The new Family Center is nearing completion. The paving will provide additional space for another 40 automobiles. This should accommodate those who have had to park in our driveway. A bright idea is the installation of Brass light poles in the parking area. Our 6000 gallon propane tank is in service and saving us 25 percent on our fuel costs.
Gordon Bietz, our conference president came and preached in November and he stated that the Conference finance committee is going to recommend that our church be granted a full time associate pastor. This will enable a wider ministry to serve our growing congregation and our enlarging community.
Church finances look good. Our income exceeds our expenses so far this year. In 1997 we are looking at an increased budget due to the operation of our family center and the growth of our congregation. Pam Tuttle reports that our pathfinder club and staff now number over 75. It is hoped that we can finish 1996 with a large overflow which could be used to alleviate the needs we are looking at in the future.
Numbers are important, but above and beyond all else is what is happening in our personal life. God looks at the Heart. Your church officers and staff urge you to develop and maintain a strong devotional life with deep Bible study and prayer. As Christmas approaches, let each of us invite Jesus to be born in our hearts. Perhaps 1997 will be the year Jesus will return to take us all home. What a wonderful thought! Heaven is our real `Family Center'. There all is astir in preparation to accommodate the large influx of the saved. Let us all be present and accounted for by trusting in Jesus and loving Him more and more every day.
Pastor Don Gettys
Sue was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, and is a fifth generation Adventist. There were many early Adventist pioneer workers in her family background. One of these was her great aunt, Maud Sisley Boyd, who was the first woman to be called to foreign mission service. And her great grandfather, W.C. Sisley, was the manager of the Review and Herald Publishing House in Battle Creek from 1894-1899, and was also the architect and builder of Battle Creek Sanitarium, Union College, and many other denominational buildings. Sue's family home was located within walking distance of the church school she attended, a large Adventist church, and the Hinsdale S.D.A. hospital. Also nearby was the city of Chicago and Broadview Academy, where campmeetings and other programs were held, so life was busy and active. Sue began taking music lessons at an early age, and in academy enjoyed being a member of the band, piano quartet, singing in different musical groups, as well as holding various offices on campus.
Forrest and Sue met while attending E.M.C. (Now Andrews University) in Berrien Springs, Mich. There Forrest was taking some education as well as business classes, while Sue was a nursing major. Their friendship continued through letters and visits after Sue moved to Hinsdale Hospital to complete her nursing, and wedding bells rang out for them on December 20, 1959. After moving back to Berrien Springs, Forrest began his career in printing, while Sue was a full time housewife and mother of their two children, David and Linda. In 1973 the family moved to Collegedale, and since that time their family has grown to include a son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and five grandchildren. They are happy to have their son David and his family living nearby in Chattanooga; however, visits with their daughter Linda and her family are less frequent, since they live in Wyoming, where Randy is a family practice physician. When Forrest isn't working at his job (as a salesman for the press at S.A.U.), and Sue isn't working at her job (as an R.N. at Valley Hospital), they enjoy yard work and flowers, gardening, watching the birds at their many feeders, traveling, or reading together. In addition, Forrest enjoys woodworking, auto repair, and is a licensed ham radio operator, while Sue enjoys cooking and baking, and especially likes to organize things. Both Forrest and Sue have been active in various phases of church work for many years, and they want to continue to serve Jesus in whatever way He leads.
Our Present Schedule 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 8:30 Announcements (10 mins.) 8:40 Hymn of Preparation First Church Service (1 hour) 9:40 Benediction Total - 70 minutes 9:40 Sabbath School Begins 11:10 Sabbath School Ends Total - 90 minutes Intermission Total - 8 minutes 11:18 Announcements (12 mins.) 11:30 Hymn of Preparation Second Church Service (1 hour) 12:30 Benediction Total - 72 minutes Total time - 240 minutes New Schedule 9:00 a.m. 12:45 p.m. 9:00 Announcements (5 mins.) 9:05 Hymn of Preparation First Church Service (1 hour) 10:05 Benediction Total - 65 minutes 10:05 Sabbath School Begins 11:30 Sabbath School Ends Total - 85 minutes Intermission Total - 8 minutes 11:38 Announcements (7 mins.) 11:45 Hymn of Preparation Second Church Service (1 hour) 12:45 Benediction Total - 67 minutes Total time - 225 minutes
Upon a Christmas Night Adrian V. Boyer The Stars bend low above the Earth Like Worshipers in white - And take their Places In the Sky Upon a Christmas Night And seraph Fingers gently strum Each carol-vibrant String, While Angels voice Such Harmonies Till hallowed Echoes ring. The Winds in Low Pianissimo, Or Volume-trebled might, Send forth an Holy Melody Upon a Christmas Night. Beyond the Pylons of the Dusk, Where Dark and Dawn unite, Resound the Strains Through Heaven's Fanes, Upon a Christmas Night. The Hills and winding Road below And snowy Copse afar, - The drifted Vale, And picket Rail, List silent to the Stars. The herald Songs with rapture waft- As Angels in their flight Bring Tidings to The troubled World, Upon a Christmas Night. So Bethlehem-Ephratha sing For Joy and pure Delight, For in your Midst Our Lord was born Upon a Christmas Night.
Remember, zinc is vital to the immune system to keep it at a high level of activity. Zinc deficiencies in the USA are not too uncommon so a deficiency could make you more susceptible to catching cold.
Taken from News for BETTER HEALTH by Jackson A. Saxon, M.D.
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