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Students of Ramah Junior Academy have something to be proud of with the renovation projects almost completed and the school looking almost new again. The bathroom renovation project is nearly completed with the girl’s bathroom opened Monday, Oct 7th after six weeks of construction.

The bathroom is now a state of the art, sleek, technological restroom facility with automated devices that helps improve student hygiene and take steps towards saving the environment. Auto-flush toilets, motion sensor sinks, automatically dispensing soap pumps and motion sensitive hand dryers all allow students to complete personal hygiene hands free thereby reducing the transmission of germs from one student to another. These tools also ensure that no water is left on, excessive soap use is discouraged and hand dryers blow only as long as necessary. When 3rd grader Jordan Simms saw the bathroom for the first time she commented “WOW, so this is what was behind the plastic wall”. 6th grader Rayne Reid says "I was really excited about the new bathroom because it looks brand new and much better than the old one we had before"

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"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)

You may be wondering why you should have faith. Your life may have taken a bad turn and all your plans and dreams seem to have crashed and burned. But I urge you to persevere.

The bible says in Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)," Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

You may not feel like rejoicing right now. Your energy is at a low. But if there is any bit of hope within you, the faith of a mustard seed, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”(Matthew 17:20) (NIV)

That's encouraging and when you surround yourself with positive, supportive individuals, you will hear testimonies of the goodness of God. In fact you see God everyday, when the sun shines, when the wind blows, when you witness an act of kindness, when you open your eyes to see. You do not have to be living, let alone be blessed with the ability to see or hear.

Maybe you feel alone, but I'm here to tell you, you are not. "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”(Deuteronomy 31:8) (NIV)


Say this prayer with a sincere and earnest heart:

Dear Lord,

I need you. Sometimes I feel like giving up. Sometimes my faith is weak. But just as your word says, I know you are with me. Lord, strengthen me, and my family. May I be a light, and a living testimony of your goodness so that your name may be praised. Thank you for humbling me. Thank you for these challenging moments too. I know it is for my good and you only want the best for me. I love you.

In Jesus Name,

Amen.

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Mark your calendars folks.  Sunday, September 29th we are taking our young people to Fun-N-Stuff from 1-6 p.m. The van leaves Southeast Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 12:00 p.m. We hope to see you there.

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Last nights concert was remarkable! Hear what our Music Director Melissa Strickland had to say: "Special thanks to all who helped make yesterday's service a blessing! Marquita Gibson & Glenville SDA, Nu Covenant, Torri Harp, Southeast Seventh-day Adventist Church- Divine Worship & New Day!, Charde Hurst, Jason Bulgin, Southeast's praise team & young adult ministry, Stephen Fowler and all musicians, last but not least Mike and Tanya Trotter and all who came to support and worship with us." Praise God for a good time in the Lord.

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Live Concert "Nine Years Apart" - Sat, Sept 21st @ 6pm Featuring Mike Trotter & Tanya Blount.  Also featuring, Psalmist "Torri Harp" / NuCovenant/New Day, Glenville's One Praise, Southeast Divine Worship 

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Sept 29th 1 pm - 6 pm - Join Us For An Afternoon of Fun & Games @ Fun-N--Stuff. Unlimited Fun Package $21 - Does not Include Food.

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Often times in life we are faced with the challenge of growing or staying the same. We want change but may not be willing to go through the growth process to receive that change. Growth often develops from pain, disappointment and discomfort among other emotions which are hard to navigate through. How can we receive when we are stiff and unwilling to move in the direction God is pulling us toward? Are we really willing to get uncomfortable for a temporary moment in order to experience permanent change? It is difficult isn’t it? However, we know that God’s word says that his strength is made perfect in weakness ( 2 Corinthians 12:9) We can be glad that for every command God gives us, we have the support, encouragement and strength to fulfill. His sound word and precious spirit are just what we need to stay uplifted during change. Let us decide to go where God say’s go and do what God say’s do for we know that we are never alone and we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. ( Philippians 4:13). God Bless.

-Victoria Davis

Communications Director

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Hello Family,

 

There is extraordinary power in the human will. In fact nothing significant in life can be accomplished without an act of the human will. Somebody must decide that there is a certain direction in which to move and then others will follow. It is the same in your life personally. Each individual helps to determine the shape and direction of their lives by conscious acts of the will.

 

For the believer, this is equally important. God wants to do miraculous things in, through and with your life, but you must be willing to allow God to move. This is what free will is all about. It is our ability to say yes or no to what God would like to accomplish in our lives.

 

What are the things that you would like to see happen in your life, in your community or in the world? Do you have the will to begin it and to see it through? Are you willing to allow God to have control of your life and to do whatever God wants to do? Remember it all begins with an act of the will.

 

What will you do?

 

With a surrendered will,

 

Pastor J. M. Hurst

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Hi Ladies

Are you struggling with issues in your life which take over your thoughts? With all of the busy tasks of work, school, children, and family, I am sure juggling it all may consist of worry. Let's think about what God has to say about our worry. Scripture says, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." ­Matthew 6:34 (NIV) When we rely on God for strength, we are sure to find peace.

Be blessed.

Sincerely,

Southeast Women's Ministry Team

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Hi Ladies,

Are you struggling with issues in your life which take over your thoughts? With all of the busy tasks of work, school, children, and family, I am sure juggling it all may consist of worry. Let's think about what God has to say about our worry. Scripture says, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." ­Matthew 6:34 (NIV) When we rely on God for strength, we are sure to find peace. Be blessed.

Sincerely,

Women's Ministry Team

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Howard Gospel Choir Brings Worshippers to their Feet

If Christ is the center of your life and you are chasing after him, we’ve got good news for you . Wednesday March 13, Southeast Seventh Day Adventist Church and the music ministry team hosted a concert featuring the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University. The choir is currently under the direction of Reginald A. Golden. The trailblazing choir is internationally recognized and highly esteemed having traveled extensively and is a nurturing nest with grammy award winning alumni such as Richard Smallwood. Crowds of supporters gathered to witness HGC, a powerful gospel choir with a legacy of four decades committed to excellent music ministry. The choir delivered an impactful experience of healing, restoration, and empowerment. Standing ovations were delivered continuously with talented youth who are passionately dedicated to spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. With all of the tragedies of these times, it is moments like this when a community can be strengthened and renewed. Stay tuned for more Howard Gospel Choir events by visiting them on youtube or facebook. You can also stay tuned for more events by visiting se7day.org. Be blessed.

Victoria Davis

Communications Director Southeast SDA Church

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Those who achieve first place are seldom forgotten. Florence Griffith –Joyner (December 21, 1959 – September 21, 1998) was an American track and field athlete and Olympic track and field champion. She once stated, “People don't pay much attention to you when you are second best. I wanted to see what it felt like to be number one.”

 

Among her many achievements ,Griffith-Joyner ran the three fastest 100-meter times ever by a woman and set the American record in the 200-meter dash at the 1988 Olympic trials. She holds world records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

 

These achievements did not manifest over night. "I trained a lot harder -- maybe three times harder -- for the '88 Olympics. There is no substitute for hard work,” stated Griffith-Joyner.

 

Winning is not all that matters. "I've been in track and field for more than 20 years, and out of all my races, I've lost more than I've won. But it's all been fun,” she stated.

 

How did this champion manage to have this perspective? Griffith- Jones had more than high achievement , she had enjoyment.

 

“So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them? ” Ecclesiastes 3:22

 

How are you enjoying your work? Will your work be done only for trophies, recognition, and first place? Or will you aspire to a higher purpose that brings everlasting joy in victory or defeat. This is the privilege we all have.

 

-Victoria Davis, Communications Director

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Greetings Family,

 

Have you ever had a day when it seems that there was just one roadblock after another to your progress and your agenda? Have there been times in your life when it seemed that all of the doors were shut in your face, and as the old saying goes, "You could not win for losing?" Well...if you have had these experiences or if you have been through these times, then you are like the rest of us. All people experience difficulties and challenges at one time or another in their lives. It is how you handle these experiences that determines how effective, meaningful and focused your life can be. It is in those times that we need to be most surrendered to God and God's purpose and plan for our lives.

 

So many people live their lives solely focused on accomplishing their vision or the plan that they have determined for their lives. Eventually, these people come to a point when they begin to question the meaning of their lives and whether or not their living has had any value. Unfortunately, many people come to this point of questioning far too late in the journey. and they end up living the rest of their lives regretting the path that they have taken and the things that they have done. I have often said that life is too short to live without joy and too long to live with regret. You do not have to continue on a path that does not lead to blessing and fulfillment in your life. You can have a life that is filled with joy and peace and love. All you need to do is surrender you will, your desires and your plan to God's will, God's desires and God's plan for your life. I promise you...doing this will open up doors of opportunity in your life and set you on the pathway to living the life that you love.

 

It really is simple: if you are living your life in line with God's purpose for your existence, you will love the life that you live. You can do it! You can have it. You can live the life you love!

 

With Jesus Joy,

 

Pastor J.M. Hurst

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Hello Family,

 

Did you know that there is no problem that God cannot fix, no pain the God cannot heal, and no chasm that God cannot bridge? Every day, I hear people talking about what cannot be fixed, what cannot be changed, and what cannot be done. This negativity is an act of surrender to the enemy and an evidence of a lack of faith in God. If we believe in God, then we know that God can bring the high place down and raise up the lowly. If we trust in God's word, we affirm that God can fix that which is broken and renew where there seems to be no life.

 

God has blessed me to see the mighty works of his hands both in restoration and in destruction, and it has taught me that it is God's desire to bring restoration and rebirth into our lives. This message is written for somebody who has experienced loss and pain in their lives. In these challenging times, that's almost all of us. But, what I want to share with you today is that God can rebuild your brokenness. God can, God will, and God desires to restore to you everything that the enemy stole from you. God will restore you just like God restored Job and your later situation will be greater than you former.

 

Someone reading this today needs rebirth...you've been going your own way all your life and it has left you empty and alone. Now is the time to give it all up to God. Jesus and only Jesus can give you new birth. He can give you a new start... a new beginning...a transformation in your life. The change that you have been waiting for is right in front of you. Why not today? Why not be restored? Why not be reborn? Why not become the man or the woman that God is calling you to be? Why not have the life that God desires for you? Restoration and rebirth can be yours today. You need only to ask of the Lord and God will deliver!

 

With restored heart and a reborn spirit,

 

-- Pastor J. M. Hurst 

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Support Southeast sponsored fundraising campaign for a new Ramah Junior Academy school sign. Donations can be made online at our website www.se7day.org, select Church School on the donation form, or make checks payable to Southeast SDA Church, address: 16602 Tarkington Ave. Cleveland, OH 44128. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

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Growing Toward The Future - We are pleased to announce that Southeast is kicking off a fundraising campaign to help with Ramah Junior Academy’s capital improvement. The goal is to raise $25,000 by the end of April, 2013 for the purchase of student desks, computers, TV’s, classroom windows, science lab and a new school sign. Southeast is counting on your support. Turn all funds into Southeast on your Tithe Envelope under Church School. This campaign is a special donation in addition to your regular Stewardship.

Sis. Delores Mitchell, Stewardship Leader

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Selflessness is the most Christ-like of all Christian characteristics. It is the sacrificing of one's own needs, desires and goals for the good of another. It is a rare commodity in this day and age. Our world seems so self-focused that people can hardly even think of sacrificing even when it is for their own good. Two generations ago, sacrifice was the order of the day. Most people saved their money rather than living from pay check to pay check and most people's goal was to work so their children and grandchildren could have a better life.

So much has changed about our world and about how many people think. Hence, selflessness has become a rare trait. But, in reality, selflessness should be the norm for those who call themselves children of God. Sacrificing self is what Jesus' life and example teaches us. We should never be so self-focused that we become unwilling to sacrifice to help someone else.

When was the last time you made a real sacrifice to benefit someone else? Is selflessness one of your personality traits or are you so self-focused that you cannot even envision the idea of self-sacrifice. Take the time to do a selflessness inventory and, as you do, reflect on the undeserved sacrifice that Christ made for you. As you do, I'm sure that you will see more ways that you can selflessly give or act for the benefit others. In prayerful reflection,

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Join Southeast for tobogganing at the Cleveland Chalet Metroparks Toboggan Chutes in Strongsville, OH Sunday, Feb 10th from 1 to 5 pm. Children under 5 MUST BE 42" tall. Cost is $8.00 for Adults (all day). $6.00 Child 11 and younger (all day, and $3.00 one ride). If we get 30 people or more there is a group discount rate. See Dawn Carter or Tevis Gordon for discount tickets.

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You may be presented with an opportunity that seems too big for you to take on. Take a look at your self. If you find some hope in yourself, in the abilities you have, then take a closer look. Maybe you can do it. Its not just about being realistic, it is also about being optimistic. You can only fill up your glass to as far as you believe it can be filled.

-Victoria Davis, Communications Director

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Now is our time to proclaim, protect and support Religious Liberty. Take or sponsor at least one subscription at a cost of $6.00 each for 1 year. The campaign ends March 3rd. Contact Deborah Hill, Religious Liberty Leader for more information.

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