November Manna Highlights
McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church Vol. 13 No. 11           November, 2000

Operation Christmas Child

This year the McDonald Road Church will be taking part in "Operation Christmas Child".

Millions of children around the world have been touched by this unique project of the Christian relief and evangelism organization, Samaritan's Purse.

It is not difficult to participate. All you need is a few dollars, a lot of love and creativity, and a good shoe box!

Look for the brochures to be handed out this month with your church bulletin. Follow the simple directions and get ready to make this Christmas a very special time for some very special children.

This will be a great opportunity for our church family to reach out to needy children in tough situations and to share the Good News of Jesus through Christian literature and gifts in shoe boxes.

Start planning now for your Christmas Child. Bring your filled shoe boxes to Church on Sabbath, November 18.

Blueprint for the 21st Century Campaign Pays Off.

The Georgia-Cumberland Academy campus has been transformed as a result of the "Blueprint for the 21st Century Campaign".

The McDonald Road church family has greatly supported this restoration project. Over the last five years, our church sent in nearly $12,000.00 to the campaign.

When the campaign ended earlier this year, over $1.7 million had been raised. As a result of this effort, the dorms have been renovated, staff housing upgraded, phone system enhanced, and the science lab has been upgraded.

Director of Development, Paul Eirich III was greatful for our support of Georgia-Cumberland Academy. "Thank you so much for responding so generously to our appeal to you for help," said Eirich. "I ask for your continued support for GCA by your influence, finances and most of all, your prayers."

Can your child's toys hurt or even kill them?

Learn about toy safety and choosing age-appropriate toys from 1-4 p.m.,Sunday, November 12, at the Samaritan Center.

Pastor's Challenge: Give Thanks

Don Gettys

In everything give thanks.     1 Thessalonians 5:18

In Vermont a farmer was sitting on the porch with his wife. He was beginning to realize how much she meant to him. It was about timefor they had lived together fortytwo years, and she had been such a help, a very willing worker. One day as they sat together, he said, "Wife, you've been such a wonderful woman that there are times I can hardly keep from telling you."

We must express our thanks more often. Last month, I was shaking hands at the church door after a sermon and a small child came up and she said "I wanted to thank you for your sermon". Then she smiled and left. That was one of the nicest thank-you's I've ever had after a sermon. If we appreciate something or someone, we should be quick to verbalize it.

Colossians 3:15 says "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful".

Henry Ward Beecher said: As flowers carry dewdrops, trembling on the edges of the petals, and ready to fall at the first waft of the wind or brush of bird, So the heart should carry its beaded words of thanksgiving. At the first breath of heavenly flavor, let down the shower, perfumed with the heart's gratitude.

Once I heard a story that took place in an extended care facility. It was Thanksgiving season in the nursing home and the small resident population was gathered about their humble Thanksgiving table. The director asked each in turn to express one thing for which they were thankful. Thanks were expressed for a home in which to stay, families, etc. One little old lady in her turn said, "I thank the Lord for two perfectly good teeth, one in my upper jaw and one in my lower jaw that match so that I can chew my food." She was thankful for what little she had rather than complain about what she lacked.

1 Chronicles 16:41 - "give thanks to the LORD, "for his love endures forever."

I thank God for the privilege of ministering to this beautiful congregation. You are the nicest group of folks any pastor could ever wish for. Your hearts are kind and gentle and Christlike. I marvel that God has brought us together and left us together for so long. I praise Him every day for each of you.

Let us go on in His will with gratitude to accomplish His purposes until His soon coming.

-- Pastor Don Gettys

Did you buy them Out?

By John Lamb

One day as a customer left the Samaritan Center's Thrift Shop with an armful of purchases. A gentleman waiting in the lobby asked, "Did you buy them out?" She laughed, and said, "Why no! You'd never be able to do that."

She was right. Generous donations by people like you help your neighbors find the furniture, clothing and household items they need at reasonable prices. These items are shared at no charge with those who can't afford to pay.

But having a Thrift Shop is not the reason the center exists. Away from the hustle and bustle of the Thrift Shop, the Samaritan Center's programs are at work.

If you come here often, you have walked past many people whose lives are being touched by these programs. Why can't you tell who is being helped? Because preserving their dignity and privacy are as important as providing help.

Back in the offices, caseworkers are making sure that lights and heat stay on in people's homes when it's cold. The Community Care Nurse is behind closed doors dispensing reassuring health information. Stephen Ministers are spending time with people who need someone to walk alongside them during difficult times. Volunteers are stocking the shelves in the food pantry.

Counselors are working though clients' issues in the Hope for Tomorrow Counseling Center two doors down.

While these programs operate out-of-sight, they have a resounding impact on our community. Last year more than 4,000 people found Help for Today and Hope for Tomorrow at the Samaritan Center.

Imagine if the Center was not here to minister to them! Your gifts to Campaign for Community provide the programs that help so many of your neighbors. Won't you help this year? Call 238-7777 for more information.

Internet Ministry News

McDonald Road website is the source for all the latest information concerning Adventist Churches around the world with websites; and there are currently over 1,600 churches listed. As a result, a lot of people sign our guest book commenting about the service we provide. It takes many hours to maintain the list, but here is a sample guest book entry that makes the endeavor well worthwhile:

Hello Everyone, This website sent me for a loop. I never knew that it was such a large Adventist community that covered areas I couldn't even pronounce
(giggles). I'm a 29yo single mother that left the church for ALL the wrong reasons, but I've recently returned. It is odd; when you have been raised in the church and you depart it, there is nothing that can fill that void. You would/could spend years searching before you realize it's God. I am now renewing my relationship with Christ, and finding it is more knowledgeable a second time around (because I am actually eating the meat). I invite Christian conversation with fellow believers and pray to see you in the Kingdom. Continue to stay blessed.......
(Hyattsville, Md)

Another part of our website outreach is our Bible School with over 50 Bible Instructors. Here is a sample from Brian who is one of our instructors in Montana. It is also a challenge that is worthwhile:

One of the Bible Students you sent me has completed lessons 14 and 15. She is now working on lesson 16. She has written that she believes the Seventh Day Sabbath truth and wants to follow it. She is inquiring how and where she can worship on the Saturday/ Sabbath.

Another Bible student from South Africa is has completed lesson 11 and is doing lesson 12. He is having trouble accepting the Biblical truth on the State of the Dead and letting go of the popular "Christian" belief in the immortal soul that lives on after death.

We also have a prayer ministry. Here is a sample thank you note from someone we prayed for:

I was the one who told you about our problem with Robert my husband not finding a job and how things were pretty much in a mess. I asked you to please pray for him, and my prayers and yours were finally heard by God.

God Bless all whose prayers went before God to ask for his help in finding a job meant for Robert.

It is wonderful to know that God will bless as we work for him!

- - -Dean

If you would like to learn more, write to:

An online survey is also available at:

God will bless as we work for Him!

Dean Saunders,

Internet Ministry coordinator

Autumn Odyssey

Adrian V. Boyer


Now the Residue of Summer

Lies in golden Disarray,

In a leafy patterned Carpet

On the chill November Day.


And the Crickets' plaintive Largos

No more haunt the Evening Air,

While a frosty Silence hovers

O'er the Lea and Everywhere.


Sullen Clouds like gray Armadas

Drift across the sunless Skies,

Till the timid Sun surrenders

To the Autumn's awesome Guise.


High above the Fields and Forests,

Silhouetted by Moon,

A gaggling Wedge of Geese wing Southward

To some covert, warm Lagoon.


It's the prelude to the Winter,

And the Time of Ice and Snow,

When the North Wind vents its fury

On the Countryside below.


Not until the southern Zephyrs

Liberate the frozen Scene,

Will the Earth regain its Verdure,

Or the Mead its Cloak of Green.


In the Annals of the Ages

Caught in Time's remorseless Thrall,

Down the Sequence of the Aeons,

Winter always follows Fall.

Positive Lifestyle:   A Quiet Place-part II

This cycle is repeated four to six times a night. The dream stage (REM) rests you mentally and is important for you to learn and memorize.

Lack of this stage is the most upsetting to your system. You may become less effective, confused, suspicious, anxious, insecure and irritable. You may also experience withdrawal symptoms and weight gain. You can become physically uncomfortable, withdraw from society and friends, be less aggressive and outgoing and unable to show concern over vague physical complaints and changes in bodily feelings.

When we are sleep deprived, it has been shown that deep sleep takes priority over dreaming sleep. These needs for deep sleep are met first. The body tries to reestablish the balance of the stages. Daytime sleep doesn't have the same rhythm as night sleep. REM sleep predominates during the morning naps and stage IV predominates in late afternoon or evening naps.

Seven minutes is the average time it takes to fall asleep unless you are older, stressed, or have medical, mental or drug related disorders. Sedatives, tranquilizers, anti-depressants, amphetamines and alcohol interfere with REM sleep.

Sleeping pills should not be used on a regular basis for their effects decrease with continued use and do not deliver good sleep. They cause jumps from stage to stage rather than having a smooth 90 minute rhythm. Pills don't produce sleep, they just depress the central nervous system and the arousal threshold is increased.

People die faster from lack of sleep than from lack of food. Your sleep need is being met if you are not sleepy during the day and are fully alert with a sense of well-being. "The main cause of breaking down of the mental powers is improper diet, irregular meals and lack of exercise. Irregular hours of eating and sleeping, sap the brain forces." Youths Instructor (E. White) 1894.


1. Lie or sit comfortably and let yourself relax.

2. Take a deep breath. Pull your toes toward your head and tighten your leg and calf muscles. Breath out and let go.

3. Breath deep. Make a fist with both hands and tighten arm and shoulder muscles. Breath out and let go completely.

4. Wrinkle the forehead hard. Relax and smooth it out. Do the same for the eyes, jaw, neck shoulders and upper back. Keep rest of the body relaxed.

5. Tighten the stomach. Repeat twice. Relax completely.

6. Tighten the lower back. Feel the tension. Relax then repeat.

7. Repeat this with the hips, thighs, calves and ankles.

8. Now while relaxing, breath deeply and slowly for 10 breaths. Think about how quiet and relaxed you feel (this can be done in bed). Happy dreams!

—Charlene Anderson,

Health Ministries Leader

Holiday Cooking Class  

Sunday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m. in the Family Center

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