June Manna Highlights

New Associate Pastor

Our growing church has been blessed over the years with good leadership. Now we have the benefit of a full time associate youth pastor. Kent Crutcher and his wife Susan are coming to McDonald Road on June 14. Elder Crutcher has been pastoring the Atlanta Southside church since 1993. During his tenure the attendance tripled.

Kent and Susan have two children: Joshua, age 4, and Rachel, age 1. Susan works part time as a Registered nurse and full time as a mother. She is very involved in the church. The family enjoy camping, hiking, nature, and reading. Kent is a woodworker and has experience at rebuilding pianos. He graduated from Southern in 1985 and Andrews Seminary with his Masters of Divinity in 1988.

We are planning a special fellowship lunch and welcome for them on Sabbath, June 14, when Kent will preach his first sermon here. At that time, you will want to meet and warmly welcome this family.

What will Elder Crutcher be doing at McDonald Road? He will be involved in being Associate pastor with duties such as visitation, soul winning, various committee and board assignments, with some prayer meeting and preaching duties. Youth work will utilize a good portion of his time. He will be involved with children's sabbath school divisions, church school, pathfinders, VBS, juniors, earliteens, youth, and young adults. Social activities, picnics, gym and family center events, campouts will be in his area of ministry. Pastor Crutcher is a committed Christian with conservative values. He loves Jesus and the Bible. He is a hard worker. We warmly welcome Kent and his family to our family. Let us all go to heaven together.

Pastor Don Gettys

New A.W. Spalding Principal

Gary Kaufman has accepted the position of principal at A.W. Spalding.

From 1994 to the present, Gary has been the principal at Crescenta Valley Adventist School in the Southern California Conference. Prior to that, he was director of La Vida Mission where he managed the activities of the 90-student boarding elementary school for Navajo children.

Gary and his wife, Sue, will move to Collegedale in July.


Kari Bishop is our new VBS leader. Vacation Bible School will be July 20-25 in the evenings. The theme is "Kids In the Kitchen". They will be focusing on health.


McDonald Road Member in the News

Duane Soule was in WOMBA's (White Oak Mountain Broadcasting Association) May newsletter for the use of his technical skills to help WOMBA and others. A few years ago a door opened and the dream to help with God's ministry became his reality. He heard about WOMBA at our church and immediately volunteered.

Duane's first job with WOMBA was in 1995 when he set up cameras for a local production. He also offered his expertise to fix transmitters and other equipment damaged by thunderstorms.

Paul Seifert told WOMBA that Duane is always willing to help those in need. "He is a hard worker and WOMBA is lucky to have him."

Duane worked at the Power Equipment Company as their technical support and engineering consultant for nine years.

Duane would like to see WOMBA expand in the next five years. He also told WOMBA that he would like to see non-Seventh-day Adventist churches produce programs on their station in the future.

New Seventh-day Adventist Church in Harrison

Ellsworth McKee; Walter Earle; Associate Pastor, Leo Van Dolson; Professional Business Associate, Al Sines; First Elder, Marlin Walter; Susanne Brude; Georgia-Cumberland Conference President, Gordon Bietz; Collegedale Mayor, Preston Jones; County Executive, Claude Ramsey; contractor, David Turner; architect, Peter Snyder; and Senior Pastor, Mike Pettengill break ground for the construction of a new $325,000 church that will be completed by November. The sanctuary will seat up to 200 people. Five Sabbath School rooms, a mother's room, and a fellowship room will be included in the church.

                           Day by Day
                     Lina Sandell Berg, 1832-1903
                    Translated by Andrew L. Skoog, 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be
terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with
you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

     "Day by Day" was written by a young Swedish woman who learned
early in life the all important lesson of living each day with the
conscious presence and strength of her Lord. Lina Sandell has often
been call the "Fanny Crosby of Sweden" for her many contributions
to gospel hymnody. From her pen flowed approximately 650 hymns
which strongly influenced the waves of revival that swept the
Scandinavian countries during the latter half of the 19th century.
     At the age of 26, Lina had an experience that greatly influenced
her life. She was accompanying her father aboard ship to the city of
Gothenburg, Sweden, across Lake Vattern. The ship gave a sudden
lurch and Lina's father, a devout Lutheran minister, fell overboard
and drowned before the eyes of his devoted daughter. Although Lina
had written many hymn texts prior to this tragic experience, now more
than ever her poetic thoughts that expressed a tender, child-like trust
in her Lord began to flow freely from her broken heart.

Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best 
Lovingly, its part of pain and  pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Ev'ry day the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour:
All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
He whose name is Counselor and Pow'r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid:
"As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,"
This the pledge to me He made.

Goofing Off!

For once, let the lawn or dishes go and let your job and everyone else wait! You need this time for yourself - to read this article! Experts agree that "goofing off" is more than fun - it's down right GOOD for you, mentally and physically. It's not selfish! Taking time out for yourself on a regular basis will make you a better parent, worker, spouse - a happier person.

"Goofing off" has some big benefits, like reducing stress, which can weaken your immune system, according to Allen Elkin, Ph.D. Stress can make you sick, helping in developing hypertension and heart disease.

When you feel good, your body produces more antibodies. Good brain chemicals are released and they trigger feelings of well being. Women need time for themselves, also.

Many men spend their time doing what they want and don't worry about it, but women appear to have a much harder time doing the same, for they tend to feel guilty taking time off from home responsibilities. There are many men who work too long hours without taking time for themselves or their families.

You need to relax. Take some time away from your responsibilities and that "to do list". You are not a failure if you set aside some jobs, yet a better person.

Women, more than men, feel bad if the house isn't picked up. Learn to find short cuts to the jobs you need to do and realize the extra help available. Learn to be organized to save motions and steps.

STOP worrying about finding time for yourself and just take it! First, rethink your view of fun. Dr. Schafer says, "Look at it as something you deserve and your family will benefit from it." Think of "goofing off" as productive and you will be more apt to plan for it.

Second, let go mentally. Make a list of your activities. Which ones can be reduced, eliminated or delegated. Decide how often a job needs to be done to still look clean. You're probably doing it more often than needed. Share duties, like transporting the children to and from their functions. This will give each of you extra time.

Let's find the kid in you again! Build blocks of fun into your day. Let yourself go by doing unusual things. Have a good laugh for this causes your body to go into a state of deeper relaxation.

Your "goofing off" could be a quiet time - a bubble bath, reading a book, walk through the woods, and starting a journal in the quiet of the trees. Put up your feet and day dream. This is YOUR time - a mini vacation which releases tension; soothes and renews you.

So take 10 minutes or longer, here and there, to become calmer, more relaxed and refreshed. Your body, mind and family will say, "thank you".

             Fret Not at Thoughts of Growing Old

                     Fret not at thoughts of growing old,
                     Or mourn your fading Youth,
                     For many are denied the Choice,
                     And that's the honest Truth.

                     The Measure of our mortal Span
                     Has been ordained of Yore,
                     To total three-score-years-and-ten,
                     A Fact we can't ignore.

                     However, don't despair my Friend,
                     Nor give yourself to Tears,
                     For if by Reason of good Health
                     You could add many Years.

                     Consoling as this Thought may be,
                     This Certitude is sure,
                     At best our brief extended Days
                     Will not for long endure.

                     But one Day when our Lord returns,
                     We'll reckon Time no more,
                     For I am told we'll ne'er grow Old
                     On Zion's golden Shore.

                                                        Adrian V. Boyer

Begin the day right.
Do not have your concert first and tune your instruments afterward.
Begin the day with God.

J. Hudson Taylor


Help for Today and Hope for Tomorrow

A typical day at the Samaritan Center brings a variety of interesting people here for help.
Recently. . .

Mary had a cut-off notice for her electricity. Her husband left her and their 3-year-old daughter the previous month. She had no idea where he was. She found a job, but it would be another week before she got a paycheck. Mary declined to take any of the personal care items provided by Gifts for Jesus because she didn't want to "take advantage."

A nurse, who is a Samaritan Center volunteer, visited Norma's home and found her in good spirits. She was eager to visit. After paying the bills, she had just $10 left for food. The nurse noted that Norma's eyesight was poor due to Multiple Sclerosis. With the husband working as much overtime as possible to help with the bills, Norma is home alone much of the time.

The nurse also visited a sixty-something man with stomach cancer and a thirty-something woman who is HIV positive.

George, a man who asks for food help several times a year, came in to request assistance. He's in the process of applying for disability.

A volunteer needed a doll for a church project.

Carlos, our new Community Care Chaplain, came by to get a mattress and box spring for a man who was sleeping on the floor and a layette for a newborn girl. The mother was unable to buy even the most basic items, such as diapers.

Margaret's home was destroyed by fire. In addition to the clothing and household items we were able to provide, she was excited to learn that the Red Cross would help her with rent expenses.

A senior citizen that we see fairly often needed food. Her children and grandchildren take advantage of her. Giving her a food box rewards them for freeloading and making her life miserable. Not giving it to her might mean she would be hungry.

That's just one day at the Samaritan Center a day where your donated clothing, household items, and linens provided tangible evidence of a caring community a day where the money you donated stocked our food pantry and helped with rent and utilities.

Thank you for your monthly support and contributions to our Benevolence Fund. Not just one day, but day after day, you make it possible for us to offer Help for Today and Hope for Tomorrow.

Gail Williams
Director of Samaritan Center

As the Giver of every blessing, God claims a certain portion of all we possess. This is His provision to sustain the preaching of the gospel. And by making this return to God, we are to show our appreciation of His gifts. But if we withhold from Him that which is His own, How can we claim His blessing?

Christ's Object Lessons, pg. 144


Kindergarten Trip to Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

On May 18, 1997, kindergarten children, parents, brothers, sisters and staff went to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum to see the trains they had a long time ago.

The first thing we did, besides climbing all over the trains, was have a picnic. Everyone brought food for a potluck picnic. It was a wonderful time for the children to visit, run, and play. The picnic area was littered with paper when we arrived, so the children played a game, after lunch, to see who could pick up the most trash.

Larisa won!

When it was getting close to the time for the train departure, children ran into the depot to get their engineer hats. Thankfully, Steve and Holly Morse were with us. They knew exactly which car to get on; it was the only one that was air-conditioned.

Once we got to our destination we were able to see the turn table. You could tell that Ryan was there before; he was ready with his ears plugged. It wasn't long before a few other children joined him.

It was so nice to get back in that air-conditioned car. Upon returning, we all met in front of the locomotives for a group picture.

Thanks to all of you who helped financially and for bringing food, we all had a great time!

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