Praise the Lord for this opportunity to serve in the Body! There is an on-going effort at Alpha House to clear the land of undergrowth and low limbs in order to reduce the fire risk of the forested area. Jonathan Grogan, Sam Kong, and Dan Kong have been involved with this project from the beginning and will be organize and direct the saints concerning the work.
A typical schedule might be:
9:30am — Arrive
10am-12:00 — Work
12pm – 1pm — Lunch
Afternoon — continue to work and/or take a hike or other recreation
Each group can decide their schedule and their lunch arrangements. It can be every saint or family brings their own lunch or they can have a potluck.
The main thing is not the activity, but the blending: through the cross and by the Spirit to minister Christ to one another.
Our old man has been crucified with Him! Christ in us we’ll testify! This past Lord’s Day, April 11th, we witnessed six baptisms! Originally two of our freshmen students, Kaira and Richard have been touched in this matter of baptism since last semester. It was only recently that the Lord gained more opening in them. Then we heard that another student of ours, Alex, has been shined on in the word that he should not wait, but be baptized (Acts 22:16). As we prepared for that day, we received a message from Alex asking if his dad, Jon, could also get baptized. As these ones shared their testimonies, it brought one of our students to tears, causing her to stand from her chair and walk towards them to share with everyone why she would also want to get baptized. Lastly, Richard’s high school friend, Timmy, boldly stated that he too would want to participate in the burying of the old man to begin a fresh start with the Lord. Below we have a short video of the baptism meeting.
Please pray that these ones would be eager to enjoy the gatherings in the homes and continue in their Christian life in a normal God-ordained way.
Kaira Bernaldez (Freshman)
Julia Lund (Junior)
Richard Thorpe (Freshman)
Timmy Allen (Freshman)
Alex Belleza (Sophomore)
Jon Belleza (Alex’s dad)
End of the semester Celebration Meeting:
Please pray that we would have the Lord’s leading as to how we should plan for the end of the semester celebration meeting. May all our students share their portion of Christ!
“What then, brothers? Whenever you come together, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.” 1 Corinthians 14:25
In keeping with Governor Newsom’s March 19, 2020 executive order that all individuals in California stay in their homes in order to protect the public health and disrupt the spread of COVID-19, we are arranging numerous on-line meetings so that you may safely meet with one another in order to remember the Lord, enjoy Him as grace, and fellowship over His living Word this coming Lord’s day morning.
Eight brothers have agreed to host on-line meetings for you to join with either your computer or your phone. Please call or text any one of these brothersto learn the meeting start time as well as the meeting code to access with your computer, or the phone number to access with your phone. The names of the brothers, the areas of their groups, and their cell phone numbers are as follows:
Nat Kong (Carmichael) – 916.769.2225
David Chen (Central) – 510.284.7306
Martin Ochoa (Spanish-speaking) – 831.214.5130
Chris Chang (Natomas) – 916.469.5596
Fountain Lee (North 1&2; South) – 916.708.0918
Hugh Pforsich (Fair Oaks) – 916.216.0082
Joseph Wang (Mtg Hall area) – 916.842.7012
Filip Popovici (Folsom) – 916.698.4444
The Lord is eagerly desirous to gather us together in small groups to warm our hearts, supply us with life, and build us together for His testimony (Matt. 23:37). If you need any help, call one of the brothers for further explanation and fellowship.
The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you,
Nat Kong, Sam Kong, Joseph Wang, and Hugh Pforsich for the church in Sacramento
This week, in response to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) published guidelines concerning group gatherings. In accord with these guidelines, the church in Sacramento will make the following temporary modifications to our meeting schedule for the balance of the month of March starting immediately:
(1) There will be no corporate Lord’s Day meetings, including children’s meetings, on 3/15, 3/22, and 3/29 in the meeting hall. The Lord’s Day meetings will be held in small groups; each small group can decide whether to hold its meeting by videoconference, phone or in person. (2) Prayer meetings on 3/17, 3/24, and 3/31 will be held as usual in the groups. Again, each group can decide how it will conduct its meeting. (3) All the small group meetings can decide for themselves how they want to continue to meet.
The CDPH guidelines can be found at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH document library/Gathering_Guidance_03.11.20.pdf.
We anticipate that more guidance will come out from the prayer and fellowship of the leading brothers in the church. We will do our best to keep the saints informed. Please check for updates on the church’s website – https://churchinsacramento.org.
Standing firmly in the Lord,
The responsible brothers in the church in Sacramento
We would like to encourage all the sisters in Northern California to participate in a sisters’ conference with Brother Minoru at the following date, time, and location: Date: Saturday, August 17 Time: 10 AM to 2 PM Location: Meeting Hall of the Church in Berkeley, 2430 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Lunch will be provided at the end of the conference at around 1 PM. Note that there are no facilities available for onsite childcare. Childcare must be arranged personally or in your home locality.
The sisters who plan to attend should register for the conference using the Google Form below. We ask the sisters to submit their registration by Lord’s Day, August 11.
May the Lord release a timely word through our brother to all the sisters in Northern California for His present and up-to-date move.
Call Central Reservations at 1-800-233-1234 and state the hotel as the “Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport” in Burlingame and refer to the “2019 Northern California Churches Blending Conference” room block. Confirm the $114 per night room rate. Be sure to request your confirmation number.
The hotel reservations deadline is Lord’s Day, August 8. We strongly encourage that the saints make their reservations as soon as possible.
Material: Five messages were selected (#2-5, #12) from the rich speaking of the Crystallization-Study of Numbers, which will be prepared by 5 geographical regions in NorCal. San Jose is assigned to GROUP 5 (San Jose, Cupertino, Fresno, Pleasanton) to share on Lord’s day morning. Please get into message #12 ahead of time so you can prepare a 1 min. sharing to speak.
Here is the UC Berkeley schedule while they are in Sacramento. Please pray for the Berkeley students and for our students who are coming back from their spring break to present themselves for the blending. May the Lord bless this weekend!
Saturday, 3/23 4PM Old Sac Scavenger Hunt
6:30PM Dinner in hospitality
Lord’s Day, 3/24 Breakfast in hospitality
10AM Lord’s Table
2PM Kayaking and park activities at the Sac State Aquatic Center (Lake Natoma)
6:30PM Potluck Dinner and blending meeting at the hall*
9AM Breakfast at the hall**
10:30AM Berkeley Departs
*Orange chicken and chow mein will be catered, but we will need many other main dishes, sides, veggies/salads, desserts, and drinks. A few students are allergic to peanuts, seafood, and eggplant.
**We need volunteers to prepare breakfast.
Please text David Chen at (510)284-7306 or Justin Lim at (360)624-5402 for any questions and to volunteer for breakfast prep.
Praise the Lord for the 2019 Bible Camp. The theme this year is “Faithful for God’s Kingdom” from the books of Kings and Chronicles. It will be held at the Church in Sacramento Meeting Hall (2041 Wyda Way, Sacramento, CA 95825) from Monday, June 17 through Saturday, June 22, 2019. The camper’s registration is for children who will enter 1st grade through 6th grade in the fall, 2019.
The early bird registration is on or before April 14, 2019 with discount.
The registration cut-off date is midnight April 28, 2019 .
The Sacramento State students in the Christian Students club would like to invite all the saints to a Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, February 23rd at 9am. The goal of this event is to raise funds for the college conference, national summer college training, and other events.
The college conference (March 1-3) is $125 and the national college training in Champaign Urbana will cost upwards of $900. Historically, these conferences and trainings are pivotal times in which many students touch their spirits for the first time, see a vision of God’s economy, and consecrate themselves to the Lord. Praise the Lord, that we can send the students by our prayer and especially by our practical giving.
Here’s a video of our previous breakfast fundraiser last year. 2018 Fundraiser
Hope to see you there!
Christian Students at Sacramento State