Anaheim SDA Church
Mid-week Pastor’s Update
June 30th, 2022
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
Apologies for being a day late with this update again this week, we have been “all systems go” with Vacation Bible School each evening!
I tell you: it has been wonderful to see the kids’ faces, their excitement, their optimism, their eagerness to have fun and learn about Jesus in a creative setting… it warms the heart to see them playing and learning and growing and deepening their faith in Jesus.
But perhaps even more heartening has been how the numerous volunteers of both churches have come together in such a great spirit to serve our kids, contribute to the overall vision, and really ‘be the church’ in creating supportive community in which our families can thrive. There has been a wonderful lightness and optimism, and a sprit of helpfulness (even as some last-minute changes have needed to take place behind the scenes), where people have stepped up to contribute time, energy, and sometimes even financial resources.
Contrastedly, the world gives us so much to be cynical about, so much to be frightened about, so much to be guarded about, so much to be pessimistic about: It’s easy to forget that goodness, generosity, love, and openness can still thrive in our strained and stressed-out society.
So if you haven’t dropped by to observe an evening of VBS, I encourage you to do so! Consider this your invitation. Come be part of thriving Christian community, not just for an hour on Sabbath morning, but get involved in the daily living of the Gospel. And don’t forget that, even after VBS week finishes, we have mid-week prayer groups, food bank, zoom worships, etc. you can be a part of. Don’t hesitate to ask about particulars of what we offer, or even offer to host a gathering/activity of some kind. The church facility is available to you, or activities can be held of course in the park across the street, your own home, etc.
I pray you and your families have a good remainder of the week as you find and fulfill your purpose in Jesus.
Pr. Mark Tatum