Devoted and Determined During World War II my parents had planned a romantic Valentine's Day wedding. Suddenly my father, then stationed at Camp Edwards in Massachusetts, received orders to prepare to ship out, and all leaves were canceled. Being a young man in love, he went AWOL. He and my mother were married four days earlier than originally planned and he returned to base to an angry sergeant. After hearing the explanation, the sergeant understandingly replied, "Okay, okay!" Then, as an afterthought: "But don't let it happen again!" - Contributed by Sandra L. Caron
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Art of Marriage
a Six-Session Video Event
February 10-11, 2012
Sunrise Church Rialto Campus
| Marriage |
Conference South Bay
Journey of Faith
1-Day Marriage Conference
March 17, 2012 9:00am - 4:30p
John MacArthur and Grace Community Church's conference is coming soon.
March 7-11, 2012
John MacArthurclick for more info
|Moody Bible Institute |
Sunrise Church in Rialto has partnered with the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago to offer college credit classes.
Early bird specials
|Loving Sight Unseen |
Ashley and Emily
This month, I just might have two very special valentines, another granddaughter and a grandson. Two of my daughters are pregnant and they could both deliver in the month of February. One of the babies could even have a "leap year" birthday! We are all excited about the coming births, and praying for safe deliveries. Ella Faith is scheduled first and then comes Cooper James. I really like his middle name, and I will love both of them. Kids are a great gift from God. In Psalm 127:3-4 we read, "Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior's hands." (NLT) On Valentine's Day, we think of ways to express our love--and it's a good thing to do. But really, we should be doing it all the time. God loves us and has given us a multitude of gifts, like children, rain, sunshine, friendship, a Savior, talents, our senses, joy, laughter, emotions, life, family, salvation, eternal life and love. So, since we have received so much love, "let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God." (1 John 1:7, NLT) Jesus gave us the commandment to "...Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." (John 13:34 NIV) So, expressing love on Valentine's Day and year 'round is a good thing and a requirement for all Christians, especially loving grandkids!
Hoping to see you at our Annual Meeting next month.
CB Southern California
|2012 CB Southern Cal Annual Meeting|
3:45 Late Afternoon Seminars
with Jay Pankratz, Emilio Nunez, Stan Ponz, Pat Cottrell, and Vicki Smith
4:45 Free Dinner
sponsored by Brothers-in-Christ Insurance
6:00 Main Session
New Church Plants, New Pastors, Vote on new Board members and updated Articles of Incorporation, 2012 Focus and hear Stan Ponz from our Honolulu church speak on "Shepherding with Aloha!"
|FBC Oceanside Calls New Pastor|
On Sunday, January 15, First Baptist Church of Oceanside called Adam Smith to be their next Pastor. Adam had previously served in the midwest, planting CrossPointe Church in Geneva, IL and Pastoring at Riverside Community Church in St. Charles, IL. Adam grew up in Camarillo, CA, met his wife, Julie, at John Brown University, attended Dallas Seminary and they now have two children, Michael (14) and Joy Anna (10). We welcome Adam and his family and pray that God will bless his ministry at First Baptist in Oceanside.
|Sunrise Wrightwood Calls a Pastor|
After almost two years, Sunrise Wrightwod has called Wayne Robbins to be their Campus Pastor. Wayne received a 96% vote and will start on March 11. Wayne joins the pastoral staff of the multisite Sunrise Church which includes two campuses in Rialto, one in Beaumont and one in Ontario. Wayne comes from Morning Star Community Church in Salem Oregon and previously worked at San Antonio Heights Community Church in Upland. We welcome Wayne and his wife Noel and family to CB Southern Calfornia. Noel will be the main speaker for the Women's Retreats this fall.
|Riverside Installs Pastor Keith Crosby
|Daughters Grace and Anna|
Teri and Keith Crosby with Jim Smith
On January 8, Fellowship Baptist installed Pastor Keith Crosby as their new Pastor. Jim Smith preached and led the church in a vow of commitment during the service. Keith moved from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and started preaching at Fellowship Baptist in December. He had been living in a hotel for weeks while their new home was closing escrow. The family has now moved into their new home and Keith has been officially installed.
|Around CB Southern California
Attendance is up 34% at Mountain View Bible Church in Alpine, CA, in the foothills outside of San Diego.
Valley Bible Church in San Marcos baptized 18 people last year and has entered into escrow, moving to a new location. Temple Baptist baptized 30 people with 50 decisions for Christ last year. Redeemer Church in La Habra is now averaging over 100, which is up 50% from a few years ago. Matt Uyboco led a free seminar on finances in January to help many understand how money works. Thanks for sending in your stats for 2011.
|Seminary to the Americas
Four students graduated this past December with certificates from Seminario de las Americas. This seminary
is an excellent school for those who speak Spanish and want to further their Biblical education. The school also has a few classes in English and online. With five locations around Southern California and three in the Phoenix area, this could be an affordable option for someone in your church. Rod Wilson is the president and would love to share more about this ministry with you or your church. Contact Rod (email@example.com
|Caring For An Aging Loved One?
San Antonio Heights Community Church is hosting a free Elder Care Seminar, February 18 at 9:00am. Learn about various care options including assisted living, home care, family care, and more. If you are currently caring for an aging loved one or you are quickly realizing that your loved one may need extra assistance, then you will want to learn about all the options available. This two-hour seminar is information only, and will also include a Q&A time. Any questions, please call the church office, 909-982-5907 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. San Antonio Heights Community Church is located at 2520 N. Euclid Avenue, Upland, CA 91784.
Al Russell, Director of the CB Chaplaincy shared about our 125 chaplains at the CB National Board Meeting in Portland this past month. Al shared that our CB chaplains have a reputation of being "the cream of the crop." One military chaplain led eight soldiers to the Lord by noticing the smoking area was at the extreme end of a large camp. He got permission to build an enclosed deck with free coffee and cigars. The catch was that everyone who used it, had to stay for the Bible Studies! Al is also involved in the formation of a chaplainallaince
whose purpose is to defend and maintain the religious liberty and freedom of expression and conscience that the Constitution guarantees to our chaplains and those whom they serve.The recent repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," coupled with the lack of clearly established boundaries regarding religious liberty protections, are leading to confusion and forced censorship.
|John Redman In Florida
John (and Anne) Redman, former CB Southern California Executive Director, retired to Ocala, Florida. In December, John was voted in as the Interim Pastor of Living Hope Community Church
in the Ocala area and leads the church as they seek the next man to be their Pastor.
|Fernando Ortega in Concert
One week after our Annual Meeting at their church, Calvary Baptist Church in Huntington Beach will have another special Sunday event. On March 11th @ 6:30 pm, Calvary will be hosting Fernando Ortega in concert. General Admission is $10 per person. VIP - $20 per person - this includes premium seating (front rows of center sections) and a special time for you to meet and talk with Fernando from 5:30 - 6:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased here (General Admission tickets will be sold at the door for $12 each on the night of the performance). Doors open at 6:00 pm.
|Missionary Support Needed
|Chris and Kristin Deckert were members of Pacific Coast Church in San Clemente for 10 years before beginning work with StoryRunners ministry, which focuses on training nationals in a country in translation and church planting among oral cultures. Chris also has a Masters Degree in Computer mapping and now uses that technology to mobilize the global church by pulling together research on missions and mapping out global strategic needs for reaching people groups, Bible translation, and church planting. Contact information:
StoryRunners - www.storyrunners.com
World Missions Atlas Project - www.worldmap.org
Chris and Kristin's personal bio and Giving Page - https://give.ccci.org/give?Action=ViewDetail&Desig=0442506
Contact Chris and Kristin directly
Don't forget to attend our Annual Meeting next month. I hope you will be there. Thanks for reading our newsletter.
CB Southern California