The Latest

"The Latest" is a weekly encouraging note from one of our pastors which also highlights upcoming events. 


3/25/2020

Our nation is beginning to feel the effects of the Corvid-19 pandemic. I have several pastoral colleagues who have infected members. I have an infected friend. One of my fellow pastoral has already lost his first member to Corvid-19. Many medical professionals are working at near-maximum capacity to prepare for the difficult coming days. The pandemic is beginning to feel very real. We must always remind ourselves that our hope in Christ is very real and absolutely certain. 

I've spoken to several of our members this week who find themselves suddenly unemployed. As you can imagine, this is a very unsettling experience during a very troubling time. If you are without work, we are praying for you. If you are a medical professional who is stretched thin, we are praying for you. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 NIV11) We will get through these times. Together. 

Experts are predicting that we are about three weeks from the peak of the infections in the United States. During the next several weeks we are going to need each other more than we have in the past. Keep me, the office staff, or your parish elder posted with your needs. We will do what we can. I have been amazed by the volunteer spirit of our congregation. 

Be Well,
Pastor Nathan

Important Updates 

Due to the Governor's stay at home order, our office is closed, and all office staff are working from home. If you need the secretary, you can connect with Pam during office hours at (209) 288-4879. 

This Sabbath, we will only be live-streaming our worship service at 11:00 am to YouTube.

Pastor Tom will be hosting a Zoom Sabbath school at 10:00 am for teenagers. Follow this link to join the class.

Reiker Schultz will be hosting a Zoom Sabbath school at 10:00 am for adults. Follow this link to join the class.

Pastor Nathan will be hosting a Zoom Sabbath school at 10:00 am for adults. Follow this link to join the class.

If you would like digital children's Sabbath school resources, you can access them here.

If you would like digital adult Sabbath school resources, you can access them here.

If you would like paper Sabbath school quarterlies they are available on a table just outside the main entrance to the church. If you have any church friends who do not email, please pass this information on to them. Also, if you are a shut-in and need someone to deliver the quarterly to you, please call the church office at (209) 288-4879. If you are able to help deliver the quarterlies, also, please call the church office.

Our pantry is in danger of closing for lack of food. If anyone has staples they can share, please drop them off outside the church office. Please call the church office at (209) 288-4879 to let Pam know that you will be doing that. They can also use paper and heavy-duty plastic grocery bags.

Upcoming Events

MARCH
Food Pantry - Mar 25, 9-10:30 Drive up only

APRIL
Food Pantry - April 1, 9-10:30 Drive up only
Food Pantry - April 8, 9-10:30 Drive up only
Easter Sabbath - Apr 11, 11:00
On the House Breakfast - April 18 Canceled
Food Pantry - April 15, 9-10:30 Drive up only
Food Pantry - April 22, 9-10:30 Drive up only
ABC Spring Truckload Sale Deadline - April 24, 1:00
God's Closet - Apr 26 Canceled
Food Pantry - April 29, 9-10 Drive up only

MAY
May 17, 2-4 p.m. ABC Spring Truckload Food Sale delivery
Church members with birthdays this week:
March 22 - Martha Grossman, Sally Hoenes, Rebecca Kohl, Norma Marxmill, Matthew Narita and Kai Sweet
March 23 - Welby Lo
March 24 - George Arhelger
March 26 - Donna Reese
March 27 - Ophelia Montellano, Chloe Newton, Christine Steinhoefel
March 28 - Del Retha Haugen
Church members with anniversaries this week:
March 24 - Gary & Teri Deacon
March 27 - Shawn & Robin Akers

3/18/2020

Hi,
It seems that each day brings us more bad news about Corvid 19. The politicians are scrambling to keep the economy from an utter meltdown. The healthcare system is working overtime to prepare for the expected exponential growth of new infections. Stores are working round the clock to keep the basics on the shelves.

How should we react when it seems like the world has gone mad, and the lives we once imagined were somewhat secure, suddenly feel insecure? We must remember that God never promised that our lives would be a fairytale in which nothing bad ever happens. Jesus was forthright about suffering when he said, “in the world you will have tribulation.” (John 16:33) While Jesus frankly acknowledges the reality of trials, he assured us that we are not alone and that we can have peace during tribulation (John 16:31-33). On the cross, Jesus confronted suffering and death, and through his resurrection, he triumphed over them. The cross and resurrection demonstrate God’s unwavering commitment to us and fill us with the assurance of God’s presence now and security for the future. As we have sung so many times at church, "No fear of death, no scheme of man can ever pluck me from his hand." (In Christ Alone)

Jesus said it best when he said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NKJV) 

Important Updates:
The Board has established a “Crisis Oversight Committee”. This committee will be responsible for making all strategic decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This committee will have the authority to cancel church, Sabbath school, and any other church-related events and to enlist organized help (in cooperation with the church elders) from the church for church members who are struggling to care for themselves or their families.

We will be live-streaming our Sabbath school at 9:30 and our church service at 11 on Facebook and YouTube through April 12. 

MLAJA is following the Central California Conference guidelines transitioning to online education through April 12. 

If you are sheltering in place and need supplies, please reach out to your church family. You can call the office, pastors Nathan and Tom, or the head elder Tim Trujillo. As I mentioned in the previous email, we are working to bring our parishes back up to speed so that they can care for any needs that arise. We are taking our responsibility to our members very seriously.

Our foodbank is open Wednesdays from 9-12. Many people are in a perilous financial circumstance, and the need for food is only increasing with the staggering layoffs hitting our economy.

I have attached two documents from the Central California Conference that will give you an idea of how the Conference is responding to the Corvid 19 virus. 

Courage,
Pastor Nathan Renner

3/16/2020

Good morning.

I don't know about you, but I'm amazed at how fast the world has turned upside down because of the Covid virus. Some have wondered if the restrictions on assembly or travel are the beginning of an end-time plot in fulfillment of Revelation 13. I don't think so. Others are concerned that temporarily transitioning to online only worship services somehow demonstrates a lack of faith. This is not the case. 

The sensible public health measures our society is taking are in keeping with Leviticus 13, which outlines a plan of social distancing when threatened with the danger of communicable disease. Romans 13 encourages us to be submissive to the governing authorities. We should be happy to honor them in all things consistent with God's law. Lastly, 1 Corinthians 13 calls on the church to embrace love as its highest ethic. Love is deeply concerned with the wellbeing of their neighbors. By practicing social distancing, we are walking in love. As we face this crisis together, let us remember Leviticus 13, Romans 13, and 1 Corinthians 13.

Updates: 

Sabbath School and Church: We hope you were able to live stream Sabbath school and church on Facebook or YouTube last Sabbath. We apologize for the delay in the YouTube feed. We will try to have this issue resolved by this Sabbath. We will be live streaming Sabbath school at 9:30 am until approximately 10:30 am and church at 11 am this coming Sabbath (March 14) as well as March 21 and March 28 (and perhaps longer). Please "join" us this Sabbath! If you missed the live stream service, you can still view Sabbath school and church on our Facebook or YouTube page. If you need help finding those pages, you can contact Pam at 209.532.3337. 

Mission Trip: The MLAJA School Board made a very difficult decision on Saturday night to postpone (not cancel) the Peru Mission Trip for the safety of our students, the church and community in Asia, Peru and our local church and community. As it turns out, Peru closed its borders on Sunday afternoon, which confirmed the board's decision. We ask you to pray for God's blessing on all of the students, parents, teachers, and others that were intending on participating in the trip. We also ask you to pray for the church in Asia, Peru, who is now without a church. Jennifer Trujillo is working on rebooking the mission trip for later in the year.

 "Physical" Distancing and Social "Closeness": We all now know the importance of practicing social distancing during this pandemic. However, we want to encourage all of you to find new ways to stay socially close (but not physically close) to each other by being purposefully in staying in contact by phone, email, texting, etc. 

Parishes: If you need help with anything during this difficult time, please contact the church office or Nathan, Tom, Pam, or Tim directly. As Tim announced on Sabbath, we are going to be reactivating our 12 parishes and assigning an elder to each parish. If you are under 65, you may be contacted by one of our elders to ask for help in responding to needs in your specific parish. More information will be distributed tomorrow. 

Austin and Cassia Owen: As Tim informed you on Sabbath, Austin and Cassia Owen and their dear children Gemyline and Elia, are sadly going to be moving to Tennessee next week. Cassia sang special music on Sabbath along with Welby Lo as a special goodbye to you all. Please be sure to reach out to them directly to let them know how much they are going to be missed. 

Personal Bible Study and Prayer: These very uncertain times present an excellent opportunity for you to spend more time in personal and family Bible Study and Prayer. I've attached a document to this email with four reading plans to get you started. The YouVersion Bible app is also a fantastic resource. 

Church Office: The church office will be closed until March 28, 2020 (and perhaps longer). However, Pam will still be working and answering phones (but not the door). If you are not able to get through to Pam at the church office, please contact Nathan, Tom, Pam, or Tim directly on their cell phones. We are committed to being available to help each of you during these uncertain times. 

Giving: We want to ask you to please remember to give your tithe and offerings during the next few weeks. You can give online at discoverlifesonora.org or send you tithe and offerings by mail or drop off them at the church office. Thank you! 

God's Closet: Unfortunately, this outreach has been postponed. We will update you as soon as a new date is selected. 

Food Bank: Our foodbank is continuing to serve clients from 9-12 on Wednesdays.

Click here to view the four Bible Reading Plans.

 

3/12/2020

Hi,
From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Central California Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of California, Discover Life Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding worship services for the next three weeks.

The pastoral staff and administration of Discover Life realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is hold our services online for now.

We encourage all our members to take advantage of this time to connect in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next three Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online at discoverlifesonora.org. Alternatively, you could drop your gifts in the door box at Pam's office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift.

Pastors will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email, or have limited communication in other ways.

Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services at YouTube or Facebook. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Discover Life will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Discover Life Church and the Central California Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well.

The on the house breakfast is canceled as well on Sunday. We are doing our best to keep everyone as healthy as we can.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46

Pastor Nathan 

This Weekend

Online Worship Services - 11:00 AM - Nathan Renner

Upcoming Events

MARCH

Food Pantry - Mar 11, 9-12
Food Pantry - Mar 18, 9-12
Peru Mission Trip - Mar 19-April 1
MLAJA Spring Break - Mar 23-31
Food Pantry - Mar 25, 9-12

APRIL

Easter Sabbath - Apr 11, 9:30, 11:00
MLAJA Week of Prayer - Apr 13-17, Ricky Swartz
God's Closet - Apr 26

3/6/2020

Happy Sabbath,

I'm looking forward to worshiping at Discover Life this Sabbath! Make sure to mark your calendars for the MLAJA auction this Sunday at 4:00 PM. This is always a fun time. Also, please note that our fellowship dinner is scheduled for March 14, not tomorrow.

Courage!
Pastor Nathan 

This Weekend

Worship Services - 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. - Nathan Renner (no fellowship dinner)
Time Change - Mar 8
MLAJA Silent Auction - Mar 8

Upcoming Events

MARCH

Food Pantry - Mar 11, 9-12
Fellowship Dinner - Mar 14 (Note date change)
Food Pantry - Mar 18, 9-12
Peru Mission Trip - Mar 19-April 1
VBS Live Training - Mar 22, 10-2, Fresno Central Church
MLAJA Spring Break - Mar 23-31
Food Pantry - Mar 25, 9-12
APRIL
Easter Sabbath - Apr 11, 9:30, 11:00
MLAJA Week of Prayer - Apr 13-17, Ricky Swartz
God's Closet - Apr 26

Hi,

I hope you've marked your calendar for the supper and communion service this Friday evening at 6:30. It should be a meaningful time of grace and fellowship. 

I want to let you know about a movie I'm excited to see. It is called Patterns of Evidence and is all about the Red Sea crossing. It is playing in Riverbank one day next Tuesday, February 18th, at 7:00 PM. You can check out the details here.

Pastor Nathan

This Weekend
Worship Service, 9:30 and 11:00 Tom Gearing
Agape Feast - Feb 14, 6:30 PM - Light Dinner will be served, followed by communion
Ruthe Reese Memorial -- Feb 15, 3:30 PM - soup, salad, and bread potluck to follow
On the House Breakfast - Feb 16, 7:30
Glasses Party - Feb 16, 3-5 p.m.
Upcoming Events

FEBRUARY
Food Pantry - Feb 19, 9-12
Gym Night - Benefits Peru Mission Trip - Feb 22, time tbd
MLAJA Visitor Day - Kindergarten - Feb 25, 27
Food Pantry - Feb 26, 9-12
CCC Couples Retreat - Feb 27-Mar 1
Bob Clough Memorial - Feb 29, 2 pm
Baby Shower for Tammi and Keith Eaton's baby boy - Feb 29

MARCH
Time Change - Mar 8
MLAJA Silent Auction - Mar 8
Fellowship Luncheon - Mar 14 (Note date change)
Peru Mission Trip - Mar 19-April 1
VBS Live Training - Mar 22, 10-2, Fresno Central Church
MLAJA Spring Break - Mar 23-31
APRIL
Easter Sabbath - Apr 11, 9:30, 11:00
MLAJA Week of Prayer - Apr 13-17, Ricky Swartz
God's Closet - Apr 26

2/6/20

Hi,

Donald Trump promises "big action" on prayer in school. Does this help or hurt the cause of religious liberty? Having a Biblically informed understanding of religious liberty is essential at this moment of history. This Friday night at 6:30 and Sabbath morning at 9:30 and 11:00, we are blessed to have Alan Reinach as a guest speaker for three unique presentations. Mr. Reinach is the Religious Liberty Director for the Pacific Union Conference. He is an attorney who specializes in religious liberty issues. He has successfully fought big business to preserve our religious liberty.

Hope you can make it!

Pastor Nathan

This Weekend
PUC I Cantori and Orchestra will be performing at MLAJA - Feb 7, 12:45 PM All are invited to attend
Alan Reinach, Feb 7, 6:30 - Religious Liberty - Fireside Room
Worship Service, 9:30 and 11:00 Alan Reinach - Religious Liberty continued - the message will be different at the two services
Upcoming Events

FEBRUARY
Church Business Meeting - Feb 11, 6:30 Church Sanctuary
Food Pantry - Feb 12, 9-12
Agape Feast - Feb 14, 6:30 PM - Light Dinner will be served, followed by communion
Ruthe Reese Memorial -- Feb 15, 3:30 PM - soup, salad, and bread potluck to follow
On the House Breakfast - Feb 16, 7:30
Food Pantry - Feb 19, 9-12
Gym Night - Benefits Peru Mission Trip - Feb 22, time tbd
MLAJA Visitor Day - Kindergarten - Feb 25, 27
Food Pantry - Feb 26, 9-12
CCC Couples Retreat - Feb 27-Mar 1
Baby Shower for Tammi and Keith Eaton's baby boy - Feb 29

MARCH
Time Change - Mar 8
MLAJA Silent Auction - Mar 8
Peru Mission Trip - Mar 19-April 1
VBS Live Training - Mar 22, 10-2, Fresno Central Church
MLAJA Spring Break - Mar 23-31

APRIL
Easter Sabbath - Apr 11, 9:30, 11:00
MLAJA Week of Prayer - Apr 13-17, Ricky Swartz
God's Closet - Apr 26

1/31/20

Hi,
Jesus ignited a revolution of service, a serveolution if you will. Discover Life has been taking steps to follow Jesus more fully in the serveolution. I've loved what Discover Life has done with the Life Hope Clinic and God's Closet, but feel God is asking us to make a more significant difference. Can you pray about how God is calling our church to expand its service role? Can you ask God how we can make a bigger difference in our community? Can you ask God what other areas of service he might be calling us to embrace? May God continue to bless us as we continue to love, serve, and lead our community to Jesus.

All the best,
Pastor Nathan 

This Weekend
Sabbath Services, 9:30 and 11 a.m., Sermon: Nathan Renner
Fellowship Luncheon, 12:30 Gymnasium
New Member Class, 12:30 Sierra Room
Super Bowl Party - Sunday at the Baker's, Kickoff begins at 3:00 PM. Come hungry, bring drinks, snacks, salads or desserts. Chili and grilled cheese sandwiches provided.

Upcoming Events

FEBRUARY
Food Pantry - Feb 5, 9:00-12:00
PUC I Cantori and Orchestra will be performing at MLAJA - Feb 7, 12:45 PM All are invited to attend
Alan Reinach, 6:30 - Religious Liberty
Worship Service, 9:30 and 11:00 Alan Reinach
Food Pantry - Feb 12, 9-12
Agape Feast - Feb 14, 6:30 PM - Light Dinner will be served, followed by communion
Ruthe Reese Memorial -- Feb 15, 3:30 PM - soup, salad, and bread potluck to follow
On the House Breakfast - Feb 16, 7:30
Food Pantry - Feb 19, 9-12
Gym Night - Benefits Peru Mission Trip - Feb 22, time tbd
MLAJA Visitor Day - Kindergarten - Feb 25, 27
Food Pantry - Feb 26, 9-12
CCC Couples Retreat - Feb 27-Mar 1

MARCH
Time Change - Mar 8
MLAJA Silent Auction - Mar 8
Peru Mission Trip - Mar 19-April 1
MLAJA Spring Break - Mar 23-31

APRIL
Easter Sabbath - Apr 11, 9:30, 11:00
MLAJA Week of Prayer - Apr 13-17, Ricky Swartz
God's Closet - Apr 26

1/24/20

Hi,
Happy Sabbath. I hope God fills your day with rest from the cares of the week and with the peace of Jesus. May the sweet rest that descended upon this beautiful planet in Eden descend upon your home this day. No matter what troubles you, I hope that you will have a Sabbath day free of care.

Courage,

Pastor Nathan 

This Weekend
Sabbath Services, 9:30 and 11 a.m., Sermon: Tom Gearing
Skate Night - Jan 25, 6:00

Upcoming Events
Food Pantry - Jan 29, 9:00-12:00

FEBRUARY
Super Bowl Party - Feb 2 at the Baker's, Kickoff begins at 3:00 PM
Come hungry, bring drinks, snacks, salads or desserts. Chili and grilled cheese sandwiches provided
Food Pantry - Feb 5, 9:00-12:00
PUC I Cantori and Orchestra will be performing at MLAJA - Feb 7, 12:45 PM All are invited to attend
Food Pantry - Feb 12, 9-12
Agape Feast - Feb 14, 6:30 PM - Light Dinner will be served, followed by communion
On the House Breakfast - Feb 16, 7:30
Food Pantry - Feb 19, 9-12
Gym Night - Benefits Peru Mission Trip - Feb 22, time tbd
MLAJA Visitor Day - Kindergarten - Feb 25, 27
Food Pantry - Feb 26, 9-12
CCC Couples Retreat - Feb 27-Mar 1

MARCH
Time Change - Mar 8
MLAJA Silent Auction - Mar 8
Peru Mission Trip - Mar 19-April 1
MLAJA Spring Break - Mar 23-31

APRIL
Discover Life Easter Program - Apr 11, 9:30, 11:00
MLAJA Week of Prayer - Apr 13-17, Ricky Swartz
God's Closet - Apr 26

1/17/20

Hi,

I hope your week has been fantastic! I know mine was. I'm still riding high on the excitement of the Life Hope Clinic last weekend and the Path to Hope and Healing evangelistic outreach. Three hundred forty-three volunteers served 403 guests and provided more than $250,000 worth of free care! Thank you to all our volunteers! You facilitated the fulfillment of our mission, which is to Know God, Grow Together, and Do Good. Please mark your calendars; we've scheduled the next Life Hope Clinic for February 13,14, 2021.

I look forward to seeing you this Sabbath!

Pastor Nathan 

This Weekend

Hope and Healing Series - Friday, 6:30 - Defeating Depression, Steve Shield; A Path From Fear, Nathan Renner
Hope and Healing Series - Sabbath at 9:30 and 11:00 AM - A Path to Restoration, Nathan Renner
On the House Breakfast - Sunday at 7:30 AM
Growth Groups Start - Jan 19 - April 5
Upcoming Events

Food Pantry - Jan 22, 9:00-12:00
CCC Women's Retreat - Jan 24-26
Food Pantry - Jan 29, 9:00-12:00
FEBRUARY
Food Pantry - Feb 5, 9:00-12:00
Food Pantry - Feb 12, 9-12
Agape Feast - Feb 14, 6:30 PM - Light Dinner will be served, followed by communion
On the House Breakfast - Feb 16, 7:30
Food Pantry - Feb 19, 9-12
Gym Night - Benefits Peru Mission Trip - Feb 22, time tbd
MLAJA Visitor Day - Kindergarten - Feb 25, 27
Food Pantry - Feb 26, 9-12
CCC Couples Retreat - Feb 27-Mar 1

MARCH
Time Change - Mar 8
MLAJA Silent Auction - Mar 8
Peru Mission Trip - Mar 19-April 1
MLAJA Spring Break - Mar 23-31
APRIL
Discover Life Easter Program - Apr 11, 9:30, 11:00
MLAJA Week of Prayer - Apr 13-17
God's Closet - Apr 26

1/9/20

Hi,
I don't know about you, but I'm excited for this weekend. Discover Life has almost 300 volunteers who are ready to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and serve the needs of our community. I love this because Christianity isn't only about ideas and doctrines. It is about God's people being Jesus' hands and feet and serving others. If you haven't signed up to help, give Kristin Lo a call at (760)650-6964, and she will find a place for you. Our training is tonight at 7:00 PM. Also, remember our worship service is Friday evening at 6:30 PM. Hope to see you then!
Courage!

Pastor Nathan  

This Weekend

  • Life Hope Clinic Volunteer Meeting - Jan 9 at 7:00 PM
  • Worship Service - Friday, Jan 10 at 6:30 PM
  • Life Hope Clinic - Jan 11, 12 at 8 AM to 4 PM 

Upcoming Events

  • Food Pantry - Jan 8, 9-12
  • Hope and Healing Series - Jan 13-18 at 6:30 PM 
  • Food Pantry - Jan 15, 9-12
  • Growth Groups Start - Jan 19 - April 5, 2020
  • On the House Breakfast - Jan 19 at 7:30 AM 
  • Food Pantry - Jan 22, 9:00-12:00 
  • CCC Women's Retreat - Jan 24-26
  • Food Pantry - Jan 29, 9-12

    FEBRUARY

  • Food Pantry - Feb 5, 9-12
  • Agape Feast - Feb 14 - 6:30 PM - Light Dinner will be served, followed by communion
  • Food Pantry - Feb 12, 9-12
  • On the House Breakfast - Feb 16, 7:30
  • Food Pantry - Feb 19, 9-12
  • MLAJA Visitor Day - Kindergarten - Feb 25, 27
  • Food Pantry - Feb 26, 9-12
  • CCC Couples Retreat - Feb 27-Mar 1

    
    MARCH

  • Time Change - Mar 8
  • MLAJA Silent Auction - Mar 8
  • Peru Mission Trip - Mar 19-April 1
  • MLAJA Spring Break - Mar 23-31

    APRIL

  • Discover Life Easter Program - Apr 11, 9:30, 11:00
  • MLAJA Week of Prayer - Apr 13-17
  • God's Closet - Apr 24

1/3/20

Hi,


Happy Sabbath and happy New Year! I hope that you are blessed in 2020. If you are not a member of our local church and are interested in church membership, I want to invite you to our new member class tomorrow during our fellowship dinner. 

Next weekend is the Life Hope Clinic. We will be serving hundreds of our community members. Your volunteer service is much needed and appreciated! We are getting close to having all of the necessary volunteers, but we still need you if you haven't signed up yet. All volunteers need to come to the Life Hope Clinic volunteer meeting on Jan 9 at 7:00 PM.

Because of the Life Hope Clinic, our worship service next week will be at 6:30 PM on Sabbath evening, AKA FRIDAY night. You won't want to miss it. 

Good night and God bless. I hope to see you in the morning!

Pastor Nathan 

 

This Weekend

  • Sabbath Services,  9:30 and 11 AM, Sermon: Tom Gearing
  • Fellowship Luncheon, 12:30 PM
  • New Member Class, 12:30 PM, Sierra Room

Upcoming Events

  • Food Pantry - Jan 8 at 9:00-12:00 AM
  • Pathfinder Signups - Jan 8, 6:30-7:15 PM
  • Life Hope Clinic Volunteer Meeting - Jan 9 at 7:00 PM
  • Worship Service - Friday, Jan 10 at 6:30 PM
  • Life Hope Clinic - Jan 11, 12 at 8 AM to 4 PM 
  • Hope and Healing Series - Jan 13-18 at 6:30 PM 
  • Food Pantry - Jan 15, 9-12
  • Growth Groups Start - Jan 19 - April 5, 2020
  • On the House Breakfast - Jan 19 at 7:30 AM 
  • Food Pantry - Jan 22, 9:00-12:00 
  • CCC Women's Retreat - Jan 24-26
  • Food Pantry - Jan 29, 9-12
    FEBRUARY
  • CCC Couples Retreat - Feb 27-Mar 1
    
    MARCH
  • Time Change - Mar 8
  • MLAJA Silent Auction - Mar 8

12/27/19

Hi,

I hope you had a merry Christmas! Unfortunately, I have a dear friend who had a tough one. You see, all he wanted for Christmas was for the ministry positions at the Life Hope Clinic to be filled with capable and competent volunteers. Unfortunately, there are still several important positions to be filled. We are only two weeks out from our clinic on January 11 and 12. If you haven't signed up to volunteer, you can do so by clicking here. You don't need to be a medical professional. In fact, if you would prefer to register in person Kristin Lo and Kaye Whitney will be in the lobby this Sabbath. Make sure to connect with them. 

I also want to remind you that we close our books on December 31. If you would like to give to the 2019 budget, we need to have received your donation by midnight on January 31. If you would like to give online, you can give through Adventist Giving or PushPay. Adventist Giving has no limit on the size of the gift. PushPay is limited to $9,999.00. 

I hope you have a happy new year and may God fill your heart with more joy when grain and new wine abound! (Psalms 4:7)

Pastor Nathan 

Upcoming Events

MLAJA Christmas Break - Dec 23-Jan 3
Food Pantry - Jan 8 at 9:00-12:00
Life Hope Clinic Volunteer Meeting - Jan 9 at 7:00 PM
Worship Service - Friday, Jan 10 at 6:30 PM
Life Hope Clinic - Jan 11, 12 at 8 AM to 4 PM
Hope and Healing Series - Jan 13-18 at 6:30 PM
Food Pantry - Jan 15, 9-12
Growth Groups Start - Jan 19 - April 5, 2020
On the House Breakfast - Jan 19 at 7:30 AM
Food Pantry - Jan 22, 9:00-12:00
CCC Women's Retreat - Jan 24-26
Food Pantry - Jan 29, 9-12
CCC Couples Retreat - Feb 27-Mar 1

MARCH
Time Change - Mar 8
MLAJA Silent Auction - Mar 8

12/19/19 

 



Hi,

I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season! 

At Discover Life, we have a heart-touching service planned for this Saturday. Our Christmas services are at 9:30 and 11:30 AM. You don't even have to worry about having breakfast before you come. We are serving brunch between the services at 10:15. I would love to see you there! 

Merry Christmas!

Pastor Nathan 

 

This Weekend

  • Christmas Program - Dec 21, 9:30,11:30 a.m.
  • Christmas Brunch - Dec 21, 10:15 a.m.
December Events
  • Dress Rehearsal for Christmas Program - Dec 20, 6:00 PM
  • Brunel 50th Wedding Open House - Dec 22, 1:00 - 4:00 PM at their home
  • MLAJA Christmas Break - Dec 23-Jan 3
  • Christmas - Dec 25
Upcoming Events
  • Life Hope Clinic Volunteer Meeting - Jan 9
  • Worship Service - Friday, Jan 10
  • Life Hope Clinic - Jan 11, 12
  • Hope and Healing Series - Jan 13-18
  • Growth Groups Start - Jan 19 
  • CCC Women's Retreat - Jan 24-26
  • CCC Couples Retreat - Feb 27-Mar 1
  • Time Change - Mar 8
  • MLAJA Silent Auction - Mar 8

12/13/19

Hi,

I hope you have had a wonderful week and that you have a restful Sabbath. Tonight is the Fountainview Christmas concert. It starts at 7 pm. If you want a seat, make sure you come early. Tomorrow, during our early service we are welcoming three new members. One is being baptized! I can't wait to share her story with you. It is a wonderful combination of personal evangelism and the broader ministry of the church.  

Courage! 

Pastor Nathan 

 

This Weekend

  • Fountainview Christmas Program - Dec 13, 7:00 p.m.
  • Sabbath Services,  9:30 and 11 a.m., Sermon: Pastor Renner
  • Alyse Olson Memorial and Potluck - Dec 14, 4:00 p.m.
  • On the House Breakfast - Dec 15, 7:30 a.m.
  • Baby Shower for baby girl Daniliouk (Men welcome) - Dec 15, 10:00 -12:00 a.m. at Powers' home

Upcoming Events

  • Dress Rehearsal for Christmas Program - Dec 20, 6:00 p.m.
  • Discover Life Christmas Program - Dec 21, 9:30,11:30 a.m.
  • Discover Life Christmas Brunch - Dec 21, 10:15 a.m.
  • Brunel 50th Wedding Open House - Dec 22, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at their home
  • MLAJA Christmas Break - Dec 23-Jan 3
  • Christmas - Dec 25 
  • Life Hope Clinic Volunteer Meeting - Jan 9
  • Worship Service - Friday, Jan 10
  • Life Hope Clinic - Jan 11, 12
  • Hope and Healing Series - Jan 13-18
  • Growth Groups Start - Jan 19 - April 5, 2020
  • CCC Women's Retreat - Jan 24-26
  • CCC Couples Retreat - Feb 27-Mar 1 
  • Time Change - Mar 8
  • MLAJA Silent Auction - Mar 8

12/4/19

Hi,

At least five families at Discover Life are counting their blessings this week. Five of our young adults were traveling back to Walla Walla University to finish out the quarter when they hit black ice and rolled their car. Fortunately, no one was hospitalized, and the injuries will likely heal quickly. Thanks be to God! Every moment is a gift, and our only real security is in Jesus. 


On a positive note, I'm counting my blessings because I've finished the last of the work for my master's degree. It feels good to be finished. 

December and January are going to be exhilarating months for the mission of our church. Thursday, December 12, we have the MLAJA Christmas concert. On Friday, December 13, we will be hosting the Fountainview Christmas concert. These will be wonderful. On Sabbath December 21, we have a beautiful Christmas program planned with brunch between our worship services. You won't want to miss it. Make sure to invite your friends. 

On January 11 and 12, we have the Life Hope clinic. During this event, we will serve the dental, vision, and medical needs of our community. To meet the pressing needs of our community, we need everyone to volunteer. Click this link to sign up to serve at this event.

All the best!

Pastor Nathan 

This Weekend

  • Sabbath Services,  9:30 and 11 a.m., Sermon: Pastor Renner
  • NO Fellowship Luncheon - Dec 7

Upcoming Events

  • MLAJA Christmas Program - Dec 12, 6:30 p.m.
  • Fountainview Christmas Program - Dec 13, 7:00 p.m.
  • Baby Shower for Olga and Anatoliy Daniliouk - Dec 15, 10 to 12 noon, at Powers' Home
  • Discover Life Christmas Program - Dec 21, 9:30,11:30
  • Discover Life Christmas Brunch - Dec 21, 10:15
  • MLAJA Christmas Break - Dec 23-Jan 3
  • Christmas - Dec 25
  • Life Hope Clinic Volunteer Meeting - Jan 9
  • Worship Service - Jan 10
  • Life Hope Clinic - Jan 11, 12
  • Hope and Healing Series - Jan 13-18
  • CCC Women's Retreat - Jan 24-26
  • CCC Couples Retreat - Feb 27-Mar 1
  • Time Change - Mar 8
  • MLAJA Silent Auction - Mar 8

11/28/19

 

Hi,

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are enjoying a carefree day with those you love. On Thanksgiving, I always think about Psalm 65. It is a harvest Psalm and celebrates the generosity of a God who forgives our sin, invites to his house, and provides abundantly for our needs. I hope these words of scripture minister to you as much as they do to me.

All the best!

Pastor Nathan 
 

Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. You who answer prayer, to you all people will come. When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple. You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength, who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations. The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.

(Psalms 65:1–13 NIV11)

 

This Weekend

  • Sabbath Services,  9:30 and 11 a.m., Sermon: Pastor Renner

Upcoming Events

  • NO Fellowship Luncheon - Dec 7
  • MLAJA Christmas Program - Dec 12, 6:30 p.m.
  • Fountainview Christmas Program - Dec 13, 7:00 p.m.
  • Baby Shower for Olga and Anatoliy Daniliouk - Dec 15, 10 to 12 noon, at Powers' Home
  • Discover Life Christmas Program - Dec 21, 9:30,11:30
  • Discover Life Christmas Brunch - Dec 21, 10:15
  • MLAJA Christmas Break - Dec 23-Jan 3
  • Christmas - Dec 25
  • Life Hope Clinic Volunteer Meeting - Jan 9
  • Worship Service - Jan 10
  • Life Hope Clinic - Jan 11, 12
  • Hope and Healing Series - Jan 13-18
  • CCC Women's Retreat - Jan 24-26
  • CCC Couples Retreat - Feb 27-Mar 1
  • Time Change - Mar 8
  • MLAJA Silent Auction - Mar 8

11/22/19

 

Hi, 


Have you ever heard the saying, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you?" Becky and I are feeling a little bit like that. Our family had its second car accident in less than a month. They were both rear-end collisions. In both accidents, our car was sitting innocently at a stoplight waiting their turn till wham!  Becky was alone during the second accident. The person who hit her was going about 50 miles per hour. Needless to say, she is sore and we are starting to feel a bit paranoid.   
 
No one is free from trials and Jesus' brother James reminds us that we are to, "Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." (James 1:2, 3) In spite of our trials, we are still joyful and counting our blessings. God is gracious and Becky is alive and recovering well. For this we are grateful. 

With Thanksgiving coming up I hope you are counting your blessings even when facing trials.

Courage!

Pastor Nathan 
 

Please note that the church office will be closed Tuesday - Friday next week.  Information for the bulletin should be submitted by Monday morning.

 

This Weekend

  • Sabbath Services,  9:30 and 11 a.m., Sermon: Pastor Renner
  • Kelly Freligh Celebration of Life - Sabbath 2:00 p.m.
  • Lindsay (Henning) and Isaac Lopez Wedding Reception -Sunday 10:00 a.m., Fireside Room RSVP 209.536.1800

Upcoming Events

  • MLAJA Thanksgiving Break - Nov 25 -29
  • Thanksgiving - Nov 28
  • NO Fellowship Luncheon - Dec 7
  • MLAJA Christmas Program - Dec 12, 6:30 p.m.
  • Fountainview Christmas Program - Dec 13, 7:00 p.m.
  • Baby Shower for Olga and Anatoliy Daniliouk - Dec 15, 10 to 12 noon, at Powers' Home
  • Discover Life Christmas Program - Dec 21, 9:30,11:30
  • Discover Life Christmas Brunch - Dec 21, 10:15
  • MLAJA Christmas Break - Dec 23-Jan 3
  • Christmas - Dec 25
  • Life Hope Clinic Volunteer Meeting - Jan 9
  • Worship Service - Jan 10
  • Life Hope Clinic - Jan 11, 12
  • Hope and Healing Series - Jan 13-18
  • CCC Women's Retreat - Jan 24-26
  • CCC Couples Retreat - Feb 27-Mar 1
  • Time Change - Mar 8
  • MLAJA Silent Auction - Mar 8

11/14/19

 

Hi, 

I hope you were able to be at church this past Sabbath. We had over 400 people at our veterans recognition service. Add to that the first service attendance, and we served almost 500 people! Praise God! An event like this requires a large number of volunteers. Some of the volunteers are on the stage like Rey Garcia, Carolyn Smith, and Eden Smith. We also see Melody Trauthwein, Teri Deacon, and Stephanie Whitcomb for working with the students at MLAJA for the music. But behind the scenes, there are countless volunteers working hard. I think of Debbie Curry, Becky Moore, and John Moore working with AV. Also, Pat Gavi and her crew in the kitchen, Donita Osborne and the potluck cleanup crew as well as  Nancy Matthews and her setup/table decoration crew. Where would we be without them? I am thankful for Clyde Reiswig, his team, and the kids at MLAJA for setting up the stage, chairs and tables in the gym. Also a thanks to John Featherstone and his parking attendants. The effort it takes to put on a program like this is beyond just what we see in the final product. They all have to coordinate together to get things done in the right order. This required many of them to work late or at inconvenient times. 
Thank you volunteers for your time and effort. I am grateful to be serving at a church that shows their heart for their veterans. Thank you for your service. 

Blessings, 
Tom Gearing

 

This Weekend

  • Services - Sabbath,  9:30 and 11 a.m., Sermon: Pastor Renner
  • Photography Vespers - Saturday, 5:00 p.m.
  • Gym Night - Saturday, 5:45 p.m.
  • On the House Breakfast - Sunday, 7:30 a.m.
  • CCC Constituency Meeting - Sunday, Clovis

Upcoming Events

  • Rob and Emily (maiden name Burriss) Kingston Baby Shower - Nov 19 6:30 at Ardron's. They are registered on babylist.com. For group gift, please contact Cassia Owen at 423.620.0733  
  • Kelly Freligh Celebration of Life - Nov 23, 2:00 p.m.
  • Lindsay (Henning) and Isaac Lopez Wedding Reception - Nov 24, 10:00 a.m., Fireside Room
  • MLAJA Thanksgiving Break - Nov 25 -29
  • Thanksgiving - Nov 28
  • Fellowship Luncheon - Dec 7
  • MLAJA Christmas Program - Dec 12
  • Fountainview Christmas Program - Dec 13
  • Baby Shower for Olga and Anatoliy Daniliouk - Dec 15, 10 to 12 noon, at Powers' Home
  • Discover Life Christmas Program and Brunch - Dec 21
  • MLAJA Christmas Break - Dec 23-Jan 3
  • Christmas - Dec 25
  • Life Hope Clinic Volunteer Meeting - Jan 9
  • Worship Service - Jan 10
  • Life Hope Clinic - Jan 11, 12
  • CCC Women's Retreat - Jan 24-26
  • CCC Couples Retreat - Feb 27-Mar 1
  • Silent Auction - Mar 8