Pastor’s Desk 2019-12-31

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Happy New Year to you all,
Last day of the Decade! I hope your Christmas’s went well and that you got to enjoy time with friends and family. Summer is our time for family, so at Christmas, its typically friends. We weren’t disappointed this year. We enjoyed the boat parade with several neighbors on Christmas eve and then on Christmas Day, “a progressive dinner” with another group of friends. From home to home, one course at each home, one of the courses on a boat and then on to several different homes. We hadn’t done a progressive dinner in a long time and it was so enjoyable. I’m hoping Marilyn Hick’s “Dinner for Six” events have propelled us back into potlucks and fellowship with each other. We’ve missed those “potluck” days and not just because of the food, but because of the great fellowship we were able to have at them.
On Sunday, we talked about “2020 Vision in 2020”. The truth is our capacity to engage in a meaningful future is a direct result of our time spent with the Lord. So, we looked firstly at ways God communicates with us and we concluded our time by looking at ways to improve our listening skills as we spend time with Him. I pray you have accepted the challenge of enhancing your own skills by working on just “one thing” as you move into 2020. You can listen to the entire message on our church website: and by then clicking on “audio messages”
It’s a great time to be planning your spiritual growth” walk for 2020. What area of your life would you like to focus on? Is there something you’d like to learn about? We have numerous studies coming/continuing in the new year for learning and for personal life application. We have movies coming – an opportunity to invite friends for a wholesome evening. We have missionaries you can connect with if you have an area where you’d like to serve. There are areas of service in the church which are open to you. We have church services and maybe you have an unchurched friend who might benefit from not only the teachings, but from the fellowship of friendly people! What are you going to include in your 2020 spiritual growth plan?
By the way, take a look at the church website. Numerous updates are in progress.  The home page has a listing of all the upcoming Bible Studies and Personal Growth options, which begin in January. The directory is being updated. If your picture hasn’t made the listing, make sure to respond to this email as we’d love to include you. If you know of other photos which are missing, please contact us. Coming events, Bible Studies and the Calendar should all be updated within the next week. Three more “Monday night at the Movies” will also be listed in the coming events. Take a little time and check it out and then thank Mayra for her diligence in completing the updates.
Thank you for your generous year end giving. In talking to the finance folks yesterday, it looks like we will have met our budget for 2019. We will have a full report for you in the next week or two. On behalf of our leadership team, thank you for your generosity.
Monday Night at the Movies – Mark your Calendars for these great evenings coming in the New Year  
Jan 20 – “God Bless the Broken Road”

Feb 17 – “Overcomer”
Mar 16 – “Unplanned”

Please don’t forget to be thinking about who you will nominate as a Deacon: We are looking for three new people to join our deacon team in 2020. If you’re a regular supporter and attender of SCCC, we invite you to participate in the choosing of these additional deacons. A qualifications handout, along with a nomination ballot can be found on the information table at the back of the sanctuary.
Prayer Needs: (don’t forget to check out the prayer wall on our church website)
David & Connie Campbell – Healing for a broken leg, Connie is also suffering some health issues.
Gary VanKirk’s health is also failing. Pray for Ken as he spends these days with him.
Jeff & Cindi Parker – facing some challenges in getting on his feet in Phoenix/Tucson.
Maureen Mellon – For your awareness, Maureen Mellon passed away on Thursday, Dec 26. Our condolences go out to her family. Maureen didn’t have a large family or a close tie to them, but she was such a positive encouragement to many of us at SCCC. Jennifer Hudson initially got involved with Maureen when Jennifer was leading our Benevolence Ministry and it was only a short time later, that Maureen became involved with Semana Santa and VBS prep. Jeff Parker often picked her up to bring her to church. We will miss her warmth and her smile.
From our home to yours, Happy New Year!!!
Pastor Glenn & Jeannine

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