Pastor’s Desk 2017-02-28

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Good Morning SCCC Family,

* Those of you who heard the message on Sunday will understand this. It is a bit of an inside story, but who would ever have thunk it? As I sat down for dinner last evening, and to one of my favorite meals, Jeannine’s taco salad, with a homemade taco seasoning that bites a little, but does it ever leave the greatest flavors on one’s palette. Its simply indescribably good. As I’m putting on the dressing, I notice the edges of the plate on which my meal has been so delightfully served. But we didn’t have company, could it really be? Yes, the two of us, eating alone, and yes, my dinner had been served on the “holy” dishes, you know – the ones “set apart” for special people. Simply wonderful. Predictable has turned into unpredictable in our home! So the next question on my mind – I’m wondering – Will the “holy” pillows also be at my disposal tonight? Well one out of two isn’t bad, eh? Once again, they were “set aside” but it was okay. I’ve eaten on the “dishes” now – first time ever with no guests in our home! An unbelievable day to say the least. I know folks, and I’m sorry if you weren’t there, but you can listen to the message on the church’s website and you will then know the rest of the story.
 
* On behalf of SCCC’s leadership, I would like to thank all of you that took the time to be a part of the Annual Meeting on Thursday evening. We appreciate your support and your prayers for this great church. For anyone still wanting to access the Annual Report, you can do so my clicking HERE.

* We are grateful for your affirmation of our two new deacons (Terry Cummins and Chuck Morton) and the reaffirmation for a second term of Grant Dafoe! So grateful for these folks who desire to serve our church family in this way!
 
* Please note that two proposed bylaw changes were also presented at the AGM. The congregation will vote on these proposed changes during the March 12 Worship service. The proposed amendments, made to two areas of our constitution, can be found at the end of this Pastor’s Desk. All proposed changes made to the bylaws are printed in red.
 
* We were so disappointed that we were unable to attend Estoy Contiga’s gala event at the church on Saturday Evening. We are still hearing such good reports. 3000. USD was raised for underprivileged families facing cancer in the Guaymas area. We feel honored that SCCC could provide the venue for this worthy event. It is a huge blessing to be able to give back to our community. It was a treat working with Rand Lewman, the organizer of the event. He did a marvelous job. Way to go, Rand!
 
 * Today, Feb 28 3:30-5:30pm – Through the generosity of Doug Burnie, we are offering a free CPR training at the church. Please call Doug if you’d like to register – 622 116-4795.
 
* “Co Dependents Anonymous” got off the ground yesterday with Mac and a significant group of people, excited about this new ministry. You are still welcome to join them. They meet every Monday – 10-11:30 am.
 
* Sermon Series: This week, we looked at Peter’s passage on holiness. “Be holy as I am holy” was the Lord’s words. But what does that mean? When we contemplate the word, “holy” so many different thoughts enter our minds. Peter shares three things about God; 1. God is holy. 2. He commands us to be holy and 3. God helps us to be holy. But what does it mean? Work or strive hard to be holy? Or as many of us at times do, we just breeze over that passage because we think, we could never measure up. We’d simply fail at being holy. Isn’t that just like the enemy to plant the thought in our minds that holiness is impossible. And yet Peter clearly states, as does the Hebrew writer, that without holiness, we cannot experience God. So if the enemy can cause us to strive for it or on the flip side, to run from it, we cannot experience God. So what do we do? We need to understand the definition of holiness. To be holy means to be “set apart”. We have been set apart by God, He’s declared that we are his chosen possession a royal priest and a holy nation. He made us holy, but He also calls us to continue in this journey of becoming holy. In that journey, we are “set apart” for him. We are not taken out of this world, but we are set apart for Him, within this world. So what does it mean to be holy? It means that we act like Jesus, set apart to make a difference in the lives of people in this world. We’re called to imitate Him and the challenge for us is to answer the question, “who are we imitating?”
 
Next week, we will continue in Peter by looking at spiritual maturity. I encourage you to read the book, formulate any questions you may have and let’s see what we together can glean from this great book.
 
It’s a great week to serve our Lord,
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine

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