Manassas SDA eNewsletter – April 3, 2014
Ruth and I are back from our trip to Hawaii. Thanks for all your prayers! We had a wonderful trip. It was a very relaxing change of pace for us. We climbed volcanos – even crossed the steaming crater of Kilauea lki. And we swam in the ocean with God’s beautiful fish (my personal favorite.) God blessed us with beautiful weather and plenty of time to relax and rejuvenate.
The first day we decided to climb Mt. Mauna Kea, because it looked like the best day weather wise. Mt. Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world from base to top. It’s top is only 13,796 feet above sea level, but from it’s base to it’s top it is 33,480 feet tall. So we had our “mountain top” experience. Unfortunately we were not able to hike the whole thing because at about 12,000 ft. it felt like we hit a brick wall. We could only hike a little way before running out of breath. We had developed altitude sickness and had to come down. Our minds told us “you can do this – it’s not that bad”. But our bodies told us otherwise – but we kept on trying for awhile anyway.
I think that is true for many things in life. We see things we want to do, accomplish, achieve. And so we run on ahead and try. Then we hit “a brick wall.” But we keep telling ourselves, “we can do this” and we try to muscle” our way through it. But we finally realize we can’t. AND THEN we turn our eyes to heaven and say, “God help me do this.” And when we don’t go anywhere, we finally ask, “God is this what You want for me?”
Many times we see something and run off to do it instead of asking God if this is in His plan for us – or a mere distraction – or even good for us to do. We need to learn to turn our face toward heaven and ask God FIRST – “God, I’d like to do this, but is that Your will for me? Is it even in my best interest?” And we need to LISTEN to God and what He has to say.
Praise God we listened and turned back down the mountain. I hope and pray that you’re learning lessons every day in your “mountain top experience with God.”
· Melissa South’s father, Poncho Rodriguez, had open-heart surgery a week ago on Wednesday, and is beginning to improve. This week on Monday, the physical therapist got Mr. Rodriguez standing up and he was able to walk to the door of his room and back. He is improving daily, but still needs prayer for healing from the surgery, for the recovery of his kidneys, to increase his desire to eat and to increase his physical strength so that he can get out of the SICU to a regular room and get better. Thanks!
· Norann Perlik requested prayer for a neighbor of hers who was stabbed and it did not look like he would make it through the trauma. Nick Foster is 18 years old, has had a couple of surgeries right after the trauma, and then had another surgery yesterday. Last night, he was awake and doing a whole lot better than was expected, praise the Lord! He is very thankful for all the prayers sent up for him, and he asks for all of us to keep on praying for him.
· Cynthia Pyrzewski is asking for prayer as she is quite ill and in a lot of pain. She said she has gall stones going all the way to her stomach and into her kidney, she needs God’s healing touch.
· Rebecca Caton went home from the rehab center, but came down with a virus right after that. She can’t accept visitors at this time but she does request our prayers for healing.
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Sabbath Potluck Schedule for April:
April 5 Fellowship Dinner
April 12 Sack lunches at the Hylton Memorial Chapel
April 19 Home Dinner for Visitors
April 26 Fellowship Dinner after Jaime Jorge concert
Potluck This Sabbath: Please bring enough of your favorite entrée and a side dish or a dessert to feed your family, plus another family. Bring your food already prepared and cooked, it can be warmed up here in the kitchen. Thanks again for all the wonderful and delicious foods you bring, you are all great cooks!!!
TONIGHT Christian Music Skate Night – Where: Skate-N-Fun-Zone in Manassas 6pm – 8pm $6.25 admission and $4.50 for skates. Come have some fun with friends as you skate together with the great music!!
April 6 Jogging Club Meet Up – Where: 9601 Prince William Street Manassas 9:30am in the parking lot in front of the boys and girls club.
April 13 – Tea in an Asian Garden--All the ladies of the church, and their friends and neighbors, are invited to Tea at 4:30 in the Fellowship Hall. Our speaker will be Carla Baker, Women’s Ministries Director for the North American Division. Seating is now closed. If your plans have changed, please let us know; we will attempt to contact you to reconfirm as we finalize the table seating. Also, we solicit your prayers for our speaker, Carla Baker, that she may speak the very words needed by the ladies present; and for all who come and for all who are involved in the final preparations. And, remember to bring your favorite teacup! Karen Shea, 703-368-6428 or email@example.com.
Other News of Interest Around the Area:
High school students: Register for Promenade today! The price is $60/person. For more information and to register, please go to www.sligochurch.org/promenade. Let’s celebrate the class of 2014!
April 12 – There Will Be No Services Here at Manassas SDA Church on April 12! Why? We will celebrate Oneness on April 12, 2014 at the Hylton Chapel in the Dale City/Woodbridge area. There will be great speakers that day, so plan on joining in on a great Sabbath there with many friends from the other churches here in Northern Virginia! Bring a sack lunch, we will be eating outdoors. For more information, go to www.novaoneevent.com.
April 12 – Garland Day Memorial Service – 7pm at the Fredericksburg Seventh-day Adventist Church located at 6052 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22407. If you have any questions concerning either of these two services you can contact Sherry Capman, Church secretary at (540) 972-2891, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 15 Single Adults Ministry – The Chesapeake Single Adult Ministries invites all singles to a retreat on the weekend of April 11-13, 2014, at Camp Mt. Aetna in Hagerstown MD. Lorraine Edwards will be our speaker. She is single and has a degree in Social Work. She will be talking on topics which will be of interest to single people. Please come and bring your friends. For more information contact: Fred Thomas (410) 992-9731, or email email@example.com.
April 17-19 – Answering the Call – Washington DC. For more information please see the attached flyers or visit www.cuasi.org.
April 25-27 – “Women of Joy” Conference. Come see yourself as God sees you, beyond beautiful. We invite you to peek into a different mirror, experience real beauty through a panel of knowledgeable Christian authors and Bible teachers, through fellowship and through one another’s smiling, joyful faces—the places where real beauty shines from the inside out. This is the beauty valued by God: the beauty of faith, virtue, and your belonging to Him. Featuring; Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockels, Rachel Ramsey Cruze, Nancy Stafford, and Marian Jordan. Please contact Cwilla Kincaid at 703-791-6917 for more information.
Are You Interested in Going to SVA? If so, there are some DVD information packets at the Information Desk for you to find out more about what Shenandoah Valley Academy is all about. Please ask for one of the packets if you are interested and share with a friend!
Mission Trip Scholarship: If you are a student who would like to participate in an exciting Mission Trip this summer with other young people from the Potomac Conference, and you will need help with financial assistance, please see the attachments below for help that are marked scholarship.
Adventist Community Service Newsletter – Please take a look at the ACS newsletter attached below if you are interested in seeing how they are helping in many different ways and different communities!
Claims Assistant at Adventist Risk Management. For more information please see attached document.