The South Central Conference (SCC) is intentional about supporting their workers in a holistic manner (spiritual, emotional, and relational). During the month of January 2016, SCC provided a retreat for office staff, pastors, and their spouses to demonstrate their intentionality. The retreat was held Friday, January 15th – Sunday, January 17th at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa. The theme was “What’s in Your Bag?” The emphasis was on relationships. Workshops, discussions, and sermons were catered specifically for married couples and single workers. Workshops for the SCC single workers were facilitated by Pastor Lola Moore and Dr. Delwynn Williams, pastor of the St. John Missionary Baptist Church. Friday night started with a powerful, heartfelt message from Pastor Clifton McMillan entitled “What the World Needs Now.” The need for relationships, love, acceptance, and forgiveness was the overarching emphasis. Next, First Lady Jill Edmond provided a relevant segment on “How to Communicate Effectively.” She provided relevant examples regarding reading non-verbal cues, using “I” statements, and other tips for communicating effectively. President Dana Edmond and First Lady Jill Edmond presented gifts to all attendees. Ladies received a large purse and men received a gift bag to serve as reminders of the theme. Sabbath morning was somewhat non-traditional, exciting, and informative. Married couples were placed into various groups to discuss relevant scenarios. Group discussions provided the opportunity for collaboration and familiarization with others in the group. The well-illustrated Sabbath message, “The Prayer Jesus Would Not Pray” was presented by Pastor Kennedy Luckett. Pastor Luckett reminded us that Jesus did not pray that we are taken from this world, but that we are protected from the evil one (Read John 17:15). Everyone was admonished to hang in there, [...]
On Sabbath, November 7, the rainy weather did not deter students, teachers, parents and members of the constituent congregations of the E.E. Rogers SDA School in Jackson, MS, from gathering to celebrate Adventist Education. Pastors P. Johny of the South Jackson SDA Church, James Owens of the Berean SDA Church and J. Parker of the New Life Church led a spirited discussion of the Sabbath School lesson. As the crowd continued to grow, additional chairs had to be brought from the classrooms to accommodate everyone. Music was provided by a constituent choir, which included students and adults from the various churches, and the congregation was uplifted by an inspirational performance from the E.E. Rogers Sign Language Ministry. SCC President, Dana Edmond, introduced the Divine Worship Service speaker – Dr. Ron Smith, Southern Union President. Elder Danny Chandler, a strong supporter of Adventist Education, shared how he began working nearly two years ago, to get this event on the union president’s busy schedule. Principal Youlander Clarke and school board chair Mae Henry each expressed appreciation for the faithful support the school receives from its constituent churches. As the congregation was comfortably accommodated in the spacious gymnasium for the worship service and in the large multi-purpose room for the delicious dinner meal, we could not help but reflect on how God has blessed E.E. Rogers to be housed in such a wonderful facility! Although E.E. Rogers is a small school (currently 26 students), they have big plans for the future. Principal Clarke (Grades 1-4) and Mrs. Patricia Thompson (Grades 5-8) look forward to welcoming many more students as they continue on their “Journey to Excellence” in Adventist Education.
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.
The Seventh-day Adventist Gospel Medical Missionary Movement of Greater Huntsville (SDAGMMM) has been active since 2005. It began in 2003 when Wildwood Health Evangelism School graduate Jim Ayodo, accompanied by Wildwood Lifestyle Hospital MD’s. Ervin Davis and Scott Grivas, started training classes at the New Life SDA Church in Huntsville when Harold Goodloe was the senior pastor. Graduates of that class coalesced to form the nucleus of what is now the SDA Gospel Medical Missionary Movement of Greater Huntsville. SDAGMMM consists of health ministry leaders, health professionals, lay pastors, ordained elders, and others who desire to see the Lord’s closing work done and to hasten His return. The group’s main goal is to advance the cause of gospel medical missionary work in cooperation with duly ordained gospel ministers, in accordance with the prophetic writings of Ellen White (see, for example, Counsels on Health, pp. 557,558). In this spirit of cooperation, the SDAGMMM has, in cooperation with Oakwood, Southern, and Andrews Universities, co-sponsored medical missionary conventions at each of these schools. In the same spirit of cooperation, we want to revive this important and oft-neglected work. We would like to see the youth, the older members, the ministers, in fact every member to embrace this work, according to the Spirit of Prophecy (Testimonies, Volume 7, p. 62). SDAGMMM has trained medical missionaries in America and Africa. In 2012, we conducted a training course at the Mount Calvary Seventh-day Adventist Church in Huntsville under the leadership of Senior Pastor Marcel Wip and Health Ministries Leader Joy Cavins. To advance our educational mandate, we have trained interested students in gospel medical missionary work, what the North American Division Health Ministries now calls Comprehensive Health Ministry. We wanted students [...]
First New Life SDA Church, Fayette, MS under the progressive leadership of Pastor Bryant Herbert celebrated Women’s Ministries and Disabilities Ministries’ Emphasis Day at the same time on Sabbath, July 25, 2015. The program was arranged by DeEtter Edwards who is the passionate coordinator of both ministries. She printed program booklets for the day that were very educational in that they highlighted the seven major disabilities groups with descriptions, four things one should know about people with disabilities, tips for disability etiquette, and a disabilities litany that teaches that everybody belongs and everybody serves. A poem was read by a young adult that highlighted the love parents have for children who are developmentally disabled. Program participants included ladies from all age groups who demonstrated that they were acquainted with the Holy Spirit. The music was soul-stirring with solos by Chasity Coleman and Louetta Day. Nettie Henderson, Director of Disabilities Ministries, South Central Conference was the keynote speaker. She was introduced by Cynthia Hill. The message was entitled, “The Strength of the Weaker Vessel”. The Bible text was found in Proverb 31:27-29, 31, and I Peter 3:7, which reads, “Strength and honor are her clothing, and she shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates” and “ likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered.” Henderson said, “People with disabilities and women are considered the weaker vessels of [...]
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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.
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Have you ever had so much prepared food, pans of rice, pans of vegetables, and pans of vegetarian meats that you did not know what to do with it? That was a situation our church faced two and a half years after a big Sabbath lunch. One of the young ladies who was helping to serve suggested that we take the food to the homeless living under I-565 at Tent-City. So with trays of warm food, plates, knives, forks and napkins we made our first delivery to the homeless individuals who were living under the bridge. This was also the beginning of the Mt. Calvary Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Feeding Program. For the first year and a half the homeless population was concentrated under an overpass of Interstate 565 in an area officially referred to as 'Tent City'. In January 2014 the homeless group told us that they were to be relocated from under the bridge by the Alabama Department of Transportation. It was rumored that the lighting of fires by the homeless, especially during the cold season posed a threat to the infrastructure of the overpass. In June 2014 the homeless was finally removed from under the I-565 and the church’s members followed them where they resettled. Currently, the church is serving five different encampments and the number of homeless persons we serve can range from 30 to 35 on any given Monday. The months of January and February 2015 have been very difficult since the weather has been very cold. However, we were still able to deliver the meals to the homeless in the various encampments. We took them hot soups and hot chocolate which they greatly appreciated. This feeding program is being supported [...]