Pastor’s Desk 2017-12-05

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Good Morning SCCC Family,

* Not even three weeks until Christmas. You may remember an old song, “Time, time is on my side, Yes it is” – I don’t think so! Or maybe you’ve heard the slogan, “time flies when you’re having fun.” Well, we must be having fun! I’ve always thought “fast is fun” and it is, but it does mean, we’ve got to make our time count as “time is swiftly passing, the moments are fleeting away.” Oh this is way to scary – trying to be too philosophical this early in the morning. Soooo, I hope your week is going well.

* Received a great note from Ed & Jennifer regarding the Wednesday Spanish Service, “We showed some growth tonight with approx. 15 Mexicans and 14 americanos/canadians. Next week will be our first cookies and ice cream Weds. The exciting news is one man came forward and accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. Awesome moment! Onward and upward.”
            So excited to see what God is doing here! And this Wednesday, the very one and only “Mayra” will be sharing the Word. Please keep praying for Ed, Jennifer & team and that our Lord will continue to draw the local Spanish speaking folks to Himself.

* Some FYI’s:

  1. No Cookie Sunday this Sunday Dec 10 – next one will be Dec 24!
  2. We will have our Christmas Service on Sunday, Dec 24. (Please note – There will not be a service on Christmas Day.

* Pastor David and the Spanish Church – an “Authentic Mexican” Fundraising Dinner is coming up quickly – Sat Dec 16 – get your tickets from Grant & Ethel Dafoe. This is a great way to support the church that’s right next door to us! If you absolutely can’t go, why not buy a couple of tickets anyway and let’s be a blessing to these folks!

* This will also be Brian & Elizabeth Matchett’s last week with us in SC. They will have completed their two year term in SC and will continue their work in Indiana. Many of you are well aware of the tremendous blessing they have been to this church, not only in what they do (which by the way was all done with such excellence) but also through their friendship with so many of us. Thank you for who you are Brian & Elizabeth! We wish you all of God’s best as you return to the USA.

* “Welcome to your new Home” – Scott, Dana and Tasha Clement arrived in SC yesterday. Scott is a bible teacher and their family has previously spent a number of years teaching in Mexico and later in Mongolia. They are back and ready to begin their mission service and will be based out of San Carlos. Scott is a man of quotes, his latest: “The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.” – Tacitus

* Just over 300 backpacks are packed and ready to go. Thanks to all of you who donated for these great gifts and thanks to all who came and helped pack them.

* “Trinkets and Treats” created by the ladies at the Guaymas Women’s Prison will be on sale after the service this Sunday. Those cookies absolutely rock and are typically sold out by the time I get outside after the service. So get there early and don’t miss out!

* Leadership Retreat Results – The Elders, Deacons and Spouses had an excellent time together at the Retreat last week. The setting and the meals were incredible. Thanks Art & Brenda! Thank you John for all your otganization of the event and Thank you to all of you who prayed for us. Our time together was wonderfully productive, resulted in some positive ways to enhance both our leadership capacity and our friendships. I’m personally so thankful to all the leaders and spousess that came to help advance our leadership capacity. John New shared the results with the congregation on Sunday and I share them with you as follows: 

  1. Continue to improve two way communication between Deacons/Elders to enable a more strategic working relationship. Leadership Team (Elders & Deacons) to have joint meetings scheduled at least twice per year, and whenever major decisions are needed.
  2. Distinguish and clarify the responsibilities for Deacons and Elders in the Bylaws to avoid duplication and conflicts. For example, the budget process, along with other financial responsibilities will shift to Elder Input with Deacon approval.
  3. Align Bylaws for both Elders and Deacons to serve three year terms with a maximum of two terms.
  4. A Sub-group of Deacons and Elders was appointed to review and streamline the section on Elders and Deacons in the Church Bylaws before the next AGM.
  5. Elders will review the qualifications for appointment of future elders in light of scripture and our bylaws
  6. A regular Men’s Prayer program will be implemented beginning this Thursday at Tequila’s. A 20 minute prayer time will be held after the Thursday Men’s Study for those who wish to stay. 

* Rob & Sherry, Art & Brenda and the team returned this week from another mountain ministry trip. I will post some of their pictures on our church facebook shortly.
Rob writes: “Saturday, Nov. 25, we left after the feeding program at Belen Casa de Pan (120 children showed up) and we took Marisol’s parents along with us, into the mountains, headed for San Bernardo, Sonora.
On the 26th, we headed for La Mesa, where the people from up in the mountains hiked down, to receive food hampers, as we had heard there was no rain and no crops this year.  We brought bibles, and reading glasses and the children received a toque as it is cold in the mountains. You can tell these people are the Huatajio Indians, by their colorful dresses and the men wearing their homemade sandals made from rubber tires.
Monday, the 27th, we had the joy of putting up a church for a pastor couple in San Bernardo (Pastor Raphael).  It’s not actually a building but a tent.  But it still was so amazing to see.  They were so excited to have a church.  They are very poor, but that doesn’t stop them from spreading the Gospel, whatever they have to do to make it happen, even if they have to walk to the nearby villages.
The next night, we had an awesome time with Pastor Raphael & family, in the next village over.  80 Huatajio Indians showed up to see the Jesus film (basically the whole village.)  We had lots of prayer time.  I can hardly wait to hear about the stories, the miracles that are coming. There’s so many stories, but these are a few of our highlights.” Rob & Sherry

* Missionaries of the Week – Billy & Erika (Indigenous Peoples in Mexico)

* On Sunday, we looked at the last in our Series, “Did Jesus really say,” this week looking at did Jesus really say, “He is the only way.” We dealt with a number of the myths we encounter as believers, particularly as it relates to Jesus being the only way to God and ultimately the only way to spend an eternity in heaven. The myths we looked at included:

  1. When you get right down to it, all religions are basically the same.
  2. Even though Christianity might be different, it’s still just one philosophy among many, and it’s only as valid as any other religion.
  3. Christians are narrow-minded when they say Jesus is the only way to heaven.

We looked at a biblical response to each of those myths and we saw that Christianity is indeed unique as a “religion”, that there truly is only one way to “God” but we also saw that Christianity is in no way, “narrow” as Jesus has set the table and has made it possible for all to come and be part of His family. While all are invited to come, the only ones who will miss out on heaven are the ones who truly decided they could live life without Him. If you missed it, you can listen to the message at www.sancarloscommunitychurch.com.

Have a great week,
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine

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