Selfies and vanity

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It is a good Day; Did you see the “selfie” on the SCCC facebook page? I step out onto the church veranda and shout selfie and hold my phone up above my head and quickly people gather in. It tells me people are happy to be identified with one another and the church.

It is subtle. The change is happening in SCCC, as I see more people coming here and, making San Carlos their year round home. And they are younger. 2020 taught people a lot of things, and one was to be inventive in how to work and keep an income yet be remote from the HQ. This has enabled many to move to another place and live and work in a place they desire, such as San Carlos. So, we see a change where people live here and work from here and they are not as old as you would expect.

The other change is SC is no longer looking like the retirement town of the Americans. When you drive through town there are so many more Mexicans here that have discovered this town and bought their retirement home and their weekend home. The town is booming. It is affecting our church too. This summer we have more Mexicans in Sunday worship services than last summer.

For just an example, his name is Jose, and he brought his family to church. Their first visit. He spoke a little English and between us we were able to make ourselves understood. They are visiting from Nogales MX and are considering moving to San Carlos. He loved our church.

We as SCCC have an opportunity to meet and to use for the growth of the kingdom of God these times and the new resources we have. Now with the website and social media we can make our presence known and show Jesus to a broader range of people. We can work a mission field in broader terms and I find that exciting.

Movie Night was excellent. I still hear about it a week later. The movie really spoke to people. I so enjoy watching how this little idea can have such an impact on our church. Again this month, we have Thursday potluck, movie night and cookie Sunday. I am taking two weeks off from the speaking schedule. This Sunday Jorge Campo sharing the Word. And then September 10, is our own Mayra Gonzalez. I will be challenged with their excellence.

Out of curiosity I am writing a bit in my spare time, a history of SCCC. Mostly for my own interest but I may share it or file it for future generations. If you are a history buff and have some interest, I invite your memories and stories. I have some interview appointments set up to chat with some of those who have been here a long while. But feel free to write me back.

Sunday, I finished a series on the book of Ecclesiastes. It has been a great study. The final chapter must be read carefully. If you blow through it in a quick read, you miss a word, “youth.” It is there in verse one. It is the writer telling his audience to remember who their creator is in their days of youth. Then he goes on to describe what it is like to grow old. He uses very descriptive language and for us, outside of that culture, we may not catch all the illustrations. Some of those illustrations are comical.

Then in verse six, he says it again. “Remember him-before the silver cord is broken….” That is the cord of life. Verse one and six both tell us to know who God is while we are younger and have the opportunity to love a full life and to live for him. A life with God, is one I can never neglect or regret. It is so full and better than my previous experience of life.

After his description of the affects of death he repeats a common phrase found in this book, “vanity of vanities.” In Hebrew it means no substance or empty. Smoke and fog are the better images of that. They are there but have no substance. Life without God is life but without God there really is no substance to it. And those without a relationship with God may mock this but how would they know? It is not until you step into that relationship with God, through Christ, that you see what you were missing.

I encourage you to read this book twice. First just sit down and cruise through it. Then sit and read it slower and muse over what is said. It is not written to the church or the religious people. The writer is very skeptic and wondering the same questions that we all ask. What is the value of all we do? Why do we trouble ourselves with so much? It is written from a man’s perspective and reveals his journal of thought. Enjoy!

Blessings, Chuck

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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

Special Event: Baptism in the Ocean, Sunday September 17 after worship service. If you want to be baptized, please contact me as soon as you can.

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 El Mar (temporary). 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 Sept 14 @ 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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