July Manna Highlights
McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church Vol. 14 No. 7           July, 2001

Going once, Going twice

By Linda Richards

Going, going, sold. We laughed throughout the bidding at the Craft/Hobby Fair and Auction Sunday, June 24. The bids were all within budgetary limits. All the sales were great bargains. Dunbar the Bear sold for the "high" price of $30. Can you imagine? But why didn't anyone want the drum set? After all the bidding closed, the drums found a wonderful home for $5. Let us know if you can still hear, Steven and Holly Morse.

The good food, fascinating crafts and hobbies made a pleasant atmosphere for all in attendance. To top all the festivity, live music floated through the air. Christy Morse played several pieces on the keyboard. Nick Sauder performed on the hammered dulcimer. Alfred Mitchell played the mandolin and then sang a love song as he accompanied himself on the guitar. Bonnie Wiley surprised everyone by performing from memory two difficult piano pieces. Great job everyone! Special thanks goes to David Brooks, our auctioneer and to all who contributed items for the auction.

The total of $138.25 was raised to benefit the building fund. The enthusiasm has been sparked. Word has it that now people want another auction. Maybe in the fall. So start looking for those trashtotreasure items you have stuck away.

July 15 is the date for the next scheduled event. If you own a boat and would be willing to provide water skiing or boat rides, please contact Mary Ann Turner at 236-4093 or Linda Richards at (706) 937-9134. The plans are to meet at Chester Frost about 9 a.m. for boating and volley ball. Followed by a picnic at the pavilion. More information will follow in the church bulletin.

Blood Pressure Screening

The Samaritan Center's Community Care Nurse is available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday thru Thursday to check your blood pressure and talk with you about your health concerns. For more information, call 238-7777.

For This Time

By William Earnhardt

About ten years ago when I was a Literature Evangelist, I had been having several good weeks selling both the children's and the Adult Bible Story Books. But then came the drought in sales. Day after day with no sales. I began to doubt my calling to be in this line of work. I had read several times in "Colporteur Ministry" how this was such an important work. But doubts starting creeping into my mind, and I was wondering if God was still ordaining the literature work. I thought to myself, "Maybe it was an important work back then, before TV and Radio and other means of spreading the gospel were available. Maybe it was a great work back then but now it may be obsolete,".

I had an appointment to show the Children's Bible Story set to a principal of a Baptist School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma about 60 miles from where I lived in Tulsa. As I was driving, the doubts I had were creeping through my mind. Finally I asked God, " Lord if this is still an important work FOR THIS TIME, please give me a sign." I left the matter with God and focused on the appointment ahead.

I showed the principal the books, and he decided to buy them! My first sale in a few days! But what I will never forget is what happened next. As I was writing up the order and he was writing out the check, he paused for a moment and said " You know this is a great work you are doing." He paused again, looked me square in the eye, and said, " and especially FOR THIS TIME!" As soon as he said those words, "FOR THIS TIME" I realized those were the exact words I had used talking to God alone in my car just a few minutes before!

God sent me the encouragement I needed, but even more so, impressed me with the knowledge that He was listening attentively to every word I said! He cares so much for each and everyone of us! He cares for us so much individually that it is though there were no one else in the universe for Him to care about! Below is one of my favorite passages from "Steps to Christ" that reminds me how much He really does care for me and of course for you too!

Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears, before God. You cannot burden Him; you cannot weary Him. He who numbers the hairs of your head is not indifferent to the wants of His children.. . . Take to Him everything that perplexes the mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear, for He holds up worlds, He rules over all the affairs of the universe. Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. No calamity can befall the least of His children, no anxiety harass the soul, no joy cheer, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest. "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds" (Ps. 147:3). The relations between God and each soul are as distinct and full as though there were not another soul upon earth to share His watchcare, not another soul for whom He gave His beloved Son. {SC 100}

William Earnhardt is a Lay Pastor/Bible Worker for the Breckenridge Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Texas Conference.

Pastor's Challenge

McDonald Road Church Grows

by Pastor Don Gettys

I remember seeing the membership figures for the first time. The total was four hundred and some members. Now with the blessing of God, that has steadily climbed to a total of 855. We are a growing church. But that is not the total picture. Are you aware that we have replicated ourselves? We built a church in India that seats over 300. Our understanding is that this church is now full. Then we sent a group of McDonald Road members to Costa Rica to build a church of about the same size. Last week we got word from a lady who went to that church to speak, and the church was full! How full? There were people standing and every seat was taken. Praise God!

Our church board voted to authorize Don and Sylvia Crook to organize another Maranatha project somewhere in Inter or South America for early next year. The plan is to build another church of 300 ! The outreach of this one church is absolutely wonderful. The fourth project is to build yet another church in India. Since mid February we started raising funds for this venture through our children's story offerings each Sabbath. We now have a total of $4400 toward a goal of just over $8000. This new Indian church of 300 members will quickly fill up. This means that our church is providing for another 1200 members! With our membership, the total is 2000 Sabbath keeping members.

But this is not the end of the picture. How many people listen to McDonald Road sermons each week? Dean Saunders our web master tells us that 3000 complete sermons are read and or downloaded every week from our web site. Many of those readers are other pastors. It is only guess work, but we estimate that at least ten to twenty thousand people hear the message repreached each week. Many of these are laymen who need a sermon for their services. Reports tell us that this is happening all around the world.

Acts 1:8 Jesus said: "ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

All this could not happen if our church were not strong and growing. We are the mother church in each of these instances. Good mothers are strong. Of course we must stay strong to continue our outreach. Our new educational wing is to benefit the lambs at home. Let's not forget to take care of ourselves that we may continue to take care of others.

Pastor Don Gettys

Definition of Ministry:   An act of serving

Our church membership is growing by leaps and bounds. We have young people joining their lives in marriage and sharing their home with new babies. Showers for these young families are a ministryfrom our hearts. A very special way to show your Christian love and support to these very special members of our church family is to attend the shower. It's a great way to meet newlyweds, expectant parents, and even others in our church family.

In order for our showers to continue in the manner in which we are accustomed, your participation is greatly needed. Several individuals and couples in our church contribute money on a regular basis which provides funds for a group gift. Anybodymale, female, singles, couplescan contribute to the shower fund. New married couples and new parents greatly appreciate and need these gifts to begin a new phase of their lives. Please feel free to join in by contributing to this fund at any time.

Please consider this "act of serving" your ministry. Join us at a shower soon.

In Christ's Service,

Cathy Lockwitz, Shower Coordinator

Stock Their Locker

Is your church youth group looking for a way to be involved in the community this summer? Join area church groups in collecting school supplies to be distributed by the Samaritan Center to children who need them. Families with limited income have difficulty providing everything asked for on school supplies lists. For more information on how to get involved with the Stock Their Locker school supplies drive this summer, call 238-7777.

Free Vision Screening

Free vision screening, including a Glaucoma check, was held from Sunday, July 8, at the Samaritan Center, 9231 Lee Highway, Ooltewah, TN. This event was provided as a service to the community by Memorial Hospital and the Samaritan Center.

MEDIA CLIPS -   What's a Data Projector? . . .

We have a video projector that we use at the church that we use to present Mission Spotlight as well as other video presentations. People often ask, "Can we use that projector to make a Power Point presentation?". Sadly, I have to report that we cannot make any computer presentation from our old video projector. Unfortunately, technology is trying to pass us by, but hopefully we will get the situation remedied soon.

Our video projector is able to present the same type of things that your home VCR can present: basically pictures that come from a VHS video. If you have a presentation that can play from your VCR, you can also see it from our video projector. The only difference is, that instead of showing the picture on a TV screen, the picture is shown on a screen in the front of the church. However, in the same way that you cannot normally use your TV for a computer monitor, it is also not normally possible to use a video projector to present the computer screen either. Although there are some converters that people can use for their TV, they do not make a very good picture on a large screen.

The solution to using a projector as a computer monitor is to get a DATA Projector. A DATA Projector will show all of the computer presentations, and will show VCR signals as well! In order to get a complete system to match the current technology we will need this new system. This includes the computer, projector, remote, wiring, etc... When we get the new system, our Mission Presentations will enter a new era of reality!

Formula for Happiness

Adrian V. Boyer


Spread a little Sunshine,

And a little Cheer.

Drive away those dark Clouds,-

Dry the falling tear.


Speak a word of Comfort,

To those who are distressed,

Share another's Burden,

Encourage the Oppressed.


Life's too short for Worry

To be depressed and low,

So spread a little Sunshine

Everywhere you go.


And Smiles are so contagious

That if they're spread around,

They'll cause an Epidemic

Of smiles for Miles around.


So spread a little Sunshine,--

Let Joy be unconfined,

And Happiness will follow

Ensuring Peace of Mind.

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Internet Ministry News

Thousands of files of information keep being asked for every day from our McDonald Road server. We just got a report yesterday of an individual in Pakistan planning to join our church as a result! Please pray for him.

God will bless as we work for Him!

Dean Saunders, Internet Ministry coordinator

Positive Lifestyle:   Energy Galore !

Say you bought a new car. "You want your car to last a long time and to keep it's power, so you're going to take good care of it by doing it's "check ups" on time and using the best products and gas, "you think." "Fill'er up with super-unleaded," you say at the gas pump. "Why super-unleaded," you're asked? "It's more expensive and you'll save money by buying regular." "But," you protest, "Sure I'll save money now, but it will last longer and work better. In the long run, I'll save money." We sure take care of our cars!

While your car is being serviced you feel a little hungry, so you go into the station and order a double ice cream cone at the food counter. Yes, this will put fuel in your tank and you will have quick energy. But your engine needs "super-unleaded" fuel also! "Super-unleaded" foods like whole grains and fresh fruits. (Be sure to include the skins of fruits and vegetables and the white parts of citrus fruits.) This is God's perfect energy. These foods are made of carbon dioxide, water and energy. These foods will give you the energy you want from the most important food energy source_Carbohydrates!

We need to chew our food thoroughly so the salivary enzymes can start to break down starch into units called dextrins. This makes your food taste sweeter. By eating fast you miss the sweet taste. Maybe this could satisfy your sweet tooth more fully as well.

Complete carbohydrates will break down into glucose by the enzymes as they are digested. There is a slow release of glucose into the blood stream which equals a level source of energy. Your body does reserve this fuel for low times. The liver reassembles the blood sugar into glycogen. So when the food supply is delayed, you will have fuel to keep going.

Athletes in Oslo, Sweden were divided into groups to see what kind of diet was best for endurance. The first group ate fats and protein. The second consumed a normal mixed diet. The third group's diet was high in complex (whole) carbohydrates. They were on these diets for several days before being tested on exercise bicycles to see how long they could go. The results are as follows: No carbohydrates = 57 minutes; Medium carbohydrates =114 minutes; High carbohydrates =167 minutes. Does this say something to you?

These high complex carbohydrate foods have several good features - fiber, vitamins, minerals and much more. Scientists are discovering more and more little surprises that God has tucked away in these little packages.

There are a lot of colorful foods. May we suggest eating a big variety of fruits and vegetables with lots of greens. Remember fruits and vegetables shouldn't be eaten at the same meal.

Rich foods like cakes, pies, creams etc...should not be eaten. Avoid sugar and refined flour. We need to make it a habit to eat our foods as close to what God made. So eat generously of whole carbohydrates - whole food for energy. They're good for you, from top to bottom!

---Charlene Anderson

Health and Temperance Leader

Teen Scene

True Love Is More Than Romance

By Melissa Turner

How many of you are hopeless romantics? You love going to weddings. You love watching old Cary Grant movies. You are always imagining what that perfect someone is really going to be like.

Perhaps it would be an appropriate time to discuss the meaning of true love. My parents Dave and Mary Anne Turner have just celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary. I was telling one of my friends about this and she exclaimed: "Wow! I didn't know a couple could actually stay together that long!" I laughed at my friend's surprised reaction. But, sadly, it's true that today's society views true love as a very casual, nostringsattached "feeling."

Feelings come and go; many of today's relationships do the same. Relationships no longer have the "Cleaver family" glow. The workaday family of the `40's held strong family values; whereas, today's "normal" family is not that of a father, mother, and children, but, rather, of mixed families, divorced and separated families, and single parent families.

With this change in the structure of families, how do we look beyond the troubles of today's society to find the deep roots of true love?

I feel that many people have forgotten what true love is. Some people have gone so far as to say, "As long as we both shall love" instead of saying the traditional, "As long as we both shall live." Why should we only tiptoe in to test the waters and then flee when the waves come in? God meant for love to mean more than this.

Christ made a commitment. He came to earth to die for us, his bride. What if he had backed out because the going got tough? What if he just couldn't handle the pain of the spikes going through his hands and he decided to ascend back to heaven?

True love, as we discussed during one of our youth Sabbath School lessons in May, is definitely not a feeling. True love is a commitment to obeying God's will and serving others. According to Joshua Harris' book I Kissed Dating Goodbye, "we cannot love as God loves and date as the world dates" (Study Guide 26).

God's love is our example for the way that we should love one another. God's love is unconditional. God's love looks beyond all the annoying little imperfections and sees the real person within. God's love is unselfish. God's love does not search for what can complete Him, rather it looks for what He can complete.

I John 4:7-11 says: "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another."

If we look to God's awesome love as we enter into future relationships, romantic or otherwise, we will find that His love is true love. We can apply what we learn from knowing God's love to our relationships with others. This is one way in which we can witness to others. Having a relationship is not about what we can get out of it for ourselves. Having a relationship is about what we can give to the other person to better their lives and to draw them closer to their Heavenly Father.

Joshua Harris puts it this way: "I believe that we can model God's perfect love when we avoid the negative habits of dating. And doing this requires recognizing and rejecting the world's pattern of love. The world poisons love by focusing on meeting one's own needs first and foremost. Next we're told that love is primarily a feeling. At first glance this seems innocent enoughwe often feel love, and this isn't necessarily wrong. But when we make feelings the litmus test of love we place ourselves at the center of importance" (I Kissed Dating Goodbye 62).

If we are going to experience true love we must do it by God's master plan of love. Jesus himself says, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another" (John 13:34).

Vacation Bible School

"The Amazing Creation Station" is the topic for this summer's Vacation Bible School, July 22-27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Family Center. Helpers are needed!

If you can help in any way, please contact Lisa Beem at 236-4065.

McDonald Road Adventurer Club


July 18th McDonald Road Family Center

Adventurers is for kids in 1st -4th grades and their parents.

Registration this year will include a brief informational segment with a guest speaker, refreshments, sign-up for extra awards to be taught during the year, and more.

This is a must for anyone planning to attend our Adventurer Club this coming year!

Our club will be meeting on Wednesdays this year from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Family Center, beginning Sept. 12th.

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