Pastor’s Desk 2017-11-21

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Good Morning SCCC Family,
* So enjoyed connecting with folks on Sunday. The place was buzzing. Even the balcony already had a bunch of people in it. I’m hearing the singing behind me once again. Although we so appreciate the summer services, we also love being able to hear all the voices behind us when the “house” fills up. And to see all the reconnections and new connections which are forming – that’s the best. People linger, visit, enjoy and care for each other. That is so huge and so precious to observe.

* Had a great day last Friday as Jeannine and I particapated in the “Opening Day” Ceremonies of the Yacht Club. This is the 3rd time I’ve been invited to pray at what is known as the “Blessing of the Fleet”ceremony, something which is celebrated at Yacht Clubs around the world. Its an opportunity to pray publically for God’s protection over the boating community, for their safety and for a great “boating” season. And what’s really special, is that everytime we’re involved, Jeannine and I have seen one or several of the families at the event, visit our church the following Sunday and it happened again this year. God uses the most unique things in life to make Himself visible to our community. Gotta love it! 
* Tomorrow evening – Our very first “All Spanish” Service begins at 7:00 PM in the main sanctuary. Maybe, there is a Spanish speaking friend you could ask to come with you?
* Thursday is coming – “Happy Thanksgiving” to all our American friends. Hope you enjoy the turkey and trimmings and have a wonderful day expressing your gratitude to our Lord for all that He has done for us!
* This coming Monday (Nov 27) @ 6:PM – Monday Night at the Movies @ SCCC with the movie “Facing Darkness”. It’s a great story as no other agency was willing to go into Liberia to help with this deadly ebola virus. However, Samaritan’s Purse was already there doing some other projects and with virtually no experience in this field, they agreed to see how they could help. Little did they know what was going to happen, particularly to their own team, but the story ends with an incredible miracle.
            The Movie Promo reads as follows: In the Spring of 2014, the Ebola pandemic was sweeping across West Africa. One organization stepped up with people and resources to provide compassion and care in the Name of Jesus. But when the deadly virus infected its own medical personnel, including Dr. Kent Brantly, the epic crisis truly hit home for Samaritan’s Purse and its leader Franklin Graham. FACING DARKNESS tells an incredible true story of faith, determination and prayer … and of how God performed a miracle.
* A really neat story from Darlene, who visited us at church last Sunday. Many of you had been praying for healing for her as she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. She shared with me on Sunday that she is in fact entirely healed. The tumor is gone! Thank you Lord.
* Please note – Prayer Wall Issues – We have recently had several people post prayer requests on our “Church Prayer Wall”, only to see them disappear several days later. We are trying to determine what this “glitch” may be and hope we have it repaired. However, If your recent request has been removed, would you please inform us of this by emailing .  Thank you!
* Women’s Prison Ministry – Gabriela and Heather are accepting donations of toys or cash (to buy a cake or piñata) to contribute to the prison’s annual Christmas Party for the children of the inmates. Please bring any gifts / donations to the church or you can give them directly to Gabriela or Heather by the end of November.
* Missionaries of the Week – Job & Maria Sierra (United Ministries Fellowship)
* On Sunday, we looked at the “Cliff’s Notes” of the Bible as found in the Golden Rule recorded in Matthew 7:12. While it will probably never happen universally on this side of Jesus’ return, we can all make application of this rule in our own sphere of influence. Here’s some of the thoughts we looked at when it comes to applying the Golden Rule:
1. Seeing the value God places on other human beings.
        Challenge: to see people from God’s perspective
2. Crawling into Someone’s Life.    (Galatians 6:2)
       Challenge: to see the situation from the other person’s point of view
3. Love which comes from beyond ourselves.  (Matt 22:37-39)
       Challenge – Is my first priority to love God with all my heart, soul and mind?
4. A Conduit for Christ’s Current
       Challenge: Am I being a conduit of God’s love to others?
5. Making a choice to make a difference.
       Challenge: Am I looking for ways to make a difference in my sphere of influence?
6. The Golden Touch (James 1:22-25)
       Challenge: Am I only listening or am I “Doing?”
The power of the Golden Rule is that when I make a decision to reach beyond myself, and to tangibly express love to another human being, it can result in the kind of a spiral that will bless others, just as God is constantly blessing me/us!
Have a great week,
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine

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