Monthly Archives: April 2014

Email setup on Android and iOS Mobile Devices

The following article will get your Rackspace email account setup on your iPhone using an IMAP connection. An IMAP connection allows you to access and manage your email directly from Rackspace servers. Any changes made on your device will be replicated on the server. Let’s take a look at how to set this up:
iPhone/iPad Set Up

By |April 30th, 2014|Categories: IT News||0 Comments

Thank the Lord for A Good Year – Part I

At our April 13, 2014 Executive Committee meeting, we examined the final financial numbers for the year, 2013. With the receipt of that information, we were able to close the book on 2013 and do a final comparison of the goals that we set for our conference last year and the progress that the Lord blessed to make towards accomplishing those goals.

Below are the goals that we shared with the Executive Committee one year ago. The ones with lines drawn through them are the ones that the Lord enabled us to reach last year:

1,000 Baptisms
4% Tithe Gain
Operations Gain
Discover Retention’s Percentage
Pastoral Evaluations
Continue reduction of percentage of budget going to salary/expenses without layoffs
Complete Oakwood Academy Building Project
Adequately house E. E. Rogers School in Jackson, Mississippi
Sell Camp Ground
Increase Church School Enrollment

As you can see, thanks to our workers, our people and our God, every goal was reached except for one.

Here is a brief summary of each goal:

(1)  1,000 Baptisms: For the fourth year in a row, the Lord blessed us to go over the 1,000 mark in baptisms. The Lord gave us 1,139 baptisms.

As far back as we could check, there had not been a time in South Central where we had baptized over 1,000 individuals for three consecutive years-the Lord has blessed our conference to do that for four consecutive years. Here are the churches and Pastors whom God used to lead the way:

Dr. Carlton Byrd/Elders Julius/Williams/Wilson, Oakwood University-120
Elder Debleaire Snell/ Elders Hill/Greene, Huntsville First-92
Elder James Owens, Memphis Longview-87
Elder Harold Goodloe, Mobile Emmanuel-77
Elder Willie Black, Nashville New Life-63
Pastor Shawn Moss, Memphis Bethany-42
Elder Fred Batten, Memphis Word of Life-39
Pastor Michael Lewis, Selma/Thomasville-32
Elder Kennedy Luckett, Louisville Magazine Street-28 & Elder Dorian Melo, Multicultural Director/Crossville/Boaz/Gadsen/Oakwood Spanish-28
Elder W.C. Scales, Bessemer/Eutaw/Brent-27

In addition […]

By |April 28th, 2014|Categories: President's Blog||0 Comments

Recent Actions Made by the Executive Committee

A. Accepting Retirement Via Accelerated Retirement:

Elder R.P. Broussard

Elder A. Maycock

Elder R.L. Patterson

Elder S. Simms

Dr. Craig Newborn

 

B. Pastoral Reassignments:

Elder Darron George, Vicksburg/Port Gibson, MS to Birmingham Hillsview

Elder Roscoe Shields, Jr., Columbus/W Point, MS to Vicksburg/Port Gibson

Elder Marshall Johnson, Jackson Berean, to Columbus/West Point

Elder James Owens, Memphis Longview, to Jackson Berean

Elder Alex Horton, Birmingham Ephesus, to Memphis Longview

Elder Benjamin Jones, Ministerial, to Birmingham Ephesus (as Interim Pastor)

           

Moves Affecting Part-time/ District Lay Associate Pastors (DLAP’s):

Elder Melvin Warfield to Gallatin (he was formerly the Interim Pastor)

Pastor Edward Williams to North Cheatham County

Pastor Thiea Brown to work with Selma/Thomasville, Alabama

 

Moves Effective January 1, 2015

The resignation of Elder Chester Readus, Moss Point/Beaumont, MS

Elder Alexander Lampkin, Knoxville College Hill, to Florence/Courtland, AL

Elder Cleveland Hobdy, Assoc Chattanooga Orchard Park, to Knoxville College Hill

 

By |April 28th, 2014|Categories: Highlights||0 Comments

2014 PRAYER SUMMIT – Righteousness by Faith

March 7-9, 2014

Prayer Ministry experience and spiritual uplift attitude are alive and doing well in SCC 50. So, excitement filled the air as we checked in. The environs of Shocca Springs, Talledega provided the quietude of a ready retreat for the 250 plus people seeking a respite. The charming little paradise of prayer was the center of attraction on Friday, March 7, and all roads led to this place where Pastor Metard Solamon, Pastor of Moncon English and French SDA Churches in Canada would speak.   Elder Roy Rugless, South Central Conference Prayer Director poured his effort into creating “A Prayer Summit to be remembered,” and President Dana Edmond gave full support to this venture. As that Friday faded into sunset and heaven touched earth with rest, voices of a praise team who led the congregation in lifting praises to God as all sang lustily, as if one voice.

God is our Rock, Hope of Salvation, A strong Deliverer In Him will I always trust…

The opening song was the theme song:   … I humble myself and I begin to worship…for what He’s done for me…redeemed and set me free…and because , just because He’s God … the victory He’s won. The opening prayer implore… “blessing on this encampment, may thy glory fill this house” so that a revival can be made.  

The facilitator, Metard Solamon, introduced his subject, Powerful Good News with the thought that, “You are here for a reason! Nothing is impossible with God, and the Holy Spirit can empower our lives.” The Holy Spirit is to influence every aspect of our lives so that we will keep on being filled. Be filled with His Holy Spirit. “Though at times things may seem out of […]

By |April 28th, 2014|Categories: Highlights||0 Comments

Intersections in the Lives of Children

Check this link out from Adventist Risk Management on Intersecting in the Lives of Children

By |April 22nd, 2014|Categories: Highlights||0 Comments

Daddyz-Girlz Event Deadline is May 15!

REGISTER HERE
Oakwood University

Camp Meeting, June 14 at 8 pm

7000 Adventist Blvd, Huntsville, AL 35896

 

For more information contact:

Elder Shirley Scott: 256 683 6145

Pastor Vandeon Griffin: 615 337 5249

By |April 22nd, 2014|Categories: Events, News||0 Comments

Funeral Notice For Mr. Larry T. Buckingham

Funeral Service
Saturday, April 19, 2014 – 3:00 pm
Indiana Street Baptist Church
870.534.6944

Services Entrusted to:
Brown Funeral Home
870.534.3210

Condolences may be sent to:
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Buckingham
4543 White Fox Street
Memphis, TN 38109

By |April 17th, 2014|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News||0 Comments

Small Church Day in Brent, Alabama

Each year for the past five years, the office staff of the South Central Conference has gone to a small church and spent the Sabbath with them. The individuals in the office bring an entire Sabbath program to the membership of the designated small church on what is called “South Central Conference Small Church Day.”

The office staff is responsible for the Sabbath School program, the Divine Worship, the AYS; often, the office staff involves itself in some type of community service or witnessing program in the community. The office staff even provides the ushers for the day.

Past Small Church Days have been held in Atmore, Alabama (the venue for the very first Small Church Day), Harriman, Tennessee, Covington, Kentucky, Rolling Fork, Mississippi and last year, in Greenwood, Florida.

This year’s Small Church Day was held in Brent, Alabama. Brent is a part of the newly re-districted Bessemer/Eutaw/Brent, Alabama district, pastored by Elder W.C. Scales, Jr. Brent is approximately an hour west of Birmingham and 30 minutes from Tuscaloosa.

The first person from the conference office to arrive for Sabbath School was, appropriately enough, the Sabbath School and Spirit of Prophecy Director for the conference, Dr. Craig Newborn. He was followed by Elder and Mrs. Edmond and hard on their heels, were the Treasury team-Mrs. Merkita Mosley, Treasurer, Mrs. Jennifer Bennett, Under Treasurer, Mrs. Sonja Crayton, Assistant Treasurer, along with the Conference Information Technology Manager, Jermaine Alexander.

Sabbath School promptly at 9:00 a.m., with a lively song service, led by Mrs. Mosley. Mrs. Edmond reprised her role as the musician, when she would play for her husband, back in the days when they pastored small churches, like Brent, and served as the pianist for Sabbath School.

Mrs. Sonja Crayton served […]

By |April 16th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

The Jamaica Prayer Mission

“Give me Scotland or I die!” was the cry from John Knox as he had the burden for evangelizing Scotland.  The same passion fell on Pastor Roy Rugless for Jamaica.  In March, 2013, he and Pastor Dennis Smith were invited to participate in a Prayer Summit on that island.  From that time forward, the Lord gave him the vision for Jamaica to become a nation of prayer.

In January, 2014, he and others conducted a Prayer Summit for all of the Seventh-day Adventist pastors in Jamaica.  It is felt that pastors hold the key for success in any line of ministry.  Their influence and support or lack thereof, makes or breaks a ministry.  Approximately 200 pastors attended the Summit.  It was a powerful life-changing event.

After experiencing the power of prayer, the pastors were encouraged to turn their churches into Houses of Prayer, and to elect Prayer Coordinators to assist in that process.  In March, 2014, Pastor Rugless and Pastor Leslie Moise from the Allegheny East Conference of Seventh-day Adventists conducted a Prayer Coordinator Training and Revival for the Prayer Coordinators in Jamaica.  Approximately 200 attended.  It also was highly successful.  The Holy Spirit visited the event in full measure.  Lives were touched, transformed, delivered, and empowered.  A beachhead, of prayer ministry has now been established on the Island of Jamaica and it yet remains to be seen what the future fruit will yield.

A special note of appreciation is extended to the South Central Conference Prayer Team, the Northern New England Prayer Team, Kelly Veilleux, and Paul Roeloffs, leaders of the Northern New England Team, Ruthie Jacobsen, NAD Prayer Coordinator, who opened the Jamaican door, President Dana Edmond for allowing Pastor Rugless to go through the door, […]

By |April 16th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

Zion Temple, Woodvile, MS

Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.   Psalms 127:1- NKJV

Zion Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church rededicated their newly renovated church building on February 22, 2014. The church of thirty (30) members at the commencement of the project, had an aspiration to improve God’s house. The vision to renovate, rebuild on site, or relocate began many years ago under the Pastoral leadership of Dr. Emanual Foxworth. In addition to the faithful return of a ten percent tithe, some members gave and are still giving unreserved offerings to the church amounting 5 to 20 percent. Thus, with the financial groundwork in motion according to His plan, God proved Himself and continues to bless abundantly. Over the years, the church was able to accumulate funds that allowed renovation and expansion without borrowing a dime.

The actual plan to renovate the church originated during a board meeting, Pastor Bryant Herbert suggested that new carpet be installed in the sanctuary to prepare for an upcoming series of Evangelistic meetings. Once those words were uttered, the meeting took a life of its own and the board meeting became a planning session.  Being a small church with big goals, it took a couple of meetings to put a plan in place to upgrade the Lord’s house. The renovation process has been slow due to the unforeseen winter weather conditions in the region, but God has blessed. During the reconstruction of the building, a series of Evangelistic meetings were simultaneously held off-site which resulted in the baptism of seven souls. 

Through it all, Zion Temple has truly grown physically and spiritually. The church […]

By |April 16th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments