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spreading Some Sunshine
Montreal-Anderson College has many outreach
ministries to meet the needs of the community. One
such ministry is at Dogwood Manor. Every Saturday
afternoon from 1:00 to 2:00 a group of about six girls
go to visit and share the message and love of Jesus
Christ with these hungry people. They are hungry for
love and compassion. The Dogwood Manor Ministry
provides for this need and fills the lives of the
occupants with the special joy of Jesus Christ.
At Dogwood Manor, these volunteers hold a
vespers-type service where they sing hymns, have
prayer with the people, and provide a short devotional.
Most of the work is one on one where they really gel to
know and appreciate each person there.
Some of these people aren’t very old; as they are
sent to Dogwood Manor by the state because of certain
mental problems. They can’t lake care of themselves
and are placed in this home.
Kaye Wilks is the head of this ministry. She got
started last year while taking a recreational program
under Mark Robinson. She was assigned to do an
internship with older people.
She and her roomale Camilla Sile, went to Dogwood
Manor for this internship. They became interested in
forming a group to go every week. Kaye and Camilla
asked to join the SCA and have visits to Dogwood
Small Groups: A Time for
Sharing and Caring
This year M-AC has ten small groups, under the
coordination of senior Pam Taylor. Small group
leaders for this semester are; Doug and Janet Belden,
Wall and Amy Terlltsky, Deana Henderson and Judy
Brown, Lori Reel and Davina Calloway, Jim Pritchard
and Jim Jones, Todd Cost and Chris Broaddrick,
Valerie Morgan, Priscilla Maxwell, 6reg Crouch, and
Each small group meet for one hour every week.
These groups are a good opportunity for interaction
with fellow students which the one might not come in
contact with otherwise. In addition, this time provides
one with a chance to share general concerns about his
or her daily walk with the Lord. The group also offers
support and encouragement to its individual members.
Some of the activities of a small group include topical
Bible studies, studies of specific books of the Bible, a
sharing lime, or singing. Other more leisurely
acilivies may involve such things as going bowling, or
As for the small group leaders, they meet bi-weekly
for a lime of sharing and to find out how each small
group is doing. They are also presently doing a study
on The Pursuit of Holiness.
Originally, each group contained about ten students;
unfortunately, only half have remained committed.
However quantity in a small group is not stressed - it
would lose its whole function if it were. The groups as
a whole are serving their purpose. The leaders are
dedicated and committed and encourage their members
to be likewise.
Any student who is interested in joining a small group
for the rest of the semester or school year, may
contact Pam Taylor or any small group leader. It is not
too late to become part of one of these groups. All that
Is asked of the individual is that he or she be committed
to the group for that one hour per week.
Manor become part of the M-AC ministries. This was
approved and ever since then Kaye has been the leading
force in this ministry. She Tirmly believes that
"everyone who goes, comes back really blessed."
The opportunity to serve these people in the
community gives the members of the Dogwood Manor
ministry a special feeling of accomplishment and
success in leading others to Christ and helping them in
their walk with Him.
If you are interested in joining this ministry your
participation would be greatly appreciated. Especially
you guys! As of yet. there are no guys participating
in this ministry and the men at the Manor are in need of
your support and ministry. There are fifty or more
people at Dogwood Manor and only six volunteers.
Remember that the harvest is plentiful but the workers
are few. Join this group one Saturday afternoon and
see what ysiican do to help brighten someone’s day.
Robertson Attack Pr jvokes
John West Jr.
Recently there’s been somewhat of an uproar about the
presidential candidacy of the Rev, Pat Robertson. Now
I’ll admit that I am not particularly enthused about
Robertson’s potential candidacy. I’m personally
uncomfortable with some of his religious beliefs; and I
don't think he would make a particularly outstanding
Nonetheless, I’m perturbed at much of the anll-
Rather than attack Robertson because of his political
views, his opponents have largely tried to attack him
on constitutional grounds. They decry the very in
volvement of Rev, Robertson in the political sphere as
an affront to the American Constitution and Its
guarantee of a separation between church and state.
They claim that Robertson’s devout insistence on the
efficacy of prayer and the wisdom of the Bible some
how disqualify him from running for public office.
It is an interesting issue, to say the least—especially
so when one tries to discover what section of the
Constitution the Robertson candidacy actually affronts.
First, one might think that his candidacy undermines
the establishment of religion clause In the First
Amendment, After all, a minister running for public
office—doesn’t that Intermingle church and slate? But
the involvement of ministers in public affairs is hardly
anything new. At the lime of the Revolution, a key
member of the Continental Congress, John
Witherspoon, was a minister. At the Constitutional
convention, meanwhile, two delegates were ministers
and three others were active lay leaders In their
churches, It’s hard to believe, then, that the
Constitution’s framers thought that ministers should be
prevented from running for public office,
It’s even harder to believe this when one looks at the
rest of the Conslitutuon. To be specific, one should
examine Article 6, Section 3; "No religious test shall
ever be required as a qualification to any office or
public trust under the United Stales."
This clause was intended explicitly to prevent the
exclusion of people from politics because of their
religious beliefs. Said a political leader (and minister)
in Massachusetts: “Far from limiting my charily and
confidence to men of my own denomination and religion,
I suppose, and I believe, sir, that there are worthy
characters [who may serve in public office] among men
of every denomination ..." A delegate to the
Constitutional ratification convention in Massachusetts
seconded the thought; “Nothing is more evident, both
in reason and the Holy Scriptures, than that religion is
ever a matter between God and individuals; and,
therefore, no man or men can impose any religious
lest without invading the essential perrogatives of our
Lord Jesus Christ."
Applying this to Rev. Robertson, one must conclude
that it is Conslilutionajly Irrelevant what his religious
beliefs are. His religious views about healing, prayer,
and salvation may or may not be different than those of
most other Americans, It simply doesn’t matter.
True, voters may choose to reject or support
Robertson on the basis of his religious beliefs. But for
political groups to invoke the Constitution in support of
or opposition to Robertson’s candidacy is specious.
Or almost so. Even admitting what I have just said,
some may still wonder about the Constitutional
implications of Robertson’s candidacy. They may say
that while his religion per se may not be an issue, his
attempt to invoke God in the public arena certainly Is.
His appeals to the Supreme being represent a betrayal
of our secular political tradition and an attack against
the secular government provided by the Constitution,
There might be some merit to this view. Examining
Robertson’s rhetoric, some of his statments sound
more appropriate for a church pulpit than a political
podium. Take the following comment, for instance:
"We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no
other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten
God . . . We have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness
of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced
by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own,
intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become
too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming
and preserving grace, loo proud to pray to the God that
made us I It behooves us then, to humble ourselves
before the offended Power, to confess our national
sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness."
Critics will no doubt charge that one who makes such
a statement is not fit to rule a secular stale such as
Perhaps. There’s a slight problem, however. The
quote I gave really wasn't from Rev. Robertson.
It was written by Preslent Abraham Lincoln in 1863.
No doubt he wasn’t fit to rule a secular slate either.