November News 2017

November and Thanksgiving News

Make sure you check the MPBC Calendar to stay up-to-date… November and December are BUSY months.

Thanksgiving Boxes

We will be preparing Thanksgiving boxes for families who need a helping hand this holiday season. Foods needed for the baskets:

  • Turkey*
  • Stuffing mix
  • Gravy (can or mix)
  • Potatoes
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Frozen pumpkin pie (place in freezer)
  • Hot roll mix (boxed)
  • Butter (place in frig)
  • Canned vegetables: corn, peas, green beans, yams, olives

Place your donations of nonperishable foods in the boxes under the table at the back of the sanctuary.

*If you can provide a turkey, please let Judi Cook know in the Office 530-873-9448 ASAP.

If you know a family who would benefit from a caring touch at Thanksgiving, let the Office know. (530-873-9448)


  • Nov 5th – Annual THANKS-giving offering begins
  • Nov 5th – Daylight Savings ends (fall back one hour)
  • Nov 16th – Church-wide Thanksgiving Dinner at 6pm
    • Bring: your favorite Thanksgiving dish, salad, bread/butter, desert, relish tray, mashed potatoes, or gravy
    • Turkey will be provided
  • Nov 20th – Thanksgiving Boxes assembled and delivered
  • Nov 23th – Thanksgiving Day

Happy 4th of July!

Remember where your true freedom is this 4th of July.

Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. – 1 Peter 2:16


April Newsletter 2017

April Means Easter and we are gearing up to celebrate Jesus and what He has done for us with His death and resurrection at this very special time of year.


April Means Easter and we are gearing up to celebrate Jesus and what He has done for us with His death and resurrection at this very special time of year. Sunday April 9th is Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is a Christian feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four Gospels. This year Easter will be celebrated as in the past with sunrise service at 7 AM in front of the new building followed by a hearty breakfast and Sunday School at 9:30. Then there is only ONE morning worship service starting at 10:30 AM. Just as a reminder, there will be NO evening service on Easter Sunday.

Pastor’s Thoughts

This week is arguably the most important single week in all of scripture. Often called Passion Week, Christians of every tradition find despair and hope coming together. However there is much more to the week, as if that were not enough. Jesus used the limited time left with his disciples to remind and restate so many of His important teachings. More scripture is given to the teachings of this one week than any other event in Bible history.

Take this time to explore God’s Word. Traditions are important but sometimes they can cloud the whole story.

May God bless your efforts.

Pastor Doug

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Upward International Schools Update

  • Upward Learning Centers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are doing well with a growing student membership. Teachers are needed to accommodate teaching positions that are opening and the growing student population Please pray that people will come forward to fill all the positions needed.
  • Corning Ministry Center is now open in Corning, California. They have moved into 1600 Solano St. Ste. C and are looking forward to God doing an amazing work in that town. Please pray for His will to be done there.
  • Plans are in place for the new school in Marysville, California to be open for the fall semester. We are looking forward to spreading God’s word through education in this place.
  • St. Jude Kindergarten and Dale Munson Children’s Library continue to hold classes while the construction of a new latrine is finishing up. Please pray that more donations will be had to continue to improve the building.
  • Visit: to make a tax deductible donation and obtain more information about the schools.

God Bless You From Magalia Pines Baptist Church

Josh Snodgrass

Come and enjoy the music and ministry of guitarist Josh Snodgrass as he leads worship, plays instrumental versions of popular worship songs and shares his testimony. March 19, 2017 from 6-7:30 pm at Magalia Pines Baptist Church.

Josh Snodgrass

Come and enjoy the music and ministry of guitarist Josh Snodgrass as he leads worship, plays instrumental versions of popular worship songs and shares his testimony.

March 19, 2017 from 6-7:30 pm at Magalia Pines Baptist Church.

Check out his website for his bio, videos, and more.

A sample of Victory In Jesus.

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!

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 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

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

In Memory of Harold Batelaan


Harold Paul Batelaan, age 83, went to be with the Lord Thursday, December 8, 2016 in Paradise, CA. Harold was born April 19, 1933 in Odessa, Washington to Paul and Nellie Batelaan. Harold was is the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. He retired from Ventura Fire Dept. as a Captain of Station #51. Harold was a member and very active in Magalia Pines Baptist Church, loved antiques. He had a great sense of humor, story teller, sound wisdom of the Lord’s word, Sunday School Teacher, Preacher and loved the Lord.

Harold is survived by his wife Marlene Batelaan; Daughters Elizabeth Connors and Susan (Ted) Hess; Brothers Irvin Batelaan and Ray Batelaan.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2016 at Magalia Pines Baptist Church, 14098 Skyway, Magalia, CA. Arrangements are under the care of Newton-Bracewell Cremation & Funeral Service.

Please visit this link to leave a note for the family.


Below are eight of the sermons Magalia Pines was lucky enough to record from Harold.

Sermons (8)

John 3
(Part of the Sunday Morning series).
Preached by Harold Batelaan on August 24, 2014 (Sunday Morning).
Acts 9:1-6 (Part of the Sunday Morning series).
Preached by Harold Batelaan on October 7, 2012 (Sunday Morning).
Search My Heart
Psalm 139:1-24 (Part of the Sunday Morning series).
Preached by Harold Batelaan on September 4, 2011 (Sunday Morning).
Father's Day
(Part of the Sunday Morning series).
Preached by Harold Batelaan on July 19, 2011 (Special Event).
The Inadequate Accomplishing The Impossible
Exodus 4:10-11 (Part of the Sunday Morning series).
Preached by Harold Batelaan on May 30, 2010 (Sunday Morning).
John 3
John 3:1-21 (Part of the Sunday Morning series).
Preached by Harold Batelaan on January 24, 2010 (Sunday Morning).
2 Kings 18
(Part of the Sunday Morning series).
Preached by Harold Batelaan on October 5, 2008 (Sunday Morning).
Joel 1 and 2
(Part of the Sunday Morning series).
Preached by Harold Batelaan on September 28, 2008 (Sunday Morning).

Newsletter December 2016


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.


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.