“I believe the message to the church for these days comes from the Old Testament connecting to the events of the end. To understand the end, we must go back to the beginning,” says Appleby.
Part of that process involves celebrating Jewish traditions. Each Friday evening at Angus Church, Shabbat is remembered. Shabbat is Hebrew for Sabbath. At 5:30 p.m., celebrants gather to commemorate the advent of weekly Sabbath. Beginning with the blowing of five shofars (consecrated ram’s horns) and continuing with the blessings, the ceremony signifies the start of the day of rest, (each Friday at sundown) prescribed in the Old Testament as holy to the Lord.
Breaking the challah (a three strand braided bread) together is followed by blessing the wine. A potluck is shared along with rich fellowship. And the public is invited to share in this significant celebration each week.
According to Appleby, celebrating Shabbat blends naturally to Sundays. Because Sundays signify Christ’s resurrection, there are many correlations between both days. Commemorating the Sabbath leads to other events and celebrations.
April 6, Good Friday, a Seder meal will be shared at Angus Church, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Seder (Say-der) signifies the Passover feast celebrated in Jewish tradition for thousands of years. Commemorating the time the angel of death passed over the homes of consecrated Jews, Passover components lead remarkably to the life of Jesus, His teachings and His death. Appleby explains: “The Seder brings in the message of the Messiah to complete the Jewish tradition.” The public is invited and reservations are required. The cost to cover the meal is $5 per person, with a maximum of $20 per family.
Bob and Marquita Appleby, married 20 years, met after each of their first spouses died of colorectal cancer. Bob, traveling evangelist at the time, came to Marquita’s church to speak. They met, and within one week were engaged to be married, much to the delight of Marquita’s church family. They’ve lived in the Capitan area for several years and are a part of the leadership team of Angus Church. Appleby has pastored, been an evangelist, and has led cross-cultural groups in the Los Angeles area in the course of his ministry. Marquita is an experienced educator, organist and her first husband was also a minister.
Angus Church of the Nazarene is located on Highway 48 at the bottom of Angus Hill, just south of the junction of Highway 48 and 37. Located just inside Bonita Park Nazarene Camp and Conference center, look for the blue roof. Both Shabbat and the Seder Celebration are held in the church’s gym, at the rear of the facility. Phone 575-336-8032 for information or reservations.