Mid-week Pastor’s Update 11-21-2018

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

Anaheim SDA Church

Mid-week Pastor’s Update

November 21, 2018

 

jesus leper.jpg

 

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

Luke 17:14-18a

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

May God
bless you and your loved ones this Thanksgiving.

 

Sincerely,

      Pastor Mark Tatum

 

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Prayer Requests:

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s Father, who is recovering from a
surgery he had to remove a cancer on his foot.

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

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

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

 

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

       

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

 

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

  

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

 

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

 

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Announcements

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Upcoming Events:

           
Mon 26th Sanctuary Christmas decorating

           
Wed 28th Church board meeting

           
Dec 1st no church potluck

           
Dec. 13th Orangewood Academy Christmas Program

           
Dec. 15th Church Christmas Sabbath Celebration

 

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

 

Sincerely,

    
Pastor Mark Tatum