*Anaheim SDA Church*
*Mid-week Pastor’s Update *
*May 22nd, 2019*
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*“Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep
coming here to draw water.” John 4:14 NIV*
We’ve been blessed with a good amount of rain this past winter (up to and
including this past week!), but even when we’ve suffered with years of
drought, thankfully, our concerns have been pretty abstract. Most of us cut
back on lawn-watering or showers, we may have been worried about getting
fined for watering on the wrong day or leaving a hose running, but we never
had to worry about *whether* water would come from the tap or not if we
turned it on.
In Bible times, things were different. Without good irrigation and
reservoirs, a drought that lasted a few years might well mean you would
have to move to greener pastures (which were, particularly in dry times,
defended strongly by armed guards! See Genesis 12:10, 21:25-30, and 26:1,
12-22, for some examples). Even in good times, acquiring a household’s
daily water supply was a task that took much time and effort, often
multiple times per day, totaling potentially several hours. Were they to
see how we live, Bible characters would frankly be astounded at the quality
and quantity of the water we receive, and the ease with which we get it!
They would think it as practically sorcery, and as more marvelous than many
other of the modern conveniences we enjoy.
No wonder, then, that themes of thirst/drought vs. fulfillment/drinking are
so prevalent in scripture. The children of Israel were ready to perish
multiple times in the desert, until God provided them drinking water
(Exodus 15:22-25, 17:1-7, and Numbers 20:1-13). Later in Israel’s history,
the Psalmist compares his need longing for God to an animal in desperate
search for water (Psalm 42:1). The Prophet Jeremiah despaired that the
people of Israel had turned away from God, the true lifespring of water, to
rather try to drink from self-made, cracked and dry cisterns (Jeremiah
In contrast, Psalm chapter 1 likens a follower of God to a tree with
well-established roots near a river, impervious to weather changes (Psalm
1:3). God’s blessing on Israel in Elijah’s time was demonstrated by a
soaking rain after 3 years of drought (1 Kings 17:1, 18:41, 45, James
5:18). And Jesus says “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever
believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow
from within them.” (John 7:38)
We who do not suffer real, desperate thirst lose the depth of these
illustrations and teachings. We rarely if ever think of our constant need
for water, and how desperately our lives would change if we were to go just
48 hours without plumbing or bottled water available. Similarly, are lulled
by the world into not sensing our need for God (Revelation 3:14-18), though
in truth we need him even more than food (Matthew 4:4).
Let us remember our need, feel our necessity, and turn to God, who is the
true wellspring of life! I conclude with one of the most beautiful
illustrations of life-giving water, found in Revelation chapter 22. May
this be our longing to receive, and may God fulfill it!
*Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as
crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of
the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of
life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month… The
Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!”
Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free
gift of the water of life.” (vv. 1, 2, 17)*
God bless you and your families the remainder of this week.
Pastor Mark Tatum
We are praising the Lord that Elder Lloyd Sellers, who we have been praying
for for some time, came through his second heart surgery yesterday, and
that the doctors didn’t see a need for a third procedure. We pray he will
be strengthening past his past level which he’s been at for the past
several months. He may be home as early as this afternoon, and hopefully he
can strengthen to the point of returning back to us at church. Please keep
his wife Esther in prayer as well, as she’s continuing Dialysis treatment
and needs strengthening, as well as their children & grandchildren to make
good decisions and live happily, stably in the grace of the Lord.
Please continue to pray for people in the Midwest who are suffering from
the effects of tornadoes and floods. It seems every day there are more
headlines and images from the center of our county of people suffering.
Pray for rescuers’ effectiveness & stamina, and for financial resources to
come in to help those victims. You can of course make a contribution at
www.acs.org or www.redcross.org.
Mirta Leiss, a lovely sister who has played the organ for us occasionally,
requests prayer for her brother, Norberto, who works for the Vallejo Drive
SDA church, and recently suffered a severe health challenge that will
render him unable to work for some time. Please pray for his recovery, and
also consider donating to the GoFundMe page that has been set-up for him.
There’s a link for it on Mirta’s Facebook page.
Please continue to pray for the victims of recent secular & religious
violence & loss in Denver, San Diego, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Paris. We
are concerned for any whose sense of security is shattered as they gather
to worship or learn. May God help those with troubled hearts see that
violence is not the answer.
Please keep medical/health prayer requests in mind for the following
· Christina Rebensczuk requests prayer for her health & ability to
sleep, as well as for her sister, who is dealing with a couple health
problems, and her neighbor, who is in his 90s and is in a fragile state as
well. May God uphold these people in strength.
· Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law niece Carol, and friend Lupe, who
are both suffering with health problems.
· Vivian Rodriguez, Rosa Ferreras, and Daniel Geli, who are
enduring effects of long-term illness. May they do so with grace, faith,
and improvement over time.
Let’s pray for our government leaders, both domestic and international, as
peoples’ ability to live stable, peaceable lives depends on them making
good, wise decisions. Let’s continue to pray for those local, broad, and
abroad, to be wise and judicious in their leadership. Let’s remember that
the Bible’s instruction is to pray for our leaders (Romans 13:1, 1 Tim.
2:1-2) so we can live peaceably, doing God’s work day by day.
Pray for families and relationships that are strained and broken. Pray for
prodigals to be ‘nudged’ by the Holy Spirit to return home to the faith of
their upbringing. Pray also for the church’s marriages to be strong &
*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
*Food Bank Distribution Tonight (Wednesday)*: From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., our
food bank will be open for distribution. If you or someone you know could
benefit from some free food, please encourage them to come and receive. A
big thanks goes out to our volunteers who dedicate dozens of hours per week
in collecting, organizing, & distributing the food. Also we are looking for
additional *drivers* who would be able to help out with doing grocery
pickups 1 or more mornings per week. Please let Pastor Mark or the church
office know if you are able to help.
*Grupo de Oración en Español: *Reunimos a las 5:30 en el Fellowship hall
para revisar un capítulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes, y elevar
peticiones en oración. Esta semana estamos revisando el capítulo 75, la
primera etapa del tribunal de Jesús. Ven para experimentar una bendición en
compartir fe con hermanos y acomunar con Dios y otros.
*Sabbath Morning Sabbath Schools* start at 9:30 for all age groups! *Kids &
Youth* meet for food & song service in the youth room, while *adults* meet
in the sanctuary, where Pastor Mark will be continuing his series on “28
glimpses of Jesus”. Then at 10:00, kids go to their age-based Bible
classes, and adults go to room 305/306. Esta semana los *hermanos hispanos*
reunirán en el Fellowship hall a las 9:00 a.m. para tener su escuela
sabática y estudio de la lección. Pastor Mark dará el devocional a las
10:00 a.m., continuando su serie “28 vistazos de Jesús” fijando en la
*Honoring Our Graduates:* This week at church, we want to take some time to
honor our grads and recognize them for the hard work they’ve done over the
past several years. If you or someone you know is graduating this spring,
please let either Pastor Mark or the church office know, and feel free to
invite any graduating friends or relatives! We want to affirm & applaud
their hard work.
*Concierto y Cena para ahorrar fondos:* El cuarteto “Voces Para Cristo”
tendrá un concierto y cena la tarde de Mayo 25 para ahorrar fondos para su
grupo. Ven y traigan una donación para bendecir este ministerio. (Este
programa reemplazará nuestra programa de Sociedad de Jóvenes).
*Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting:* will be meeting next week at 6:30 p.m. in
Room 304. Each week we review a chapter of The Desire of Ages (next week,
chapter 76, about Judas Iscariot), and lift up petitions in prayer. Please
consider coming & joining this close-knit group of faith & friendship.
*Orangewood Academy Tuition Incentives:* If your child has never attended
Seventh-day Adventist education before, our local school would like to you
to give them a consideration. Up to 4 tuition discounts are possible: SDA
church membership, 1st time to OA bonus, income-based discounts through the
business office, and local church tuition subsidy. Please let Pastor Mark
or David Hernandez, Business Manager at Orangewood Academy know if you’d
like to look at the possibility of sending your child(ren) to Orangewood.
Their number is (714) 534-4694.
*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark is available for home or office visits
the remainder of this week, as well as next week. Feel free to call/text
him at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like
to arrange for a time & place to meet together.
*Future Calendar:* Looking further ahead in our schedule, there are several
more things to be anticipating as well!
· May 23rd: Orangewood Academy spring music concert @ Orangewood
· May 25th: Concierto/Cena con Voces para Cristo. 5:00 p.m. en el
· May 30: 8th Grade Graduation Service @ Orangewood Academy
· June 2nd: 12th Grade Graduation Service @ Orangewood Academy
· June 16th: Special visit from “A Sure Harvest” Muslim outreach
ministry, including potluck lunch and afternoon presentation
· June 24th – 28th: “Jamii Kingdom” Vacation Bible Xperience,
Okay! I believe that pretty well sums it up for what’s going on in our
community this week! Thanks to all who committedly dedicate themselves to
the Lord’s service in the many ministries this church provides. May God
continue to oversee & bless our community.
Pastor Mark Tatum