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August 2012 Newsletter

 





CostaMeda Baptist Assoc. Newsletter 
August 2012
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CMO 2012

Through gifts to California Mission Offering, projects can be funded throughout the state to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. All gifts collected through the CMO directly support mission projects and ministries in the Golden State.

Gifts to the California Mission Offering for 2011 totaled $395,908. The record for gifts to CMO was set in 2005 when $515,392 was given.

For more information on CMO or resources for getting your church involved, please click on the picture above.

 

 
Save the Date 
Fall Meeting

Sunday November 4th

6PM

Trinity Baptist Church, Livermore

More details to come.

 

 
Oscar Sanchez 
Oscar

FRESNO - "I'm putting 10,000 Bibles in the storage container right now. Can you call me back around three o'clock?" Some might characterize Oscar Sanchez as God's juggler, but he sees himself as a servant, a "go-between individual" coordinating a massive mission effort. Oscar is California Southern Baptist Convention migrant ministries field specialist.

"I am a missionary," Oscar said. "This is what I am, it describes what I do; and California's migrant field workers are my mission field. Each summer we minister to thousands living in migrant centers throughout California, primarily in the Central Valley." From May through August, Oscar continually takes telephone calls, answers questions and checks on supplies. He enlists doctors and dentists for the Convention's mobile medical and dental units, encourages migrant cluster coordinators, helps mobilize hundreds of volunteers, and does everything possible to facilitate "Feeding Those Who Feed Us" projects. "The coordinators call me asking about the food that we are going to give away, the jeans and tennis shoes that we're going to give away, and the backpacks of school supplies that we will give to the children. We have plenty of Bibles and tracts to give out. "However, this year the country's economical situation is challenging us, but I believe that God will give us the victory. We will feed from 200,000 to 300,000 people each summer. They will hear the Good News and the Holy Spirit will change lives. Churches will be strengthened this summer; we may even see some churches started!"

In spite of the project's countless administrative details, Oscar finds time to meet and share Christ with those living in the migrant locations. He is willing to do whatever it takes to touch people's lives. "My greatest joy is seeing lives transformed by the power of the Gospel. There's no comparison to that at the end of the day. "In 1978, a year after Lydia and I were married, we spent a summer working with migrants on the eastern shore of Virginia. I did not realize then that 30 years later I was going to be working as the migrant ministries director here in California. I guess the Lord was preparing us." God uniquely prepared Oscar for service among the migrants. When he was five years old, his father died and his mother moved her family from Mexico to Union City where they lived with Oscar's grandparents. Mrs. Sanchez was a U.S. citizen born in Nebraska to farm laborers. "I watched my grandfather at work all of his life in the fields, and I worked in the fields for a short time," Oscar recalled. "That experience gave me a great appreciation and sensitivity towards those who work in the fields." Upon graduation from California Baptist University and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Oscar pastored churches in California. He and Lydia served with the International Mission Board in Argentina from 1990 to 1995; he has been with CSBC since 1997. Oscar works closely with Tom Stringfellow, director of missions for Sierra Butte Association and director of Feeding Those Who Feed Us, the non-profit corporation established to raise money for the migrant project. The funds raised augment those provided by the CSBC Cooperative Program and California Mission Offering and North American Mission Board Hunger Relief. The project costs between $200,000 and $300,000 annually. Oscar claims Galatians 6:9 for himself and the Feeding Those Who Feed Us volunteers: "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."

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Location: Jenness Park 
JP

Spanish-speaking women ages 13 and older come together to share their burdens while spending a weekend searching the Scriptures. The retreat is designed to meet the needs of Hispanic-speaking women in California. The festivities includes chapel services with guest speakers and musicians, conferences geared to develop personal and spiritual growth and an annual fundraising activity. Teenagers have separate breakout sessions that deal with issues pertinent to their daily lives.

Dates are:

September 14-16, 2012

September 21-23, 2012

Fore more details or to register please click on the picture above.

 

 
Pastor/Staff Lunch 
lunch

We will be taking a break for June, July, & August.

See you in September!

Next Lunch:

Tuesday September 18th

Time:

11:30 AM

Location:

Mimi's in Concord

Address:

1631 Willow Pass Road

Please RSVP by Friday September 14th.

 

 
Subject: Hot Topics 
HOT

1st Thursday of every month.

Time: 10:00 AM

Location:

First Baptist Pacheco

333 Center Ave, Pacheco

Taught By Pastor Jim Meek of Trinity Baptist Church.

 

 
September 10-14, 2012 
Cazadero

Location:

Camp Cazadro

Cost $200.00 Per Person

Hear the Word from:

Rev. Ken Word, Pastor

Dr. Jim Meek, Bible Study Leader

Jim & Connie Kratz, Music Directors

Questions, or to register please contact:

Lynn Slaydon

resuceblessing@sbcglobal.net

530-676-7231

 

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