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    Read DEAR CHURCH, PT TWO: TO THE CHURCH IN SMYRNA
    June 13, 2021

    JOIN US AT CHURCH TOMORROW!

    This Sunday we'll continue our Sermon Series taken from the last book of the Bible; which is called the Book of Revelation. In the first part of this Book, Jesus wrote to seven different churches through the Apostle John. He wrote words of encouragement, guidance, rebuke and correction.


    The truths found in each of these seven letters still speak to God's people today both collectively and individually and will certainly challenge each one of us in the coming weeks!


    This week in our "DEAR CHURCH' Series, we'll cover the second letter from Jesus to the Church in Smyrna and explore how what Jesus had to say to the believers there also applies to our lives today.


    So... please make plans to be with us inside the Sanctuary this Sunday Morning at either 9:00 or 10:45 for a great time together.


    Children's Church is available for both Sunday Service times for Kindergarten though 6th Grade. Your kids will be spending the entire service in the Student Center so please be sure to drop them off early for some great things that our SCC teachers have planned for them!


    Our Livestream Broadcast can also be viewed this Sunday Morning at 9:00 as well as 10:45 on Facebook (South Coast Church) and YouTube (South Coast Church Imperial Beach).


    Have a great weekend and be sure to include the Lord, His Word and His people in your plans for this Sunday!


    Blessings...


    Craig


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      ReadJUNE MISSIONS UPDATE
      June 10, 2021

       South Coast Church Missionary Window                                             


       

      Greetings, Church Family. Most of us have probably heard the saying that our military services, “need a few good wo/men.”


      Continued communication with our 29 missionaries has made it very clear that they “need a few good ‘ADVOCATES’. An advocate is someone, “who publicly supports a cause or policy or pleads on someone else’s behalf.”  His people (that’s US) know it is a blessing for us to be part of God’s plan to take the Good News of our Lord throughout the whole world in order to fulfill His Word/Command. Most of these efforts are through our missionaries who are now almost two years into dealing with the Corona Virus and trying to implement His plan no matter the tribulations they may face.   We ask that you join us in advocating for our missionaries by prayer and by keeping your “promise” financial support. First, pray for the universal needs of virtually all missionaries and then briefly hear individual requests.


      Universally, virtually all missionaries ask that we pray for:


      ·        OPEN DOORS 

      ·        BOLDNESS

      ·        THAT GOD’S WORD WILL SPREAD

      ·        FOR PROTECTION 

      ·        FOR TRAVEL 

      ·        FOR REFRESHMENT         

                            

      Brandon & Kendra Kertson– Chi Alpha- San Diego State

               

      The Kertsons are excited that even in the pandemic and online school they have new student leaders joining their team next year. They ask that we pray for their summer training for the new leaders to help prepare the leadership in the fall even without ever having stepped on campus; pray for more workers for the harvest as they have sent out many of their staff to pioneer new campuses to reach new students to be raised up or staff sent to SDSU to serve.

       

      Steve & Elizabeth Skipper – Appointed Evangelist – World Missions (LAC)

       

      This family asks that all of their prayer partners pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send forth His laborers. They believe that the harvest is ripe. They have been in Kenya, Curacao, Madagascar, Argentina, Mexico, Equatorial Guinea, Spain and Rwanda. When they were in the West African nation of Gabon, Elizabeth was wearing her favorite traveling shoes. In their rush to connect flights through the Paris airport, she had a major shoe blow out. Using her missionary ingenuity, she went to a high-end   designer shoe store and asked the salesperson for a rubber band. They made the flight and continued to their place of ministry (the picture of the rubber band holding her shoe together was hysterical --she is a trooper!). Their greatest challenge during the pandemic has been the continuing travel restrictions.            


      Dan Klepel - Thailand

       

      “I made the move from Chiangmai to Bangkok in February as I was chosen to serve as our Field Coordinator for our Missionary team of 30+ units here in Thailand. We have been working together to coordinate how we as the Thailand Team can best respond to the Covid-19 crisis here in Thailand and also empower our Thailand AG churches to respond. 

      Please pray for:         

       - Protection from the virus as we do necessary travel, and are taking necessary precautions;

       - Wisdom for doors of opportunity to serve, both for us personally as missionaries, together as a missionary team, and the Thailand AG churches together in their communities.”

      - Anointing for me as I share a live online message of hope and encouragement together with Pastor Anuparp. Our theme this week is Victory on the Cross. This is a Church based training program we are launching throughout Thailand.


      Troy & Ginnette Doudy – Peru

               

      “Hosanna is the multilingual church plant that we are working towards establishing in the heart of the international community of Lima. Due to continued government restrictions, we are only able to meet online. We are presently focusing on Life Groups and the Hosanna leadership team. Please pray with us for leaders, more Life Groups, and that we will be able to have in-person services soon.”

               

       Osmar & Linda Silva – Portugal

       “For quite a while we had been working on putting together a Christian Radio program for families. The name God gave us is “SOS Familia”, and it has the purpose to help marriages and families with their relationships. Next week SOS Familia will be launched!

      Osmar had the honor and privilege to speak to the Pastors at the General Convention of Portugal AG  about “Compassion Fatigue and Burnout”. Also, we got invited to speak at a three days Retreat for couples in the city of Porto Novo, Vimeiro, Portugal.

      It was such a privilege for us to be invited to teach by zoom to Parents, Pastors, and youth leaders National wide about “Depression in the Adolescents and youth / Generation Z”

      This will be our last month serving at Sesimbra’s church; we feel that the young pastor and his wife no longer need our help and support. The church is growing in a healthy way, and we feel God moving us to another city to help a different couple to plant a new church there.

      Please pray with us for wisdom as we work all the logistics in finding a building for this new church.

      Thank you for your faithful commitment to PRAY and GIVE SACRIFICIALLY to Missions here in Portugal! We couldn’t do it without you!” 

                                                                                         

      COMPELLED

       

      Please be praying for all of our South Coast Church Missionaries and remember to continue your monthly Promise giving to support their work for the Lord around the world.

       

      So All Can Hear

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        ReadDear Church, Letters from Revelation
        Part One: June 6, 2021

        Starting Tomorrow at SCC...

        This Sunday we'll begin a new Sermon Series taken from the last book of the Bible; which is called the Book of Revelation. In the first part of this Book, Jesus wrote to seven different churches through the Apostle John. He wrote words of encouragement, guidance, rebuke and correction.


        The truths found in each of these seven letters still speak to God's people today both collectively and individually and will certainly challenge each one of us in the coming weeks!


        This week in our "DEAR CHURCH' Series, we'll cover the first letter from Jesus to the Church at Ephesus and we will also close our service with a special Communion Remembrance time together.


        So... please make plans to be with us inside the Sanctuary this Sunday Morning at either 9:00 or 10:45 for a great time together.


        Children's Church is available for both Sunday Service times for Kindergarten though 6th Grade. Your kids will be spending the entire service in the Student Center so please be sure to drop them off early for some great things that our SCC teachers have planned for them!


        Our Livestream Broadcast can also be viewed this Sunday Morning at 9:00 as well as 10:45 on Facebook (South Coast Church) and YouTube (South Coast Church Imperial Beach.


        Have a great weekend and be sure to include the Lord, His Word and His people in your plans for this Sunday!


        Blessings...


        Craig

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        ReadSTACKING STONES
        May 30, 2021

        This Sunday at South Coast Church...

        Happy Memorial Day Weekend to All of You!


        The Term "Memorial" is defined as: something that keeps remembrance alive - such as a Ceremony that commemorates, a Keepsake, a Momento, or a Monument.


        This Sunday's Message is titled "Stacking Stones" and we'll be looking at some of the ways Memorials were used in the Bible. We'll also talk about some things that we all should be sure to remember and hold as Memorials in our hearts.


        So... please make plans to be with us inside the Sanctuary this Sunday Morning at either 9:00 or 10:45 for a great time together.


        Please note: We will continue to follow the previously-required protocols for indoor services until such time as everyone in our church family is able to attend together without any of these requirements. We are fully committed to do our best to not bring any division or intrusiveness into the "house" by drawing any line between our people who have made their own personal decisions in their response to this virus.


        Children's Church is now up and running for both Sunday Service times for Kindergarten though 6th Grade. Your kids will be spending the entire service in the Student Center so please be sure to drop them off early for some great things that our SCC teachers have planned for them!


        Our Livestream Broadcast can also be viewed this Sunday Morning at 9:00 as well as 10:45 on Facebook (South Coast Church) and YouTube (South Coast Church Imperial Beach.


        Have a great weekend and be sure to include the Lord, His Word and His people in your plans for this Sunday!


        Blessings...


        Craig


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          ReadSouth Coast Church Missionary Window
          May 23, 2021

          South Coast Church Missionary Window                           May 23, 2021

           

          Hello, Church Family… It is a blessing for us to be part of God’s plan to take the Good News of our Lord throughout the whole world in order to fulfill His Commandment.  Most of these efforts are through our missionaries.  Pastor Craig’s recent messages have reminded us of this commandment and our responsibilities.   We ask that you join us as you consider missionary needs.  First pray for the universal needs of virtually all missionaries and then briefly hear individual requests.


          Universally, virtually all missionaries ask that we pray for:

          OPEN DOORS (“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message.)  (Colossians 4:2-3)


          Open doors can’t be taken for granted. Many missionaries work in countries that are difficult to access or in areas that are resistant to the gospel. But open doors include more than just access to nations and people groups. Individuals’ hearts also need to be open and receptive to God’s truth. 


          BOLDNESS (“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel”.) (Ephesians 6:19)

          Missionaries are regular people who fear pain and rejection as much as anyone else. When faced with    opposition, they need God’s strength to stand firm. Holy Spirit, provide them the words that communicate effectively in other cultures and languages; boldness to overcome fear of embarrassment or failure and against evil forces that seek to hinder the spread of the gospel.


          THAT GOD’S WORD WILL SPREAD (“Finally brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you”.) (2 Thess. 3:1)

          Obstacles must be removed to allow God’s Word to spread and missionaries need the strength and stamina to continue on in the face of opposition or difficulties. Pray for strength and perseverance when their ministry seems to be fruitless.  Pray that God’s Word will indeed spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes.

           

          FOR PROTECTION (“Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer”.) (2 Thess. 3:2)

          In some countries, our missionaries may be expose to the possibility of danger and personal harm. Opposition to the gospel may include hatred and violence. Pray God will keep our missionaries safe and that He will change the hearts of those who are resistant to His Word.


          FOR TRAVEL (And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” )(Mark 16:15)

          Since many missionaries travel frequently, both nationally and internationally they may need required permissions, visas or passports and funds for tickets and fees. They may need extra protections and provisions during travel. Hear us, Lord!


          FOR REFRESHMENT (Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you….and you will find rest for your souls.”) (Matthew 11:28) Missionaries deal with many of the same stresses we face in life, like overwhelming workloads, conflicts in relationships and financial uncertainties. Often, however, missionaries struggle with these  issues alone, without the fellowship and support of other Christians. Living and working cross-culturally adds an additional element that can challenge their emotional, spiritual and physical vitality. Pray for opportunities to spend time with other believers; provide times of peace and for restoration.

                     

                     Micah & Karissa Adams – Bolivia/Amazon Jungle

          Praise God. This family (including their two young children) last joined us in September 2020  and have now almost completed their itineration. They hope to be leaving early August for an amazing experience in the Amazon jungle to work among the many tribes in this physically and spiritually tough area. They for sure are asking for all of the prayers listed above. 

           

                     David & Carol Schmidt - Cameroon Central Africa

          Despite David’s bad case of Covid (which the Lord has healed), he tells us that, “ it has been exciting times despite the challenges around the world. Here in Cameroon, the church continues to intercede for the ongoing crises to be resolved in the Northwest and Southwest provinces. Despite the displacement of people, the loss of life and personal injury, and the destruction of property, the church continues to grow. In both of these provinces, tabernacles are being constructed and students are attending our Bible School in Mbalmayo.”


          They ask that we pray for the people and country of Cameroon. The US Embassy continues to advise travel restrictions for the following regions:-North, Far North, Northwest and Southwest Regions, and Parts of East and Adamawa Regions due to crime and kidnapping; - Far North Region due to terrorism; Northwest and Southwest Regions due to armed conflict. They will be coming home for a period which includes the wedding of their daughter on July 3.


                     Dirk & Bobbie Currier – Thailand

          Dirk and Bobbie ask for prayer as they work to have their USA home moved to a parcel of land  they want to buy so they don’t have to be concerned or held back as the Lord has them serve in Thailand and other areas.


                     Ameryn Mickley – Arabian Peninsula

          Please continue to pray for Ameryn as she still is struggling from intense physical issues following her 5 years in a very tough location. Hopefully, she will be able to come to South Coast soon   as she heals and starts her itineration in California.


                     Karla & Jim Gutel – USA Intercultural Ministries

          Last month we asked for prayer for this couple as Jim was about to have a very serious heart surgery. Karla has updated us that Jim is home and that, “…the recovery process is going to be a long and slow process, but with God’s help {they} will have many more stories of God’s goodness to tell about!”


           

          Please be praying for all of our South Coast Church Missionaries and remember to continue your monthly giving and PROMISE to support their work for the Lord around the world.

                            

           

                                                        So All Can Hear

           

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            ReadPENTECOST SUNDAY "You Will Receive Power"
            May 23, 2021

            Pentecost Sunday 2021

            This Sunday Morning is Pentecost Sunday... the day that Christians all around the World celebrate as the day the Promise of the Power of the Holy Spirit was delivered to the early church!


            Tomorrow's Message is titled "But You Will Receive Power" taken from the direct words of Jesus Christ in Acts 1:8 and delivered to the World in the Second Chapter of Acts. We'll see what happened in the Upper Room and how it changed Christ's followers and those who were "drawn by the loud noise" that day. We'll also talk about how this same Holy Spirit Power is available for every single follower of Jesus today!


            So... please make plans to be with us inside the Sanctuary this Sunday Morning at either 9:00 or 10:45 for a great time together.


            Please note: We will continue to follow the previously-required protocols for indoor services until such time as everyone in our church family is able to attend together without any of these requirements. We are fully committed to do our best to not bring any division or intrusiveness into the "house" by drawing any line between our people who have made their own personal decisions in their response to this virus.


            Children's Church is now up and running for both Sunday Service times for Kindergarten though 6th Grade. Your kids will be spending the entire service in the Student Center so please be sure to drop them off early for some great things that our SCC teachers have planned for them!


            Our Livestream Broadcast can also be viewed this Sunday Morning at 9:00 as well as 10:45 on Facebook (South Coast Church) and YouTube (South Coast Church Imperial Beach.


            Have a great weekend and be sure to include the Lord, His Word and His people in your plans for this Sunday!


            Blessings...


            Craig


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              ReadRISEN: "Telling People About Me Everywhere"
              May 16th, 2021

              Tomorrow Morning at South Coast Church!

              This Sunday Morning we'll be back in our special teaching series called "RISEN" that highlights some of the events that happened during the 40-days between the time that Jesus walked out of the tomb and when He ascended up to heaven.


              Tomorrow's Message is titled "Telling People About Me Everywhere" which is taken from the very last few words spoken by Jesus Christ before he ascended up into heaven. Considered to be included in the Great Commission, these words from our Lord also included a promise of supernatural power for believers and instruction in the purpose behind that same power. The Promise, the Power and the Purpose were first given to those with Jesus that day and then to the original believers of the Early Church. All three are still promised and given to every believer today in 2021!


              So... please make plans to be with us inside the Sanctuary this Sunday Morning at either 9:00 or 10:45 for a great time together.


              Please note: We will continue to follow the previously-required protocols for indoor services until such time as everyone in our church family is able to attend together without any of these requirements. We are fully committed to do our best to not bring any division or intrusiveness into the "house" by drawing any line between our people who have made their own personal decisions in their response to this virus.


              Children's Church is now up and running for both Sunday Service times for Kindergarten though 6th Grade. Your kids will be spending the entire service in the Student Center so please be sure to drop them off early for some great things that our SCC teachers have planned for them!


              Our Livestream Broadcast can also be viewed this Sunday Morning at 9:00 as well as 10:45 on Facebook (South Coast Church) and YouTube (South Coast Church Imperial Beach.


              Have a great weekend and be sure to include the Lord, His Word and His people in your plans for this Sunday!


              Blessings...


              Craig

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                ReadMother's Day 2021
                May 9, 2021

                This Sunday We'll Honor our Mothers!

                This Sunday Morning we'll take a break from our "RISEN" Series to have a very special Sunday honoring our Mothers and all of our ladies here at South Coast Church! We also have a very nice gift for each of our ladies.


                In keeping with the day, Tomorrow's Message is titled "Blessed is the Woman Who Walks with God" and it promises to be an encouragement to all of our ladies and also to anyone who has or had a dear sweet "Momma" in their lives.


                So... please make plans to be with us inside the Sanctuary this Sunday Morning at either 9:00 or 10:45 for a great time together. We will be following the required protocols for indoor services to include social distancing, spacing and of course: "Love Thy Neighbor, Wear a Mask" which will need to be worn at all times while inside and in the proximity of others folks.


                Children's Church is now up and running for both Sunday Service times for Kindergarten though 6th Grade. Your kids will be spending the entire service in the Student Center so please be sure to drop them off early for some great things that our SCC teachers have planned for them!


                Also, we have now partnered with the Food Bank and we have food bags available for you to take home or take to a friend or neighbor who would be bless with some food items. Please feel free to stop by our "Food Pantry" at the end of either service this Sunday.


                Our Livestream Broadcast can also be viewed this Sunday Morning at 9:00 as well as 10:45 on Facebook (South Coast Church) and YouTube (South Coast Church Imperial Beach.


                Have a great weekend and be sure to include the Lord, His Word and His people in your plans for this Sunday!


                Blessings...


                Craig

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                  ReadRISEN: "The Great Commission"
                  May 2nd, 2021

                  Let's try this again...

                  This Sunday Morning we promise that the "power will not be out" with our lights or otherwise! So please join us as we continue with our special series called "RISEN" that highlights some of the events that happened during the 40-days between the time that Jesus walked out of the tomb and when He ascended up to heaven.


                  Tomorrow's Message is titled "The Great Commission" which is the term used for the instruction originally given by Jesus to "Go to all the world and proclaim the Gospel, the Good News, the very real story of Jesus Christ. These "marching orders" were first given to the Apostles, then to the original believers of the Early Church. This instruction, this command, has continued on for almost 2,000 years and is still given to us, His Church, even today.


                  So... please make plans to be with us inside the Sanctuary this Sunday Morning at either 9:00 or 10:45 for a great time together. We will be following the required protocols for indoor services to include social distancing, spacing and of course: "Love Thy Neighbor, Wear a Mask" which will need to be worn at all times while inside and in the proximity of others folks.


                  Children's Church is now up and running for both Sunday Service times for Kindergarten though 6th Grade. Your kids will be spending the entire service in the Student Center so please be sure to drop them off early for some great things that our SCC teachers have planned for them!


                  Our Livestream Broadcast can also be viewed this Sunday Morning at 9:00 as well as 10:45 on Facebook (South Coast Church) and YouTube (South Coast Church Imperial Beach.


                  Have a great weekend and be sure to include the Lord, His Word and His people in your plans for this Sunday!


                  Blessings...


                  Craig

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                    ReadRISEN: The Great Commission
                    April 25th, 2021

                    Please join us tomorrow...

                    This Sunday Morning we continue with our special series called "RISEN" that highlights some of the events that happened during the 40-days between the time that Jesus walked out of the tomb and when He ascended up to heaven.


                    Tomorrow's Message is titled "The Great Commission" which is the term used for the instruction originally given by Jesus to "Go to all the world and proclaim the Gospel, the Good News, the very real story of Jesus Christ. These "marching orders" were first given to the Apostles, then to the original believers of the Early Church. This instruction, this command, has continued on for almost 2,000 years and is still given to us, His Church, even today.


                    So... please make plans to be with us inside the Sanctuary this Sunday Morning at either 9:00 or 10:45 for a great time together. We will be following the required protocols for indoor services to include social distancing, spacing and of course: "Love Thy Neighbor, Wear a Mask" which will need to be worn at all times while inside and in the proximity of others folks.


                    Children's Church is now up and running for both Sunday Service times for Kindergarten though 6th Grade. Your kids will be spending the entire service in the Student Center so please be sure to drop them off early for some great things that our SCC teachers have planned for them!


                    Our Livestream Broadcast can also be viewed this Sunday Morning at 9:00 as well as 10:45 on Facebook (South Coast Church) and YouTube (South Coast Church Imperial Beach.


                    Have a great weekend and be sure to include the Lord, His Word and His people in your plans for this Sunday!


                    Blessings...


                    Craig