Each year, the second Saturday of August, South Central Conference celebrates Multicultural Day where all officers have the responsibility to visit a Spanish, Korean or French speaking church within our conference. Multicultural day this year was held on August 8. It was an extraordinary day. Departmental directors of our conference moved to different Hispanic churches to share a special message. Some churches such as Ebenezer Hispanic church in Gadsden, AL; and IASD Aliento de Vida in Memphis, TN, had a great impact to the community on this day. Pastor Auldwin Humphrey, Secretary of SCC, visited Ebenezer Spanish Church sharing the bread of life that morning and afternoon, where 4 souls sealed their life with Jesus and were baptized in the nearby river. Our President, Dana C. Edmond was the speaker at the Aliento de Vida’s Church in Memphis, along with Barbara Barnes and Lillie Buckingham, who made a tremendous impact in the Hispanic community by sharing more than 300 school supplies, this was sponsored by the Community Services Department of SCC. As a result, 500 evangelistic contacts were made for the next crusade that will be held in Memphis in 2016 that is planned by the Union. Our Ministerial Director, Benjamin Jones, was the featured speaker at the IASD Agape church in Crossville, AL. The Holy Spirit, through him, impacted the lives of those who present, with a powerful message. Pastor Melo, Director of the Multicultural Department was also present in some of the churches as well as other conference directors making this day a day like never before. Once again, South Central Conference demonstrated its firm commitment to be united in diversity, and that we are one people although we speak different languages.
Emmanuel Seventh-day Adventist Church, Mobile, Alabama, celebrated its Disabilities Awareness Weekend, on October 16-18, 2015 under the pastorate of Elder Harold Goodloe. The Disabilities Ministries‘ Coordinators for the church are Patricia Davis, Brian Johnson and Dr. Sylvester Hackworth. They were well supported by the leaders of the church as well as the members. Others, worthy of mention, were Elder Herman Taylor, Iris Taylor, Henry Gaines, Alma Hayworth, and Willie Erwin. A team of church members skilled in concrete masonry work constructed several ramps at the church to make access accommodations for those using wheelchairs and scooters. These men will be honored for their contribution to Disabilities Ministries at Oakwood University during camp meeting in June 2016. Emmanuel SDA Church is a disabilities friendly church with people working together on one accord for inclusion of all God’s children because they are family. The youth supported the program well. The youth choir sang and youth deacons in training did an excellent job lifting the tithes and offering. The theme for the weekend was “We Are Family”. The speaker for divine worship was Nettie Henderson, Director of Disabilities Ministries for South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Other speakers were individuals with expertise in their areas of responsibilities to people with special needs. The program described disability “as a condition, such as an illness or injury, that damages or limits a person’s physical or mental ability. There are many forms of disabilities, some visible and some not visible”. Program participants wore pink and black colors in recognition of Breast Cancer Month. Nettie Henderson
“Best conference ever! Learned a lot and will make lifestyle changes. Thank you, thank you” said an attendee concerning the October 2-4, 2015 “Million Hearts” Health Retreat experience. Now for details. The Objective: The “Million Hearts” is a national initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reduce the amount of heart attacks and strokes by one million in seven years. Since the South lies within the heart of the stroke belt, and, has the highest rates of heart attacks in this nation, South Central Conference Health Ministries Department is now a national partner and hosting the “Million Hearts” Health Retreat is one small way of assisting in this endeavor. The Overview: Reta Chandler, a nationally certified addiction and activity therapy counselor set the stage for the weekend on Friday dealing with overcoming food addictions entitled: “Breaking up with your BFF”. On the next two mornings after attendees enjoyed their breakfast, campers were invigorated by participating in fun fitness routines led out by certified fitness instructor Ife Rosser. Then, Elder Fred Batten, senior pastor of Word of Life SDA church in Memphis delivered inspiring devotionals and a captivating Sabbath sermon. “Knowing Your Numbers” (concerning cardiovascular health) was the title of this much needed seminar presented by nursing chair Veronica Leftridge. Furthermore, “Different Strokes for Different folks” was an eye-opening presentation about the unique differences of women and heart disease delivered by Paula Eakins. Curtis & Paula Eakins both shared a effective natural approaches in preventing and/or reducing high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attacks and atria fibrillation. All the workshops were accented with an invaluable workbook, coupled with wonderful music, food and fellowship. As one attendee stated: “[I enjoyed the] information, [...]
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
Greetings. 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 [...]