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Statement from the Conference President on the Recent Shooting at the Oregon Community College – One of the Victims was a Member of the SDA Church


On last week, yet another senseless shooting erupted on yet another college campus. Again-multiple lives were needlessly taken.

We are saddened any time these things happen. This time it hit closer to home. One of our own members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church was among those whose lives were lost-Sarena Moore, a member of the Oregon Conference.

We express our condolences to her family, President Al Reimche, and the workers and constituents of the Oregon Conference.

I have included a statement from our North American Division President, Elder Daniel R. Jackson. We share his sentiments.

We continue to pray for and work towards the day when these types of tragedies are forever a part of the past.  In the interim, we pray that the Lord will teach us “to number our days” and to not take for granted a single day of life that the Lord gives.

Blessings on You and Yours,

Elder D.C. Edmond
President – South Central Conference

Statement from Elder Daniel Jackson, North American Division president:

“The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America is heartbroken that once again a gunman has taken nine precious lives in a mass school shooting. We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the families of the nine people killed, the many wounded, and the students, faculty and staff of Umpqua Community College. We also pray for the community of Roseburg and the heartache they are experiencing as a result of this tragedy.

“It is difficult to believe that a great nation like the United States must once again mourn the loss of God’s children whose lives have been senselessly taken at the hands of a mass shooting. Surely, this nation, that has become a beacon of hope and opportunity for scores of people, can be a […]

October 5th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

Funeral Announcement for Mrs. Esther Lane-Magruder

October 5th, 2015|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News|0 Comments

The Passing of Elder Joiner

October 5th, 2015|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News|0 Comments

SCCOE September Newsletter

October 1st, 2015|Categories: Education, News|0 Comments

Funeral Announcement for Mr. Major Robinson, Jr.

October 1st, 2015|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News|0 Comments

Funeral Announcement for Mr. Grayland Dewayne Johnson

September 29th, 2015|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News|0 Comments

Funeral Announcement for Mrs. Rebecca Ann Hogan

September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News|0 Comments

South Central Office Staff Focuses On Team-Building In Annual Office Outing

In addition to attending to their daily responsibilities, the South Central office staff seeks to build camaraderie by doing a number of non-work activities together. Activities that they have done together in the past include such things as The Birthday Club, Bowling Night, Game Night, an office potluck twice per year, an NCAA March Madness Tournament Contest and an Office NFL Fantasy Football League.

The NCAA Tournament Contest and the Fantasy Football have been a particular source of interest as even the non-sports fan in the office participate (One of the ladies in the office asked “What sport has March Madness?”) and find themselves looking at football games and basketball games-for the first time in their lives-to track their progress in the competition.

This year, it was decided to do something different for the annual office outing and focus on team building activities. The day began with a devotional from the Conference President, Elder D.C. Edmond, who elaborated on the difference between the way man builds his team and God builds His team.

The office staff was then divided up into teams.  The staff had been told in advance to wear a specific color (green, blue, yellow, etc.) and all the members of the staff wearing the same color were assigned to the same team. The teams were then told to choose a team leader and a team name. The teams were told that there would later be a series of competitive events that would require them to work together and the team that had the most points would receive prizes.

The first activity of the day, however, was a solo event. Two professional artists were brought in and they guided the staff through painting a picture of a […]

September 22nd, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments


On Sunday, August 23, 2015, Special Needs Ministries and Adventist Community Services went to Ebenezer SDA Church in Moss Point, MS to support their Community Fest Day.  The ministries of South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists are answering the call to “come over into Macedonia to help us.” Other departmental directors were in Moss Point to help with evangelism. School supplies, backpacks, new caps for children, new T-shirts, new shorts, and disaster starter- kits for people with special needs were transported in two overloaded vehicles to Moss Point by Lillie Buckingham, ACS Director and Nettie Henderson, Special Needs Director.  These items were given with love to individuals who had been invited by Pastor David Jones and his congregation at Ebenezer SDA Church.

Henderson, also Director of Disabilities Ministries, encouraged those with special needs to prepare for disasters and emergencies before they happen, because preparedness makes sense for those with a disability as well as others.  Barbara Barnes, Co-Director of Adventist Community Services and Buckingham expressed their compassion for communities and their love for the people of Moss Point when they addressed them during the general assembly of the Community Fest.

Registration forms were filled out by community residents for subsequent outreach and follow-up to establish a lasting relationship with them.  The church provided hot-dogs, chips, soft drinks, bottled water and cupcakes for attendees. Members of Ebenezer SDA Church and supporters from other churches located in Mobile came to be a part of the outreach to the community.

David Jones, pastor, has made a profound impression on city government leadership in the city of Moss Point. The following city officials were present to support the Community Fest: Billy Broomfield, Mayor, Art McCluny, Police Chief, Houston Cunningham, Alderman, Sue Wright, […]

September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Community Services, News, Special Needs|0 Comments

The Ebenezer Church declares, “We shall live and NOT die!”

The week was filled with activity as nightly services began on that Sunday and ran through the following Sabbath. Pastors Harold Goodloe and Prentice Sorrells preached Spirit-breathed messages echoing the theme, “Moss Point Shall Live and Not Die”.  Church members were inspired as they were reminded that Jesus has a specific desire to see those in Moss Point abundantly blessed and filled with His power.

The community was blessed, yet again, on Thursday when the Ebenezer Church held the Grand opening of it’s own food pantry. The community turned-out in great numbers and were richly rewarded with bags of groceries that contained nutritious food and household items.

The weekend ended with an amazing worship service led by David Jones, pastor, and members of the McComb-Brookhaven-Hazlehurst District where Jones previously served. The morning’s guest speaker was Lola Moore, Conference Young Adult Ministries Director. Moore shared ministry through preached word and song, that morning followed by an afternoon concert.

Jones made such an amazing introduction of himself and the congregation to their surrounding community that it is certain partnerships between the church and the local community will follow. Evident in every event and interaction was God’s blessing and confirmation of the declaration; “Moss Point Shall Live and Not Die””

The Ebenezer Church would welcome assistance in stocking its food pantry. If you feel led to contribute to this ministry, you can reach the Church at 601.594.6232.

September 21st, 2015|Categories: Highlights|0 Comments