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August 2014 Newsletter
Do you trust God enough that wherever He leads, you would go? Many of us may say yes we will, but would you?  What if you were driving down the road, you suddenly went over the curb because, you couldn’t see? Hands still on the steering wheel, foot still pushing lightly on the gas pedal because, something took over and drove you home. You walked into the house and all of the sudden you are unable to move?
Something is not right; you end up in the hospital, to discover that you have had a stroke and a few days later they discovered that you also have a small aneurysm.  All you can say is, THANK YOU LORD for saving me, and for the wisdom and technology He has given man. That is how the doctors and physical therapists were able to design a plan to the road of recovery.
Do you trust and love God enough to allow him to have complete control of your life?  It might seem strange not knowing the road ahead, but God does, and has a plan for each of us, if only we would allow Him to lead.
Proverbs 3:5, 6:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path.”                                                                                                          Vicki Skinner, Bible Worker
PASTOR LEE VENDEN IS COMING--The Revelation of Whom?
Would you like a fresh perspective on the Book of Revelation?  Would you like to hear how this book applies to your walk with Jesus?  Would you like a series on the last book of the Bible to which you can bring your friends, without fear of annoying them and frustrating you?
Just such a series is coming to the Tabernacle September 12-20! Lee Venden will present a short 12-meeting series, The Revelation of Whom?  This series will look into the last book of the Bible with the intent of finding Jesus as the pivotal theme.  It is His own book, in His own words, and He wants us to discover Him in it. The primary focus of the series will be an effort to find personal applications that impact one's daily walk with Christ.
Please plan now to attend and bring friends and family to the opening meeting, "I'll Remember You," Friday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m.  And please remember, this series with your prayers and offerings over the next several weeks.  For more information see the Tabernacle’s web site.
Your donations are needed to cover ads and basic expenses.  Write “Special Evangelism” on a tithe envelope, beside your offering amount.
YOU YOU    by Michael Temple
There were jocks, nerds, geeks, stoners, and bookworms. I could probably fill a page with the names we called various kids when I went to school—and that was 25 years ago!  As crazy as it sounds to me today, we labeled other people based on what they looked like, what they wore, and whether or not they were popular. I look back now and wonder how many true friends everyone could have had if we hadn’t all been so narrow minded.

I was recently saddened to see that exclusionary behavior is still alive and well. A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to watch groups of young people in a high school cafeteria during a noon time meal. The room was quite full, only a few empty seats remained at two tables in the center of the room. As I stood in the serving line waiting for my food, I felt a knot in my stomach from what I observed.  A teen girl approached one of the empty seats where about seven others were seated. She didn’t stay for very long.  “Get out of here, we don’t want you sitting there, that seat is saved.” The words cut through the air like a jagged knife. I helplessly watched the girl pick up her tray and move on to find another seat in an already packed dining room…
After that experience, it occurred to me that there are probably thousands upon thousands of kids who don’t feel like they fit in; maybe even millions. How do they feel when they are excluded, what goes through their mind when someone tells them to get lost?

We know the difference between right and wrong. We understand when someone is being mistreated, and there is something that we can do about it. Being nice to those who are not just like us can make all the difference in the way they feel, and in how we feel too. It may not be popular, it may not win us any points with the “in” crowd, but it can make a huge difference in the life of someone who may be struggling to find their place in a world.                                           

The “Bags of Love” community service outreach group wants to thank the church family for the donated items.  Many have worked hard sewing and putting together the bags for foster care children. 
Presently, there will be a baby cradle downstairs in the fellowship-foyer area for weekly receipt of your offerings for this project. We always have use/need for age appropriate toys; medium size stuffed animals; baby items—diapers, wipes, pacifiers, bottles, bibs, teething rings, shampoo and lotion, etc.
Let's pray for the CPS agency and these children with their foster-families and their blood families who are going through crisis in their life. Thank you church family for all your help and prayers and support with this labor of love!                                               Karen Mitchell
Church Family News:

CONGRATULATIONS:  Ronie Fogg, son of Ron and Linda, married Emma Ward, daughter of Jim and Jane Ward of Grand Rapids, on July 5 in Bowen Mills—congratulations!
THANK YOU:  We want to sincerely thank each one of you for your friendship and support during our time with you here in Battle Creek.  Thank you also for the cards, gifts, thoughts in the memory book and personal expressions of appreciation so many of you have shared at both the retirement farewell and in other ways over the past month.  We appreciate your friendship and are grateful for all the Lord has done during this time.  May God bless you!                                            Pastor Bruce & Jackie Moore
Haley Agy, daughter of Mark & Naghielly, and a Battle Creek Academy student, was baptized July 12 by Pastor David Tenold.
Jacob Smith, a 6th grade student at Battle Creek Academy, son of Brigitte Smith, was baptized July 19 by Pastor David Tenold.
God’s speed and “we will miss you” was expressed at the church picnic and farewell party for Pastor David, Marie, and Caleb Tenold July 13.  Tabernacle members, families, and guests attended the activities held on the Battle Creek Academy campus. 
BIG FRANK HUMMUS from the Micheff Sisters Cooking with Kellogg’s
Place all ingredients, except the pickle relish into a food processor, and blend until smooth.  You can adjust the consistency by adding more of the liquid from beans or franks.  Remove from processor into a bowl and stir in the sweet pickle relish. 
1 16-ounce can of garbanzo beans, drained             
1 clove fresh garlic, minced                                      ½ teaspoon salt       
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice                      2 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil          2/3 cup sweet pickle relish
1 20-ounce can of Loma Linda Big Franks, drained
Coupon deal websites like Groupon have become all the rage.  The idea is great. You sign up, and each day you get an email with a bargain from some local business. Your favorite restaurant might send you an offer to buy a $50 gift card for $25. If enough people take advantage of it, then it becomes valid.
It can be easy to get carried away on a deal site. You are tempted to buy anything that you have a remote interest in, because you think, this offer is going fast! I need to take it now—no you don't.
You must exercise the same discipline when shopping a bargain site as you do on your regular budget. There's no point in setting aside $50 for eating out if you spend $75 buying $100 worth of Groupon deals. Overall, you may be spending less, but you'll either bust your budget or buy stuff you don't need in the process.
If you miss a bargain on some food, or an art class, or cake-making lessons that you want to give as a gift, don't be upset. Deals happen all the time, and there are multiple sites you can sign up for. Make them work for you, and don't dig yourself into a spending hole.                                Submitted by Chris VanderWaal
June 30, 2014 statement totals:
Revenues:  $18,387.24; Expenses:  $23,491.65
resulting in a loss of $5,104.41
Year-to-date as of June 30, 2014: 
Revenues:  $299,897.26, Expenses:  $323,940.78
giving a loss of $24,043.52 for our fiscal year


HEALTH ALERT:  The FDA has changed the name of Aspartame to “Amino Sweet.”  Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure.  It was discovered by accident in 1965 by a chemist James Schlatter.  It accounts for over 75% of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA:  headaches, dizziness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, vision problems…92 in all.  Read your labels.
NEW ANTI-BULLYING WEBSITE PAGE is now hosted on the Michigan Conference website.  If you or someone you love has been bullied, is showing bullying tendencies, or you just want to know more about this important topic, then you will find this new resource very helpful.  Michigan Conference deeply believes that relationships between all its members, whether at church, school or in the community, are always enhanced by using the Golden Rule and applying Matthew 18 to any conflicts that arise.  Therefore, we wanted to provide a resource that conveys that and would be helpful to use as a guide and inspiration.  Please check out the resources below to assist you in making our churches and schools the best environments they can be.
     Especially for Parents:  Parents are a significant force impacting children to practice the Golden Rule. Here are some resources to keep you moving forward on that journey as your children grow and develop.

    Especially for Students:  Bullying behaviors are painful and impact our futures. Here are some resources to help you understand ways to avoid being a bully and standing up for anyone you may witness impacted by bullying behavior.
     Especially for Teachers:  Having schools where the Golden Rule is practiced is the desire and hope of every school teacher. The teacher’s influence in the classroom by addressing concerns and educating students to be kind help alleviate these problems. Here are some resources to help you accomplish that mission.
     Especially for Pastors:  It is important for pastor’s to preach the Golden Rule and to educate and inspire their members to practice its principles.
     Especially for Your Church:  Perhaps you did not know how bullying behaviors permeate our society, our jobs, our schools and even our churches. Here are some resources to inspire and educate you to be supportive and practice the Golden rule.
     Video Resources for Everyone:  Perhaps you did not know how bullying behaviors permeate our society, our jobs, our schools and even our churches. Here are some resources to inspire and educate you to be supportive and practice the Golden rule.

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.  Ephesians 4:32 (KJV) 


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