February Manna Highlights

OUR JUNIOR MISSIONARIES

Rita McMichael

Several of our Junior members became missionaries without leaving Hamilton County! They found out that they have a mission field right here in their back yard. Witnessing for Jesus in work, play, smiles, laughs, little deeds, and helping hands. Last month, you read about our leaf raking project. We are also happy to report that Justin, Megan, Robby, and Adam raked leaves for another neighbor. Nikki, Amanda, and Julie made gifts. Amy was involved in the "Shoebox Project". Elena, Michelle, Heather, Amber, and Diana plan to bake cookies and distribute them to shut-ins. I'd say, our Juniors have been busy sharing their gifts as well as showing God's love. Please give them a word of encouragement.


PRIMARY I BEGINS FEBRUARY 7

Finally, the new children's Sabbath School department will begin. Let me introduce you to our staff:

Leader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Susan Luttman
Associate Leaders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Betty Caskey
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mac Cathey
Teachers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mac Cathey
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Danny Croft
. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joan Crosby/Sharon Monks
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marilyn Vallieres
Pianist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Shea Yeager
Assistant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sarah Pizar
Sub Teacher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Shea Yeager

On January 31, the following children will be promoted to Primary 1: Angela, Brittney, Joshua, Brandon, Troy, Bradley, Adam, Stefan, Molly, Megan, Katie, Kyle, Girean, Alanna, Corinne, Ryan, Emily, Lindsey, and Jeremy. These children will be the first in our new department. Please pray for our new department. Pray for our staff and each child who comes that they may grow closer to Jesus. Our theme for February and March is "God's Promises".


Children's Ministry at Cohutta Springs, March 20-22.

THE WAY OF LOVE

Pastor Kent Crutcher

Spring is coming. Along with the warmer weather, the budding trees, the blooming flowers, the light jackets, the opened windows, and a renewed interest in Baskin & Robins comes thoughts of love. Spring Fever is the common name for this ailment. It seems to strike those in the North with greater intensity. I noticed this when I attended Andrews University. Having grown up in Ooltewah, I was unprepared for the Winter Blahs so common to the North. Everything is the same color during the winter months: GRAY. The sky is gray. The snow reflecting the sky is gray. The trunks of the trees are gray. The buildings seem gray. Everyone's spirits seem gray. Grade point averages also reflect the gray of the season.

Then comes spring! What a difference a few degrees can make to one's outlook! The blue sky. The green grass. The trees look alive again. People have smiles that are not hidden by scarves. Lovers can intertwine their fingers as they walk along because the mittensare off (Have you ever tried to hold hands with mittens?).

Sometimes we express our love for one another as if it were winter. It's as if we try to hold hands with mittens on, keeping up a barrier for the fear of the responsibility that closeness brings. When this occurs, it's as if it were winter in the heart. Life becomes a perpetual shade of gray. No life, no flowers.

Eugene H. Peterson, in "The Message", paraphrases the Bible's cure for love's winter blahs. This is found in 1 Corinthians 13. It reminds us how to love each other with mittens off. "If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all His mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, Jump' and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing.

"If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love.

"Love never gives up.
"Love cares more for others than for self.
"Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
"Love doesn't strut,
"Doesn't have a swelled head,
"Doesn't force itself on others,
"Isn't always me first,'
"Doesn't fly off the handle,
"Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
"Doesn't revel when others grovel,
"Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
"Puts up with anything.
"Trusts God always,
"Always looks for the best,
"Never looks back,
"But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies. . . We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled. . ."But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love." This passage from the pen of Paul is often used at weddings, as it should be, but it deals with far more than married bliss. It deals with our responsibilities to each other. Does your love for someone meet the requirements of this text? If so, you have learned to live with Spring Fever. You have learned to beat the Winter Blahs no matter the season. You have learned to love with the mittens off!


Reflection for Parents . . .

Children are a great deal more apt to follow your lead than the way you point.


			Omnipotence
			 by Adrian Boyer

                    		I
		How stately are thy Courts, O Lord,
    			And wonderful Thy Ways.
		The Angel Choirs and Seraphs sing
    			Thy everlasting Praise.
		Thy Regency extends beyond
    			The stellar Constellations,
		Encompassing the Universe,
    			And all Thy vast Creations.

                    		II
		God made the Spheres and
			Hemispheres,
    		And set the Earth in motion.
			He formed each mighty Mountain
		Range,
    			And fill the vast Ocean.
		Eternal is Thy Sovereign Realm -
    			For Time and Space with Thee
		Are but a Moment when compared 
    			To all Eternity.

                    		III
		Our God who is Omnipotent,
    			Enthroned in Splendor reigns
		Beyond the distant Pleiades,
    			And interstellar Chains.
		Of all the gods that Men devise,
    			Of Gold or Wood or Stone,
		The God Who framed the cosmic
			Vaults
    		Of Heaven is Lord alone.

The Healthy Cell Concept

There are many things contributing to a healthy cell. Think about your life. What are you doing to become healthier? Are you following all the things we ve talked about last year? Ask yourself, "Do I really want to have more energy, to feel healthier?" It has taken years to become like you are today and it will take quite a while to get where you want to be. You are what you eat and what you do.

What do you eat and how do you cook your food? Do you throw out the nutrients with the water? We need to use the best vegetables, fruits, and grains we can buy. We need to eat lots of raw salads. Can't chew them-grate the vegetables. Cooked vegetables should be steamed just to the tender point (not mushy). We should use very little visible fats, preferably olive oil (never use oil in a clear bottle). Sweeteners should be used sparingly (use bananas, applesauce, concentrated white grape juice, apple juice, or orange juice).

Single people tell me, "It s hard. I m alone." But is it? You can buy a few of those dome covered plastic bowls that have a small rack in the bottom. Put two tablespoons of water in the bottom, add the rack and place your fresh vegetables in it. Snap the cover on and refrigerate. They will stay fresh for quite a while. Now you can have a fresh salad daily.

Steaming vegetables for supper: take a pot with cover; place a steamer rack (a round metal rack with legs which opens up like a flower) in the bottom; place water in the pan, but don t let it cover the steamer. The water should not come up over the vegetables as they are steamed. Place all the vegetables you want steamed for your meal in the rack; cover and place it on the burner; bring to a boil, then turn the heat down. Steam just until tender, 10 to 20 minutes. Voila! You have a healthy supper by adding some stewed lentils or something else that cooked in a slow cooker while you worked.

There are other things which make for healthy cells. We need a healthy mental attitude. Laughter is good medicine. Smile even when you feel you don t have anything to smile about. Before long, your mood will change. How we feel about life affects our health. The medical field is beginning to recognize the effect of laughter on our frame of mind and our over all health. Laughter pumps up our immune systems.

Let's not forget prayer. Church goers have a lower death rate. The average Seventh-day Adventist lives into his/hers 80's. But are we enjoying it? We can! There are many simple things we can do for our health that will save us money in the end.

We need to learn to have a good attitude; to be happy in any state we are in. Sure it s hard sometimes. Some have found that if you have things you worry about, allow only a short time to think about it. Do what you can, then place them at Jesus feet.

Social connections will help with your health and attitudes. Be friendly. Smile at others as you walk along. Greet strangers with a hearty "Hello." Walk with your shoulders back and your head held high. Doesn't t that feel great! Depression and chronic stress are detrimental factors in suppressing the immune system. Helpful factors are uplifting books, friendships, daily prayer, and leaving your life in God's hands. Look for opportunities in difficult situations. Don t get down about problems. Find a way to make them help you. Learn from them and grow. Study how to have a positive mental attitude. Good attitudes can be developed and trained. Do the best you can. This results in greater self esteem. Enjoy life's small gifts. Take time to smell the roses and then thank God that He put roses among the thorns of life.

Can we be laugh friendly? Yes!

    Be sociable. Invite people over. You laugh more with others.
  1. Get together with a friend and try something new and laugh together over your attempts.
  2. Make it a habit to turn the corners of your mouth up. Give your face permission to be happy.
  3. Learn to share funny things that have happened or a joke or a funny story.
  4. Get a pet. They give love, company, and laughs.
  5. Start your day with a good laugh from a humorous book or funny T.V. program, but don t forget your time with God first.

Remember, Jesus smiled and lifted us with this advice, "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." This will save us some money at the doctor's office and at the drug store-now that's something to smile about!


You can accomplish more in one hour with God than in a lifetime without Him.


Now For the Rest of the Story

Quote from Paul Harvey News October, 1997

Women have been honored on American postage stamps for more than a hundred years, starting with one woman who was not an American, Queen Isabella, in 1893. Since then, eighty-six women have been honored, ranging from Martha Washington to Marilyn Monroe. Many women authors: Louisa Alcott, Emily Dickens on, Willie Casher, Rachel Carson. And I can name an American woman author who has never been honored thus, though her writings have been translated into a hundred and forty-eight languages: more than Marx or Tolstoy, more than Agatha Christy, more than William Shakespeare. Only now is the world coming to appreciate her recommended prescription of optimum spiritual and physical health. Ellen White. You don t know her? Get to know her!


Alopecia, Does Anyone Have it?

By Walter Cannon as told to Cynthia Gettys

What is alopecia? Alopecia areata is a common cause of hair loss affecting about two million Americans, it appears without warning. Alopecia areata is a disease of the hair follicle which causes sudden hair loss ranging from patches the size of a quarter to complete baldness. Although not life-threatening, the disease is certainly life-altering, and its sudden onset, recurrent episodes and unpredictable course disrupt the lives of all involved and especially children, its most common target. Some people develop only a few bare patches and regrow them within a year, even without treatment. The scalp is the most commonly affected area, but the beard, or any hair bearing site, can be affected alone or together with the scalp. In some people, the condition spreads until all hair on the scalp is lost (alopecia totalis), or even over the entire body, including the eyebrows and eyelashes (alopecia universalis). No matter how widespread the hair loss, the hair follicles remain alive below the skin surface, and the possibility of hair regrowth remains. It affects males and females of every ethnic group and of every age, but particularly the young, causing hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere.

The disease process in alopecia areata is thought to have an autoimmune component-that is, some aspect of the process involves a reaction against the body's own tissues by the immune system. The "environment" in which the immune system acts includes the body itself, and in some instances, the immune system reacts against its own tissues causes an autoimmune disease.

How will it affect my daily life? In a physical sense, alopecia is not disabling; persons with alopecia are usually in excellent physical health. In an emotional sense, it can be challenging, especially for those with extensive hair loss. When people discover they have alopecia areata, the most pervasive initial feeling experienced is a profound sense of loss. Not only has an individual lost his/her hair, a very visible part of their physical person, but their self-concept - how they view themselves and how they believe the world views them - has received a tremendous blow. The emotional pain of alopecia can be overcome with one's own inner resources, sound medical facts, and the support of others.

Is there a cure or effective treatment? Currently there is no cure; however, it is important to remember that alopecia is reversible and the possibility of hair growth remains.

Do you know anyone who has alopecia? Here is one man's story. "When I was twelve years old, several small round bald spots appeared on my head, but after several months hair regrew in these spots. Then when I was between fourteen and fifteen years old, a round bald spot about the size of a quarter appeared on the back of my head. As time progressed the size of this spot expanded until I had lost almost all the hair on my head. My parents took me to several doctors. Finally one referred us to a dermatologist who tried several treatments but to no avail. At that time it was felt that this condition was caused by stress (although research has shown no proof to support this). To compound the matter, my eyebrows and eyelashes started falling out and I became afraid to go to sleep at night for fear that I was pulling them out in my sleep. As a high school student, I was very sensitive to the taunts of my fellow students. Even my teachers didn't understand what I was going through and thus, provided no emotional support when I was most in need. My mom's way of supporting me through this ordeal was to purchase a hair piece for me to wear when I was in public. At least when I was wearing my hair piece people didn't stare as much and I wasn't a public spectacle. Once I started wearing the hair piece, no one ever brought the subject up again. It was like out of sight, out of mind.' About eight years ago my condition was finally diagnosed; I had alopecia universalis. Although it was a relief to finally have a name for what was wrong with me, it was disappointing that so little information was available about the disease. During the spring of 1997, my wife and I became computer literate and entered the world of technology. Once we discovered the world wide web, one of the first searches we did included the words alopecia universalis.' To my surprise, I discovered that I was no longer alone. This was where I found NAAF and an invitation to attend the 1997 yearly conference in Chicago, Illinois. It was at this conference that I discovered over 700 people meeting together with the same medical condition I had. I was surprised at how many young children were affected, but I also discovered that alopecia can attack you at any age, as there were people in their fifties recently diagnosed. I found a very supportive family and, with this support, I'm able to tell my story.

"I'm sharing this story with you because I hid under a hair piece and now I realize that God has made us all differently and I want to be accepted for being me. When you see me without my hair piece, don't ignore the change. Please feel free to ask questions. If you know anyone that has a similar condition, please have them contact me. I would be more than willing to share my knowledge, support, friends, and family with them."

Information reported in this article was provided by the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF), a non-profit organization founded in 1981. The National Alopecia Areata Foundation is the world center for those with alopecia areata. The Foundation encourages and funds medical research for better treatment and ultimate cure, provides support and resources for those with the condition, and raises public consciousness of the disease. What is known about alopecia has been discovered and reported through research funded by NAAF. "This Weird Thing That Makes My Hair Fall Out - Alopecia Areata" is a seven-minute video available from NAAF at no cost for children who need a mechanism to share their feelings about alopecia areata with friends, family, peers, schoolmates, principals and teachers. If you or someone you know would like more information on NAAF, their address is:

          P.O. Box 150760
               San Rafael, CA 94915-0760
               E-mail address: 74301.1642@compuserve.com
               Phone: (415) 456-4644

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