Pastor’s Desk-Wonders of a Christmas Day

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It is a good Day; While many of us are far from family and can only rely on cards, notes, and perhaps video calls, Christmas without family around the tree is still a little sad. Lynn and I are very thankful for the church family we have. This church has been just as we found when we came here the first time. Welcoming and accepting.

We have found others who share these exact same sentiments. They too are far from some of their family yet have found the same peace and family type bonds that we have found. We had several people to our table Christmas day. All of us far from home. We really expected after the meal for everyone to slowly excuse themselves and drift off to their homes. But there we were sitting around for hours sharing stories and laughing. One lady said it was the best Christmas she had in a long time.

I am aware that you have been reading this post each week. This has been a long journey for this family. There are small details that change about this journey each week. But what does not change is the need for support for the family, and prayer and your tenderness in giving them room. We can support them and love them without bringing our concern to them at every mention. At this time, they know how much they are loved and supported. Let us as a community and church not neglect that.

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. There is a link that is on the church FB page for an account to help with this project. But if I post it here in this newsletter, your server will reject the newsletter. So please consider and contribute to the account to bring Howard home to MX. https://gofund.me/028ccecf

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

Sunday, Well, this was different. Our worship leader, Ryan, and I were concerned about a service with so many people participating. But we should have not been concerned at all. We sang Christmas carols and heard readings of scriptures telling us the Christmas story, or as preferred, the story of the birth of Christ. Deirdre sang a solo number, Immanuel. It was excellent. Ryan and the worship team did such an excellent work of leading us. Each person who did a reading was right on cue with their part. And when Betty shared about Christmas, and what it meant to her (without notes) we could have concluded right there. It was so thought provoking!

I want to thank everyone who participated in putting together this excellent Christmas Day service!

We concluded with some thoughts about the narrative from Matthew 2 about the coming of the wise men from the east. Why do we call them the wise men? Why not the learned men? I think it is because they were wise enough to see the sign or astronomical sign or star which ever you prefer, but it was a sign and then they followed. They saw that this was a sign to find Jesus Christ the Son of God, the very manifest love of God who  came to dwell with us.

Yet some of us, and some of the people of that time miss following the signs given them of the coming of the Son of God to dwell with us for salvations sake. We miss! But these men did not miss! They were wise to follow the sign. Can we be so wise?

Blessings, Pastor Chuck.  Next Sunday, “Heaven” Do you know where you are going? What kind of place is heaven?

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

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.

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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