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.