You might have noticed the construction going on in the area between the Activity Center and the Education Building, as well as the parking spaces occupied by materials and equipment. This was not a planned project, but an urgent response to a critical PG&E transformer failure.
On Thursday night, March 22, the transformer started to smoke. The fire department was called and both buildings were evacuated over concern that the transformer might explode. Smoke was also discovered to be coming from the main panel in the Activity Center. PG&E’s transformer had malfunctioned and sent high voltage into our main electrical panel in the Activity Center. The fire department kept people out of the area until PG&E turned off the power. An estimated 4,200 PG&E customers were also without power for several hours. With the power off and the smoke cleared, the fire department allowed us back inside to start assessing the damage. Richard Carr from Carr Electric, who is one of our church members, and a technician from the company who installed the solar generation system, SEL, were on site to help with that assessment.
God was watching over our church as no one was injured, and no fire occurred. During the night, PG&E removed the old transformer and installed a new one. They made a valiant effort to pull new conductors and restore power to our main panel, but they quickly determined that the stray current had damaged the underground conduits that brought the cables into the building. This left the Activity Center and the Education Building without PG&E power, and without any expectation of it being restored any time soon. Fortunately, the sanctuary and the church office are on a different transformer and were not affected by this incident.
The reason most of our church family had no idea of the severity of the problem was that SEL made arrangements to connect power from a generator through one of the solar disconnects, and had temporary power restored by 8:00 am the next morning. To accomplish this, with our solar panels off-line, a large diesel powered generator was rented and connected to a component of the solar generating system.
During the next weeks, we worked with Carr Electric to create the most cost-effective design to get PG&E approvals, acquire building permits from the city, and get our power restored. As more details were uncovered, the design continued to be adjusted. We also filed a claim with our property insurance company to pay for the costly damages.
In addition to the relocation of PG&E’s new transformer, the final revision included a new exterior main panel and a new distribution panel inside the Activity Center. By the third week, we had received the necessary permits, ordered replacement equipment, and we were able to start digging. Without going into the complications of the specifics, on Saturday night, April 21, 30 days after the transformer failure, we were able to turn off the generator and run on PG&E power. It was my privilege to turn off the big, expensive generator, and on Monday morning it was hitched up and sent it on its way back to the rental company.
The rest of the panel work was completed during the week of April 23rd, so the only things remaining for us to get back to normal are the reconnection of the solar panels and a few cosmetic details. We hope to have this completed soon, so please continue to excuse our dust. Please continue to pray for the quick payment of our insurance claim. In every construction project, the end result is worth the temporary inconvenience. The new electric infrastructure is up to current city codes and should last for many years to come.
In His service,
Tim Ankcorn, Executive Director of Operations
This month we will engage in our first 2018 “GO - Lift Every Church” project. I am sure that you know by now that these projects are designed to bless and lift up other churches in Stockton so that together we can effectively reach this city for Jesus as well as enhance our unity with other fellowships.
These projects not only include doing physical labor on another church’s campus; however, it also includes a joint prayer ministry the Saturday prior to the project as well as a “block party” at which the host church is able to share their vision with the community.
So here is the schedule for this month’s project at Greater Christ Temple, 8800 Thornton Rd., 95209.
Saturday morning, April 14th – “GO Pray.” Listen for announcements regarding specific time but this will be a united prayer time on the property of Greater Christ Temple asking God to bless the project and our work together as congregations. This will last about an hour and transportation is provided from the Quail Campus if desired.
Saturday, April 21, 8:30 – 12:30. “GO Lift” project work day. Go ahead and meet us at Greater Christ Temple 8800 Thornton Rd., 95209. Wear your “GO” shirt and come prepared to do some painting, gardening, cleaning and other light chores. At 12:30 or so, we will start the block party and you can enjoy some relaxed time and good fellowship as the event winds down.
We will be signing up for this event real soon, so save the date and plan on joining us to “GO Lift Every Church!”
It was some time ago that the staff here in the office came to me with information regarding a growing trend among churches. It was that in order to make giving as convenient as possible for the giver, many churches were enabling people to make donations via text. I must admit that at first this seemed a little farfetched to me, but we were able to initiate this process in 2015. Since then, I have been amazed when I have received the reports that come my way. Particularly in 2017, we saw a surge in giving through this process.
We more than doubled our gifts via text as we compare 2017 and 2016, and it seems to be continuing to grow. So this article comes to you to say, “Thank you,” as well as to explain how this method can be accessed by those of you who may not be aware of this opportunity.
Here is the text giving process…
This is just one more way that we are able to demonstrate our generosity toward, and involvement in, all that the Lord is doing here at Quail.
I am pleased and thrilled to announce that the Elders have voted to enlarge the staff role of Brandon Smith here at Quail to full time. For many years now, Brandon has had a part time role in which he was the primary teacher/leader in the young adult congregation called “Refresh.” Over the span of his leadership, that ministry has grown both in numbers and in quality of relationships.
Today we announce that Brandon’s enlarged role will call him to continue to oversee the “Refresh” ministry, but expand his responsibilities to include leadership in the “GO” projects and lend his expertise to coordinating Quail’s publicity efforts. In addition to these primary tasks, Brandon will expand his teaching/preaching role and assist Pastor Randy with membership care responsibilities.
While he grows into these new ministry roles, Brandon will also continue his ministerial studies, preparing for whatever the Lord will have for him in the future.
Brandon and his wife Melaney, have been members of Quail since 2015. They have one son Luke, and their daughter, Bethany, was just born February 26. This is a big month for them!
Please be in prayer for Brandon and Melaney as Brandon comes onto the Ministry Staff here at Quail.
When you consider the Great Commission that Jesus left us, the action that is called for is “make disciples.”
“…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matt. 28:19)
That is the job description of the church and, in fact, of every believer in Jesus Christ. In order to accomplish that, we need to keep a few things in mind. Here is my take on the most important points:
What is a disciple? A disciple of Jesus Christ is a Christ follower who is growing in his/her understanding of the Word of God (head), in his/her life transformation toward righteousness (heart) and his/her active service for the Lord (hands).
Since discipleship growth takes place in these three areas (head, heart and hands), the church ministry must assist in all of these ways. We have a Commission here at Quail called the “Discipleship Commission,” but we can quickly see that the true discipleship process will take more than the programming that is birthed by just this one group. Here is a quick review of a few of the program areas that touch each of these discipleship arenas…
I recognize that given enough space and time, I could fit almost all of our Commissions and activities into one of these three categories. However, this list represents what I would call the primary considerations. The Commissions have the responsibility in each area to sponsor excellent programming, deploy gifted people into leadership positions, and train and mobilize new and future leaders for all. If any of this interests you, feel free to contact the church office and we will connect you to the contact person for the specific area of ministry you are interested in.
However, on an individual level, we all need to realize that being and making disciples is not a program, it is a lifestyle. That lifestyle calls for the practice of the basic habits of the Christian faith such as prayer, Bible reading and service. It calls for a consistent life model that realizes that long-term spiritual growth will come as we practice an “everyday” faith. One author says this, “You can’t micro-wave a disciple, it is a crock pot recipe.” That is the truth. I hope in 2018 that you experience slow, steady growth in each of these three arenas, and that our teams lead with excellence in all.
His and Yours,