December Manna Highlights
McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church Vol. 12 No. 12           December, 1999

Don’t miss the "New Year’s Eve Super Service"

Come and spend some of the last hours of this century with your church family. New Year’s Eve is on a Friday this year, and we have planned a super service for you. Be sure to arrive at the church by 6 p.m.

Here is a sneak preview of the events we have planned:

• The Blessed Hope Quartet from Cohutta

• Agape feast with bread, fruit, grape juice, nuts, dates, figs, and spices

• The McDonald Road Melody Ringers

• "How to Face the 2000s" by Pastor Kent Crutcher

• The McDonald Road Church Choir

• Inspiring singing

• A heartfelt testimony service

• "Power Up for the Next Century" by Pastor Don Gettys

• Candlelight Service with a commitment charge

• Prayer and dedication time

Come at 6 p.m. and leave for home around 9:30 p.m. Bring your friends, and cap off the old century with meaning and joy. Don’t miss out on this special time.

Family Secret

Twenty-one families from the McDonald Road Church opened their hearts to new students attending Southern Adventist University, sending them notes and gifts for four weeks. At a dinner honoring the students on November 6, they finally got to meet their "Secret Family."

Pastor’s Challenge

Be an Organ Donor!

Our organ is hurting. We have spent more than $8,000 repairing and patching up our old organ over the 20 years it has served us.

After a presentation by the music committee, the church in business session on November 6 voted unanimously to move ahead with the purchase of a new model 835 Rogers Organ.

"IF"— Here is the catch. If we can have half of the cash in hand by Christmas and collect written pledges (for funds to be turned in over the next 12 months) for the other half, then we could have a new organ by Christmas!

That is the challenge. Can we do it? We think so, but it all depends on you.

Some have questioned whether or not our old organ is no longer adequate. Because we have expanded the sanctuary by opening up many side rooms, people in the back pews can no longer hear the organ well enough. In an attempt to compensate, the organists have had to turn up the volume, which makes the music far too loud for those in the front. It almost rattles the brains of those on the platform!

The new organ will have a balance of speakers for the front and rear; thus the sound will not be as loud in the front.

Dean Saunders reported that our organ has had some major problems in the last few years. Someone asked the members during the business meeting how many of them drive a car that is almost 21 years old. Another person asked, "How many of you have a computer that is 20 years old?"

Significant among the reasons considered by our church members is the ability of a new organ to enhance our worship service in giving our highest praise to our Creator.

"If" you would like to give a Christmas present to our church, we encourage you to participate. Someone said: "Be an Organ Donor!"

Some of us gave so we could purchase bells for our bell choir. What a blessing that has been. Let’s get behind this project and enhance the blessing even more.

Pastor Don Gettys

Meet in the Family Center on December 11

The Collegedale Academy Band will be presenting a special Christmas concert on Sabbath, December 11. Consequently, the worship service that day will be held in the Family Center at 9 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m. We are meeting there for space reasons, as the musicians require 80 seats on the platform. There will be plenty of room for our congregation; however, you might want to bring a cushion to soften your chair.

Other holiday music events include:

• Concert by Laurelbrook Academy on December 10 at 8 p.m.

• Bell choir concert by the McDonald Road Melody Ringers December 17 at 6 p.m.

• Christmas music vespers beginning at 4:45 p.m. on December 18

The Shadow
of His Presence

"They that dwell under his shadow…shall revive…and grow as a vine" (Hosea 14:7).


In the Shadow of His Presence

There is Peace beyond compare,

And no Evil can discomfit,

Nor o’erwhelm with dread Despair.


Earthly Sorrows will all vanish

Like the Dew before the Sun,

And our spirits will be quickened

As Life’s Work on Earth is done.


We who dwell beneath His Shadow,

Like a Vine shall thrive and grow,

Bearing Fruit in great Abundance

In His Vineyard here below.


There’s a glad Anticipation

That excites our weary Souls,

Knowing well our Names are written

By God’s Hand on Heaven’s Scrolls.


For the Latter Rain has fallen,

And the Vintage is full grown

Waiting for the Heavenly Reaper

To return and claim His own.


In the Shadow of His Presence,

There my Heart is wont to stay

Till that grand and glorious Harvest

When the Master comes one Day.

Adrian V. Boyer

Member inspired by recent church history tour

Come, travel by my side and share my experiences traveling through New England in the footsteps of the Adventist pioneers.

Weaving our way through brilliant autumnal hues of vermilion, orange, gold, and red, we make our first stop at Sturbridge Village, which depicts life in New England more than 150 years ago.

With Ed Peterson and Jim Nix, director of the Ellen G. White Estate, as our guides, we are enthralled with sights and stories of the early pioneers. A stop at the dock at Fairhaven, Mass., gives us a glimpse of the area where Joseph Bates was born, and we visit his home. Fairhaven is where the sea captain declared, "The Seventh day is the Sabbath."

We travel on to see where Ellen White spent her childhood days in Maine and to visit Annie and Uriah Smith’s home. Walk with me into the small Washington, N.H., church nestled in the trees and sing the joyful, inspiring songs of the young pioneers. A marker in this village designates it as the birthplace of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

With detailed organizational skills and eloquence, Jim Nix helps us understand the real youthfulness of the pioneers—their humor, laughter, and tears as they struggled with disappointment and ridicule yet still maintained their faith. Learn of the poverty and sacrifice under which they lived, traveled, and served God.

The highlight of our trip is a stop at William Miller’s farm and chapel for Sabbath. With other travelers and regular worshippers, the chapel is full as we again sing pioneer songs. In the peace, serenity, and beauty of nature, we share in the special experience of foot washing on Ascension Rock. We sense the anticipation of the pioneers as they watched for Jesus to appear. This feeling stays with us through a never-to-be-forgotten communion service of recommitment. We also look forward with eager anticipation, renewed zeal, and faith. We must finish the work the pioneers started, for Jesus is coming soon.

Jean Mansfield


Heart-y Secrets

Research has shown that the damage which eventually causes heart attacks begins accumulating in our teens, but there are things we can do to keep from having an attack. Taking care of our hearts is the best preventive action. Eating a low-fat diet, exercising, and avoiding cigarettes can keep your arteries clearer.

Heart attacks strike one in three people. By the time they reach 40, many men and women have some blockage in at least one artery.

Some people take better care of their cars and lawnmowers than their bodies. Isn’t this ludicrous?

It’s really quite easy to do preventive measures. Did you know that you can stop and even reverse damage with some simple measures? Dr. Stephen Sinatra, in his book Heartbreak and Heart Disease, says, "By lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol to a healthy level, you can lower the risk of a heart attack."

One of our heart’s worst enemies is high blood pressure, which changes smooth artery walls to a pitted and rough artery surface where cholesterol finds a foothold. Even mild blood pressure can make a person three times more likely to have a heart attack. Some studies suggest that listening to soft, relaxing music lowers blood pressure.

According to a Harvard study, drinking a couple of cups of green tea daily had lowered heart attack risk by 46 percent. Another way to help is to lower the homocysteine level by lowering stress and having enough folute in your system. These will help to keep the damage to artery walls at a minimum.

High cholesterol is a big enemy because it layers itself on to the walls of arteries, slowing down the blood supply and increasing your risk pf heart attack. A diet rich in soy decreases clogged arteries by 13 percent and reduces blood fats by 10 percent. Dr. Richard Collins says, "Soy is rich in isoflavones, which prevent cholesterol from sticking to artery walls."

We should get about 40-50 grams of fiber daily, for it pushes cholesterol out before it attaches to the arteries. Look for foods high in fiber, but start increasing the amount of fiber in your diet slowly.

It also helps to increase your water intake to 10-12 glasses daily. Water bathes the blood cells so they move easily, which makes it easier for your blood to move through the arteries without sticking together. It also helps maintain proper pressure within the arteries.

Vitamins C and E are very important. One study showed that just 400 IUs of vitamin E daily cut the risk of attacks down by 77 percent. One thousand milligrams of vitamins C and E will help keep the blood flowing smoothly and the arteries from narrowing.

Thicker blood flows more slowly to our brains. When this happens, clear thinking is diminished and we don’t fully comprehend what we read. It’s important to keep the avenues of our minds open to receive the promptings of the Holy Spirit. If the blood can’t flow freely to do its job, it is much harder for the Holy Spirit to do His.

Charlene Anderson,

Health & Temperance leader

Internet Ministry News

Check out the new design on our Youth Web site! It’s easy to find from our church homepage; just click and you’re there! Then look at the material they are offering, including their Teen Scene newsletter. But the first thing you will probably notice is the nice cover that came from the Insight magazine. Our youth are right in there doing all they can to reach out to the world! While you are there, how about signing their guest book and let the youth know you were there!

Our Pathfinder pages are up to date as well, showing pictures from Oshkosh as well as the recent Skills Campout. You will not want to miss out on the report and the pictures showing our Pathfinders in Action.

Our Web site is so busy that it is getting increasingly difficult to keep up with. With the many hits and the many ongoing Bible studies, there is never a dull moment. My special thanks to John Lucas this week in helping us rearrange our server in a new case with a key on it at SAU’s Information Services. We are very thankful for the opportunities we have to witness every day worldwide with the Bandwidth provided by Southern Adventist University. Only eternity will tell how far reaching this outreach really is.

Is there a place for you in this ministry? You’d better believe it! Just write to and we will be glad to talk to you about what you can do to advance this ministry even more!

Visit us on the Web at:

Dean Saunders,

Internet Ministry coordinator

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