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NewsPoints: January 21, 2021
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Year in Review 2020 
Prepared by Kerri Spurgeon

 

The Roseville SDA Church, along with churches everywhere, experienced an unusual year. The COVID-19 Pandemic made us look hard at how our church operates, and what changes we may need to make going forward. Many times it felt like we were just trying to keep up, yet we have accomplished a fair amount. Below are some of the significant events that shaped our unusual year, but this list is in no way comprehensive. Special thanks to all those who gave their time and energy to help keep our church running, not only on Sabbaths, but throughout the week. The change in Pastors part way through the year, prompted our church family to pull together and step up, many times in areas that may not have felt comfortable.



Outreach    

  • A number of times, we hosted Fusion, a young adult group that ministers to the underserved.

  • Started distributing food once a week to the underserved in our community. Thank you Jenny Cartwright for leading out in this.

  • Recording or livestreaming Sabbath School and Church Services on FaceBook and our website. Many people outside of our regular membership have enjoyed these programs throughout the pandemic. Thanks to Dan Knepp, Dave Gainer, Matt Veit, Sonny McCraw, Joseph Cartwright, Judy Iversen, Jerrold Christensen, Kathie Kordenbrock and Doris Sterling.

  • Zoom Bible Study weekly courtesy of Richard & Diane McSherry.

  • The Gathering Inn has continued throughout the year. Art Carvajal and Paul Stokstad have led the various volunteers. Thanks to all!

  • For the first few months of the year our HymnFest Group sang to the nursing home residents once a month. The residents will be excited to have that start up again as soon as isolation restrictions are lifted.

  • A new ministry “Our Brother’s Keeper” started training volunteers to help reconnect past church members to their church family. So happy to have Sharon Ormerod leading out in this.

  • Nativity Drive-Thru has been resurrected and a small committee has been planning for its return. The pandemic shut it down for this year but sets have been repaired and repainted as needed, and we will have a head start on Nativity 2021!

  • Pastor David has been busy giving personal Bible Studies and visiting people in person when possible and via phone/Zoom.


Church Events

  • Women’s Ministries held a Vespers Supper in February and handed out books and goodies at a drive-thru event during the pandemic.

  • Mission Trip to Peru plans were made and spearheaded by Rebekah Sheppard. Unfortunately, the trip was canceled for this year due to COVID.

  • Ladies Prayer Circle started their first session of the year in January and then switched seamlessly from in-person to Zoom get-togethers when everything was shut down. Thank you Kathie Kordenbrock!

  • Special Children’s Events during communion planned and executed by Doris Sterling and friends were a big hit with kids and parents alike.

  • People from the congregation and the community joined in our Plant-based Cooking Class. Lanni Aasen and helpers deserve a big thank you!

  • A farewell party for Walter & Carolee. Also, a planned farewell for Pastor Jon and Clara that had to be postponed due to the shutdown.

  • Family Fun Night which included individual and group competitions and build your own pizza was a big success. We can hardly wait to have more of these type of events in this new year.

  • A number of events took place especially for our Senior members - bible studies and senior lunches – to name just a couple.

  • A Welcome Parade for Pastor David Resendes and family was a huge success! We had a long line of decorated cars with families waving and honking as they circled the parking lot. Even our conference president, Marc Woodson and family were on hand to join the parade and lead us in prayer. Thanks goes to Bonnie Dwyer and Debbi Christensen for organizing.

  • Sabbath School in our upper & lower divisions has changed throughout the year to meet the new circumstances. Many thanks to Judy Iversen, Richard & Diane McSherry, Mari Ditgen, Sonja Cartwright, Natalia Dmitrienko, Tom Dwyer, John Cartwright, Debbi Christensen, Ed & Linda Terry, and Alison Gerrans.

  • Our Young Adults led by Joseph Cartwright had a number of socially-distanced events. They also provided one of the Sabbath worship services for our church.

  • A weekly Art Lab was held for members and non-members alike culminating in a well- received Art Show and dessert reception. Thank you Lanni for the Art Lab and Bonnie Dwyer for feeding our sweet tooth.

  • The church has seen closures, openings, closures and openings again with continuous live-stream and on-line options. This has taken a lot of volunteer time from various groups of people. Thank you to the re-opening/safety committee, AV crew, janitors, and other volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without each one of you!

  • Our very own 24-hours of Prayer! Our members spent time on our conference call-line praying for our world, country, and community. What a blessing!

  • As a church we have spent a few Sabbath afternoons “Vision Casting” our churches future asking what is important to us?, how do we share with others?, and how do we want to be known?  This has been an important time of connection for church members and will continue into the first part of 2021.

 

Church Facility Improvements

  • Power wash all sidewalks

  • Septic system maintenance

  • Landscape improvements including front entrance

  • Re-paving of the parking lot

  • New water heater for outer complex

  • New paint in a number of areas. Look around when you next come on the campus and see if you can see where and what other improvements or changes might have been made.

  • AV equipment updates and additions


Church Finances

  • Love fund – it has been a blessing to help those who have needed just a little help during these unusual times. Thanks to all who have so generously given to this fund.

  • Even with the uncertainty of this year, we came close to meeting our yearly expenses and because we have been good stewards in the past, we had the funds to make up the shortfall. God is good!


Those we Have Lost

  • Annalies Guddat

  • Marge Queen

  • Elaine Davis

  • Mikhail Morar

  • Verda Lyons

  • Harold Sanford

  • Larry Isaac Jr.

  • Vic Russo

  • Justin Bullock

  • Bette Knotts

  • Henry Flynn

  • Rainer Pohan

  • Ruth Leslie

  • Terry Vogelsang
     

We know that things will still not be normal for the beginnings of 2021, but we move forward in faith, knowing that our church family, together with God, will see many blessings.

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