Updated: May 28, 2021
Fortuna Adventist Focus
Vol. 87 No. 6 Published by the Fortuna SDA Church June 2021
From Pastor Dan
Helen Kelly writes about the time she was in the supermarket and came across a preschooler on one of the aisles. When the little girl looked up at her and realized that her mother was not there, her eyes got big and tears started to form in her eyes. She had misplaced her mommy. You can imagine what happened next. A sniffle grew into a sob and the sob turned into a wail, “Mommy, where are you?” Quickly a lady came running from the end of the aisle and knelt down beside the girl and said, “Here I am, mommy has you, you are okay.” The lost was found and the little girl put her arms around her mom and her mom carried her away.
Perhaps like this little girl you feel lost, like you are on the aisle of despair, with doubt and discouragement on both sides of you, hiding God’s presence from you just as the little girl was hidden from her mother. But notice that the aisles do not completely surround you – there is an opening. Like the mother, God is “not far from every one of us.” Acts 17:27. He is only a prayer away.
“God, where are you?” is the wail of a world whose vision is limited by walls of sorrow, suffering, disappointment, and death. God answers the world in His word, the Bible and through His Son, the living word.
He is the tender shepherd caring for His sheep. Psalm 23; Isaiah 40:11; Luke 15:4-7.
He is the Father welcoming back His prodigal son. Luke 15:11-24.
He is the One whose love is stronger than a mother’s. Isaiah 49:15.
He is the Knocker at the door of our hearts and the Inviter to the eternal wellsprings. Revelation 3:20; John 4:14; Revelation 22:17.
He is the Man of Sorrows who weeps over those who reject Him as the only hope of salvation. Luke 19:41-42.
He gave Himself to us through His Son, that we might share what is His forever. John 1:1,14; 3:16; 14:1-3.
Today, if you are on the aisle of despair, if your cry is a quiet sob or an anguished wail, call upon Him who is “touched with the feelings of our infirmities.” Hebrews 4:15.
He will not force Himself upon you, but His ear is tuned to those who realize they are lost and helpless. He is always there. “Call upon Me,” He invites. Psalm 50:15 “Him who comes to Me, I will not cast out.” John 6:37.
Let us remember the words of the great hymn’ “I hear the Savior say, “Thy strength indeed is small; child of weakness watch and pray, find in Me thine all in all.” Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe; sin had left a crimson stain; He washed it white as snow.” May the Lord richly bless you and your family.
Sunday, June 6 th , 4-6pm, there will be a graduation/recognition and celebration ceremony for our kids. There will be a musical recital by various students followed by a graduation ceremony honoring Abby Norton from
8 th grade and Luke McCrigler’s recent graduation from High School and Ivy O’Shaughnessy from Eureka. Numerous of our Home school kids will be recognized as well. Including the Brinckhaus- Goodrich, Wikander, Norton and Dumitrescu children. Artwork will be displayed outside. There will be refreshments and each graduate will have a basket for cards at their table. Please join us as we celebrate these accomplishments.
JUNE OFFERING SCHEDULE
JUNE 5 LOCAL BUDGET
JUNE 12 WOMEN’S MINISTRIES
JUNE 19 LOCAL BUDGET
JUNE 26 LOCAL CONFERENCE ADV.
Dear Church Family,
It's hard to believe we only have a couple weeks left in this school year. This year has been so different from any other year in the past, and we are praying that next year we can return to a more normal way of doing things. We have missed doing all the things we would normally do as a school, and we have missed seeing so many of you because of being socially distanced. If you are looking for extra ways to support our school, there
are ways, even during the summer months;
Amazon smile, coca cola, and box tops are all dotcom’s that we are registered with (just look for our school when you input the charity you are supporting), and they are easy because they are things most of us are doing anyway. As always, we appreciate everything that you do to keep our school running smoothly.
Ms. Burzo, FJA Staff, and Students
Church History (#27)
Evangelistic crusades and other outreach activities increased church membership. Here are a few that you may remember.
Bible Evangelism Crusade 1965: The crusade was a "lay effort" series of five meetings held in forty-three locations in Fortuna, including homes, the school and the church.
Elder and Mrs. D. E. Venden: A ten-night presentation in 1966 on the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation.
Walter, Jones, Pumford Evangelistic Team: “Christ for the World Crusade” - 1967. As a result, 60 people were baptized. The team members were Elder Clifton Walter, Elder Larry Pumford, and Elder Monty Jones.
Elder Glenn A. Coon: Meetings in 1968 and 1973 on the A, B. C's of Prayer. Steve Marshall and David
Meeker assisted with music and testimony. Theme song; “Everything's Alright, In My Father's House.”
Elder H. G. Stoehr: Meetings in the church & school.
Elder Richard Barron: Week of Prayer and spiritual revival for the school and church in 1970.
"Reach out for Life”: A nightly series in 1972 by Pastors James Pogue and Ernest Toppenberg. Elder Pogue each night presented a short mission feature with slides of his 14 missionary years in the Far East.
Keys to Health and Happiness: Pastor and Mrs. Rueben A. Hubbard presented nightly health classes. Doctors and dentists who helped with the lectures were Drs. Richard Mason, Lowell Dobyns, Clarence Crane, Dwane Johnston, and Ralph Roberts .
Josephine Cunnington Edwards: An author and former missionary, came in 1973, held meetings and told stories of her experiences in Africa and how she got the story for her book, Swift Arrow.
Elder and Mrs. John Klim: Held an evangelistic series in 1977. Mrs. Klim created beautiful blacklight pictures each evening on a large easel.
Elder & Mrs. Joe Melashenko: From the Voice of Prophecy held a week of prayer at the school and evening meetings at the church in 1982. Donna Kline provided organ music and the Melashenko's sang.
Lyle Pollett and Gary Venden: An evangelistic series and week of prayer at the school in 1984.
Doug Batchelor: Meetings at the church and the school week of prayer in 1992.
Jon Lomacang: Pastor at Antioch, California, was in Fortuna in 1994 for the school week of prayer and evangelistic meetings.
Jack L. Pefley: Sponsored by Amazing Facts Television, this 2008 evangelistic series held the first meetings at the River Lodge and followed up with meetings in the Community Service Center.
Submitted by Merlin Anderson
“WHEN ONE WORK BEE IS JUST NOT ENOUGH”
June 13 th - The community garden needs help at the old site on Newburg Rd. to just tidy up. Most everything is
moved. 10:00 a.m. Bring your water and sack lunch.
June 13 th - There is a work bee out at the camp meeting grounds to get things whipped in to shape for our
Sabbath in the Redwoods and camp meeting. Bring your own water and sack lunch.
There have been some changes in the VBS plans since last FOCUS. VBS will now be held June 21-25, 3-5pm, outside, on the FJA campus. The theme has been changed to “How Great Is Our God”. There are plans for an evening meal for the families of those attending VBS on the last day. There will no longer be a list of things for you to purchase. In addition, mark your calendars. Sabbath, June 26 th our worship service will be presented
by the VBS kids! You won’t want to miss it!! Share VBS info with your friends and neighbors in the community. Have them call Amy or Valerie to register. Amy 707-495-3584, Valerie 918-916-2124. Thank you.
P.S. One of the VBS projects requires wooden stakes. These stakes are about $20 a bundle. They need 5 bundles. 3 bundles have already been sponsored by members. Please call Amy or Valerie if you would like to donate the $20 for a bundle or see if there are any other VBS needs!!
The pathfinders continue to meet outside on some Sundays to work on their Ukuleles. We appreciate the help we get from the community and church family members who donate their time to volunteer their skills.
We continue to plan for Pathfinder meetings to start up again in September, COVID-19 permitting. We are working on a new program between now and then. Pray for all these kids! Each one is special. Please pray for
the staff as they minister to these kids.
Contributed by Jolene Dumitrescu
Anxiety… what does someone do with anxiety? How does anxiety affect a person? Does it control you? If left unchecked, anxiety can control ones whole life. Due to the existing conditions in society pre-pandemic, and especially as a result of the pandemic, anxiety is on the rise.
It adversely affects us on multiple levels: physically, mentally and spiritually. Its impact is felt in our interactions with family, friends and society at large. When we are anxious or stressed about something it becomes all consuming and it is all we think about. This can cause mental fatigue, irritability, anger, and frustration. If left untreated it can lead to depression. Anxiety affects our physiological reserves and we become worn out. As a result socially we become ineffective listeners, often overreacting to things and having a quick
temper, and therefore unable to communicate effectively. This is exactly where Satan wants us, for now we are on his ground.
But what does God want for us? He wants Peace for us! In what ways can we deal with anxiety and stress in our lives? First - we must give it completely to God and be okay with whatever the outcome will be. We know that God will be with us through every trial or situation we are encountering. This knowledge is wonderful, but do we have the peace that comes with giving it to God? If we don’t have peace then we have not truly given it to God.
Secondly - there are several ways we can physically deal with anxiety. Such as taking a warm shower, exercising, listening to certain kinds of music, going out in nature, working in your garden or relaxing with a friend, as well as reading uplifting Bible passages and claiming the promises therein and trusting God to answer our prayers because they are based on His word.
As Christians we know that our trust should be placed fully in God, but often it is easier said than done. I want to share some Bible texts that should be committed to memory and recited often.
“You will keep Him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, Because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)
“Be anxious for nothing…let your requests be made known to God…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6, 7)
“For, I the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, Fear not, I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13)
These are just a few verses that show us how much God wants to give us peace. He tells us to be anxious for nothing. He is in control. He is with us, He will help us, and He will guard our minds! But we must take hold of His promises and not let go. Let us give our worries, our fears and our anxious thoughts to God!
We have so many things coming up and we want you to know about them and mark your calendars. Please,
pretty please, let those not attending church and without computers know about these date. No one should feel left out. Short of sky-writing and paper airplanes, we try to advertise everywhere and every way.
Topical meetings on Anxiety & Depression will begin either the 21 st or the 28 th. Watch for date.
May 29 Memorial Day Service & Baptism
June 6 Student Recognition Celebration
June 9 “Revelation Speaks” mid-week services begin
June 8 Elder’s Meeting
June 12 Family Sabbath with Karen Ronk
June 13 Work Bees
June 17 Board Meeting
June 19 Sabbath in the Redwoods at RAC
June 20 Father’s Day
June21-25 VBS 3-5pm on FJA Campus
June 26 VBS Sabbath
July 3 rd Independence Day Service
THANK YOU: Martha Allen would like to thank her church family for the flowers, cards, gifts and prayers she received on her birthday. She was over-whelmed by the out-pouring of love.
WE want to thank the Dumitrescu family for hosting the picnic potluck at their home after church last Sabbath. It was so special to be outside, without masks and fellowshipping together. Thank you so much!!!
The preacher was wired for sound with a lapel microphone, and as he preached, he moved briskly about the platform, jerking the mike cord as he went. At one point he moved to one side, getting wound up in the cord and nearly tripping and falling before jerking it again. After several tugs and jerks on the cord, a concerned little girl in the third pew leaned toward her mother and whispered, "If he gets loose, will he hurt us?"