Sacramento’s Most Interesting Churches

July 28, 2014 4:00 AM

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Sacramento has hundreds of churches to choose from, so how do you decide? You want to find one that is interesting enough not only to stay awake during the sermon, but also to teach your children, and teens, while stimulating you and your partner to strengthen your walk. Following is a short list of a few churches to peak your interest, each going beyond the Sunday service to meet various needs in the community.
Victory Tabernacle Family Worship Center
3910 Marysville Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95838
(916) 320-0249

Victory Tabernacle is a family church with the motto “Where You Are Loved!” And visitors express that they feel the love when they visit. Pastor Timothy Hinkle is a second-generation pastor for this church, as he was voted in to follow in the footsteps of his dad, Pastor Troy Hinkle. Victory has a children’s church program as well as a youth group for ages 13-18. The men and women’s groups each meet once a month for breakfast. Victory also serves bread and pastries to those in need during the week, as well as being the home of the TLC Soup Kitchen, run by Associate Pastor Johnny Watt’s wife, Mary. Sunday School for children and adults is at 10 a.m. and church begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Bible Study is on Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. Additionally, Victory hosts two other churches in the area. For more information on the services or ministries, please call (916) 320-0249.

Oasis Christian Mission Center 
10255 Old Placerville Road #1
Sacramento, CA 95827
(916) 364-0168

Pastors Joel and Georgia Pappas operate the Oasis Christian Mission Center. They state they are “a House of Worship, a church, a healing ministry, an outreaching arm of the body of Christ.” They are a “prayer team” for our city, our nation and Israel. Oasis is an “equipping center” for training, and a “mission center” to send people out to bless others. They are also connected to the Healing Rooms of Spokane Washington and with Bethel Church in Redding, CA. The healing rooms are open on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Sundays, they have Bible Study at 9 a.m., Sunday Service and Children’s Worship at 10 a.m., Children’s Church at 11 a.m., Food Distribution after the morning service and an Evening Service at 6 p.m.

Calvary Chapel of Sacramento
6750 Florin-Perkins Road, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95828
(916) 387-9750

Calvary Chapel, like the other churches, also has a lot on its plate. The Ministry Staff pictured on its website consists of Senior Pastor Bob Huddleston and wife Barbara, Pastor Paul Myers with wife Theresa, Youth Leader Jesse Gothan and wife Tammy and Children’s Ministry Director Moorea Richardson with husband Curtis. Services are Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. On Tuesday evenings, Calvary has the One Step to Freedom Addiction Recovery Program from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is a mid-week Service at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and a men’s breakfast weekly on Thursdays at 6 a.m. Calvary hosts another church in the area. For more information, call (916) 387-9750 or visit the website.

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Horizon Christian Fellowship
1800 Manzanita Way
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 371-3458

Coco and Lynn Perez are the lead pastors at Horizon Christian Fellowship. Their staff includes Lori Hartin as women’s pastor, Joshua Neisinger as music/worship pastor, Ronald Jr. and Veronica Mason, youth pastors, and Angelo Gonzales as the children’s pastor. Horizon has two services each Sunday at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesdays host Women’s Bible Study at 10:30 a.m., and at 6:30 p.m. it’s Bible Study for all. The Youth Service is at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Horizon supports home missions through local groups such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Collings Teen Center, Epic Bible College, Operation Life Support, Sacramento Valley Teen Challenge and Radical Reality. Its motto is “Where Heaven and Earth Come Together.”

River Life Covenant Church
4401 A St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 456-CITY

River Life Covenant Church, located in the downtown area, has a weekly email and it streams its sermons online. It has a Meals and Serving Ministry, consisting of approximately 40 volunteers, who go where the need is. Some of the services the group does is take a hot meal to families facing a crisis or a new baby. The group can also help with shopping, give a ride or help clean up. The focus is having a willing, loving heart, a smile, and a willingness to pray for those in need. The men’s group, Band of Brothers, has quarterly social gatherings, a spring retreat, Bible Studies and discipleship groups. Their women’s group meets in small groups for dinners and at a fall retreat. River Life also has a group of women that meet twice a month for fellowship, a devotional and to knit or crochet. Services are Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

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