Healthy Lifestyle, A Way of Life

We live in an age where news headlines blare with warnings of viruses, epidemics, contaminants and the increase of disease. Health care costs are on the rise and health insurance coverage affordability and accessibility are major concerns for many. It is no wonder that health conscious Americans are taking intentional measures such as modifying diets , exercising regularly and adopting lifestyles to prevent illness and promote health.

Mary Averhart, Director of Health and the Temperance Department of the Bethany Seventh Day Adventist Church is excited and passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles among church members and the community at large. Recently, Averhart and her team hosted a special health emphasis , cultural awareness day which included members and community. Casio Jones, renown health evangelist served as guest presenter for this church and community celebration. Morning worship took place at the Bethany Church and afternoon activities were held at the Maggie Street Baptist Church Dream Center. The highlight of the afternoon activities was a feast of food entitled, “A Taste of Nations.” Cultures represented in beautiful displays and mouthwatering foods were from the United States, Mexico, China, Jamaica, Nigeria, the Philippines, Hawaii, Italy and Peru. A special element of the feast was the Food in any Language Table which included Bread Soups and Salads.

The Celebration of Health and Wellness concluded with a workshop and exercise session facilitated by Health Evangelist Jones. Bethany’s Pastor, Elder Jeffery L. Watson applauded the Health and Temperance Department for the success realized in the creative promotion of both spiritual and physical health. Averhart and her team look forward to future opportunities to share the ministry of Health and Temperance with the Montgomery community . If you desire information on cooking classes or other programs scheduled / available, please contact Mary Averhart at 334-241-8348 or visit the website at

By |December 16th, 2014|Categories: News|0 Comments



We came thirsty for the Water of Life; we left with our cups overflowing.  We came expecting; we left satisfied!

Was it the inspiring, spirited, and uplifting music we enjoyed as Gale Murphy so masterfully led us in praise and worship?  Was it the sweet fellowship of sisters with kindred minds?  Perhaps, it was the anointed speakers who energized us with their spiritually endowed messages spoken from their life experience and the depth of their hearts.  Or maybe, just maybe, it was the location…Panama City, Florida, home of the world’s most beautiful beaches, where the sand is sugar white and the water is aqua blue (in the words of Marilyn Wallace, State Director for the Gulf Coast).

It was all of these things.  And much, much more!  God was there… the One who sees and hears us.  Yeah! It was the Presence of God that made the difference.  He truly answered our prayers and we experienced Him in new, refreshing, and intimate ways.  Every session took us higher and higher into the knowledge of God.  His Presence was strongly felt and still lingers on.  Many attendees commented:  “This is the best ever!”

God graced us with His presence, His power, and His passion.  It was felt in the atmosphere all around us; it seemed as if all of heaven had been emptied and had come down to dwell with us.  Instead of springs of Living Water, we experienced rivers of Living Water (John 7:38).

Let me give you a peek review of our Twelfth Biennial Women’s Retreat held October 23-26 in Panama City, FL.  Thursday afternoon, three hundred twenty five women converged upon the Wyndham Bay Point Resort for a weekend of spiritual renewal and empowerment.

After registration, the […]

By |December 16th, 2014|Categories: News|0 Comments

Oakwood Adventist Academy Opens New Playground

Excited students, teachers, administrators, board members and guests assembled in the rear of the elementary building as the final structure, completing Phase II of the OAA building plan, was dedicated on Monday, November 10, 2014.  The new Early Childhood Playground will serve students in grades PreK – 2, providing age-appropriate equipment and activities for physical development.

Head principal, Jason Edgecombe, offered the dedicatory prayer and took the first slide down the fireman’s pole.  Then PreK-8 principal, Delma Harvey, directed the joyful students to “christen” the new play structures.  Kudos to special guests Leslie N. Pollard and Timothy McDonald (OU President and Provost) who accepted  principal Edgecombe’s challenge to try out the fireman’s pole!  During the reception held in the new Multi-Educational Complex Dining Hall, Luci Beavers, sales representative for Kompan Playgrounds noted how enjoyable it had been to work with OAA Business Manager, Amanda Harris in the planning and installation of the playground.

Oakwood Adventist Academy now looks forward to groundbreaking for Phase III of the building project – a new facility for the high school.

*Photographs taken by Roland Scott

By |December 16th, 2014|Categories: News|0 Comments

Winning Weigh Challenge

Pastors of South Central Conference
Launched by the Health Ministry Department via online thru webinars, PowerPoint presentations and workbook download. Directors Curtis & Paula Eakins. Moreover, we like to thank Merkita Mosley, conference treasurer for allocating the funds.
Our prayer is that as you read the following brief testimonies, you will be inspired and encourage to start (or continue) taking better care of your body temple so that you can offer God your best service!
Third Place $100.00: Elder Edward Harden – 7.7% weight loss (22.0 lbs.)        
Pastor: Oaklands Park – Murfreesboro, TN
Diet: “I love to eat and enjoy cooking. However, I track everything and don’t use lots of oils. I don’t eat any desserts during the week; just only on the weekends. I don’t want to eat useless calories. I’m thankful about what I eat.”  And, the “noom” app helped me a lot.”                                                                                                                         
Fluids: “I rather eat my calories than to drink them. Therefore, I drink water only.”         
Exercise: “I’ve started running and up to 3-4 miles a day, averaging 6 miles per hour. Also, I work out on weights three times a week, mostly on upper body.
Special note: Last year , I was and was suffering tremendously. In June of that year I eventually had to have two emergency surgeries. I knew I had to do something. Now, I’m in the best shape of my life, lost SEVERAL inches off my waist and will continue with my lifestyle/weight loss journey until I reach my personal goal.”
Second Place $400.00: Elder Kymone Hinds – 7.9% weight loss (16.2 lbs.)         
Pastor: Overton Park – Memphis, TN
Diet: “I reduce my meat intake and even some veggie meat. […]

By |December 10th, 2014|Categories: News|0 Comments

South Central Members Participate In The Nonprofit Leadership Certification Program


On September 21, 2014, five members from South Central Conference traveled from Alabama and Tennessee to Boyertown, Pennsylvania to attend the four-day training of the North American Division ACS Non-profit Leadership Certification Program, Session II which was hosted by Allegheny East Conference. Those making the trip were South Central Conference ACS Directors Barbara Ryans Barnes and Lillie M. Buckingham; Nettie Henderson, Disabilities Coordinator; Listiel Rock, Vice-president for the North Alabama Adventist Community Services Federation and Juliet Rock, assistant to ACS director at Mt. Calvary SDA Church, Huntsville, AL.

The training session focused on three areas. First, leadership in which the participants’ abilities were challenged allowing the influence of self, organization and the community.  Secondly, management which allowed the participants to effectively handle the administrative responsibilities of nonprofit management and thirdly, the social dimension of Evangelism, which allows the participants to look at the Biblical concepts of holistic ministry in order for them to provide ministry in their various communities.

Juliet Rock said, “I was not sure how attending the non-profit leadership certification could help me as a volunteer in my local church, but after attending this comprehensive program I feel equipped personally to be more engaged in evangelism in my community.”

“Having completed the Non-profit Leadership Certification Program, I can truly say that it is the most comprehensive, informative and transformative exercise for ACS volunteers .I have learned a lot, ” said Listiel Rock.

“I was blessed”, said Nettie Henderson.  “The non-profit leadership certification program met my expectation in terms of increasing capacity for excellence in leadership. It was a good learning experience for me.”

According to Dr. Sung Kwon, ACS Executive Director for the North American Division, it was his hope that all participants have a rich experience in […]

By |December 3rd, 2014|Categories: News|0 Comments

Breath of Life 40th Anniversary Celebration

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By |November 7th, 2014|Categories: News|0 Comments

Disabilities Awareness Day, Bessemer, AL

First Seventh-day Adventist Church, Bessemer, Alabama held its very First Disabilities Awareness Day on October 11, 2014 under the pastorate of Elder William C. Scales, Jr. The activities of the day were coordinated by Sharon Lee, Disabilities Ministries’ Leader and  Friends of People with Disabilities’ team.  They received supplies from various community resources, including smoke detectors, to give to people with disabilities. Disaster starter-kits were provided by South Central Conference with instructions for disaster readiness and given to those who were disabled.  Dark-red ribbons representing adults and children with disabilities were given to everyone; as well as brochures on caregiving and disabilities outreach.  Much prayer, planning, and effort went into programming for the day. Tamekia Lee welcomed guest during Sabbath School and went beyond the call of duty to support her mother and the program in its entirety.

During morning worship, God poured out His spirit on the congregation during the children’s story told by Saerquita Belton.  She defined disabilities as a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movement or senses.  The children helped her with a “show and tell” presentation.  Belton engaged the audience in naming some obvious types of disabilities such as diabetes, cancer, mental illness, autism, etc.; then she innovatively illustrated how ‘sin’ is a disability.  She had the children to display signs with a number of “sin” disabilities on them; such as, lying, stealing, hatred, adultery, jealousy, gossiping, selfishness, envy, fornication, and selfish ambitions. She concluded the story by giving hope for overcoming spiritual disabilities found in Roman 7:24-25, which states “O wretched man that I am!  Who will deliver me from this body of death?  I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!”  Christ is the deliverer and He is […]

By |November 4th, 2014|Categories: News|1 Comment

Funeral Announcement: Pastor Samuel R. Hutchins

By |October 28th, 2014|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News|2 Comments

Lima Drive Members Say “NO” To Violence Against Women

On Sabbath, August 23, the Lima Drive SDA Church in Lexington, Kentucky joined the North American Division in observing End-It-Now Sabbath.  End-It-Now is a global campaign launched in 2009 by a partnership between the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and the Department of Women’s Ministries of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church where the 4th Sabbath of August has been dedicated as “Abuse Prevention Day”.  The mission of the End-It-Now campaign is for communities to raise awareness and advocate for the end of violence against women and girls locally and globally. Violence against women and girls impacts individuals from all walks of life – the poor and rich; young and old; Christians and non-Christians; all cultures – across all settings.

The End-It-Now websites notes that approximately one in three of the world’s women experience gender-related violence in her lifetime, with rates reaching 70 percent in some countries.  Abuse ranges from emotional and verbal abuse to sexual assault and murder.  Because of the high incidence and devastation of domestic violence and abuse the Lima Drive church has begun to mobilize its members and community to take a stand against violence towards women and girls.

The day began with a stirring message during the eleven o’clock worship service by Jonathan Smith (the Pastor of the Lima Drive church) based on the narrative found in Judges 19:22-30 where the great wickedness of the men of Gibeah who — as a result of a hospitable man sacrificing a concubine to protect his houseguest — violently beat, raped and killed the man’s concubine, and subsequently the anguished and distressed man divided her body into twelve pieces, sending them to each tribe of Israel, with the hope that such a (most likely common) atrocity […]

By |October 14th, 2014|Categories: News|0 Comments

South Central Conference Celebrates Multicultural Day

South Central Conference (SCC) celebrated its Annual Multicultural Day on August 9, 2014.  This day afforded another opportunity for SCC’s administrators and departmental directors to express their respect and appreciation for diversity.  Conference leaders visited Haitian, Latino, Korean and Portuguese churches to reiterate their love and support for the members.

Nettie Henderson, Disabilities Ministries Leader, and Bettye Moore-Reese arrived at the Mount Zion Iglesia  Adventiso  in Jasper, Alabama at 9:00 A.M.  It gave them time to mingle and to establish a deeper relationship with the Latino brothers and sisters. Henderson greeted the congregation and informed them that “Elder Edmond, our conference president, loves you; and he does not want to wait until we get to heaven to fellowship together”.  They smiled.

Immediately following worship service, Henderson, with the help of an interpreter, informed the congregation that South Central Conference sent backpacks with school supplies in them for the children.  Some parents took pictures and some helped the children to pose. Backpacks were also given to the church to use in their Latino community outreach.

Lillie Buckingham, Adventist Community Services Co-Director, visited the Spanish Church in Memphis, TN.  She said, “When my husband and I arrived at IASD Aliento de Vida Church in Memphis, Tennessee, we were greeted with smiles and warm hugs. During worship service, a young man served as our translator. Having a translator made us feel as though we were special and most of all it showed us how much they cared that we understood what was happening throughout the service. I brought greetings from the South Central Conference Administration as well as the Adventist Community Services Department. As I looked into the smiling faces of the congregation, it reminded me that we are Sons and […]

By |October 14th, 2014|Categories: News|0 Comments