Mid-week Pastor’s Update 3-20-2019

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*March 20th, 2019*

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*“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you. Not as the world gives. Do
not let your heart be troubled, and do not be afraid.” John 14:27*

What an amazing world we live in. Half of the things we do on a daily basis
without giving it a thought would be mind-boggling to a person living 100
years ago! From taking a hot shower, to driving 65 mph in a car, to turning
on a radio (much less a satellite radio) to listen to news or music, etc.
We can communicate to the other side of the globe, instantly, for free, and
we can Google search a query and have an answer in .05 seconds that only a
scholar would’ve had access to a few generations ago.

Things are quite wonderful, but that is only half of the picture. The other
half is the unintended dark side of our technological advancement: symptoms
which include continual hurry, stress, anxiety, and feelings of
pointlessness and futility of life. While our technological advancements
have grown exponentially, so has our need for antidepressants! While good
communications can travel freely, so can devastating or scary news, and we
can be emotionally on-edge or exhausted from something that didn’t even
happen in our hemisphere.

Jesus’ messages of peace1, of rest in Him2, and of ultimate fulfillment in
recognizing that we are children of God3 are more important than ever.
Critics and scoffers will say Christianity is irrelevant, but society’s
social ills of addiction, hypertension, and road-rage show that sports,
entertainment, and destination vacations do not adequately fill the void
that God and His peace alone can.

This past week we got news of political turmoil in Washington (should we be
surprised? Seems to be a constant state), violence against worshippers in
New Zealand & Ethiopia, and concerns over air safety after 2 crashes in 6
months of the same plane model. Also, I don’t know if you caught it, but
Lake Elsinore’s super-bloom of poppies, in light of our great wet winter of
rain, made the national news. Problem was, 50,000 people tried to go there
in one day to go enjoy the rare natural beauty! Chaos & snarled traffic
ensued as the small city was just not prepared for such an influx.

But I am heartened that God’s beauty in nature still calls people: that we
still want to look up from our tablets & screens & get into nature! They
say that attendance of National Parks is at record levels as well, that
sometimes they have to cap attendance & close the gates to more people
wanting to come in.

I view this ‘rush to nature’ as indicative of our need for calm & beauty.
But even that is only a 2-dimensional solution. God gladly gives these, but
He also calls us to recognize Him as the giver of every good gift.4 He
calls us to walk with Him, follow Him5, and learn from Him6. *That* is when
we find the ‘peace that passes understanding7.’

“Be still and know that I am God” is the invitation given us in the Psalms,8
and it is more crucial today than ever. If we do not intentionally ‘still’
ourselves & intentionally recognize God, it will continually get neglected
& trampled over by our unending busyness & desire for self-entertainment.

This is a big part of why I’m very glad to be a Seventh-day Adventist in
the 21st century. Intentionally stopping on Sabbaths (though not
exclusively on that one day), and re-orienting our compass to Him is to
re-calibrate our souls in a sense. We are reminded that our ultimate value
& purpose is not derived from our incomes, education levels, social
circles, etc., but rather that the Lord of the universe has called us His
own.9

That, friends, is a value and a peace that the world simply cannot touch.
It cannot compete with it, cannot take it away, and cannot snatch us from
His hand,10 praise the Lord.

May God bless you & your families the rest of this week.

Sincerely,

Pr. Mark Tatum

*Verses cited:*

1 John 14:27, quoted in highlight verse at top

2 Matthew 11:28

3 John 1:12

4 James 1:17

5 Matthew 6:24

6 Matthew 11:29

7 Philippians 4:7

8 Psalm 46:10

9 Psalm 8:1, 3-4

10 Romans 8:38-39

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*Prayer Requests:*

Please keep Rosa Ferreras & her family in prayer, as her father passed away
on Monday. Pray for comfort, consolation, & God’s presence to be felt as
the family grieves. Please also keep the Tolan family in similar prayer as
they lost Victor’s father, Vasile, a few weeks back. May Jesus come and
wake these men up to be restored to their families on the resurrection day.

Please keep in prayer the places that have been rocked with religious &
political violence recently, including New Zealand, Ethiopia, and
Venezuela. Many people who, like us, are trying to live their daily lives
have found their societies rocked by instability & violence. Pray for
peace, stability, & mutual understanding to prevail.

Please pray for the victims natural disasters taking place recently: floods
in Nebraska & tornadoes in Georgia have devastated peoples’ lives for the
long-term. Even the natural world is affected by the Great Controversy
(Romans 8:21-22). But let’s pray for God’s angels to continue holding back
the winds of strife for a time (Revelation 7:1-3).

Please keep medical/health prayer requests in mind for the following
families:

· Carmen Warr’s daughter, Liza, who is undergoing tests &
treatment. Pray for quick recovery.

· Lloyd & Esther Sellers, who we are thankful are at home, but have
significant health challenges. Pray for strengthening and physical healing,
that they might be able to return to us.

· Christina Rebensczuk requests prayer for her health & ability to
sleep, as well as for her sister, who is dealing with a couple health
problems, and her neighbor, who is in his 90s and is in a fragile state as
well. May God uphold these people in strength.

· 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.

Let’s pray for our government leaders, both domestic and international, as
peoples’ ability to live stable, peaceable lives depends on them making
good, wise decisions. Let’s continue to pray for those 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.

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

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

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*Announcements:*

*Food Bank Distribution Tonight (Wednesday)*: From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., our
food bank will be open for distribution. If you or someone you know could
benefit from some free food, please encourage them to come and receive. A
big thanks goes out to our volunteers who dedicate dozens of hours per week
in collecting, organizing, & distributing the food. Also we are looking for
additional *drivers* who would be able to help out with doing grocery
pickups 1 or more mornings per week. Please let Pastor Mark or the church
office know if you are able to help.

*Grupo de Oración en Español: *Reunimos a las 5:30 en el Fellowship hall
para revisar un capítulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes, y elevar
peticiones en oración. Esta semana estamos revisando el capítulo 66:
*“Controversia
entre Jesus y lideres religiosos”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en
compartir fe con hermanos y comunar con Dios y otros.

*Church Board Meeting tonight!* At 6:30 p.m. in the Primary room. We will
be covering some big agenda items, so leaders, please make it a priority to
attend. All church members: let’s pray that God will lead in our planning
and executing of those plans, that He may be glorified & our church would
be strengthened & growing.

Our* Sabbath Morning **schedule* will be normal, with a 9:30 start time.
Adults will meet in the sanctuary, with Pastor Mark presenting on “our
miraculous brains”, followed by lesson study at 10:00 in room 305/306. *Kids
& Youth* will be meeting at 9:30 in the Youth room as usual for songs &
light breakfast, before going to their age-based Sabbath school classes in
the various classrooms. En esta semana los hermanos *Hispanos* reunirán a
las 9:00 en el fellowship hall, con hermano Margarito dando el devocional. Come
and join our most dynamic & interactive part of the church day!

*“Diabetes Undone” Health Seminar continues this Sabbath Afternoon *and
continues through the remainder of March & April. The group has had a good
time so far getting to know each-other, eating delicious food samples, and
learning great health principles. If you’re interested in joining the
group, albeit late, talk to Michael Warr about the possibility. Cost of
materials & foods provided is $99.

*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers* are on for this Sabbath
afternoon, starting at 3:00 p.m. in front of the youth room. May God guide
& direct our volunteers as they lead our kids in God’s path, learning more
about Him while having fun & accomplishing tasks. A big thanks goes out to
Margarito Gonzales & Craig Voelker, as well as their volunteers in leading
out our kids’ clubs.

*Sociedad de Jovenes* will be held at its new time: *6:00 p.m.* in the
youth room. Come to sing, play bible games, and hear a speaker on a
relevant topic.

*Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting:* will be meeting next week at 6:30 p.m. in
Room 304. Each week we review a chapter of The Desire of Ages (next week,
chapter 67: “Woes on the Pharisees”, and lift up petitions in prayer.
Please consider coming & joining this close-knit group of faith &
friendship.

*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark plans to be available for the
remainder of this week, as well as next week, for meetings by appointment
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.

*OC Young Adult Bible Study *meets every other week for fellowship & diving
into the Word. The group had a great time last Wednesday, and will meet
again at 7:00 p.m. on March 27th to fellowship & learn.

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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