Pastor’s Desk #29

Chuck Sheridan Avatar
September 16, 2014 

Good Morning SCCC Family,        

* “Independence Day” today in Mexico – But Hurricane Odile has overshadowed many festivities. We were planning to attend a church event celebrating Independence in Guaymas last evening, but it also got cancelled. As I’m writing, I’m not sure there has been any more damage overnight. The wind is still howling, but its dark out and only a little drizzle at the moment. We lost power 3 or 4 times overnight, but it always came back on within a few moments. Oh, my goodness, it just started pouring again. (moment by moment news – better than Fox, huh? eh?)
            There has been some damage along the shore. We did see El Mar and La Palapa yesterday and they were hit very hard. The waves took the windows right out of the El Mar building on both “water” sides and the water flowed out through the entrance. La Palapa had 4-6 inches of gravel and sand on the floor. Their outdoor stage was smashed and laying in pieces 50 feet away. Soggy Peso, et al, also were hit, I’m not sure to what extent, but certainly some water in their establishments. I would assume it must be close to over, but the winds are sure howling right now. Thanks for your prayers. Please pray for those who have experienced damage.

* on the Prayer front

  1. Thank the Lord for so many answered prayers. Bethany Baird has started a part time job at the university in Guaymas – again a perfect provision as they continue their Mission focus in the area.
  2. Maureen Davis is doing well, as is Mary Sprague and George Anderson.
  3. I’ve heard of good reports from several others who just returned from having tests in Tucson or Phoenix. So Praise the Lord for answers like this and many more.
  4. Still others need our prayers – Alex Echeribel’s brother in law had triple bypass surgery yesterday.
  5. Julia Bustos (Rueben) will have surgery in the very near future. Please pray for provision for them.  
  6. Pray for two upcoming conferences, one today at the church and Howard has a group of Pastors and Church workers coming in on the 29th.

* Conference today at the Church – Brenda Koenes has organized a seminar for Children’s Church/SS Workers. If the weather hasn’t interfered, she has 70 people coming for this  conference. What an opportunity to empower and influence these folks.

* I have a wedding this weekend. The wedding itself is at Bonafacio’s, so hopefully the damage is limited or easily repairable. The wedding couple, Greg and Morgan moved here to work in the Mikylas and asked for a Christian wedding on the beach. So we’re excited to be invited to play a part in their special day!

* Marcela’s Wedding shower is coming up at Katie’s Diner (or Susan’s Diner) on Oct 4th. RSVP to Katie if you’d like to join them at venezuelanmk@gmai.com .

*  (I received this from Bob Mettlewsky this morning and thought it was so worth sharing.) THIS IS VERY BEAUTIFUL ANALOGY OF LIFE!
When we boarded the train and met our parents,  we believe they would always travel by our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant I.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize they vacated their seats. This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.
The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.
I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap success and give lots of love. More importantly, thank God for the journey.

* This following Sunday, after service, Jeannine and I will be leaving for Cuauhtemoc, then on to La Mesa to spend some time with our SCCC missionaries – Billy and Erika! We are thrilled to be able to see how God is at work in this area of His World. We plan to connect, all going well, with Ken and Ruth along the way as well. And at the midway point in our travels, we are looking forward to a cup of coffee in Yecora with Randy and Megan. We will be back for the October 5th Service. Howard will be sharing the Word on the 28th.

* We are continuing our studies in Mark at the church. Last Sunday, we looked at the subject of legalism, with the goal of asking ourserlves the question Jesus challenged the Relgious leaders with – are we trusting Jesus, are we trusting that His grace alone makes us acceptable to God? Or like those in Mark 7, have we moved to establishing our acceptance (or even our worth) through man made rules, which may not even be found in the Scriptures? It’s a great question for established believers to consider in light of this text. You can hear the message in its entirety at www.sancarloscommunitychurch.com.

Enjoy your journey with Jesus,
Glenn y Jeannine

Useful Links

Previous Posts