Updated: October 30, 2020



                                Fortuna Adventist Focus

Vol. 86 No. 11           Published by the Fortuna SDA Church       November 2020

From Pastor Dan

Christian Education

When I graduated from the public high school I attended back in 1977, I had no idea what God had in store for me. I started college at Rutgers University that fall and if you would have asked me what I would have thought of Christian Education at that time, I wouldn’t know what to say. Little did I know that two years later I would leave Rutgers and go to Andrews University and study for the ministry. Not only did I graduate with a B.A. degree in ministry but I went to Andrews Theological Seminary where I received my Masters of Divinity degree and eventually I would earn my Doctor of Ministry degree. Why am I telling you that I am a product of both public education and Christian education? After attending both I can say with full confidence I support Christian education over public school education for many reasons. First of all, Christian education teaches there is a God. In public schools I learned about Darwin’s theory of evolution. Evolution gives you no hope for the future and life is all about the survival of the fittest. In Christian education I learned there is a God who loves us and He has a purpose for our lives here on earth and for all eternity. In every subject – in math, science, history, literature – God was the source of all knowledge and He gave us this knowledge to know Him and His will for us. Secondly, in Christian Education man has a purpose and a meaning. In public schools man could live however he chooses – let us eat, drink and be merry because tomorrow we will die. It is Christian education’s purpose to teach man to reveal the character of God to serve others. In our Christian schools, children are taught to honor God with their lives, to help others and be prepared to live with God for all eternity.Thirdly in public schools there is no explanation for good and evil in the world. It gives us no reason to be good and encourages us to live for the moment. In Christian education children are taught the plan of salvation through Jesus Christ alone. They understand there is evil in this world but by God’s grace and by the power of the Holy Spirit man can overcome the power of the evil one. In spite of the circumstances man faces in this world God is near all who seek Him. In every difficulty and human challenge one learns to trust in God and waits patiently to see what  He is teaching them.

Our schools are bully free, drug and alcohol free campuses. Any student can attend our school and feel safe. Now don’t misunderstand me. I am not trying to say are schools are perfect and nothing wrong ever happens. But in spite of our mistakes and imperfections, young people can find God and choose to live for Him. Today I am very grateful for Christian education. I am grateful for what Adventist teachers have done in my life and for what Christian education has done in the lives of my children. Today I am grateful to be pastor of a church that values Christian education for all children. Today I ask you to continue to encourage young people to come to our school and to sacrifice of your time, talents, and resources to make our school, Fortuna Junior Academy, the best we can for God and His children.

Pastor Dan


Dear Church Family,

The story is told of a blind boy, who sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat. 

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were.

The blind boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning?”  “Yes, I am,” the man replied. “What did you write?” the boy asked.

The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.” I wrote, “Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.”

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were blessed they could see and were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

As we come to thanksgiving this year, let’s be thankful for what we have. Let’s be thankful for creativity, innovation and the ability to think differently and positively. When life gives us a 100 reasons to cry, let’s show life that in Jesus Christ we have 1000 reasons to praise God. Through Christ we can face our past without regret. Through Christ we can handle our present with confidence. Through Christ we can prepare for the future without fear. In Philippians 4:13 the apostle Paul writes, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

I believe the most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling. And even more beautiful, is knowing that you are the reason behind it! Happy Thanksgiving to all and may God richly bless you!

Pastor Dan

Church History #20

As mentioned last month, members had outgrown the old church at 16th & L Streets and plans were begun for building a new larger church. The old church was sold to the Episcopal congregation and permits were issued for the new church in late 1955. Lloyd Landis, a retired builder, architect and college instructor who was one of the church members, started drawing the plans which were completed and approved in June 1956. The following month construction, under the direction of Mr. Lloyd Landis, began at the new present site on Rohnerville Road. Mr. Landis donated his time and talents from the time plans were begun until construction was completed 28 months later.

The Union Conference was reluctant to allow construction to begin with only volunteer help, but under the guiding spirits of Pastor Carl Coffman and Mr. Lloyd Landis members, and even some from the community, volunteered and worked, evenings, Sundays and holidays rain or shine until completion. Church members donated nearly 50,000 hours during the 22 months of actual construction. The actual cost of property and materials amounted to $105,000 but the value at completion was estimated to be $250,000. The new 14,500 square foot church with a membership of 350 now had a seating capacity of 650 and was dedicated entirely debt-free on Sabbath, May 31, 1958.

It is of interest to note that Mr. Landis was later led to St. Helena to build the “sister church” of Fortuna. It was a look-alike church built from the same plans as the church here in Fortuna. Pastor Freedman who came here from St. Helena could tell about the minor differences. Our church has been modified somewhat since it was constructed and I’m sure St. Helena has also seen some changes.

Merlin Anderson



Mirella Lima wants to thank everyone who kept her in their thoughts and prayers after her heart attack and surgery. She is also so appreciative of all the birthday cards and wishes as well.


Fortuna Junior Academy

Dear Church Family, 

This year has been so different, but we are glad to be finding new ways to be together and to appreciate the new blessings God has given us. We have started out this year growing some seedlings, and have enjoyed learning in science class about what plants need to grow and why our plants are growing well (or sometimes aren't!).  The students enjoyed learning more about indigenous peoples (this year we learned about the Yurok) in October, and also had Spirit Week where the kids could show their creativity and school spirit.  We hope you are enjoying the pictures that are being posted on Facebook, and are being able to keep up with what students at our school are doing.  Nov. 6th is the close of our first quarter and we are looking forward to parent/teacher conferences this month. Thanksgiving break is also coming up, and I'm sure everyone is anticipating it too. Thanks to everyone who is or has been a part of making this school year a success.      

Thank you for all your prayers. 

Jamie Burzo & staff       


Offering Schedule

We ended September almost $1000.00 in the black. Thank you so much for your continued giving. That still does leave us short around $7000.00 YTD. We know that the Lord will continue to bless His Fortuna church through His people.

Nov. 7 Local Budget            Nov. 14 World Budget

Nov. 21 Local Budget          Nov. 28 Local Conference Advance



If you or someone you know is considering baptism or re-baptism please let the church office know.  We are planning another outdoor baptism in the next few weeks.  We will email more information as details get firmed up.

Prayer Ministry

Our “40 Days of Prayer” ends on November 14th. Even if you are late to the game, we have books available. They are $15 each. I have some in the office and Lalita Brinckhaus may still have some as well. Our final testimony Sabbath will be on Sabbath, November 14th.


Live Nativity

We will be presenting the LIVE NATIVITY to our community this year even with the COVID-19 situation. It will be a little different and come with its own set of challenges. The dates are December 12th and 13th. Set-up will be the 11th and take down will be the 14th. If you want to be part of this community ministry, Contact Colleen at 707-845-0343


From the Pastor

Dear Church Family,

Kerry and I would like to say thank you so much for our Pastor-Appreciation month gifts. To know that we were being prayed for is such a comfort to us. The cards we received touched our hearts. To all of the people that showed up on Sunday and did weeding, and trimming, cobwebs, windows and even washing our cars, we cannot thank you enough and are so pleased with how great everything looks. Fortuna is the finest church in the NCC. God bless each and every one of you.

Pastor Dan and Kerry


FJA Rummage Sale

We are sending out a plea for help for our school. We really need our rummage sale to continue. The funds that are raised are used to pay for some of our large, expensive projects that would otherwise have to be neglected. Barbara Kanen and Philip Sutherland did a great job last year and they are willing to continue in their roles. However, it is too big of a job for just 2 people. We would like to see the rummage sale divided into several volunteer categories including: pricing (Barbara will take lead on this), donation pickup, sorting and cleaning, lining up of volunteers, sale set up and tear down. We need you, please call the school or Barbara Kanen to let us know how you can help. 

Thank you,

FJA staff


Tidings From Tabitha's

Maybe we don’t think of a thrift store as a “ministry”, but it is in so many ways. Sherry Kennedy shared the story of one mom who showed up last week. Her car was battered when she pulled in. She left her three well-behaved children aged 5, 6, and 10 in the car. Sherry greeted her and started a dialogue with her. Turns out she and her husband “had made some poor choices” in their lives and were currently living in the hills without power and water. She was looking for clothes, specifically for her 10-year-old son who had no pants and had only underwear. The woman was there for 3 hours. Sherry helped her go through the clothing and other items making sure their needs were met. During this time, Sherry took cookies out to the kids, some books and eventually some little trinkets. I ask you…….What do you think this woman will remember from Tabitha’s Place? The cheap prices, the clean clothes or the great deal she got? No…..she will remember how she and her children were treated. She will associate Tabitha’s with love, compassion and service. She will feel accepted, cared for and included. She will want more of the same. She will tell others. A seed was planted.


November Health Focus

Welcome everyone to another month of our health Focus. This months focus comes from your church dental hygienist Jason Nelson. Since this is a season for eating all things delicious, we’re gonna talk about sugar, specifically how it effects on your teeth. There are many types of sugar such as natural, refined, alcohols, and each one effects your teeth differently. Sugar, like most things can be harmless when used in moderation, but toxic when its consumption is high.

Natural sugar are those sugars that are naturally occurring in foods like fruits. They tend to have a low tendency to cause much decay in teeth as the saliva has an easy time absorbing it into your system. Refined sugar comes from processed plants and is much higher in its concentration and has an extremely high tendency to cause decay as bacteria love to use it to make holes in your teeth. Too much of this type of sugar can also cause decay from the inside out, starting within the tooth itself which will cause tooth decay much faster. Sugar alcohols tend to have a low tendency to cause tooth decay but also tend to cause stomach discomfort. The
best sugar alcohol for your teeth is something called Xylitol. You can bake with it or find it in foods like gum. Bacteria love to eat this sugar but they will not be able to make cavities from it due to its special properties. So in summery, be sure to be moderate in all things this holiday season, especially sugar. God bless.



Our safety committee has met to re-consider our re-opening options. We are looking at mid-November,(tentatively). There will be so many changes from what we are used to. We want to let you know the most important things that will be expected and enforced.

  1. Temperatures will be checked.

  2. Members will be screened for illness/contact.

  3. Masks are mandatory and must be kept on for the entire service.

  4. Social-distancing will be in practice.

  5. Pews will be marked and you will be escorted to appropriate seats.

  6. You will be dismissed by pew.

  7. No lingering in the lobby. Must go outside to visit.

  8. No hugging or hand-shaking.

  9. Restrooms must be wiped down after you use. Children must have parent accompany them to the restroom so they can clean after.

  10. No entrance to the balcony or downstairs at all.

  11. Fans will be on and windows open. It will be cold. Bring blankets and dress warm.

  12. No drinking fountains. Bring Water.

These are just a few of the policies that will be in place to make sure each and every one of you remain safe from this virus. Our main concern is that we do not become a hotspot for a breakout, endangering both our members and our community. We appreciate your understanding and willingness to comply with these changes.



Even with COVID, the Pathfinder leaders have been working with our club members. Twice a month they have been meeting outside to work on their ukuleles. It is a slow process, but the kids are enjoying it. They also try to get the kids out for a hike about once a month. They have a chance to be outside and to fellowship with one another. We are so thankful to our Pathfinder leaders for doing their best for our Pathfinder club!




                                Fortuna Adventist Focus

Vol. 86 No. 10           Published by the Fortuna SDA Church        October 2020

From Pastor Dan

When we read the Gospels it seems that Jesus and His closest followers were on a mission; they had a purpose and they stuck to it. Remember what Jesus said during dinner at Zacchaeus’ home? “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10). In fact, on His resurrection night, He would say to them, “As the
Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21). His “way of life” was now in their hands and hearts. We know from the Book of Acts, the Epistles and history, they did the job well.

But today, the job is not finished. The task of witnessing begun by Jesus and carried on by His disciples is now in our hands. In fact, the Apostle
Paul suggests this task is a part of our spiritual DNA. “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:18). We have been reconciled to God, and in that new life we now call others to be reconciled to God. Thus we stand in a grand and long tradition that began with the Son of God Himself.

But if you are like me, the theology of witnessing is easier to grasp than to practice. To help make witnessing a way of life, I have adopted three practices that may help you tell others about Jesus: praying, caring and sharing.

In witnessing, the first thing I do is pray. Sometime near the end of my daily devotions, I say, “Lord, I’m available to talk about You with anyone You bring my way today.” Making evangelism a regular priority starts with prayer and is fueled by prayer. It need not be the words I use above, but the ideas in the prayer are important. First, in this prayer we offer ourselves to God for the task of witnessing. At every point in our lives, we are called to say, “Not our will, God, but Yours be done.” This is especially necessary in our role as witnesses. I know I can get so busy that I can go through a day or even a week without a thought about sharing my faith. Other times I find I am afraid or uncomfortable to witness. Satan is a master at tempting us to be afraid of witnessing, so I must be fully surrendered to Christ to be aware and in tune with the urging He places in me to witness.

Prayer reminds me that God is the evangelist. He brings people into our life so we can share our faith with them. In 2 Corinthians 5:19 we are told, “God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself.” Notice the sense of action - God reconciling the world to Himself. At its best, witnessing is simply cooperating with the God who is already attending to the person brought into our presence. A lifestyle of witnessing begins with such an offering in prayer. I also keep a list of names in my devotional Bible of specific non-Christian people I pray for regularly: family, friends, relatives, associates and neighbors.

After prayer, I try to show others that I care about them. Many times I have found that just by being a good listener people know that I care. Peter writes, “Live such good lives among the pagans, that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” (1 Peter 2:12). I need to live a Spirit-filled life among my non-Christian friends. This means, they will see over time, a quality of love and living that looks a lot like Jesus. Our lifestyle of care is important in making witnessing a way of life.

Finally, I look for opportunities to share my faith. Paul writes “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Colossians 4:6). I have found many times after I have shown a person that I care by listening to them they will open the door so I can speak to them about something spiritual. Sometimes I will pray with a person or share a testimony or even the gospel. I will only go as far as that person feels comfortable. God brought this opportunity to me for a purpose and I will do the best I can. The life of a witness is one part praying, one part caring and one part sharing. If we don’t tell people about Jesus, they will never know He is the source of our love and lifestyle.

Billy Graham tells the time a man came forward in one of his meetings and confessed he had embezzled a large sum of money from a bank where he worked. He was told that he had to tell the bank what he had done and make restitution and even face prosecution. The next day he did as told. The bank manager was so impressed with the man’s change of heart that he kept him on staff and went to the meetings with the man and gave his heart to Christ too. In witnessing you never know how God is going to use you but there is no greater feeling in the Christian walk then to know
He has. May God richly bless you as you witness and win souls for His kingdom.

Pastor Dan

Church History (#19)

With the addition of the German families in the early 1950’s, the many weddings and Bible studies, the church was blessed with over 150 new members in one year, making the total membership over 350. For many years there was a Sabbath School class for German- speaking members. Pastor Bradley gave his farewell sermon in October 1951, and early in 1952 Elder Carl Coffman arrived as the new pastor. Fortuna joined the Eureka, Arcata and Trinidad churches in supporting a fifteen-minute temperance broadcast every Saturday night on KIEM radio. The Church put up a set of jingle boards along the highway on the temperance topic.

In October 1952 the church began an all-winter series of Sunday night evangelistic meetings. Along with church members, a good number of non-Adventists were present. A twenty-one voice choir led by Howard Williams provided music. The church sanctuary was filled each Sabbath and the Kindergarten room was used to seat the overflow attendance. (Remember, this was all at the old church at 16 th and L Streets.) Later in 1952 the new Dorcas building located on church property on
Newburg Road was opened and dedicated. The church was active and growing rapidly making it obvious that a new, larger church was necessary. A search for a
building site and planning for a new, larger church began. That story will continue next month.

Merlin Anderson



On topic of God sending blessings when you need it, I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to Emily Mazzone-Clementi and her troops. They really stepped up to the plate in a moment of crisis and helped out so much at the center with a very big job. We appreciate all you did.
Rhonda Lewis, FCSC


Fortuna Junior Academy

We are off to a fine start this year, with some wonderful students doing a great job following the California health guidelines for this year, including staying masked and socially distanced. It has been a little challenging, but we have persevered. One of our biggest challenges now is that we are down to ZERO substitute teachers.  If
anyone is interested in helping out, please contact us!  All we require is a loving heart and kind interest in children--we take care of the rest. 
A special thank you to everyone who showed up for our school work-bee the beginning of September. All of your help was greatly appreciated. As always, there are
always projects that need to be done, so if you have a heart for helping out, and a free hour or day, just contact our amazing staff, and we will find the project
for you. We rely on and love our volunteers. We have a new website up, so if you are interested, we encourage you to go check it out. Thank you for all the support you
 Jamie Burzo and the FJA Staff


Offering Schedule

God has used you in a mighty way in the past month. Your giving helped lower our monthly budget deficit and also our year-to-date. We still have around $35,000 to
meet our budget by the end of the year. We know that things have been financially challenging and we appreciate your prayerful giving. Thanks!

Oct.2 Local Budget Oct.10 World Budget
Oct.17LocalBudget Oct.24 Local Conference Adv.
Oct.31 Union Designated



If you or someone you know is considering baptism or re-baptism please let the church office know. We are planning another outdoor baptism in the next few weeks. We will e-mail more information as details get firmed up.



Hello All,
I thought it might be interesting for you all to know how busy and productive volunteers have been in Tabitha’s and over here at the Center. One of the things
to remember is we have been closed for COVID-19 for several weeks during this time frame, January through August. So From the b beginning of the year We
have logged 2,527 volunteer hours and served 125+ vouchers. We may have given out more vouchers they just were not used. So that 125 vouchers gave away
over $1621 value of clothing. Except for one voucher that was provided to a family that had lost their home to a fire this was all individual pieces of clothing. This
month (September) we are getting an increase in requests for vouchers to meet that start of school year need.

When you consider that our actual client numbers have decreased we are still meeting the need of our neighbors.

We will again have eligible clients sign-up for our Christmas give-away on December 22nd. If you or someone you know is in need this holiday season, please contact Rhonda directly at the FCSC. We are here to serve our church family as well as our community and it will be kept confidential. If you would like to donate gift cards or funds, please contact the center as well.
Rhonda Lewis


40 Days of Prayer

The 40 days of prayer will begin on October 4 th and end on November 13 th . The kick-off luncheon will be at Rohner Park, beginning at 11:00. Bring your sack lunch, chair, water, bible and mask. Don’t forget to use sunscreen!!! Books will be available for purchase that day for those that signed up. The cost of the book is $15.00 payable that day. There may be a few extra books. If you want to be assured a book, you can order from ABC or Amazon. For more information, contact Latlita Brinckhaus.


Live Nativity

We will be presenting the LIVE NATIVITY to our community this year even with the COVID-19 situation. It will be a little different and come with its own set of challenges. The dates are December 12 th and 13 th . Set-up will be the 11 th and take down wil be the 14 th . If you want to be part of this community ministry, Contact Colleen. A big THANK YOU to Colleen and her team. They felt that this ministry was needed in our community now, more than ever. We have attached
a copy of information Colleen has graciously put together so we all understand how it will work this year. For those of you without e-mail, the hand-out will be
available at the Parking Lot service and here at the office.


Prepare Yourself

By Colleen Hough & Don Baird

As I write this in September, Tropical Storm Sally is leaving flooding and destruction in her wake along the Alabama Coast and Florida panhandle. There were 208
earthquakes across the globe yesterday. At the end of August, over 12,000 lightning strikes in a 72-hour period started more than 550 wildfires across California.
Everywhere, people are displaced. Many had time to plan, others ran for their lives. One hurricane victim took the last of his heart medication, hoping to get some
more soon.

“Watch and be ready” is a frequent phrase in the Bible. It tells us that we don’t know when Christ’s coming is, but we just need to be ready. In Proverbs 22:3 (NIV) Solomon wrote, “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” Although he likely wasn’t thinking of disasters, we can see the parallel to planning for the unexpected.

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. Other than a bit of smoke, it’s hard to think how a disaster of any magnitude could hit our secluded communities. However, many people reading this well remember the devastating floods of 1955 and 1964, the big Windstorm of 1977, and the three large earthquakes to our community in 1992. Sadly, we are not immune.

Not every event can be foreseen, but we can do our best to prepare. We have some community services, but part of being in a community means being self-
sufficient with minimal dependence on others and to help when able.

The common recommendation for disaster preparedness is to have enough food and water for the members of your household for three days. In our rural community, consider having enough supplies for 10-14 days. At times, highways can become impassable and we can become isolated, making it difficult to restock store shelves. Creating a disaster kit may take some time. Purchasing a few extra things periodically can decrease stress on the wallet.

The recommendation for water is a minimum of 3 gallons per person, per day. In planning for water, think beyond drinking. You will also need water for washing dishes, basic cleanliness and maybe for food preparation.

In planning for food, make the healthiest choices you can in non-perishable items. This includes canned or packaged fruits, vegetables, soups, etc. These are often high in salt, so look for lower sodium options. Try to balance each plate with a protein source, fruits and veggies and whole grains. Try to have a set mealtime

schedule. In times of stress or boredom, we often turn to food and tend to snack to try to find comfort and security. Regular, balanced meals help to keep your blood sugar stable and your mind able to focus on issues at hand. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Create a three-day disaster menu that you can rotate for a couple of weeks if needed. Realize that you’re not likely eating how you typically would, but given the circumstances, you’re doing the best you can. Be sure that you have a can opener, scissors, and something to put your garbage in.  Note expiration dates and periodically rotate your stores of food and water. You can give your disaster menu a trial run or donate to the local food bank. Stored in a cool, dry storage bin or new garbage can, most foods will last awhile past the date, but it’s better to be safe. During a disaster is NOT the time to be dealing with food poisoning.

Think about other needs in your home. Do you take medications regularly? You might be able to get a 90- day supply of some prescriptions with help from your doctor. Mail-order prescriptions may also provide this amount. Shelters, even those by professional organizations such as the Red Cross, do NOT have prescription medications in stock. They are not authorized to dispense or administer any medication. They also do not have medical equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, oxygen, or C-PAP machines. These items are your responsibility.

Do you have pets? They need food, water and consistency too. Is there a baby or young child in the house? Do you have baby supplies to last for a week or so? Do you
have things to entertain? Card games, paper, crayons, and small toys don’t take up a lot of space in your kit and can be a lifesaver.

Keeping basic first-aid supplies in your emergency stash is important. Treating smaller injuries promptly can help prevent bigger issues. Do you know how to
turn off the water and gas on your property, have the tools to do so and do you know where they are Consider turning off the gas ONLY if you smell it.
Otherwise, all the pilot lights will have to be relit. If your water is off, what is your option for toilet facilities and bathing?

Disaster preparedness takes on many different forms and I’ve included some attachments to use as a guide for planning in your own home.

As we strive to be prepared for the next natural disaster, in addition to being ready for Jesus’ coming, remember that God has given us a spirit not of fear, but
of power and love and self-control and that the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. (2 Timothy 1:7, Joshua 1:9)

Here are some other resources that might be helpful prevention/are-you-prepared-for-a-disaster
(These hand outs will be available at the Parking Lot service or the church office for those of you without e-mail.)


Pastor Cecil Harlin

We have received word that Pastor Cecil Harlan is not in good health at all and is seriously declining. If you would just like to send a “thinking of you card”, now would be the time. Prayers would be appreciated at this time for Cecil and the family. 30338 100 Oaks Dr. Lacombe, LA 70445


Vol. 86 No. 9           Published by the Fortuna SDA Church        September 2020


Soul Winning Training:

     Last month, on August 8, we had three people join our church by baptism and one by profession of faith. Afterwards, as I was thinking about this, I came to the conclusion if I am the only one leading people to Christ and baptizing them, we will never reach Fortuna for Jesus. However, if everyone in the church is equipped and trained to lead people to Jesus, we will constantly be winning and baptizing people into Christ’s kingdom.

           When Peter was called by Jesus, He told him, “From now on he would catch men.” (Luke 5:10) Jesus words to Peter were not for him alone but for each one of us today. Every believer who confesses that Jesus is their Lord and Savior becomes a soul winner for Christ. My question to you is, as a believer in Jesus Christ, how many people have been brought into the church because of your efforts? I say this not to make anyone feel guilty, but to show you we all need more training to help people know Jesus. We all have family, neighbors and friends who Jesus wants to save but what are we doing to reach them?

      Jesus’ mission here on earth was, “to seek and save the lost.” Luke 19:10. Jesus gave His church the same mission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19. Every believer is a priest for Christ, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1Peter 2:9. Since we believe in the priesthood of all believers, everyone can win someone to Christ. Jesus did this because He knew the pastor cannot do it all by himself. He needs you. He needs every member today that is part of His church to share the gospel.

     To help us share Jesus to our family, neighbors and friends the church has purchased two wonderful training programs that I believe each member of the church should go through. 

The first program we purchased is from Amazing Facts. It is entitled Amazing Disciples. It is the recorded classes that Doug Batchelor uses to train his Bible workers to win people into God’s kingdom.

The other program is called Contagious Adventist. It is the program Dwight Nelson and his staff has put together to win people into God’s kingdom.  Dwight is the pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. Both programs are outstanding. They both teach you how to make friends and through friendship introduce others to Jesus. I want to see every member of our church go through both of these training programs and put what they learned into practice.

     You can come to church during the week to watch these DVD’s, or we can arrange it so you can watch them in your home. Each class comes with a workbook. Billy Graham once said the number one fear of why people don’t share Jesus is because they are afraid of how their family or friends will react. In other words, they are afraid of being rejected. The training in these seminars may not take away your fears but they will give you confidence so when you do share your faith that you will be saying and doing the right things. Please contact the office today and begin learning how to share your faith. May God richly bless you!
Pastor Dan

Church History  (#18)   

In December 1951, five more displaced persons boarded a U.S. Navy transport ship in Bremerhaven, Germany to begin the two week journey across the Atlantic to New Orleans.  After traveling by train more than 2,000 miles they finally arrived in Fortuna.  This family consisted of Jakob (we knew him as Ed) and Mika (we knew her as Maria) Neufeld, their two children, Victor and Johanna (Bobby was born in America), and Ed’s mother, Susanna.  Again, it was Dr. & Mrs. Atteberry who sponsored the family and they, along with members of the Fortuna church, met them at the train depot one day in January to welcome them to their new home.  Their story begins in Ukraine in troubled times.  Surviving famine, disease, forced family separation, imprisonment, the loss of loved ones and almost all of their possessions they were finally free to begin life anew as free people.  Ed was a heavy equipment operator, known for his skill in the woods building roads with a D-9 Caterpillar.  He loved music, and played several instruments.  Ed’s brother, Peter was taken into the Russian Army and never heard from again.  Ed’s three sisters all came to America within a short time; Sonja (Sutsch), Helen (Hann), and Lydia (Piwen).  Maria Neufeld began working in Fortuna as a nanny and later as head housekeeper at the Eureka Inn.  She had been a world-class 100 meter runner in her younger years in Ukraine and only missed running in the 1936 Berlin Olympics because the Russians boycotted the games.  Maria’s parents, Johann & Maria Simon came to America a little later.  Maria Neufeld’s sister Lydia Bogusch nee Simon and husband Hans also came later.  The fascinating complete Neufeld story is in the Members Only section of this website:, Members Only (Password: 7thDay)

Church Budget:

Thank you for your continued giving during this time.  Pray for our budget as giving is down, but expenses still continue. We know that some of you are experiencing the same.
SEPT. 5   Local Budget    SEPT. 12 Local Budget
SEPT. 19 Local Budget    SEPT. 26 Local Conference
We pray that you are all doing well. We are getting ready to start up another year at Fortuna Junior Academy, and this year looks different than any other year. We will have students in the classroom, and students doing distance learning.  Our classroom will be following state guidelines on safety and social distancing.  The first day of school has been pushed back to August 31st due to the potential for blackouts and the ability of students who are distance learning to connect when they need to. We are praying that even with the challenges we are dealing with that everything runs smoothly. Please keep each of our students and staff in your prayers, that we have a safe and healthy year. Thank you for all of your support.
 Brightest Blessings,
Jamie Burzo and the FJA Staff
1200 Ross Hill Rd
Fortuna, CA 95540


Greetings to all my family and friends out there,
     I don’t want to dwell on the less stable part of my world “The Center”.  As always financials are stark and support financially seems minimal. We are back up to 17% indignant population in HART. That is the part of attendees that make less than $300 a month. They only pay $5 a month for HART services. This leaves us tight on making payroll let alone paying other bills. God has our finances so I try not to worry but I am human and sometimes that is hard.
     As you may be aware by now that our camp is likely to be an Adventist refuge from the fires. It got so close that Angwin and Saint Helena Hospital have all been evacuated as of the 16th. I am working with Terri at the camp,& Harry where ever he is, to coordinate food for any that may show up. As they have to quarantine for a minimum of 2 weeks from arrival they cannot come shopping. If any show up here in our beautiful neighborhood would any of you like to work with me to get them fed? Please call me at the office (725-1166 at  ext. 201). If I am not there leave a message on how to get back to you
 We have an abundance of produce, if any of you would like to see what we have after the public has gotten what they want please come by afternoon on Wednesdays, the closer to noon-thirty the better.  I can’t think of anything else to share. 
Please stay safe and care for your neighbor.
Rhonda Lewis
FCSC Director

Rummage Sale:

There are still some expenses to be paid and monies to come in, but it looks like the FJA rummage sale made over $8000.00!!  Thanks Barbra Kanen and your whole team for all of the hard work you did for our school and students.  Thank you to all who helped and helped and helped.

40 Days of Prayer:

I was so excited to see that we are gearing up for another “40 Days of Prayer”. I think that the last 6 months have placed us all in the need for more prayer.  The 40 days will begin on October 4th and end on November 13th.  More information about the book, the cost, and the launch will be sent out soon about this so watch for it.  The prayer ministry is looking for those of you who have a testimony, blessing or share from the last 40 days series that we did.  If you do, please contact Lalita Brinckhaus or Connie Bertholf.

Wellness Corner:

          In encounters with my various clients at the Fortuna Family Medical Group the recurring complaint that seems to inhibit their weight management and healthy lifestyle relates to snacking. Late night snacking and the urge to snack between meals has personally sabotaged my attempts at weight loss numerous times. How are we to overcome this barrier? There are several key steps that can help curb our appetites and keep us on a healthy path of wellness and weight loss but I want to focus on just one aspect right now. 
You have heard this point being stressed before but I’d like to dust it off and revisit the concepts behind this recommendation. One of the best things you can do to curb appetite throughout the day and decrease cravings/snacking is to start your day with a healthy breakfast. Why is this so important? According to Neal Barnard, M.D., president of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, not eating breakfast increases the likelihood that people will overeat later in the day. As our day progresses, our metabolism begins to slow and we also become less active so overeating later in the day results in more calories being stored as fat in our bodies. In addition, research is proving that those who eat a consistent breakfast in the mornings have a reduction in stress and an increase in concentration (Barnard, 2003, p. 79). This not only cuts down on the desire to snack but helps you pay more attention to the choices you are making throughout the day in regards to your health. 
       Now, I know many people give the excuse that they are not hungry in the morning and that’s why they cannot implement eating a good breakfast into their daily routine. However, I’ve seen time after time that our stomachs can be trained to enjoy a different schedule than what we are used to. I would recommend starting with something small in the mornings to start getting your stomach used to beginning digestion in the morning, like a simple piece of fruit.
Now, say we eat a nice breakfast of “bacon” and eggs or pancakes in the morning. Is that sufficient to curb our appetite throughout the day? Absolutely not! The quality of breakfast is what matters the most and breakfasts high in fat and processed, low-fiber carbohydrates do little to decrease our desire to snack throughout the day. So what should our breakfast look like? 
        When putting together a hunger curbing breakfast two things I aim for are high fiber and a source of healthy protein. Fiber is simply another name for plant roughage and is what makes you feel full and satisfied when eating plant food. While making you feel satiated, it is also substantially low in calories. For breakfast foods, this would include fruit as well as whole grain cereals like old-fashioned rolled oats or whole grain breads like Ezekiel 4:9 bread. Be careful to stay away from instant oatmeal as it is stripped of its natural fiber so that it can cook rapidly. The low fiber content causes it to digest rapidly and release its sugar too quickly into the bloodstream causing a blood sugar spike and subsequent fall. You can get the same effect from high sugar cold cereals, pancakes, doughnuts, bagels, white bread, etc. This effect is one of the factors that causes the urge to snack a mere hour or so after breakfast. A study in England showed that “after [a] high-fiber breakfast, volunteers snacked 75 percent less than after the bacon-and-eggs breakfast. And they continued to eat much less as the day went on - 987 calories less, to be exact” (Barnard, 2003, p. 80). 
         Lastly, the last component of a good breakfast is the inclusion of a healthy protein. Not a high saturated fat, high cholesterol packed protein, but a low fat, 0 cholesterol option. For example, some of the healthier plant-based breakfast meat options are good as well as scrambled tofu or beans (probably one of the best options). “Beans for breakfast?” you might ask. Why yes! Other countries include beans as a staple breakfast item and while it may not be to your taste right now, your body can be trained to change its tastes. Envision breakfast toast topped with creamy savory breakfast beans or a juicy breakfast burrito stuffed with scrambled tofu, beans, avocado, potatoes, and topped with fresh salsa. The options are endless!
Remember these guidelines for your next breakfast and begin to reap the results of better satiety throughout your entire day!  
Karina B.
"pura vida"



Vol. 86 No. 8           Published by the Fortuna SDA Church        August 2020


Christian Education
     When I graduated from the public high school I attended back in 1977, I had no idea what God had in store for me. I started college at Rutgers University that fall and if you would have asked me what I thought of Christian Education at that time, I wouldn’t know what to say. Little did I know that two years later I would leave Rutgers and go to Andrews University to study for the ministry. Not only did I graduate with a B.A. degree in ministry but I went to Andrews Theological Seminary where I received my Masters of Divinity degree and eventually I would earn my Doctor of Ministry degree.
     Why am I telling you that I am a product of both public education and Christian education? After attending both I can say with full confidence I support Christian education over public school education for many reasons. First of all, Christian education teaches there is a God. In public schools I learned about Darwin’s theory of evolution. Evolution gives you no hope for the future and life is all about the survival of the fittest. In Christian education I learned there is a God who loves us and He has a purpose for our lives here on earth and for all eternity. In every subject – in math, science, history, literature – God was the source of all knowledge and He gave us this knowledge to know Him and His will for us. 
     Secondly, in Christian Education man has a purpose and a meaning. In public schools man could live however he chooses – let us eat, drink and be merry because tomorrow we will die. It is Christian education’s purpose to teach man to reveal the character of God and to serve others. In our Christian schools, children are taught to honor God with their lives, to help others and be prepared to live with God for all eternity.
     Thirdly in public schools there is no explanation for good and evil in the world. It gives us no reason to be good and encourages us to live for the moment. In Christian education children are taught the plan of salvation through Jesus Christ alone. They understand there is evil in this world but by God’s grace and by the power of the Holy Spirit man can overcome the power of the evil one. In spite of the circumstances man faces in this world God is near all who seek Him. In every difficulty and human challenge one learns to trust in God and waits patiently to see what He is teaching them.
     Our schools are bully free, drug and alcohol free campuses. Any student can attend our school and feel safe. Now don’t misunderstand me. I am not trying to say our schools are perfect and nothing wrong ever happens. But in spite of our mistakes and imperfections, young people can find God and choose to live for Him. Today I am very grateful for Christian education. I am grateful for what Adventist teachers have done in my life and for what Christian education has done in the lives of my children. Today I am grateful to be pastor of a church that values Christian education for all children. 
     Today I ask you to continue to encourage young people to come to our school and to sacrifice of your time, talents, and resources to make our school, Fortuna Junior Academy, the best we can for God and His children.
-Pastor Dan-


Church History (#17)
       Another displaced persons family made the journey from the old world to America.  Johann & Theresa Fritz and their children Johann (aka John), Paul, Anton (aka Tony), Elizabeth (aka Liz Wendt), Siegfried, Gottfried & Helmuth arrived in America December 15, 1951.  Coming from Yugoslavia they were sponsored by Dr. L. R. McElmurry through the National Council of the Churches of Christ and the Displaced Persons Committee of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  They arrived in New York aboard the transport ship USS General R.M. Blatchford coming from Bremerhaven, Germany.  Johann and family lived and worked on a big farm near Lansing, Michigan. Joe (Johann & Theresa’s oldest son) and Anna Fritz married in Germany so were sponsored by a different family in Ohio.  Some months later, John’s brother, George Fritz, who had settled in Fortuna, told them of the employment opportunities in the Humboldt County lumber industry.  The Johann Fritz and Joe Fritz families moved from Michigan and Ohio to Fortuna and settled in what became known as Germantown.  Within seven years most of the German families took the Oath of Allegiance at the Humboldt County Superior Court and became naturalized citizens of the United States. There will be more next month.   


On-line Services

On-line services continue. The links are ready to access by Sabbath morning at 10:00. 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.  Bring your hymnals too so you can safely sing from your car.  This Sabbath we will have sanitized hymnals in bags for those of you without hymnals for you to have.  Keep them in your car until the restrictions are lifted.
Tabitha's Place

Have you and your mask stopped by Tabitha’s Place lately? I suggest you do. The bargains are real and treasures are not sitting around long. Business is booming.  Sherry and Larry are moving things out at a good clip and we are so grateful. Come on down and visit us at Tabitha’s Place! (We are practicing social distancing at the store and limiting customers)

While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at apair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced 
myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, "The tooth fairy will never believe this!"

Offering Schedule                     

Thank you for your continued giving while we are not meeting.  Continue to mail, bring by the office or give your offerings on-line. Continue to Pray for our budget.

AUG 1   Local Budget          AUG 8    World Budget
AUG 15 Local Budget          AUG 22  Local Budget
AUG 29 Local Budget



 I pray you are all having a wonderful summer, and taking some time to enjoy all the beauty of nature we have around us.  August is coming up quickly, and with it the start of school at FJA.  August 3rd and 4th we will be doing registration at the school and school will start August 21st.  For registration, please call to make an appointment, as we are trying to avoid crowds this year.  This school year will be different, but as a smaller school we have more safe options available, and we are glad to be able to be there for our students and families.  If you know of families who are concerned about how Covid-19 will affect their child’s education this fall, please let me know. I would love to talk with them about how we plan to approach the next school year.  God bless you all, and keep our school in your prayers.
Jamie Burzo
Fortuna Jr. Academy


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.

For the rest of you, if you have friends or family without e-mail, please, please let them know the info that we e-mail to you. Especially about upcoming events or news that is important that they know. We do mail the FOCUS out, but the day-to-day info we send you in e-mails may not get to them.  We want to keep everyone in the loop.  We have about 45 families without e-mail. (that we know of) Thanks.

Website Info:  

Check for news and information on the website as well as links to other services and programs.

Health Corner

   This month’s focus is on vitamin D. What  new research is coming out about vitamin D and covid-19?  Are you getting enough vitamin D?  Why is vitamin D important to the human body? How do we get vitamin D?
         Historically we have known that vitamin D regulates the balance of calcium in the body and helps to promote bone health. More recently it has been shown that vitamin D is much more important in the well-functioning of the body.  It has an impact on multiple systems including the immune system. It has also been shown to help prevent certain types of cancers.
    Now, new research is showing that vitamin D may have an impact on Covid-19.  Some studies that were conducted showed that those who died with Covid-19 were deficient in vitamin D.  Others seem to conclude that people with adequate vitamin D levels were not affected as severely by Covid-19.  In fact one study by Dr. Bernd Glauner and Lorenz Borsche showed that those with vitamin D levels higher than 34 had 0 deaths, and if the level was higher than 60 they only had cold symptoms.  If the level was higher than 80, there were no symptoms.
    How can one get vitamin D?  The easiest is to take a supplement for vitamin D.  But if you don’t want to take a supplement, it can be found in mushrooms as well as some fortified foods such as milk, and cereals.
    It is easy to test your vitamin D level.  Next time you go to your family doctor, ask them to test your vitamin D level.  Most importantly begin taking a supplement and you will find yourself feeling healthier. It will help your immune system in the fight against infections that try to invade our bodies!                          

-Jolene Dumitrescu-


FJA Rummage Sale

The FJA Home and School will be having one of the bi-annual rummage sales in August.  The sale will be the 6th, 7th and 9th.  That is if we get enough volunteers.  We understand that there may be concern about the virus.  The tables are being set up to support social-distancing and the number of people inside will be limited and masks will be required. The doors will all be open to allow for fresh air and circulation. You can always wear gloves for the day if you are worried about contact. If you are going to any store to shop, this is about the same type of environment as that!  Please pray about how God can use you in this important fund-raiser.  We need cashiers, lunch all three days for the volunteers, set-up, pricing and clean-up people as well.  Call Barbara Kanen if you can sign up for a shift. 707-845-4895. 



Even though our Pathfinders have been affected by the COVID virus too, our Pathfinder leaders have still continued to volunteer their time to make it possible for them to earn various honors with help from their parents.
  The leaders have been getting materials together and dropping them off to their homes, including the materials for making a pinewood derby car. Can’t wait to see the actual race when they can meet again!!
     Please continue to pray for the Pathfinders and the leaders as they struggle through this virus along with the rest of us.  Parents thanks for taking on the additional role of pathfinder volunteer.  Send us pictures of your child working on their honor and we will get them on the website as well as our end-of-the-year video!! 

                                Fortuna Adventist Focus

Vol. 86 No. 7           Published by the Fortuna SDA Church        July 2020



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.
Pastor Dan





Church History

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: 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.


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


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!
Jamie Burzo
Fortuna Jr. Academy
1200 Ross Hill Rd
Fortuna, CA 95540


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.



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: “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, 

Pastor Dan 



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!


Cute happy bookworm wearing glasses next to red apple on stack of books isolated on white background

     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:  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.  

 -Merlin Anderson-

   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.





     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.








            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.




      Info from the CDPH








                                 Fortuna Adventist Focus

Vol. 86 No. 5                Published by the Fortuna SDA Church        May 2020


The Barber
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.
Pastor Dan


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  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!
Jamie Burzo
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.


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.



Remember, the church website is:



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


Raspberry Plants

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



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.
Pastor Dan


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, 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:  It is better and less confusing if we all use this address. 



     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



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,
Principal FJA



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.



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:

  •  Amazing Facts

  •  It Is Written

  •  Voice of Prophecy

  •  Faith for Today

  •  3ABN TV

  •  Hope Television

  •  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


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.
Pastor Dan



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 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.
Thank You,
 Jamie Burzo and the FJA Staff




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
FCSC BOARD                      MARCH 24 4:00









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.



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



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!



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


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!!