Mid-week Pastor’s Update 2-13-2019

*Please note some important prayer requests and announcements below,
highlighted in **yellow!*

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*February 13th, 2019*

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*“Consider the Lilies of the field, how they grow. They neither toil nor
spin.” Matthew 6:28*

Last week, as I drove toward Riverside through Santa Ana Canyon on the 91
freeway, I saw something that stunned me. For some weeks I’d been enjoying
the greenery of the hills, the result of the rains we’ve been having (such
a treat to the eyes, compared to the scruffy brown that is usually there!)
But last week I spotted something that I’d only seen before on the
“Grapevine” of Interstate 5 headed toward central California: in stark
contrast to the lush green, I saw bright swatches of orange and yellow,
standing out as boldly as if somebody had come by and marked the hills with
a hi-liter marker! These were Calfiornia poppies I was seeing, our state
flower, which are known to be fleeting and only bloom under certain,
specific weather conditions. There are destination spots I’ve been to in
the high desert or plateaus south of Lake Elsinore before, but never had I
seen volunteer poppies in Santa Ana canyon. As the sun shone on them, they
were almost uncomfortably bright to look directly at! But my heart rejoiced
at this display of God’s beauty in nature.

I noticed something else, too. While the entirety of the hills were green,
some places were a ‘compromised’ or ‘dingy’ green, with dry brush still
overcovering the young chutes of grass. Other parts were uncompromisingly
bright green, and I wondered for a moment why some spots looked like a
mixture of death and life, while other parts looked purely verdant. Then I
quickly realized: the spots that look so much better are the spots that
burned in the Santa Ana canyon fire a year and a half ago! What was once
the *ugliest* part of the hills, barren moonscape stained by ash, was now
the *most lovely* part of them! It reminded me that beauty comes after
tragedy, that rainbows come after the rains, that every cloud has a silver
lining, etc.

It actually reminded me of what Jesus said about the Gospel: how ‘new wine’
(unfermented) could not be put in ‘old wineskins’. How old, stodgy
conceptions can *hinder* the uncompromised beauty that God wants to bring
about. I asked myself: am I like the marred green parts of the hills, that
still have dead scrub above the green blades? Or am I like the verdant,
bright green parts, perhaps even the parts with neon orange poppies
sprouting forth?

Let me take a moment to clarify that I’m not asking for tragedy in my
personal life, nor in the church! 😛 But it made me ask myself if I am
open to change, to newness, to being surprised by God’s beauty? God may
want to make a positive change in us that hopefully doesn’t take a ‘jolt’
of hardship or tragedy to produce. I think of Jesus’ illustration of the
vines producing grapes, and the vinedresser (God the Father) pruning the
branches so they would be more abundant. Please, Lord, let us reach the
fruitful, abundant places with as little pain as possible!

Let us remember that there are lessons all around us in nature if we would
search for them and ask God what we might learn from what we observe. I
believe that in so many situations, God has teachings for us that are
hanging right there in front of us if we are perceptive to them. I pray
that we would be ‘radiant’ Christians, untainted by compromise with the
world, and that our faith might not be merely a soothing green, but a
surprising orange! A surprising joy and pleasure to those who observe it.
For God’s glory always, of course. May that be all of our prayer as we
continue through the week.

May God bless you all.

Sincerely,

Pr. Mark Tatum

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*Prayer Requests:*

Please keep Elder Lloyd Sellers high in your prayers, as he is having a
heart procedure today to improve bloodflow. Esther continues to be weak as
well: please pray for them to be strengthened, their days lengthened, and
that they may return to us soon.

Please continue to keep in prayer others who are enduring long-term
illnesses:

* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s Father, who is recovering from a surgery he had to
remove a cancer on his foot.

* 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.

We are glad that the government shutdown has ended, for the time being.
Please pray for our branches of government to work together to keep serving
the people, rather than be perpetually locked in partisan standoffs. And
pray the government doesn’t shut-down again, that those workers & families
don’t have to go without pay again. You can wrap these into your overall
prayers for our leaders, as we’re praying 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.

Let’s of course continue praying for victims of tragedies both natural and
man-made, in places near and far around the globe. Fires, earthquakes,
tsunamis, hurricanes, and wars never stop making their marks, leaving
tragedies in their wakes. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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.
Also we are looking for additional *drivers* who would be able to help out
with doing grocery pickups 1 or more mornings per week.

*Grupo de Oración en Español: *Reunimos a las 5:30 en el Fellowship hall
para revisar un capitulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes, y elevar
peticiones en oración. Esta semana estamos revisando el capitulo 61:
*“Zaqueo”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en compartir fe con
hermanos y comunar con Dios y otros.

*Church Board Meeting Tonight!* (Wednesday), at 6:30 p.m. in the Primary
room. Elders and department leaders, please plan on attending. If you have
any agenda items, please get them to Pastor Mark or the church office as
soon as possible. And all members: please keep our leaders in prayer as
they seek to discern God’s will & plan for our church’s future accordingly.

*Sabbath Morning *schedule will be normal, with a 9:30 start time. Adults
will meet in the sanctuary, followed by lesson study is 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 en el santuario, juntos con los anglos-parlantes, para tener su
devocional y clase de Escuela Sabática. Come and join our most dynamic &
interactive part of the church day!

*Pathfinder Sabbath At Church This Week!* Our Kids’ club will be taking
charge of the church program this Sabbath, with their able director
Margarito Gonzales heading, and OC regional director Joel Milla preaching.
The Adventurer club will be participating as well! Come see our young
people show their growth & abilities as we praise the Lord together for
this great event.

*Sociedad de Jovenes:* Our Sabbath afternoon youth program is on for this
week at 5:00 p.m. in the youth room. Come for a fun, warm time together as
we say farewell to the Sabbath together in singing, playing a Bible game,
and welcoming the new week.

*“Diabetes Undone” Health Seminar:* We are planning to hold a Sabbath
afternoon health seminar through March & April which will focus on
reversing the progress & effects of Diabetes naturally & healthfully. Cost
is $99, which will include 8 guided sessions plus food samples & examples.
Several folks showed high interest after last week’s post-potluck
information session. If you missed that, but are still interested in info
and the possibility of enrolling, speak with Pr. Mark or Michael Warr
sometime here in early February.

*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 62: “The Feast at Simon’s House”), 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, he’ll be out of town for the
first part of the week, but will be available in the latter part. 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 2-6-2019

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*February 6th, 2019*

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*“Every eye will see him…** and all peoples on earth will mourn because of
him.” Revelation 1:7*

I start my devotional today with a question: What is your attention worth?
So many things in society are clamoring for our attention (billboards,
radio ads, sales calls, etc.) that it must be worth a lot. In fact, I
recently heard a numeric value placed on the event of the year that gets
the single greatest number of eyeballs on it: for this year’s Superbowl,
CBS was charging an unprecedented $5.25 million dollars for a 30-second
advertisement slot. I don’t know if any company at all purchased a full
minute ad, that would set them back more than $10 million (in addition to
costs incurred for actually *producing* the commercial)!

Most of us see/hear dozens if not hundreds of ads per day, and the chances
are slim that any one of them will actually affect our spending patterns.
But, *just on the chance* that a tiny percentage of people will consider
and decide to purchase a given product or service, advertisers are willing
to fork over big bucks for the opportunity.

Sometimes I come close to despairing, thinking: how does the Good News of
the Gospel stand a chance, given society’s over-saturation in undesired
messages? Why isn’t God (or various churches at least,) trying to keep pace
with frequent advertisements, trying to keep up with the likes of Pepsi or
Geico?

But then I sit and consider what God *has* given us: firstly, he has given
us *time* – months, years, several decades even! He didn’t have to give us
so much of it: humanity would be able to survive & procreate with a 20-30
year time-span. But God gives us *extra* decades to become dissatisfied
with the world’s empty promises, and seek and find Him (Jer. 29:13). And it
is often in those last decades where the ‘pull’ of God is the strongest,
outweighing the world’s short-lived claims.

What else does He give us? He gives us His Word: yes, it sits silently on
the shelf all too often, but when the Netflix cue is exhausted, it still
offers its testimony to any who will pick it up. I, for one, praise the
Lord that the Bible is available in motel rooms and on phone apps or
websites at the touch of a button.

He’s also given us relationships: families, friends, co-workers, etc.
Likely all people, religious or not, know someone who is: and when a crisis
or other time of dissatisfaction comes, that person can be there to testify
of the goodness of God, and the reliability of His promises.

Taken together, these factors (plus undoubtedly more) end-up *outweighing*
the clamor and fleetingness of the easily-visible advertisements. God’s
Gospel has outweighed former titans of commerce (anyone remember Sears,
Blockbuster, and Radio Shack?), and, if we can imagine it, it will endure
past Amazon, Google, and Wal-Mart. All the way to Jesus’ 2nd coming is his
promise! (Matt. 24:30, 38-41).

Revelation’s ominous prophecy, quoted above at the beginning of this
devotional, declares that Jesus will indeed make Himself visible to
everyone at once, but so many who have refused to acknowledge the small,
persistent call of God will be loathe to receive him. That is a sad
testimony, which is why we should be working to minimize it with the time &
resources God has given us now! We at the church are always ready to help
by providing Glow tracts, Bible lessons, etc. for sharing our faith here
before the door of opportunity has closed.

May God keep Jesus and his selfless ministry forefront in our attention,
despite the scores of other things vying for it. And may we be loving him,
growing closer to him, and serving others until that Great Day comes.

May God bless you all.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum

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*Prayer Requests:*

Please pray for Elder Lloyd Sellers, who was taken to the hospital
yesterday with respiratory disability. Praise the Lord, he’s awake and
alert, but will be staying at the hospital for a few days for observation.
He appreciates the church’s prayers and overall support. Please keep
Esther’s fragile health condition in prayer as well.

Please continue to keep in prayer others who are enduring long-term
illnesses:

* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s Father, who is recovering from a surgery he had to
remove a cancer on his foot.

* 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.

* Lloyd & Esther Sellers, who have both had health problems, that they
would gradually strengthen and be able to return to us. They also request
prayer for their children & grandchildren as they go through various
challenges in their decisions in life.

We are glad that the government shutdown has ended, for the time being.
Please pray for our branches of government to work together to keep serving
the people, rather than be perpetually locked in partisan standoffs. And
pray the government doesn’t shut-down again, that those workers & families
don’t have to go without pay again. You can wrap these into your overall
prayers for our leaders, as we’re praying 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.

Let’s of course continue praying for victims of tragedies both natural and
man-made, in places near and far around the globe. Fires, earthquakes,
tsunamis, hurricanes, and wars never stop making their marks, leaving
tragedies in their wakes. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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.
Also we are looking for additional *drivers* who would be able to help out
with doing grocery pickups 1 or more mornings per week.

*Grupo de Oración en Español: *Reunimos a las 5:30 en el Fellowship hall
para revisar un capitulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes, y elevar
peticiones en oración. Esta semana estamos revisando el capitulo 60: *“La
ley del Nuevo Reino”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en compartir fe
con hermanos y comunar con Dios y otros.

*Sabbath Morning *schedule will be normal, with a 9:30 start time. Adults
will meet in the sanctuary, followed by lesson study is 10:00 in room
305/306 with Pr. Mark leading the discussion. *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 en el
fellowship hall a las 9:00 para tener su devocional y clase de Escuela
Sabática. Come and join our most dynamic & interactive part of the church
day!

*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders and Adventurers* are back on for this Sabbath,
meeting at 3:00 p.m. in front of the youth room. A big thanks goes out to
Craig Voelker (Adventurers) and Margarito Gonzales (Pathfinders), as well
as their volunteers for leading our kids in growing in God through their
activities and projects. The Pathfinders have a special Sabbath coming up
on the 16th, in which they will be providing our church service for us!

*Sociedad de Jovenes:* Our Sabbath afternoon youth program is on for this
week at 5:00 p.m. in the youth room. Come for a fun, warm time together as
we say farewell to the Sabbath together in singing, playing a Bible game,
and welcoming the new week.

*“Diabetes Undone” Health Seminar:* We are planning to hold a Sabbath
afternoon health seminar through March & April which will focus on
reversing the progress & effects of Diabetes naturally & healthfully. Cost
is $99, which will include 8 guided sessions plus food samples & examples.
Several folks showed high interest after last week’s post-potluck
information session. If you missed that, but are still interested in info
and the possibility of enrolling, speak with Pr. Mark or Michael Warr
sometime here in early February.

*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 61: Zacchaeus), and lift up petitions in prayer. Please consider
coming & joining this close-knit group of faith & friendship.

*Church Board Meeting* meets a week from tonight, Wednesday the 13th, at
6:30 p.m. in the Primary room. Elders and department leaders, please plan
on attending. If you have any agenda items, please get them to Pastor Mark
or the church office as soon as possible. And all members: please keep our
leaders in prayer as they seek to discern God’s will & plan for our
church’s future accordingly.

*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark plans to be available for the majority
of this week and next 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 1-30-2019

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*January 30th, 2019*

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*“Cursed is the ground for your sake…both thorns and thistles it shall
bring forth for you.” Genesis 3:17-18*

Because of the rains we had a couple weeks back, the weeds around my house
took advantage and sprang forth from crevices, from the wood-chip areas,
and from along the fence. So I got out my 2-gallon container of plant
poison from the shed, and began to spray them into submission.

As I sprayed, I thought about the *vigor* of life: how it pushes against
obstacles and bursts forth given any opportunity. Some of the crevices
between the tiles in the front walkway were no more than 2 millimeters
wide! But given a couple drops of water that fell just right, and dirt
below with dormant seeds which must’ve pre-dated the laying of the bricks,
and the sun just edging into that crevice, the weeds took their shot and
stretched forth their barbed, stiff chutes upward.

And here I was trying to *kill* that tenacious, miraculous force! I kind of
laughed at the irony, given that I’m a pastor, who’s all about life eternal
and the Giver of all life. 🙂 Then I thought, of course, “Well, this is
*bad* life, so, yeah! I’m justified.”

A few of the weeds were growing abutted right against the stalks of good,
intended plants, obviously stealing the water those plants would’ve
otherwise gotten. I thought of the farmer’s response to the weeds appearing
in Jesus’ parable in Matthew 13: *“An enemy has done this” (v. 28)*, and
got to thinking about how Satan sows in the bad to intermingle with the
good.

I then of course thought of how I would love God to separate out the bad
from the good in the world right now, as the hired men did in Jesus’
parable did. But the owner’s response in v. 29-30: *“No, lest while you
gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow
together until the harvest, and at that time I will say to the reapers,
‘First gather the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather
the wheat into my barn.’” *This shows that sin, as terrible as it is, must
be allowed to mature, to show its full evil, so that once it is ‘gathered’
and eradicated it will not rise up a second time (Nahum 1:9-10).

So I sighed and thought about how the Great Controversy is illustrated even
in the plant world. This of course is from the beginning of sin, that
thorns and thistles would frustrate and bother us, as God said would be the
case in Genesis 3, quoted above.

I of course long for the day when there will be no thistles, thorns, nor
briars, either in the literal sense, or in the much more important
moral/spiritual sense. I long to be at rest, at peace with the creation,
and at peace with my Maker. Praise the Lord, he has already done this
(Romans 5:1), but I do long for the realization of reconciliation &
restoration of all things under Christ. (1st Corinthians 15:24-28).

May we endure the hardships, the weeds, the ‘thorns’ of life, as those who
have gone before us have (2nd Corinthians 12:7-9). And may we never lose
sight of that new day that is dawning, as the Sun of righteousness dawns in
our hearts (Malachi 4:2, 2 Peter 1:19).

God bless you all,

Sincerely,

Pr. Mark Tatum

*Prayer Requests:*

We are glad that the government shutdown has ended, for the time being.
Please pray for our branches of government to work together to keep serving
the people, rather than be perpetually locked in partisan standoffs. And
pray the government doesn’t shut-down again, that those workers & families
don’t have to go without pay again. You can wrap these into your overall
prayers for our leaders, as we’re praying 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.

Please continue to keep in prayer others who are enduring long-term
illnesses:

* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s Father, who is recovering from a surgery he had to
remove a cancer on his foot.

* 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.

* Lloyd & Esther Sellers, who have both had health problems, that they
would gradually strengthen and be able to return to us. They also request
prayer for their children & grandchildren as they go through various
challenges in their decisions in life.

Let’s of course continue praying for victims of tragedies both natural and
man-made, in places near and far around the globe. Fires, earthquakes,
tsunamis, hurricanes, and wars never stop making their marks, leaving
tragedies in their wakes. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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:*

*Church-Wide Birthday Party Social A Success! *A big thanks goes out to
Edie Furness and all of the volunteers who helped in various areas to make
last Saturday night’s social event a fun and safe one for all. The table
decorations were beautiful, the food delicious (thanks to Claudia Flores
and the other food helpers), and we raised close to $1000 for the Peru
mission trip. We hope the joy of that event continues for a long time. 🙂

*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.
Also we are looking for additional *drivers* who would be able to help out
with doing grocery pickups 1 or more mornings per week.

*Mid-week Prayer Groups *both meet tonight! Grupo de espanol a las 5:30 en
el Fellowship Hall, and English group at 6:30 in room 304. In both groups,
we review a chapter of the “Desire of Ages” (this week, chapter 59,
“Priestly Plottings”), and lift up petitions and thanksgivings in prayer.
Next week, English group will be back to its normal time on Tuesday.
Consider coming and joining these mid-week groups, that bolster our faith
and refresh us for the remainder of the week.

*Sabbath Morning *schedule will be normal, with a 9:30 start time. Adults,
both English- and Spanish-speaking, will meet in the sanctuary. Then lesson
study is at 10:00 in room 305/306 with Pr. Mark leading the discussion. *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. Come and join our most dynamic & interactive part
of the church day!

*Church Potluck & Afternoon Business Meeting This Sabbath after church. *As
usual, we will be having our first Sabbath of the month potluck after
church service. Bring a vegetarian dish to share, and enjoy great
fellowship. Then stay by for an important *church business meeting*, in
which we will talk about a diabetes health seminar we are hoping to hold in
March & April. Practical information and a Q&A session will be held
regarding this health outreach program.

*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders and Adventurers* are back on for this Sabbath,
meeting at 3:00 p.m. in front of the youth room. A big thanks goes out to
Craig Voelker (Adventurers) and Margarito Gonzales (Pathfinders), as well
as their volunteers for leading our kids in growing in God through their
activities and projects. The Pathfinders have a special Sabbath coming up
in a few weeks, in which they will provide & run the church service!

*Sociedad de Jovenes:* Our Sabbath afternoon youth program is on for this
week at 5:00 p.m. in the youth room, where Pastor Mark will be giving the
devotional. Come for a fun, warm time together as we say farewell to the
Sabbath together in singing, playing a Bible game, and welcoming the new
week.

*Home Caretaker Position:* Though a few people have made contact, the home
caretaker position first announced a couple weeks ago is still available.
It would involve driving to an elderly couples’ house 2-3 times a week, and
helping them with some housework, cooking, and basic care. It is a paid
position, looking for 25-30 hours per week. Please let Pastor Mark or the
church office know, and they can get you in touch with this family.

*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark is returning from his pastoral retreat
this afternoon, and will be available during the second part of the week
for appointments 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.

———————————————————

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 1-23-2019

Anaheim SDA Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

1-23-2019

 

 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8

 

When someone is going through a hard time, I have sometimes heard the statement “The Lord works in mysterious ways” said as an attempt to console or soothe the distressed/affected person. While it is hard to argue against such a saying, I’ve often found its result to be a hollow platitude, given the vague nondescript helpfulness it is attempting to convey. “That may be true in principle, but how is it supposed to help me NOW?” I’ve imagined saying back to someone trying to comfort/advise me with it. It’s just like there’s no ‘meat on the bone’ to that saying.

But man, when I look in the scriptures, what examples I find! I’ve been struck several times just in the last week how God works things that were absolutely unexpected seemingly impossible to various characters in their situations.

It was the will of God that took Abraham up Mount Moriah to (almost) sacrifice his only son. (Gen. 22)

It was the plan of God that took Joseph into slavery in Egypt, then to the prison house because of a false accusation (Gen. 37, 39, 50:20).

It was faithfulness to God that put Daniel in the lions’ den, and his three friends in the fiery furnace (Daniel 6, 3).

It was God’s great plan of salvation that had Jesus born to itinerant parents in a stable. (Luke 2)

And within Jesus’ ministry, Jesus was always confusing people around him, including:

            John the Baptist: Matt. 3:14

            Jesus’ family: John 7, Mark 3:31-35

Jesus’ disciples: John 11:7-8, 14-16

Of course, we know that Jesus’ ministry as a whole was fulfilling God’s foreordained plan. This is why Jesus could say “Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” in Luke 24:44.

Even further in the New Testament, the persecutions and imprisonments of the Apostles, while seemingly a setback in the short-term, actually served to bolster the church in the long-run, since we have several writings that were written in prison, which we likely would not have gotten otherwise (the books of Revelation, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon were all written from prison/incarceration).

So what we find in scripture is not the blind assertion that ‘God is mysterious in His dealings’, rather, we get several dozen concrete examples of how circumstances were worked out beforehand to produce an unpredictable, yet wonderful outcome!

It is in light of such marvelous and unexpected results that we should feel confident to put our lives in God’s hands. None of the (earthly) characters listed above could see the end from the beginning: they might have been justified in giving-up partway through. But if they had done so, we might not have the records of the marvelous resolutions to their stories!

So the next time you, or someone you know is going through a hard time, rather than saying a hollow statement about God’s methods, why not open a Bible, and explore a certain character in a similar situation, asking how they might have felt throughout the various parts of their story, not knowing the end from the beginning (as we don’t in our own stories). We may very well find that their resolutions bring us relief, joy, and confidence that God can do something wonderful to turn around and improve our situation, perhaps even beyond our wildest dreams, if we will submit to Him throughout the confusion.

The complete text of the scripture verse quoted above reads:

 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Let’s let that sink in, and let God be God, and we his faithful servants, through whatever path he leads us in (Psalm 23:3-4).

May God bless you all the remainder of the week.

Sincerely,

     Pr. Mark Tatum

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Prayer Requests:

 

Let’s praise the Lord for the change in weather! The rain has replenished the earth, and the sun and wind have dried us out and made everything look clean and new. While we rejoice, let’s remember in prayer those who have been negatively impacted by the rain in flooded and fire-scarred areas.

Please pray for those affected financially by the government shutdown. Some 800,000 people are going without either/both work or paychecks while this political stalemate lingers. The one case I have heard of from our congregation, is thankfully financially okay for the time being. Many, however, are not, and depend on the government being open for their livelihoods. Please pray for quick resolution to this issue, and you can wrap that into your overall prayers for our leaders, 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.

Please continue to keep in prayer others who are enduring long-term illnesses:

* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s Father, who is recovering from a surgery he had to remove a cancer on his foot.

* 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.

* Lloyd & Esther Sellers, who have both had health problems, that they would gradually strengthen and be able to return to us. They also request prayer for their children & grandchildren as they go through various challenges in their decisions in life.

Let’s of course continue praying for victims of tragedies both natural and man-made, in places near and far around the globe. Fires, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and wars never stop making their marks, leaving tragedies in their wakes. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

            

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:

  

OC Pathfinder Sabbath A Success! If you were at church last Sabbath, you no doubt saw the evidence of the hundreds of people we hosted for the annual Orange County Pathfinder Sabbath. Young people came together from all over our county to sing praises, pray, (friendlily) compete, and have fun in a Christian atmosphere. The day was a big success, thanks in no small part to the efforts & organization of Joel & Cledy Milla. Thanks goes out to Margarito Gonzales and his volunteers as well, who hosted a fund-raiser food sale during the game time after sundown.

 

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. Also we are looking for additional drivers who would be able to help out with doing grocery pickups 1 or more mornings per week.

 

Grupo de Oración en Español reunirá esta tarde a las 5:30 en el Fellowship Hall. Cada semana, revisamos un capitulo del libro “El Deseado de Todas Las Gentes” (esta semana: capitulo 58: Lazaro, Ven Fuera), y elevamos las peticiones de nuestros miembros, y también la lista de la iglesia. Ven y experimenta la bendición de discusión y oración en grupo.    

 

Sabbath Morning schedule will be normal, with a 9:30 start time. The Adult Sanctuary service will include more information about our up-coming health seminar effort, in the form of more informative video presentations brought to us by Michael Warr. Then lesson study is at 10:00 in room 305/306 with Pr. Mark leading the discussion. 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. Los hermanos Hispanos reunirán a las 9:00 en el Fellowship Hall, con Pr. Mark predicando la devocional (titulado “Tres Encarcelados”) al principio, y después los estudios de la lección de Escuela Sabática. Come and join our most dynamic & interactive part of the church day!

  

Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders and Adventurers will be on hold for this Sabbath, being the last weekend of the month. Club activities will pick-up again on February 2nd.

   

Church-Wide Birthday Party Social This Saturday evening, we will be holding our January social in our fellowship hall, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Pastor Mark will be presenting the sabbath-ending program & devotional, followed by a donation-based fund raiser supper, which will go toward the up-coming Flores family mission trip to Peru. Then we’ll get into the birthday celebrations. It’ll be a great time! Come enjoy a great Saturday evening with our church family. Of course, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. are welcome to be invited too!

 

Orangewood Academy “Preview Day” This Sunday! January 27th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., our sister school will be hosing an open house in which prospective high school students can get a glimpse of what student life is like there. Get a campus tour, meet some teachers, talk to the principal, etc. Located at 13732 Clinton Street in Garden Grove.

 

Pastor’s Availability: Early next week, Pastor Mark will be going on a Pastoral retreat for a few days. He will be available during the second part of the week, however, for appointments 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.     

Church Potluck & Afternoon Business Meeting Feb. 2nd. As usual, we will be having our first Sabbath of the month potluck after church service. Bring a vegetarian dish to share, and stay by for an important church business meeting, in which we will talk about a diabetes health seminar we are hoping to hold in March & April. Practical information and a Q&A session will be held regarding this health outreach program.

 

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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 1-16-2019

Anaheim SDA Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

January 16th, 2019

 

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“He rules the
world in righteousness,
 and judges the peoples with equity.”  Psalm 9:8

 

Last week, I was called in for
a couple of days of jury duty. My emotions were a mix of dread for the time it
would take, (given that I would have to figure out how to arrange my schedule
to accommodate it), and interest at the prospect of serving on a jury.

 

It was interesting to see the
mix of people on the day I reported: a diversity of ages, cultures, and
lifestyles were represented, and we were all there for the purpose of doing our
civic duty, with the ideal of achieving impartiality and justice in coming to a
decision based on evidence presented within a courtroom setting.

 

When we got into the courtroom,
where the judge and various legal professionals began to describe the case and
evaluate jurors, I saw that there were over a hundred of us there, with the
goal of getting the jury down to 12 principal jurors and 6 alternates. Four-fifths of the people here will be going
home!
I thought to myself: all sides were trying to get a fair and balanced
jury that could adequately stand as the defendants’ peers.

 

The judge, as well as the D.A.
representative and defense lawyers, instructed us again and again on the importance
of impartiality when weighing evidence. In a courtroom, there is no place for
prejudice (defined as ‘pre-judging’), given any external factors. The fact that
a person is a police officer doesn’t mean they’re necessarily telling the
truth. The fact that a person has tattoos doesn’t mean they’re lying. The fact
that they’re under oath doesn’t mean you can assume all that comes out of their
mouth is accurate, etc.

 

Multiple people reminded us
that in our system, accused people are considered innocent until proven guilty (this is different than in some other countries,
including Mexico and France). It was even brought up a couple times that it’s worse to convict an innocent person than
it is to let a guilty person go free
. While I agreed with this thought in
principle, I was taken aback when one of the defense lawyers quoted Benjamin
Franklin as having said that it was actually better to let 100 guilty men go free than to wrongfully imprison an innocent
one. He went on to explain that to falsely imprison an innocent person for a
crime they didn’t commit actually is
to let a guilty person go free as well, since, because the wrong person is
paying for the crime, an actually guilty is therefore going free.

 

Though in the end I didn’t get
placed on the jury (again, a mix of emotions), it gave me a lot to think about.
Of course, large in my mind throughout was my concept of God as judge and the
universe’s beings as onlookers. I thought: with all the care that is given to
impartiality and putting away of prejudices, wouldn’t heaven’s justice system
be even more careful that every
person gets a fair hearing?

 

We of course believe in a God
who wants all people to be saved (2nd Peter 3:9), so He has great
interest in seeing the accused acquitted! Furthermore, it is Jesus who is our ‘advocate’
or defense lawyer (1st John 2:1), who defends us as he pleads his
blood over offenses we (the accused) have committed. The only accuser in the equation is Satan (Revelation
12:9-10) who is rebuked in the judgment scene portrayed in Zechariah 3:1-2. So
we should have no concern as to
whether or not we get a fair trial: if anything, the courtroom will be bent in
our favor!

 

I left the jury duty experience
overall heartened that such care is taken for fairness and impartiality in our
justice system. My appreciation for God’s care in the judgment was also
heightened, because God must be far
and above any of our human aspirations for justice. Let’s remember that God’s
judgment doesn’t happen in secret, but before many witnesses (Daniel 7:9-10,
Revelation 20:4), and that at the end, we will say, along with those who have
witnessed the judgment process: “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true
and just are your judgments.” (Revelation 16:7).

 

May God bless you all the remainder of this week.

 

Sincerely,

     Pr. Mark Tatum

 

 

Prayer Requests:

 

It has been a wet week around Southern
California: hopefully we all have a place that’s warm and dry where we can be.
Let’s keep in prayer those without consistent shelter, though, that they may be
brought through this wet & cold time okay.

 

Please pray for those affected financially by
the government shutdown. Some 800,000 people are going without either/both work
or paychecks while this political stalemate lingers. The one case I have heard
of from our congregation, is thankfully financially okay for the time being.
Many, however, are not, and depend on the government being open for their
livelihoods. Please pray for quick resolution to this issue, and you can wrap
that into your overall prayers for our leaders, 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.

 

Please continue to keep in prayer others who are
enduring long-term illnesses:

* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s Father, who is
recovering from a surgery he had to remove a cancer on his foot.

* 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.

* Lloyd & Esther Sellers, who have both had
health problems, that they would gradually strengthen and be able to return to
us. They also request prayer for their children & grandchildren as they go
through various challenges in their decisions in life.

 

Let’s of course continue praying for victims of
tragedies both natural and man-made, in places near and far around the globe.
Fires, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and wars never stop making their
marks, leaving tragedies in their wakes. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

            

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. Also we are looking for
additional drivers who would be able to help out with doing
grocery pickups 1 or more mornings per week.

 

Grupo
de Oración en Español 
reunirá esta tarde a las 5:30 en el Fellowship Hall. Cada semana,
revisamos un capitulo del libro “El Deseado de Todas Las Gentes” (esta semana:
capitulo 57: Una Cosa Te Falta), y elevamos las peticiones de nuestros
miembros, y también la lista de la iglesia. Ven y experimenta la bendición de
discusión y oración en grupo.    

 

Home Care Assist Position: A job is available for caring for some older folks, helping them with
tasks around their home. This is a paid position, with 25-30 hours/week
requested, spread over 2-3 days. Somewhat flexible scheduling is available. If
interested, please contact Pastor Mark or the church office for more details.

 

Sabbath Morning schedule will be normal, with a 9:30 start time. Pastor Mark will
be leading service in the sanctuary. Then lesson study is 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. 
Los hermanos Hispanos reunirán
a las 9:30 también en el Santuario, juntos con los anglo-parlantes. 
Come and join our most dynamic & interactive part of the
church day!

 

Sociedad de Jovenes, our bilingual closing of the Sabbath service, will be held this
Sabbath afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the Youth Room. Come to enjoy group singing,
a Bible game, and an engaging speaker.

 

Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders and Adventurers are on for this Sabbath. The Adventurer Club will
be going on an outing to Irvine Park, and are encouraged to bring a sack lunch
to church, to facilitate a quick departure afterward. Pathfinders will
be hosting the Orange County-wide Pathfinder day, which will be held in
our fellowship hall & parking lot . It will be a most fun & thrilling
day! Thanks to our leaders & all volunteers for their great contributions
to our kids’ clubs.

   

Pastor’s Availability: Pastor Mark is available for appointments 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.     

   

Upcoming Events:

            Jan.
19th OC Pathfinder day, held in Fellowship Hall

            Jan.
26th Church-wide birthday party social, 5:00 p.m., fellowship
hall

           
Feb. 2nd: Potluck & Church Business Meeting in Fellowship Hall

 

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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 1-9-2019

Anaheim SDA Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

January 9th, 2019

 

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“[The angel] measured the walls [of the
New Jerusalem] and found them to be 216 feet thick… its gates will never be
closed…”   (Rev. 21:17, 25 NLT)

 

There is a lot of debate going on just now regarding the expediency of
building a “wall” at our southern border with Mexico. This discussion is taking
place on a political, national level, as well as at a personal level in many of
our homes and businesses.

 

The aspects of
the matter are complicated, and while I don’t want to meander into divisive
political issues, I can’t help but be fascinated by what the Bible says about
both the defenses, as well as the openness of the New Jerusalem, the destiny we
are longing for, “in which righteousness dwells” (2nd Peter 3:13).

 

In Bible times,
any city was only as safe as its defenses, and people’s sense of security was
surely proportional to how well the city was protected. Bible characters would
probably be alarmed to see our cities today, which just gradually ‘start’, and
even blend into one-another, with little to no visible defenses! We would of
course have to explain to them about how things like camera surveillance and
air and vehicular defenses work.

 

Can you imagine the security, though, of a wall
over 200 feet thick? That might be the length of our sanctuary! ‘Absolutely
impenetrable’ is the implication intended for prospective citizens of the New
Jerusalem. They are to feel safe, secure, protected with the Lord. What a
blessing for people who had to live constantly on edge, wondering if their
cities or dwellings would be penetrated!

 

Yet, at the same
time, the New Jerusalem’s gates never
close! The reason given in Revelation is because there will be no night there (v. 25). The scary, chaotic time in
which most crimes are done will cease to exist. Of course, all the negative
things of thievery, malice, murder, etc. will be done away with by that time (vv. 4, 8). So in a sense, there will be
nothing that we’ll be needed to be protected from.

 

Why the description
of the super-thick walls, then? My guess is, that in the ancient world, the
concept of ‘walls’ equaling ‘security’ was so ingrained in the people’s minds,
that God accommodated to their way of thinking. Does that mean that I think the
description is merely symbolic, then? Not necessarily. I frankly expect to see
what has been described. If we should get there, however, and discover that it is
somehow different, I will say “hallelujah” just the same.

 

Security yet perpetual openness. That’s
what’s described in Revelation as to what the Kingdom of God offers. What a
relief it will be for those who have lived in fear! Of course, those traits are
secondary to the real purpose of being there: “Behold, the tabernacle of
God is with men, and
He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with
them and be their God…
They
shall see His face, and 
His name shall
be on their foreheads.” (Rev. 21:3, 22:4).
That is the great goal for which we long
and strive. And which God joyfully shares with us. I pray we can live our lives
with that knowledge and that expectation spurring us on, motivating us in all
we do.

 

May God bless you
all.

 

Sincerely,

     Pr. Mark Tatum

 

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Prayer Requests:

 

Lloyd and Esther Sellers
are breathing a sigh of relief and thanking God, after their grandson, Beau,
was able to go home from the hospital after having been airlifted there with a
systemic infection. May baby Beau continue to improve, and have a happy, active
childhood ahead of him.

 

Praise the Lord, Susan
Hasso’s father-in-law Daniel has improved somewhat in his strength from a
couple of weeks ago. He still has a long way to go, however. Please pray for
his continued improvement. She is also giving thanks that her aunt, who was hospitalized
a few weeks back, is doing much better new.

 

Please pray for those affected financially by
the government shutdown. Apparently some 800,000 people are going without
either/both work or paychecks while this political stalemate lingers. The one
case I have heard of from our congregation, is thankfully financially okay for
the time being. Many, however, are not, and depend on the government being open
for their livelihoods. Please pray for quick resolution to this issue, and you
can wrap that into your overall prayers for our leaders, 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.

 

Please continue to keep in prayer others who are
enduring long-term illnesses:

* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s Father, who is
recovering from a surgery he had to remove a cancer on his foot.

* 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.

* Lloyd & Esther Sellers, who have both had
health problems, that they would gradually strengthen and be able to return to
us. They also request prayer for their children & grandchildren as they go
through various challenges in their decisions in life.

 

Let’s of course continue
praying for victims of tragedies both natural and man-made, in places near and
far around the globe. Fires, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and wars never
stop making their marks, leaving tragedies in their wakes. Come quickly, Lord
Jesus!

            

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. Also we are looking for
additional drivers who would be able to help out with doing
grocery pickups 1 or more mornings per week.

 

Grupo
de Oración en Español
reunirá esta tarde a las 5:30 en el Fellowship
Hall. Cada semana, revisamos un capitulo del libro “El Deseado de Todas Las Gentes”
(esta semana: capitulo 56: Jesús bendiciendo los niños), y elevamos las
peticiones de nuestros miembros, y también la lista de la iglesia. Ven y
experimenta la bendición de discusión y oración en grupo.   
 

 

Sabbath Morning schedule will be normal, with a 9:30 start time. Pastor Mark will
be leading service in the sanctuary. Then lesson study is at 10:00 in room 304.
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.
Los hermanos Hispanos reunirán a las 9:00 en el Fellowship Hall,
con Anciano Margarito Gonzalez proveyendo la devocional.
Come and join our most dynamic & interactive part of the
church day!

 

Sociedad de Jovenes, our bilingual closing of the Sabbath service, will be held this
Sabbath afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the Youth Room. Come to enjoy group singing,
a Bible game, and an engaging speaker.

 

Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders and Adventurers are on for this Sabbath. The Adventurer Club will be
going on an outing to Irvine Park, and are encouraged to bring a sack lunch to
church, to facilitate a quick departure afterward. Pathfinders will meet
at 3:00 p.m. in front of the fellowship hall/youth room area, as usual. They
will also be having thier OC Pathfinder day on Jan. 19th, in
which we will be hosting over a dozen pathfinder groups in our Fellowship Hall.
It will be a most fun & thrilling day! Thanks to our leaders & all
volunteers for their great contributions to our kids’ clubs.

   

Pastor’s Availability: Pastor Mark currently has Jury Duty, so his daytime availability
is limited. Evenings and weekends should be unaffected, however. The Pastor is
available for appointments 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.     

   

Upcoming Events:

            Jan.
19th OC Pathfinder day, held in Fellowship Hall

            Jan.
26th Church-wide birthday party social, 5:00 p.m., fellowship
hall

            Feb. 2nd:
Potluck & Church Business Meeting in Fellowship Hall

 

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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 1-2-2019

Anaheim SDA Church

January 2nd, 2019

Mid-week Pastor’s Update


2019 new year.jpg

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

 

Being in just the first few days of the new year, I hope it’s going
well for you! 🙂 As for me & my family, we have enjoyed watching videos of
the fireworks presentations from around the world, as well as the Rose Parade
Tuesday morning. Near and far, it is a time of festivity and cheer, largely
based around the concept of having a “fresh start” or a “clean slate”, and of leaving
behind the baggage of yesteryear.

 

Do we as Christians affirm “fresh starts”, “clean slates”, and leaving “baggage”
behind? Absolutely! Though for us it isn’t based on a certain date: we don’t
have to look to our calendars to await the anticipated date of Dec. 31st/Jan.
1st to be relieved. For Christians, the ‘fresh start’, the ‘clean
slate’ comes from forgiveness, which God is happy to provide at any time! God
says ‘let’s end the drama, end the baggage, and start anew together, today!’ From His side, He’s already made
peace with us (Romans 5:1), and it is our choice whether we will be at peace
with Him & others going forward (2 Cor. 5:20, Luke 12:58, Matt. 5:9).

 

Of course, many in the world use the occasion of New Years’ eve to
drink and party as well. The Bible speaks directly to this, saying: Be alert and of sober mind, and Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled
with the Spirit
(1 Peter 5:8, Eph. 5:8). Why dumb down our minds & spiritual perceptions when we could be enhancing them?!  Again, Peter, in his 2nd epistle, rhetorically
asks: "
what kind of
people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives
 as you look forward to the day of
God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the
heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.
 But in keeping with his promise we are
looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness
dwells." 
(2nd Peter 3:11-13)

 

So we, of course, never find our source of joy (or revelry) in the
world, for that will be destroyed. And every New Year that comes puts us one
click closer to that certain, prophesied event. But rather, we look beyond the destruction of the world for
our joy, our fulfillment, our hope: that we can go to heaven with Jesus (1
Thess 4:17), and return to the earth made new after that (Rev. 21:1-3).

 

That will be the cause of the
greatest celebration: reconciliation with God! Not just in a spiritual sense
through forgiveness, but in an actual, physical, face-to-face presence with our
Lord and maker! Truly, the description speaks to the deepest longings of the heart.

 

Friends, no earthly party, or ambitious gain, or amount of wealth can
substitute for that greatest of goals for the Christian. Let’s remember to
continuously put our hope in the Lord, and to seek and work toward His soon return, as we “look forward to the day of God, and speed
it’s coming”
!

 

May God bless us all through 2019, the year of our Lord.

 

Sincerely,

      Pr. Mark Tatum

 

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Prayer Requests:

 

While Susan Hasso is rejoicing over the recent
improvement of her aunt, Nawal Ashkar, she urgently requests prayer for her
father-in-law, Daniel, who has been extremely weak lately. Please pray for him
to strengthen, and find his strength in the Lord.

 

Please pray for those affected financially by
the government shutdown. Apparently some 400,000 people are going without
either/both work or paychecks while this political stalemate lingers. Please
pray for quick resolution to this issue, and wrap that into your overall prayers
for our leaders, 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.

 

Please continue to keep in prayer others who are
enduring long-term illnesses:

* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s Father, who is
recovering from a surgery he had to remove a cancer on his foot.

* 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.

* Lloyd & Esther Sellers, who have both had
health problems, that they would gradually strengthen and be able to return to
us. They also request prayer for their children & grandchildren as they go
through various challenges in their decisions in life.

 

Please pray for the victims
of the recent tsunami in Indonesia, as well as rescue workers working in the
area. Thousands of these folks were inundated without warning, many of them as
they slept. And let us take the lesson that we are never to take our continued
safety and stability for granted day by day. Let’s of course continue praying
for victims of tragedies both natural and man-made, in places near and far
around the globe. Fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and wars never stop making
their marks, leaving tragedies in their wakes. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

            

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:

 

Recent Special Events a Success! Thanks to those who came to the afternoon
concert this past Sabbath from the M.A.P. (Music with A Purpose) ministry. We
were so blessed seeing the talents and testimonies of these young people for
the Lord. Also, a thanks goes to Ana Elias and other helpers for the potluck
and also the Monday night new year’s eve service we had in the fellowship hall.
It was lovely singing, discussing, and sharing communion with the brothers
& sisters there. May God bless us all throughout this new year!

  

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. Also we are looking for
additional drivers who would be able to help out with doing
grocery pickups 1 or more mornings per week.

 

Mid-week Prayer Groups: both our English & Spanish prayer groups will be taking
place tonight, Wednesday. This is due to the holiday having fallen
on Tuesday. Spanish is at 5:30 in the fellowship hall, and English is at 6:30
in room 304. In both groups we review a chapter of The Desire of
Ages 
(this week, chapter 55: “Not With Outward Show”), and lift up
prayers from the church prayer list as well as personal concerns. Please
consider joining this mid-week blessing and fellowship connection. Next week we
will be back to Tuesday for our English group.

  

Sabbath Morning schedule will be normal, with a 9:30 start time. Pastor Mark will
be leading service in the sanctuary, juntos con los hermanos hispanos. Then
lesson study is at 10:00 in room 304. 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. Come and
join our most dynamic & interactive part of the church day!

 

Sociedad de Jovenes, our bilingual closing of the Sabbath service, will be held this
Sabbath afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the Youth Room. Come to enjoy group singing,
a Bible game, and an engaging speaker.

 

Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders and Adventurers will be resuming this Sabbath, at 3:00 p.m. in front of the
fellowship hall/youth room area. Both groups have done great jobs in their
recent Christmas activities and efforts. Thanks to our leaders & all
volunteers for their great contributions! OC Pathfinder day is coming up
Jan. 19th, in which we will be hosting several pathfinder groups in
the Fellowship Hall. It will be a most fun & thrilling day!

   

Pastor’s Availability: Pastor Mark is available for appointments, the remainder of this
week. For next week, Pr. Mark has to call in nightly for Jury Duty, and isn’t
sure in advance what his daytime schedule will permit. Evenings should be
unaffected. The Pastor is available for appointments 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.     

   

Upcoming Events:

            Jan.
19th OC Pathfinder day, held in Fellowship Hall

            Jan.
26th Church-wide birthday party social, 5:00 p.m., fellowship
hall

            Feb. 2nd:
Potluck & Church Business Meeting in Fellowship Hall

 

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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 12-26-2018

Anaheim SDA Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

December 26th, 2018

 

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“If we
walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one
another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

 

Well, yesterday
was Christmas, and I hope it was a good one for you and your family. As for
mine, we were blessed to have a group of 8, a representation of pretty much
everyone even loosely related to us here on the west coast (most of my family’s
on the east coast and in South America). 🙂

 

As I’ve said
previously, I hope that amid the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations
and celebrations, that we got a moment to slow down, perhaps read the Birth
accounts in the Gospels, and receive Christ into our hearts, as He so longs to
enter (Revelation 3:20). To not neglect this purpose is, I believe, at the core
of Christian observance of Christmas. The rest is just ‘hullabaloo’ if Jesus is
not at the center. If you have not really done so already, there is of course
still chance to sometime this week. Please prioritize it!

 

But, having
welcomed Christ into our hearts, the question is begged: what next? Does Jesus
just remain a baby, cute and gurgling, but not growing to speak to us, walk
with us, and ultimately save us? The answer, of course, is no. Once we have
received Christ into our hearts, the next undertaking is to walk with
our Lord.

 

This doesn’t
mean it’s time to ‘grit our teeth, and
start achieving!
’, rather, it means continuing in the giftedness, and the
blessedness, that is life with our Savior. Every step is made by His grace
& enabling. We actually achieve little if anything ‘on our own’, it is only
in cooperation with Jesus that we begin to show fruits and good deeds (John 15:4-5, Eph. 2:10). It is because
of this that there is no room for judging or boasting in our faith (Matt. 7:1-2, Eph. 2:8, 1 Cor. 1:29-31),
all is from the Lord.

 

Walking in the
light of God is a blessed walk. As our highlight verse above from 1st
John said, b
eing led on the path of God’s justice
& truth is a glorious thing. Proverbs 4:18 tells us “The path of the righteous is like the
morning sun,
 shining
ever brighter till the full light of day.”
Isn’t that an inspiring
illustration? And it can be made true in us!

 

So let’s
cooperate with the Lord in his saving of us! Never in a concept of legalism or
‘achieved’ salvation, but rather with a sense that we are being led by a
benevolent Father on a glorious path. Sure, in this life, pitfalls and trials
will assail us, but with Him holding our hand, we needn’t ever fear (Ps. 23:4). Even disciplines from the
Lord may come (Jn. 15:1-2, Rev. 3:19), but these are always for our greater good and best interests in the long run. We
will look back at the end of the journey and say ‘thank you’ for every way
we’ve been led.

 

Reflecting on
this makes me think of the song: (#530 in our hymnals)

 

When we walk with the Lord in the light of his word, what a
glory he sheds on our way! While we do his good will, he abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.

 

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in
Jesus, but to trust and obey. 

 2 Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies, but his smile quickly
drives it away; not a doubt nor a fear, not a sigh nor a tear, can abide while
we trust and obey.

 

3 Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, but our toil
he doth richly repay; not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross, but is
blest if we trust and obey. 

 4 But we never can prove the delights of his love until all on the altar
we lay; for the favor he shows, and the joy he bestows, are for them who will
trust and obey. 

 5 Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at his feet, or we’ll walk by his
side in the way; what he says we will do, where he sends we will go; never
fear, only trust and obey.

 

I pray that we
all will find the joy of walking with, trusting, and obeying our Lord and
Master, Guide and Friend.

 

May God bless
you all the remainder of this week, and in the final days of 2018!

 

Sincerely,

      Pastor Mark Tatum

 

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Prayer
Requests:

 

Please pray for
the victims of the recent tsunami in Indonesia, as well as rescue workers
pouring into the area. Thousands of these folks were inundated without warning,
many of them as they slept. And let us take the lesson that we are never to
take our continued safety and stability for granted day by day. Let’s of course
continue praying for victims of tragedies both natural and man-made, in places
near and far around the globe. Fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and wars never
stop making their marks, leaving tragedies in their wakes. Come quickly, Lord
Jesus!

 

Thankfully,
Susan Hasso’s Aunt was recently released from Loma Linda Hospital after going
there with a weakened heart. She is still suffering the effects of her health
condition, though, please keep her elevated in prayer. Thankfully, she is a
woman of strong faith. She needs physical healing so her body can be as strong
as her spirit is.

 

Brother Elliott
Harris is giving thanks that his mother, Jean Harris, who was briefly
hospitalized a few weeks ago, has returned home. He prays that the doctors have
gotten to the root of what the issue was, and that there will be no more
problems for her. Please join us in praying for her stability.

   

Please
continue to keep in prayer others who are enduring long-term illnesses:

*
Vasile Tolan, Victor’s Father, who is recovering from a surgery he had to
remove a cancer on his foot.

*
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.

*
Lloyd & Esther Sellers, who have both had health problems, that they would
gradually strengthen and be able to return to us. They also request prayer for
their children & grandchildren as they go through various challenges in
their decisions in life.

        

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.

  

Pray
for our leaders, 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.

 

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. Also we are looking for
additional drivers who would be able to help out with doing
grocery pickups 1 or more mornings per week.

 

Mid-week Prayer Groups: both our English & Spanish prayer groups
will be taking place tonight, Wednesday, and next week as well. This is
due to both holidays falling on Tuesdays. Spanish is at 5:30 in the fellowship
hall, and English is at 6:30 in room 304. In both groups we review a chapter of
The Desire of Ages (this week,
chapter 54: “The Good Samaritan”), and lift up prayers from the church prayer
list as well as personal concerns. Please consider joining this mid-week
blessing and fellowship connection.

 

Potluck
& Afternoon Concert this Sabbath!
We will be having a special singing
group joining us this Sabbath: M.A.P (Music with A Purpose) ministry will be
blessing us both in our church service and afterward at a 2:00 p.m. concert.
We will be having a potluck in-between in our fellowship hall, so please
bring a vegetarian dish to share, and plan to come enjoy a last-Sabbath of the
year afternoon together. (FYI, this week’s
potluck will be replacing January’s potluck, so no potluck on Jan. 5th).

 

Sabbath
Morning
schedule will be normal, with a 9:30 start time.
Pastor Mark will be doing songs & Sabbath School in the Youth Room, Dr. Israel Chambi will be presenting in the Sanctuary, y Joel
Milla predicara para la devocional en el fellowship hall con los hermanos Hispanos.
Come and join our most dynamic & interactive part of the church day!

 

Sociedad
de Jovenes
,
our bilingual closing of the Sabbath service, will be held this Sabbath
afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the Youth Room. Come to enjoy group singing, a Bible
game, and an engaging speaker.

 

Kids’
Clubs of Pathfinders and Adventurers
 will not be meeting this Sabbath, will be resuming on
January 5th. Both groups have done great jobs in their recent
Christmas activities and efforts. Thanks to our leaders & all volunteers
for their great contributions.

 

Year-end
Dedication Service next Monday night:
As we say goodbye to 2018 and begin our
2019, we will be holding a 5:00 p.m. service in our fellowship hall to
re-dedicate ourselves to the Lord. This will include a footwashing &
communion service. It will be held in a bilingual format. Come say goodbye to
the old year & welcome the new one with us. And blessings to all on their
2019!

  

Pastor’s
Availability: 
Pastor Mark is available to meet during the second half of the
week, both this week and next, and is available for appointments 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.     

   

Upcoming
Events:

            Dec.
29th Potluck Lunch & Afternoon Music Concert @ 2:00 p.m.

           
Dec. 31st End of year night service/communion in Fellowship Hall

            Jan. 19th OC Pathfinder day, held
in Fellowship Hall

            Jan. 26th Church-wide
birthday party social, 5:00 p.m.

 

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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 12-19-2018

I apologize for sending out this update late! I wrote it and e-mailed it to myself yesterday, but forgot to add the mailing list! Please see important announcements below, particularly the 

Highlighted  one about  Potluck Breakfast This Sabbath!  


Anaheim SDA Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

December 19th, 2018

 

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“He came unto his own, yet his
own did not receive him” John 1:11

 

We are now less than a week away from Christmas. I always get happy,
seeing the lights go up in the neighborhoods, hearing Christmas songs in
shopping centers and other public places (interspersed with religious themes),
and everything from billboards to churches recognizing the special time of
year.

 

Some Christians can be “humbugs”, bringing up the ‘pagan’ origins of
the holiday, the inaccuracy of December 25th as a supposed birth day
for Jesus, the consumerism aspect, etc. But I say, a cause for cheerfulness,
and even more a cause for Christian
cheerfulness, is not to be passed-up.

 

I heard one analyst some years ago talk about the psychological
importance to having something happy, something to look forward to, as the days
shorten, temperatures drop, and winter sets-in. The difference isn’t so felt in
Southern California, but in broad swaths of the country, including the entire
center and northeast of the U.S., winter’s cold and darkness is a real thing. In
addition, Seasonal Affective Disorder (perhaps not coincidentally abbreviated
SAD) sets-in, making people feel generally gloomy. So Christmas and all its
trappings is a wonderful counterbalance to that.

 

Even Ellen White in the Spirit of Prophecy tells us that we are not to
neglect a time when hearts are more inclined to spiritual things than the rest
of the year. While of course being against the empty frivolity that some engage
in, she advocates that gift-giving in light of God’s greatest gift to us is fitting,
and that children can be taught to enjoy Christmas in connection to its meaning
of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem so many years ago.

 

So let’s take opportunity to make this time a happy time, a cheerful
time, a time of warmth and gratitude, in light of the great plan of salvation
God set into motion so many years ago by sending His Son.

 

I pray that you and your loved ones enjoy a warm and festive Christmas
next Tuesday. And may Jesus be welcomed into each of our hearts.

 

God bless you all.

 

Sincerely,

     Pr. Mark Tatum

 

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Prayer Requests:

 

Sister Susan Hasso is requesting
prayer for her aunt, who was recently admitted to Loma Linda hospital with
heart failure. Thankfully, she is a strong woman of faith. She needs physical
healing so her body can be as strong as her spirit is.

 

Brother Elliott Harris is
giving thanks that his mother, Jean Harris, who was briefly hospitalized a
couple weeks ago, has returned home. He prays that the doctors have gotten to
the root of what the issue was, and that there will be no more problems for
her. Please join us in praying for her stability.

 

Pray for those suffering near and far, from both natural and
man-made disasters. From Northern California to Tijuana to Yemen, many are in
need of care and God’s comfort. Please keep them high on your prayer list.

  

Please continue to keep in prayer others who are
enduring long-term illnesses:

* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s Father, who is
recovering from a surgery he had to remove a cancer on his foot.

* 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.

* Lloyd & Esther Sellers, who have both had
health problems, that they would gradually strengthen and be able to return to
us.

 

Please pray for stability and improvement in
each case, that God would strengthen and sustain so many sincere children of
his.

       

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.

  

Pray for our leaders, 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.

 

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:

 

Last Weekend’s Christmas Celebration a Success! A big thanks goes out to all who
contributed & participated in last week’s special Christmas service &
evening party. Lots of folks mentioned how special the day felt to them, and
our visiting music group was impressed at the beauty & friendliness of our
church. May the togetherness continue, both in our church as well as among your
families & loved ones, as Christmas draws near.

 

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. Also we are looking for
additional drivers who would be able to help out with doing
grocery pickups 1 or more mornings per week.

 

Grupo
de Oración en Español
 reúne esta tarde a las 5:30 en el fellowship hall. Estamos
continuando a leer el libro Deseado de Todas las Gentes (esta
semana capitulo 53, “El Ultimo Viaje Desde Galilea”, y oramos juntos. Por favor
considera reuniendo con nosotros para recibir una bendición.   

 

Christmas Potluck Breakfast This Sabbath! At 8:30 this Sabbath morning, we will be
meeting in the fellowship hall to share a Christmas breakfast together. Bring a
vegetarian breakfast dish to share, and we will enjoy a meal together with a
joyous theme. Bilingual Sabbath school program will follow in the fellowship
hall at 9:30.

 

Saturday Morning Sabbath Schools commence at 9:30 Saturday mornings for all age groups! Kids
and Youth
 begin in the youth room with morning refreshments and songs,
before going to their age-level classes at 10:00. Adults begin
at 9:30 in the in the fellowship hall, where Pr. Mark will be presenting.
Then, lesson study is at
10:00, in room 305/306 as usual. Esta semana los hermanos Hispanos reunirán
en el fellowship hall junto con los anglo-parlantes, y tendrán su
lección de Escuela Sabática allí. 
May we all be
blessed with this most dynamic, participatory part of our day.

 

Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders and Adventurers will be on haitus for the rest of the year, resuming on
January 5th. Both groups have done great jobs in their recent
Christmas activities and efforts. Thanks to our leaders & all volunteers
for their great contributions.

 

Sociedad de Jovenes, our bilingual closing of the Sabbath service, will be held this
Sabbath afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the Youth Room. Come to enjoy group singing,
a Bible game, and an engaging speaker.

 

Pastor’s Availability: Pastor Mark is available to meet during the second half of the
week, both this week and next, and is available for appointments 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.     

 

Mid-week Prayer: because of the up-coming Christmas & New Years’
holidays, both groups will be meeting on Wednesday evenings. Grupo de Español
a las 5:30, and English group at 6:30. As usual, we will be reviewing a chapter
of Desire of Ages (next week: chapter 53, “The Good Samaritan”) and will lift
up petitions in group prayer. It is a great spiritual re-charge during the
week. Please consider joining.

  

Upcoming Events:

            Dec.
22nd Christmas breakfast in Fellowship Hall

            Dec.
29th Potluck Lunch & Afternoon Music Concert

            Dec.
31st End of year night service/communion in Fellowship Hall

 

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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 12-12-2018

Scroll down to see important prayer
requests and announcements, particularly the highlighted one below!

 

Anaheim SDA Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

12-12-2018

 

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“Consider the Lilies, how they
grow: they neither toil nor spin…” Luke 12:27

 

A few weeks ago, after having driven a school vehicle for a multi-day field
trip, I found myself at Orangewood Academy with no car, and the choice to
either walk home, or wait some hours to get a ride home from my wife. It was a
lovely day, so, despite being some 6 miles from home, I set out walking.

 

As I walked, I found myself surprised that, though I’d driven along the
same streets many times, that there was so much more detail that I hadn’t
noticed before while whizzing past. Little businesses in a strip mall: “I didn’t
know there was a business who offered that service nearby, maybe I should
patronize them sometime.” And, shortcutting through some residential
neighborhoods: “What lovely landscaping these houses have! What a lovely, tree-shaded
neighborhood!” Things I had failed to see, or had bypassed altogether, in my
usual hurriedness.

 

The last couple miles I walked on the recreation trail that parallels
the Santiago Creek gully. Though I’d ridden it on bicycle before, again, at a
walking pace I had much more time to pay attention to detail: kids swinging on
swings at a nearby playground, the existence of a nature center (an open one)
that I’d zoomed by, but had never noticed.

 

The whole experience reminded me how different, how much sweeter and
more beautiful, our environment seems when we slow down to ‘smell the roses’.
Though I’d at first considered my situation that day an inconvenience, I
finished the walk feeling truly blessed.

 

I pray that, in life, we can do more than ‘zoom through’, but can rather
slow down and enjoy our surroundings. This, of course means recognizing the
blessings of family, of having a home, health, scenery, etc. Particularly at
Christmas time, reminding ourselves that God has given us all we need for life
here, and has drawn near in offering us life eternal.

 

I continually find reasons to be thankful that I’m a Seventh-day
Adventist: because recognizing that pausing, resting, and reflecting is encouraged
(yea, commanded) by our God is crucial
to my own faith life. Knowing how so many of us are wired, we wouldn’t stop to
do it unless God had really made it clear that he prioritized it for us.

 

Rather than constantly stimulating ourselves, let’s sometimes stop and
simply consider God’s rhythms and ways, to recognize their beauty, and
incorporate them into our way of life.

 

May God bless you all.

 

Sincerely,

      Pr. Mark Tatum

 

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Prayer Requests:

 

Brother Elliott Harris is giving
thanks that his mother, Jean Harris, who was hospitalized a few days last week,
has been released to go home. He prays that the doctors have gotten to the root
of what the issue was, and that there will be no more problems for her. Please
join us in praying for her stability.

 

Pray for those suffering near and far, from both natural and
man-made disasters. From Northern California to Tijuana to Yemen, many are in
need of care and God’s comfort. Please keep them high on your prayer list.

  

Please continue to keep in prayer others who are
enduring long-term illnesses:

* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s Father, who is
recovering from a surgery he had to remove a cancer on his foot.

* 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.

* Lloyd & Esther Sellers, who have both had
health problems, that they would gradually strengthen and be able to return to
us.

 

Please pray for stability and improvement in
each case, that God would strengthen and sustain so many sincere children of
his.

       

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.

  

Pray for our leaders, 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.

 

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. Also we are looking for
additional drivers who would be able to help out with doing
grocery pickups 1 or more mornings per week.

 

Grupo
de Oración en Español
 reúne esta tarde a las 5:30 en el fellowship hall. Estamos
continuando a leer el libro Deseado de Todas las Gentes (esta
semana capitulo 52, “El Pastor Divino”, y oramos juntos. Por favor considera
reuniendo con nosotros para recibir una bendición.   

 

Orangewood Academy Christmas Program tomorrow
night!
Starting at 6:30,
students of all ages at our sister Christian school will be performing to God’s
glory in remembering the Christmas story. The night begins with the
preschoolers, followed by the K-12 students at 7:15.

 

VBS Reunion/Visitors’ Christmas Sabbath this week! This coming Sabbath we will be having a full day of Christmas events,
including: a visiting music group for visitor-friendly church time, a vegetarian
Potluck lunch
, and our annual Christmas Party @ 5:00, including fund-raiser
Pathfinder Supper, petting zoo animals, and a program put on by our kids &
youth. Come and celebrate this most special occasion with us, and invite
friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc.

 

Saturday Morning Sabbath Schools commence at 9:30 Saturday mornings for all age groups! Kids
and Youth
 begin in the youth room with morning refreshments and songs
with Pastor Mark, before going to their age-level classes at 10:00. Adults begin
at 9:30 in the in the sanctuary, where Dr. Israel Chambi will be presenting. Then,
lesson study is at 10:00, in room 305/306 as usual. 
Esta semana los hermanos Hispanos reunirán
en el santuario junto con los anglo-parlantes, pero irán al Fellowship Hall
para la lección de Escuela Sabática. May we all be blessed with this most
dynamic, participatory part of our day.

 

Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders and Adventurers are on for 3:00 this Sabbath afternoon as usual. A big
thanks goes out to Margarito Gonzales, and Craig Voelker, leaders of our
Pathfinder and Adventurer clubs, respectively, as well as to all their talented
& dedicated volunteers who serve to help our kids grow up in the knowledge
of the Lord.

 

Sociedad de Jovenes will be replaced by our opening program for the Christmas
social at 5:00 this Sabbath. Next week will resume as normal.

 

Pastor’s Availability: Pastor Mark is in town both this week and next, and is available
for appointments 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.     

 

Mid-week Prayer: meets each week on Tuesday @ 6:30 in English
in room 304. We have recently begun sharing a light meal together, and
then move into study & prayer time. As usual, we will be reviewing a
chapter of Desire of Ages (next week: chapter 52, “Jesus’ last journey from
Galilee”) and will lift up petitions in group prayer. It is a great spiritual
re-charge during the week. Please consider joining.

  

Upcoming Events:

           
Dec. 13th Orangewood Academy Christmas Program, 6:30 p.m.

           
Dec. 15th Church Christmas Sabbath Celebration incl. potluck
& evening party

            Dec.
22nd Christmas breakfast in Fellowship Hall

            Dec.
31st End of year night service/communion in Fellowship Hall

 

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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