June 2014 Newsletter


CostaMeda Baptist Assoc. Newsletter 
June 2014
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Compliance for Church Webinar (2014) 

July 17, 2014

10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

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Howard Burkhart 

BENICIA - "I was born in the church and grew up in the church," Howard Burkhart says. "The pastor kept talking about people being lost and not having Jesus. When I was about seven, I realized I didn't have Jesus, so, on my own I prayed to receive Christ as my Savior. I was baptized shortly thereafter."

Howard is a church planting catalyst with the California Southern Baptist Convention (CSBC) Church Starting Group. His ministry includes planting churches among often-overlooked language groups, working with the deaf and hearing impaired, and coordinating "Basic Training for Church Planters." "I was going to college and the church I attended started a deaf ministry, so I started to learn sign language," Howard recalled. "I went to seminary and found out about the huge need for missionaries for the deaf." While in seminary, Howard married his church's sign language teacher, Tina.

The combination of two experiences led Howard as a young college student to recognize that God was calling him to be a missionary: learning sign language and going to Israel as an International Mission Board (IMB) summer missionary. The IMB assigned Howard to a missionary compound where they ran weeklong day camps for kids. He spent his time there as a camp counselor and lifeguard. The camps attracted Arabic-speaking children and children whose parents worked at various international embassies in the area. "As a summer missionary in Israel, I was exposed to many different cultures in an area where I was no longer in the dominant culture. I was very fortunate to be able to see that," Howard recalled. "The first day of camp, we registered children who lived in Nazareth and in Cana. I thought that was way cool! "I fully enjoyed the cross-cultural aspect of things, too, which I had not done a lot of before," he continued. "I found out that I was comfortable doing that."

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Mountain STRAM is a tent camp for youth in grades 7-12. Along with missionary moments and evening worship, campers enjoy climbing/repelling, adventure recreation, canoeing, map and compass activities, as well as other events.

Children's Marine STRAM camp is a tent camp for children in grades 3-6. The marine camp allow the campers a day at the beach, a day at Sea World and other events. Each day campers hear from a camp pastor and camp missionary.

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June 17-19, 2014 

San Jose, CA

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Has A Facebook Page 

We now have a Facebook page! If you go to Facebook and search CSBC Church Starting Group you will see our logo. This page is for everyone to post news, stories, and pictures to share with the world.

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Camp Cazadero 

September 8-12, 2014

$200.00 Per Person Includes: Housing, Food, & Activities

Hear the Word from: Rev. Gary Zeek, Pastor Dr. Phil Kell, Bible Study Leader Beulah and Tom Crooks, Morning Watch Worship Team: Wayne Stacks, and Cam Olsen Seminars: Rev. Tom Crooks Kevin Housh, Camp Cazadero History Joe Nichols, Missionary Crafts: Jackie Thomas and Ken Word

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2 Locations 

Tuesday June 17th

11:30 AM

Mimi's Cafe (Dublin)

4775 Hacienda Dr, Dublin

Thursday May 19th

11:30 AM

Black Bear Diner

3201 Main St, Oakley


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1st Thursday of every month.


10:00 AM


First Baptist Pacheco

333 Center Ave, Pacheco

Taught By Pastor Jim Meek of Trinity Baptist Church.

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