Updated: January 24, 2020


NOTE:  Previous issues of the FOCUS (2019 & earlier) can continue to be found in the "Members Only" section of this website.


                               Fortuna Adventist Focus

Vol. 86 No. 2                Published by the Fortuna SDA Church        February 2020


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!
Pastor Dan

FJA News

     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


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



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



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?

  1. 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. 

  2. Pick out 3-5 people or  you want to pray for during 40days.

  3. 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 .



     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.



     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
your recipes!!

     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.



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 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.



     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


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
thing too.
     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.
Pastor Dan



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


Upcoming Meetings

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
FCSC BOARD                 JAN 21 4:00

NEW YEAR’S EVE GAMES                               DEC. 31 7:00
KIDS CHOIR FIRST PRACTICE                         JAN.8 6:00
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.



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




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!!



     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!!