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OAA Graduate Named as a Gates Millennium Scholar

Keviez Wilson, a graduating senior at Oakwood Adventist Academy, was recently named as a 2016 Gates Millennium Scholar.  This prestigious award is only granted to 1000 out of approximately 3.1 million high school graduates throughout the country.  It provides recipients with a full scholarship to any accredited college or university they choose to attend for a period of ten years (up to their Ph.D. or other terminal degree) as long as the student continues to meet the academic requirements. Keviez is a talented musician, model citizen and a God-fearing young man who currently serves as President of OAA’s Student Association (previously Vice President). He was also recently recognized by the Huntsville Chapter of 100 Black Men of America. We are pleased to report that, despite being able to choose any school in the country, Keviez has chosen Oakwood University as his preferred institution of higher learning and plans to pursue a career in the medical field.  Keviez’s mother, Jacqueline Wilson, moved her family to Huntsville, Al from the Atlanta, GA area in the summer of 2014 as an act of faith and in order to raise her sons in a more Christian environment. God has seen and heard the faith and prayers of this dedicated mother and her sons called her blessed!

Learning Fun and Souls Won At Outdoors School

This year, the Sixth Grade Outdoors School at Camp Alamisco, began with new scientific adventures in nature and ended with nineteen students making decisions for the God of the elements.  This annual outdoor event, which was pioneered by retired educator Zeola Allston of Huntsville, AL, took on a fresh twist with the collaboration of Southern University’s Outdoor School and GoScience by Ben Roy and Carol Hoekenga.  Sixth- eight students, twenty chaperones and the office of education staff convened on Camp Alamisco grounds in Dadeville, AL for two and half days of learning fun on April 18- 20.  Students were assigned to cabins where they found comradery, new friendships, and daily cabin cleanup duties. Each morning and evening the entire camp met on the yard of the pavilion for flag raising and lowering so militantly drilled by teacher Lylton Powell of Alcy SDA in Memphis, TN.  After delicious and nutri meals prepared by the new Camp Ranger Todd Ward and his wife, Shellie, students walked to the outdoors chapel overlooking the beautiful Lake Martin River for God’s time.   There, Pastor Furman Fordham of the Riverside SDA Chapel led them into a scientific-based inquiry of the mystery of man’s ever- constant search for eternal life.  Afterwards, the students were divided into five study groups and led into the woods to learn the wonders of Science, Math, in nature. The afternoon was filled with activities- swimming, canoeing, picnicking, and preparing for the cabin presentations-the highlight of the camp.  At sunset cabins made presentations and a wonder-filled light show by GoScience bedazzled the audience.   The fearless chaperones were treated to a relaxing night cruise down the river on the pontoon boat.  On the final morning Pastor Fordham’s awesome appeal [...]

Lengthening the Kingdom On South Central Conference’s Territory

Small Church Day

South Central Conference Small Church Day Canton Seventh-day Adventist Church Canton, MS On Sabbath, April 2, 2016, the South Central Conference administration team, departmental directors, and supporting staff set their sights South toward Canton, MS to minister to the Canton Seventh-day Adventist Church.  The Holy Spirit moved and we experienced a wonderful time in God. Sabbath School, Stewardship, and Intercessory Prayer were led by Elder Michael Harpe, ASI/Stewardship Director. The Children story was led by Mrs. Kim Griffin, Senior Accountant, with lessons on patience. An inspiring Call to Worship was led by Elder Vandeon Griffin, Youth Ministries Director. Elder Merkita Mosley, Executive Treasurer, called for Tithe and Offering. Scripture reading was led by Ms. Jeannie Wright, Human Resources Director. Elder Lola Moore, Young Adult Director, rendered angelic praise in song and reminded us of God’s faithfulness. Benediction was led by Elder Java Mattison, Publishing Director. Elder D.C. Edmond was the speaker of the hour and hearts were truly blessed. He delivered a timely message with great energy entitled, “Where is God when I hurt?” taken from John 11:32-37. He reminded us that 1.) There is a reason and purpose for our pain. 2.) Our pain is not permanent. 3.) Our pain /problems give God the chance to show His power. Many times God allows the enemy to do something TO us so God can do something FOR us. The climax of our day was the ability to go and share our faith at the neighborhood nursing home with those who hunger to delight in the goodness of God through earnest praise and worship. Together we shared in song, testimony, and devotional thoughts. What an awesome privilege to be able to fellowship with the community. [...]

Funeral Notice for Mr. Derrick Jones

10th Annual Prayer Summit

"10 Years and Counting" The Deeper Life, is the theme for South Central's Annual Prayer Summit. This year we celebrate 10 years of God's leading and blessings. On Friday evening we were reminded why we have these annual prayer summits; "For what He's done for me, redeemed and set me free. Just because He's God." Sister Mineola Dozier-Smith. A 95 year prayer warrior who has not missed a single prayer conference. Why we pray and praise in this conference is simple; when we remember what He's done for each of us individually, and for our conference, we cannot help but come together in celebration of His goodness. Sister Jackson, introduced a new initiative from the NAD. HOPE HEALS. (Houses Of Prayer Everywhere) Collin Hone, who is an assistant to the Holy Spirit warrior Dennis Smith, has quite judiciously presented the avenues needed to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Hone spoke on The Baptism of The Holy Spirit, Righteousness by Faith and the Outpouring. These messages electrified the worshipers with relevant and relational content. On Sabbath morning, the Spirit moved Elder Rugless to pray for the children and young adults. This impression led to many crying out for their children and for the children of the church. Sister Donna Jackson, First Lady of the North American Division, gives greetings to the attendees and acknowledgments from NAD to the leadership of Elder Rugless. For Divine worship Elder Roy Rugless, SCC Prayer Ministry Director, preached on the Deeper Life. Sabbath: Watch a clip here on Social Media App Periscope Friday Night: Watch it here on social media app Periscope  

Bethany Christian Academy Sends Water of Life from The Water of Life

Water…such a basic yet crucial element of survival but perhaps one of the most undervalued of all of God’s creations. Recently, this nation was horrified as details were reported exposing Flint, Michigan’s lead laced water that was being consumed by its unsuspecting citizens. We learned that the high toxicity levels in the water were producing grave illnesses and irreversible brain damage in the most vulnerable of Flint’s citizens…the children. In the Message translation of the Bible, Isaiah tells us in verses 17-20 of chapter 41 that, “the poor and homeless are desperate for water…and no water can be found but I am there for them and I God will not leave them thirsty.” Bethany Christian Academy’s students and their families eagerly united and determined that they too would refuse to leave the children of Flint thirsty. One of Montgomery’s policemen and supportive alumnus of B.C.A. , Officer Dustin Smith challenged the school to collect 100 cases of water for the brothers and sisters of Flint. B.C.A. readily and excitedly accepted this challenge and in fact exceeded it with great joy and satisfaction. Now they were faced with another crucial challenge…who would transport the water to Flint? Officer Smith contacted various community programs as well as local churches to solve the transport issue but with no success. Sis. Marilyn Watson suggested one of Bethany Church's faithful deacons, custodian of B.C.A. and former long distance truck driver, Bro. James Shipman and the rest is miraculous history. In a span of less than four hours God provided a driver and a vehicle for the transporting of the water to Flint. Ms. Reggenia Baskin, Kindergarten teacher at B.C.A. was able to contact Pastor Steve Bramwell of the Fairhaven S.D.A. church [...]

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 [...]