Newsletter October 2016


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.



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.


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.


Remember, It’s All About Jesus

Newsletter June 2016

Busy Busy Busy

June is a busy month so here is a list of events to add to your calendar. We always have room for Jesus in your lives! If you need more information on any of the events, ask us. Check out the online calendar for anything I missed. Click on the link or from the home page, click on “Calendar” near the top.

  • 3rd – 4th: Camp yard sale at Donna’s on Skyway. (Remember if they are at camp, they aren’t at your home…) Help send some kids to camp!
  • 4th: Ladies’ annual Mug ‘n Muffin on Saturday at 10:00 am, at the Crowder’s. Bring a coffee mug for prayer partner exchange.
  • 6th: Community prayer for election at 6:00 pm. Elected officials are people and they need our prayer.
  • 7th: MPBC is a polling place for the Primary Election.
  • 15th: Metal roofing project at Mt. Lassen Church Camp.
  • 17th: Church wide BBQ hosted by the youth at 6:00 pm. Potluck; meat provided.
  • 19th – 25th: Youth camp!
  • July 8th: Welcome home Kristy! 6:00 pm
  • July 16th: The VBS Carnival is from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
  • July 18th – 22nd: VBS 9:00 am to 12:00 pm!

VBS Update

We have not yet broke google’s servers with the online registration for VBS 2016! So if you were waiting to register, wait no more. Mention VBS to the kids in your neighborhood, family, friends, and co-workers. The worst that can happen is they say no. What well probably happen is they say maybe and then you have them thinking about it. The best that can happen is we are completely overwhelmed on Monday and have to call the entire Church to come help on Tuesday! Amen!


Our youth group had a great month!

Students from the school went on a field trip to Turtle Bay in Redding and had a great time! Thank you to Todd and Julie for the yummy fried chicken.

Our gathering for National Day of Prayer was successful. Members from a couple of other churches were there to honor prayer with all of us. Some people stayed behind at church in prayer, while many other groups drove to different neighborhoods and participated in prayer walks, praying for neighborhoods, families, our community, and our nation. Older youth were paired with younger youth and an adult or two each. Everyone returned to the church and shared a meal of pizza together. I hope we do this again in the future. What a powerful way to come together in prayer!

Youth had a great time at the youth rally held at Cooper Ave Baptist Church in Yuba City. I’m so proud of each and every one of them. Out of the three youth groups who chose to perform, our youth were the only group to have full participation of all members. Even though some of them were nervous about performing, they all got up in front of a large crowd of people and made Magalia Pines Baptist Church proud. Great job SALT Youth members!

We also want to wish some of our youth well upon their high school graduations: Alli Benefield, Kassy Benefield, Annelise Krolack, Dakota Carson, Bryanna Daniels, and Ricki Buss. Your futures are all wide open. We as your church family are so very proud of your accomplishments! Congratulations also to Rusty Moore and Yvonne “Yoyo” Philips, who have promoted from 8th grade!

As you may be aware, youth camp is upon us. The youth will be attending camp again this year with Duane Crowder, from June 19-June 25. Some of our youth are in need of jobs in order to fundraise their camp fees. If you have a job for any of our youth that would encourage you to contribute to their fundraising efforts, please feel free to contact Pastor Doug, Kristina, or Jason.

Lastly, the youth will be hosting a church wide BBQ on June 17th at 6 pm. This is a potluck, so please bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share. The meat will be provided.

Thank you for continuing to support our youth!


Something to Ponder

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

Newsletter May 2016

National Day of Prayer

Fun Facts

  1. There have been 144 national calls to prayer, humiliation, fasting and thanksgiving by the President of the United States (1789 – 2015).
  2. There have been 67 Presidential Proclamations for a National Day of Prayer (1952 – 2015). Gerald R. Ford (1976), George H. Bush (1989 – 91) and Barack H. Obama (2012) are the only U.S. Presidents to sign multiple National Day of Prayer Proclamations in the same year.
  3. Every President since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.
  4. 34 of the 44 U.S. Presidents have signed proclamations for National Prayer. Three of the Presidents who did not sign a proclamation died while serving in office. Two Presidents, not included in the count—William Howard Taft and Warren Gamaliel Harding, signed proclamations for Thanksgiving and Prayer.
  5. Records indicate there have been 1,419 state and federal calls for national prayer since 1775 and counting.

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VBS Update

Set the Date! The Vacation Bible School Carnival is July 16th, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Vacation Bible School is on July 18th to the 22nd, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Also the online registration forms is going up (if it isn’t already) on the VBS webpage. Won’t it be fantastic if we had so many kids this year that we had to call in more adults!

Pastor’s Pen

Many exciting things are happening at Magalia Pines Baptist Church these days. Upward International School is wrapping up a senior year for several of our students. Be sure to pray for them as they head out into the big world. Our school in Malaysia is employing several new teachers and administrators. Kristy will be coming home soon.

Look forward to the date soon for our Grand Opening/Dedication of the new building. God has blessed us in so many ways and with so many people. Pray for the areas in which God would have you serve. Every summer adds excitement with Vacation Bible School and camps.

Most of all be in prayer for each other. 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,
Pastor Doug


S.A.L.T. youth group will be very busy this month. On Thursday, May 5, we will be honoring National Day of Prayer by prayer walking the community. What started out as a small gathering of our youth group members has grown beyond what we could have ever imagined. Our youth group will be joined by kids from Team Kids, as well as men’s prayer group and Women on Mission. We have also had the opportunity to team up with many other churches from Magalia and Paradise. National Day of Prayer is looking to be quite a large group of people all coming together in prayer for our community, government, and nation. If you or anyone you know would like to participate, please join us on Thursday evening at 5:30pm in the front parking lot (Lakeridge Circle). What an awesome God we have!

Youth will also be going bowling on Wednesday, May 11, and there will be an associational youth rally on May 21 in Yuba City at Cooper Ave Baptist Church. Please be in prayer for our youth. We have a few graduating seniors who will be going out in the world, with at least one of them going on to college. We are so proud of our youth.

If you know of any youth in our community in grades 7-12 who would like to join us, please share that we meet Wednesday nights from 6pm to 7:15pm. We would be happy to welcome more youth!


Newsletter April 2016

In the beginning

Hello all! We are getting the newsletter up and running; okay, maybe a slow jog. Our goal will be for a monthly update on what is going on at Magalia Pines Baptist Church. We will have information from Pastor, the Office, youth groups, bible study groups, the school, events at the church and around the community; and some random fun stuff.

This first newsletter is more of a “Hi, how are you?”. What I would like from all the group leaders/helpers, Pastor, the Office, and the congregation, is to email me information and events as they come about. It does not have to be a written work of art, formatted pretty, or even spelled correctly. I just need information: about ministries, groups, events, etc. If the group you lead or are involved in has an upcoming event, a fun moment, or something special, email me ( the information. Pictures are also welcome. Please don’t get upset if everything that is sent is not included in a future newsletter. Unfortunately, not everything can be included, but we will do our best to make sure every group is being represented and that a broad span of information is able to be distributed out to the congregation.

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Did you know?

  • Sermons are posted on the website and CDs are available at the Church
  • The Prayer Request form is back up and running. On the main webpage, click Prayer Request. Who doesn’t need a little extra help now and then?
  • In Touch will meet this evening at 5 PM. Everyone who desires to reach out to their neighbors and friends are encouraged to participate.
  • Women on a Prayer Mission (WOM) meets at 2 PM this coming Saturday, April 2. Ladies, we need the love and fellowship that results from meeting with each other. Hope to see you there.
  • Sunday, April 3, begins our missions emphasis and special Spring Missions Offering, which will be taken throughout the month of April. This offering is given to support our SBC missionaries around the world, at home, and abroad. Give as the Lord leads.
  • A visiting quartet will supply special music during the Morning Worship Services on Sunday, April 3. Come check them out!
  • Sunday evening, April 3, at 5:30 PM, you are encouraged to attend the Associational Bible Drill and Speakers Tournament at Abundant Life Community Church, 10795 Alta Street, Grass Valley. Alli Benefield will be representing us as a participant in the Speaker’s Tournament. If she places in the tournament, she will be invited to participate at the state level in Fresno. THERE WILL BE NO EVENING SERVICE ON APRIL 3. Hope to see you in Grass Valley, and go get em Alli!
  • The Associational VBS Clinic will be held at First Baptist Church in Gridley, with dinner at 5:30 PM. All VBS workers are encouraged to attend, and those working at Migrant Camp VBS are required to attend. Let Judi Cook (873-9448) know that you are going so that she can register you.


vbs-2016-logoIt is coming! STOP! Don’t run away… VBS students will explore the way Jesus saw people and examine the truth of the key verse, Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.”

Stay tuned for more VBS or ask how you can help.