August Manna Highlights

Thinking Precedes Thanking

In the days of the great sailing ships, Boston Harbor was the scene of much activity. Along with the great amounts of physical labor that took to load and repair these ships was the constant emotional labor upon the families of the men who sailed them. These families were often seen in tears as the men left on voyages that could sometimes last for years.

Another common sight was that of a Pastor or a Priest on the ships praying for the sailors and blessing the vessel that would be their home. It was usual for a church congregation near any harbor to lose most of its male members if a ship was lost at sea; so this period of prayer for safety was a very deep and heart felt experience.

One particular day of worship, a pastor stood before his congregation and made the following announcement, "I am sorry to inform you that twenty-four of our sailors were lost at sea." After the congregation had gasped in shock and confusion, he continued, "At least I assume that this must be the case. Twenty-five sailors asked that I pray for their safety. Only one came back after the voyage and asked me to say a prayer of thanks; so the others must have been lost!"

It has often been pointed out that thinking precedes thanking. If we take the time to think about what God had done and is doing for us, we will live thankful lives.

Romans 1:21 states, "For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened."

Let us take time to think and be thankful every day for the way God loves each of us.

I have found myself being very thankful lately: thankful for the church family here at McDonald Road Church, thankful for the welcome that we received, for the way that we have been made to feel at home, and for the kind, loving spirit that we have experienced from each of you. Susan and I look forward to being at your service for many years to come.

Pastor Kent Crutcher

Did You Know That . . .

Americans spent $26.6 billion on lottery tickets in 1994, while in the same period, total contributions to churches totaled $19.6 billion.

        Set Not Your Heart On Things Of Earth

                Set not your Heart on Things of Earth,
                Or Pleasures that allure,
                For they will pass away one Day,
                Nor will their Works endure.

                But place your Trust in Things above -
                Invest your Treasures there
                Where neither Moth nor Rust corrupts,
                Removed from Angst and Care.

                And you will find great Peace of Mind,
                Regardless of your Plight,
                For God will give you Songs to sing
                Tho dark and drear the Night.

                However long the Road may be,
                Or wearisome the way,
                Let not your Heart be troubled,
                Or languish in Dismay.

                Take Comfort in the blessed Hope,
                And know that by God's Grace
                You'll meet your Saviour when He comes,
                And see Him Face to Face.

                No Joy of Earth can e'er surpass
                The Joy when Christ shall say,
                "Well done, thou good and faithful one,
                Come Home with Me today."

                           by Adrian V. Boyer

Tune Up

Stop yawning and live again! Do you yawn while driving to work or fight to keep awake during the day? Do you lack the "get up and go" to get things done? Do you have no energy to enjoy your leisure time? You're not alone. Forty-two percent of American workers are exhausted at the end of the day.

Many of us get too little sleep or sabotage the quality of our sleep! There are some factors that can drain us of our energy, like not getting enough sleep, not getting enough exercise, poor nutrition, or a serious medical condition. If our level of energy is low and we feel tired, even on days we don't exert ourselves, we need to have a good health examination.

There are four strategies that will put the "tiger" in you.

  1. Eat for energy.
  2. Get your zzz!
  3. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, weight control aids, nicotine, spicy foods, alcohol and any gas producing foods. They keep your nervous system on edge.
  4. Learn to relax.
  5. Energize through exercise.
  6. There are quick "pick-me ups".
    We need 8-12 glasses of water a day. Walk or take the stairs whenever you can. Get up, move around and stretch when you feel sleepy. Phone a friend - social contact can energize. Grab a 30 minute nap - more will make you groggy. Soak in the tub in warm water for 15 minutes.
  7. Too "pooped" to do anything but watch television? This could be your problem. People feel less alert and more drowsy after watching two to three hours of television. Light leisurely activity before bed works wonders.
  8. Chronic fatigue may be a sign of a serious problem that only a doctor can diagnosis.

Try This Recipe!

By Lezlee Walters

Canner Tomato Soup

Stew for 20 minutes and sieve through a victorio strainer. Add 1/2 cup margarine, cup cornstarch mixed with 1 cup cold water, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 8 teaspoons salt, and 2 tablespoons of McKays chicken seasoning. Mix well. Serve or can for 25 minutes in water bath.

Makes 7 quarts.

The marks of a leader

Leaders would aspire to look like small boys in August. If you raise children or grandchildren, you know that by the end of August they've been running around all summer in their shorts, sneakers and T-shirts. You also know that their knees and their elbows are always skinned, their shins always black and blue and that they have the marks of the summer's fracases on their faces. A 6-year-old boy at the end of summer is my picture of a leader. I got that picture from David Hubbard, president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. Many years ago he told me that leaders need to learn not to inflict pain, but to bear pain. It seems to me that if you're bearing pain properly as a leader, whether you're a preacher, a college professor, a parent or a teacher, you ought to have the marks of the struggle. One ought to have bruised shins and skinned knees.

Max DePree in "Leadership Jazz"


Following Christ's command to go into all the world and preach the Gospel, a group of 24 young singers from A. W. Spalding, Collegedale Academy, and Southern Adventist University, along with nine adults, left Collegedale for a three-week singing evangelism/street witnessing tour through Poland and Romania. The invitation for this trip was extended by the family of Calin Benta, a Romanian student who attended A. W. Spalding School, and was a member of the Collegedale Caroliers a year and a half ago. Since the group that went are all current or former members of the Caroliers, the related name, Choralaires, has been chosen for the group.

The Choralaires left for Atlanta on July 13, traveling to Berlin, Germany, then on to Camp Zatonie, the summer camp in northwest Poland, where they will be presenters for camp meeting. Poland's well-attended camp meeting is a unique combination of summer camp and evangelistic meetings. Set in a birch forest on the shores of huge Lake Lubie, and seven kilometers from the nearest reliable telephone, Zatonie offers a perfect spot to both get away from it all, to share one's faith, and make new friends.

Following the Zatonie experience the Choralaires will travel through Warsaw and Krakow, Poland, where they will board an overnight train to Tirgu Mures Romania. This area of Transylvannia in central Romania is home to Calin Benta and his family. Meetings are scheduled here in a number of churches, Adventist and non-Adventist. An exciting extension of the trip in Romania will be an excursion to the Black Sea Coast, where the group will have an opportunity to not only enjoy the beach, but witness as well. This area of Romania has to date, not been evangelized. The Choralaires return home August 3.

Community Relations, Samaritan Style

by Gail Williams, Director The Samaritan Center

During my first week as director of Adventist Community Services, I visited the Metropolitan Council to ask what was needed and what was being provided by other agencies and organizations. They arranged for me to visit Northside Neighborhood House and, through the social worker at Northside, I met Grace Gray at Catholic Charities of Chattanooga.

Grace had common sense, creativity, and an uncommon sixth sense about people. During the next year, I was often on the phone with Grace. She enlightened, instructed and entertained me with her wonderful perspective on helping wisely. After Grace left Catholic Charities, we continued to network with the social workers and directors who followed.

During the past year, the Samaritan Center has teamed up with Memorial Hospital on health screening projects as well as involvement in Stephen Ministry. Their compassion and commitment to community service have made these very positive experiences.

Two weeks ago we were presented with an impressive plaque at a special event in Knoxville. People involved with Catholic Charities had voted that the Samaritan Center was the agency in the Chattanooga area that had been the most cooperative in working with them during the past year. They were recognizing the Samaritan Center for doing the same thing they did for us eleven years ago sharing experience, knowledge, and vision with others.

There are many needs in the community. The resources are limited. We think God is pleased when His children work together to use the resources He gives them to help His other children who are in need.

Relationships that make a difference

In a world of no absolutes, communicators must not seek to prove the gospel but to help people experience it. Effective preaching removes the barriers of unintelligibility and irrelevance so that people can hear God speaking. It encourages them to consider the possibility of God. If people see that Jesus cares, they will accept Jesus as truth. Surrounding the message with a loving, caring congregation enhances its appeal. It is loving, caring relationships, not proof-texting and logical arguments, that can move people to the kingdom today.

Timothy Wright in "A Community of Joy"


What do your children do in Kindergarten?

We start Sabbath School with crafts, fellowship, and etc. It makes coming to Sabbath School worth coming on time.

We begin the program with singing praises to God and prayer. Then we celebrate birthdays and welcome visitors. Sam, our puppet and regular member of our Sabbath School, always has something interesting to tell us. There's mission stories and lessons about nature. Action songs allows us to sing while teaching us about Jesus.

We end Sabbath School with lesson study. We split up into four classes so we can pay attention to the teacher better. Our Sabbath School is fun. I hope you enjoy yours.

Many thanks to the Associate Leaders, Teachers, Secretaries, and Pianists in the Kindergarten Sabbath School.

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