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Anaheim SDA Church
Mid-week Pastor’s Update
“Consider the Lilies, how they
grow: they neither toil nor spin…” Luke 12:27
A few weeks ago, after having driven a school vehicle for a multi-day field
trip, I found myself at Orangewood Academy with no car, and the choice to
either walk home, or wait some hours to get a ride home from my wife. It was a
lovely day, so, despite being some 6 miles from home, I set out walking.
As I walked, I found myself surprised that, though I’d driven along the
same streets many times, that there was so much more detail that I hadn’t
noticed before while whizzing past. Little businesses in a strip mall: “I didn’t
know there was a business who offered that service nearby, maybe I should
patronize them sometime.” And, shortcutting through some residential
neighborhoods: “What lovely landscaping these houses have! What a lovely, tree-shaded
neighborhood!” Things I had failed to see, or had bypassed altogether, in my
The last couple miles I walked on the recreation trail that parallels
the Santiago Creek gully. Though I’d ridden it on bicycle before, again, at a
walking pace I had much more time to pay attention to detail: kids swinging on
swings at a nearby playground, the existence of a nature center (an open one)
that I’d zoomed by, but had never noticed.
The whole experience reminded me how different, how much sweeter and
more beautiful, our environment seems when we slow down to ‘smell the roses’.
Though I’d at first considered my situation that day an inconvenience, I
finished the walk feeling truly blessed.
I pray that, in life, we can do more than ‘zoom through’, but can rather
slow down and enjoy our surroundings. This, of course means recognizing the
blessings of family, of having a home, health, scenery, etc. Particularly at
Christmas time, reminding ourselves that God has given us all we need for life
here, and has drawn near in offering us life eternal.
I continually find reasons to be thankful that I’m a Seventh-day
Adventist: because recognizing that pausing, resting, and reflecting is encouraged
(yea, commanded) by our God is crucial
to my own faith life. Knowing how so many of us are wired, we wouldn’t stop to
do it unless God had really made it clear that he prioritized it for us.
Rather than constantly stimulating ourselves, let’s sometimes stop and
simply consider God’s rhythms and ways, to recognize their beauty, and
incorporate them into our way of life.
May God bless you all.
Pr. Mark Tatum
Brother Elliott Harris is giving
thanks that his mother, Jean Harris, who was hospitalized a few days last week,
has been released to go home. He prays that the doctors have gotten to the root
of what the issue was, and that there will be no more problems for her. Please
join us in praying for her stability.
Pray for those suffering near and far, from both natural and
man-made disasters. From Northern California to Tijuana to Yemen, many are in
need of care and God’s comfort. Please keep them high on your prayer list.
Please continue to keep in prayer others who are
enduring long-term illnesses:
* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s Father, who is
recovering from a surgery he had to remove a cancer on his foot.
* Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law niece Carol, and
friend Lupe, who are both suffering with health problems.
* Vivian Rodriguez, Rosa Ferreras, and
Daniel Geli, who are enduring effects of long-term illness. May they do so with
grace, faith, and improvement over time.
* Lloyd & Esther Sellers, who have both had
health problems, that they would gradually strengthen and be able to return to
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 52, “El Pastor Divino”, y oramos juntos. Por favor considera
reuniendo con nosotros para recibir una bendición.
Orangewood Academy Christmas Program tomorrow
night! Starting at 6:30,
students of all ages at our sister Christian school will be performing to God’s
glory in remembering the Christmas story. The night begins with the
preschoolers, followed by the K-12 students at 7:15.
VBS Reunion/Visitors’ Christmas Sabbath this week! This coming Sabbath we will be having a full day of Christmas events,
including: a visiting music group for visitor-friendly church time, a vegetarian
Potluck lunch, and our annual Christmas Party @ 5:00, including fund-raiser
Pathfinder Supper, petting zoo animals, and a program put on by our kids &
youth. Come and celebrate this most special occasion with us, and invite
friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc.
Saturday Morning Sabbath Schools commence at 9:30 Saturday mornings for all age groups! Kids
and Youth begin in the youth room with morning refreshments and songs
with Pastor Mark, before going to their age-level classes at 10:00. Adults begin
at 9:30 in the in the sanctuary, where Dr. Israel Chambi will be presenting. Then,
lesson study is at 10:00, in room 305/306 as usual. Esta semana los hermanos Hispanos reunirán
en el santuario junto con los anglo-parlantes, pero irán al Fellowship Hall
para la lección de Escuela Sabática. May we all be blessed with this most
dynamic, participatory part of our day.
Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders and Adventurers are on for 3:00 this Sabbath afternoon as usual. A big
thanks goes out to Margarito Gonzales, and Craig Voelker, leaders of our
Pathfinder and Adventurer clubs, respectively, as well as to all their talented
& dedicated volunteers who serve to help our kids grow up in the knowledge
of the Lord.
Sociedad de Jovenes will be replaced by our opening program for the Christmas
social at 5:00 this Sabbath. Next week will resume as normal.
Pastor’s Availability: Pastor Mark is in town both this week and next, and is available
for appointments either at the church, your home, or another location. Feel
free to call/text him at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail 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, “Jesus’ last journey from
Galilee”) and will lift up petitions in group prayer. It is a great spiritual
re-charge during the week. Please consider joining.
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