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 [...]