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Funeral Notice for Mr. James Richardson, Jr.

Funeral Service

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 12:00 Noon
Freedonia Missionary Baptist Church
6440 Phillips 300
West Helena, AR 72390

Condolences may be sent to:
Mrs. Lillie Buckingham
4543 White Fox Street
Memphis TN 38109

Funeral Service Entrusted to:
Kincaid Funeral Services, Inc.
1188 Hwy 49
West Helena, AR 72390

By |July 16th, 2014|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News||0 Comments


The Huntsville Association of Retired Adventist Workers (HARAW) recently launched the “Second Responders Prayer Ministry”.  HARAW President William Parks and Dr. Clarence E. Hodges, Second Responders Coordinator and Communications chairperson, announced that this ministry, sponsored by HARAW, is open for all persons interested in praying for suffering humanity.

This prayer initiative was organized in response to recent floods, mudslides, tornados, kidnapping of children, mass murders, earthquakes, and other disasters in the United States and other parts of the world.  Prayers ascend from the Second Responders in response to information from first responders (police, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel).  President Parks and Hodges stressed the need for much prayer in support of the immediate victims, their families, helpers, and first responders who put their lives in danger seeking to save lives and property of others.

This prayer group prays individually, daily, and periodically together on telephone conference calls.  Those who wish to be a part of this ministry, of any faith and location, may request inclusion by contacting the Oakwood University Church prayer line at 256-837-1255, extension 4.  This is a worldwide ministry serving God’s disaster-suffering children worldwide.  In addition to praying for suffering humankind, prayers are always needed for God’s people to live the love of Christ as did the “Good Samaritan” and as taught by Christ in Matthew 25:31-46 and John 17:20-23.

– Clarence E. Hodges


By |July 9th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments


On Sunday, May 25, 2014 the disabled of Mt. Calvary SDA Church in Huntsville, AL ventured out to be by themselves at Ditto Landing, a resort area also in Huntsville. Yes, it was predicted that the temperature would be 90 degrees, but we went by faith asking and knowing the Lord would turn down the heat for us and this He did. Sixteen individuals, some on the church van and others in their own vehicles, met at the church and left on the trip together.

We were blessed to be accompanied by Nettie Henderson, Disabilities Ministries’ Director, South Central Conference. The Singing Brothers, Al Gardner and Joel Johnson, went ahead to secure an appropriate spot, knowing that the place can be very crowded, especially on a holiday weekend. Upon arriving and giving thanks in prayer, the main reason for the retreat was apparent. Jacqueline Richards, Disabilities Ministries Coordinator led out in a discussion citing her top priority for the ministry at Mt. Calvary Church. “I want to know how we can enhance disability ministries and move it to another level, implementing ways in which we can meet people with disabilities in the community” said Richards. She continued, “Disability is not confined to church, its everywhere, it’s a part of society. So as a church, we have to reach others and let them know we are concerned about them; that we hurt, too, just as they hurt. We want them to know also that being disabled does not mean God has cast us away or we can’t do anything.”

Everyone had an opportunity to voice their input, so we concluded that we are going to step out in faith and take disability ministry a step higher, after which […]

By |July 9th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

Funeral Announcement for Mr. Charles J. Horton

July 9, 2014
Family Visitation: 12:00 pm
Funeral Service: 1:00 pm
Immanuel Temple SDA Church
2102 S. Alston Avenue
Durham, NC 27707

Condolences may be sent to:
Mrs. Dorothy Horton
5117 Barbee Road
Durham, NC 27713

By |July 7th, 2014|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News||0 Comments

Funeral Notice For Elder Franklin S. Hill, III

Family Visitation:
July 7, 2014. 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Young Funeral Home
1107 Hank Aaron Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30315

Funeral Services:
July 8, 2014.
Viewing: 2:00 pm
Service: 3:00 pm
Boulevard SDA Church
240 Maynard Terrace SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

Condolences may be sent to:
Dr. Susie M. Hill
P. O. Box 606
Silver Spring, MD 20918

By |July 7th, 2014|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News||0 Comments

Funeral Announcement for Charles Terrell

By |June 27th, 2014|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News||0 Comments

Closing of the Review and Herald

On Tuesday, June 17, the constituents for the Review and Herald Publishing Association (PHPA) voted to close the RHPA, in Hagerstown MD., and transfer all it’s assets and operations to the Pacific Press Publishing Association (PPPA) in Nampa Idaho.The RHPA was the oldest institution in the Adventist church.  It had a long rich history and is simply known by many as the Review.  It was not an easy decision to make. There were many heated discussions, and some heated exchanges.  Passions for keeping the RHPA open were high, yet in the end the vote to close was overwhelmingly clear.  The margin was almost 3-1 in favor of closing.Several things will happen as a result of this vote.1. The PPPA was transferred from the General Conference (GC)  to the North American Division (NAD).  This gives the NAD the right to control publishing within it’s own territory. Until now all the Publishing Houses in the Division’s territory were owned and operated by the GC.2.  The name, The Review and Herald, will be assumed by the GC, yet will no longer be a Publishing House for the distribution of our books, but will be the flagship name for all the publishing work throughout the world church. And it will be office in the GC Building.Currently the GC publishes the Review, the Adventist World, the Adult Sabbath School Quarterlies, Ministry Magazine, and a few other publications that pertain to the church membership.  Under this new arrangement, these magazines will now fall under the name Review and Herald.3.  All of our books and other publications will now be ordered from the PPPA exclusively,The North American Division is in the process of restructuring the publishing ministry within the NAD territory.  What […]

By |June 26th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments


The first of its kind!

The Family Life Department of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist church has developed a Certification Training Program for the Men’s Ministries leaders in the local church. The South Central Conference Men’s Ministries department facilitated the first Certification Training for its leaders, May 30 – June 1, 2014, at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. Pastor Melvin Preston, Family Life Director for the South Atlantic Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, conducted the training. Pastor Benjamin Jones, Ministerial Director for the South Central Conference and Dr. Trevor Fraser of Oakwood University, assisted him.

The attendees had to complete 10 modules of instruction that dealt with different areas of Men’s Ministries. It was an intensive curriculum, which started Friday evening and ended Sunday morning. In addition to the weekend instruction, each attendee has to participate in an independent learning track of 2 ½ hours, which entails reading books and DVD/Video viewing. After they have completed all of the requirements they will receive the Basic Adventist Men’s Certification. They will be equipped to do an advanced work within their churches. In addition, some of the graduates will be utilized as Conference trainers for other leaders in the different geographical areas of this Conference.

We are excited about the future of Men’s Ministries in South Central. We are now getting ready to go to the next level of preparing our men for Kingdom building.

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Highlights||0 Comments

SCC Women Choral

CALLING  ALL  LADIES, 12 years and older

You are invited to be part of the WOMEN’S CHORAL,   June 19, 2014 is WOMEN’S DAY at the 68th South Central Conference Camp Meeting in Huntsville, AL

The choral will be in concert at 6:30 pm Thursday, June 19 and sing during the 7 pm service on the same night. Persons interested in being a part of this choral should contact Barbara J. Walker @  to receive more information and the song list. Please watch the announcements on the monitors at Camp Meeting to find out when rehearsals will be held in preparation for the June 19 concert and evening service.

By |June 11th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

Women’s Ministries Hold Redeeming Love Evangelistic Series

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.  But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.  Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.   Matthew 9:35-38   (KJV)

The harvest truly is plentiful; and there are still many who do not know about the love of God. Some are right in our homes.  So the women of South Central Conference have been doing as Jesus commanded.  They have and continue to pray that God would send forth laborers.  And guess what?  He did.  Guess who? God sent the Women of South Central; He used us to answer our persistent prayers.

Since 2010, Operation SWEEP (Spirit-filled Women Exalting Eternal Principles) has been the springboard from which we have launched evangelistic series.  Many of our women are preaching and teaching the good news of salvation.  In 2012, the call came to come over to College Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee, and help us.   College Hill has done evangelism for years but this would be different–it would be led by women. Through much dialogue and persistence, plans were put in place to evangelize, beginning April 26-May 10, 2014.  The evangelism thrust also included a children’s ministry component.

We chose the Revelation Seminar Series.  The Book of Revelation is an open book about the redeeming love of God who gave His only Son to save mankind.  We used 16 of the 24 lessons and held 16 […]

By |June 5th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments