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
July 14, 2018
Mid-Week Pastor’s Update
July 11, 2018
“Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…” Matthew 25:34b-35a
Last weekend we collectively experienced (minor) suffering in enduring the heat wave which sent temperatures north of 100 degrees. It reminded me of summers in the low desert where I used to pastor! We were all thankful for our A/Cs, and indeed, they practically turn into forms of life support rather than mere luxuries when temps get so high.
One particular inconvenience for me & my family was that our power went out for nearly 12 hours from Friday afternoon into Sabbath morning. Apparently, a transformer box was erupting with sparks, and a neighbor called the fire department, who came and shut it down. We were told it would be 2-3 hours to fix, which seemed it would be a small inconvenience, but manageable. The outage, however, ended up lasting until about 5:30 the next morning.
Needless to say, it was an uncomfortable night for us, with the inside of our house in the high 80s, if not 90, degrees. We had our kids sleep on top of their beds with no PJs on, and I, a light sleeper anyway, slept hardly at all. I spent much of the night grumbling to myself (and God) about having my Sabbath duties to do, having had hardly any sleep the night before.
But as I realized the futility of this thought process, my attention turned to those who were working on the problem, and I was filled with a sense of appreciation for them. It wasn’t their fault our transformer started sparking: they surely lost sleep themselves tending to our neighborhood’s needs when they otherwise could’ve been asleep in their own (air-conditioned) houses. And on a weekend, no less!
It reminds me of the case of the soccer team trapped in the flooded cave in Thailand as well: someone is in trouble, and others rush in to help, putting their own plans aside, and, in that case, even risking their lives (the one diver who lost his life is absolutely a hero in my book). This is no less true for firefighters, policemen, and U.N. peacekeepers who go into perilous and desperate situations to try to help where they can.
I saw the Mr. Rogers documentary last week (which was excellent, and very touching), and his advice in times of trouble was to “always look for the helpers” who unfailingly run toward the tragedy to serve. (I believe he said this specifically in relation to the 9/11 tragedy which had recently occurred). I do marvel that people would put their own safety and convenience aside to try to help one another. It’s the definition of altruism.
Jesus came to the site of danger & tragedy, setting aside his safety, risking and giving his life for the sake of those in trouble (us). That is the epitome of selfless love which we are both benefitted and inspired by. Surely, it is in the same spirit that so many others altruistically help, whether knowing/proclaiming Jesus by name or not.
In Jesus’ prophecy from Matthew 25 (quoted above), the group that Jesus is talking to is surprised at the news that they are receiving salvation (!). “What have we done to deserve that?” they ask, and Jesus responds in identifying their selfless motives of helpfulness to others. They didn’t know it, but they were helping those who Jesus identifies with most directly: those in need, those hungry, naked, in hospital or prison, etc.
Imagine the sheer joy these people will experience, in realizing that their helpfulness, which was good and right to do in the first place, yielded so much more! An eternal reward!
The spirit of selfless service will be the currency of heaven’s economy (I doubt we’ll be counting dollars and cents there!). Those who learn to practice selfless helpfulness here will have a very easy transition. After all, in speaking of the true aim of education, Ellen White speaks of “the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come” (Education, p. 13).
May we be motivated by the spirit of helpfulness, epitomized in Jesus’ ministry to us. Let us look to where we can be helpful, and let’s act when we find opportunity! If we pray to God, asking where we might render a service to others, I’d be surprised if we’d finish that prayer with no ideas coming to mind.
May the Lord guide our paths in all things, and may we help, out of pure love for others.
God bless you all.
Pr. Mark Tatum