Fortuna Adventist Focus
Vol. 86 No. 7 Published by the Fortuna SDA Church July 2020
FROM PASTOR DAN
In recent news much has been said about injustice and racial discrimination here in the United States. So today I want to remind you what the second sentence of the Declaration of Independence says. It states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Now I’m not a rocket scientist but I don’t need to be one to realize that
this principle, “all men are created equal”, comes from the Bible. I believe if every American lived by this principle, all of the injustice and racial discrimination in this nation would greatly be reduced, and come to an end.
Jesus put it this way, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12. If we followed this principle there would be no injustice or racial discrimination. But to have knowledge of this principle does not give us the power to keep this principle. As with everything Jesus teaches we must first accept Him as ourSavior. Through Him, and by the power of His grace and the Holy Spirit we can overcome injustice and racial discrimination.
Again Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan. It begins with a discussion about God’s law. “On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with your entire mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:25-29.
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went
to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:25-37
It is my prayer that we will treat others as we would want them to treat us and that we would show mercy to whoever we come in contact with. Many years ago the prophet Micah wrote these words, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8. Knowledge alone cannot change the heart, only God can. May God give usthe power to act justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with Him. May God bless you and may God bless America.
KEEP CHECKING YOUR E-MAILS. THAT IS BASICALLY OUR ONLY WAY OF COMMUNICATING. IT IS OUR ANNOUNCEMENTS, OUR BULLETIN AND FOCUS & CALENDAR ALL ROLLED IN TO ONE. DO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS HAVE E-MAIL?? IF THEY DON’T THEY MAY NOT BE GETTING INFO!! SHARE THE NEWS!!
July 2020 FOCUS (#16)
As mentioned in the last FOCUS other German families soon followed the George Fritz family to Humboldt County, increasing church membership. Three of these families were the Grussling’s, Sutsch’s, and Hann’s. Anton & Anna Grussling, along with their children Peter and Anna (aka Anna Fritz), were sponsored by the Hungarian Adventist church in Toledo, Ohio and arrived in America through Ellis Island in 1952. Two years later they joined other Germans here in Fortuna. Nickalous
and Marea Sutsch with their four children, John, Mary (aka Mary Fritz), Tom & Margarete (aka Margarete Webb) came to America in 1952, having been sponsored by a family in Texas. John and Mary Sutsch arrived in Fortuna in 1955 and their parents followed two years later. Heinrich and Helena Hann along with their children, Paul, Helen (aka Helen Hubensack), Henry, Renne (aka Renne Fritz), and Klaus, all citizens of Germany and refugees of World War II, had been displaced from their home in Ukraine before relocating in West Germany. They applied for immigration to America in 1950, were sponsored by a family in Berrien Springs, Michigan, in 1952, then finally joining relatives in Fortuna in 1954. The complete story of these three families can be found in the MEMBERS ONLY section (password “7thDay”) of the church
website: www.fortunaSDAchurch.org. Ask Merlin or the church office for a printed copy if you don’t have internet access. More history next month.
Included in this FOCUS mailing are the KEY- POINTS from our re-opening plan. The KEY POINTS are the things that will definitely be different and will affect you the most. THIS DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE OPENING ANYTIME SOON. We are patiently watching to see what happens community, state and nation-wide as things re-open. Our main concern will be the safety and health of each of you! We just want you to understand what will be expected if and when we do open and better understand the delay. The plan in its entirety will be on the church website.
On-line services will continue. Parking lot services continue each Sabbath from 11-12. (MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED IF YOU GET OUT OF YOUR CAR.) As the weather improves, you may want to bring your lawn chair to sit in beside your car.
It may be that some of you may start to gather outside or in your homes on Sabbath in small groups of 10 as permitted by current county guidelines. We know how important fellowshipping with one another and your families is to your well- being and your worship. We just encourage you to practice guidelines in the best interest of your health and the health of your guests.
CON ”GRAD” ULATIONS
What fun we had on the 4 th of June!!! We paraded past our four graduates: GRACE, CHRISTAN, ABI AND MEREK.
We made lots of noise, we cheered, blew our car horns and everything else we could to embarrass them. Thanks to all 25 carloads that came through and celebrated their accomplishments and congratulations to the graduates.
We here at the center are still going strong. Tabitha’s has officially re-opened. The food bank is running by “a Knock on the door and a food box and voucher will be prepared for you” basis. Our numbers here are slowly picking back up.
On another note HART is having some difficult financial times. We are not allowed to have groups because rooms that will host 15 to 35 individuals 6 feet apart is a big, big room. Currently we are on Zoom for groups and class which is slowly bringing us back on line but our current attendance is about 50% of what it was in February. With this in mind we are closing out our Eureka office and bringing everything back down to Fortuna until the “world” opens back up and life can happen at closer than 6 foot distanced.
With that in mind we need help moving the office furnishing to Fortuna. I need a team of people who can work a dolly and move furniture back down here. If you are willing to give up a Sunday in July to assist in this please call. 725- 1166 ext. 201. If I don’t answer leave your name and number and I’ll get back to you. I’m thinking
July 19 for the big push move day but if that does not work for a team I’m flexible. You are not likely to be working for setting up camp meeting your muscles should be able to handle this. Come on and give me a call.
Thanks in advance
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Pastor and Kerry want to give a shout out to George Whitchurch Sr. and Rob Bertholf for helping them build their container gardens. Also to Tim Whitchurch for ridding the yard of the rodents.
Grace Says thank you to her church family for all their love and generosity toward her as she graduated.
Pastor sends a big thank you to all for his cards and well wishes on his birthday!
God is richly blessing your giving. Our budget does not look as bad as it could during this time. Praise the Lord. Continue to mail, bring by the office or give your offerings on-line. Continue to Pray for our budget. JULY 4TH LOCAL BUDGET JULY 11TH NAD JULY 18TH LOCAL BUDGET JULY 25 TH NCC ADV.
Blessings Church Family, we have a busy summer at FJA getting ready for next year. We are hosting School Registration appointments, August 3rd and 4th. We encourage parents to make an appointment for social distancing purposes. Being a small school, we are in a great position this upcoming year to have less
restrictions and increased ability to focus on the students than public schools and other larger schools. If you have family and friends who are uncertain about what next year will bring, we encourage you to suggest an FJA campus tour and interview to them. Have a wonderful summer!
Fortuna Jr. Academy
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3 RD QUARTER MATERIALS
By the time you receive this FOCUS, your third quarter materials will either be in the mail, or one of our delivery ladies will be bringing them to you. We so appreciate those that are helping with the distribution.
OFFICE CLOSED: The office will be closed next Week from Monday-Wednesday. Open again on the 2 nd . But you can check back in on Thursday or Friday for anything that may come up. Leave messages on the phone as well. I will also be checking e-mails daily.
DEACONS, DEACONESSES AND ELDERS!! Each of us was given a list of 4-5 names at the beginning of the shelter-in-place. Are you still continuing to call, text or e-mail and check in on those on your list? Just a quick touch-base interaction makes each of us feel cared for. See if they are ok, if they need anything or just need to pray. Please continue this ministry if at all possible.
There is an updated copy of the church directory on this website (On the "Members Only" page). Let me know any changes or mistakes.
A copy of our re-opening plan that has been submitted to the conference is there as well for you to read and see why we are in no hurry to re-open.
Pretty sure that all of you know this already, but just in case you don’t ………Camp Meeting for 2020 has been cancelled. If you have family or friends that travel here each year for Camp meeting, they might need a reminder as well. We will so miss our outdoor fellowshipping with one another. Let’s continue to form small groups
too worship safely together.
VIRTUAL REDWOOD CAMP MEETING - July 23-25
Although campers won't gather in the Redwoods this summer, everyone has the opportunity to receive a camp meeting blessing online. Don’t miss great sermons, inspiring music, programs for kids of all ages, a cooking show, and much more! The new Redwood website – with the schedule – will soon be up, so keep checking: www.redwoodareacamp.com. “We’re looking forward to a wonderful reunion with our camp meeting family!” said Harry Salvini, Redwood director.
Fortuna Adventist Focus
Vol. 86 No. 6 Published by the Fortuna SDA Church June 2020
From Pastor Dan
Dear Church Family,
Last Sabbath, as I was getting ready for our church parking lot worship service, I plugged in my beard trimmer to trim my beard. I turned the power switch on and nothing happened. I thought that was odd because my trimmer never gave me trouble before. So I unplugged my trimmer and put it in the plug right below it and it did not work. Immediately, I thought that my beard trimmer had died and that I needed a new one. So I threw out my trimmer and I wrote myself a note to order a new one online the next day.
Sunday morning after my wife had finished her shower she plugged in her hair dryer and it did not work. I thought that was odd. What are the chances of two appliances going out in two days? I decided to go to our electrical box and sure enough the switch for the bathroom outlet had been tripped. There was no electricity going into the plug. We were plugged in and had no power.
As a pastor I need to be plugged into my power source every day. I know Jesus says, “Without me you can do nothing.” John 15:5. I need Jesus every day, every moment throughout the day. How do I get plugged into my power source? I must study God’s word. God’s word is His voice speaking to me. This is His will for my life. As I read, I pray He will help me keep His word. I pray because I know it is one thing to know God’s word, but is another to live it. Praying over God’s word gives me power to live it out in my life.
In Matthew 22:29, Jesus condemned the religious leaders of His day. Listen to His words, ‘Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.”’ Jesus told the religious leaders two things that day. First of all, they did not know the scriptures. How could they be religious leaders and they did not know the scriptures? They had the scriptures, they would read them daily and the even memorized them. They had a high regard for the scriptures, yet they did not know them.
Secondly, they did not know the power of God. They were like my beard trimmer or my wife’s blow dryer – both were plugged in but they had no power. The greatest power that God gives to us is His power to live a life according to His word. They both go hand in hand and should not be separated.
If Jesus were here today what we He say about us? Do we know the scriptures? Do we daily experience the power of God in our lives?
In Luke 24:45 the resurrected Jesus gave His disciples a wonderful gift. The Bible says, “He opened their understanding, that they might
comprehend the scriptures.” This is my prayer for you as well as myself – that God will open our understanding so we can comprehend His word. Also in verse 49, Jesus then tells His disciples, “Behold I send the Promise of My Father…you are endued with power from on high.” I pray that you, as well as myself will experience God’s power today and every day of our lives.
When I was a kid, my dad would drive into Philadelphia. I use to look out the car window and watch the street trolley cars. They had tracks on the road to guide them and they were connected to electrical wires above the trolley so they would
have power to go. If you looked closely at the top you could see a blue glow of the electricity going from the wires to the trolley. If you did not see the blue glow then the trolley had no power. We are just like trolley cars today, if we are connected above we will have power, if not, then we can do nothing.
When others look at us, what do they see? Do they see the power of God empowering us to live a Christ like life? Or do they see what Jesus saw when he condemned the religious leaders of His day? Today, do you know the scriptures and the power of God? If not, take time and reconnect with Him. Study His word and pray that God will give you the power to live a life according to His word. His answer is always yes.
May God richly bless you,
Possibly, we may be opening up in the near future to resume services. We need to send out huge, huge thank-you’s to so many people who worked to keep our services going virtually and in the parking lot. Special thanks to Rob Bertholf for keeping everything posted virtually for both S. School and worship service. To all those that told children’s stories, planned and recorded the Sabbath School programs and the lesson studies and got them to Rob. Those that recorded health messages and special musics and made sure Rob got them. To Amy Norton for recording the children’s object lessons. To Michael, Chris and Tim and others for working to make sure our outdoor parking lot services worked smoothly. To Pastor Dan who recorded his sermons (sometimes twice due to technical difficulties) and then preached on Sabbath, sometimes in the rain. In a difficult time, with life so disrupted, we as a church family pulled together as a team for Jesus and made it possible to worship together in new and different ways. God bless each and every one of you for what you did and may still have to do, to serve the Lord in this unusual time. Thank you.
Rhonda Lewis wants to send out a huge THANK-YOU to Chris and Debbie Miller for doing such an awesome job keeping the center, offices and Dorcas clean during this COVID-19. That is no small task. Thanks for your extra hard work!
This year has been such a strange year, and there have been many challenges to overcome. As we finish out the year, we would like to extend our congratulations to Grace Wilson for her accomplishments. She has successfully completed the 8th grade, and we are extremely proud of her. Grace, we look forward to seeing what God has in store for you in the future, and pray for all your ongoing endeavors as God leads you.
Though we won't be having a graduation ceremony quite like usual, we would still like to invite the church family to come celebrate with us! We will be doing a "drive through" graduation June 4th, from 6- 6:30 pm at the Mazzone-Clementi home (1950 Home Ave). Please come, drive through the circular driveway, and honk and wave for the graduate! We will also have a table for cards and gifts. Hope to see you there! For info or questions, call 725-2988.
Dear Church Family,
We are looking for someone to mow about every two weeks. It is a job that allows you to maintain social distancing, and to enjoy some sunshine while doing something useful. If you have any interest in helping out, you can contact Kimberly Unruh at (707) 298-5516. Thank you so much for your willingness to help keep our school beautiful.
Thanks, FJA Staff.
June 2020 FOCUS (#15)
For many years German families have been an important influence in the Fortuna church. A German-speaking Sabbath School class met in the rear of our church sanctuary every Sabbath for many years. The Germans held church offices, worked in the Sabbath School divisions and Dorcas, provided music many times and helped build our present church as well as the Fortuna Junior Academy facility. The German’s arrival in Humboldt County was the result of Dr. Atteberry’s desire to see the church and school grow. The Atteberry’s and Derwood Palmer’s sponsored the first German refugee family to arrive from Europe.
One day in December, 1951, notice was received that a family of seven would be arriving at the Northwestern Railroad station in Fortuna at 7:30 the following Tuesday morning. The Palmer’s and Atteberry’s, along with Alice Tanner as interpreter, were at the station when the train arrived with a German couple and their five children. That family was George & Clara Fritz and their five children; Rosemarie (Rosie Hoover), Anna (Anna Hahn), Juliana (Julie Kelsey), Siegfried (Tony) and Hermann. The family had come from a World War II displaced persons camp near Fermo, Italy. As part of the International Refugee Program they left Bremer-haven Germany aboard a U.S. troop transport ship arriving in New York December 1, 1951. Crossing the country to San Francisco by train they continued their journey on the Northwestern Railroad north to Fortuna. Hearing that jobs were available here, other relatives and friends soon came to Humboldt County. That story will continue next month.
The “Members Only” page on the church website has a more complete story that was first printed in the local newspaper, as well as a personal account written by Anna Hahn, one of the daughters in that first family. Those two documents can be seen in the Members Only section of the church website: www.fortunaSDAchurch.org. If you’re reading this in a printed copy of the FOCUS and don’t have access to a computer, let me or the church office know and I will see that you get a printed copy.
So it looks like we may, at some point, be able to resume worship services in the church. We are eager to resume, but not rushing it. The NAD is meeting and discussing guidelines, restrictions and protocol this week. We will then consider NCC response and recommendations as well as our state and local government. Even with the ok, we will not meet if we feel we cannot keep each of you and our community safe. It will definitely not be the worship services of the past.
Please be patient as we look out and do the best for each of you. Until then, we will continue our parking lot services and our on-line services as well. We will not be passing out hymnals or bulletins at these services.
GRADUATES AND GRAD CEREMONIES
It’s that time of year again. Unfortunately, graduates across the country are missing that walk across the stage and the cheers of friends and family. So we want to provide that experience for our graduates.
Thursday, June 4th is a day to put on your calendar. First, beginning at 6:00 pm, we will go to the Mazzone-Clementi home to honor our friend Grace Wilson. (1950 Home Ave.) You will drive thru their circular driveway cheering and waving. Make a sign if you want!
Then proceed on down to the church, come under the portico and drive by our friends Christian Burum (Fortuna High), Abi Unruh (Academy of the Redwoods) and Sears (Arcata High) to cheer them on as well. There will be a table for cards at both locations.
Make sure you swing by Grace’s 1st, that will give time for one of our seniors to make sure they can get to church. Please stay in your cars, but by all means make some noise. Let’s shower these youth with love. Show them how their church family appreciates them and wants the best for their future.
Also, if you have a family member that is graduating, please send us the info and we will post it.
KEEP CHECKING YOUR E-MAILS. THAT IS BASICALLY OUR ONLY WAY OF COMMUNICATING. IT IS OUR ANNOUNCEMENTS, OUR BULLETIN AND FOCUS & CALENDAR ALL ROLLED IN TO ONE. REMEMBER TO SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT DO NOT HAVE E-MAIL!! WEBSITE HAS INFO AS WELL.
WEBSITE ADDRESS: www.fortunaSDAchurch.org
Wow what is going on here at FACS?
The HART program is able to conduct our groups and education by tele-health. We are all learning Zoom skills that never even entered our consciousness 6 months ago. We are about half way through moving our brick and mortar clients into the world of virtual. A little over 200 down and that many more to integrate. We are adding new clients as fast as they all can get us the information and then have a counselor available to Zoom an intake with them. I have never dealt with so much e-mail in my life. As the gate keeper for the e-mail at the agency it is a never-ending process.
The Dorcas portion of FACS is doing fairly well. Donations of STUFF is down, but the Lord knows we don’t have anyone to handle the STUFF regularly so it is good we don’t have much. Food bank is open by appointment or during our regular walk in hours. Clients are not allowed into the food room or even at that end of the hall. For the moment we are packing boxes and picking outfits for the homeless. Showers are for the moment in shelter room 2. I am not sure how long that will be as the domestic violence is up 50% or more in our county and if someone is running from abuse they will take precedent over showers.
To the team that made the masks they have been a God send. We could use as many more as you would like to give us. If the staff did not take them to use they have been given out, mostly to the homeless. Thanks for your prayers and support,
PS: After Rhonda sent her article, she e-mailed me that TABITHA’S will be opening soon. When they are up and running, I will let you know by e-mail. Let’s go out and support them. Shop Local!
6-year-old Angie and her 4-year-old brother Joel were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang, and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had enough. "You're not supposed to talk out loud in church." "Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked. Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, "See those two men standing by the door? They're the “hushers."
Thank you so much for your continued, faithful giving during this time. We know that it has not been easy for many of you. God is richly blessing your giving. Our budget does not look as bad as it could. Praise the Lord. Also, what an answer to prayer that 3 Sabbaths in June are for LOCAL BUDGET. God is good. Continue to mail, bring by the office or give your offerings on-line.
JUNE 6 LOCAL BUDGET JUNE 13 LOCAL BUDGET
JUNE 20 LOCAL BUDGET JUNE 27 LOCAL CONF. ADV.
Info from the CDPH
. FACE COVERINGS DO NOT PROTECT THE WEARER AND ARE NOT PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQIPMENT
.FACE COVERINGS CAN HELP PROTECT THE PERSON NEAR THE WEARER, BUT DO NOT REPLACE SOCIAL-DISTANCING PRECAUTIONS.
.FACE COVERINGS NEED TO COVER BOTH THE NOSE AND THE MOUTH.
.WASH YOUR HANDS IMMEDIATELY IF YOU TOUCH YOUR FACE MASK.
Fortuna Adventist Focus
Vol. 86 No. 5 Published by the Fortuna SDA Church May 2020
FROM PASTOR DAN
A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they
started to have a good conversation. They talked about many things and various subjects. When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said: “I don’t believe that God exists.”
“Why do you say that?” asked the customer. “Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn’t exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be a corona virus? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can’t imagine loving a God who would allow all of these things.”
The customer thought for a moment, but didn’t respond because he didn’t want to start an argument. The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop. Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a homeless man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and un-kept. The
customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber: “You know what? Barbers do not exist.”
“How can you say that?” asked the surprised barber. “I am here, I am a barber and I just worked on you!” “No!” the customer exclaimed. “Barbers don’t exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like the man outside.” The barber looked outside and saw the homeless man and replied, “Ah, but barbers DO exist! What happens is, people do not come to me.”
“Exactly!” affirmed the customer. “That’s the point! God, too, DOES exist! What happens is, people don’t go to
During this corona virus pandemic, it is easy to blame God and even suggest He does not exist. Which brings
me to my point for this article - the world has a terrible view of God. This ugly view of God started in the Garden of Eden. The Bible tells us, God created a perfect world without pain, suffering, sickness or death. When the evil one told Eve that, “she would not die but be like God,” he implied that God was lying to her and by disobeying Him good things will happen. He suggested God was purposely holding back something good from her and He could not be trusted. Unfortunately, Satan paints the same ugly picture of God today - he tells the same lies and continually makes God look like a devil. Jesus came to this world to change this view of God. He
healed the sick, cast out demons, fed the multitudes, raised the dead and gave His life so you and I can be
united with Him once again in a perfect world. A world without pain or suffering or sickness or death or dying.
He painted a true picture of God – full of grace, love and mercy. A God who does not want any to perish but for
all to come to salvation.
How can we help people see the true picture of God that Jesus painted for us? By living a life according to the
words of Jesus. By following Jesus example in all that we say and do. How we live our lives speaks volumes
that everyone hears. So today I want to challenge you to paint a new picture of God to those around you not
by your words but by how you live your life.
It is difficult for us to plan another evangelism series with all the uncertainties that come with the COVID-19. We don’t know when and how we will be allowed to meet when everything opens and we are back to a new normal. We may at some point continue the “Discovering Revelation” series, but that too is somewhat uncertain. We are looking at some materials focused on “Friendship” and ministering to those who are closest to us. We have posted the study guides and outlines for the Revelation series on our church web page so you could have them.
Church History (#14)
We learned last month that the Banner church was torn down and materials were brought to Fortuna for
the construction of a new church. In 1922 or 1923 under the leadership of Mr. Burl Utley, construction of
this new church at 16th & L Streets took place.
It was just a year later in 1924 that the first Fortuna church school with eight grades and thirteen students opened in the new church building.
In 1940 Dr. & Mrs. Clarence Atteberry and family moved to Fortuna and a year later their interest in
Christian education led to the construction of a new two-room church school building on the outskirts of
the city on Newburg Road, with a third classroom added a year later.
There was a surge in church membership in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s and by 1941 church membership soared to 123, crowding the little church beyond its intended capacity.
In 1947 evangelistic meetings in Rohnerville and other parts of the county added new members. Many
members were spending their evenings giving Bible studies to their neighbors and by 1950 church
membership was just under 200, necessitating two church services in order to accommodate everyone.
It was apparent that a much larger church building was needed. It was at this time that the first full-time pastor of the church, Elder Bradley, signed papers accepting responsibility for the first German refugee families to come to America, swelling and strengthening church membership. We will continue with that story next month.
Thank You Corner
We have not 1, but 3 BIG THANK YOU’S for this month. The first is from Emily Mazzone-Clementi:
“I want to thank the kids of our congregation for being forgiving when all us crusty, cranky old folks are
hard on them. We love them very much and are so glad to see their beautiful faces in our lives!”
The second one is from Amy Norton: “I would like to thank Chris and Debbie Miller for their work behind the scenes. They are still active in helping everyone in need, from grocery shopping for others, delivering furniture or even lending large lengths of rope. I appreciate them both.”
Our next thank you is from Rhonda Lewis: “I would like to give a very big thank you to Martha B. who works at the center. She has found new ways to minister to our friends in need and for us to be of better service to those in need. She makes us all look good in her service to Christ. Thank you Martha!”
I am sure that each of us have someone who has been there for us during this shelter-in-place!!! Please e-mail me your thank-you’s and I will get them in the next FOCUS. WE ALL HAVE SOMEONE WHO DESERVES A THANK YOU! Fill my in-box with appreciation!!
Dear Church Family,
Thank you for your continued prayers for our school, our staff, and our students and their families. This is a challenging time for everyone, and we are doing things very differently. Our students are continuing to study at home, and are enjoying video class time together, and studying online. Our weekly zoom worship meeting with the pastor is a highlight. We look forward to studying together again in person when we can.
While everyone is staying home and staying safe, we'd like to remind you to use smile.amazon.com. When you shop through Smile, Amazon gives a donation to a charity you choose. If you'd like, you can even choose Fortuna Junior Academy and support us when you shop online. God bless and be well!
Fortuna Jr. Academy
Dear Church Family,
To say this year has been different would be an understatement. Still, there are things that our school needs help with. One of those things is mowing through the summer. Even though we do not currently have any students there, it is still important that the school maintains a well-kept appearance. We are looking for someone to mow about every two weeks. It is a job that allows you to maintain social distancing, and to enjoy some sunshine while doing something useful. If you have any interest in helping out, you can contact
Kimberly Unruh at (707) 298-5516. Thank you so much for your willingness to help keep our school beautiful.
Thanks, FJA Staff
From Rita Roberts
Now, with camp meeting cancelled for 2020 many of you will not have access to stock up on what you want for the year. Rita is willing to make a trip and pick up an order. SHE ABSOLUTELY HAS TO HAVE YOU ORDER TO HER BY MAY 10 TH . Please call her as soon as you can so she can start making her list. Be sure you give her a big thank-you for doing this for us. It is harder than you think. We appreciate your willingness to do this for us Rita.
PRAISE & TESTIMONY
We are so thankful to God that Kevin Barnhart is doing well. He is now out of quarantine and continues to recover from COVID-19. Thank you for the prayers.
Caroline Del Fiorentino’s father John, who we prayed for, is also home after his stroke and doing well. Caroline thanks everyone for their prayers for her dad.
Rob Bertholf has been doing an awesome job of taking what I and others send him and creating our Worship service page on-line.
Some of you are using ZOOM for your small groups. As of now we are not using it for Sabbath School. Some of our members do not have a computer that has a camera feature and are not familiar with how to check all the settings in ZOOM. Please know that we have thought this out and are doing what we think is the easiest which is to just click on a link and go to the services.
Each week we will let you know by e-mail on Friday where and how to access the service.
So we are formulating a plan to have an outdoor service for our Mother’s day Sabbath on May 9 th . This is, at this point, an idea. We would have you park in the side parking lots and remain in your vehicles. If you have a vehicle that opens in the back, you could back in and sit in the back of your vehicle.
Pastor would preach from the side door, by the office. There would be a sound system so that all could hear. This would just be a church service around 10:00 or 10:30. The Sabbath School would still be on-line for you to watch whenever. The sermon would also be on-line for those that choose not to attend or if the weather is not helpful on that day.
Again, this is an idea that we are thinking about. We would need everyone to remain in their vehicles and obey all county recommendations for social distancing.
Watch for more information in e-mails.
Currently, e-mail is how we are communicating most all of our information during this outbreak. We need
your help. Please check with your family members and confirm that they are getting the e-mails. If they
aren’t, we don’t have the correct address. Have them get the address to me. We want everyone to have access to our on-line services and the information we send out.
FACS has been working hard to figure how to serve those in need without exposing ourselves unnecessarily
Food has been going out the door with limited contact. We have helped people on quarantine that have lost their job because of quarantine, to our regulars that come for a Starbucks premade sandwiches. We have run through so many sandwiches we are almost out.
On the food front: I had asked for a larger Cal-Fresh grant and just found out last week that it was denied and I have to reduce the amount and reapply. Of course frustration is flowing. That leaves us $1,000.00 short this month for food and more for wages to those who keep Dorcas going. The Postal Food drive that occurs the second weekend in May has been postponed. We do still have some food supplies and if you are in need please call me and ask. We will continue to provide as we can. If you have extra and want to share please consider us. Cash or canned goods. Call Cherie to see exactly what we are most in need of.
Tabitha’s place is closed. The issue there is a store full of stuff that we are not making any money off of to pay the rent and utilities. I am not sure how long we will be able to withstand this without having to empty the store to the dump and reduce our services and close the clothing bank.
The HART program has gone through a month of crazy. I do still have hair but I’m not sure why, it should all be pulled out by now. We have and are collecting all of our clients email addresses, not something we have done in the past. All 500 or so of them. We have been cleared to work with Zoom on a HIPAA compliant account. The delay from shut down has caused us serious financial issues. With a roughly 50K payroll our reserves are very small. We are working on a work around plan if we have to give up our Eureka site. This is just a thumb nail of what is keeping me up.
I am well aware and I want you to know that I know that there is a plan, it is Gods, and I know it will work
how it is supposed to work. I have learned over the last 26 years that I don’t have to worry. I keep my prayer channel open and remain open to seeing what He wants. I know that our future is secure in Him and the version of FACS comes out the other side will be more secure and a light to the community for Him. If you can, you know who you are, I ask you to be part of the solution for us whether it is with cash donations or prayers for our survival.
“I am His and He is mine, His banner over me is Love”
Rhonda 725-1166 ext. 201
Anna Hahn has all the raspberry plants you could want. Hers need thinned. Call her if you would like some, 725-4379
What is the first thing in your morning routine? Do you reach for a glass of water or a mug of coffee? Does it really matter? How does this choice affect the health of our body?
Our body becomes dehydrated after 8 hours of sleep. The most important thing you can do in your morning routine is to reach for a glass of water. Our bodies need lots of water to function properly. Caffeine (found in coffee) is a diuretic. In the morning you need to rehydrate your system rather than deplete it further.
Caffeine has other detrimental effects on your system. It stimulates acid production in the stomach. If you have trouble with ulcers, this will only make things worse, and prolong healing. It can also cause heartburn. Caffeine impacts the cardiovascular system by increasing blood pressure and cholesterol. You can have heart palpitations. One can be more prone to certain types of cancer, osteoporosis, have more miscarriages, and low
birth weights. Caffeine also interferes with brain chemistry which we will discuss further below (Nedley, N. Proof Positive,1998).
Lisa Stark, reporter for ABC News, wanted to know the effects of coffee on her brain. She chose to have an MRI (brain scan) done without coffee and one done after drinking one cup coffee. The effect was quite impressive. Comparing the two scans side by side the physician showed her that the blood flow to her brain was decreased by almost half (40%). This reduction in blood flow reduces cognition. The temporary increase in alertness that comes from caffeine is due to it taking the place of a chemical in your brain responsible for the state of sleepiness. It also increases the chemical responsible for fight or flight. The resulting imbalance causes poor
judgment. Then once caffeine is gone you will have even more tiredness and then you need another cup of coffee to feel alert again. Thus it becomes addictive.
One of the most important aspects with caffeine intake is the effect on the frontal lobe. It interferes with the nerve transmission in the brain. It upsets the balance of brain chemistry. This can lead to addiction, anxiety, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric disorders. It also increases dopamine levels which are found in many mental illnesses. Why is the frontal lobe so important? The frontal lobe is the seat of spirituality, the will, morality, reasoning, and decision making (Nedley, N. Proof Positive,1998). God communicates with us via the
frontal lobe. It is our filter to the outside world. As Christians we are responsible to guard the frontal lobe. We need to renew our mind by God’s word (Romans 12:2) and remember that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
Your Health Team
Fortuna Adventist Focus
Vol. 86 No. 4 Published by the Fortuna SDA Church April 2020
FROM PASTOR DAN
I am amazed at what is taking place in the world at this time. Who would have thought in this day and age we would be experiencing a worldwide pandemic? Until this year I had never heard of the coronavirus. Not only are our churches canceled, but our schools are canceled, professional sports are canceled, the Olympics are canceled, even the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for 2020 is canceled.
In a matter of a few days, this thing has gone from “wash your hands and cover your cough” to a significant lifestyle change that most of us have not experienced in our lifetime. Of all the cancellations, perhaps the most unnerving of all is the call to cancel church worship services. This seems counterintuitive in a time
when people are anxious and need community; when people are facing economic uncertainty and need support; and when people are fearful and need the comfort of prayer and connection. However, we have to acknowledge that “large gatherings” are a hotspot for the spread of disease, and that church services can be pretty cozy experiences as far as personal space goes. For all of our best efforts to eliminate hand shaking and
hugging, and to postpone communion, we still have to admit the best way to protect folks right now is to keep them apart.
It’s sad. It’s painful. It goes against every impulse of church leaders who proclaim faith in a God who is bigger than human fear and disease. It even rubs up against the ego of those who think of themselves as hardy enough to weather any storm and get to church early.
I get it. I really do. But sometimes, painful as it is, cancelling is the responsible, compassionate thing to do. Think of this illness as the black ice of liability. If there is a blizzard, you might be able to get to church. But if you can’t clear the sidewalks and the parking lots, do you really want to invite people into a hazard situation - the invisible threat that is just under the surface? This is like that. Sure, folks who are not sick are going to feel like they should still come to church. But they could be carrying something they don’t know they have yet, and pass it right on to their elderly or immune-compromised neighbor.
There are many unknowns here. There is unprecedented territory ahead, and nobody can say how long it might last. Now that church is temporarily canceled, here are some things to remember, and ways to keep “being the Church,” even when you can’t be in the church building.
Support your pastor, elders, and board members - whoever has to make the really hard decisions about whether and how to gather in these times of uncertainty. There is no road map for this, and there is no one right answer.
Trust that the folks who ultimately make the call spent some time in prayer, and had some very difficult conversations. Know that they heavily weighed the consequences of closing the church, including your disappointment, and ultimately did what they thought was the best thing for the Well-being of the church and community. Thank them for having your best interests at heart.
Remember your church budget. This may seem like a small thing in the grand scheme right now, but trust me it matters that you continue to give your offering, as long as you are fiscally able. You can give online or mail in your offering. Even if the building is empty, bills and salaries need to be paid. By giving you’re helping your church maintain mission commitments to the community in a time when that commitment is more important than ever.
Check on your neighbors. Your older neighbor, your neighbor on chemo, your neighbor whose kid relies on free school lunch, your neighbor who still has to go to work and could use help with childcare… Any time you help someone in your proximity, you are living out the values of your faith. You are embodying what the whole gospel is about, which takes church out of the building and brings it to life for others. This is what we go to
church to learn how to do - it is ‘for such a time as this’ that you have spent all those other Sabbaths in worship.
Pray for your church family. Send notes and make phone calls. All the things that we do for shut-ins, do for each other now that we are all shut-ins. We are one body, even when that body is not together in the flesh. There are plenty of ways to stay connected in spirit, and care for each other’s spiritual needs.
Make the most of your time. For some, this shutdown of life as we know it is going to cause significant economic hardship. Recognize, your own discomfort is just a temporary inconvenience. The downtime you are experiencing is a gift - a time to sit still and be with your family, without the usual rush of places to be and things to accomplish. Read together; prepare meals together. When’s the last time everybody was home for this long?
Talk about what you can learn from this season. Talk about your blessings. Play a game. Make something.
Listen to music. Work in the garden. It really doesn’t matter what you do, just don’t sit around and do nothing.
In times like these I am reminded of the words of Jesus, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:28. This worldwide pandemic is a reminder that Jesus is coming again. He is trying to wake up His Church, His people, and all the world He is coming back. Today let’s determine to be ready. May God richly bless you.
The Discovering Revelation meetings are cancelled as well. However they are being posted online. The outline
and the study guides are on the church website, www.fortunaSDAchurch.org. You can either read through them at your leisure if you don’t have a printer or print them out and fill them in. If the order is lifted and the meetings resume we will let you know when they will start up. No matter what, we will continue the
series once the order is lifted.
Remember, the church website is: www.fortunaSDAchurch.org It is better and less confusing if we all use this address.
CHURCH HISTORY #13
Until the first decade of the 1900s travel from the south to Humboldt County was by ship to Eureka. The first overland stage to Eureka arrived in 1908 and it was another four years before Harvey Harper made his famous trip to Eureka in a Model T, being pulled part of the way by teams of horses. That first road was via Willits, Laytonville, Bell Springs, Blocksburg, Bridgeville, Carlotta, Hydesville and Fortuna. The first passable highway to Eureka was completed in 1920 and two years later two daily passenger trains linked San Francisco and Eureka. These were the transportation options early Adventists and ministers coming to Humboldt County were faced with.
Recall that the Banner church several miles north of Fortuna was built in 1908. By 1909 Adventists were also meeting in Fortuna in the home of Dr. George Loverin at the corner of 12th and N Streets. In 1913 his home was sold to Dr. Rockwell and although Adventists continued to meet in this home until 1918, plans were being made to move the Banner church nearer to Fortuna. In 1918 Elders Beddoe, Moffitt and Lester Bond held evangelistic meetings in Fortuna. Dr. Rockwell donated property at 16th and L Streets for locating the first Adventist church in the city of Fortuna. In 1920 the Banner church was torn down and boards and nails were brought to Fortuna to build the new church. The proceeds from the sale of the Ferndale church were given to
aid the construction of the new Fortuna church. That story will continue next month.
Last month we started the conversation on coffee. While this is a worthy topic the current development with the Coronavirus has shifted the emphasis for this month. Many are aware of the prevention guidelines, so these
will not be repeated. The focus will be on natural methods of treatment, namely hydrotherapy. The medical community is overwhelmed and underprepared which is why this is one of the most useful tools to use in your own home to keep you well, or to get you well when you succumb to sickness.
First of all to stay healthy, one of the best things to do is to end your daily shower with cold. It increases your blood circulation and closes pores in your skin. However, in the event you get sick, hydrotherapy is very
important to help you get well. One of the important things that take place with these treatments is the
increase in circulation. These treatments help to bring out the white blood cells, which are the ones that fight
disease, that have been lying dormant and place them in circulation.
There are several things that you can do. Let us start with fomentations. This is basically a pad which you boil in hot water. If you do not have this you can use a wet towel and put it in the microwave. The point is to apply moist heat not dry. Be careful not to burn yourself! Place this on the persons back with a dry towel in between to protect the skin. Then place one over the chest of the patient with dry towel in between.
Leave them on for 3 minutes. Then rub the chest with a rag dipped in ice cold water for 30 seconds. Repeat the
process 3 times ending with cold. Then make sure the person is warm with a blanket and left to rest. This can
be done 2-3 times a day. This increases circulation greatly to the lungs, and loosens fluid that has built up in the lungs, which is one of the issues with the coronavirus and incidentally with pneumonia.
If you do not have the ability to do chest fomentations, the hot and cold shower is another alternative. This can be done by letting the hot water beat on your throat and chest area, as well as your back. Do this for 3 minutes gradually increasing the heat to what you can tolerate. Then turn the shower on cold for 30 seconds. You can run in place, or rub with your hands on your extremities during the cold and it won’t feel so bad. Then turn back to hot, you will find that you will be able to stand it a bit hotter after each cold. Do this 3 times ending with cold. Then make sure you get dressed right away. The most important thing is not to get chilled. Then lay down to rest for a minimum of 20 minutes. Your body needs rest most importantly after these treatments.
Another type of treatment is steam. This kills viruses. A steam treatment can be done with a pot of water boiled on the stove and then place on the table. Keep the lid on and put a towel to cover both the pot and your head. Then release the lid slightly and adjust to whatever amount of steam you can handle. Again do not burn yourself. Do this for about 15 minutes. This helps with any sinus congestion you may be feeling. This can be done several times a day. You may alternate with ice cold water to your face every 5 minutes or just end your 15 minute treatment with cold.
There are many uses for hydrotherapy and these are just a few. These are very helpful during the flu season and with the coronavirus. Let us use God’s natural remedies that he has provided as much as we can. They will become very useful to us in these last days.
The Wellness Team
THANK YOU CORNER
Aunt Sue Carson wants to thank, thank, thank all of you for your prayers when her husband Jerry had his stroke on the 18th. It was so difficult to be banned from the hospital because of the virus and to not be able to see or talk to him for days. Just knowing that her church was praying for him and for all of the family was such a comfort. Reading all the responses, prayers and well wishes on Cindy’s Face Book page helped all of them so
much. When Jerry is a little better, we are going to read them to him so that he will be blessed as well. Your prayers made a terrible situation easier for all.
THANK YOU! (Cindy & Connie 2 nd this appreciation)
Dear Church Family,
Thank you all for your continued prayers and care for the school. At the school, we have made some big changes. Students are learning at home now, meeting every day with the teacher online. We try to find the small blessings during this time, and it is a huge blessing that we have the technology to meet via video and have class together. We expect this to continue through April, and hope to be back in May. There are also many amazing online opportunities for students now, so though we have had to cancel our local field trips, the students can take an online tour of famous museums, be read a book by an astronaut in space, and many other
exciting things. The school work bee has been cancelled at this time. We are doing our best here, and praying for you all. God bless! Jamie Burzo,
FROM RITA ROBERTS
Notice regarding vege foods: My vege food supplier will only be delivering twice a year—at camp meeting and Christmas time. I will have to order four months in advance of the deliveries (that’s August and March) so I am
planning on cutting down on what I have to sell. You, the customers, need to let me know which items you prefer. Please call Rita Roberts at 764-5375 to give her foods you would like her to keep stocking.
PRAISE & TESTIMONY
Our 40 days of prayer ended on March 20 th . Due to the shelter-in-place order, praise and testimony Sabbath will be rescheduled once we are meeting again. I think we will have even more reasons to praise and even more testimonies!!! Lalita has stated that in about six months or so, women’s ministries will be doing another Dennis Smith, 40 Days of Prayer book. Many are continuing to meet and pray weekly or monthly with their prayer partners until then. We need prayers now!!
Praise The Lord
Greetings, I was not able to get in on the formal 40 days due to all of the crazy in my world. But we can all be thankful and I would like to share a blessing we have gotten here at HART. We had to put the whole program on pause while “the State” changed regulations allowing us to hold groups by telehealth. We are all learning a new skill here, that of hosting video conferencing. This adjustment to the rules allows us to keep our clients engaged in addiction recovery services and moving toward their full drivers license. We are now at just over 500 clients and need to move some of them out so we can make room for more. Please keep praying that our service to the community will continue to flex as we work on new way to respond to our community. Rhonda
As some of you know, we have been trying to provide you with a worship experience each Sabbath during this virus. The first week, things went well. The 2 nd week, there were some technical difficulties experienced.We have received several different ideas and suggestions and opportunities to try. The most important thing to us is to make it consistent, simple, easy-to-access and user friendly. We will be looking at a couple options this week and see what works best for the most people.
Please remember that all of our members do not have access to e-mail, may not be computer savvy, may have physical or memory difficulties that make using a complicated, multi-step access more difficult.
We so appreciate all of the ideas we have received. We appreciate all who have been helping us do this. To all of you who have stepped up and posted services when we did not, thank you, thank you, thank you.
We will let you know by Thursday or Friday where and how to access the service each week.
Currently, e-mail is how we are communicating most all of the information during this outbreak.
We need your help in a few different ways.
1. If you have changed your e-mail address in the last year, WE DO NOT HAVE IT. Please shoot me an e-mail so that I can make sure I have the current e-mail address.
2. Some of our church friends and family do not even have e-mail. They need to be made aware of what is going on. That is where you can come in handy. Check in with them to let them know the latest and greatest information from the church. Especially how to access church services on the TV or radio if they do not have a computer. Some of these are listed below:
It Is Written
Voice of Prophecy
Faith for Today
Loma Linda Broadcasting Network
New Perceptions (Pioneer Memorial Church)
If people need food, the food bank is “open through the door” during regular hours or by appointment. If you need a food box please call Cherie Porter at 725-1166 ext. 206. If no answer, leave a message with your name and current phone number. You will get a return call to get you all set up. We are attempting to stick to regular food days of Tue and Thurs. Stay safe. Rhonda.
Fortuna Adventist Focus
Vol. 86 No. 3 Published by the Fortuna SDA Church March 2020
FROM PASTOR DAN
Dear Church Family,
The story is told of a shipwreck that took place on the Atlantic Coast many years ago. During a storm a passenger ship became lost and hit some rocks. All were lost and the people in the coastal town were very upset. They were determined not to let this happen again. The people rallied together to build a lighthouse – complete with a lifesaving station in case a boat loses its way. Each week the people would gather together and have lifesaving classes. They collected dues to keep up their facilities and had weekly training sessions. In
addition, they would have socials and served meals together. They were very pleased with their lifesaving station and many from the community were actively involved.
One day a terrible storm came up and sure enough a call came out from a ship in distress. Bravely some men went out into the storm and rescued many people. They brought them back to the lifesaving station where they could give them dry clothes, a good meal and medical attention. Sadly, the members were shocked at how wet and muddy they were and the disarray they left the lifesaving station in.
Quickly a meeting was called and it was discussed that that should do no more lifesaving because it is too messy. They couldn’t have their new facility with the latest state of the art technology being wet and dirty from the people they rescued. They told those who wanted to continue in the messy business of saving people to
start their own lighthouse.
Soon news plans were made for a new lighthouse along the coast which promised to be better than the first one. After some time, a new lighthouse was built where lifesaving methods were taught. Not to long afterward another storm came up and a desperate cry for help was given. Some brave and daring men went and rescued many from the storm. But rescuing the lost is a messy business and the people were upset their new lighthouse was wet and muddy and had to be cleaned. A meeting was held and like the first lighthouse they told those who would rescue the lost to start their own life saving station.
Today there are many lighthouses and lifesaving stations up and down the Atlantic Coast but very few go out and save those who are perishing. How about the Fortuna Seventh-day Adventist Church? Are we a lighthouse with a lifesaving station or are we a club that meets weekly? This month we have an opportunity to evangelize in Fortuna. I want you to know ahead of time -things can get messy. But our God is bigger than any mess we can make! He doesn’t mind messy as long as we are winning souls for His kingdom.
Starting March 6 th we will begin an evangelistic series. How you respond will be very important. We need you to be bold and daring. We need you to pray, attend, bring someone and be friendly to whoever attends. We are more than a club; we are a lighthouse with a lifesaving station. We have a heavenly mission to accomplish. Today, let’s determine to win souls for Jesus.
This year has just flown by, and we will be finishing our third quarter this month. It has been so busy with things to learn and places to go. The kids have been learning (with the help of our amazing mom and volunteer, Emily Mazzone-Clementi) about gardening, and how growing a garden can teach Biblical real life lessons.
Last month we enjoyed going to the Badzik’s home to learn about alpacas and spinning wool, seeing the entire wool-making process from animal to finished hat. We are looking forward to a trip to the Gem and Mineral Shop this month, and Rio Lindo for S.T.E.M. Camp in April.
Once again, we would like to thank our volunteers for the time they spend to keep our school a great place to be. Another way everyone can easily help out the school is by using Amazon Smile. Most everyone orders things online nowadays, and the school has an Amazon Smile account, so if you are ordering something use smile.amazon.com. It will prompt you to choose the organization (Fortuna Junior Academy) you want your donation to go to. Amazon then makes a donation; it does not cost you anything extra. We appreciate
everyone's efforts and support.
Jamie Burzo and the FJA Staff
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
SCHOOL BOARD MARCH 5 4:00
ELDER’S MTG. MARCH 10 7:00
CHURCH FINANCE MARCH 12 6:00
CHURCH BOARD MARCH 12 6:30
SOCIAL COMMITTEE MARCH 17 5:00
FCSC BOARD MARCH 24 4:00
MARCH 6 TH THROUGH APRIL 25 TH , 2020
THIS SERIES WILL RUN FRI/SAT/SUN NIGHTS AT 7:00, FOR EIGHT WEEKS, ENDING ON SATURDAY, APRIL 25 TH , 2020.
WE NEED ALL HANDS ON DECK!!
YOU MAY NOT FEEL LIKE YOU CAN DO ANYTHING. BUT IF YOU CAN SHAKE A HAND AND SAY HELLO, PLAY THE PIANO OR SING, HELP WITH A/V, OPEN AND CLOSE THE CHURCH, GIVE SOMEONE A RIDE…….THAN YOU CAN DO SOMETHING. THIS IS OUR CHURCH, OUR SERIES, OUR COMMUNITY. LET’S STEP UP AND SIGN UP, IF ABLE. CALL TIM WHITCHURCH TO SEE WHAT IS NEEDED AND RESPOND TO HIM IF HE CALLS YOU. PRAY HOW GOD CAN USE YOU. LIFE IS BUSY. FATIGUE, FAMILY,
COMMITMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES PILE ON US. MOST OF US HAVE ONE HOUR A WEEK TO GIVE. ONE HOUR TIMES 8 WEEKS………DO YOU HAVE 8 HOURS TO
GIVE TO GOD?
CHURCH HISTORY (#12)
In the fall of 1907 a six-week series of meetings was held in Loleta. Although attendance was fairly good only two persons accepted the message, a young couple who owned a hardware store in Loleta. At the close of 1907 some evening meetings were held in a school house located east of Loleta and about three miles north of Fortuna. Attendance was good and soon Sabbath meetings began. There were Adventists who had been
worshipping in small groups who attended these meetings. The result was a Sabbath School of thirty-three members and under the leadership of Elder A. J. Osborne plans were made to build a house of worship. A piece of land owned by Mrs. Mary Gibson was donated for use as long as the church was needed and $400 was raised to begin building as soon as weather permitted. By May of 1908 this small white wooden church on Table Bluff was nearing completion. This church, known as the Banner church was the first Adventist church in
the Fortuna area. This Banner church (often called the Banner-Fortuna church) was abandoned in 1915 but that story will be left for next month.
In the meantime, early in 1909, ministers had begun working in the Scotia-Rio Dell area. No suitable building for holding meetings was available in town so a request was made to pitch a tent for the meetings. The town of Scotia was owned by the Pacific Lumber Company and the company refused to allow Adventists to pitch a tent in their town for meetings. The company manager said they didn’t care to have any revivals, and as for
religion, they wanted to be left alone. So, a tent was pitched about a mile and a half north of Rio Dell on the banks of the Eel River and meetings were begun. There was considerable interest in the Adventist message but few baptisms.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
What can water do in my body instead of coffee? Is coffee really good for waking me up? Or does my mind
function better with water. What do studies show? What really keeps our minds clear and functioning? Stay
posted for next months health update
THANK YOU CORNER!
This Month’s Thank you!! FROM NADINE RADOVICZ
I would like to thank two women in our church we all know and love for the love they have for so many. These two faithful women are Mary Ann Kost and Jeannie Beach. Mary Ann never misses an opportunity to come and help our church or to reach out to others. And Jeannie faithfully ministers regularly to so many at Fortuna Rehabilitation and Wellness Center (The Old St. Luke’s), by visiting the residents, comforting them, reading to them and sharing literature with them. Jeannie also shares her love for Jesus with anyone and everyone she can, hoping they will have a desire to love Him too. Well done ladies for being such a blessing to so many.
Always with love, Nadine.
We have two dates that we have no host/hostess team to host our fellowship luncheon. The first is Sabbath, June 20 th and the other one is Sabbath, September 5 th . If you are willing to put together a team and host
either of those Sabbaths please contact Julie Rowe. Otherwise please mark on your calendars that there will not be a fellowship luncheon that week. Do we have any Sabbath School classes that might like to host??
Cherie Porter has some needs over at the Dorcas food bank. She needs canned fruit. Peaches, pears, mandarins, fruit cocktail, etc. If you would like to donate some, she’d be happy to take them off your hands. THANKS!
PRAISE & TESTIMONY
Our 40 days of prayer will end on March 20 th . March 21 st will be our praise and testimony Sabbath. We will be sharing stories of how God answered our prayers, relationships were formed and lives were impacted. Be
ready to tell your story on Sabbath, March 21 st!!
Fortuna Adventist Focus
Vol. 86 No. 2 Published by the Fortuna SDA Church February 2020
FROM THE PASTOR
The Disciples and Prayer
The disciples of Jesus daily followed Him and listened to His every word. They watched Him because they loved Him and they wanted to be like Him. Of all the things that Jesus did the one thing that greatly impressed them was His prayer life. One cannot help but notice they did not ask Jesus how to become great preachers but they did ask Him to teach them how to pray. They had heard Jesus prayers and were moved by them. They knew the hours He had spent with God and saw Him revived and refreshed. Prayer was more than an act to Jesus. It was a time of close communion with God. Jesus prayers touched their hearts and they felt their need of such communion.
Wouldn’t it be great if we too could hear the prayers of Jesus? We do have some recorded in the gospels – but they are only a handful compared to the many prayers Jesus had while here on earth. How about you? How is you prayer life? Do you enjoy praying or do you have to work at it? Is praying like speaking to your best friend or do you think your prayers go no higher than the ceiling? I must confess there are times when prayer seems more of a burden than a blessing and I have felt like my prayers were not being heard.
Let me share with you something that has helped through the years in my ministry with my prayer life. I went to a prayer conference one year and one of the speakers suggested to have a prayer partner. I was surprised by that because I never thought about it. Up to that point I had read many books about prayer which helped me personally but I did not realize my need for a partner in prayer. But by meeting with someone to pray it held me accountable. Someone was expecting me to pray with them and I could not miss it. I found it a
blessing not only to pray for someone else but I was blessed by having someone pray for me. In addition our prayers ended up in praise because we could see the many answers to our prayers.
On Monday, February 10 th we will be starting our forty days of prayer and I want you to join with me. It will end on Friday, March 20 th and we will be having a testimony service on Sabbath, March 21 st to praise God for all our answered prayers. If you are not at the point where you want a prayer partner, please join us anyway. We want to pray for the Holy Spirit to help us, to bless us and our families, to bring back our non-attending members and to reach our community. With or without a prayer partner you can do that.
In 2 Chronicles 20 we read the story of King Jehoshaphat. He and his nation were surrounded by an innumerable army of enemies. Jehoshaphat gathered his people and they prayed. I want you to notice verse thirteen; “All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord.” This is how I picture the Fortuna Church. All of us standing before the Lord, seeking His presence and His blessing. Just as God gave the victory to Jehoshaphat and his people He will give us victory too. Let’s unite together in prayer and watch what the Lord will do. I know we will have a wonderful testimony of praise on March 21 st
for what God has done and is doing in our lives. You don’t want to miss out on this wonderful experience. May God richly bless you!
We have officially made it through the first half of the year and are moving forward with our second semester. As always we have a lot of things planned to keep our students busy and learning. This month we will be making a trip to the Badzik's to learn about processing wool, from the animal all the way to finished product.
We are thankful this month for a relatively normal schedule after all the holiday busyness. Our music
teacher, JP, has been called to the mission fields in Brazil, and while we will miss him, we know God will
bless him in his endeavors. We'd like to say a big thank you to our classroom volunteers; Mr. Baumgartner has
been working with the kids on writing their own books, Nancy Burzo has been leading exciting art projects,
Emily Mazzone- Clementi is creating our garden, and Cindy Neumann comes to help with reading. The pastor also comes every Friday to have worship with the children. There are several people that help regularly with hot lunches. There are lots of people that pitch in when maintenance needs to be done at the school, and
they have made sure we don't have leaks, that plumbing is working properly, and that in general, our school
buildings are in good condition. We are so grateful for the all the time that people spend making our school a
good place to be. As always, if you have a heart to help with anything you can call the school at 725-2988.
Thank you for all your prayers and support.
Jamie Burzo and the FJA Staff
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
SCHOOL BOARD FEB 6 4:00
FJA CONSTITUENCY FEB 8 6:00
ELDERS MTG FEB 11 7:00
CHURCH FINANCE FEB 20 6:00
CHURCH BOARD FEB 20 6:30
FCSC BOARD FEB 25 4:00
OTHER FEBRUARY FELLOWSHIP
THE APPEARING FEB. 5,12,19 & 26 7:00
VESPERS FEB 8 5:00
WOMEN’S LUNCHEON FEB 9 11:00
BEGIN 40 DAYS/PRAYER FEB 10
SABBATH OF LOVE FEB 15 11:00
DORCAS WORK BEE FEB 16 10:00
PATHFINDER DINNER FEB 22 6:30
WOMEN’S PRAYER LUNCH
Ladies, we are so excited about our luncheon coming up February 9 th , 11:00-3:00. Looking forward to seeing
you all there. Please RSVP back to us. I wanted to remind those of you that decide to join us for the 40 days of prayer to come to the luncheon ready to begin the 40 days of prayer on February 10th the day after the luncheon.
How to be ready?
Pick out and connect with a prayer partner. Decide how you two would like to pray each day, by phone or in person, the time.
Pick out 3-5 people or you want to pray for during 40days.
Call them to find out what they would like you to pray about for them.
They can be anyone neighbors, co-workers, family that do not normally come to church. Luncheon is free, book
is $15 at the door. We are so excited to see what God will do! We hope you will join us in this prayer opportunity!
Our men’s ministry will be launching this book and the 40 days of prayer as well, on February 10 th .
CHURCH AND SCHOOL HISTORY (#11)
A ten-day camp meeting was held at Fortuna in late August 1890. Special rates for passengers were
offered by the ER&ERR* and excursion trains ran on Sundays. The Humboldt Times newspaper noted that
visitors came by train from various parts of the county to attend this camp meeting. The camp was made up
of forty tents and a 60 foot pavilion. We don't know the exact location of this camp but it could have been the Rohnerville Fair Grounds but since people came by train and the camp was near the railroad station it
is possible that it was held at Campton Park, located in the vicinity of what is today Atteberry Lane and Ross Hill Road. In those years there was a train stop at the foot of the hill below Campton Park.
There were very few Adventists in Fortuna at this time, and those who lived here probably attended church in Alton which had a membership of 17 in 1895. Pepperwood had an Adventist membership of 35 at this time. That same year, 1895, two ministers came and held a series of meetings in Fortuna, and in 1904 more meetings were held. Elder D. T. Fero, one of those ministers, reported that almost every place in the county with sufficient population to justify expensive tent meetings had already been worked. His report said, ”We have had a trying experience here. We advertised thoroughly and visited from house to house, daily seeking the Lord, yet we could get only a few to attend - sometimes not over three from the outside.” It was decided that conditions in Fortuna did not justify trying to organize a church at this time.
* ER&ERR was the Eel River & Eureka Railroad that linked Eureka to Alton and Scotia. It hauled logs,
lumber, livestock, and agricultural produce as well as passengers.
PATHFINDER DINNER AND AUCTION
February 22, 2020 will be our annual Pathfinder dinner and auction. Dinner will begin at 6:30 with the dessert auction to follow. There will be several silent auction items for you to bid on as well.
Tickets are $8 for adult and $6 for children. They will be available here at the church office on
Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are also available from our Pathfinders: Peter, Kegan, Jo, Jen, Grace and Abby. You can contact them or Chris Miller. If you have a nice auction item that you would like to donate, contact Chris or Debbie Miller. You might get a call to donate a dessert item. Start looking at
Please invite your neighbors, friends and family. This is a great way for us to bridge our church and the community. Try to purchase or reserve your tickets ahead of time so they can get an approximate head count for the meal. Speaking of which, it will be a good old-fashioned meat and potatoes American (vege) dinner. Potatoes, vege-loaf, salad, vegetables and dessert. Our theme will be celebrating our Country and its history. Come out and join us.
THANK YOU CORNER!
Do YOU have someone in the church you would like to acknowledge and give thanks too??? Then this is
the place. Just e-mail or call Cindy at the church. Let’s show our love and appreciation to each other out loud and up front by putting it our FOCUS!!
FROM TIM WHITCHURCH
I want to thank my special friend Anna Hahn. She never says no. She paints, she decorates, she cleans, and she cooks. If anybody needs a place to stay or a meal, Anna is always there. The bouquets and centerpieces that she makes make every event look better. She shares the bountiful vegetables from her garden. If baked goods are needed, or decorating needs done, she is always willing to step up to the plate. She gives all she has and she gives from her heart. Thank you Anna. Your brother, Tim Whitchurch.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
The food we eat is one of the most important choices that we make every single day. Our choice every meal can eventually make or break our health. It may not seem like it at the time but our choices will catch up with us. Ann Wigmore stated, “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison”. With food choices we don’t always realize what is happening in our body until it is too
For example when cholesterol is blocking our arteries, we only realize it after we have a major issue, such as a heart attack. Or things like sugar, which decreases our immune system so it cannot fight off diseases as well. Let us choose to decrease these problems by making healthy food choices. These include fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and nuts, and avoid animal products which have cholesterol and disease associated with them. Make wise choices every-day and you will be glad later on!
The Final Empire Jan 23 rd -26 th
The Appearing Jan 29 th – Feb 4 th
each Wed. 6 wks.
Discovering Revelation Mar 6-Apr. 23 rd
Fri/Sat/Sun 8 wks.
Fortuna Adventist Focus
Vol. 86 No. 1 Published by the Fortuna SDA Church January 2020
FROM THE PASTOR
Happy New Year
As 2020 rolls around next week – what are you planning to do for the New Year? Many, like me, make promises to lose weight, exercise and read more. Now don’t get me wrong, these are good goals, but this year I don’t want to think only of myself – I want to think about others.
I want to challenge myself, as well as you to win one soul for Jesus this coming year. Pray about it and ask
God to help you find someone to bring to Christ. It may be a family member, a non-attending church member or a neighbor – regardless of who it is, just help someone you know to come to Jesus.
In the book of Proverbs 11:30 we read, “He who wins souls is wise.” Let’s determine to be wise men and
women for Christ. God had one son and He came to seek and save the lost and He wants us to do the same
How can we do this? Begin with prayer. Next month we will begin a prayer emphasis in our church. We will be going through Dennis Smith’s book, “40 Days - Prayers and Devotions to Prepare for the Second Coming.”
Please be involved. We cannot win souls for Christ, nor be wise men and women for God unless we pray first.
Next, attend our soul winning events this year. We will be showing, “The Final Empire,” by Shawn Boonstra of
the Voice of Prophecy on January 23-26. Than March 6 we will start an Evangelistic Series entitled, “Discovering Revelation.” There will be follow up programs as well. Please support these programs by praying, attending and bringing someone.
However, it all starts with prayer. If there is one prayer that God loves to answer it is when we pray for the lost to be saved. The second prayer He loves to answer is, Lord use me to help someone be saved in Your
The prophet Isaiah heard the voice of God calling, “Whom shall I send?” Isaiah answered immediately,
“Hear I am Lord, send me.” Today God is still calling to us, “Whom shall I send?” Will you answer Him today?
Will your answer be, “Here I am Lord, send me?”
In our hymnal, Daniel March wrote these words; Hark, the voice of Jesus calling, & Who will go and work today? Fields are white and harvests waiting, who will bear the sheaves away? Loud and long the Master calls you; rich reward He offers free. Who will answer, gladly saying, & Here am I. Send me, send me?
If you cannot speak like angels, if you cannot preach like Paul, You can tell the love of Jesus; you can say He died for all. If you cannot rouse the wicked with the judgment’s dread alarms, You can lead the little children to the Savior’s waiting arms. If you cannot be a watchman, standing high on Zion’s wall, Pointing out the path to heaven, offering life and peace to all, With your prayers and with your bounties, you can do what God demands; You can be like faithful Aaron, holding up the prophet’s hands. Let none hear you idly saying, There is nothing I can do,
While the multitudes are dying and the Master calls for you. Take the task He gives you gladly; let His work your pleasure be. Answer quickly when He calls you, Here am I. Send me, send me!
May we all be soul winners for Christ in 2020! May God richly bless you.
Dear Church Family,
We’ve made it through 2019, and are looking forward to an amazing 2020! We pray the next year is
full of blessings as we continue to teach and nurture the children in our care. We will be starting our 3rd quarter/2nd semester in just a couple weeks. Hard to believe we are halfway through the year; it has been an especially busy year so far. We still have a lot of fun and interesting things on the agenda for the next semester. We go to Sequoia Springs every month to sing for the residents there and share a craft with them; also, we make monthly library trips. We have several interesting field trips and activities planned for the spring, including Week of Prayer, Let's Move Day, and field trips to the Gem and Mineral Shop, the Badziks' to learn about alpacas and spinning wool, and Rio Lindo for STEM camp.
It has been a productive year so far, and we are looking forward to the second half of our 2019-20 school
year. Thank you to those who have volunteered time, donated funds, or are keeping the school, staff, and
students in your prayers. All of your efforts are appreciated.
Blessings this new year, and please keep the school in your prayers.
Jamie Burzo and the FJA Staff
SCHOOL BOARD JAN 9 4:00
FINANCE MTG JAN 11 6:30
ELDERS MTG JAN14 7:00
CHURCH FINANCE JAN 16 6:00
CHURCH BOARD JAN 16 6:30
BUSINESS MEETING JAN 18 6:30
FCSC BOARD JAN 21 4:00
SOCIAL COMMITTEE JAN 21 5:15
NEW YEAR’S EVE GAMES DEC. 31 7:00
KIDS CHOIR FIRST PRACTICE JAN.8 6:00
SABBATH OPEN HOUSE @ NORTON’S JAN 4 3-5pm
WOMEN’S MINISTRY SABBATH JAN.11
MEAL & A MOVIE JAN 12 4:45
MEN’S FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST JAN 19 8:00
FINAL EMPIRE SERIES JAN 23-26 7:00
Church and School History
January 2020 FOCUS (#10)
Turning our attention now from Ferndale to the East side of the Eel River, we begin the story of Adventists in the Fortuna area. Fortuna was originally known as Slide and later Springville. It wasn't until 1888 that the name Fortuna became official.
There were Adventists living in the Fortuna area at this time who were attending the Ferndale church which had been organized years earlier. Elders N. C. McClure, John Loughborough, Joseph H. Waggoner,
Philip Kent and E. N. Jones had come with a big tent to Eureka the summer of 1885 to hold evangelistic
meetings and no doubt some Adventists from Springville (Fortuna) attended and possibly joined the church as a result of those meetings. In early 1887 Philip Kent held tent services in Hydesville. Humboldt County had many camp meetings in those early years which will be the topic of this column next month.
An interesting comment in the Ferndale Enterprise, when reporting on a camp meeting in Rohnerville, states that "The Adventists have been holding a camp meeting at the Fair Grounds during the past week, but their inquisitive weakness betrays itself in the mornings when the many flyers (race horses) that are in training for the Fair races are put to their speed, and the worshipers seem anxious to know which will come out ahead." Both horse-racing and meetings attracted those early Adventists. (The first Humboldt County Fair was held in 1861 in Hydesville but bounced around between Hydesville, Ferndale, Eureka, and Rohnerville until it finally settled in Ferndale in 1896.)
New Years Eve
We would like to invite you to the FCSC for board games and snacks on Dec. 31 st at 7:00 pm. Bring yourself, your favorite game and your favorite snack. We are looking for some children’s movies that we could play for the kids (anyone have any?). We also would like to have the popcorn machine for them. This is still in the planning stages, so check e-mails for more info.
Open House And Music Fellowship
Michael and Amy Norton are hosting a drop-in open house (not a potluck) at their home on Sabbath
afternoon, January 4 th from 3-5pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Bring your voice, any instrument that
you play and a heart to sing God’s praises. Their address is 1720 Loop Road. Green house. Parking may be
available in the field.
Thank You Corner
Each month last year in this column, we recognized someone in the church who went above and beyond for our church and its members.
This year we want to try something different!! Do YOU have someone in the church you would like to
acknowledge and give thanks too??? Then this is the place. Just e-mail or call Cindy at the church. Let’s show our love and appreciation to each other out loud and up front by putting it our FOCUS!! I will start. I want to recognize my friend BEA RENNER. I don’t think Bea ever has a bad day. If she does, she doesn’t show it.
Along with the great hug she gives me each Sabbath, she whispers in my ear, “you are doing a great job”. Now,
some days I don’t feel like I am, and those sweet words of encouragement each week turn my heart around. Thank you Bea. Love Cindy Gilmore.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Would you like healthy bones this Christmas? Just a few thoughts for the holidays…
Laugh a lot!! “A merry heart does good, like
medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
Speak pleasant words! “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
Let the Lord Guide you! “The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones…” Isaiah 58:1
On January 12, 2020, the Health team along with our adult youth group, TG4C, will be hosting a gourmet
meal and documentary movie. The Doors will open at 4:45 with the meal beginning at 5:00 & the movie to follow. This meal will be gourmet, plant-based, multiple-course presentation with several dishes for you to enjoy. The church family, along with the community are being welcomed to this event.
“The Game Changers” is a 2018 documentary film about the benefits of plant-based eating for
athletes. It covers multiple success stories of athletes eating a plant-based diet, references scientific studies, and touches on other arguments for plant-based diets that extend to non-athletes as well.
Because space is limited, this is an RSVP ONLY event. There is a cost of $15.00 that is payable at the door. All RSVP’s need to be received by January 8 th . You can RSVP by phone to: Karina Brinckhaus, 707-671-5038 OR Claudia Velasco, 707-601-7141.
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR BIBLE STUDY SERIES, “The Final Empire”. We will be presenting this for four nights in January. Plan to invite your family & friends. This is leading up to our “Revelation” evangelistic series in March. Pray for this outreach to touch our community and bring them to know the love of Jesus.
January Offering Schedule
JAN 4 LOCAL CHURCH BUDGET
JAN 11 LOCAL CONFERENCE ADVANCE
JAN 18 LOCAL CHURCH BUDGET
JAN 25 NORTH AMERICAN DIVISION/REL. LIBERTY
As always the Pathfinders are gearing up for a fun-filled year. The first weekend in February is our Winter Campout. Then as usual the 4 th Saturday (tentatively) of the month will be our Pathfinder dinner and auction. Watch for more information on this event!!
WOMEN AND MEN'S MINISTRIES:
On February 2 nd the women’s ministry will be hosting a catered luncheon and presenting the book, “40
Days of Prayer” This is an RSVP event and a $15 donation is payable at the door. There are flyers and more information available in the lobby. RSVP to Connie Bertholf or Annee Wilson.
The men’s prayer breakfast will be on Sunday, January 19 th at 8:00 AM.
Both groups will be kicking off 40 days of prayer on Feb. 3 rd and ending March 13 th . We are excited to see what an actively praying church can do!!