Mid-week Pastor’s update 5-15-2019

*Scroll down to see prayer requests & announcements, including a special
service & potluck this Sabbath!*

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*May 15th, 2019*

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*“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his
cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23*

“Free! Free!! Free!!” “Free consult!” “Free trial period!” “Buy one, get
one free!” How many advertisements and offers emphasize how *little* it
will cost/inconvenience us to try their amazing product? Getting the best
product possible for the minimum amount of expense is the way of
consumerism. Yet when I read the Bible, I don’t see offers like this
promoted. I wonder why that is.

On the one hand, the Bible is clear that salvation *is* a* free* gift of
God (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8, Revelation 22:17), but does that mean it
doesn’t cost or inconvenience our lives to walk in God’s salvation? The
same Bible says that gaining salvation takes more than a verbal assertion
(“Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’…” Matthew 7:21), more than an
intellectual affirmation of the existence of God (“Even the demons believe,
and shudder” James 2:19), it is nothing less than the *denying of self* as
quoted above in Luke 9.

Jesus invited Peter & Andrew to leave their nets and follow him (Matthew
4:18-20), told others to forget their family members and follow (Luke
14:26, Matthew 8:22), and told another to sell everything he had, give away
the money, and go with him (Mark 10:21). This is a high cost! And, indeed,
Jesus advises all to count the cost of what it means to follow Him (Luke
14:25-33), concluding with *“those of you who do not give up everything you
have cannot be my disciples” (v. 33)*. “Jesus! This is a hard teaching!” we
may be inclined to say. “Who can follow it?” (See John 6:60).

But does Jesus say that this high cost will be worth it? *Yes*,
emphatically so! *“E**veryone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or
father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a
hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” *(Matthew 19:29). Mark’s
account seems to be both more specifically positive about this life, yet
has a daunting clause too: *“Truly I tell you,”** Jesus replied, **“no one
who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or
fields for me and the gospel** will fail to receive a hundred times as
much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and
fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.” *(Mark
10:29-30). So both good and bad come from following Jesus in this life, but
He assures us that the good will far outweigh the bad, *plus* we will
receive eternal life in the long-run! (What’s the approximate dollar amount
we can place on that?)

How will the Lord make this ‘hundred-fold return’ come to pass? I don’t
know, but we take it on faith, as it is recorded in two gospels as coming
from our Savior’s mouth. Undoubtedly He works it out differently for
different people. But, if my understanding is correct on these verses,
no-one will get to the end of their lives and say “I really regret having
followed Jesus. My life could’ve been so much better.” He will have
recompensed us already in this life, *and* will provide eternity to us in
the life to come .

Let’s trust Him in this costly walk to provide, lead, and guide us as He
promises to (Matthew 6:33, Proverbs 3:5-6). And let us never fail to
encourage each-other on this Christian walk of faith.

May God bless you all.

Sincerely,

Pr. Mark Tatum

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*Prayer Requests:*

Mirta Leiss, a lovely sister who has played the organ for us occasionally,
requests prayer for her brother, Norberto, who works for the Vallejo Drive
SDA church, and recently suffered a severe health challenge that will
render him unable to work for some time. Please pray for his recovery, and
also consider donating to the GoFundMe page that has been set-up for him.
There’s a link for it on Mirta’s Facebook page.

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

Please 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. The plan is for Lloyd to have a 2nd heart procedure
on the 28th of this month. 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 74: *“**En
el Jardin de Getsemane**”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en
compartir fe con hermanos y acomunar con Dios y otros.

*Church Board Meeting Tonight* (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m. in the Primary
room, our leaders will be gathering to make decisions on things going
forward. Please pray for the planning & implementation of things, that God
may be infused in the process throughout.

*Special Sabbath Service this week with Men’s Chorus visiting and potluck:* The
20-member William Chunestudy Men’s Chorus will be coming to our church this
Sabbath to bless us with a feast of beautiful music. Feel free to invite
friends, neighbors, and co-workers to this lovely special service. Also, we
would like to provide them a *potluck lunch in the fellowship hall
afterwards* to thank them for their music. Please bring a vegetarian dish
to share, and come to have great fellowship with fellow church members, as
well as members of the men’s chorus.

*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers* had a great investiture program
last Sabbath to close out their year. A big thanks goes out to Craig
Voelker and Margarito Gonzales for having led a great year for our kids.
The *Pathfinder Club* still has its *Conference Pathfinder day in Riverside*
this Sunday, in which they’ll be marching in a parade, as well as selling
food for fund-raising. They’ll be meeting Sabbath afternoon to make final
plans for that. Thanks to all our volunteers who make our clubs strong as
they train young people to love Jesus & His ways.

*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 75: “Before Annas and the Court of Caiaphas”, 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 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