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The father heart of god

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" (1 John 3:1)

This week marks a season where churches all over the nation and world celebrate their adoption as sons and daughters of God and engage in service towards the orphan in big and small ways. Beginning in a small village church in Zambia, Orphan Sunday is a day we turn our hearts towards vulnerable children in our communities.

In this e-newsletter you can read about an organization that ministers to our community's vulnerable young people by providing them with life skills, employment and a family. You can also see simple ways you can engage with Orphan Sunday through prayer, service and by attending an adoption and foster care resource fair to learn more about the process of being a parent to a child in need. And don't miss the recap of an amazing serve day in the city of Folsom!

Serving with you,

Megan McCleary

Serve Sacramento Director

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Upcoming Event: Orphan Sunday

On Orphan Sunday, churches across America and beyond celebrate the love of the God who "places the lonely in families" (Psalm68:6) and calls us to do the same. Orphan Sunday seeks to make the Gospel visible as Christians explore and respond to God’s heart for the orphan in adoption, foster care, and global orphan ministry.

Serve Sacramento would like to encourage you to do three things this Sunday:

1. PRAY for the plight of orphans both in our region and worldwide with the people you gather with on Sunday. Pray about how God may want you to respond

2. CELEBRATE your adoption as sons and daughters of our Father God and explore God's heart of adoption in your personal and corporate time with God.

3. ENGAGE with ministries and non profits that are working with vulnerable children and youth in our region. Check out the Causes page of our website, or attend the Adoption & Foster Care Resource Fair in Folsom this Sunday. More info here!

The Orphan Sunday campaign is led by the Christian Alliance for Orphan, a national

coalition of organizations and churches committed to the Gospel and the orphan.

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Stories of Service: Folsom Community Service Day

God sent a full rainbow over Lakeside Church early Saturday morning as thousands gathered for Folsom’s first city-wide Community Service Day. Beginning with a free breakfast at Lakeside Church, the volunteers of all ages were then sent to work on 24 projects that benefited different segments of the community. A community garden was built, canned food was collected for the Twin Lakes Food Bank, several local schools and parks received landscaping services and care packages were organized to send to troops overseas.

Serve Sacramento honors the City of Folsom, in partnership with many non-profit organizations, businesses, community groups, and churches, in their engagement with the city to foster a culture of service!

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Stories of Service: Compassion Planet

Compassion Planet is an organization that has been serving the Roseville and Rocklin communities for the past two and a half years. It grew from a felt need to develop a holistic ministry that meets people’s needs in a tangible way.

Compassion Planet first began as a food closet called Share the Harvest in 2008. Then, 4-5 years ago, God began to grow the hearts of the leadership for the emancipated foster youth and at-risk teens in the community. Now the focus of Compassion Planet is the 18-25 year olds of South Placer County who have aged out of the foster care system. [read more]

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Leading in these times: A city that looks like heaven

We had a great time last weekend listening to Francis Chan, Parnell Lovelace, Joy Johnson, Samuel Rodriguez and Scott Hagen speak about racial unity in Sacramento's churches at Leading in These Times Conference 2014. Megan McCleary, Jeff Kreiser and Keith Young also shared during a break-out about what is doing in our region through Service. We are honored to live in a region with humble leaders who listen and act on the things God cares about.
Keep up to date on what we are doing by visiting our website and following our facebook,instagram, and twitter accounts. We are looking forward to sharing this Season with you!