April Manna Highlights
McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church Vol. 14 No. 4           April, 2001


Attention all Veterans

Please plan to wear your uniform on Sabbath, May 19, 2001 in recognition of Armed Forces Day.

This advance notice is given just in case you need a little time to "shrink" your waist line in order to fit into your uniform!

A military chaplain will be our guest speaker that day.

Contact Clarence Merritt for more information: 472-1709

Help Indian Earthquake Victims

Help Indian Earthquake Survivors

The Samaritan Center and WSMC 90.5 FM have almost reached the halfway mark in raising $10,000 to "adopt" 50 of the 2,500 homeless families on Kadir "island" devastated by the recent western Indian earthquake.

A tent, a one month food supply, a kitchen kit to prepare the food, a pack of personal hygiene products and four blankets cost $200.

Area donors can sponsor an entire kit or individual components. Your help is needed to complete this project! Checks should be made out to the "Samaritan Center India Project" and dropped off at the Center or mailed to 9231 Lee Highway, Ooltewah, TN 37363. For more information, call 423-238-7777.





Pastor's Challenge

Kent Crutcher

God Doesn't Recycle

I have a great dump (excuse me, sanitary landfill) a few miles from my house. I toss the bags of trash into the back of my pick-up and drive away, removing the trash forever. It gives me such a since of well-being to know that for two dollars I can get rid of five bags of trash. All that I have to do when I get there is hand the nice man in the booth my money and then throw the bags of trash into the compactor. If I have larger items, I can even drive into the dump (landfill) itself and pay by weight. If I have things to recycle, they do that too. I can throw my cardboard into one container, my oil into another, my paper into another, and my glass into another, all without paying a thing. How exciting! My trash is gone from beside the back door and everything is clean, again. Did I say again? That's where the problem is.

Before I even get back home, more trash has accumulated! More is in the waste-baskets waiting to be bagged and stored by the back door to wait for the next trip to the landfill (dump). It is a never ending process. The wonderful feeling of accomplishment is short lived. The trash is back.

Is that not how our lives work? God hauls away the trash from our hearts (where He lives) when we ask forgiveness. Only He doesn't recycle anything. He throws it as far as the east is from the west. He throws it deeper than the depths of the ocean. But we keep producing more and He has to keep hauling more away. And like the trash from my house, it is usually the same old stuff. It is as if we go to the depths of the ocean and dredge up our old sins so that we can recycle them. Then they have to be removed again.

Jesus has shown us through His life that we don't have to keep filling our hearts with trash. If we allow Him full access to our hearts, there is not room for us to bring any in, or in again for those who recycle. That's a better deal than two dollars for five bags. This is a free service and need not be repeated. But Jesus is tireless in the cause to keep our hearts clean. Let's allow Him to make them a great place for Him to live!



New Life Choices Class Begins

Want better relationships with friends & Family?

Do you have emotional issues that need healing?

A free orientation will be held Tuesday, April 10, at the Samaritan Center. Call 238-8000 for more information


No More Goodbyes

Adrian V. Boyer

I

How priceless are the Hours we spend

In Fellowship with bosom Friends,-

A Foretaste of the Joys in store

To bless our Hearts forevermore.

However oft our Visits are,

They're always much too Brief by far,

And tho we tarry for a Spell,

Too soon it's Time to say `Farewell'.

II

But in this life of Strife and Stress,

Such Interims of Happiness

Are volatile and fade Away

Like Morning Mists at break of Day.

And as the Seasons wax and wane,

Oft-times we'll meet old Friends again.

At some appointed Rendezvous

And make a Memory or two.

III

But one Day in the Earth made new,

We'll never have to say, `Adieu',

For there will be no parting there,

No timid Tear or taxing Care.

As now when Friends too oft must part,

With longing Sigh and yearning Heart.

What Joy there'll be when you and I

Will never have to say, `Good-bye'!

Algebraic Construction...

Chris Walters assisted Dr. Ken Caviness and Dr. Ray Hefferlin on March 15, presenting a physics seminar at SAU about "The Algebraic Construction of Lewis Diagrams, Truth and Consequences." Some of the "consequences" result in very strange molecules.

Chris is a freshman at SAU, and is taking four majors: computer science, German, business and chemistry.

Chris is a member at Mcdonald Road Church; and has been an important part of the Audio Visual team since he was 9 years old. His parents are Dale and Lezlee Walters, also members of the McDonald Road Church.


Investment Request

By Don West


Do you realize onefourth of 2001 is history? How has it been for you and Sabbath School Investment? I have cut out hundreds of bar codes and have even scotchtaped torn ones. So, can you please try to remove the food labels without tearing or cutting the barcode? It will help us a lot. Also remember to empty your cans completely before turning them in. Thanks again for your help and understanding!

Each Sabbath school class or children's division do not need to count the food labels unless you wish to calculate how much you are helping. The food labels are worth .02 cents each. This helps start new mission projects all over the world!

I would love to hear about the progress you're having with your personal Investment project. Please call me at 396-3544 I hope each time we are up front we can hear at least one testimony of God's miracle in your experience! Let me know how we as leaders can be a better help to any of you.


Ask the Doctor

Have questions about Allergies or Asthma ?

Dr. Luke Inankur will be available from 1-4 p.m., April 8, at the Samaritan Center to answer your questions.

Dr. Inankur is knowledgeable about these conditions in both children and adults.



Church Socials:

Already we have experienced the beautiful Sweetheart Banquet at the Marriott on February 18 and the great Talent Show on March 17.

The Social Committee wishes to thank each individual who participated in these events whether you were a performer or in the audience. Each had an important role in the success of these events.

The list of possible functions for church socials was long. The air was sparked with excitement as we, your social committee, scheduled upcoming events. But the paring was painful as there were too many options and requests for wonderfully fun activites that we were not able to accommodate into the busy church calendar. Some events are still tentative.

Mark your calendars for these special events.



Church Retreat

Pine Mountain Campground
Pine Mountain, GA

Contact Cindy Cannon at 423-236-5322 for information

Curious Activity Meditate Participate

Please let Cindy know that you plan to attend. We have special events planned for the weekend. Refresh your body and soul as we sing. Pray and praise our Maker and our King.

Internet Ministry News

Burney's Critter Corner





An exciting new feature called "Burney's Critter Corner" is now part of McDonald Road Website!

You will not want to miss these nature nuggets complete with full color original paintings by Burney Tompkins. Every kid (and adults too) can remember Burney's nuggets as presented in church; and now they are online for everyone to enjoy. We currently have 9 different stories online; but we anticipate additional presentations in the months ahead.

Don't miss out! The current collection includes pictures and nature nuggets about Owls, Sea Turtles, Frogs, Hummingbirds, and more!

Visit McDonald Road Website at:
http://mcdonaldroad.org

Be sure to look for Burney's Critter Corner.

If you would like to learn more on how you can help, write to: volunteer@mcdonaldroad.org

An online survey is also available at: http://mcdonaldroad.org/members

God will bless as we work for Him!

Dean Saunders,

Internet Ministry coordinator


Positive Lifestyle:

Lifestyle Habits of the Immune System II

Now what can we do to build the Immune System? Our lifestyle does matter! Our diet is the backbone of our health. Scientific studies have confirmed the original diet (Gen. 1:29) The plant based diet is beneficial and adequate for proper nutrition.

A vegetarian's natural killer cells (NK) have a greater ability to kill cancer cells than those who use flesh food. This could be because of the enhanced NK cell activity from the vegetarian diet. Dr. Colin Campbell of Cornell University did a study. He found that meat and dairy products are not necessary for good health. The Chinese consume no dairy products, yet they have one of the lowest rates of osteoporosis in the world! The data was so convincing in this test that Dr. Campbell became a vegetarian. 122,261 Japanese men were studied. It was concluded that vegetarians who didn't smoke and drink had the lowest incidence of cancer, hypertension and heart disease.

Exercise is probably the next in importance to health, for it is beneficial to the strength of the immune cells. Aerobic exercise nullifies the results of emotional stress and the activity of NK cells increases to be able to fight disease. Moderate exercise gives the factors needed for a normal heart defense. In order to have fewer infectious episodes you need regular exercise. However, intense, vigorous, competitive exercise depresses the body's immunity. This "why" you need to rest when you become sick. Moderate pleasant exercise like walking, swimming, outdoor work, gardening, etc... benefits the immune function.

"Courage, hope, faith, sympathy, love promote health and prolong life. A contented mind, a cheerful spirit is health to the body and strength to the soul. `A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.' (Prov. 17:22)" Ministry of Healing, p.241.

We do need to manage stress or it can get the best of us. By relaxing and deliberately putting aside stress you can increase the good NK cell activity and increase the number of T- lymphocytes. Find ways to relax. Try reading or going for a stroll. Learn to trade your negative thoughts for positive ones and give your face permission to smile! (We have the best reasons in the world to be happy!)

How can we maintain a healthy immune system? We need to eat whole, unrefined foods. Whole grains, fresh vegetables, legumes, raw nuts and fresh fruits should be used daily. Avoid free fats, sweets and stimulants. Drink 8-12 glasses of water between meals.

Yes, exercise is a must for good health, so look for ways to include it. Park further from the store or climb stairs instead of taking the elevator. Take time to enjoy the outdoors. Start out slowly and build up your endurance and speed over time, then you are apt to stay with it.

Sleep is necessary to build the immune system. Remember, if you want to have good health you need to sleep a few hours before midnight. For repairing the cells of your body you need several hours of sleep after midnight--at least a total of eight hours.

Commune with God each day. The more time spent with Him, the less stress we'll feel and the healthier we'll be. This will build a strong immune system. God gives us a challenge for the healthiest life possible-His 10 Health Principles.


Teen Scene:   Pray the Prayer of Jabez

By Melissa Turner

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, ‘I gave birth to him in pain. Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request, (I Chronicles 4:9, 10).

Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! It is all right to ask God to bless us. It is not being selfish. We are simply asking for His blessing in all that we do. God definitely wants to play a dynamic part in everything we do. All we have to do is ask Him to take that part in our lives. Since we were little ones in kindergarten we have sung, Ask and it shall be given unto you, Seek and ye shall find, Knock and the door shall be opened unto you. . . . We shouldn’t be hesitant to ask God for His blessing. He is waiting for us to ask.

Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain. We shouldn’t be hesitant to ask God to keep us from evil. I heard a quote recently and it went something like this: You can’t sin while you are praying. Well, this is true in cases of sincere prayer. But, one can definitely make it hard on himself if he has a pack of cigarettes on the table next to him while he is foolishly praying, Lord, keep me from smoking these cigarettes. Keep me from evil, O Lord. But, we should pray, with sincere hearts, that God will make His angels to encamp about us. We should pray that God will shield us from the temptations of this world, so that we will not cause pain to others or to Him.

The Prayer of Jabez is spreading like wildfire. People across the nation are using this prayer found in I Chronicles as a model prayer in which they, like Jabez, can also ask God to bless them, to expand their territories, to keep them from evil, and to keep them from causing pain.

Next time you pray, use this module based on I Chronicles 4:9,10:
-Pray for God to bless you and to expand your territory.
-Ask God to increase your influence.
-Pray that God will keep you from evil.
-Ask God to keep you from causing pain.


CHOIR MEMBERS:

Helen Brown has prepared music copies and tapes for you to practice two pieces to perform on April 7. If you have not already picked yours up, it is waiting for you in a box in the church foyer (or come by the church office, M-F, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30).

In Helen's absence, Patrice Hieb will be directing on April 7. There will be two rehearsals: Friday evening, April 6, at 7:15 p.m. and Sabbath morning, April 7, at 8:00 a.m. Thank you for your time and preparation and for your support of our choir. If you have any questions or cannot attend, please contact Patrice at 396-4861 or email to patriceh@yahoo.com.


Food Partners Needed:

Staple food items are often in short supply at the Samaritan Center’s food pantry. You can help by making regular contributions to the new Food Partners fund. Your donations will be used to purchase needed items from the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Just $5 a month will purchase 35 pounds of food at the Food Bank’s agency rate! Please make your check out to the Samaritan Center and mark it for Food Partners. You may drop it off at the receptionist desk at the Center or mail it to 9231 Lee Highway, Ooltewah, TN 37363. Call 238-7777 for more information.



Empty Arms Support Group:

Longing to experience the joys of motherhood? Childless despite extraordinary efforts and fervent prayers? Grieving a lost pregnancy? Searching for fertility resources? Join Empty Arms, a support group for women with an aching desire for children. The group meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the counseling center, two doors down from the Samaritan Center. For more information, call Patty Patterson at 478-2009.




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