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It is a good Day; Just last evening we were out for dinner with some friends from the church. Two subjects came up. One was how we have the most interesting people in the world right here in San Carlos. People are so unique and it seems like the most unique came here. It is a wonderful variety of people. Our church is the same. And we did mention names! If you want to meet interesting people San Carlos is the place. And the church seems to be a magnet for that.

The other subject was about the new people to our church and there are so many. We chatted a bit about welcoming them. We give out the gift bags and suggest people look about for who is new. Adopt someone and show them around the building. Give them a tour. Or maybe they are new in town and struggle with finding where some of the resources are?

We were fortunate when we arrived. Our friend Thonda took us out for a two hour drive and suggested if we need to find something call her. But it has not been like that for everyone. And if you don’t know the language (what does that sign say?) it can be like being in another country. Maybe for us who have been here a while we forget what it was like to find everything.

One new couple came to our church on the recommendation from another. They loved the church,but had not been to MX before and it was difficult for them. But someone picked up on them and made themselves available to give them help. Now they are a big part of our church and even decided to stay in San Carlos.

Another good story I got was about Thanksgiving dinner. A couple in our church are fairly new., and as yet had few friends and nothing special for Thanksgiving dinner. They were invited to a home in the Bahia for dinner. They went and found so many people there and met so many and had a great time getting to know people from mostly our church. It was because they were new and the host thought this would be a good idea. Now that is a welcome!

But what about if no one welcomes them to the church! I suggest after the service they just stand on the veranda and no one chats with them. That happened last winter. I saw a new couple of people and walked up and chatted with them. They had come in a taxi and so we took them for lunch and then a ride around town and back to their hotel. They were missionaries just slowly following the Lord for where they were to be. Sadly, after service we were the only ones that talked to them!

We are a great church and this is a fabulous town, and we deprived ourselves when we don’t connect (popular word these days) with someone new. So if life is a little boring, meet someone new. Adopt a newcomer to church, it may be a gift for you. That new person might just be your next best friend.

Oh yes two more things, message me if you want to join the Unofficial breakfast on Tuesday. And this coming Sunday is “Cookie Sunday.” We will celebrate the Lord’s Table together, and can you remember to bring a special offering for the Benevolence collection.

Now for the sad news. Ken Geisler passed away Saturday morning December19. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at Central Baptist Church, 9419 95 Street NW, Edmonton, AB at 11:00 a.m. The service will be available to view via livestream at: https://live.followingtogether.com/

Howard D is still in the hospital in serious condition. They are really struggling to get him to move forward in his recovery. It is urgent that we pray for him. Pray also for Susan to have peace and be strong. She must be under a lot of pressure.

Also pray for Brenda K, who is recovering as an out patient in a home in Tucson with friends. Casa de Esperanza continues without her, but I don’t know how! And they will be filling backpacks for children with school supplies and a small Christmas gift. We will be filling the backpacks December 12 at 9 a.m. on the church veranda. My experience from previous years Is that the work goes very quickly and does not take long.

Sunday, We entered the Advent Season. It is only four Sundays until Christmas. Yes, that close. And the message this past Sunday was from Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.’  Odd passage to start from! But then we went to Luke 2:8-14, the story of the shepherds coming to find Jesus as a baby in a stable in Bethlehem. From there we explored the purpose of the coming of Jesus. The shepherds had a visit from an angel telling them that what they would find would be a sign for them of a saviour that had come for the world.

Another that saw the sign was days later in the Temple in Jerusalem was Simeon. He was a very old man waiting for the promised sign of a coming messiah. Luke 2:25-33 tells the story that Simeon recognized this was the messiah or Christ and now he could rejoice and go in peace.

The sign is there in the prophets and the testimonies of others. That the Christ has come to make atonement for the sin of the world, should you decided to accept what is given to you. A gift of salvation brought by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ came to give you more life than just to be walking flesh. But to live life with purpose. The challenge is will you live daily to live that purpose? To live a life that honours Him?

Blessings, Pastor Chuck.  Next Sunday, we will look at a good man named Joseph. A very good man.

Special Events

Potluck Dinner Dec 7 5:30 pm.

Filling the backpacks December 12 at 9 a.m. on the church veranda.

Monday @ the Movies Night Dec 19 6 pm.

Children & Youth Presentation Dec 18@ 9 a.m.

Christmas Service Sunday Dec 25 @ 9 a.m.

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/

Events

1st Sunday each month, Cookie Sunday after service on the veranda.

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.

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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