Weekly Bulletin

Updated: February 22, 2024

 

 

February 24, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FOCUS

NEWSLETTER OF THE FORTUNA SDA CHURCH

2301Rohnerville Rd. Fortuna Ca 95540 fsdaoffice@yahoo.com

Vol. 91 No. 3 March 2024

Wedding In the Sky
FROM PASTOR DAN

Every now and then the media carries stories of people getting married in exotic places, such as underwater. But no wedding that I have heard of was more surprising than the one that took place on Monday, May 30, 2005, up on top of Mt. Everest.

At 29,035 feet (8,850 meters), Everest is the highest point on planet earth. Even in the summer the thin air is bitingly cold, and fierce winds rake the summit. The mountain is a killer; hundreds have lost their lives trying to conquer it. But two young Nepalese climbers conquered Mount Everest; Moni Mulepati, 24, and her fiancé, Pem Dorjee, 23. With the weather turning treacherous, they briefly took off their oxygen masks and donned plastic garlands as they exchanged vows.

No organ, no procession, no attendants for this wedding. Only a white carpet of snow and a breathtaking view. But there were guests – some friends who climbed with them and took pictures. Because of the perilous conditions, the ceremony was kept brief, only ten minutes. Then the newlyweds and their friends headed down the mountain and back to Kathmandu, surprising their parents with the news.

The wedding was unconventional, and not just for its locale. The bride is from the Newar community, and the groom is a Sherpa; an unusual pairing in a country where most marriages are arranged by parents and people tend to stick to their castes. “With our interracial marriage we also wanted to give the message that caste and race have no barriers when it comes to marriage,” said Dorjee, the groom.

What a wedding! What a couple. What courage – not only to climb Mt. Everest (can you imagine the incredible breathtaking views they saw?) but to cut across what their culture expected.

In Revelation 19:7 (NKJV) we read, “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

There will be another wedding – a wedding in the sky. It will take place at the most desired place in the universe. No dangers there, no need for a quick ceremony and a hasty retreat.

Soon and very soon Jesus will take His bride, His beautiful bride. She will wear white, pure white, the fine linen of His righteousness. (Revelation 19:8, NKJV) What a day that will be! Let’s plan to be there and we all can be there through the power of God’s grace and the work of the Holy Spirit. May God richly bless you!
Pastor Dan

 

 

FELLOWSHIP LUNCHEONS

The fellowship lunches for the month of MARCH will be on Sabbath, March the 2nd and Sabbath, March 16th . Watch for more details about the type of meal we will be having. The potluck on the 2nd is ASIAN themed. Remember to bring enough food for your family and at least four more. If you see someone visiting on a potluck Sabbath, be sure and let them know and invite them over!!

FJA

Hello Church Family,

The rain has been keeping us all cooped up this past month and our students are full of energy. We had a field trip to the Marine Biology Lab in Trinidad and a birthday party for Dr. Seuss’s 120th birthday in February. We are excited about a Field Trip to Dick Taylor Chocolates the middle of March and then Spring Break at the end of the month.  We currently have friends from the Crescent City Church staying on our campus and are happy to have them helping watch over things while they are down here for work.

 Home and School are busy collecting donations for our next rummage sale which we hope to have in April or May. If you have nice, clean things that you would like to donate please contact Tim Whitchurch. We really appreciate all the hours that he and his volunteers put into this fundraiser.

We are currently looking for a new Home and School leader for next year. If you have any interest please contact Pastor Dan, Tim, or any of the school staff.

Also, we are currently searching for a compatible teacher/principal for our school next year. Miss Celia has been a blessing to us this year, but her commitment is over at the end of the year. Please pray for the Lord to help us find someone that will fit in with our school, its students, staff and mission.statement. If you know anyone that you think may be interested point them our way. Thank you for continuing to support our students.

The Staff and Students

Of Fortuna Jr. Academy

 

PRAYER SABBATH

Remember the 4th Sabbath of the month is our time of unified prayer after church in Pastor’s office. This month it will be on Sabbath, March 23rd. Please join us.  If you can’t join us but have prayer requests, please share them with someone who is going, and we will include them.

 

PATHFINDERS

Our Pathfinders and our pathfinder leaders want to thank eveyone who came out and supported them at their Enchilada dinner. They appreciate the love, support and fellowship of their church family . The kids continue to work on their quilting honor and gearing up for their big trip to Wyoming!!

 

MARCH OFFERING

Mar.02 Local Budget Mar.09 Adv. World Radio

Mar.16 Local Budget Mar.23 Local Conference

Mar.30 Local Budget

 

ADULT SABBATH SCHOOL CLASSES

There are three adult study classes for you to attend each Sabbath. There is a class in the front, on the left side of the church. A class downstairs in the room marked “blue room”. Also, a class in the Pastor’s office. The studies begin at 10:00. You are invited to attend any or all!!

 

Ministries

he series “Upheaval” is currently on Wednesday nights at 6:00. The first evening they met, there were approximately 23 people attending! The last Wednesday of this series is March 27th.

Kevin Barnhart will be facilitating a four day presentation entitled “Mindfit”. Looking at ways to minister to others and learning ways to help our mental and emotional health through the gospel. Ways to handle stress, loss, grief. Things all of us are familiar with in today’s world. Talk to Kevin or Pastor Dan for more information. Fourn nights, April 4-7 at 6:00pm in the sanctuary.

After the completion of this series, we will begin another series on Monday, April 8th. This series is entitled “Share Him”. The meetings will be M/W/F each week. We will soon have more information regarding this series. We will be doing mass invitations again. There are quite a few meetings but we hope you can attend some or all and bring someone with you. Please pray for all involved, all who attend and for the Holy Spirit to lead.

 

REACH OUT,

YOU ARE LOVED.

If you are personally experiencing a need for individual, compassionate, intercessory prayer and support, we now have a dedicated TEXT number that someone from the church will respond to. They will contact you and see how they can minister to you. These folks have a heart to reach out and be there for their fellow members.

The number to TEXT is 1-833-255-027

 

MAR. 02 HEALTH NUGGET/ AND POTLUCK/ASIAN THEME

MAR. 09 PASTOR- MIRANDA

MAR. 10 BARBARA KANEN’S CELEBRATION

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

MAR. 14 SCHOOL BOARD

MAR. 16 POTLUCK

MAR. 17 ST. PATRICK’S DAY

MAR. 23 UNIFIED PRAYER SABBATH

MAR. 27 UPHEAVAL ENDS

MAR. 28 CHURCH BOARD

MAR. 30 COMMUNION ? ?

MAR. 31 EASTER SUNDAY

APR.4-7 MINDFIT

APR. 08 SHARE HIM BEGINS

May 02 NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

 

*Wednesday nights 6-7 Upheaval

*Saturday nights 6-7 The Chosen

*Share Him. M/W/F at 6:00 starting  APRIL 8TH

 

WHEN ONE MEMBER SUFFERS

KARRIE HAHN

When we are reeling with the immediate pain of an acute injury, our bodies instinctively reach to protect the injured area. If we stub our toe, we reach down and grab it quickly and apply gentle pressure. This instinctive response of our physical bodies gives us a glimpse of what life in the body of Christ should look like. When one member of the body of Christ experiences suffering and pain, other members should instinctively and immediately come to their aid with loving care, compassion, and support. The church is repeatedly called the Body of Christ in the bible. If one member suffers and the other members ignore or fail to come to the aid of the member in need, then severe dysfunction is present in that church body. To be sure, some of us have experienced the pain that comes when the Body of Christ does not respond to our suffering. Perhaps our wounds were even inflicted within the church itself. As much as we strive to obey the Lord’s will for the church, it will never function perfectly in this world. Our hope, therefore, is not in a perfect church but rather in the perfect Lord of the church who sees our struggles, hears our cries and is faithful and merciful to us in our distress. Christians have the perfect opportunity to visibly and tangibly display the glory of a relational, healing God when we minister to members of our own church body. And as we grow in this love through the power of the Holy Spirit, may the world increasingly look and say of us, “See how they love one another!”

Karrie Hahn is an editor for Christian publications and a certified biblical counselor.

 

March Birthdays & Anniversaries

01 KEILANI GOODRICH

02 VAL MAZZONE

04 BETTY MASON

05 ANDREW RHOADS

06 LYDELL ANDERSON

10 BECKY FARFAN

KEGAN INGALLINA

12 EMILY MAZZONE-CLEMENTI

     MAURICIO J. JERONIMO

13 LLOYD AND MARLA BURPEE

24 CHRIS AND DEBBIE MILLER

 

 

14 HARRY SALVINI

16 CINDY GILMORE

     CHRISTIAN ALEJANDRO- MATIAS

20 JEANETTE COOPER

24 ADELA YANEZ

26 ANNEE WILSON

    MARILOU YANEZ

 

 

THE FOCUS

NEWSLETTER OF THE FORTUNA SDA CHURCH

2301Rohnerville Rd. Fortuna Ca 95540 fsdaoffice@yahoo.com

Vol. 91 No. 2  February 2024

Drifting

FROM PASTOR DAN

On a blustery April day two boys, ages 17 and 15, went sailing off Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. The United States National Weather Service warned small boats to stay off the water, but Josh and Troy nevertheless set out in a fourteen-foot sailboat.

Very soon they realized they were in trouble. They tried to swim to shore, pulling the boat behind them. People on the beach did not hear their shouts. The current drew them steadily away from the shore and within hours they were out to sea. Without food or fresh water, at the mercy of wind and water, they knew their plight was desperate. Hours lapsed into days. The sun scorched them relentlessly. Sharks circled the sailboat, waiting to strike.

The pair quenched their thirst with seawater and slipped into the ocean to cool off, but sharks chased them back into the boat. At night they used a single wetsuit to keep warm. All alone in the vast Atlantic Ocean; at one point the teens thought they had drifted clear across the Atlantic Ocean and were nearing the coast of Africa. Instead, they were about a hundred miles north of where they started.

By the sixth day their last hope was waning. Fifteen-year-old Tory asked God to “take him.”

Then, just hours later, fishermen spotted the boys and plucked them out from the water. Sunburned, dehydrated, and exhausted, they were transferred to a Coast Guard vessel where they received medical attention – and made phone calls to their anxious parents.

We were praying for a miracle, and we got one,” said the Coast Guard Commander.

When Tory’s father received the call from his son, he started screaming, “It’s my boy, it’s my boy! He’s been found, he’s been found!” Miraculous deliverance. Plucked from the waters of death when all hope was gone. A story of grace. Also, a story about drifting. Like Tory and Josh, at times we set off on our own, heedless of the warnings of bad weather. Before long we are way out to sea, far from land. And the sharks circle, waiting to strike.

Sometimes we are drifting and don’t know it. The only safe course? Treasure the message of God’s incredible, unending, marvelous grace. Hold it close. Not only does God’s grace rescue us but it keeps us from drifting. Every day you can experience God’s grace anew.

The words to the hymn Marvelous Grace go like this;

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt! Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured, There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.

Refrain; Grace, grace, God’s grace, Grace that will pardon and cleanse within; Grace, grace, God’s grace, Grace that is greater than all our sin.

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold, Threaten the soul with infinite loss; Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold, Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.

Refrain:

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide. What can we do to wash it away? Look! There is flowing a crimson tide, Brighter than snow you may be today.

Refrain

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace, freely bestowed on all who believe! You that are longing to see His face, Will you this moment His grace receive?

It is my prayer that all who read these words will daily receive and experience God’s grace.

Blessings,

Pastor Dan

 

PATHFINDERS

February is going to be a busy month for the Pathfinders. They will beginning their “Quilting” honor on the 1st Monday of the month. They are in need of several sewing machines and THE OWNERS for a few weeks. They would need you to come to Pathfinders to help guide the kids on the specifics of your machine. Even if you can come off and on, it would be a big help as long as they know how to use your machine. Contact Chris Miller if you can help. On Sunday,m the 18th of February, they will be hosting a dinner at the Community Center. There will be an enchiladia dinner and dessert auction. The tickets are $10 for adults aand $8 for 12 and under. You may get a call to make a dessert so hopefully you can help them out. Invite your neighbors friends and family. Come out and fellowship together!!!

 

A BIG THANK YOU

Helen Perkins and her family, want to thank everyone for their out-pouring of cards, flowers, visits and party celebrating her 100th birthday. She was very happy.

 

PRAYING AS ONE

The LAST Sabbath of each month is now our prayer Sabbath. Not the first one. This works better with our potluck schedule. We appreciate your flexability. On this Sabbath, anyone who wants to meets in Pastor’s office after the service for a time of prayer and sharing together. Everyone is welcome to join as often as you can.

 

FORTUNA JUNIOR

ACADEMY

We are racing headlong into February and as I look at the calendar, I can’t believe how close we are to June. It all seems innocent until you start looking at test dates, and field trips, and fundraisers and all of a sudden, you’re planning graduation.

We have had a truly amazing year so far and it’s exciting to see the progress of our students. January 22, we went on a field trip to the Redwood Discovery Museum in Eureka. The students see electrical currents, run a grocery store, put on puppet shows, and even make Frank the skeleton dance around. We are planning a trip to the Cal Poly Marine Biology Lab in February 23 and, weather permitting, we may go exploring.

We are selling Kiwi’s that Anna Hahn’s daughters graciously donated to the school for a fund raiser. They are delicious and grown right across the street from the school. They are $5 a bag or $10 a box and can be picked up at the school or at Amy’s farm stand on Loop Rd.

We have had such a lovely school year with Miss Higgins guiding our students to academic success, but when we hired her we knew it was only to be for this year. She was ready to retire last year, but luckily for us she couldn’t tell Pastor Dan know. If you know of anyone who is qualified, and you think may be interested please let Pastor Dan or any one of the school staff or board members know so that we can follow up with them.

Our school constituency meeting is coming up on February 8 at 4pm. It will be in the school library, and we hope to see many of you there. A zoom link will also be provided. Please contact Valerie at Valerie.Wikander@nccsda.com if you would like to have the link e-mailed to you. We have some important things to discuss, and we would love to have your input.

Happy 2024,

Celia Higgins, Valerie, Kim and the staff at FJA Staff

 

NEW SABBATH SCHOOl CLASS

The new adult Sabbath School class starts Sabbath, February 3rd. We will not be using the quarterly. Dave Badzik and Cindy Gilmore will be leading and organizing. Did you get that? “Leading not teaching”. We want it to be a time of discussion, prayer, laughter and fellowship. A way to form closer relationships with one another through the study of God’s word. We may stay on topic or we may go down a completely different path. Our prayer is to go where God leads and where those who attend can be ministered to. We are planning on studying the book of James. We will begin with James, Chapter 1 verses 1-3, and maybe a little beyond. Feel free to join us in the balcony.

 

FELLOWSHIP LUNCHEONS

The fellowship luncheons for the month of February will be on February 3rd and February 17th. Please plan to join us for fellowship for one or both. It might be nice to play some bible games after the clean-up. Think about it and if you would like to take the lead on something like that, let the office know. 2024 IS THE YEAR WE DO MORE!!!!

 

Evangelism

February 7th from 6-7, our Wednesday night study will begin a new series. “Upheaval” is a study of the book of Daniel. We have invitation cards in the lobby of the church for you to hand out to the community. Please join us for one or all of the studies and invite someone to join you. The series will run every Wednesday through the end of March. Please pray for Pastor, Tim and all who attend.

 

PRAYER AND SUPPORT

TEXT LINE

If you would like something on the prayer chain, continue to call, text or e-mail me. However, if you are personally experiencing a need for individual prayer, and support, we now have a dedicated TEXT number that someone from the church will respond to. These folks have a heart to reach out and be there for their fellow members. The number to TEXT is 1-833-255-0272.

 

Coming up

JAN. 28 10-12 DORCAS SORTING BEE

FEB. 2-3 ZOOM S.S. CONFERENCE

FEB.03 NEW S. SCHOOL CLASS BEGINS

BLESSING OF THE LEADERSHIP

POTLUCK

FEB. 07 6:00 PM V.O.P. “UPHEAVAL” BEGINS

FEB. 08 FJA CONSTITUENCY MTG.

FEB. 14 VALENTINE’S DAY

FEB. 15 CHURCH BOARD

FEB. 17 POTLUCK

FEB. 18 PATHFINDER DINNER

FEB. 19 PRESIDENT’S DAY

MAR.27 “UPHEAVAL” ENDS

APR.08 EVANGELISM SERIES BEGINS

 

*Wednesday nights 6-7 Upheaval

*Saturday nights 6-7 The Chosen

 

WORKSHOP

 

FREE, ON-LINE SABBATH SCHOOL WORKSHOP

FEBRUARY 2-3, FRI./SAT. NAD IS HOSTING A ZOOM WEBINAR. THIS IS FOR ANYONE INVOLVED IN SABBATH SCHOOL CLASSES, PASTORS, STAFF. CHURCH LEADERSHIP OR ANYONE ELSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO. THERE WILL BE GENERAL SESSIONS AND SS, WORKSHOPS FOR YOU TO ATTEND, YOU MUST REGISTER AT WWW.ONETEAMPLAYBACK.ORG.

YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE SITE INDIVIDUALLY, REGISTER AND THE INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR YOU.

 

Birthdays & Anniversaries

FEB. 05 TAMMY FISH

FEB. 07 DAN DEL FIORENTINO

FEB. 10 RON STEVENS

FEB. 11 TIM WHITCHURCH

FEB. 13 NATHAN BRINCKHAUS

FEB. 15 MS FRANCES DALE

FEB. 17 IVETTE GOMEZ

NOE VAZQUEZ

FEB. 20 KARINA BRINCKHAUS

CAROLYN DEL FIORENTINO

FEB. 21 JUSTIN BURZO

FEB. 23 DON STEVENS

FEB. 24 MARY JO RENNER

STEVE WILSON

FEB. 25 STEVE BURUM

FEB. 27 JESSE PERRY

 

 

Anniversaries

FEB.02 LARRY & SHERRY KENNEDY

FEB.14 DAN & CAROLYN DELFIORENTINO

FEB.22 NOE & ZOILA VAZQUEZ

FEB.23 DON & JULIE ROWE

 

 

 

 

THE FOCUS

NEWSLETTER OF THE FORTUNA SDA CHURCH

2301Rohnerville Rd. Fortuna Ca 95540 fsdaoffice@yahoo.com

Vol. 91 No. 1  January 2024

From Pastor Dan

Manasseh

 

Every now and then we hear someone tell the story of the dramatic change in their life after they met Jesus, from drugs and gangs to the Christian walk, and so on. Or we read a book that perhaps goes into lurid detail of the years before Jesus became the writer’s Savior and Lord. None of these stories, however, comes even close to matching the experience of Manasseh.

Manasseh, king of Judah in the seventh century B.C., was one of the worst monarchs to rule anywhere, let alone to rule over the people of God. Only twelve years old when he ascended the throne, he reigned for fifty-five years. We find his story told in 2 Kings 21 and 2 Chronicles 33. The accounts are very similar in describing the king’s wickedness, but Chronicles adds intriguing details.

King Manasseh followed the idolatrous practices of the surrounding nations, so that the people of God, “did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.” (2 Chronicles 33:9, NKJV). He erected altars to the Baals and made Asherah poles; he worshipped the starry hosts, even building altars to them in the Temple of the Lord. He sacrificed his son in the fire (an abominable practice associated with the worship of the god Molech). He practiced sorcery, divination, and witchcraft. He consulted mediums. “Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, besides his sin by which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the Lord.” (2 Kings 21:16, NKJV).

Have you ever heard of such revolting behavior? Surely here was an individual for whom all hope of salvation had long since perished.

But not so fast. Never discount the power of grace. Never give up on a sinner lost beyond recall. God permitted the Assyrians to overrun the land. They took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, bound him with shackles, and took him to Babylon. And there, wonder of wonders, this sorry excuse for a leader of God’s people had a change of heart. “He . . . humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.” (2 Chronicles 33:12, NKJV). The Bible says, he prayed, and God heard him.

God always hears us. He turned Manasseh around and He can turn us around too. Never give up on a sinner because God never does. As we head into the year 2024, may God’s grace overflow from our hearts to touch the lives of those around us so they can experience His life changing grace too.

May God bless you and your family this New Year.

Pastor Dan

 

LIVE NATIVITY

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated in the “Live Nativity”. To those that spent time building the sets and taking them down. The actors, those providing food and controlling traffic and working on costumes. Every one of you made it possible for us to continue this MINISTRY to our community. The Lord blessed us with weather that wasn’t perfect but could have been worse. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

 

CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING

On December 9th at 6:30 we had a business meeting. Here is a condensed version of the discussion and decisions regarding the 4 items that were on the Agenda.

1.The 2024 budget was voted on and approved. The monthly budgeted amount remains the same as last year.

2.We are going ahead with the repair of the sanctuary windows. The APPROXIMATE cost with shipping, materials & equipment will be around $7500-$8500. Redwood Glass will show us how to replace one and then we will do the actual labor, saving hundreds in labor costs. Eventually we would like to replace all the windows so they all match, but that is a future and non-urgent matter we will address at a later date.

3.As weather permits, we will begin work on the FJA drainage issues. We will be starting a fund-raiser and will be reaching out to Alumni and church members to assist in this cost. A new drainage path has to be dug so it drains away from the building and then shore up underneath the building. This is going to be around $30,000 .

4.The brickwork that is against the front of the church has separated and pulled away from the building. Basically, a large portion of the brick and steps from the ramp forward, going towards the road, is coming off. (The ramp will remain). Once all that brickwork is removed, we must examine what is underneath, the stability of the soil etc. and then a rebuilding/repair plan will be developed. There are some costs we won't know about until we are knee deep in the projects .

We have laid all of this before the Lord in our meeting and will follow as he leads us. Please continue to pray that we can raise the funds as needed. That possible materials and equipment might be donated. That we will have willing hearts to volunteer where needed as we repair the House of The Lord. We are blessed with a wonderful family that loves our church and cares for it. We are so thankful for the board and members support as we go forward with these plans.

As we get more information and costs, we possibly will have future business/board meetings to inform you of new information.

 

FJA

Hello Church Family,

We would like to start off by thanking everyone who helped out with our Christmas Program on December 9th. We have been approached by several people saying what a blessing it was to them, and it could not have happened without those behind the scenes. All of the kids did such a wonderful job! We pray that your holiday season was filled with family, friends, and blessings. Now it’s time to start the humdrum of winter and buckle down to finish up FJA’s second quarter. We had an anonymous donation to our Field Trip Fund and are planning some more fun, educational field trips for the students. Watch on Facebook to see some of the exciting things happening on our campus. Lane Thomsen is getting ready for some more woodworking with the students, which they always enjoy. We plan to have as many students as possible at church on the 4th. Sabbath of each month to present a song they have learned. It’s really nice to see them participating in our service. Our Home and School provides yummy lunches every Wednesday for the students but would love to offer those to you as well. It costs $6 for lunch. We just need to know by Monday afternoon if you would like to stop by and pick one up also. Call Tim Whitchurch or call the school to let us know. January’s hot lunch schedule is: 1/3 Haystacks, 1/10 Burgers and Fries, 1/17 Baked Potatoes, 1/24 Lasagna, 1/31 Potato Soup and Mini Pizzas.

We ask you to continue to pray for our students and staff as well as the Spirit’s presence to be on our campus as we begin 2024. Thank you for lifting us up and supporting your church school.

Happy 2024,

Celia Higgins and the FJA Staff

 

OUR 21 DAYS OF “UNITED FASTING AND PRAYER” BEGINS ON THE 7TH. SABBATH, JAN. 6TH WILL BE FOCUSED ON THE BLESSINGS FROM FASTING AND PRAYER. WE ARE HOPING TO HAVE SOME INFORMATION ON HEALTHY WAYS TO FAST THIS COMING SABBATH.

 

SABBATH SCHOOL SUPPLIES/MAILBOXES

It would be so appreciated if you could please check your mailboxes weekly. Lately our bulletins are getting overloaded with inserts. We will start putting these types of flyers in the mailboxes like we used to do. There is also the table in the lobby that may have materials at times. We want to make sure that we have good communication with our members. Reading your bulletin, FOCUS and e-mails and checking your mailboxes and information table will also help us all know what is going on.

The updated Sabbath School supply list is in the lobby on the table. Please check and make sure you are getting what you want. Just make any changes that you want on this list. We want to make sure everyone has the materials they want, but at the same time not ordering too many that then get tossed. When I went to put 1st quarter supplies in the boxes, I found 10, 4th quarter quarterlies in the boxes. Depending on what quarterly you use, they can range in price from $6.99 to $15.99. That’s a good chunk of change going to waste. So, thank you very much for checking your mailboxes and updating your supply list.

 

PATHFINDERS In January, the Pathfinder schedule says they may have their winter campout on Jan. 26-28. They will be starting some new honors including quilting, rocks and minerals and possibly sign language. There is also the Big trip to Gillette Wyoming for the International Pathfinder Camporee. Their schedule also shows the annual Pathfindr dinner February 18th. They will need some fabric for the quilting honor. If you have fabric or want to donate fabric, please contact Norma Barnhart to find out what type she is looking for. Please continue to pray for the kids and the staff. Continue to support them by attending their events or by volunteering to help out. Jan. 8, Full Dress Uniform. Jan 15, Field uniform. Jan. 22 Field Uniform.

 

Dec. 30 Communion Sabbath

Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve

Jan.7-27 Fasting and Prayer Begins

Jan. 10 Serpintine Prophecy Begins

Jan.11 School board 4:00

Jan.12 Martin Luther King day

Jan.19 Church board 6:30

Jan.26-28 Pathfinder Winter Campout

 

FELLOWSHIP LUNCHEONS

Starting in 2024, we will have potlucks on the 1st and 3rd Sabbaths of the month. We want to thank those that have agreed to host these potlucks. Remember for every potluck someone has to come in, set up the tables and chairs, ready the kitchen and then clean it all up and put everything back. Anytime you can stay after a bit and help will be appreciated. If your group or class ever feel inspired to host a potluck, please let Debbie Miller know.

 

Live Scan and Mandated Reporter Training

We cannot stress enough the importance of you completing the on-line training and Live Scan. Must be Done by December 31st in order to get reimbursed for the Live Scan cost. Receipts for this need to be turned in to the office. Certificates go to Chris Miller. Nominated positions cannot take effect until this is done. Please continue to take the training and scans even after Dec. 31st. We will have 1st readings of the report as more people turn in results. Eventually, there will be a final update to be voted on and approved.

 

Evangelism

 Our Wednesday night study will be re-starting on January 10th. We will be presenting “The Serpintine Prophecy”. There is a video and then study time. These prophecy studies point to Jesus. His love, His grace and His plan of salvation. These points are brought out in these series. Please pray for Pastor and Tim as they present these topics. Pray for those that attend, that their hearts will be moved.

 

New Year’s Resolutions”

"I never make New Year's Resolutions, anymore," a man once said to me, "I never keep them, anyway." I myself can remember all too many resolutions I've made and let slip away, too. But I believe New Year's resolutions are worth making. Let me tell you why.

The New Year is a good time for reassessment. How did last year go? What do I want to do differently this year? Did I accomplish my goals? This time of year always reminds me of a passage of scripture, "Break up your unplowed ground, and do not sow among thorns" (Jer 4:3). It makes sense. Ground that is not cared for is not prosperous or productive. But some of us are stubborn enough to try to “sow seeds” in ground that is not taken care of and weeds are allowed to root. Let me ask you a serious question. What percentage of your life is producing something of value to God? How much "unplowed ground" do you have that ought to be broken up in this coming year and made useful? How much time are you spending with Christ, grounding yourself in Him, allowing His love to take root and choke out the weeds. The brink of a new year is a good time to reassess your spiritual goals as well as your financial and relationship and health goals.

New Year's is also a time to learn to rely more heavily on the grace of God. The Apostle Paul said: "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength," he said (Phil 4:13, NIV). And God's strength saw him through a lot--through pain, through joy, and through commitment and perseverance to accomplishment. If this last year, you didn't practice relying on the Lord as much as you should have, there is no time like the present to make a New Year's resolution to spend time with Him. You’ll have a much better chance of a Happy New Year.

-Dr. Ralph H. Wilson- (Renewal Ministries)

 

Birthdays

JAN.02 PHOENIX FARFAN

JAN.04 SAPHIRA GIBBENS

JAN.05 MATIAS JERONIMO-ALEJANDRO

JAN.06 MARY WEBER

JAN.09 DAWN BAUMGARTNER

JAN.11 HELEN ETTER

JAN.13 ALBIN PORTER

JAN.15 CORA WHITCHURCH

JAN.16 HELEN PERKINS “100th BIRTHDAY”

Jan 17 CAROLYN MATHESON

JAN.18 MATTHEW FILLMAN

JAN.27 JULIE ROWE

JAN.28 ORVIL ARCHBOLD

Anniversaries

JAN.12 PEDRO AND ADELA YANEZ

JAN.16 BOB AND CONNIE BERTHOLF

JAN.19 DALE AND VIRGINIA HARRIS

 

 

THE FOCUS

NEWSLETTER OF THE FORTUNA SDA CHURCH

2301Rohnerville Rd. Fortuna Ca 95540 fsdaoffice@yahoo.com

Vol. 90 No. 12  December 2023

From Pastor Dan

Catherine Lawes

Catherine was the wife of Lewis Lawes, who was the warden at the notorious Sing Sing Prison in New York State from 1920 to 1941. The prison had a reputation for destroying wardens; their average tenure before Lewis Lawes was only two years. Lawes once joked, “The easiest way to get out of Sing Sing is to go in as warden.”

But amazingly, Lawes lasted twenty-one years. He instituted many reforms. Behind this successful man was, as is often the case, a woman. His wife, Catherine, was a key figure in the changes that came to the grim prison environment. Catherine believed that all the prisoners were worthy of attention and respect. She regularly visited within the walls of the penitentiary, encouraging the prisoners, listening to them, and running errands for them. She cared for them, and they in turn cared deeply for her.

One night in October 1937, Catherine was killed in an auto accident. As the news spread from cell to cell, the prisoners petitioned the warden to permit them to visit her home, where her casket lay. He granted their request. A few days later the south gate of Sing Sing swung slowly open. Hundreds of men – murderers, thieves, many of them lifers – marched slowly from the prison gate to the home, nearly a mile away, and returned to their cells. There were so many that the whole event took place unguarded. But not one tried to escape.

In the famous parable of the sheep and goats, Jesus says, “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” Jesus spoke about visiting prisoners, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, comforting the sick. (Matthew 25:40, NKJV). By this vivid parable He was telling us about the life that counts for time and eternity. It is what the poet called, "that best portion of a good man’s life, his little nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”

 

If the heart were indeed transformed by divine grace, an external change would be seen in true kindness, sympathy, and

courteousness. Jesus was never cold and unapproachable.”

(Testimonies to the Church, Volume 4, page 488).

 

Kindness is a language that even those who cannot hear or speak can understand. It’s a fruit of grace. As we enter this holiday season, let us share the fruit of God’s grace all around us – especially to the prisoners, hungry, naked and sick. Let our hands be God’s hands, our heats be God’s heart and our voice be God’s voice. By God’s grace, we can make a difference in our marriages, families, church and community.

May God fill you with His grace so that it overflows in your life to be a blessing to all those around you.

Pastor Dan

 

CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING

December 9th at 6:30 we will be having a church business meeting in the Blue room downstairs. We have quite a few important financial decisions to be made regarding the agenda items.

2024 Church Budget

Church Window Repair

Front Entrance Repair

FJA Drainage Issue

We would like to have you join us in person, but if you can’t and would like the ZOOM link, here it is: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86710782955

 

FJA

Dear Church Family,   

It's hard to believe we are already into the holiday season and halfway through our second quarter of school. The students have been working hard learning songs for church services and memorizing lines for the Christmas Program on December 9th. We have loved having so many of our homeschool families join us for practices, and they actually came with us on our field trip to the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department on November 13. The students learned or were refreshed on fire emergency procedures, were able to see all the fire trucks, and even saw a glimpse of the fire fighter's residence.

November also saw the students baking goodies using pumpkins grown on FJA's campus. These will be used for our big bake sale at the Fortuna River Lodge December 10th. They had a visit from Pastor Larry and played some teamwork games while learning about positive communication, and we even had a visit from Wayne Gungl our small school superintendent. Pastor Dan is on campus every Friday helping with worship and building relationships with each of our students. They are such a joy to work with. If you have a special craft or a worship thought, you would like to share please contact us so we can fit you into the schedule. Hot lunches on Wednesdays are $6, Call Tim by Monday of each week. 12/6-Haystacks. 12/13-Burgers and fries. We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have a wonderful Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Celia Higgins & Staff of FJA

Principal

Fortuna Jr. Academy

 

SKATING

Humboldt Bay Christian School is hosting another skating get together. On Sunday, December 10th from 2-5pm. This is also the River Lodge Christmas Festival…..so it may take some juggling to attend both.

 

PATHFINDERS

Pathfinders continue to be a busy group. They had a special “get to know our members” meal with specially invited members. What a great way for our young people to get to know our more “senior” church members! In November they had a visiting group of Pathfinders from the Redding area. Chris and his team are working to help the kids finish up their leather working honor. Check out the pictures on Facebook!!. In January, they will be starting some new honors and getting ready for the Big trip to Gillette Wyoming for the International Pathfinder Camporee. Field uniforms on the 4th and 11th and a staff meeting on the 18th.

 

COMING UP!!! TAKE NOTE!!!

Nov. 27 No Pathfinder’s this week

Dec. 02 Christmas “Hymn Sing” 6:00pm

Dec. 09 Children/Adult Christmas

Service & Possible Potluck

6:30 Church Business Meeting

Dec.10 River Lodge Music Festival 3-5

HBCS Skating 2-5pm

Dec. 14 4:00 School Board Meeting

Dec. 15 Live Nativity Set-up

Dec. 16-17Live Nativity 7-9

Dec. 18 Live Nativity take down

Dec. 18 FJA Christmas break 12/18-01/02

Dec. 20 FCSC Give-A-Way

Dec. 23 Christmas Service Sabbath/Potluck

Dec. 30 Communion Sabbath

 

POTLUCKS

Well, I know that last month we said that “all church” potlucks would be the first and thrid Sabbaths of the month. However, December has thrown us some curves. Wwe can’t use the center on the 16th because of Live Nativity. We are trying to coordinate potlucks for the 9th and the 23rd instead. Please watch for more information as we get things nailed down.

THANK YOU : Wow!! What a blessing our Thanksgiving Day was! Our Meal Ministry was a blessing not just to those we served, but to everyone who helped out as well. We know it was such short notice, but our church family rallied and we pulled it together. We fed about 21 homeless friends at the center and then about 8 or 9 other meals were delivered to various homeless encampments. We just THANK THANK THANK everyone who donated food, came to set-up, cook, serve and clean up afterwards. We had enough left over food that we were able to put a big box together and we delivered it to the Police Department in Fortuna.

 

F.C.S.C

The center is gearing up for the annual Christmas Give-A-Way on December 20th. If you wish to donate a Visa gift card to purchase a toy for a child we will have a box in the lobby. We will also have a donation box in the lobby where rain ponchos, rain gear sets, etc. and tarps can be donated. This time of year the center passes these out to our homeless community members. Bring items beginning Dec. 2nd. If you would like to help that week to get ready for the give-a-way, please contact Rhonda or Cherie at the center. It takes many hands to put this ministry together.

 

Live Scan and Mandated Reporter Training

We cannot stress enough the importance of you completing the on-line training and Live Scan. Must be Done by December 31st in order to get reimbursed for the Live Scan cost. Receipts for this need to be turned in There are flyers in the lobby explaining who needs to do it and also the Live Scan application. Most all that volunteer in Sabbath School, at the school or with Pathfinders is included on this list. Nominated positions cannot take effect until this is done. We will present the report for a vote when those nominated have turned in their proof of completion.

 

Christmas Hymn Sing

On December2nd, at 6:00pm, we are hosting an all-community Christmas Hymn Sing at our church. We are the choir and will remain in our seats with those leading, in the front. If you came last time, you know what a blessing it was to all. Invite friends, family, neighbors, etc. to come and join us as we Praise God together with holiday songs.

Thanks

Kevin Barnhart

707-273-9242

 

LIVE NATIVITY

Our Live Nativity will be on December 16th and 17th, 7-9pm. The community appreciates this holiday event so much and it is only possible with volunteers. We’d love your support, whether as an actor, helping with set up and take down, serving in the kitchen, or donating a plate of sandwiches, fruit or cookies. Text or call Ariana to volunteer. 707-671-5156

 

Evangelism

We have several programs and series coming up for. 2024. Please pray for these ministries. Some series appear to focus on Prophecy, but actually the prophecies point to Jesus. His love, His grace and His plan of salvation. These points are brought out in these series. Did you know that in the past two or three years we have had people of other faiths attending multiple series. They have stated that the SDA teachings are biblical and that Saturday is indeed the Sabbath. These are folks that have been raised in their respective religions. Their hearts are being moved. Please pray for Pastor and Tim as they present these topics. Pray for those that attend. (Tentative Dates & Series)

JAN. 10-31 WED. 6:00 SERPINTINE PROPHECY

FEB. 07- MAR. 27 WED. 6:00 PLANET IN UPHEAVAL

APR. 04-07 NIGHTLY 6:00 SHAWN BOONSTRA

APR. 08-MAY 26 FRI/SAT/SUN 6:00 SHARE HIM

 

Birthdays

DEC. 01 DEBBIE MILLER

DEC. 02 RUBEN BRINCKHAUS

DEC. 04 DON ROWE

DEC. 06 EARL CARSON

DEC. 07 NANCY SUTSCH

DEC. 12 LUPE ALEJANDRO

DEC. 17 CHRISTOPHER VAZQUEZ

DEC. 18 DOROTHY STOCKTON

DEC. 22 SUSAN WHITCHURCH

DEC. 26 JIM FRITZ

DEC. 28 AVA BRINCKHAUS

DEC. 29 VIRGINIA HARRIS

DEC. 30 EMILIA GOODRICH

GISILAINE LOPEZ

DEC. 31 DAVE BADZIK

 

December Anniversaries

 

DEC. 01 ORVIL AND LOIDA ARCHBOLD

DEC. 19 PASTOR DAN AND KERRY

DEC. 21 CASSIDY AND EMILIA GOODRICH

DEC. 23 BRUCE AND ANN PARKER