Women’s Ministry, Making a Difference

The Women’s Ministry of Maranatha S.D.A. Church Jackson, Tennessee, group has been taking Snack Kits to the Jackson General Hospital ICU for the families of the patients. Our group has been providing this service for the last three months. Many ladies worked to prepare these kits. The group places a variety of items in the bags such as granola bars, peanut butter crackers, gum, mints, chips, bottles of water, as well as a GLOW pamphlet to encourage the families. We deliver these bags the fourth Sunday of the month. There have been times when we were able to pray with family members during these deliveries.

Another project they are working on is providing mats for the homeless to sleep on. This project is taking some time because we are crocheting these mats out of plastic bags. We are determined to make a difference in the community by God’s grace.


Bertha Hall

Women’s Ministry Secretary

June 4th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

OAA Students Achieving Great Heights

Oakwood Adventist Academy prepares students to achieve success, not only at OAA, but also in state, national and international arenas, as evidenced by several students who have been selected to participate in prestigious summer programs as the result of highly competitive selection processes.

Graduating senior DeAndre King, who began playing the viola in the 5th grade as a part of OAA’s string program, will spend three (3) weeks at Roosevelt University as a member of the Sphinx Performance Academy.
Junior Damar Thomas will spend three (3) weeks at Loma Linda University in the Minority Introduction to the Health Sciences (MITHS) program.
Junior Keviez Wilson will spend six (6) weeks at Howard University at its High School Summer Enrichment Academy.
Sophomore Jasmine Thornhill will spend three (3) weeks in South America (Dominican Republic and Nicaragua) as part of a jointly sponsored Georgetown University and United States government program. Jasmine will also spend a week as an intern at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens due to her success in the Alabama State Science Fair.
Graduating seniors Hilliairie Cowan and Christyn Hopkins, students in the senior Economics class, placed 3rd (out of 438 teams) in the North Alabama Division of the Stock Market Game, and received $100.00 cash prizes.

Oakwood Adventist Academy’s mission is to Develop, Nurture and Affirm students for a lifetime of service to God and humanity.  Principal Edgecombe and the entire faculty and staff are proud of these high-achieving students who are “Blessed to have OAA in their DNA”.


May 27th, 2015|Categories: News|1 Comment

Small Church Day – Ephesus SDA Church, Clarksville, TN


Awesome Experience!  The church is small, but well attended, and well organized.

Elder Shirley Scott began the day with an inspirational “Songspiration” by Pastor Lola Moore, followed by a thought provoking lesson, taught by Elder Benjamin Jones, Jr. –who reminded us that, “Repentance” is a call to renounce your sinful ways & to change your life…practical change, not just spiritual or intellectual change”; and “Baptism” should reflect change that can be seen by others… It is a change of who’s in charge—Christ or Satan“   Finally, Elder Jones asked, “How has your baptism into the SDA Church changed your life?  Think about this…”If you were given the assignment to change the world, where would you start?” ANS: “Changing People — changes the world! – God calls us to walk in His way, not ours, through His Spirit and power. Sin is abnormal, not normal…We can have victory the same way and through the same power Christ did when He lived on the earth”. When we live like Christ lived, we can say, “it was good to have been in the house of the Lord”

Mrs. Merkita Mosley , SCC Treasurer, gave a rousing welcome to begin the 11:00 hour, introduced all attending SCC Directors, Associates and Office staff, and told the Children’s story – “In His Name” – in which a little boy, named Johnny, learned and put into action the adage, which says, “Anything you ask in the name of Jesus, He will do!” Therefore, Johnny said, “In the name of Jesus I want Chocolate Chip cookies…it will glorify His name.” …. And his desire was granted….God does care about the little things too!

Elder Dana Edmond, our President, shared an awe-inspiring message, entitled,  “It’s Not  About You”, […]

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

Widow’s Dinner

On Sabbath, December 15, 2014, Mr Maurice Chapple, one of our deacons of the Oakwood Univetsity Church, hosted its widows and widowers.  As the younger son of Pastor and Mrs Chappel,  he saw the challenges his mother faced as she raised all his siblings by herself. After observing the men and women of the Oakwood Church who had suffered losses, he was impressed by the Holy Spirit to try and brighten their lives in some small was.  The concept of a dinner was formulated.  Oakwood University Church has approximately 60 widows and widowers, with numbers steadily growing.

There was a disparity and he fel impressed to host the dinner as a testimony to this population. With the final blessings from his pastor, Pastor Byrd, he went about this feat.  So on Sabbath in December, this was accomplished.  The ambience of the rooms welcomed each individual each individual with purple and yellow centerpieces, and the artistically arranged seating.

There was a spirit of comradrie. This was a beautiful testimony to his mom and all who attended. In Testimonies Volume II, page 24, says ” Pure religion and undefiled are before the father is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep him unspotted from the world.  “Good deeds are the fruits that Christ requires us to do.  WhenWhen hearts sympathize with hearts burdened withbdiscouragement and grief, Angels come very near and answering strain is responded in heaven.  Every justice, mercy, and benevolence makes melody in heavenheaven.  Mr Chappel was happy to serve and is looking foward to the next time.

Sharon King
Former Bereavement Coordinator
Oakwood Community Church
Huntsville Alabama

May 19th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

My Incredible Maranatha Mission Adventure to Changuinola, Panama

Recently, my husband, Morris, and I participated in a Maranatha Mission adventure in Changuinola, Panama.  One of my most fascinating experiences was meeting so many strangers for the first time, living and working together for almost two weeks, putting aside their professions, status, importance, etc., having a passion and love for sharing God’s love, uniting as one big family to accomplish His mission, and then saying goodbye, but not without lasting friendships and beautiful memories.

This was our experience in January 2015 when we participated in a Maranatha global outreach ministry in the country of Panama. We joined a cohesive team of 65 volunteers from diverse backgrounds, cultures, religious affiliations, etc.—nurses, physicians, farmers, retirees, Hindu, Baptists, librarians, nurse practitioners, cancer survivors, professors, engineers, former mayor, painters, builders, dieticians, and others. I am amazed at what God wrought through them. We praise Him from whom all blessings flow.

The purpose of the mission was to build churches, conduct Vacation Bible Schools and medical clinics, and share the love of Jesus. God rewarded our efforts more than a hundredfold. I witnessed Him work exceedingly abundantly above all that I could ever imagine, ask, or think.

Panama is a very beautiful country located in Central America and is bordered by Colombia and Costa Rica.  It was close enough to walk across a bridge from Panama into Costa Rica. Here are a few interesting statistics: 75% of the population is mixed Spanish and Indian, West Indian 14%, Caucasian 10%, Indian 8%. The dominant religion is Roman Catholic, and Spanish the official language. The literacy rate is approximately 94.1%. The top tourist attraction and the most significant generator of revenue is the Panama Canal. From a nearby building we watched in awe as […]

May 19th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

Funeral Notice for Mrs. Edna B. Atkins

April 30th, 2015|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News|0 Comments

Funeral Notice for Mrs. Edythe Young Doggette

April 30th, 2015|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News|0 Comments

Community Health Expo

On Sunday, April 12 2015, Maranatha SDA Church of Jackson TN hosted its first Community Health Expo that reached the community with the Plan of God for our health. The Lord has ordained methods of keeping us in shape mentally, physically and spiritually.

People had an opportunity to visit the numerous booths that gave instructions on the eight laws of health: sunshine, exercise, water, fresh air, rest, nutrition temperance and Godly trust. There were various vendors from the city participating in this health fair that made it exciting and enjoyable. The fair received news coverage from the local news channel in the city.

April 23rd, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

Adventist Community Services Appreciates “Angels In Their Mist”

On March 6-8, 2015, South Central Conference Adventist Community Services Department (ACS) held its Second ACS Leadership Conference at the Cooper Science Complex Auditorium of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. The purpose of this conference was to help each ACS volunteers develop their leadership abilities through opportunities to see and hear inspirational leaders discuss approaches to becoming better workers within the community. This proved to be an excellent opportunity for ACS volunteers to network with other ACS volunteers and to learn from them as well as exchange their own experiences.

Featured presenters included Pastor Sean Robinson, NAD ACS Director for Disaster Response, Crisis Care and Youth Empowered to Serve (YES) and Pastor DiPinto Maitland, Director of Community Engagement and Development, Tutoring & Mentoring and Hope for Humanity.

ACS volunteers are the “lifeblood of any organization”, so, Barbara Barnes and Lillie Buckingham, co-directors of SCC ACS Department, included an appreciation banquet on Saturday night and on Sunday morning a chartered bus round trip to Selma, Alabama commemorating Bloody Sunday 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery to show appreciation for these “angels in our midst.”

The program was scheduled to start Friday at sunset, however, due to inclement weather; Pastor DiPinto spoke during the Sabbath School period. The attendance exceeded 115 individuals! Part of DiPinto’s presentation dealt with Witnessing Essentials. He gave those in attendance the numbers 84-82-79 to ponder before giving the explanation. He explained that a recent survey found that 84 % of unchurched individuals said that they knew a relative or friend who was a committed Christian, 82 % of the individuals polled reported that they would be willing to go to church if they were invited and if the one who […]

April 23rd, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

“Discipleship Training Program”

It was a revolution – something that had never happened before.  The presidential theme for 2015 is: “Moving From Fellowship … To Membership … To Discipleship!”  The Discipleship part is where the Seventh-day Adventist church in general has fallen.

We are good with bringing members into the church, but we are not so good at keeping them.  Keeping in harmony with the President’s theme, a “Discipleship” training workshop was organized under the auspices of the Men’s Ministries department.  It was held, February 7-8, 2015, in the Bradford, Cleveland, Brooks Leadership Center, at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama.  Dr. John Tolson, CEO of Tolson Ministries was the facilitator.  Tolson’s philosophy is the same as Christ’s; REPRODUCE.  “Go and make (reproduce) other disciples.”  We were given the guidelines of how to make that happen and as a result, men will grow in their personal relationship with God, their families, and other relationships, as well as develop a passion to disciple other men.  However, discipleship is not limited to men only.  Every Christian is to make disciples.  The plan is for the men in this Conference to take the lead as they should, and then pass it on to the others; women and youth.  It was a one day workshop that was repeated the following day.  It was well attended, including pastors who are committed to making this happen in their churches.

We are planning a level 2 training event with Dr. Melvin Santos this summer, which will include ladies.  When our members become fully equipped, South Central will explode with baptisms; bringing people to Christ and finishing the work in this Conference.  Kindly keep us in prayer.

Submitted by Pastor Roy Rugless

April 17th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments