Syracuse Seventh-day Adventist Church
2511 W Genesee St . Syracuse, NY 13219
Editor: Maria L. Lopez
|Pastor: Bill Hrovat|
|August/September 2011 Issue 17|
From the website ministries:
On Gardening and Hope
By Margaret Manning *
I took up gardening a few years ago. (Well, actually gardening seemed to take me up.) It all started very innocently when a friend gave me a cutting from her jade plant. I knew nothing about plants. I had watched for years as my mother worked in her garden and I appreciated the interplay of color and texture created by the various flowers, trees, and shrubs. But I didn't know the first thing about the process of cultivating or caring for a garden, and as far as I was concerned, the details involved in that process were best left up to my mother.
But all of that changed when I received my jade cutting from my friend. She knew just how to initiate me into the wonders of gardening, without overwhelming me with the details. Jade plants are succulents; for those of you who do not know what a succulent plant is, it's simply a plant that doesn't need a great deal of water or attention. In other words, it's the perfect kind of plant for a novice gardener! I was amazed by how quickly this one plant put down roots in my heart. Watching this little cutting grow tiny, threadlike roots, planting it in a pot filled with simulated desert soil, and experiencing the wonder as it grew into the small jade tree that it is today- over 15 years later- amazed me at how something so small, so ordinary could become extraordinary.
I can tell you that it didn't take long before I began to try my hand at plants that required more attention and care: African violets, cyclamen, gerbera daisies, iris, lilies, tulips, and a whole assortment of garden flora and fauna. I grew enchanted by the variety of color, texture, and arrangement each new species added to my garden. I learned about specific care regimens, their particular pests, the difference between a partial-sun and partial-shade plant, and how soil acidity impacts the color of certain types of plants.
More than all of this, gardening took me up because gardening quickly grew in me a sense of wonder. I suspect my friend knew this when she introduced me to my first, little jade plant. She knew that gardening would introduce me to the extraordinary in the ordinary. You cannot help but begin to pay attention to the tiniest details as you garden, and in turn, begin to notice all kinds of other awe-producing details all around you. The varieties of the color green in the trees, grasses, plants and shrubs, the nuances of blue and aqua hues that shimmer on lakes and oceans, and the little creatures that share the world with us—birds, rabbits, coyotes, skunk, deer, dogs, and cats. Living now in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, where gardening is beloved and beauty envelopes us, this is all the more true for me.
The Christian Scriptures indicate that the natural response to wonder is worship. Indeed, the psalmist suggests that the very detailed elements of creation proclaim the glory and worship of God: The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of his hands! Whether we realize it or not, we are drawn into the very presence of God when we wonder in God's creation. We affirm the beauty and the goodness of God as we wonder at and with and for creation. And as we wonder, we agree with God that all God made "was very good" (Genesis 1:31).
Have you lost your sense of wonder? Has your life gotten too busy, too laden with care or comfort or grief that you cannot see God's extraordinary presence in the ordinary details of life? Or maybe God seems far off and unreachable, and you long for the tending and nurturing of a gardener yourself. I cannot explain away that longing any more than the psalmist, who expressed a similar lament when God felt far off to him. But I do know that nurturing my own garden and wondering aloud at the beauty of color and intricacy, I am comforted by the declarations of creation—of gardens and waters and heavens that seem confident, not only that there is a gardener, but one who is very good.
* Margaret Manning is a member of the speaking and writing team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Seattle, Washington.
ASTONISHING DISCOVERIES IN THE LAND OF THE BIBLE
Make plans now to attend an exciting Satellite Series coming to the Westvale Church on September 14 – 18, 2011, at 7:30 – 9:00 pm. Join Pastor Ron Clouzet and Archaeologist Michael Hasel as they discuss how archaeological findings help to confirm the truthfulness of the Bible. Be sure to invite a guest!
Egyptian Wonders That Stunned the World
Wednesday, September 14
Babylon, Sumer, and the Quest for Power
Thursday, September 15
The Greatest Discoveries in the Land of Israel
Friday, September 16
The Spade and the Historical Jesus
Saturday, September 17
Living Rocks from the Apocalypse
Sunday, September 18
DYING TO SELF
When you are forgotten or neglected or purposely set at naught, and you don’t sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy being counted worthy to suffer for Christ, that is Dying to Self.
When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take it in patient loving silence, that is Dying to Self.
When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity and unpunctuality or any annoyance; when you can stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility...and endure it, that is Dying to Self.
When you are content with any food, any offering, any raiment, any climate, any society, any solitude, any interruption by the will of God, that is Dying to Self.
When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good works or itch after commendation, when you love to be unknown, that is Dying to Self.
When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met and can honestly rejoice with him in Spirit and feel no envy nor question God while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances, that is Dying to Self.
When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising in your heart, that is Dying to Self.
~Author unknown; submitted anonymously.
The Prayer Room
By Marion Lake
BE MY ROCK , LORD
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
There are times when you might feel like you are being swallowed up by quicksand. Your emotions are overwhelming, threatening to drag you under. Or perhaps things are changing so rapidly around you that you need something solid to grab on to.
Have you ever heard a person referred to as "the rock of Gibraltar"? Well, God wants to be your rock. He is tougher than the hardest diamond and unmoved by any circumstance. He stands firm and solid. Someone you can hold on to.
Or if you just need to take a break and rest awhile, He is your rock of refuge, hiding you inside His strength from the storms of life.
I can pray the breath prayer-
Be my rock Lord, when :
· I need to stand strong.
· I am scared.
· the winds of change are blowing around me.
· I feel wishy-washy.
· I have failed.
· I need some one to hold onto.
· need a break from circumstances.
Be my rock, Lord!
~ Taken from Breath Prayers
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee:
he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
On August 20 a farewell luncheon will be held to express our gratitude to Jeremy and Joya Garlock for their highly valued ministry to the church and school over the past eight years. We are inviting students and our church family in general to write a letter or create a scrapbook page thanking the Garlocks for their service to us. These items should be given to Kim Kaiser or Connie Froehlich by August 13 so that they can be prepared for presentation to Jeremy and Joya. We are grateful that they are not moving far away (they are just going to Union Springs where Jeremy will teach at Frontenac Elementary School) and that we are keeping them in our school system.
We are pleased to welcome Mark and Mindy Tamaleaa and their four children to our church family. Mark will become the third and fourth grade teacher and assistant principal at Parkview. As I write this, they are working out the challenges of finding housing and making the long move from Arizona.
We are very excited to finally be able to upgrade the heating system and to be able to include in this process air conditioning. Though we only have need of A/C for about four to six weeks of the school year, in the past those weeks have been very difficult without it, and with the extremes of weather we are experiencing it seems likely that it will get even harder. We are grateful to the many people who have donated to the annual fundraisers and have thus made this necessary improvement possible.
Our enrollment in the fall is expected to go up from 59 to about 65 which puts us at, and in some classrooms above, capacity. God has been blessing us in a multitude of ways since we assumed a mission of “no child left out.” Based on mathematics we should have had financial problems for each of the past two years yet God has brought us through and taught us much about His ways of operating by faith. We are more aware than ever of the critical role that church school teachers play in preparing our children and youth for the final days of earth’s history. We have learned what it means to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and are asking Him to enable us to teach these concepts to our students. We are evaluating everything we do in the light of Mrs. White’s counsels on education, and are striving to make our students very familiar with Scripture and with our loving heavenly Father. As always, we covet your prayers for this important ministry. ~Gratefully, Kim Kaiser
The CHIP CORNER
By Sally Hafner
In the April/May Chip Corner, I discussed the advantages of getting calcium mainly from eating a variety of whole plant foods.
In this issue, I would like to share a very interesting Swedish study published in the British Medical Journal. The study was on how calcium intake can reduce the risk of bone fracture in women, if the proper amounts are taken. The researchers followed over 61,000 women over 19 years to see how much calcium helped prevent bone fractures. They found that women in the top 25 % of calcium intake did not reduce the risk of fracture or osteoporosis; instead they showed a 19 % increase in hip fractures! The lowest fracture risk was in the women who had a total calcium intake of about 800 mg per day. Those with calcium intake of less than 700 mg had increased risk of fractures. Too much or too little was detrimental to the bones. (BMJ 2011; Volume 342: Issue d 1473).
We need to talk to our doctors about this latest research. Instead of insisting that we take more pills, we need to try to take the minimum amount necessary. Eating leafy greens is a wonderful way of getting calcium. Every study on nutrition that includes leafy greens always says we need to eat more of them to have better health. Collards, kale, and broccoli are great sources of calcium.
Cooking collards, kale, or broccoli:
Start with 2 cups of boiling water . Prepare the greens by stripping the leaves off the stem. Wash to remove dirt. If you are cooking broccoli, take off the hard skin on the stock. Cut in equal size pieces, splitting the stock into four sections. Put the greens in the pan with boiling water. The pan will look full of greens, but after cooking, they will shrink down. After about 5 minutes, remove the pan from the heat. The greens should be a bright green color. Pour off the water, and save to use in cooking; it contains water soluble vitamins. Pour lemon juice over the greens and enjoy.
Other veggies with calcium: Tofu firm raw, has 516 mg per cup. Baked beans have 128 mg per cup. Chick peas (garbanzo beans) have 80 per cup. Pigeon peas have 72 mg per cup. Pinto beans have 82mg per cup. Green beans have about 60 mg per cup. Kidney beans have about 50 mg per cup. Artichokes have about 50 mg per medium artichoke. Onions chopped have 40 mg per cup. Parsley (raw) has 80 mg per cup. Green peas have about 40 mg per cup. One cup of acorn squash has 90 mg of calcium. Wheat toast- one slice has 30 mg.; so a sandwich has 60 mg of calcium.
If we have a nice salad with 1/4 cup of parsley and 1/4 garbanzo beans, we will have 40 mg. of calcium for those two ingredients. If the entrée is beans, we will have more calcium. If we have tofu during the day, either at breakfast or supper, and eat ½ cup in the recipe, we have 268 mg.
Here is a good overview on calcium. Please note that the recommendations are high (1200 mg instead of 800 mg) which many countries in Europe recommend. http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/calcium/
The Creator has put calcium in many vegetables, beans and whole grain food. Try to get as much as you can the natural way, and supplement the difference with pills. If you take calcium pills, remember that calcium citrate is absorbed better than calcium carbonate. The best way of eating food is with variety and color.
A special "Welcome Home" to Ingrid Walberer. God has made it possible for you to return home after many months of illness and rehabilitation.
May you continue to heal and regain your strength as we continue to lift you up in prayer. Get well soon!
(See if you can find the ingredients to these cupcakes in your Bible. I had fun looking them up. This and My Kitchen Prayer were shared by a friend, Christi Littlefield. Thanks, Christi!)
1 Deuteronomy 22:6
1 cup Psalms 119:103
1/4 cup Psalms 55:21
1 tsp. Exodus 30:23
Pinch Job 6:6
1 cup 2 Samuel 16:1
1 & 1/4 cup Exodus 29:2
1 tsp. Matthew 13:33
Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
My Kitchen Prayer
By M. Peterson (1944)
God bless my little kitchen,
I love its every nook,
And bless me as I do my work,
Wash pots and pans and cook.
And may the meals that I prepare
Be seasoned from above
With Thy great blessings and Thy grace,
But most of all Thy love.
As we partake of earthly food,
The table before us spread,
We’ll not forget to thank Thee, Lord,
Who gives us daily bread.
So bless my little kitchen, God,
And those who enter in,
May they find naught but Joy and Peace,
And Happiness therein.
The Red Cross will again be coming to the Westvale church for their summer blood drive, on Friday August 19th, 1:30 to 6:30.
To schedule an appointment, please contact Ellen at 487-8973. Save a life with your donation!
Volunteers to help with registration are also very welcome. If you can help for an hour or so, let Ellen know.
Let us continue to be a light in our community.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
On Aug. 20th, following the church service, we will meet at Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery for a church picnic/potluck in honor of, and to bid farewell to, the Garlock family.
In case of rain, we will be at Parkview Jr. Academy. We hope to see everyone there!
On June 18th, we had our first church picnic of the summer. The fellowship and the food were sooo good!
On August 8, 1950, two lovely individuals exchanged wedding vows. They are celebrating 61 years of marriage this month. If you see Roy and Ramona Wesson, wish them a happy anniversary. Congratula- tions, Roy & Ramona, and may God continue to bless you richly !
How To Plant Your Garden of Daily Life
First, you come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses.
PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS:
1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:
1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:
1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another
NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS:
1.Turnip for church meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another
TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN, WE MUST HAVE THYME:
1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends
WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE, AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE.
THERE IS MUCH FRUIT IN YOUR GARDEN BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW!
Author unknown; submitted by our friend Shaun Wellington from Jamaica, Virgin Islands.
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