Wednesday Food Bank Distribution: Food Bank Distribution takes place today and every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. in our church parking lot. It is primarily a drive-through service. If you or someone you know would benefit from a heaping box of free food, don’t hesitate to come receive. We are utterly appreciative of our volunteers who give of their time and energy to bless the community.
Mid-week Prayer/book discussion group will be meeting at its regular time each week, Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Meetings going forward will be on zoom only: (meeting ID#: 7053955673, with password 172569). We also continue to discuss book, “Patriarchs and Prophets”, written by Ellen White. This week we will discuss chapter 21 “Joseph and his Brothers”. Join with us to get a mid-week Spiritual recharge, and connection with fellow church members.
Spanish Prayer Group: For the first time since the pandemic shutdown, our Spanish group has resumed its weekly prayer group on Wednesday evenings @ 7:00 in the fellowship hall. If you are a Spanish-speaker, come receive a blessing with fellow believers.
Sabbath Morning Church Worship: We continue to meet in the sanctuary. Folks are still recommended to wear facemasks while worshipping, especially those who are not fully vaccinated.
Current Sabbath Worship/Activities schedule:
9:00 a.m. Spanish Sabbath School service (Fellowship Hall)
9:20 a.m. Kids’ song service (all ages) in Youth Room
9:45 a.m. Kids’ Sabbath Schools in their age/grade-based classrooms
10:00 a.m. Spanish Devotional Service – Fellowship Hall
Young Adult Sabbath School – room 304
English Adult Sabbath School – Sanctuary
11:00 a.m. All ages/languages church service in sanctuary
5:00 p.m. Memorial Service for Ermelinda Patarroyo (see announcement below).
Online Worship Options: If you are ever traveling, sick, or still prefer to worship from home, we have online worship options, live Sabbath mornings from 10:00-12:00 on Zoom (mtg ID# is 7053955673, with password 172569), or services being posted after-the-fact on our Anaheim Sunkist SDA Youtube Page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfZrh44kEB7LJUy2c37XrFA
Memorial Service for Ermelinda Patarroyo We grieve with sister Martha Patarroyo for the recent passing of her mother. Though Ermelinda had lived outside the country for the past several years, she was a member of our Spanish group for many years when she was here. We will be having a memorial service for her this Sabbath afternoon, September 17th, at 5:00 p.m. All who fondly remember Ermelinda are welcome to come and support the Patarroyo family during this time of loss. (Note: this will be replacing the usual “Sociedad de Jovenes” program)
Zoom Week of Prayer with Orange Church Sept. 18-24th: Our sister district church across is holding an online week of prayer next, with several of its elders providing the nightly devotional thoughts. The theme is “Christian Unity”. Meets Sunday – Sabbath @ 7:00 p.m. Zoom mtg ID# is 878 6881 3884, with passcode 952045. Please consider joining in for a Spiritual enhancement with dear brothers & sisters!
Communion Service Approaching: With the 24th being the last Sabbath of the quarter, we will be holding a communion service in memory of Christ’s life of service & sacrifice on our behalf. Please be preparing your hearts as we come to participate in the symbols he gave us of foot-washing and self-sacrifice.
Church Potluck coming up on Sept. 24th! Being the last Sabbath of the month, we’ll be gathering in our fellowship hall for a time of nourishment and companionship after our church service. If you plan to participate, please bring a vegetarian dish to share.
Pathfinder/Adventurer Ice Cream Social and Registration: at 4 p.m. the afternoon of the 24th, we’re inviting our church kids, neighbors, VBS participants, etc. to come enjoy treats and fellowship in the courtyard, as we kick off this year’s kids’ clubs of Pathfinders and Adventurers. We are thankful to Margarito Gonzales, Mirella Velasco, and their teams of volunteers for blessing our kids, and instructing them in Godly principles. A calendar of future events throughout the school year will also be available: events are already listed on our church calendar accessible through our website. (Note: there is a registration fee for getting kids in the clubs, but if finances are a hindrance, the church can help with it).
Pastor Mark’s Limited Availability: As announced last month at church, Pastor Mark has been offered and has accepted a new job at the Southeastern California Conference of SDAs in Riverside, and is now serving as the Assistant to the President there. From now on, his weekday time will be spent there, though he continues to be available via phone/text/e-mail during the week, and will continue to preach and be available Fridays & Sabbaths to the Anaheim/Orange SDA Church district until a new Senior Pastor is found. Please pray for the up-coming transition time, and for discernment in God’s will for the future of our church district. Pastor Nathaniel will be continuing to serve as associate pastor through this time of transition and onward.
Online Giving: Please remember the church’s local funding needs in your giving plans. Your tithes (10% of your increase) and offerings are most appreciated during this time. Adventist giving has both a phone app and a website you can donate through: adventistgiving.org. Any donations made here are applied directly, with no percentage skimmed off, and your donations will come in your year-end receipt, seamlessly integrated with donations made in the church. May God bless us as we partner with him in faith through our finances.