My name is George Fuller. I just got back from a year in Russia serving as a Student Missionary (S.M.). One of the schools where I got to teach has just received a miracle.
Their enrollment doubled from one teaching session to the next because they prayed "The Prayer of Jabez," a prayer that is bringing revival wherever it is offered. Since opening almost two years ago, the school has been enduring financial struggles. Now they suddenly need to get some better office equipment, books for their students who are studying English as well as a security system for their school.
The school is in Khabarovsk, Russia (about 500 miles north of Vladivostock in the Far East). They would really appreciate some help. The alarm system and books are estimated to cost about $650. Office equipment (4 computers, desks, chairs, etc.) will be several thousand dollars. All the help we give will be greatly appreciated. It will help to lead people to Christ and the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Would you like a project to support? The English Language school program in Russia could use your help. Call George Fuller at 2382540 for more information. Or email to email@example.com. Please leave a message if he isn't in. Thank you and God bless!
The Samaritan Center is collecting cash donations to benefit relief efforts in New York and Washington D.C. Those who wish to make a contribution may do so by marking their check for "New York Relief" and mailing it to the Samaritan Center at 9231 Lee Highway, in Ooltewah. Alternatively, cash donations may be left with the Center's receptionist, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Donations of tangible goods are NOT needed at this time.
For more information, please contact the Samaritan
Center at 4232387777.
Eyes Wide Open
I'm not proud of it but I'm one of those guys that never thinks of getting a "check-up." To me, it is like taking my car to the shop when nothing is wrong with it. "No, it's not making any funny noises and it runs great. Just look at it, charge me some money and let me be on my way." Of course, I know better. Sometimes, what we know and how we feel don't match up real well. So, every decade or so, my wife has to make appointments for me to get my eyes checked and go to the dentist. This decade, the two appointments were only two days apart. As of this writing, the optometrist got hold of me yesterday and the dentist gets hold of me tomorrow. I don't mind the optometrist, their instruments fascinate me. I'm not nearly so fascinated by dental instruments!
One thing that the optometrist did that was not so much fun was dilate my eyes. Several hours later, the world still looked unreal and distorted. At least the disposable sunglasses are a real fashion statement. I just wanted to close my eyes to what was around me and was glad when things were back in 20/20 focus.
The events of September 11 also made me want to close my eyes to what was around me. This world seems so unreal and distorted. Yet, maybe, this is the eye-opener that we need. Maybe we will actually see this world more clearly, closer to what God sees. Since our eyes have been opened to what sin can do, we should show the world just as clearly what God can do.
My wife and I have talked about the closeness of the return of Jesus. We have discussed our priorities and believe that it is time to cut back on the little conveniences that we indulge in and redirect our energies and resources to the finishing of the Lord's work. Pray that our eyes will stay focused on this goal and join us in this work. More people are walking around with their eyes wide open. Let's show them Jesus and make room for them to join His family. An elderly man in my first church shared with me a dream that he once had. "I saw scores of people lined up to get into the baptistry." He is still living. I hope he lives long enough to see his dream come true!
Is it time that you got a "check-up" from the Great Physician? It may not be painless but you will be handled with love. Don't wait a decade for I don't believe we have a decade to wait.
--- Pastor Kent Crutcher
Thanks to all of you who are participating in various projects for Sabbath School Investment.
I'd like to encourage others to do their part in S.S. Investment too. If you would like to help, but aren't sure how, call me at 396-3544. I have a job for you - a way for YOU to get involved.
If you are a member who has been involved with Investment and would like to share your story of success, please call me soon.
- - - Don West
The Winners are in!
For the last several weeks some of the children in the Junior, Primary I and Primary II Sabbath School classes have been working hard. Their project was to make a poster portraying health principles. We had several posters.
We had a committee judge the posters to determine the first, second and third and honorable mention prizes.
The children received their prizes September 15. These prizes were science related games, rock climbing coupons, mind stimulating games and sea horse hatcheries.
The winners were:
Juniors: 1. Elizabeth 2. Chelsa 3. Taylor Honorable Mention: Alexis
Primary II: 1. Ryan 2. Girean 3. Bradley
Honorable Mention: Timothy, Heather, Erik, Kayla, Alana, David, Jeff.
Primary I: 1. Christy 2. Shelby 3.Jessica
The children worked hard, and for their efforts, the first, second and third prize winning posters were displayed in the Health Festival on September 30. Each poster was marked with it's prize winning ribbon.
- - - Charlene Anderson
Recipe Book Update
So far 327 recipes have been submitted for the church cookbook, but with only 123 cookbook orders. Our goal is at least 200 copies.
You can reserve your cookbook by writing your check for $12.00 to "McDonald Road Church Cookbook." Place in an envelope and mail to Janis Oliver at P.O. Box 422, Collegedale, TN 37315 or drop in the basket designated for cookbooks, in the church foyer. Remember, proceeds will go to the Building Fund.
Some recipes have been turned in anonymously. We must have your name if you submitted the following recipes: Hummingbird cake, Pineapple cake, Sesame candy, Tamale pie or Whole wheat bread sticks. If these sound familiar to you, contact Janis Oliver at 396-3099.
Have you ever been tempted to do something that was quick, and easy, and convenient, as well as a real bargain, and then realize that the quick fix was far from filling the real need, and you would be plagued for a long time due to a misguided decision?
I saw an example of a poor quick fix solution today in my email. Someone sent me an advertisement of a projector for just $1,100. WOW! Too good to be true, or what? Well, I looked at the deal, and then thought of our need for a data projector, and realized that this poor substitute would do nothing that we need to do as far as our data projector project is concerned. Actually, this project is much more than a data projector: it will have a long throw zoom lens that can be projected from the back of the sanctuary or the gym. A computer and remote are included. Wiring is included. It is actually a complete setup with many uses. Your contributions are greatly appreciated as we aim for the needed funds. God will bless as we do our best for him!
- - -Dean Saunders
Adrian V. Boyer
Internet Ministry News
Warfare has taken on different faces recently, both in the world of people living on this planet, as well as in the unseen world that is normally beyond our view. The new technologies of the 21st century have provided us with new tools to spread the gospel; but the Adversary is not far behind in attempting to disrupt the progress of God's work.
One case in point is relating to the proliferation of computer viruses which are designed to bring our modern networks to a slowdown, or even to a halt in places. I am happy to report that with all of the attacks, God has been watching over our McDonald server, but I am requesting that each one of you please add our server to your prayer list.
God is allowing us to respond to 7,000 hits each day with vital information on how people can find salvation. People in 130 countries are getting the Truth right in their homes through this outreach. However, I must also report that about 2,000 additional attempts are made each day with the sole purpose of disrupting our transmission of information. God's server has remained protected to date, but your prayers are definitely needed due to the serious times in which we live.
You may be interested in where this gospel is going, so here are the top ten countries our outreach has gone this past week: USA, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Costa Rica, South Africa, Brazil, New Zealand, UK, Mexico.
If you would like to learn more on how you can volunteer, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
An online survey is also available at: http://mcdonaldroad.org/members
God will bless as we work for Him!
Internet Ministry coordinator
S.A.U Symphony Guild Flea Market
Sunday, October 21.
Call the Symphony Guild hotline
at 238-3399 to
reserve your space.
Positive Lifestyle: Two Faces
Antioxidants - Phytochemicals. Are they necessary? How important are they? What foods contain them? What risks are there with them? Are they good or bad?
Our life depends on getting plenty of good oxygen. We need it for metabolism of fats and carbohydrates to produce energy. Free radicals are the bad guys. They are formed by everyday processes. We need a barrier against the free radicals.
A positive role in maintaining your health is played by reactive oxygen species. Neutrophil use them to kill bacteria. They do need to be controlled and inactivated for they can cause serious oxidative damage. The body's scavenging system has to work effectively or it can cause tissue damage. This damage is limited because these reactive species have a short lifetime.
Your body has a built-in process which quenches these free radicals. Vitamin E protects membranes against destructive oxidation, but it's not the only fighter. There are many enzymes which fight by forming a wall against tissue damage.
A deficiency in selenium, manganese, copper or zinc could reduce the work of the defense system, allowing free radicals to increase and cause cellular damage. To help you body to do it's job, you should consume an ample supply of whole grains, nuts and legumes.
Antioxidants, vitamins, provitamin A (carotenoid and beta-carotene), Vitamin E and Vitamin C, can help reduce the risk of disease. There are hundreds of carotenoid found in yellow, orange and red fruits and vegetables and green leafy veggies.
Scientists feel these antioxidants inhibit the conversion of LDL cholesterol into cholesterol oxides. These oxides hasten atherosclerotic changes which damage blood vessel walls. Antioxidants can destroy free radicals located in the cells and protect DNA and lipid membranes from oxidative damage besides blocking carcinogens. Vitamin C and the carotenoid also enhance the immune function.
Normal amounts of antioxidants in a good total vegetarian diet could help reduce the risk of diseases, but there's a possibility that extremely high dosages could actually cause a problem.
Those who have a good antioxidant status are those consuming diets rich in Vitamin A, C and E, namely whole grains, nuts, many kinds of fruits and many kinds of vegetables. These food provide a wide variety of flavonoids and the other plant phenolics that can act as powerful antioxidants. They have anti-inflammatory action and the ability to inhibit platelet clumping (blood clots) as well.
A fruit and vegetable-rich diet helps to prevent diseases. God has built many preventive ingredients in these foods. Natural antioxidants appear to act in a synergistic fashion in providing protection against diseases.
The body has it's own protection system against damaging oxidants, but we can help our bodies by giving it the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals it needs. We need to eat large amounts of fruits, vegetables and green leafy vegetables.
Remember, moderate exercise plays a big role in a healthy lifestyle. Walking and weight training will also help to keep the immune system in excellent condition.
Health and Temperance Leader
Schoolwork Woes ?
With a new school year underway, you may be realizing that your child is facing some challenges. If s/he is experiencing difficulty in Reading, Math or the Language Arts areas, I would love to help you out.
I am a certified teacher in Special Education, Elementary Education and Reading who loves to work with children. Before deciding to stay at home with my two children, I taught at A.W. Spalding for five years. I have tutored students in my home for the past two years and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I have worked with children being home-schooled, as well as those who attend school.
Please call me at 396-9958 if interested or if you have any questions. I'd love to hear from you.
- - - Melissa Ammerall
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
By Melissa Turner
On September 11, 2001 I woke up and got ready to go to French class as I do on every Tuesday morning. I ate my cold cereal and toast while not even realizing that for some Americans they would be eating their last meal that morning. I wonder what went through their minds as they prepared for their workaday schedule that crystal clear morning? Were they making out their "ToDo Lists"? Were they thinking about where they stood in their relationship with God? Did they accept Him as their Savior that morning?
I went off to class that morning more concerned about correctly conjugating the verb "avoir" in past tense than I was about world events or national security. I had no clue what I was to find on the midmorning news when I got home after class.
When I arrived home, I found my niece, who was spending the day at our house, watching one of her children's videos. A few minutes later her video finished and Channel 4 came on. Katie Couric was talking about bombings and a plane crashing into the Twin Towers and the picture was showing the Pentagon smoking. I thought to myself, "What in the world is going on?"
The rest of the day just went downhill from there. All I could do was sit there in front of the television and watch in horror. Millions of questions went through my mind as I watched the terrifying scenes of the planes hitting the Twin Towers and the Pentagon burning. Why is this happening? Who would do such a thing? Is this a sign that Jesus' Coming is closer than ever?
Even though I have watched more news commentary and coverage than ever before in my life I still have not received all of the answers. But, I have been looking to another source for some answers.
Matthew 24:3639, 42 says, "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they new nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come."
Just as none of us knew what to expect when we woke up on that morning of September 11, neither do we know when to expect the soon coming of our Lord Jesus. One thing we do know is that we must be ready for His coming! In Matthew, Jesus told His disciples, "Keep watch!" What does this mean? We need to prepare our hearts for His coming by spending time in His word and praying.
We do not know what to expect in these last days of earth's history, but we do know that our Friend Jesus is going to be by our sides. He promises this in Isaiah 41:10, "Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand."
Let's "Turn Our Eyes Upon Jesus" as
we look forward to His second coming. He has promised to watch over us and
strenghen us for the times ahead. What an
encouraging promise we find in the protection of
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