Pastor’s Desk 2019-11-26

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Good Morning to You All
 
I know its not NFL and its not College Ball, but it was a great day to see the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, underdogs no less, clean up on the Hamilton Tiger Cats on Sunday and bring home the “Grey Cup”. The two stars of the game, home grown boys, Harris and Demski, both attended the same high school in Winnipeg. For all of you “non football” fans, I’m sorry, but sometimes you just got to tell your home town stories. Yea, Blue Bombers!!!
 
Thanksgiving Dinner for many of you this week. Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends and to those who will celebrate with them. We have so many things to be thankful for and one of the greatest is our church family here in San Carlos. Along with thanksgiving week, we are also only one month less a day until Christmas. Come on, does time fly! So tonight, we’re starting with Christmas as well as we host our staff Christmas Dinner at our home. We are so grateful for the team that we have in place to serve our church family and our community!
 
Cheesecake Anyone? – Talk to Selene – their youth group will deliver freshly baked cheesecakes to your door this tomorrow & Thursday, and a whole cheesecake for a mere 150 pesos – it’s a win – win people – you get the cheesecake and our youth get to raise support for their upcoming Youth Conference in San Carlos. Maybe you need a convenient dessert for Thanksgiving? Contact Selene at selene.dl.amaya@gmail.com or call 486 104-7472.
 
Anyone up for a “church potluck?” This Wednesday evening at 6:00pm at Chuck & Lynn’s home. Bring a dish, enjoy some fellowship. They are in Loma Bella, just before the entrance into the “Royale – Country Club” Here’s his phone # just in case 622 171-2019.
 
Packing Backpacks – Art and Brenda have 380 school backpacks to fill. If you’ve got some school supplies or other appropriate items or would simply like to help pack the backpacks, join us next Monday (Dec 2) 9:00 am at the church. Questions – contact Brenda at  Koenesministries@gmail.com.
 
Our 3rd Annual Leadership Retreat – with a whole new format. This year, the Leadership Team, which includes: the elders, deacons, pastors and spouses, is meeting for two days at Casa de Esperanza (Art & Brenda’s). Over ½ of our team is new over the last two years. So we are thrilled that Dan Reinhardt from Crest Leadership, will spend that time with us, helping us hone our skills and our understanding of our roles as members of the SCCC Servant Leadership team. This is the first time we’ve brought in an outside speaker for the Retreat. He’s promised us that we will have a blast learning and enjoying time together as a leadership team. The end goal is very simple – we want to serve our church efficiently and effectively, so we covet your prayers to this end.
 
Okay, I know this is a dumb joke. But my kids tell me I’m old enough now that I qualify to tell dumb jokes. So here is my thanksgiving joke – Bad Parrot: A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird’s mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to ‘clean up’ the bird’s vocabulary. Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even more rude. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute. Fearing that he’d hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John’s outstretched arms and said “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I’m sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior.” John was stunned at the change in the bird’s attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird spoke-up, very softly, “May I ask what the turkey did?”       Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Sermon Review – Randy Wengel, was our guest speaker on Sunday. Speaking on the subject of “Gentleness”, Randy stressed how God’s actions with his people always come from a spirit of gentleness and how that gentle spirit is to become a part of our spirits as we interact with each other. I think if one point stood out for me, it was the attitude we believers need to have toward those who have not yet made Christ their Savior. We don’t have to force the Gospel on others. In fact, the Gospel speaks for itself as we live it out. Our method of drawing people into the kingdom is not one of using fear and coercion, but it’s a matter of building ongoing relationships and gently sharing truth as we are offered that opportunity. 

That application is so consistent with our own experience in San Carlos as we continue to see people coming to hear and explore who Jesus could be in their lives. Its been the same for some of you. You meet people where they are, you build on those relationships and they prayerfully become interested in faith and begin that process of finding who Jesus is and desires to be for them. Before church becomes real for them, the Jesus who is in you, must become real to them.

This coming Sunday, I will finish the series on Perseverance. We will be talking about “Finishing Well”.  Many of us start well, but its much more important that we finish well. What are some of the practical steps we can take to finish well? Hope to see you all on Sunday.
 
The following Sunday (Dec 8) we’re going to share a little of our Israel experiences, which we recently returned from. You will get to see see some of the pictures of the different sites and to hear stories from some of the folks who went.Remember when Jesus sat on the Mt of Olives, overlooking Jerusalem and then he wept? Well, we spent some time on the Mt of Olives, overlooking today’s Jerusalem. We will touch on those and many other stories. Come join us. 

Praying you all have a wonderful week,
Pastor Glenn & Jeannine

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