Pastor’s Desk 2021-02-02

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Good Morning Church family,
 
I received this interesting story via email. Thought you’d enjoy it.
 
Dirty Laundry 
A young couple moved into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
 
“That laundry is not very clean,” she said. “She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”
 
Her husband looked on, but remained silent.
 
Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.
 
About one month later, the woman was surprised to see nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: “Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?”
 
The husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
 
And so it is with life. What we see when watching others depends on the purity of the window through which we look.
 

Tax Receipts for your donations to SCCC in 2020 are now available.

  • American Donors: please email sccc.treasurer@gmail.com for your receipt.
  • Canadian Donors: your receipts will be sent to you from GCF Canada.
 
We are so grateful that most of our weekly ministries are able to function in spite of the pandemic and that we are able to offer them within a safe environment at the church. However, the following events can also be accessed online should you choose to do so.  
  • Contact sancarloscommunitychurch@live.com for online info
  • 9:00 am – Mountain Movers Prayer Group
  • 10:30 am – The Women’s Bible Study has begun.
  • 1:30 pm – Pastor Chuck “The Kingdom of God” (facebook)

 
Annual General Meeting – Thursday, Feb 25. Next week, I will include a link that will take you to a full digital report of 2020, bylaw revision, the budget for 2021 and some thoughts regarding how we can continue to be a healthy church in 2021. We will only print Annual Reports for those who are not able to access the digital version of our Report. Please request one from Mayra if you require one.
 
Sunday’s Message: “Is it God’s Will to Heal Me?” – Luke 8:40-56
 
Jairus and the “Woman who touched the hem of His Garment” created the context for our study on healing on Sunday. The Question we were challenged to consider was not, “Does God heal everyone?” But rather, “How can I experience God more deeply as I seek Him to bring healing into my life?

We observed three tests that both Jairus and the Woman faced as they searched for healing, tests that you and I will always face as we seek for healing.
1. The Test of delay – Our Timing is not God’s Timing.
2. The Test of despair – Despair – an utter loss of hope.
3. The Test of discouragement – the crowd laughs at Jesus.

The journey God often takes us on in our quest and desire for healing is the greater work that God often wants to do in our lives.

Insights about Healing:
1. God works on a different schedule than ours. God’s ultimate goal is to lead us to a place where we are more committed to him than simply what He can do for us.
2. God works with a different value system.
3. God’s will is more important than ours.

Does God always Heal? I would answer Yes. However, He does not always heal in the way we would like or expect Him too! God is always wanting to do a healing work in our hearts and minds. Remember Jairus was looking for a physical healing for his daughter, but Jesus wanted to do a resurrection. The challenge for us as we seek His healing is to understand and trust that everything God is doing in our lives is ultimately meant to draw us closer to Him.
 
Next Sunday – Most of you have heard this phrase before – There are two things we should never discuss in public – religion and politics. Given the passionate leanings in our political world today, how do we navigate this subject of politics? Join us Sunday for some thoughts on this very divisive subject. Probably a good week to be praying for the Pastor!
 
Have a great week,
Pastor Glenn & Jeannine

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