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We are a diverse group of Christians committed to following Jesus, receiving God’s amazing grace, and as that transforms us - sharing that life with each other and the world.  

We hope you will feel free to join us on Saturday mornings for our church services, and at the various other times we gather throughout the week.   

    Saturday Morning Services are at 8:30 & 11:15 AM

    Sabbath School is at 9:45 AM

    (And if you can't be with us in person, our worship services are also streaming live)

Wherever you may be in your own spiritual journey, we'd like you know that you are welcome to come, just as you are, and walk with us awhile on ours. Whether or not you decide to stay, we look forward to welcoming you!  

And if you are new member of our church, here is a video that will explain a bit about who Seventh-day Adventists are and what to expect. If you are not, and just want to get an idea about Adventists, it's also a good overview. It's a little old (produced in 1990's) but still says it pretty well. 

As to why some people come to the Calimesa Church in particular, check out this video

How we go about it

Mission Statement is  "Loving God, Loving People"

We believe that how we go about living that out is best captured  by the metaphor Jesus uses in John 15 - a garden in which God is the gardener (distinct organic imagery here). 

The three MINISTRY PRIORITIES we find there are:

  • Staying Focused on Jesus (Abiding in Christ)
  • Affirming Family (Loving one Another)
  • Including All (Serving and Bearing Witness in the World)

The metaphor of the Pitcher, Cup, Saucer and Plate is also one we use to illustrate what this life looks like. (Click on the green text for a children's story that talks about this) 

We have also sought to put it into words like this . . .

VISION STATEMENT: Because of God's transforming grace, we will be a growing community called to worship, serve and share God's hope, peace and joy with others.

THINGS WE VALUE: Justice, Compassion, Humility, Joy, Unity, Integrity

But however we say it, a way of life that flows from knowing Jesus, shows up in how we treat each other, and is expressed in the way we share that life with the world around us, is what we're after. 

What We Believe

While Adventists do not have a creedal statement of beliefs, you can find a detailed statement of "fundamental beliefs" that represent the consensus of what the majority of Adventists believe by clicking here. Adventists believe, however, that the Bible is our ultimate source and guide, not the statement of fundamental beliefs itself, which is modified from time to time in ways that reflect the thinking of the majority of Adventists world-wide (or at least that of those that represent them) at General Conference meetings which are held every five years or so. 

But to put it another way . . . 

We are also convinced that what we believe goes much deeper than simply what we know and can explain in detail.  It's not just about what we believe, but the kind of people we become as we believe . . . people who we hope are living lives that are all about loving God and loving people.  

So while we try to think carefully and accurately about our faith (because we believe this is important), even when we may not always agree about all the details of how to say it, we are still clear about the way that God invites us to live it - that is, how we act towards each other as we seek to live out what following Jesus looks like.  

We would be somewhat less than honest if we did not admit that we don't always do this as well as we wish we did, either among ourselves or those we interact with. So, while we have some unique things to share that we're excited about, we're certainly not perfect, and don't have everything all figured out. But we are committed to keep growing, learning, and experiencing God's work in our lives as we seek to follow Jesus as clearly as we know how. We want to live in a way that reflects His grace, and invites others to join us on that same life journey.

What Makes Adventists Unique

Seventh-day Adventists are very much like most other protestant Christians, sharing the same core beliefs that have shaped the Christian Church since its very beginning, including the very good news that we are saved by grace through faith - and this as God's gift to us through Jesus..

There are, however, a few unique contributions that we believe Adventists make to the larger body of Christ, and it is in the sharing of these that we have a unique purpose. Among those are these:

THE EXPERIENCE OF SABBATH. Not only do Adventists observe Sabbath on the seventh-day of the week (in continuity with the experience of God's people from their earliest recorded memories), but we also seek to take seriously both the great realities of life that Sabbath celebrates (God as our Creator and Redeemer) and the kind of life that it encourages us to live (one that reminds us as we set aside work, that our core identity is not found in what we do or produce, but in being children of a loving God - and of course, that we need to treat others the same way).

THE WHOLENESS OF PEOPLE.  In contrast to the Greek idea that has influenced many Christian thinkers down through the ages, (that we are "spirits" or "souls" that inhabit bodies), we believe that we are indeed "whole" people, with all the various aspects of our lives (physical, mental, emotional, relational, etc.) interconnected and inseparable. We don't just have bodies, we are bodies (without a separate full consciousness apart from a real physical existence). As "whole" beings, we believe God wants to bring health to all aspects of our lives, and so Adventists have invested a lot of time and energy into medical work, education and missions (including improving the living conditions of others) as well as sharing the story of the gospel.  

ANTICIPATION. We also share the New Testament hope of the Second Coming of Jesus (thus the "Adventist" part of our name), the resurrection and an earth restored to what God intended for it. It is at that time that we also look forward to a final resolution of the problem of sin, and a universe restored. But even as we look forward in joyful anticipation to that time, and share that anticipation with others, we do not simply wait, but rather work to bring into the present as much as we can of the life that we will experience then. Even now we can begin to embody the life of the Kingdom of God, and be a presence that encourages peace and healing in our world.

There are of course other things we could mention as well, but these are some of the ones for which we are best known. If you would like to learn more, we would be happy to talk with you. 

Like to become a member?

If you're already a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and would like to transfer your membership here, click here for an on-line membership transfer form.

If you're a follower of Jesus, but not a member of an Adventist church and would like to join us, we'd be happy to talk with you about how we can make that happen.  Contact the church office or any of our church staff, and we'll be happy to explore the options with you.

And, if you're not too sure about this whole thing, but think you'd like to explore what believing in God and following Jesus might be all about, we'd love to be a conversation partner with you on your journey. You can catch one of the pastors at one of our services, by phone or e-mail to let us know how we can connect.  The e-mail for the church office is secretary@calimesasda.com

If you would like to study on-line to learn more about Christianity or Adventists, you can enroll in a course here

A Brief calimesa church history

The  buildings that house much of our church life were constructed in three phases. Phase 1 was the construction of a youth chapel, a Community Services room and the North and South wings housing the Children's Sabbath school rooms. The first phase was first occupied on March 27, 1964.

The sanctuary and church offices were then built, and occupied on February 20, 1965. Membership growth forced the erection of the final phase on the East end of the building. This consisted of two more Sabbath school rooms and the church fellowship hall. Kenneth Roberts was in charge of all the construction projects, with total costs at $400,000. The church was soon paid off, and was dedicated on November 22, 1969.

Later a multipurpose building was constructed in which to house the Community Services and Pathfinders. The new building included what is now call the Fireside Room. This phase of the construction was completed in June of 1977 under the supervision of Ruben Yeager at a cost of $110,000.  (Currently this facility is being completely remodeled to include new rooms, better storage, and new restrooms and kitchen.  Projected costs are around $425,000,  We hope to be moved in shortly after Thanksgiving of 2015).

In addition to the church facilities, Mesa Grande Junior Academy was constructed at 975 South Fremont Street in Calimesa, to serve the young people of the Calimesa, Yucaipa, Beaumont and Forest Falls churches. The school went on to become a full twelve grade institution, graduating its first Senior class in the spring of 1991, and now includes students from an additional four constituent churches (Banning, Yucaipa Valley Spanish, Arden Hills and the Loma Linda Romanian Adventist Church, as well as students from the surrounding community.