A story about grumbling.

Family and friends, join us this Sabbath as we continue our series on gratitude. What is gratitude? Last week, I asked if you have a short story or experience of gratitude to share.
 
This Sabbath, we celebrate Communion and turn our hearts toward Christ with great thankfulness. On November 13, we will continue our series on gratitude with a story on that gratitude killer — grumbling!
Consider a story that happened recently to my wife. Some of you may have heard this from the pulpit, but it’s worth sharing again.
 
She started out with an average few days on a recent work trip. The day of departure was laden with meetings that went in overtime along with long wait times for Ubers and airport security. When finally arriving just in time to the gate, she was directed to a shuttle en route to a smaller terminal. Finally, in line at the new gate, she was tired, hungry, hot, and ready to ‘grumble.’ Looking up, she saw an older man hobbling toward the line from afar. He was struggling to get there. As he got closer, he made eye contact and walked up directly to my wife. He looked at her and said, “I have been following you since before the shuttle; you dropped your watch in the other terminal. Here it is…” He turned around and slowly made his way to the shuttle and his flight in the other terminal. Tears came to my wife’s eyes, overcome with gratitude. She realized the power of grumbling.
 
Let’s practice gratitude. I look forward to seeing you this Sabbath and will watch for your stories of gratitude!

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A Bulletin 30Oct2021

Dear OVSDA Church Family here is the Bulletin for this Sabbath

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A note on thankfulness.

What is gratitude? Most dictionaries will tell you that it’s the quality of being thankful, ready to show appreciation for and return kindness. Scholars, Christian leaders, Scientists have deliberated throughout history on gratitude. More recent studies have shown the overall health benefits of gratitude. Do you have a short story or experience of gratitude to share? If so, please email us at office@ovsda.org. Let us know if we have permission to share your story (anonymously) in church or here on our website blog. Your stories are valuable!

Over the next several weeks, we will talk about gratitude. As we see throughout the Bible, our creator provides us with opportunities to give thanks for many simple things. Let’s come together and rejoice in heartfelt thankfulness for God’s greatest gift, Jesus!

I look forward to worshiping with you as we take this ‘thankfulness’ journey together. See you soon!


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A Bulletin 23Oct2021

Dear OVSDA Church Family  here is the Bulletin for this Sabbath

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Bulletin 16Oct2021R

Dear OVSDA Church Family a Revised Bulletin for this Sabbath

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A note from the pastor.

OVSDA friends, I hope that you have been blessed these past few Sabbaths with our focus on The Prayer of Agur, knowing the importance of honest, humility and simplicity. This will not be the last time you hear about prayer and the desire to live simply! Join us as we take the next several weeks to talk on other attributes such as faith. Small things can make a big impact! As noted in the Gospel of Matthew, even if our faith in HIM is only a small speck, it will accomplish great things.

As we approach the holidays, you will soon start to hear of the many things happening on both our school and church campuses:  from school performances to craft fairs and church led nativities. Although I can’t wait to be a part, I’m also seeking to hear God’s voice in the midst all the activity. I invite you to pause to have quiet time with our Jesus and listen for HIS voice!

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Bulletin 09Oct2021A

Dear OVSDA Church Family here is the bulletin for this Sabbath

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Bulletin 02Oct2021

Dear OVSDA Church Family here is the Bulletin for this Sabbath

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Soccer 1st Day Start Times

2021 Fall Soccer – Begins Sunday September 26th
1st Day Start Times
Age: 5-6 yr – 8:40 AM
Age: 7-8 yr – 9:30 AM
Age: 9-10 yr – 10:20 AM
Age: 11-13 yr – 11:10 AM
Location: Orangevale SDA School Sports Field

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A fall note from the pastor

As fall is now upon us, we continue on in our series, The Prayer of Agur! I’m looking forward to sharing this message about the importance of honesty and humility. Agur intentionally sought to live simply, to be unhindered in his relationship with God. What a powerful message and example to follow in our busy lives today! Life is busy – dealing with the Pandemic, cell phones, school, extracurricular activities…a clear vision  helps us to truly focus on Jesus.

 

I was blessed to most recently be a part of our Orangevale school 5 – 8th grade campout with my son along with several church family and friends. What a blessing to experience God in nature (and even revel in the rain). What a blessing to breathe in the fresh air and experience a sense of peace and focus on our creator. I can’t wait to learn together as we continue to seek a deeper relationship with Jesus. Hope to see you at church, live or online, you are treasured and welcomed.

 

Happy Fall, may God grant peace and serenity this season.

 

Pastor Jon


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