Pastor’s Desk 2019-03-19

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Good Morning Church Family,

Another great weekend at SCCC – As many of you heard on Sunday, the ladies had another successful and encouraging retreat last weekend. The setting was absolutely gorgeous. Their theme was so relevant for our diverse church body and focused on understanding our own personalities in order to better understand others. Four of the ladies shared about both the strengths and weaknesses of their own personalities. It was so interesting to see how our “styles of relating” are directly impacted by our personalities. The challenge of course remains to use our strengths with wisdom and consideration, while also challenging ourselves to grow in our areas of weakness. Wonderful to have our ladies host such beneficial events. Thank you.
 
Sunday, the fun continued after the service with lunch and a little softball at the old “ranchitos school,” compliments of the Bairds. Some friendly competition – Yes, but you can learn so much about people at a softball game. Mayra “the streak” Gonzalez typically rounded all four bases in roughly 4.7 seconds after another home run hit, while our resident “super hero” Selene sent the ball into outer space, thus requiring only a leisurely jog around those same bases. Cheer leaders abounded on the sidelines while we were wonderfully entertained by the skills of many of our good folks. Great time together!
 
Changes – Last week, our Deacons did their annual “cabinet shuffle”. With four new members joining the team at the last AGM, areas of responsibility have changed significantly. You can now connect with the following leaders should you have questions or thoughts about their respective areas of service. I am so grateful for these willing servants!
 
Church Chair Person   – Maris Kalmbach
Deacon Secretary        – Pam Bertrand
Treasurer                     – Bob Gibson        (Team – Dave Campbell)
Missions                      – Jim McClelland
Benevolence                – Jennifer Hudson
Building (Maintenance) – Dave Campbell (Team – Jim McKinney)
Facility                          – Carol White        (Meg VanKirk – Summer)
Ushers & Greeters       – Jennifer Hudson 
Audio & Visual              – Brandon Baird    (Team – Pam Bertrand)
We Care                       – Meg Van Kirk
Keys and Codes           – Meg Van Kirk
Janitorial Oversight      – Jennifer Hudson
Building Rentals           – Jennifer Hudson and Pastor Glenn

Men’s Breakfast and Study – Ed Beall is leading this week and will be facilitating a discussion on the Holy Spirit. Come on over to Tequila’s on Thursday (8:30am)
 
Baptism Anyone?We’re preparing for another baptism service in April. If you’ve not been baptized as a believer, I would welcome an opportunity to meet with you and discuss baptism and look at why the Lord asks all believers to follow through with this act of obedience. Email pastorglenn.sc@gmail.com
 
March 24 – This will be your opportunity to participate in a Special Offering For SCCC. These funds will be used to help cover the church’s financial needs throughout the summer when the attendance is smaller and the giving lighter. However, many of the expenses still continue as normal.
 
March 21 (6:00 pm) CEC Fundraiser Banquet for the Bible school. Contact Howard Dyck @ howarddyck@ethnos.ca for tickets.

March 30 @ 5:00 PM at the Church: Estoy Contiga – The purpose of the concert is to raise funds to help the 136 cancer patients they currently support. Help with medicines, diapers, colostomy bags, transfers to CD Obregon or Hermosillo since Guaymas does not have Oncology. Please take note of the quality of performers once again performing at this worthy fundraiser. They are all listed on the poster at the church. The tickets will be sold in MDS lab & imaging and in Carnes Santa Rosa for 200 pesos.

Sunday’s Message in Review: I shared in the opening comments of this letter about our Ladies Retreat. Four of those ladies shared on Sunday morning about the strengths and weaknesses of their own personalities. My task was to try and tie together the thoughts the ladies had presented. Our text was 1 Samuel 16, from which we looked at the lives of Saul and David. From Saul, we learned that his hardness of heart and mind resulted in the loss of his role as King. The issue wasn’t that Saul made some mistakes (as we all do). The issue for Saul was his total lack of remorse. His arrogance cost him the Kingdom.
            In looking for the next King, we saw through Samuel, the kind of person God is looking for. Once again, the things which impress our Lord are so much deeper than the outward observations we make about people. Again, we see the Lord is just looking for ordinary people with hearts after Him. Outward appearance is not wrong, its simply not the measurement God uses. God looks at the things that are going on in our hearts.
            Finally, we saw that the Lord looks for those who will humbly serve Him, for those who strive to live a life emulating the life of Jesus. Holiness certainly means to be “set apart”, but its so much better defined when its defined as being like Jesus! Humility and holiness are the drawing cards for our Lord.
            So while we all have different personalities with strengths and weaknesses, the challenge for each of us is to continue to develop those strengths and grow in our areas of weakness and all of that will happen much more effectively in the context of humility and holiness.
 
Praying you have a wonderful week,
Pastor Glenn & Jeannine
 
An interesting article from Thom Rainer: 

WHY I ATTEND CHURCH

In a culture that minimizes commitment and maximizes self-indulgence, I have learned the precious gift of church attendance or, more specifically, the church gathered. I do not see church attendance as a burden or legalistic commitment. I view it as joy—a place where I can give and serve, a place where I can focus more on others rather than myself.
I could name many, but here are ten reasons I attend church.

  1. I attend church to serve others. There is so much greater joy in serving than seeking to be served. I have many opportunities to serve when the church is gathered. Those opportunities are my gifts from God.
  2. I attend church to encourage others. We live in a world of incredible digital communication. But there is still something irreplaceable about gathering together. When I encounter someone in person at church, I have an opportunity to encourage him or her in person as well.
  3. I attend church to encourage my pastor. I doubt many of us know how much our pastors serve us and love us seven days a week. The least I can do for my pastor is to be there in person when we gather as a church. I know it encourages my pastor, and I want our pastors to have that gift of encouragement every week.
  4. I attend church to state my priorities. If I am able to go to work, to go to school, to go on vacation, or to watch or be involved in a sport, I can attend church. I desire to have a “no excuse” clause in my life for attending church.
  5. I attend church to participate in worship. There is something special and Spirit-filled about worshipping together with other Christians. It is both an opportunity and gift I do not take lightly.
  6. I attend church even if it doesn’t meet all my needs. If I say, “I am not getting fed spiritually,” it likely means I am not hungry spiritually. If my church does some things a bit differently than my preferences, I realize I am there, not as a consumer, but as a giver and one who has been called to put others’ needs before my own. No church is perfect. No worship style is perfect. No pastor is perfect. And neither am I.
  7. I attend church with frequency, not on occasion. It is my prayer to be in my church every Sunday. When I am out of town, I can find another church to attend. I pray I will never say, “I need a break from church.” I certainly don’t want God to take a break from me.
  8. I attend church to set an example for my family. Couples have healthier marriages when they attend church. Children grow up with countless benefits because their parents took them to church. I need to show the importance and priority of church attendance to those I love.
  9. I attend church because the Bible tells me to do so. Two-thirds of the New Testament is about churches, specifically gathered churches. The words of the writer of Hebrews in 10:24-25 are powerful: “And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and more as you see the day approaching.”
  10. I attend church because I love my church. I love my church. I love my pastor. I love the members of my church. I love the community my church serves. If I love someone, I will be there for them. I truly love my church.

It is becoming increasingly common to see church attendance as just another activity, an option among many, a place to get consumer preferences met, or an occasional gathering to hide in anonymity.
     It is has become increasingly popular for some to argue that church attendance is not a high priority because the building is not a church, the people are. But those people are supposed to gather. Indeed, they are commanded to gather.
     I love to attend church. I attend church for these reasons and many more.
I thank God for my church.

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