Welcome to the website of the Anaheim Seventh-day Adventist Church. If you are looking for a place to worship, we would be honored to have you join us. We are very close to Disneyland and the surrounding hotels.
We are located at 900 Sunkist St., Anaheim, CA 92806. Our main worship service is on Saturdays at 11:00 AM. We also offer Sabbath School classes for all ages beginning at 9:30 AM. In addition we offer a Spanish speaking Sabbath School and Devotional service that begins at 9:00 AM. You can go here to see recent bulletins from our worship services.
Our office hours are Tuesday – Thursday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more information, you may contact us us via phone at 714.635.0991, or via email at email@example.com.
VBS will be held on June 25th – 30th and the theme is “Sea of Miracles” about Jesus’ ministry around the Sea of Galilee.
We are actually having a preview Saturday on June 2nd, from 9:30-1:30. We will have some of the decorations up, be singing some of the songs, and have a kid-friendly sermon, followed by a vegetarian potluck provided lunch. We hope you can join us, possibly for both!
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
September 15, 2018
Mid-Week Pastor’s Update
September 19, 2018
“For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For… the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Romans 8:19, 22, NIV
For over a week now, the national attention has been turned toward the slow-moving emergency in the Carolinas of Hurricane Florence. Turning out to be not so much a wind event as a water one, entire communities are under feet of flooding after Florence meandered through, taking her time dumping torrents on overstressed watersheds. If you’ve seen any of the coverage, your heart surely breaks for the people who have lost homes, pets, even fellow family members, as I understand the death toll nears 40 there.
In addition to this storm, I heard briefly (though it was not nearly as thoroughly covered) that Taiwan and the Philippines also faced hurricanes recently. And Guam had a moderate one a week or so ago. We are reminded that, even though we can build great societies, we are still subject to the effects of nature, and are very small compared to its immense capabilities.
Many, rightly, call out to God in such a situation. Others stand back and ponder “why was this allowed to happen?”. In times like this I find it helpful to remind myself that scripture says that nature itself is subject to, and is suffering under sin, just as we are. The great processes of evaporation, cloud movement, and precipitation that God set up, are highjacked & twisted to cause immense human suffering.
In the book of Romans, Paul briefly considers this aspect, personifying nature and describing it as suffering as if in childbirth. (see scripture quote above). Nature, in its imaginative personification, takes no joy in catastrophic events, it too (metaphorically) longs for Jesus’ return, humanity’s salvation, and a return to the natural order as God intended. It sympathizes and identifies with our longings under this illustration!
We struggle with many issues in accommodating disasters to our worldview. Some turn away from God when confronted with unjust suffering, particularly from natural disasters. Others seek to find something wrong with the society that was struck, to try to justify a disaster coming upon that place as God’s just judgment. I’m reminded of a few Bible verses, though, in this context: First Ecclesiastes 9:11, which says “time and chance happen to them all”, and also Luke 13:2, where Jesus says “Do you think that these … were worse sinners than all the other[s] … because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish”. Finally I think of Jesus’ words when the disciples were trying to seek a justification for someone’s suffering (in this case, blindness from birth), speculating that either he or his parents had somehow sinned. Jesus rejects this way of thinking, saying “Neither this man nor his parents sinned”. (John 9:3)
So that’s how I try to think about it: there is a factor of chance, as Ecclesiastes says: a chance calamity could happen to any of us in the form of a car accident, health diagnosis, or natural disaster. Also, it’s not the sinful who get more of these chance happenings. Often they prosper, while the righteous suffer (Psalm 73:2-5, 13-14). The verses of Luke and John shows that it’s not God “choosing” wicked ones to suffer. And thirdly, from what Paul says in Romans, that nature suffers too. Righteous people and nature are on the same side of straining under the burden of sin.
Praise the Lord that it is prophesied that such things will come to an end. Suffering and death will not have the last word. Let us hold out hope in a God who promises to come restore all things to His ideal from societal structures, to men’s hearts, to natural processes. May we live for him each day.
God bless you all.
Pastor Mark Tatum