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For the members, family and friends of the Downey Adventist Church

Ultimate Comfort

Your Choice by Pastor Mitch

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his summer I read the book Valley Forge. During the Revolutionary War fought with England, the American patriots spent a desperate winter in 1778 at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The deprivations were so great the Continental Army was threatened with complete destruction and loss of freedom for the nation. Through the leadership of George Washington and his staff the army was reborn into a formidable fighting force. While there were

many patriots who helped the troops survive the frigid winter, it was the character and conduct of George Washington that set the standard for victory. Trustworthy individuals like George Washington are found not only in American history but more profoundly in the Bible. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at several Bible characters who faced formidable challenges yet stood strong modeling faithfulness and trust in God. While they

were not perfect, they were committed to making God first in their lives. On August 20 the message is entitled Choose to Succeed. If we surveyed parents by asking the question, “Would you help your child to succeed?” I believe most if not all would respond “Yes.” After all who doesn’t want their kids to do well and succeed in life? The wellspring of success seems to overflow with continued on page 2

“For each of us the time is surely coming when we shall have nothing but God. Health and wealth and friends and hiding places will all be swept away. … To the man of pseudo faith that is a terrifying thought, but to real faith it is one of the most comforting thoughts the heart can entertain.” —A.W. Tozer

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Hawaiian Shirt Day & Beach Party

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Wholehearted Seeking is on page 4

awaiian Shirt day is Saturday, August 20th. Get your favorite Hawaiian shirt or dress and join us for a relaxed worship service. After worship it’s off to the beach for a Beach Party! You can come down any time after church, but things will really get going mid afternoon or so.

We’ll plan to have a fire and some food at the beach. So bring some hot dogs or something else to share and we’ll have a good time. Since we don’t know what fire pit we’ll get, be sure to be at church that day so you will know where to go! =

Ginny’s Kitchen on page 5 What’s happening? see pages 6 & 9 Your Health Under Pressure on page 7 Our Church Family page 10 Kid’s Page on page 11


THE LATEST WORD Your Choice (cont. from page 1) begin a new life with new choices. The Lord is making everything new and if we’re willing that means me and you.

On August 27 the message title is Courage to Persevere. Once we’ve decided to choose to succeed, the next step is to stay faithful and stay focused on the Lord. This Bible character was abused, falsely charged and ostensibly forgotten. Yet, he remained faithful to God. This Bible character possessed the courage to persevere in spite of his circumstances. His life was lived with integrity and patience. He waited upon the Lord and found contentment in his daily life. God had a plan for him but before the plan was unveiled his character was shaped through his life’s experiences. God is shaping us as well.

Sometimes the “wrecking ball needs

Then the Bible reminds us that, “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life’ (Revelation 21:5-7, NIV).

to violently collide to make room for something else.

With the Lord in our lives it’s never too late to

Also, on August 20, wear you Hawaiian shirt to the service and then after lunch everyone is invited to the beach party at Huntington Beach for games, food and fellowship. This is an outreach event so be sure to bring a friend or two to enjoy the day.

On August 6th, Bill Aumack starts out the month with a sermon titled Super Colliders. We don’t often think of collisions as good things. However, there are times when collisions can be useful and even desired. Sometimes the wrecking ball needs to violently collide with the old building to make room for something new and improved. We’ll see how Christians are called to collide and even more than that, how to be a Super Collider.

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We’ve invited the band members to share their God stories and scrip-

tures on August 13. Bill Aumack has a video to share that helps us comprehend just how big God’s universe is. Once you’ve seen the video and had time to think and pray about its impact, the band will share what the Lord is saying to them and how the immensity of God’s creation speaks to their hearts. Last year the band received many encouraging comments on their God-stories. We know God’s blessing will accompany this year’s service. See you when the church gathers. =

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positive anticipation when we think about young adults. But, for many who are well out on the seas of adulthood their life’s course may seem to be set—like it or not.

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August 2011 God, Webster & You by Linda Bewley

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ebster says “sleep” means “the natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored. . . .” (Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary).

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od says He “will not let you stumble and fall; the one who watches over you will not sleep. Indeed, he who watches over [you] never tires and never sleeps” (Psalm 121:3-4 NLT). I went for a walk at Liberty Park in Cerritos this morning. It may have been considered early by some, particularly since it is a weekend. So I was surprised to find so many people there already. Lots of walkers and runners as well as people getting

To Sleep or Not to Sleep ready to ride their bikes down to the beach. There is always plenty of activity at that park and that’s one of the things I like about the place. Seeing other people involved in exercise is inspiring to me and helps me to keep going. The other thing I like about that park is the track. I don’t know what it’s made of, but it’s some sort of bouncy, springy material that promotes walking which is also helpful to keep me going. The only thing I dislike is my inability to keep track of how far I’ve walked. It takes a great deal of concentration on my part to remember the number of laps I’ve walked, as my mind wanders or I get involved in a conversation with someone. In the past I’ve tried using the stop watch on

Worship Schedule August 6 Bill Aumack

Super Colliders

August 13 Praise Band

How Great is Our God

August 20 Mitch Williams

Choose to Succeed Hawaiian Shirt Day & Beach Party

August 27 Mitch Williams

Courage to Persevere

my phone which can track laps. But I had some difficulty with that, because the phone would go into sleep mode and when I wanted to bring it back to life, I often accidentally shut off the whole function. Either it’s the fault of my clumsy fingers, a sensitive touchscreen or a combination of both! So I quit using it. For some reason, though, this morning I decided to give it another try. After a few laps, I noticed something surprising. As I neared the starting point of my walk and was ready to enter a lap, the phone actually woke up to allow me to make the entry. Apparently, and I’m guessing, the phone was timing my laps and knew when I was ready to enter a new one and would come out of sleep mode on its own. That’s quite amazing to me. As I considered that, I was reminded of Psalm 139. “Lord . . . you know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up (or finish a lap!).” Listen to the other things David says that God knows. He knows my every thought. He knows what I’m going to say

before I say it. He follows me and precedes me. I can never escape his presence. Everywhere I go, his hand will guide me and his strength will support me. If you’d like some encouragement today, take a moment and read that psalm. Do you ever feel like you’re alone? I think we all do at some time or other. Do you ever feel like you’ve blown it too many times or wandered too far for God to help you? You’re not the only one who feels that way either. I think David is telling us that those kinds of thoughts are incorrect. One of my favorite authors puts it this way. “Does God give up on you because you have blown it? . . . Are you kidding? He invested the life of His Son for your mistakes. He will not give up on you. Instead, He will relentlessly pursue you in order to grant forgiveness and freedom from sin.”1 In all our ways, God is there following us, pursuing us, waiting to help, planning to inspire and providing the tools we need to keep going. He never sleeps. = 1 Karl Haffner, The Cure for Soul Fatigue.

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THE LATEST WORD Before the Father by Linda Fernandez

Wholehearted Seeking

B “…I seek you with all my heart.” Ps. 119:10

Naturally, I thought prayer would be an easy point to cover, but I had much to learn...

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eing a relentless listmaker, I began this series of articles planning to intertwine my love of country music with the basic foundations of my beliefs as if to outline them and check them off one by one. I created this virtual journey, intending to tackle each tenet to see if I was still on course (in my own mind.) As soon as I submit an article to our editor, I start praying about the next one. Naturally, I thought prayer would be an easy point to cover, but I had much to learn as I prepared to put my ideas and thoughts down on paper. There are so many aspects to prayer and I wasn’t sure just where along the journey it would come. I now believe that even before I began this series in January, God had already put the stepping stones I would need in place. Three events happened in one week to convince me of this. First, there is rarely a day when I am not reading something. Having finished one book, I immediately went to my bookcase to start a new one. A few days later a person I had just met offered to share a book she found interesting with me. The first book

was Finding Peace in God by Charles Spurgeon. The other was a Christian novel in an Old West setting. The novel was about a Texas Ranger having just accepted Christ and trying to live the new life he was reading about in God’s Word. His stumbling block? Prayer.

The second stepping stone came as I read Spurgeon’s story about two knocks at mercy’s door. A man who knocked loudly at the door received no reply, but the woman who knocked ever so gently obtained immediate admittance. The man marveled and asked the gatekeeper for an explanation. He was told the trembling woman whose knock was very soft and low had knocked with all her might whereas he had knocked loudly but not with all he had.

Unable to attend church that week, the third confirmation came as I settled in to hear the sermon online only to find it had been preached by a young man from our Youth Group. In a nutshell, his sermon was about making our life plans but ultimately allowing God to determine our path and being willing to surrender to the twists and turns He may bring across our way. The song I have chosen to attend the topic of prayer is There Is a Reason by Alison Krauss. I may not understand everything as I travel down life’s road often laden with sorrow and disappointment, but I am confident God will hear and answer my prayers when I come to him wholeheartedly, giving up my indifference and surrendering my will to him. Father, I pray you will help me to continue in prayer until I have given my all. =


August 2011 From Ginny’s Kitchen Green Fried Tomatoes 4 T. grapeseed oil 3 green sliced tomatoes, about ½” thick sea salt and black pepper seasoning salt ½ cup yellow cornmeal Heat grapeseed oil in a shallow 8” to 10” skillet.

Take tomato slices and sprinkle with salt, pepper and seasoning salt on both sides. Place cornmeal on a shallow flat blow and coat tomatoes slices in cornmeal carefully.

immediately. Grapeseed oil is healthy oil. The flavor is light and has a high smoke point. It is pleasant tasting. =

Fry tomatoes in hot grapeseed oil about 6 minutes on each side. Drain on a paper towel and serve

Praying Twice

School is starting a bit earlier this year. Monday, August 15th is the first day of school for the 2011/2012 school year for our two Christian Schools. We encourage you to consider Christian education for your children. If you have a pre-kindergarten through 8th grade student, please contact Adventist Union School at 562-867-0718 to discuss enrolling your child. You can also visit their website at http://aus.netadvent.org. If you have a high school student, please contact San Gabriel Academy at 626-292-1156. Visit their website at www. sangabrielacademy.org. =

According to legend, the early Christian theologian St. Augustine of Hippo said, “He who sings prays twice.” (The Latin wording is actually “He who sings well prays twice,” but more on that in a moment.) Singing, a common element of worship, is a handy way to help children pray. My 6-year-old, who loves to sing, was surprised and delighted when I told him a praise song he’d just learned could also be his bedtime prayer. He sings off-key, forgets some words and doesn’t want help from Mom; he

just sings his little heart out. But what of older churchgoers who stay silent during hymns, fearful that they don’t sing well enough? Forget the Latin translation! Long before Augustine, a psalmist wrote, “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands!” (Psalm 100:1, KJV; emphasis added). Why not pray twice today?

—Heidi Mann

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August 2011 Stewpot

“You have high blood pressure,“ are not words that strike as much fear into the hearts of Americans as the words, “You have cancer.” Yet millions of our citizens have this silent killer. By the time they are 60 years old, six out of ten individuals will need to be treated for hypertension. See if you can answer the following questions on this significant disease. 1. What is the number one disease in the United States? a. Heart disease b. Cancer c. Hypertension d. Diabetes 2. What percentage of Americans have hypertension? a. 10 percent b. 20 percent c. 30 percent d. 40 percent 3. What percentage of Americans over 55 have hypertension? a. 30 percent b. 50 percent c. 70 percent d. 90 percent 4. Which group of Americans is at greater risk for high blood pressure?

Your Health: Under Pressure a. Caucasians b. African Americans c. Asians d. Latinos 5. In what year did a physician suggest that the stethoscope be used to listen to the blood flow in the brachial artery of the elbow? a. 1876 b. 1894 c. 1905 d. 1921 6. Which country did this physician come from? a. Britain b. Australia c. Russia d. United States 7. Which of the following numbers are normal for blood pressure? a. 110/95 b. 135/85 c. 160/75 d. 120/80 8. Two numbers express blood pressure — which is first in a bloodpressure reading? a. Systolic b. Diastolic

9. During which season is your blood pressure more likely to go up? a. Spring b. Winter c. Summer d. Fall 10. Which of the following lifestyle changes can help hypertension? a. Exercise b. Reduction in alcohol c. Limit sodium intake d. Watch your weight 11. What diet results in lower blood pressure? a. Carnivorous b. Lacto-vegetarian c. Ova-vegetarian d. Total plant

Which mammal has the highest blood pressure? a. Lion b. Hipp c. Giraffe d. Elephant e. Humans

c. Giraffe. Up to 280/180 mm Hg. Perhaps the major cause of hypertension in humans is not salt, smoking or obesity, but our necks are just too short!!

by Gordon Botting, DrPh, CHES

12. Which two common diseases of the human body adversely affect the brain? a. Heart disease b. Cancer c. Hypertension d. Diabetes Answers: 1. a. Heart disease. However cancer may, in the 21st Century, overtake heart disease in the No. 1 spot. And diabetes has moved from No 7. to No 5. in the last two years. continued on page 8

“As I see it every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease in yourself.” --Adelle Davis

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THE LATEST WORD Under Pressure (cont. from page 7) 2. c. 30%. Over 50 million adults in the United States have hypertension. 3. d. 90%. 25% of 80 year-olds who had blood pressures of 160/100 mmHg and 20% who had 120-159/80-100 mmHg suffered a major cardiovascular event compared to less than 10 % with normal blood pressures (Framingham Study of 2,317 men and 2,979 women).

“The poorest man would not part with health for money, but the richest would gladly part with all their money for health. “ --Charles Caleb Colton

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particular high among African Americans, most commonly causing stroke or damage to the kidneys. 5. c. 1905. 6. c. Russia (Nikolai Korotkoff was his name). 7. d. Below 130/85 is normal, 130 to139 or 85-89 is normal-high, and 140/90 or higher is high. 8. a. Systolic 9. b. Winter.

would include smoking, stress, etc. 11. c. Ova-vegetarian. 12. c. & d. Hypertension and Diabetes. Researchers tested nearly 11,000 patients between the ages of 47-70 on their cognitive skills and then repeated the test six years later and found that those who had these two diseases had significant declines in mental agility. =

10. a, b, c, and d. All of the above. Other factors

Ten Commandments for Right Living 1. Thou shalt not worry, for by doing so thou shalt suffer the same disaster many times. 2. Thou shalt not try to dominate or possess others, for each person is responsible to God. 3. Thou shalt not desire after fame, for the burdens of greatness are an affliction unto the spirit. 4. Thou shalt not desire after great wealth, for great wealth of itself does not bring peace. 5. Thou shalt relax, for great tension is an abomination unto the flesh. 6. Thou shalt have a sense of humor or thy years

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will seem much longer and more painful. 7. Thou shalt love the beautiful and serve the good, for this is according to the will of heaven. 8. Thou shalt harm no other person by word, thought or deed, regardless of cause; for to do so is to perpetuate the sorrows of this world. 9. Thou shalt not be angry at any person for any reason, for anger injures most the one who is angry. 10. Thou shalt remember that God is Creator and that you are a unique and important part of his created order, unlike any person who has ever lived. =


August 2011 THIS MONTH

August Birthdays Zelina Archila – 1 Gabriela Miranda – 5 Flower Munguia – 6 Victor Acuna, Sr. – 7 Gabriel Miranda – 8 Frank Duran Jr. – 8 Armando Paredes – 9 Byron Molina, Sr. – 15 Orlando Archila – 15 Sarah Guerrero – 15 Marylene Morris – 25 Kirk Bathgate – 27 Celene Aispuro – 31

Upcoming Events 1st Sunday - 10 a.m. Community Service Thursdays - 7 p.m. Women’s Prayer Group Fridays - 6:30 p.m. Band Practice August 15 - First Day of School @ AUS August 20 - Hawaiian Shirt Day and Beach Party

If your birthday is left out in the monthly newsletter, please contact the church office so we can put it in.

The Latest Word deadline is the 5th of the month.

Coming Soon

Hawaiian Shirt day is Saturday, August 20th. Get your favorite Hawaiian shirt or dress and join us for a relaxed worship service.

September 17 - Pathfinder Induction September 24 - Communion October - Small Group Series October 29 - Fall Party

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THE LATEST WORD The Latest About

Our Church Family Congratulations to Mark Pond, Yvonne Pond, Francisco Diaz, Diego Aponte and Sebastian Zegarra. They were recently baptized. Welcome to Stanley Darryl Lee. He just transferred from Montgomery

First SDA Church in Alabama. If you have any Church Family news, please contact the church office so we can get it into the newsletter. =

Thank you to everyone who has been saving Box Tops for Education. That is greatly appreciated. For the Box Tops for Education, please save the Box Tops coupon. Please give your labels to Linda Aumack. Thank you for your support! =

How do You View Monsters?

Vacation Bible School

Children know a lot about monsters. Although opinion varies on what the creatures look like, consensus exists on several points. Monsters lurk under the bed, are nocturnal, are frightening beyond reason and disappear in the presence of light.

Vacation Bible School has not even started yet as I write this. However, I’m quite confident that our wonderful team of volunteers will do an awesome job. I’m also quite confident in our awesome God to lead and direct.

I think kids might be onto something. You see, grownups have their own “monsters” to face. They don’t match up with our childhood fears but can be just as terrifying. Ordinary problems that

seem manageable during the daytime can become monstrous at night. When fear and worry rob us of our sleep, we can tell them we’re in no shape to deal with them. We can trust God to handle our concerns. He’s more than capable of dealing with the monsters under every bed. —Adapted from HomeTouch =

If you were one of the people serving in the trenches, or you brought food, or you were a prayer warrior or however you may have helped. Thank you! ‘Twas the day after Bible school ’Twas the day after Bible school and all over town, With a sigh of relief, we all settled down. Out to the golf course goes Dad in his cap, And home in the bedroom Mom’s taking a nap. Gone Linda, gone Brenda, gone David and Johnny, Gone Margie, and Mary, and Ronnie and Donnie. Gone stories, and puppets, and songs in the air, Gone paint under fingernails and paste in the hair. Rest sweetly, dear workers, and wake with good cheer, For Bible school won’t come again for a year. As they drifted off, I heard them exclaim: “It was worth all the hard work and we’d do it again!” —Bill Aumack =

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Ponder This... = “Our sanctification does not depend as much on changing our activities as it does on doing them for God rather than for ourselves.” —Brother Lawrence = “God has given us two hands: one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.” —Billy Graham = “To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower, hold Infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.” —William Blake

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