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.
Please keep our girls in your prayers this weekend! The annual Girls' Igloo Trip is Friday - Monday. We're expecting the Lord to do good things in each of their hearts as they work together to manage the winter elements.
Please join us in welcoming our new Executive Director, Chuck, and his wife, Barbara, to the CEM family on Saturday, February 27 2 3:00 pm in the CEM lodge. Please RSVP by Feb. 22 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every once in a while, it is fun to sit back and count here at the Ranch. Here is what we count today:
1. New Executive Director arriving this week
2. Girls who completed their high school graduation requirements earlier this month
3. Cows grazing in our pasture
4. Incredible high school teachers
5. Meal tables to gather around each day
6. Acoustic guitars in the living room
7. Male and 7 female students working hard to make positive changes
8. Staff spouses who support and serve the Ranch in immeasurable ways
9. Wild turkeys who have made our property their home
10. Amazing interns who are sacrificing and fighting for God's best in our students' lives
Guys' Igloo 2016 is this weekend! Leaving Friday morning and returning Monday afternoon, our guys will spend 3 nights in the Sierra Mountains, near Castle Peak. If weather and snow conditions co-operate, they'll spend 1 or 2 of those nights in igloos that the group builds themselves! Please pray for all of the students, interns, and staff leaders that will be in the snowy mountains this weekend!
Semester Finals are well underway! Once today's tests are completed, two of our students, Alyssa and Elana, will have completed the California high school graduation requirements. Alyssa plans to continue her time here as a student until at least graduation in June. Elana will be prayed out this Sunday and plans to begin studies at Sierra College at the end of this month. Way to go girls! We are proud of both of you!
New Executive Director Hired
The CEM Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Charles Boatman to the position of Executive Director. A past member of our CEM Board of Directors, Chuck comes to CEM in continuation of a rich career encompassing pastoral positions and work in foreign missions as well as administrative and academic positions. As past president of San Jose Bible College (now William Jessup University), long-time professor at Hope International University, and founding principal of Liberia Christian College, Chuck brings significant mission-guided administrative and organizational development experience to CEM in our continued mission of “Tending Lives and Training Leaders.”
We would appreciate your prayers for wisdom and provision as Chuck and his wife Barbara begin the process of transitioning and moving their household to Grass Valley in time for him to assume his duties as Executive Director in mid-January. We are excited for this new phase for CEM and wait expectantly for God’s plans.
Chairman, CEM Board of Directors
Year End Giving
Every year we are greatly encouraged by the generous year-end gifts we receive. Those gifts translate directly to lives being changed. As you consider your year-end giving this year, please keep CEM in mind.
Open Internship Positions
We currently have unfilled positions for male interns in 2016. If you, or someone you know, are interested in joining the CEM intern team, please visit the INTERNSHIPS tab on our website for more information and to submit your inquiry form.
Christmas Tree Sales to Benefit CEM
This weekend (Saturday 9-5 & Sunday 10-5) CEM staff, interns, and students will be working at Wolf Mountain Christmas Tree Farm. Located near the Ranch at 18251 Retrac Way. Come and buy your Christmas tree - ALL proceeds will be donated to CEM!
Exectuive Director Position - FILLED!
We are excited to share that we will soon be welcoming Chuck Boatman on staff as our new Executive Director! Thank you all for your prayers through the search process. Please continue to pray for CEM through this time of transition.
Thanksgiving Dinner at CEM
We would love to have you join us for our family meal on Thanksgiving Day! Guests are invited to arrive at 1:00, we'll gather for prayer/thankfuls at 1:30, and we'll feast at 2:00! Please call Zoya at 530-268-0877 in order to let us know you are coming and to sign up to bring food to contribute to the meal!
Annual Planning Meeting
Yesterday, CEM staff gathered for our Annual Planning Meeting. We are excited about the many events - Girls' and Guys' Igloo, Spiritual Emphasis Week, Easter Sunrise Service, Rescue Run, Annual Celebration and Graduation, Family Camp, Agony, Summer Wilderness, etc. - that are on the calendar for 2016!
Abundant food; over 200 lbs beef and pork
Alfalfa and rye grass hay
Craft, art, and school supplies
Batteries, extention cords
Paper plates, dishes, serving trays
Camp chair, paddle
Vacuum cleaners, carpet cleaner
Lawn mower, tools, gas can
Fencing supplies; paint
Printing paper; filing cabinets
Mattress, quilt, towels, linens
33’ motor home
1993 Chevy pickup
2002 Honda Odyssey van
We are so thankful for recent vehicle donations we have received! Over the last month, we have been given a work truck, mini-van, and motor home. These vehicles will help us maintain the Ranch property, transport students, and more!
Annual Fall Work Day
Please join us Saturday, October 17, 9am-5pm for our Annual Fall Work Day. Lunch and great fellowship provided. Let us know you plan to come via email - email@example.com - or phone - 530.268.0877. See you soon!
Falling into Fall
It is feeling like Autumn as students are back in school (we have 9 school students and 6 non-school students), the skies are cloudy, and leaves are beginning to fall from the trees! We're thankful for the turn in weather, but we need rain!
CEM's annual 15-day summer backpacking trip begins Friday. Lead by several staff members, each year all of our 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.
We'll return on Friday, September 4. Join us Tuesday, September 15th @ 7 pm for "Wilderness Paper Night", during which each student and several interns will share regarding their personal experience.
New Student Arrivals
We have four new students scheduled to arrive between now and August 7th. We are excited to welcome each of them and be a part of their journey of healing, freedom, and new life in Jesus.
We also have four interns scheduled to leave between now and August 12th! Please pray for our intern team as they adjust to being a team of 6 with 16 students!
Thank you, Lord, for your provision! Last year at this time we reported a deficit of $45,600. Through His faithfulness and generous donors we paid off that deficit and are currently in the black. We were also able to do some large projects including re-tiling the kitchen floor and counters, remodeling the intern office, installing a new commercial washing machine, and recently replacing our worn-out ice machine and kitchen range. May God bless all of you for your prayers and giving!
Student Pray Outs
Congratulations to Kareem and Megan, two students who were recently prayed out. It was a blessing to live with, work with, and love both of you. We are praying for you and hope that you choose to put into practice the tools and wisdom you gained during your time at the Ranch!
2015 Family Camp
Spots are filling up quickly for Family Camp 2015! See all the details and register today on our Family Camp page. Have more questions? Call Caryn @ 530-268-0877
Spring Celebration & Graduation
Over the last year, we've had 25 students, 16 interns, 4 residents at our transition house, & 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 30th @ 2pm in Angel's Meadow for our Spring Celebration & Graduation Ceremony! Have questions? Call us @ 530-268-0877.
CEM is excited to host Generational Leadership (GL), an 11-month Christian leadership school from Maple Valley, WA, over the next three days. Former CEM student, Justice Loeza, is a current student with GL. During their time here, the GL crew will do work projects and Thursday evening, starting at 7:30, in the lodge, will have an evening of song, dance, and testimony. We'd love for you to join us!
Spring Work Day
We'd love to have you come to Spring Work Day! Saturday, May 16, from 9-4, join us in beautifying the CEM property! We'll have a variety of skilled and non-skilled projects for groups and individuals. Want to let us know you're coming or ask questions? Call Kayla @ 530.268.0877
Recent Blessings and Current Needs
Recent Blessings: Abundant food - pastries, produce, bread, energy bars, coffee, and many other items; painting canvases and supplies; clothing; toiletries; alfalfa hay; vehicle windshield; basketball; 10 soccer balls; living room chair; 2 recliners; XC skies, poles, boots; dining room set; 2002 Dodge Caravan; Costco gift card; 2 chests of drawers; boom box; games; school supplies - calculators, index cards, markers, books; DVDs; HP printer.
Current Needs: Hay bales for cows; truck inner tubes for floating; wooden pews; heavy-duty irrigation hose; small pick up truck; T posts for fencing; metal leaf rakes; bags of concrete mix; lawn mower (heavy duty); weed wacker; chain saw.
For more ideas of where to give, visit our Material Needs and Special Projects pages.
PR Trip to Southern California
CEM staff members, Nate Boyd and Charlie Cazin, will be heading out this Saturday for an 8-day PR Trip to Southern California. They'll be visiting several churches and college campuses throughout the week. Interested in having them visit your church group? Call our office at 530-268-0877.
We have a dynamic group of interns serving at CEM. Several are contributing to the development of new promotional material including videos, t-shirt designs, and more. It is so great to see the Lord use each of their unique skills and passions to benefit CEM! Interested in serving at CEM as an intern? Visit our Internship pages for more information.
Girls' "Igloo" 2015
There may not be enough snow to build igloos, but the girls are still going on an adventure this weekend! 7 students, 4 interns, and 3 staff members will leave Friday morning for a 3-night winter camping/hiking/backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Please pray for safety, but most importantly for spiritual impact and growth.
Mike Petrillo's Retirement Party & Reception
Please join us for:
Mike Petrillo's Retirement Party & Reception
Saturday, Jan. 31 @ 3:00pm
In the CEM Lodge
Join us for the "after party" from 5:00-7:00pm at Alta Sierra Pizza in Grass Valley.
If you would like to make a scrapbook submission for Mike, please email photos/text to firstname.lastname@example.org
Have questions or need more info? Call us! 530-268-0877
School Semester Ends
Our school students took their last Semester Finals today. As of today, three of our students have officially completed all necessary graduation requirements for the State of California. Congratulations to Shane, Cheyenne, and Katelyn Joy. We are very proud of you and look forward to celebrating your graduation, along with others', in May!
Christmas is Here
Christmas Banquet is in two days. The Ranch elves are hard at work wrapping presents and preparing a feast! Christmas Break begins Sunday, 12/21 and ends Monday, 12/29. Please remember to pray for our students and interns as they celebrate Christmas away from the Ranch.
Abundant Provision, part 2
A long-time supporter of the Ranch recently passed away. He was thoughtful and generous to include us in his estate planning. Yesterday, we received his financial gift which will help to close the financial gap we've recently been experiencing. We thank God for the blessings He gives through His people!
2 Corinthians 9:6-10 (NIV)
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
We’re counting our blessings at CEM. Many of you responded to our deficit report in July, helping close the gap. Revenue for the first four months of the current fiscal year is up by $4,741 over last year. In addition, the kitchen tile project is fully funded and almost completed. Our prayers for male interns have also been answered. One year ago we had one male intern; now we have four. We are operating at optimal capacity with 16 students, packing out our schoolhouse with 14 students.
While revenue has increased, expenses have as well, still leaving a budgetary deficit. As you consider your year-end giving please keep CEM and these precious young people in mind.