Eat, drink & be merry.

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It is a good Day;  This last week I was asked to visit an American man who is a shut in, due to a physical disorder. He was so depressed. He told me his stories and he cried and was frustrated being shut in. He has no family near by. Everyone is on the east coast and he does not feel welcome nor is he able to support himself in the USA. Sad to see that there may be so many that live their seniors’ years tucked away and alone. I visited him again to share about God with him. But he flatly refused the message. He told me more stories and cried some more. He thanked me for the visit. He is without Christ and without hope. The lesson here is that we need to hear the cries and visit those around us like him. We need to always be sensitive to the neighbours of our community.

It is with sadness I learned that Barbara Montoya’s husband Al, passed away recently in Tucson AZ at the age of 97. Anyone who knew AL knew they had better be sharp. He had a great sense of humor and was very current on news and world topics. I sure will miss my visits to their home. Our condolences to Barbara and the family.

Good news, we had another successful church potluck dinner at the church last Thursday. Of the 39 people who attended, 19 of those were Spanish speakers and 20 were English speakers. One of those Spanish speakers was a guest and requested a Bible. We had plenty of food and the fellowship was excellent. While some had the barrier of language, I observed that people made efforts to get to know one another, in spite of the language differences. Go SCCC!

Tomorrow, August 17 is a potluck at the pastor’s house. People have asked about our trip to South Africa, so without it being one of those home movie evenings, we are just going to let the pictures play over and over on the screen at the house and people can look as they want or not! (Really we just found an excuse to share together) Again bring some food to share and let’s have a good dinner together. If you want to use the BBQ, it is available. There will be plenty of outdoor shade on the veranda and AC inside the house!

Yes, it has been warm here. For the first time this summer, no one sat in the balcony. I am not surprised. It has been hot. I have been surprised to see people up there at all since May right into August. Hearty people! Perhaps it is the view?

Coming up, Monday 21 @ 6 p.m. Monday Night at the Movies

If you are not in town, you are missing our summer of heat, rain and green hills. Please hurry back!

Sunday, we learned that “eat, drink and be merry” is in the Bible! But one perception of Christians is that we are solemn, somber and boring! Or that we are just hypocrites. True or not? But the Bible instructs us to live our lives simple, and enjoy our work. We are to eat, drink and be happy with what we have.

Ecclesiastes 8:14 tells us that life seems so futile. Good people have evil happen to them and evil people have good happen to them. It seems so futile to struggle. What is the sense? But then the next verse says, “So I commended pleasure, for there is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand by him in his toils throughout the days of his life which God has given him under the sun.” And in that life posture, work seems better.

After some discussion and reflection, the writer goes on to tell us that whatever happens is the business of God and only he knows, not us, Ecclesiastes 9:1 So what are we to do? How are we to live? Then I remembered a song by Alan Jackson, “You only get a minute, better live while you’re in it ‘Cause it’s gone in a blink And the older I get The truer it is It’s the people you love, not the money and stuff That makes you rich.”  He too is concluding what Solomon did conclude. In 9:7 “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.”

What do we learn here? Eat, drink, be happy in your work. Love people and leave behind that legacy of righteousness. If you go to the church Facebook page you can watch the full service.

Blessings, Pastor Chuck.

Next Sunday, I will continue with Ecclesiastes. “Wisdom”

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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.

The next Potluck Dinner is Thursday August 10 @ 5:30 p.m.

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

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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