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THE FOCUS

NEWSLETTER OF THE FORTUNA SDA CHURCH

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

Vol. 91 No. 7  July 2024

FROM PASTOR’S DAN

A GIFT OF LIFE

The late William Johnson, retired editor of the Adventist Review, wrote about the story of Geri Kennedy and her brother. Craig was in a desperate condition with acute renal failure. He needed someone to donate a kidney. Geri wrestled with what she might do to help him. If the tests came out positive, would she be healthy enough to give one of her kidneys? How would her husband, daughters, and her parents relate to her doing this for someone who drank alcohol and smoked? And would Craig forever feel an obligation?

After much prayer and discussion, Geri decided to go forward. Craig begged her not to do it. She told him that she believed that God would lead and that it was all in His control. The feelings of love, awe, and tears are beyond my skills to put into words, she remembers. His question was, “What will I ever do to repay you?” She answered with a grin, “Don’t worry, I’ll have a list.” Then she added, “This kidney of mine doesn’t drink or smoke, and it goes to church every Sabbath; so please, do not try to change its lifestyle.”

In the operating room the staff put Geri’s and Craig’s gurneys side by side. They looked at each other and held hands. The Craig asked seriously, “Where is it?

Where’s what?”

With tears flowing down his face, he said, “The list.” No4w Geri’s tears were flowing also. “Craig, there is no list – this is a gift. I love you, and God loves you. He will see us through.”

A thousand words could not describe the look on Craig’s face, Geri recalls. All he could do was squeeze her hand even harder, smile through his tears, and shake his head. After the surgery there were many more tears of happiness as the rest of

the family learned that Geri and Craig were doing fine. During the following days, two times Craig’s body started to reject Geri’s kidney, but each time God heard their pleas for his complete recovery.

In John’s epistle he writes, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” (1 John 3:16, NIV). Jesus did more than give us a kidney. He took our place on the cross.

The beatings, bruising and blood which He shed is what we deserved for our sins – He took it all upon Himself. He died for all our sins. Now through His resurrection we can be forgiven and have a new life. What will you do with the perfect life He gives you?

Because of the love Geri has given to her brother Craig, he has recommitted his life to Christ.

Today, we can do the same thing. Because we have experienced God’s love and grace, may we become loving and show grace to those around us. May God richly bless you!

Pastor Dan

 

PATHFINDERS

Don’t forget during camp meeting, the Pathfinders will be hosting the Burger Bar and the cafeteria. They appreciate your support.

Also, please remember to pray for our Pathfinders. Right after Camp Meeting, they will be leaving for the International Camporee in Gillette Wyoming. They will be traveling by car a very long distance. Along the way they are going to stop in Salt Lake City, and at Yellowstone National Park for 3 days and then on to Gillette. Please pray for them, for safe travels, for great experiences, and to meet and make new friends in Christ.

We want to thank you for all the years of faithful support of our Pathfinders. They would not be able to do the things they do and go where they go without your support. The support financially is important. But, even more it is the physical support and fellowship that is the most important. We are blessed by you and we thank you!

 

BUSINESS MEETING

Tuesday, the 9th of July. There will be a business meeting you will want to make sure and attend. We will give you an update regarding the future of FJA. It will be at 6:00 in the blue room.

OUTDOOR FELLOWSHIP

We are still looking for folks to host outdoor picnic lunches for September and October. Please let us know if you are interested. Here are the ones we have scheduled so far 

July 20th – Dumitrescu’s

August-17th Don and Colleen’s

 

IS YOUR CHURCH ENCOURAGING?

“I entered the church community as a woman who loved Jesus and desired to grow in spiritual maturity and fruitfully contribute to our church. But I also entered weary and heavy-laden with wounds, sin, and baggage. In every stage of life and spiritual maturity level, I’ve valued encouragement within the body of Christ.

I remember the encouragers. Their lives were filled with joy. These men and women gently helped me see, understand, and apply the promises of God when my heart was weary. Their words and demonstrations of God’s kindness helped me to be strong, stand firm, and take heart in various seasons of discouragement.

We began a ministry of trying to encourage one another in Christ. To seek out those who had been wounded by “Christians” in their church body. To develop closer emotional and spiritual relationships with one another and to develop an environment of acceptance and love amongst one another. Recognizing that that we may not be “best friends” with everyone, but we will be there to encourage and support everyone.

Here are some of the ways I have learned by being involved in a growing ministry of positivity and encouragement among churches that are lacking the familial relationships church members should have.

  • Encouragement is a learned skill. Just like other parts of discipleship, encouragement should be taught, practiced, and replicated as an important aspect of the Christian faith. Encouragement is Spirit dependent. Pray for the Spirit’s wisdom and that he would provide the good counsel of a well-timed word. Depend on the Spirit to do the work of empowerment. You are the messenger not the Spirit.

  • Check Yourself. Are you encouraging to your brothers and sisters in Christ? Do you confront or criticize? Are you opiniated or tolerant? Do you watch your delivery? Do you gossip or recognize we are all sinners covered by grace? Do you pray before any encounter? We may see ourselves as encouraging and compassionate but how do others see us? You may be strong, but others may be in turmoil and experiencing trials you may know nothing about. Approach accordingly. Treat everyone as if you are approaching a physical child of God “who is made in His image,” and therefore is Christ embodied.

  • Be patient. As you work and pray for change, be patient. A church’s culture doesn’t take shape overnight. As you work to implement a culture of encouragement, be patient and diligent in studying the practice of encouragement with church members.

  • Encourage your church. Pray for your pastors, elders, and teachers to be strengthened by grace through the encouraging words and actions of the church’s members. Pray and ask the Lord for wisdom and humility to discern how God might use you to encourage and strengthen others within your own local church.

  • Consider the unique personality of your church. How has it been shaped and defined over the years by certain leaders or church members? When God’s people bring their desires, abilities, strengths, gifts, and resources to the church and work for his glory, God produces beautiful fruit and a loving membership.

Adapted from Lindsey Carlson’s book A Better Encouragement: Trading Self-Help for True Hope 

 

WRITE IT ON THE CALENDAR

JULY 04 INDEPENDENCE DAY

JULY 06 POTLUCK

JULY 09 BUSINESS MEETING 6:00

JULY 12 HEALTH NUGGET

JULY 13 PASTOR IN PETROLIA

JULY 20 POTLUCK AT DUMITRESCU’S

JULY 21-27 CAMP MEETING

JULY 27 NO CHURCH SERVICE HERE

AUG. 03 HEALTH NUGGET DR. BAIRD

AUG. 10 PASTOR IN MIRANDA

AUG. 17 POTLUCK AT DON & COLLEEN’S

SEPT.27-29 WOMEN’S EVENT (see article)

OCTOBER GRIEF RECOVERY PRESENTATION

 

JUNE OFFERINGS

JULY 1 Local Budget JULY 8 GC sessioon

JULY 15 Local Budget JULY 27 NCC

 

MISSION SPOTLIGHT

Remember that the 3rd Sabbath of every month is the mission spotlight at 10:45. If it is still playing when downstairs gets out, please remain in the lobby until it and the class are over. Thank you!

 

Evangelism and Personal Ministries

Wednesday nights at 6:00pm there is a study of the book of Patriots and prophets. On Saturday nights we are watching season 4 of “The Chosen”. In September there will be a women’s ministry retreat here at the church. In October, Steve and Karen Nicola will be hosting a series on grief recovery. Many of us have lost loved ones and struggle with grief. Friends and families as well. Please spread the word when we get more information on the specifics.

 

WOMENS FELLOWSHIP

THE WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 27-29 THE WOMEN’S MINISTRY WILL BE HOSTING A SPECIAL WEEKEND AT THE FCSC. GLENY CHERIAN, A CHRISTIAN TEACHER IN PSYCOLOGY AT WEIMAR WILL BE OUR GUEST SPEAKER. THERE WILL BE FRIDAY NIGHT AND SABBATH AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (& POSSIBLY SUNDAY MORNING ) FOR WOMEN AT THE CENTER. SABBATH SHE WILL BE OUR SPEAKER DURING THE CHURCH SERVICE WITH A POTLUCK FOLLOWING AT THE CENTER. MORE INFO ON TIMES AND TOPICS BY AUG. FIRST. INVITE WOMEN YOU KNOW TO JOIN US.

 

July 2024

Birthdays & Anniversaries

JULY 02 REINA PINEDO

JULY 06 DAVE PERRY

JULY 06 KATHRYN MATHISON

JULY15 PAM BADZIK

JULY 17 DANIEL ALEJANDRO

JULY 18 MIA MAZZONE

JULY 19 BILL MASON

JULY 22 MICHAEL NORTON

JULY 24 ARIELA RAYBURN

SANDRA WEEKS

JULY 25 MICHAEL CHAPMAN

JULY 27 CHAROLETTE WAREHAM

LORRAINE SCHUELER

JULY 28 JONAH MAZZONE

JULY 31 NORMA BARNHART

 

 

ANNIVERSARIES

JULY 6TH RUBEN & LALITA BRINCKHAUS

JULY 12TH NATE & VALERIE WIKANDER

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