Cookies & Baptism

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It is a good Day; Anticipation, is the word of the day. We all live in anticipation of something, either good or bad. I have a lot running around in my mind and heart. I am anxious (not anxiety) about vacation trips to see family and be a tourist. Funny how we leave a tourist destination and then travel elsewhere to be a tourist. I am excited to see friends and renew times and review previous times that we recite as memories shared. Then after week or two, I will anticipate the wonderful trip home. Home to San Carlos, and my friends and the town and the church.

Primary in my anticipation, is to see people healed. It started a couple of years ago when I spent the last few hours with a friend as she was slipping away. We had prayed for her healing. Not my first experience in this either. I have been at so many bedsides! Then Howard, my friend got sick and shortly after, I myself was sick. I was now just angry. Not at God or anyone in particular, but just angry. I spent so much time walking on the golf course near my home, and in the church, just walking around and praying. I want to see people healed! I am still in anticipation of this event. Don’t give me short answers, I have said them myself. But I anticipate someday, each one prayed for will be healed.

What are you in anticipation of? Really, besides the morning coffee! There has to be more? What passion is inside of you that you are anxious to see?

Also are you remembering to pray for these three men, Plablo, Jan and Danio. They were baptized last Sunday. Baptism signifies our identification with Jesus, death, resurrection and the new life we have in him. Please keep these people in prayer as we disciple them in this great expression of faith.

At the baptism a week ago, Maggie brought some of her children to church and then to the ocean for the baptism. Three of those have expressed interest to her to also be baptized. Now it seems we need to plan for another baptism on May 28. This week, Pastor Mayra will speak with them about the significance of baptism.

Cookie Sunday is May 28th. I looked, the cookie supply is low. Start baking them cookies. So the plan is on May 28 after cookie Sunday on the veranda we will move to San Francisco beach to baptize these people as they prove their confession of faith. Come prepared to join us.

There will be no newsletter for the next two weeks until June 14. Then I will tell you why there was no newsletter until June 14!

Sunday, we read Matthew 19:21 when Jesus instructs a rich man to sell all he has and give it to the poor. Some have taken this as a teaching that wealth is some degree of sin. But Jesus only instructed this man to do this and none other. Mark 10:19 says “Jesus loved him.” And as you read you see, the man walks away and Jesus looked upon him with love.

It was just last November we had studied and spoke of this story in Matthew. But when I read it again, something new was there. The man wanted eternal life. And in the reply Jesus does not speak of eternal life, but offers him “life.” Yes I went to Jesus for eternal life rather than eternal damnation! But what I found was life way better than I though possible. It is not a restricted life, now, but a life so much more full.

Yet this man refused Jesus offer and walks away without life, eternal life or joy! I suggest that he thought he had everything but he knew something was missing. We often see people who have everything yet still are not satisfied. Perhaps he needed something else for his fulfillment to obtain eternal life? I often thought it was because he valued his wealth over eternal life that he walked away, but no there is something deeper here. I think he did not want to give up his own image of his rich self. In his wealth he found his identity. He could not be identified as poor. Then I ask, what was in his past experiences that taught him that he feared being poor?

He had the shinny outside image, perhaps to mask some brokenness in himself. The shinny rich image on the outside was a mask for what was underneath. The offer to sell everything and follow Jesus was an offer to step back into brokenness with Jesus. Would you? If you walked with Jesus in your open brokenness, could you trust Jesus for healing?

Blessings, Pastor Chuck.  Next Sunday, “What is Pentecost?”

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

Events

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

4th Sunday each month, Cookie Sunday

3rd Monday each month @ 6 p.m. Monday Night at the Movies.

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.

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.

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/

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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