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 [...]
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, [...]
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.
Mount Calvary Seventh-Day Adventist Church (Huntsville, AL) Celebrates Senior Citizens Day on August 8, 2015
On August 8, Mount Calvary SDA Church Senior’s Ministry, under leadership of Evangelist Alta Holder was blessed with a very powerful message from Pastor Rodney Holder of Atlanta, GA. The message was titled “Are you ready for Jesus second coming?” and focused on “the Light” that is shining through the senior members to lead others to Jesus Christ for His return. Emphasis of the message was on recognizing time is short and everything given in the Spirit of Prophecy has happened. “We must be mindful that our life must be in line with Christ as if He is coming today” said Pastor Holder. The church was commissioned to also keep their body healthy in order to be able to do the work of the Lord. During the appeal, the entire church stood to rededicate their life to do God’s will. A delicious meal was served immediately after the divine worship service for the senior members and the guests. An evening meeting was conducted by Pastor Holder showing a missionary trip to Ethiopia to win souls. The seniors, however, was encouraged to allow the Holy Spirit to lead them to do the mission of the church in the location where they are as everyone may not be able to travel abroad. Finally, the seniors had an Arts and craft gallery display in the E. C. Ward Fellowship Hall displaying many arts & crafts items the seniors had made over the past few months. The senior’s goal is to raise funds to assist those in needs and be able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Bushner said he is proud of the senior members of Mt. Calvary and thanked Evangelist Holder for her leadership and [...]
First Union Springs SDA Church Women’s Ministry Department launched its End It Now Campaign, which began on Friday, August 21 and ending on Sabbath afternoon, August 22, 2015. The scheduled events began with an assembly outside the downtown courthouse in Union Springs. This is where the ladies displayed an assortment of brochures, flyers, other handouts, pencils, wristbands and pins. The intent was to familiarize the public with an awareness of abuse that occurs in our churches, schools, homes and the workplace; along with intervention strategies available throughout the region and the State of Alabama. We also, gave out free bags of Nature’s Popcorn and bottled water. On Sabbath afternoon, Pastor Mickens was the facilitator for the final portion of the End It Now Campaign. He held an open forum on the particulars about abuse in its many forms, as well as intervention strategies offered through the One Justice Family Center in Montgomery, AL. This facility is designed to address the total family once an incident of abuse has been reported. Many of the attendees exchanged dialogue regarding personal or family encounters with many years of abuse; recovery and the healing process through the grace of God. The discussion was so dynamic that the members requested more frequent meetings to address the topic of abuse. Our goal is to invite other professional individuals in the counseling area to our church to address the topic of elder abuse in the home and health care facilities. First Union Springs SDA Church, Pastor Michael Mickens Minister Dorothy Jones, Women’s Ministry South Alabama State Director Ophelia Riley, Women’s Ministry Leader L. Pearl Johnson, Women’s Ministry Leader
Greetings Pastors, Treasurers, Youth Leaders and Youth Supporters! Kentucky Middle Tennessee Youth Federation is right around the corner! This year our federation will be hosted at Christ Church Nashville at 15354 Old Hickory Blvd in Nashville, Tennessee. The theme for the day is LOVED! The federation will take place on September 19, 2015 beginning at 9:30 a.m. CST with our Health & Temperance Competition. With this event approaching quickly, we are asking for each church to submit your church federation dues to assist in defraying the cost for the event. Please be sure to visit the federation website for updates, and to submit questions/comments under “Contact Us.” We look forward to seeing you at YOUR youth federation on Sept. 19th ! Blessings, Natalie Mims Kentucky Middle Tennessee Youth Federation President
It is a blessing to serve the DLAP (District Lay Associate Pastor) team members of our conference. There are more than 20 individuals leading our congregations as part time workers. A couple of weeks ago I conducted our first video conference-found to be beneficial-and we talked for nearly 1 1/2 hours concerning the administration's expectations for DLAPS. There were a number of items put in place for the first time. I am committed by God's grace to reach out to each DLAP at least once a month by phone. However, at the same time, I am making myself accessible as often as they need to contact me. They can reach me by either phone, email, or text. There will be a video conference each quarter to focus on various aspects of ministry. Some areas of focus will include, dealing with conflict within the pastoral context, local church organization, and the relationship between pastor and congregation. We will address other areas as the needs arise. It is my belief that as we frequently communicate as a team, we can become more effective, encourage one another, and hasten the Lord's return. Let both Laymen and Clergy work together while it is still day. - Joe I. Grider, D.Min.; serves as the Associate Ministerial Director for South Central Conference, in conjunction with being the Pastor of the Maranatha church in Tuscaloussa, Al.
Pastor Anthony Berry, a former Baptist minister who received the Sabbath message at our Sunday morning Surge meetings brought his entire ministry into the Adventist family. The First SDA Church family voted to adopt the Christ Care Unit Church and make it a campus of First Church. Their ministry has been meeting on Sabbath for seven weeks now. With the blessing of South Central Conference, we welcome them into the Adventist Church. This all came about because God impressed us to teach the doctrines of our church on Sunday mornings in 8 week cycles. I am thanking all of those who prayed for us during this season where the enemy attempted to sow seeds of discord. What the enemy meant for evil, God turned around and used it for good. Praise His Name!
Publishing Ministry Embraces Presidential Vision to ENGAGE Young Adults in the Mission of the Church
For some time now quietly and imperceptibly literature evangelism has been a tool in the hands of God to engage youth and young adults in spreading the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ. This summer was no different in South Central Conference. The leadership of the Publishing Department at SCC joined hands with Elders Carl McRoy of South Atlantic, Theus Young of Southeastern, and William Smith at the Union and deployed 82 student literature evangelist in the states of Birmingham,AL , Louisville,KY, Orlando,FL, Charlotte NC, and Cleveland, OH! Over $300,000 in literature was distributed helping our youth to attend our schools. Over 75,000 pieces of literature was hand delivered. Through their experience and exercising of faith 8 literature evangelist decided to give their lives to Jesus at the end of the summer. Pastor Vandeon Griffin, SCC Youth Director and pastor of South Nashville SDA church, spoke at the summer retreat on Friday night and on Sabbath at his church they took a stand! Their decisions only is a foretaste of thousands of decision that will be made from the word of God preached and in printed just before probation closes. For the last year of this quinquinnium 2016, Elder Edmond president of South Central Conference is focusing on "Engaging Young Adults". Having young adults active in the mission of the church means that the church must become more mobile and lest stagnant. More involved in the community and concerned with the lives of all its member especially the young adults who are looking for purpose and a place to belong. Thats why the publishing ministry continues to be successful year after year. This ministry is transforming the lives of our youth as it provides a safe [...]
Summer Wood has been working as an educator of young students and teachers for the last 9 years. During this time, she has served as an elementary school teacher, curriculum writer, professional development specialist, and instructional coach. She has served in the Baltimore City and District of Columbia Public School Systems. She also mentored many teachers in the Metro Nashville Public School System. Upon completion of a Bachelors of Business Administration, Dr. Wood felt called to education, after a providential series of events led her to the Teach for America program. During her time in this organization, she realized that education was her calling and she never looked back--committing herself to equitable education for all children. In 2015, Dr. Wood received her Ph.D in language, literacy, and culture from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests included, culturally diverse students and reading achievement, with a specific focus on African American male students, critical literacy, and children's literature. Dr. Wood strongly believes in Christian education and is excited about leading F. H. Jenkins Preparatory School. Ultimately, her goal is to see that every day, every child is pursuing academic excellence and Christian leadership.