Director of Missions
I would like to once again address our prayer meeting in this month’s article. I would like to encourage you to join us as we come together Sunday evening, January 30, at Magnolia Ave. Baptist church for a time of prayer in conjunction with thousands of other S.B.C. churches and missionaries. Our national leaders are calling us to this time of solemn assembly and prayer! I sincerely hope that you will join us and encourage all of those to attend your churches to come and join us as well. It will not be a time of preaching, worship, or fellowship, it will be a time when we come together as the body of Christ seeking God as He builds His kingdom here in the Inland Empire and throughout the world. It is important to note that we will begin at 6:00 pm, child care will be provided! Bruce Hitchcock
Church Growth Strategist
Habakkuk 1:2-3 “How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, Violence!" But you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.” Do you sometimes feel like Habakkuk, alone and in the middle of chaos? The world is a crazy place right now; unemployment, conflicting economic news, violence, heart ache, death and destruction. It’s time for some help. Our good friend, pastor, and seminary professor Jim Wilson has answers. His book “Soul Shaping” addresses many of the issues surrounding us in our daily walk and work. He says in his book, “It is impossible for Christians to do the right thing during our defining moments if we lose our connection with God during the monotony of life.” Get connected again: The Inland Empire Baptist Association is making available a three day Pastor’s conference where you can hear and discuss the issues you face right now and find answers to your deepest fears and uncertainties. In addition, Jim will discuss the issue of conflict within the church and how to address it. Come and join us for this special time March 14-16 at Calicinto Ranch. For more information email me at email@example.com or call me on my cell at (714) 420-1092. (Limited space available) 1 John 1:4 “And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.”
Associate Director of Missions
Our Hispanic pastor’s breakfast has started up again this year. Our January meeting was held at our office and the next one will be on February 26th at 8am, Primera Iglesia Bautista de Lakeview. 31197 Lakeview Ave. East 92567. Pastor Luis Arroyo: 909.957.0286 There is still time to sign-up for the “Equip Biblical Institute” classes on Monday nights. Please call our office for more information. I am sorry to inform you that pastor Andrew Chripczuk passed away January 3rd while in Argentina. Please be in prayer for his wife,Christine and their church family. Please be in prayer for us as the Lord continues to move in the hearts of his people as we begin this new year with several new church starts.
Clarion Church Growth Consultant
EQUIPPED FOR EXCELLENCE One of the best things about Equipped for Excellence is the way God speaks to the hearts of those who attend. Over and over again, I have heard that people are encouraged and inspired at Equipped for Excellence. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and grow. If you have a worthy teacher, why not nominate them for the Teacher of the Year Award. The nomination form is in the yellow publicity packet and on the web site, equippedforexcellence.org. If you would like to improve your leadership skills, you might want to attend the conference, Building Effective Leaders led by Jeff Iorg, President of Golden Gate Seminary. Dr. Iorg is recognized as an expert in this area and is a wonderful communicator. Begin signing people up to attend Equipped for Excellence.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL CLINIC Our annual Vacation Bible School clinic will be on Saturday, May 14, 2011. We will meet at Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church in Riverside. It will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 12:00 noon. Our V.B.S. director, Cindy Enlow, always does an outstanding job. Plan to come early so you won’t miss the worship rally and all of those prizes she passes out. Mark your calendar, enlist all of your workers and plan to attend the V.B.S. clinic this year. The Church Music Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, February 26th. We will meet at Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church from 8:00 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. You can find out more information by going to the State Convention web site: www.caworship.com/south The third annual Desert Area Bible Study Workshop will be on Sunday, May 1st at the Palms Baptist Church, 5285 Adobe Road in Twenty-nine Palms. There will be a free dinner at 4:00 p.m. and Dr. Jeff Iorg will speak on Experiencing God’s Power in Your Life at 5:30 p.m. If you don’t mind the drive, this event will be a real treat. Childcare will be provided for children up to third grade. If you would like for me to come to your church and train you Sunday School workers, I am available to do that. I also have some great age-group consultants who can join me to help your workers. Over the next few weeks I am going to be at Hemet Valley; First Baptist, Perris; Loveland, Ontario; Bryant Street Baptist Church, Yucaipa and Mt. Zion, Ontario. I’d love to come to your church too.
Time Change!! We will now meet at 6:00 p.m.
Frank Kingsley, pastor at Bryant Street Baptist Church in Yucaipa, and wife Lindsey have a new member of their family. Olivia Reagan was born on Friday, January 7. She weighted 8 pounds and 6 ounces.
We currently have an IMB missionary available to speak at your church. There is no charge. Tim and Iracema Kunkel are on furlough from Paraguay. They have a wonderful story to tell and are very inspirational. If you would be interested in having them in your church, you can contact them at (909) 425-8441, or at johntkunkel.blogspot.com. They will be here until July 2011.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES!! January 29
Women’s Prayer Tea
Day of Prayer
Church Music Workshop
S.S. Directors Meeting
Equipped for Excellence Registration Deadline
Equipped for Excellence
Desert Area Bible Study Workshop
Inland Empire Association Staff Deryl Lackey
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