About Our Church
Jan's Journal October 2014
The Inside Story –
It’s time for another edition of the Journal. I am encouraged that our former church administrative assistant, Minh Pham, who now lives in Stockton with his wife Hang, emailed me that he reads the Journal and wanted to know why it stopped. He’s majoring in Computer Science as a computer programmer and misses the Fullerton Church where he was active in a number of activities.
At Rest: We were saddened by the unexpected death of Waltraud “Trudy” Ranzolin, age 77, on September 20, 2014, following a surgical procedure. She had been a member of the Fullerton Church for a number of years and was on West Fullerton Christian School board for several years while I was also a member of the board. Her memorial service was held on October 4 at the Fullerton Church with Pastor Leo Ranzolin, her brother-in-law, giving the homily. She is survived by her husband Enio S, her son Enio and his wife Miriam, her grandchildren Erika and Elionai and her niece Juracy Doerner plus a host of other extended family members. She had operated Joyland, a pre-school in Whittier, CA since 1969.
Thanksgiving Event: We are again planning a Thanksgiving dinner for the community and the homeless on Sabbath, November 22, at 4 p.m. The Children’s Ministry, Community services and the youth are teaming up again for this event. Volunteers are needed to help set up, decorate, cook, serve and clean up.
Transition: On October 11, we said farewell to Charlotte Ashmore, a member since 1980, and our head deaconess for the past several years, who sold her home in Anaheim and moved to Bend, Oregon to be near her son and daughter and their families. She was also the chairperson of the Floral Committee, a member of the choir, and a former church secretary. She was a very talented and dedicated individual, and we wish her well in her new location.
Vision for Education: We continue to support several students at Orangewood Academy and I appreciate the faithfulness of our members in bringing their recyclables (beverage containers, newspapers, cardboard and metal) to the church on a regular basis. I usually make one or two trips weekly to the recycling facility which is conveniently located about a mile from the church. I attended the Academy’s Fall Festival, the final event of the alumni weekend on October 18 and 19, where our students’ classes had food booths.
At Worship: Pastor Mel has paused his series on “The Lamb Wins: Jesus, You and the Drama of Revelation” at the end of Revelation 11. Sometime next year he will preach the second half of the Revelation series. We were privileged to have Jennifer La Mountain, well known Adventist musical artist, as our guest on September 26.
Evangelism: Starting Friday, October 31, at 6 p.m. we are hosting live broadcasts of the “Landmarks of Prophecy” from Albuquerque, NM through November 22, with Doug Batchelor of Amazing Facts as the speaker. The event is being organized by our new personal ministries leader, Horas Napitupulu and a team of volunteers.
Senior sojourns: The Senior Ministry continued their participation in birthday luncheons and trips, plus the Race for the Cure (the photos are posted elsewhere on the website). This year Pastor Will led the Fullerton team, taking over from Gloria Palacios, at her request. Trips included Olvera Street in Los Angeles and the San Juan Capistrano Mission. My thanks to Gloria and Doug Bell, who arranged the luncheons and trips, which I greatly enjoyed.
My Agenda: Our area is still without a homeless shelter, in spite of frequent discussions by the local governments, the primary reason being that no one wants a shelter in their area! I faithfully read the news about homeless programs in the Orange County Register, and hopefully someday all can agree on a homeless shelter location. The Fullerton National Guard Armory will be opening probably at the end of November 20 under the direction of Mercy House for the Cold Weather Emergency Shelter program. There, 150 homeless are provided a nutritious meal, warm showers, a safe place to sleep and warm clothing. Last year, I made several trips there on behalf of our community services to donate appropriate winter garments and we are planning to do this again.
I am happy to report that the 99 Cent store in our area has not yet sold any alcoholic beverages. You will recall that I protested their application for a liquor license in July 2013 but since I was the only one protesting, and a hearing would have had to be held, I reluctantly withdrew it because I figured I would not have much influence since I had been told the police had approved it.