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

 

 

 

Mid-week Pastor’s Update 12-5-2018

Anaheim SDA Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

December 5th, 2018

 

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“‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may
rest from their labors, and their works follow them.’” Revelation 14:13 NKJV

 

Ever since we got the news last
weekend that George H.W. Bush had passed away at age 94, our nation has paused
to remember a gentleman, a war hero, and a president who guided our country.
The stock market is closed today, as is the mail service, I understand. Flags
are at half-staff, and even Google has changed its home page to all gray. Hopefully
everybody gets at least a brief chance to reflect and pray in light of this
loss.

 

No person is perfect, no leader
is flawless, but the tributes I have heard coming in for President Bush over
the past few days have been impressive to say the least. Having been a child at the time, I was unaware of much that he had to navigate and
negotiate during his presidency. The stability maintained through the fall of
the Soviet Union, and the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany, was something
that was difficult to sustain, and ‘deftly handled’, according to analysts.

 

I’ve been watching/listening to
the national funeral throughout the morning, and have been heartened (once
again, as I was during John McCain’s funeral) to hear scripture readings,
Spiritual songs, and affirmations of Christian faith peppered throughout the
services, and broadcast on secular news sources that generally avoid such
topics.

 

The national dialogue has been
so toxic recently, it is a breath of fresh air to return, even briefly, to
dignity, respect, faith, and emphasizing things we agree on as a society. It is
a shame that it takes a death of a president for us to stop our rancor and
return to that which is most important: the virtures of love, respect, faith,
and patriotism.

 

Some could criticize some of
the forms shown and sentiments expressed during the service (regarding things
like the afterlife), or could ring the alarm regarding unity between church and
state, but I would hope that at such moments we could put differences aside and
give thanks that God & Faith have not been forgotten in society. My central
prayer is that some of the scriptural passages, prayers, songs, and Spiritual
truths uttered will resonate with some in our society who have previously written-off
faith, and will give it another chance, the scriptures another look, and
prayers another utterance.

 

Let us remember that our
particularities of faith are never a reason to be “grumps” in the light of a
national spiritual moment: that we are to unite with other Christians on the
things we agree upon. While we are to be aware of the Great Controversy, and
the darknesses that comingle in society, we are not to neglect the light, and
God’s acting to reach out to all peoples at all times.

 

May we live up to the ideals, both spiritual and national, expressed during this time of mourning.

May God bless you all the
remainder of this week.

 

Sincerely,

     Pr. Mark Tatum

 

 

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Prayer Requests:

 

Brother Elliott requests prayer for his mother, Jean Harris, who has been hospitalized since Sabbath. She has improved in the last 24 hours, and there are hopes she will be discharged later today. Pray for her to make a full recovery.


Sister Esther Sellers contracted an infection last week, and had a procedure yesterday in order to correct it. Thankfully, the doctor feels the procedure went well, and Esther was able to return home last night. 

We’re thankful that Sister Rosa
has recovered after having been hospitalized early last week. She was even well
enough to be in church Sabbath. Please keep praying for her and her family in
their infirmities.

 

 

Pray for those suffering, both in the wake of the California
fires some weeks back, as well as for those involved in the migrant crisis on
the border. May the Lord help all relief efforts, and may folks find stability
and ability to move forward 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.

* Lloyd Sellers, who has had
health problems, that he 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 51, “La Luz Del Mundo”, y oramos juntos. Por favor considera
reuniendo con nosotros para recibir una bendición.   

 

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 Pr. Mark will be continuing his series
on “The Missionary Spirit” this time focusing on an Adventist Missionary Pilot
in South America.
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 Daniel Geli dará la devocional a las 10:00. 
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 our bilingual youth program is set for 5:00 this Sabbath
afternoon. Come to close the Sabbath together, enjoying singing, a Bible game,
and a relevant message.

 

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, “The Divine Shepherd”) and
will lift up petitions in group prayer. It is a great spiritual re-charge
during the week. Please consider joining.

  

Mark your Calendars: big church Christmas
celebration day Dec. 15th
A week from
Sabbath we will be having a full day of Christmas events, including: VBS
Reunion/Visitors’ Sabbath during SS/church time, a visiting music group, a
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. That’s going to be a big, fun Sabbath together!

 

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

 

 

Mid-week Pastor’s Update 11-28-2018

Anaheim Seventh-day Adventist Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

November 28th, 2018

 

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"Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of
wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought
from death to life… Don’t you know that when you offer
yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey?"

Romans 6:13a, 16a NIV

 

One weekday morning recently, I was at a lube shop getting my oil
changed. As they worked on my car, I sat in the little lobby, thumbing through
my phone. A local morning news program was on the TV, and I was listening with
one ear as I wrote some texts, checked Facebook and the like.

 

After a commercial break, the news came back on, saying that they had a
special guest with them in the studio, a hypnotist who was going to try to hypnotize
the news anchors. They sat on some couches, and the hypnotist animatedly took
turns causing the hosts to fall asleep, then bringing them back awake in
alternate states of mind: one he convinced was a superhero, another a farm
animal, and a third he convinced he was a famous musician visiting the studio.
Of course, nervous laughter ensued from the other folks observing, and the 5-minute
piece ended with the anchors being brought out of their trances, and all
present exchanged expressions of “ooh, how weird/creepy/funny was that? Simply
amazing.” They concluded.

 

It was meant for amusement, of course, and different people will come
to their own conclusions as to what does or doesn’t happen during a hypnosis
session, but I wish to urge people caution, warning, and remind that such a
thing is far from innocent.

 

On the one hand, what I saw on TV that morning could’ve been a hoax. I
actually would rather it was a hoax.
I will tell you, though, that those anchors, who were hypnotized, did not seem
to be in on the joke that they were not, indeed a superhero, farm animal, or in
the presence of a great music star. There was no glisten in their eyes of ‘isn’t
what we’re doing here hilarious’? As far as could be told, they believed it.

 

The other possibility is that there was actually some mind control
going on, possibly with the help of some dark spiritual forces. While
entertaining on the surface, ‘dabbling’ in the supernatural is forbidden by
scripture (Deut. 18:10, Num. 19:31), and I wondered that morning how many
people might’ve been watching the program, and got fascinated to the point of
saying ‘I may look up some hypnosis stuff from the internet or a library book’.

 

We are warned in scripture about who to submit ourselves to, and what
the consequences are (See, for example, Romans 12:2). We are warned even more
strongly in the Spirit of Prophecy writings, where Ellen White tells us that mesmerism
is a tool of Satan to lead away and destroy minds (Early Writings p. 21, 59, also see Selected Messages book 2, chapter 44).

 

It may seem minor, may be far from our daily lives to seem important,
but it was literally on a local network news program recently, for all to see. It
went out to who knows how many houses and waiting rooms (as the one I saw it
in). How I would love for some equal time, 5 minutes, for me or a fellow pastor
to come on and talk about how much we love the Sabbath, what a blessing it is! Or
the true meaning of Christmas, what have you. I have even written an e-mail to
the producers of that news program to that effect. But, truth be told, I won’t
be holding my breath on that happening any time soon.

 

Oh, and by the way, during that same hour, the morning news program had
an interview with an actor who plays an openly gay character on a show (showed clips
of him kissing another man/men), had a piece on the Pope presiding over some
ceremony, and had a Mormon singer on set singing a Christmas song. I’m sure the
producers were patting themselves on the back for having a diverse and
interesting show, but I was seeing Great Controversy flags left and right. I
did mention in the e-mail that I had noticed that many of their pieces had
religious undertones throughout.

 

Let’s remain steadfast, friends. There are, quite literally, a hundred
forms of deception out there. But let’s keep faithful: keep our noses in our Bibles,
our prayer connection strong with heaven and others, and keep steadfast and
resolute in our stand for truth. We may not get a society-wide megaphone with which
to speak our beliefs, but with each of us acting faithfully where the Lord puts
us, we can make a major affect for good.

 

(And who knows, we just may get that ‘megaphone’. Jesus says we may be
brought in front of judges and rulers (Luke 12:11), and 1 Peter 3:15 encourages
to always be ready to give a reason for our hope. Let’s be ready for whatever
the Lord has in store!)

 

God bless you all.

 

Sincerely,

     Pastor Mark Tatum

 

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Prayer Requests:

 

Please
pray for sister Rosa Fererras, who has been admitted to the hospital with an
infection. While on the surface it is minor, the complications with her
Multiple Sclerosis make it a more serious thing. Pray for her to be released
soon, and back to us at church when she’s able.

 

Please,
continue to urgently pray for proper treatment for those in the migrant caravan
in Mexico: there are many women and children in the group, and they are
vulnerable in many ways. Pray that our leaders, as well as Mexican/Tijuana
leaders, can come to a compassionate and cooperative-based solution, for the
benefit of all.

 

Please
keep praying for the victims of the devastating fires, and their aftermath. The
rains are surely complicating efforts to search the rubble and aid the victims.
If you haven’t done so already, remember to donate via
www.redcross.org or www.communityservices.org (SDA church disaster response).

 

Betty
Caballero expresses appreciation for the continued prayers for family members Rosa,
who’s improved significantly, and Carol, who is still struggling. She adds
another request to be prayed for: a friend of hers named Lupe, who has just
been diagnosed with a tumor in her lung. May God help and heal her. May he work
through the doctors’ treatment efforts.

 

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.

*  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.

       

We praise the Lord for two cases of
improvement and return to us recently: Elder Glicerio overcoming his heart
problems, and Mark Hennig after a long bout with intestinal cancer &
surgery.

 

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 Distrubution 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 a las 5:30 cada Miercoles en el Fellowship Hall. Cada
semana, revisamos un capitulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes (esta semana,
capitulo 50, “Jesús Entre Trampas”), y oramos por las necesidades de nosotros y
otros. Siempre es una bendición grande, ven y juntase con nosotros.

 

Church
Board Meeting Tonight!
 At 6:30 p.m. in
the Primary Room, our leaders will gather to make decisions on plans going forward.
Elders and Department leaders, please prioritize attending. All church members:
please pray for the Lord to lead and bless the meeting and the plans that will
be executed as a result. Thanks and God bless.

 

Orange County Young Adult Bible Study will be meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. This
college-aged group is composed of young people from around different churches
in Orange County. May the study be a blessing.

 

Saturday Morning Sabbath Schools: begin at 9:30 a.m. for all age groups! Kids &
youth
 begin with refreshments & songs in the youth room, before being
sent to their age-based classes @ 9:50. Adults (English) begin
at 9:30 in the sanctuary, where Pastor Mark will be continuing his series on
“The Spirit of Missions”, focusing on the ethical difficutly of avoidable
martyrdoms. Then,
lesson study is at 10:00, in room 305/306 as usual. Esta semana, nuestros
hermanos hispanos estarán juntos en el santuario con los
anglos a las 9:30, y tendrán su escuela sabática allí también.

  

Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers are going out to sing for some senior citizens at a
retirement center this Sabbath. Departure will be about 1:00, so bring a lunch
to eat. Check with your club leaders as to how they’d like to have you dressed.

 

Sociedad de Jovenes our closing of the Sabbath, bilingual youth program is
being moved up to 5:00 going forward, on account of the sunset
being so early now. Pastor Mark will be sharing music and a relevant Spiritual
talk. There will also be a Bible activity game, as usual.

  

Mid-week Prayer Group meets at 6:30 next Tuesday in room 304. Each week
we review a chapter of Desire of Ages (next week, chapter 51 “The Light of Life”),
and lift up ours & others’ needs in prayer. Come join this mid-week
Spiritual recharge, it’s always a big blessing.

  

Mid-week Pastor’s E-mail: Each Wednesday, Pastor Mark sends out
an e-mail which includes a devotional thought, prayer request list, and church
announcements. If someone you know would like to be on this list, please get
their e-mail address to Pastor Mark at prmarktatum@gmail.com.

 

Pastor’s Availability: Pastor Mark is
available by appointment to meet together to pray, study the Bible, discuss
Spiritual matters, etc. He’s happy to meet either at the church, at home, or
another place. Feel free to call/text him at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail him at prmarktatum@gmail.com.

 

No potluck Sabbath Dec. 1stwe will be moving our December potluck back to the 15th,
in order to coincide with our VBS Reunion/Visitors’ Sabbath. We will also have
a Christmas concert in the afternoon, and social in the evening.

 

Mark your Calendars: big church Christmas
celebration day Dec. 15th
Three weeks
from today we will be having a full day of Christmas events, including: VBS
Reunion/Visitors’ Sabbath during SS/church time, a visiting music group, a
Potluck lunch, a 3:00 p.m. Christmas music concert, and our annual Christmas
Party @ 5:00, including fund-raiser Pathfinder Supper. That’s going to be a
big, fun Sabbath together!

 

Upcoming Events:

           
Dec. 13th Orangewood Academy Christmas Program

           
Dec. 15th Church Christmas Sabbath Celebration

 

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Okay! That is what’s going on in our church
family coming up. I pray that you, your families, and your loved ones have a
great Thanksgiving together, and that recognition and gratitude of God’s goodness
fills your day with joy. All God’s blessings to you and your loved ones.

 

Sincerely,

    
Pastor Mark Tatum

 

Mid-week Pastor’s Update 11-21-2018

Be sure not to miss our announcements below: we have several new & great ones, including Thanksgiving Potluck Breakfast tomorrow morning!

Anaheim SDA Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

November 21, 2018

 

jesus leper.jpg

 

One of the lepers,
when he saw that he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.
 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him…  Jesus
asked, 
“Were not ten cleansed? Where are the other
nine?
 Has no one else returned to give praise to
God?”

Luke 17:14-18a

 

We have all
likely been part of a “thankless” job at some point. Whether it was custodial
work, a graveyard shift, or solving problems behind the scenes, we practically
all know what it is to do something that, though necessary, doesn’t receive
much, if any, recognition.

 

Parenting is
a big one: the kids need constant attention, constant care, (constant diaper
changes,) and they are as likely to throw a tantrum at any given moment as they
are to say ‘thank you’. The long-term hope is, that as they grow and mature,
that they will recognize the service done them and be grateful. Not so much
‘pay it back’, but rather to ‘pay it forward’ to the next generation.

 

God many
times in life gives us situations by which we can sympathize with his
perspective toward the world. A Biblical example is Abraham being asked to
sacrifice his only son Isaac: though he didn’t quite do it, he surely felt the
equivalent human feeling to what God felt in giving up his own son to die as a sacrifice. Another strong Bible example is
that of Hosea, in which he was asked to marry a prostitute (who returned to her
prostitution), as an illustration of what the Kingdom of Israel was doing with
infidelity to God. Hosea felt, on an individual level, much of the bitterness
and scorn that God feels in regards to the world.

 

And Jesus,
in being both God and man, experienced the utterly thankless job of coming to
serve, teach, and submit himself to ungrateful and hate-filled religious
leaders, who supposedly represented God to the people. As we’re reading through
the Desire of Ages book in our Tuesday night prayer group, I’m continually
impressed (and ashamed) at Jesus’ steadfast patience, in the midst of
opposition and oppression. Though he was “in charge”, he knew that appeal to
cooperation, rather than domination, was the most effective way to reach
humanity.

 

We can get a
taste of this in modern-day too, whether we are a boss, a teacher, a parent, a
judge, an administrator, etc., we all sit in some sort of seat of authority, a
‘mini-God’ position, if you will. And we can see what the difficulties are of
overseeing others; hoping they’ll respond positively, and feeling
frustrated/worried when they don’t. This makes me think of how God must view
various situations in the world, and I have to recognize that I have been a
terrible child/subordinate/employee at times.

 

Considering
this makes me want to look up to him with gratitude, for his patience, his
wisdom, his guidance, his benevolence toward us, who too often resemble
tantrumy toddlers or sullen teenagers. Furthermore, it makes want to ‘pay it
forward’ in extending similar traits to others. God knows I falter, but this
realization makes me want to keep trying.

 

May we make
an effort this Thanksgiving to express our gratitude to those around us, for
all they do and are. And let us, most importantly, take time to appreciate God:
to let him know that we recognize his work and endurance in bringing us along
to maturity. That will fill his heart, much like the tired-out parent who gets
a finger painting from their child, saying “I love you”. 🙂

 

May God
bless you and your loved ones this Thanksgiving.

 

Sincerely,

      Pastor Mark Tatum

 

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Prayer Requests:

 

Please
keep praying for the victims of the devastating fires. The numbers I’m hearing,
of near 100 confirmed dead, and over 1,000 missing, are just overwhelming. Pray
for the people in tent cities and rescue workers, etc., as rain moves into the
area as well. That will help finish off what’s left of the fire, but will make
a muddy, cold mess for those exposed. Also, if you haven’t done so already,
remember to donate via www.redcross.org or
www.communityservices.org (SDA
church disaster response).

 

Pray for
folks in mourning from recent shootings as well. I was heartbroken to hear of
one in a Chicago hospital earlier this week.

 

Though it’s
faded from the headlines, continue to pray for proper treatment for those in
the migrant caravan in Mexico: there are many women and children in the group,
and they are vulnerable in many ways. Pray a compassionate and cooperative-based
solution can be worked-out.

  

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 Rosa and niece Carol, who
are both being treated for health problems. Betty reports that Rosa is doing
much better, praise God, but that Carol is still struggling, pray for her to
improve, and to seek and trust God in every area of her life.

*  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.

       

We praise the Lord for two cases of improvement and return
to us recently: Elder Glicerio overcoming his heart problems, and Mark Hennig
after a long bout with intestinal cancer & surgery.

 

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 Distrubution 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 a las 5:30 cada Miercoles en el Fellowship Hall. Cada
semana, revisamos un capitulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes (esta semana,
capitulo 49, “La Fiesta de las cabañas”), y oramos por las necesidades de
nosotros y otros. Siempre es una bendición grande, ven y juntase con nosotros.

 

Thanksgiving
Potluck Breakfast Tomorrow Morning!
 At 8:00
a.m. tomorrow we will be gathering in our fellowship hall to enjoy a vegetarian
potluck breakfast together. Time will be given for testimonies &
expressions of gratitude, and we will sing, and elder Joel Milla will give us a
reflection on the Spiritual aspect of Thanksgiving. We hope you can join us in
celebrating together this day of grateful festivity.

 

Saturday Morning Sabbath Schools: begin at 9:30 a.m. for all age groups! Kids &
youth
 begin with refreshments & songs in the youth room, before
being sent to their age-based classes @ 9:50. Adults (English)
begin at 9:30 in the sanctuary, where Pastor Mark will be continuing his series
on “The Spirit of Missions”, this time focusing on an Adventist missionary
pilot in South America. Then,
lesson study is at 10:00, in room 305/306 as usual. Esta semana, nuestros
hermanos hispanos reunirán en el Fellowship Hall a las 9:00
para tener la lección de escuela Sabática, y Anciano Glicerio Vilchez dará la
devocional a las 10:00. 
May we all be blessed
with this most dynamic, participatory part of our day.

 

2019 Diabetes Seminar Planning Meeting: A group of members is interested in putting together a diabetes
health outreach seminar for early 2019. A brief planning meeting will be held
in the primary room 15 minutes after church dismisses this Sabbath. If you’d
like to help get in on the ground floor with planning, come to the primary room
(room 205/206) after church service.

 

Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers are on hiatus this week, this being the 4th Sabbath
of the month. A week from Sabbath, on Dec 1st, they will be going to
sing Christmas Carols at a local retirement home. Also, the Pathfinders will be
having another donation-based fundraiser dinner on the 15th, as a
part of the Christmas social party. Thanks to our volunteers who help mold our
kids as they grow in Christ!

 

Sociedad de Jovenes our closing of the Sabbath, bilingual youth program is
being moved up to 5:00 going forward, on account of the sunset
being so early now. Come enjoy music, a Bible game, and a relevant Spiritual
talk.

 

Church decorating Monday the 26th: Come and help beautify our sanctuary by helping us put up our
Christmas decorations for the season. Christian Christmas music will be played
in the sanctuary, and light refreshments will be offered. Begins at 6:30.

 

Mid-week Prayer Group meets at 6:30 next Tuesday in room 304. Each week
we review a chapter of Desire of Ages (next week, chapter 50 “Among Snares”),
and lift up ours & others’ needs in prayer. Come join this mid-week
Spiritual recharge, it’s always a big blessing.

 

Church board Wednesday the 28th at 6:30 p.m. in the Primary Sabbath School room. Elders
& department leaders, please prioritize attending. If you have any agenda
items, please get them to Pr. Mark or the church office ASAP. And all members,
let’s be prayerful & supportive of the church leadership, in executing the
plans being made going forward.

 

Mid-week Pastor’s E-mail: Each Wednesday, Pastor Mark sends out
an e-mail which includes a devotional thought, prayer request list, and church
announcements. If someone you know would like to be on this list, please get
their e-mail address to Pastor Mark at prmarktatum@gmail.com.

 

Pastor’s Availability: Pastor Mark is
available by appointment to meet together to pray, study the Bible, discuss
Spiritual matters, etc. He’s happy to meet either at the church, at home, or
another place. Feel free to call/text him at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail him at prmarktatum@gmail.com.

 

No potluck Sabbath Dec. 1stwe will be moving our December potluck back to the 15th,
in order to coincide with our VBS Reunion/Visitors’ Sabbath. We will also have
a Christmas concert in the afternoon, and social in the evening.

 

Mark your Calendars: big church Christmas
celebration day Dec. 15th
Three weeks
from today we will be having a full day of Christmas events, including: VBS
Reunion/Visitors’ Sabbath during SS/church time, a visiting music group, a
Potluck lunch, a 3:00 p.m. Christmas music concert, and our annual Christmas
Party @ 5:00, including fund-raiser Pathfinder Supper. That’s going to be a
big, fun Sabbath together!

 

Upcoming Events:

           
Mon 26th Sanctuary Christmas decorating

           
Wed 28th Church board meeting

           
Dec 1st no church potluck

           
Dec. 13th Orangewood Academy Christmas Program

           
Dec. 15th Church Christmas Sabbath Celebration

 

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Okay! That is what’s going on in our church
family coming up. I pray that you, your families, and your loved ones have a
great Thanksgiving together, and that recognition and gratitude of God’s
goodness fills your day with joy. All God’s blessings to you and your loved
ones.

 

Sincerely,

    
Pastor Mark Tatum

mid-week pastor’s update

Anaheim Seventh-day Adventist Church

Mid-Week Pastor’s Update

November 14th, 2018

 

burned devastation paradise.jpg

 

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures
on earth, where thieves & moths & rust destroy…” Matthew 6:19

 

Hello,
esteemed friends & church members,

 

I
was planning on writing my mid-week Pastor’s update on a different, smaller
reflection topic. Given the extremity in recent events, however, I felt
compelled to push that thought back to a future week, and concentrate on
current events.

 

If
you’re like me, you’ve been shocked and heartbroken at seeing the photos &
video coverage of the devastating fires in Paradise in Northern California, and
Thousand Oaks/Malibu closer to us here south. To think of the dozens who have
died, the thousands who have lost all their property, and the tens (hundreds)
of thousands who have been evacuated, is just overwhelming.

 

Also
if you’re like me, you’ve been experiencing feelings of helplessness &
fatigue. What can I really do? and Do I even have the energy to do something,
given that I donated & prayed for hurricane victims earlier, and earthquake
victims before that, and shooting victims before that?
Compassion fatigue
is real. There are statistics on it: it can be quantified and charted.

 

If
you’re anything like me, though, you’re feeling more than just compassion
fatigue, you’re also experiencing ‘outrage fatigue’ from our recent, vitriolic
election season, and ‘daily life’ fatigue from balancing work, traffic,
finances, kids, relationships, etc.

 

This
is just where I find it so helpful to be connected to the Lord. First of all, He’s
not wanting to be another ‘fatigue’-causing area of life, quite the opposite: He
invites us to come to Him to find rest for our souls (Matthew 11:28). In
addition, He tells us to take a day off from our daily stresses and toils, commands us even. It’s like He’s saying
“Take it easy, I’m in control. I’m the one who holds all things in my
hands (Psalm 95:3-5). I’m the one who
sanctifies you (Ezekiel 20:12).” I count it an unsurpassed blessing to trust in
that.

 

Praise
the Lord, God does not suffer from compassion fatigue. Rather, “God is close to the broken-hearted and
saves those who are crushed in spirit”
Psalm 34:18. The ones who suffer now
are just as known and important to him as the ones who did last year, and the
year before, and last century, millennia, etc. Jesus assures us that not even a
sparrow falls from the sky without the Lord knowing about it, and to take
heart, because we ‘are worth many sparrows’ Matthew 10:29-31.

 

So
what have I resolved to do? I’ve resolved to give as much as I gave for the
last environmental disaster: because the money I give does the same amount,
whether I feel fatigued or not. (I also say a thanks of gratitude to God for
the helpers – the firefighters, red-cross workers, etc. who go in and help
despite being extremely fatigued
themselves). I also am determined to pray as much as I did for the last
disaster. That is both a duty and a privilege to us as Christians: to help by enabling God to send angels, given His
self-imposed restrictions as a part of this Great Controversy we’re in. When
the enemy pushes, we push back.

 

Part
of those prayers will be for the Lord to give me a heart of compassion for
those affected this time, as I had for those affected previous times. Diminishment
of care is surely a defense mechanism, but it’s a worldly one, one we should be
aware of and pushing back against, as Christians. As we pray to have a heart
that is likened to God’s heart toward the world, that includes being
steadfastly compassionate toward the suffering. Where would we be if the Lord
had been indifferent or ‘fatigued’ toward us? We’d be, frankly, nowhere. So how
can we do less than our little part toward those we know to be suffering?

 

I
pray a blessing for you & your families this week, friends. I pray that you
will find the balance between social concern & consciousness, yet being
able to manage your own lives and families without being overwhelmed. Remember
that to hold God’s hand is a great relief. We may lean on Him; we may cast our
burdens on him, for he cares for us (1st Peter 5:7).

 

Sincerely,

    Pastor Mark Tatum

 

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Prayer
Requests:

 

Of
course, our hearts go out to victims of the recent tragedies, including the
Calfornia fires, and those involved in the Thousand Oaks bar shooting and Philadelphia
Synagogue shooting. May these events galvanize us in our longing for our
heavenly home, and our pleading for and working toward Jesus’ second coming.

 

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
recovered to the point that he is able to be up and around, out of the house,
and even at church a couple Sabbath’s ago. May God bless him with long life and
health going forward.

 

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 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:

 

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 48, “¿Quién es el
Mayor?”, y oramos juntos. Por favor considera reuniendo con nosotros para
recibir una bendición.   

 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 the main topic. 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.

 

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 our bilingual youth
program is set for 5:30 this Sabbath afternoon. Come to close the Sabbath
together, enjoying singing, a Bible game, and a relevant message.

 

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 @ 6:00 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 49, “At the feast of Tabernacles”) and will lift up petitions in group
prayer. It is a great spiritual re-charge during the week. Please consider
joining.

  

Thanksgiving
Morning Breakfast Potluck:
Come join our church family
this coming Thursday, the 22nd, to celebrate God’s provision and blessing
in our lives with abundant hearts. Begins at 8:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall.
A small devotional program will be held as well.  

 

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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 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