Sabbath, February 6, will mark the first meeting of the branch Sabbath School class to be conducted by our youth department. For the next six months, our young people will meet at church during the regular Sabbath School class period and then travel about 10 miles away to participate in a special outreach project.
Youth Sabbath School leader Jeff Freeman says the young people will lead out in a one-hour Bible study that will begin at noon at the Best Western on the corner of Lee Highway and Bonny Oaks.
Their goal is to generate interest in a 12-night evangelistic series that will be held at the same facility from March 19 through April 4, 1999. Four students from Collegedale Academy will be the featured speakers, and the meetings will be run entirely by young people. Several members of our youth Sabbath School class will be involved in the youth-led evangelistic series, and 21 students from our church have pledged their involvement in this branch Sabbath School project.
How thrilling to see our young people "on fire" for God and eager to become soul-winners!
Do you like to have the words "PAID IN FULL" stamped on one of your bills? It's a good feeling. And the bigger the bill, the greater your relief when it is finally paid.
The McDonald Road Church reached a significant milestone when, after two-plus years of appeals and sacrifice on nearly everyone's part, we collectively stamped "PAID" on the Family Center. To celebrate getting out of the red and into the black, nearly 400 people poured into the Family Center on Saturday night, January 23, after Nat and Margaret Halverson's wonderful vespers program.
"It was a real sense of satisfaction," commented Elder Duane Miller. "It was good to see everyone enjoying themselves. The place was full!"
Looking over the sea of faces, many of whom were visiting, Pastor Don Gettys smiled and said, "This building is a real ministry."
Those annoying little thermometers that we've seen fill slowly with red were replaced by an enormous 16-foot thermometer that was totally black. Katie and Sheryl Baker had black centerpieces, black balloons and black plates--all symbolizing "No More Debt!"
Lezlee Walters, Jane & Julian Oliver, Lou & Dave Kratzer, Pam Lewis and Arlene Lewis marshaled their crews to provide more than 120 pizzas plus salad, drink and desert. "It was fun, and the pizza was good!" said Marcy Moore, one of our teens.
The McDonald Road Melody Ringers proved that they can warble like birds, bark like dogs, whinny like horses, and break glass as well as play handbells. What a show!
Elaine Cash showcased members of the CAST (short for Christian Actors Sharing Truth) troupe in a play entitled "Teen Talk 980." Elaine, who was that guy in the green shades?
Jerry Harrison belted out Danny 0 on the sax. WOW!
When asked what he thought of the evening, Pastor Kent Crutcher simply said, "What a hoot!!"
We're looking forward to the Family Center dedication service in March, at which time the mortgage papers will be destroyed.
--Rod Lewis, Family Center leader and Social Committee chairperson
"Retreat for your soul"
We have focused on many avenues to a healthier, positive lifestyle. One of the most important is our spiritual well-being. God has said, "I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." 3 John 2. So if we put some "cement" on our relationship with God, we should be healthier.
God has put within every person a need that can be filled only by Him. We need to make out spiritual well-being a priority and connect with God through reading the Bible, spiritual books and the Sabbath School lesson, and also by praying and meditating on Jesus.
"Oh, but I don't have time!" you say. "I'm so busy!" Let's look at our schedules. What can we eliminate in order to find that precious time with the Lord? We need to decide what is more important in our lives.
Once the decision is made, you can create several blocks of time to use for getting to know your Best Friend better. Here are three ways to get started:
1) Use your appointment book. Write in His name beside those blocks of time, and don't let anything interfere. Finding and maintaining a regular time is the best way to make this friendship a priority. Using the same time each day will make it easier to remember.
Choose a place where you won't be interrupted and where you will be comfortable. You'll begin to notice a difference in your life. We are told that "it is our privilege to maintain a calm repose in God."
2) Make your spiritual life part of your work life. Keep God before you, and talk to Him as you would to an earthly friend. If you're stumped over a problem, stop and ask God for help. This will strengthen your connection with your Best Friend.
God puts people in our paths to serve, and we can share our spiritual lives with them. Always remember that "actions (do) speak louder than words."
3) Plan a regular "retreat for your soul." We need time away for renewal. This retreat is a requirement for creating the life that you want--that "forever friendship" with Jesus. The activities you choose should help you to re-evaluate your priorities and to ensure that you are living a life that reflects your values.
Find out what is being offered for a "renewing of your soul" in our church. Your times of renewal could include: men's retreats, women's retreats, camp meeting, prayer meetings, small-group studies and health programs. Our health emphasis programs will help all of us know how to have clear minds in order to understand what God has for us.
When your spiritual life is the foundation for your life, success is guaranteed. Let your Best Friend bless and support you in your renewed life.
Health & Temperance leader
All Beginnings have an Ending
In Time's brief ephemeral Plan,
From the Least of God's Creation
To the measured Life of Man,
And though by sound Genetics we
Should be able to extend
Our apportioned mortal Tenure,
Past the Three-Score Years and Ten,
We cannot escape the Verdict
That we're sentenced once to die,
For the Guilt of our Transgressions,
Irrespective how we try.
But we need not Hope abandon
For our Lord has made a Way
Whereby all may thus be pardoned,
Who accept His Gift Today.
Not by Merit, nor by Labor,
Can Salvation be secured,
Only by accepting Jesus
Is eternal Life assured.
Then our temporal Beginnings
Will extend Forevermore,
For there'll be no final Endings
On Eternity's bright Shore.
--Adrian V. Boyer
Believe it or not! During the first 17 days of January, Gloria Lacey mailed out 52
copies of Steps to Christ as a result of requests from the McDonald Road Church Web
site! These books went to Belgium, Egypt, England, Malaysia, Malta, and New Zealand
... besides Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey,
New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington,
and West Virginia--all this during 17 days last month!
This brings the total number of Steps to Christ mailed out so far to 312. Take a look at some of the comments we received from people during January concerning this part of our Internet Ministry:
"Just wanted to extend my sincere thanks to you for the beautiful booklet Steps to Christ you have forwarded to me. Words can't express how much I appreciate this. ... May God bless you always." -A.K.
"Please send us Steps to Christ: How to Know Him Better. Thank you for the GREAT web site and the information. I just found out about you. Very pleased with what I have seen so far. Thank you for making this possible." -S.K.
"Received with pleasure your precious gift (Steps to Christ). Wishing you all a happy new year and many returns." -Egypt
Would you like to become part of this exciting Internet ministry? There is a place
for you if you would like to dedicate time to reaching people around the world from
right here at home! Gloria Lacey spends many hours sending these books to people,
and perhaps you would like to help her.
Also, if you would like to lend your financial support to this project, or if you would like to see us expand this ministry to other books, simply put your contribution in a tithe envelope, earmark it for "Internet Ministry," and place in an offering plate at the McDonald Road Church.
We still can use more help with our Internet Bible School as well as other parts of our McDonald Road Internet Ministry. Inquiries or offers can be sent by e-mail to email@example.com or you may contact Dean Saunders at church.
Our church's Web site is currently getting more than 3,400 hits per day!!! Be sure to check out our Web site at http://mcdonaldroad.org
Internet Ministry leader
After attending the funeral of my 95-year-old grandmother, who was my last remaining grandparent, I felt an overwhelming loss. After the service, someone brought out the old photo albums, and to our sorrow, we were unable to salvage the majority of the photos. Names, dates and events were forever lost. I left with a fierce determination to somehow find a way to preserve the memories of my grandparents, and soon afterward I began my first scrapbook.
Sometime later my family traveled to Tucson, Ariz., to attend the 60th anniversary celebration for my husband's grandparents. I took my scrapbooking supplies with the idea to create a keepsake album of the party. Upon arrival, I explained my intent and asked if there were some photographs I could use to do a few history pages in the front of the album. My husband's grandmother brought out boxes of old photographs, and we began sorting, sharing and learning.
Soon the entire family was looking through photos. "Who is this?" "Where was this taken?" "Do you remember this?"
I began to compile the pages for the album, creating a few "early" pages using what few photos were available from their pre-marriage days. It would have been an impossible task without the information that my husband's grandparents gave me. With their help, I was able to journal beneath each photograph. Because they were married during the Depression, there were no wedding photographs. I decided to write the story of their wedding. As each family member read that section of the book, they discovered a myriad of interesting facts about the wedding that took place 60 years earlier. For instance, her father had handwritten the invitations, her aunt had bought her navy blue velvet dress, the wedding was at her house, the reception was in his basement, and everyone was against the marriage, saying that "it would never last"!
I was reminded of my determination to teach my children about my own grandparents. How I wish I could have a few more days with them to ask questions about their lives. How fortunate that I was given the opportunity to ask the questions of my husband's grandparents. It was their own memories of past events, people, and the small details that made the experience special. My husband's family told me repeatedly how glad they were that I had thought to ask, and that it is now preserved for future generations to read and see.
The Scrapbook Squad will meet one Thursday each month in the Family Center beginning at 7 p.m. Join us to work on your photos by preserving names, dates, and "memoirs" for future generations.
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