Pastor’s Desk 2019-07-02

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VBS My First!
I am so impressed with the volunteers who put so much together for this VBS. Maybe we can leave it up for Sunday. Wow!
Last week some of the Benevolence team heard of a family in north Guaymas who were in desperate ways. From their own cupboards they made a small collection and went to visit her. They found a mother with four children and very little of anything. On the next visit they took out a bit more to her that they knew what she had need of. Then the next visit I went with one of them and Juan Carlos, to help with the language, and we had hoped to speak to the husband. But he was not home. We had a great visit with her. Not even a chair we could sit on. In the end of it all she accepted Christ as her Saviour and with many tears of thanks. She said if she had a ride to church, she would bring her children to VBS. Yesterday when Juan Carlos picked her up, he was able to talk to the husband. He has agreed he would like to come to see his family later this week at VBS. About 9:30 mom with a shining face and four children were at VBS. Mom and the three older children loved it. They hadn’t been anywhere for a while. It started out as an effort to just bring a poor mom some groceries. Her name is Rosa. Please pray for her and the family.
I was supposed to be “Security” at VBS. That isn’t hard to do. I tried to use the time to get to know some of the parents who came. And I watched the volunteers, who didn’t just instruct the kids but even just got on the floor and played with them. I was so impressed with the organization that Mayra has brought to this event. Everyone knew what to do and how to do it. Did I say, “Wow!” yet? I wonder what today at VBS will bring?
Pastor Glenn and Jeannine are away on a vacation, travelling back to Canada and even beyond. And they sure are missed here. People have so much respect for them. Please keep them in prayer as they travel and rest too.
Ladies Mountain Movers: Cancelled until next week. But you can still pray.
Men’s Breakfast and Study: Cancelled this week. But we resume on July 11. Bob Burr is leading a study. Come on over to Tequila’s Thursday July 11 @ 8:30am
Please take advantage of our Prayer Wall – The Prayer Wall on our church website is a great way to keep informed of the needs of our church family and/or to request prayer for a need you have. Pray for Charlis. She fell and broke her hip. Pray also for Kathy, Becky B. sister who has been diagnosed with cancer.
Coming Up: Over 50 Party. A potluck supper at Pastor Chuck & Lynn’s house for those 50 plus people.
July Sermon Series: This July we will be doing a short series on the Righteousness of God from the book of Romans. Listen too, at;

Sermon Review “Here is the Catch” Luke 5:1-11
Jesus was speaking to a large crowd on the shore of the lake. The crowd pressed so close to him, he stepped into a boat and asked to be pushed out a bit of the shore. I had to wonder how often we have pressed so close to Jesus that he had to move! Something to think about.
When he had finished teaching, he asked the boat owner to row out into deeper water and let down his nets for a catch. But Peter’s first response was to resist. But when he considered the teacher and who was making the request he complied. I wonder if it was from conviction or from some form of, “Well we won’t catch anything, and I’II just prove him wrong.” I am sure if given the chance we wouldn’t have been slow to comply!
Often our faith rises at the recognition of who gave the instruction. It wasn’t common sense to Peter to fish in the heat of the day. Faith will tax our flesh to the limit because often we want to do just what makes sense. We try to figure it out, even if we know we are instructed of the Lord.
Peter soon found out there was a reward to being obedient to Jesus. His nets were bursting to over-flowing with fish. It was abundant blessings. Peter did the right thing. He called his partners from the other boats to share the blessing of fish. It is what we are to do. Share and become like an open conduit that the Lord can use to bless others.
Then an amazing thing happens. Peter tells Jesus to leave him! In times then and now, most people want Jesus for what he will supply and to give them, position, healing, wealth, whatever they think Jesus has for them. But Peter in a statement of humility and confession tries to send Jesus away, because he realizes he is a sinner. I have just got to like Peter. I wish I was more of a Peter. I wish I could press so close to Jesus that he would feel ‘pressed’ upon!
But here is the catch, then like Peter I might be asked to go out into deeper waters. And that would require deeper faith. Maybe even to walk on water or be crucified upside down. You see deeper faith and deeper water go together. It challenges and stretches our faith. Time to get out of the boat, time to go deeper and try what hasn’t been done!

God bless your week, Pastor Chuck

Happenin’ this week @ SCCC
Mon to Fri 9 to noon VS @ the church
Wed @ 9:00 am – Mountain Mover’s Prayer Cancelled until next week.
Thur @ 8:30 am – Men’s Breakfast, Cancelled until next week.
Fri @ 5:00 pm – Youth Ministry Cancelled until next week.
Sun @ 9:00 am – Children’s Ministry with Mayra (ages 2-12)

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