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It is a good Day, This is certainly not my usual letter to all of you. Please accept. Some of this news I was asked to pass on to the SCCC family.

I am sorry to share, John Statler passed away July 16 in Iowa. He is survived by his wife Pam and three sons. John was a big part of the life of SCCC. Many of you will remember them. John and Pam were part of the team that went to Israel with SCCC, and added a lot to the personality of SCCC.

With the passing of Bob Lovelace July 5, his wife, Jan, has returned to Colorado and lives with her son. Jan in her last comments to me was that SCCC had been her family here and she hopes to stay connected. Pray for Jan as she resettles in Colorado.

Tuesday afternoon July 19, in Colorado, with her family beside her, Connie Campbell passed on to be with the Lord. She passed unexpectedly after complications from a surgery. Please remember the Campbell family in prayer. Connie and Dave have been a great compliment to the service of SCCC.

A fairly new lady to our church is Cindi. She moved here and bought a home. She has settled in well and is volunteering with Brandon and Bethany with the children. Then very unexpectedly she received news, that with no known heart disease, that her 42 year old son died from a heart attack. Cindi will return to the family for a while. When we spoke this Saturday, she tells me she loves our church and has made this her home and will be returning.

Please pray for these families. What we know is that our lives are in the Lord’s hands because we as believers gave Him our lives. Let us rest in that confidence. When we look around us in this world, keep that confidence.

And guess who returned to San Carlos, Bob Burr is back. After several months away, he just knew that this was home and he had to be back. Bob enjoyed family time in California but always felt this was home. When he was here several weeks ago for business, and visited some of you, that made the decision for him. We welcome Bob back.

More good news, Baby Eleanor was born Thursday July 14 in the evening. Mom and baby are well. Jack and Faith are very proud of their new girl. As a church we celebrate this new life. They thank you for the support of freezer meals and the care the church is showing them. They are far from their family and this outreach from SCCC makes them feel home.

The office seems really quite right now. So many people away and staff on vacations, it is so empty a man could shoot arrows through this place and not even disturb any cherubim. But that too will change in a few weeks as people return and vacations are finished. Then we get to all reconnect and share the stories of people and places we saw.

Hurry home everyone!

Sunday, Let go and let God is one of those statements we all have heard. And when you are in a mess and someone tells you this, it isn’t what you want to hear. It is a faith statement. If you had enough faith you would just surrender into serenity and have no worries.

We examined Matthew 16:24-26. “you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” But I like my own way. I may not be ready to give it up. And what kind of a statement is this, to lose my life that I may save it. Where is the logic in that? It doesn’t make sense to us.

But what it is, is to take of the cross of self and hang it up, let self die and find the Christ directed life. Let me ask a question, ‘What you have been doing, that is your own way, how is that working for you?’ So then why do you keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. Let go of it. Take self to the cross and let God have your life.

Then Jesus says, “26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? And we see many people sometimes even ourselves, who run the rat race trying to fill their life in pursuit of the world and in the end lose their life. Some people you know have a lot of money or stuff or title but in the pursuit, they have lost their family and their own identity. Sometimes we even lose the blessing of just peace.

And I will leave you with this final thought, ““Half measures avail us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon.”    Anonymous  Now don’t go half way with this. If you are going to let go and let God have his way with you and direct your life, then let go and be abandoned to him. It is an adventure.

Blessings, Pastor Chuck.  Next Sunday, “Taking stock.”

You can listen to Sunday messages the SCCC website You can listen to these messages @; http://sancarloscommunitychurch.com/streaming_christian_audio_sermons.php

or view on the SCCC facebook page.  https://web.facebook.com/pg/sancarloscommunitychurch/videos/

Right Now Media. Is ready! SCCC has taken a one year membership with Rightnow Media. We are offering this resource to SCCC. I love using Rightnow Media and am very excited that you will be able to have this material resource too! It contains biblical educational videos that have accompanying study books that compliment the video, these can be used for group study or personal study. The studies available are of books of the Bible and also some that are topical. There are resources for adults, men, women, teens and videos teaching for children. I also found ‘conference’ videos that you can take advantage of. In all there are 20,000 videos available. That is a lot of education and inspiration material. The purpose of SCCC in offering this to you is to give you the resources to explore your faith and grow in Christian maturity.

This membership provides for us material in English and Spanish, so it suits our church community very well. Please take advantage of this material and let us know what you think.

Other Events

Wednesday @ 9 a.m. – Ladies Mountain Mover’s Prayer.

Thursday @ 8:30 a.m. – Men’s Bible study, prayer and breakfast at Tortuga’s. First time is free! Come on gentlemen.

Friday @ 5 p.m. – Youth Ministry

Sunday @ 9 a.m. –Children’s Church with Pastor Mayra; Bi lingual.

You can contact the church by email for more information about these events at office@sancarloscommunitychurch.com

We will be open for public worship services Sunday. Service will also be LIVE on Facebook. You do not need an account. If the “live” feed you are receiving is interrupted we encourage you to please return and go the page and bring up “Videos” and you will find the recorded video for each Sunday.

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