A report of the January meeting
An exciting goal setting session was held and you will be thrilled at the outcome. We talked about the Immediate requirement of larger Sabbath School Classrooms that are desperately needed now. We recommended that the Church Board act with haste in moving forward this year with fund raising and with construction. Last year the tithe of our church surpassed one million dollars! Praise God. A church of this strength surely has the ability to meet the pressing need of its children. The board authorized brother Warren Oliver to begin fund raising immediately. He will do this at no charge to our church. Thank you Warren!
Outreach was another hot topic. Our web outreach is phenomenal under the leadership of Dean Saunders. Thousands are in touch every day. We have already built a brand new church in India that seats 300. It is the red brick Chandel "B" Church in the state of Manipur, India. Added to that is a new church in Costa Rica that is being built this week by volunteers from McDonald Road. Add to that another church that is now in operation at four corners. This also is being started by McDonald Road members under the direction of Wayne Severance. It meets every Sabbath at 2PM in the Regency assisted living center. McDonald Road members are going there to sing, pray, and preach. A good attendance is already reported. If you would like to be involved contact Wayne at 8928789.
We want to start a prison ministry at Silverdale. Support was given to an updating or overhaul of the Wednesday night prayer meeting. Leaders dreamed about beginning a Family Night where supper will be provided each Wednesday night followed by many choices of spiritual help which may include a parenting support group, Bible Beliefs class, divorce recovery, last day events seminar, dealing with grief, emotional health, how to give Bible Studies seminar, health classes, Money Matters seminar, and elderly support group. Contact one of our pastors for more information if you would like to assist.
As we enter this new millennium we are excited about the possibilities for personal growth and service. Praise God if you are already assigned a job in our church. If not please contact the church office or church leadership to see how you can be used of heaven to help meet the needs of His kingdom. Jesus is coming someday soon and we must be found doing our best for Jesus.
Pastor Don Gettys
Going to the Dogs
The Bible tells us that we can gain wisdom by watching ants. This is not a great time of year for ant watching. The ones in my yard seem to be sleeping in their homes for the winter. Considering the fact that I just spent the night in our gymnasium during our Adventurer Club lock-in, this may indeed be wisdom! We should have used softer cement for the floor! But I digress. Since the ant is not currently teaching wisdom, I'm going to my dog. She taught me several lessons today and patience was not one of them.
Heidi is our Yellow Lab that has enough energy and enthusiasm to be the pet of several families. I try to let her out of her pen everyday so that she can run in the fields, play in the streams, chase squirrels in the woods and the cats in our yard. She loves this activity and usually does very well at returning to me for her leash so that I can take her for a walk and put her back into her pen. Today was a day that she did not do so well.
It seems that Heidi does fine as long as she stays behind our house. But if she goes beyond the front of our house, the trouble begins. Our neighbors across the street have horses, dogs, and goats. Heidi loves to run and visit with all of them. Once she decides to do this, I might as well give up and go inside because she no longer heeds her master's voice (or whistle). It is as if I no longer exists. There is no way that I can catch her and she knows it. The more I try, the more belligerent she becomes. All I can do is call her occasionally to let her know that I still exist and am the one (maybe the only one in the neighborhood) that loves her. To have her run away from me just when I'm getting close makes me sad (mad would be a more accurate description).
Eventually, after she has been rejected by the neighbors (yelling and shooting), and has not been accepted into the pak of other disobedient dogs that roam our countryside (barking and biting), she comes home. Though she is wet and muddy, she tries to put on a happy face (tail) but I know that she knows that she has willfully gone astray. She also knows that there will be food in her pen, water in her dish and freedom again tomorrow. I hope that she will choose to stay closer to her master. I hope that I will make the same choice!
At our January meeting the Board members struggled with just what the goal should be for our new Sabbath School building. The new facility will alleviate crowded conditions in our Children's Sabbath School rooms. It will allow safety for the Juniors who can move down stairs to a new room that will have two exits. It will relieve the crowded office situation and provide more room for restrooms. A new Janitors Closet and many storage areas will be a wonderful problem solver. The new construction will provide shelter in the pouring rain for drivers to drop off their family in the dry. With a short covered walkway, a person could walk from the church to the Family Center in the dry. This is a project whose time has come. Let's get behind it and do our part.
Parish Nurse, Audrey Henson reported for the last month, a total of 73 contacts. There were 51 phone calls, 14 home visits and eight hospital visits.
At the last Church Board meeting, Pastor Gettys stressed the importance of members notifying Audrey or one of the pastors when a member is ill or enters the hospital.
The Parish Nurse Program does involve more than just making visits. 36 hours were used last month for program planning. Several pamphlet displays were created as well as bulletin notices, and four health related meetings.
Future plans for the program include continued ministry to members of our church and outreach to those in the community who need our help. Visits and telephone contacts will continue for those homebound or in the hospital.
The Secret Things
On February 14th...
Adrian V. Boyer
(The secret things belong unto the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong unto us and our children forever... Deut. 29:29)
But such as are defined
Will bless our Hearts and edify,
And grant us Peace of Mind.
It therefore doth behoove us all
To search the Scriptures till,
By studying God's Holy Word
We ascertain His Will.
Now that which has not been revealed,
Through penned by Inspiration,
Should not be left to postulate,
Or pious speculation.
Interpretation should be left
Unto the Holy Writ,
Nor should we add or take away
One sacred Word of It:
Lest from the Book of Life the Lord
Will take our Part away
Nor grant us entrance to the Land
Of everlasting Day.
By Faith alone we apprehend
The Promises therein,
That Jesus will assuredly
Deliver us from Sin.
Dispel all Ambiguities,
Nor entertain Despair,
The Answers to our Doubts are found
In earnest, daily Prayer.
The Secret Things belong to God,
But such as are defined,
Will surely bless our troubled Hearts,
And give us Peace of Mind.
I feel guilty this month because of the tremendous amount of work that gets left undone at the end of the day. God has wonderfully blessed His webserver with over 2 million hits last year from about 138 countries. God is currently blessing with over 6,000 hits each day even this week. The harvest is out there waiting for us, but we are not keeping up with the pace.
The technology that God has provided is reaching people everywhere; but in the final analysis, God has entrusted us with the mission of reaching the people, and we are falling short of our mission. It is not enough to go to the home and leave a pamphlet on their doorstep. We must be involved! Their salvation, as well as ours, is at stake.
We are in a crisis as far as handling all of the requests that come to us by way of the McDonald Road website. I am very thankful for those who have just now volunteered to be Bible Instructors, but the demand is out pacing our response. The number of visitors to God's Website is at an all time high, but we need additional dedicated help right away! There are a variety of ways you can help. Come to Sabbath School on February 3 and see how you can make a real difference!
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
An internet report is expected Sabbath morning Feb. 3 from our Maranatha Team in Costa Rica! Don't miss it!
If you would like to learn more, write to: email@example.com
An online survey is also available at: http://mcdonaldroad.org/members
God will bless as we work for Him!
Internet Ministry coordinator
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By Charlene Anderson
"Gratitude, rejoicing, benevolence, trust in God's love and care-these are health's greatest safeguard." Ministry of Healing, Pg. 281.
Benevolence comes right next to faith, love and Christian diligence. God wants us to be happy, so He wants us to share in cultivating the habits of self-denial and benevolence.
We will develop good Christian characters by self-denial for Jesus' sake-to be like Jesus! We can find true happiness in faithfully doing the job before us- of doing good and being good, but our good works need to be prompted by a love for others and for God.
We will find a pleasure in doing good deeds for others. It will give us a glow to our feelings which sends a quickening through the nerves, the circulation of the blood and gives us mental and physical health.
Your mind plays a big role in our physical health, so if we are happy and free of worry, we will have better health. Giving and helping others will create cheerfulness and happiness which gives a positive reaction to the whole body. This is a blessing from God as a healer to our bodies.
When we keep to ourselves and talk only of our sufferings, trials, and afflictions, we are putting our health in jeopardy. There is a remedy for our poor health. Start doing for others what you are able to do, "then shall thy light break forth as the morning and thine health shall spring forth speedily." Isa.58:8. Yes, helping others is a good remedy for disease.
We need to have sympathy for others along with love and benevolence and it will be of great good when blessed by God. This will give a blessing to you. This is obeying the laws of heaven and has God's approval. Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." These acts of benevolence should be shown towards friends and strangers.
A working church is a growing church. We are to help others. We are to be an example to our young people that they may have these benefits also. The more we use patience, forbearance, gentleness, meekness and long suffering, the more they will be strengthened and we receive many blessings from this.
We will not be a blessing or of any use to God by sitting back and letting others do it. God can not say, "Well done." We are looking down the tunnel of time and see a great light-Jesus making ready to come for us! Are we ready? Are we giving of our talents, our time, our good deeds and our money? Are we going without some things to give to others-to God's work?
We need to work like we really believe time is really short and that we must give an account for our labors. God wants us to use every opportunity to be useful because neglect to do this is detrimental to our spiritual growth. We are to work hand in hand with God. Jesus was our example.
Yes, this is a tall order, but Jesus did more than this for us. If we devote our thoughts, words, all of our works and money to Jesus, we will do His will and be pleasing in His sight.
New Creations Can Take Place in Buildings and People!
By Melissa Turner
Over the month of January, the McDonald Road Youth Building (the little white building across the parking lot) was refurbished and redecorated. Painting, new curtains, a border, new pillows, couch covers, bulletin boards, and a new T.V. and V.C.R. (thanks to Dean Saunders and the A.V. Dept.) have completed the new look of a cheery and inviting place for our church's youth to meet.
As I looked at the finished product our newly redecorated youth room I couldn't help but think about the refurbishing that God wants to do in our lives! I thought about the verse in II Corinthians 5:17: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"
God has a special plan for every person: a restoration project for every willing person's soul. At the second of your submission to and acceptance of Him as your loving Savior, He will refurbish your soul with "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and selfcontrol," Galatians 5:22, 23.
Philip Yancey in his book The Invisible God says: "God sent His son to die for us because He couldn't bear the thought of losing us," (paraphrase). Can you imagine? God sent His very Son to die for us! Just think about all of the other awesome things He can do in our lives besides this one foundational key to eternal life!
Let God remodel, refurbish, and redecorate your heart today. What a difference He will make in it! I challenge you to discover God's awesome love as we have set out in our youth group's mission statement: Together in Christ, To Discover and Share God's Awesome Love! The love that you will find will change your life forever, inside and out.
By Don West
Sabbath School Investment is one of the oldest, and sometimes neglected projects of our Seventh-day Adventist church. In 2001 your leaders and superintendents want all of you to get involved to make it the greatest year of mission giving for our world wide proclamation of the Good News of Jesus' Second Coming!
Millions yet have not heard the Blessed Hope of Salvation in Jesus. That is what Investment is all about! Time is short and we need to work with God in opening up new work, in new locations, for Jesus can't return until the Gospel goes to all the world as witness to every person on the planet!
In 1998 we raised nearly $2,800. 1999 brought almost $3,700 and last year we collected just over $2,800. This year let's plan to go well beyond those numbers, with our focus on $5,000.
Please pray that God will reveal
to each of you, young and old, what you should plan for the
Sabbath School Investment in 2001. Let's all get involved and let God
do miracles with your project! If you have questions about this,
please contact your leaders, Don West or Ken Oliver. We want to assist in
any way we can.
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