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It is a good Day; I am thinking, in about a month we go into the church office and erase the big white board calendar on the wall. Then we of different committees and leadership start to fill in the dates for the next year. Not just this coming winter, but as an active church it is all year.

Let me tell you about, fish fry, potlucks, Monday movie nights, Christmas and Easter specials, that AGM that we have, special guest speakers, leadership seminar/retreat (why is it called a retreat?) baptism Sundays, a couple of weddings and a couple of memorial services, youth concerts, cookies Sundays, ladies have a couple of extra studies planned, the ladies prayer meeting, the weekly men’s breakfast and Missions Bazaar, missions fest, and other ministries that our people are involved with like the orphanages and Conversation Club visits, that we should recognize but don’t make it onto the white calendar. `Did I mention vacations that we need to make space for that staff and leadership take? Oh and cookie Sunday. It is going to be a good year!

Starting October 11 is one of those extra ministry dates that I just mentioned. It is a six week ladies study series, “The Cost of Control” with video introduction by Sharon Hodde Miller. There will be more information in the weeks to come. Sign up in the foyer or email us. The suggested cost is $100 pesos.

Now, can I ask you to pray for Randy? He is in Alberta with his wife visiting family. Recent headaches have taken him to the doctor. The tumor in his brain is growing and he requires surgery. That surgery maybe four months away. Pray for this to be sooner and his immediate healing.

Please pray for Brenda K as she recovers from her shoulder surgery. She hopes for a speedy recovery so that they can soon return to San Carlos.

Sunday, we celebrated the Lord’s Table. Did you ever notice that wen Jesus participated and served the table, he gave thanks? I wonder to who he gave thanks? It takes place elsewhere too. Jesus when he fed the 5000 as recorded in Matthew 14, he blessed the bread as it was distributed. Again in Matthew 15:36 he gave thanks as he passed it to the disciples to give out to the 4000.

Was he thanking the donors for the food, or thanking the Father? We could make assumptions here, but I get in trouble when I do that. Then what surprises me is Matthew 15:32 Jesus presents the problem to his followers. Look at their response, they seemed to have forgotten what had happened in the feeding of the 5000. It was as much a problem then as now, and in the same situation. But they missed it completely. Were they so old they could not remember yesterday what was for lunch!?

Jesus almost completely re-enacts the feeding of the 5000, and no I do not think this is a duplication of the event and some sort of author error. It is a similar story but not the same event.

Situations test us. And we should be learning from those situations and that through that experience our faith should grow to greater heights. So that when we encounter the next situation test, there is no fear. We have faith, because experience with Jesus has taught us well. I still struggle with how the followers failed to know the answer to the problem as in Matthew 15!

Back to the primary thought. Jesus gave thanks. Matthew 15:36, is the text example for us. Situations present should not shape our gratitude. Our gratitude exists because of who Jesus is and we know he is the author and source of our supply. Jesus did not look at the situation in the manner that the disciples did. He saw beyond. He gave thanks not only for the food in hand, it was too little. It was insufficient. But he was grateful for the plenty to come. Gratitude is a lifestyle. Gratitude for the little increases the gratitude for much. We cannot only be grateful when we have a lot.

The presence of our practice and lifestyle of thanks reveals our posture and quality of our worship. Think about that.

Blessings, Pastor Chuck

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

4th Sunday each month, Cookie Sunday

3rd Monday each month @ 6 p.m. Monday Night at the Movies “Chariots of Fire”

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 October 12 @ 5:30 p.m.

You can contact the church by email for more information about these events at

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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