 12th Daylight savings begins, Turn your clocks ahead one hour.
  • Sunday March 19th at 6:00 PM Josh Snodgrass performing a special concert for us.
  • Tuesday March 28th In Touch Meeting at 5:00 PM.
  • Every Sunday afternoon  Easter Choir Practice at 4:00 PM
  • Every Friday, Men’s Bible study at 9:00 and Experiencing God a study for women at 10:00

Other Church Announcements:

Church directories are revised and printed whenever changes are needed. If you are not listed in the directory and would like to be, fill out a guest card and put it in the offering plate. Mark the card “For Directory”. If changes need to be made to your contact information, give the changes to Judi Cook in writing.

In Touch is an outreach of Magalia Pines Baptist Church. Participants visit church and community families to offer encouragement and support. If you would like to participate in this exciting ministry, you are invited to attend the In Touch meetings on the last Tuesday of every month Time 5:00 PM.

Bond retirement fund. Continue to pray for God’s leading as to how you can help with the bond retirement fund. Each month our bond payment is $3734,14 which is a big impact on our ministry.

Vacation Bible School. Can you believe we are getting close to this years VBS? Seems like we are still recovering from the last one. On April 4th there is a VBS Clinic at the First Baptist Church in Gridley at 6:00 PM. Please try to make that clinic if you are planning to be a part of this years VBS outreach ministry.

Upward International Schools Update:

In Malaysia the new Kuala Lumpur Oasis school is growing and going well with Kristy at the helm and lots of great inspired children attending. Please Pray for her and the children and families.

Upward International Schools Corning has a new home. Praise God for providing  a place for this important ministry to get started and Pray for Todd and Julie to have the strength and courage to move forward in the new facility.

St. Jude Kindergarten and Dale Munson Children’s Library are continuing to give early childhood development along wit pre-primary (Kindergarten) classes to a number of children in the remote village in Kenya Africa.

There will be a lot more detailed information in the Upward International School Newsletter coming out in a few weeks. You can also visit the website at

Prayer and Praise:

Praise God always for blessing us and being with us through thick and thin. Read Psalm 145 vs. 8 – 11.

Please Pray for our country and leaders that they would follow the will of God through everything they do. Give them the strength and courage to go forward in His name each and every day.

Pray for our church and the outreach ministries we provide by following the command to go into all the world and share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pray for each other that God will be with those of us that are hurting physically, emotionally or spiritually and bring comfort and joy through it all.

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Remember what we always say,

It’s All About Jesus!