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McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church Vol. 11 No. 7

Youth Pastor Writes

While visiting in the home of one of our young people recently, I heard a story that opened my eyes to the types of battles the younger members of our church family face. This young person told me about the teaching of spiritualism in one of our local public schools. Twice during this past school year, a carnival was held which included a tent with a fortune teller, complete with a crystal ball, Tarot cards, and a Ouija board. This fortune teller not only predicted the future of the children but gave them a sheet of paper with a picture of a witch and a crystal ball with the instructions to write in the crystal ball what they saw in their future. One of the teachers in the school endorses astrology by telling the children of instances where her horoscope had predicted her future. Another teacher described stories of how Voodoo works. When the class seemed interested in the topic, she offered to bring a book on Voodoo for them to study. At this point, our student in this school prayed for courage and then spoke up and said "I am a Seventh-day Adventist. I do not want to learn more about Voodoo. Can you give me something else to study?" The teacher looked shocked but agreed to the request. "Now all the kids think I'm weird."

I think this young person is a courageous Christian, setting the same example of Daniel and his friends! This should be a call for us not to have our children exposed to this temptation. This person also related that other Adventist kids did not stand, but went with the crowd. Parents, please do your best to not send your children into these influences. Church family, please do your best to contribute to the Worthy Student Fund so that more children can afford a Christian education. We can't afford the alternative!


Sports Illustrated

An Adventist basketball player was featured in a one-page article in the March 9 issue of Sports Illustrated. Sam Randolph is seven feet tall and plays for the Columbia Union College team. Titled "Never on Saturday," the article detailed how Sam won't play ball on Friday night or Saturday. "It would be great," the article quoted Sam as saying about playing professional basketball, "but I have higher aspirations." Sam was good enough coming out of Takoma Academy that several big-time college basketball programs offered him scholarships ­ and exemptions from Sabbath games. But Sam didn't take them up on it, choosing to attend Columbia Union College instead. The CUC Pioneers aren't very good; they have 5 wins and 22 losses this season. But Sports Illustrated noted that they're only bad six days a week! The article's on page 38 of the March 9 issue, if you want to look it up.


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Samaritan Center Needs . . .

Dock workers: Make pickups of donated furniture and large appliances and carry in donated items left on the back dock. Two to four hours per week. Volunteer dock workers help cut down on a growing theft problem, especially on weekends.

Children's activities helpers: Story tellers, art and craft instructors, and anyone who enjoys playing with children. Help the Center reestablish a children's activities program and build esteem in the lives of tomorrow's leaders during the time their care-giver is shopping in the Center's thrift shops. Three hour shifts available on Sundays through Thursdays during the Summer.

Media monitors: Bring us articles about the Center and Community Service topics. Let the Center know which newsletters (including church bulletin), newspapers, radio or television stations you can monitor.

Thrift shop workers: Straighten racks, arrange shelf displays, assist customers, and ring up or bag purchases. Summer relief help needed in three hour shifts weekly with choice of mornings or afternoons.

For an application or more information on any of these opportunities, please contact Susan Monk at 238-7777.


Remission

Adrian V. Boyer

Our Father keeps no Record
Of the Sins we have confessed,
He removes them by His Mercy
Far as East is from the West.

He has cast our vile Transgressions
To the Bottom of the Sea,
And remembers them no longer ­
From their Guilt He set us free.

Tho our Sins may be like Scarlet.
God will make them White as Snow:
Tho they be as Red as Crimson,
They shall be as Wool we know.

What a Comfort and Assurance
Just to know our Saviour cares,
And His Ear is e'er attentive
To our Heart's repentant Prayers.

By the Blood of his Atonement
On Golgotha's dreary Mount,
Jesus paid for every Trespass
That is laid to our Account.

By His Love and Grace He saved us,
Ransomed every contrite Soul:
Made us Heirs of God's great Kingdom ­
Cleansed and made us fully Whole.


Reflection for Parents

What this world needs are fewer rules and more good examples.

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Are you stuck in a rut? Do you know what a rut is? A rut is nothing more than a grave with the ends extended. People stuck in ruts live very unbalanced lives.

The people of the McDonald road Seventh-day Adventist Church are about to show the world that they are some of the most balanced people on earth. Balanced people take the advice found in the book of Ecclesiastes and have a time to work and a time to hobby. Time devoted to the responsibilities of life and time for pure enjoyment.

Did you know there is a guy in our church with over 200 B.B. guns? Or, how about the fellow with Donald Trump's business card?

Mark your calendar for July 26, 1998, at McDonald Road Family Center, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. We are going to have a Hobby Fair. This event is designed for people to "show off" their hobbies. And, if you don't have one, you may see something you may want to get into.

Any and every thing you do that's fun or interesting we'd love to see. Plan now to make an exhibit and "show it off". Do you collect, sew, craft, make, bake, or invent? Maybe horses, dogs, cats, rats, or even pigs is your thing. Just fill out one of the request slips found in the bulletin and drop it in the offering plate to reserve a spot. Space is limited and reservations will be given on a first come first serve bases. More info? Call Rod and Pam Lewis at 396-9204.

It will all be there along with music, food, and fun. Plan to eat lunch and supper in the Family Center. Our Pathfinders are the cooks.

Who knows? You may never be the same again after Hobby Fair '98! One thing's for sure; you'll never get stuck in a rut again.


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Our church was founded in the spring of 1979, which means that now we are in the beginning of the 20th year of our ministry. There have been many significant milestones over the last two decades. Our community has experienced exceptional growth also. Numerous housing developments testify to hundreds of new families that are moving in. We want to share in ministering to them. The Board voted to request conference evangelist Wendell Stover to come in 1999 and conduct a full series of evangelistic meetings in our sanctuary. This follows Net 98 which begins in early October. We urge you to pray for the success of these tremendous outreach efforts.

We must be ready for the new influx of members that God will provide. Our church board established a Planning Committee of about 20 of our members under the chairmanship of Wayne Starr. This group has met a couple of times. They are looking at what we can do to increase our seating capacity. Along with this; they are looking at what can be done to provide additional restroom facilities, adult Sabbath school classrooms of a nice size, office space, and a larger foyer in which our members can fellowship. If time should last, we must prepare to adequately serve our growing area.

God has really blessed our church. People join because they find in this place a joy and friendship patterned after our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our mission is to evangelize, equip and empower people to prepare for heaven, which we believe is just over the horizon. We want to build values of caring, respect, and Christ-likeness. We hope you are proud to be a Seventh-day Adventist Christian. We hope you are proud to be an active and committed part of the McDonald Road Church. May God continue to bless as we serve Him and plan for the future.


Children's Letters to God

Dear God. . .

. . . We read Thomas Edison made light. But in school, they said You did it. So, I bet he stole Your idea.

Sincerely, Donna

. . . The bad people laughed at Noah - "You made an ark on dry land you fool."

But he was smart, he stuck with You. That's what I would do.

Eddie


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Heart attacks are the number one killer of American Women as well as men!

Risk No. 1: Gaining weight after the age of 18. In a 14 year study, it was found that gaining 11 pounds increased the chances of a heart attack later in life; 11-18, the risk went up to 25%; 18-24 pounds, the risk went up to 65%; 24 pound gain, the risk went up to 100%.

The current standards for weight would show that the women who had the lowest heart attack rates would be considered underweight. We need to get our weight down. It is difficult to lose the weight, so we need to eat right and exercise to stay at our ideal weight.

Risk No. 2: Was overweight as a child. This is one strike against you, but it can be overcome. In a study in Bogalusa, Illinois, it was found, those who had gained the most weight over a five year period developed a "thick" heart (a dangerous condition that could persist into adulthood).

Hearts got bigger in the kids who got fatter, especially in the girls. The excess weight appears to stress the heart and cause its left ventricle to grow larger. The more developed the heart, the more oxygen it needs. It is more apt to become blocked and the blood can't reach the heart. Heart attack risk is five times higher.

Risk No. 3: Being Short. For a woman five-feet and one-inch tall or shorter, the risk is 72% greater than women five-feet and five-inches or taller. It could be that taller women have wider arteries. Children who are fed nutritiously, appear to grow taller and appear to be less prone to coronary-artery disease than others.

Nothing you can do about being short, but knowing this will encourage you to get your blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels checked.

Risk No. 4: Having a high triglyceride level. These fatty substances in the blood can be dangerous! This is associated with higher risk of heart attacks. Abnormal buildups of plaque can lead to heart attacks and cause ruptures and lesions. This can cause diabetes. Woman's level should be 150. Having over 150 and your HDL's are 45 or less, you may be at increased risk.

Five ways to save your heart:

  1. Quit smoking (if you do).
  2. Eliminate high fat foods - A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains and low fat foods is best.
  3. Step up exercises - 30 minutes daily, at least.
  4. Grape seed extract has been recommended by nutritionists for the heart.
  5. Ask your doctor about other ways to help prevent heart attacks.

If you feel any problems, you need to have them checked. Women are sometimes dismissed by doctors, so insist on a thorough check-up. This goes for men as well.


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Exciting reports are coming in from our E-mail Bible Instructors and Web Team, using the McDonald Road Internet Server. The server is designed to provide outreach, sharing God's Love with people worldwide! We had two graduates from our 30 lesson E-mail Bible Course just this week. A beautiful certificate was sent to a lady in Germany, and also to a girl in Sri Lanka. Our students are from everywhere including Russia, Australia, Indonesia, and even the USA. Some of our students take the lessons very seriously and keep the instructors searching their own Bibles just to keep up!

Here are some of the latest figures available; even though they will be superseded by higher numbers when you read this:

Lessons COMPLETED by students .......... 1,600 +
Lessons sent to students ............................ 2,100 +
Applications for studies received ................... 485 +
Students doing lessons .................................. 175 +
Graduates in the 30 lesson course ................... 17
E-mail messages handled by McDonald server 7,800 +
Hits per day on McDonald server ............... 2,200 +

We also have the complete set of the Marked Word Bible Studies online available to anyone with a www connection, and these studies are also very popular. McDonald Road actually has three complete sets of studies that we provide in addition to more studies that we provide links to.

Our sermons are available to the world, and a version of the McDonald Manna is also online. Here are a couple of comments we received from people this week:

"My first visit to a church web site.     Thanks."

"Web page is very well done; material is laid out well and easy to find. Glad to see sermons stored online...I've printed and studied many; also studying many Bible lessons and resources. Like other ideas as well. Thanks for making above available. It is truly a blessing."

McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church website address is:

http://mcdonaldroad.org

Clergy Talk: How much?

The devil, according to legend, once advertised his tools for sale at public auction. When the prospective buyers assembled, there was one oddly shaped tool which was labeled, "Not for sale." Asked to explain why this was, the devil answered, "I can spare my other tools, but I cannot spare this one. It is the most useful implement that I have. It is called

Discouragement,' and with it I can work my way into hearts otherwise inaccessible. When I get this tool into a man's heart, the way is open to plant anything there I may desire.

The legend embodies sober truth.

Discouragement is a dangerous state of mind, because it leaves one open to the assault of the enemies of the soul.



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