May Manna Highlights

The Advent Movement

My daughters took a friend to a youth festival at Georgia-Cumberland Academy (GCA). Teenagers rushed up to say "Hi" to them. There were screams and hugs and "good to see ya's". After a few minutes Kristin and Michelle's friend blurted out, "You know everybody! How can you know so many people?"

As Adventists, and especially as a pastor's family, we are part of the "Great Gadventist Movement". We meet many people as we minister in different locations. As converts to the church, we are often reminded of the interconnectedness of God's people. Christianity is about relationships and friends. The love of God bonds us together as we worship together, work together, and pray together. Thank you for sharing your church, your lives, and your dreams with us.

With Paul in Philippians 1:3-6, we will be able to say, "I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ."

We are not saying good bye. We are only saying, "see you later". We will see you again somewhere here in this world and then again when Jesus comes.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

Pastor Jim Erwin

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you. . .

      . . .a whole bunch

Thank you, so very much, for being there for us when we most needed you. We're doing fine in the Lord Jesus Christ.


Carlos & Carmen Rosario


McDonald Road Member in the News!

Front page of the Weekend section in the Chattanooga Free Press on Sunday, March 16 is a picture of Cliff Dildy holding one of McKee Foods' snack cakes. Right beside his picture are large words saying "Not The Retiring Type".

At age 84 Cliff is still working in the Research and Development department at McKee Foods. "I still work full time and I enjoy it. It's fun to go to work every day and try to do better than I did the day before." That quote was found beneath his picture.

Cliff started baking breads and cookies at the age of 15 in a small Atlanta bakery for 15 cents an hour. When the bakery went out of business he started working for McKee Foods (formerly McKee Bakery) as a mechanic. From mechanic he soon went to supervisor in the mixing and oven area, then to working in research and development.

Living with his daughter, Gayla Skender, Cliff still works 40-hour weeks. When he's home he enjoys cutting the grass with the John Deere tractor and baking bread. Mm Mm Good!

                       The Never-Failing Friend

                     Of all the friends you've ever had,
                          And some you have adored,
                     There is no Friend in all the World
                          Like Jesus Christ your Lord.

                     He's always there in Times of Stress
                          When everything goes Wrong.
                     He turns your Sadness into Joy,
                          And Sorrow into Song.

                     In Life's brief Sojourn some may pledge
                          Their Friendship to the End,
                     And vow no matter what your Plight
                          They'll always be your Friend.

                     Now human Friendship at its best,
                          Is sometimes known to quail,
                     For when you need their Comfort most,
                          That trusted Friend may fail.

                     But here's the GOOD NEWS:
                     Don't despair!
                          When Trouble has you floored,
                     There is a Friend Who never fails
                          It's Jesus Christ your Lord.

                     So even tho the World may scorn,
                          And leave you in Dismay,
                     Remember that your loving Lord
                          Is just a Prayer away!

                                 Adrian V. Boyer

Samaritan Center... to assist with disaster recovery.

One of the challenges in assisting people affected by the March 29 tornadoes has been finding them. They are widely scattered among family, friends and motels.

Once found, it's not easy to help. When they survey the debris spread across their neighborhood, they are grateful to be alive. No matter how much their homes were damaged and their possessions scattered, they are convinced someone else lost more. They don't want to take what someone else might need.

We are learning firsthand just how traumatized people are following this type of disaster. They hardly know were to begin. Where will they live? If the car is damaged, how will they get there? What do they do first? Second? Third?

There's FEMA, Red Cross, insurance adjusters, contractors and repairmen to deal with at a time when just going to the grocery store seems overwhelming. They discover insurance does not pay to remove trees that did not land on their house. Renters with pets, who have to find a new place to live, find it difficult to come up with a high deposit to keep a beloved cat or dog that may be the only "family" they have.

In response to the many area churches and organizations which have contacted the Samaritan Center to help storm survivors, the center has created an assistance council. The council will use a casework model to assess needs and coordinate what is done. A representative of the entity presenting the "case" is responsible for assessing the need, recommending specific assistance and following through until the case is closed. Each case is reported without using names or addresses to preserve anonymity and confidentiality. Each church or organization can decide to what extent they will contribute, money or other resources, to each case.

Reordering their lives will take months for those who lost their homes. We are glad we can work closely with others in helping neighbors who were in the path of the storm.

Positive Lifestyle

    by Charlene Anderson

There are germs all around our homes - on clothing, furniture, floors, walls, even our beds - when we don't let fresh air and sunlight in.

Two scientists, Downs and Blunt, found that sunlight kills germs. They took test tubes with bacteria culture and exposed a few to sunlight. The bacteria started to grow in the ones that were shaded, but not in the ones that were in the sunshine.

There are many benefits from sunshine, such as: destroys bacteria and viruses, helps to form vitamin D in the skin, cholesterol and triglyceride (fat) levels are lowered in the blood, white blood cells are increased and oxygen-carrying capacity of red cells are increased, blood pressure and pulse rate is lowered, tunes up the heart muscle and strengthens the body defenses.

Window glass stops over 95 per cent of the ultraviolet rays, so we must be outside to get the benefits of the sun. Therapeutic effects occur long before the skin turns red. Try to keep from burning or turning red.

To get enough of the "good" sunlight, you need to be out before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. We need to begin very slowly with 10 minutes and increase a few minutes every few days until we get up to 30-60 minutes a day. Our eyes need to be protected against burning. Sun damaged skin should have very little exposure. We need to eat a natural diet, low in fat and protein, high in carotene and vitamin C. This helps you to tan properly and gain beneficial results.

Proper amounts of sunshine make the skin smooth, pliable and give it a healthy glow. A properly tanned skin is three times more powerful in killing germs, fungus or bacteria. Many skin diseases are treated with sunlight. In cases of hypertension, sunlight reduces both the systaltic and diastolic pressure. Sunlight also helps build the immune system and helps to normalize blood sugar in diabetes.

We need a full spectrum of light. Children who spend too much time watching television or working on a computer or study under fluorescent lights are found to be somewhat hyperactive and don't do as well in their school work.

Caution: certain drugs sensitize the skin to sunlight and burned or reddened skin could cause cancer. Use sunscreen with a high SPF. It's a good idea to stay away from tanning beds. If you need to be out in the "burning hours" (from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.), it's best to cover up.

Let's use this healing agent, using these precautions outlined, and help our bodies protect itself from disease.

Internet News:

Outreach, witnessing, and results are alive on the McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church Home Page! Here are some exciting milestones for us: You can see the McDonald Road Church page at our new address at:
God is indeed blessing. We invite your prayers for this worldwide outreach by our church.

The books babies read

I venture that the books babies read before they are enrolled in school are probably the most important books that will ever come into their lives. I am speaking of those things which children read in the lives of the people around them. The book of human conduct: there is no other quite like it. The print is large, the lessons are both clear and subtle, the illustrations command attention. Long before a child knows the alphabet, it has begun formulating profound and perhaps lifelong attitudes about God, character, love and human values. The infant may not be able to verbalize those ideas until years later... in fact, some ideas will always be a little beyond verbalization; perhaps that's why we sometimes say, "I really don't know why I feel the way we sometimes say, "I really don't know why I feel the way I do" but the ideas are there. A baby has read them in the most persuasive of all books, the conduct of those around her.

J. Ellsworth Kalas in Honey in the Lion from a sermon called "Books That Babies Can Read"

Building of Ministry

by Patricia Foster

Over 250 McDonald Road church members and friends participated in the opening and consecration of the new family center on March 29.

Discussion to expand at McDonald Road church started in 1990. On August 11, 1993, building committee chairman, David Turner, presented plans for a family center. The church voted to proceed with the building, but only as funds became available. Ground breaking took place on October 9, 1994.

Volunteers prepared the footings and initial courses of blocks for the metal structure. After the metal shell was erected volunteers again worked to complete the center. Total cost of the facility was $375,000. It is estimated that over $550,00 was saved by volunteers donating their time to finish the structure.

The center will be used to provide training, to organize church fellowship activities and to conduct outreach programs for the community. "Our mission must be spiritual. We must make this a life saving station. In each use, we must magnify God," said Pastor Don Gettys.

Rod Lewis, family center director, and his committee wanted the opening and ribbon cutting ceremony to include more than just guests and those on the program. Ribbon was stretched across the auditorium so every adult and child could participate. Balloons were dropped from the ceiling and supper was served before recreation began.

"Buildings are not ministry. They are a tool," said Conference President Gordon Bietz. The McDonald Road church now has a tool to expand its ministry to members and the community.


Thank you: Building committee, for your hard work; Social committee, for all the fun you give us; Pathfinder drill team, for your wonderful performance; and everyone who participated in some way to make the Family Center such a great success.

Profiles. . .

Information on Pastor Gettys' life was taken from his "book" Forks in the Road. The following columns are condensed to such a small portion of that book that, well, you'll have to read his book for the interesting stories that took place in his life.

Pastor Don Gettys was born on October 27, 1941 at Blackford County Hospital in Hartford City, Indiana.

During his academy years he was editor of the "Echo" paper. He graduated from Indiana Academy in 1959.

Don went to Emmanuel Missionary College in Berrien Springs to become a Mechanical Engineer, then majored in Business while working in College Wood Products making furniture.

"I was doing well in Accounting. But was this my lifework? What was the purpose of this profession? It seem that my real goal would be just to make money. I talked with trusted friends. One night I knelt in prayer and prayed out to my God for an hour or two. From that time my goal was changed. Instead of being a religious business man, I would be a busy religious man. I would devote my life to helping others and pointing them to Jesus. From that time, my whole life seemed to come together. Life was so exciting. I was truly happy. That is except for someone to share my life with who believed in the same ideals I did and believed in me."

Don & Cyndie met at the end of October while attending college. That December they went to a winter camp at AuSable. By January they were talking about marriage.

Cyndie was born to Elder W. Franklin & Francis Miller. She was going to college to become a teacher.

The summer of 1964, at East St. Louis, Illinois, during a "Field School of Evangelism" Don asked Cyndie to marry him.

On May 30, 1965, Don and Cyndie graduated from Andrews University. After graduation, they walked down that same aisle that afternoon in marriage.

Following their honeymoon, Don worked framing houses. He attended seminary while Cyndie taught at the local public school.

On August 1, 1967, Don started his ministry at the South Haven, Bangor and Covert Seventh-day Adventist Churches.

Their first son, Jim, was born on April 27, 1968, at 5:57 a.m. on Sabbath. "One day we were innocently minding our own business when the phone rang and a baby had been born in California. Did we want him? Yes!" That Monday Cyndie flew out and on Tuesday she arrived back with their son.

On August 15, Don graduated from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.

On April 11, 1969, Don & Cyndie's second child was born! There was a baby girl, Lisa, available in Saginaw, Michigan.

Thinking that their family was complete, Don and Cyndie were soon to have another child. On February 9, 1970 at 4:31 a.m., their third child, Robert, was born, only this one was not by a phone call. Three babies in diapers at the same time!

On July 24, 1971, Don was ordained as a minister at Grand-Ledge Michigan Camp meeting.

On August 2, this year, he will complete ten years at McDonald Road Church.

Maybe next month we'll hear more of Cyndie's life.

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