Pastor’s Desk 2020-03-10

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Good Morning to you all,
 
40,000 USD – Yes that’s the generous gift we will be receiving from a family who simply loves and values what God is doing through our church. ! I know a number of you have already expressed your gratitude to me for their generosity and I’ll continue to share with them whatever I hear from you. We are grateful.

But here’s the deal – This is a matching gift and we have until Easter to match this amount. If you are sending an extra gift through GCF in Canada or Paypal in the USA, it will be included in the match. Please include “Matching Gift” on the memo line of all checks given to SCCC or on the envelopes used for offerings.
     
Can we match 40,000 in the next 33 days?
I don’t doubt for a moment that we can! How do you eat an elephant? One bite of a time! Sunday, I shared one way to make this special project a little more “bite sized.” If for example,

  • 1 person gave 10,000.00 USD
  • 2 people gave 5,000.00 USD
  • 6 people gave 2,000.00 USD
  • 8 people gave 1,000.00 USD

AND DONE! This is only one example of how we could meet the goal. You may have another. But its interesting that after Sunday’s announcement, I already had two people share with me that they had just filled one of the above options. There is so many things God has been doing through the people and the ministries of SCCC this winter, so many great reasons to celebrate and this could well be another one! What will you do to help complete this challenge?

Coronavirus Thoughts – I’ve included an article at the end of this email which I received this past week. Greg Laurie has penned much of the response. If you’ve had concerns, you may appreciate the balanced response the author invites us to consider.

If you’ve been thinking about being baptized, March 22 is your opportunity. Please speak with either Pastor Chuck or myself if you’ve got questions or would like to be baptized.
 
Tour of Hijos del Rey (King’s Kids) this Saturday (March 14) 10:30 – 1:30. The tour will leave from La Bartina, which is the restaurant in the Seascape strip mall as you’re leaving San Carlos. We invite you to come take a guided tour of King’s Kids, see the upgrades to the property and visit with the kids!

Our Last “Monday Night at the Movies” for the season happens on March 16th with the movie “Unplanned”. You may find the first few minutes of the movie somewhat graphic, but the opening moments lay the groundwork for the very powerful message the movie presents. You can preview the “movie trailer” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBLWpKbC3ww. The movie is based on a life changing, true story. Its another in the series of excellent quality movies we have been able to present this winter, compliments of the Gibsons. 
 
Last Sunday, Pastor Chuck took us through the rest of Acts 5 as he shared about this growing church we find in the book of Acts. Two key reasons for their growth – firstly they had an ongoing hunger to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit led them in their plans and decisions. Secondly, they were a group that was united. They had unity. Its an incredible picture. God’s response to Ananias and Sapphira’s deception and corruption had not hindered their unity. And the church continues to grow in numbers yes, but even more in effectiveness in reaching their community. They had a shared vision and a shared understanding of the Holy Spirit’s personal empowerment.
             Next week, as we look at this ordinary guy named Stephen, we will see another “life attitude” which freed this church to grow in faith and effectiveness. Get a head start and read about this “ordinary giant” in Acts 6&7.

Have a great week,
Pastor Glenn & Jeannine 
 
Happenin’ this week @ SCCC
Wed @ 9:00 am – Mountain Mover’s Prayer
Thur @ 8:30 am – Men’s Breakfast & Study Time at Tequila’s
Fri @ 5:00 pm – Youth Ministry with Selene (ages 13-18)
Sun @ 9:00 am – Children’s Ministry with Mayra (ages 2-12)
Mon @ 10:00 am – Coda with Judy Long.
Mon @ 3:33 pm – Griefshare with Christie.
Mon @ 6:00 pm – Monday Night Movie – Unplanned
 
Hapenin’ soon @ SCCC
Mar 22 @ SCCC – Baptism at the Morning Service

“Replace Fear With Faith and Pray”  by Andrea Morris

Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in southern California is calling Americans to pray for an end to the spread of coronavirus and to calm fears over the outbreak.
     “There’s a lot of panic. In some ways, I think the viral fear about it may be worse than the virus itself,” Laurie said in a video posted on Instagram.
     “The Bible tells us, don’t worry about it – pray about it. Don’t worry about anything. God is bigger than the coronavirus,” he added.

Laurie is urging the nation to focus on three key items relating to COVID-19:
1. Be Practical about hygiene habits
2. Pray for God’s protection over the nation
3. Proclaim the gospel

The pastor wrote that we should follow advice from medical professionals, but continue to pray for God’s protection.

“Listen to the medical experts and take appropriate measures (Wash your hands, etc.) But we need to replace our fear with faith and pray for our nation, that God would protect us.”
Scott James, a pediatric infectious disease specialist in Alabama said fear of the unknown is a common theme he continues to see with the coronavirus.

“One thing that does cause me some concern is the general tendency to focus on the unknowns in a way that stokes panic and fear,” James said. “Instead of fretting over potential catastrophes, pay attention to the opportunities that are right in front of you: take care of yourself, take care of others, and do your part to limit the spread of disease.”
James encourages Christians to consider possible pandemics with preparedness and having a biblical perspective with the situation.

“Preparedness simply means we will seek to inform ourselves of the situation and to make responsible choices for our own good and for the good of our communities.”
He said to maintain a “biblical perspective based on the understanding that no matter what threat is on the horizon, God is still in control. Trusting in God equips us to take the threat seriously without giving into panic or despair.”

You can read the entire article by following this link: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/health/2020/march/replace-fear-with-faith-and-pray-greg-laurie-tells-americans-to-pray-not-panic-over-coronavirus

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