January Manna Highlights
McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church Vol. 13 No. 2           February, 2000

"Mommy and Me"

    will make Monday afternoons fun for preschool children and their moms.

McDonald Road Mommy and Me is a new opportunity for the young mothers of our church to have devotions and fellowship with other mothers. It is also a playgroup for children from birth to preschool age.

It will take place on Mondays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Family Center. There will be songs and finger plays for the children, as well as devotions on topics that interest mothers.

This is a great opportunity for mothers in the church to get to know each other and to gain a support group of friends. Please help spread the word.

If you would like any further information, please call Joya Garlock at 396-3616 or Danielle Kaminski at 396-4399. We hope to see you there.

Mark Finley

of It Is Written International Television

will be at our church
via satellite!

The meetings begin
at 7:15 p.m.

on Friday, March 3.

Brochures are available in the church foyer.


A Valentine’s Gift Idea

February 14 is Valentine’s Day. Should you give your sweetheart candy, or flowers, or something else? May I suggest something more valuable?

Let me illustrate. Former President Jimmy Carter admitted to having "unreasonable standards about punctuality. If Rosalyn were even a few minutes late there would be a furious exchange, and we would arrive at church or a friend’s house still angry with each other. For thirty-eight years it has been the most persistent cause of dissension between us."

One morning, he realized that it was his wife’s birthday and he did not have a gift. But he had a brilliant idea. He wrote a note. "Happy Birthday. As proof of my love, I will never again make an unpleasant comment about tardiness."

The note was delivered with a kiss. This happened in 1982, and he is still keeping his promise. Both agree that it was the best birthday present he has ever given her.

God’s Word says this: "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:2, 3).

Give your sweetheart a better partner. Every day work to become the best wife or the best husband possible. Allow Jesus to renovate your character.

1 Peter 3:7 says, "Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as...heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers."

This month, pray that Jesus will give you a love that is:

Slow to suspect … quick to trust.

Slow to condemn … quick to justify.

Slow to offend … quick to defend.

Slow to reprimand … quick to forbear.

Slow to belittle … quick to appreciate.

Slow to demand … quick to give.

Slow to provoke … quick to conciliate.

Slow to hinder … quick to help.

Slow to resent … quick to forgive.

Pastor Don Gettys

Got any Bible questions?  

Come to the new Sabbath School class for college students

Although we don’t normally form a new Sabbath School class midway through a quarter, the church has agreed that it’s worth breaking tradition for our college students.

This new Sabbath School class is devoted to finding Bible answers to the questions submitted in advance by class members or their friends. God’s Word is the textbook, and His Spirit is the teacher.

If you’re in college—or even if you’re older but enjoy studying the Bible with young people—check out the new collegiate class that meets each Sabbath in the Family Center. To find it, go across the parking lot from the sanctuary, enter the Family Center through the middle door, go up the stairs, and join the group on the right in singing or study.

Stewards of His Grace

The Lord’s blessings never cease. Does our spirit of giving reflect that truth? Do we grow weary in well-doing?

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said, "I have one life and one chance to make it count for something...I’m free to choose what that something is, and the something I’ve chosen is my faith. Now, my faith goes beyond theology and religion and requires considerable work and effort. My faith demands—this is not optional—my faith demands that I do whatever I can, for as long as I can, with whatever I have to try to make a difference."

In the early Christian church, the apostle Paul was a living example of a life devoted to the service of God and mankind. Often Paul spent his days preaching, teaching, and healing and then his nights working as a tentmaker in order not to be a financial burden on fellow Christians. He wrote: "You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you" (1 Thessalonians 2:5-9, NIV).

My Song

"And with my song I will praise Him."

Psalm 28:7, NKJV


I thank the Lord from day to day

For all His love and care,

And lift my voice in gratitude

For answering my prayer.


I keep a song within my heart

To cheer me on the way.

It scatters dismal clouds of gloom

That oft’ my path assay.


And with a song I’ll praise the Lord

In hymns of joyful sound,

For all the blessings He bestows

Though troubles may abound.


How comforting it is to know,

Whatever may befall,

My Lord is just a prayer away

And hears me when I call.


With such divine assurance, then,

Tomorrows hold no fear,

Nor can temptation’s lure entice

With Jesus ever near.


And so I thank my Lord each day

For all His love and care

And raise my voice in songs of praise

For answering my prayer.

Adrian V. Boyer

Would you be someone’s Valentine?

"Returning to life outside prison has been hard," said Barbara. "I’ve got a job, but my check doesn’t cover much except rent and utilities."

"We can help you with food," said the Samaritan Center’s caseworker, "and you can choose things like shampoo and toothpaste from this cabinet." She opened the doors of the Gifts for Jesus cabinet.

Barbara got up to look inside. She chose a toothbrush, a bar of soap, and some hand lotion.

"Oh!" she exclaimed as she held it out to show the caseworker. "This is my favorite shampoo! I haven’t had it for years," she added. "Since I got out of prison six months ago, I haven’t been able to afford any shampoo. I’ve just been using bar soap," Barbara explained, as tears welled up in her eyes.

Men and women like Barbara come to the Samaritan Center each day. Their circumstances vary, but they all need to know that someone cares.

As Valentine’s Day turns our thoughts to those we love, add the Samaritan Center’s hurting clients to your list. Show them you care by donating new personal-care products like deodorant, toothpaste, hand lotion, or toilet paper in order to stock the cabinet for people like Barbara. Bring your donation to the front desk at the Samaritan Center from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. For additional information, call 238-7777.

Kim Beck, Client Services Coordinator for the Samaritan Center

Just a Prayer

Lord, I thank thee for this sink of dirty dishes. We have plenty of food to eat.

Thank thee for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry. We have plenty of nice clothes to wear.

And I would like to thank thee, Lord, for those unmade beds. They were so warm and comfortable last night. I know that many people have no bed.

My thanks to thee, Lord, for this bathroom—complete with all the splattered mirrors; soggy, grimy towels; and dirty lavatory. They are so convenient.

Thank thee for this finger-smudged refrigerator that needs defrosting so badly; it has served us faithfully for many years. It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers for two or three meals.

Thank thee, Lord, for this oven that absolutely must be cleaned today. It has baked so many good things over the years.

The whole family is grateful for the tall grass that needs mowing and the lawn that needs raking. We all enjoy the yard.

Thank thee, Lord, even for that slamming screen door. My kids are healthy and able to run and play.

Lord, the presence of all these chores awaiting me says thou hast richly blessed my family. I shall do them all cheerfully, and I shall do them gratefully. Amen!

submitted by Jack L. Parnell


Chosen for Us!

"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed…and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed. …Thou shalt eat the herb of the field" (Genesis 1:29; 3:18). "Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator." Ministry of Healing, p. 296.

When we buy an appliance, we receive an owner’s manual. If we don’t want to ruin our new appliance, we read the owner’s manual and follow the directions for its care.

Do we have an Owner’s manual for our bodies? Yes! God made us, so He knows what we need to function and to be healthy and happy.

Every facet of life involves nutrition. We need to understand nutrition—the science concerned with the function and bodily assimilation of food—to ensure health. As we know, food provided nutrients that are "building blocks" for our bodies, and it’s the source of energy for them, also. We need to know the importance of balanced nutrients and which foods are the best sources.

We need to make healthy food choices to help reduce our risk of developing diseases. A wide variety of food is best. Each day’s food content should be divided into 70 percent of calories from cereal, fruits, and vegetables; 20 percent of calories from fat; and 10 percent of calories from protein foods. Vegetable sources of protein will meet your body’s needs without the excess fat that is found in the popular diet of the world. You will gain a liberal amount of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, as well.

The Department of Health and Human Services gives the following suggestions:

1. Eat a variety of unprocessed food from all of the food groups. The more color, the better.

2. Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity increases your risk of disease.

3. Choose a diet low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.

4. Choose 6-11 grain foods; 5 fruits; 6 vegetables; 3 servings of nuts, beans, and other legumes; and 3 servings of milk/milk substitutes/cheese/cheese substitutes. Use fats, oils, and sweets sparingly.

It’s best to eat a well-balanced breakfast with one or two other nutritious meals daily, taking care to eat or drink nothing except water between meals. Our bodies need 8-12 glasses of water daily. Tea, coffee, alcohol, and soft drinks should be avoided.

We can get plenty of good-quality fiber from a vegetarian meal. Our bodies need 40-50 grams of fiber daily. Legumes, fruits, and vegetables are good sources of fiber.

Fats are important, but we need to get them in whole foods, like olives, not by adding butter or oil to our meals. Excess fat can cause diseases.

There is a God-given diet. This is the diet that will give us plenty of energy and will help us to be healthy, live longer, and have endurance. This is the diet that will help us to have clear minds.

"God has given us the fruits and grains of the earth for food that we might have … clear minds." My Life Today, p. 132.

Charlene Anderson,

Health & Temperance leader

Internet Ministry News

Read how the Lord is working on hearts from His mission field here on the McDonald Road Web site! The 5,887 hits per day (as of this week) are only part of the story. Here is a small sampling of what people are writing to us:

"We are miles away from your church, but we are deeply moved with everything in your Web site." (This note was written from the Philippines.)

Our Bible students have completed more than 5,000 lessons, and here are comments from two of our students:

"Lessons 6 and 7 have been amazing. I just never knew any of this before. They’ve made so many things really much clearer for me."

"Everything your church teaches, God has laid on our hearts...I know I didn’t run across your church by mistake. My wife and I both feel that God has brought our paths together for a purpose."

More than 2,500 sermons were read by people this week. Here is a response from an elder on an island in the Caribbean:

"I love the sermons. They are most helpful to me. I have a pile of printouts of the sermons. I am using them to take to Sabbath services and prayer meetings and Friday night vesper meetings. I am one of the Elders in our main city church. Last December I printed out a few sermons for our local mission president. Thank you, and God bless you in His service."

You can volunteer to be an Internet missionary by writing to:

Dean Saunders,

Internet Ministry coordinator

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