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 www.upwardinternationalschools.net

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!

February Newsletter 2017

The Magalia Pines Baptist Church is off to a great start in 2017 with lots of things being done in the month of  January and lots more to come this month.

In January, Pastor Doug spent almost three weeks over in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia tending to the schools that are a part of our outreach ministries, Upward International Schools.

These and all the other schools that we are a part of in UIS are bringing the gospel back to the youth and families of the world along with providing a first rate education for their future well being.

From the Pastor’s Corner:

LOVE – LOVE – LOVE

LOVE has managed to become BIG business.  Clothes, candy, flowers, social (and unsocial) media, politics, hippies (still), e-cards and tree-cards, and movies and TV have all managed to become profitable.  And yet the world seems to be terribly lacking. It seems we have substituted the trappings of “love” for the real deal.

God IS love.  Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and your neighbor as yourself.  Love others as I have loved you says Jesus. Greater love has no man than this than he lay down his life for a friend.  etc.

In our Sunday Morning  Bible Study we are exploring love from the book of Song of Songs  (Song of Solomon).  Discovering the intimate relationship with the King of Kings is critical to our beginning to understand the great love that is available to us for sharing with others.  Old Testament “Love Chapters”.  Check it out.

Enjoy food and fellowship and the trappings without neglecting the most important celebration.  Also, be sure to say “Happy Birthday” to at least one VIP.

Pastor Doug

 

Exciting things going on this month!

On Feb. 5th, Super Bowl Sunday for all you die hard football fans. The game is in Houston  between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons.  So, go to Church in the morning then Tune in at 3:30 PM for all the gridiron action.

On Feb. 10th at 6 PM we are having our annual Valentines Dinner Cost is $6 per person, and Ham with all the trimmings is on the menu.

Call the church office to reserve your tickets now. 873-9448, or see Donna Broughton or Judi Cook to get them.

 

Here’s more of what’s happening at Church this month:

  • Sunday services are at 8:30 and 10:30 with Sunday School in between at 9:30 AM
  • Mondays AA community service meeting  at 7:00 PM
  • Tuesdays Ladies Bible Study at10:45 AM.
  • Wednesdays Praise, Prayer and Bible Study plus SALT Youth Group at 6:00 PM
  • Thursdays Worship Team Practice at 12:00 PM
  • Fridays Men’s Bible Study at 9:00 AM  – Experiencing God study for women at10:00 AM – Team Kids/Praise Kidz at 5:30 PM.

Some Fun Facts About The Ridge.

On January 17, 2014 California State Governor, Jerry Brown, declared a drought state of emergency.

Here in Magalia we have received 63.83 inches of rain so far this season  (Water Year begins Oct. 1 to Sept. 30) and we still have a couple of months to go. Average rainfall for the last 30 years in Magalia is 58.13 inches so we are well above the average and more on it’s way.  This heavy rain and large snow pack probably means the end of the drought.

Back during the gold rush, Magalia was called “DogTown” because of the many dogs the gold miners had up here. Magalia became famous when a 54 pound gold nugget was discovered in the west branch of the feather river just below town. Back then it was valued at around $10,000 dollars and we celebrate it still during Gold Nugget Days.

 

What’s our favorite saying around Magalia Pines Baptist Church?

It’s ALL About JESUS!

Now you can listen to past sermons right on  OUR WEBSITE   or pick up the CD’s in the hallway at church.

Please consider this.

In your life you are going to experience many ups and downs. The Lord says, “I will never leave you or forsake you” so when times are bad or times are good he is there for you. Praise Him for the blessings, stay in His word and lift your petitions up to Him in prayer.

Magalia Pines Baptist Church

Physical Address: 14098 Skyway, Magalia, CA, 95954
Phone: 530.873.9448
Email: office@magaliapines.org
Facebook: facebook.com/magaliapinesbaptist

January Newsletter 2017

Is There Any Hope For The New Year?

As the calendar turns over to another year, most people start thinking about what they did or didn’t do the past year, and what they would like the new year to bring. Some people make resolutions or goals, others might just spend some time in prayerful mediation. Whatever your personal new year habits might be, the Bible is the best source for guidance and wisdom.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Here the prophet Jeremiah tells us that there is hope and prosperity for the new year and beyond. When we follow the Lord, we don’t have any reason to be afraid or anxious about the future.

We also have reassurance from the prophet Isaiah.

Isaiah 40:31

“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

So, according to Isaiah, we will soar on wings like eagles. Isn’t that the best news we could get for our new year?

Then this timely advice from the book of Romans.

Romans 12:2

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

This verse in Romans 12 is one of my favorite verses for a new beginning. It speaks of God’s perfect will for our lives, but it is also a call to action on our parts. Our spirits have been transformed by Jesus when we confess Him as Savior, but it’s up to us to renew our earthly minds, share this good news and listen to God so that we can discern His will.

It’s All About JESUS!

The folks at Magalia Pines Baptist Church wish you a blessed, prosperous and Happy New Year with an open invitation to come with us to church on Sundays and learn more of what the Lord has in store for your life and your new year. May God Greatly Bless You.

Magalia Pines Baptist Church 14098 Skyway, Magalia, CA 95954

(530) 873-9448

www.MagaliaPines.org

Newsletter December 2016

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Is It Really December Already??

This has been a busy busy year and we are  just entering the most special month and time of the year. It is the time when we celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ who came to earth born as a man yet completely God to show us the path to salvation once and for all.

The Bible’s Old Testament contains numerous prophecies about the birth of a savior, which Christians believe were fulfilled by Jesus. Here is one from the Book of Isaiah.

Prophecy fulfilled: About 5 BC

In Isaiah 7:14, the prophet Isaiah addresses the “house of David,” meaning the family and descendants of King David, and speaks of a virgin being pregnant with a child, and giving birth to the child. Isaiah says this in the context of it being a sign from God. He also says that the child would be referred to as “Immanuel,” which means, “God with us.”

The New Testament books of Matthew and Luke record details involving the birth of Jesus, who was born about 700 years after the time of Isaiah, saying that he was born of the virgin Mary and is the Son of God. Because he is the Son of God, Jesus literally can be referred to as “God with us.”

BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK - DECEMBER 24: The doll representing the Infant Jesus lies in a gilded crib on the Star of the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity, the traditional spot of Jesus's birth, during Midnight Mass December 24, 2004 in the biblical town of Bethlehem in the West Bank. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK – DECEMBER 24: The doll representing the Infant Jesus lies in a gilded crib on the Star of the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity, the traditional spot of Jesus’s birth, during Midnight Mass December 24, 2004 in the biblical town of Bethlehem in the West Bank. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Here are a few of the exciting things going on this Christmas Season at Magalia Pines Baptist Church.

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All of the staff, missionaries and volunteers here at MPBC wish everyone of you and your families the Merriest Of Christmas’ ever. God Bless each and everyone.

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Newsletter November 2016

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The Pastor’s Pen:

Many exciting things are happening at Magalia Pines Baptist Church these days. We are still looking forward to the date to be set for our Grand Opening/Dedication of the new building.

God has blessed us in so many ways and with so many people on this wonderful project and we are anxious to be able to start using it.

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.

Our school in Malaysia is employing several new teachers and administrators with another school getting ready to start over there. Kristy will be coming home for the holidays and we are looking forward to seeing her again.

Pray for the areas in which God would have you serve. Every fall adds excitement with the change of weather and the coming holiday season. There is an abundant source of strength and Hope that comes with the holiday 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 this past Sunday’s message we dealt with Jesus’ answer to those who have experienced a crisis or disaster in any form. Check it out. It is not an opinion. It is God’s Word to the hurting.

Continuing in His Service,doug

Pastor Doug.

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November kicks off “Thanksgiving Offering” month:

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There’s a lot happening in the month of November that we can give thanks for. God just keeps on blessing us with people, places and things every single day. All we have to do is make ourselves aware of these blessings and then give thanks for them.

As you all know, November 24th is the day we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with lots of great food, family and friends. (Oops, and maybe football too).

But, did you know that there are a lot of other things going on this month?

Here is the weekly schedule:

Every Sunday of course there is Morning Worship services at 8:15 and 10:30 AM with Bible study (Sunday School) for all ages at 9:30 AM.

At 11:30 Donna Meahl hosts, Make Reading Your Bible a Habit

At 4:30 There is Christmas Choir Practice

Then at 6:00 PM there is evening Worship Service.

On Monday evenings AA has their community service meetings at 7:00 PM.

On Tuesdays there is the fabulous Ladies Bible study at 10:45 AM along with the In Touch Meeting at 6:00 PM.

On Wednesdays we have the weekly Praise, Prayer and Bible Study at 6:00 PM Plus S.A.L.T. at the same time.

On Thursdays the Worship team has it’s practice at 12:00 PM

On Fridays The Men’s Bible Study is held at 9:00 AM plus the special Beth Moore Bible study of the book of Esther called “It’s Tough Being A Woman” starting at 10:00 AM at the Church.

Special Events for November:

November 1st through November 21st We are collecting food for Thanksgiving Baskets. The food list is on the table in the hallway at Church.

Sunday November 6th Daylight savings time ends, don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour when you go to bed Saturday night.

Monday November 7th. Prayer Vigil for America the night before the elections here at the Church 6:00 PM.

Saturday November 12th is the Tree Of Hope Breakfast. You can buy tickets from Donna Broughton, Debra Crowder, Flo Cardy or Judi Cook in the office. $6.00 per person.

Thursday November 24th is Thanksgiving Day.

Upward International School News:

The mission of Upward International Schools is to plant and partner with responsible schools, learning centers, ministries, churches, and families sharing and preparing children and youth for a well-informed responsible life in Christ. May the Lord find us faithful to our mission and successful in bringing honor to Him.

The Lord is Blessing us with more and more schools inquiring about joining the UIS family. The schools that are currently under the UIS umbrella are continuing to see more students added all the time. As the morals of the world deteriorate, parents are increasingly looking for a Christian based education for their children and God is leading many of them to UIS to get it.

Please pray and give thanks for the leadership, teachers and workers that are making UIS such an important ministry all over the world.

Featured Thanksgiving Verse:  Hebrews 12:28-29 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

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Newsletter October 2016

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From The Pastor:

We have been blessed this fall already with the addition of new families.  At the same time we have been occasionally overwhelmed by circumstances and health issues of many.  Both are included in our lives with Christ.  God has been faithful through all the uncertainties.

We continue to walk toward the successful occupancy of the building that God has given us.  We are often prone to feel like the Israelites as they conquered the Promised Land.  The building is complete and we face administrative issues that will be overcome with persistence and praise.

God is opening doors for reaching people in the Corning area.  Be in prayer for Pastor Todd and Julie as they reach out to that community.

As we enter the season of Thanksgiving and Christmas we must continue to share that purpose and strength that has brought us this far.  Remember, it’s all about Jesus.

Church News:

Did you know that a church lives because of the people with a servants heart. God blesses those that aren’t afraid to serve him not only at the church itself but to the members of our community too. Ephesians 6-7 “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men”.

The nominating committee issued it’s final recommendations at the last business meeting and it was approved. Many thanks to those that volunteer to work in and around the church each and every day.

There are still a few positions that need to be filled and we are sure that God will put it into the hearts of our members to serve. We still need: a book keeper, certified nursery assistants, church van drivers and someone to take care of the sanctuary flowers each week.

Can You Help? Provide candy for the children or donate to get supplies for caramel apples? Would you like to decorate your car and distribute candy (Trunk or Treat) Or, would you help decorate someone’s car? Would you like to help with the hayride or distributing candy from the cars? Please contact Cathy Page at 873-9206 if you would like to help.

Christmas Choir: Choir members… plan now! Rehearsals of Christmas music will begin soon.

School News:

Upward International Schools

We have added one more school in Kuala Lumpur.   Both schools deal with issues of staffing and ministry.  Touching lives of families from 12 countries in one location is mind boggling.  Education services are beginning to be offered also in Corning and Rocklin, CA.

At home we have a wonderful student body from grades 8-12.  We are experiencing great relationships with students that desire to know and serve Christ.

Pines Academy enjoyed a day trip to Merlo Park in Stirling City on Wednesday Sept 28th. The merlo-1 park was officially closed but the school was granted special permission to go. Here’s a few pictures of that beautiful park.

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Corning Learning Center

Upward International Schools comes to Corning, Ca. Pastor Todd and his wife Julie are making great strides and working diligently to bring the Good News to Corning youth and their parents through the brand new “Corning Learning Center”. Please Pray for them as they open this important ministry.

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Coming Events:

Here’s whats happening in October.

October 7th – 10 AM at the church – A Bible study of the book of Esther, It’s Tough Being A Woman”. This study requires a workbook so please get in touch with Judith Munson at 413-7702 or Donna Meahl at 873-2827 for all the information.

October 12th – 6 PM at the church – October business meeting.

October 22nd – 2-4PM at the church – LADIES “Heartstrings of Prayer”.

October 30 – Right after both services – Special Benevolence Offering will be taken.

October 31st – 4:30 to 7PM “Trunk Or Treat” – in the church parking lot next to Skyway

Please Pray For:

We are officially entering into the fall (harvest) season with winter just around the corner. Please pray that God will do a great Harvest of people from our town and around the world.

Pray that He will send all those that are lost and broken so that we might help them to come to know the good news of the Gospel and the Grace that is given as a free gift to all mankind.

The upcoming elections that God will be with the elected officials and give them an undying commitment to having a Christ centered heart when making the decisions that affect our great country.

Please pray for the county officials that approve the final plans for our new building that they will give us our final approval so we can start using the new facilities.

Please pray for all of the outreach ministries that we sponsor including Upward International Schools. that these ministries will bring a great harvest of souls that come to know the great joy and salvation of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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Remember, It’s All About Jesus