Pastor’s Desk 2016-08-23

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Hello SCCC Family,      

* Good Morning to you all. Kids are back in school and the town seems a little less busy than it has been through the holiday season. But it won’t be long until you, our winter family returns and we are looking forward to it.

* The Elders have continued to meet throughout the summer via “Google Hangouts”. Here’s a little taste of their discussions and one of the things you can anticipate this coming winter. More details will follow, but in January, we will be hosting a live marriage seminar at the church with Dr. Dave and Donnalyn Currie. The demographics of our church community are perfect for this particular conference “Marriage 2.0 – Capturing a vision for enhancing the 2nd half of marriage.” All six sessions deal specifically with tools to enhance marriage after “you’ve been at it for a while.”  We are looking forward to following up the conference with related small groups for the ongoing benefit of enhancing our marriages. You can follow the Currie’s ministry by checking out their website at www.doingfamilyright.com.live-seminars. We are looking forward to your return and a great winter season.

* If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at the fruit of the Guaymas Prison Ministry Video and the recent baptism event there. CLICK HERE to watch the video.

* 300 Back Packs to fill this fall – If you’d like to bring some items to fill these precious gifts, here’s a list of items you could provide:
       Items Needed: Notebooks, Pens/Pencils, rulers, glue sticks, Crayons, Coloring Books. Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Shampoo, lotion, Washcloths, Toys and Baby Items.

* So thankful for all your involvement in our church’s “Prayer Wall. It continues to be our link with the prayer needs of our SC church community and your opportunity to join them in expectant prayer. So many of these prayers have been answered positively.

* This week, we will conclude our sermon series “On the road to Freedom.” As I shared last Sunday, the Lord had laid this series on my heart during the winter months as we worked our way through the book of Philippians, particularly as we saw some of the ongoing challenges that church was facing. This has been a challenging series for most of us, but your positive appreciation and your desire to follow through with dealing with various issues in your lives has been a huge encouragement to me. My prayer continues to be that God will bring each of us to that place where we truly walk in freedom in both our hearts and minds. This week – the final message in the series on “Freedom – Forgiving Ourselves”. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 Hope to see you Sunday!
 
Praying you have a great week!
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine
 
EXTRA I receive a daily article or podcast from Thom S. Rainer, who oversees an organization designed to provide information on “growing healthy churches – together”. I’ve been inspired by many of his articles/podcasts and would love to include one on every pastor’s desk. Here’s one which I heard recently (only 23 minutes long). Trust you will enjoy it, as it does relate to our church’s vision! Simply click on the title of this article to listen to the podcast. An index of the highlights of the podcast follow the title of this particular podcast.

What Does a Community-focused Church Look Like? – Rainer on Leadership #248

Community-focused churches often have these nine traits. Also in this episode, we talk about civic organizations and call an elk.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • If I were the new pastor at a church, one of the first things I would do is get to know the community leaders.
  • Unfortunately, in some communities it has taken crisis to force churches to be more involved in the community.
  • The church should show itself as a servant of the community in one way or the other.
  • Churches can be involved in their community no matter how big or small of a church they are.
  • There will be times when the community will make requests of your church. Look for ways to meet those needs.
  • Look for needs where your church can go to the community without asking for anything in return.
  • Don’t miss the opportunities you have to invite others to church. Typically, people are more receptive than you expect.
  • This is not a checklist for one person, this is a checklist for the church.

The nine signs of a community-focused church are:

  1. Reaches out to community leaders
  2. Intentionality about being where the people are
  3. The community of eating out and coffee houses
  4. Helping where the community says they need it
  5. Intentionally evangelistic
  6. Intentionally invitational
  7. In the key civic groups
  8. In key political meetings
  9. In the schools

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