Pastor’s Desk 2019-04-02

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Good Morning to You,
Hope your week has gone well.  What a great evening last night as Jack and Joanne Molan presented their Alaska “Fishing and Foto” experiences of the last 35 years. Lots of guests in our church as we saw incredible photos of bald eagles and wild waves and phenomenal amounts of fish being pulled in. The disciples would have been blown away to see that kind of a catch. I know it’s a bit of an aside, but I was so impressed, sitting in the very back row, to see the wonderfully equipped facility we have been blessed with to make these kinds of presentations. We are certainly blessed to have all that we have been given. The details we saw in the bald eagles, made it feel like we were almost there. Great evening and so glad we could provide our church for this presentation. Perhaps some of the potentially curious may well have been within its walls last evening.
            Although we were not able to attend Saturday evening’s “Estoy Contiga” concert, I understand there was an even larger audience to enjoy this fundraiser for Cancer victims. I learned yesterday that Estoy Contiga means “I will be with you”. How appropriate a gift for cancer victims. Again, our church family was able to provide this wonderful setting as a gift to those facing the challenges of cancer.
The Kalmbachs hosted our Leadership Team of Elders, Deacons, Staff and spouses on Sunday evening as we reviewed this part winter events and looked at future hopes and dreams we have for our church family. We are certainly in a transitional year as many of our elders and deacons are new to the role. It was a great time to be together and to get to know each other better. We also discussed an issue of concern noting that there will be financial shortfalls this year if things continue in the direction they are going. We are working at addressing this issue and you will be hearing about a potential solution in the next few weeks. Our hope is that you will prayerfully consider how you could be involved in helping to meet this financial shortfall. Details will follow shortly.

Men’s Breakfast and Study – Jesse Navarro is leading this week and will be facilitating a discussion on “Victory over Satan”. Come on over to Tequila’s on Thursday (8:30am)
Youth Concert Coming this Saturday evening (5:00pm) April 6 @ SCCC. Our own Selene is heading up the band with recruits from SC, Empalme and Guaymas. Great worship music with testimonies inserted between. For young and old – don’t miss it!
Baptism at the Beach – April 14, after the morning service. If you’re interested or if you have any questions about baptism, please talk to Pastor Glenn or Mayra.
Semana Santa April 16-17 – Yes, its happening again. Tuesday and Wednesday 9-12 right at the church. Lots of options for you to help out from security to cooking to games to teaching. Talk to Mayra and let her rock your boat as you help out with these future church leaders.
Prayer Wall – As many of you head out for the summer, please don’t forget about our church’s “Prayer Wall.” If you have a need of any sort, you can go to our website, and click on the prayer icon, where you can post your need. It’s a great way for us to care for each other as we’re apart for the summer. If you don’t have something to post, please still take the time to visit the site and to pray for those requests which have been posted. 

Sunday’s Message in ReviewOn Sunday, we finished our series on “I love my Church”. We have seen that Jesus began the church and turned it over to His followers by giving us the keys to the Kingdom. And we saw the importance of the church in our growth as followers. We saw in week 2, that Jesus will build His Church, it will stand until Jesus returns – “the gates of hell will not prevail” against it. In week 3, we saw how controversy impacted the church. We saw how our own personal views of what the church should be, which can be more traditional than spiritual, can keep others from being part of the church. Our challenge was to be a welcoming church which allows the “curious” to explore the claims of Christ in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment.
            On Sunday, we looked at how Paul used marriage as an illustration of what the church is like from Jesus’ perspective. He loved the church perfectly, He laid down His life for her. He is totally committed to His Church. The word we use to describe that is “covenant”. Covenant is very different than “Contract”. Contracts are agreements we make based on services we want from another party (cell phones, etc) and they can be broken or voided by our actions, because of poor follow through by either party. They are non relational agreements we enter into. However covenant is a life time commitment, its what Jesus gave to his church, to you and me – I will never leave you nor forsake you, just like the  covenantal vows we make in marriage “for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, till death do us part”.
            With this covenantal relationship come benefits of many kinds for the believer, from assurance of salvation to answered prayer. But along with the benefits comes responsibilities as well because we are in a covenantal relationship with the Groom, our Savior. The challenge of being a part of the church, as we saw in the sports illustration, is being a functioning partner in this relationship. Are we fans in the stands or functioning partners on the field, is the question before us. We concluded by looking at what it means to be a functioning partner of the local church and shared the following in closing:

            Fan or Functioning Partner?
 1. I will protect the unity of my church
    a. By acting in love towards others.
    b. By refusing to Gossip.
    c. By following the Leaders.
2. I will share the responsibility of my church
    a. By praying for its growth.
    b. By inviting the unconvinced to attend.
    c. By warmly welcoming those who visit.
3. I will serve the ministry of my church
    a. By discovering my gifts and talents.
    b. By being equipped to serve by my pastors and leaders.
    c. By developing a servant’s heart.
4. I will support the witness of my church
    a. By attending faithfully
    b. By living a Godly life
    c. By giving regularly.
Challenge – Am I a Fan or a Functioning Partner of SCCC?
Praying you have a wonderful week,
Pastor Glenn & Jeannin

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