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LET’S CELEBRATE!!

There is an energy that accompanies each New Year that creates the thrill of new beginnings. The gyms are full, new faces are spotted in the pews at church, Copy of imagesand commitments which are likely to be broken are made. Here is my challenge to each of you this New Year, “whatever you do, strive to do it to the fullest, be sold out for Jesus and fully committed! Be bold and strong in the Lord! Don’t look back, walk in faith and to your victory!

This is my soul’s desire as I lead the 9:30 service at FBCEG, I intend to put the pedal to the metal. I often say, “so much to do, and so little time to do it!” I plan to live this next year as if it’s my last.  With that being said, I vow to submit myself to be the vessel that God uses to unlock the doors to heaven with worship and praise!  Will you join me?

Will you allow God’s spirit to manifest itself in your life?  Will you share His message of truth, hope, love, and forgiveness?  Believe me when I say, it will be challenging to keep this “resolution” to give our absolute best, but I know in God we can do all things!  So let’s grow the kingdom, let’s grow the church, and let’s be vessels used to change lives! Together, let’s “celebrate” what God will do this coming New Year! I truly believe this is a commitment/resolution we can keep.

Pastor Jeff Carnie

http://www.jeffcarnieandspectrum.com

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Jeff Carnie and Spectrum on the road!

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What an awesome experience Spectrum had fellowshipping with “Family Community Church” on Sunday, July 7th. From the moment our members began to arrive at the church, we were greeted with affection; some arrived as early as 6:45.  We were greeted at the door and taken to the sanctuary and introduced to the individual that would help us prepare for the morning services. Although everyone we met was extremely pleasant, one individual stood out, Randy Ward! His personality was so infectious that no one felt like a stranger in his presence. You sensed immediately that he had a “servant’s” heart and his sole purpose was to ensure that our entire group felt welcome. He exceeded himself, we felt as if we were with family and friends. His antics were hilarious; his love for serving others was evident, but even more apparent was his love for the Lord.

As Spectrum begin to prepare for leading the services by first having prayer, it’s accurate to say that there was a feeling among our group that we were going to have a spirit filled day, and that we had! When God is evident in the lives of His people in little things, (from greetings at the door to the sermon) God shows up! From the first word spoken, the first note sung, till the last spoken word, God dwelt amongst His people. I, Jeff Carnie speak on behalf of all the members of Spectrum when I say it was a privilege and honor to have worshiped with such gracious, humble, and blessed church family. I intentionally used the adjective “humble” in describing Family Community Church of Fresno, because it precisely describes the culture of this congregation. Everyone we encountered was warm and kind! It’s not surprising however, because when I was introduced to the Senior Pastor, my first impression was what a humble man. As Randy was giving me instructions on the flow of the services, the pastor waited patiently until he was formally introduced. It was clear he valued the/his team, and he viewed himself as an equal participant with a different calling. Ministry at its “best.”

God Has Our Backs!

On July 10th, Spectrum completed their first video shoot taken by Ryan Black Films. Several months before the scheduled filming, Ryan and I met and collaborated on the concept for the song, “Come Down.” A month before our scheduled filming, Ryan contacted me to say he had found the perfect shoot location. As the date neared I was excited for several reasons; this was my first video, and an agreement had already been secured with “West Coast Praize,” a subsidiary of WB (Warner Brothers), to air the “Come Down” video. From a marketing perspective, “if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million.”

The day of the video shoot things were going smoothly until a security ranger informed us that the location we had selected was unauthorized. Ryan explained he had gotten authorization; the ranger expressed his apologies but said we were given inaccurate information. He then suggested another place for the filming, about five minutes away. All I can say is, “God is in the details”! The relocation was a much better site both safety wise, and visually. The original spot had an extremely steep decline which had to be navigated for the filming. We cringed at transporting our equipment down that slope.

Praise God for having our backs!

Spirit Festival

God bumps!     

On Sunday, August 31st Spectrum participated in an event, “Spirit Festival” held to serve the city of Stockton. The entire event was free to the public, food, music, health information, clothes, and more. I can’t help but believe this is exactly what Jesus meant when He commanded that we take the gospel everywhere. To look around and see homeless individuals, unbelievers, and believers alike praising our Lord and Savior together. A slice of heaven, when all God’s people can come together as one with no respect of persons.

The name of the event, “Spirit Festival” was fitting for the occasion. The spirit of God was evident as each group on the program led the festival goers in worship. By the time Spectrum took to the stage, the Holy Spirit was having its way in the crowd. With raised hands, dancing, laughing, and even crying, God’s people were showering Him with their uninhibited praise. What a joyous sight! As you are all aware from personal experience, it doesn’t take much to get our group going. With that being said, you can only imagine the worship we had that day. It was off the hook. We all left the stage with God bumps!


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POURING OUT LIKE SWEAT by Jeff Carnie

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Several years ago, Gatorade had an ad with Michael Jordan where he was covered in orange drops of sweat. The image says clearly that Michael Jordan is so full of Gatorade that it is literally pouring out of him like sweat.

That’s an appropriate image of the Holy Spirit in us. If the Holy Spirit is living inside of you, there’s going to be evidence. Whatever is inside of you is eventually going to come out of you. If you squeeze a grape, you’re going to get grape juice. If you squeeze an apple, you’re going to get apple juice. If you squeeze a prune, you’re going to get prune juice. Whatever is on the inside is eventually going to come out. And if the Spirit is in us, it will come out in our lives.

Be BLESSED!!

Pastor Jeff Carnie

8:00 and 9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

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TRUST HIS HEART by Jeff Carnie

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Babbie Mason wrote these words, “God is too wise to be mistaken. God is too good to be unkind. When you don’t understand and can’t see His plan, when you can’t trace His hand, TRUST HIS HEART.”

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

 PROVERBS 3: 5-6 

Be BLESSED!!

Pastor Jeff Carnie

8:00 and 9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

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They Died in the Service by Jeff Carnie

country_church_giTHEY DIED IN THE SERVICE

One Sunday morning the pastor noticed little Alex was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. The plaque was covered with names, and small American flags were mounted on either side of it.

The seven-year-old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the boy, and said quietly, “Good morning Alex.”

“Good morning pastor,” replied the young man, still focused on the
plaque. “Pastor McGhee, what is this?”

“Well, son, it’s a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service.”

Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Little Alex’s voice was barely audible when he asked, “Which service, the 9:00 or the 11:00?”

Be Blessed and be a blessing!

Pastor Jeff Carnie

9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

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Celebration News by Jeff Carnie

New Spectrum Single “Come Down”CD-Cover_Come-Down_1400x1400 

Our worship team, Spectrum Is pleased to announce the release of their newest music project single, “Come Down.” I am pleased with the outcome and I pray that those of you who appreciate music will welcome this song to your “like list.” This song was written by a friend of mine and given to our team to perform, it’s an original. I encourage you to recommend this song to your family and friends if you like. Thanks in advance for your support of our efforts. Available now on itunes!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/come-down-single/id586355330

Senior Banquet

On November 8, 2012 “The Carnies” were given the privilege of singing for the annual Senior Banquet. When I was approached about providing music for the event, I jumped at the opportunity without hesitation; I felt honored to be asked to be part of the evening. I knew it would be a opportunity for Carole, Debra, and me to sing songs from our “Carnie” repertoire.

When we entered the auditorium, the entire group sensed the evening would be special because the room was so beautifully decorated; we were not disappointed. The evening was really sweet. When planning which songs “The Carnies,” Carole, Debra, and I would be performing, my objective was to select music which would have a broad appeal. From the response received after the program, those who attended the event were pleased with the musical choice. Carole, Deb, and I had so much fun, it allowed us the opportunity to sing songs we seldom do anymore; the time spent that evening was nostalgic! The Carnies have shared a long sweet association with First Baptist Church and its members, approximately twenty years; we were able to walk down memory lane musically. We sang one of our most requested songs, “HUSH.” My only concern for the evening was that “Baby Daniel Whalen may have been contemplating becoming a worship pastor.  Well good for me,  he won’t be ready for a few years.

Changes with the New Year! 

There are many changes that will be taking place in the “Celebration Service” area at the beginning of the year. As we prepare to say goodbye to one of our team members, we will be embracing additional members. Although it’s not always easy or pleasant to see people we have come to care about move on, I’ve come to understand it’s necessary. I realize God is in control, and with that been said I must be accepting and willing to adjust to all changes.

Join with me and our team in saying goodbye to George Rivera as he leaves to serve in the worship department at his home church. George has played on team Spectrum as a bassist for about two years. You’ll be missed man, blessings!

As I move our team forward to 2013, I am presently considering two individuals as bassists for the Spectrum team,  Larvin Prendhal and Russel Johnson. Please pray that God gives me clarity in who is best for the team both in skill, chemistry, and commitment. Welcome with me our new drummer, Brandon Harris; take the time to welcome him to our team and church. If you had the opportunity to hear him play with our team in November, you will agree with me that he is awesome.

I am really excited about the growth of our community choir, we have three additional members since our last newsletter. Please welcome Mikaela DeRose, soprano, and Crystal Finn and Myashra Hudson, both altos. 

Thanksgiving 2012 

Because of the generosity of so many of you, Loving Hands Ministry was able to be a blessing to so many families. Between the “Concert for Cans” effort and the can and dry good donations from many of you the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, we were able to share your generosity with others. Again, we collaborated with Anna Kirchgater School to provide for families which were identified by them as in need of assistance. We served 33 families.

The HELPS fund and Loving Hands Ministry will together identify families in our community and church who are in need of assistance during the Christmas holiday. The privilege of serving individuals needing help is beyond fulfilling. It helps to keep things in perspective, it is a reminder of our purpose, “to be the hands and feet of Jesus.”

Atascadero

In September, “Spectrum” led the services for the First Assembly of God in Atascadero, CA. Because we have had the privilege of leading services for the First Assembly in Atascadero for the past three years, it was a reunion of sorts.  We were all thrilled to re-acquaint ourselves with individuals we had previously met, but it was just exciting meeting and praying with new acquaintances.

Carole shared a touching testimony which connected with many in the service. Her heartfelt message was, it’s not always easy to do what’s right, but as Christians we are required to make choices which clearly represent the God we stand for. The time we spent with our brothers and sisters in Atascadero was pleasant. We always look forward to our time with this church family, and can’t wait until next year.

Spectrum Community Choir

I couldn’t resist giving a shout out to our very own “Spectrum Community Choir,” who participated in all three services on December 2nd. They performed a song, “You Are Mercy” which was an original song written by a personal friend of mine. “You Are Mercy” is scheduled to be recorded on our next project. I could not have been prouder of our choir’s recent performance of the song “You Are Mercy,” and if the response from the FBCEG congregation after hearing “You Are Mercy” is any indication; they were just as pleased as I was of the performance. With that I say thank you to all my choir members.

Be blessed

Pastor Jeff Carnie

9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

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WHOSE HANDS ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR? The blog by Jeff Carnie

              WHOSE HANDS ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?

“A Thanksgiving Day editorial in the newspaper told of a school teacher who asked her first graders to draw a picture of something they were thankful for. She thought of how little these children from poor neighborhoods actually had to be thankful for. But she knew that most of them would draw pictures of turkeys on tables with food. The teacher was taken aback with the picture Douglas handed in… a simple childishly drawn hand.

“But whose hand? This class was captivated by the abstract image. ‘I think it must be the hand of God that brings us food,’ said one child. ‘A farmer,’ said another, ‘because he grows the turkeys.’ Finally when the others were back at work the teacher bent over Douglas’s desk and asked whose hand it was. ‘It’s your hand, Teacher,’ he mumbled.

“She recalled that frequently at recess she had taken Douglas, a scrubby forlorn child, by the hand. She often did that with the children. But it meant so much to Douglas. ‘Perhaps this is everyone’s Thanksgiving, not for the material things given to us, but for the chance, in whatever small way, to give to others,’ she thought”

(Author Unknown, Stories from the Heart (Multnomah Books: Sisters, Oregon, 1996), 52). From a sermon by Eric Lenhart, Helping Hands, 8/12/2010

Be blessed

Pastor Jeff Carnie

9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

www.fbceg.org

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