Southeast Church Blog
This is the blog for Southeast Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Oakwood University senior elementary education major Kenesha Bennett recently competed in the Jeopardy! College Championship and the Ford Black College Quiz.
The Jeopardy! College Championship will air on Huntsville's WHNT channel 19 on Wednesday, February 12 @ 6:00 p.m. (CST). Check your local CBS listing for air times in your community.
The Ford Black College Quiz (BCQ) will air on the same Huntsville station at the times listed below (although we are not exactly sure on which broadcast Kenesha will appear):
Huntsville-Decatur WHNT CBS, February 19 at 5:00 pm
Huntsville-Decatur WHNT CBS, February 23 at 4:00 pm Huntsville-Decatur WHNT CBS, February 24 at 11:59 pm
An additional list of broadcast times are available here.
All of the BCQ contestants were interviewed. Kenesha is the third of the interviews currently on the BCQ website. Additionally, Kenesha is also captain of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) team this year. Dr. Rennae Elliott, chair of the Communication Department, who accompanied Kenesha to California, said that "you would be proud of the way Kenesha represented Oakwood, and more importantly, the way she represented God."
Article from Oakwood.edu
Picture - Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek with Oakwood's Kenesha Bennett.
Mar 21-22 - Dr. Ivan Warden, Associate Director, E.G. White Estates.
Apr 25-26 - Dr. G. Alex Bryant, Associate Secretary, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist.
May 16-17 - Elder Samuel Thomas Jr. Review & Herald Publishing Association.
Teams make you better than you are, multiply your value, enable you to do what you do best, allow you to help others do their best, give you more time, provide you with companionship, help you fulfill the desires of your heart and compound your vision and effort.
We would like to remind the church family that our City Mission Outreach Ministry is ministering on the even months throughout the year. So on next Sabbath February 8th we will be going out to the local City Mission to feed the men at the homeless shelter. If you would like to make a donation of food or funds, please see Veronica Felix, Prince & Maria Meredith or mark your tithe envelopes "City Mission". If you can contribute as outline please pray for the ministry.
City Mission Team
There seems to be escalating chaos and crisis day by day. I know you must see it too. So, what can we do about it? Well, one thing is for sure. We must increase our seeking the LORD for help to stop the shootings, heal the sick, bestow wisdom in our government, and provide finances and counsel for our families. Wouldn’t it be more powerful to come to Him together – be a united voice to His throne?
And that is exactly what the members of the Southeast Seventh-day Adventist Church did. From Jan. 8 through Jan. 18 groups meet at the church at 5 a.m., 12 noon, and 7 p.m. to pray for 1 hour. But Southeast was not the only group meeting.
Brothers and Sisters around the world were meeting and following the same Prayer Guide provided by the General Conference. Each day’s theme centered around the Lord’s Prayer. As we prayed and discussed the various aspects of the Lord’s Prayer, God opened a depth of meaning those in attendance that we never dreamed possible. We were lead to the very heart of God.
The highlight of each day was the time spent in Intercession. Each person that attended was asked to write five names of individuals that they wanted to pray for during the 10 days. These names were then prayed over each day at each of the 3 services. Not only did we pray for each other but we prayed for the Evangelistic plans of the world church, our institution, church leadership, our children and youth, and most importantly we prayed for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
The Ten Days experience can’t be quantified. It taught us that the power rests in prayer and brought unity amongst church members and a zeal to work for the Lord. Hearts were surrendered, souls were convicted, and requests for prayer were answered. Let the church say AMEN!
-- Pastor J. M. Hurst
On Monday Jan. 20 Americans remembered and reflected on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was a day in which people talked about how far the country has come in the past 50 years and how much more is to be done.
At the Southeast Seventh-day Adventist Church the Lee/Miles Ministerial Alliance held it’s Annual King Day Celebration Service. The event featured music, drama, dance, and preaching. Dr. Tony Minor was the featured speaker.
Dr. Minor is a graduate of King’s Alma Mater, Morehouse College. He has a rich history in the area of Advocacy. Dr. Minor has served with civil rights activists Andrew Young, John Lewis and Joseph Lowery. He currently serves as the Director of Advocacy for Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries.
Dr. Minor shared personal insights about Dr. King and reminded those in attendance that there is still much work to do in the areas of poverty, violence, health care, and voting rights. The service ended with Rev. George Stewart singing My Eyes Have Seen The Glory of the Coming of the Lord as the congregation joined in and held hands and swayed in unison.
-- Pastor J. M. Hurst
A frequent prayer is for our church to be a beacon on the corner and our light shone brightly last weekend for three major community events.
About 30 people were signed-up or received help in getting health insurance coverage during an enrollment event Sabbath Jan. 18 at Southeast. It was the first of three community events at the church that included the monthly food distribution on Sunday and the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration on Monday.
For many health-care enrollees, it was also the first time they were in an Adventist church and had an opportunity to meet members, see our facilities and view at least some of our worship service. Attendees asked questions about the new law, got applications submitted for Medicare or navigated the healthcare websites themselves, a real convenience for those who may not have access to the Internet.
“Southeast Seventh Day Adventist did a great job setting up the location for the event,” said Hugh F. “Trey” Daly III, Ohio State Director for Enroll America.
He was among officials from federal, county and Cleveland groups who participated in the event, organized with the help of Brenda Delgado, External Affairs Liaison/Marketplace Outreach Lead for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Regional Office in Chicago. She is tasked with facilitating enrollment events throughout the Midwest for the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Ms. Delgado is also a Seventh-day Adventist and spoke to the congregation during worship service. She also complimented Pastor Hurst and Southeast on hosting event and his aid in helping her set-up other church events in the Cleveland area.
Southeast is an official Certified Application Counselor Organization and several members are in training to assist in enrollment. The open enrollment continues until March 31 and Pastor Hurst indicated that there likely will be other enrollment events at the church.
-- Deborah Burstion-Donbraye
On Friday January 17, when Pastor Lola Moore stood in front of the Southeast SDA congregation to begin their 2014 Impact Leadership Series it marked the culmination of the 10-days of prayer and the beginning of an overflow of the Holy Spirit through the power of a united congregation. Throughout the 10 days of prayer the Southeast church family prayed for a move of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit moved in a mighty way through Pastor Moore.
Pastor Moore first walked the hearers through The Posture & Preparation of a Worshipper, then How to Make a Worshipper, and on Sabbath evening shared The Prize of a Worshipper. A songstress, her voice gave angelic prelude to the powerful presentation of God’s word in a way that captivated the ear of every listener. Moore’s willingness to allow the spirit to lead glimmered in a way that allowed her to open her heart and share the experiences that shape her ministry today. It was evident from the moment she opened her mouth that there was a special anointing on her life and God used her in a powerful way to bless His people.
The Southeast Church Family is grateful to Pastor Moore for “FLOWing” with us and helping to jumpstart both our Leadership Impact Series and Spiritual Bootcamp. The Impact Leadership Series continues February 7-8, with Dr. Zak Plantak, chair of the Religion Department at Washington Adventist University, while Spiritual Bootcamp goes on every Wednesday through the month of February with Pastor McKenzie Kambizi.
-- J Anthony Bulgin
The month of February is a time of reflection of history; a tribute to those who have overcome suffering and injustice; and praise for a powerful and sustain God. Join us in celebrating an empower history that defines us not only as people of color but as people of faith.
Feb 1 - Ministry Jason Bulgin
Feb 7-8 - Dr. Zack Plantak
Feb 15 - Pastor Jerome M. Hurst
Feb 21-22 - Pastor Nevilon Meadows
International Potluck lunch immediately following service. Everyone is encourage to bring a dish from their culture and experience a taste of diversity
“Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).
Praise God for supplying our every need. “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness...” (2 Peter 1:3).
How has God provided for you recently? Praise Him for the specific ways He has provided for your physical, mental, spiritual, and social needs today, this past week, etc.
A few years ago, I traveled to Curacao to do some Evangelism work. The first few days of my sojourn on this beautiful island was an immersion into the diverse cultures that were represented by the people that resided on this island. I studied the people, the languages, the food, and the politics.
Immersion is becoming engulfed in something, to the extent that it has a lasting effect on one's being. This was indeed the case for me. There were things that I learned and experiences that I had that forever changed my life...experiences that I did not expect and could not have anticipated.
This is what it is like to be immersed in God...in God's Word, God's Spirit and God's Power. When we are immersed in God's Word it changes us and reshapes us in God's image and likeness and aligns us with God's will. When we are immersed in God's Spirit our daily reality is changed by being engulfed in the super-natural. We experience the power of God in an all-encompassing way. We feel a profound connection to the eternal, and we live in a posture of amazing peace and grace. Who would not want to experience something so awesome? Many people, because they see the Spirit-filled and Spirit-led lifestyle as a lack of control, out of fear of the unknown, reject the possibility of such a deep connection to and immersion in God.
What are the things in which you are immersed? Is it your family, your friends, your job or your pastimes? Whatever it is, if it is not God, it cannot deliver the fulfillment, growth and satisfaction that God can. Why not seek and immersion into the presence and power of God? Why not seek to be engulfed in God's Spirit and God's word? There is no greater existence than to dwell in the presence of the Most High God. This blessing can be yours today. It's time to be immersed!
Wrapped up in the Spirit of God,
Pastor J.M. Hurst
Praise God for His holy name and all that it reveals about His character. “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6)
Praise Jesus for giving us His righteousness so we can be holy, as He is holy.
Use the Psalms to guide you in praising God for who He is and what He has done.
God poured out His Spirit in Pentecost power after His church spent ten days together, pleading for His promised blessing. He is ready to do it again today! All around the world, Adventist churches are experiencing the renewal of the Holy Spirit by following the disciples' example and participating in Ten Days of Prayer.
During these ten days of prayer you are encouraged to especially intercede for five people in your circle of influence. These may be family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors, or someone else you are concerned about. Read through the Lord’s Prayer, found in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:1-4. www.tendaysofprayer.org
Southeast sends its congratulations to Zenobia D. Seward, Conference Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the Allegheny West Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Ms. Seward has been employed with the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the past 30 years and has made a decision to retire in March 2014. Ms. Seward has been with the Allegheny West Conference for the past 12 years and certainly knows what it means to be a faithful steward of God’s treasury. We thank you, Ms. Seward, for a job well done. May God continue His blessings upon you in all of your future endeavors.