Church Family

 

Do you like gifts?  Would you rather receive a gift or give a gift?  There are people who have a giving heart, who love to give to others.  Do you have a giving heart?  A giving heart comes from God, who loves to give.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

It is probably the most well known verse in the Bible.  Do we really understand the gift God has given us in Jesus?  God gave us Jesus, born as a baby, born in a manger.  Most of the world was indifferent to God’s gift of a Savior then and most of the world is indifferent to God’s gift of a Savior today?  Are you indifferent?  Have you accepted God’s gift of Jesus as your Savior?

Is our greatest desire to share God’s gift of a Savior?  Do we realize the blessings that come from a giving heart?

Acts 20:35
I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "

Most of the world would disagree with Jesus’ words that , “It is more blessed to give than to receive.  True blessing and joy come from giving to those in need.  Do you have a giving heart?  Do you have a heart like God?

Ezekiel 36:26-27
26  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
27  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

Do you have a heart of stone?  We all have hearts of stone unless we accept God’s gift of a new heart and a new spirit.  May we each accept God’s gifts of Jesus, a new heart and a new spirit and by God’s grace may we share His gift with all people.

 

Tendaysofprayer.org

January 5-15 have been set aside as a time for all the world church to spend time in prayer.  I would encourage you to visit tendaysofprayer.org and plan to participate in this special time of prayer.

 

Prayer Requests

Please note the change in contact information for your prayers requests while Ro is ill.

If you have prayer requests or wish to be a part of our prayer ministry team contact Twila at ajprayerchain@yahoo.com or 619-997-1947.  Please continue to remember Ro in your prayers

 

Adobe Adventist Christian School

We are thankful AACS students will be providing our worship service this Sabbath.  Pray for God to bless each student as they present the hope we have in Jesus.

Rummage Sale December 12-16

Please remember our students, families, and staff in your prayers

 

Your Prayer List

Who are you praying for each day?

 

Mask Policy

The church board voted the following:

The church board voted to strongly recommend vaccinated and unvaccinated wear mask inside due to the recommendation of the CDC regarding the delta variant.

 

Church Life

We will be doing a bulletin with announcements and church business each week.  It will be on the website and added to this email or attached.  If you have announcements send them to:  ajchurchbulletin@gmail.com or call Twila, 619-997-1947 Deadline is 9 pm Wednesday

 

In Person Zoom Sabbath School Class

This Sabbath we resume the sanctuary Sabbath school class for all who can attend in person.  We will also be having children’s Sabbath school classes.

We will also have a Zoom class for those who cannot attend in person.  It will be hosted by Steven Wirsz and Diane Muff.

 

Zoom Sabbath School link

Sabbath School Illuminations

A Bible-based Zoom Sabbath School class that makes sense of the Seventh-day Adventist lesson quarterly

An alternative for those unable to meet in-person.

We meet via Zoom on Sabbath mornings 10am Arizona time.

All are welcome!

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82599875170?pwd=VmNGNnBJTk1JUmJtTTg1Qnc4TnRUdz09

Dial by phone

1 669 900 6833

Meeting ID: 825 9987 5170

Passcode: 868245

 

Prayer Meeting

Wednesday 7pm

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85354819849?pwd=U3kzenlNNUJlNjZ4cWp3cCtzMjZodz09

Meeting ID: 853 5481 9849

Passcode: 318340

Join by phone

669 900 6833

253 215 8782

Meeting ID: 853 5481 9849

Passcode: 318340

This Wednesday we will be studying The Story of Redemption.  We will continue our study with Chapter 13—Jacob and the Angel

This chapter is based on Genesis 32:24-33:11..... There is a study guide available at https://whiteestate.org/resources/studies/  We will also make it available on the church website.

 

FROM-THE-TOP Bible Study Meets Tuesdays 8pm-9pm via ZOOM.

We are walking through the Bible starting from the beginning. Come and enhance your understanding while sharing with others.  All are welcome! Next we begin our journey at Exodus 38:21

Next Meeting: Tue Dec. 14, 8:00 PM (MST)

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82367981105?pwd=Yyt0ZDdvNmdOR1lmU1RkRHNseTUxdz09

Meeting ID: 823 6798 1105

Passcode: 222945

Join by Phone

253 215 8782

669 900 6833

 

Worship Service

The church worship service will be on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDCJX487YNyhPQGk5Z0PxwQ/videos 

Adobe Adventist Christian School students are presenting our worship service this Sabbath

Please remember Adobe Adventist Christian School in your prayers each day.  I would also encourage you to support the school with the Fry’s VIP program by linking your card to our school and using the Arizona tax credit to support our school.

Thank you for your support of our school and church financial needs.  You can return your tithes and offering by mailing them to P.O. Box 3250 Apache Junction, AZ 85117 or by online giving thru the church website apachejunction.adventistfaith.org

May we pray without ceasing and always remember one another in our prayers.

God Bless

Pastor Van



Church Life

To Our Visitors — Thank you for sharing this day with us!  

Mask Policy Change: The church board voted to strongly recommend vaccinated and unvaccinated to wear mask inside due to the recommendation of the CDC regarding the delta variant.

IMVO/Bags of Love: Delivered 67 Bags this week to Agape.  This makes a total of 251 so far for 2021.  We will not meet December 13 because our attention is at the rummage sale.  Come help or buy.

Rummage Sale:  December 12 – 16, 8 am to 4 pm.  We will need helpers and buyers.  Please let Betty Baerg, 480-338-0117, know what days and hours you would enjoy volunteering at the sale.  All proceeds go to AACS.

Grief Share is Sunday 4: -5:30 pm.  Divorce Care is 11-12:30pm, Sabbath in the Seminar Room from now until the end of May 2022.  Text Duane Andersen at 480-276-1689.

Community Services: Year-round we continue to collect used prescription eyeglasses for the needy. The donated eyeglasses collected can help improve the quality of life for children and adults living in low- and middle-income communities around the world. Many will experience corrected vision for the first time, enabling them to lead productive working lives, support their families, attend school, and advance their education. Drop off your used eyeglasses in the plastic bin with the blue top in the church lobby. Thank you! 

Women's Ministry Update: We are planning now for our donation to Hope Women's Center, Project Help and CAAFA (Community Alliance Against Family Abuse). These three local organizations help needy families, children and women in our community. If you would like to contribute to this project place your donation in a tithe envelope and mark it Women's Ministry Local. 

Women's Ministry Leadership Day on January 9, 2020 at the Glendale Church will feature Karen Nicola, a grief educator and coach. Anyone wanting to work with our grief and loss program in this church or with our women's ministry program in any other capacity is welcome to attend. There will be a number of topics presented during the day to assist in developing an active women's ministry program at the local level. 

Register early as the fees will go up after December 15. Registration forms and additional information available on the church bulletin board or contact Nancy Andersen 480-254-1878 for more information. 

Giving to ADRA is always a safe way to support needs around the world but ADRA has a dollar-for-dollar matching program for the month of November. Whatever amount you donate for relief to the drought-stricken country of Eswatini (Swaziland) will go to provide food, water, education and shelter and will be matched so your gift will accomplish twice as much. Additional information on the lobby bulletin board. To order the ADRA Catalog for specific projects and suggested donation amounts contact 

ADRA.org/Gift Catalog-To donate online go to at ADRA.org/November Match -To donate by phone call 1-800-424-ADRA (2372).

Prayer Ministry Team:  Contact Twila Perucci at ajprayerchain@yahoo.com or call her at 619-997-1947.

Church Bulletin Information Deadline is 9 pm Wednesday. E-mail: ajchurchbulletin@gmail.com or call Twila, 619-997-1947.

 

Lower Divisions Sabbath School Classes:

Kindergarten: Ages 0 through kindergarten

Primary Grades 1 – 4

Juniors: grades 5 – 8

High School Grades 9 – 12+

 

Information on the bulletin board for the following:

Adventist Giving

CAAFA fliers regarding Emergency Assistance

Glendale Choir and Orchestra

Project Steps to Christ

Grief and Gratitude

ADRA

Programs and Resources

 

Joyfully We Return To God

2020 Church Budget Report:

Our AJ Church and school are totally dependent on your kind, liberal, and consistent financial support.  Thank you for honoring God in giving to our church budget which pays for maintenance of our facilities, utilities, supplies, etc.

All loose offering will go to the designated offering of the day per the Conference schedule. To donate to local church budget, use a tithe envelope to designate your offering.

 

Apache Junction SDA Church 2021

Local Church Budget $60,000.00

Monthly Budget

 Given in December

Still Needed December

$5,000.00

$960.28

$4,039.72

Adobe Adventist Christian School 2021

Received 7/1-12/06

Spent To Date

 

$66,469.19

$45,610.52

           

Would you like to make an eternal difference in the life of a child? — Consider making a donation to the Adobe Adventist Christian School Worthy Student Fund. You can mark your tithe envelope accordingly.

Want to help a child receive a Christian education but don’t have $1,000 to send to the tax credit program? Look at your pay-stub, if you have AZ withholding, you could divert those dollars to a child’s education. Ask Denise how to do so.

Online Giving —http://apachejunction.adventistfaith.org and click on the ONLINE GIVING link.

Sermons are available on DVD, contact the people in the sound booth.

Sermons are also available on YouTube.  Follow the link from the Apache Junction SDA Church website.

Sabbath Rest — Continues until 5:21 pm tonight.

Next Sabbath’s welcome is Friday at 5:22 pm.