Pastor’s Desk – Cinnamon buns

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It is a good Day; Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. We take that one day a year to celebrate love. Rather odd in my thinking as we really do love each day of the year. Yesterday I did marriage vows renewal on the beach for a couple from our community. That was fun. They had been married for twenty years. Both people got a little choked up saying their vows. It gave us all an opportunity to consider our place in relationships to one another. I was able to visit with people who I had seen before but now at least know their story and their names. People are so beautiful.

Considering relationships, I am not just writing about my own marriage but just our respect and love for one another as a community. My wife and I miss our families but some of that hole has been filled in by the love of the community around us. The community here is so tight and quick to make friends.

How does this happen? As I work on the message for next Sunday I am thinking that we each get out only in proportion to what we put in. When we pour into a community love and participation then that is what we get back. If we isolate or are just consumers and takers then we find loneliness and lack. We find ourselves drying up. So I am encouraged and offer to others what I have, and perhaps my little world can be better as others step into it.

Enough of that! I sat in on a board meeting this week for planning and discussions. We ate cinnamon buns made by one member who could not attend. It is a bit of stomach flu circulating through her family. I was encouraged as we considered 2023 and directions. The people participated, often speaking out of turn in excitement! I thought, well they like to eat and talk, but what cooperation and care they demonstrate with one another. This was demonstrated when one man spoke about an issue in the building. After the meeting three of these men went to view what had come up in the discussion.  I also went along. I quickly saw them working together for the solution. It was the one man’s problem but they all came to his aid to find the solution. Problem solved.

Our annual meeting is coming up. Not just a business meeting, but also a time to hear reports and the stories of the work here in this community. As you may be preparing for this meeting, think on the stories and the good memories we have made together a church family and friends.

Monday Night at the Movies is coming up. We are watching a DVD of a movie, Flywheel. It is about a Christian car salesman who puts his faith to practice in his work place! Did I say used car salesman? We will have free popcorn. The movie has Spanish subtitles. And we will have a group of Mexicans who are coming, to participate in conversation. They are trying to learn English and wish to join us as part of their own education. It should be an interesting evening.

Sunday we examined a car! Well actually just a picture of a car in portions. It has many parts and they all come together to make it roll and get down the road. The way cars are made now if one electric part fails it seems like the whole car shuts off. In the church if one of us fails the rest should rush in for the fix. We take this illustration from 1 Corinthians 12 as it speaks to us about the body of Christ and we each have a part that needs to work in unity with the other parts.

But why? Is it so that my participation can perform better? That is self serving. No, it is for the love of the others. If love is genuine then at the first hint of failure I should step in to aid the other because I do love them.

Then we have chapter 13. But our Bibles have a chapter break and often we read it as another matter or as if it is another subject. We fail to notice it is a continued thought. Chapter 13 and portions of it often quoted at weddings and on Valentine’s Day is very much tied to the previous subject of parts and gifts in the church functioning together.

Love is the blood of Christ. Or to go back to the car illustration, love is the oil of the machine. If you remove the oil then soon it all fails. We need to love one another and work our gifts in unity for the common good of the church. 1 Corinthians 13:13  “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Love is the secret of the functioning of the body.

Blessings, Pastor Chuck.  Next Sunday, “Ants and Locusts”

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

 

Special Events

Monday Night at the Movies Feb 20 @ 6 pm “Flywheel”

AGM Feb 23 @ 6 pm Catered dinner and reports to follow.

Events

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

2 & 4th Sunday each month, Cookie Sunday

Every Monday @ 2:22 p.m. – Grief Share

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

Every Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m. Ladies Bible study

Every Wednesday Bible study @ 1:30 p.m.- Biblical Numerology

Every Thursday @ 8:30 a.m. – Men’s Bible study, prayer and breakfast at Tortuga’s. 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.

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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