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FCC Engaged Quarterly Newsletter
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JANUARY - MARCH 2020
The goal of FCC Engaged is community transformation—both ours (FCC)
and theirs (our community and our world). We also want to provide the people of FCC
with meaningful opportunities to live out their faith in our community and our world.
But our end game goal is to glorify God by making His name known throughout the world.

Enos Ranch Development across from FCC

I’m sure you’ve all seen the construction going on across Battles at the Enos Ranch residential development. Just a few weeks ago, framing of the proposed 318 apartment units started. As a church we desire to welcome the people that will call these apartments home into our neighborhood. There have already been a few people doing prayer walks around this area seeking direction from the Lord as to how we can effectively reach these people. If you are interested in becoming engaged in this outreach opportunity, please contact Lynn Spier at jlspier@gmail.com. You will hear more about this effort as the construction nears completion later this year.
 
A Thank You Note from Christ’s Hope International
This past October, FCC hosted a golf tournament at Rancho Maria.  We decided that we wanted to have the proceeds from this tournament go towards the ministry of Christ’s Hope Int’l.  We donated over $1500 towards Christ’s Hope, helping kids whose parents are affected by HIV/AIDS in Kenya, Africa. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event. We look forward to how these funds are impacting lives of children and their families, for the glory of God.
Short-term Missions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 
Kathie Kelly
     From September to December of this past year, I have been working at Rocklin Learning Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Rocklin Learning Center has 65 students from 23 countries in grades K-12th. I have been teaching 3rd grade, and in my class I have 6 students from 5 different countries. I teach all subjects in English with the American common core standards, including cursive writing. I will be heading back to Kuala Lumpur on January 9 to finish teaching the 3rd grade at Rocklin LC.
     When not teaching, Julianne and I have been reaching out to a Muslim Syrian refugee family. They have been waiting on the U.N. to give them refugee status for over 7 years (unfortunately this is common). We have been praying with them that Jesus would help them. The father and son have started to come to Harvest Bible Chapel with us. While attending Harvest Bible Chapel I have seen 3 families get their refugee VISA status, all of them waiting 6-9 years to get this status. They were all able to find sponsors in Canada and are starting new lives in Canada. Praise the Lord.
     Thank you, First Christian Church, for all your prayers, support and for sending us to Malaysia.


Julianne Abbott
      This past fall, I was teaching mostly refugees in my classes at the Rocklin Varsity High School in KL. My 12 students came from Yemen, Syria, and Pakistan. Two of my student lost sibling in bomb raids. All of them had some form of PTSD, so my nursing background helped a lot. I was able to identify that condition and able to help them out.
     One student I had in my class was having a really difficult time, as his parents were divorcing.
Through an assignment I had given him, I was able to identify that he was not stable, and some other behaviors he had. I requested a mental health evaluation which the school requested and followed up on. He was pulled from school and after a month of treatment was able to return just prior to my departure. I had all my homeroom class complete a vision board, since he was unable to finish it. They created this beautiful vision board for him of his hopes and dreams to become an oceanographer when he returned. This is one example of how God gave us ideas to reach these distressed, broken children.
     When I return to KK (Eastern Malaysia) this Spring, I will be teaching Science and ESL to 3 grade levels and 5 students. At Rocklin Learning center in KK I will also go to the village and teach ESL with Pastor Jung and his wife hopefully at least 2 days a week. We will work with another missionary couple from the IMB to reach Muslims, and they will train us in the best method. We will also help with other missionaries with the village school there, where we will have much more opportunity to share the gospel.
     We are both looking forward to our return to Malaysia this new year.
Pattaya, Thailand Mission Trip by Cathy Smith, Team Leader
 
February 6-20, 2020, a team of women from First Christian Church will be traveling to Thailand on a short-term mission trip. While there the team will work with the Tamar Center and Bridges to the Nations doing outreach to the women in prostitution and the children living in the work camps.

After the first week in Thailand half of the team will travel to Nepal and work with our missionaries at the Hugs Center. The team will be teaching the children good hygiene habits and talking with the women about pregnancies. 
 
The other half of the team will travel to the village of Pac Chong, Thailand to work with missionaries from Bridges to The Nations doing school outreach and English camps.
 
To be engaged in this trip you can:
  • Pray for safe travel and that the team will connect with the people of Thailand with the message of Gods great love for them.
  • Pray for the children of Nepal.
  • Pray the team would share God’s love with everyone they come in contact with.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf Tournament   
                               
Just this past year, Brandon Lambert has joined the staff of FCA, and FCC is excited that we are sending our own. He needs to get 100% funded as soon as possible. If you are interested in supporting Brandon through prayer and through your finances, contact him at blambert@fca.org
      Here is another way to support FCA and Brandon. FCA is having their annual golf tournament on March 7 at Cypress Ridge Golf Course in AG. If you are a golfer, put together a team, and go out and have some fun and support a great ministry at the same time. You can find more information at FCA GOLF CLASSIC, and register here.
Christina Soltan, Care Net Santa Maria Director

Hello FCC and thank you for coming alongside Care Net in our baby bottle fundraiser! We find that children love to help babies so for those of you who have kids, hopefully you'll get involved! We typically see about 350 clients a year and provide over 2,000 units of service so we are definitely busy! All of our services are free of charge. We offer pregnancy tests, ultrasound, parenting classes for both moms and dads, baby clothing and supplies, classroom presentations and post-abortion support. We strive to meet the spiritual needs of our clients as well, by offering prayer and seeking opportunities to present the Gospel message. Clients tell us all the time that "there's something different about this place," and we know it's the Presence of Jesus and the joy in all of our hearts to serve no matter what situation a client finds themselves in. So how can you help? Grab a bottle starting January 19, take it home for 3-4 weeks. and fill it with loose change, dollar bills. or a check, and return it no later than February 16. Thank you, in advance, for helping the ministry of Care Net. We are in our 30th year of serving Santa Maria and look forward to continuing to give clients help, hope, and healing in 2020.      
Gleanings for the Hungry
 
Annually, FCC sends a group of volunteers to Gleanings for The Hungry facilities and campus, located near Dinuba, California, southeast of Fresno. We had eight people supporting the effort in 2019, with two main volunteer activities:
1) producing a Dry Soup Mix, and 2) putting together quilts. For the week, the Dry Soup Mix factory produced a little over one million servings of Dry Soup Mix, and the Quilting facility produced over thirty quilts. This service is an act of worship as we honor God by helping feed people around the world that have little to no food, and that do not have enough blankets to stay warm. This ministry provides the opportunity for in-the-field missionaries around the world to proclaim God’s Word to those who desperately need His help and salvation. 
The next trip to Gleanings for The Hungry is scheduled for April 5 through April 9, 2020. Contact Mike Bartlow to sign up for this year’s trip to serve or to receive more information. No special skills are required, just a heart of service. Visit the Gleanings For The Hungry website containing more detailed information on their missions ministry.

 
Hands of Mercy’s mission is to facilitate entry level mission opportunities, and to encourage people in their walk of faith. This program provides an opportunity for FCC members and friends to participate in a ministry that serves needy Christian families outside of the United States. Specifically, these are families from the poorer communities near and around Ensenada, Mexico. The goal is to build a loft house and furnish it with a family Bible, basic food supplies, cast iron pots, homemade curtains and bedding. The house is given to a deserving family that has purchased a vacant lot near Ensenada. FCC has been participating in this program for several years.
     FCC volunteers donate items as well as contribute to the expense and construction of the loft house. The basic framework will be constructed in our church parking lot during the prebuild on Saturday, April 11. The work will be done by volunteer’s builders ranging from all ages. Participation in the prebuild is free and open to all church members and their friends.
     The group going to Mexico will leave early on Friday, April 24 and return on Sunday, April 27. The trip to Mexico will cost no more than $250 per person, with partial scholarships available. The cost will cover travel expenses, food and lodging. Our primary goal is to serve God and his Kingdom. However, the time shared with fellow Christians and serving others is a blessing that touches all of those who participate.
     Information and signup forms will be available after each service on February 2 on the plaza. An information meeting will be held on February 9 at 10:15am in Room A220. For questions or if you wish to donate, contact, Jon & Diane Cox at 805-937-0446 or Ralph & Kathy Schell at 805-458-0450. 
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