Pastor’s Desk

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It is a good Day, Well the desert is very green. We have had so much rain. We thought SCCC was getting back to “regular scheduled program” after VBS and the Youth Congress, but the rain has pressed us in other directions.

Most of our homes leaked rain in through windows and roofs. It just came so fast and hard. When I arrived at the church last Sunday morning, our worship team was not practicing for the service. They were mopping floors from just what blew in under the doors. They had moved chairs and set up fans to speed the drying.

Pastor Mayra and some of the youth were stopped outside of San Carlos by flooded roads. I borrowed a four wheel drive truck and drove out to retrieve them. Cars were just not able to navigate the fast water and the depth of it running across the highway into San Carlos. Three hours later the water had run off and the roads were passable again.

The church is meeting needs of flood victims. We have restocked the foodbank and are sending out bags of groceries with ‘area captains.’ Which are the people who we know that have neighbours who are in need. While we can’t store furniture and bedding, we are trying to link donors with needs. The biggest needs maybe long term such as furniture. So many homes in the flooded areas around San Carlos lost all their meager furniture to the rain.

What makes me proud of this church is that SCCC is not the flash in the pan but continues after the crisis seems over in a sustainable manner. Anytime we put out the need, you come through. I was reflecting this week on the virus crisis of 2020 and how for a period of months our church contributed to the needs of the community who were out of work because so many businesses were closed. And we always have supplies for those who make needs known.

Hurry home everyone, you are missed!

Sunday, I started off with wondering if many people were coming to church. The church is on a paved road, but many of the side roads were muddy and some areas were without electricity. But people came through and that is to their credit.

We looked into the story from Luke 19 of Zacchaeus, who is the wealthy tax collector in Jericho. He wanted to see Jesus so he climbed a tree to see him. He went to unusual efforts to see Jesus. Jesus called upon him and went to Zacchaeus home for a meal. Sometime in this encounter Zacchaeus realized that Jesus was not just a man and was the man of God that people said he was. While the conversation is not all given to us in Luke’s, the effect upon Zac (I am so tired of writing out the name) was that Zac “turned over a new leaf.”

He went from a greedy tax collector that was consuming his community for his own benefit to a producer in the community. He had tax records and knew how much he had scammed from people in his community and declared he would give back into the community up to half of all he owned. He didn’t just accept Jesus, he did something about it. His life change was not just in words but in actions.

Too many people will say they are sorry for their wrongs, but how many people actual go about the business of giving back what they took? What we see in Zac was a man who encountered Jesus for a life changing affect that then had an effect on those in his community. He got close to Jesus. The other type of people were those who just saw Jesus, did not encounter him and were only the by-standers. Their encounter with Jesus remained distant and had no affect.

So, the challenge is, how close do you want to be to Jesus and what effect will you let this have on you? Or will you continue to be a by-stander watching from the safe distance?

Blessings, Pastor Chuck.  Next week, “Zac and You.”  A look at being an ambassador as Zac was.

You can listen to Sunday messages the SCCC website You can listen to these messages @; http://sancarloscommunitychurch.com/streaming_christian_audio_sermons.php

or view on the SCCC facebook page.  https://web.facebook.com/pg/sancarloscommunitychurch/videos/

Other Events

Wednesday @ 9 a.m. – Ladies Mountain Mover’s Prayer.

Thursday @ 8:30 a.m. – Men’s Bible study, prayer and breakfast at Tortuga’s. First time is free! Come on gentlemen.

Friday @ 5 p.m. – Youth Ministry & Special event Youth Congress

Sunday @ 9 a.m. –Children’s Church with Pastor Mayra; Bi lingual.

You can contact the church by email for more information about these events at office@sancarloscommunitychurch.com

We will be open for public worship services Sunday. Service will also be LIVE on Facebook. You do not need an account. If the “live” feed you are receiving is interrupted we encourage you to please return and go the page and bring up “Videos” and you will find the recorded video for each Sunday.

https://web.facebook.com/pg/sancarloscommunitychurch/videos/

Right Now Media. Is ready! SCCC has taken a one year membership with Rightnow Media. We are offering this resource to SCCC. I love using Rightnow Media and am very excited that you will be able to have this material resource too! It contains biblical educational videos that have accompanying study books that compliment the video, these can be used for group study or personal study. The studies available are of books of the Bible and also some that are topical. There are resources for adults, men, women, teens and videos teaching for children. I also found ‘conference’ videos that you can take advantage of. In all there are 20,000 videos available. That is a lot of education and inspiration material. The purpose of SCCC in offering this to you is to give you the resources to explore your faith and grow in Christian maturity.

This membership provides for us material in English and Spanish, so it suits our church community very well. Please take advantage of this material and let us know what you think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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