By Joyce Sampson-Robinson; Photographer: Purethought Photography

As years continue to end and our Lord has not returned, Emmanuel Seventh-day Adventists, Mobile Alabama, continue the mission of sounding the cry of His eminent return. During the month of November 2016, men and women “Rooted in Christ” presented the “‘Good News for Difficult Times’ Fall Revival” to the local community and church family at Emmanuel. The ladies, who are the silent backbone of Emmanuel, led the way, October 29th to the fourth of November. Nightly speakers included, Bonnie Hawkins-Jordan, Bryana Austin, Lillie Minor, Dorothy Simms, and Debra Goodloe. Sabbath, November fifth, Sonja Crayton, Treasurer, South Central Conference, was the final jewel that excelled the ladies to the highest pinnacle. The men were strengthened by more seasoned speakers, November 6th through November 12th, with heart throbbing messages by Elder Michael Harpe, from South Central Conference and Pastor James Norman from Montgomery, Alabama.

Sabbath, Family and Friends Day, November 19th was the grand finale of the fall revival with our own shepherd speaking, Pastor Harold Goodloe. Special guests included, “United Bodies of Christ Choir,” of South Mississippi and local guest, LaToya Bradshaw of the Nazaree Full Gospel Church of Mobile. They helped to make the day a success.

The highlight of the day was the baptism of 24 souls into the church family. They were supported by the presence of their families, the church family, and the Bible Workers, Melsadies House of Orlando, Florida and Debra Goodloe of Mobile, who helped labor for decisions diligently during the series.

The blessings continued as 5 more souls were baptized November 26th and 2 more December 4th. The year 2016 ended on a heavenly high with a Sabbath celebration that was seasoned with the JRBCC choir’s homecoming concert, a fellowship dinner, a Kwanza program, and Holy Communion. The church family bowed together to end the old year and start a new years’ journey.

Added to the blessing of the 31 new souls was the finalization and acquisition of land adjacent to the church for our anticipated gymnasium, school, and family life center.

This year, 2017, will mark the 110th year of the Emmanuel Church, we look forward to a great celebration. Satan might be busy but the Almighty God is still in charge of the Emmanuel Church and His circle of love continues to shine through as the church marches on. To God Be the glory for His continued blessings upon Emmanuel.