Mid-week Pastor’s Update 11-7-2018

Anaheim SDA Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

November 7th, 2018

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“There will be no more death or mourning or crying or
pain,
 for the old order of things has passed away.”
Revelation 21:4b

 

Well, the hotly-contested mid-term election is finally behind us. I was
encouraged on social media today seeing scores of “I voted” stickers posted,
rather than the usual political vitriol, which lately seemed to have been
turned-up to 11. Hopefully now we can take a breath and remember that we are
Americans first, and members (or leaners) of a political party 2nd. Done
are the tv ads, the phone calls, the signs at yards and intersections. Done are
the vilifications of the other side, and the endless speculating and poll-taking
for various races.

 

…done for 2 years, that is. Or, in reality, more like 8 months until
presidential contenders begin announcing their candidacies and begin jockeying
for position. Absolutely enjoy the relative break we will have from political
wranglings, but rest assured they will be back, as vociferously as ever in a
political climate that only seems to get more extreme and volatile.

 

This is why I’m so relieved at the verse’s assertion above that “the
old order of things [will have] passed away”. This is actually a snippet from a
broader section that reads: And
I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold! God’s dwelling place is
now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his
people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will
be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old
order of things has passed away.”

 

It is a relief just to consider it. How wonderful it will be when we experience it in actuality: when God’s
Kingdom comes, and He reigns forever and ever! While on this side of eternity,
democracy is by far the best system of governance, we will happily give it up
for a monarchy that is truly benevolent.

 

Please don’t get me wrong as a complete cynic: I felt patriotic voting
yesterday, to the point of getting misty-eyed at the great opportunity we had
to vote and make our choice known fairly. That is a rare blessing; how many
millions (billions) live under circumstances in which they have no say? I
recalled seeing footage of celebrating citizens in places like Afghanistan,
their fingers purple with dye indicating their having voted, in places where
they hadn’t done so in a generation, due to cruel dictators repressing their
voices.

 

God is not like those cruel dictators, in fact, you could reason that
the reason why the Great Controversy has been allowed to continue is just that: because God
doesn’t simply destroy his political opponents. The way the world is set-up is
essentially to let us all ‘cast our vote’ over the course of a lifetime for who
we believe should rule: God or Satan (the latter presenting the deceitful claim that it
is ourselves we are living for).

 

For those who choose God and life and everything pure, an everlasting Kingdom, and the description
above is their reward. For those who choose Satan, a consuming fire commensurate
to their level of sin, and then eternal non-existence is their destiny (Revelation 22:12, Malachi 4:1, Great Controversy pp. 672-673).

 

The universe will finally be at peace, restored to harmony. I praise
God we don’t believe in the doctrine of an eternally burning hell. It would
make the focus verse above impossible!

 

I pray that the newly elected leaders will realize the solemnity and
weight of the responsibilities they bear, and will decide judiciously, and
prayerfully, for the good of all. I of course pray that you and your families will
be blessed going forward as well. Enjoy, hopefully, a drama-free week ahead.

 

Sincerely,

 

Pastor Mark Tatum

 

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Prayer Requests:

 

We are praising God for Mark Hennig having returned to us at church
this past week! It has been a long, slow road to recovery for him, but he is now
able to get all his nourishment from food, and has the strength to get out of
the house, and do some daily tasks. Do keep praying for him to strengthen and
have good health for the long term.

 

Please
pray for those still suffering in the wake of recent disasters and difficulties,
including the Jewish community in Philadelphia, the ‘migrant caravan’ in Mexico,
as well as victims of hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural and man-made
disasters. We may only hear of these for a few days (or in extreme cases,
weeks), but lives are often affected for decades if not forever. Pray for
comfort and recovery for the affected.

 

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

* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s Father, who is receiving immunotherapy for
a cancer on his foot.

* Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law Rosa and niece Carol, who are both
being treated for health problems. Thankfully, Rosa is improving, having had a
surgery and being put on some medications. Carol is still struggling, pray for
her to improve.

* 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:

 

Conference-wide Pathfinder
Camporee a success!
Last weekend, our youth Pathfinder club went camping
at a regional park in Riverside, with hundreds of fellow Pathfinders from
dozens of clubs across Southeastern California. We thank God for the good weather,
the safe travels, and the bonding, learning and growing our young people were
able to do together. A big thanks goes out to Margarito Gonzalez and the other
volunteers who helped this trip become a reality. Next campout is Joshua Tree
in January.

 

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 47, “Nada Os Será Imposible”, y oramos juntos. Por favor
considera reuniendo con nosotros para recibir una bendición.   

 

Orange County Friday Night
Young Adult Bible Study
will be taking place this Friday at 7:00 p.m. in
our fellowship hall
. Join young adults from
different churches around orange county as they come together to study the
Gospel of John. Refreshments are provided, and all are welcome. (Please note:
this is an every other Friday occurrence).


Pastor’s Availability: Pastor Mark’s availability will be limited both for the remainder of this week, due to helping with an Orangewood Academy camping. Next week he should be available most of the week, though.  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.  

 

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
sanctuary, where Pastor Mark Tatum will be continuing his series on “The Spirit
of Missions”, focusing on people who do amazing things for the Lord, according
to their Christian faith.
Then, lesson study is at 10:00, in room 305/306
as usual. Esta semana los hermanos Hispanos reunirán en el fellowship
hall a las 9:00 para Escuela Sabática, y Pastor Mark dará el devocional a las
10:00, terminando su serie en primera de Juan. 
May we all be blessed with this most dynamic,
participatory part of our day.

    

Kids’ Clubs of Adventurers
and Pathfinders

will be meeting this Sabbath at their regular times: 3:00 p.m. in front of the
youth room. A big thanks goes out to Margarito Gonzalez and Craig Voelker, as
well as their volunteers, for steering our kids right in growing with the Lord
and each other. Do not hesitate to contact either leader regarding questions
you may have about the clubs.

 

New Mid-week Prayer Format:
Our Tuesday evening
group
 is changing its time
and format slightly: it will now be meeting each week @ 6:00 on Tuesdays
in room 304, and will include a light supper of soup and salad, before
delving into study & prayer time. As usual, we will be reviewing a chapter
of Desire of Ages (next week, chapter 48, “Who is the greatest?”) and will lift
up petitions in group prayer. It is a great spiritual re-charge during the
week. Please consider joining.

 

Thanksgiving Morning
Breakfast:

As per church tradition, we are planning on holding a vegetarian, potluck-style
breakfast in the fellowship hall the morning of Thanksgiving (the 22nd).
Mark it on your calendars, and look for more details as the date grows closer.

  

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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 10-31-2018

Anaheim SDA Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

October 31st, 2018

 

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“…If, while we were
God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been
reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Romans 5:10

 

I try not to let the week’s
news dictate too many of my mid-week devotional thoughts. But I was thinking:
how can I do any other, given that the mid-term election is less than a week away,
and that there was a horrific shooting at a synagogue this past Sabbath? Surely
these things, and spiritual reflections on them, deserve our attention.

 

And as I was considering what
& how to write, it struck me that there is one uniting theme that weaves
these, and so many other of our modern-day worries together: drama.

 

While most of us hate drama,
I think that much of humanity, in secret at least, loves to hate its drama. It’s
why our politics is in a place of continual ‘emergency’, of vociferous
name-calling and grand-standing, and why much of our entertainment is focused
on regeneration and regurgitation of action sequences and personal drama between characters.

 

A series’ primary goal, of
course, is to be successful and to keep going. Thus, dramatic plots need to not
resolve, and rather must perpetuate themselves in order to achieve maximum success.
I’ve actually, over the years, stopped watching some dramatic series I’d been
watching, partly because I could sense that drama was just kind of artificially
being invented to keep things going. Even some shows I’d enjoyed the first
season or two of, I’d think, “Really? They’re not letting this storyline
resolve, but are sending it hurtling down this next rabbit hole?”.

 

I’m similarly finding myself
continually wearied by our national news coverage, which seems to jump from one
crisis to another, keeping the adrenaline level at “10”, no matter what the
issue at hand is. I remind myself that many of the full-time news channels, and
even network news outlets, exist to perpetuate themselves.

 

God’s kingdom, on the other
hand, offers us a release from this purgatory of perpetual drama. Opposite from
the yin-yang philosophy of eastern religions, Christianity asserts that there
will indeed be an end to all sickness, sadness, suffering, strife, etc., for
the old order of things will pass away (Revelation 21:4). It will essentially
be a reality free from drama: but rather filled with joy, harmony, sweetness,
and fulfillment. The carnal mind may say “but that sounds boring! Where will
the excitement be?” We must remember that it is the sick parts of ourselves
that enjoy conflict, envy, and strife. We must ask God to be cured of this sickness.

 

God, from his part, has already said “I’m
done with the drama” with humanity, having reconciled us to himself through Christ, as
asserted in our Romans 5 passage above. Redemption and eternal life through
Jesus is the promise for all who accept his offer and joyfully respond in
obedience. It is now our choice whether we will be at peace with God as well.
(Romans 5:1)

 

I pray that we will say yes!
That we will believe God loves us
& has saved us, and stop wallowing and worrying if we’re really good
enough. I pray that we will similarly dial down the drama with kids, spouses,
neighbors, co-workers, etc., and be ambassadors for peace, like we are called to
be in the scriptures. (2 Corinthians 5:20). 
Jesus said “Blessed are the peace-makers, for they will be called
children of God” in Matthew 5:9.

 

In light of those passages,
it makes me wonder just how many, or few, politicians or people in the
entertainment business have their priorities on the things of God. I fear the
answer is ‘very few’, which then makes me question just how much of my
attention they deserve. The answer I’m gradually coming to, as you have
probably guessed, is ‘very little’.

 

May God smile down on us as
we turn our attention to ‘the most excellent things’ (Philippians 4:8).

 

May God bless you all the
remainder of this week.

 

Sincerely,

     Pastor Mark Tatum

 

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Prayer Requests:

 

Of course, our hearts go out to the members of the synagogue in Pennsylvania, who endured
the horror and the loss of the mass shooting this past Sabbath. May God comfort
them as they draw together in mourning. And may we pray for peace in a time of a
very charged political climate.

 

Pray
also for the migrant caravan making its way through Mexico. Whatever your political
thoughts on the matter, many thousands are having a hard time in Central America
with violence, and I can’t blame them for wanting to come northward for
something better. Please pray that the most compassionate yet fair treatment
may be done for these people, particularly the mothers and children involved.

 

We
are praising God that Mark Hennig has continued to improve after his
long-running bout of trouble with surgeries and digestive problems. I heard a
report recently that Mark is now able to get all his needed calories through
eating, praise God. He still has bad bouts, however, so let’s pray for him to
return to full health soon, so that he can return to his regular life, which of
course includes work, as well as attending church here.

 

Please
pray for those still suffering in the wake of recent hurricanes, earthquakes,
and other natural and man-made disasters. We may only hear of these for a few
days (or in extreme cases, weeks), but lives are often affected for decades if
not forever. Pray for comfort and recovery for the affected.

 

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

* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s Father, who is receiving immunotherapy for
a cancer on his foot.

* Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law Rosa and niece Carol, who are both
being treated for health problems. Thankfully, Rosa is improving, having had a
surgery and being put on some medications. Carol is still struggling, pray for
her to improve.

* 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:

 

Family-friendly Halloween
alternative activity TONIGHT! (Wednesday):
From 6:30-8:30 p.m., we will be having a
family-friendly get-together in the church courtyard. We will have food,
crafts, face-painting, and a bounce house, so come out and enjoy some positive
fun, while much of society focuses on negatives. (Also could be called “Protestant
Reformation Day celebration!”
😊 ).  

 

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 45, “La Transfiguración”, y oramos juntos. Por favor
considera reuniendo con nosotros para recibir una bendición.   

 

Conference-wide Pathfinder Camporee: begins tomorrow (Thursday) evening in Rancho
Jurupa park in Riverside. Our young people will be joining hundreds of other
Pathfinders from across the conference in praising God, learning skills, and
growing together. A big thanks goes out to brother Margarito, who will be leading
the group, as well as many other faithful volunteers. Club will resume regular
meetings on the 9th

 

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
sanctuary, where Pastor Mark Tatum will be continuing his series on “The Spirit
of Missions”, focusing on George Müller, who famously ran orphanages in
Britain, to huge success, based on his Christian faith. Then, lesson study is
at 10:00, in room 305/306 as usual. 
Esta semana los
hermanos Hispanos reunirán en el santuario a las 9:30 para Escuela
Sabática. 
May we all be blessed with
this most dynamic, participatory part of our day.

 

Church Potluck is on for this coming Sabbath, being the
first Sabbath of the month. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share as we enjoy
a meal with our fellow members and visitors. Please, also, lend a hand in cleanup
afterward if you are able. It helps our volunteers a lot.   

 

Pastor’s Availability: Pastor Mark’s availability
will be limited both for the remainder of this week, as well as next, due to
helping with 2 camping trips. 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.
 

   

Kids’ Adventurer Club will not be
meeting this Sabbath, as they are taking the break they would’ve ordinarily had
last Sabbath. They will have their next club meeting on Nov. 9th.

 

Mid-week Prayer: meets each week on Tuesday @ 6:30 in
English in room 304, and Miercoles en Español a las 5:30 en el
Fellowship Hall. As usual, we will be reviewing a chapter of Desire of Ages
(next week, chapter 47, “Jesus’ Ministry”) and will lift up petitions in group
prayer. It is a great spiritual re-charge during the week. Please consider
joining.

  

Orange County Friday Night
Young Adult Bible Study
takes place every other Friday evening in
our fellowship hall. The next one will be held on November
9th. Join young adults from
different churches around orange county as they come together to study the Gospel
of John. All are welcome.

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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 10-24-2018

Anaheim SDA Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

October 24th, 2018

 

 

“The love of money is a root of
all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith,
and have pierced themselves with many griefs” 1st Timothy 6:10.

 

It seems that in the last week, people all around the country have come
down with “Lottery Fever” with the Mega Millions jackpot reaching a record 1.6 billion
dollars. Lotto fascination seems to be on everyone’s lips, on the national
news, and I am reminded of it by the giant billboard on the 57 freeway every
time I drive to/from church. Even people who generally don’t play the Lotto are
buying tickets, because , hey, “If you don’t play, you can’t win” (a phrase I’ve
heard no fewer than half-a-dozen times throughout the past week or so).

Of course, the chances of winning are infinitesimally small, on par
with getting struck by lightning twice, or getting attacked by a shark while
solving a Rubik’s Cube. 😛 In 99.99% of cases, the proverb “A fool and his
money are soon parted” (Thomas Tusser, 1573), comes true. But the fantasy, the hope, the what if? Draws people to reach into their pockets to give of
(hopefully) disposable income that otherwise could’ve gone to something else.

Late last week I got curious just how much disposable income has to go
in to the Lotto system for the jackpot to get to $1.6 billion. So I went to the
California Lottery website, where I learned that, after the initial $40
million, which is put in by the lottery, just 1/3 of money spent on ticket
purchases is fed back into jackpot amounts. (another 1/3rd goes to
education, which is certainly a noble cause, but I highly doubt it’s what on
peoples’ minds as they shell out for lotto tickets! I understand it was a
provision proposed at the beginning to make the ballot measure passable for
legalized gambling).

That means that an astounding almost $4.8 Billion of disposable income
has been spent by Americans, in order to get the jackpot to $1.6 Billion. What
else could’ve been done with that money! Even if we subtract the other $1.6
Billion that does go to the worthy cause of education, you still have 3.2
Billion that could go to a host of worthier causes than a sliver’s chance of riches
for one or a few people.

What kind of a difference could that cash make for homelessness, mental
health needs, or other community services? These, of course, would need to come
out of private donations, since some tax money is already set aside for such
causes. Yet, the selfishness of human nature is exposed by people being far more
eager to buy a lotto ticket than give to a charitable cause.

An additionally discouraging statistic is that it is disproportionately
the lower classes that play the Lottery. This is their choice, of course, but I
just find it ironic that those who have the least disposable income in the
first place seem to be the ones throwing it toward the artificial dream of
riches. (Even for those that do win, a substantial proportion end-up declaring
bankruptcy within the next few years! Crazy! It just shows that many lotto
jackpots go to people who don’t know how to adequately manage them.)

By the time you’re reading this, the jackpot will have either been won,
or else will have grown even larger, spurring more “Lotto Fever”. Isn’t it strange
that the longer no-one gets the dream, winning the jackpot, the more
people want to try?

For Christians, verses like the one quoted above from 1st
Timothy should be a deterrant. As should be Ecclesiastes 5:10: “He who loves money never has money enough.
Whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is
meaningless”
, and the 10 commandments’ directive that we “shall not covet” Exodus 20:17. Jesus,
too warns about the seductiveness of money, saying that it is impossible to
serve both it and God (Matthew 6:24, Luke 12:15).

Eventually, someone will win this enormous jackpot. And their life will
no-doubt be changed forever. I pray they do a great amount of good with it, and
don’t ruin their personal finances in the long-run.

But friends, how much clearer can the contrast be, than that having
Jesus “in our pocket” is having a winning “lotto ticket” for sure? Not
in terms of immediate financial gain, but having all our needs taken care of in
a heavenly home without suffering or sadness? It sounds ironically close to lotto
aspirationists’ dreams to me. Yet, why doesn’t society catch “fever” about
that? It’s sad, because, truly, we could all be “winners beyond our wildest dreams”.
To put Jesus aside is, in effect, to throw away the “winning lotto ticket”.

May God bless you all. And, of course, no personal offense to anyone
who may have bought a lotto ticket in the last week. 😛

Sincerely,

      Pastor Mark Tatum

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Prayer Requests

 

Please
pray for those still suffering in the wake of recent hurricanes. This includes Hurricane
Willa in central Mexico, Hurricane Michael in Florida, and Georgia, and others
in Asia & Indonesia, who are recovering from their recent natural
disasters.

 

Jeannette
Cardinale is praising God that her adult nephew’s surgery went well last week,
and he has been released from the ICU. She asks continued prayer for his
recovery, as well as for her extended family, as her brother, Ramón, passed
away suddenly two weeks ago. May God comfort them in their grief, and may they
be reunited on the day of the Resurrection.

 

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

* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s Father, who is receiving immunotherapy for
a cancer on his foot.

* Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law Rosa and niece Carol, who are both
being treated for health problems. Thankfully, Rosa is improving, having had a
surgery and being put on some medications. Carol is still struggling, pray for
her to improve.

* 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

* Mark Hennig, who is improving in his digestion
after an odyssey of surgeries & baffling (& frustrating)
non-improvement. He can get a percentage of his calories through eating again,
and is hoping to return to work (and us at church) before too long.

 

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 do 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 45, “Previsiones de la Cruz”, y oramos juntos. Por favor
considera reuniendo con nosotros para recibir una bendición.   

 

Friday Evening Young Adult Bible
Study:

This Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship hall, a group of Adventist
young adults from around the various churches will be meeting together to study
the Gospel of John. Please come and share in this exceptional chance to study
and fellowship with other young people.

 

Pastor’s Availability: Both this week and
next Pastor Mark will continue being available by appointment. He can meet
either at the church, or at a home or other place. Feel free to call/text him
at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail prmarktatum@gmail.com.

 

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
sanctuary, where Pastor Mark Tatum will be continuing his series on “The Spirit
of Missions”, focusing on William Carey first Christian missionary to India. Then,
lesson study is at 10:00, in room 305/306 as usual. 
Esta semana los
hermanos Hispanos reunirán en el Fellowship Hall a las 9:00 para Escuela
Sabática. Pr. Mark dará el devocional a las 10:00, continuando su serie en 1er
de Juan. 
May we all be blessed with
this most dynamic, participatory part of our day.

  

Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders
and Adventurers:
The
Adventurer club will be meeting this Sabbath, but will be taking next
Sabbath, Nov. 3rd, off. The Pathfinders won’t be having their
regular club meeting, but will be hosting a fund-raiser for the church’s Fall
Social in the fellowship hall. More details on that below. The Pathfinders also
have a conference-wide campout next weekend, Nov. 1st – 4th.
Speak to club leader Margarito Gonzalez for more details.
   

 

Church Fall Social this Saturday
Evening!
We
will be having a fun, fall-themed get-together in our fellowship hall. We begin
at 5:30 with an ending-of-the-Sabbath worship service, followed by a donation-based
dinner provided by the Pathfinders
at about 6:15, and games and fun
afterward. We will have a bounce house, face painting, and more!

 

Mid-week Prayer: meets each week on Tuesday @ 6:30 in
English in room 304, and Miercoles en Español a las 5:30 en el
Fellowship Hall. As usual, we will be reviewing a chapter of Desire of Ages
(next week, chapter 46, “The Transfiguration of Jesus”) and will lift up
petitions in group prayer. It is a great spiritual re-charge during the week.
Please consider joining.

  

“Family Friendly Halloween
Alternative” Oct. 31st:
as in past years, we will be having a small
gathering at our church on Halloween evening, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., in which
the kids will be able to do crafts, have snacks, and enjoy a bounce house. We’d
love to have you join us as we celebrate good and happy things on a night
otherwise dedicated to negatives.

 

Future Dates for Your
Calendar:


Oct. 20-21 – Orangewood Academy Alumni Weekend


Oct. 21st – Pathfinder Club participating in OA Fall Fair


Oct. 27th – Church Fall Social

            Oct. 31st – Family Friendly Haloween
Alternative 6:30 – 8:30

            Nov. 1-4 – Pathfinder conference-wide Camporee at Rancho
Jurupa Park in Riverside

 

———————————————————

 

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 Oct. 11, 2018

I apologize for this update being a day late. I haven’t

been feeling well this week.

 

Anaheim Seventh-day Adventist Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

October 11th, 2018

 

                      

“Jesus did many other
things as well.
 If every one of them were written down, I suppose that
even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”
John 21:25

 

Last week I found myself
with a bit of free time in my schedule, and decided to go to a  bookstore I had seen while driving. It was
the first time I’d set foot in bookstore in a while (with exception to our
small Adventist bookstore in Riverside, or ordering books online).  Upon entering, I was taken aback as to how large it was, and the sheer volume of reading material available!

 

I felt like a kid in a
candy store: I wanted to get half-a-dozen books off the first display table
alone! And as I wandered the aisles, I was again amazed by the diversity and
amount of material available: from art books to anthologies, and zoology to
Zumba. Truly enough to fill a lifetime of reading! How could one choose just
the best few titles to invest their time in?

 

I meandered through
various sections, considering what each contained:

 

Self-help: seemingly a thousand options: book covers adorned with put-together
people smiling sparkily, offering to share their secret of life advice so you can be as happy as they are. I don’t
want to discount or dismiss the whole category, but wondered & worried
about people who would come into that department needing help, trying to
discern which book was right for them when all the blurbs and covers shouted
out “I’m the one that will solve your problems!”

 

Fiction: a veritable cadre of worlds and intriguing scenarios thought up by
creative minds, all hoping to grip and enthrall their readers. These authors
are virtually like gods in the worlds they create: bringing forth characters
and events, tragedies and victories. I wondered if they were more merciful
toward their created worlds than our heavenly Father is toward ours.

 

History: from individual biographies to vast eras and regions, chronicles on what
has happened in times and places past with the goal to educate, inform, and
avoid committing similar errors in the future. Of course, narrative threads are
provided to help make sense of the often random and chaotic happenings in our
world: narratives like manifest destiny and
triumph over adversity seeking to
inspire and enlighten.

 

Religion & Spirituality: a vast array of diverse (and often
mutually exclusive) claims as to ultimate reality in the supernatural realm,
which overarches our daily reality. Plenty of Bibles & Christian authors
were displayed there, but neighboring shelves held writings & sacred books
of other worldviews & philosophies such as Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism,
Transcendentalism, etc. all claiming to put one in touch with ultimate reality,
God, or the universe.

 

Beyond this, there were
areas of children’s books, strategy guides, travelogues, recipe books, etc. A
hundred hobbies intended to fill our (scant) free time with fun &
fulfillment.

 

In all, this bookstore
had more than enough material to satisfy any intellectual appetite (literal
appetite, too, as it had a café built in on one side!). In all, it exists to be
all things to all people: selling & displaying books that claim a thousand
different truths, yet itself being noncommittal to any and all of them.

 

I don’t blame a
bookstore for being this way: their main objective is to stay in business; a
significant task in the day-and-age of digital print & videos! It just
struck me how much knowledge was
there with no claim to wisdom of
discerning one truth as opposed to another.

 

It reminded me of a
couple prophecies of the last days, including Daniel 12:4 “Seal up the book,
Daniel, until the time of the end: men shall run to and fro, and knowledge
shall increase” (Daniel 12:4), and  “In
the last days men shall be lovers of money, lovers of themselves… having an
image of godliness but denying its power” (2 Tim. 3:1-5).

 

I hope we realize both
how fortunate we are to live in a time of such abundance of knowledge, yet at
the same time are sobered that such a time is prophesied to not endure forever.

 

I praise the Lord that
in the coming Day there will be one truth that is made known above all
others: truth as it exists in Jesus Christ & His eternal Kingdom. All are
welcome to come and enjoy the benefits of His great salvation, but must put
down their man-made philosophies and idols in order to partake in his abundant
blessings.

 

One
of my favorite verses, which I know I’ve mentioned before, is “The knowledge of God shall cover the earth
as the waters cover the sea”
Isaiah 11:9. I really long for that day, when
all other knowledge will be subordinate to an intimate knowledge of Him who
made all things. May we pray for that day to come, and may we hasten it
practically, getting to know God & His word ourselves, and helping educate
any who show an interest.

 

May
God bless you all.

 

Sincerely,

       Pr. Mark Tatum

 

————————————————————

 

Prayer Requests

 

Please
pray for those suffering the effects of Hurricane Michael in Cuba, Florida, and
Georgia, as the fast-moving, devastating storm has left a swath of destruction
in its wake. This is of course in addition to praying for the Carolinas
recovering from their recent hurricane, as well as places around the world like
Asia & Indonesia, recovering from their recent natural disasters.

 

Jeannette
Cardinale has two requests: first for her family and that of her brother, Ramón,
who passed away suddenly last week in Mexico. May God comfort them in their grief, and
may they be reunited on the day of the Resurrection. Also for her (adult)
nephew, Fernando, who underwent heart surgery in Santa Ana earlier this week.
Praise God, the surgery appears to have been successful, but pray for him as he
recuperates, that no complications or infections will set-in.

 

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

* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s
Father, who is receiving immunotherapy for a cancer on his foot.

*  Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law Rosa and niece Carol, who are both being
treated for health problems. Thankfully, Rosa is improving, having had a surgery and being put on some medications. Carol is still struggling, pray for her to improve.

*  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

* Mark Hennig, who appears
to be improving in his digestion after an odyssey of surgeries & baffling
(& frustrating) non-improvement.

 

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.

 

———————————————————————————–

 

Announcements:

 

Conference Constituency
Session a Success!
This past Sunday, over a thousand delegates
(including some from our church), met in Riverside to vote on conference
officers and plans going forward. A lovely worship service was held, and we voted
to keep our conference President, Executive Secretary, and Treasurer for the
next five years. Some new names were voted for the Executive Vice presidents of
Hispanic, Black, and Asian ministries throughout the conference.

 

Pastor’s Availability: This week and next Pastor
Mark will continue being available by appointment. He can meet either at the
church, or at a home or other place. Feel free to call/text him at (714)
650-1245, or e-mail prmarktatum@gmail.com.

 

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
sanctuary.
Then,
lesson study is at 10:00, in room 305/306 as usual. Esta semana los hermanos
Hispanos reunirán en el Fellowship Hall a las 9:00 para Escuela
Sabática. Pr. Mark dará el devocional a las 10:00, continuando su serie en 1er
de Juan. 
May we all be blessed with
this most dynamic, participatory part of our day.

  

Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders
and Adventurers
 are on for this
Sabbath, at 3:00 Sabbath Afternoon in front of the Youth room. The Adventurers will
be heading to a museum in Fontana, and the Pathfinders will be participating in
Orangewood Academy’s upcoming Fall Festival on the 21st. Ask club
leaders Margarito G. (Pathfinders) or Craig V. (Adventurers) for any questions
regarding registration or future activities. May God bless our kids and
volunteers as they spend many fun afternoons learning and growing in Jesus.

  

Sociedad de Jovenes, our bilingual closing
of the Sabbath program, will be taking place this Sabbath afternoon at 5:30 as usual.
Come to sing, enjoy a Bible game, and hear a speaker discuss an interesting and
relevant topic to living as young people in our modern day and age.

 

Mid-week Prayer: meets each week on Tuesday @ 6:30 in
English, and Miercoles en Español a las 5:30. As usual, we will be reviewing a
chapter of Desire of Ages (next week, chapter 44, “The True Sign”) and will
lift up petitions in group prayer. It is a great spiritual re-charge during the
week. Please consider joining.

 

Food Bank Distribution continues each week on Wednesday
evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please encourage anyone you know who would
benefit to come and receive free food. A big thanks goes out to our volunteers
who spend many hours per week collecting and organizing the food. Also, we
are in need of drivers
 who can go do grocery store pickups on either
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, or Sabbath mornings. Please let Pastor Mark or Martha
Jauregui know if you are able to help us.

 

Orangewood Academy will be having its
annual Alumni Weekend on October 20-21, including its Fall Festival
on that Sunday the 21st. Come see booths with food & activities
as we raise funds for IT needs at the school. Also keep in mind the
dollar-for-dollar match for donations toward the emergency fund.

 

Future Dates for Your
Calendar:


Oct. 20-21 – Orangewood Academy Alumni Weekend


Oct. 21st – Pathfinder Club participating in OA Fall Fair


Oct. 27th – Church Fall Social

            Nov. 1-4 – Pathfinder conference-wide Camporee at Rancho
Jurupa Park in Riverside

 

———————————————————

 

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 Oct. 11, 2018

I apologize for this update being a day late. I haven’t
been feeling well this week.

 

Anaheim Seventh-day Adventist Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

October 11th, 2018

 

books bible.jpg

                      

“Jesus did many other
things as well.
 If every one of them were written down, I suppose that
even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”
John 21:25

 

Last week I found myself
with a bit of free time in my schedule, and decided to go to a  bookstore I had seen while driving. It was
the first time I’d set foot in bookstore in a while (with exception to our
small Adventist bookstore in Riverside, or ordering books online).  Upon entering, I was taken aback as to how large it was, and the sheer volume of reading material available!

 

I felt like a kid in a
candy store: I wanted to get half-a-dozen books off the first display table
alone! And as I wandered the aisles, I was again amazed by the diversity and
amount of material available: from art books to anthologies, and zoology to
Zumba. Truly enough to fill a lifetime of reading! How could one choose just
the best few titles to invest their time in?

 

I meandered through
various sections, considering what each contained:

 

Self-help: seemingly a thousand options: book covers adorned with put-together
people smiling sparkily, offering to share their secret of life advice so you can be as happy as they are. I don’t
want to discount or dismiss the whole category, but wondered & worried
about people who would come into that department needing help, trying to
discern which book was right for them when all the blurbs and covers shouted
out “I’m the one that will solve your problems!”

 

Fiction: a veritable cadre of worlds and intriguing scenarios thought up by
creative minds, all hoping to grip and enthrall their readers. These authors
are virtually like gods in the worlds they create: bringing forth characters
and events, tragedies and victories. I wondered if they were more merciful
toward their created worlds than our heavenly Father is toward ours.

 

History: from individual biographies to vast eras and regions, chronicles on what
has happened in times and places past with the goal to educate, inform, and
avoid committing similar errors in the future. Of course, narrative threads are
provided to help make sense of the often random and chaotic happenings in our
world: narratives like manifest destiny and
triumph over adversity seeking to
inspire and enlighten.

 

Religion & Spirituality: a vast array of diverse (and often
mutually exclusive) claims as to ultimate reality in the supernatural realm,
which overarches our daily reality. Plenty of Bibles & Christian authors
were displayed there, but neighboring shelves held writings & sacred books
of other worldviews & philosophies such as Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism,
Transcendentalism, etc. all claiming to put one in touch with ultimate reality,
God, or the universe.

 

Beyond this, there were
areas of children’s books, strategy guides, travelogues, recipe books, etc. A
hundred hobbies intended to fill our (scant) free time with fun &
fulfillment.

 

In all, this bookstore
had more than enough material to satisfy any intellectual appetite (literal
appetite, too, as it had a café built in on one side!). In all, it exists to be
all things to all people: selling & displaying books that claim a thousand
different truths, yet itself being noncommittal to any and all of them.

 

I don’t blame a
bookstore for being this way: their main objective is to stay in business; a
significant task in the day-and-age of digital print & videos! It just
struck me how much knowledge was
there with no claim to wisdom of
discerning one truth as opposed to another.

 

It reminded me of a
couple prophecies of the last days, including Daniel 12:4 “Seal up the book,
Daniel, until the time of the end: men shall run to and fro, and knowledge
shall increase” (Daniel 12:4), and  “In
the last days men shall be lovers of money, lovers of themselves… having an
image of godliness but denying its power” (2 Tim. 3:1-5).

 

I hope we realize both
how fortunate we are to live in a time of such abundance of knowledge, yet at
the same time are sobered that such a time is prophesied to not endure forever.

 

I praise the Lord that
in the coming Day there will be one truth that is made known above all
others: truth as it exists in Jesus Christ & His eternal Kingdom. All are
welcome to come and enjoy the benefits of His great salvation, but must put
down their man-made philosophies and idols in order to partake in his abundant
blessings.

 

One
of my favorite verses, which I know I’ve mentioned before, is “The knowledge of God shall cover the earth
as the waters cover the sea”
Isaiah 11:9. I really long for that day, when
all other knowledge will be subordinate to an intimate knowledge of Him who
made all things. May we pray for that day to come, and may we hasten it
practically, getting to know God & His word ourselves, and helping educate
any who show an interest.

 

May
God bless you all.

 

Sincerely,

       Pr. Mark Tatum

 

————————————————————

 

Prayer Requests

 

Please
pray for those suffering the effects of Hurricane Michael in Cuba, Florida, and
Georgia, as the fast-moving, devastating storm has left a swath of destruction
in its wake. This is of course in addition to praying for the Carolinas
recovering from their recent hurricane, as well as places around the world like
Asia & Indonesia, recovering from their recent natural disasters.

 

Jeannette
Cardinale has two requests: first for her family and that of her brother, Ramón,
who passed away suddenly last week in Mexico. May God comfort them in their grief, and
may they be reunited on the day of the Resurrection. Also for her (adult)
nephew, Fernando, who underwent heart surgery in Santa Ana earlier this week.
Praise God, the surgery appears to have been successful, but pray for him as he
recuperates, that no complications or infections will set-in.

 

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

* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s
Father, who is receiving immunotherapy for a cancer on his foot.

*  Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law Rosa and niece Carol, who are both being
treated for health problems. Thankfully, Rosa is improving, having had a surgery and being put on some medications. Carol is still struggling, pray for her to improve.

*  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

* Mark Hennig, who appears
to be improving in his digestion after an odyssey of surgeries & baffling
(& frustrating) non-improvement.

 

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.

 

———————————————————————————–

 

Announcements:

 

Conference Constituency
Session a Success!
This past Sunday, over a thousand delegates
(including some from our church), met in Riverside to vote on conference
officers and plans going forward. A lovely worship service was held, and we voted
to keep our conference President, Executive Secretary, and Treasurer for the
next five years. Some new names were voted for the Executive Vice presidents of
Hispanic, Black, and Asian ministries throughout the conference.

 

Pastor’s Availability: This week and next Pastor
Mark will continue being available by appointment. He can meet either at the
church, or at a home or other place. Feel free to call/text him at (714)
650-1245, or e-mail prmarktatum@gmail.com.

 

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
sanctuary.
Then,
lesson study is at 10:00, in room 305/306 as usual. Esta semana los hermanos
Hispanos reunirán en el Fellowship Hall a las 9:00 para Escuela
Sabática. Pr. Mark dará el devocional a las 10:00, continuando su serie en 1er
de Juan. 
May we all be blessed with
this most dynamic, participatory part of our day.

  

Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders
and Adventurers
 are on for this
Sabbath, at 3:00 Sabbath Afternoon in front of the Youth room. The Adventurers will
be heading to a museum in Fontana, and the Pathfinders will be participating in
Orangewood Academy’s upcoming Fall Festival on the 21st. Ask club
leaders Margarito G. (Pathfinders) or Craig V. (Adventurers) for any questions
regarding registration or future activities. May God bless our kids and
volunteers as they spend many fun afternoons learning and growing in Jesus.

  

Sociedad de Jovenes, our bilingual closing
of the Sabbath program, will be taking place this Sabbath afternoon at 5:30 as usual.
Come to sing, enjoy a Bible game, and hear a speaker discuss an interesting and
relevant topic to living as young people in our modern day and age.

 

Mid-week Prayer: meets each week on Tuesday @ 6:30 in
English, and Miercoles en Español a las 5:30. As usual, we will be reviewing a
chapter of Desire of Ages (next week, chapter 44, “The True Sign”) and will
lift up petitions in group prayer. It is a great spiritual re-charge during the
week. Please consider joining.

 

Food Bank Distribution continues each week on Wednesday
evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please encourage anyone you know who would
benefit to come and receive free food. A big thanks goes out to our volunteers
who spend many hours per week collecting and organizing the food. Also, we
are in need of drivers
 who can go do grocery store pickups on either
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, or Sabbath mornings. Please let Pastor Mark or Martha
Jauregui know if you are able to help us.

 

Orangewood Academy will be having its
annual Alumni Weekend on October 20-21, including its Fall Festival
on that Sunday the 21st. Come see booths with food & activities
as we raise funds for IT needs at the school. Also keep in mind the
dollar-for-dollar match for donations toward the emergency fund.

 

Future Dates for Your
Calendar:

           
Oct. 20-21 – Orangewood Academy Alumni Weekend

           
Oct. 21st – Pathfinder Club participating in OA Fall Fair

           
Oct. 27th – Church Fall Social

            Nov. 1-4 – Pathfinder conference-wide Camporee at Rancho
Jurupa Park in Riverside

 

———————————————————

 

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

Donations & Cards


Hello again dear Anaheim SDA Members,
You likely remember that a few Sabbaths ago, we held an effort at our church to bring donations and make cards to kids who were in facilities while separated from their parents for immigration reasons. It was a little something we could do in a situation where many of us felt moved to compassion, but also felt largely powerless to make a change.
Well, last week, JoAnne & Darryl Lightford delivered those goods to a facility in Fullerton, and the director was so pleased to receive both the goods as well as the care cards made from our kids & other members. She assured that the kids would directly benefit from them very soon (almost surely already have).
I’m attaching a couple of pics that JoAnne sent me. We just wanted to follow-up and make sure all were aware that the goods got to their destination and are achieving their purpose. Thanks very much, JoAnne & Darryl for making the connections & being the driving force behind this effort!
We are glad, of course, to hear that the number of separated children is decreasing. Let’s remember these scared & disoriented kids in our prayers, that God & His angels would console them through this very difficult time in their young lives.
God bless you and your families. May you have a lovely Sabbath coming-up.

Sincerely,
Pastor Mark Tatum

Orangewood Academy Emergency Fund

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our sister school had to reach into its reserve funds last year to fix some urgent infrastructure problems at the school. A generous donor has offered to donate $50,000 back into the fund, if the school can raise an equivalent amount elsewhere. This essentially means a dollar for dollar “match” that helps your donation go twice as far for our school. Please consider contributing, so our school can weather unforeseen events again in the future.

Pine Springs Ranch Summer Camp

Week by week, kids are enjoying a week in nature, growing closer to Jesus, and having fun with others at our Christian Camp in the mountains. To see what spots may still be available, go to www.psrcamp.org, or check out a brochure in our church lobby.

Odd jobs for Pathfinders?

Our Pathfinder Club is looking for odd jobs they can do over the summer, to help raise funds for their international camporee in Wisconsin next summer.. If you have any yard work, painting, car-washing, etc. that needs doing, please speak with Margarito G., the club leader.

Picnic/Potluck in the Park Sabbath July 21

After church that Sabbath, come to the park with your blankets, chairs, umbrellas, coolers, etc. to enjoy a picnic in the park with our church family. This will be youth coordinator Sandra Fermin’s last Sabbath with us before she goes to seminary in Michigan. So come enjoy with us as we thank her for her service & bid her farewell & God’s blessings for her future.