It was a delightful Sabbath celebration for the members of Jordan Street and Bethany SDA church. The view was a picturesque backdrop of soft white sands, calming waves, and the sounds of the members praising God for his grace, his love, his mercy, and the goodness of nature that we often neglect to stop and enjoy. This was the second time and sadly, the last time the members of the Jordan Street and Bethany SDA church would come together for their annual “Sabbath on the Beach” service with Pastor Daniel Lubega before he moves on to Memphis, Tennessee. Smiling members gathered at Johnson Beach in Pensacola, Florida dressed in their deep gold and royal purple SDA t-shirts wearing sandals, flip-flops and shorts with their folding chairs, beach towels, Bibles, and open hearts anticipating receiving a blessing.
Sabbath school lesson led by Elder Earl Jones was surreal hearing the sounds of the waves making their way to the shore. It gave the members a clear vision of how it must have felt when Jesus taught the multitudes at the Sea of Galilee. It made the lesson come alive and the members got a glimpse of how powerful the word of God is.
As the Jordan Street choir led by Sister Cheryl Watson sang uplifting songs, it felt like God was breathing power into the choir and the Holy Spirit was there. Their pleasant voices reached far beyond the pavilion. It was so moving that people began to migrate from the beach to join in the celebration. Service carried on as if it were behind the four walls of Jordan Street and Bethany. Pastor Lubega’s sermon entitled “A Father’s Love” was on the parable of the prodigal son. “This is […]
On Sabbath May 17, 2015, Natchez Triumphant Seventh-Adventist Church in Natchez, Mississippi, (South Central Conference-Southern Union territory) welcomed visitors from France. The small member church performed a special worship service of music and evangelism for the Postmodernism European, in context of tourism. More than 30 French Tourist (Native Tourism- a Senior Citizen Caucasian group) from the city of Bordeaux, Southern France came to worship in the Adventist church as part of American experience.
The worship service was compromised of the traditional service with the emphasis on Gospel music, which The French group desired to hear and experience while in United States. Pastor Bryant Herbert (District Pastor of Natchez, Fayette, and Woodville) sought out a French-speaking Pastor, Libny H. Debreuze (Pastor of All nations Worship Center of SDA in Baton Rouge, LA and Manantial de Vida Group, New Orleans) to preach the sermon allowing their French guest to be the focus of the entire day.
Pastor Dubreuze (Former Senior Pastor of Nueilly SDA Church in Paris, France) focused his sermon on the greatness of God and His compassion focused on the appointment of Bartimaeus with Jesus. Pastor Dubreuze emphasized, God is superior to the great scientists and doctors of this world. All one has to do is cross the Atlantic to realize human beings are unable to repeat this miracle. This style of evangelism, with the European mindset at hand, is friendship evangelism for Postmodernism and Secularism mind.
Following worship service the small member church fed their guests with a healthy French style meal, having plenty of sweets, per their requests. Pastor Herbert said ”It was our pleasure having them here in our small town. It allowed us the opportunity being able to minister to them. It gave us, as a church, to show love, even […]
The Women’s Ministry of Maranatha S.D.A. Church Jackson, Tennessee, group has been taking Snack Kits to the Jackson General Hospital ICU for the families of the patients. Our group has been providing this service for the last three months. Many ladies worked to prepare these kits. The group places a variety of items in the bags such as granola bars, peanut butter crackers, gum, mints, chips, bottles of water, as well as a GLOW pamphlet to encourage the families. We deliver these bags the fourth Sunday of the month. There have been times when we were able to pray with family members during these deliveries.
Another project they are working on is providing mats for the homeless to sleep on. This project is taking some time because we are crocheting these mats out of plastic bags. We are determined to make a difference in the community by God’s grace.
Women’s Ministry Secretary
Since its opening in December of 2013, the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund has provided a total of 3,586 scholarships to students who desire a private school education but don’t have the necessary resources. As a result, 462 of these students have enrolled in SCC schools in Alabama (Emmanuel, Bethany, Ephesus, and Oakwood). These schools have experienced significant growth, and the new students and their families are being introduced to the Adventist life-style and encouraged to develop a personal relationship with Jesus.
As part of its commitment to its partner schools and scholarship families, AOSF invites administrators, teachers and staff to attend their Regional School Leadership Summer Seminars. This summer, Oakwood Adventist Academy will host the north Alabama regional meeting at its new Multi-Educational Complex, on July 16, from 9:30-3:30. By hosting such events, Oakwood Adventist Academy continues to provide services and build partnerships with its local community and the north Alabama region.
Oakwood Adventist Academy prepares students to achieve success, not only at OAA, but also in state, national and international arenas, as evidenced by several students who have been selected to participate in prestigious summer programs as the result of highly competitive selection processes.
Graduating senior DeAndre King, who began playing the viola in the 5th grade as a part of OAA’s string program, will spend three (3) weeks at Roosevelt University as a member of the Sphinx Performance Academy.
Junior Damar Thomas will spend three (3) weeks at Loma Linda University in the Minority Introduction to the Health Sciences (MITHS) program.
Junior Keviez Wilson will spend six (6) weeks at Howard University at its High School Summer Enrichment Academy.
Sophomore Jasmine Thornhill will spend three (3) weeks in South America (Dominican Republic and Nicaragua) as part of a jointly sponsored Georgetown University and United States government program. Jasmine will also spend a week as an intern at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens due to her success in the Alabama State Science Fair.
Graduating seniors Hilliairie Cowan and Christyn Hopkins, students in the senior Economics class, placed 3rd (out of 438 teams) in the North Alabama Division of the Stock Market Game, and received $100.00 cash prizes.
Oakwood Adventist Academy’s mission is to Develop, Nurture and Affirm students for a lifetime of service to God and humanity. Principal Edgecombe and the entire faculty and staff are proud of these high-achieving students who are “Blessed to have OAA in their DNA”.
Awesome Experience! The church is small, but well attended, and well organized.
Elder Shirley Scott began the day with an inspirational “Songspiration” by Pastor Lola Moore, followed by a thought provoking lesson, taught by Elder Benjamin Jones, Jr. –who reminded us that, “Repentance” is a call to renounce your sinful ways & to change your life…practical change, not just spiritual or intellectual change”; and “Baptism” should reflect change that can be seen by others… It is a change of who’s in charge—Christ or Satan“ Finally, Elder Jones asked, “How has your baptism into the SDA Church changed your life? Think about this…”If you were given the assignment to change the world, where would you start?” ANS: “Changing People — changes the world! – God calls us to walk in His way, not ours, through His Spirit and power. Sin is abnormal, not normal…We can have victory the same way and through the same power Christ did when He lived on the earth”. When we live like Christ lived, we can say, “it was good to have been in the house of the Lord”
Mrs. Merkita Mosley , SCC Treasurer, gave a rousing welcome to begin the 11:00 hour, introduced all attending SCC Directors, Associates and Office staff, and told the Children’s story – “In His Name” – in which a little boy, named Johnny, learned and put into action the adage, which says, “Anything you ask in the name of Jesus, He will do!” Therefore, Johnny said, “In the name of Jesus I want Chocolate Chip cookies…it will glorify His name.” …. And his desire was granted….God does care about the little things too!
Elder Dana Edmond, our President, shared an awe-inspiring message, entitled, “It’s Not About You”, […]
On Sabbath, December 15, 2014, Mr Maurice Chapple, one of our deacons of the Oakwood Univetsity Church, hosted its widows and widowers. As the younger son of Pastor and Mrs Chappel, he saw the challenges his mother faced as she raised all his siblings by herself. After observing the men and women of the Oakwood Church who had suffered losses, he was impressed by the Holy Spirit to try and brighten their lives in some small was. The concept of a dinner was formulated. Oakwood University Church has approximately 60 widows and widowers, with numbers steadily growing.
There was a disparity and he fel impressed to host the dinner as a testimony to this population. With the final blessings from his pastor, Pastor Byrd, he went about this feat. So on Sabbath in December, this was accomplished. The ambience of the rooms welcomed each individual each individual with purple and yellow centerpieces, and the artistically arranged seating.
There was a spirit of comradrie. This was a beautiful testimony to his mom and all who attended. In Testimonies Volume II, page 24, says ” Pure religion and undefiled are before the father is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep him unspotted from the world. “Good deeds are the fruits that Christ requires us to do. WhenWhen hearts sympathize with hearts burdened withbdiscouragement and grief, Angels come very near and answering strain is responded in heaven. Every justice, mercy, and benevolence makes melody in heavenheaven. Mr Chappel was happy to serve and is looking foward to the next time.
Former Bereavement Coordinator
Oakwood Community Church
Recently, my husband, Morris, and I participated in a Maranatha Mission adventure in Changuinola, Panama. One of my most fascinating experiences was meeting so many strangers for the first time, living and working together for almost two weeks, putting aside their professions, status, importance, etc., having a passion and love for sharing God’s love, uniting as one big family to accomplish His mission, and then saying goodbye, but not without lasting friendships and beautiful memories.
This was our experience in January 2015 when we participated in a Maranatha global outreach ministry in the country of Panama. We joined a cohesive team of 65 volunteers from diverse backgrounds, cultures, religious affiliations, etc.—nurses, physicians, farmers, retirees, Hindu, Baptists, librarians, nurse practitioners, cancer survivors, professors, engineers, former mayor, painters, builders, dieticians, and others. I am amazed at what God wrought through them. We praise Him from whom all blessings flow.
The purpose of the mission was to build churches, conduct Vacation Bible Schools and medical clinics, and share the love of Jesus. God rewarded our efforts more than a hundredfold. I witnessed Him work exceedingly abundantly above all that I could ever imagine, ask, or think.
Panama is a very beautiful country located in Central America and is bordered by Colombia and Costa Rica. It was close enough to walk across a bridge from Panama into Costa Rica. Here are a few interesting statistics: 75% of the population is mixed Spanish and Indian, West Indian 14%, Caucasian 10%, Indian 8%. The dominant religion is Roman Catholic, and Spanish the official language. The literacy rate is approximately 94.1%. The top tourist attraction and the most significant generator of revenue is the Panama Canal. From a nearby building we watched in awe as […]