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Keeping Alumni and Friends in Touch ******* MOUNTAIN VIEW COLLEGE The School of the Light Shine On Till Jesus Comes! ******* May 24, 2014 Editor/Coordinator:Raylene Ann Rodrigo-Baumgart

Editor’s Notes As a gardener, I look forward to spring and early summer when my garden is beautifully garbed in vibrant hues and shapes. I’d wake up every morning and walked outside just to be the first spectator of the colorful display of blooms.

The sight never disappoints me. Until a few days ago. There, in the middle of my roses, was this giant spider web. And I am scared of spiders.

I always wondered why I have such avid dislike to this creature. My Mama used to say that it must be due to my very first declamation piece that she taught me as a child. To this very day, I can still memorize all the lines from this old poem written by Mary Howitt which was published in 1829. "Will you walk into my parlor?" said the spider to the fly; "Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy. The way into my parlor is up a winding stair. And I have many pretty things to show when you are there." "O no, no," said the little fly, "To ask me is in vain, For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."

"I'm sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high. Will you rest upon my little bed?" said the spider to the fly. "There are pretty curtains drawn around, the sheets are fine and thin, And if you like to rest awhile, I'll snugly tuck you in." "O no, no," said the little fly, "for I've often heard it said, they NEVER, NEVER WAKE again, who sleep upon your bed." Said the cunning spider to the fly, "Dear friend, what shall I do to prove the warm affection I've always felt for you? I have within my pantry good store of all that's nice. I'm sure you're very welcome, will you please to take a slice?� "O no, no," said the little fly, "kind sir, that cannot be. I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see." "Sweet creature!" said the spider, "you're witty and you're wise. How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes! I have a little looking-glass upon my parlor shelf. If you'll step in one moment dear, you shall behold yourself." “I thank you, gentle sir," she said, "for what you're pleased to say. And bidding you good-morning now, I'll call another day." The spider turned him round about, and went into his den, For well he knew the silly fly would soon be back again: So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly, And set his table ready to dine upon the fly. Then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing, "Come hither, hither, pretty fly, with the pearl and silver wing: Your robes are green and purple; there's a crest upon your head; Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead." Alas, alas! How very soon this silly little fly, Hearing his wily flattering words, came slowly flitting by. With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew, Thinking only of her crested head - POOR FOOLISH THING! At last, Up jumped the cunning spider, and fiercely held her fast. He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den, Within his little parlor; but she ne'er came out again!

And now, dear little children, who may this story read, To idle, silly, flattering words, I pray you ne'er give heed; Unto an evil counselor close heart, and ear, and eye, And take a lesson from this tale of the Spider and the Fly.

A very simple poem but the lesson learned is huge. The story tells of a cunning Spider who ensnares a naive Fly through the use of seduction and flattery. The poem is a cautionary tale against those who use flattery and charm to disguise their true evil intentions. And how often, we, the flattered, become victims and trapped. Proverbs 26:28 says, “A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted

by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin”. Proverbs 20:19 “He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; Therefore

do not associate with one who flatters with his lips”. May we be able to identify flattering people knowing how they can ruin lives and may we shun away from such association.

A Devotional

Isaiah 66:14: “When you see these things, your heart will rejoice. You will flourish like grass! Everyone will see the Lord’s hand of blessing on His servants.” If you are unfriendly, you won’t have friends. If you hang out with toxic people, you will become toxic yourself. And if you allow your atmosphere to become saturated with negative whispers, you will become negative.

Negative energy is poisonous and impacts how you view life, how you treat others and ultimately your way of life. If you want to live an empowered life, BE FRIENDLY! Don’t deal in negative whispers. Be a blessing to others. If you avoid negative and toxic things, you won’t have to look for the good.

“Don't let toxic people infect you with the fear of giving and receiving one of the most powerful forces in this world... LOVE!” ― Yvonne Pierre, The Day My Soul Cried: A Memoir

Sightings from the Hilltop . World Sabbath School Congress in MVC. Check this out:

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MVC Alumni Asso Loma Linda Chapter invites you to the July 19, 2014 MVC Alumni sponsored Sabbath School Hour of Worship with MVC Alumni. Pastor Dan Matthews, speaker Evening Concert by the William Chunestudy Men’s Chorus. Venue: Loma Linda Filipino SDA Multi-Purpose Center. 11180 New Jersey Street. Redlands, CA 92373. ~Submitted by Rollie Donato The William Chunestudy Men’s Chorus (WCMC) exists for the purpose of praising God through music and furthering the work of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations. Established in fall of 2005 the men’s chorus is made up of individuals from a wide variety of professions throughout Southern California. Recently, the WCMC was the featured ensemble at the Oregon Men’s Chorus Festival in Portland. This was the second invitation the WCMC received for this festival. We are currently in the process of producing our second album of concert favorites. “A Tribute to the Music of Wayne Hooper” was released in 2012 is available for sale. Our prayer is that the music presented will be a blessing to God and to all who listen. Your support is greatly appreciated. For info contact: 951-347-3258 To order ticket call 800-965-9324 to place your order with a phone rep.

There are so many Dads out there who are our unsung heroes. They do not have to be biological dads. They happen to come to our lives and made a great impact to us. Let us celebrate their existence to our lives. Write something about them. Let them know the difference they have made into who you are today. **Do you know of a special Dad that you want to be featured in Cyberrflashes for the father’s Day Special? Please send your entry and photos and greetings to Evelyn P. Tabingo at or to any of the editors

Poem for the week If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son! ~by Rudyard Kipling is a poem by British Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling, written in 1895 and first published in Rewards and Fairies, 1910. It is a tribute to Leander Starr Jameson, and is written in the form of paternal advice to the poet's son.


A Brand Plucked From The Burning By Novo Sabas SULADS Comprehensive High School for the Lumads in Sto. Domingo I was born in the forest of Dapiloan where killing was a common practice in our violent tribe. I look back and marvel at the fact that I survived and didn’t fall victim to murder. I never knew that there were other people living outside our forest. I always had thought we were the only people around. God gave us something special in bringing the SULADS program to our place. The SULADs risked their lives to reach us. We had no hope until SULADS came to educate us. Through the SULADS, I came to know who the true God is, the Creator of heaven and earth and Jesus Christ, Who brings salvation to all. I was educated, and so I am now an educator to give back to my own people. I’m so happy for the blessings that has come into our lives. I believe that God used the SULADS organization as an instrument to let us know the good news of salvation. Because of the education that the SULADS shared with me, I now have the capability to work. My mission now is to share the good news of salvation with my fellow Lumads in the mountains. I am now a teacher in SULADS Comprehensive High School for the Lumads in Sto. Domingo, Bukidnon, my hometown. Touch a life and that life will touch more lives.

© SULADS International, Inc.

If you would like to support this mission program dedicated to taking the Gospel to the people of Mindanao, please write a check to Gospel Outreach. Mark it for the SULADS and send it to: Gospel Outreach P.O. Box 8 College Place, WA 99324 You may also donate to the SULADS using your credit card by logging on to Gospel Outreach's donation site ( and follow the directions. Again, mark it for SULADS. If you would prefer, you may write your check to the General Conference of SDA and mark the donation for SULADS and send it to: General Conference of SDA Donations 12501 Old Columbia Pike Silver Spring, MD 20904 Thank you for your support of this very important project.

Quotes for the week “Flattery is a counterfeit money which, but for vanity, would

have no circulation.” – François de la Rochefoucauld) “Avoid flatterers, for they are thieves in disguise.” ~William Penn) “Be advised that all flatterers live at the expense of those who listen to them”. ~ Jean de la Fontaine “Flattery is a counterfeit money which, but for vanity, would have no circulation”. ~François de la Rochefoucauld

For your information The University of Houston’s College of Engineering presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them. There are so many uses of cobwebs which we have never considered. Here are some facts about them: **Humans have been using spider silk for thousands of years. The Ancient Greeks used the cobwebs on wound to stop them from bleeding.. That may sound spooky, but 19thcentury doctors also studied treatment with cobwebs. Only in this century did we learn why it works – that spiders coat their silk with antiseptic agents. **The aborigines use silk as fishing lines for smaller fishes.

**In the 19th century, astronomers did find a use for spider silk. They needed better crosshairs on their telescopes. Spider silk proved to be the perfect material. By WW ll, gunsights and bombsights, range finders and transits, telescopes were all using spider silk. Demand outran supply. There is an amazing property of spider silk. The stuff is stronger than steel, yet it can stretch to 140 percent of its length. At the same time, it’s inelastic – it absorbs the energy used to stretch it and doesn’t bounce back. A fly caught in a web, cannot trampoline back off the web. The silk also stays tough at low temperatures. Its properties vary. Spiders have six spigots for spinning silk and they mix their fluids to regulate the composition. They can make one kind of silk for catching flies and another to shape a parachute that’ll carry them away on the wind. There are many ways that spider silk can be used by mankind. **Bullet-proof clothing **Wear-resistant lightweight clothing **Ropes, nets, parachutes **Bandages, surgical threads **Artificial tendons or ligaments, supports for weak blood vessels However the production of spider silk is not simple and there are inherent problems. Firstly spiders cannot be farmed like silkworms since they are cannibals and will simply eat each other if in close proximity. The silk produced is very fine so 400 spiders would be needed to produce only one square yard of cloth. The silk also hardens when exposed to air which makes it difficult to work with.

Chuckles and Giggles After being married for thirty years, a wife asked her husband to describe her. He looked at her for a while, and then said, "You're A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K." She asked, "What does that mean?" He said, "Adorable, Beautiful, Cute, Delightful, Elegant, Foxy, Gorgeous, Hot." She smiled happily and said, "Oh, that's so lovely. What about I, J, K?" He said, "I'm Just Kidding!" ~From Docs Daily Chuckle sent by Jessie Colegado

A woman is standing looking in the bedroom mirror… She is not happy with what she sees and says to her husband, “I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly… I really need you to pay me a compliment.” The husband replies, “Your eyesight’s damn near perfect.” ~By Juanilla Alfonso-Go

** THE FLATTERER Luke's wife bought a new line of expensive cosmetics guaranteed to make her look years younger. After a lengthy sitting before the mirror applying the "miracle" products she asked, "Darling, honestly what age would you say I am?" Looking over her carefully, Luke replied, "Judging from your skin, twenty; your hair, eighteen; and your figure, twenty-five." "Oh, you flatterer!" she gushed. "Hey, wait a minute!" Luke interrupted. "I haven't added them up yet."

Facts about Spiders All spiders are predatory eight-legged creatures that have organs to spin silk at the back ends of their bodies. They are the largest part of the arachnid family, a group that also includes scorpions and ticks. Spiders all have the ability to bite with venom-injecting fangs to kill prey and nearly all of them are poisonous (even if it’s just a little). There are currently at least 4,000 known spider species in the United States and Canada combined. provides detailed identification guides on various spider species found in those two countries.

Beyond that, there are many different kinds of spiders – just about 40,000 types living in all continents except for Antarctica. And they’re not newbies: fossilized spiders have been found in Carboniferous rocks dating back 318 million years. Spiders capture prey using a variety of methods. They can trap small insects in sticky webs, lasso them with sticky bolas, or use their vibration-sensing skills to chase prey down. Spider guts are too narrow to take solids, so they liquidize their food by flooding it with digestive enzymes and grinding it up with short appendages. Humans have long had a tumultuous relationship with the eight-legged critters. Arachnophobia, or fear of spiders, is one of the most common phobias. Some statistics show that 50 percent of women and 10 percent of men have the fear.

The Brazilian Wandering Spider is one that is very interesting to learn about. They are in the record books as the Spider with the deadliest venom in the world. Being the most dangerous Spider of all isn’t something that many are fond of. This is why they are so afraid of this type of Spider. Many people trap and kill them because they don’t want to take a risk. PhTx3 is found in the venom of the Brazilian Wandering Spider. This is very dangerous for the body due to the loss of muscle control. It can result in a person becoming paralyzed. Breathing problems can occur as well due to the inflammation of the throat and the lungs. Once this venom mixes with serotonin there is going to be pain that is very severe in nature.

Prayers for those we love *Let us all pray for the bereaved families of those who recently passed away. * For our fellow alumni and friends who are ill or receiving medical treatment. * The health and safety of our missionaries and their families in different parts of the world. * The leaders, faculty, staff, and alumni of MVC -- "Shine On Till Jesus Comes". * Our fellow alumni who are leaders at different levels of the Adventist denomination from the General Conference to the local churches, and those who support MVC in various ways.

* Our new leaders in our church organization. *The work of the Sulads and Gospel Outreach. *For those who are traveling all over the globe visiting family and friends and enjoying summertime * For each other as we wait. for the Lord’s coming

Acknowledgment Thank you to the following contributors who made this newsletter a success: Novo Sabas, Evelyn Tabingo, Jessie Colegado, Rollie Donato and Juanilla Alfonso-Go. Photograph by Michael Caballero and Charles Ed ll Aguilar. This editorial is coordinated by Raylene Ann Rodrigo-Baumgart. Next week’s edition will be coordinated by Eddie Zamora. Please send all your articles and news to his email account. THANKS! RELATED WEBSITES AND LINKS

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