Youth, potlucks and a movie.

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It is a good Day; 107f in the shade on my veranda yesterday at 2 pm. I think that is the hottest day I have experienced. But it didn’t seem really too bad. I must be getting use to it here.

Enough of that. Lynn and I had the privilege of hosting our church youth group plus four students from the school at our home Friday evening. Mark and Patricia came along too. It was a great evening. There are some photos on the SCCC FB page. They sure like our pool table. We had pizza, a very long pool game, and a Bible devotional time. I love our youth. Where did mine go?

The four youths are from the English second language class that Ruth and Ken van Kirk are teaching at the CEC school. They have some additional teachers and are building some strong relationships teaching English but in a manner of also disciplining the students.

Now Sunday was a bit different. Did you watch the worship service? You can do it on FB and Youtube. Just search the church name. Pastor Mayra led worship and the youth played the instruments. It has been a two-year investment in having Absalom come on Friday evenings to the church and teaching the youth music lessons. Some of you donated instruments or the money to purchase the instruments. Thank you. Now you can see the result where our own youth are leading worship. And it was excellent. Pastor Mayra said they made some mistakes, but who noticed?

Most Sundays if you were to look, you would see it is the youth who are operating the camera, PowerPoint presentation, and the sound board. That is so excellent. Now the challenge to the rest of the church is this. When I ask the youth to step in and do something they say yes, will you follow their example?

There are a few summer volunteer positions available. If you would like to learn more about sound and the system we use, we are looking for summer help. We call that position the Audio Controller Technician. Or maybe you find the church too crowded, and you want a space of your own, then sitting on a stool and pressing computer buttons for the presentation may be what you would like. It is really easy. We call that position the Visual Presentation Officer. Or perhaps you find it difficult to sit still. We need a person to sit by the sanctuary doors and close them when people come in. Somehow people just don’t do that, then all that precious cool air slips out of the sanctuary. You could call yourself an Environmental control technician. Let me or Ryan know what your preference is.

Coming up. Tomorrow, we resume our potluck dinners at the church. It is at 5:30 and please bring a dish to share with others. Always a good time of fellowship. Then Monday evening, it is Monday Night at the Movies. The movie is from a miniseries, “Peter and Paul.” It is a very well-produced movie about their work as recorded in the book of Acts and even the nonbiblical references to their deaths. No popcorn! So, bring your snack food, Unfortunately, all three of our popcorn-making couples are away at the same time! If you have any good suggestions for movie night, please let us know. We really would like movies with Spanish subtitles.

Sunday, we examined John 2, when Jesus turned water into wine. Wine was the common drink then and not beer or hard spirits. Many times, wine was added to the water just to remove the poor taste of the water and sometimes it was an addition because the water was just not all that clean to drink.

There are many fine-point references in this story that people miss. They get stuck on the question, did Jesus really drink wine with alcohol? It has been a debate in the church for more than a century. Why? I think the church is imposing its issue with alcohol upon the text that is not there. Yes, we are reading the text and putting our problems upon it and not understanding the times or culture it was written!

Did Jesus drink wine and worse did he produce so much wine that a party could continue for days on wine? Many would say, no, it was a fine grape juice. To that I reply, go do some research into the Jewish culture about Passover and the Passover meal. Even the Last Supper, was it juice they drank or wine? What did Jews drink at the Passover?

Now you can camp there if you wish. I did a lot of research and found a lot of good material and even some very bad material. As I read the remainder of the text, I came across an idea. The structure makes me think that there are many references to the future ministry of Jesus as we understand from the New Testament. It is like an outline of his ministry, his death and resurrection, and the coming of the Holy Spirit into the church. It is like a prophecy acted out! Now there is a thought for you to pursue.

This is only a small, short summary of what was spoken this past Sunday, and without writing the whole of the Sunday script for you here, you can hear the full service on our FB page under the icon “Videos.” Also, our worship services are now available “live” on YouTube. Please subscribe and “Like” our channel, as it pushes the visibility of our channel up.

Blessings, Chuck. Next Sunday, the story is about Jesus driving the sellers out of the Temple.

1st Sunday of each month, Celebration of the Lord’s Table.
4th Sunday of each month, Cookie Sunday
3rd each month, Monday Night at the Movies at 6 pm.
Every Wednesday @ 9 a.m. – Ladies Mountain Mover’s Prayer.
Thursday @ 8:30 a.m. – Men’s Bible study. The 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; Bilingual.

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