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

Pastor’s Desk 2017-04-11

Good Morning SCCC Family,

* It’s the Passion Week or Semana Santa for our Mexican friends. Its always fun to see the activity pick up in town, such creativity when the vehicles start coming into town, pick up trucks loaded with lawn chairs, tents, large umbrellas, picnic tables, sound systems waiting to happen and so on. Even in Guaymas last week, there was a “beach umbrella” sales person on every street. They’re ready to celebrate and settle in on the beaches. I think what I remember most from last year was all the families that were together, yes there’s some strictly party groups, but what caught my attention was the larger amount of groups with grandparents, parents and children all together and having fun as a family. Mayra and team are also celebrating with the truest reason of all to celebrate and its all coming together for her at the church. Whether you’re praying for the event or helping out, I trust you’re believing our Lord for a great day with these children. The adults will also be reminded of the Lord’s passion on Good Friday, along with a Resurrection reminder on Sunday morning.

* Semana Santa – Thur & Fri ( 9-11am ) @ the church.
* Good Friday Service – 10am @ the church (Communion)
* Easter Sunday Service – 9am @ the church!

* Chuck Dreiling was airlifted from Hermosillo to Sacramento yesterday. Please continue to pray as they follow through in dealing with this brain tumor. I know they value your prayers. So many of you have called to ask about them, just revealing your love for them. Thank you for taking the time to care.

* Can I just express my thanks to you for your overwhelming support in purchasing Lennyka’s cookies last Sunday. There was only one pack left when we got to the table, so Jeannine graciously shared it with me. Utterly delicious. Thank you for supporting this lady from the Guaymas Prison who is on a journey following Christ because of Gabriela’s ministry there.

* The last few weeks have been an incredible challenge for many of our SCCC families. Would you continue to keep these folks in your prayers:

  1. Van Kirk Family – their tragic loss
  2. Dave and Connie Campbell – Connie’s Father passed away.
  3. Pam Donnermeyer – Her mother Kay passed away.
  4. Matthew Wyka – Matt’s sister Elizabeth passed away.
  5. Vic & Sylvia Janzen – Vic’s Mother passed away.

 * Sermon Series: We have been in 1 Peter and looking at that often dreaded word “submission”. Peter gives us such practical insight into how to respond to an evil govt and then how to respond when mistreated in the work place. Last week, we began a two week series (still partially in Peter) but looking at what submission means in the context of marriage. This Sunday, we’ll be on an Easter theme, but we will return to I Peter 3 to continue on the theme of relationships in marriage the following week. I covet your prayers for my preparation time. I find the more I study the theme and the less I focus on the baggage which has developed around the theme over the years, both in secular and in spiritual surroundings, the more I am reminded of God’s love for us, of His challenge to love others (spouses) the same way he loved us and the challenge to put others needs above our own. I am so enjoying looking at this dreaded word through the eyes of Scripture and I pray you are too. Hope to see you Sunday!

Have a great week remembering what Jesus did for you, Happy Easter!            Pastor Glenn y Jeannine

Who Does What @ SCCC – Yout Connection Center

  • Church Administration – Mayra Gonzalez
    • Office Time (Mon, Wed, Fri)
  • Children’s Ministry – Mayra Gonzalez
  • Youth Ministry – Matthew Wyka
  • Men’s Group – Steve McLean
  • Deacon Chairperson – Art Koenes
  • Finance Questions – Bob Gibson (Chair)
    • Summer – Elizabeth Matchett
  • Missions Committee – Jim McClelland (Chair)
  • Benevolence Requests – Gabriela Montemayor
    • Other Contact – Ryan Thiessen
  • We Care Ministry – Chuck & Carol Morton
  • Building Use & Rentals – Maris Kalmbach
    • Summer – Glenn Driedger
  • Greeters and Ushers – Dave Campbell
    • Summer Greeters – Jeannine Driedger
    • Winter Greeters – Bev Mettlewsky
    • Summer Ushers – Brandon Baird
  • Fellowship Events – Christie Forrester
    • Cookie Sundays – Carol Miller
    • Potluck Events – Tiffiny Fisher
  • Building Maintenance – Grant Dafoe
    • Summer – Jim Ellison / Jim Johnson
  • Sound & Media – Brandon Baird
  • Spanish Translation – Ruben Bustos
  • Communion Prep – Barbara Anderson / Karen Ruddock

Chuck Dreiling Update

Dear SCCC Family and Friends,

Chuck Dreiling was taken to Cima Hospital in Hermosillo on Thursday afternoon, initially with what they thought was a stroke. He has now been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The Dr.’s say the situation is urgent, but that its not an emergency. He will be airflighted to California on either Sunday or Monday, after he has been stabilized. They will then determine next steps in CA. Please be praying for Chuck and Nancy, for Chuck’s healing and for peace for both of them as they walk out this journey.

Sincerely,

Glenn Driedger

Pastor’s Desk 2017-04-04

Good Morning SCCC Family,

* Good Friday Service – 10am @ the church (Communion)
* Easter Sunday Service – 9am @ the church!

* Mayra and team are preparing for the upcoming Semana Santa on April 13 & 14. This is a really neat opportunity to minister to a group of little ones. Would you consider helping her on either Thursday or Friday (9-11am)? Please let Mayra or Nedra know.

* Yes, Its “Cookie Sunday” this Sunday. Carol would be so encouraged if you could bring along a sampling of your favorites. Trust you’re looking forward to gathering with the family over some of these treats.
            Just as a bit of an aside. Lennyka is a 25 year old lady, who accepted the Lord through Gabriela’s ministry in the Guaymas prison. Jeannine and I met her the day I got to baptize her. She shared her testimony with us that day and brought tears to our eyes. She is serving a 33 year sentence and is working at raising the funds so that her daughter from Sinaloa can come visit her. In an effort to do that, there will be some additional packages of cookies for sale on the cookie table. There will only be a small amount of them, being sold at 20 pesos a package. You can help Lennyka be reunited with her daughter by purchasing some of her home baked cookies.

* Thanks to all of you who came to help with the spring clean up at the church! Your help was so appreciated. Chairs are recovered, Touch Ups completed, we’re ready for the “warmer” season. Bring it on!

* If you get a chance, take a look at the new 3-6 Year old Ministry Center. Its finished and it looks great! Storage, White Board, TV & DVD Unit are all in place! It’s kind of that middle size room that we really needed and will serve the church well in many other ways as well! Thanks to Grant Dafoe and Dave Campbell! You guys can do anything!

* Our condolences go out to Dave & Connie Campbell. Connie’s father passed away last week. 

* Pam Donnermeyer’s (Brame) mother, Kay DiNunzio passed away Sunday evening.

* We pray that each of our hurting families will sense God’s comfort and His peace through the days to come. 

* Sermon Series: We have been in 1 Peter and looking at that often dreaded word “submission”. Peter gives us such practical insight into how to respond to an evil govt. Last week, Peter continued with talking about honoring God in the place where you serve. This week we begin in Chapter 3, with the often abused statement of “wives submit to your husbands”. Wow, we live in a culture that jumps on that statement. So how do we make application of this text? How do you apply that atatement to a hurting marriage, or even to a healthy marriage? Hope to see you Sunday!

Have a great week serving Jesus,
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine

Pastor’s Desk 2017-03-28

Good Morning SCCC Family,
                                                                                               
* What a fun week connecting with great people once again. From the best home made “New Orleans Creole Gumbo and Ol’ Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits at one home to last evening’s Stir fried shrimp on a bed of rice – we be eating good! But along with those amazing dishes, the fun, the friendship & the fellowship has been the best. We’re so grateful to you and are sad to see some of “you all” leaving for the summer.
 
* They tell me winter is over and its time for spring clean up! That’s priceless. This kind of winter is pretty sweet compared to the ones we use to engage on the Canadian prairies. But nevertheless, the plans are to do some final touch ups at the church – Friday at 9:00 am. We’ll be doing some clean up, painting and reupholstering about 30 chairs. Guys, bring along “flat & star screwdrivers, staple guns and staples and let’s support these seamstresses who are going to give these chairs a face lift. Maris and team would so appreciate your help.
 
* Mayra and team are preparing for the upcoming Semana Santa on April 13 & 14. TOMORROW, (Wed Morning) – she could use your help in preparing the crafts for this event. So if your crafty, or not, she could sure use your help tomorrow morning at the church. Its so good to see a greater interest forming in local children as Mayra brings leadership to our Children’s Ministry. Let’s help her prepare to impact these little guys!
 
* We are all saddened by the loss of Matt’s sister Elizabeth. “Beth” passed away early Sunday morning after a brief battle with cancer. Her Memorial service will take place this coming Saturday in Bloomington, Minnesota. If you’d like to send Matt a note of condolence, you can contact him at Matthew.wyka2012@gmail.com. Matt and his family are very grateful for your prayers. Again Matt, we are so sorry for your loss!
 
* CEC Friendship Raising Dinner is coming on April 4. Jennifer and Ed Hudson can help you with the tickets for this “Cordon Bleu” Dinner. It will be a great opportunity to meet the students they have been training for ministry this past winter.
 
* Many of you were encouraged by hearing Steve share about his life journey last Sunday. One of Leadership’s goals this winter was to help you get to know the elders a little better as they shared about their passions and interests and how Jesus has made a difference in their lives. We’ve heard from John New, David Long and Steve McLean. It looks like we’ve saved the best for last and we’ll save Chuck Dreiling’s story for next fall when you all return.
 
*Sermon Series: This Sunday, we’re back in 1 Peter, looking at the last part of Chapter 2. Many of you volunteer for different organizations, some of you still work for employers, some of you serve in other ministries – Peter has something to say about these relationships. We want to look at what Peter says about some of the “yah buts” that we experience in these working relationships. Like “do we have to be obedient to a boss when they ask us to do Immoral or illegal things, what about doing “stupid” things, what about just doing things we don’t like to do? How far does this authority thing really reach? Hope to see you Sunday!
 
Have a great week serving Jesus,
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine

Pastor’s Desk 2017-03-21

Good Morning SCCC Family,

* You’re starting to leave us! Folks are beginning their exodus back to foreign lands. We’re always sad to see you go. We miss the comradery and friendships while you are gone. But we hope you enjoy your time away and that you will return home “soon”!

* Not a lot of new news today, so I thought, I’d share a story with you. Hope you enjoy! You got to love Mexico. Coming back from Mazatlan last Friday, somewhere South of Navojoa in a dry and barren place (how dramatic), a rumble coming from the back, “better pull over”. I get out, yep, totally flat rear tire. What now? Well, I know I can’t get the spare out from underneath, tried that one other time and the linkage was seized up and the spare couldn’t be removed, kind of forgot about that after the last time. Well this time there’s no option – we’re going to need the spare tire. Of course, the highway is under construction, but low and behold, there’s a construction crew driving up to a bridge being repaired, about ¼ mile away – I wave to them from my desperate location – they wave back, very friendly, but I wave again, this time they come down the other side of the highway towards us. I run across the ditch to them and explain in my best Spanish – by pointing at my back tire, “is flato”. No problema! Three of the four crawl under the vehicle, while the other jacks it up. They fight and fuss with the spare, can’t get it out. The “foreman” walks back to his truck and comes back with a 6 foot crowbar, gives it to the guys underneath and within moments, the spare was free and we were in business. 30 minutes later, we were travelling once again.
        A little side note which brought great humor to the husband of my bride – who stayed in the vehicle while I attempted potential tire removal. She hadn’t noticed all the goings on, as I summoned potential helpers with frantic waves. She was in “text” mode with her dearly beloved friends. The truck and helpers had showed up, but were parked across the ditch in the lanes that were being repaired. I suppose we weren’t very visible where we were in the broad daylight! But I noticed her getting out of the vehicle while the potential helpers and I were in “deep” conversation about my rear tire. She walked around looking, but not finding her best friend and confidant. But later, as we were leaving the scene, tire repaired, she fessed up, “I looked around, but I couldn’t find you. The first thing I thought, she said, Jesus came back. Now it made sense to me that my pastor husband had been taken (not really, but for the sake of the story), but I was still here. Well that’s weird, but I stayed pretty calm as I evaluated the situation. But then I remembered, Jesus couldn’t have returned. There was no horn (trumpet sound?).  And then she said, I saw you across the ditch, so I got back in the vehicle and continued texting.” So for part of the ensuing journey home, the theological discussion continued, will we actually hear the horn when Jesus returns? Who will actually hear it?
       Is there a better place to be? We couldn’t have been more grateful to those men who simply took the time to help out a helpless preacher and his texting spouse.

* Hats off to Catherine Gibson and team for bringing another great movie night to the church. It was a “tear jerker”, no doubt, but it was based on a true story of a family with a very sick young daughter. The story revealed the challenges we face in understanding God through the difficult situations of life. I won’t give away the ending, but “Miracles from Heaven” was a movie that gripped all of our hearts.

* Jeannine and I spent a little bit of time with Terry and Sue Cummins yesterday afternoon. Wow, on Friday, he was rushed to Tucson with a heart attack and yesterday, we’re sitting outside their home in SC, listening to their story. They, and all of us, are so grateful for the turnaround. There doesn’t appear to be any residual damage to Terry’s heart at all. He will do follow up when they return to Idaho, but it all looks good. They are so grateful for your prayers.

* On a sadder note, Matt returned to Minnesota on Sunday to be with his family and his sister, Elizabeth. Her battle with cancer continues and unless the Lord intervenes, things do not look good. Please continue praying for Matt and his family as they travel this difficult journey.

* Semana Santa (Holy Week) is just around the corner and Mayra is pumped about planning a two day event at the church for children from the community.  Happens April 13&14 (9-11am) – if you would like to help, she could use a five people in the kitchen, about 10 to work with the games and others for general oversight. Let’s help her Impact the children in our community for Christ.

* Sermon Series: Last week, we went back to our series in 1 Peter, looking at I Peter 2:13-17, along with a correlating passage by Paul from Romans 13:1-7. Our challenge came in dealing with this whole area of authority and submission (words most unappreciated in our North American culture). I all too often hear stories of how these words have been misinterpreted, even by believers who use them out of the context of Jesus’ intent. So, in light of past abuses, teaching on the subject of authority and submission can become very challenging.
       We discovered in this week’s texts, where both Paul and Peter are writing to persecuted believers, believers under the control of the horrific dictator Nero, but believers who are being challenged in their life styles to submit to those in authority. Its here that  we discover a principle – “Jesus works through human authority”, that he has actually put these human authorities in place. He works through these human authorities (good or bad) to accomplish His will on this earth. And that’s where it gets muddy for us sometimes! Should my submission to human authorities in my life not reflect my submission to my heavenly authority? Or can we actually separate the two authoritites? Peter seems to say, “No, they have all been put in place by God.” I am so grateful to know that we can always question, in fact, that we should question authority, but Peter’s words don’t allow us to step out from under authority or to ignore authority. More to come in the days ahead.

Have a great week serving Jesus,
Pastor Glenn y Jeannine