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The Inside Story (January 2015) –
Now that the holidays are over, it’s time for another edition of the Journal. If I may interject a personal note, my Windstar van, which I had had since 1977 was involved in a fender bender on December 4 as I and a church volunteer were returning from the Fullerton Armory where we had taken winter-type clothes for the homeless. Although the other party was at fault, nevertheless the cost to fix the van was more than the vehicle was worth, so it was totaled, but I retained it as salvage and sold it to a church friend. I was very disappointed because I used the van for recycling; the money from which goes into our educational fund that supports students at Orangewood.
Thanksgiving Event: Our Thanksgiving dinner for the community and the homeless on Sabbath, November 22 (click to view photo's), was again a success with the Children’s Ministry, Community Service and the Youth Ministry teaming up for this event. Thanks to Julie Baga for coordinating this. We served around 140 meals.
Youth/Young Adults: Elevate, a new afternoon service formatted to target youth and young adults that started on October 25, has also welcomed parents and other adults (like yours truly). This service was followed by a free Ping-Pong tournament in the youth room, which generated considerable interest for several weeks. The winners were Leo Tan, first; George Morris, second; and Kenneth Tan, third. Then in November a drama team was launched, the aim being to bring to life sermons, children stories and the Sabbath afternoon services.
Transition: In November 2014, we bid farewell to Gloria Palacios, a member since 1963, who moved to Linda Valley Villa in Loma Linda with her Chihuahuas, Taco and Mocha. For the last 16 years she has been leader of the Angel/Senior Ministries and since joining the Fullerton church, she has been actively involved in a wide variety of leadership and other activities, including deaconess, church board member, community services, general S.S. superintendent, communications director, music coordinator and scheduler, choir director, leader of choristers, and greeter chairman. (By the way, did you see Gloria’s pictures and others from Fullerton in the Recorder in the story about our participation in the Race for the Cure?” She promoted the Race for years, passing the torch on to the youth in 2014). Those of us who are seniors especially miss Gloria since she planned and coordinated the senior birthday luncheons and trips along with several other volunteers. We said farewell to her at the November 10 senior luncheon at the Sizzler.
Senior Sojourns: Doug and Dorothy Bell have now assumed leadership roles in the Senior Ministry. In December we took a train trip to the Los Angeles Farmer’s Market and on January 10, we had our first gathering of the New Year at the Home Town Buffet, celebrating both December and January birthdays. We had some new faces joining us for the first time. Now that I am not working at a “real job,” I am able to enjoy most of the senior activities.
Community Service: Tuesdays still finds me busy with community services a good part of the day. We continue to pass out food bags, clothes and other donated items. We are also serving lunch to several homeless clients each Tuesday. Homelessness continues in the community without a year round homeless shelter being developed as yet. In spite of attempts by local community government entities to start one, so far there has been enough opposition to detour the project. During the winter months, however, we are happy to have the Fullerton Armory operated by Mercy House open from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. where the homeless can have access to a meal, hot shower, asafe place to sleep and warm clothing. Community services has donated clothing several times and we took some food there after our annual Thanksgiving meal.
Happy Holidays: A deaconess work bee under the direction of our new head deaconess, Maria V. Morris, combined with decoration of the sanctuary under the direction of Alicia Quinton, the new head of the floral committee and assistant head deaconess on November 30, started the holiday season. We had a live Christmas tree this year and our usual poinsettias and candelabra. A group from the church (including me) led by Pastor Mel Baga and his family went caroling and handed out literature on the 13th in the evening in the community in the Amerige Heights area. Earlier in the day at the worship service, there was a Children’s Christmas Celebration. Then on December 20, we had our annual Christmas program and cantata, “Love Came Down at Christmas” under the direction of John McClain and narrated by Eugene and Jessica Trevithick. (I should also mention that the church hosted the Buena Park High School winter concert again this year, under the direction of Lorraine Welling on the 18th).
My Agenda: I am still pleased to report that the 99 Cent store in our area has not yet sold any alcoholic beverages, even though they had applied for a license in July 2013, which I protested but later withdrew my protest for the reasons I gave in the last Journal. However, the 99 Cent chain was sold to new owners and they are applying for the license. I am also pleased that our church family and others support the recycling we do for our educational scholarship program. Although the prices have dropped for paper products, they have increased for the CRV plastic bottles.