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Click here for Breath of Life Website This NBC Television special features a Christmas message from Dr. Carlton P. Byrd, Speaker/Director of the Breath of Life Television Ministry and Senior Pastor of the Oakwood University Church in Huntsville, Alabama. This special will also feature the music ministry of five-time Grammy award winning music great, Sandi Patty; Grammy Award winning artist, Fred Hammond; and the Oakwood University Aeolians Concert Choir, 2017 “Choir of the World” Winners (Llangollen International Music Festival). You may Print or Download flyer click on arrow...
Oakwood University Church Celebrates 40 years in Current Edifice by Pastor Paul Goodridge September 3, 1977 will long be remembered in the history of the Oakwood University Church, as on this date, the grand opening for its new, palatial 3,000 seat worship facility commenced. Pastor Eric C. Ward, then Senior Pastor of the Oakwood College Church (now Oakwood University Church), led church members, Oakwood College faculty, and students in the ceremonial march from Ashby Auditorium, its former venue of worship, to the newly constructed Oakwood University Church building. Ward, accompanied by several dignitaries including Pastor Charles E. Dudley, President of the South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; Calvin B. Rock, Ph.D., D.Min., President of Oakwood College; and Joe Daley, Mayor of Huntsville, AL, cut the ribbon to the church and ushered in a new era for Oakwood University and the church. Forty years later, on September 9, 2017, Carlton P. Byrd, D.Min., current Senior Pastor of the Oakwood University Church, led out in the anniversary celebration in the current church edifice. The fortieth anniversary celebration began at 9:15 a.m. with a special Sabbath School Program featuring historical reflections by Mervyn Warren, Ph.D., D.Min, son-in-law of Pastor Calvin Moseley, first black pastor of the church, along with the Lesson Study being presented by former Associate Pastors, Michael Harpe, David Lee, Micah Weech, Toussaint Williams, Ph.D., Bob Mounter and Charles Tapp, D.Min. The Divine Worship Experience was truly a memorable event. The capacity crowd witnessed recognitions given to Annell Wright Rogers, longest continuous serving member of the Oakwood University Church; Barbara Warren, daughter of Pastor Calvin Moseley; and former living senior pastors Richard Tottress, Robert Woodfork, Leslie Pollard, Ph.D., D. Min., John Nixon, D.Min., and Craig [...]
New Life Church-Health Ministries of Huntsville, Alabama sponsored its first community health fair “For the Health of It” on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Medical professionals and other vendors offered biometric screenings, medical consultations, healthy nutrition options, mental and physical wellness testing/consultation for adults and children, free food/clothing and more. The fair was for everyone, but the emphasis was on getting kids active. So in the spirit of child obesity month, 41 bicycles were given to children from the community and the Alabama Mentor Foster Care system. "Health is Wealth; you can have all the money in the world, but if you don't have good health then you can't enjoy it." The donations of bicycles came from New Life Church members and friends. In addition, funds were donated to secure safety helmets. Finally, twelve additional bicycles will be given to children in the community during the Christmas holiday season. Written/Submitted by – Derrick L. Ramey, Sr. New Life Health Ministries Director
Our little church family is growing; when we, Selita and I, started there a short time ago there were 6 regularly attending, now the Lord is growing us. Keep praying for us. Our 2 latest Breathe Conference baptismal candidates are in the center. Our next Breathe Conference baptism is coming up in a few of weeks. [Elder Michael A. Harpe, Interim Pastor, is the communication & stewardship director for South Central Conference and Selita, ministerial spouse, serve the Philadelphia church family.] More pictures from Sabbath, October 28, 2017 Anticipation! Excited about the Lord and Baptism. Pastor Harpe shares the Gospel as the Breathe Conference begins to wind down. Pastor Harpe and Elder Jones, Head Elder & youth director prepare to receive baptismal candidates on 10-28-17. 1st candidate, Elder Brandon Jones's nephew with friends and family looking on. Our 1st candidate's teacher is excited to see her student get baptized. More friends and family share in the baptism joy. Happy Family and Friends look on and anticipate baptism.
“MISSION2MEMPHIS” FREE HEALTH CLINIC On June 17-18, 2017, the Word of Life Seventh-day Adventist church partnered with Remote Area Medical (RAM™)—the largest provider of mobile medical clinics in the country delivering free medical, dental, and vision care to underserved and uninsured individuals, children and families. The target areas were the Frayser and Memphis communities in Tennessee. This was Word of Life’s first extension clinic, a part of its “Mission2Memphis” outreach. Church members joined together for prayer, planning, and promotion. It was evident that God provided, the Holy Ghost presided, and Jesus was pleased. Over 200 Volunteers were involved over the two days. Approximately 50% of the patients received vision assistance with 46.6% and 30.5% receiving dental and medical services respectively. All in all, God helped to lift and love on 383 patients, and provide $114, 403 in services. Two ladies drove almost 7 hours from Oklahoma arriving on Friday before setup was complete to be the first ones in line. While the numbers tell of the Clinic’s success, the immeasurable impact on the Community told the story. Comments included: "Pastor, all of your members are so kind and helpful. You all have gone above and beyond," said a RAM™ volunteer; a patient stated, “I got all eleven of my teeth pulled. Now I can afford to get dentures!” Another patient said while leaving the Clinic, "I can SEE!" The need for more outreach ministries persists as the exit surveys confirmed, and “Mission2Memphis outreach is committed to following up to address the interests of the community. by Linda Anderson Dr. Fred Batten, Jr., DMin, pastor Word of Life, Memphis TN Dr. Christal Hall, DDS and LaShay Brown, NCMA serve the community. Dr. Mickey Bernstein, DDS (left) and [...]
LUKE 14 BANQUET People with disabilities and special needs were showered with abundant love and special honor at the 1st Luke 14 Banquet held in South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists’ territory. The concept of the Luke 14 Banquet originated with Joni and Friends. The purpose of It is Intentional outreach to people excluded from the full gospel of Jesus Christ and those who are marginalized. South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists sponsored the Luke 14 Banquet on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Goodwill Easter Seal-Mitchell Auditorium in Mobile, Alabama. The use of the auditorium was donated to Disabilities Ministries for three and a half hours by the Vice President of Operations, Jean Gardner. Luke 14 Banquet is based on the parable found in Luke 14:21-23 which admonishes Christians “… go quickly out into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord it is done, and yet there is room. And the lord said, Go, out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Under the direction of Elder Harold Goodloe, Pastor of Emmanuel SDA Church, Mobile, Alabama and his Disabilities Ministries’ Coordinators Lubertha McKinney, Patricia Davis, and Brian Johnson, members of the church took to the streets of Mobile to do compassion ministry, in which they extended a heartfelt invitation to those who qualified to attend the Luke 14 Banquet. Many with special needs and disabilities were registered to participate. Close to 100 people were in attendance at the banquet. They were welcomed by the conference’s director of disabilities ministries and Pastor [...]
South Central Conference Annual Teen Leadership Training (TLT) Boot Camp Nine leaders, sixteen emerging leaders and two guest presenters came together on October 20-22, 2017 at the Wild Wild West Camp in Tuskegee, Alabama for a Teen Leadership Training. The focus was on team building and preparation. Experiences in team building were gained through platoon membership, bridge building, and clearing a TLT Hiking Trail. Each boot camper was part of a platoon that consisted of 4-6 campers. Each platoon’s leader was responsible for keeping the platoon together (except bed time because the platoons were co-ed). The chain of command for each camper was platoon leader, Master Chief, Lieutenant, and Camp Commander. Much productive, effective and successful interaction went into play when each platoon worked together to build a bridge from wooden tongue depressors that would hold four pounds for two minutes. The platoons worked collaboratively to clear a hiking trail through the wilderness. They worked together to chop and clip wild weeds, saw tree limbs and make a wooden bridge across a small stream. Later that night, they had the opportunity to experience their hard work in a night hike. The ultimate in team building was “Big Foot.” Big Foot is a race where three team members compete against another team to “walk” two 2x4x6 planks to a designated area. “Interesting”, “Positive”, “Inspiring”, “Motivating”, “Informative”, “Made you think about your spiritual life and future”, “Listening to someone close to my age tell how to be responsible, mature and prepare for college was more effective than hearing it from a family member or an older person”. Those are some comments made about the special guest speaker, Jessica Johnson who focused on preparation for now and eternity. [...]