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McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church Vol. 12 No. 9           September, 1999

Come to the church campout October 22-24

The location of our fall church campout will be Pine Mountain, Ga., near Callaway Gardens. (In case you’re wondering, there weren’t enough campsites available at Fall Creek Falls over the weekend of October 22-24, so we defaulted to our back-up plan.)

Reserve Campsites Now!

We plan to camp at Pine Mountain Campground. When you call to reserve your campsite (706-663-4329), tell the attendant that you are with the McDonald Road Church.

Tent sites are available as well as Motels for those who do not wish to camp. More information is available for those coming or staying the weekend here.

Directions to the Campground:

u Take Interstate 75 south toward Atlanta.

u Take the 285 west bypass toward Greenville, South Carolina.

u Take I-85 south toward Columbus.

u Take Interstate 185, then get off at exit 14.

u Go south 8.5 miles on US 27.

u Pine Mountain Campground is on the right.

Callaway Garden Highlights

Here is what you will find at Callaway Gardens: a vegetable garden, inside and outside flower gardens, a butterfly house, several hiking trails, a chapel with music being played on an organ and pews so you may sit and enjoy as long as you wish.

This beautiful garden setting is ideal for riding your bicycle (6-10 miles) and stopping where you like. A ferry takes bikes across the lake, but even if you don’t bike, there is a road so you can drive everywhere the bicycles go.

If you have never been to Callaway Gardens, ask Rod and Pam Lewis or their two children what they think of it and whether or not they would recommend it.

An option for Sabbath morning is to worship with the members of the Pine Mountain Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Whatever you choose, we hope to see many of you there. Who knows…maybe we will go down again for the Christmas lights in December.

Debbie Peters


Prayer Moved the Storm

I recently had the privilege of attending the "Discover the Power" International Camporee of Pathfinders. About 50 McDonald Road Pathfinders and staff went to Oshkosh for the 50th anniversary of Pathfindering. More than 16,000 people attended this exciting event. The devil didn’t like it, and on Thursday night tornado warnings were posted. Eventually an evacuation order was given. Thousands of Pathfinders left their tents. They walked in heavy, driving rain and lightning to a shelter. Some walked as far as one mile. No sooner than they arrived, the "all clear" was issued.

Unbeknownst to us, two things happened. Someone here at home saw the weather map and knew of the danger we faced. A simple phone call alerted the McDonald Road prayer chain so that members could begin praying for our protection.

Secondly, an astounding wonder took place. Those watching the radar maps in Wisconsin could see this storm approaching. Just before it reached our young people, the storm split in two. It was as if God put up a "No Trespassing" sign for that storm. The devil had studied the secrets of the laboratories of nature, but God’s protecting angels hovered over His children in a direct answer to the prayers of His people. No one was hurt.

Colossians 4:2 declares, "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful."

Never underestimate the power of prayer. God still works miracles. He longs to work a miracle in your heart. Do not face the storms of life without the protecting hand of God over you.

Pastor Don Gettys

How the Friendship Began...

It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and it was the spark of our Internet connection that produced a wonderful friendship between the McDonald Road Pathfinders and the Desbravadores of Clube Universo in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The two clubs (including more than 80 people) traveled together to the "Discover the Power" Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wis., last month. "Thank you so much for the use of your Family Center," the Brazilian Pathfinders wrote in a note to our church family after they camped there over the first weekend in August. "We have really felt at home here."


Going My Way

Even when everything is going our way and we aren’t in need of anything, we may feel it’s not enough. How come we’re not satisfied?

Maybe we need a makeover. In Hebrews 13:5 the Bible says, "Be content with such things as ye have." And in Philippians 4:11, Paul wrote, "I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." In 1 Timothy 6:6 he says, "Contentment is great gain."

We can change the way we think and break the habits that keep us wanting more. We need to look around us and be thankful for what we have; this helps us to be more content.

We need to relish ordinary things. Enjoy all of your blessings, and mentally thank the Lord for the abundance in your life daily. Philippians 4:8 says, "If there is any praise, think on these things." By setting negative thoughts aside, we’ll learn that the ordinary life we have is really extra-ordinary!

We can appreciate our lives more by being satisfied with every good thing we have and the things we accomplish. Focus on the life you have right now. Look at the good in your life, and thank God for it. Relish ordinary pleasures; "smell the roses!"

Wishing constantly for things you want keeps you from enjoying your life. Enjoy the moment. Let it count. Make pleasant memories.

Set goals, and celebrate reaching each one. Enjoy the small steps required to reach them. We should plan ways to educate our family to set goals and to value what they already have.

If we cultivate grateful thoughts, it helps us to acknowledge that we already possess much of what we want. It can calm a desire for more by helping us to look at our "basket" as half full rather than half empty.

It helps us to enjoy our lives more by sharing our gratitude with others. This can remind us of all that we do have. You might want to have the whole family name a couple of things they are thankful for at each suppertime or at worship time to teach them to be grateful. Be joyful even if they are grateful that their tummy doesn’t growl when they are full.

Writing a list of things we are grateful for and posting it on the refrigerator where we can read it often helps to remind us how well our life is. Using the words "grateful" or "thankful" reinforces our sense of contentment. Every time an ungrateful thought creeps in, replace it with a grateful one. Thinking positively helps you to have good health.

Everyone deserves good things in life. If we have true contentment, we will be happy for others who obtain the things they want. We should not compare our lives, earnings, looks, and possessions with others. When we measure ourselves with others, we always come out with winners and losers. Comparing your life with others makes you feel like you should have more. So look around and do what you can to improve your surroundings, if you want, but be thankful for your abundance.

Always look for the positive side, and be content with what you have. You’ll be happier for it.

Charlene Anderson,

Health & Temperance leader

Internet Ministry News

Our 48 Bible Instructors from many states are keeping busy with their students, who write from all over the planet. People from Texas to Inner Mongolia are learning what Seventh-day Adventists believe for the very first time. It is challenging work, since many people decide that the truths we share are not for them. However, we are also finding many souls scattered across the earth who are earnestly doing the lessons, and these precious people of God are making friendships with our Bible Instructors that I believe will span eternity.

We now have a staff of 60 dedicated to this Internet Outreach. Last month, many of them attended our special meeting at McDonald Road so we could learn more about our work and share experiences. We heard some wonderful facts and stories at the meeting.

Gloria Lacey reported that more than 600 copies of Steps to Christ have now been sent to people worldwide. Of course, that is an expense, so if you would like to contribute funds to Internet Ministry, I know God will bless you for it.

Bob Beckett reported that as many as 1,500 sermons are viewed by people in one week’s time. He mentioned a special case of a church in Montenegro that is using some of the 172 sermons he has now put online.

Please pray for this worldwide ministry. With about 4,000 hits per day, you can be sure that many souls worldwide need your prayers. Jesus is coming! Help us in our endeavor to spread this message like the leaves of autumn—by way of the Internet!

Dean Saunders,

Internet Ministry coordinator

Thanks, volunteers!

Every Thursday at 2 o’clock, a handful of church members gather in the Fireside Room to fold and stuff the church bulletins. June Blue (right photo) recruits this small army of volunteers, and it takes about an hour to get the job done. Years ago, a volunteer named June Dildes folded the bulletins faithfully each week until her death. Then June Blue and her husband, Clarence, took over the project. "It became too much as the church membership grew," she said, "so we started asking friends to help. Besides," she added, "it’s more fun to work as a group."

Clockwise from left: Ann Giles, Betty Caskey, Ethel Tolhurst, June Blue, Mae Cusson, and Richard Zigler fold and stuff church bulletins every Thursday afternoon.

Just an ordinary coin?

Have you ever considered living a Christian life as being like money?

Take the four basic coins (penny, nickel, dime, and quarter). Look at the head side. You will see that the penny is facing to the right, while the nickel, dime, and quarter are facing to the left.

As Christians, we are like the penny—the smallest of the group and also the only one facing a different way, but yet so needed.

The world around us is looking the other way. Keep facing "right" and you will find that you are but a small "coin" in the vastness of this life, but oh, so needed.

True Knowledge

"Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the KNOWLEDGE of GOD." Proverbs 2:5


Though I’m not as Wise as Solomon,

Or eloquent as Paul,

Nor do I claim to have the Name

Of one who knows it all.


Yet this I know and know full well,

Whatever it may be,

I love the Lord with all my Heart,

And know the Lord loves me.


For all true Knowledge comes from God,

And when it is assessed,

You’ll find it is the Love of God

Whereby we all are blest.


Now all who will may be assured

The Key of Faith and Prayer

Unlocks the Door of Heaven’s Store

Of saving Knowledge there.

Adrian V. Boyer

Thank you, Adrian Boyer, for being a Sabbath School teacher at McDonald Road for 1,000 weeks (since the church opened in the spring of 1979)!

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