The ACTS Group
Spring is a time of hope. Seasonal gardeners everywhere are planting seeds in the soil, believing that shoots will sprout and, in weeks or in months, they will be picking vegetables and enjoying a summer feast. Of course, it takes a little more work than that. Taking time to water and fertilize and pick any weeds and guard against pests is all part of the gardeners effort. It takes work to and time to reap a harvest!
Beyond these seasonal crops, I chose to plant fruit trees in my yard eight years ago. It took three or four years, but now we are able to eat and share cherries and apricots and peaches and apples. It took three or four years for significant fruit to come! It also took work - pruning and fertilizing and adequate water. It takes time and work to see abundant fruit.
As we approach the fourth anniversary of the Palau Sacramento Festival (June) and the start of the ACTS Group (September), we are taking a 90day time of strategic review to consider again the roots and the branches and the fruit. We may prune, we may fertilize, we may water as we anticipate more fruit of gospel movement. We also recognize we are one tree in an orchard of individual churches, collective efforts and service organizations that are bearing gospel fruit in our region. Pray with me for the ACTS Group and all of the people and organizations devoted to fulfilling the great commission in the Greater Sacramento region. Each doing her or his work will bring in an abundant harvest!
Jeff Kreiser - ACTS Group Director
Serve Our Schools Effort
There are so many incredible service projects happening this month as Season of Service and the Serve Our Schools Focus Week wraps up on April 23rd. Groups of churches in the Elk Grove, South Sacramento, Midtown/Downtown, and Davis areas are coming together in collaboration with other community organizations to serve their communities and schools in tangible ways. If you are interested in learning more about an upcoming service opportunity, please visit Serve United's online regional service calendar HERE!
Churches serving together the needs of schools and communities can make a lasting impact and I'm excited to see what God does through His Body this month through service!
Megan McCleary - Serve United Director
Community Prayer Groups
If you would like more resources on how you can get involved in the April 23rd prayer walk or with church-school partnerships please contact me below.
Convergence Conversation "Live"
Convergence "Live" was a hit! It was a great morning of inspiration and information around vital ideas that are fueling the Sacramento/Capital Region gospel movement. We covered a wide variety of topics from reaching out to Jewish people to how to how we as Christians can best engage with our government. We will now be taking these videos and interviewing the speakers on their topic they shared on our podcast Convergence Conversation that posts every Monday morning at 6am.
Interested? Convergence Conversation features recognized and unrecognized leaders in all spheres of society and culture who are boldly making a difference and transforming the lives of those around them in creative and uncommon ways. Click here to subscribe!
Janie Lynne Lovejoy - Administrative Coordinator
Financial Update & Partners Like You
In our financial year, April always means the reality of tax time. The traditional day of April 15 gets pushed around some years, like this one, but the reality of taxes hits us on a cycle. Jesus said, "render to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's." Jesus knew that there would always be governments and always be taxes. He also was making the point that everything that we have is from God and we are to offer all of it – whether it is our taxes or anything else – with the knowledge that we are managers and not owners. Even as you pay your taxes this month, it is our prayer that you rejoice in all God has given you to manage. We encourage your first fruits giving to your local church and generous giving to causes and organizations you believe in like the ACTS Group.
Merisa Moy - Finance and Development Officer
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G. Henry Wells, Pastor Emeritus, Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church firstname.lastname@example.org
“Almost four years ago, the Luis Palau Sacramento Festival accomplished many things, but none more important than bringing pastors and churches together in unity and purpose to reach the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus emphasized that as believers our main responsibility is to fulfill the Great Commission by making disciples of men and women by teaching them how to be saved. The first and main thing with God in Sacramento is soul winning. This is what Jesus came for, what Jesus died for. That is why the Bible was written, why churches are organized, why preachers preach. The recovery of the vision to transform our city is our only hope for a consistent witness to a dying world. God is using the ACTS group to help us raise this vision and put it to work in our communities.”
The ACTS Group is…
Unified, gospel-based leaders working for transformation in the diverse communities of the Sacramento region. These leaders provide ongoing leadership and encouragement for gospel movement in communities as well as in the spheres of cultural influence of the city.