Pastor’s Desk 2019-08-13

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Good Morning to You, it is another beautiful day here. Sunday can be another day of the week except when you look for the extraordinary. Have you ever watched those Youtube videos, “People are Amazing?” I think the ‘ordinary’ people are amazing! This week I met more new amazing people. Oh, they weren’t visitors, just church members who came in for a visit to town for various reasons and will be back full time in the fall.
And then there is the chance to fellowship and get to know people after worship service. That is part of why I like Cookie Sunday. People stay a bit longer and talk on the veranda. I usually get visiting and have to grab a cookie as the left-overs are heading back to the kitchen. This coming Sunday is that day, Cookie Sunday! I wonder if I will get a cookie?

Ladies Mountain Movers: A time when the ladies gather and pray. And wow, can they pray! Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. they meet at the church. If you have a prayer request, contact me, or post it on the Prayer Wall of the web site http://flc.tak.mybluehost.me/pastorsdesk/prayer/

Bible Study; Daniel: Chapter 7-8 This is a great group. They really do their own research. So now all I do is keep the aim. We are more like exploring together! 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday is the south end Study Room

Men’s Breakfast and Study: Bryan White is leading this week and will be facilitating a study on Priorities. Come on over to Tequila’s on Thursday (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.

Israel Trip. There is still have room for five more couples or ten people to join up for the trip to Israel Nov 4-12. For more information contact Brenda Koenesministries@gmail.com It will impact you for sure!

This Sunday: It is Cookie Sunday. (another manifestation of God?) A time when we meet on the church veranda for fellowship and the producing of cookie crumbs. How does it happen? If you can, bake some cookies. If not, just show up.

Sound & Video: This winter Brandon & Bethany will be taking on a new phase in their lives. And with that they will have more responsibilities. With the new opportunities comes for them greater demands, so Brandon will need to phase out of the Sound and Video. Then we will be looking for volunteers who would like to learn about our system and take this position on a rotating schedule. If this interests you now or over the winter months, please let me or Pastor Glenn know.

Sermon Review Parables; Values
Many of the parables Jesus spoke were about the kingdom. Some are recorded as the kingdom of heaven and some as the kingdom of God. There is a string of parables in Matthew’s gospel. Two of them that are so similar are found at Matthew 13:44-46. The first is of a man who found a treasure buried in a field and sells all he has to have enough to buy the field from the present owner. The assumption is that the present owner didn’t know the treasure was there. Sometimes you can have a treasure in your life and not know it until it is gone. Can you imagine how the seller felt when later the buyer is talking about how he ‘hit it rich’ in his purchase of the field. Joni Mitchel sang, “you don’t know what you got till it’s gone.”
It is the same with us. We can have the kingdom of God right in our midst and have not remembered how good that is, and we just let it slide away or perhaps give up our place for something else?! The buyer in our parable, who knew the value and was so invested he was willing to give everything he had for that field, that place in the kingdom. Are we so invested or are we too busy investing elsewhere?
The next parable is about a pearl buyer who in his search finds an exceptional pearl. But he does not have enough to buy this great pearl. So, he sells off all his stock and all he has to be able to buy this one pearl. He invested everything. He found what he wanted. He was a seeker.
The difference between these two parables is that the first man stumbles upon his find. Some of us where not looking for the kingdom and rather fell upon the truth and then came to Jesus as Saviour and Lord. That would be me! Others are looking for something. They are seekers of truth and revelation and when they believe they have found it; they are all in for all they have. The point is they came upon a great value, and then realizing what they have in front of them, they give up everything for that of great value.
What do we value? Do we sometimes get our values mixed up and lose sight of what at the beginning was of such great value and then maybe like the seller of the field, let go of what treasure we have in exchange for what is not so great? Do we get so excited about the values and pleasures of this time that we forget to invest in the eternal value?
It is so easy to get distracted and lose sight. We must keep refocusing on priorities and values, or “we don’t know what we got until it’s gone.” And later come to regrets and sorrow.
May God bless your week, Pastor Chuck
Sermon Series: For the next couple of months we are going to be looking at life lessons from the Parables. Listen too, at; http://sancarloscommunitychurch.com/streaming_christian_audio_sermons_2019.php

Happenin’ this week @ SCCC
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Wed @ 9:00 am – Mountain Mover’s Prayer
Wed @ 1:30 pm – Bible Study, Daniel
Thur @ 8:30 am – Men’s Breakfast, Devotional & Prayer time at Tequila’s
Fri @ 5:00 pm – Youth Ministry at the Church with Selene
Sun @ 9:00 am – Children’s Ministry with Mayra (ages 2-12)

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