Pastor’s Desk-Christmas Movie

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It is a good Day; Christmas is special to me for so many reasons. For one I enjoy the Christmas dinner. Not for the food, but the laughs and family. But again this year my family is so far away, and Lynn and I have been swallowed up by the love of a new family here in San Carlos.

And I so remember the Charlie Brown Christmas movie. Each year I watch it. I was thinking about how to tell you about just that while drinking coffee and reflecting on this letter, I found this on FB from one of my friends.  It says what I would like to say, so I will quote from her.

 “In 1965, Charles Schulz, a devout Christian and creator of the Peanuts comic strip, was asked to create a Christmas special for CBS featuring the Peanuts Characters. He agreed with one requirement, that they allow him to include the story of the birth of Jesus. Although the stations executives were hesitant and tried to convince him otherwise, Schulz was insistent. As a result, for the past 50 plus years, millions of people have watched “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and heard the story of Jesus and “what Christmas is all about.”

It wasn’t until a few years back that I realized a “hidden message” in the film. Linus, a child who seems to have some insecurities as he carries a security blanket with him at all times. In fact, Linus NEVER drops his blanket, except once….

While sharing the message of “what Christmas is all about,” Linus drops his blanket at the exact moment he says the words, “fear not!”

In this seemingly innocent moment, Linus delivers a powerful reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. We are to “fear not”, for Jesus is born. We needn’t rely on material things for security, we have God with us, “Immanuel”, (Matthew 1:23) Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior – the true meaning of Christmas.

Awhile back, someone informed me, indignantly so, that Linus picks up his blanket at the end of the speech so my interpretation must be wrong. Well, he was right, Linus does pick up his blanket at the end of his speech. However, he “drops” it again later…

Amid big, bright, colorful, shiny artificial trees, Charlie Brown chose the least of these, a little, wooden tree with just a few branches. Shortly thereafter, Linus uses his blanket to wrap about the base of the tree and says, “Maybe it just needs a little love”. In that moment, the tree “awakens”, stands tall and firm. A reminder that no matter who we are, how many mistakes we’ve made, a “little love” can make all the difference.

Let’s strive to “fear not” (Luke 2:10) and “love one another” (John 13:34), not just at Christmastime, but the whole year through.”

To me Christmas is about family and friends. But what I have is family and friends so far away, and here, I have a wonderful wife, and family and friends that are here and so rich in love. And I know the life I have is because a Savour came into the world and I know Him. Thank you for being my family and friends.

If you look further down the calendar we have a lot coming up this next couple of months. (further down)

Howard D is still in the hospital and, and he is stable. They are working at bringing him home to MX. It will be a lot to get him here. He is still needing a lot of care and attention, and Susan would rather tend to his needs here in MX with the support of family and friends here. Mexico has been his home and his work for a long time, and the return would be good for his healing. Please consider and contribute to the account to bring Howard home to MX. The doctors think he will recover better at home in more familiar surroundings. https://gofund.me/028ccecf

Sunday, the story about the shepherds keeping watch over their flocks of sheep, from Luke chapter two is a part of the story of Christ birth that I so relate too. These people were social and religious outcasts.  Something that I felt I lived in so long ago. But angels were sent to reveal the wonder of God to the shepherds and life for them took on new meaning.

Keepers of the lambs for Temple sacrifice in Jerusalem and now they gaze upon a newborn who would be the supreme sacrifice for the world. I wonder if in the days to come if they realized the privilege they had gained?
I wonder if we have realized the privilege we have gained by being brought in to gaze upon the wonder of God’s love to us?

The shepherds of this region who had this task, would often stable the expectant ewes in an old stone tower that once was a military watch tower. The lambs were so valuable that bringing them into this birthing place meant a greater likelihood of their survival. It was the Tower of the Flock or also known as the Migdal Edar. You can read a bout it in Micah 4:8.

Proverbs 18:10 says, “the name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and they are saved.” The Tower of the Flock; His name, is the place we have. I took security in His Name that when I confessed my sin and accepted His sacrificed life as the grace that saved me, I was and am safe. What ever may afflict my body, I know now that my spirit and soul are safe in the strong tower of His Name. I know there is a lot of imagery in what I am saying, but I am trying to tie these together.

Only in His Name is there safety for me. I often feel like maybe the shepherds, having become a witness of what I am seeing and trying to tell others of a marvel.

My prayer is that you will have an awesome Christmas and that you will be witness to the marvel of the power of His Name, our Saviour, our strong tower.

Blessings, Pastor Chuck.  Next Sunday, a Christmas special of carols and a harmony from the gospels of the “Christmas Story.”

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/

Special Events

Christmas Service Sunday Dec 25 @ 9 a.m.

Midweek Bible study Jan 4 at 1:30 p.m.

Mark Mulligan Thursday Jan 12 at 6 p.m.

Monday @ the Movies Night Jan 23 at 6 p.m.

Missions Fest Jan 29 after worship service.

Events

2 & 4th Sunday each month, Cookie Sunday (Effective 2023)

1st Sunday each month, Celebration of the Lord’s Table.

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

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

Every Friday @ 5 p.m. – Youth Ministry

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

Grief Share begins Monday January 23 at 2:22 p.m..

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.

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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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