I Love Books
I have always loved books. I consider librarians to be some of the most fortunate people in the world. They are constantly surrounded by books. I would not make a good book store owner because I would hate to sell my books. Parting with a book is not easy for me. I fear that if I get rid of a book that I think I will never use again, I will need it. It has happened.
My office is full of these faithful companions. My shelves are full. I have books on top of books. I have books behind books. I have books on the floor.
My home does not have enough shelf space either because, unfortunately, I am not the only book lover in my family. The rumor that a library is giving away old books raises my heart rate and fills my shelves even more. The annual Adventist Book Center sale during camp meeting should be off limits to me because my wallet always leaves empty and my shelves groan under the added weight.
As I look over my collection of books, a thought disturbs my mind. Many of my books have not been read! Some have only been glanced through. Some are still in their wrappers. Some are in foreign languages that I do not know. I keep hoping that someday I will have time to read all that I have accumulated. Deep down, I know that I never will.
I love Jesus. I have always loved Jesus. I consider pastors to be some of the most fortunate people in the world. They are constantly surrounded with talk of Him. Do I have a hard time giving Him away? Do I allow Him to grow dusty upon the shelves of my heart while hoping that someday I will have the time to do His will? Do I wonder, deep down, if I will ever take the time?
Ask yourself these questions. One of the Enemy's favorite and most successful tactics against Christians is to make us believe that we are too busy to do what is most important. It is time to see through this deception, because any time that is made for Jesus is not lost! Make spending time with Jesus a priority in your life.
--Pastor Kent Crutcher
June 4-6: Enjoy a 32-mile bike ride
down the Virginia Creeper Trail
Plan now to spend the first weekend in June with your fellow church members on the Creeper Trail in Virginia, just across the Tennessee state line. This year the rhododendrons will be in full bloom!
The highlight of the weekend is a 32-mile bike ride down the trail, which is an old abandoned railroad bed that crosses 44 tressels. The town of Damascus, Virginia, serves as the halfway point.
If you don't already have a favorite camping spot, try calling Riverside Family Campground in Abingdon, Virginia. This beautiful resort-type campground is right beside the North Fork of the Holston River. It offers a pool, horseshoes, and lots of other things for kids to do. Make your reservations right away by calling 540-628-5333.
Directions to the campground are as follows:
Take Interstate 81 north to the junction with SR 140 (exit 14). Go northeast on SR 140 for three-tenths of a mile, then take U.S. Highway 11 east for one mile. Using the inside lane, turn left onto U.S. Highway 19 and go north 7 miles to SR 611. Travel east on it for 2.2 miles. You'll go down a long bridge and then turn right into the campground.
If you have any questions, call Jane Oliver at (423) 236-4787.
Internet Ministry Report
Exciting new possibilities are now being realized from our Internet Outreach! First, here are a few numbers to think about: 1,050 people have requested our e-mail Bible course, and more than 333 of them have been completing their lessons; 3,300 lessons have been completed by our students to date, and we have 50 graduates!
So many of our students request additional lessons that we decided to add a new Bible course. The new Bible course is the "These Last Days" series that we adapted for our e-mail Bible School. In order to graduate from our first course, students are required to complete 30 lessons on Bible doctrines. This new course has 32 lessons, which means that our e-mail Bible School can lead people though two courses with 62 lessons altogether.
In addition to supporting these two e-mail Bible courses, our McDonald server also handles a great deal of other activity each day. One of our instructors, Nels Angelin, is handling between 8 to 15 lessons daily for Discover Bible School. Steps To Christ is also a big ministry from our Internet outreach. Gloria Lacey has now mailed more than 424 of these books to people worldwide who have requested them from us. Don't you also want to help? One way you could help is by donating your contribution to "Internet Ministry," and we can guarantee it will put the gospel in someone's hands. Our mail server has delivered over 31,000 messages. In the last nine months our Web server has had 750,000 hits.
A large number of people are almost finished with the lessons, and we ask for your prayers on their behalf. Some of them are struggling over the big decisions, and some of them are many miles away from any Adventist Church. The challenges are great, but we are confident that the Holy Spirit will work on their hearts in their homes. We can thank and praise the Lord for all of this modern technology that He is using in these last days of earth's history. Join with us with your prayers, your contributions, and your time as we reach the world with God's help!
Internet Ministry Coordinator
Lending a Helping Hand
Being of service to others helps us to be healthier, we are told. "Every ray of light shed upon others will be reflected upon our own hearts. Every kind and sympathizing word spoken to the sorrowful, every act to relieve the oppressed, and every gift to supply the necessities of our fellow beings, given or done with an eye to God's glory, will result in blessings to the giver. The pleasure of doing good to others imparts a glow to the feelings which flashes through the nerves, quickens the circulation of the blood, and induces mental and physical health." -Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 4, p. 56.
Many times you hear people say, "Let me know if there's anything we can do." How many times have you said those words yourself? In reply, you might get a "thank you" and then silence. Have you ever waited and thought, "Perhaps I could help, if they would only tell me what to do?" If so, here are some guidelines to follow:
First, look for the immediate need.
Ask yourself, what does this person need to have done? Some ideas include caring for animals, children, or an aged parent; cutting firewood; cleaning house; or cooking meals. It could be as complicated as finding shelter for one who has lost his home or as simple as giving a bereaved person some rest by answering their phone for them.
Second, fill that need.
Many times we send flowers, make calls, or bring food right after a person experiences a death in the family; but help--or just a friendly visit--may also be needed weeks or even months later. Try to think ahead for what that person may need in the months to come. Visit him to find out. Sometimes being a good listener and allowing people to talk freely to ease their pain is helpful.
Third, listen for the indirect appeal for help.
Listen to what is being said. "I'll be alright; I can manage" may mean "I would like some help, but I don't want to impose on you." Pride will sometimes prevent a person from making a direct request for help, so try to watch for the unspoken plea for help.
Fourth, be sincere. Quite often we use the "Let me know" phrase to let our consciences off the hook. After all, we did offer to help; didn't we? It's not our fault if pride or fear prevented a person from asking for help. Or is it? If you sincerely want to help, look for something that needs to be taken care of immediately and listen for indirect appeals for help. "Do unto others" as you would want them to do for you.
Health & Temperance leader
Need a break? Come to Ladies Night Out on May 16
Ladies Night Out allows young mothers to have an opportunity for a night without the children while giving the older ladies an opportunity to get out of the house and meet some new faces. It has been a great way for the younger and the older ladies in our church to mix and get to know one another! Any lady age 18 and older is invited to participate.
This year we have been holding the monthly Ladies Night Out in the homes of various members. This is less expensive than dining out, and it gives the ladies more time to socialize. So far, Ladies Night Out has been hosted by Brenda Hayes, Linda Scoggins, Joy Teeter, and June Beckett. Some evenings are planned around a theme. June Beckett asked each lady to bring a favorite childhood doll or other toy and share a special memory.
On May 16, Margaret Halverson is hosting an outdoor garden party at her home. We are asking that all lades who attend wear a hat that they have decorated themselves or with a friend. All hats will be judged, and the winner gets a prize! Who knows? It might be a bouquet of beautiful flowers or some fresh veggies from Margaret's garden! If you plan to attend, please R.S.V.P. to Margaret at 396-2868.
We hope that some of you who have missed this opportunity to minister in fellowship to other ladies in our church will plan to start attending this monthly social activity. If you have any questions about the Ladies Night Out program or wish to host an evening in your home, please call Brenda Hayes at 296-0803.
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