Mid-week Pastor’s Update
December 5th, 2018
“‘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
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
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,
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.
Pr. Mark Tatum
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
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
Please pray for stability and improvement in
each case, that God would strengthen and sustain so many sincere children of
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if
you’d like to communicate something to him, or arrange for a time to meet
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!
Dec. 13th Orangewood Academy Christmas Program, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 15th Church Christmas Sabbath Celebration incl. potluck
& evening party
22nd Christmas breakfast in Fellowship Hall
31st End of year night service/communion in Fellowship Hall
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.
Pastor Mark Tatum