Boxes & gifts

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It is a good Day; So how was your Christmas? Sunday we had a great day, first at church with a worship service. The youth provided us with two songs and the children acted out a song using their golden drum sticks. What do I mean, well go look on the FB or Youtube video. Thanks are due to Pastor Mayra for her leadership with our youth and children. Then we had cookies and fellowship on the veranda. I love the fellowship time. Christmas day we had a dozen people over and all ate too much. My feast of the year. We went so late, I failed to video chat home with my brother. Not that it was late for us, but he is three hours back in time of us. Thank you SCCC for providing family for Lynn and I.

Often as a pastor I don’t have to do much other than point and watch. Then my heart is blessed as I witness the goodness of our people. Saturday and Sunday, I had two different opportunities that brought me joy and a little tear to my eyes.

Saturday I was able to take some people from the community to Casa de Pan to meet some volunteers and a family. They had four little children and not much for Christmas. They walked far to come meet us. They were all cleaned up and dressed in their best. The family received two boxes of food. The father’s eyes got really teary when he looked in those boxes of food. The kids were so delighted to receive toys and new clothes. It was special. And all I did was direct and give the father a Bible.

Then later Sunday afternoon, I did the same. Just drove my car to lead the way. A couple in our church put together food boxes and candy for ten families. We drove out to Santa Clara to meet these families. It was excellent watching them receive the food. It is such a hard life for these who had so little. What a generous kindness this couple from SCCC showed in their giving.

Good news Randy M is on the book for surgery, January 3 and then later they can continue for follow ups with a specialist n MX. They are very thankful for all your prayers.

Please continue to pray for Ethel D, to pray for her healing.

Coming Up:

“Forging in the Sun” a time of fellowship and learning at Pastor Chuck’s home, of how to use a forge like a blacksmith. I have some excellent help coming. Which is great as I am still like a one hand banjo picker now.  Everything will be supplied, just bring some lunch to share on the BBQ and a chair. December 28, 10:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, We looked at the story in Matthew 2:1-11. You may know it as the story about the “Wise Men” or as the Magi who travelled so far to find this child who would be king. I titled my message as “Those who worship.”

We examined who the characters were in this story. There is Herod who is the Jew who is appointed by the occupying government as the king over his own people. Really he benefitted from that appointment and was serving Rome, the occupying force. He inquired about who this was that the Magi came to see, so that he also could go and worship this child who would be the king.

Then there are the prophets and scribes who served under Herod. They knew the scriptures of the ancient prophets and could have told Herod much about the plan of God. Perhaps changing history, but I suggest they were more concerned about retaining position and favor under Herod. Matthew quotes Micha 5:2, a prophecy that these scribes and prophets would also know, as well as the words of Isaiah.

Then we have the Magi themselves. These were from the east where modern day Iraq is now. This had been the region were previously the Hebrew people were held in exile. These men were scholars who would also know the former prophesies of some such as Isaiah and Jeremiah. These scholars studied the solar system, physics and mathematics and also the prophesies of other nations.

Matthew 2:11 is clear that after finding the home of Mary and Joseph, they entered, fell to the ground and worship the child, giving expensive gifts and recognizing him as the one who was and would be the king of all kings.

While Herod was different. He operated in secrecy. Matthew 2:7-8 says he was not honest but lied about his purposes. He claimed he wanted to worship the child too, but further in Matthew you find his intention was evil. He had no intention to worship the child.

We have two types here. And it makes me wonder. Some people make claims about their faith and worship as being Christian but certainly are not. They may even attend church, but not to worship, but to be seen and to see. Their lives do not prove them as Christ centered. They offer nothing. And I wonder what they receive? Herod is someone we would all deny being like, but it is this matter of secrecy and false motive that disturbs me, that some of us may be the same.

Then we have those like the Magi who bring all they can, act in humility, and will go to great lengths to attend a place to worship. They seek in earnest to worship. I suggest they receive in proportion to their worship.

So the question I asked was, which am I? Well that is a long summary, and yes fairly pointed. Let me finish this with this challenge, as we enter the next year, let’s be more honest aabout our faith and less secret about who we serve.

Without writing the whole of the Sunday script for you here, you can hear the full service on our FB page under the icon “Videos” and the audio of this message is on our website, in the icon of “Audio”  We are also on YouTube, just search under San Carlos Community Church.

Blessings, Chuck. Next Sunday, New Years Eve, Joshua 1:6-9 “Receive and Believe”

For the rest of the story, you can follow us on the website and hear the audio or watch the entire service or part of it on our facebook page. https://web.facebook.com/pg/sancarloscommunitychurch/videos/

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

We are moving ahead with putting our worship services up on YouTube. If you go to YouTube, you will find us, but so far these are past services. We need at least fifty subscribers to be “live” on our own channel. Here is the link.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft9yXcPYmvQ

Events

1st Sunday each month, Celebration of the Lord’s Table.

2nd & 4th Sunday each month, Cookie Sunday

Monday Night at the Movies 6 pm, Jan 15

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

Thursday @ 8:30 a.m. – Men’s Bible study. First time is free! Come on gentlemen.

Every Friday @ 5 p.m. – Youth Ministry

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

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.

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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