Pastor’s Desk – get out of your boat

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It is a good Day; It is not every day I go look in the church fridge and freezer. But I check often just to make sure of whatever. And it occurs to me that this Sunday is that Sunday! Cookie Sunday on the veranda after the worship service, and the bad news is…. The cookie supply is really low in that church freezer. And I am not eating them all, just to be clear! So for this to be a successful event, bring cookies on Sunday!

Also, it is the first Sunday of the month and it is Benevolence Sunday, where we ask you to consider bringing an extra offering for the Benevolence box. Or if you are online with us, make a donation through the website and send us a note via email that it is for the Benevolence Fund. That would be great.

The balcony is open and it is cool enough now to take in the service from that space, The new bookcase is loaded with books, for you to take out and use. Thank you to Randy and Carolyn for the work on cleaning and putting books in. If you are looking for a place to help and to serve at SCCC we have opportunities. Also if you wish to get involved in some missions work with one of the many missions we support, just speak to one of the pastors and we will point you in the direction.

Sunday, This past Sunday we looked at a man, not like Nicodemus or Nathanael who both were looking for the Messiah, but we looked at Peter, who’s life was interrupted when Jesus got into his boat. An ordinary man on his ordinary day, and Jesus showed up. His life was forever altered.

We read the story from Luke 5:1-9, as Jesus was teaching on the seaside, then used Peter’s boat as a platform. We read how a teacher told a fisherman how to do his job. It happens all the time, someone telling someone how to do their job. But Peter complies, I would guess in respect and perhaps hearing the teaching of Jesus his faith had come up to question who this man was.

Meeting the request Peter cast his net into the water and got so many fish, his net was tearing. Calling others to help, and then their boats were in danger of sinking as there was so many fish! Have you been blessed more than you deserve! When you met Jesus Christ was the blessing out of that meeting more abundant that you deserved?

It is interesting to me, that in John 21 we find Jesus again telling the men how to fish. When Peter first encountered Jesus, his net was overflowing! The story in John 21 tells of 153 fish in that net and again a net overflowing with fish. On the shore Jesus had prepared a fire and spoke to Peter to restore him after that fateful night of denial of knowing Jesus. Jesus, the Son of God came down from heaven to bring a man into restoration and not leave him in shame and sorrow. Amazing!

We can learn a lot from Peter, and even see some of ourselves in the story of Peter. And here is the challenge, will you let Jesus get into your boat and encounter him? Then if Jesus called you to get out of a boat and walk on water, would you? Perhaps your life is too secure and easy. Maybe you can get out of your boat and walk on water for Him. If your life has been in denial of him and you are thinking the relationship is beyond repair, remember that Jesus left heaven to visit and restore Peter.  He was just an ordinary man, yet Jesus came for him.

For the rest of this message I invite you to the website or FB page to hear the entire message.

Blessings, Pastor Chuck.  Next Sunday, we will look at John 4, The woman at the well as a person on the fringe of society who meets Jesus.

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1st Sunday each month, Cookie Sunday after service on the veranda.

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

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

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

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.

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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