CLASSES



We currently offer several Sunday morning classes for all ages.

In our Nursery, we have a class for ages 0 - 2 years old. Parents are welcome to stay or help if they want. We also have a class for 3 - 6 years old, a 3rd - 5th Grade class and a combined Junior High / High School class (6th - 12th Grade). There is also an adult class / Bible study held in the auditorium.

Sunday Evening - there is a devotional/lesson for adults & teens held in the main auditorium. Children are also welcome to attend.

Wednesday Evening - there is a devotional/lesson for adults & teens held in the main auditorium. Children are also welcome to attend.











CONGREGATION



We have been blessed with a diverse and encouraging Christian family here in Placerville. Our family of believers is committed to God and His Word (the Bible), as well as to weekly fellowship, study, worship, and constant service to our Lord. As one brother is fond of putting it, "We just want to be Christians here."

Meeting together every week gives us the chance to edify ("build up") the Body. During our weekly meetings we have encouraging and worshipful singing, praying, lessons, bible studies, fellowship. Once a month, we share a meal together and encourage inviting friends and family; we love having visitors as our honored guests!

On Sundays, we share the Lord's Supper, commemorating Christ's body and blood that He gave up in His selfless, atoning sacrifice. This time also provides our members with an opportunity to give back to the Lord (and to the work of the church) during the offering.

With Christ as our focus, we have the opportunity to reach out to the different communities of El Dorado County, and we are continually trying to preach a message of joy and salvation through Christ. The main purpose of our outreach is to do just that, and we have a commission that the Lord Jesus Himself gave in Matthew 28:19-20, when He said:

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Whether you are new to the area, or want to stop in for a visit, we welcome you to join us as our honored guest at any one of our services during the week. It doesn't matter if you are already a Christian, or maybe could use some personal help. If we can assist you in any way or if you would like more information about us, please let us know. Below, you will find our contact information. May God bless you richly, friend.

E-mail us @: plcvcoc@sbcglobal.net

or

Call us at: 530-622-7350











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LEADERSHIP

In Placerville, we are blessed with many capable and God-driven men who are willing to use whatever gifts the Lord has given them in order to lead our church down Godly paths. These are men who have volunteered to serve our church with willing hearts. Our weekly worship services are led by different men of the congregation, and we strongly encourage all of our members to use their particular gifts and actively participate in building up the Church (both in- and out-of the weekly times of worship). We believe what the Scriptures say about every member having a gift and a role to play in the Church (Romans 12:4-8). The apostle Paul also spoke about this in Ephesians 4:11-13 when he said that Christ

"gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."

Here are some of the men who bless us with their service and by filling roles of leadership:











OUR VISION

is to be a growing family of believers, committed to God and His Word (the Bible), as well as to each other, and to spiritual maturity (Ephesians 4:1-16).

is to reach the communities of El Dorado County with the Gospel (Matthew 28:19-20).

is to develop spiritually mature members of Christ's Church (Romans 12:1-8).

is to minister to people (Galatians 6:1-10).

are to be committed to God and His Word, to Christ and His Church, to prayer, to ministry, and to growth.











CORE BELIEFS & VALUES

Baptism

Baptism (which means to be immersed or "buried" in water) is spoken of many times in the New Testament, and we believe that it is an essential part in the spiritual rebirth of a person who becomes a Christian. On the day of Pentecost, recorded in Acts chapter 2, Peter speaks to the Jews of his day and explains to them who Jesus was and the significance of what He did while here on earth. The crowd had a strong reaction to Peter's message and was convicted by what he was telling them. When asked "What shall we do?" in response to acknowleding that Jesus was both Lord and Christ, Peter responded to the them and told them to, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:36-38). From this we can infer that baptism, along with repentence, is necessary for the forgiveness of sins and is also expected as a "prerequisite" for receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. The apostle Paul later speaks of this reality when he reminds the believers of his day that they were "baptized into Christ" (e.g. Rom. 6:3; Gal. 3:27), indicating that if one is in Christ, then he must have already been baptized.

The Gospel accounts also record that Christ Himself was baptized, and if we are to follow His example (1 Peter 2:21), then why would we omit one of the first things we have record of Him doing? There is no reason why a follower of Christ would not want to be baptized. When a person comes to a realization of sin and separation from God, he wants his life to change. When a person has faith that Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God, that realization is the catalyst for him giving his life to the Lord. He repents of his sins (Acts 2:38; 17:30; 20:21), confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord (Romans 10:9-10), and is buried with Christ in baptism (Acts 2:38, Rom. 6:4, Col. 2:12, 1 Pet. 3:21). This baptism represents the old man being "buried" and the new man being "resurrected" or brought up, which is analagous to Christ's death and resurrection. In His commission, Jesus instructed His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey everything He had commanded them. How were they to "make disciples"? By "baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," Jesus said in Matthew 28:19. Therefore, baptism is an essential part of our Christian walk.

The Bible

We believe that the Holy Bible is the divinely-inspired Word of God. We acknowledge that the Bible was written by different men, but also believe that it was inspired by God and acts as His written revelation to mankind. In it, you will find a main purpose: to inform mankind about who God is and what His plan of salvation is. God's Word (the Bible) is comprised of a diverse spectrum of literary styles, such as: historical accounts and records, poetry, proverbs, prophecy, letters, and other genres of writing. As a whole, the Bible (all Scripture) is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that Christians will be equipped for every good work (you can find this idea in 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Jesus Christ

In the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), and throughout the entire New Testament, we learn a lot about who Jesus Christ was, and what He accomplished. We believe everything the Bible says about Him, and here are a few of those things:

Jesus was the Son of God. (Matt. 26:63-64, Mark 1:1; 3:11, Luke 1:35, John 1:34; 11:27; 20:31, Romans 1:4, etc...)

Jesus was God manifest in the flesh. (Phil. 2:5-8, John 1:14; 8:23, 1 John 4:2, 2 John 1:7)

Jesus is the only way to eternal life/salvation. (John 3:16; 3:36; 14:6, 1 Cor. 3:11, Eph. 4:4-7, 1 Tim. 2:5)

Jesus was the Christ who had been prophesied. (Matt. 16:15-16; 23:10; 26:63-64, John 1:41; 11:25-27; 20:31, Acts 5:42, 17:3; 18:28, etc...)

Jesus was sinless. (Isa. 53:9, Heb. 4:14-15, 1 Peter 2:22-24, 1 John 3:5)

Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised (resurrected) on the third day. (Matt. 27, Mark 15-16, Luke 23-24, John 19-21, Acts 4:33, etc...)

Jesus' death was the atoning sacrifice for our sins. (Eph. 5:2; 5:25, Phil. 2:8, 1 Tim. 2:5-6, Heb. 9:26, 1 John 2:2; 4:10)

The Trinitarian Nature of God

The Trinity is one of the many mysteries of God and is often a difficult concept to come to terms with or describe. In Christian orthodoxy, God is one God in essence, authority, and power, and exists as three distinct co-equal parts. These parts are known as the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost). Please note that this does not mean that we believe in three gods. Rather, the doctrine of the Trinity teaches that there is only one God, and He exists in three distinct parts. All three share the same divine nature and essence, but interact differently with us.

Although limited, we might consider an analogy to help illustrate the idea of the Trinity. Consider the three physical states of water. Water is not only a liquid but can also exist as a solid (ice) and a gas (vapor), yet its chemical composition never changes during any one of its three forms. A water molecule is always composed of two Hydrogens and one Oxygen. This is a simple and limited analogy, but it might help in better understanding the concept of the Trinity. Also keep in mind that the word "Trinity" is not found in the Bible, but its concept is. This word has been adopted by Christians and theologians to summarize the biblical concept of God, difficult as it is to understand.



Salvation

The Scriptures have many complementary teachings about salvation. We believe everything that the Bible says about salvation. Here are a few of the key and essential passages related to salvation, in the New Testament:

John 3:16-17
16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Romans 10:17
17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

Acts 2:36-39
36 "Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"
38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-- for all whom the Lord our God will call."

Romans 10:8-11
8 But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:
9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
11 As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."

Mark 13:13
13 All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

1 Corinthians 15:2
2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.