Pastor’s Desk 2019-10-29

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Good Morning to You All
 
We had another “fine weather” week in San Carlos. A few more of our Northern friends have rolled into town. Its so much fun to see you all. Welcome Home! I know we’ll see many more in the days to come.
 
Some guests in the house again. I always enjoy meeting new people who the Lord brings our way. Its such a sweet opportunity for us to welcome them and to show the love of Christ to them. I am so thankful for the attitude our church family has towards guests. What a treat to see.
 
Well this coming Saturday is a really big day for a number of us, (27 I believe) as we head off to Israel for 10 days. I am thrilled to be able to go with a group from our church, along with a few special guests who are coming along. I look forward to retracing some of Jesus’ steps and seeing some of the many places where he touched people’s lives. Please pray we’ll get an even greater sense of who Jesus is.
 
This was so good last year and Marilyn has offered to start an early winter session of “Dinner or Lunch for 6”. Some of you signed up last Sunday. Email her at marilynw3874@gmail.com if you’d still like to get in on this unique way to getting to know some of the church folks. We had such good feedback last year. She will announce the initial groups this coming Sunday. If you’ve got some questions, please don’t hesitate to email or speak to Marilyn. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.
 
We’re in the middle of planning a Leadership Retreat for all our deacons, elders, pastoral staff and their spouses (Dec 5-6) This will be our third year together as the larger leadership team for a time of dreaming, learning and growing as the team that God has brought together to bring guidance to our church here in SC. I’ll share more details as the day gets closer.
 
So grateful for our Worship Team at SCCC. We are wanting to help you be more familiar with any new songs we sing on Sunday Morning, so beginning this week, Ryan will post links to these songs on the Church facebook page – “San Carlos Community Church”. Check it out. There’s some great music being written as of late and our team spends a lot of time looking for songs with applicable and meaningful words which will draw us into the Lord’s presence as we worship together.
 
Many of you have gone above and beyond in helping Carol Miller’s son Jamie to honor his Mother. Thank you to each one of you who helped make Saturday’s  memorial meaningful. Jamie was so grateful for the words, the stories and the effort you made to make this day precious for him & his family. 
 
Wow, what a crew showed up to help Chuck and Lynn unload their belongings last Sunday.  After arriving late on Saturday evening, Frank, Dan and Chuck were exhausted. So Sunday morning, we asked for your help unloading their stuff at Chuck and Lynn’s home. I’m not sure how many people came, 20 ?, but in less than an hour, everything had been carried to the appropriate place. So grateful for all of you that came. I know the Sheridans were most grateful.  
 
Men’s Breakfast and Study: David Long will be leading a study on “kindness”. Looking forward to it.  Come on over to Tequila’s on Thursday (8:30am) for a little breakfast and a good time of study & fellowship with the guys.

I’ve left this in for one more week because of the value these folks are adding to our church. Its been so good to get back and hear about the connections Pastor Chuck and Lynn have made with our church family. Before we left in May, I wrote the following in our newsletter:
              “We are so looking forward to all that the Sheridans will add to our church family. The leadership team brought them on board with two reasons in mind:
              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 leadership than can physically be accomplished. We simply needed more pastoral help to serve the people the way they deserve to be served. Now we can do both!
              Folks not only can we, but we are now doing both! Thanks to your input and your generosity, we have seen the first of those reasons entirely fulfilled. A year round church has truly been in action all summer. And we look forward this winter to the increased capacity we will have in pastoral leadership.
 
Sermon ReviewOn Sunday, we continued our series on Perseverance. Last week, we talked about perseverance in light of life circumstances we face. But, what happens when I make the bad choice, when I make the bad decisions, when I’m responsible for my failure?

Your failures do not have to be final. The key to your comebacks is your commitment to persevere. If you’re not dead, God’s not Done!

We looked at the life of Peter, (John 21) who had a front row seat observing the life of Jesus. And in a few short minutes, moved from declaring “he would die for Jesus” to denying Jesus, not only once, but three times.

The encouraging part of this story is that Jesus foretold Peter he would have this massive failure. Jesus knew in advance that Peter would fail. Jesus not only knows our past failures, but he knows our future failures and continues to love us. He later meets with Peter and three times asks Peter, do you love me? Each time Peter responds in the affirmative. Why three times? Maybe because Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus also restored Peter three times – maybe simply to His love and His plans for Peter. Notice Jesus question though, “Peter do you love me”, not “Peter what have you done?”

In our lives, Jesus asks the same question, “do you love me.” And our answer may be a little like Peter’s, “Yes I love you, BUT, here’s what I did.” Jesus asks, “do you love me, Not what have you done.”

If you feel or think your situation is beyond redemption, Jesus is asking you the same question, “not what have you done, but do you love me?  See if you’re not dead, God’s not done with you.

     Listen to the entire message at www.sancarloscommunitychurch.com
 
Praying you all have a wonderful week,
Pastor Glenn & Jeannine  
 
Happenin’ this week @ SCCC
Wed @ 9:00 am – Mountain Mover’s Prayer
Thur @ 8:30 am – Men’s Breakfast, Devotional & Prayer time at Tequila’s
Fri @ 5:00 pm – Youth Ministry at the Church with Selene
Sat Morning – SCCC folks leave for Israel.
Sun @ 9:00 am – Children’s Ministry with Mayra (ages 2-12)
 
Dec 5&6 – Leadership Retreat at Art & Brenda’s (Casa de Esperanza)
   Thursday evening and Friday daytime for all Elders, Deacons, Pastors and Spouses

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