Mid-week Pastor’s Update 5-22-2019

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update *

*May 22nd, 2019*

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*“Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep
coming here to draw water.” John 4:14 NIV*

We’ve been blessed with a good amount of rain this past winter (up to and
including this past week!), but even when we’ve suffered with years of
drought, thankfully, our concerns have been pretty abstract. Most of us cut
back on lawn-watering or showers, we may have been worried about getting
fined for watering on the wrong day or leaving a hose running, but we never
had to worry about *whether* water would come from the tap or not if we
turned it on.

In Bible times, things were different. Without good irrigation and
reservoirs, a drought that lasted a few years might well mean you would
have to move to greener pastures (which were, particularly in dry times,
defended strongly by armed guards! See Genesis 12:10, 21:25-30, and 26:1,
12-22, for some examples). Even in good times, acquiring a household’s
daily water supply was a task that took much time and effort, often
multiple times per day, totaling potentially several hours. Were they to
see how we live, Bible characters would frankly be astounded at the quality
and quantity of the water we receive, and the ease with which we get it!
They would think it as practically sorcery, and as more marvelous than many
other of the modern conveniences we enjoy.

No wonder, then, that themes of thirst/drought vs. fulfillment/drinking are
so prevalent in scripture. The children of Israel were ready to perish
multiple times in the desert, until God provided them drinking water
(Exodus 15:22-25, 17:1-7, and Numbers 20:1-13). Later in Israel’s history,
the Psalmist compares his need longing for God to an animal in desperate
search for water (Psalm 42:1). The Prophet Jeremiah despaired that the
people of Israel had turned away from God, the true lifespring of water, to
rather try to drink from self-made, cracked and dry cisterns (Jeremiah
2:13).

In contrast, Psalm chapter 1 likens a follower of God to a tree with
well-established roots near a river, impervious to weather changes (Psalm
1:3). God’s blessing on Israel in Elijah’s time was demonstrated by a
soaking rain after 3 years of drought (1 Kings 17:1, 18:41, 45, James
5:18). And Jesus says “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever
believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow
from within them.” (John 7:38)

We who do not suffer real, desperate thirst lose the depth of these
illustrations and teachings. We rarely if ever think of our constant need
for water, and how desperately our lives would change if we were to go just
48 hours without plumbing or bottled water available. Similarly, are lulled
by the world into not sensing our need for God (Revelation 3:14-18), though
in truth we need him even more than food (Matthew 4:4).

Let us remember our need, feel our necessity, and turn to God, who is the
true wellspring of life! I conclude with one of the most beautiful
illustrations of life-giving water, found in Revelation chapter 22. May
this be our longing to receive, and may God fulfill it!

*Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as
crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of
the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of
life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month… The
Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!”
Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free
gift of the water of life.” (vv. 1, 2, 17)*

God bless you and your families the remainder of this week.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum

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*Prayer Requests*

We are praising the Lord that Elder Lloyd Sellers, who we have been praying
for for some time, came through his second heart surgery yesterday, and
that the doctors didn’t see a need for a third procedure. We pray he will
be strengthening past his past level which he’s been at for the past
several months. He may be home as early as this afternoon, and hopefully he
can strengthen to the point of returning back to us at church. Please keep
his wife Esther in prayer as well, as she’s continuing Dialysis treatment
and needs strengthening, as well as their children & grandchildren to make
good decisions and live happily, stably in the grace of the Lord.

Please continue to pray for people in the Midwest who are suffering from
the effects of tornadoes and floods. It seems every day there are more
headlines and images from the center of our county of people suffering.
Pray for rescuers’ effectiveness & stamina, and for financial resources to
come in to help those victims. You can of course make a contribution at
www.acs.org or www.redcross.org.

Mirta Leiss, a lovely sister who has played the organ for us occasionally,
requests prayer for her brother, Norberto, who works for the Vallejo Drive
SDA church, and recently suffered a severe health challenge that will
render him unable to work for some time. Please pray for his recovery, and
also consider donating to the GoFundMe page that has been set-up for him.
There’s a link for it on Mirta’s Facebook page.

Please continue to pray for the victims of recent secular & religious
violence & loss in Denver, San Diego, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Paris. We
are concerned for any whose sense of security is shattered as they gather
to worship or learn. May God help those with troubled hearts see that
violence is not the answer.

Please keep medical/health prayer requests in mind for the following
families:

· Christina Rebensczuk requests prayer for her health & ability to
sleep, as well as for her sister, who is dealing with a couple health
problems, and her neighbor, who is in his 90s and is in a fragile state as
well. May God uphold these people in strength.

· Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law niece Carol, and friend Lupe, who
are both suffering with health problems.

· Vivian Rodriguez, Rosa Ferreras, and Daniel Geli, who are
enduring effects of long-term illness. May they do so with grace, faith,
and improvement over time.

Let’s pray for our government leaders, both domestic and international, as
peoples’ ability to live stable, peaceable lives depends on them making
good, wise decisions. Let’s continue to pray for those local, broad, and
abroad, to be wise and judicious in their leadership. Let’s remember that
the Bible’s instruction is to pray for our leaders (Romans 13:1, 1 Tim.
2:1-2) so we can live peaceably, doing God’s work day by day.

Pray for families and relationships that are strained and broken. Pray for
prodigals to be ‘nudged’ by the Holy Spirit to return home to the faith of
their upbringing. Pray also for the church’s marriages to be strong &
fulfilling.

*There is, of course, much more to pray for. Please consider joining our
weekly prayer groups, and if you have a prayer request to submit for our
list, please communicate it either to pastor Mark or the church office. God
bless you.*

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*Announcements:*

*Food Bank Distribution Tonight (Wednesday)*: From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., our
food bank will be open for distribution. If you or someone you know could
benefit from some free food, please encourage them to come and receive. A
big thanks goes out to our volunteers who dedicate dozens of hours per week
in collecting, organizing, & distributing the food. Also we are looking for
additional *drivers* who would be able to help out with doing grocery
pickups 1 or more mornings per week. Please let Pastor Mark or the church
office know if you are able to help.

*Grupo de Oración en Español: *Reunimos a las 5:30 en el Fellowship hall
para revisar un capítulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes, y elevar
peticiones en oración. Esta semana estamos revisando el capítulo 75, la
primera etapa del tribunal de Jesús. Ven para experimentar una bendición en
compartir fe con hermanos y acomunar con Dios y otros.

*Sabbath Morning Sabbath Schools* start at 9:30 for all age groups! *Kids &
Youth* meet for food & song service in the youth room, while *adults* meet
in the sanctuary, where Pastor Mark will be continuing his series on “28
glimpses of Jesus”. Then at 10:00, kids go to their age-based Bible
classes, and adults go to room 305/306. Esta semana los *hermanos hispanos*
reunirán en el Fellowship hall a las 9:00 a.m. para tener su escuela
sabática y estudio de la lección. Pastor Mark dará el devocional a las
10:00 a.m., continuando su serie “28 vistazos de Jesús” fijando en la
creación.

*Honoring Our Graduates:* This week at church, we want to take some time to
honor our grads and recognize them for the hard work they’ve done over the
past several years. If you or someone you know is graduating this spring,
please let either Pastor Mark or the church office know, and feel free to
invite any graduating friends or relatives! We want to affirm & applaud
their hard work.

*Concierto y Cena para ahorrar fondos:* El cuarteto “Voces Para Cristo”
tendrá un concierto y cena la tarde de Mayo 25 para ahorrar fondos para su
grupo. Ven y traigan una donación para bendecir este ministerio. (Este
programa reemplazará nuestra programa de Sociedad de Jóvenes).

*Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting:* will be meeting next week at 6:30 p.m. in
Room 304. Each week we review a chapter of The Desire of Ages (next week,
chapter 76, about Judas Iscariot), and lift up petitions in prayer. Please
consider coming & joining this close-knit group of faith & friendship.

*Orangewood Academy Tuition Incentives:* If your child has never attended
Seventh-day Adventist education before, our local school would like to you
to give them a consideration. Up to 4 tuition discounts are possible: SDA
church membership, 1st time to OA bonus, income-based discounts through the
business office, and local church tuition subsidy. Please let Pastor Mark
or David Hernandez, Business Manager at Orangewood Academy know if you’d
like to look at the possibility of sending your child(ren) to Orangewood.
Their number is (714) 534-4694.

*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark is available for home or office visits
the remainder of this week, as well as next week. Feel free to call/text
him at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail him at prmarktatum@gmail.com if you’d like
to arrange for a time & place to meet together.

*Future Calendar:* Looking further ahead in our schedule, there are several
more things to be anticipating as well!

· May 23rd: Orangewood Academy spring music concert @ Orangewood
Academy

· May 25th: Concierto/Cena con Voces para Cristo. 5:00 p.m. en el
Fellowship Hall

· May 30: 8th Grade Graduation Service @ Orangewood Academy

· June 2nd: 12th Grade Graduation Service @ Orangewood Academy

· June 16th: Special visit from “A Sure Harvest” Muslim outreach
ministry, including potluck lunch and afternoon presentation

· June 24th – 28th: “Jamii Kingdom” Vacation Bible Xperience,
evenings.

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Okay! I believe that pretty well sums it up for what’s going on in our
community this week! Thanks to all who committedly dedicate themselves to
the Lord’s service in the many ministries this church provides. May God
continue to oversee & bless our community.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum

Mid-week Pastor’s update 5-15-2019

*Scroll down to see prayer requests & announcements, including a special
service & potluck this Sabbath!*

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*May 15th, 2019*

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*“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his
cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23*

“Free! Free!! Free!!” “Free consult!” “Free trial period!” “Buy one, get
one free!” How many advertisements and offers emphasize how *little* it
will cost/inconvenience us to try their amazing product? Getting the best
product possible for the minimum amount of expense is the way of
consumerism. Yet when I read the Bible, I don’t see offers like this
promoted. I wonder why that is.

On the one hand, the Bible is clear that salvation *is* a* free* gift of
God (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8, Revelation 22:17), but does that mean it
doesn’t cost or inconvenience our lives to walk in God’s salvation? The
same Bible says that gaining salvation takes more than a verbal assertion
(“Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’…” Matthew 7:21), more than an
intellectual affirmation of the existence of God (“Even the demons believe,
and shudder” James 2:19), it is nothing less than the *denying of self* as
quoted above in Luke 9.

Jesus invited Peter & Andrew to leave their nets and follow him (Matthew
4:18-20), told others to forget their family members and follow (Luke
14:26, Matthew 8:22), and told another to sell everything he had, give away
the money, and go with him (Mark 10:21). This is a high cost! And, indeed,
Jesus advises all to count the cost of what it means to follow Him (Luke
14:25-33), concluding with *“those of you who do not give up everything you
have cannot be my disciples” (v. 33)*. “Jesus! This is a hard teaching!” we
may be inclined to say. “Who can follow it?” (See John 6:60).

But does Jesus say that this high cost will be worth it? *Yes*,
emphatically so! *“E**veryone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or
father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a
hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” *(Matthew 19:29). Mark’s
account seems to be both more specifically positive about this life, yet
has a daunting clause too: *“Truly I tell you,”** Jesus replied, **“no one
who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or
fields for me and the gospel** will fail to receive a hundred times as
much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and
fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.” *(Mark
10:29-30). So both good and bad come from following Jesus in this life, but
He assures us that the good will far outweigh the bad, *plus* we will
receive eternal life in the long-run! (What’s the approximate dollar amount
we can place on that?)

How will the Lord make this ‘hundred-fold return’ come to pass? I don’t
know, but we take it on faith, as it is recorded in two gospels as coming
from our Savior’s mouth. Undoubtedly He works it out differently for
different people. But, if my understanding is correct on these verses,
no-one will get to the end of their lives and say “I really regret having
followed Jesus. My life could’ve been so much better.” He will have
recompensed us already in this life, *and* will provide eternity to us in
the life to come .

Let’s trust Him in this costly walk to provide, lead, and guide us as He
promises to (Matthew 6:33, Proverbs 3:5-6). And let us never fail to
encourage each-other on this Christian walk of faith.

May God bless you all.

Sincerely,

Pr. Mark Tatum

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*Prayer Requests:*

Mirta Leiss, a lovely sister who has played the organ for us occasionally,
requests prayer for her brother, Norberto, who works for the Vallejo Drive
SDA church, and recently suffered a severe health challenge that will
render him unable to work for some time. Please pray for his recovery, and
also consider donating to the GoFundMe page that has been set-up for him.
There’s a link for it on Mirta’s Facebook page.

Praise the Lord, our beloved Pastor Chambi got to travel to Peru, where he
was the guest of honor at a 100th anniversary celebration of an Adventist
Educational institution there. He had been in the hospital a few days
before, but what a blessing that he recuperated in time to be able to
travel.

Please keep in your prayers the families of those who have lost loved ones
recently. This includes the Fererrases, the Tolans, and the Lohstroh
families. May God comfort them as they miss their loved ones, Jesus
reunites these families in joy on the resurrection day. May it come
quickly.

Please also pray for the victims of recent secular & religious violence &
loss in Denver, San Diego, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Paris. We are
concerned for any whose sense of security is shattered as they gather to
worship or learn. May God help those with troubled hearts see that violence
is not the answer.

Please keep people in the Midwest in prayer who are suffering from floods
and tornadoes. May recovery efforts be swift and efficient, and may lives
lost be kept to a minimum.

Please keep Lloyd & Esther Sellers in continued prayer for their health &
treatments they’re undergoing. May God strengthen them to be able to return
to worshipping with us. The plan is for Lloyd to have a 2nd heart procedure
on the 28th of this month. They also request prayer for their daughter,
Christine, who is taking care of them while she works & supports her own
family too. Additionally, they request prayer for their other children &
grandchildren who are in various situations. The Sellers’ greatest prayer
is that the family can be united in the faith & making decisions in their
daily lives that lead to stability & happiness.

Please keep medical/health prayer requests in mind for the following
families:

· Christina Rebensczuk requests prayer for her health & ability to
sleep, as well as for her sister, who is dealing with a couple health
problems, and her neighbor, who is in his 90s and is in a fragile state as
well. May God uphold these people in strength.

· Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law niece Carol, and friend Lupe, who
are both suffering with health problems.

· Vivian Rodriguez, Rosa Ferreras, and Daniel Geli, who are
enduring effects of long-term illness. May they do so with grace, faith,
and improvement over time.

Let’s pray for our government leaders, both domestic and international, as
peoples’ ability to live stable, peaceable lives depends on them making
good, wise decisions. Let’s continue to pray for those local, broad, and
abroad, to be wise and judicious in their leadership. Let’s remember that
the Bible’s instruction is to pray for our leaders (Romans 13:1, 1 Tim.
2:1-2) so we can live peaceably, doing God’s work day by day.

Pray for families and relationships that are strained and broken. Pray for
prodigals to be ‘nudged’ by the Holy Spirit to return home to the faith of
their upbringing. Pray also for the church’s marriages to be strong &
fulfilling.

*There is, of course, much more to pray for. Please consider joining our
weekly prayer groups, and if you have a prayer request to submit for our
list, please communicate it either to pastor Mark or the church office. God
bless you.*

————————————————————————–

*Announcements:*

*Food Bank Distribution Tonight (Wednesday)*: From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., our
food bank will be open for distribution. If you or someone you know could
benefit from some free food, please encourage them to come and receive. A
big thanks goes out to our volunteers who dedicate dozens of hours per week
in collecting, organizing, & distributing the food. Also we are looking for
additional *drivers* who would be able to help out with doing grocery
pickups 1 or more mornings per week. Please let Pastor Mark or the church
office know if you are able to help.

*Grupo de Oración en Español: *Reunimos a las 5:30 en el Fellowship hall
para revisar un capítulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes, y elevar
peticiones en oración. Esta semana estamos revisando el capítulo 74: *“**En
el Jardin de Getsemane**”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en
compartir fe con hermanos y acomunar con Dios y otros.

*Church Board Meeting Tonight* (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m. in the Primary
room, our leaders will be gathering to make decisions on things going
forward. Please pray for the planning & implementation of things, that God
may be infused in the process throughout.

*Special Sabbath Service this week with Men’s Chorus visiting and potluck:* The
20-member William Chunestudy Men’s Chorus will be coming to our church this
Sabbath to bless us with a feast of beautiful music. Feel free to invite
friends, neighbors, and co-workers to this lovely special service. Also, we
would like to provide them a *potluck lunch in the fellowship hall
afterwards* to thank them for their music. Please bring a vegetarian dish
to share, and come to have great fellowship with fellow church members, as
well as members of the men’s chorus.

*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers* had a great investiture program
last Sabbath to close out their year. A big thanks goes out to Craig
Voelker and Margarito Gonzales for having led a great year for our kids.
The *Pathfinder Club* still has its *Conference Pathfinder day in Riverside*
this Sunday, in which they’ll be marching in a parade, as well as selling
food for fund-raising. They’ll be meeting Sabbath afternoon to make final
plans for that. Thanks to all our volunteers who make our clubs strong as
they train young people to love Jesus & His ways.

*Sociedad de Jovenes* empezará a las *6:00 p.m.* este Sábado en el salón de
jóvenes. Ven para cantar, jugar un juego bíblico, y escuchar un tema
relevante y inspiracional por nuestros días.

*Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting:* will be meeting next week at 6:30 p.m. in
Room 304. Each week we review a chapter of The Desire of Ages (next week,
chapter 75: “Before Annas and the Court of Caiaphas”, and lift up petitions
in prayer. Please consider coming & joining this close-knit group of faith
& friendship.

*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark is available for home or office visits
the remainder of this week, as well as next week. Feel free to call/text
him at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail him at *prmarktatum@gmail.com * if you’d like to arrange for a time & place to
meet together.

*Concierto y Cena para ahorrar fondos:* El cuarteto “Voces Para Cristo”
tendrá un concerto y cena la tarde de Mayo 25 para ahorrar fondos para su
grupo. Ven y traigan una donación para bendecir este ministerio.

*Future Calendar:* Looking further ahead in our schedule, there are several
more things to be anticipating as well!

· May 18th: William Chunestudy Men’s Chorus joins us for church (+
potluck)

· May 23rd: Orangewood Academy spring music concert @ Orangewood
Academy

· May 25th: Concierto/Cena con Voces para Cristo. 5:00 p.m. en el
Fellowship Hall

· June 24th – 28th: “Jamii Kingdom” Vacation Bible Xperience,
evenings.

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Okay! I believe that pretty well sums it up for what’s going on in our
community this week! Thanks to all who committedly dedicate themselves to
the Lord’s service in the many ministries this church provides. May God
continue to oversee & bless our community.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum

Mid-week Pastor’s Update 5-10-2019

*I’m terribly sorry for the lateness of this update! I thought I’d sent it
on Wednesday morning, but someone just informed me this evening that they
hadn’t received it, and I was shocked on double-checking to find I hadn’t
included the church e-mail list!*

*Scroll down for important announcements, including **Special Sabbath
Service this week including Baby Dedication, Baptisms, & Potluck!*

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*May 8th, 2019 *

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*“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to
the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city” Revelation
22:14 NIV*

Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning! It hit me last week as I was giving my kids a
bath: I had earlier in the day cleaned the house some and done laundry, and
I was struck by the fact that we have to clean our bodies, then put them
into clothes that have been cleaned, to live in a house that has been
cleaned. In addition, our cars, workplaces, stores, and public spaces all
need cleaning! And how often? Nearly constantly, it seems! We probably
spend 20% of our waking time involved in cleaning of some sort (unless we
hire someone to do it for us, for them, 80% of their waking time could be
involved in cleaning!), and that is *after* the efficiencies that have been
invented of dishwashers, clothes washers, vacuums, etc.

Essentially, the world is a dirty place, and we have to expend a
significant amount of energy keeping the filth at bay. The same is true
spiritually: I was just reading a couple of weeks ago in our mid-week
prayer group’s *Desire of Ages* chapter about Jesus washing the disciples’
feet, how when we go out into the world, we inevitably get some of its
dirtiness attached to us by contact, and that cleaning/purifying must
continually be taking place in order for us to be clean.

But who does this cleaning? Is it we ourselves who “launder” our robes in
some kind of “soap” of righteous acts? No, that is impossible, as Isaiah
64:6 reminds us that our acts of righteousness are like filthy rags to God.
How can something filthy make something clean? It can’t. It’s impossible.
We find that we must be cleaned from a clean source outside of ourselves.

Jesus, of course, is the answer we’re looking for. Even when Peter was
taken aback and refused to let Jesus wash his feet, Jesus said to him
“Unless you let me wash you, you can have no part with me (John 13:8).

In fact, the Bible verse quoted above is incomplete. It may sound like we
do the washing in that context! But we get a hint in an earlier chapter of
Revelation, in the description of the 144,000 redeemed from the earth, when
it says *“These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they
have washed their robes** and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
Revelation 7:14*.

So let’s strive, not merely for the 2-dimensional cleanliness which is
possible in the world, but the 3rd dimension of Spiritual cleanliness that
only Jesus provides. He longs to come rescue us! And he anticipates seeing
us resplendently white. Let’s submit to His cleaning.

*“…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her** to make her holy,
cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present
her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other
blemish, but holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:25b-27.*

May God bless you all the remainder of this week.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum

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*Prayer Requests:*

Praise the Lord, our beloved Pastor Chambi got to travel to Peru, where he
was the guest of honor at a 100th anniversary celebration of an Adventist
Educational institution there. He had been in the hospital a few days
before, but what a blessing that he recuperated in time to be able to
travel.

Please pray for the victims of the recent school shooting in Denver, and
add those to your prayers for the recent victims of religious violence &
loss in various areas, including Sri Lanka, San Diego, New Zealand, and
Paris. We are concerned for any whose sense of security is shattered as
they gather to worship or learn. May those God help troubled hearts see
that violence is not the answer.

Please keep in your prayers the families of those who have lost loved ones
recently. This includes the Fererrases, the Tolans, and the Lohstroh
families. May God comfort them as they miss their loved ones, Jesus
reunites these families in joy on the resurrection day. May it come
quickly.

Please also keep people in the Midwest in prayer who are suffering from
floods and tornadoes. May recovery efforts be swift and efficient, and may
lives lost be kept to a minimum.

Please keep Lloyd & Esther Sellers in continued prayer for their health &
treatments they’re undergoing. May God strengthen them to be able to return
to worshipping with us. They also request prayer for their daughter,
Christine, who is taking care of them while she works & supports her own
family too. Additionally, they request prayer for their other children &
grandchildren who are in various situations. The Sellers’ greatest prayer
is that the family can be united in the faith & making decisions in their
daily lives that lead to stability & happiness.

Please keep medical/health prayer requests in mind for the following
families:

· Christina Rebensczuk requests prayer for her health & ability to
sleep, as well as for her sister, who is dealing with a couple health
problems, and her neighbor, who is in his 90s and is in a fragile state as
well. May God uphold these people in strength.

· Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law niece Carol, and friend Lupe, who
are both suffering with health problems.

· Vivian Rodriguez, Rosa Ferreras, and Daniel Geli, who are
enduring effects of long-term illness. May they do so with grace, faith,
and improvement over time.

Let’s pray for our government leaders, both domestic and international, as
peoples’ ability to live stable, peaceable lives depends on them making
good, wise decisions. Let’s continue to pray for those local, broad, and
abroad, to be wise and judicious in their leadership. Let’s remember that
the Bible’s instruction is to pray for our leaders (Romans 13:1, 1 Tim.
2:1-2) so we can live peaceably, doing God’s work day by day.

Pray for families and relationships that are strained and broken. Pray for
prodigals to be ‘nudged’ by the Holy Spirit to return home to the faith of
their upbringing. Pray also for the church’s marriages to be strong &
fulfilling.

*There is, of course, much more to pray for. Please consider joining our
weekly prayer groups, and if you have a prayer request to submit for our
list, please communicate it either to pastor Mark or the church office. God
bless you.*

————————————————————————–

*Announcements:*

*Food Bank Distribution Tonight (Wednesday)*: From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., our
food bank will be open for distribution. If you or someone you know could
benefit from some free food, please encourage them to come and receive. A
big thanks goes out to our volunteers who dedicate dozens of hours per week
in collecting, organizing,& distributing the food. Also we are looking for
additional *drivers* who would be able to help out with doing grocery
pickups 1 or more mornings per week. Please let Pastor Mark or the church
office know if you are able to help.

*Grupo de Oración en Español: *Reunimos a las 5:30 en el Fellowship hall
para revisar un capítulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes, y elevar
peticiones en oración. Esta semana estamos revisando el capítulo 73: *“**No
se Turba Vuestra Corazón**”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en
compartir fe con hermanos y acomunar con Dios y otros.

*Special Sabbath Service this week including Baby Dedication, Baptisms, &
Potluck!* We are thrilled to be growing our church through dedications and
baptisms lately. Come to experience some of the happiest services we
provide, and stay afterward for a *potluck lunch* in the fellowship hall as
we celebrate these baptisms and baby dedication.

*“Diabetes Undone” Health Seminar *will be meeting again this Sabbath after
church in room 305/306. This is the final session! Michael Warr have done a
wonderful job incorporating helpful health tips in an interesting and fun
setting.

*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers* have a big month here in May!
*Adventurers* had a successful campout in the mountains that some families
attended with other churches, and will have a fire station visit *this
Sabbath at 3:30 p.m.* Later in the afternoon, they will have their
investiture service, and bike-a-thon further in the month. The *Pathfinder
Club* is having their investiture service as well this Sabbath afternoon.
And on May 18th they have the conference-wide Pathfinder fair in Riverside.
Please check with club leaders Craig Voelker (Adventurers) or Margarito
Gonzalez (Pathfinders) for further details on upcoming events..

*Sociedad de Jovenes* empezará a las *6:00 p.m.* este Sábado en el salón de
jóvenes. Ven para cantar, jugar un juego bíblico, y escuchar un tema
relevante y inspiracional por nuestros días.

*Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting:* will be meeting next week at 6:30 p.m. in
Room 304. Each week we review a chapter of The Desire of Ages (next week,
chapter 74: “Gethsemane”, and lift up petitions in prayer. Please consider
coming & joining this close-knit group of faith & friendship.

*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark is available for home or office visits
the remainder of this week, as well as next week. Feel free to call/text
him at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail him at *prmarktatum@gmail.com * if you’d like to arrange for a time & place to
meet together.

*Concierto y Cena para ahorrar fondos:* El cuarteto “Voces Para Cristo”
tendrá un concerto y cena la tarde de Mayo 25 para ahorrar fondos para su
grupo. Ven y traigan una donación para bendecir este ministerio.

*Future Calendar:* Looking further ahead in our schedule, there are several
more things to be anticipating as well!

· May 9th : Sunrise Christian Preschool spring concert @ Orangewood
Academy: 6:30 p.m.

· May 11th: Baby Dedication & Baptismal Service (+ potluck)

· May 18th: William Chunestudy Men’s Chorus joins us for church (+
potluck)

· May 23rd: Orangewood Academy spring music concert @ Orangewood
Academy

· May 25th: Concierto/Cena con Voces para Cristo. 5:00 p.m. en el
Fellowship Hall

· June 24th – 28th: “Jamii Kingdom” Vacation Bible Xperience,
evenings.

*——————————————-*

Okay! I believe that pretty well sums it up for what’s going on in our
community this week! Thanks to all who committedly dedicate themselves to
the Lord’s service in the many ministries this church provides. May God
continue to oversee & bless our community.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum

Mid-week Pastor’s Update 5-1-2019

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*May 1st, 2019*

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*“Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is
meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” Ecclesiastes 6:9*

If you have been paying any attention to the news or social media this past
week, you know that society has been all abuzz about twin action/drama
epics that have come out recently. Both the concluding 6th season of the
Game of Thrones HBO show, and the 11-year, 21-movie Avengers series are
drawing to a close, in which long-running plot-lines climax in epic battles
and surprise endings. I, not having followed these series throughout the
years, nor intending to start now, couldn’t help but feel a little ‘left
out’ as people buzzed about it in person and online. But it gave me lots to
ponder on, nonetheless.

Why do such epic action/dramas resonate with our hearts and imaginations
so? I read a Christian book some time ago that considered this*, and I have
to say that I wholly agree with its conclusion: we resonate with and
respond to epic tales of struggle between good and evil because, in the
background of our consciousness, we are innately aware that we are involved
in such a struggle between good and evil in our own lives. Yes, people
grow-up, marry, work, retire, and die, but amidst all that, we have a sense
that huge meaning is behind it, and that huge decisions will have lasting
effects and eternal consequences. In essence, we would say the great themes
that are often explored in entertainment are those which, in real life, are
the Great Controversy between Christ and Satan (depicted vividly in
Revelation ch. 12). This is true in everything from the light/dark side
struggle in Star Wars, to the apocalyptic, end-of-the-world movies that
come out every year or two.

The Bible says in many places that our minds/hearts are implanted with
hints of something far more significant than our daily lives: from King
Solomon declaring that “God has laid eternity in the hearts of men” in
Ecclesiastes 3:11, to Paul stating that “men are without excuse” in Romans
1:20 as to the knowledge of God based on the testimony of creation, the
Bible testifies that we are all aware of something far greater going on if
we are honest with ourselves.

Theologian and Philosopher (among many other things) Blaise Pascal reasoned
that we all have a God-shaped vacuum or hole in our hearts that we long to
fill. Only God can fill that void correctly, but the carnal heart seeks to
fill it by pouring in all sorts of worldly and ultimately destructive
things (Matthew 15:19, Romans 5:5-8). Things such as lust, envy, desire for
power, wealth, or fame are utterly futile and can never satisfy
(Ecclesiastes 5:10, 1st John 2: 15-17). We who put in the right thing,
though: God and purity and holiness and truth, will not have continued
futile longing as those in the world do (John 4:13-14, Philippians 4:8-9).

So, I fully expect that the big studios will continue trying to produce
‘epic’, gripping content to enthrall the masses. The hunger for it will be
continuous, for where hunger is, there are dollars, and where dollars are,
there are companies vying to get those dollars by producing to that need.
We can stand to the side, however, calmly observing that it’s all fluff,
all fundamentally bankrupt at its core, and offer those who realize its
ultimate emptiness true nourishment and fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

I pray that your walk with God fills your ‘God-shaped void’ magnificently,
and that you will find yourself to be described as the tree planted by
still waters in Psalm chapter 1.

God bless you all the remainder of the week,

Sincerely,

Pr. Mark Tatum

* The book I read was called “Searching for God Knows What” by Donald
Miller. I should pick it up and read it again!

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*Prayer Requests:*

We are praising God that two dear ones to us, who have been in the hospital
recently (for entirely separate reasons) have been discharged & sent home:

James Woods, music teacher at Orangewood Academy, was admitted to the
hospital late last week, and thus we couldn’t have the concerts we had
planned on Sabbath. I got word, however, that he has been home a few days,
and was even at school working yesterday. Praise God for his recuperation.

And Pastor Pedro Chambi, after having suffered a fall on his morning walk a
few days ago, has been released after recovering nicely. The family is
grateful to God for his protection & sustenance during this time. They will
be heading to Peru this weekend for Pr. Pedro to be the guest of honor at a
100th anniversary celebration for a school there.

Please keep in your prayers the families of those who have lost loved ones
recently. This includes the Fererrases, the Tolans, and the Lohstroh
families. May God comfort them as they miss their loved ones, Jesus
reunites these families in joy on the resurrection day. May it come
quickly.

Please also pray for recent victims of religious violence & loss in various
areas, including Sri Lanka, San Diego, New Zealand, and Paris. We are
concerned for any whose sense of security is shattered as they gather to
worship. May those who disagree with & dislike religion see that violence
is not the answer.

Please keep Lloyd & Esther Sellers in continued prayer for their health &
treatments they’re undergoing. May God strengthen them to be able to return
to worshipping with us. They also request prayer for their daughter,
Christine, who is taking care of them while she works & supports her own
family too. Additionally, they request prayer for their other children &
grandchildren who are in various situations. The Sellers’ greatest prayer
is that the family can be united in the faith & making decisions in their
daily lives that lead to stability & happiness.

Please keep medical/health prayer requests in mind for the following
families:

· Christina Rebensczuk requests prayer for her health & ability to
sleep, as well as for her sister, who is dealing with a couple health
problems, and her neighbor, who is in his 90s and is in a fragile state as
well. May God uphold these people in strength.

· Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law niece Carol, and friend Lupe, who
are both suffering with health problems.

· Vivian Rodriguez, Rosa Ferreras, and Daniel Geli, who are
enduring effects of long-term illness. May they do so with grace, faith,
and improvement over time.

Let’s pray for our government leaders, both domestic and international, as
peoples’ ability to live stable, peaceable lives depends on them making
good, wise decisions. Let’s continue to pray for those local, broad, and
abroad, to be wise and judicious in their leadership. Let’s remember that
the Bible’s instruction is to pray for our leaders (Romans 13:1, 1 Tim.
2:1-2) so we can live peaceably, doing God’s work day by day.

Pray for families and relationships that are strained and broken. Pray for
prodigals to be ‘nudged’ by the Holy Spirit to return home to the faith of
their upbringing. Pray also for the church’s marriages to be strong &
fulfilling.

*There is, of course, much more to pray for. Please consider joining our
weekly prayer groups, and if you have a prayer request to submit for our
list, please communicate it either to pastor Mark or the church office. God
bless you.*

————————————————————————–

*Announcements:*

*Food Bank Distribution Tonight (Wednesday)*: From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., our
food bank will be open for distribution. If you or someone you know could
benefit from some free food, please encourage them to come and receive. A
big thanks goes out to our volunteers who dedicate dozens of hours per week
in collecting, organizing, & distributing the food. Also we are looking for
additional *drivers* who would be able to help out with doing grocery
pickups 1 or more mornings per week. Please let Pastor Mark or the church
office know if you are able to help.

*Grupo de Oración en Español: *Reunimos a las 5:30 en el Fellowship hall
para revisar un capítulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes, y elevar
peticiones en oración. Esta semana estamos revisando el capítulo 72: *“**En
Memoria de Mi**”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en compartir fe con
hermanos y acomunar con Dios y otros.

*No Potluck this Sabbath:* Due to special potlucks in both April & May, we
won’t be having our regular, first Sabbath of the month potluck this week.
We do plan on holding potlucks on both the 11th, and 18th of May, however,
in celebrating baptisms/baby dedication, and in thankfulness to a Men’s
choir coming to bless us with their music.

*“Diabetes Undone” Health Seminar *will be meeting again this Sabbath after
church in room 305/306. We have two sessions left! Ask Michael Warr if you
have any questions on details.

*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers* have a big month here in May!
*Adventurers* have a conference-wide campout in the mountains that some
families will be attending, hence, there will be no club meeting down here.
Next week they will have a fire station visit, investiture service, and
bike-a-thon further in the month. Thanks to Craig Voelker for all he’s
doing with the club. The *Pathfinder Club* is having a regular meeting this
Sabbath at 3:00 p.m., and will be *selling Mothers’ day flowers* for $10
and up, which will be delivered on Mother’s Day Sabbath. They also have
their investiture on a future Sabbath this month. Please check with club
leaders Craig Voelker (Adventurers) or Margarito Gonzalez (Pathfinders) for
further details on upcoming events..

*Sociedad de Jovenes* empezará a las *6:00 p.m.* este Sábado en el salón de
jóvenes. Ven para cantar, jugar un juego bíblico, y escuchar un tema
relevante y inspiracional por nuestros días.

*Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting:* will be meeting next week at 6:30 p.m. in
Room 304. Each week we review a chapter of The Desire of Ages (next week,
chapter 73: “Let Not Your Hearts be Troubled”, and lift up petitions in
prayer. Please consider coming & joining this close-knit group of faith &
friendship.

*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark is available for home or office visits
the remainder of this week, as well as next week. Feel free to call/text
him at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail him at *prmarktatum@gmail.com * if you’d like to arrange for a time & place to
meet together.

*Concierto y Cena para ahorrar fondos:* El cuarteto “Voces Para Cristo”
tendrá un concerto y cena la tarde de Mayo 25 para ahorrar fondos para su
grupo. Ven y traigan una donación para bendecir este ministerio.

*Future Calendar:* Looking further ahead in our schedule, there are several
more things to be anticipating as well!

· May 4th: *No* potluck (due to other special potlucks in April &
May)

· May 11th: Baby Dedication & Baptismal Service (+ potluck)

· May 18th: William Chunestudy Men’s Chorus joins us for church &
possible afternoon concert. (+ potluck)

· May 25th: Concierto/Cena con Voces para Cristo.

*——————————————-*

Okay! I believe that pretty well sums it up for what’s going on in our
community this week! Thanks to all who committedly dedicate themselves to
the Lord’s service in the many ministries this church provides. May God
continue to oversee & bless our community.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum

Mid-week Pastor’s Update 4-24-2019

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*April 24th, 2019*

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*“…Nothing is secret that will not be** revealed, nor anything hidden that
will not be known and come to light.” Luke 11:17*

Information seems to be the latest front of warfare: what’s private, what’s
public, what’s hacked, what’s leaked, what’s fake news, what’s accused,
what there’s evidence for, what’s redacted, what’s subpoenaed, what’s
congress’ right to know, what’s the American people’s right to know. The
list goes on.

While of course social security numbers and other financial information
should remain private, the Bible basically says that it’s the wicked that
want things to remain secret, while the just can live openly without fear
of examination. A few verses after the famous John 3:16, Jesus said this:

*…This is the condemnation,* *that light has come into the world, and men
loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. *
*For* *everyone
practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his
deeds should be exposed.* *But he who does the truth comes to the light,
that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been* *done in God.”
(John 3:19-21)*

Just this week I was eating in a raised seating area in front of a
restaurant, and glanced-up to see not one, but two surveillance cameras,
passively observing me. I shrugged my shoulders and went back to my meal,
not bothered particularly, but disappointed that we live in a society that
basically needs to surveil in order to discourage theft or vandalism.

The highlighted verse above from Luke shows that trying to keep dirty deeds
secret is, in the long-run, a fundamentally futile act. While someone may
‘get away’ with something in the short-term, in the long-term *sins will
always find you out* (Numbers 32:23). During the millennium, when the
saints will review God’s judgment (Rev. 20:4, 1st Corinthians 6:2), all the
deceptive deeds, committed in darkness, will be known to all. Scandals that
will surely dwarf Watergate or Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme will come to
light. Unless those deeds have been confessed to Christ, the perpetrators
will bear the consequence of those sins, and all will know it.

So, what’s the solution? *Live as people who have nothing to hide!* Romans
13:3-5 says it’s the wicked who need fear the government, not the just
(this is true as long as systematic persecution of true worshippers is not
taking place – see Rev. 13). We live our lives as an open book. Let anyone
who’s interested to look into us find that we only live to praise God and
serve others. May a hearty commendation be the only thing that comes from
anyone observing us, and from the Lord Himself (Matthew 25:31).

I pray that the Lord will bless you & your families the remainder of this
week. May the continuing glow of the knowledge of the resurrection spur us
forward!

Sincerely,

Pr. Mark Tatum

*——————————————————————————*

*Prayer Requests:*

Family members of Matilda (“Tilly”) Lostroh are mourning after her death a
couple of weeks ago. Please pray for God to console the family of this
long-time church member. Services will be held this evening & tomorrow
afternoon at Forest Lawn cemetery in Cypress. You may check her daughter,
Yvonne Doyle’s Facebook page, or refer to my earlier e-mail on service
specifics if you have any questions.

Please pray for the victims of the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka. Thousands
of worshippers had their celebratory day horrifyingly interrupted, and a
few hundred died. Nobody should be attacked at a place of worship. Pray for
consolation for the victims and justice for the perpetrators.

The Warr family is thankful that Carmen’s daughter, Liza, is doing much
better health-wise. They give thanks to God for this!

Please keep the two families who have recently lost fathers in your
prayers, the Ferreras & Tolan families. May Jesus come quickly and wake
these men up to be restored to their families on the resurrection day.

Lloyd & Esther Sellers request prayer for their health & treatments they’re
undergoing. May God strengthen them to be able to return to worshipping
with us. They also request prayer for their daughter, Christine, who is
taking care of them while she works & supports her own family too.
Additionally, they request prayer for their other children & grandchildren
who are in various situations. The Sellers’ greatest prayer is that the
family can be united in the faith & making decisions in their daily lives
that lead to stability & happiness.

Please pray for people suffering for various reasons around the globe,
including in Syria, Venezuela, our southern border, New Zealand, Paris,
etc. May wisdom & compassion prevail in the minds & hearts of leaders
making decisions, and may people pull together & look to God for comfort.
Please pray for peace, stability, and mutual understanding to prevail.

Please keep medical/health prayer requests in mind for the following
families:

· Christina Rebensczuk requests prayer for her health & ability to
sleep, as well as for her sister, who is dealing with a couple health
problems, and her neighbor, who is in his 90s and is in a fragile state as
well. May God uphold these people in strength.

· Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law niece Carol, and friend Lupe, who
are both suffering with health problems.

· Vivian Rodriguez, Rosa Ferreras, and Daniel Geli, who are
enduring effects of long-term illness. May they do so with grace, faith,
and improvement over time.

Let’s pray for our government leaders, both domestic and international, as
peoples’ ability to live stable, peaceable lives depends on them making
good, wise decisions. Let’s continue to pray for those local, broad, and
abroad, to be wise and judicious in their leadership. Let’s remember that
the Bible’s instruction is to pray for our leaders (Romans 13:1, 1 Tim.
2:1-2) so we can live peaceably, doing God’s work day by day.

Pray for families and relationships that are strained and broken. Pray for
prodigals to be ‘nudged’ by the Holy Spirit to return home to the faith of
their upbringing. Pray also for the church’s marriages to be strong &
fulfilling.

*There is, of course, much more to pray for. Please consider joining our
weekly prayer groups, and if you have a prayer request to submit for our
list, please communicate it either to pastor Mark or the church office. God
bless you.*

————————————————————————–

*Announcements:*

*Food Bank Distribution Tonight (Wednesday)*: From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., our
food bank will be open for distribution. If you or someone you know could
benefit from some free food, please encourage them to come and receive. A
big thanks goes out to our volunteers who dedicate dozens of hours per week
in collecting, organizing, & distributing the food. Also we are looking for
additional *drivers* who would be able to help out with doing grocery
pickups 1 or more mornings per week. Please let Pastor Mark or the church
office know if you are able to help.

*Grupo de Oración en Español: *Reunimos a las 5:30 en el Fellowship hall
para revisar un capítulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes, y elevar
peticiones en oración. Esta semana estamos revisando el capítulo 71: *“**Siervo
de siervos**”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en compartir fe con
hermanos y comunar con Dios y otros.

*Young Adult Bible Study* meets this evening (Wednesday) at 7:00 p.m. in
room 304. Come to sing, discuss, and experience community with this group
of 20-somethings that gather bi-weekly.

*Special Musical Sabbath + Potluck:* This Sabbath, the Orangewood Academy
Elementary choir will come join us during church time, beautifying our
service with joyful praise. Additionally, the Jr. High and Academy groups
will be coming in the afternoon to do a Grand Hymn Festival at 2:30 in the
afternoon. Between the two, we will be having a special *potluck lunch* in
our fellowship hall & courtyard, so please bring a dish to share, as we
enjoy a Sabbath full of vocal praise to our God.

*“Diabetes Undone” Health Seminar *will be on hold this Sabbath due to the
special music concert. Final two meetings will be held May 4th & 11th. Ask
Michael Warr if you have any questions on details.

*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers* are on break for this Sabbath,
being the last Sabbath of the month. However, May will be a big month for
both groups, with a fire station visit, investiture services, and
Pathfinder fair day at the conference office. Additionally, the *Pathfinder
club* will be *selling Mothers’ day flowers* for $10 and up, and will be
delivered on Mother’s Day Sabbath. Please check with Margarito Gonzalez for
details.

*Sociedad de Jovenes* empezará a las *6:00 p.m.* este Sábado en el salón de
jóvenes. Ven para cantar, jugar un juego bíblico, y escuchar un tema
relevante y inspiracional por nuestros días.

*Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting:* will be meeting next week at 6:30 p.m. in
Room 304. Each week we review a chapter of The Desire of Ages (next week,
chapter 72: “In Remembrance of Me”, and lift up petitions in prayer. Please
consider coming & joining this close-knit group of faith & friendship.

*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark has very limited availability this
week, perhaps could meet on Friday if there’s a need. Next week, his
schedule looks more open for meetings or visits. Feel free to call/text him
at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail prmarktatum@gmail.com if you’d like to arrange
for a time & place to meet together.

*Future Calendar:* Looking further ahead in our schedule, there are several
more things to be anticipating as well!

· May 4th: *No* potluck (due to other special potlucks in April &
May)

· May 11th: Baby Dedication & Baptismal Service

· May 18th: William Chunestudy Men’s Chorus joins us for church &
possible afternoon concert.

*——————————————-*

Okay! I believe that pretty well sums it up for what’s going on in our
community this week! Thanks to all who committedly dedicate themselves to
the Lord’s service in the many ministries this church provides. May God
continue to oversee & bless our community.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum

Mid-week Pastor’s Update 4-17-2019

*Note: Scroll down to see announcements, particularly our special Easter
service this Sabbath!*

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*April 17th, 2019*

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*“Look! Your house is left to you desolate” – Matthew 23:38*

Around midday this past Monday, I was looking out my office window,
thanking God for the beauty of the place I’m permitted to be, and snapped
the pic above. Not an hour later, I heard the news from someone and rushed
to my computer to see images of the famed Notre Dame Cathedral being
engulfed in flames, its spire collapsing. I was moved to tears at the sight
of mourners beholding the consumption of the church, and at commentators’
notes on its history, how it had overlooked Paris for nearly 9 centuries,
seeing movements of leaders like Napoleon and Hitler rise and fall.

Of course, our faith is not in material things, no matter how beautiful.
God’s presence is not dependent on beauty, as Jesus said in the above quote
regarding the still-beautiful Jerusalem temple. And, conversely, our faith
does not fall, no matter how devastating the physical destruction. The
presence of God’s Spirit is what makes something full and meaningful, or
desolate and void.

I couldn’t help but think, though, “what if something similar happened at
our church? How would we feel? How would we move forward?”. The thought was
daunting to consider. We surely would, though, with God’s help.

I also heard newscasters telling about the relics, the statues and pieces
of religious historical value that Notre Dame held, the greatest of which
was a supposed thorn from Jesus’ crucifixion crown which was held there.
This part I could not relate with: we of course knowing that holiness does
not reside in ‘things’, and having no statues nor relics. So in this sense,
I consider that the Catholics’ grieving in Paris was quite a bit different
than our own would be. Part of me hoped that this would cause some of them
to question their (borderline) idolatry; to see that things are just
things, that those relics did not prevent the church from burning: what’s
more, they had to be rescued by people.

Though we would of course say that their form of faith is not the fullest,
most Biblical one, I hope we would be compassionate about the sadness and
sense of devastation they feel. To disagree with someone religiously is not
to gloat over their loss, or wish them ill. In truth, it could have as
easily been our church which burned (indeed, many SDA churches and
institutions have burned in the past), and it’s an extension of the Golden
Rule (Matthew 7:12) to have sympathy on mourners, the same as we hope they
would have for us.

The Prime Minister of France has vowed that they will rebuild. I heard that
some European billionaire has pledged $350 million to go toward the
reconstruction efforts. Surely people pull together in times of need and
loss, and the outcome may very well be more beautiful than the original was
(though it may take years, if not decades to make it so). So, too, in our
own lives. I think of the families who are mourning losses here in this
first part of 2019. But I pray it’s helped us pull together & be stronger
than it was before we endured them.

May God walk with the believers in Paris, may He console them, and lead
them to Truth in His Word. May we all appreciate and cherish the things we
have like houses, jobs, and a beautiful church. And may we remember that
material things are not things to cling to (Matthew 6:19). Rather, we
should reach to the more perfect, the enduring, the eternal (vv. 20-21).

May God bless you all the remainder of the week.

Sincerely,

Pr. Mark Tatum

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*Prayer Requests:*

Please keep the two families who have recently lost fathers in your
prayers, especially Rosa Ferreras & Victor Tolan. May Jesus come quickly
and wake these men up to be restored to their families on the resurrection
day.

Lloyd & Esther Sellers request prayer for their health & treatments they’re
undergoing. May God strengthen them to be able to return to worshipping
with us. They also request prayer for their daughter, Christine, who is
taking care of them while she works & supports her own family too.
Additionally, they request prayer for their other children & grandchildren
who are in various situations. The Sellers’ greatest prayer is that the
family can be united in the faith & making decisions in their daily lives
that lead to stability & happiness.

Please pray for people suffering for various reasons around the globe,
including in Syria, Venezuela, our southern border, New Zealand, Paris,
etc. May wisdom & compassion prevail in the minds & hearts of leaders
making decisions, and may people pull together & look to God for comfort.
Please pray for peace, stability, and mutual understanding to prevail.

Please keep medical/health prayer requests in mind for the following
families:

· Carmen Warr’s daughter, Liza, who is undergoing tests &
treatment. Pray for quick recovery.

· Christina Rebensczuk requests prayer for her health & ability to
sleep, as well as for her sister, who is dealing with a couple health
problems, and her neighbor, who is in his 90s and is in a fragile state as
well. May God uphold these people in strength.

· Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law niece Carol, and friend Lupe, who
are both suffering with health problems.

· Vivian Rodriguez, Rosa Ferreras, and Daniel Geli, who are
enduring effects of long-term illness. May they do so with grace, faith,
and improvement over time.

Let’s pray for our government leaders, both domestic and international, as
peoples’ ability to live stable, peaceable lives depends on them making
good, wise decisions. Let’s continue to pray for those local, broad, and
abroad, to be wise and judicious in their leadership. Let’s remember that
the Bible’s instruction is to pray for our leaders (Romans 13:1, 1 Tim.
2:1-2) so we can live peaceably, doing God’s work day by day.

Pray for families and relationships that are strained and broken. Pray for
prodigals to be ‘nudged’ by the Holy Spirit to return home to the faith of
their upbringing. Pray also for the church’s marriages to be strong &
fulfilling.

*There is, of course, much more to pray for. Please consider joining our
weekly prayer groups, and if you have a prayer request to submit for our
list, please communicate it either to pastor Mark or the church office. God
bless you.*

————————————————————————–

*Announcements:*

*Food Bank Distribution Tonight (Wednesday)*: From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., our
food bank will be open for distribution. If you or someone you know could
benefit from some free food, please encourage them to come and receive. A
big thanks goes out to our volunteers who dedicate dozens of hours per week
in collecting, organizing, & distributing the food. Also we are looking for
additional *drivers* who would be able to help out with doing grocery
pickups 1 or more mornings per week. Please let Pastor Mark or the church
office know if you are able to help.

*Grupo de Oración en Español: *Reunimos a las 5:30 en el Fellowship hall
para revisar un capítulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes, y elevar
peticiones en oración. Esta semana estamos revisando el capítulo 70: *“**Estos
mis hermanos pequeñitos**”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en
compartir fe con hermanos y comunar con Dios y otros.

*Special Sabbath for Easter Weekend:* This week, in addition to being a
“VBS Reunion Sabbath”, will have several special components, including:

· Special *Easter potluck breakfast* at 8:30 in the Fellowship
hall. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share as we fellowship and rejoice
in the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus. Bilingual Sabbath School will
follow, led by Dr. Israel Chambi at 9:30, and Sabbath school lesson classes
at 10:00.

· Special kids’ song service at 9:30 in the youth room. Pastor Mark
will be leading out with guitar, before the kids go to their age-based
Bible classes at 10:00.

· Family- and Visitor- friendly church service, including baby
dedication and baptism in our sanctuary at 11:00.

· Special *fellowship luncheon* in the fellowship hall after church
service. This special meal will be provided by the children’s ministry
department.

*“Diabetes Undone” Health Seminar continues this Sabbath Afternoon *in *room
305/306*, and continues through April. We have two weeks left! What a
blessing it’s been getting to know more about our bodies, health, and
growing closer & fellowshipping with fellow members.

*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers* are on for this Sabbath, and
will be beginning at 3:00 p.m. in front of the Youth room. The *Pathfinders*
will be taking a trip to a local arboretum in the afternoon, whereas the
*Adventurers* will be having a potluck-style dinner and a pool party at the
Chambis’ house Saturday evening. We are getting toward the end of our
year! A special thanks goes out to our club leaders, Craig Voelker &
Margarito Gonzales for making the clubs great as our kids learn more about
God’s love.

*Sociedad de Jovenes* empezará a las *6:00 p.m.* este Sábado en el salón de
jóvenes. Ven para cantar, jugar un juego bíblico, y escuchar un tema
relevante y inspiracional por nuestros días.

*Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting:* will be meeting next week at 6:30 p.m. in
Room 304. Each week we review a chapter of The Desire of Ages (next week,
chapter 71: “A Servant of Servants”, and lift up petitions in prayer.
Please consider coming & joining this close-knit group of faith &
friendship.

*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark plans to be available for the
remainder of this week, for meetings by appointment either at the church,
your home, or another location. Next week, however, he will be out of town
for the majority of the week. Feel free to call/text him at (714) 650-1245,
or e-mail prmarktatum@gmail.com if you’d like to communicate something to
him, or arrange for a time to meet together.

*Future Calendar:* Looking further ahead in our schedule, there are several
more things to be anticipating as well!

· April 27: Orangewood elementary choir joins us for church, with
the Academy choir coming to join us in the afternoon for a *2:30 grand hymn
sing concert* in our sanctuary.

· May 11th: Baby Dedication & Baptismal Service

· May 18th: William Chunestudy Men’s Chorus joins us for church &
possible afternoon concert.

*——————————————-*

Okay! I believe that pretty well sums it up for what’s going on in our
community this week! Thanks to all who committedly dedicate themselves to
the Lord’s service in the many ministries this church provides. May God
continue to oversee & bless our community.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum

mid-week pastor’s update 4-10-2019

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*April 10th, 2019*

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*“But you, Daniel… seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run
to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” Daniel 12:4 NKJV*

This past weekend at home, our internet cut-out, and we had to wait about
36 hours for a repairman to come out and fix it! Like many of us probably
do, we depend on our wi-fi for a number of functions, including making
calls (we still could via cell-towers), getting news and entertainment, and
paying bills.

To be more or less “cut-off” from outside contact for a day and a half felt
strange! We had to keep explaining to the kids why we couldn’t stream the
kiddie videos that they like. I kept having little double-takes in my mind,
saying “Oh, I should take care of that right now- oh wait, I can’t, the
internet’s out.” And even little Jocelyn, bringing me a doll who usually
sings (but didn’t that day because the batteries had died) said “she’s not
singing, because she doesn’t have internet.” 😀

In the end the interruption was no more than a small inconvenience, but it
made me realized just how technologically interconnected we live our lives,
and how strange it felt to be disconnected (albeit briefly).

Surely, the way we live our modern lives would be mind-boggling to people
in Bible times. But such rapid, drastic changes *were predicted* in the
Daniel verse cited above. People do indeed scurry to and fro with speeds
unimagined to previous generations, and indeed, our factual knowledge has
multiplied exponentially. Server arrays (“clouds”) now hold more data than
our brains ever could!

Jesus said something else about the time of the end: *“And this** gospel of
the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the
nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14 NKJV). *Amid all the
pointless, and even destructive, information that is stored and shared
around the world, technology and interconnectedness will also facilitate
the spreading of God’s truth in the Gospel. Just last Sabbath we had a
guest speaker from a Muslim-outreach radio ministry who was talking about
how technological messages can spread far more broadly, far more quickly,
than human messengers can. And wavelength transmissions can cross borders
where Christian missionaries are barred from entering.

Every time I see suffering, be it on the news (in war situations or those
of the migrant crisis on our southern border), or feel the sting of loss of
death (as we’ve had two thus far in our church in 2019), I feel homesick
for heaven. I lift my eyes and say “Come quickly, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).
We still have many to reach, both locally, and internationally, before
Jesus’ words from Matt. 24 can be fulfilled. Let us be diligent,
intentional, and never lose sight as we live our daily lives of God’s
purpose to save all who would acknowledge and confess Him.

May God bless you all.

Sincerely,

Pr. Mark Tatum

—————————————————————————

*Prayer Requests:*

Please keep the two families who have recently lost fathers in your
prayers, especially Rosa Ferreras & Victor Tolan. May Jesus come quickly
and wake these men up to be restored to their families on the resurrection
day. (see announcement below for Vasile Tolan memorial service time)

Lloyd & Esther Sellers request prayer for their health & treatments they’re
undergoing. May God strengthen them to be able to return to worshipping
with us. They also request prayer for their daughter, Christine, who is
taking care of them while she works & supports her own family too.
Additionally, they request prayer for their other children & grandchildren
who are in various situations. The Sellers’ greatest prayer is that the
family can be united in the faith & making decisions in their daily lives
that lead to stability & happiness.

Please pray for people suffering for various reasons around the globe,
including in Syria, Venezuela, our southern border, New Zeland, etc. May
wisdom & compassion prevail in the minds & hearts of leaders making
decisions, and may people pull together & look to God for comfort. Please
pray for peace, stability, and mutual understanding to prevail.

Please keep medical/health prayer requests in mind for the following
families:

· Carmen Warr’s daughter, Liza, who is undergoing tests &
treatment. Pray for quick recovery.

· Christina Rebensczuk requests prayer for her health & ability to
sleep, as well as for her sister, who is dealing with a couple health
problems, and her neighbor, who is in his 90s and is in a fragile state as
well. May God uphold these people in strength.

· Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law niece Carol, and friend Lupe, who
are both suffering with health problems.

· Vivian Rodriguez, Rosa Ferreras, and Daniel Geli, who are
enduring effects of long-term illness. May they do so with grace, faith,
and improvement over time.

Let’s pray for our government leaders, both domestic and international, as
peoples’ ability to live stable, peaceable lives depends on them making
good, wise decisions. Let’s continue to pray for those local, broad, and
abroad, to be wise and judicious in their leadership. Let’s remember that
the Bible’s instruction is to pray for our leaders (Romans 13:1, 1 Tim.
2:1-2) so we can live peaceably, doing God’s work day by day.

Pray for families and relationships that are strained and broken. Pray for
prodigals to be ‘nudged’ by the Holy Spirit to return home to the faith of
their upbringing. Pray also for the church’s marriages to be strong &
fulfilling.

*There is, of course, much more to pray for. Please consider joining our
weekly prayer groups, and if you have a prayer request to submit for our
list, please communicate it either to pastor Mark or the church office. God
bless you.*

————————————————————————–

*Announcements:*

*Food Bank Distribution Tonight (Wednesday)*: From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., our
food bank will be open for distribution. If you or someone you know could
benefit from some free food, please encourage them to come and receive. A
big thanks goes out to our volunteers who dedicate dozens of hours per week
in collecting, organizing, & distributing the food. Also we are looking for
additional *drivers* who would be able to help out with doing grocery
pickups 1 or more mornings per week. Please let Pastor Mark or the church
office know if you are able to help.

*Grupo de Oración en Español: *Reunimos a las 5:30 en el Fellowship hall
para revisar un capítulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes, y elevar
peticiones en oración. Esta semana estamos revisando el capítulo 69: *“Jesús
en el Monte de los Olivos”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en
compartir fe con hermanos y comunar con Dios y otros.

*OC Young Adult Bible Study* meets tonight (Wednesday) at 7:00 p.m. in the
Primary SS room. Come join other young adults as they sing, pray, and delve
into scripture together. This tight-knit group meets bi-weekly, every other
Wednesday.

*Special “Bible Treasure Hunt” kids’ activity this Sabbath during SS time:*
Our children’s ministry dept. is holding its annual Bible Treasure Hunt
this coming Sabbath in lieu of the age-based classes. Start time will be
9:30 in the Youth Room. Be sure not to miss this beloved yearly event.

*Sabbath Morning Schedule* will be normal for adults this week, with Pastor
Mark leading songs & a discussion topic in the sanctuary at 9:30. Esta
semana los hermanos *hispanos* reunirán en el Fellowship Hall por Escuela
Sabatica a las 9:00, y devocional con Pr. Mark a las 10:00. Come to
participate in our most interactive, dynamic part of the day.

*“Diabetes Undone” Health Seminar continues this Sabbath Afternoon *in *room
305/306*, and continues through April. We are about half done! What a
blessing it’s been getting to know more about our bodies, health, and
growing closer & fellowshipping with fellow members.

*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers* are back on for this Sabbath,
and will be beginning at 3:00 p.m. in front of the Youth room. We are
getting toward the end of our year! A special thanks goes out to our club
leaders, Craig Voelker & Margarito Gonzales for making the clubs great as
our kids learn more about God’s love.

*Sociedad de Jovenes* empezará a las *6:00 p.m.* en el salón de jóvenes.
Ven para cantar, jugar un juego bíblico, y escuchar un tema relevante y
inspiracional por nuestros días.

*“Great Egg Hunt” at Orangewood Academy:* This community event will begin
at 2:00 p.m. this Sunday the 14th, at our sister school down in Garden
Grove. It will include a story time and an egg hunt. The event is *free*,
and all ages are welcome to come enjoy. Tell your friends they are welcome
to join as well!

*Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting:* will be meeting next week at 6:30 p.m. in
Room 304. Each week we review a chapter of The Desire of Ages (next week,
chapter 70: “The Least of These My Brethren”, and lift up petitions in
prayer. Please consider coming & joining this close-knit group of faith &
friendship.

*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark plans to be available for the
remainder of this week, as well as next week, for meetings by appointment
either at the church, your home, or another location. Feel free to
call/text him at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail prmarktatum@gmail.com if you’d
like to communicate something to him, or arrange for a time to meet
together.

*Special Sabbath Oct. 20! *For Easter weekend, we will be having a number
of special goings-on at our church. It will be a VBS reunion/visitors’
Sabbath, including:

*Breakfast Potluck* at 8:30 in the fellowship hall. Bring a
vegetarian breakfast dish to share as we rejoice in the resurrection of
Jesus!

*Kids & Youth Song Service* in the youth room at 9:30, with Pr.
Mark leading on guitar

*Joint Adult Sabbath School* at 9:30 in the fellowship hall
with Dr. Chambi presenting

*Family/Visitor friendly Church Service* including *Baptisms*
and *Children dedication!*

*Luncheon* in the fellowship hall, provided by the Children’s
Ministry dept.

*Future Calendar:* Looking further ahead in our schedule, there are several
more things to be anticipating as well!

April 27: Orangewood elementary choir joins us for church, with
the Academy choir coming to join us in the afternoon for a *2:30 grand hymn
sing concert* in our sanctuary.

May 11th: Baptismal Service

May 18th: William Chunestudy Men’s Chorus joins us for church &
possible afternoon concert

*——————————————-*

Okay! I believe that pretty well sums it up for what’s going on in our
community this week! Thanks to all who committedly dedicate themselves to
the Lord’s service in the many ministries this church provides. May God
continue to oversee & bless our community.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum

mid-week pastor’s update 4-3-2019

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*April 3rd, 2019*

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*“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God
through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” *

* Hebrews 7:25 NKJV*

As you may be aware, we have some upcoming baptisms in March and April
approaching, and I’ve been going through our doctrines and points of faith
with some of the baptismal candidates. It’s something I never tire of!
Concentrating on God & His excellencies in so many dimensions is a
continued, refreshing blessing! Truly every one of our ‘fundamental
beliefs’ is something that reveals God’s glory, and is worth getting
excited about. If it’s something you haven’t experienced recently (or
ever), let me know your interest in getting involved in such studies.

Earlier this week, I was discussing with a candidate our belief in the
Heavenly Sanctuary & Jesus as our High Priest, and was getting excited, as
usual. 🙂 I’ve heard that this, being one of our ‘toughest’ doctrines (and
a uniquely SDA one at that), makes some people go “ugh”, but for me it
makes me go “yay!”, for three reasons.

First, it explains perfectly why so much time and attention is given to the
earthly Sanctuary system in the Old Testament. It shows why God was so
specific to Moses about dimensions, materials, etc. “Make sure you follow
the pattern exactly” in Exodus 25:40, finds its fulfillment in Hebrews 8:5,
which says the earthly sanctuary was a copy and a shadow of heaven’s. God
is revealing his divinely-planned layout here! What a blessing that God has
shown us details of heavenly realities. Down to the very furniture and
placement!

Secondly, it shows just how difficult a problem sin is, and what God is
willing to go through to remove it from us. Unlike two friends who can
simply wave away a misunderstanding or a problem, for God it is much more
serious. It necessitated Jesus being our sacrifice on the cross (Hebrews
9:22, Titus 2:14), and presenting his own blood in the Most Holy place in
heaven, applying it to our accounts (Hebrews 9:12). Even *after* probation
has ended & Christ returns, our sin isn’t simply ‘disappeared’, it is
transferred back to Satan, from whom it originated (as illustrated in the
High priest putting the sins of Israel on Azazel, the ‘demon goat’ who
represents Satan in Leviticus 16:21). Showing all this difficulty and
multiple steps mean God is willing to go through even more to save us than
we’d previously thought. It endears us to him, and increases our love for
Him (and raises our detestation for sin too!).

And thirdly, it means Jesus is an active Savior for us, even today. More
than just doing a big work to secure our salvation 2,000 years ago, He is
*daily* applying the merits of His sacrifice to us. As Hebrews 7:25, quoted
above, says *“He ever lives to make intercession for us.”* That means, that
as we go throughout our daily tasks, work here, errands there, Jesus is
constantly ministering in our behalf. While we think throughout our week
“today I’ve got this to do, tomorrow I have that”, On Jesus’ calendar
is ‘*intercede,
intercede, intercede’!* And it’s not just “today I have to intercede”, it’s
“today I *get* to intercede!”

Nothing gives Jesus more pleasure than to be actively involved in the
saving of his beloved children. What a thing He has done and is doing for
us! And we, all too often, are nonchalant and wishy-washy in our faith. How
I’m ashamed at times I’ve been so! I just want to ask Jesus to forgive me
and to please keep me inspired toward Him. I imagine this brings a big
smile to His face as he washes my sin clean and keeps cleaning accounts &
writings name in His book of life (Revelation 21:27).

May God ever keep us firm in His grip, and in loving relation to Him.

Sincerely,

Pr. Mark Tatum

————————————————————————————–

*Prayer Requests:*

Please keep the two families who have recently lost fathers in your
prayers, especially Rosa Ferreras & Victor Tolan. May Jesus come quickly
and wake these men up to be restored to their families on the resurrection
day. (see announcement below for Vasile Tolan memorial service time)

Please keep in prayer the places that have been rocked with religious &
political violence recently, including New Zealand, Ethiopia, and
Venezuela. Many people who, like us, are trying to live their daily lives
have found their societies rocked by instability & violence. Pray for
peace, stability, & mutual understanding to prevail.

Please keep medical/health prayer requests in mind for the following
families:

· Carmen Warr’s daughter, Liza, who is undergoing tests &
treatment. Pray for quick recovery.

· Lloyd & Esther Sellers, who we are thankful are at home, but have
significant health challenges. Pray for strengthening and physical healing,
that they might be able to return to us.

· Christina Rebensczuk requests prayer for her health & ability to
sleep, as well as for her sister, who is dealing with a couple health
problems, and her neighbor, who is in his 90s and is in a fragile state as
well. May God uphold these people in strength.

· Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law niece Carol, and friend Lupe, who
are both suffering with health problems.

· Vivian Rodriguez, Rosa Ferreras, and Daniel Geli, who are
enduring effects of long-term illness. May they do so with grace, faith,
and improvement over time.

Let’s pray for our government leaders, both domestic and international, as
peoples’ ability to live stable, peaceable lives depends on them making
good, wise decisions. Let’s continue to pray for those local, broad, and
abroad, to be wise and judicious in their leadership. Let’s remember that
the Bible’s instruction is to pray for our leaders (Romans 13:1, 1 Tim.
2:1-2) so we can live peaceably, doing God’s work day by day.

Pray for families and relationships that are strained and broken. Pray for
prodigals to be ‘nudged’ by the Holy Spirit to return home to the faith of
their upbringing. Pray also for the church’s marriages to be strong &
fulfilling.

*There is, of course, much more to pray for. Please consider joining our
weekly prayer groups, and if you have a prayer request to submit for our
list, please communicate it either to pastor Mark or the church office. God
bless you.*

————————————————————————–

*Announcements:*

*Food Bank Distribution Tonight (Wednesday)*: From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., our
food bank will be open for distribution. If you or someone you know could
benefit from some free food, please encourage them to come and receive. A
big thanks goes out to our volunteers who dedicate dozens of hours per week
in collecting, organizing, & distributing the food. Also we are looking for
additional *drivers* who would be able to help out with doing grocery
pickups 1 or more mornings per week. Please let Pastor Mark or the church
office know if you are able to help.

*Grupo de Oración en Español: *Reunimos a las 5:30 en el Fellowship hall
para revisar un capítulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes, y elevar
peticiones en oración. Esta semana estamos revisando el capítulo 67: *“En
el atrio exterior”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en compartir fe
con hermanos y comunar con Dios y otros.

*Sabbath Morning Schedule* will be normal this week, with Pastor Mark
leading songs & a discussion topic in the sanctuary at 9:30. *Kids & Youth*
begin in the youth room with songs & light refreshments, before going to
their age-based classes at 10:00. Esta semana los hermanos *hispanos*
tendrán su servicio junto con los anglos en el santuario, y tendrán su
estudio de la lección de escuela sabática allí tambien.

*Special Guest Speaker for Church:* Elder Geral Babanezhad, leader of “A
Sure Harvest” muslim-outreach ministry, will be speaking for church. A
free-will offering will be taken for this Adventist outreach ministry at
the end of the program.

*“Diabetes Undone” Health Seminar continues this Sabbath Afternoon *in *room
305/306*, and continues through April. We are about half done! What a
blessing it’s been getting to know more about our bodies, health, and
growing closer & fellowshipping with fellow members.

*”Celebration of Life” service for Vasile Tolan this Sabbath**,* at 4:30
p.m. in the sanctuary. We will gather to remember the life of the wonderful
man, “Leslie” who blessed our church & community so many years. A reception
will be held afterward in the Fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, the
family requests that donations in Vasile’s name be made to Orangewood
Academy.

*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers* will be on hold this Sabbath,
because of the Tolan Memorial service. Clubs will resume next Sabbath,
April 13th. A special thanks goes out to our club leaders, Craig Voelker &
Margarito Gonzales for making the clubs great as our kids learn more about
God’s love.

*Sociedad de Jovenes* empezará a las *6:00 p.m.* en el salón de jóvenes.
Ven para cantar, jugar un juego bíblico, y escuchar un tema relevante y
inspiracional por nuestros días.

*Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting:* will be meeting next week at 6:30 p.m. in
Room 304. Each week we review a chapter of The Desire of Ages (next week,
chapter 69: “Jesus on the Mount of Olives”, and lift up petitions in
prayer. Please consider coming & joining this close-knit group of faith &
friendship.

*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark plans to be available for the
remainder of this week, as well as next week, for meetings by appointment
either at the church, your home, or another location. Feel free to
call/text him at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail prmarktatum@gmail.com if you’d
like to communicate something to him, or arrange for a time to meet
together.

*——————————————-*

Okay! I believe that pretty well sums it up for what’s going on in our
community this week! Thanks to all who committedly dedicate themselves to
the Lord’s service in the many ministries this church provides. May God
continue to oversee & bless our community.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum

mid-week pastor’s update 3-27-19

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*March 27th, 2019*

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*“The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” 1st Corinthians 15:26 NIV*

We had a funeral for the father of a church member earlier this week, and
we have another in a week and a half. In both cases, months of struggle and
suffering were ended when they closed their eyes for the last time. In both
families, feelings of ambivalence pervade: relief that the loved one is not
suffering anymore, and gladness that Jesus will wake them up on
resurrection morning, but the bitter ache of loss as day-by-day there is a
hole in the families’ hearts as that beloved father is missed.

Make no mistake of it, death is an enemy. It is arguably the strongest
weapon of Satan’s, whose entire motive is to “steal and kill and destroy”1.
Those who say ‘death is just a part of life’ have lowered their view from
the Bible’s assertion that God is the God of life2, and that death is an
imposter3.

I actually get kind of mad when I hear pastors and leaders from other
denominations say “Jesus called them home to heaven” or something similar.
I know such sentiments are intended to comfort the grieving and soften the
loss, but it ascribes to Jesus that which is Satan’s doing. I imagine Satan
smirking at the thought that he can do his mischief, and have people
ascribe it to God.

I praise the Lord that death does not have the last say, does not have the
last laugh. Though death ‘mocks’ us now, with a 100% mortality rate for
everyone eventually, the day will come when the tables will turn, when the
laws of life will fundamentally change, and *we* will be able to gloat over
death, saying “Where, o death, is your sting? Where, o grave, is your
victory?”4

In the meantime we wait, in agony, for that promise to come true. I praise
the Lord that it is not just an empty ‘hope’, but that we already have
living proof that it indeed is the case. Jesus rising from the tomb and
surprising everyone demonstrated his power over the grave,5 and he promises
to share that ability with all who sleep in their graves.6

And I praise the Lord for the detailed description we have of the
resurrection given in 1 Thess. 4, which I leave you with today. May it
bring comfort and hope to those grieving.

*But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have
fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we
believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with
Him those who sleep in Jesus.** For this we say to you by the word of the
Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by
no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend
from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the
trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are
alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to
meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the
Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”*

May we all live in certainty of that promise, and may God bless you all the
remainder of the week,

Sincerely,

Pr. Mark Tatum

*Citations used:*

1 John 10:10

2 John 1:4, 5:26; Mark 12:27, Revelation 1:18

3 Romans 5:12

4 1st Corinthians 15:55

5 John 20:16,19-20; Revelation 1:18

6 John 5:25,29

7 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18, NKJV

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*Prayer Requests:*

Please keep the two families who have recently lost fathers in your
prayers, especially Rosa Ferreras & Victor Tolan themselves. May Jesus come
quickly and wake these men up to be restored to their families on the
resurrection day.

Please keep in prayer the places that have been rocked with religious &
political violence recently, including New Zealand, Ethiopia, and
Venezuela. Many people who, like us, are trying to live their daily lives
have found their societies rocked by instability & violence. Pray for
peace, stability, & mutual understanding to prevail.

Please pray for the victims natural disasters taking place recently: floods
in Nebraska & tornadoes in Georgia have devastated peoples’ lives for the
long-term. Even the natural world is affected by the Great Controversy
(Romans 8:21-22). But let’s pray for God’s angels to continue holding back
the winds of strife for a time (Revelation 7:1-3).

Please keep medical/health prayer requests in mind for the following
families:

· Carmen Warr’s daughter, Liza, who is undergoing tests &
treatment. Pray for quick recovery.

· Lloyd & Esther Sellers, who we are thankful are at home, but have
significant health challenges. Pray for strengthening and physical healing,
that they might be able to return to us.

· Christina Rebensczuk requests prayer for her health & ability to
sleep, as well as for her sister, who is dealing with a couple health
problems, and her neighbor, who is in his 90s and is in a fragile state as
well. May God uphold these people in strength.

· Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law niece Carol, and friend Lupe, who
are both suffering with health problems.

· Vivian Rodriguez, Rosa Ferreras, and Daniel Geli, who are
enduring effects of long-term illness. May they do so with grace, faith,
and improvement over time.

Let’s pray for our government leaders, both domestic and international, as
peoples’ ability to live stable, peaceable lives depends on them making
good, wise decisions. Let’s continue to pray for those local, broad, and
abroad, to be wise and judicious in their leadership. Let’s remember that
the Bible’s instruction is to pray for our leaders (Romans 13:1, 1 Tim.
2:1-2) so we can live peaceably, doing God’s work day by day.

Pray for families and relationships that are strained and broken. Pray for
prodigals to be ‘nudged’ by the Holy Spirit to return home to the faith of
their upbringing. Pray also for the church’s marriages to be strong &
fulfilling.

*There is, of course, much more to pray for. Please consider joining our
weekly prayer groups, and if you have a prayer request to submit for our
list, please communicate it either to pastor Mark or the church office. God
bless you.*

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*Announcements:*

*Food Bank Distribution Tonight (Wednesday)*: From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., our
food bank will be open for distribution. If you or someone you know could
benefit from some free food, please encourage them to come and receive. A
big thanks goes out to our volunteers who dedicate dozens of hours per week
in collecting, organizing, & distributing the food. Also we are looking for
additional *drivers* who would be able to help out with doing grocery
pickups 1 or more mornings per week. Please let Pastor Mark or the church
office know if you are able to help.

*Grupo de Oración en Español: *Reunimos a las 5:30 en el Fellowship hall
para revisar un capítulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes, y elevar
peticiones en oración. Esta semana estamos revisando el capítulo 67: *“Ayes
sobre los Fariseos”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en compartir fe
con hermanos y comunar con Dios y otros.

*OC Young Adult Bible Study meets tonight* (Wednesday) at 7:00 p.m. in the
primary room. Come to fellowship together with other young adults, enjoy
singing, light refreshments, and Bible study, continuing their topic of the
attributes of God.

*Special Sabbath Speaker: *Daniel Geli’s brother, who works for the Life
Talk radio network, will be presenting this Sabbath at 9:30 in the
sanctuary about Christian media ministries. Come and enjoy an insight into
how God’s word is going far & wide through multimedia. Then, lesson study
will be held at 10:00 in room 305/306 as usual. Esta semana, los Hermanos
*Hispanos* tendrán su servicio de 5o sabado en el Fellowship hall a las
9:00, y tendrán sus clases de escuela sabática allí tambien.

*Communion Sabbath this weekend:* Our schedule will be modified slightly,
with Sabbath schools ending at 10:40 to accommodate our footwashing service
in the various classrooms. There will be signs to follow for who partakes
where. Then, we will start church service slightly later, with
announcements being at 11:05.

*“Diabetes Undone” Health Seminar continues this Sabbath Afternoon *and
continues through the remainder of March & April. The group has had a good
time so far getting to know each-other, eating delicious food samples, and
learning great health principles. If you’re interested in joining the
group, albeit late, talk to Michael Warr about the possibility. Cost of
materials & foods provided is $99.

*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers* will be on hold this Sabbath,
being the last Sabbath of the month. Clubs will resume on April 13th. A
special thanks goes out to our club leaders, Craig Voelker & Margarito
Gonzales for making the clubs great as our kids learn more about God’s
love.

*Sociedad de Jovenes* empezará a las *6:00 p.m.* en el salón de jóvenes,
con hermana Ilsa Gonzales presentando el tema allá. Ven para cantar, jugar
un juego bíblico, y escuchar un tema relevante y inspiracional por nuestros
días.

*Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting:* will be meeting next week at 6:30 p.m. in
Room 304. Each week we review a chapter of The Desire of Ages (next week,
chapter 68: “Jesus in the Outer Court”, and lift up petitions in prayer.
Please consider coming & joining this close-knit group of faith &
friendship.

*Children’s Ministry Meeting Next Tuesday* at 7:00 p.m. in the Junior room.
Anyone interested to help with coming up VBX reunion/visitor Sabbath and or
summer Vacation Bible Xperience, feel free to come lend a hand as we serve
& lead our kids to love Jesus.

*”Celebration of Life” service for Vasile Tolan Sabbath, April 6th* at 4:30
p.m. that afternoon we will gather to remember the life of the wonderful
man, “Leslie” who blessed our church & community so many years. A reception
will be held afterward in the Fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, the
family requests that donations in Vasile’s name be made to Orangewood
Academy.

*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark plans to be available for the
remainder of this week, as well as next week, for meetings by appointment
either at the church, your home, or another location. Feel free to
call/text him at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail prmarktatum@gmail.com if you’d
like to communicate something to him, or arrange for a time to meet
together.

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Alright! It looks like that is what’s going on for our church community! We
pray that you and your families are blessed as you continue walking in
God’s grace. May we ever be seeking his guidance, comfort, and will in our
lives.

God bless you all.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum

Mid-week Pastor’s Update 3-20-2019

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*March 20th, 2019*

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*“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you. Not as the world gives. Do
not let your heart be troubled, and do not be afraid.” John 14:27*

What an amazing world we live in. Half of the things we do on a daily basis
without giving it a thought would be mind-boggling to a person living 100
years ago! From taking a hot shower, to driving 65 mph in a car, to turning
on a radio (much less a satellite radio) to listen to news or music, etc.
We can communicate to the other side of the globe, instantly, for free, and
we can Google search a query and have an answer in .05 seconds that only a
scholar would’ve had access to a few generations ago.

Things are quite wonderful, but that is only half of the picture. The other
half is the unintended dark side of our technological advancement: symptoms
which include continual hurry, stress, anxiety, and feelings of
pointlessness and futility of life. While our technological advancements
have grown exponentially, so has our need for antidepressants! While good
communications can travel freely, so can devastating or scary news, and we
can be emotionally on-edge or exhausted from something that didn’t even
happen in our hemisphere.

Jesus’ messages of peace1, of rest in Him2, and of ultimate fulfillment in
recognizing that we are children of God3 are more important than ever.
Critics and scoffers will say Christianity is irrelevant, but society’s
social ills of addiction, hypertension, and road-rage show that sports,
entertainment, and destination vacations do not adequately fill the void
that God and His peace alone can.

This past week we got news of political turmoil in Washington (should we be
surprised? Seems to be a constant state), violence against worshippers in
New Zealand & Ethiopia, and concerns over air safety after 2 crashes in 6
months of the same plane model. Also, I don’t know if you caught it, but
Lake Elsinore’s super-bloom of poppies, in light of our great wet winter of
rain, made the national news. Problem was, 50,000 people tried to go there
in one day to go enjoy the rare natural beauty! Chaos & snarled traffic
ensued as the small city was just not prepared for such an influx.

But I am heartened that God’s beauty in nature still calls people: that we
still want to look up from our tablets & screens & get into nature! They
say that attendance of National Parks is at record levels as well, that
sometimes they have to cap attendance & close the gates to more people
wanting to come in.

I view this ‘rush to nature’ as indicative of our need for calm & beauty.
But even that is only a 2-dimensional solution. God gladly gives these, but
He also calls us to recognize Him as the giver of every good gift.4 He
calls us to walk with Him, follow Him5, and learn from Him6. *That* is when
we find the ‘peace that passes understanding7.’

“Be still and know that I am God” is the invitation given us in the Psalms,8
and it is more crucial today than ever. If we do not intentionally ‘still’
ourselves & intentionally recognize God, it will continually get neglected
& trampled over by our unending busyness & desire for self-entertainment.

This is a big part of why I’m very glad to be a Seventh-day Adventist in
the 21st century. Intentionally stopping on Sabbaths (though not
exclusively on that one day), and re-orienting our compass to Him is to
re-calibrate our souls in a sense. We are reminded that our ultimate value
& purpose is not derived from our incomes, education levels, social
circles, etc., but rather that the Lord of the universe has called us His
own.9

That, friends, is a value and a peace that the world simply cannot touch.
It cannot compete with it, cannot take it away, and cannot snatch us from
His hand,10 praise the Lord.

May God bless you & your families the rest of this week.

Sincerely,

Pr. Mark Tatum

*Verses cited:*

1 John 14:27, quoted in highlight verse at top

2 Matthew 11:28

3 John 1:12

4 James 1:17

5 Matthew 6:24

6 Matthew 11:29

7 Philippians 4:7

8 Psalm 46:10

9 Psalm 8:1, 3-4

10 Romans 8:38-39

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*Prayer Requests:*

Please keep Rosa Ferreras & her family in prayer, as her father passed away
on Monday. Pray for comfort, consolation, & God’s presence to be felt as
the family grieves. Please also keep the Tolan family in similar prayer as
they lost Victor’s father, Vasile, a few weeks back. May Jesus come and
wake these men up to be restored to their families on the resurrection day.

Please keep in prayer the places that have been rocked with religious &
political violence recently, including New Zealand, Ethiopia, and
Venezuela. Many people who, like us, are trying to live their daily lives
have found their societies rocked by instability & violence. Pray for
peace, stability, & mutual understanding to prevail.

Please pray for the victims natural disasters taking place recently: floods
in Nebraska & tornadoes in Georgia have devastated peoples’ lives for the
long-term. Even the natural world is affected by the Great Controversy
(Romans 8:21-22). But let’s pray for God’s angels to continue holding back
the winds of strife for a time (Revelation 7:1-3).

Please keep medical/health prayer requests in mind for the following
families:

· Carmen Warr’s daughter, Liza, who is undergoing tests &
treatment. Pray for quick recovery.

· Lloyd & Esther Sellers, who we are thankful are at home, but have
significant health challenges. Pray for strengthening and physical healing,
that they might be able to return to us.

· Christina Rebensczuk requests prayer for her health & ability to
sleep, as well as for her sister, who is dealing with a couple health
problems, and her neighbor, who is in his 90s and is in a fragile state as
well. May God uphold these people in strength.

· Caballero’s sister-in-law niece Carol, and friend Lupe, who are
both suffering with health problems.

· Vivian Rodriguez, Rosa Ferreras, and Daniel Geli, who are
enduring effects of long-term illness. May they do so with grace, faith,
and improvement over time.

Let’s pray for our government leaders, both domestic and international, as
peoples’ ability to live stable, peaceable lives depends on them making
good, wise decisions. Let’s continue to pray for those local, broad, and
abroad, to be wise and judicious in their leadership. Let’s remember that
the Bible’s instruction is to pray for our leaders (Romans 13:1, 1 Tim.
2:1-2) so we can live peaceably, doing God’s work day by day.

Pray for families and relationships that are strained and broken. Pray for
prodigals to be ‘nudged’ by the Holy Spirit to return home to the faith of
their upbringing. Pray also for the church’s marriages to be strong &
fulfilling.

*There is, of course, much more to pray for. Please consider joining our
weekly prayer groups, and if you have a prayer request to submit for our
list, please communicate it either to pastor Mark or the church office. God
bless you.*

————————————————————————–

*Announcements:*

*Food Bank Distribution Tonight (Wednesday)*: From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., our
food bank will be open for distribution. If you or someone you know could
benefit from some free food, please encourage them to come and receive. A
big thanks goes out to our volunteers who dedicate dozens of hours per week
in collecting, organizing, & distributing the food. Also we are looking for
additional *drivers* who would be able to help out with doing grocery
pickups 1 or more mornings per week. Please let Pastor Mark or the church
office know if you are able to help.

*Grupo de Oración en Español: *Reunimos a las 5:30 en el Fellowship hall
para revisar un capítulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes, y elevar
peticiones en oración. Esta semana estamos revisando el capítulo 66:
*“Controversia
entre Jesus y lideres religiosos”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en
compartir fe con hermanos y comunar con Dios y otros.

*Church Board Meeting tonight!* At 6:30 p.m. in the Primary room. We will
be covering some big agenda items, so leaders, please make it a priority to
attend. All church members: let’s pray that God will lead in our planning
and executing of those plans, that He may be glorified & our church would
be strengthened & growing.

Our* Sabbath Morning **schedule* will be normal, with a 9:30 start time.
Adults will meet in the sanctuary, with Pastor Mark presenting on “our
miraculous brains”, followed by lesson study at 10:00 in room 305/306. *Kids
& Youth* will be meeting at 9:30 in the Youth room as usual for songs &
light breakfast, before going to their age-based Sabbath school classes in
the various classrooms. En esta semana los hermanos *Hispanos* reunirán a
las 9:00 en el fellowship hall, con hermano Margarito dando el devocional. Come
and join our most dynamic & interactive part of the church day!

*“Diabetes Undone” Health Seminar continues this Sabbath Afternoon *and
continues through the remainder of March & April. The group has had a good
time so far getting to know each-other, eating delicious food samples, and
learning great health principles. If you’re interested in joining the
group, albeit late, talk to Michael Warr about the possibility. Cost of
materials & foods provided is $99.

*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers* are on for this Sabbath
afternoon, starting at 3:00 p.m. in front of the youth room. May God guide
& direct our volunteers as they lead our kids in God’s path, learning more
about Him while having fun & accomplishing tasks. A big thanks goes out to
Margarito Gonzales & Craig Voelker, as well as their volunteers in leading
out our kids’ clubs.

*Sociedad de Jovenes* will be held at its new time: *6:00 p.m.* in the
youth room. Come to sing, play bible games, and hear a speaker on a
relevant topic.

*Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting:* will be meeting next week at 6:30 p.m. in
Room 304. Each week we review a chapter of The Desire of Ages (next week,
chapter 67: “Woes on the Pharisees”, and lift up petitions in prayer.
Please consider coming & joining this close-knit group of faith &
friendship.

*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark plans to be available for the
remainder of this week, as well as next week, for meetings by appointment
either at the church, your home, or another location. Feel free to
call/text him at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail prmarktatum@gmail.com if you’d
like to communicate something to him, or arrange for a time to meet
together.

*OC Young Adult Bible Study *meets every other week for fellowship & diving
into the Word. The group had a great time last Wednesday, and will meet
again at 7:00 p.m. on March 27th to fellowship & learn.

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Alright! It looks like that is what’s going on for our church community! We
pray that you and your families are blessed as you continue walking in
God’s grace. May we ever be seeking his guidance, comfort, and will in our
lives.

God bless you all.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum