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    ReadRISEN: "I'll Believe it When I See it!"
    April 11, 2021

    Tomorrow Morning at South Coast Church...

    This Sunday Morning we begin a 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 we begin with "I'll Believe it When I See it!" which comes from the end of the Gospel of John. The doubt that Thomas expressed that day was real and sincere. But Jesus didn't rebuke Thomas in that moment. Jesus loved and encouraged him and Thomas ultimately believed.


    Sometimes there's a little bit (or a whole lot) of Thomas in every one of us. But, thank God, the Lord still loves us, encourages us and walks us through every time.


    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 Resurrection Sunday!


    Blessings...


    Craig










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      ReadRESURRECTION SUNDAY
      APRIL 4, 2021

      TOMORROW MORNING WE CELEBRATE!

      Tomorrow Morning we join in the celebration as tomorrow is the day that the entire World marks as Easter 2021!


      For us, as believers, our focus is on the fact that this is the day, this is the Sunday Morning that we celebrate and we remember and we re-focus our thoughts on the very-real fact that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and He's alive and well!! This is our Resurrection Sunday!!


      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.


      We are very happy to also announce that tomorrow morning we are re-launching Children's Church for both Sunday Service times! 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!


      If you're not quite ready yet to join us in person, 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. Please note that if you are going to view our service online tomorrow, we will be celebrating Communion together. Please have your own Communion items ready so you can celebrate right along with us.


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


      Blessings...




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        ReadSPECIAL GUEST MISSIONARIES
        MARCH 28, 2021

        THIS SUNDAY AT SCC...

        Tomorrow Morning we have some very special guests with us and you, for sure, will want to hear all about the exciting things that God is doing through these great Missionaries!


        I'm just going to call them Tom and Bonnie and exclude their last name because this dedicated couple serves as Assemblies of God Missionaries in an area that is highly sensitive. What we will hear tomorrow, though, will be the very real accounts of what God is doing even in times of great danger in the lives of people who so desperately need to know Him.


        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 will be with their parents, for now, but we are planning on re-launching Children's Church for both Sunday Service times beginning Easter Sunday! Stay tuned for more information.


        If you're not quite ready yet to join us in person, 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) and then later on the sccib.com 

        website.


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


        Blessings...


        Pastor Craig

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          ReadMissionary Window Update
          March 2021

          CLICK ON THE LOGO TO KNOW ABOUT OUR MISSIONS MINISTRY

          Missions Logo

          March 2021


          Good morning, Church Family. MASK, SOCIAL DISTANCE AND PRAYER. While the majority of our world leaves out the last element, 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. Most of these efforts are through our missionaries who are now a year into dealing with the Corona Virus, trying to implement His plan no matter the tribulations they face.  


          Along with their efforts, however, are the scriptural principles for us to remember: biblical faith and strict obedience to the commands of Jesus. Both faith and obedience are part and parcel of our Lord’s explicit command to take the Good News …and He blesses those churches who are obedient.  We ask that you join us in our desire to pray for missionaries as we receive communication from them AND that each of us does our part to financially support their efforts. 


          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


          Sherri and Doug – Arabian Peninsula 


          Last month we prayed for Sherri and Doug to be able to find a home as they returned from their itinertion back to their country on the Arabian Peninsula. Thankfully, they were able to find a decent home. While their spirits are up and they have already begun their ministry in the new location, they were grieved that their 9 month old grandson had been diagnosed with cancer shortly after they left USA. He has had surgery and is recovering. We received the following prayer requests:


          Here is how you can pray with us:


          - We ask for your prayers of healing over our grandson, Thomas (Peace and strength for his parents, Caleb & Kayla.)

          - We ask for your prayers as we both are stretched in new ways. For Doug, pray for fruitful conversations with local guides and hotel staff. We know there are gospel seeds planted in this dry and dusty land. 

           - For Sherri, please pray for strength as she has jumped in mid-stream to a teaching environment that has been a challenge. Pray for Jesus to shine through her in her conversations with co-workers, local families and, of course, with the kids in her class. 

           - Continue to pray for "Mark" (to know God's love for him through Jesus.)

           

          "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." I John 5:14


          Troy & Ginnette Doudy – Peru 


          We received the following prayer requests:

          We are praying and working on the following areas in order to launch Hosanna International: (please pray with us) Recruit, equip, and train Hosanna leadership launch team:             https://www.lacworldmissions.org/opp/145


              Making and building relationships among the people in the international community of Lima 

              making disciples 

          Services in our home (Facebook Live since Covid-19 shut downs)

          Establish a church web and social media presence

          Establish a Compassion Ministry Outreach (Presently we are feeding 50 families a month 

              affected by the Covid-19 shutdowns)

          Establish 8 to 10 Hosanna Life Groups

          Mentor church planters to plant churches throughout the Lima area

          Hosanna International Church Launch


          COMPELLED


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


          So All Can Hear


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            ReadTHE SERMON ON THE MOUNT PART SEVEN: "DO YOU HEAR ME NOW?"
            MARCH 21st, 2021

            THIS SUNDAY AT SCC...

            This coming Sunday Morning we'll wrap up our THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT SERIES with a special message called "DO YOU HEAR ME NOW?" which will cover the last half of Matthew Chapter Seven. You, for sure, do not want to miss this great conclusion to what has been a wonderful series through the teachings of Jesus!


            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 will be with their parents, for now, but we are planning on re-launching Children's Church for both Sunday Service times beginning Easter Sunday! Stay tuned for more information.


            If you're not quite ready yet to join us in person, 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) and then later on the sccib.com 

            website.


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


            Blessings...


            Pastor Craig

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              ReadTHE SERMON ON THE MOUNT PART SIX: "KEEPING A PROPER FOCUS"
              MARCH 14TH, 2021

              BE SURE TO TAKE NOTE:

              GREETINGS TO ALL YOU GREAT PEOPLE! WE HAVE SOME QUICK REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEKEND:


              First of all... be sure to set your clocks ahead on Saturday Night (if you still do that thing) as this weekend is the time we all SPRING FORWARD ONE HOUR! Be sure to" hit the hay" early so you can come to church all rested up and ready for a great Sunday!


              Next... this coming Sunday Morning we'll be in Part Six of our Series on THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT with a message called "KEEPING A PROPER FOCUS" which is a very important topic since, way too often, our perspectives can get a bit "fuzzy" and even misaligned as we live out our lives in Christ.


              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.


              Also... Children will be with their parents, for now, but we are planning on re-launching Children's Church for both Sunday Service times beginning Easter Sunday! Stay tuned for more information.


              Finally... 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) and then later on our sccib.com website.


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


              Blessings...


              Pastor Craig

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                ReadTHE SERMON ON THE MOUNT PART FIVE: "CAUGHT UP IN THE STUFF
                MARCH 7, 2021

                THIS SUNDAY @ SCC!!

                "CAUGHT UP IN THE STUFF"

                This coming Sunday Morning we continue with Part Five of our series on THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT  with a message called "CAUGHT UP IN THE STUFF" as we deal with the question of what our real priorities should be as God's people.


                We'll also have a great time of worship with Pastor Mike and also a special time of COMMUNION. If you will be watching from home, be sure to have some juice and cracker/bread handy so that you can participate right along with us.


                I promise that it will be a great day together this Sunday Morning!


                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 remain worn while inside.


                Children will be with their parents, for now, but we are planning on re-launching Children's Church in the coming weeks for our Elementary School Kids. Stay tuned for more information to come later.


                Our Livestream Broadcast can also be viewed this Sunday Morning at 9:00 as well as 10:45 on Facebook and YouTube and then later on our sccib.com website.


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


                Blessings...


                Pastor Craig


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                  ReadTHE SERMON ON THE MOUNT PART FOUR: "AS UNTO THE LORD"
                  FEBRUARY 28TH, 2021

                  "AS UNTO THE LORD"

                  This coming Sunday Morning we continue our series on THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT originally given (of course) by Jesus himself. The title of this Sunday's Message is "AS UNTO THE LORD" and the three topics we'll be dealing with are ones that sometimes seem to want to "creep up" in the lives of us "church people." Jesus brings some great clarity to the concepts of what we're doing, who we're doing it for and why are we doing it in the first place.


                  I promise that it will be a great day together this Sunday Morning!



                  ALSO... PLEASE NOTE THAT STARTING THIS SUNDAY, WE WILL BEGIN TO HAVE BOTH SUNDAY SERVICES INDOORS AND IN PERSON.


                  So please make plans to be with us 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 remain worn while inside.



                  Children will be with their parents, for now, but we are planning on re-launching Children's Church in the coming weeks for our Elementary School Kids. Stay tuned for more information to come later.


                  Our Livestream Broadcast can also be viewed this Sunday Morning at 9:00 as well as 10:45 on Facebook and YouTube and then later on our sccib.com website.


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


                  Blessings...


                  Pastor Craig

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                    ReadMissionary Window Update
                    February 21, 2021

                    CLICK ON THE LOGO TO KNOW ABOUT OUR MISSIONS MINISTRY

                    Missions Logo

                    February 2021


                    Good morning, Church Family.  MASK, SOCIAL DISTANCE AND PRAYER.  While the majority of our world leaves out the last element, 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.  Most of these efforts are through our missionaries who are now nearly a year into dealing with the Corona Virus, trying to implement His plan no matter the tribulations they have faced.  We ask that you join us in our desire to pray for them as we receive communication from them. 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

                    Steve and Evi Bartel– Colombia 


                    “We have continued working with children and adolescents at high risk, but now we're putting a greater emphasis on evangelizing and discipling their families of origin as well. Since the government requirements put us into a straight-jacket where we couldn't bring the children into our homes and families (as we did for 33 years), we changed gears.  The biological families are quite a challenge when, for generations, their culture is one of so much physical, verbal, emotional, and spiritual abuse.  The environment is tense, full of violence, anger, and fear.  Over the years, many street children we've worked with have told us that they escaped to the streets because they felt the streets were actually safer than their families!


                    To add to all this, due to Covid-19, the Colombian and Bogota authorities have very strongly restricted any kind of gatherings other than families in their own homes. So, all of our Bible clubs and drop-in -center have not been able to function in group settings since March 2020.


                    Our response has been to keep in close contact with the children while they live with their families of origin.  Video chats, discipling by Zoom, praying over the phone, have all been used in both urgent crisis situations as well as day-in-and-day-out relationships.  Many of our children's families lost their jobs and incomes, so we've been helping them out with taking a week or two of groceries, subsidizing a rent for the month or two, helping them move from rental housing to practically empty lots where they can kind-of camp out and not have to pay rent, assisting them with hospital stays and surgeries. We built a protective front wall for a great-grandma caring for her orphaned great-grandchildren, who were living in an empty lot with just tin roof walls and roof, many rats and roaches, dirt floors and rainy season keeping them halfway soaked for days at a time  (we hope to give her a floor next).  The wall was necessary because the great-granddaughter, who is only 7 years old, was at risk of being raped by passers-by.


                    Evi is an anointed counselor, and has spent many, many hours on the phone, encouraging, scolding, giving hope, sharing the Word, praying, and bringing people into a greater depth of relationship with the Lord.  Some of the people she's counselled are suicidal, some are elderly or quite young, several have even been psychologists that are at the end of their abilities and strength, some have lost loved ones very suddenly to Covid.

                    One of our prayers is that, being confronted almost daily by such great needs, we wouldn't harden our hearts to the real people behind every need.”


                    Sherri and Doug Dreesen – Arabian Peninsula and

                    Kirk and Yvonne Jones    - Panama


                    Both families have been able to return to their missionary country and both are looking for a place to call home.  Many in our church family are not aware that often missionaries who are on itineration for

                    what is normally a year, do not have the funds to pay rent to keep their living space while they are trying to reconnect and, therefore, must search for both a place to keep their belongings/furniture while they are itinerating and must start over to find a place to live when they return to their missionary country.  Let’s prayer for a safe home for both families.

                      


                    Juan Carlos and Colette Gonzalez - Japan


                    As some of you know, we were in negotiations for a three-story building for MSC. However, last August 2020 we had to let it go for lack of funds. We can’t take a loan here in Japan and our goal is to be able to buy it with cash. Some of you have been waiting to help us as soon as we get an actual building. We have seen many buildings and houses, but the Lord keeps impressing on us and through our leaders not to settle for less, rather find a place where our church can grow, ministries can flow, and future outreach can happen.

                    We need to know how much we can count on, so we can make a bid on a location. A step of faith again, but it is God’s timing that we are trusting. Less than 1% of the Japanese know Christ as their Saviour!

                    Would you please consider sending your best offering to our church plant account? Thank you.”



                    COMPELLED


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


                    So All Can Hear



                    1. Edgar, Thank you so much for keeping these important messages in front of us. We have a very giving and loving church who I know will step up to the plate as the Lord leads them. I will continue to pray for these needs. May the Lord bless our missionaries and their work. May He bless them abundantly.
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                    ReadTHE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

                    Part Three: "LIVING AND LOVING"

                    This Sunday Morning we will be continuing with our series on THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT originally given (of course) by Jesus himself. The title of this Sunday's Message is "LIVING AND LOVING" and the topics we'll be dealing with are ones that seem to be both common and prevalent in today's culture and among believers.


                    Please remember our New Sunday Schedule which is as follows:


                    At 9:00 a.m. we will have our FIRST SERVICE which will be inside the Sanctuary. We will open this service up for seating for a limited number of congregants to come and participate in our Livestream production. Since seating is limited, please send a text ASAP with your name and the number in your group to 619-254-7388 and we'll make sure that we have room for you, once again, at 9:00. Please note that this in-person, indoor service will follow the standard and current in-place protocol requirements.


                    Then at 10:45 a.m. we will host our SECOND SERVICE together in-person and outdoors. Be sure to bring your chairs and possibly jackets. The weather may be a bit cool tomorrow.


                    Children will be with their parents, for now, but we are planning on re-launching Children's Church in the coming weeks for our Elementary School Kids. Stay tuned for more information to come later.


                    Our Livestream Broadcast can also be viewed this Sunday Morning at 9:00 as well as 10:45 on Facebook and YouTube and then later on our sccib.com website.


                    Again, send me that text if the 9:00 Service is your preference this Sunday. Bring those chairs if 10:45 is more your style. Go to Facebook or YouTube if you're still staying home.


                    Have a great rest of your Saturday and we'll see you soon!


                    Blessings...


                    Pastor Craig