*Anaheim SDA Church*
*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*
*April 24th, 2019*
*“…Nothing is secret that will not be** revealed, nor anything hidden that
will not be known and come to light.” Luke 11:17*
Information seems to be the latest front of warfare: what’s private, what’s
public, what’s hacked, what’s leaked, what’s fake news, what’s accused,
what there’s evidence for, what’s redacted, what’s subpoenaed, what’s
congress’ right to know, what’s the American people’s right to know. The
list goes on.
While of course social security numbers and other financial information
should remain private, the Bible basically says that it’s the wicked that
want things to remain secret, while the just can live openly without fear
of examination. A few verses after the famous John 3:16, Jesus said this:
*…This is the condemnation,* *that light has come into the world, and men
loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. *
practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his
deeds should be exposed.* *But he who does the truth comes to the light,
that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been* *done in God.”
Just this week I was eating in a raised seating area in front of a
restaurant, and glanced-up to see not one, but two surveillance cameras,
passively observing me. I shrugged my shoulders and went back to my meal,
not bothered particularly, but disappointed that we live in a society that
basically needs to surveil in order to discourage theft or vandalism.
The highlighted verse above from Luke shows that trying to keep dirty deeds
secret is, in the long-run, a fundamentally futile act. While someone may
‘get away’ with something in the short-term, in the long-term *sins will
always find you out* (Numbers 32:23). During the millennium, when the
saints will review God’s judgment (Rev. 20:4, 1st Corinthians 6:2), all the
deceptive deeds, committed in darkness, will be known to all. Scandals that
will surely dwarf Watergate or Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme will come to
light. Unless those deeds have been confessed to Christ, the perpetrators
will bear the consequence of those sins, and all will know it.
So, what’s the solution? *Live as people who have nothing to hide!* Romans
13:3-5 says it’s the wicked who need fear the government, not the just
(this is true as long as systematic persecution of true worshippers is not
taking place – see Rev. 13). We live our lives as an open book. Let anyone
who’s interested to look into us find that we only live to praise God and
serve others. May a hearty commendation be the only thing that comes from
anyone observing us, and from the Lord Himself (Matthew 25:31).
I pray that the Lord will bless you & your families the remainder of this
week. May the continuing glow of the knowledge of the resurrection spur us
Pr. Mark Tatum
Family members of Matilda (“Tilly”) Lostroh are mourning after her death a
couple of weeks ago. Please pray for God to console the family of this
long-time church member. Services will be held this evening & tomorrow
afternoon at Forest Lawn cemetery in Cypress. You may check her daughter,
Yvonne Doyle’s Facebook page, or refer to my earlier e-mail on service
specifics if you have any questions.
Please pray for the victims of the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka. Thousands
of worshippers had their celebratory day horrifyingly interrupted, and a
few hundred died. Nobody should be attacked at a place of worship. Pray for
consolation for the victims and justice for the perpetrators.
The Warr family is thankful that Carmen’s daughter, Liza, is doing much
better health-wise. They give thanks to God for this!
Please keep the two families who have recently lost fathers in your
prayers, the Ferreras & Tolan families. May Jesus come quickly and wake
these men up to be restored to their families on the resurrection day.
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 Zealand, Paris,
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
· 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 &
*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
*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 71: *“**Siervo
de siervos**”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en compartir fe con
hermanos y comunar con Dios y otros.
*Young Adult Bible Study* meets this evening (Wednesday) at 7:00 p.m. in
room 304. Come to sing, discuss, and experience community with this group
of 20-somethings that gather bi-weekly.
*Special Musical Sabbath + Potluck:* This Sabbath, the Orangewood Academy
Elementary choir will come join us during church time, beautifying our
service with joyful praise. Additionally, the Jr. High and Academy groups
will be coming in the afternoon to do a Grand Hymn Festival at 2:30 in the
afternoon. Between the two, we will be having a special *potluck lunch* in
our fellowship hall & courtyard, so please bring a dish to share, as we
enjoy a Sabbath full of vocal praise to our God.
*“Diabetes Undone” Health Seminar *will be on hold this Sabbath due to the
special music concert. Final two meetings will be held May 4th & 11th. Ask
Michael Warr if you have any questions on details.
*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers* are on break for this Sabbath,
being the last Sabbath of the month. However, May will be a big month for
both groups, with a fire station visit, investiture services, and
Pathfinder fair day at the conference office. Additionally, the *Pathfinder
club* will be *selling Mothers’ day flowers* for $10 and up, and will be
delivered on Mother’s Day Sabbath. Please check with Margarito Gonzalez for
*Sociedad de Jovenes* empezará a las *6:00 p.m.* este Sábado en el salón de
jóvenes. Ven para cantar, jugar un juego bíblico, y escuchar un tema
relevante y inspiracional por nuestros días.
*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 72: “In Remembrance of Me”, and lift up petitions in prayer. Please
consider coming & joining this close-knit group of faith & friendship.
*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark has very limited availability this
week, perhaps could meet on Friday if there’s a need. Next week, his
schedule looks more open for meetings or visits. Feel free to call/text him
at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to arrange
for a time & place to meet together.
*Future Calendar:* Looking further ahead in our schedule, there are several
more things to be anticipating as well!
· May 4th: *No* potluck (due to other special potlucks in April &
· May 11th: Baby Dedication & Baptismal Service
· May 18th: William Chunestudy Men’s Chorus joins us for church &
possible afternoon concert.
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.
Pastor Mark Tatum