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Women’s International Day of Prayer

Since 1990, the Department of Women’s Ministries at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has promoted a special day when women around the world have the opportunity to strengthen their spiritual bonds as they pray for and with each other. The International Women’s Day of Prayer is the first Sabbath of each March. In past years this special day has been celebrated in a variety of ways: prayer breakfasts, fasting and prayer, consecration services, and women preaching the sermon for church services and other special programs.

Women throughout the South Central Conference had the opportunity to celebrate this day as well.   At the Maranatha SDA Church in Panama City, FL, the Women’s Ministries department used it as an opportunity to involve the entire church in corporate prayer during Divine Worship. According to Elder Marilyn Wallace, they were few in number, but the Holy Spirit was present with them. Their theme was  “Something Happens When God’s People Pray.”  The theme Scripture was Acts 12:1-24.

Using the story in Acts 12:1-24, the women believed that the same special dynamics  that came into prayer when God’s children came together, united in faith and purpose, to seek the face of the Lord in prayer would be present.  If the  power of corporate prayer freed Peter from prison when the  church prayed with one accord (Acts 1:14), surely God would answer their prayer. If it worked for the church then, it will work for Maranatha.

So, after the Sabbath message, the members formed groups and prayed for:  1) the out pouring of the Holy Spirit on their church and in them; 2) God to revive them and the church; and  3)  God to provide funds to move a building they were acquiring  for the young children […]

By |March 25th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

Kingdom Builders January Issue & Women’s Ministries International Day of Prayer

Below you will find the most recent Kingdom Builders issue, and 2015 International Day of Prayer Packet. The 2015 International Day of Prayer will be on March 7th. Click on the images below to access the documents.

For more information on Women’s Ministries, please visit our Women’s Ministries Departmental Page.

For more information on Sabbath School, please visit our Sabbath School Page.

By |February 23rd, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

Funeral Notice for Mrs. Classie Bailey

By |February 12th, 2015|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News|0 Comments

Keeping Score

Ten years ago, I was blessed with the opportunity coach and mentor the young men at Ephesus SDA Church in Columbus, OH.   Our basketball team, mostly high-school underclassmen, barely squeaked into the Allegheny West Conference playoffs after a pedestrian season filled with mediocrity.   However, after two upset wins, we advanced as underdogs all the way to the League Championship Game.  Sadly, the grandmother and guardian of one of our captains Terrell passed away suddenly.  She was laid to rest on the same day of the Championship Game.  Several team members accompanied me to the funeral and we embraced our brother paying respects.  We proclaimed to him that the Ephesus Warriors would bring home a championship in his honor.  Terrell then taught us a lesson about the definition of teamwork and said “Coach, I’m leaving with you because I am playing tonight.” He cried in the car as we made the 2 hour drive to the game, he cried in the locker room as he put on his jersey, and he didn’t score a single point in the game, but his presence and commitment galvanized our team and we went out and won the title.

Terrell was not a Seventh-day Adventist.  He never attended an SDA school.  He didn’t keep the Sabbath or understand the concepts of the Health Message.  He would wear jewelry when I would bring him to church and had sleeve tattoos that intimidated both children and adults.  But over a decade later he stays in touch with his former coach, teammates and friends from Ephesus SDA Church.  He still occasionally stops by on a Sabbath morning to sit through a service sometimes bringing his mother and family members.  The irrevocable bond that young […]

By |February 9th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

BEREAN ON A MISSION: Angel Tree Christmas Celebration

It was a cool but bright and sunny afternoon on Sunday, December 14, when a small group of members and friends of the Berean SDA Church, in Jackson, MS, met to prepare for their first Angel Tree Celebration. There were thirty (30) children, ages 1 – 17 and their care givers who were going to be presented with gifts and money.

Each Christmas prison chaplains, Prison Fellowship and Christian churches make available this program called “Angel Tree Christmas”, enabling prisoners to give gifts to their children. This is not a charity but is intended to reconnect the child with the incarcerated parent.  Each gift had a personal message from the parent to the child.  This gift was simply a tangible way to demonstrate the love of God and the incarcerated parent.

A multiracial group of more than eighty (80) young people and adults attended and enjoyed a program, activities and good food.  This was truly an opportunity for our church to live out its mission – “Caring, Sharing and Preparing”.

 

Anne Gray, reporting

Pastor, James G. Owens

By |January 9th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

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 Bethanymontgomery.org

By |January 9th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

From the Conference President: New Conference Young Adult Ministries Director

It is my privilege to announce the formation of the Office of Young Adult Ministries in the South Central Conference. The director of this new department is the cornerstone of our Young Adult Initiative, which the highest priority for the South Central Conference for the years 2015 and 2016.

The Young Adult Initiative, which I have shared with the Pastors of our conference and our Executive Committee, seeks to be intentional about fully involving young adults in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and in the operating of our conference and our local churches.

We shall fully share this initiative with our constituency immediately after the Christmas holidays, but its intent is to begin to change the culture of the South Central Conference.

Young adults are inevitably the future of our conference, but that is not enough-they must be a part of the present as well. We must both invite and challenge them to do more, to be the vital part of the mission of our church that the Lord intends for them to be. On a personal level, I consider leading out in getting that done as the most important thing left for me to do in the 19 months that remain for me in this office.

On this past Sunday, 12-14-14, the Executive Committee invited Pastor Lola Moore, to serve as Conference Young Adult Ministries Director, effective January 1, 2015. She currently serves as the Pastor of the Panama City/Greenwood, Florida district, Pastor Moore is a very gifted Pastor, whom the Lord has blessed both musically as well as in the declaration of the Word of God.

Pastor Moore will work with the conference young adults, and our churches to help them to maximize the gifts and talents. […]

By |December 23rd, 2014|Categories: News|1 Comment

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 Bethanymontgomery.org

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

SOUTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE WOMEN’S TWELFTH BIENNIAL RETREAT

THIRSTY SOULS QUENCHED

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