Pastor’s Desk 2017-06-27

Good Morning SCCC Family,
                                                                                               
* Ever forget to do something? Of course you have. Regular habits can keep us from forgetting, but not having written a “pastor’s desk” last week, may have been the cause of my forgetfulness this morning. I was on a roll working on next Sunday’s message and I stopped to have a coffee with my lady a few minutes ago and the first thing she asked me is, “aren’t you doing a pastor’s desk?” Well good thing I had started it yesterday, so here it is, a little late, but not forgotten.
 
* Every once in a while, I receive one of those emails that just make my day. I received one of these last week from Chuck Dreiling and asked if I could share it with you!
            Chuck writes: I just had another radiation treatment this morning . . . . . But now Nancy and I are waiting for a room for the night until tomorrow’s next treatment.  As we wait, there is a beautiful young Mexican couple from Hermosillo whose sons were in the children’s home fire in Hermosillo a few years ago where 41 children died. Their 2 boys were among the 16 survivors but were burned badly and are now in the Shriner’s hospital next to my hospital. Now the boys are being treated for their burns. What makes this special is that gifts from SCCC have ministered to this couple and provided them with the ability to travel and get treatment here at Shriner’s in Sacramento. They have worked with Shelli Neufeld – our contact with the Hermosillo support team. Their sons are Paulo and Alan.  Dad is Hecter, and Mom is Gladys. They will be here for a month.  What a blessing to see the results of the loving gifts from the saints at SCCC.  I think God chose me to have this cancer just for the purpose of seeing how He is ripening the fruit of our plantings and readying them for the harvest.   More than just a coincidence.  What a God we can love and enjoy!
My love to all.
Chuck D

* Got another precious email from the Marstons regarding Sue. “Praise God! I got the drain out this am and am happy to be home. The cyst is completely gone! I’m on antibiotic for one week, then good bye forever. I at first thought that the cyst would be drained and sterilized, but didn’t realize it would be gone . . . God gave me a verse in Psalm 138, last verse. He will perfect (bring to a perfect completion) that which concerns you! And that’s what I was counting on! Thanks for all the prayer support. Sue
 
* Please continue to keep all these folks in your prayers and find many other ways to pray for our church family on the Church Prayer Wall. Thanks for remembering to pray!

* Several awesome events coming to the church in July – Youth Retreat on July 7-8 and our Kid’s Kamp (former VBS event) happens July 17-21. Please pray for Matt and Mayra as they guide and participate in both of these potentially life changing events for the young people who will attend. If you’re in SC and can help them out, there are a variety of ways to do so.
 
* This will be my final pastor’s desk for the summer as Jeannine and I leave for holidays next Monday. We have also asked the elders for an additional four weeks away, without salary. We are grateful for the elder’s support as we take this extended time for ourselves. Services will continue as usual. An excellent list of guest speakers are in place for Sunday mornings including Ken Van Kirk on July 16. He and Ruth have moved to SC and Ruth is a regular on the worship team. I know God is stirring things in their hearts, so you don’t want to miss this Sunday and the many other Sundays, where God will guide in ministering to each of you who are here. Jeannine and I look forward to our return on October 1.  
 
Have a great summer,
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine
 
            While we are gone, the following are your contact people:

Matt Wyka: matthew.wyka2012@gmail.com (622) 149-2876 (Church Services)
Steve McLean:
smclean@wpmfg.com   (622) 150-1717 (Elder Related)
Chuck Morton:
chaplain45@gmail.com (622) 226-1156 (“We Care” Needs)
Mayra Gonzalez:
mayglez@gmail.com  (622) 226-0945 (Administration)

Pastor’s Desk 2017-06-13

Good Morning SCCC Family,        

Just a few things for you to note today. The “Pastor’s Desk” is going to take a break and will return on June 27.

Brian & Elizabeth Matchett recently had their car stolen. Their time in Mexico will be completed at the end of 2017. If you have a vehicle in San Carlos that they would be able to rent or buy from July until December, please contact Elizabeth at egmatchett@gmail.com or Brian at brian.j.matchett@gmail.com. 

The “Prayer Wall” is the place where you can find make any updates or add any prayer requests you may have. Allow me to encourage you to take a few moments, as time allows, to be praying for the needs which are listed. This is such a great tool to keep our church family caring for one another while we’re in the different places that we are. You can find the “Prayer Wall” on the church webiste or simply click on this link: http://www.sancarloscommunitychurch.com/pastorsdesk/prayer.

Allow me to share an email testimonial I received from some folks in Colorado. They are friends of Earl and Sonja Harris, who Earl met through some plumbing they needed done in their home. Earl found out that Mike’s wife Julie (Mike is the plumber) had cancer and Earl posted their need on our Prayer wall, roughly 6 months ago. The following is Mike’s response:

     Dear Pastor Glenn,

Thank you so much for your prayers over the last 6 months! I cant tell you how many times my iPhone beeped and I got to tell Julie “Someone in San Carlos just prayed for you”, it must have been hundreds and hundreds.  Every single one lifted up our spirits.

Last Friday was our last chemotherapy, next month we get scheduled to have the port removed. We will be doing follow up colonoscopies and pet scans every October. One day I hope to be able to come down to San Carlos to thank you all in person. Earl and Sonja has shown me so many pictures of the town and sunsets. San Carlos looks like such a beautiful place to live.

Again, I thank you and your congregation for all your prayers.

In Christ, Michael Sciarabba

Next Sunday, we’ll be in Joshua 3, seeing what we can learn about strength and courage as we pursue the tasks the Lord seems to put before us. If yu’re looking for some great reading material, Joshua is one of those stories. Enjoy!                            

Praying you have a great week!
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine

Pastor’s Desk 2017-06-06

Good Morning SCCC Family,
                                                                                               
* Its another great morning in San Carlos! Well, a few more farewells last week as people continue to return home for the summer. But there’s still a pretty good sized group of “die hards” sticking it out, in faith believing its “not hot” outside. About 75-80 adults left for the service after the children were dismissed. There always seems to be a few guests as well. But things are relatively quiet on the home front here. No Seattle/Vancouver/Hermosillo type traffic jams happening on Beltrones (Main Street) of San Carlos. I just saw some of the traffic jams on the Vancouver roads on tv this morning. I’m not sure I could enjoy an hour drive to the work place anymore! 

 
* Another addition to worship this week – Yes, and what a job she did on the keys. Ruth VanKirk joined the rest of the crew and with Ryan’s leadership, they put together an excellent worship set! So good to see folks using their giftedness to bless God’s family.
 
* Please note that Mayra will not be in the office for the next few weeks. She is in Dallas at a Leadership Event for some continued training in Children’s Ministry. And then she’ll take some of her holidays as well.
 
* What a great time after Sunday’s service. Some really neat people in SCCC. People who are willing to wrestle with the Scriptures to gain a greater understanding of who Jesus is; people not satisfied to just live the “status quo” kind of anticipated Christian walk, people willing to ask the real questions they have on their hearts; people willing to get beyond pretense, to be vulnerable, people who resemble the Bereans of Acts 17, so aptly applauded by Paul for searching out truth. I so enjoy those kinds of conversations. Another person came and asked about baptism and shared that several of them would like to discuss what baptism would look like for them. If you’re interested in baptism, please call/email me as we’ll be meeting in the next couple of weeks to talk about that. All of the above makes for a very good day.
 
Prayer Link: http://www.sancarloscommunitychurch.com/pastorsdesk/prayer
 
* Sermon Series – We looked at “soon” in the context of Jesus’s return last Sunday. I’m sure you, like myself, have wondered about “soon”. We understand it within our own context of time. But as I look at Jesus’s return in light of both 1 & 2 Peter, it seems to have much more to do with a Mindset, than it does a Time Frame. Peter is very clear that what holds the Lord back is His desire that None should perish. NO one! The sad reality is that there will continue to be people who reject Him. I’m so grateful that He waited long enough for me to come back to Him! I know many others whom I praying will also come to know Him before He returns for those who know Him.
            Peter reveals to us how we can know if we are living with this mindset, this anticipation of Jesus’ return and he gives us three things to test how we’re doing. Praying harder is the first. If we’re truly living like Christ is coming back soon, that we understand there is no more opportunity to make things right with Him after he returns, we will be praying sincerely for the folks we know who haven’t yet made him Lord. He secondly challenges us to love folks deeper, not only “church folks”, but strangers. Why? Well throughout Peter’s book that answer has been obvious – so they can see who God is through our actions. And finally, he challenges us in our service, to use “our” God given giftings to influence those around us. The answer to the question, “are we living in anticipation of His return”, can be answered very quickly by reviewing how we’re doing in each of those three respective areas.
            This week, Lord willing, we’ll finish this book by looking at I Peter 5.

* Read another great article from Thom Rainer this morning. Thought provoking for sure! Hope you enjoy it!

Have a great week serving Jesus,
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine

Six Attitudes That Kill Evangelism in the Church by Thom Rainer

Here are my notes from an interview I did with a church member recently.

Question: Do you believe evangelism should be a priority in the church?
“Absolutely.”

Question: Is evangelism a priority in your church?
“Not really. Our pastor doesn’t do much about it. And we get no help from our denomination.”

Question: What are you doing personally to be more evangelistic?
<Silence>
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I won’t bore you with statistics about declining evangelism in our churches. You don’t need me to convince you most churches are not reaching our communities with the gospel. You don’t need me to provide data that shows our churches are reaching fewer people today than just a few years ago.

But why are our churches less evangelistic today?

That question could be answered from a number of perspectives. But one of the key explanations is simply an attitude problem. There are several dangerous and debilitating attitudes in churches that are killing evangelism. Here are six of them:

  1. “That’s what we pay our pastor to do.” The hired-hand attitude toward the Great Commission is debilitating. It emanates from an attitude of comfort and entitlement among church members. And, above all, it is totally unbiblical.
  2. “Our church members are just not evangelistic.” This quote comes from pastors and other church leaders. It is the other side of the coin of the blame game noted in number one above. Pastors who make those comments typically aren’t evangelistic themselves. And the number one correlative factor of an evangelistic church is an evangelistic pastor. If pastors are serious about their churches becoming Great Commission instruments, they must begin by looking in the mirror.
  3. “Our denomination does not help us.” This attitude is a continuation of the blame and deflection issue. Evangelistic churches do not depend on denominations to lead them to share the gospel. They see the Great Commission as primarily an issue of local church responsibility.
  4. “We emphasize evangelism once a year in our church.” If evangelism is just another emphasis in the church, it is dead on arrival. It must be an ongoing priority of the church. The Great Commission is not just another event; it is living the priority of sharing the gospel.
  5. “I don’t know anyone well who is not a Christian.” This attitude is part of the greater issue of the holy huddle in many churches. If the church members are not intentionally developing relationships with people who are not Christians, evangelism just won’t happen. Here is a test to consider. How many of the groups or classes in your church are regularly seeking to connect with unbelievers?
  6. “We don’t have the resources.” The most effective evangelistic churches depend on two key resources: prayer and obedience.

The decline in evangelism in our churches comes down to just a few key issues. Too many believers see evangelism as the responsibility of someone else. Closely related to that issue is the matter of blame. It’s the pastor’s fault. It’s the church members’ fault. It’s the denomination’s fault.

I have seen churches make dramatic turnarounds when just one person decided to be radically obedient to the Great Commission.

The question should not be: “What about them?”

The question should be: “What about me?”

Pastor’s Desk 2017-05-30

Good Morning SCCC Family,

* We’re talking about Jesus “soon” return this coming Sunday. But I’m thinking everything is “soon” these days. May is done after tomorrow. It was just March. I think I must have missed April! That means we’re getting closer to our holidays, but it also means that our holidays will be over just as quickly. I was just reading a piece in James where he says, “life is but a vapor”. I remember when “old” people used to say things like that. And who is this guy sitting here writing about this. Maybe I’ve become one of those “old” people! But from another perspective, if you’re going fast, you’re having fun, right? And we still are! Heard some more great stories last week from friends in the church family, spent a day at one of our missions, watching the kids, loving what Jesus was doing through all those who were serving there. Just another perfect week of living in this great little town of San Carlos.

* It may well be the first one held in our church, but what an exciting time as we celebrated Karla’s Quinceañera. Bethany’s wedding dress added a huge touch of elegance for Karla, but the changing of the shoes, was totally unique – removing the “converse” and replacing them with an elegant set of heels was the finishing touch for this “new young lady.” Many gracious words shared by Jenny, Bonnie, Raul, some of her best friends and of course, Brandon & Bethany! Matt shared an exhortation meant particularly for Karla, but equally as applicable to all. And of course, what is a cultural party in Mexico without a plethora of appetizers and a full course meal? Wonderfully done and congratulations to you Karla. So fun!

* Please note there are a number of pictures on the church’s facebook page of this event and several other recent events as well. 

* Last Wednesday, we joined the crowd at La Palapa to celebrate Mark Mulligan’s birthday and while there Terry Lynn sang her song “Make a Difference” which I’ve always loved. Its the story about making a difference in one person’s life. Mayra did a fine presentation Sunday regarding our upcoming “Kid’s Camp”, formerly called the VBS. And her dream and ours is the same as Terry Lynn’s – let’s make a difference in someone’s life – in our case, the lives of the kids in San Carlos and area.         Our website has a “Kid’s Camp” icon on the home page with all the details, with registration and with options to help for each of you that will be here in July. This will be another huge opportunity to impact these young lives. Why don’t you sign up and help make a difference in these little lives? There’s all kinds of ways to help and I’m sure that one of those ways would be a perfect fit for you.  

* a “heart of service” – Matt’s recent focus with the youth about “service” played out in a wonderful way last week as he and some of the youth painted “sealed” the roof of one of the ladies from our church. They plan to finish the job this week. What a great act of caring and service from Matt and the youth team.

* The Prayer Wall – many reasons to pray and/or to rejoice.

  • So grateful, Chuck Morton got a good report from his colonoscopy.
  • Gail Wilkins has two breaks in her pelvis from a nasty fall.
  • Don Amerman, (Jim McKinney’s nephew) battling throat cancer.
  • Chuck Dreiling beginning Chemo and Radiation shortly.
  • Harold Cherry going through cancer treatment.
  • Ellen Flore’s knee surgery went well
  • Bev Mettlewsky had a knee replacement last week.
  • Bob & Becky Burr are planning a move back to San Carlos.

Prayer Link: http://www.sancarloscommunitychurch.com/pastorsdesk/prayer

* Sermon Series – We finished our short mini series on the spiritual realm last Sunday with a message about temptation. James was our source as he’s a master on practical insights about this theme. We discovered that “you can know the right thing but still do the wrong thing. Information alone doesn’t change us. And secondly, you can choose not to fall (sin), but you cannot choose the fallout (consequences). James goes on to share how to resist temptation. But if you fail, he shared, we must own our failure without blaming others and finally he highlights our need for confession, not only to God, but to someone that we can trust. Forgiveness comes from God, but confession is the piece that brings us to another level of accountability.       
     Our goal with this 3 part series on the spiritual realm was not to overwhelm us by the enemy’s desires to steal, kill and destroy, but to bring us awareness of his tactics and schemes so that we’re not blindsided by his lies and we’re not enticed by the things he designs to take our focus off the Lord. The enemy is real, but he is also under our feet. So be aware, but never be overwhelmed. Be enamored by Jesus and those temptations begin to lose their enticing power.
      This Sunday, we’re back in Peter, looking at the Lord’s “soon” return. Really? Soon? When did He say that? Hope to see you Sunday!

Have a great week serving Jesus,
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine

Pastor’s Desk 2017-05-23

Good Morning SCCC Family,
                                                                                               
* Went for a sunset cruise last week. I’m not sure we even got out on the water this past winter, but some friends invited us to join them for a wonderful evening cruise – so smooth, so peaceful, saw some dolphins close up, enjoyed some tasty snacks, just a great time of “yack & fun”. We have got to coin a new word for “fellowship”. That may seem like slaughtering the proverbial sacred cow, but that word is so overused that its become boring. If you can think of something better than “yack & fun”, send it my way and we’ll try and coin a phrase that’s more eloquent than “yack & fun”.
 
* We joined in with a farewell party for Tiffiny Fisher & Co. on Saturday. They will move back North to WA this week after spending several years in San Carlos. We’re grateful for all they’ve done and the things they’ve added to our lives. All the best to you on your new adventure.  
 
* Thought you might enjoy the following story, I received from Dan & Linda Abbate. They are former attendees who now live in Rocky Point, who still have such a huge heart for the Lord and for SCCC. What a treat to hear about these recent miracles! (Linda’s Sister, is Shirley Robson, who also attended while she was in SC)
 
Good morning, Pastor Glenn,     
Two things:
     My Sister-in-law, Shirley, has continued her recovery from the breast and sternum cancer. She turned 82 last month and feels, looks and acts like she’s at least 20 years younger.Her treatment has been scaled back to a blood infusion every four weeks.She was virtually on her deathbed in early 2015 when our request was placed on the Prayer Wall.Through those who prayed and God’s Grace, she is now enjoying life very much and has come much closer to Him.
My “blind eye” situation has greatly improved.The left two-thirds of my right eye is unchanged with vision still blocked by a gray cloud. The good news is that, after seeing three ophthalmologists in Arizona, a friend, Michael, here in Rocky Point referred me to an eye doc he has been seeing here. With nothing to lose I scheduled an appointment with him about 3 months ago.After three injections and prescription eye drops over that period, the distortion on the right side of the eye, which was also caused by the burst blood vessel, is almost completely gone. The final injection in the series was 3 days ago, and he expects things will improve even more over the next few weeks.

     Pretty amazing, after being told by three experts in their field, that there was no hope for any improvement. The end results will be that the eye patch should only be necessary for close-up work like reading and typing, but won’t be necessary for distance. Distance vision being driving, yes driving, watching sports, viewing TV and similar things requiring depth perception.You have no idea what a difference this has made in my quality of life on a day to day basis. I believe I remember telling you the last time I saw you that there was no chance things would ever get better. You told me you would be praying anyway.I should have had more faith.Obviously, God had a better plan for me than to be one-eyed.Also, lots of others have prayed, as I have, but admittedly not with a lot of conviction from me at first.
     I should have known better. As my mother used to quote from Matthew, “Oh ye of little faith”, when things were gloomy and impossible looking. There is a reason for everything He does. Sometimes I forget that. For some reason, I now believe that somehow I will be given opportunities to witness about this totally unexpected miracle and how God’s hand has been on me since that day last November, just waiting for the right time.Michael and his wife who are both deacons in their Lutheran church in Tucson, as well as attending Family of God here, have been praying for me since I told them about the eye problem in early December.They were both convinced that the doctor here would find some way to help me because he had helped Michael with a much less serious vision problem. They couldn’t have been more correct.
      Praise to God and much gratitude to those, who prayed and had faith in my chance at improved vision. I had no idea this would turn out to be such a long narrative, but I felt you wouldn’t mind reading it, since it is such a terrific example of God’s blessings.

Dan Abbate

* Have you got a recent “God Story” you’d like to share. Feel free to send it my way. There’s no greater encouragement than hearing about God at work in people’s lives!

* A number of brand new “Missionary Newsletters and Updates” have been posted on the Church’s “One Drive”. Access them by clicking HERE

 
* Your Prayer Connection center is the SCCC “Prayer Wall” where you can either post your prayer request OR pray for those from our church family who have posted a prayer need! So grateful to have such a great resource to keep our church family connected over the summer months! Follow the link:
http://www.sancarloscommunitychurch.com/pastorsdesk/prayer
 
* Sermon Series – We’ve diverted from 1 Peter for a few weeks to look at some things about the spiritual realm. Two weeks ago, we looked at Believer’s enemy, Satan, particularly at who he is and what he does. Last Sunday, we looked at how to combat this enemy, using Ephesians 6:10-18 as our text. Paul, writing from a Roman prison, chained to a guard 24/7, uses the armor the guard wears as an analogy of what we need to do to defend ourselves against the enemy’s tactics and schemes. The Lord shows us how important it is to protect our heart and minds (armor & helmet) from the things in life that pierce and wound us. His Truth (belt) reminds us of who we are, of our security in Christ, our authority in Christ and allows us to march forward (boots) with the Gospel (Good News) rather than being sidelined by the wounds we receive in life. We receive one offensive weapon, the Word of God (sword) which is the Lord’s Word about who we are in Him and gives us confidence as we respond to the enemy’s lies. While he “protects” us and allows us to “advance”, it is Prayer that keeps us connected to our commander in Chief. He’s the one who lives in our hearts and who ultimately gives us the victory in our walk. Next week, we will finish this series by looking at temptation and how we deal with those things that come our way.
 
Please note – I apologize to those of you who listen to the services online, but there is no recording of last Sunday’s service.
 
Have a great week serving Jesus,
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine

Pastor’s Desk 2017-05-16

Good Morning SCCC Family,
                                                                                               
* Temperature is wonderful outside – just slightly above room temp most days, a few clouds in the morning, but looks good for another week. When I hear about or read some of your facebook posts about recent weather conditions in your travels (ie – Bob Mettlewsky), I’m wondering if the month of May might not be better spent in SC? Just a thought! And its not only the great country of Canada, but Earl Harris was still shoveling snow a few weeks ago in Colorado. Now he’s dealing with wild life – bears, deer, mountain lions and foxes. Sheesh, why don’t you people stay in SC where its safe? The only other “relatively secure” place seems to be Alaska where Sam and Rhonda are already picking fresh cucumbers from their garden. Its always great to hear what’s going on at your summer homes.  
 
* Met a young man named Ben from Washington on Sunday. He and his wife Allison, have two young children and are spending a month in San Carlos. He gave me permission to share their story with you. They have wrestled with having more children and one of them wanted to adopt a little one and they had been tossed to and fro as to whether they should or shouldn’t, especially with all the related wait times and legal issues, etc. Well part of their journey was to set aside this month in San Carlos to pray that God would give them direction and to help them be on the same page in deciding what to do. The previous Sunday at SCCC, they stopped by the “wee” ones class. And Allison picked up one of those little ones and as she held her and as they talked with Jenny, their decision was made and Ben, shared with me – with tears in his eyes, they are now totally on the same page. They are both excitedly looking forward to their return home to pursue the adoption process in their home state. He was so grateful that their time in San Carlos and their time in our church had resulted in God’s clear direction in their lives. Praise the Lord for stories of God’s affirmation like this.
 
* Many requests on the church Prayer Wall. Thanks for praying so faithfully.
            Chuck and Nancy – Chuck will begin radiation & chemo shortly.
            Harold and Irene Cherry – Harold has been diagnosed with cancer.
 
* a Brand New “VBS” link can be found on the church’s website. Have a look at this new feature and see how you can either register your children or be involved with the VBS. Mayra and team have some great plans in place for mid July.
 
* Sermon Series: We’re taking some time away from 1 Peter for a short parenthetical series on the spiritual realm. Peter warns us to be aware of our enemy in I Peter 5. He also tells us to resist the devil and he will flee from you. In I Peter 4, we saw how pursuing God diminishes our desire for the enticements of the world. But the enemy is subtle in drawing us away from our pursuit of God. So last Sunday, we looked at the tactics and schemes of the enemy in enticing Adam & Eve to think there was something greater than their God given garden and  their time with the Creator in that incredible environment. Many of these same schemes and tactics continue today and often with the same results. Next week, we will continue to look at how to deal with the temptations that come our way. We will return to 1 Peter after we complete this short series.
 
* Another Thom Rainer article follows for your reading pleasure this morning. Rainer’s research reveals some interesting thoughts about the church and certainly reveals how subtle the enemy is and has been, in causing once solidly evangelical churches to lose sight of their mission.
 
Have a great week serving Jesus,
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine

Five Imminent Dangers in Churches (Thom Rainer)

It’s one of my favorite danger signs.
It was presumably next to wires with high electrical voltage, and it profoundly read:

Danger — Do Not Touch
Not Only Will This Kill You,
It Will Hurt the Whole Time You Are Dying.

There are five imminent danger signs in churches today. I am not speaking of just those churches that have abandoned core doctrines; I am also speaking of churches that are supposedly solidly evangelical. Here are five of those dangers:

  1. Doubts about the exclusivity of salvation through Christ. John 14:6 is undoubtedly clear. Jesus Himself said He is the only way of salvation. While few in evangelical churches are explicitly denying this cardinal doctrine of the faith, some are quietly rationalizing forms of pluralism or inclusivism. Both of those doctrines deny John 14:6.
  2. Waning efforts at evangelism. While this danger is obviously connected to the first danger, there is more at work here. Some churchgoers just don’t see the need or have the burden to share the gospel. Any theological system or human rationale that minimizes evangelism is clearly contrary to Scripture.
  3. Making doctrine and works either/or. Some evangelical churches have a superficial theology and focus on pragmatism. Some other evangelical churches have a deep theology that does not result in evangelism and ministry. The former is works without faith; and the latter is faith without works.
  4. Forgetting Jerusalem. Jesus told us our witness would begin in Jerusalem and then extend beyond. He was clearly telling our churches we are to have a passion for evangelism and ministry in the community where our church is located. Too many churches have become so inwardly focused that they have no real presence in the community God has placed them. Other churches limit their missionary efforts to offerings, essentially paying others to do the Great Commission for them.
  5. Fighting rather than going and doing. A church without unity is a church headed for decline and death. We have plenty of critics, second-guessers, and bullies in many of our churches. But we have few believers who are excited to talk about Jesus (Acts 4:20). This danger reveals itself when the former outweighs, outlasts, and overshadows the latter.

Though I cannot presume to know all the schemes of the Enemy, I can only imagine he loves to see churches succumbing to one or more of these dangers.

These dangers are truly so great they will ultimately lead churches to dying and death.

Pastor’s Desk 2017-05-09

Good Morning SCCC Family,

* Reoccurring themes – Tabu is quickly becoming the restaurant of choice for Monday nights. Where else can you get an entire sushi roll, a dish of ice cream on a bed of Carmel sauce and chocolate, and a glass of lemonade for 99 pesos (Monday & Tuesday special)? Now, I have always been one of those quezzy guys when it comes to “raw” fish, but this is Mexipan (spelling intentional) sushi – “empanizado” lightly breaded and deep fried. Seriously, you have to try it. One block past the Wal Mart on the opposite side of the road. Well, that’s the advertisement for the day.

* While chaos can get downright tiring, so can quietness. Our street has now gone silent. Even the guys on the garbage truck were in tears the other day, with nothing to pick up at the neighboring homes! Okay, that may be somewhat of an exaggeration, but its quiet. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the rapture and you’re also glad it wasn’t because you are in a bad situation if you’re reading this.

* Not a lot of news this week other than it was one of those guest Sundays with several families down for a visit, even some Manitobans. Met and shared with a new family from Guaymas on Sunday, Paco and Anna & their boys. Paco is in the Navy and presently involved in building one of those naval boats/ships – 86 meters long. And Anna is a Dr. who presently is being a Mom to David and Daniel (ages 5 & 7). They’ve been at church for 4 Sundays now. Keta came as a guest of Marrian. Pete & Helena and their 5 children were here. Their oldest was at youth on Friday. Larry and Val brought their neighbors (sorry name slips my mind right now). This is their first winter here and first time to the church. They are heading home now, but are excited about returning and asked for ways they could be involved in one of the many local outreaches. There is as many more guests that I didn’t get to connect with. But in staff meeting, both Mayra and Matt shared about new children from the Ranchitos attending children’s church and youth this past week. I love being in a church where people feel the liberty to come and check out what God is doing through our church family. Its been another great week at SCCC.

* Got a great call from one of our church families this week – He shared how much he’d rather stay then head back home. But his reason for wanting to stay caught my attention and its words I hear so often – our friendships are just so much deeper here than they are back home. He didn’t mean that they didn’t have good friends back home, but that San Carlos really does become family and we’ve found that it happens very quickly for those that desire that same thing. Have a great summer guys, but we do look forward to your return.

* Not only is it “Cookie Sunday” this coming week, its Mother’s Day – tomorrow in Mexico and Sunday for the Northerners. So “Moms” be looking for something special this Sunday. This is also a notice for all the cookie bakers! The “cookie team” could use your help!

* Just a note to remind you to take some time to pray for the requests of folks in our church family. Many are listed on the Church’s Website under the “Prayer Wall” icon. Our prayers matter and make a difference in their lives.

* Sermon Series: A quick glance at I Peter 4:1 and you might leave thinking, I can rid myself of sin through physical pain. It reads, “if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin.” Last weekend we realized once again how important context is when exploring the Scriptures. In my simplified “driedger” version, it could read, “If a situation presents itself and I have the choice of whether to sin or to suffer – if I choose suffering (pain, criticism, etc) it shows that sin no longer has any power over me.” But the part that captured my heart in these first 6 verses of I Peter 4 was Peter’s handle on the issue of sin. If we truly draw close to Christ, which ultimately is God’s Will for us, sin loses its luster, its appeal. How often do we find ourselves simply addressing sin in some legalistic manner, often leaving little impact on our listeners, when God and God’s Word ultimately calls us into a deeper, all fulfilling satisfaction of drawing close to God. Oh I know God doesn’t want me living out my life in all the ways that Peter lists in this passage, but I love the way Peter shows us to make that happen. Draw close to God and the rest will lost its appeal. Its not just some philosophy for Peter, it’s a reality. Maybe its time to stop working so hard at being patient, but rather take time to enjoy drawing close to Christ. What a difference our perspective makes as we stop trying so hard and start drawing closer to Him.

If you missed the message, click on “audio messages” at www.sancarloscommunitychurch.com.

Have a great week serving Jesus,
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine

Pastor’s Desk 2017-05-02

Good Morning SCCC Family,

* It really is a unique time of the year when roughly 2/3 of the congregation has left for holidays up North somewhere. It’s a crazy feeling when another six couples raised their hands last Sunday and said, see you in November. It really is a weird feeling. The months of March and April were filled with visits with those leaving for the summer and we continue to enjoy filling our calendar with plans for connecting with those who remain for the summer. The upside, of course, is the opportunity to spend more focused time with those who stay year round. Its all good, its just different to have these “start-stop” relationships. Even the Country Club, where we live is emptying out and its gone strangely silent. Ok, before I sound like I need to attend Grief Share, its just life isn’t it? Things change! Situations change! God changes! (wondering if you just reacted) NO, He doesn’t and that’s what brings a sense of peace back into our lives. God continues to be at work in the lives of people in our church and community and we find that to be deeply rewarding – summer or winter!

* Miguel turns 60 – I think its still safe to share a man’s age? Had a sweet time at Miguel & Gabriela’s home on Saturday evening, with many of their friends and family. And he is one proud grampa and so glad to have his two little grandchildren (all the way from Vancouver) spending the next month with them in Guaymas. Found myself practicing a little Spanglish again as we met some of Miguel’s family, friends and cohorts from work. Just a great time, and typical of a Mexican party, all kinds of great food, fun and friendships. Happy Birthday, Miguel, hope you have a great year! Love those facebook pics of you and the grandchildren!

* Enjoyed a time with many of the little people from Maggies at the Caracol Beach on Sunday afternoon, hosted by the Geislers and friends. You want to talk about energy! One new little family member stole the show for me – usually it’s the stunning brown eyes, but this one little lady had strikingly blue eyes that would melt any one’s heart. Water pistols continue to evolve and there were a number of one of the new models, with both quick loading and long distance options in place – looked like too much fun!. Matt and his youth made sure there were no drownings, did a great job of “life guarding”. I hadn’t been down at this beach before, but what a great place for hosting the little munchkins. Well, they’re not all little, but I am in awe when I think about the sacrifices these missionaries make as they care for these under privileged children. Hats off to you all.

* Clean Up San Carlos – what’s that got to do with church? Everything! And Matt and several youth joined the cleanup team last Saturday to show their support and love for our community. Way to go, guys!

* Just a note to remind you to take some time to pray for the requests of folks from our church family. Many of these requests are listed on the Church’s Website under the “Prayer Wall” icon. Our prayers matter and make a difference in their lives.

* Sermon Series: Last weekend we explored the words of Peter from I Pt.3:13-17. Once again, as Peter has done throughout this book, he is trying to show us how to deal with challenges in life from how to respond to evil governments, to nasty employers, to unbelieving spouses and in this passage, to persecution. What Peter does so well, is to remind us of the purpose of dealing with difficult situations the way he does – so that others will be drawn to Christ. Yes, we do face difficult issues in life, but in true “Peter” style, he challenges us to view these difficulties as opportunities to influence unbelievers, to see these opportunities as God’s windows for people to see Jesus in you. If you missed the message, you can still hear it on the church website at
www.sancarloscommunitychurch.com
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Have a great week serving Jesus,
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine

As many of you return to your “native homelands”, I thought you might enjoy one of the “Rainer stories” which I receive on a daily basis. Hoping you have another great church to attend while you’re away!
 
* 15 REALLY STRANGE REASONS NOT TO ATTEND CHURCH by Thom Rainer
 
What do peanut butter, girlfriends, and Rambo the dog have in common?
 
They were all used as reasons not to attend church services in a Twitter poll I conducted. I asked church leaders and churchgoers to share some really good excuses they’ve heard from people who choose not to attend church.
 
Some of the responses were common (hypocrites at church, worshipping on the lake or golf course, pastor preaches too long or short, etc.).
 
And I received the expected lectures of why we should not see the church as a place to go, or why church is no longer relevant.
 
But I also got some fascinating responses.
 
Have you heard these reasons not to attend church? The italicized comments that follow each are my own. 

  1. “We were out of peanut butter.” Of course, no one can worship without his or her peanut butter fix.
  2. “I was too drunk, so I went soul winning with my dog, Rambo.” I hope Rambo was sober.
  3. “Both of my girlfriends attend church there.” I think you might have other challenges.
  4. “The worship leader pulls up his pants too often. It’s distracting.” What are we going to do with those worship leaders?
  5. “My kids take naps during that time. Bring them to church anyway; they can nap during the services with our deacons.
  6. “Gas prices are too high.” Have you been outside lately?
  7. “The pastor is too attractive. When I see him preaching, I have impure thoughts, and I am distracted.” I never heard that complaint when I was a pastor.
  8. “My wife cooked bacon for breakfast, and our entire family smelled like bacon.” Bacon aroma is always welcome at our church.
  9. “The pastor stays in the Bible too much.” I’ve noticed that too. Just who does he think he is?“
  10. “I couldn’t get the lid off the peanut butter.” I never thought there would be a peanut butter theme to avoiding church.
  11. “We got burned out at church and have been taking a break the past seven years.” I think you broke the world’s record for length of time to cool down.
  12. “The church is too close to drive, and too far to walk.” If you like, we could move our church to the next state, and you could fly in.
  13. “I always get hemorrhoids on Sundays.” I understand. Sunday is a terrible day for hemorrhoids.
  14. “Someone called me ‘brother” instead of using my name.” At least he didn’t call you “sister.”
  15. “I was constipated.” Is that a Sunday-only occurrence? 

I am sure you have heard some good excuses as well. Let me hear from you.

Pastor’s Desk 2017-04-25

Good Morning SCCC Family,

* Let me start with a little tribute to my Mom, who celebrated 84 years young yesterday. Got to connect with her a little bit by phone and facebook. Busy as ever, so I had to make an appt by email for a time to call her! She helps the “old” people around town and considers it a huge privilege to be able to serve as opposed to needing to be served. She is one grateful lady. And I think, besides her love for the Lord, that’s what keeps her going. She ran through a list of yesterday’s activities and I got tired, just listening to it. I pray I can follow in her footsteps. We are so looking forward to spending some time with her this summer.

* Another little piece of trivia – 8 years ago today, I got down on one knee in a place called the “Tea Room”. Having no idea that it was one of Jeannine’s favorite restaurants, nestled between the ocean shore and the beautifully treed greenspace of Stanley Park (Vancouver), and with people at the tables surrounding us and observing this somewhat emotinal potential groom, I asked that “huge” question – “(stuff I won’t share), followed by “will you marry me?” Thank the Lord, I caught her off guard and she said, “Yes!” The rest of the story is still to be written!

* a Highlight for me – With the help of Juan Carlos, I was able to enjoy a breakfast with a number of Guaymas Pastors last week. I had met several of the Pastors before, but the  language barrier has often left us with the “come estas” “moi bien” kind of conversations. But with Juan Carlos help, I had an amazing time and a great conversation with several pastors as it related to their ministries and dreams for the future. It may seem a trivial thing, but the reality of not being able to communicate with fellow pastors and leaders in your own language often leaves one feeling somewhat alone. So it was a great morning with some similar minded brothers.

* Great to have some of the missionaries visiting last Sunday, Ken and Billy & Erika! Always good to touch base with them. The Lord seems to be opening some new doors for Ken and Lord willing, we may even see them make their home base in San Carlos in the future. I do enjoy hearing how the Lord works through the lives of these missionary servants. In fact, Ken will be sharing the message at our July 16th Service. So mark it on your calendars.

* Several Guests last Sunday, one has been there for two Sundays now! Yes! Love it when that happens. Love it when people come and see what our church family is all about. Love it when people come and explore the truth claims of Christ. Love it when our church family is the most welcoming place in San Carlos!

* Thank You from Megan Van Kirk – “Thank you for all the support, the prayers and the food you sent. I can’t express my gratitude and love to you all. It means so much to me and our family to have your prayers at this time. Thank you all.” Megan VanKirk.

* Cookie Sunday – coming this Sunday, April 30. You don’t want to miss some of those delicious morsels that the folks bring for this fun connection time. Contact Carol Miller at clmillerreno@aol.com if you would like to help by creating some of those morsels.

* While many of you go North for the summer, most of our missionaries remain here and continue serving faithfully. Read the latest “Missionary Updates” from some of the missionaries SCCC is connected with – simply click HERE to find the latest.

* Looking to contact someone in a leadership role at SCCC. Contact Information can be found by clicking HERE.

* Take some time to pray for these folks (& others on the website “Prayer Wall”.)

* Chuck Dreiling is at home and recovering from surgery. He will be receiving chemo and/or radiation to deal with the part of the tumor they were unable to remove.

* Please keep Sue Marston in prayer as she has been in hospital for several days since she returned to Canada. She is still undergoing tests to determine the cause of her weakness and fatigue.

* Harold Cherry was recently diagnosed with cancer. Please pray for Harold and Irene as they pursue treatment.

* Dean & Fran Swift attended our church until several years ago when Fran began having kidney issues and was added to the transplant list. On Sunday, she received a phone call at 1PM and was told to be in hospital and ready for a 6PM transplant. She went, but unfortunately, the donor kidney had a fungal infection. Such a huge disappointment as you can imagine. Please continue to pray that the transplant which she so needs will soon be available.

* Sermon Series: Last weekend we took a little time to look at some of the tensions which keep us from having healthy marriages. While a controversial passage in today’s culture, I Peter 3:1-7 is full of truths which guide us in understanding what the true definition of biblical submission really is and how the outworking of this truth creates a healthy home. We noted Peter’s challenge to wives as it related to biblical submission and inner beauty. But we were also made keenly aware of the husband’s responsibility to understand, protect, respect and to serve his bride. If you missed the message, you can still hear it on the church website. Any previous messages can be found at www.sancarloscommunitychurch.com and then click on Audio Messages.

Have a great week serving Jesus,
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine

Pastor’s Desk 2017-04-18

Good Morning SCCC Family,
                                                                                               
* No, it wasn’t Phoenix in rush hour, but it seemed like there was just as much traffic. The music, however has faded, the cars are gone and life goes on. Semana Santa is over for another year!
            But we’re praying that the influence of our Semana Santa event, as accomplished by Mayra and team, will continue. I believe Mayra said we had 20 children from the Mexican Loma del Mar and some more from the Ranchitos. Every year, we seem to attract a few more locals and that is a victory in itself. Mayra and Devon / Marisol, took to the streets advertising on Monday – and they did it the most effective way it can be done in Mexico – stereo system on the roof of the car, sharing of the upcoming event and then handing out invitations wherever children were gathered.
            And the results – 94 children the first day, 70 on the second with lots of helpers to go around. The Team from CEC helped with the teaching on Thursday, lots of newer volunteers from the church helping, particularly the group working the kitchen. So great to see new volunteers get connected and working hand in hand with those who have helped many times before. In Staff Meeting this morning, Mayra shared of her plans to follow up with the new local kids as best as possible and we continue to be grateful for all the Lord has done through this Children’s Ministry. There’s some great pictures for you to enjoy on the church’s facebook page.
 
* Good Friday Service was a smaller turnout, with a number of volunteers involved in Semana Santa and many of our regulars having left for the North Countries. We will miss you all, but look forward to you getting back home from your vacations.
 
* But the Easter morning service was much larger, including a number of guests, several of them local year rounders and several more from MN. But the biggest group came along with the Wolfkills and Roetcisoenders. What a treat to see them walk in with children and grandchildren in tow. Later in the afternoon, we helped Noma celebrate her “surprise” 80th Birthday Party, another great time together connecting with both new and old friends.
            I should fess up though, as I’m feeling a little guilt. After an Easter Ham at our home on Friday with several church families and then another easter turkey, with all the trimings after service on Sunday at the Dafoes et al, then on to the Wolfkills for Easter turkey and ham for Noma’s birthday – thank the Lord that yesterday was pretty much a “fasting” day. Losing weight may literally have to be a “Heavenly” thing, no pun intended. Fortunately, a planned spaghetti dinner for last evening with two other newer church families has been delayed until tonight. So, we’ll be ready again, I think!
            However, there is this Pastor’s breakfast in Guaymas at 9:30, after which we’ll have lunch with some more folks from the church. I don’t think we’ll ever get tired of hearing the tales of people who are either curious about Jesus or those who know Jesus and share about how He’s been working in their lives. Stories are such open doors for ministry and they never get dull. We are so blessed.
 
* I received an update from Chuck last evening. The 4-6 hour surgery to remove the tumor begins this morning at 6 am. Chuck writes, “We feel like we’re in a fully inflated God-bubble…covered in His will.  We want nothing other than God’s plan.  He knows our desire, but we’d rather suffer for a season and enjoy Him than to have our will and forget to praise and thank Him.  All-in-all, we are expecting great things. Now I just covet prayers for Nancy’s peace and comfort.” Trust you’re all praying along with us for God’s best for them.
 
* Yesterday, Grant & Jimmy E. closed off the balcony, another sign of summer on the way. These guys have done so much work this year in upgrading, developing and maintenance. So to Grant, Jimmy E, along with Dave Campbell and Jim Johnson, I say thank you so much for all you do to keep things flowing and growing!
 
* Guaymas Prison Ministry Update – Lennyka’s cookies continue to be a hit. Thanks for all the recent support you have provided! With Children’s Day (April 30) just around the corner, there is another way that we can be of encouragement to the ladies, Gabriela and the team are ministering to. This from Gabriela: “As soon as we entered the prison today, they asked us if we are able to contribute for the children´s party they do every year. It is going to be on Sunday the 30th. They ask for toys, candies a piñata or a cake.” If you’d like to help, please contact Gabriela at gabrielamonte2001@yahoo.com.
 
* Sermon Series: Last weekend we took a little time to remind ourselves not only of Christ’s resurrection, but the ongoing implications of that resurrection. If (and He did) Jesus actually rose from the dead, then turning our setbacks into comebacks is certainly possible. Each of us have faced or are facing different types of setbacks. And we can either stay stuck in our setback or we can approach Jesus and ask for His help with a comeback. Martha’s model of approaching Jesus, when she had been devastated by the loss of her brother Lazarus, was the model we looked at from John 11. You can hear the message in its entirety at www.sancarloscommunitychurch.com and then click on Audio Messages.
        Next Sunday we will continue looking at relationships in marriage as we go back to 1 Peter 3. Read ahead and enjoy this “non-controversial” passage. Its going to be another great day at San Carlos Community Church. Hope to see you there!
 
Have a great week serving Jesus,
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine