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Volume 1, Issue 3 - March 31, 2017
Paying Attention to God
Recently, I was struck by a simple, yet profound definition of prayer.  In his book, The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints, Ralph Martin describes prayer as follows: "Prayer is, at root, paying attention to God" (p. 121).  Ellen White amplifies this idea when she wrote, "prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to him".  When we pray with these ideas in mind, we are living the words of Colossians 3 which instructs us to "set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth".

On Sabbath, April 1, our community will be joining the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist church in a day of intercessory prayer and fasting. Our guest speaker will be Gregg Stutchman (see his bio below). May this experience lift our hearts to heaven and make us more attentive to God's will for our lives and community! 

In His Service,

Gresford Thomas
Pastor, Lincoln Amazing Grace Seventh-day Adventist church


Gregg M. Stutchman: A Life Sustained by God's Grace

Gregg does not strike one as someone weighed down with troubles. His eyes sparkle and his voice is full of hope and courage. He joyfully leads the St. Helena Seventh-day Adventist church as head elder and is sought-after for his expertise as a forensic analyst.

He runs a successful forensic analysis laboratory in Napa, CA, testifying extensively as an expert witness throughout the US. His goal in every case is revealing truth and his work is praised as being extremely effective, whether retained by the defense or by the prosecution. His expertise includes all phases of forensic photography, voice identification, and image analysis.

Yet life has not been easy.

His beloved wife of 21 years left home shortly after the couple adopted two special needs children. A few years later, his biological son nearly died in a severe car accident. Since then he has been both mother and father to his three precious, but needy, children. God has answered countless prayers for Gregg’s children and today they are living testimonies to God’s miracle-working power.

“Sometimes it seems that life is going to crush us,” says Gregg. “So it was in my case. But that hasn’t happened. I am still here and still functioning, still have a happy heart and hopefully, still make a difference in the lives of others. And, it is because of one factor, and one factor alone. My faith in God and a God who is worthy of my faith. Psalms 28:7 describes it in these words: “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song will I praise him.” Through all the trials of life, He has sustained me.”

Gregg will be speaking at Lincoln Amazing Grace Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sabbath, April 1 at 11 a.m. His testimony of sustaining faith and answered prayer is sure to inspire and encourage you.

Focus on Fasting and Prayer
On April 1, 2017 our church will be joining Seventh-day Adventists around the world in a day of intercessory prayer and fasting. Our focus is on praying for our fellow church members. Here's why YOU should plan now to participate: 

1. Be part of a miracle! Your prayers for our church members touch heaven and allow God to work in individuals lives in ways that could never happen otherwise. Intercessory prayer is the most amazing, life-changing gift you can give.

2. Be inspired! Our guest speaker, Gregg Stutchman, head elder of the St. Helena SDA church, has a long history as a prayer warrior and could write books on stories of answered prayer. He is a highly praised forensic analyst dedicating to exposing truth. Gregg prays intensely over each case he handles and often sees miracles in answer to his prayers. You'll be encouraged and inspired to make prayer an intimate part of your daily life too.

3. Have a profound experience with God! Fasting (even partial fasting) gives us laser-focus on God and our need for Him. Spending a day praying and fasting will clear your mind and body, help you hone in on God's priorities, and bring you closer to Him. As you seek Him with your whole heart, you will be profoundly blessed by God's grace. 

Details of the Day: We will share a light potluck (bring bread or fruit if you'd like to eat) after the church service. From 1:30-3:30 p.m. we will pray together for each church member, and friends of the church, by name. We will also be writing personal notes to let these individuals/families know we prayed for them today.  
Focus on Community Service
by Pastor Gresford Thomas

On Friday, March 24, the Lincoln Amazing Grace Seventh-day Adventist church partnered with the South Placer Benevolent Foundation's Linkin' Lincoln to distribute 85 bags of clothing to 27 households within the Lincoln community. 73 adults and 55 children were given assistance. This monthly free clothing giveaway is a well-known community event and supported by volunteers from various churches in the surrounding area.
Vegan Breakfast Cooking Class
by Jennifer Higgins
 

This past Sunday a plant based breakfast/ brunch cooking class was held at the Lincoln Better Living Center as a follow up event to the Reversing Diabetes Seminar on March 12. The speaker was Kaya Teh, a Vegan Registered Dietician and Diabetes educator.  She offered demonstrations of recipes and gave great nutritional information about the ingredients she used in the recipe such as turmeric. Kaya gave explanations on how to replace eggs with flaxseed. There were recipes and handouts for the guests to take home after everyone got to sample the delicious recipes. Some comments from the audience-" Outstanding presentation!", "When is the next class, are we having lunch then?" About 40 were present, including 12 guests along  with one of Kaya's students from her class at Sierra College and a doctor from Kaiser.  Praise the Lord for an amazing day with good food and great information. Stay tuned, we are hoping to invite her back in June!

David Ramsey's Financial Peace University
Learn God's way of handling money in this life-changing class. You'll learn practical ways to beat debt, take control of your money, build wealth, give generously and secure your family's future. Join us on Tuesday, April 4 at 7 pm for a FREE introductory class. There will be nine classes in total starting on April 4 and running through May 30. The classes meet Tuesdays at 7 pm. Full course costs $100 and the textbook is $50. The classes will meet at the Lincoln Amazing Grace Seventh-day Adventist church at 600 McBean Park Drive in Lincoln

Click below to register online. Space is limited to 20.
Register Here
Focus on Small Group Discipleship
by Martha Thesman, group leader

On January 2, 2017, a small group for women started meeting at Bill & Martha Thesman's home. There are six regularly attending.  Some are active members at Lincoln Amazing Grace while others are not.  The goal of these meetings is to invite and motivate the attendees to fall in love with Jesus either for the first time or all over again.  The sessions begin with a few minutes of light exercise to clear the mind.  Next, the attendees work on Scripture and hymn memorization followed by an in-depth Bible study for the day. Participants are encouraged to keep an active prayer journal.

This group meets every Monday morning at 10 am. It was started to provide a venue for fellowship and study for those who find it challenging to drive at night. The address is 2050 Hwy. 193, Lincoln, CA and the leader contact number is 916-782-5838.
Focus on Missions: Brunkow family
by Barb Lammerding

The Brunkow family went on a mission trip with Weimar Academy students to the island of Dutch Curacao off the coast of Venezuela for two weeks in February.  The missionaries constructed Sabbath School classrooms at the Soto Church, completing the walls and roof before leaving.  Weimar students also conducted NEWSTART Health Expos for local community members at three churches on the island.  The students also gave toothbrushes to 800 children at 3 Adventist elementary schools and taught them about health through health expos and presentations.  Most of the children were not Adventist.

Weimar Academy Principal, Chad Bernard, spoke at the two Sabbath church services while in Curacao and the Weimar students provided the special music each Sabbath.  The students enjoyed spending time with Curacao Adventist youth at a special youth vespers.  Weimar students were amused to learn that local Pathfinders announce church events by playing drums in the city streets.

Mom Kristine planned meals and managed kitchen operations for the group of 24 from Weimar (18 students and 6 adults).  She had a fun time cooking with the students, bargaining with the vendors, and shopping for fruits and vegetables from the Venezuelan boat merchants that brought food to the island.

Isaak was the head chef.  Other students took turns working in the kitchen with him doing food prep, cooking, and clean up.

Sophia loved working with the children’s health expo.  She led out in jumping jacks, running races and other exercises with her partner.  

When Dad Doug wasn’t busy on the building site, he enjoyed snorkeling and watching the green sea turtles. Isaak saw a great deal of sea life while scuba diving, even seeing a turtle sleeping on a rock in deep water. The family also enjoyed seeing the large blue and green iguanas active in the area.

Big sister Isabella did not attend the mission trip this time because of her college classes but looks forward to the next time.
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