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“Million Hearts” Health Retreat

“Best conference ever! Learned a lot and will make lifestyle changes. Thank you, thank you” said an attendee concerning the October 2-4, 2015 “Million Hearts” Health Retreat experience. Now for details. The Objective: The “Million Hearts” is a national initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reduce the amount of heart attacks and strokes by one million in seven years. Since the South lies within the heart of the stroke belt, and, has the highest rates of heart attacks in this nation, South Central Conference Health Ministries Department is now a national partner and hosting the “Million Hearts” Health Retreat is one small way of assisting in this endeavor. The Overview: Reta Chandler, a nationally certified addiction and activity therapy counselor set the stage for the weekend on Friday dealing with overcoming food addictions entitled: “Breaking up with your BFF”.  On the next two mornings after attendees enjoyed their breakfast, campers were invigorated by participating in fun fitness routines led out by certified fitness instructor Ife Rosser. Then, Elder Fred Batten, senior pastor of Word of Life SDA church in Memphis delivered inspiring devotionals and a captivating Sabbath sermon. “Knowing Your Numbers” (concerning cardiovascular health) was the title of this much needed seminar presented by nursing chair Veronica Leftridge. Furthermore, “Different Strokes for Different folks” was an eye-opening presentation about the unique differences of women and heart disease delivered by Paula Eakins. Curtis & Paula Eakins both shared a effective natural approaches in preventing and/or reducing high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attacks and atria fibrillation. All the workshops were accented with an invaluable workbook, coupled with wonderful music, food and fellowship. As one attendee stated: “[I enjoyed the] information, [...]

October 20th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

Statement from the Conference President on the Recent Shooting at the Oregon Community College – One of the Victims was a Member of the SDA Church

Greetings. On last week, yet another senseless shooting erupted on yet another college campus. Again-multiple lives were needlessly taken. We are saddened any time these things happen. This time it hit closer to home. One of our own members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church was among those whose lives were lost-Sarena Moore, a member of the Oregon Conference. We express our condolences to her family, President Al Reimche, and the workers and constituents of the Oregon Conference. I have included a statement from our North American Division President, Elder Daniel R. Jackson. We share his sentiments. We continue to pray for and work towards the day when these types of tragedies are forever a part of the past.  In the interim, we pray that the Lord will teach us “to number our days” and to not take for granted a single day of life that the Lord gives. Blessings on You and Yours, Elder D.C. Edmond President - South Central Conference Statement from Elder Daniel Jackson, North American Division president: “The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America is heartbroken that once again a gunman has taken nine precious lives in a mass school shooting. We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the families of the nine people killed, the many wounded, and the students, faculty and staff of Umpqua Community College. We also pray for the community of Roseburg and the heartache they are experiencing as a result of this tragedy. “It is difficult to believe that a great nation like the United States must once again mourn the loss of God’s children whose lives have been senselessly taken at the hands of a mass shooting. Surely, this nation, that has become [...]

October 5th, 2015|Categories: News|1 Comment

Funeral Announcement for Mrs. Esther Lane-Magruder

October 5th, 2015|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News|0 Comments

The Passing of Elder Joiner

October 5th, 2015|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News|1 Comment

SCCOE September Newsletter

October 1st, 2015|Categories: Education, News|0 Comments

Funeral Announcement for Mr. Major Robinson, Jr.

October 1st, 2015|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News|0 Comments

Funeral Announcement for Mr. Grayland Dewayne Johnson

September 29th, 2015|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News|1 Comment

Funeral Announcement for Mrs. Rebecca Ann Hogan

September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News|0 Comments

South Central Office Staff Focuses On Team-Building In Annual Office Outing

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 [...]

September 22nd, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments


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, [...]

September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Community Services, News, Special Needs|0 Comments