Santa Maria Seventh-day
Teaching Truth, Serving God,
The Santa Maria Seventh day-Adventist Church is a community of Christians with a rich diversity in culture, age, talents, and gifts. We are constantly looking for ways to reach out to our community to share our love, the love of Christ and the wonderful message of hope in Christ.
Our prayer is that, whether you visit us here on our website or attend our Sabbath services or join us for one of our social events, that you will feel loved and compelled to walk closer with Jesus.
To transform our community one family at a time by Teaching Truth, Serving God and Loving People.
We serve God in every possible way to help our community grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our community is our family. We exist to serve our community making efforts to reach their needs in many ways.
Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.
An Afternoon in the Park
The little boy wanted to meet God.
He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his backpack with Twinkies and a six-pack of lemonade and he started his journey. When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old woman. She was sitting in the park just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to her and opened his suitcase.
He was about to take a drink from his lemonade when he noticed that the old lady looked hungry, so he offered her a Twinkie. She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him. Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered her a lemonade. Once again she smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.
As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old woman and gave her a hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever.
When the boy opened the door to his own house, a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy?” He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But before his mother could respond, he added, “You know what? She’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!”
Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home. Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face and he asked, “Mother, what did you do today that made you so happy?” She replied, “I ate Twinkies in the park with God.” But before her son responded, she added, “You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”
God is in the face of everyone we meet, He created each and all. However, sometimes their smile is trapped beneath a hard exterior and needs a little help from other joyful people to escape! See if you can help someone release their happy side today! If not, say a little prayer for them and smile yourself.