mid-week pastor’s update 4-10-2019

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*April 10th, 2019*

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*“But you, Daniel… seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run
to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” Daniel 12:4 NKJV*

This past weekend at home, our internet cut-out, and we had to wait about
36 hours for a repairman to come out and fix it! Like many of us probably
do, we depend on our wi-fi for a number of functions, including making
calls (we still could via cell-towers), getting news and entertainment, and
paying bills.

To be more or less “cut-off” from outside contact for a day and a half felt
strange! We had to keep explaining to the kids why we couldn’t stream the
kiddie videos that they like. I kept having little double-takes in my mind,
saying “Oh, I should take care of that right now- oh wait, I can’t, the
internet’s out.” And even little Jocelyn, bringing me a doll who usually
sings (but didn’t that day because the batteries had died) said “she’s not
singing, because she doesn’t have internet.” 😀

In the end the interruption was no more than a small inconvenience, but it
made me realized just how technologically interconnected we live our lives,
and how strange it felt to be disconnected (albeit briefly).

Surely, the way we live our modern lives would be mind-boggling to people
in Bible times. But such rapid, drastic changes *were predicted* in the
Daniel verse cited above. People do indeed scurry to and fro with speeds
unimagined to previous generations, and indeed, our factual knowledge has
multiplied exponentially. Server arrays (“clouds”) now hold more data than
our brains ever could!

Jesus said something else about the time of the end: *“And this** gospel of
the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the
nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14 NKJV). *Amid all the
pointless, and even destructive, information that is stored and shared
around the world, technology and interconnectedness will also facilitate
the spreading of God’s truth in the Gospel. Just last Sabbath we had a
guest speaker from a Muslim-outreach radio ministry who was talking about
how technological messages can spread far more broadly, far more quickly,
than human messengers can. And wavelength transmissions can cross borders
where Christian missionaries are barred from entering.

Every time I see suffering, be it on the news (in war situations or those
of the migrant crisis on our southern border), or feel the sting of loss of
death (as we’ve had two thus far in our church in 2019), I feel homesick
for heaven. I lift my eyes and say “Come quickly, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).
We still have many to reach, both locally, and internationally, before
Jesus’ words from Matt. 24 can be fulfilled. Let us be diligent,
intentional, and never lose sight as we live our daily lives of God’s
purpose to save all who would acknowledge and confess Him.

May God bless you all.

Sincerely,

Pr. Mark Tatum

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*Prayer Requests:*

Please keep the two families who have recently lost fathers in your
prayers, especially Rosa Ferreras & Victor Tolan. May Jesus come quickly
and wake these men up to be restored to their families on the resurrection
day. (see announcement below for Vasile Tolan memorial service time)

Lloyd & Esther Sellers request prayer for their health & treatments they’re
undergoing. May God strengthen them to be able to return to worshipping
with us. They also request prayer for their daughter, Christine, who is
taking care of them while she works & supports her own family too.
Additionally, they request prayer for their other children & grandchildren
who are in various situations. The Sellers’ greatest prayer is that the
family can be united in the faith & making decisions in their daily lives
that lead to stability & happiness.

Please pray for people suffering for various reasons around the globe,
including in Syria, Venezuela, our southern border, New Zeland, etc. May
wisdom & compassion prevail in the minds & hearts of leaders making
decisions, and may people pull together & look to God for comfort. Please
pray for peace, stability, and mutual understanding to prevail.

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.

· 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.

· 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.

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 69: *“Jesús
en el Monte de los Olivos”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en
compartir fe con hermanos y comunar con Dios y otros.

*OC Young Adult Bible Study* meets tonight (Wednesday) at 7:00 p.m. in the
Primary SS room. Come join other young adults as they sing, pray, and delve
into scripture together. This tight-knit group meets bi-weekly, every other
Wednesday.

*Special “Bible Treasure Hunt” kids’ activity this Sabbath during SS time:*
Our children’s ministry dept. is holding its annual Bible Treasure Hunt
this coming Sabbath in lieu of the age-based classes. Start time will be
9:30 in the Youth Room. Be sure not to miss this beloved yearly event.

*Sabbath Morning Schedule* will be normal for adults this week, with Pastor
Mark leading songs & a discussion topic in the sanctuary at 9:30. Esta
semana los hermanos *hispanos* reunirán en el Fellowship Hall por Escuela
Sabatica a las 9:00, y devocional con Pr. Mark a las 10:00. Come to
participate in our most interactive, dynamic part of the day.

*“Diabetes Undone” Health Seminar continues this Sabbath Afternoon *in *room
305/306*, and continues through April. We are about half done! What a
blessing it’s been getting to know more about our bodies, health, and
growing closer & fellowshipping with fellow members.

*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers* are back on for this Sabbath,
and will be beginning at 3:00 p.m. in front of the Youth room. We are
getting toward the end of our year! A special thanks goes out to our club
leaders, Craig Voelker & Margarito Gonzales for making the clubs great as
our kids learn more about God’s love.

*Sociedad de Jovenes* empezará a las *6:00 p.m.* en el salón de jóvenes.
Ven para cantar, jugar un juego bíblico, y escuchar un tema relevante y
inspiracional por nuestros días.

*“Great Egg Hunt” at Orangewood Academy:* This community event will begin
at 2:00 p.m. this Sunday the 14th, at our sister school down in Garden
Grove. It will include a story time and an egg hunt. The event is *free*,
and all ages are welcome to come enjoy. Tell your friends they are welcome
to join as well!

*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 70: “The Least of These My Brethren”, 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.

*Special Sabbath Oct. 20! *For Easter weekend, we will be having a number
of special goings-on at our church. It will be a VBS reunion/visitors’
Sabbath, including:

*Breakfast Potluck* at 8:30 in the fellowship hall. Bring a
vegetarian breakfast dish to share as we rejoice in the resurrection of
Jesus!

*Kids & Youth Song Service* in the youth room at 9:30, with Pr.
Mark leading on guitar

*Joint Adult Sabbath School* at 9:30 in the fellowship hall
with Dr. Chambi presenting

*Family/Visitor friendly Church Service* including *Baptisms*
and *Children dedication!*

*Luncheon* in the fellowship hall, provided by the Children’s
Ministry dept.

*Future Calendar:* Looking further ahead in our schedule, there are several
more things to be anticipating as well!

April 27: Orangewood elementary choir joins us for church, with
the Academy choir coming to join us in the afternoon for a *2:30 grand hymn
sing concert* in our sanctuary.

May 11th: Baptismal Service

May 18th: William Chunestudy Men’s Chorus joins us for church &
possible afternoon concert

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Okay! I believe that pretty well sums it up for what’s going on in our
community this week! Thanks to all who committedly dedicate themselves to
the Lord’s service in the many ministries this church provides. May God
continue to oversee & bless our community.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum