Pastor’s Desk 2019-05-21

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Good Morning to You,

We had such a great time last Sunday as Chuck & Lynn officially joined the Pastoral staff of SCCC. They were joined by special friends from back home, along with the elders and deacons who were available as we prayed for God’s blessing upon this incredible couple. We are so looking forward to all that they will add to our church family.
       What made SCCC leadership choose this option? Two things came into play.
1. We often had excellent preaching throughout the summer months when we (Glenn & Jeannine) were gone. However, we didn’t have that “shepherd” presence that cared for the people, connected with them on a regular basis, or someone to give consistent leadership oversight to our church family while we were gone.
2. During the winter months, there is a much greater need for pastoral leadership than can physically be accomplished by one couple. We simply needed more pastoral help to serve the people the way they deserve to be served.
              Now we can do both! Praise the Lord! With both Chuck and Glenn serving part time roles, we now have a shepherd available year round and both of us will be here for the busy winter months. Chuck and I both look forward to all that the Lord will do in the coming days. We are excited about the future. We have so enjoyed getting to know each other during this month. Chuck brings some great gifts and I know, Chuck & Lynn will be a huge asset to our church family.
 
Jeannine and I leave for Manitoba this coming week and we leave with a sense of peace in our hearts with Chuck & Lynn in place. Mayra and Selene continue to serve with enthusiasm, creativity and a caring heart for our church family as well. I as so grateful for our pastoral team. We are equally as grateful for all your support over this past winter. Its been a good year for SCCC and each of you has been a part of making that happen. We look forward to our return this fall and especially look forward to all that God will once again accomplish through the SCCC family.
 
Many of you have asked that the Pastor’s Desk would continue throughout the summer months. And now it will as Pastor Chuck will add his twist to the “Pastor’s Desk” through the summer months. So yes, this will be my last note to you for a few months, but for those of you who head north during the summer, this will be a way for you to get to know Chuck & Lynn a little through his weekly musings.
 
This Sunday – Another Baptism Sunday: Absolutely incredible – Gramma & Grandson (Donna & Ricky Kirk) will be baptized at the church at the conclusion of the service. Their stories are so encouraging and we are looking forward to this very special time.

Men’s Breakfast and Study: Jesse Navaro is leading this week and will be facilitating a discussion on “God’s Power.” Come on over to Tequila’s on Thursday (8:30am)

Please take advantage of our Prayer Wall – The Prayer Wall on our church website is a great way to keep informed of the needs of our church family and/or to request prayer for a need you have.
 
Sermon ReviewOn Sunday, we continued in our “Wheel of Fortune” (Context) series by looking at the statement, “An Eye for an Eye & a tooth for a tooth.” Here’s some of the statements Pastor Chuck made in bringing us to a true understanding of “an eye for an eye” and the challenge he brought to us as New Testament believers, who are challenged to live life at a much higher level.
* Leviticus 19:18 “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. – Personal revenge was not permitted, but personal love was.
* Matthew 5:40-41 “ you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.”
* Jesus didn’t come to abolish the O.T. but to fulfill it and push us beyond just the Law.
* Matthew 5:43-44  “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!
* Romans 12:17-21 “ Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”
* Romans 12:20  Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads. Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.”
* Our challenge in this era of grace is to:

  • Be more honorable
  • Be at peace as best we can
  • Do not act in revenge
  • Show love to everyone, even those who persecute you. 

Listen to the entire message at www.sancarloscommunitychurch.com

Praying you all have a wonderful summer,
Pastor Glenn & Jeannine

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