It is with sadness we share that the sister of Elder Michael Harpe (Stewardship Director) and Sis. Theresa Johnson (teacher at Oakwood Elementary), Ms. Deborah Harpe, passed away on Sunday in Cleveland, OH. Please keep the Harpe and Johnson family lifted up in prayer during this time of bereavement.
Joint Statement from the Presidents of the Regional Conferences, the Vice Presidents for Regional Ministries for the Pacific and the North Pacific Unions and the Executive Directors of the Regional Conference Retirement Program and the Office for Regional Conference Ministry: We the Presidents of the Regional Conferences, the Vice Presidents for Regional Ministries for the Pacific and the North Pacific Unions, the Executive Directors for the Regional Conference Retirement Plan and the Office for Regional Conference Ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church wish to register our serious concerns for and strenuous objections to the practice of separating of families that is currently part of the immigration policy of our government. While we affirm the rule of law and believe that no one-great or small-is above the law, we would want to submit that we are not talking about criminals here-we are talking about children. At least- in some cases, these are very young children; children who would have no possible way to process what is happening to them. All they know is that they have been forcibly and indefinitely separated from the most important thing in their lives-their parents. Ironically, when a civilian forcibly takes a child from their parents, our government calls that a crime. When our government does the same thing, it is called a policy. We cannot conceive of this happening in a democracy and we call for ii to end now. We ask our brothers and sisters of our church and our brothers and sisters of other faith communities to join in demanding of our elected officials that they end a practice that we believe is antithetical to the spirit of Christ and Christianity. For it is Jesus Who reminds us [...]
“Good evening and welcome to the Gospel Everywhere Worship Experience!” During the month of January, Wednesday nights became electrified with music and the preached word. South Central Conference Personal and Publishing ministries collaborated on this effort to inspire individuals to share their testimony. The experience was shared live on Facebook and the internet, doing what the title said the gospel everywhere. The host of the program, Pastor Griffin remarked, “The Gospel is not an idea, the Gospel is Jesus Himself! We have been gifted an opportunity to share HIM wherever we go! It is my hope that each person will be inspired to take The Gospel Everywhere.” The preaching ministry of Nelson Stokes, pastor of Hillcrest Seventh-day Adventist Church, Furman Fordham, pastor of Riverside Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church and Benjamin Jones, Jr., president of South Central Conference were featured. The Holy Spirit power filled the television studio and was transmitted everywhere! Along with the pastors, each church shared their music ministry along with New Life Seventh-day Adventist church. After the inspirational word, pastors Vandeon Griffin and Java Mattison, the conference Personal Ministries and Publishing directors, respectively, challenged each listener to share their testimony to a stranger on the next day. To help with that a Touch 10K Witnessing kit offered for any to purchase and use to share with their testimony. Each kit included 400 tracks, a Touch 10K T-shirt, Prayer cards, Touch 10K Wristband, and Instructional Guide. You can order the kit by calling the South Central Conference office at 615.226.6500. The cost $25.00 per kit (includes shipping and handling). ‘The gospel can’t go anywhere until it goes everywhere’, pastor Benjamin Jones.
Are you sensing it’s time to start over? Do you feel things in life can be better than they are? Have you abandoned past commits? If you have answered yes to any of these questions the good news is you can have a FRESH START! Join us on a week long journey for a powerful time in God January 1-7, 2018 @7:30am CST/ 8:30am EST. You will learn practical steps in having a FRESH START! #freshstart #share
Click here for Breath of Life Website This NBC Television special features a Christmas message from Dr. Carlton P. Byrd, Speaker/Director of the Breath of Life Television Ministry and Senior Pastor of the Oakwood University Church in Huntsville, Alabama. This special will also feature the music ministry of five-time Grammy award winning music great, Sandi Patty; Grammy Award winning artist, Fred Hammond; and the Oakwood University Aeolians Concert Choir, 2017 “Choir of the World” Winners (Llangollen International Music Festival). You may Print or Download flyer click on arrow...
Oakwood University Church Celebrates 40 years in Current Edifice by Pastor Paul Goodridge September 3, 1977 will long be remembered in the history of the Oakwood University Church, as on this date, the grand opening for its new, palatial 3,000 seat worship facility commenced. Pastor Eric C. Ward, then Senior Pastor of the Oakwood College Church (now Oakwood University Church), led church members, Oakwood College faculty, and students in the ceremonial march from Ashby Auditorium, its former venue of worship, to the newly constructed Oakwood University Church building. Ward, accompanied by several dignitaries including Pastor Charles E. Dudley, President of the South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; Calvin B. Rock, Ph.D., D.Min., President of Oakwood College; and Joe Daley, Mayor of Huntsville, AL, cut the ribbon to the church and ushered in a new era for Oakwood University and the church. Forty years later, on September 9, 2017, Carlton P. Byrd, D.Min., current Senior Pastor of the Oakwood University Church, led out in the anniversary celebration in the current church edifice. The fortieth anniversary celebration began at 9:15 a.m. with a special Sabbath School Program featuring historical reflections by Mervyn Warren, Ph.D., D.Min, son-in-law of Pastor Calvin Moseley, first black pastor of the church, along with the Lesson Study being presented by former Associate Pastors, Michael Harpe, David Lee, Micah Weech, Toussaint Williams, Ph.D., Bob Mounter and Charles Tapp, D.Min. The Divine Worship Experience was truly a memorable event. The capacity crowd witnessed recognitions given to Annell Wright Rogers, longest continuous serving member of the Oakwood University Church; Barbara Warren, daughter of Pastor Calvin Moseley; and former living senior pastors Richard Tottress, Robert Woodfork, Leslie Pollard, Ph.D., D. Min., John Nixon, D.Min., and Craig [...]
New Life Church-Health Ministries of Huntsville, Alabama sponsored its first community health fair “For the Health of It” on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Medical professionals and other vendors offered biometric screenings, medical consultations, healthy nutrition options, mental and physical wellness testing/consultation for adults and children, free food/clothing and more. The fair was for everyone, but the emphasis was on getting kids active. So in the spirit of child obesity month, 41 bicycles were given to children from the community and the Alabama Mentor Foster Care system. "Health is Wealth; you can have all the money in the world, but if you don't have good health then you can't enjoy it." The donations of bicycles came from New Life Church members and friends. In addition, funds were donated to secure safety helmets. Finally, twelve additional bicycles will be given to children in the community during the Christmas holiday season. Written/Submitted by – Derrick L. Ramey, Sr. New Life Health Ministries Director
Our little church family is growing; when we, Selita and I, started there a short time ago there were 6 regularly attending, now the Lord is growing us. Keep praying for us. Our 2 latest Breathe Conference baptismal candidates are in the center. Our next Breathe Conference baptism is coming up in a few of weeks. [Elder Michael A. Harpe, Interim Pastor, is the communication & stewardship director for South Central Conference and Selita, ministerial spouse, serve the Philadelphia church family.] More pictures from Sabbath, October 28, 2017 Anticipation! Excited about the Lord and Baptism. Pastor Harpe shares the Gospel as the Breathe Conference begins to wind down. Pastor Harpe and Elder Jones, Head Elder & youth director prepare to receive baptismal candidates on 10-28-17. 1st candidate, Elder Brandon Jones's nephew with friends and family looking on. Our 1st candidate's teacher is excited to see her student get baptized. More friends and family share in the baptism joy. Happy Family and Friends look on and anticipate baptism.
“MISSION2MEMPHIS” FREE HEALTH CLINIC On June 17-18, 2017, the Word of Life Seventh-day Adventist church partnered with Remote Area Medical (RAM™)—the largest provider of mobile medical clinics in the country delivering free medical, dental, and vision care to underserved and uninsured individuals, children and families. The target areas were the Frayser and Memphis communities in Tennessee. This was Word of Life’s first extension clinic, a part of its “Mission2Memphis” outreach. Church members joined together for prayer, planning, and promotion. It was evident that God provided, the Holy Ghost presided, and Jesus was pleased. Over 200 Volunteers were involved over the two days. Approximately 50% of the patients received vision assistance with 46.6% and 30.5% receiving dental and medical services respectively. All in all, God helped to lift and love on 383 patients, and provide $114, 403 in services. Two ladies drove almost 7 hours from Oklahoma arriving on Friday before setup was complete to be the first ones in line. While the numbers tell of the Clinic’s success, the immeasurable impact on the Community told the story. Comments included: "Pastor, all of your members are so kind and helpful. You all have gone above and beyond," said a RAM™ volunteer; a patient stated, “I got all eleven of my teeth pulled. Now I can afford to get dentures!” Another patient said while leaving the Clinic, "I can SEE!" The need for more outreach ministries persists as the exit surveys confirmed, and “Mission2Memphis outreach is committed to following up to address the interests of the community. by Linda Anderson Dr. Fred Batten, Jr., DMin, pastor Word of Life, Memphis TN Dr. Christal Hall, DDS and LaShay Brown, NCMA serve the community. Dr. Mickey Bernstein, DDS (left) and [...]
LUKE 14 BANQUET People with disabilities and special needs were showered with abundant love and special honor at the 1st Luke 14 Banquet held in South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists’ territory. The concept of the Luke 14 Banquet originated with Joni and Friends. The purpose of It is Intentional outreach to people excluded from the full gospel of Jesus Christ and those who are marginalized. South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists sponsored the Luke 14 Banquet on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Goodwill Easter Seal-Mitchell Auditorium in Mobile, Alabama. The use of the auditorium was donated to Disabilities Ministries for three and a half hours by the Vice President of Operations, Jean Gardner. Luke 14 Banquet is based on the parable found in Luke 14:21-23 which admonishes Christians “… go quickly out into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord it is done, and yet there is room. And the lord said, Go, out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Under the direction of Elder Harold Goodloe, Pastor of Emmanuel SDA Church, Mobile, Alabama and his Disabilities Ministries’ Coordinators Lubertha McKinney, Patricia Davis, and Brian Johnson, members of the church took to the streets of Mobile to do compassion ministry, in which they extended a heartfelt invitation to those who qualified to attend the Luke 14 Banquet. Many with special needs and disabilities were registered to participate. Close to 100 people were in attendance at the banquet. They were welcomed by the conference’s director of disabilities ministries and Pastor [...]