Pastor’s Desk 2018-01-16

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Good Morning San Carlos,
 
*  What do you do with interruptions? Those of you who were in the Sunday Service understand my comment. Wow, I’ve had a lot of feedback as to what people felt and observed during that interruption, actually a very diverse set of observations, observations from it being a humorous moment to this being all out spiritual warfare and any number of ideas in-between. I don’t know, couldn’t tell you.
            I suppose the interrupter may simply be a drunk (your words) who wondered into the service at an inopportune time OR perhaps, deep down within himself, maybe he was looking for something else in life but didn’t have the courage to show up for church without the “cervasa” crutch. Other than the Spirit of God, none of us knows for sure! But life is full of interruptions. Will they throw us off course? Or will they only distract us momentarily?
            But I got to tell you, no one could be more grateful than I when Terry Cummins, lovingly, yet firmly dealt with the situation at hand. Every pastor is extremely grateful for that kind of help from his leadership team.
 
* I’m kind of stoked as I get to share at the Rotary Club breakfast this morning. Received the call on Saturday from Steve Reidel asking, if I’d come talk to them about our church, its growth, but in particular how we connect with community as a church. It’s a wonderful lead in to share about the missionaries we support and work with and to share about the many of you who see your participation with them as an outflow of your faith journey. It relates so wonderfully to the core values I’ve been sharing with you over the last few weeks. I would surely appreciate your prayers this morning as I share with them.
 
* Hey, our big weekend is finally here – Missions Convention and we’re looking forward to a great time connecting with our missionaries. It will also be a Cookie Sunday so if you’ve got some favorite kinds, why not bring them to share with the folks on Sunday.
            But I really want to highlight the Saturday 1:00 – 3:00 Pm “Meet and Greet” with all the missionaries. There will be snacks, and displays & videos, etc. Three of our missionaries will share a 8 minute talk about their particular mission. And like Jim says, “a positive response will encourage us to organize a bus tour to the local missions.” We did several of these a few years ago and introduced many of you to these, sometimes “hard to find” locations and what a treat to have these missionaries both show you and then speak to you about what they are doing, definitely touched many hearts!
 
* Mark Mulligan – Jan 29 @ 6:00 PM @ SCCC – Mark is coming back for another great evening at SCCC. He and Marcos have just returned from a Mission trip in Haiti and besides singing many of your favorites that evening, he will be sharing some of the stories of their trip to this so often devastated nation. There will be an opportunity to make a donation for the concert and the proceeds will be divided evenly between our church’s Benevolence fund and one of Mark’s mission events.
 
* Prayer

  • Chuck & Nancy Dreiling – Chuck has a new home in heaven. Please pray for Nancy and their family as they grieve their loss.
  • Selection of new Elders and Deacons
  • Missionary of the Week: Heather Rix (Missionary Gospel Fellowship)
  • Deacon of the Week: Christie Forester – Facility/Fellowship Events

* Last Sunday, we looked at another core value of our church. The two words which would sum up the message are “Reproducing Me.” We looked at what discipleship is and what it isn’t through the model that Jesus used to influence his 12 disciples. Discipleship is more than Christian education, coffee & cookies and Scripture memorization. Those are all good, but they are not the end goal in themselves.
            But it’s the Great Commission (Mt 28:19-20) that is at the heart of discipleship. Its understanding multiplication through reproduction – that is that we are all challenged to reproduce ourselves. And each of us are called to mentor other believers with the gifts we have been given.
            Jesus model was a “hands on learning” model and we used the acronym “IDEA” to define it. 1. Instruct – teaching them in a real life situation; 2. Demonstrate – how to practically do that in a real life situation; 3. Expose – Have them do what He did in a real life situation; and 4. Assess what happened in that real life situation.
            And the challenge for each of us is to consider what we’ve learned on our spiritual journies, that we could use to bring life to someone else. Who is it that could benefit spiritually from what I’ve learned and then, am I willing to commit, even though I’m not perfect, to multiplying at least one spiritual discipline or quality in someone else?
            Who is it that God would have you to influence?
 
Praying you all have a great week,
Glenn & Jeannine

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