Fortuna Adventist Focus
Vol. 87 No. 8 Published by the Fortuna SDA Church August 2021
From Pastor Dan
Recently, I read about the flooding taking place in Europe, particularly in Germany. As my heart and prayers go out to those who are suffering, it reminds of a story Lawrence Maxwell wrote about many years ago.
He begins by writing; the radio announcer said, “There is a flood coming,” Bill told his dad at the breakfast table one morning. “Another flood scare,” his father replied. “Fortunately we have nothing to worry about. Pass the toast, please.”
No one in Maitland, Australia, was worried that February morning some time ago. There had been talks of floods before, but the little water that came over the banks, never did much damage, certainly nothing worth getting excited about.
At noon the radio said, “The Hunter River is now 32 feet deep. Police advise all residents in low lying areas to prepare to move.”
Unfortunately, no one moved.
At five o’clock the radio said, “River is thirty six feet, rising rapidly. Police advise all in flood areas to move to higher ground. Will advise by half hourly bulletins throughout the night. Keep close to your radios.”
Two a.m., “River almost forty feet. Calling all available men to sandbag the riverbanks. Spencer Dam in danger of breaking. Cummings Dam showing signs of leakage. Six foot wall of water coming down to Maitland. All residents in flood areas move at once. Do not delay any longer. Move now!”
You would have thought with such an earnest plea that everyone would have moved at once. But they did not.
At 6:30 a.m. Pastor G.J. Parker, of the Maitland Seventh-day Adventist Church went into town to plead with folks to come out. No one answered his plea. They told him, “No thank you, we will be all right. You will see, there’s nothing to worry about.”
Three hours passed. Those same people who refused to leave were now climbing onto their roof tops trying to stay ahead of the rising waters. Sadly, worse was to come. The dams burst sending a twenty foot wave into Maitland. Houses were lifted off their foundation. Those who were on their rooftops were eventually swept away and drowned.
I know we have been proclaiming the soon coming of Jesus for almost 180 years and He has not come yet. It may cause some to delay, to wait to make a decision thinking that they have plenty of time to do it later. But listen to the words of Paul, “Today is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Also, Jesus reminds us, “You also must be ready, because the Son of man will come at an hour when you are not expecting Him.” (Matthew 24:44).
Please don’t put off getting ready for Jesus to come. As the radio announcer said, “Move now, do not delay any longer.” You will be glad you did. May God richly bless you!
OUR PLAN AT THIS TIME IS TO START PATHFINDERS BACK UP THIS FALL. OUR FIRST MEETING WILL BE ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH STARTING AT 6:00PM. IF YOU KNOW A CHILD THAT WOULD ENJOY PATHFINDERS, PLEASE CALL CHRIS OR DEBBIE MILLER. IF COVID CHANGES IT’S GATHERING RESTRICTIONS AND WE CAN’T MEET WE WILL SEND OUT A NOTICE.
OUR NEXT PICNIC POTLUCK WILL BE AUGUST 28TH, AFTER CHURCH AT THE HOME OF MICHAEL & AMY NORTON, 1720 LOOP ROAD IN FORTUNA. BRING THE USUAL PICNIC FOR YOUR TRIBE, SUNSCREEN, BLANKETS, CHAIRS, ETC. I BELIEVE THERE COULD BE A WAL K OR GAMES AFTER LUNCH. PLAN ON COMING!!
The Fortuna church has long been closely associated with the little church at Petrolia which dates back to about 1882. Elder McClure held an evangelistic campaign there and soon members of the Adventist church outnumbered any of the other churches. Membership fluctuated greatly through the years and it was in August of 1912 that the president of the Northwestern California Conference visited Petrolia. Here’s his report of that visit:
"What a change it was, -- from a great city, teeming with a multitude of unwarned souls, to a great, sparsely settled district; from rows of crowded flats, paved streets, and condensed wickedness, to verdant fields, forests of great trees, and hospitable people.
We landed in Eureka, July 17, and one week later, started for Petrolia, in the southern part of the county. For fifty miles, our outfit had to be taken by team; and after three days' journey in a heavy wagon, we arrived at our destination, just in time to pitch a tent before the Sabbath began.
We began meetings August 1, in a 20 x 30 tent, and the attendance was good from the start. The message had been preached in the valley twice before, once by Elder McClure, and again about five years ago, by Elders Wheeler and Lake. However, a good interest was manifest, and people received us gladly, with few exceptions. Literature was placed in most of the homes, and the offerings were generous.
An unruly element gave us trouble from the beginning; but no serious disturbance occurred, until the night the tent was saturated with kerosene and burned. The meetings were continued in the Methodist church for two weeks, without any further disturbance, and six persons took a definite stand for the truth. Others who are deeply interested have not made a decision, but we hope for more fruit. A good live Sabbath school was organized, and a missionary spirit is manifest."
Between 1910 and 1915 there were between six and nine members who were regularly meeting in private homes. It wasn’t until 1917 that the church officially organized, still meeting in the homes of members. About 1923-24 three Adventist sisters, Martha Hunter, Addie Clark and Minnie Rackliff, purchased the Methodist Church building in Petrolia for $1,000 and donated it to the Adventist church. Addie Clark was the grandmother of Dorothy Price, a long-time member of the Eureka church, and Minnie Rackliff was the grandmother of Jeannie Buchanan, who now lives in Castle Rock, Washington.
Eric B. Hare (M. V. Secretary of the Conference) was visiting churches in Humboldt County in 1937 and wrote the following:
"On my way to Petrolia, the first visit I had ever made to this little company, a storm broke and for about an hour while I was stuck and couldn't get up a slippery hill, I actually wished that I was driving a bullock wagon instead of a car. But in spite of the deluging storm nineteen friends and members gathered in the little community church and bravely declared they were glad they came."
(The story of the Petrolia church will conclude next month.)
Submitted by Merlin Anderson
AUGUST OFFERING SCHEDULE
AUG. 7 CHURCH BUDGET
AUG. 14 CHRISTIAN RECORD SERV. AUG. 21 CHURCH BUDGET
AUG. 28 NCC ADVANCE
It’s been 3 years, but it’s that time again. Those nominated at the end of 2017 had originally agreed to serve 2 years, 2018-2020. With COVID, they graciously agreed to serve an additional year!! Bless you and Thank you! You have another star in your crown!!
It will soon be time to start the nominating process again! Oh joy! Life seems so hard and hectic today. The last 20 months have worn us all out. Stress, kids, parents, health, jobs, marriages, over-scheduling, ect. All easy reasons to justify why we can’t serve. I know my gut reaction is to try and find a reason not to. If Jesus asked me to my to face to serve in a church office, would my answer be an excuse? Cuz they will be asking you to serve Jesus when they call you.
We are a loving, talented, smart, warm and compassionate group of people. EVERYONE brings something to the table, no matter where you are in your walk. You don’t need to be perfect, trained, young, old, experienced or the best. You just need Jesus.
Here’s a math problem. …… If only 15 out of 120 members are responsible for holding down over 40 church positions…..what percent of them will become discouraged with church?
FJA registration will be August 16th 10:00-1:00 and August 17th 1:00 - 6:00. The first day of school will be on Friday, August 20th. Enrollment is up a bit!! Please pray that even more will register.
AUG. 10 ELDER’S MEETING
AUG. 12 CHURCH BOARD NOT SCHOOL BOARD
AUG. 16 & 17 FJA REGISTRATION
AUG. 19, 20 & 22 FJA RUMMAGE SALE
AUG. 19 SCHOOL BOARD
AUG. 20 SCHOOL STARTS
AUG. 21 KENDOL BACCHUS PIANO CONCERT
AUG. 28 PICNIC POTLUCK AT THE NORTON’S
FJA Rummage Sale
THE FJA RUMMAGE SALE IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 19TH, 20TH & 22ND. BETWEEN NOW AND THEN THERE IS A FLURRY OF ACTIVITY THAT YOU CAN BE PART OF. CALL BARBARA KANEN IF YOU CAN HELP SORT, PRICE, CLEAN AND SET-UP. THIS IS A HUGE, HUGE, UNDER-TAKING. WE NEED ALL HANDS ON DECK. THIS SALE USUALLY RAISES THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR THE SCHOOL….YEP, I SAID THOUSANDS. THEY WILL ALSO NEED FOLKS TO WORK SHIFTS DURING THE SALE. BARBARA’S NUMBER IS 707-845-4895.
Run over by a truck when I Was 10 years old.
Had a Whizzer motor bike as a kid.
Worked with migrant farm workers for awhile as a teen.
Worked awhile at a sawmill on the log pond & planer chain.
Was a photographer for a newspaper.
Worked for the U.S. Forest Service six seasons.
Traveled in Mexico and 4 Central American countries.
Who Am I?????
Bowlby - Hartzell Wedding
RyAnn Bowlby and Joshua Hartzell will be married August 2021. Due to Covid guests are limited. For more information and the Wedding Registry, their story and pictures go to theknot.com/joshuaandryann.
Kendol Bacchus will have a piano concert in the church on august 21st from 7:00-8:00
“Kendol Bacchus brings to today's world-music soundscape a pianism that is eclectic, melodic, and deeply emotional. His varied approaches to piano music offer unique poetic genres and colors. You will find his music to be both reflective and introspective.”
Immediately following the concert there will be a reception over at the community center. Kendol’s CD’s will be available for purchase. For more information on Kendol go to, kendolmusic.com
Fortuna Adventist Focus
Vol. 87 No. 7 Published by the Fortuna SDA Church July 2021
From Pastor Dan
RESCUE FROM THE FIRE
Many years ago a fire broke out in a high rise building, the flames leaping from floor to floor. On the top floor the firemen could see the horror filled faces of several people trapped up there awaiting certain death.
Ladders were brought up, but the tallest ladder was not tall enough to reach the top of the building. So the firemen spliced one long ladder to another and so they could reach the top. Now in that fire department only one man had the strength and stamina to climb that high. While a gathering crowd watched, this fireman climbed the ladder and safely brought back the first person. He went up again and again, bringing people down the ladder on his back until everyone he saw was rescued. Finally, the fireman laid down, gasping for breath.
As the fire chief searched the building for anyone else to be saved he noticed a little boy on the top floor. He quickly ran over to the fireman and said, “You have to go back up the ladder one more time.”
The fireman, exhausted, didn’t even open his eyes. He whispered, “I can’t, I’m spent, I have nothing left.” “You have to go! There is a child up there!” The chief’s intense words brought the fireman back to reality. Slowly he got up and made his way over to the ladder. He wearily put one hand above the other and one leg above the other. He could see the scared face eight stories above the ground. Four stories he climbed. Five stories. Six. Then he stopped to catch his breath. The chief’s eye was on him. He grabbed his megaphone and started saying, “You can do this. Don’t give up. You can make it.” The fireman once again started to climb. He went to the window where the boy was at. “I’ll turn sideways, and you too so you can climb on my back,” he told the young boy. “Look up, never look down, hold on tight and we will make it.”
When the crowd saw him coming down the ladder with the boy they began cheering and applauding the fireman’s efforts. The little boy leaned in close to the fireman’s ear and said, “Thank you, I knew you’d come and get me.” Jesus is the only One who can rescue us from destruction and eternal ruin. There is absolutely nothing we can do to save ourselves. All our efforts will lead to disaster. Just as the people were stuck on the roof of the burning building with no way out, so are we in this planet of sin. The only thing we can do is trust in Jesus. We
have to rely upon His strength to remain safe. We must hold on to Him and not look down. Finally, tell Him, “Thank you, for saving me!”
May God richly bless you and save you in His coming kingdom.
The graduates want to thank their church family for attending their celebration. They are blessed by the cards, gifts, well-wishes and love they received from you!!
As usual, there will be no Pathfinders during the summer months. Chris and his team of leaders are working on developing a new curriculum and program. They are eagerly waiting for Pathfiders to re-start on September 13 th . If you know someone who would like to join Pathfinders, have them call Chris. Let’s remember the leaders and the kids in prayer.
ANXIETY & DEPRESSION RECOVERY WORKSHOP
Beginning Monday, June 28 th , this recovery workshop program will be held each Monday evening, 6:00-8:30. Drs. Ruben & Nathan Brinckhaus will be presenting the program. It will continue each Monday evening through August 16 th , upstairs at the FCSC. SPACE IS LIMITED!
Register by calling or texting Claudia Velasco @ 707-601-7141. There is a cost involved to cover materials etc. There may be financial assistance in some cases.
IF YOU HAVE TAKEN THIS BEFORE AND ARE WILLING TO DONATE OR LOAN YOUR MATERIALS, PLEASE LET CLAUDIA KNOW AS WELL.
FASTING & PRAYER
Sabbath, July 3 rd is our prayer and fasting Sabbath. If interested, the group will meet after church for prayer in the Blue Room.
Church History #28
The following bits of history may bring back some memories to those who have been members of the Fortuna church for many years:
Elder Pogue’s church orchestra composed of youth and adults. Some who played in that orchestra were Beverly, Sandra & Cindy Dobyns, Judy & Merry Werner, Dr. Meller, Carl Johnson, Cecil Williams, Steve & Charlotte Fleckner, Ruth & Wayne Silsbee, Steve Humbert, Susie Jo Anderson, Leslie Jacobson, Lola & Pastor Pogue.
Charlie Tanner who made large two-story collapsible dollhouses for little girls. He gave his 28 th doll house to Elsena & Verna Toppenberg. I wonder if any ladies today still have one of those houses they received when they were little.
Lowell Kanen’s birds that he assembled from driftwood and sold for Sabbath School Investment.
Harvest Ingathering – Christmas Caroling: A yearly fund-raising ritual beginning right after Thanksgiving.
The two-level Rostrum: There were originally two rostrum levels in the sanctuary. The lower one for Sabbath School use with a small pulpit and a higher one with a larger pulpit for use only during the church worship service.
A major remodeling of the church in 1974: The original oak pulpit was replaced with a Formica pulpit to match the pews. (More recently Chuck Lloyd built our beautiful current pulpit out of curly redwood donated by Sam Wendt.) The church was carpeted, the two-level rostrum was remodeled to make one level, the basement
restrooms were remodeled and a study was added for the assistant pastor. During the seven weeks of remodeling, services were held in Landis Hall at FJA. The foyer was also enlarged and a restroom added to accommodate people who had difficulty navigating the stairs to the lower level.
The 1979 Anniversary Home-coming: Every former pastor from the time of Elder Clyde Bradley to 1979 and several former associate pastors and both bible workers were present for the celebration.
The Laotian refugees who fled Southeast Asia were sponsored by Lin and Karen Chilson. The latest family, the Saechao family, had spent four and a half years in a Thailand refugee camp. Some of these Laotian children attended FJA and are still in our local community. You may have bought strawberries from them down at their farm on Eel River Drive.
Building the Community Service Center & the parsonage on Ross Hill Road. Elder Don Bush, Lowell Kanen, Walt Jorgensen and Ed Stockton, along with other church members completed these two major building projects.
The Community Service Center Kitchen Fire: The damage was fortunately limited to the kitchen and dining area.
The Drive-Through Live Nativity: This annual Christmas event began in 2002 under the direction of Colleen Fillman and continues today.
Inspiring Hope: A ministry to the local homeless began in 2010 under the direction of Chuck & Becky Lloyd. Hot meals were served to the homeless every Friday evening.
Spanish Language Services: By the 1990’s there were enough Spanish-speaking members in the church to start services in their native language. Originally meeting in the Community Service Center they later moved their
services to the church basement and joined the English services in the main sanctuary one Sabbath each month.
The “9:25”: No, it wasn’t a train. It was a special music feature each Sabbath at 9:25 a.m. as an incentive for people to arrive early for Sabbath School.
Submitted by Merlin Anderson
Brown Bag Potluck
July's Brown Bag Potluck will be on July 17 at 1:30 out at the Bertholf home. Bring your sack lunch, chairs, drink, blanket, sunscreen and hat. Their address is 330 Golden Gate Drive. Head out Hwy 36 toward Bridgeville for about 19 miles. Golden Gate Drive will be on your right. Turn right and follow it for about 0.2 miles. Their house or Helen's house is yellow. One of the two anyway. Plenty of places to park! Takes about 35 minutes from the church according to Google. If you want more clarification, better call Connie.
This coming Sabbath, June 26 th , the kids from VBS will be presenting our worship service. This may be the perfect time to invite someone to church. Everyone loves watching the kids. Hope to see you there!
Each Month we will feature a “Monthly Mystery Member”. There will be several clues about this
person. If you think you know who it is, shoot me an e-mail or text or leave a message on the church
voicemail. Be prepared for me to contact you at some point to be the “Mystery Member” for that month.
Start writing down 8-10 things that most people wouldn’t’ know about you. Things we could not possibly imagine are part of your life story. We would like funny or unusual clues. Nothing too serious as we want this to be mostly light hearted. We hope that we can get to know one another a little better.
1.I had a plane but couldn’t fly.
2. I’ve lived in Humboldt Co. my entire life.
3. My high school graduation was 20 years before my college graduation.
4. Went to a one room schoolhouse from 1 st through 8 th grade.
5. My home has been in my family for 100 years.
6. Lost a home in a flood.
7. Been widowed twice
8.The Dr. who delivered me was Dr. Cottrell
Now send me your guesses!! There may be a small prize.!!
Third Quarter Supplies
3rd quarter materials will be in the lobby this Sabbath. The changes that you just made will not go in to effect until 4 th Quarter in October. If you need to get your materials brought to you, please, please don’t call members yourself! (Unless it is a family member that gets them for you anyway) Leave a message at the church office and we will contact someone on our list of willing drivers. We have some volunteers that have been awakened in the early morn., or late evening by members wanting them to come get them their periodicals.
These drivers do not have the ability to come to the church and open the church and come in and get them, other than Tuesdays or Thursdays. They do not have keys. We don’t want to lose them, so please let me know 1 st .