Mid-week Pastor’s Update 5-10-2019

*I’m terribly sorry for the lateness of this update! I thought I’d sent it
on Wednesday morning, but someone just informed me this evening that they
hadn’t received it, and I was shocked on double-checking to find I hadn’t
included the church e-mail list!*

*Scroll down for important announcements, including **Special Sabbath
Service this week including Baby Dedication, Baptisms, & Potluck!*

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*May 8th, 2019 *

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*“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to
the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city” Revelation
22:14 NIV*

Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning! It hit me last week as I was giving my kids a
bath: I had earlier in the day cleaned the house some and done laundry, and
I was struck by the fact that we have to clean our bodies, then put them
into clothes that have been cleaned, to live in a house that has been
cleaned. In addition, our cars, workplaces, stores, and public spaces all
need cleaning! And how often? Nearly constantly, it seems! We probably
spend 20% of our waking time involved in cleaning of some sort (unless we
hire someone to do it for us, for them, 80% of their waking time could be
involved in cleaning!), and that is *after* the efficiencies that have been
invented of dishwashers, clothes washers, vacuums, etc.

Essentially, the world is a dirty place, and we have to expend a
significant amount of energy keeping the filth at bay. The same is true
spiritually: I was just reading a couple of weeks ago in our mid-week
prayer group’s *Desire of Ages* chapter about Jesus washing the disciples’
feet, how when we go out into the world, we inevitably get some of its
dirtiness attached to us by contact, and that cleaning/purifying must
continually be taking place in order for us to be clean.

But who does this cleaning? Is it we ourselves who “launder” our robes in
some kind of “soap” of righteous acts? No, that is impossible, as Isaiah
64:6 reminds us that our acts of righteousness are like filthy rags to God.
How can something filthy make something clean? It can’t. It’s impossible.
We find that we must be cleaned from a clean source outside of ourselves.

Jesus, of course, is the answer we’re looking for. Even when Peter was
taken aback and refused to let Jesus wash his feet, Jesus said to him
“Unless you let me wash you, you can have no part with me (John 13:8).

In fact, the Bible verse quoted above is incomplete. It may sound like we
do the washing in that context! But we get a hint in an earlier chapter of
Revelation, in the description of the 144,000 redeemed from the earth, when
it says *“These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they
have washed their robes** and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
Revelation 7:14*.

So let’s strive, not merely for the 2-dimensional cleanliness which is
possible in the world, but the 3rd dimension of Spiritual cleanliness that
only Jesus provides. He longs to come rescue us! And he anticipates seeing
us resplendently white. Let’s submit to His cleaning.

*“…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her** to make her holy,
cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present
her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other
blemish, but holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:25b-27.*

May God bless you all the remainder of this week.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum

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*Prayer Requests:*

Praise the Lord, our beloved Pastor Chambi got to travel to Peru, where he
was the guest of honor at a 100th anniversary celebration of an Adventist
Educational institution there. He had been in the hospital a few days
before, but what a blessing that he recuperated in time to be able to
travel.

Please pray for the victims of the recent school shooting in Denver, and
add those to your prayers for the recent victims of religious violence &
loss in various areas, including Sri Lanka, San Diego, New Zealand, and
Paris. We are concerned for any whose sense of security is shattered as
they gather to worship or learn. May those God help troubled hearts see
that violence is not the answer.

Please keep in your prayers the families of those who have lost loved ones
recently. This includes the Fererrases, the Tolans, and the Lohstroh
families. May God comfort them as they miss their loved ones, Jesus
reunites these families in joy on the resurrection day. May it come
quickly.

Please also keep people in the Midwest in prayer who are suffering from
floods and tornadoes. May recovery efforts be swift and efficient, and may
lives lost be kept to a minimum.

Please keep Lloyd & Esther Sellers in continued 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 keep medical/health prayer requests in mind for the following
families:

· 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 73: *“**No
se Turba Vuestra Corazón**”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en
compartir fe con hermanos y acomunar con Dios y otros.

*Special Sabbath Service this week including Baby Dedication, Baptisms, &
Potluck!* We are thrilled to be growing our church through dedications and
baptisms lately. Come to experience some of the happiest services we
provide, and stay afterward for a *potluck lunch* in the fellowship hall as
we celebrate these baptisms and baby dedication.

*“Diabetes Undone” Health Seminar *will be meeting again this Sabbath after
church in room 305/306. This is the final session! Michael Warr have done a
wonderful job incorporating helpful health tips in an interesting and fun
setting.

*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers* have a big month here in May!
*Adventurers* had a successful campout in the mountains that some families
attended with other churches, and will have a fire station visit *this
Sabbath at 3:30 p.m.* Later in the afternoon, they will have their
investiture service, and bike-a-thon further in the month. The *Pathfinder
Club* is having their investiture service as well this Sabbath afternoon.
And on May 18th they have the conference-wide Pathfinder fair in Riverside.
Please check with club leaders Craig Voelker (Adventurers) or Margarito
Gonzalez (Pathfinders) for further details on upcoming events..

*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 74: “Gethsemane”, and lift up petitions in prayer. Please consider
coming & joining this close-knit group of faith & friendship.

*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark is available for home or office visits
the remainder of this week, as well as next week. Feel free to call/text
him at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail him at *prmarktatum@gmail.com * if you’d like to arrange for a time & place to
meet together.

*Concierto y Cena para ahorrar fondos:* El cuarteto “Voces Para Cristo”
tendrá un concerto y cena la tarde de Mayo 25 para ahorrar fondos para su
grupo. Ven y traigan una donación para bendecir este ministerio.

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

· May 9th : Sunrise Christian Preschool spring concert @ Orangewood
Academy: 6:30 p.m.

· May 11th: Baby Dedication & Baptismal Service (+ potluck)

· May 18th: William Chunestudy Men’s Chorus joins us for church (+
potluck)

· May 23rd: Orangewood Academy spring music concert @ Orangewood
Academy

· May 25th: Concierto/Cena con Voces para Cristo. 5:00 p.m. en el
Fellowship Hall

· June 24th – 28th: “Jamii Kingdom” Vacation Bible Xperience,
evenings.

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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