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

 

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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

 

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“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

Mid-week Pastor’s Update 10-31-2018

Anaheim SDA Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

October 31st, 2018

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

May God bless you all the
remainder of this week.

 

Sincerely,

     Pastor Mark Tatum

 

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Prayer Requests:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

       

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

  

Pray for our leaders,
local, broad, and abroad, to be wise and judicious in their leadership. Let’s
remember that the Bible’s instruction is to pray for our leaders (Romans 13:1,
1 Tim. 2:1-2) so we can live peaceably, doing God’s work day by day.

 

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

 

 

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Announcements:

 

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

 

Food Bank Distribution
Tonight (Wednesday)
: From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., our food bank will be open
for distribution. If you or someone you know could benefit from some free food,
please encourage them to come and receive. Also we are looking for additional drivers
who would be able to help out with doing grocery pickups 1 or more mornings per
week.

 

Grupo de Oración en Español reúne esta tarde a las 5:30 en el fellowship hall. Estamos continuando a
leer el libro Deseado de Todas las Gentes
(esta semana capitulo 45, “La Transfiguración”, y oramos juntos. Por favor
considera reuniendo con nosotros para recibir una bendición.   

 

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

 

Saturday Morning Sabbath
Schools
 commence at 9:30
Saturday mornings for all age groups! Kids and Youth begin in
the youth room with morning refreshments and songs, before going to their
age-level classes at 10:00. Adults begin at 9:30 in the in the
sanctuary, where Pastor Mark Tatum will be continuing his series on “The Spirit
of Missions”, focusing on George Müller, who famously ran orphanages in
Britain, to huge success, based on his Christian faith. Then, lesson study is
at 10:00, in room 305/306 as usual. 
Esta semana los
hermanos Hispanos reunirán en el santuario a las 9:30 para Escuela
Sabática. 
May we all be blessed with
this most dynamic, participatory part of our day.

 

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

 

Pastor’s Availability: Pastor Mark’s availability
will be limited both for the remainder of this week, as well as next, due to
helping with 2 camping trips. Feel free to call/text him at (714) 650-1245, or
e-mail prmarktatum@gmail.com if you’d like to communicate something
to him, or arrange for a time to meet together.
 

   

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

 

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

  

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

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

 

God bless you all.

 

Sincerely,

     Pastor
Mark Tatum

 

 

Mid-week Pastor’s Update 10-24-2018

Anaheim SDA Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

October 24th, 2018

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

      Pastor Mark Tatum

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Prayer Requests

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

       

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

  

Pray for our leaders,
local, broad, and abroad, to be wise and judicious in their leadership. Let’s
remember that the Bible’s instruction is to pray for our leaders (Romans 13:1,
1 Tim. 2:1-2) so we can live peaceably, doing God’s work day by day.

 

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

 

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Announcements:

 

Food Bank Distribution Tonight
(Wednesday)
:
From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., our food bank will be open for distribution. If you or
someone you know could benefit from some free food, please encourage them to
come and receive. Also we are looking for additional drivers who would
be able to do grocery pickups 1 or more mornings per week.

 

Grupo de Oración en Español reúne esta tarde a las 5:30 en el fellowship hall. Estamos continuando a
leer el libro Deseado de Todas las Gentes
(esta semana capitulo 45, “Previsiones de la Cruz”, y oramos juntos. Por favor
considera reuniendo con nosotros para recibir una bendición.   

 

Friday Evening Young Adult Bible
Study:

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

 

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

 

Saturday Morning Sabbath
Schools
 commence at 9:30
Saturday mornings for all age groups! Kids and Youth begin in
the youth room with morning refreshments and songs, before going to their
age-level classes at 10:00. Adults begin at 9:30 in the in the
sanctuary, where Pastor Mark Tatum will be continuing his series on “The Spirit
of Missions”, focusing on William Carey first Christian missionary to India. Then,
lesson study is at 10:00, in room 305/306 as usual. 
Esta semana los
hermanos Hispanos reunirán en el Fellowship Hall a las 9:00 para Escuela
Sabática. Pr. Mark dará el devocional a las 10:00, continuando su serie en 1er
de Juan. 
May we all be blessed with
this most dynamic, participatory part of our day.

  

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

Future Dates for Your
Calendar:


Oct. 20-21 – Orangewood Academy Alumni Weekend


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


Oct. 27th – Church Fall Social

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

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

 

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

 

God bless you all.

 

Sincerely,

     Pastor
Mark Tatum

Mid-week Pastor’s Update 10-17-18

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*October 17th, 2018*

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*“Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness” *

*Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:3*

From a very young age, we are instilled with the message that, in general,
you get what you deserve and what you work for. You didn’t finish your
supper? No dessert. You didn’t clean your room? No allowance. You didn’t
study for the science test? Failing grade. You didn’t show up to work on
time? Or get that project done? You get reprimanded, or fired. You can’t
pay your mortgage? You lose your house.

It is immensely easy to project this cause/effect relationship upward to
God. You do good enough in life? You get rewarded with heaven. You don’t?
Tough beans. It’s destruction for you. (hey, at least we don’t believe in
an *eternally* burning hell as many Christians do!).

But this is actually *not* what the Bible promotes. Surely, living well,
honestly, and following the commandments will help things go well for you
in this life, and you will get a lot of earthly rewards; but in terms of
salvation, it is not we who achieve it for ourselves.

Rather, we are encouraged dozens, if not hundreds of times in scripture, to
*trust* in the Lord and His goodness (Proverbs 3:5, Psalm 37:3, Isaiah
26:4, Jeremiah 17:7, etc.). But that begs the question: trust what exactly?
Trust that he will be like a fair boss, who gives you what you deserve?

The Bible flat-out says that we cannot *deserve* heaven. *“There is no-one
who is righteous, no, not one” *(Romans 3:10), “*All our righteous acts are
like filthy rags” *(Isaiah 64:6), *“Death came to all mankind, for all
sinned”* (Romans 5:12). So the upward-associating of the world’s ‘justice’,
that we learn from childhood, and all the way up to adulthood, to God,
cannot apply. Even if it did, it would not produce *rejoicing* in the Lord,
which is so often depicted and encouraged in scripture (Revelation 7:9-10,
Philippians 4:4), but would rather produce a nodding of assent in the logic
of God’s fairness.

Rather, we are called to *trust* God’s goodness and his grace, His mercy
and His love, to actually give us far beyond what would be fair! We’re
already given a pretty “fair” deal on earth. But the Bible promises so much
more.

We are to *trust* God’s plan of salvation. The design he put into effect so
many centuries ago, with the sending of His only son to be our atoning
sacrifice (John 3:16, 1st John 2:2), was to be an *effective* sacrifice,
bringing the ability to forgive sin and purge unrighteousness (Hebrews
9:12, 13:12). Do we *trust* that? Do we *trust* it to be efficacious on our
behalf?

Abraham had a tough call to trust God in a seemingly impossible situation.
And though he had his weak moments (as we all do), he ultimately did, and
thus became the father of our faith (and two other of the most significant
world religions as well). He is held up in the New Testament as an example
of faith that God would come through, completing his promises (Hebrews
11:8, 17). We are urged to have similar faith: not merely in God’s
fairness, but in His power to bring about His promises beyond what we could
ever deserve or procure for ourselves.

This faith, and seeing it become sight, produces *rejoicing*, not in
ourselves (!), but rather in Him who is able to accomplish beyond what we
can imagine! (Ephesians 3:20) We of course, in our rejoicing, cooperate
with God’s plan for our lives by obeying, but it is *far* from a
transactional “if/then” approach from our work/reward orientation of our
daily lives!

I finish with a text that sums it up so perfectly: Romans 3:23-24: *“**all
have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by
his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.**”*

Will we believe it, friends? Will we rejoice in it (despite how it exposes
our utter unworthiness)? Will we echo the joyful strain of “All praises to
*Him* who has accomplished our salvation”?

I pray so, friends. I pray that our trust, and rejoicing, in the Lord would
be complete! It is all God, all Jesus, all the time. *“The Author and
Finisher of our faith”*. Hebrews 12:2.

God bless you all.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum

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*Prayer Requests*

Please pray for those still suffering in the wake of Hurricane Michael in
Cuba, Florida, and Georgia. This is of course in addition to praying for
the Carolinas recovering from their recent hurricane, as well as places
around the world like Asia & Indonesia, recovering from their recent
natural disasters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for our leaders, local, broad, and abroad, to be wise and judicious in
their leadership. Let’s remember that the Bible’s instruction is to pray
for our leaders (Romans 13:1, 1 Tim. 2:1-2) so we can live peaceably, doing
God’s work day by day.

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

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*Announcements:*

*Food Bank Distribution Tonight (Wednesday)*: From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., our
food bank will be open for distribution. If you or someone you know could
benefit from some free food, please encourage them to come and receive.

*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 44, “La Verdadera Señal”, y oramos juntos. Por favor
considera reuniendo con nosotros para recibir una bendición.

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

*Saturday Morning Sabbath Schools* commence at 9:30 Saturday mornings for
all age groups! *Kids and Youth* begin in the youth room with morning
refreshments and songs, before going to their age-level classes at 10:00.
*Adults* begin at 9:30 in the in the sanctuary. Then, lesson study is at
10:00, in room 305/306 as usual. Esta semana los hermanos *Hispanos*
reunirán en el Fellowship Hall a las 9:00 para Escuela Sabática. Pr. Mark
dará el devocional a las 10:00, continuando su serie en 1er de Juan. May we
all be blessed with this most dynamic, participatory part of our day.

*Conference “Gear Up” Training this Sabbath afternoon at Loma Linda Academy*:
This Sabbath, from 3:00 to 7:00, over 25 seminars will be held on training
in various areas. Registration is free, and supper is included. Go to the
website at https://seccpresident.adventistfaith.org/gamechangers to get
more info and sign-up. We also had/have bulletin inserts both last & this
Sabbath with further info.

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

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

*Mid-week Prayer:* meets each week on Tuesday @ 6:30 in English in *room
304*, and Miercoles en Español a las 5:30. As usual, we will be reviewing a
chapter of Desire of Ages (next week, chapter 45, “The Foreshadowing of the
Cross”) and will lift up petitions in group prayer. It is a great spiritual
re-charge during the week. Please consider joining.

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

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

*Future Dates for Your Calendar:*

Oct. 20-21 – Orangewood Academy Alumni Weekend

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

Oct. 27th – Church Fall Social

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

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

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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 Oct. 11, 2018

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

been feeling well this week.

 

Anaheim Seventh-day Adventist Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

October 11th, 2018

 

                      

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

 

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

 

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

 

I meandered through
various sections, considering what each contained:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

May
God bless you all.

 

Sincerely,

       Pr. Mark Tatum

 

————————————————————

 

Prayer Requests

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

       

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

  

Pray for our leaders,
local, broad, and abroad, to be wise and judicious in their leadership. Let’s
remember that the Bible’s instruction is to pray for our leaders (Romans 13:1,
1 Tim. 2:1-2) so we can live peaceably, doing God’s work day by day.

 

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

 

———————————————————————————–

 

Announcements:

 

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

 

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

 

Saturday Morning Sabbath
Schools
 commence at 9:30
Saturday mornings for all age groups! Kids and Youth begin in
the youth room with morning refreshments and songs, before going to their
age-level classes at 10:00. Adults begin at 9:30 in the in the
sanctuary.
Then,
lesson study is at 10:00, in room 305/306 as usual. Esta semana los hermanos
Hispanos reunirán en el Fellowship Hall a las 9:00 para Escuela
Sabática. Pr. Mark dará el devocional a las 10:00, continuando su serie en 1er
de Juan. 
May we all be blessed with
this most dynamic, participatory part of our day.

  

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

  

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Future Dates for Your
Calendar:


Oct. 20-21 – Orangewood Academy Alumni Weekend


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


Oct. 27th – Church Fall Social

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

 

———————————————————

 

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

 

God bless you all.

 

Sincerely,

     Pastor
Mark Tatum

Mid-week Pastor’s Update Oct. 11, 2018

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

 

Anaheim Seventh-day Adventist Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

October 11th, 2018

 

books bible.jpg

                      

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

 

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

 

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

 

I meandered through
various sections, considering what each contained:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

May
God bless you all.

 

Sincerely,

       Pr. Mark Tatum

 

————————————————————

 

Prayer Requests

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

       

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

  

Pray for our leaders,
local, broad, and abroad, to be wise and judicious in their leadership. Let’s
remember that the Bible’s instruction is to pray for our leaders (Romans 13:1,
1 Tim. 2:1-2) so we can live peaceably, doing God’s work day by day.

 

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

 

———————————————————————————–

 

Announcements:

 

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

 

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

 

Saturday Morning Sabbath
Schools
 commence at 9:30
Saturday mornings for all age groups! Kids and Youth begin in
the youth room with morning refreshments and songs, before going to their
age-level classes at 10:00. Adults begin at 9:30 in the in the
sanctuary.
Then,
lesson study is at 10:00, in room 305/306 as usual. Esta semana los hermanos
Hispanos reunirán en el Fellowship Hall a las 9:00 para Escuela
Sabática. Pr. Mark dará el devocional a las 10:00, continuando su serie en 1er
de Juan. 
May we all be blessed with
this most dynamic, participatory part of our day.

  

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

  

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Future Dates for Your
Calendar:

           
Oct. 20-21 – Orangewood Academy Alumni Weekend

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

           
Oct. 27th – Church Fall Social

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

 

———————————————————

 

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

 

God bless you all.

 

Sincerely,

     Pastor
Mark Tatum