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3/27/24 Newsletter

Why do we celebrate Easter? What message can we share to those who we mingle with every day? Easter is one of the most powerful events that remind us why we are Christians. "The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies." "Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless." "Christ the Lord is risen today, sons of men and angels say. Raise your joys and triumphs high; sing, ye heavens and earth reply." Quoted from Time & Country Magazine.



 

Pastor’s Corner

Every year we want to make the message of Easter fresh and renewed in the heart and mind of each one. How can we do this? In a recent post in Christianity today, the author reminds us that in a passage found in 1 Corinthians 15:3–5, we can sum up the message of Easter. Paul says in those iconic verses, “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.” This is great, right? Jesus is alive. He died and rose from the dead and He lives today. This fact is the most exciting thing about our Christianity. We have a friend, a Savior, a King, a Rock, and the one who walks with us every day! Fundamentally, the gospel is the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in fulfillment of Scripture. It is more than that, of course, but not less.  Don’t forget to share this during the week.


 

VBS

We are reaching out to all the children this June with VBS (vacation Bible School). Our neighborhood is surrounded with children. And we want them to know that Jesus loves them.

Do you love children? Would you like to be a part of a week-long ministry here at the Santa Maria SDA Church?

Please Contact the church office if you would like to help.


 

Join us for Prayer Meeting on Wednesday nights at 7:00PM



Join us every Wednesday evening via the “Zoom app

On your computer or smartphone join here: Join here: https://zoom.us/j/92761194335

Don’t have a smartphone? Call 669 219 2599. Then, enter Meeting ID: 927 6119 4335#


 

Soquel Camp Meeting is coming: July 11-20, 2024.

Registration will be announced this month. Here are some of the speakers for this year



 

Youth Rush is coming to Santa Marial

Every year the CCC recruits young people to engage in an intensive ministry program where young people go from door to door selling books and giving away free literature to help families with some of the challenges life has to offer. They spend time in the Central Valley, Bay Area, and Central Coast. During the months of June and July, they will be sharing here in Santa Maria. Please pray for the families of Santa Maria. They will plan to knock on over 1000 doors.



 

 Last Sabbath

If you missed last sabbath’s message, click on the link below to watch via our YouTube Channel.



 

GIVING

Giving is easier than ever. You can donate to your favorite ministry or pay tithe by using the Adventist Giving. You can click this link https://adventistgiving.org/donate/ANP8OL or use your cellphone to scan the QR code below.



 

The church in action:

March 30; Pastor Garcia

April 6; Robert Evans

April 13; Pastor Garcia


 


 

Prayer corner

Sabbath March 30, at 3 PM we say goodbye to Larry Peña Sr. (1942-2024).


Larry was raised in Santa Maria and left in the 1990’s. Larry returned to Santa Maria in October of 2020, with his wife Petra. In the 1970’s, Larry served as board chairman for our Valley View Adventist School. Larry was a dynamic supporter of Adventist Education and for Adventist Community Services. We will miss him. A reception will follow the services. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Valley View Adventist School. For questions, contact: Bobby Pena @ bpena@bp3.com, or 916-730-5191.


Please pray for the Peña family



 

VVAS Spotlight



Do you love children? Do you have a few hours during the week to give to our school? If so, our teachers are requesting help from supervising during recess and helping out in the classrooms a few hours in the mornings.


If you are interested, please call the school at (805) 489-2687. Thank you for your support.


 

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Those who follow Christ the most closely have not been gloomy. In Christ is light and peace and joy forevermore. We need more Christ and less worldliness, more Christ and less selfishness.


AH. P.431 


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