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Bethany Christian Academy Honors Local Luminaries

On Monday, February 22, 2016, the faculty, staff and students of Bethany Christian Academy were blessed to host Civil Rights icons, Robert and Jeannie Graetz. B.C.A.’s relationship with this amazing, trailblazing duo spans 10 years and all who hear recollections of their Civil Rights activism continue to feel inspired and indebted. The depth and gravity of their commitment to the freedom and equality of all humankind is nothing short of phenomenal. The Graetzs continue to live busy and productive lives that include guest speaking engagements all over the country. Additionally, they serve as exemplary ambassadors for Alabama State University where Mrs. Graetz recently donned her cap and gown to receive a B.A. degree at age 84. The Graetzs continue the legacies of their dear friends Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr., Mrs. Rosa Parks, Dr. Ralph Abernathy and Attorney E.D. Nixon as they build bridges of love and peace in our community. B.C.A’s intense love for the Graetzs is obviously reciprocated at each annual Black History assembly shared together. The entire Bethany Christian Academy family celebrates and salutes the humble yet impactive contributions of these iconic Civil Rights icons. We are proud to honor our friends, Trailblazers Robert and Jeannie Graetz… a true Hero and Shero for us all. Reggenia W. Baskin  

The Hill is ALIVE!

Nashville – Hillcrest SDA Church is ALIVE with a renewed passion for ministry.  After a powerful year in 2015 where, under the leadership of Pastor Nelson B. Stokes, there was a transformation into The Hill, 2016 promises to continue the growth, with the new theme ALIVE.  ALIVE is an acronym for Activate, Learning, Involved, Victory, and Expect.  This theme captures the spirit of The Hill, as there has been a renovation of the worship experience and an opportunity for greater learning during the Sabbath hours. Beginning January 1, with a candlelight communion service, Pastor Stokes introduced the ALIVE vision to the congregation. After utilizing various evaluation tools to get an idea of what the strengths and needs of the church were, the leadership team at The Hill decided to bring more of a teaching and service component to the church.  A typical Sabbath begins with a traditional Sabbath School study at 9:45am, followed by the worship service at 11:00am.  The service concludes at 12:30pm, in order to move into ALIVE Learning Groups. The ALIVE Learning groups consist of eight different opportunities to engage in small group learning.  The classes include: Extended Sabbath School – an opportunity for a more in-depth look at the Sabbath School lesson. Last Day Events – A study of the classic book by Ellen G. White. Spirituality, Stress Management, and Health – learning how our spirituality ties into our physical health. Connections – learning how to better do personal ministry, by strengthening our personal walk. Hillcrest 101 – learning more about the fundamental beliefs of the church and how it applies in our context. Journey of Joy – examining the connection between a woman’s emotions and her spirituality. Alpha – a [...]

Huntsville’s First Church ministry leaders kickoff “LEAP YEAR,” with annual visioning/training weekend

“Organizations staffed by volunteers require the most leadership of any group. Such organizations must have good leaders, because their volunteers’ only incentive comes through the vision of the leadership. The organization gives no salary, no retirement benefits, no perks. The fact is, only a small percentage of volunteers do the work. In most churches, about 20 percent of the members do 80 percent of the ministry.” Dr. John C. Maxwell, “Recruiting Volunteers,” The Maxwell Leadership Bible, p. 1373. Some label it a megachurch, because: SCC recognized it as having conference-leading membership and tithe growth; 1000 of its 1,916 members worship each Sabbath, on one of its three campuses; Approximately 1.5 baptisms occurred weekly for the past five years, totaling 674 newbies; and Roughly 20% of members participate in its 60+ outreach ministries. How? By recruiting, training and motivating its 250+ volunteers during its annual “Vision Weekend” training, January 8-10. 2016’s ”Vision Weekend” Vision Weekend launched a three-fold initiative: Spiritual Consecration, Friday evening’s keynote (Dr. Dedrick Blue, OU School of Religion Dean) and anointing service; Teambuilding/Training – “Cup Stack,” “Separation Anxiety,” “Ping Pong Relay,” “List Scavenger Hunt” and “Dress-up Relay” exercises reinforced spiritual values; and a now-routine January 21-Day Fast.   Senior Pastor Debleaire Snell: “Vision Weekend was a healthy dose of fun and spiritual re-focusing, that got everyone fired up and striving to accomplish greater things with their ministries for 2016.” “LEAP YEAR” is First Church’s 2016 theme, and the Weekend featured such presenters as: Keynoter Blue; (Vesper)Anthony Berry, Pastor of Christ Care Unit (CCU), http://www.southernunion.com/site/1/docs/Tidings/2015/Nov15.pdf; and Sunday presenters, local Senior Pastors Greg Nelson (Madison Mission) and Dr. Rupert Bushner (Mt. Calvary). Snell’s divine worship LEAP YEAR vision message mandated members “get out of your [...]

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SCC Workers & Spouse Retreat

The South Central Conference (SCC) is intentional about supporting their workers in a holistic manner (spiritual, emotional, and relational).  During the month of January 2016, SCC provided a retreat for office staff, pastors, and their spouses to demonstrate their intentionality.  The retreat was held Friday, January 15th – Sunday, January 17th at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa. The theme was “What’s in Your Bag?”  The emphasis was on relationships.  Workshops, discussions, and sermons were catered specifically for married couples and single workers.  Workshops for the SCC single workers were facilitated by Pastor Lola Moore and Dr. Delwynn Williams, pastor of the St. John Missionary Baptist Church. Friday night started with a powerful, heartfelt message from Pastor Clifton McMillan entitled “What the World Needs Now.” The need for relationships, love, acceptance, and forgiveness was the overarching emphasis. Next, First Lady Jill Edmond provided a relevant segment on “How to Communicate Effectively.”  She provided relevant examples regarding reading non-verbal cues, using “I” statements, and other tips for communicating effectively.  President Dana Edmond and First Lady Jill Edmond presented gifts to all attendees. Ladies received a large purse and men received a gift bag to serve as reminders of the theme. Sabbath morning was somewhat non-traditional, exciting, and informative.  Married couples were placed into various groups to discuss relevant scenarios.  Group discussions provided the opportunity for collaboration and familiarization with others in the group.  The well-illustrated Sabbath message, “The Prayer Jesus Would Not Pray” was presented by Pastor Kennedy Luckett.  Pastor Luckett reminded us that Jesus did not pray that we are taken from this world, but that we are protected from the evil one (Read John 17:15).  Everyone was admonished to hang in there, [...]

Memphis New Covenant Prayer Room

The Memphis New Covenant Church dedicated its first-ever prayer room and commissioned its prayer warriors with great excitement and thanksgiving to God on Sabbath, Jan. 2. The New Covenant Prayer Ministry team officially opened its special prayer room, called “The Heart of Prayer,” after weeks of creating a place where one can come and feel God’s presence in a special. During the 11 o’clock divine worship service, Pastor Daniel Lubega and the church’s elders led out in a special dedication of this sacred space, inviting the presence of God. This was so the designated room would be holy and set apart for personal worship. The prayer room is a place of serenity, and peace where all can spend intimate time with God. The Heart of Prayer is open for personal use any time the church is open, during office hours, and in the evenings when other events or meetings take place. No signups or scheduling is required. If the Prayer Room is in use and one desires to pray in private, then one is invited to wait and pray in the sanctuary until the prayer room is available. Members and visitors are invited to come to the Heart of Prayer to pray for themselves and others, and to intercede for our leaders, our ministries, the church, the community, the nation, and the world. The Prayer Ministry team members are filled with gratitude to God for providing the funds, talents, and gifts that made the Heart of Prayer possible. Special thanks to Carol Keys, Evelyn Edwards, and Jessie Smith for designing the prayer room; Ben Heard, Head Deacon, for painting the walls; Etta McGhee for sewing the kneeling pillows; and Kobe Keys for painting the art [...]

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