CB Southern California Newsletter
October 2010
In This Issue
Transforming Churches Conference
October 21 - 22
 sponsored by Transformation Ministries and CB Southern California.
Don't miss this
amazing event!

Register your CBSC Church now
(Look for the"Donate Now" button)
Paying one low price based on your church's attendance allows us to waive the individual per person fee, and allows you to bring your entire church.
Average Worship Attendance Contribution Formula:
    $175 for 100 
    $375 for 101 to 200 
    $475 for 201 to 500 
    $675 for 501 or more attendees.
 Individuals will still need to register, but will not pay the fee. Meals and lodging are an additional cost and are not covered by the registration fee.

After paying the church contribution, please click on the link below to also register all the individuals from your church who will be attending the conference. Or if you are coming as an individual and not a CB church, the fee is $129 per person. Either way, click the link below to register each individual (in addition to clicking the link above if you are registering as a church).

Register Individuals
FEATURED SPEAKERS: Harvey Carey  and  Dave Gibbons
Hillside Community Church
5354 Haven Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
Day of Prayer 
Over 100 million Christians are persecuted for their faith worldwide. Their number one request is for prayer. Would your church, small group, Sunday School class or family take time to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world?
FREE Resource
For the 11th year, Open Doors is offering the 2010 Church Free Kit as a resource to equip and inspire you and your church to unite for this powerful time of prayer. Please feel
free to download the kit items and share them with your church.
Man Saved from Assassins by the Blood of Another

On November 26, 2008, a gang of terrorists stormed the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai, India. After the carnage had left 200 people dead, a reporter interviewed a guest who had been at the hotel for dinner that night. The guest described how he and his friends were eating dinner when they heard gunshots. Someone grabbed him and pulled him under the table. The assassins came striding through the restaurant, shooting at will, until everyone (or so they thought) had been killed. Miraculously, this man survived. When the interviewer asked the guest how he lived when everyone else at his table had been killed, he replied, "I suppose because I was covered in someone else's blood, and they took me for dead."

from PreachingToday.com

40 Days of Prayer
Mid-Term Elections

Religious leaders all over the country have marked September 20 as the beginning of a 40-day fast, right up to the November 2010 mid term election.

Let me also point out that this is not about Democrats or Republicans. Both parties have much to answer for these past few decades. It  means we yearn for a return to the spiritual elements essential to an honest implementation of the true constitution, a cherished founding document that needs to be free from exploitation and false interpretation.

Click the link below
to read the entire blog.

-Bob Siegel Blogspot
CB SoCal member

Cell Phone Towers
Some Risks
It's not a bad idea. Churches are often offered generous sums to tuck cell antennas into their steeples. It can seem like a win-win proposition to a church struggling to meet budget obligations. The antenna doesn't interfere with ministry, and the church receives $1,000 to $2,000 a month.
There is a danger that you should be aware of if you have a cell tower.
For workers on your roof, don't spend too much time by the antenna. The power density of a hidden transmitting antenna is far stronger near the antenna than at ground level, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
A volunteer, maintenance worker, roofer or HVAC installer working on the roof could stay close to the transmitter long enough to absorb unsafe levels of radio frequency radiation. Exposure to high levels of radio frequency energy can rapidly increase a person's body temperature and lead to tissue damage, according to the FCC. Some claim that long-term exposure to radio frequency emissions can lead to physical and cognitive problems, such as memory loss, mood disorders, sleep disorders, and depression. A link to cancer is also being explored. By their nature, such injuries can be invisible and may not be diagnosed for an extended period of time.
Steps to Take Before You Say Yes to a Cell Tower
1. Ask a local attorney to review any proposed cell tower lease before signing one.
2. Prevent volunteers, contractors, and others from working on the roof, in the attic, or the antenna site until the cell company has either turned off or appropriately reduced power to the radio transmitter.
3. Learn about the FCC's regulations on exposure to radio frequency emissions.

-Cutler Insurance Group
For the complete article, cick here to visit the Newsletter section of Cutler Insurances' web site.

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CB Global 
TopGoing to Taiwan
It's good to know that we are not alone. When God created Adam he said, "It is not good that the man should be alone." (Gen 2:18)  We are made for relationships. The Bible speaks of our relationship with God, family, friends, believers and even unbelievers. We are not created to be independent. Even in churches and church associations, we need outside input. CB Southern California is part of CBAmerica, which is also now part of CBGlobal, a fellowship of Conservative Baptist (CB) national associations of churches worldwide with CBAmerica, CB HK, CB Indonesia,
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
CB Japan, CB Macau, CB Philippines, and CB Taiwan as current members. It was organized in Macau in 2005 and officially launched in the Philippines later that year. Since 2006, CBGlobal has been holding biennial conferences in different member countries. This year it will be held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on Oct. 6 - 9 at Wuchang Conservative Baptist Church. I am joining Dr. Jim Leary, Mission Mid-Atlantic Executive Director, as one of the two representatives from CBAmerica. We will have the opportunity to share, learn and pray with other believers as we hear what our churches are doing in their various countries. The theme is "Advancing Kingdom Work Together In Today's Realities." Along with attending and speaking, I will be leaving on September 30 to visit our one and only CB church on the island of Guam prior to the conference. I have the opportunity to meet with their board and go through the CB Board Training Seminar, "Staying Above the Line," as well as  preach and spend some time with their Pastor, Greg Atkinson and his family. It is good to get out of our shells once in a while and see what God is doing in other places, even in your community. Look around. I will be back in time for the English-language Men's Retreat at Pine Summit, October 15-17 and I hope to see many of you there.
Jim Smith

Executive Director
CB Southern California
Pine Summit
CB Men's Retreats at Pine Summit 
Men's Retreat
October 8-10

Rev. Horacio de la Vega - Pastor Conferencista Internacional

Printable Brochure
Registration Form

$115 Cabanas
$165 Deluxe & Lodges
Deposito $50 (No rembosables)
Antes del 15 de Septiembre
Importante: Para reservar su lugar, complete la forma de inscripción adjunta y de se la al coordinador del retiro de varones de su iglesia, junto con el pago del depósito.

Para participar en la noche de talentos; debe inscribirse con Pastor Jesus Rubio, Tel. (562) 355-0989. Registrar su iglesia para los eventos deportivos (Futbol y Volleyball).

Nota importante: Toda iglesia deberá de pagar todo para el dia 4 de Octubre del 2010.

English Retreat - October 15-17
Sign up now, sign up now. Sign up, sign up, sign up. It's time to sign up for our Fall Men's Retreat at Pine Summit. Brent Garrison, former president of the Southwestern College in Phoenix, will be our guest speaker. He is a great communicator and this will be a great opportunity to energize your faith and receive a spiritual charge during football season. We even have cable for those die-hard college football fans. Cost is only $99 for the whole weekend. Call now to reserve your spot. Call Pine Summit at 909.866.5801 and ask for Vickie A. or go to our web site at www.cbasc.com to see the full weekend schedule and choose the online payment option.
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New Pastor in Montebello
Pastor Paul Taylor Voted In 
On Sunday, September 12, Montebello Christian Fellowship voted to call Paul Taylor to be their new Senior Pastor. Paul will follow Robert Grimaud, who resigned in January of 2009. Pastor Paul graduated from Hope International and from Talbot School of Theology in 2001. He has served at Hartland Christian Camp; Knott Avenue Christian Church, as youth Pastor; and most recently, as Family and College Pastor at First Baptist Church of Downey. He and his wife Kelly have been married for 10 years and have 3 young daughters. Hannah is 5, Rachel is 3, and baby Chloe is 1 year old. Paul started working at the church September 27 and will be officially installed on October 10. Welcome to CBSC, Paul!

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56 Baptisms in Glendora
glenOlympian Bryan Clay
at Grace Church
On Sunday, September 12th, Grace Church of Glendora combined all of their services and had 1,400 people attend the San Dimas High School football stadium (which they had rented) for a special worship service. 2008 Beijing Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist Bryan Clay was invited to be their guest speaker. As an added treat, he was provided the opportunity to demonstrate some of his exceptional God-given skills. The highlight, however, was the 56 baptisms that took place in an outdoor portable swimming pool. Grace Church has held several special outreach events this school year including an upcoming car show on October 7th.

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New Style in Mentor Group Attracts Many
9 Churches Represented with 17 in Attendance 
On Thursday, September 9, Pastor Hal Seed, Lead Pastor at New Song Community Church in Oceanside, started a ten-month Pastor Mentoring Group through the 2010/11 school year. He started with "Stewardship" in September and will cover a variety of topics, assign books to read, interact via email, and charge a small fee dependent on the size of the church. Each registered church may bring their leadership team for one low price. Pastor Pat Cottrell brought his whole staff from Calvary Baptist in Huntington Beach. Pastor Ron Thomas brought an Elder from Mapleview Baptist Church in Lakeside. Pastor Gary Golike of FBC in Fallbrook and Pastor Larry Maib of FBC in Canoga Park made the drives. Pastor Larry said, "It's worth it."  Other Pastor Mentor Groups are held in Whittier and Rialto. Call the CBSC office at 909.944.5900 for more details.

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Church Planting in Bali
cbscCalvary Baptist sees 27 New Churches
In 1997, Calvary Baptist Church in Huntington Beach got involved in helping plant one CB church on the Indonesian island of Bali. Since then, there has been a 25% increase in the planting of new CB churches in Indonesia. Calvary has helped the start of 27 new churches in Bali and there have been an additional 21 new churches started on the east side of Java, the most densely populated island in Indonesia. Pastor Pat Cottrell just returned from his most recent trip to Indonesia helping additional church planters and strengthening existing churches in their growth.

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Sorrow in Manila
Pastor Luis Pantoja Dies in Fall
Last month, Pastor Luis Pantoja, age 63, fell from the stairs at a pastors' conference in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. He fell unconscious and could not be revived. Pastor Luis has gone home to be with the Lord. Pray for his wife Li, his son Wesley and family, and for the church, too, at this most painful moment. Pastor Luis was the Senior Pastor of Greenhills Christian Fellowship in Manila, perhaps the largest CB church in the world. It is a dynamic, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, English-speaking, Conservative Baptist mega-church with 22 different campus locations. The Manila campus has multiple services in their 3,000 seat auditorium. Dr. Pantoja was also the former president of CB Philippines and instrumental in the formation of CBGlobal. He was a great man and will be greatly missed. Pray that in this loss, God will be glorified.

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Moving Back to Kansas
Pastor Dave Stanley Moving On
After 12 faithful years as Senior Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Riverside, Dave Stanley and family are moving back to his "ordaining" church in Ark City, Kansas. Dave's last Sunday will be October 3rd. Dave also served as a member on the CBSC Board for many years (also serving as President and VP) and as a member of the Ordination Committee. We will miss Dave, Jodie and their family, and pray for God's blessing in their new ministry. Thank you for your many years of service in Southern California.

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Denver Seminary Leader promoted to Glory
Dr. Vernon Grounds Dies
at Age 96
Dr. Vernon Grounds, who served Denver Seminary for over 60 years as academic dean, second president, president emeritus, and chancellor, died on Sunday, September 12, 2010, at the age of 96.Considered one of the foremost leaders and thinkers in the founding of the evangelical Christian movement, Dr. Grounds remained central in its development over the past 60 years. He was known for his lifelong commitment to social action, concern and care for the needs of the poor and under-represented, and a mentor to local, regional, national and international leaders. Dr. Grounds will be deeply missed by the seminary family and countless friends around the world who were influenced by his kind words, wise counsel, and godly leadership and example.Dr. Grounds leaves behind his wife of 71 years, Ann, his son-in-law and daughter, Bob and Barbara Owen, grandson-in-law and granddaughter, Michael and Emily Gagnebin, and two great-grandsons Noah and Levi.

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New Constitution Passed 
West LA goes to Elder Leadership 
On September 19th, First Baptist Church West LA voted to change their church structure to a single church Board of Elders. The church was founded in 1901 and has seen its share of changes. Under their 1983 constitution, they had a four board structure of government that, at times, slowed the decision making process. Seeing the need for change, they began planning to strengthen their constitution. They are grateful to the many CB churches that shared their constitutional changes with them and for the time and effort many gave to discuss over the phone and through email how these changes affected their churches. Congratulations to Associate Pastor Jim Leonard, Youth Pastor Kevin Elwell, and others on their work to see this change completed. Now they start the process of finding their next Senior Pastor. To all who helped, thank you for your time and prayers.

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Women's Retreats at Pine Summit
"Everything was Awesome"
This was what one response card said. And it was truly echoed by many. The main sessions, workshops, music, or just getting away with God for one weekend--all were great. Nine women were saved at our Spanish-language retreat! Over 225 attended the English-language September retreat with about 350 expected for the first weekend of October. Many women made major decisions in their spiritual lives this weekend, rededicating themselves to the glory of God in many areas. Thanks to Oralia Cuellar for her leadership at the Spanish-language retreat and to Vicki Smith and her team for the excellent job they did in leading the two English-language retreats.

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Pine Summit
Still Looking to Sell
While we continue booking the camp and functioning as usual, we are still looking for a Christian organization to purchase the camp. Our board's dream would be to have Pine Summit remain as a strong Christian camp only under new ownership. Please continue to pray for God's will to be done.
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Ok, you made it to the bottom. Here's something fun put together from a Preach the Word conference at Harvest Christian Fellowship in '08. 

Have a great day,
Jim Smith
CB Southern California

PS: Please note our new office address below which is now also our mailing address. We have closed our Post Office Box, although anything mailed to us there will be forwarded to us. Our phone number is the same, 909.944.5900. Thank you!

New Physical and Mailing Address:
CB Southern California
2520 N Euclid Avenue
Upland CA 91784