Jamaica Here We Come
By J. Don Crook
The year 2001 is almost gone. It hardly seems possible that in less than two short months, our McDonald Road Maranatha Volunteers will be flying down to Jamaica to take part in the construction of an Education & Evangelistic Center.
What is an Education & Evangelistic Center? It is a school with a gym that has a rostrum and baptistry at one end. In many Latin countries, the government educational program may be considered inferior to the educational system operated by the Adventist church. Consequently, many parents prefer to send their children to the Adventist schools. Students will thus experience a Christian atmosphere and receive Bible instruction.
They are also influenced by the example of Christian teachers, and naturally parents observe the results. Typically, perhaps once a year, the local Adventist pastor, with a public address system mounted on his vehicle, will drive through the community inviting residents to attend meetings that will be held in the Adventist school gym. Many people will attend, and more than a few will accept the Adventist message. Thus a new church is planted. This method of evangelism has proven to be very effective.
Next February 21 - March 10, members of our McDonald Road church will be flying to Jamaica to join hands with other "volunteers" to construct an Educational & Evangelism Center in Buff Bay.
Each Volunteer is responsible for a flight ticket, any entrance/exit fees, visas, etc. The children's offering that is collected each Sabbath while coming to the front for the Children's Story, has been designated by the church board to help defray expenses as: a portion of the structural cost, lodging, food, and local transportation.
Expenses in Jamaica are more costly than in some other Latin countries and due to the great needs and the growth of the Adventist church on the island, Maranatha Volunteers International has designated Jamaica as a country of emphasis during 2002 and plans a call for the construction of several churches and schools.
Some have inquired, "How can I help? I can't go, but I would like to be a part of the program."
Anyone wishing to contribute a special offering for this "wonderful opportunity project" may place the contribution in a tithe envelope and mark it, "Jamaica Project." The church treasurer will provide a tax deductible receipt and the donor will share "the blessings."
May the words of an old hymn remind all:
Work, for the night is coming, when man works no more;
Work while the night is darkening, when man's work is o'er.
By Tom McDonald
Bob and Wylene Beach have been members of the McDonald Road Church for the last two years. They were actually married in our church in February of 1985. After that they became charter members of the Ladd Springs S.D.A. Church and stayed there until transferring here in 1999.
|Bob Beach's Honda after the accident|
Meanwhile, Wylene Beach was dealing with medical problems of her own. She had a slow recovery after major stomach surgery in 1995 and has been suffering with painful arthritis as well. Since their children are living out of the area, it has been difficult to keep up with basic jobs around the house.
About this time, the Young Adult Sabbath School Class had been discussing ways to help others in need. An Outreach Committee was organized to find projects for class members to get involved in. Class Leader, Dallas Whitmill is happy with the willingness of class members to witness by doing. "We want to let God's love shine through us to others, by meeting the needs of the community," said Dallas. "It is very apparent that God is drawing closer to the Sabbath school group and showing us how we can help spread His word."
Danny Roth, an Outreach Committee member, says that helping others serves many purposes. "We know that we'll receive the blessing of happiness and fulfillment that comes from helping someone in need," said Danny. "We can also become better acquainted with members of our class, church and community while encouraging other Sabbath School classes and church members to get involved in this kind of ministry."
| The Wood Crew:
Danny Roth & Nick Van Zyl
On Sunday, December 16, 10 members of the Young Adult Sabbath School Class met Mr. and Mrs. Beach at their home. One class member had already prepared some food for them. Within one hour the group had cleaned out a large flower bed; chopped and stacked firewood; transplanted a tree; trimmed a large rose bush; put wood chips around cypress trees; and removed tomato cages from the garden spot.
The very next week Bob was scheduled for Physical Therapy on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while Wylene had doctor appointments on Tuesday and Thursday.
Members of the Young Adult S.S.|
Class with Bob & Wylene Beach
Outreach has immediate benefits to those in need, but it can also make a difference in the lives of those involved in these projects. Kelly Hagan, a teacher for the Young Adult Sabbath School class, says that Bob and Wylene were not the only ones blessed that day. "It gave me a feeling of purpose," said Kelly. "It's nice to know that I have something to give someone else. It helps take the focus off of my life problems and put it where it belongs...our God's work."
Pastor Gettys was excited to hear that a class was interested in starting an outreach program. He encourages others to think of Christ's example and help others in need.
The Spirit of Prophecy reminds us of the depth of Christ's kindness and empathy for ALL of God's children. Christ's method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, "Follow Me."MH 143.
Through all of the misfortune that the Beaches have encountered, they still know where to find ultimate comfort. Wylene Beach has written many poems. Here is one of her favorites:
A Shining Crown
The Lord has been so good to me; I want to sing His praise,
For He has led me from my youth, And guided me all my days.
He's led me through life's troubled Sea, and done so much for me,
I cannot help but praise His Name; My dearest friend is He.
There was a time, as with us all, I would not heed His call,
But tenderly He held me up and Would not let me fall.
As in the river's surging tide, or Flames were leaping hot,
He strengthened me and made me Know my sinful soul He'd bought.
He says, "My child, just come to Me; I'll never let you down,
And one day when your trials Are o'er, you'll wear A shining crown."
- Wylene Beach
Positive Lifestyle: A Complex Substance
What contributes few, if any, nutrients to your body, provides you with no energy, yet is one of the most beneficial elements of your diet? It aids digestion, helps control your weight, appears to prevent or alleviate many diseases, and is essential to wellness. Sound too good to be true? Think Fiber !
We can thank the plant sources for all these benefits. Fiber doesn't digest, but helps your food on its journey. Some are soluble and others insoluble. Insoluble fiber is broken down by bacteria in your large intestine and changes into products your body absorbs. Fiber helps to dilute, bind and remove toxic substances and carcinogens found in our food supply. Animal products have absolutely no fiber. These products can take up a large portion of man's diet, but God created a better way, through plant sources.
The two kinds of fiber produce different effects in your body. Cellulose in whole grains, acts like a sponge and absorbs many times it's weight in water. It is partially fermented by bacteria in the large intestines. These two actions produce a regular, soft elimination. This insoluble fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. These fibers appear to help reduce constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, and colon cancer (possibly because it increases the excretion of bile acids). Insoluble fiber helps with weight problems because it fills you up without adding calories and takes longer to consume.
Soluble fiber consists of pectins and gums found in the plant kingdom. It doesn't appear to speed the digestion of food, but binds fatty compounds, transporting them out to lower the cholesterol levels. Cholesterol levels have been reduced by 6-19 percent with an increase of soluble fiber.
Blood sugar levels are affected by soluble fiber, showing improved glucose tolerance and allowing a reduction in insulin requirements. By adding four tablespoons of flaxseed (which you then grind up) you will get many benefits of fiber plus fatty acids. Do this daily, but start out with a small amount and gradually take more.
Most plant foods contain both types of fiber. To get enough fiber, you need to eat a variety of foods - legumes, fruits, vegetables, etc.
Fiber supplements are the least effective form of fiber. They usually have only one type of fiber and do not provide the same benefits as fibers in whole foods. Too much fiber, too quickly, can cause intestinal gas, causing cramps (due to fermentation). Excess amounts of supplemental fiber can cause dehydration- so drinks lots of water. This form of fiber can bind with iron and other trace minerals.
How can you know if you are getting enough fiber? It is recommended that adults get 35-40 grams of dietary fiber daily. Most people consume only about 10-20 grams daily.
Here are some eating habits we need to follow:
1. Eat a variety of whole foods (5-9 fruits and vegetables daily)
2. Eat about 50% of your food raw. Eat the skins also.
3. Spread out your fibrous food through out the day.
4. Drink 8-12 glasses of water daily. This helps give a full feeling.
Welcome to a vivacious lifestyle !
Health and Temperance Leader
Growth & Fellowship: Reaching Out
Dear Church Family,
The Growth and Fellowship Sabbath School Class has been searching for a mission statement for several months. Our mission statement is as follows: Encouraging all to grow closer to God and each other through service and fellowship.
Beginning January 2002, volunteers from our class will be available for service to church and community members for four hours of labor and or companionship the first Sunday of each month unless other arrangements are made.
We are willing to do yard work, house cleaning and other domestics, errands and small projects. Please contact Pastor Gettys, Cathy Lockwitz, or Pam Raney at 396-3462 for more information or to schedule a work project.
Please join us in our mission by providing worthwhile service and fellowship opportunities.
- - -In Christ's Service, Cathy Lockwitz
The Essence of Time
Adrian V. Boyer
As we enter thru the Gateway
Of Tomorrow's misty Vale,
May our Footsteps never falter,
Nor our Courage ever fail.
Let us treasure every Moment,
For our Life is made of Time,
And to live it to the fullest
Is a Privilege Sublime.
Time ill-spent is lost Forever,
Neither can it be regained
Tho with Diligence we seek it,
All our Efforts will be Vain.
Our Years are set at Three-score-ten,
Yet if by Reason of our Strength
They may extend to eighty years,
Or even exceed that Length.
However long our Pilgrimage
May be on Earth to wander,
We are assured there is a Rest
Prepared for us O'er Yonder.
For all who will redeem their Time
In Patience and Endeavor,
Will one Day hear the Words,
And dwell with Christ Forever.
Internet Ministry News
During the year 2001 we saw some wonderful new additions to our Internet Ministry. Burney's Critter Corner was added. A complete online book on the Sabbath became a reality. We added some children's stories. We have a new Sabbath Resource Center. The bulletin information is updated weekly, and many other new things became a reality during 2001.
All of these wonderful additions to our website are extras beyond what we have been doing already. We still have many Bible Instructors giving Bible Studies to people worldwide. We still have thousands of people looking at the sermons that are online from our website. Our church server has handled 30,000 E-mails during the year. 7,000 hits are recorded daily. All of these things create a new challenge for us. It is very difficult to manage it all. We have all the latest technology, but there is lots of room for more people operating on different parts of this outreach.
If you would like to be included in this ministry, please help us to help others. We even need helpers to help the helpers! God will bless as you do your best for Him in 2002!
If you would like to learn more on how you can help this ministry, 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
Media Ministry:   You're In Control!
By Dean Saunders
Yes! When you get up front to lead out in Church or Sabbath School you are indeed at the center of everything that's happening in the program. We couldn't have a program if it weren't for your leadership. In fact, you are more in control than you may have realized!
Here are a few tips from our AV/Media department on how you can assure that that our people get the best presentation possible:
1. Is the microphone at chin level for the speaker?
2. Is the wireless microphone turned on?
3. Special music sounds better in a church our size when the performer stands behind the microphone. We normally have a microphone on each side of the platform that can be moved as necessary. We appreciate your help in this regard, because the PA operator cannot leave the PA booth to move things during a performance.
4. Many things can be already set up by the AV department, if the information is provided ahead of time. However, with all of the variables that we meet every week, your assistance during the program is greatly appreciated!
5. Remember, those who sing or speak at our church may be concentrating on what they are going to do, and may not think about microphones and such. However, since you are in control, you can make it happen!
6. We in the AV/Media department at the church are happy that we can take part in all of the other ministries of the church in our supporting role of providing the technology needed for today's modern requirements.
7. God will bless as we all work together for Him!!!
Messages for the McDonald Road SDA Church:
A Glimpse at What's Ahead in 2002
5: Jesus is the Door
12: Avocado Seed Faith
19: Burning the Midnight Oil (Guest speaker Steve Haley)
2: Double Vision
7-Part Series on Abram
9: Abram Leaving the Past
16: Abram Receiving God's Call
23: Abram Grieving in Egypt
2: Abram Perceiving the Path
9: Abram Retrieving Lot
16: Abram Believing God
23: Abram Heaving Hagar
6: Signs of Our Times
13: Guest Speaker: Gordon Bietz
20: Guest Speaker: Fred Fuller; Youth Sabbath
27: Heaven: For Kids Only
4: JesusL for a Happy Home
11: Out of Step Love
18: Armed Forces Day: Dan Petsch, SDA Chaplin
25: The Church That Makes God Sick
1: CampMeeting; Steve Bauer, 2nd Service
7-Part Series on Abraham
8: Pronouncing a Covenant
15: Promising a Future
22: Pleading for Sodom
6: Punishing the Plain
13: Perfecting the Imperfect
20: Performing the Promise
27: Piercing the Heart
10-Part Series: The Tenderhearted Commandments
3: Loving God
10: Loving God's Image
17: Loving God's Name
24: Loving God's Day
31: Loving Your Parents
7: Loving Your Enemies
21: SAU Field School of Evangelism - Introduction
28: SAU Field School of Evangelism - opens tonight
5: SAU Field School of Evangelism
12: SAU Field School of Evangelism
19: SAU Field School of Evangelism - ends tonight
26: Loving Your Spouse
2: Loving your Neighbor
9: Loving Your Reputation
16: Loving Your Situation
23: Twelve Pearls on Hinges
7: Leftovers for the King
21: The Virgin's Psalm
28: Closing the Gate
Make Having a New
Beginning with God
Your Resolution this New Year!
By Melissa Turner
I was powerful. I ruled over many government bureaucrats. I had carried out many death warrants against those dreadful Jewish tyrants. One day, I was riding along the road to Damascus and a bright light suddenly flashed before me. I heard a booming voice ask me, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
"Who are you, Lord?" I asked into the darkness. Darkness! I couldn't see a thing. What was happening? Was I going blind?
"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," the voice replied. "Now get up and go to the city, and you will be told what to do."
The others who were traveling with me helped me back to my feet. I was stunned. I opened my eyes, but I couldn't see a thing. Then it was true! I really was blind.
I remained blind for three days. But, a few days later, a man came to visit me. "Saul,the LordJesus who appeared to you on the road herehas sent me to help you see and be filled with the Holy Spirit," the man said as he placed his hands on me. Suddenly, I could see again! I looked into the face of the man who stood before me. I looked at the small room around me. I could really see again! Immediately, I got up and was baptized in the name of my Lord, Jesus.
"Saul turned to Paul" is one of the Bible's most awesome stories about new beginnings. What a turnaround made in his life! First, he was persecuting the Jews. Next, he was worshiping with them and serving as a missionary with and to them. Saul's story is just one of the examples of what God can do with a person's life when it is entrusted in His hands.
As we study the book of Romans, which is written by Paul, this new quarter, I would like to challenge each one of the Youth Sabbath School members to allow God to change you. Whether it is breaking a bad habit or developing a new good habit. God can do awesome things in your life if you will allow Him to come into your life and have a daily relationship with you.
Make this Psalm of David a
prayer in your heart this quarter: "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew
a steadfast spirit within me," Psalm 51:10. The month of January marks the
making of New Year's resolutions for many people. Make your resolution to
have a "New Beginning" with God this year.
With each new day, we are drawing closer to the end of time. Now is
the time to grow closer to your Lord just as Saul did.
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