Pastor’s Desk 2016-08-30

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Hello SCCC Family,                                                                                                  

* Good Morning to you all. Had a great day yesterday as Jeannine and I celebrated our Seventh anniversary over dinner in a neat little restaurant in Obregon. A little “cozy” as we stepped out of the vehicle to 42C, but so thankful for AC in the restaurant! Great meal and a good time exploring Obregon with my lady!

* It was a treat to have our missionary friends, Ken and Ruth VanKirk in church on Sunday. Also got to have breakfast with Ken yesterday and to hear a little of their ongoing story in La Mesa. Its always an inspirational time to interact with Ken, to talk about the Lord and what we are sensing that God wants to do in each of our lives. I always leave encouraged after my time with him.

* I’ve included several prayer requests from our Prayer wall. So grateful to see folks caring for each other through prayer. There is no distance in prayer! Several recent requests include a note that Selina McClelland will be having her other knee replaced on Thursday. Hiram had a tumor removed from his adrenal gland last Friday. We’ve not heard any results yet but are trusting the Lord to restore his health. A young lady named Erin, who I’ve only met through email, but whose life has been touched by the “Freedom” series as she listened online, recently posted a request. So grateful that the Lord could use this venue to speak to some very specific hurts. There are so many more requests for you to participate on the church’s website “Prayer Wall.”

* It must be “guest” season in church again! A unique story indeed as one couple shared with me prior to the service of seeing the McLeans on House Hunters International. Prior to the show, they had no awareness of San Carlos at all, but decided to come visit the community last Wednesday, then put in an offer on a home on Friday and were waiting to hear back regarding that offer on Sunday. But much beyond that, to hear them dream of God’s next steps in their life – what a sweet time. Another couple came for the first time, really out of curiosity but encouraged by their “boat dock” neighbors to come. And then some of our neighbors who we met at a recent event, graced the church for the first time.

            Our Spanish translation devices were also in use with three Spanish families who joined us, several for the first time. One fellow from Obregon asked, “what kind of church is this” as he entered the building. Fair question! So with Ruben’s help, he became confident that this was an evangelical Christian church and remained for the service. I met him on the way out, “Bueno?”, I asked, trying to ascertain in my poor Spanish, if it had been okay for him. A thumbs up and a great smile was a satisfying answer. It is always encouraging to see the Lord drawing people to this place.

* Just an FYI as Mayra began her holidays yesterday and will be out of the office for several weeks. Children’s Church continues with some great volunteers in place for the next three Sundays. Have a great trip, Mayra! You’ve blessed our church over and over with your love and your diligence in serving the Lord through SCCC!

* Average Attendance in August – 94 in attendance, of which 29 were children.

* August Financial Report:

  • Income                 –  18,538.20
  • Expense               –     8,422.79
  • Residual               –   10,115.41

 * After seven weeks, we have concluded our sermon series “On the road to Freedom.” The subject of forgiveness is one of those subjects which touches all of our lives at different points in time. Its always special to hear stories of practical application when you’re teaching and Jenny’s story of what forgiveness did for her at the conclusion of our service several weeks ago and Howard’s story of forgiveness last Sunday were welcome testimonies of God’s release on this journey to Freedom. Thank you to both of you. “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

 Praying you have a great week!
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine

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