Changes and temptations

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It is a good Day;  Transitions in life are like speed bumps on the road for a sports car. They require a change. This entire newsletter is about change and transitions. The next paragraph is not the summary, so please read on.

I just received an email this morning of another friend of mine who passed away. Ken P had been fighting cancer for a long time. He was not much older than me. Over thirty years ago I traveled two hours to attend a pastor’s conference in a small town and was told to “sit here.” As I got chatting with the man next to meet, I learned he did not eat meat. How do you think that went with me? He shared his testimony and then I realized this was the district director! That is about when you review what you just said to question, should I have said that? A few years later he ordained me as a minister according to the national requirements. He and his wife visited our home and our church several times. He had a lot of influence of my making as a pastor. There were pivotal changes in my life in those days. Days of not just changes but transitions.

Sure, I will grieve over his passing. He was instrumental in not just changes in my life, but transitions too. Our church here is going through changes also. We have some changes coming up this year, 2024. We are growing and moving ahead. Slowly we are changing as a church. The question becomes, will we all adjust? Changes in our building, changes in our programs and in our community. New people will come in and some will not return. I always have trouble with the goodbyes. We cannot sit still and be like yesteryear, though sometimes I still miss the 1970’s!

Please continue to pray for Randy M, he is next on the list for surgery. Remember Ethel D, to pray for her healing.

Coming Up:

November 12 after worship service we had six people who were baptized. Remember to pray for them. One poor girl broke her leg the day before and we will baptize her in the near future.

November 20 is Monday Night at the Movies. “Beyond the Mask” Free popcorn and please bring a guest, it is open to the public. The movie starts at 6 p.m..

Women’s Christmas event on Dec. 9 from 3 to 5. It is an Afternoon Christmas Tea with an inspirational message of the Christmas Story, called “Prepare Him Room”

Sunday, we continued in the series of “Who is Jesus?”  Our question was, “Are you convinced who Jesus is?” We looked at the story of John the Baptist who first recognized who Jesus was, and proclaimed him as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” And then later when in prison questions, if Jesus was the Christ or in other words, the Messiah. He questioned this when in prison and looking to his end. (Matthew 11:1-6) His present state and feeling were affecting his convictions.

Then we looked at Peter. who proclaims Jesus is the son of the living God. (Matthew 16:13-16) But later after Jesus is arrested he denies knowing Jesus. (Matthew 26:69-75) Remember the story, he denied knowing Jesus three times and then the rooster crows! He was filled with remorse and shame. He had vowed he would never deny Jesus. Yet again another example of someone, as great as Peter, who under circumstance and fear, let his convictions be shaken by circumstances and fear. The good part of these stories is that Jesus said there was no greater prophet than John and Jesus did return to restore Peter in relationship.

John Bunyan wrote a book, centuries ago, called Pilgrim’s Progress. He describes the travels of a man who is seeking salvation and redemption. He falls into the Slough of Despond. A mire-like boggy swamp where he just can’t see his way out and is so tempted to turn back. The slough is that place of depression and temptation. The temptation to wonder and question. This is the place of John the Baptist and Peter. Did our Christian traveler of the story find his way on the right direction? Did he get out of the slough? How did John do in the end? And we know of Peter, who became such pillar to the early Christian community.

It can be the same in the changes of our lives or those transition moments where life circumstance are so transitional that we are completely metamorphized like a worm to a butterfly!  Will our convictions about Jesus remain the same? Will we hold fast to our belief about Jesus or perhaps become even more convinced!

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”

Blessings, Chuck. Next Sunday, “A Portrait of Jesus.” From the book of Exodus.

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

Events 

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

2 & 4 Sunday each month, Cookie Sunday

3rd Monday each month @ 6 p.m. Monday Night at the Movies

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

This 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.

The next Potluck Dinner is Thursday November 9 @ 5:30 p.m.

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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