Christian Encounter News
Welcome to the Christian Encounter News Page. Here we keep you updated on all that is going on in the life of the extended Ranch Family. This includes updates on former students and interns, as well as inspiring stories and event recaps. ________________________________________________________________________________
Fall Quarter Begins, 9/11/2014
Fall is in full swing at CEM! Students, interns, and staff returned safely from the 15-day backpacking trip last Friday and Monday morning school students will return to the classroom for the first day of the Fall semester. Many of our students come to CEM having experienced years of "academic failure". However, at Christian Encounter High School we have incredible teacher-to-student ratios, and each student has hours of tailored help and structured study hall time each week. With that, almost all of our students begin to experience academic success, some for the very first time! Please pray that this will be true for our current students.
Summer Wilderness, 8/21/2014
Tomorrow is Day 1 of CEM's annual 15-day summer backpacking trip. Lead by several staff members, each year all of our current students and interns participate. The purpose: to learn and grow as an individual and in one's relationship with the Lord through an outdoor experience. The staff leaders are fully trusting that God wants to do BIG things in the lives of each student and intern this year. Will you pray for each participant to be able to receive all that God intends during this trip?
We'll return on Friday, September 5. Join us Thursday, September 11th @ 7 pm for "Wilderness Paper Night", during which each student and several interns will share regarding their personal experience.
Welcome Students, 8/13/2014
We have several new students to welcome to the CEM family. Michelle and Elana, both from California, and Marianna, from Washington, have all arrived within the month. Each of the girls are adjusting to life as students at the ranch. Please pray that their time at CEM would be full of healing, learning, and growth and that we, as students and interns, will do all we can to aide in those things.
Retirement Party for Jim & Marion Parker, 8/6/2014
Jim and Marion Parker are retiring! We will be having a small reception for them after church (approximately 11:30 a.m.) on Sunday, September 7. We'd love for everyone to join us in honoring Jim & Marion for their MANY years of dedicated service! If you have questions, please call the CEM office @ 530.268.0877
Agony Update, 7/23/2014
Agony 2014 begins in less than 48 hours. Staff, interns and students are busy making last-minute preparations. The U-hauls are being picked up this afternoon. After they are loaded tomorrow morning, the "Thursday Crew" will drive to Sierra Valley, while the rest will arrive Friday morning. As of now, we have 92 riders and about 185 volunteers committed to participate. As always, we are praying that this event will be more than a physical experience, but a deeply spiritual one as well.
Alumni News, 6/25/2014
Anna Donovan (2008) lives in Scott’s Valley where she works at a group home for people with brain damage; she also works in San Jose as a teacher’s aide at an autism center. “It’s so wonderful to go to work every day with people who genuinely care for others. And it’s so awesome to be able to love on people all day,” she writes. Anna says maybe this is the year she’ll ride in the Agony!
Kimberly Baker (1987) recently celebrated four years living in Lesotho, a country of 2,000,000 people, landlocked by South Africa. She is part of the Mission Aviation Fellowship team there and is still thrilled with the ministry to the people in that remote area of the country.
Chris MacDonald (1988) is studying sociology at the University of Northern Colorado in Longmont.
Enrollment Openings, 6/18/2014
CEM currently has openings for both males and females in our residential discipleship and counseling program. Female applicants must be 16-25 years of age; male applicants must be 16-21. Visit our Residential Pages for more information.
2014 Scholarship Available, 6/11/2014
Christian Encounter Ministries is excited to announce scholarship awards available for the 2014-2015 school year. The scholarships are available to current CEM students and former CEM students who completed their time at the ranch in 2010 or after, and are currently in good standing with CEM. Visit our Scholarship Page for more information.
Family Camp Registration, 5/28/2014
The cabins and trails are prepped and ready for Family Camp 2014!June 27-30, $60/cabin or $50/family for tent sites.All meals, recreation, and inspiration provided.Register now
Alumni News, 5/14/2014
Robert Halbach (intern, 2013) married Emma Blackwelder at College Heights Christian Church in Joplin, Missouri, Saturday, April 5. Rob is employed by Discovery Ministries in Eminence, MO.
Kelly Monck (student, 2005) recently completed the Aruna 5K Run in Chico to raise funds to help free girls and women in South Asia who are caught in sex trafficking. Way to go Kelly!
Sean Thompson (student, 2010) is goal driven. After graduation from Christian Encounter High School he lived at the Men’s House for a year, then moved to establish himself in work and church and to pursue a girl he met from a southern California Bible College.
Matthew Kliewer (student, 2002) is currently enrolled in Reedley College with aspirations to pursue the counseling profession.
Tyler Richardson (student, 1997) owns Richardson Bros. Construction in Manhattan, Montana.
Spring Celebration & Graduation, 5/7/2014
24 days until CEM's Spring Celebration and Graduation Ceremony. Over the last year, we've had 23 students, 22 interns, 8 residents at our transition houses, & 100+ volunteers. That is a lot of people to CELEBRATE! We also have 5 CEHS graduates this year! ... We'd love for you to join us Saturday, May 31st @ 2pm in Angel's Meadow for our Spring Celebration & Graduation Ceremony! Have questions? Call us @ 530-268-0877.
New CEM Staff, 4/30/2014
We couldn't be more excited to announce our 2 newest staff members! We began a search for a new Ranch Foreman over 5 months ago. On April 15th, RJ Liller took on the adventurous position. Already living in Grass Valley, RJ is an electrician with construction experience. Also added to the ranch are his wife, Kara; daughter, Kathryn (8); and son, Jace (5).
With Jim and Marion Parker entering into full retirement in August of this year, the ranch will be in need of someone to fill the gap that they currently fill. Over the next 4 months, former intern, Charlie Cazin, will transition with JP and Marion and, upon their full exit in August, will be our Donor Services & Church Relations Coordinator! Let's not forget that with Charlie also comes his wife Melissa; son, Jack (3); daughter, Chloe (1); and a 3rd child due to arrive in October!
We know that God has provided both RJ and Charlie to the ranch in His timing to complete His work and we are thrilled to see His hand at work in each of the lives' of the students, interns, staff, and staff family members!
Welcome Dru, 4/23/2014
Welcome to the intern team Dru! After several months of having just 1 male intern, we are very excited to have Dru join the team. From the Seattle, WA area, Dru is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University. Arriving yesterday just a few minutes before P.E., it was great to see Dru plug right in for an ultimate frisbee game on the play field. Please pray that his heart for the young men here will help bring exponential growth, healing, and maturity in the lives of our male students.
Easter Sunrise Service, 4/14/2014
You're invited to join the ranch family this Sunday at 6:30 am for our annual Easter sunrise service to celebrate Christ's resurrection! The service will be held in Angels' Meadow, so be sure to dress warm. Also, join us for a potluck breakfast immediately following the service. Questions? Call the ranch @ 530-268-0877.
Rescue Run 2014, 4/12/2014
CEM's very first 5k run/walk fundraiser was an incredible success! We had 75 people complete the course ranging in age from 1 1/2 to 73 years old! Many of our students and interns placed in the top of their age categories. It really was a wonderful time for everyone. Join us next year and 'run to rescue youth from ruin'!
3rd Quarter Honor Roll, 3/27/2014
Quarterly grades are in and we have 3 students to congratulate for making 3rd Quarter Honor Roll: Tori, Katie, and Shane. Congratulations to the 3 of you!
Guys' Igloo = Success, 3/24/2014
Our guys are back from their Winter Wilderness Trip. The weather and snow conditions were excellent. Building two igloos and going on a 6-mile round trip hike, the weekend was full of adventure!
Megan's Arrival, 3/20/2014
Another student joins the ranch family! Megan, 16, is from California, near the South Bay. We are glad she is here and are praying that incredible growth and healing will occur during her stay here.
Spiritual Emphasis Week, 3/19/2014
So far, Spiritual Emphasis Week has been SO good! Yesterday started with Camille teaching on forgiveness and Charlie Welch of High Sierra Outdoor Institute teaching on the invisible God making Himself clearly seen through His Word and Creation. This morning, Student Shane and Intern Shannon shared personal testimonies followed by Dan Prout teaching on Prayer and Mike Petrillo teaching on marriage. WOW! So much truth has been spoken and we still have 2 more days to go!
John is Here! 3/13/2014
We have another new student! John, 16, is from Northern California. He joins us already having connection with a few ranch family members through a local summer camp. We pray that the Lord will use this time in John's life to bring freedom and healing, hope and restoration.
Spiritual Emphasis Week, 3/12/2014
Between 3rd and 4th quarter each year, We take a week off from the school schedule to hold Spiritual Emphasis Week. This year is no different! Tuesday through Friday of next week will be packed full of student and intern testimonies and Bible studies, guest speakers, worship, a 6-hour prayer vigil and optional fasting. All this is happening with one goal in mind: that the love of our Heavenly Father, the resurrection power of Jesus, and the presence of the Holy Spirit will be known and experienced to a greater degree by each of our interns and students than ever before.
Welcome Madison! 3/10/2014
Madison, 19, has joined our ranch family from Southern California. New people and places can be intimidating, so we are praying that she would feel loved and accepted here and that the Lord will do great things in her life during her time here.
Alumni News, 3/5/2014
Jeremy and Joanna (Colvin) Pincosy (interns, 2003) have moved to Cape Girardeau, MO, where Jeremy is the Director of Experiential Education and a high school teacher at Prodigy Leadership Academy, a Christian school for K- 12th grades.
Dustin Berlin (student, 2002) recently returned from a two-month outreach to Taiwan with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). He lives in Newport Beach, CA.
Maria Zandbergen (2006 CEHS grad) has served three and a half years in the U. S. Army, including nine months in Afghanistan. She is home in Hawaii, where she plans to take online college classes.
Travis and Stacy Yates (intern, 1997) and three of their children were in Uganda, Africa, for a short term missions trip in December. Their oldest daughter, Victoria, is in Russia for three months with YWAM.
Girls' Igloo Trip, 2/18/2014
Our annual Girl's Igloo Trip was a success! Our 6 female students and 5 female interns worked hard, building 3 igloos during their 3 nights in the snow. The theme was "one another" and our call to be focused less on ourselves and more on loving, serving, and caring for one another. Several potentially life-changing insights were shared during the weekend, please pray that these God-lessons will take root in each of their lives producing good fruit that reflects Christ's character.
Welcome Girls! 1/22/2014
We've had 2 female interns and 2 female students arrive in recent weeks and we are so glad that each of them are here! Interns Jessie and Megan join us from Indiana and Nevada County, California, while students Kylee and Katie are from Sacramento County, California, and Maryland. We trust that God has brought all four of these young women here for His very specific purposes; please pray that their time here will fulfill His plans.
Executive Director Announces Resignation, 12/3/2013
In today’s CEM staff meeting, Mike Petrillo discussed his future transition from his post as Executive Director of Christian Encounter Ministries. In a letter to the Board, Mike requested January 31, 2015 as the target date for resignation due to health related issues. The Board of Directors of CEM will conduct the process of transition over the next fourteen months. This period of time is intended to allow the Board to develop a transition team consisting of the Executive staff of CEM, an advisory council, and members of the Board. At the next Board of Directors meeting details of the search process will be announced.Mike shared the following: “Serving at CEM for 35 years is a greater honor than I could have imagined. God’s grace has been sufficient and abundant each and every day. In next month’s newsletter I will express more fully my gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of the Lord’s work at CEM. During the next fourteen months, I will be working closely with the Board and the staff in the transition process. My deepest prayer is that Jesus our shepherd will guide and direct the ministry in each step of the way. Please join us in that prayer. I know the Lord has the ministry in His hands and I look forward to what He will continue to do.”
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