I hope you all had a great summer. We took 33 students to camp, and saw God work in incredible ways in the lives of our students. We celebrated 2 professions of faith and 3 decisions for baptism. Several of our youth are actively serving in other ministries at Shoreline on Sunday mornings such as Preschool, Children’s, and Worship Ministries. A large number of students also helped out at VBS which saw 200+ kids throughout the week. We are very excited about the spiritual growth of students in our youth group and cannot wait to see what God will continue to do in their lives this next year.
One exciting opportunity coming up for parents at Shoreline is the Parenting Conference September 28-29. We want to encourage all parents to attend this conference as it will equip you to have intentional, gospel-centered conversations with your students about difficult topics they are exposed to on a daily basis. It is a video series led by Dr. Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
We are excited to kick off the start of the school year with some exciting events. If you have any questions about our upcoming events or anything related to youth, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
This past year we made many changes in our church budget structure. We combined all of our ministry budgets into one church budget so that we can see what the actual cost of each category is, for example, we can now see what our total electricity usage is for the entire campus. This is now true for all categories so that going forward we can have a true picture of what we spend as a church. Since all of our operations are ministries of the church. We focused a lot of resources on beautification of both the inside and outside of our campus. Our general budget covered painting all of the upstairs and downstairs classrooms in the education building. Building a Legacy covered the outside of the entire campus, including some much needed repairs with the painting.
The overall financial picture for last year is good. We are expecting to be very close to our projected budget. We expect to end in the black by $5,000-$10,000. Our revenue is expected to be short by about $40,000 but we also reduced our expenses to match. We spent about $10,000 more on the building than we planned because the painting has gone faster than projected, and that amount was planned for this next year, so we will recover it after September.
Building a Legacy. We have brought in just over $125,000 and currently have spent $76,000. A new sign for the front of the building is in process and we hope to have it approved and in construction soon.
For 2018/19 we have increased salary cost projections to finally allow for some much needed raise for our awesome church and preschool staff. This new budget is still very conservative and we are optimistic that the revenue will surpass our plans, but we want to maintain a practice of preparing conservatively and spending carefully.
Have you ever wanted to be a missionary? Now you can by helping pack shoeboxes filled with things like toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and hard candy. Help hurting children in over 150 countries around the world through Operation Christmas child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse.
Since its 1993 inception, Operation Christmas Child, a project of the international relief organization, Samaritan's Purse, has sent gift-filled shoeboxes and a message of hope to more than 150 million children in over 100 war-torn and impoverished countries. For many of these children, it is the first gift they have ever received.
The 2018 Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week is November 12 to 19. Shoreline Baptist Church is a designated drop-off location in this area.
Anyone can participate! From children to seniors, people pack gifts to bless children around the world.
Simply fill an empty shoebox with school supplies, hygiene items, and fun toys for a boy or girl.
For detailed packing instructions, volunteer opportunities and more information about Operation Christmas Child, call John Mercer 714/881-6788 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.
Telling others about Jesus is one of the greatest privileges and responsibilities of the Christian life. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 tells us that God “has given us the ministry of reconciliation… and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” If God has given us the ministry of reconciling people to Himself, we want to make sure we do the best we can. Pastor Matt is going to offer a four week evangelism training class on Sundays this Fall, and everyone is invited to attend. Childcare is provided.
Dates: Sunday, September 16- Sunday, October 7
Time: Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
Location: Shoreline Conference Room (Upstairs in B-210)
Our Discovering Shoreline Class is a lunch and class is for those who are new to Shoreline or those who have been coming for a while and have not yet had an opportunity to attend this class. Our pastors want an opportunity to get to know you and share with you how Shoreline can help you grow in your walk with the Lord and how you can help others grow in the Lord. We are really glad you are here and look forward to getting to know you better, and learning how we can be a spiritual blessing in your life by serving you.
Date: Sunday September 9th
Time: 12:15 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Location: Upstairs in Room B219-220
Childcare: Room B-102
I am extremely excited about our Christ Centered Parenting Conference this Fall because the essence of Christian parenting is discipleship. This conference is very much focused on how to disciple our kids while doing life together with them (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). You will gain a lot of biblical guidance and practical wisdom to help you teach and relate to your kids. Whether you have children now or you plan to have children at some point in the future, this conference will prepare and benefit you in the task of Christian parenting. I also believe everyone, even those without children, could greatly benefit from the biblical worldview issues addressed in this conference.
Our task as Christian parents is to prepare our children to face the culture with confidence in the Lord and a clear understanding of His Word so that their thinking and character are shaped by the Lord and not the culture. However, sometimes we may feel unprepared to address the many complex cultural issues our children are being faced with on a daily basis. The Christ Centered Parenting Conference is designed to help you as a parent address issues your children are facing from a biblical worldview. Topics include: gender, suicide, depression, anxiety, pornography, same-sex marriage, singleness, dating, marriage, and divorce. As parents, we are always growing in our walk with the Lord and in our role as a parent, and this conference is designed to help us grow even more.
Date: Friday and Saturday September 28-29
Time: Friday 6:15-8:45 p.m. and Saturday 8:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: Fellowship Room (Upstairs B-204)
Cost: $10 per person (includes dinner, breakfast, and childcare)
On Thursday nights Thrive will be starting a study on the book of Revelation. On Sunday mornings Journey, the young marrieds class, will be going over a minor prophet and Voyage will be doing a character study on David.
Come join us for what God has to say in each of these classes!
We also have some fun events planned for the fall! For upcoming events you can look at the church calendar or Events page online.
In October, we’ll be dressing up for a costume Mystery Party and dinner together on the 20th. Details will be posted in the bulletin when the time comes.
As summer turns to Autumn, as the leaves start to fall, as the weather turns a bit cooler, our thoughts naturally turn to… more basketball!
In September, we will launch our fall basketball program for approximately 200 children in ages K through high school; we will also lead a Fall volleyball clinic for more than 60 children. During both programs, we will share the gospel at every practice.
All through the fall, we will be preparing for our second year of involving Shoreline church members as Division parents to help connect our sports ministry parents and players to our church.
Our summer season involved many weeks of camps and programs that shared the gospel every day. During the course of the summer, we will have shared the gospel thousands of times to hundreds of campers. What a tremendous blessing and responsibility.
We were also blessed to travel to San Diego for a twelfth time to run sports camps for churches there. Each day, our sports camp workers led devotions that explained the gospel message to children from those communities. Eighteen of our strongest coaches worked this week and led the devotions. We also spent many hours in devotions with the workers, and we always see significant decisions made coming out of those intense sessions.
Thank you, as always, for your prayers.
We have a lot planned for this summer, and one ministry I am particularly excited about is offering a Wednesday Evening Service. Summer can be a busy and distracting time and we want to provide an opportunity for a midweek spiritual refill and refreshing.
On Wednesday nights beginning May 16th I will be teaching a verse-by-verse study of the book of James called "Living it: Practical Guidelines for the Christian Life." We will have a time of worship, Bible teaching, prayer, and fellowship after the service (drinks and snacks will be provided). Childcare will be provided at no cost. We are also inviting kids from first grade through fifth grade to join the service. I remember attending the Wednesday Evening Service during summer as a kid and God used it in my life as I grew stronger relationships with everyone in the church and I grew in my knowledge and understanding of God's word.
Once a month we will have a separate special event for the children, but the rest of the time they may join us in the service. I am really looking forward to our Wednesday Evening Service this summer as we grow in our walk with the Lord and in community with one another. It is going to be a very exciting time, and I hope to see you there.
Date: Wednesday Evenings beginning May 16th | 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Location: Fellowship Room (B-204 upstairs) | Childcare in B-102 (downstairs)
We are very excited to enter into another summer of Shoreline Sports. For more than 20 years, we have been blessed to share the love of Jesus Christ with the community through our sports camps and unique programs. Here are the three goals for Summer 2018:
First, we want to chart the character development of our workers. God has blessed us with more than 35 workers again this summer. These young people typically grow up in our program and return to lead the next generation of campers. During the last two weeks, these young workers have experienced more than 7 hours of Bible Study with us and started down the path of becoming the godly leaders that our program needs. We have another 4 hours of training in sports and scripture, so we appreciate your support and prayers.
Second, we want to share the gospel with our campers and help disciple both the campers who know Christ and our workers. Every camp day, we spend at least fifteen minutes in devotions. This summer, we are sharing the stories of the entire Bible in 6 weeks. The focus is on who God is through the Bible and who He is for the young people receiving the instruction.
Finally, we focus on evangelism every day in the summer. The devotions all share the gospel each week and educate the campers on the love of Christ and His desire to have a relationship with them. Our workers' training thoroughly investigates the Great Commission and walks each worker through role playing in sharing the Great News of scripture.
We thank you for your prayers, especially July 10 through 13 when we travel to San Diego to lead sports camps for other churches.