Pastor’s Desk 2018-12-11

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Hello SCCC Family,        

 Last night’s movie “I can only Imagine” was nothing short of amazing. The story line – a son, whose father was a monster, but through Christ, his life was totally changed, which ultimately resulted in this inspiring song loved by people everywhere. Those few words very poorly define an amazing movie with an amazing message. So grateful to the Gibsons for providing the movie and the popcorn, for the folks who made and served it and for Brandon who made it all happen on the screen. I’m thinking a lot of people went home moved and inspired by the story.
 
Congratulations and Farewell to Scott & Dana Clement – Scott and Dana make their move to Navajoa today to engage in ministry there. We’ve had the privilege of having them with us for one year. We have loved and appreciated them. Scott has helped significantly with translation, served us in pastoral ministry for three months last summer and together they’ve been a huge blessing to the folks around here. We wish them God’s best in Navajoa, along with many opportunities for ministry and much joy in serving Him.
 
Changes to Cookie Sunday – every second and fourth Sunday of the month from here on in. Please be encouraged to connect with guests and/or folks you’re not familiar with at this fellowship time provided for that purpose. We are grateful to all those who provide the cookies, to those who take the time to set them out and to serve them for our convenience. Please know how much this ministry is appreciated!
 
At our recent Leadership Retreat, the leadership, by consensus, agreed to move ahead with receiving nominations of both men and women for the role of an elder at SCCC. This Thursday @ 6:00 PM, we are inviting you to a meeting where we will review the Scriptures which the leadership looked at in coming to this conclusion. Although our constitution does not prohibit women serving as elders, it has not been the practice of our church in past years. We welcome your feedback and your questions at this meeting and want you to be fully aware of why we came to this consensus. I trust you will be encouraged by this time together as we were.
 
Next Sunday, we will take up a special offering for Pastor David and the folks at the Spanish church next door. They are planting a church in La Manga and we would like to support them in this missions endeavor.
 
Deacon & Elder Nominations will open Dec. 16, 2018 and close Jan. 13, 2019. As congregational members, we look for your input in prayerfully nominating potential leaders to fill the following roles:

  1. Three deacons will complete their first term of service at the 2019 AGM. They are Brandon Baird, David Campbell and Christie Forester. All 3 are eligible for re nomination for another 3 year term.
  2. We also have openings for two, (possibly three) more new deacons this year (for a total of six deacons) as a result of a previously unfilled position and by recent / potential upcoming moves.
  3. We would like to add two additional elders to our elder team at SCCC. Presently we have three elders: Grant Dafoe, Chuck Morton and John New.
  4. Qualifications for both roles will be available as a handout on Dec. 16 and/or via “Pastor’s Desk” 

Mark Mulligan (Benefit Concert) coming January 8, 2019 (6:00 PM) – Another great event taking place @ SCCC as Mark unveils his new CD “the Rising Son”. There are a number of songs which Mark will debut, songs he has written to encourage people, people who may be sitting on the spiritual sidelines, to consider who Christ is. This is our greatest annual event when it comes to restoring our benevolence fund. Bring a friend and enjoy this inspirational evening.
 
Dinner for Six – another great opportunity to connect with folks at SCCC, who you may not yet have met is coming in January. Marilyn Hicks is facilitating these dinner dates and will keep us updated. She has a sign-up list for anyone who wants to be involved. I’ve been involved in these several times in the past and have always found them to be a great way to get to know other folks in our church.
 
Prayer Time: There are a number of folks who need our prayers listed on our website “Prayer Wall”.

  • This week in particular, pray for Jerry Lebo. He has broken his hip and underwent surgery yesterday. I hear last evening that the surgery went well. He is back in Austin with Jim and Trish!

As we move forward into 2019 (only a few short weeks away), I appreciated the focus, Thom Rainer challenges us to consider: “3 Keys to Making 2019 Your Best Ministry Year Ever.”

  1. Be invested in the Word. Regardless of your work in ministry, you must first be fueled by the Word of God in everything you do. You could do some great things in 2019, but it won’t matter if it’s done in your own power and wisdom instead of through that of the Spirit working in you.
  2. Be intentional about an outward focus. It does not take long for a church to lose its outward focus. It does not take a long time for the tyranny of the urgent to replace the priority of the important. It does not take a long time for most ministries and activities to be focused inwardly instead of outwardly toward the community we serve. In 2019, commit to be intentional about keeping your church focused on others, not itself.
  3. Be involved in personal community. Ministry can be lonely, frustrating, and even confusing. We need others with whom we can share our challenges and victories. That’s how we grow in ministry. 

Our Focus last week in the Hearing God series:
 
Guardrails – Bringing Balance into seeking God’s Guidance 

  1. Listening for Guidance Must NOT Replace Bible Study.
    1. 2 Timothy 3:16; James 1:5: Ephesians 6:4
  2. Listening for Guidance Must NOT Replace Good Counsel.
    1. Say it with me, “I don’t know it all.”
    2. Proverbs 11:14; 12:15
  3. Listening for Guidance Must NOT Replace Common Sense
    1. Proverbs 24:32; 3:21-23
    2. Miracles are often for the benefit of others: 2 Sam 5:12; 2 Cor 12:12
  4. Listening for Guidance Must NOT Replace Our Humanity
    1. We were made to rule and be responsible.
    2. We were given freedom to choose. (Adam & Eve)
    3. We were made to be intelligent. (Adam)
    4. We were made to be creative (Noah)
    5. We were also made to relate to God in various ways – God’s co-workers (2 Cor. 6:1); ambassadors of Christ (2 Cor. 5:20); and ministers of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18).
    6. We can see how interactive relationships with God are intended to be by examining the prayers of Bible characters:

                  Sometimes they convinced God, through prayer, to reverse His already
stated will.

                      1.Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:1-6; Isa. 38:1-6)
                       2. Moses (Ex. 32:9-14)
                  Sometimes God overruled their desires and prayers.
                       1. Paul (2 Cor. 12:1-10)
                       2. Moses (Ex. 33:20; Deut. 3:26)
                       3. Healed Gadarene (Mark 5:1-19)
                  Sometimes God revealed His will, but they still had to pray it into being.
                       1. Elijah example 1 ( 1 Kings 17:1-9)
                       2. Elijah example 2 (1 Kings 17:10-16)
                       3. Elijah example 3 (1 Kings 18:1-46)
                       4. Hezekiah (2 Kings 18-19)
                  Other times God did not state His will on a matter & they determined the                          outcome through prayer
                       1. Elijah (1 Kings 17:17-24)
                       2. Elisha (2 Kings 4:8-37)
                       3. Asa example 1 (2 Chron. 16:1-10)
                       4. Asa example 2 (2 Chron. 16:12)
 
Prov 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
 
God desires a relationship with us in which what we do actually matters. In general, it is God’s will that we ourselves should have a part in determining our path through life.
 
Have a great week,     
Pastor Glenn & Jeannine

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