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How to Help Louisiana Flood Victims

Information from a press release from the State Emergency Operations Center, State of Louisiana. A multi-agency warehouse has opened to assist in...

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Church Planting Boom

A growing number of Seventh-day Adventists in the North American Division's Southern Union are working to avoid the disappearance of Christianity...

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Find Jesus Instead of Pokémon

Recently, I have noticed a lot of people pulling into our church parking lot. Some park and just sit in their vehicles for a few moments before...

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Camp Meeting 5k Held

The Georgia-Cumberland Conference and Scenic City Multisport hosted a 5/10k run in Collegedale Sunday, June 5, after camp meeting. All race...

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Sabbath Morning Meditation

In the stillness of a pre-dawn Sabbath morning I leave the house.I see the form of our cat George, not in his customary spot of patrol duty, but he...

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Joseph in Egypt VBS at Lakeview

This year the Lakeview Church in Powder Springs, Ga., had an incredible Vacation Bible School (VBS) program called "Joseph In Egypt". It was held...

Kids Rescued at Morristown VBS

Children from the local church congregation and surrounding community were rescued during this year’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) at the Morristown Church. Children were invited to get rescued through the great rescue plan that was presented during the week of July 24-28, 2016. The theme was “Radical Rescue: The sanctuary and God’s awesome plan to save us from sin.” The... Read article

Movie Night at Park Avenue

The Park Avenue Adventist Church participated in the 10 days of Prayer as the conference scheduled in January.  It was a wonderful experience. As a culminating event for this particular emphasis on prayer, the church members decided to hold a movie night and show “War Room”.  They chose to not promote it in the community and just introduce the church to this new movie about the power of... Read article

Fun Times Were Had at McDonald Road Church VBS

This year’s McDonald Road Vacation Bible School (VBS) held June 20-24 had the theme “Cave Quest, Jesus is the Light of the Word”.  Many of the children’s parents chose to attend VBS with their child. On any given day,  about 300+ people were on the church campus.  Church rooms were buzzing with activity as all involved were praising... Read article

Pray Uncle Nam

Uncle Nam has been attending our church for two years and we are happy that he was baptized last year. He is one who can read and write. It is very rare to have well educated people in some of these rural villages. He is also a very interesting person. We gave him a Bible before his baptism. He has been studying his Bible very hard since then, but he had difficulty fully believing some of... Read article

Church Presented by Lakeview Pathfinders

The Lakeview Georgia church service was performed by the Pathfinder Club Sabbath, May 14, from beginning to end. Hal Griffin began with the Children's Story. Pathfinder Club Director Mr. Oville and the Praise Team led the congregation in singing. A powerful sermon was delivered by Jordan Williams who touched on the subject of the youth in the world and howthey should not be of the world.... Read article

Alpharetta Church Hosts Cave Quest VBS

Kids and volunteers geared up for an over-the-top underground adventure at the Alpharetta church in Georgia June 27-July 1.  Alpharetta Church’s Cave Quest themed Vacation Bible School (VBS) hosted almost 60 children and 40 volunteers for a week of fun, fellowship, and learning about God’s love, a love that is rock solid and will guide us through good times and dark... Read article

Hearing from Hansi

When my teacher announced a U.S. History research project, I wondered what topic I should choose. At first, I wanted to research teenagers who survived the Holocaust in World War II.  As I searched for books, the librarian, Lynette Fernando, suggested Hansi, the story of a teenage girl in World War II and how God worked miracles through her life. Though I had checked out several other... Read article

enditnow Event July 16 in Atlanta

Compassion 100K is sponsoring an enditnow event Sabbath, July 16, on the campus of the Berean Adventist Church in Atlanta (291 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr, NW). Attendees are asked to come dressed in white t-shirts, comfortable shoes, cool clothing, and to bring water bottles.They ask everyone to arrive at 4:00 pm to help with the signing of a petition.... Read article

Conference Provides Next Step Leadership Training

Georgia Cumberland Conference hosted its first Next Step professional growth seminar at Cohutta Springs Conference Center May 25. Guest speaker Neil Nedley, M.D., a practicing physician in internal medicine and author of several books, spoke on the importance of emotional health as leaders and how to handle stress. “We don’t recognize the power of our brain,” said Nedley. Approximately 150... Read article

Samaritan Center Partners with Your Best Pathway to Health in West Virginia

A team of staff loaded one of the Samaritan Center box trucks July 7 with 100+ boxes full of summer clothes, shoes, stuffed animals, and other baby items. These items, totaling over $7,000 retail, left Sunday, July 10, to begin a 350-mile journey to Beckley, West Virginia, where they will be distributed to some of the estimated 1,500 to 2,000 underserved individuals who will attend the... Read article

Ellijay School Holds Safety Day

It started as any other Thursday at the Josephine Edwards Christian School in Ellijay, Ga., this past April, all except a sign saying: “Welcome safety officers. Thank you for coming.”  At 1:05 p.m., the fire alarm sounded and students,... Read article

Korean Camp Meeting Fills Cohutta Springs

Adventist Church members from across the Southern Union attended the 26th Annual Korean Camp Meeting May 20-22 with over 600 members filling Cohutta Springs Conference Center and Youth Camp in Crandall, Ga. Two services were offered in both English and Korean languages. Sun Hwa Hwang, from the Glendale Korean Adventist Church in Glendale, Ca., and former pastor at the Atlanta... Read article

Math is Practical?

Watch out! That hill is slippery! The fire drill always presented it's own potential hazards for those that had to use the rear exit at Atlanta Adventist Academy (AAA) and Duluth Adventist Christian School (DACS). The somewhat steep hill could be difficult to navigate, especially in heels.Geometry class to the rescue! These students know about angles, slopes, rise, and run.... Read article

China Pioneer Team Report

2nd Quarter Pioneer Team Reports Report #1: New Life to Stroke Victim Brother Zhou is one of our church members. He became an Adventist and member of our house church after we gave him Bible studies. He had a minor stroke when we met him. He was almost lost the control of half of his body. We taught him some healthy-living principles and he... Read article

Calhoun Church Opens New Food Bank

Opening exercises for the new food bank on the campus of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Calhoun, GA were held Sabbath afternoon, April 30.The history of this food bank goes back to the 70s and 80s when Joan Willis, church secretary, kept a small supply of canned food and a few pieces of clothing available for anyone seeking help.  She served in that capacity for nearly... Read article

Vineyard Vegetarian Café and Juice Bar opens in Summerville

The Vineyard Vegetarian Café and Juice Bar opened in the small town of Summerville, Ga., in Feb. 2016. The café serves the Summerville community with plant-based meals from daily breakfast and lunch, and brunch on Sundays. The store is closed on Sabbath. The owners are members of the Summerville Church. The owners; Dana and Frantz Philossaint and Vonnelle and Gabriel McClover, sat down to... Read article

LifeTalk Radio Changes Lives

Today, I spoke with a LifeTalk Radio listener, a lay evangelist of a Full Gospel Fellowship church, who shared this:“LifeTalk Radio is on 24/7 in our home. Listening to LifeTalk Radio got me to thinking about the Sabbath, so I started researching. I learned that the Sabbath has always been the seventh day and still is. We quit going to church on Sunday and started keeping the... Read article

Standifer Gap Students Help After Baptist Church is Vandalized

On the last Wednesday in March, members of the Old Rugged Cross Baptist Church in Ooltewah, Tenn., woke up to see messages such as “love Satan” and “God isn’t real” painted on the walls, handicap sidewalk, and back door of their church building.  Thanks to local volunteers, the graffiti was promptly removed, but a group of children from the nearby Standifer Gap Seventh-day... Read article

Pathfinder Camporee Encourages All to Be #notashamed

This year’s Pathfinder Camporee, held April 14-17 at Cohutta Springs, was a great success! More than 1,500 Pathfinders attended. Matt Smith, soon-to-be pastor at Marietta, Ga., brought inspirational messages and encouraged Pathfinders to not be ashamed of the gospel, in reference to the theme #notashamed1:16. Activities included pine derby races, miniature golf, honors, pin trading, a... Read article

Adventurers Lead the Worship Service in Loganville

On Sabbath, Feb. 20, the Adventurer Club of the Loganville Church in Georgia appeared front and center during the worship service. The club, composed of children from ages 3 to 11, skillfully exhibited its aptitude in leading the service for the day.  Adventurers is divided by age into various classes, starting with Little Lamb and going up through Eager Beaver, Busy Bee,... Read article

71.5 Magazine, Created for Youth by Youth & Young Adults

This May, new magazines will hit the shelf. But unlike those magazines, 71.5, a new Seventh-day Adventist youth magazine will turn the magazine model on it’s head. This magazine will be written, photographed, and illustrated by youth and young adults, for youth and young adults.  71.5, named for Psalms 71:5, “For You are my hope. O Lord GOD, You are my confidence from my... Read article

East Ridge Intentionally Does Church

As far as church business meetings go, very little time is spent on “business” as the East Ridge Church congregation gathered Jan. 30, 2016. The majority of the meeting could be summed up in one word—intentionality. At East Ridge in Tennessee, the church family is committed to being intentional in its evangelism. This is precisely why East Ridge was established in 2009 and also explains the... Read article

Conyers Members Embark on "Best Weigh"

I told a best friend of mine, “I lost it and I do not want to get it back.” He responded, “What did you lose?” I said, “Seven pounds.”  On March 12, committed members and community friends of the Conyers Church in Ga. embarked on a ten-week weight loss plan called “Best Weigh.” They met together for the first class and were told weight loss is a lifestyle that includes:... Read article

Carman School Performing Bells Share Music Gift

Carman Adventist School students from Marietta, Ga., ministered to the community through music on April 2. The girls from Performing Bells and students from grades K-2 toured in different locations to share their talents.   Jeanie Boyd, Bells Instructor, accepted the invitation of Jo Dubs, director of women's and family ministries, to provide special music for the Women... Read article

Executive Chef Mark Anthony Visits Gainesville, GA

Chef Mark Anthony is a regular on 3ABN worldwide television and has done these special free cooking shows in every continental state in the country. He is an executive chef from Las Vegas, Nevada, and has also been a personal chef/caterer to stars like Jack Nicklaus, Montel, Joan Jett, STYX, Journey, Jerry Brown, Eddie Murry, Jethro Tull, Kansas and dozens more.He has lost 80... Read article

A Student's Big Prayer Yields More Than 100 Bible Study Requests

Sarah Hill, a student at Andrews University, sat in her small group and listened intently to the speaker. The group was examining prayer, and the speaker was challenging each member to pray a big prayer.  Sarah contemplated what her big prayer could be. Her mind drifted back to her home church in Tellico Plains, Tenn. The Discover Bible School! That’s what she’d pray about.... Read article

Mission to Love

After traveling for two days, a short-term mission team from the Collegedale Church arrived in Nairobi, Kenya. Still ahead of them was the long, bumpy journey to their base, located on an escarpment overlooking the Maasai Mara. This is where the team would stay for the next 10 days, with zebras and giraffes roaming around their tents and the roars of lions echoing from... Read article

Camp Meeting Brings Blessings

Camp meeting on Thursday, June 2, was a very full day. The Earliteens enjoy Cohutta Springs Conference Center, the Primary youth had very cool science experiences with Ben Roy, and the Young Adults kicked off their program commUNITY with locations across the conference meeting virtually each evening around 7:00 p.m. to sing, praise and hear the message from Kessia Bennett. Their home base is... Read article

Collegedale Student Competes in Tennessee Geography Bee

Daniel Kuhlman, an eighth-grade student at Collegedale Adventist Middle School (CAMS), competed in the 2016 Tennessee National Geographic State Bee on April 1.  “It was cool to see all of the other kids who had accomplished the same thing and appreciate geography in the same way,” he said. “I enjoyed answering the questions.”  Jeff Richardson, an... Read article

Elementary Principals Hold Winter Learning Summit

Elementary school principals from around the Georgia-Cumberland Conference gathered at the conference office on Feb. 29 to engage as a professional learning community.  Guest and resident presenters spent six hours reviewing standardized testing methods, new curriculum initiatives, electronic library services, and a host of other topics, including a remarkable increase in... Read article

Adventurer's Enjoy Fun Day

Several Adventurers and their families enjoyed Adventure Family Fun Day at Cohutta Springs Sunday, May 15. Enjoy this video recap of their day. The theme was "Go LIght Your World." Read article

Cohutta to Host Two Summer Camps and Increase Security

Summer is right around the corner, and Cohutta Springs Conference Center in Crandall, Ga., is preparing for camp season. The summer of 2016 at Cohutta is going to be an exciting one, with two simultaneous summer camp programs involving lots of children and teens. The conference center will host Cohutta Springs Youth Camp, under the leadership of director Rob Lang and his staff, as well as a... Read article

Holy Spirit Transforms Man from a Drug Dealer to an Adventist Christian

Lucho* was born into a poor home in Mexico and often went without sufficient food to eat or clothes to wear. Raised by alcoholic parents who beat him nearly every day, Lucho grew up in an atmosphere of family violence and contempt for society.  Once he became of age, Lucho joined the police force in the capital of Mexico City. There he followed a life of violence, seeking out... Read article

Pathfinders and Adventurers From Waycross, Ga., Enjoy Winter Campouts

Young people from the Adventist church in Waycross, Ga., made lasting memories during winter campouts with family and friends this February.  First, the Waycross Okee Pathfinders braved freezing temperatures in Florida in order to attend a Native American Pow Wow held Feb. 12-14 in Ft. McCoy, Fla. While there, the group saw firsthand a traditional honor ritual for a chief... Read article

Peachtree City Church Hosts Ever-Growing Annual Health Fair

The Peachtree City Church in Georgia hosted its third annual Community Outreach Health Fair and Blood Drive on Sunday, March 20, in its Family Life Center. This health fair is one of the church’s main community outreach events, with the number of attendees and exhibitors growing annually. Totally free to the public, the event gives those who attend information and insight into a wide variety... Read article

GCA Breaks Ground for $10 Million in Capital Projects

Georgia-Cumberland Academy (GCA) officially launched its Continuing the Mission initiative with a worship service and groundbreaking ceremony held on April 2 during its 50th anniversary alumni weekend. Of the $12.5 million being raised, $10 million is earmarked for capital projects and $2.5 million for scholarships and program improvements.  The... Read article

Steven Green Performs in Dalton

The Dalton Adventist Church was blessed to host recording artist, Steve Green to our church on Sabbath, April 9.  Green sang two songs during the 11am worship service and performed a full concert Sabbath evening. The Learning Tree Elementary School choir, led by director Niki Knowlton, joined Green for three songs during the concert.  God truly blessed as... Read article

Stewardship and Forgiveness

“We want you to fire our pastor,” one of the members declared. Some were very adamant. They wouldn’t even consider reconciliation.  This true story of a church feud clearly illustrates the retaliatory nature of sinful humans. The desire to get even comes all too naturally for most of us. The Scriptures set forth forgiveness as an alternative to vindictiveness and... Read article

Dunlap Students Remove Litter

The students at Dunlap Adventist Christian School in Tennessee spent Thursday, April 21, removing litter from Henson Gap Road. This community improvement project provided a service opportunity for the... Read article

Chattanooga North River Relocated Thanks to Plumber

The Chattanooga North River Church has relocated to an updated facility at 949 Runyan Drive in Chattanooga, Tenn. The 70-member church celebrated with a grand opening service Sabbath, Dec. 12. Mike Pettengill, pastor, reports results of the move, “We have had two recent baptisms, one profession of faith, and five more individuals preparing for baptism.”  The newly renovated... Read article

Come as You Are

Mirror Mirror on the wall Who can save me from my fall? As I stand here bent and broken Who will heal me? I’m heartbroken Can anyone save me? Is there a road to redemption?... Read article

Weekend Workshop Fortifies 90 Women to Lead in the Conference

At the women’s ministries leadership seminar held the first weekend in March, approximately 90 women met at the conference office to better educate themselves to serve as leaders in a variety of roles. Gladiola Griffin, who attended the “Equipping to Lead” event from Dalton, Ga., said: “I learned that I need... Read article

Southern Announces $50 Million Campaign During Bietz's Retirement

Gordon Bietz, Southern Adventist University’s president for the past 19 years, is retiring in May. More than 1,000 people, including government officials and Chattanooga business leaders, gathered for the April 28 Bietz Legacy Event at 11 a.m. in Iles P.E. Center on campus. This celebration featured the public launch of ... Read article

Oasis Offers Bible Retreat and Identity to Students

The Oasis High School retreat was packed this year. Matt Durante, associate pastor of the Bowman Hills Church in Cleveland, Tenn., spoke to the 159 students who attend either public high school or home school in grades 9-12. There were also 51 sponsors, 35 college students from Southern Adventist University and other public... Read article

An Evening of Intrigue in Jellico

The Jellico Church Social Committee, directed by chair Linda Eaves, planned and presented a vespers worship service followed by “An Evening of Intrigue: The Case of the Mysterious Food” dinner Feb. 20 in the Jellico Christian Academy Gym in Tenn. At the beginning of the program, guests were seated at tables arranged in the form of a... Read article

Principals Gather to Learn

The elementary principals from around the conference gathered at the conference office on February 29, to engage as a Professional Learning Community.Guest and resident presenters spent 360 minutes reviewing standardized testing methods, new curriculum initiatives, electronic library services and a host of other topics including a remarkable increase in enrollment during... Read article

Gordon and Cynthia Bietz Honored as La Sierra University's Alumni of the Year

La Sierra University’s “Creating a Legacy” homecoming program included a significant honor for two of Southern Adventist University’s most iconic figures, President Gordon Bietz, DMin, and his wife, Cynthia. The couple was named La Sierra’s Alumni of the Year on April 15 during a banquet in the Zapara School of Business. Gordon Bietz (BA ’66) and Cynthia Botimer Bietz (AA ’67)... Read article

Diabetes is Undone in Greeneville

“I praise God that I ended up in the hospital that day! My life would be completely different if I had never met my nurse, Wendy Barlow,”  Susan, a 63 year old bubbly lady eagerly tells me. Susan Nicolan explained that she had been a diabetic for eight years, as well as being treated for schizophrenia and depression. In the spring of... Read article

Compassion 100K in Action at Conyers

The Conyers Adventist Church in Georgia recently conducted a three-week Bible Instructor’s Course. They are now going into their communities to teach Bible lessons to their neighbors. There were over 30 families signed up the first day! Before heading out, the church... Read article

Southern Students Holding Autism Awareness 5K April 22

In light of Autism Awareness month, students in a fitness class at Southern Adventist University have partnered with the campus’ Disability Support Services office to host a community-wide 5K on Friday, April 22, at 3 p.m. The event takes place on Southern’s campus and proceeds from the event benefit autism-related work with college students. The... Read article

Students Praise and Worship Together in Collegedale

Nearly 800 students and faculty from A.W. Spaulding (AWS), Collegedale Adventist Middle School, (CAMS) and Collegedale Academy (CA), walked to the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church for the fifth joint Great Collegedale School System (GCSS) Worship Friday, February 5, 2016font-size: 13px; background-color:... Read article

Two Baptized at Soddy Daisy Hispanic

The Soddy Daisy Hispanic Mission Group was full Sabbath, Feb. 20, as they praised God for the first baptism from the Pathfinder Club. Two girls were baptized. The church were very blessed. Praise the... Read article

China Reports on Sponsored Outreach

Georgia-Cumberland Conference Sponsored Team Reports from the 4th quarter of 2015 were exciting as they reflected that faithful sowing had brought about reaping. This quarter’s reports show that your teams are continuing to sow and pray that God will bless them with another wonderful harvest. ... Read article

SALT Graduates Train Church Members

Three Southern students sat upon the steps of Wright Hall waiting to embark on a very special mission. These weren't just any ordinary students, there’s Rhidge, the excited Filipino Theology major, Anthony, the passionate Italian Film/English major, and Jocelin, the tenderhearted Nursing Major. Although their background varies greatly, they all have one thing in common, they all went through... Read article

Children's Ministries Convention Equips Leaders

Isaiah 54:13 says, “All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace.”  Teaching children is a high calling that the Junior/ Children’s Ministries department takes very seriously.  Each year they offer a Children’s Ministries Convention to train Sabbath School... Read article

Freeze Tag and Jonah Mix as Fusion Meets Refugees

On an unusually warm and just as cloudy Sabbath afternoon in late February, a group from FUSION Atlanta, Ga. caravanned about 11 miles northeast of Atlanta. Speaking about the church’s first community involvement opportunity for 2016, Angela... Read article

Knoxville First Hosts Monthly Pancakes and Crafts for Inner-City Kids

Imagine 20-plus kids crowded into the front room of a small house. Inside, the mood is bright and cheery. Volunteers serve breakfast, and the kids sing songs, make crafts, and play games. While kept up nicely, this house shares the street with some “questionable” neighbors. Guess where we are. A third-world country? Nope. We’re in one of the poorest inner-city neighborhoods in... Read article

Growing Church in Collegedale Launches Su Casa Church Project

The Spanish-American Seventh-day Adventist Church in Collegedale, Tenn., is the local church for many Hispanic and international students who come to study at Southern Adventist University, along with their families. Over the years it has provided spiritual support, a loving family environment, and an opportunity for the college students to get involved in local evangelism and many other... Read article

Creators of Reversing Diabetes Seminars Receive Merit Award

At the Grundy County Health Council special awards dinner held in December, Stephen and Karen Wickham received special recognition for their volunteer work toward improving community health. Representatives from the Rural Health Association of Tennessee (RHAT) presented the Merit Award to the Wickhams, who developed the Reversing Diabetes Seminars program and have been using it successfully... Read article

Southern Union Burns Mortgage on New Office

The Southern Union Conference celebrated the liquidation of its mortgage on March 24, 2016. "I am happy to announce," says Randy Robinson, treasurer for the Southern Union, "that almost exactly two years to the day after we moved into our new Southern Union office facility, we celebrated the payoff of our building debt with a mortgage burning ceremony.  In the presence of our... Read article

Autumn Festival Crowds Meet Adventists in Loganville, GA

Each year the small town of Loganville, Ga., holds an annual autumn craft festival known as AutumnFest. Our Loganville Church saw this as an opportunity to share Jesus with hundreds of people. After a lot of thought and prayer, we decided to once again set up a booth and share the love of Jesus.  We began by ordering an array of literature and attractive yellow dye-cut bags... Read article

Retreat Welcomes New Adventists to the Family

Each year new Seventh-day Adventists and their families are invited to come away for a weekend to Cohutta Springs Conference Center in Crandall, Ga., for the New Member Retreat offered by the conference. This year the retreat was held Jan. 29-31, and about 146 attended.  The entire weekend is designed to greet new members with the theme “Welcome to the Family.” The event is... Read article

Marietta Church Provides Healthy Meatless Lunches for Homeless

Once a month, a group from the Marietta Church in Georgia visits the MUST Ministries Loaves and Fishes Community Kitchen. By preparing and serving a healthy, homemade lunch for 80 to 100 men, women, and children, these volunteers share the love of Jesus with the growing homeless and poverty-line population of Marietta and Cobb County.  While it’s cheaper to provide a meal... Read article

Stewardship and Taxes

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a dozen times: “The only sure things in life are death and taxes.” The reality of death is evident everywhere. It is a part of the grind of everyday life. It is regularly attested to by long lists in the obituary section of the newspaper. The Bible declares that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23, KJV).  A review of the Scriptures... Read article

Columbus Adventist School Adds Music to its Growing Program

“Praise him with stringed instruments” (Psalm 150:4, KJV). At Columbus Adventist School in Columbus, Ga., both students and teachers have many reasons to praise their Creator. When Cody Clifford was called to serve as the school’s teacher/principal for the 2014- 2015 school year, only six students were in attendance. Now in his second year at the school, enrollment has... Read article

Healthy Feud Motivates Walking Team in Jasper to Log 2,340 Miles

Congratulations to the Jasper, Tenn., Faith Walkers for logging a total of 2,340 miles as part of the Mingo County, West Virginia, Diabetes Healthy Feud! Team Leader Kim Butters reports: “We finished fifth out of 84 teams. Our walking leader was Tracey Wyatt with 456 miles, and he finished 23rd out of 355 participants in the Feud!”  When the Mingo... Read article

A.W. Spalding Elementary School Librarian Creates Ongoing Critter Camp

For a few days each month, critters come to visit A.W. Spalding (AWS) Elementary School students in the school’s outdoor courtyard in Collegedale, Tenn. Dixie Owens, AWS librarian and an avid animal lover, has arranged for many animals to visit the school, thereby creating a tremendously popular Critter Camp.  “Many of our visiting critters are generously provided by... Read article

Jellico Christian Academy Hosts 2 Special Holiday Activities

In November, Jellico Christian Academy hosted a special Thanksgiving feast as a community outreach. Each family was encouraged to invite two to four guests and reach out to those who might not have someone with whom to celebrate the holidays or the resources to afford a nice Thanksgiving dinner. Since this is the first year the school was open to community students, this dinner... Read article

Tiny Seed Ministries Gives Away Hundreds of New Coats

An early cold snap prompted Tiny Seed Ministries to serve the less fortunate in a new way this winter:  by distributing hundreds of coats to communities all over the Atlanta area. The brand-new coats were donated to the ministry by a nationally well-known coat store. Distribution started right after Thanksgiving and ended the week of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Tiny Seed... Read article

Chattanooga Area Adventists Save Couple’s Storm-Damaged Home

Several months ago insurance agent Randy Harr, a member of the Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists in Collegedale, Tenn., alerted me to a situation that appeared hopeless. A retired couple was desperately trying to recover from the devastation caused by a large tree that fell onto their house in East Ridge, Tenn., during a spring storm. Jim and Alice... Read article

Atlanta North School Hosts Open House and Student Preaching Weekend

During an open house held Jan. 28 at Atlanta North School, families submitted 80 applications for next school year, of which 15 will be new students! After visits to next year’s classrooms, approximately 250 people jammed into the fellowship hall for the provided supper, which was followed by a short program featuring academics, music, and after-school clubs. The buzz was significant!... Read article

97-year-old Musician Gives His Heart to Jesus

“Pastor Dave would you give my 93 year old atheist husband Bible Studies?”  “Certainly,” Dave replied. Arriving at their home on Monday Dave Ketelsen, pastor of the Hamilton Community Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., began a conversation that took a long and wonderful journey getting acquainted with Oscar Kosarin.  Read article

Audio/Visual Communication Training Equips Volunteers

The conference communication department knows that when you volunteer for a church position, you need training to equip you for the job. The free communication training for 2016 featured two hours of audio training and two hours of visual, Sunday, Jan. 31, at the conference office. The audio/visual team is a behind the scenes ministry for each church and school, yet the talents of this... Read article

Kingsport Church Receives $100,000 Anonymous Gift

The Kingsport Church in Tenn. is praising God because of an anonymous donation received in the amount of $100,000. This brings the church’s total amount raised to $220,000 of an estimated $300,000 needed to complete the church’s expansion project.  Funds are needed to expand the church’s Fellowship Hall with additional Sabbath School classrooms and a kitchen expansion to... Read article

Harris Named to Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame

Bobby Harris is a member of the Wimbish Road church in Macon, Ga. Many might know him from musical performances at South Georgia camp meeting. In spite of his lack of sight he tunes and repairs pianos, and he and his wife, Janet, own and operate a concession stand at the Government Building in Macon.  On November 28, 2015, “Bobby Blues,” as his musician friends call him,... Read article

Funds Matched - Donate to Cohutta's Campership Fund

One of the greatest faith building experiences for youth is attending a week at summer camp. It happens to be the place where my personal faith in Jesus came into focus and I took my stand for Him. One of the greatest ministry training grounds for our young adults is spending a summer as staff. Working at camp is where I experienced the special blessings that come from the gospel ministry... Read article

Women Gather for Collegedale Community Church Mini-Retreat

Almost 80 women gathered at Howe Farms in Georgetown, Tenn., Sabbath, January 16, for a one day mini-retreat for members of the Collegedale Community Church (CCC). “When we started planning the retreat, we expected 30 or 40 women would attend. The turnout far exceeded our hopes and expectations,” said Bonny Musgrave, CCC Women’s Ministry Leader.The theme,... Read article

Southern Students Partner with Chattanooga Police as Chaplain Interns

Southern is honored to be the first school participating in a new internship program with the Chattanooga Police Department in Tenn. Selected religion students will receive training for specific, tense situations and also real time advice regarding social nuances involved in the more subtle human interactions essential to effective chaplaincy.Interns will perform a variety... Read article

Thanks from F.R.E.E.

Note: The Executive Committee of the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists recently voted to donate funds due to an outpouring of financial blessings to the conference. This is one of many letters expressing gratitude.We at F.R.E.E. Read article

Modern Day Zacchaeus in China?

Cao was selfish, lazy, jobless and thoroughly unlovable. Despite others’ attempts to explain how harmful his behavior was, Cao remained unchanged. This rotten attitude and poor behavior had built Cao a community-wide reputation as a loser. To put it another way: Cao was... Read article

Six Elementary Schools Participate in LE Program

This fall six elementary schools participated in a fundraising program using Magabooks. Children from all grades went with their parents and teachers to offer these books which are used in the regular summer canvassing program. Besides the experiences the youth have with God, its main purpose is to share the wonderful news the books contain, and to raise some funds for their... Read article

Christmas Evangelism for Alpharetta Church Members

The Alpharetta Church in Georgia had the unique privilege of receiving a free booth at the festive Alpharetta Tree Lighting Ceremony on the town square December 5, 2015. The popular annual gala features local organizations, restaurants, musicians, and activities filling the streets and stage—all culminating in the lighting of the... Read article

Southern's Technology Professor Models Skills for Student Success

Since 1978, students at Southern Adventist University have had the opportunity to learn from a technology professor so accomplished his name is inscribed in the national Automotive Hall of Fame’s honor book. But the six master certifications in 46 Automotive Service Excellence specialties are just a small part of the story behind Dale Walters and how he prepares students for success in... Read article

Ogden Road Hispanic Celebrates Baptism

One Sabbath last May there was a celebration at the baptism of sister Judy Dunn into the Dayton Ogden Road Hispanic Mission Group. Her baptism was a result of the work of the Soddy Daisy Hispanic Mission Group. Praise the... Read article

DACS Basketball Builds Character and Confidence

The Georgia Duluth Adventist Christian School Boy's Basketball Team started off their season in the loss column and had a difficult time on the court. The previous seasons were also overrun with losses. But after a lot of practice and guidance from their coaches, Angel Amaro and Craig Marzano, they were able to overcome their differences and gel together as a team. They... Read article

The King's Medicine Cabinet, Aromatherapy Class

The Intro to Essential Oils Class was offered through the Health/Wellness Evangelism Ministry, and presented by team leader Shelley Hilburn at the Savannah First Church in Pooler, Ga., Jan. 24 from 10:00 am until noon. The King’s Medicine Cabinet... Read article

Mission Field in Our Backyard

About 20 minutes northeast of Atlanta lies a community known as “The Ellis Island of the South” where now reside approximately 11,000 refugees. Relocated from their native countries to Clarkston, Ga., these refugees are comprised of a very diverse group of peoples from all over the world. Tremendous challenges have been created as the refugees try to blend into the... Read article

The Gift of Training

Running—I didn’t care too much for it while growing up, though I do remember my dad running every night after work. I took up running for a bit while in college, with four miles being my normal span, but soon life took over and it was “too difficult to find time.” Or so I thought then. Read article

The Gift of Volunteering

Bright and early on the morning of Oct. 18, 2015, runners and their supporters, along with die-hard volunteers, gathered in downtown Chattanooga for one of the biggest events of the city. The Seventh-day Adventist 7 Bridges Marathon attracted locals from Chattanooga as well as others from all over the country, and also many students. Read article

Children Raise Almost $500 for ADRA Gifts

Wonderful things come in compact little packages. Our Tellico Plains, Tenn., kindergarten Sabbath School class consists of three children, Ronnie, Abbi and Rickie. They are full of love, energy, and the joy of life. Read article

Best Educator and Next Best School in Cherokee

Cherokee Scout readers voted Opal Cornwell “Best Educator”, and Murphy Adventist Christian School “Honorable Mention” to “Best School” of Cherokee County, North Carolina. The Scout has a circulation of more than 9,500 copies, and, along with the school, is based in the foothills of Murphy, NC. Cornwell was a student of MACS in its first year of service and has taught there for 22 years. Read article

Wimbish Road Church Hosts Exciting Reversing Diabetes Seminar

When the organizing committee met just before the start of a six-session Reversing Diabetes seminar sponsored by the Wimbish Road Church in Macon, Ga., its members couldn’t help wondering how many people God would bring to the event. Since they had promoted the seminar well, they thought that surely God would give them 15, or maybe 20 attendees. But as folks began registering, the number surpassed 15 and even 20, with nearly 35 individuals participating on opening night! Read article

GCA Men's Soccer Team Wins NACA Championship

As part of its extracurricular activities, Georgia-Cumberland Academy (GCA), Calhoun, Ga., operates a strong athletics program that is dedicated to helping students develop positive character traits through teamwork, training, and good sportsmanship. Read article

Fannin County Church Hosts Dinner with the Doctor

You might say the “Dinner With the Doctor” program on Oct. 8 was “full of beans,” since the guest speaker gave an informative and interesting presentation on fiber in the diet. Approximately 70 guests packed the Better Living Center of the Fannin County Church in Morganton, Ga., to hear the presentation by Eric Nelson, M.D., a colo-rectal surgeon in Chattanooga, Tenn. Read article

Marietta Church Hosts enditnow Awareness Day to Help Stop Abuse

According to the Adventist Risk Management website, one in three girls and one in five boys will be sexually abused before age 18. In more than 90 percent of reported cases, the child knows or has a family relationship with the abuser. Furthermore, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, more than 12 million women and men are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner each year. Read article

Pathfinders Play Major Role at County Fair Outreach in Meigs County

The newly formed Pathfinder Club in Decatur, Tenn., partnered with the church’s outreach committee to sponsor a booth at the Meigs County Fair in September. The booth display focused on the health ministry of the local Adventist church. Pathfinders engaged attendees by giving them a free bottle of water along with bags containing copies of the Adventist magazines Vibrant Life (on health topics) and The Rest of Your Life (featuring the seventh-day Sabbath). Read article

The Gift of Sponsoring

This past year, the conference served as the title sponsor for the 7 Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga, Tenn. The early fall event (in its fifth year) attracted nearly 3,000 runners from 38 states and parts of Canada and the Caribbean to participate in the full marathon (26.2 miles), the half marathon (13.1 miles), a 5K (3.1 miles), and a family fun run. Read article

Couples Find Renewal at Marriage Retreat

Every fall, couples from throughout the conference gather for the Marriage Retreat, a weekend for husbands and wives to set aside life’s busyness and distractions and to simply focus on their relationship. This year’s retreat returned to Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., during the weekend of Oct. 30-Nov. 1. It was a time for learning, laughing, reflection, inspiration, and, most importantly, togetherness. Read article

GCA Plans First Urban Mission Trip to Atlanta

When too many Georgia-Cumberland Academy students signed up for the school’s annual Appalachian mission trip to Kentucky, I organized our first urban mission trip and took a group of 28 students and four staff members to Atlanta from Oct. 18 to Oct. 21. Read article

Conference Holds First Master Guide Camporee

The Georgia-Cumberland Conference held its first Master Guide Camporee Sept. 11-13, 2015, at Cohutta Springs Youth Camp. The theme was “Guiados por Dios, Guias de Valor” (Guided by God, Guides of Valor). Guest speaker Oscar Hernandez, youth director of the Metropolitan Conference in Mexico City, Mexico, charged the assembled Adventist Youth Ministries leaders to keep their eyes focused on our Master Guide, Jesus Christ. Read article

A Reason to Celebrate

The conscientious Christian is faced with the annual challenge of how to relate to the birth of Christ in the context of the Christmas holiday. Christmas seems to begin earlier each year and is marketed, promoted, and publicized by the multitudes. The holiday comes packaged in two different tracts: Read article

Messy Day - Round 2

What’s a Messy Day, you’re wondering. It is the funniest, most relaxed, and most joyful day of the year. The day, where all Hispanic churches gather at the same time in the same location to be together, share together, have fun together and most importantly bring their non-Adventists friends to mingle with Adventists friends. Round 2 because this is Messy Day’s second year in a row,... Read article

Building Identity through Service

Vicki Johnston, senior history major at Southern Adventist University, shared her experiences from her year as a student missionary in the Navajo Nation. “I remember my freshmen year during the call to go to Palau,” Vicky said. “And I remember that a guy said, ‘It was an incredible experience, but at the same time it was a broken experience.’ It transformed the... Read article

Maryville Church Young Adults Retreat

The young adults from the Maryville, Tenn. Church returned to Cohutta Springs with their families for the second annual trip/retreat. There was canoeing, swimming, a campfire and biking on the... Read article

Cleveland First Hispanic Baptizes Eleven

The First Cleveland Hispanic Company in Tenn. celebrated baptisms in their new church Sabbath, Dec. 5. The baptisms are the result of an evangelistic crusade on Revelation given by Hector Hernandez, pastor. Eleven new souls were baptized. Praise the Lord... Read article

Collegedale Academy students model their commitment to Community Service

CAD4HOPE all started with a beloved, former, Collegedale Academy bible teacher, the late Richard Cadavero – CAD. Cad had the vision of Collegedale Academy students making a positive impact on the community. And, that they have! For the past 32 years Collegedale Academy has served the area community with their annual CAD4HOPE food drive. In those... Read article

Standifer Gap Students Reach Out

Students and teachers at the Standifer Gap School are reaching out with a helping hand to their community. An outreach that started last year is being continued this year as a way to help people going through an immediate crises. When families experience a loss of their homes through a crises such as a fire or flood, the American Red Cross is always there to help meet some of their immediate... Read article

Tellico Plains Participates in Operation Christmas Child

Excitement was high Sabbath, October 31, as members of the Tellico Plains Church in Tenn. gathered for church. This was the day they had been waiting for. Not because it was Halloween but because it was Shoebox Day. Operation Christmas Child (or Shoebox Day) was a project church members had been working on for several weeks. Today was the day for it to all... Read article

Minister of Music Joins Chattanooga Effort

On July 16, 2015, a young man opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Four Marines and a Navy sailor were killed, and a Marine recruiter and a police officer were wounded. This tragic event touched the lives of many, most intensely the victims and their families. In an effort to honor the victims and support the families, the community of... Read article

Is My Church as Friendly as I Think It Is?

“They are not friendly, and they don't know how to sing." Eric Tompkins described his first visit to a Seventh-day Adventist church with noticeable hurt in his voice. He had never met an Adventist until he hired in at the tool and die shop where I was working. He was fresh out of the army and had witnessed the horrible realities of... Read article

South Georgia Pathfinders Pack Alot Into Joint Event

A planned “lock-in” drew 30 Pathfinders and 20 staff from two clubs in Georgia, Augusta and Valdosta, as they joined the Macon Club at the Wimbish School on Sabbath, Sept 26. The afternoon started with sack lunch and a quick drive to the Ocmulgee National Monument Indian Mounds on the Macon Plateau. Read article

Country Life Shares Health Message

Country Life Natural Food Store and Vegetarian Restaurant recently had two opportunities to share God’s health message in the city of Columbus, Ga. The first event was a screening of the documentary film Forks Over Knives in August.  Country Life co-sponsored the event with the Columbus Public Library as an extension of the library’s weekly “movie night.” The event drew eighty-five viewers... Read article

Atlanta Belvedere Church Celebrates 50 Years

When architect Don Kirkman of the Southern Union, and local church member and builder J. P. Lewis embarked on the project to construct the new sanctuary for the Atlanta Belvedere Church in Georgia, they probably didn’t envision that their work was causative to a major movement for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the greater Atlanta area.With doors open for service on... Read article

Conference Thanks Prison Ministry Volunteers with Luncheon

The conference invited all Prison Ministry volunteers to a luncheon Sunday, August 16, to show appreciation. The event was based on Matthew 25:36, “I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” According to Ron Mathieson, prison ministry lay coordinator from the Atlanta Southside Church, “84% of inmates had not... Read article

My Path to God

Finding Friendship in the Standifer Gap Church Family. It was a cold night in February, and I was sleeping when suddenly I woke up, trembling with thoughts of my childhood. I had started going back to church, so I thought I would open the Bible to try to find some comfort.  My eyes fell on Proverbs 3:5-6:  “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;... Read article

The Great Egg Drop

All eyes watched, necks craned upward, as students, teachers, and parents at Jasper Adventist Christian School in Tennessee took part in “The Great Egg Drop.” Read article

Hero Day Inspires and Energizes Young Students

September 11, 2015. What an appropriate date for “Hero Day!” Students in the pre-K/ kindergarten and lower elementary grades at Carman Adventist School in Marietta, Ga., began the school year learning about heroes during their Pathways theme study time..... Read article

Meet Mickey Bankhead

I am the new (and returning) director of Information Technology (IT ) for the Conference office, as of Oct. 1. Everyone uses technology, everyday, here at the conference. This position coordinates computers/laptops, the network... Read article

Mountain City Pathfinders Collect Cans

The Mountain City Soaring Eagles Pathfinder Club, from Mountain City, Tenn., went collecting food for the needy recently. They received lots of food, but were also given monetary donations, and gifts to share in holiday baskets. The Pathfinders really enjoyed bringing the bounty back to the church. It was exciting to see the boys separating the canned items into categories.  The girls... Read article

University Student Reflects on “Leadership Reboot” Weekend

I went into the weekend very expectantly. I had just gotten through an extremely taxing week due to classes, family, and rampant emotions. Recalling how much of a blessing the CONNECT Conference was for me last semester, I expected nothing less from this ACF (Adventist Christian Fellowship) leadership retreat. I am happy and blessed... Read article

First Pathfinder, Adventurer Induction Held at Soddy Daisy Church

The Soddy Daisy Hispanic Mission Group in Tenn. had their first Pathfinder and Adventurer Club Induction Sabbath, Oct. 10, with Doris Miguel Erwin as the director. The church memberships overall is bilingual, with members speaking both English and Spanish. They are excited, about 40% of the Pathfinders and Adventurers are guests. What a great way to reach out to the... Read article

58 Young Scientists Attend SonSpark Labs VBS in Alpharetta

The Alpharetta church in Georgia held a science-themed Vacation Bible School (VBS) program called SonSpark Labs this summer, from July 13-17. Children discovered that God loves them and that through Jesus, they can be members of God’s family. The 58 young scientists in attendance participated in crafts, games, snacks, experiments,... Read article

South Georgia Food Ministry Spans 15 Counties

“You are a blessing from heaven” was the greeting we received as we made our July food delivery to a senior center. In South Georgia, where senior citizens form a majority of the population, we find that many retirees are struggling to make ends meet on their limited Social Security income. Consequently, Adventist... Read article

Advent House Receives Much-Needed Summer Upgrades

This summer Advent House, which serves as the home of Adventist Christian Fellowship on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) campus, completed a remodeling project to improve the quality of its ministry. The upgrades included renovation of a bathroom, the addition of two bedroom closets, installation of new ceilings in one bedroom and a hallway, plus new paint for the walls in these... Read article

Lister Wakes Up Collegedale Academy Students with Week of Prayer

One of the best week of prayers at Collegedale Academy (CA) took place from August 17 to August 21. Orchard Park Church’s senior pastor, Martin Lister, spoke about living in a cross culture and made many points that we all needed to hear. My heart felt renewed and joyful after the week was through.All week, I felt myself questioning my beliefs. Pastor Lister got up on his... Read article

Thank You Education Retirees

Last week, Oct. 19-20, the conference education department held a Teacher's Convention at Cohutta Springs Conference Center. Here is a photo of the staff who have recently retired.... Read article

Adventists Invited to Auburn Stroll

What a blessing the Auburn Seventh-day Adventist Church received on Sept 12, 2015, when the City of Auburn, Ga., invited members to participate in their annual Auburn Stroll.  The Mayor asked Jeff Westberg, pastor, to give the Invocation and lead out in the Pledge of Allegiance while Shelli-Ann Jackson sang the National Anthem.  This was the city’s way of expressing their appreciation for... Read article

God Watches Over His Children

We were a newly married couple and pregnant with our first child, My husband and I were on our way out of town for the week because he had a business meeting that he needed to attend and he was not comfortable leaving me alone at home. As we are driving along the road there was hardly any traffic and we were happy that we were making... Read article

Maryville Enjoys VBS

Vacation Bible School was held at the Maryville Church in Tenn., June 15-19. The theme was DISCOVER. At Camp Discovery, under the direction of Camp Director James, the group learned that Jesus works through us. Campers explored God's wonderful love through crafts, games, stories, music, and food.Activities from VBS include: Treetop Storytelling with Miss Debbie, Miss Sonia,... Read article

Hamilton Community Church’s Biker BBQ Continues in 2015

The fourth annual Biker BBQ was held on Saturday, September 12, 2015.  The day was blessed by beautiful weather, plenty of food, and many people – motorcyclists or not.  What is Biker BBQ ?  It’s a day where we invite the biker community to come worship with us, fellowship, eat lunch, and go on a charity ride.  Hamilton Community Church starts advertising and inviting people in August with... Read article

Summerville Hosts Effective Reversing Diabetes Seminar

If you drive by the Summerville, Ga., church, you might mistake it for a house. The quaint building sits in a small neighborhood and holds 12 pews:  two short rows of six. So when church members decided to hold a six-week Reversing Diabetes seminar for the community, they decided to rent Summerville’s Chamber of Commerce building.Twelve people from the community... Read article

Happy birthday Dorothy Harp

Family and friends gathered at the Loganville Church to celebrate "Dorothy's Decades" the theme for the 100th birthday of Dorothy Dawson Harp, a member of the Loganville, Ga., church.  She was born in southern Indiana on August 18, 1915.   Harp grew up with the rapid... Read article

Women’s Retreat Shows God’s Extravagant Grace

Approximately 130 women traveled to Jekyll Island, along the coast of Georgia, for a fall women’s retreat held Aug. 21-23. Five pastor’s wives highlighted different aspects of God’s grace as they explored the retreat’s theme. Sersie Blue, a newly rebaptized member of the Camden Church in Kingsland, Ga., said, “Getting away with women is very helpful for me. The kindred spirit... Read article

Southern Professor Authors New Business Ethics Textbook

While sitting at home the lines between right and wrong can seem pretty clear—even more so in a church pew. But understanding what is fair, just, and legal in the workplace can be complicated. With the help of a new textbook, Business Ethics in Biblical Perspective (InterVarsity Press, 2015), students at Southern and other Christian colleges around the... Read article

Peachtree City Hosts Community Health Fair

The Peachtree City Seventh-day Adventist Church hosted its 2nd annual Community Health Fair and Blood Drive on Sunday, March 22, 2015, in its Family Life Center.  The health fair is one of the main community outreach events for the Peachtree City Church during the year, with the number of attendees and exhibitors growing annually.  The event is totally free to the public, including the... Read article

GCA Trains Spiritual Leaders

Campus Ministries is the department that plans spiritual events for the students of Georgia-Cumberland Academy (GCA). They seek to bring teenagers to Christ, get them to connect with Him, and empower them as spiritual leader. Josh Woods, chaplain, and Ruth Bonet, assistant chaplain, lead Campus Ministries along with a team of student staff. There are many ways students can get... Read article

Country Life Restaurant Offers Vegan 101 Cooking Class

Country Life Natural Food Store and Vegan Restaurant in Columbus, Ga., held its monthly community Cooking Class on Thursday, July 23. Seventeen people braved afternoon thunderstorms to attend the presentation, entitled “Vegan 101,” an introduction to preparing delicious and nutritious plant-based meals options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Read article

Adventist Physician's Patient Joins Camden Church

Two years ago Eric Taylor, a family practice physician in St. Mary’s, Ga., was impressed by the Holy Spirit to invite his very next patient to church. That “next patient” was Sersie Shakespeare-Blue, who accepted the invitation and attended prayer meeting at the Camden, Ga., church for the first time in June of 2013. Read article

China Pioneer Team Reports

Sister Z is one of our new members who is now receiving pastoral care. Her family heavily relies on her income for financial support. At the end of 2014, her husband begged her to move to another city and find a job. Not wanting to leave her church family, she resisted. Instead, she attempted to convince her husband that she could earn enough money selling handicrafts. Read article

Scoring Big with 3 Point Play

3 Point Play Ministries conducted basketball, soccer, and volleyball sports camps in nine towns this summer, something E.W. Dempsey, personal and pioneer ministries director for the conference, has done for the past 15 years. They ministered to a record 320 children with a staff of six and Dempsey as director.  “The purpose of these camps is to meet parents and build... Read article

Campus Gallery Features Popular Adventist Illustrator

Works by Lars Justinen, one of the most featured illustrators in Seventh-day Adventist publications over the past two two decades, is on display at Southern’s John C. Williams Gallery October 8 through November 6. His retrospective show, “An Unexpected Journey,” is free and open to the public. “It’s a big deal for our community to come and enjoy a visual experience of such high quality that might bring back childhood memories or remind them of illustrations from stories they have read to their own children,” said Giselle Hasel, MFA, associate professor in the School of Visual Art and Design. Read article

Auburn Church Greets Community Members in the Front Yard

Instead of going home after the worship service on Sabbath, July 4, approximately 30 members of the Adventist church in Auburn, Ga., moved outdoors onto the front lawn. Recognizing a perfect opportunity to reach out to the Auburn community, they set up chairs and several tables in front of the church so they could greet folk who were passing by on their way to attend the city’s July 4... Read article

Southern Benefit Concert Raising Funds for Family of I-75 Crash Victim

Southern’s School of Music is holding a benefit concert on September 27 to honor Brian Gallaher, one of six fatalities in the massive I-75 pileup near Ooltewah on June 25 that was the deadliest Chattanooga area traffic incident of the past 10 years. Gallaher was an Ocoee Middle School band director who would often perform with Southern’s Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, and... Read article

Retired Educators to Share Regional Duties

During the search process to find the best possible candidate to fill the duties of regional director for the conference’s Southern Region, the Office of Education has appointed three recently retired administrators to serve as part-time associates until this position is filled.  Larry Robbins, Rosa Lee Tubbs, and April Schander each concluded their careers at the end of... Read article

Meet Tammy Fisher

Tell us about your job and what you do.  My job as the communication director is to share the stories of the Georgia- Cumberland Conference constituents. This involves so many aspects—from our bimonthly newsletter, Communiqué, to our website, video production, and different forms of social media. Photography, writing, editing, marketing, media relations (including crisis),... Read article

Churches Hosting A Marathon Training Class

Ever dream of running a half or full marathon or even a 5K? You can, even if you never have before! Avid runners Dave Ketelsen, Ron Reading, and Mickey Mallory are each helping facilitate a Marathon Training Class to help you prepare for the races to be held Oct. 18 in downtown Chattanooga.  The Seventh-day Adventist 7 Bridges Marathon will be a full marathon of 26.2 miles,... Read article

Restore Ministry Reaches Out to Latino Children

Having previously attended only public schools, Katherine Rodriguez found it exciting to be able to pray in class after she transferred to Southern Adventist University in 2012. Katherine had chosen Southern so she could have a strong Christian foundation for her future career, and she savored her faith-based instruction. Her first social work class stands out clearly in her mind, because... Read article

This Little Light of Mine

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:14-16, NKJV). We know that Jesus is the light of the world and... Read article

Back to School "God in Shoes" at Hamilton Community

Chattanooga, Tenn., also held a back to school “God in Shoes” event at Hamilton Community Church. They invited the first grade students from East Lake School.  About 60 attendees were registered by Dawn Crerar and Joy Marshall, assisted by Rosamaria McMcMillan and welcomed and escorted by Ann Allen. Free backpacks with school supplies were given, and a new pair of shoes... Read article

Back to School "God in Shoes" at Vise Grove

Sam Ball, pastor, and wife, Traci, serve the Hiram, Ga. and Heritage (Douglasville, Ga.) churches in the conference's southern region. However, they also planted a church in Vise Grove, Ala. That church-plant congregation held a back to school "God In Shoes" community outreach on Sunday, Aug. 2. The church members handed out school supplies, provided free "back to school"... Read article

Water Bottles and Books Given Away in Clevelend

The youth of the Cleveland First Hispanic Company, working with Impacted Chattanooga, reached out to their community of Cleveland, Tenn., on Sabbath, Aug. 22, with "A bottle of cold water for you." They distributed bottles of cold water at the Central Park in Cleveland, they gave food... Read article

AMEN’s Impact Your Health Chattanooga to be Held October 3 and 4

Beginning with an unprecedented venue donation at the Trade and Convention Center in downtown Chattanooga, God’s hand has been evident in the orchestration of Impact Your Health Chattanooga, a free medical and dental clinic to be held on October 3 and 4. The clinic will serve as a precursor to John Bradshaw's It Is Written evangelistic campaign beginning the following... Read article

Heading East, Visit the Birthplace of Adventistm

The Washington New Hampshire Seventh-day Adventist Church has experienced a busy summer with tours of General Conference delegates from South Africa and China, as well as a number of delegates from other countries who came on personal tours. They anticipate a busy fall as well. font-size: 13px;... Read article

FLAG Camp Goes Around the World

Smiles and shouts of joy, children running all around, and stories of Jesus being shared are all characteristics of a new ministry started in Duluth called FLAG camp. FLAG stands for “fun learning about God” and is a mini-vbs type program offered for kids. The Duluth Church has decided to hold FLAG camp in a low-income area in Clarkston, Ga. How does this reach the world you may ask? Well,... Read article

Scott Publishes Children's Book on "Getting Ready"

Shannon Scott, a member of the Stonehill Seventh-day Adventist Church in Austin, Texas, who currently lives in Calhoun, Georgia, and attends the Georgia-Cumberland Academy Church, recently published a fully-illustrated children’s book titled Time to Get Ready: Teaching Kids About Salvation and the End of Time. Shannon, the mother of six children,... Read article

Radical Rescue is VBS Kit on the Sanctuary

Knoxville First church member, Kimberly Crider, and her family operated an exhibit booth at the General Conference session in San Antonio, Texas, this past July.  They were promoting their recently released Vacation Bible School (VBS) kit on the sanctuary. The kit is entitled, “Radical Rescue: The Sanctuary and God’s Awesome Plan to Save us from Sin." It's aim is to introduce the Biblical... Read article

Conference Phone Service Not Working

The conference office phone system was struck by lightning last night and our phones are temporarily not working. We are sorry if you cannot reach us. Please feel free to email info@gccsda.com and we will forward your information to the person you are trying to contact. Information Technology said they hope to have the part to... Read article

Pastor Shares Memories from General Conference

The 60th General Conference Session of the Seventh-day Adventist Church met in San Antonio, TX, July 2-11, 2015 with the theme: Arise! Shine! Jesus is Coming! Delegates and members of our Church came from all around the world and we met as the people of God to conduct the business of the World Church. The city officials did a wonderful job of preparing for our... Read article

ABC Remodeled in Decatur

In the early spring of this year, the ABC Board explored options for ensuring growth for the future of the Decatur ABC, located at 4003 Memorial Drive, Decatur, Ga. They felt that remodeling the 3,300 square foot facility, and creating a new footprint would continue with that goal that has been serving the Greater Atlanta area since the 1960s.April 20, started off with the... Read article

LaFollette Church Participates in Health Celebration

For the third time the LaFollette Church participated in the 5th Annual Sumner Health Celebration held at the Dewey Hunter Center in LaFollette, Tenn., June 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. The focus was on children's health. Sugar in foods was the LaFollette Church's subject. Over 100 natural strawberry-banana fruit smoothie samples were given away and a contest was held to see how many... Read article

Jellico Community Service Provides Back to School Clothes for Children

Community Services for the Jellico Tenn. Church was able to provide a two-day event with back to school clothes for children, in grades K-8. On July 23, and July 30, 2015, from 9 am to 2 pm, each child was given two outfits, two pair of socks, and one new pair of shoes. All clothes were donations from the church or from the community. In total, 169 children received... Read article

Hometown Nazareth Theme for LaFollette VBS

Hometown Nazareth was the theme for Vacation Bible School (VBS) held July 20-25 at the LaFollette Company in LaFollette,  Tenn.  Average attendance was 27 with a total of 41 participating. Many of the "residents" commented on how it was the best VBS ever. font-size: 13px; background-color:... Read article

10th Annual Southern Deaf Camp Meeting Takes Place

The 10th Annual Southern Deaf Camp Meeting took place at the beautiful Cohutta Springs Convention Center in north Georgia, July 29-Aug. 2. The theme was"Hope for a Broken World," with main speaker Larry Evans, general conference coordinator of Adventist Deaf Ministries International. In addition to his hope filled inspirational messages, his world report of the deaf work was very... Read article

A Wedding and a Baptism

From Sabbath, June 13, to Sabbath, June 20, the First Cleveland Hispanic Company in Tenn. held an Evangelistic conference.The preacher was Orlando Lemus, a pastor from the country of Colombia. The motto was !Ahora es el tiempo de...! One couple, Aurelio and Antonia, had a special experience. After four years of resisting they accepted Jesus and were married on Sunday, June 14, and baptized less... Read article

IMPACT Your Health - Chattanooga Seeks Volunteers

"Impact Your Health Chattanooga!" is a FREE health and dental clinic being conducted on October 3-4 as a precursor to John Bradshaw's It Is Written evangelistic campaign (which begins the following weekend). Partners and financial contributors for this event include the Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN), the East Ridge Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Georgia-Cumberland... Read article

Loganville Celebrates International Sabbath

As a preview of what the upcoming worldwide General Conference Session represents, the social committee of the Loganville church in Georgia, recently sponsored  a celebration of the international diversity during its church service.   A history of the beginnings of the Adventist message, along with current church and membership statistics, was read as one representative from each country came... Read article

Journal of Health and Healing Available

Counsel on health that we received many years ago is more relevant today than when it was written in the 19th century.  “When properly conducted, the health work is an entering wedge, making a way for other truths to reach the heart”  (Test Vol 6 p 327).  Lifestyle disease and illness affects just about every family today in the western... Read article

Pathfinder Leaders Travel to Mongolia to Train

A few Pathfinder leaders from Georgia-Cumberland made a trip to Ulaanbaatar (which means ‘red hero’), in Mongolia May 31-June 9 to help train pastors and Pathfinder leaders.  Here are some fun Adventist facts about Mongolia, home to around... Read article

Planting Seeds Where God Plants You

Caryn Payne, the conference membership coordinator, recently received an email that got her excited. Payne loves to solve a good puzzle and this email provided just that.  Here is a part of the email request:  “I am writing to you... Read article

A Matter of the Heart: From Muslim to Christian

What does it take for Seventh-day Adventist truths to capture the heart of a devout 11-year-old Muslim? Nathan Griswold came from Egypt to live with his Adventist grandparents in June 2013. One of his first questions was if it would be okay for him to observe Ramadan. Wanting to honor his convictions (it is not mandatory for children to observe Ramadan), they decided to... Read article

One Million El Centinela Magazines

For the first time in our history, one million El Centinela magazines were distributed in a single day throughout Hispanic communities all over the North American Division (NAD).  To accomplish this immense task, the NAD assigned each union and conference with a specific number of magazines to be distributed... Read article

Touching Lives One Book at a Time

“I had been praying that the Lord might send a lady to my door to study the Bible with me,” the lady told literature evangelist Inez Wilkerson. “The Mormons have come by and the Jehovah’s Witnesses have come by, and I asked the Lord, Where are the Christians?”  The goal of the Publishing Department is to give... Read article

Jorge Quintiana's Journey to Ordination

It would seem to be a clerical error that put Jorge Quintiana on the path to pastoral ministry. In college, when he pointed out that theology wasn’t the major he intended to sign up for, he was told to “just give it a try and see what the theology department has to offer.”  Reflecting back on that time,... Read article

Dentistry From the Heart

As the sun rose against the backdrop of the mountains of the Cumberland Plateau on May 22, 2015, residents of Bledsoe County lined up outside Pikeville Family Dentistry to receive free dental care at the Dentistry from the Heart event sponsored by Dr. Fred Lee. Some residents had waited all night to ensure a spot, since only the first 50 were guaranteed treatment. However,... Read article

Conference Re-Welcomes Harold Cunningham

What comes around goes around, at least for Harold Cunningham. It is with joy that the conference announces Harold Cunningham will return as the ministerial director for the southern region, an area that begins in Macon, Ga., and goes to the Florida border, encompassing approximately 50,000 square miles and more than 50 congregations.... Read article

Meet Rick Claus

Tell us about your job and what you do.  I am the associate treasurer, safety officer, and assistant office manager for the conference office. My work includes employee benefits and supervising payrolls, both for regular employees and those who are locally funded. I make sure that everyone gets paid with benefits appropriate for their employment status and... Read article

Stewardship and Serendipity

On one of my recent early-morning walks, I spotted a newborn fawn wobbling across the lawn. Its mother stood waiting at the edge of our driveway. Our dog, Bandit, also spied the fawn and ran forward. “No, Bandit!” I shouted. Thankfully, Bandit changed direction and came back to me. We turned and walked away so the doe could comfortably escort her little one into the safety... Read article

Mei Chin Featured With Rome Symphony

Mei Chin, a talented 14-year-old from Calhoun, Ga., was featured as a piano soloist with the Rome Symphony on April 25 in a concert showcasing local concerto competition winners. On the program that evening were two college students, a 12th-grader, and Chin, a ninth-grader.  “It was very fun and... Read article

Bowers to Serve at Cohutta Springs Conference Center

Gayln L. Bowers comes to Cohutta Springs Conference Center as the new executive director July 1. Originally from North Dakota, Bowers was raised on a farm with five siblings.An international individual, Bowers lived in Australia for several years working for IBM in accounting and then served as a missionary in Thailand for six years. Upon returning to the United States in... Read article

Rustad Named General Vice President

Please join the conference as they welcome Gary Rustad to the position of general vice president. He will manage the numerous church ministries departments, serve as liaison for Cohutta Springs Conference Center, coordinate camp meetings, Adventist Community Services, and Disaster Response. Ed Wright, president, says, “Gary is gifted with so many talents, but most... Read article

Knoxville Says Thanks for Small School Stimulus

What is the Georgia-Cumberland Conference (GCC) doing to invest in Christian education? We often read of programs and scholarships the conference is making available, but what difference do these efforts actually make? At the Knoxville Adventist School (KAS) in Tennessee parents and teachers are more than happy to answer this question. The GCC small school stimulus program... Read article

Conyers Bids Farewell to Beloved Pastor

John Strickland and Christina, his wife, were treated to a musical send off as they bid farewell to the Conyers Church congregation in Ga. after 10 years of dedicated service. His passion for good spirit-filled music, and strong support for the church’s music ministry, made this a fitting way to show appreciation.The musical send off concert featured talent from the local... Read article

Alpharetta Church Trying New Things

The Alpharetta Church in Georgia is stepping out in faith, trying new ways to reach Millennials and busy young parents in their alternate Adult Sabbath School class. Entitled "Plugged In", the class has a unique multimedia format to facilitate learning, encourage participation, and tune... Read article

Happy 100th Birthday John Spruill

On June 7, 2015, John C. Spruill of Apison, Tenn., turned 100 years old.  John Chester Spruill was born to Zachariah and Josie Spruill on June 7, 1915, in Carroll County, Ga.  John was... Read article

Kingsport Warriors Recognized in National Pathfinder Competition

A team of local children, ages 10-14, recently received a first-place ranking in a national competition in Texas based on their knowledge of the Biblical book of Matthew. The six children are members of the Kingsport Warriors Pathfinder club, a youth group sponsored by the Kingsport Seventh-day Adventist Church in Tennessee.The group decided in late September to participate... Read article

Running for Community

It is exciting. The Georgia-Cumberland Conference is sponsoring, as the title sponsor, the 7 Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga, Tenn. It will take place Oct. 18, 2015, beginning at 7 a.m. Jay Nevans, Scenic City Multisport principal and event coordinator, said: “People are traveling to Chattanooga from other... Read article

Morristown Celebrates School Mortgage Burning

The Morristown Church celebrated a debt free school with a mortgage burning Sabbath morning, April 10. The church in Morristown, Tenn., was established in 1925 and started its Christian education program in a single classroom in 1926. In 1983 under the direction of Mitch Hazekamp, pastor at that time, a new facility was built with two classrooms, a kitchen, two bathrooms and a large... Read article

South Georgia Congregates at Camp Meeting

There is nothing like a re­gional camp meeting and espe­cially one in south Georgia where the people are welcoming and the potluck is delicious. People gathered at Wimbish Road Church in Macon to mingle, hear great music, and preach­ing. Edward Reid, assistant to the president for Planned Giving with Adventist World Radio (AWR), brought the good news Sabbath, March... Read article

Southern Deaf Fellowship Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Congratulations are in order for the Southern Deaf Fellowship (SDF) on their 10th anniversary. The big day was celebrated 10 years after they were officially organized as a church May 9, 2015.Sixty-six members and visitors, including Debra Brill, vice president for the North American Division, came to church for this special event.Stan Patterson, associate... Read article

Jerry Fore Retires After 44 Years

Jerry Fore is a rare leader in a unique role. He has led a diverse, fast-paced group of game changing church ministries staff at the Georgia-Cumberland Conference for the past 17 years. He has walked beside these leaders, helped them birth new programs and offered them a listening ear and much wisdom as they launched new... Read article

Hoffer Publishes Book on Lost Ark

James Hoffer, a Ringgold, Ga., resident, and member of the McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church recently published a book with TEACH Services, Inc., titled Secrets and Mysteries of the Lost Ark. The book walks readers through a study of the ark of the covenant and the sanctuary, two important components of our Christian faith. Designed for individual use or as a group Bible... Read article

"Muy Contento"

Wolf Jedamski, administrator and pastor of global missions for the Collegedale Church in Tenn., shared his response to a mission trip that he and his church family recently took to Cuba March 3-16.I was afraid the Caribbean Sea was too cold for our eight baptismal candidates, espe­cially for our sweet grandma who had just taken her... Read article

Weight Loss and Fun at North Knoxville Church

“Wow! It seems like a lot of people are losing weight!” my daughter remarked after returning to church at North Knoxville from school.Looking around the meeting room, she named five people whose weight loss had become noticeable. Her state­ment marked a turning point in the culture of our church, enabling us to talk about obesity.The... Read article

Reversing Diabetes Seminars Offered in Tenn. Community

Diabetes is a disease of epidemic proportions that touches the lives of many people. There is a great need for education and support for those affected. The Harrison Seventh-day Adventist Church in Tenn., in an effort to meet the needs of their community, hosted a six-week Reversing Diabetes Seminar. The participants learned how to change their diet and lifestyle, while continuing with their... Read article

Wishes Granted for Missionary Boy's Birthday

Jason Roberts turned 9 years old Thursday, May 28. What is so unusual, it was his first birthday in the United States. He was born in Indonesia. His parents, Eric and Heidi, are missionaries in Papua, Indonesia, and are on furlough in the United States. Here is where the story gets interesting. Heidi shared that “when we were putting our furlough plans together a few months... Read article

New Workshops and Blessings at Collegedale Camp Meeting

Collegedale camp meeting kicked off Wednesday, May 27, with guest speaker Dwight Nelson. He will be sharing on the life of Joseph in the Iles PE Center at Southern Adventist University. His sermon titles include:Thursday 7 pm – “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: He’s Alive”Friday 7 pm – “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Me and Mrs.... Read article

Cancer Survivors Celebrate Life

Twenty-eight cancer patients/survivors and their families spent the weekend of March 27-29 at the Cohutta Springs Conference Center for the second annual Celebration of Life. Sponsored by the Conference, Cohutta Springs Conference Center, Gordon Hospital, and C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N Health, the event “is hosted to help ease the burden that is experienced by cancer survivors and... Read article

Regenerate Recap

Approximately 2,000 people attended this year’s Regenerate: Youth and Young Adult Festival, which was held March 28 at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton, Ga. Guest speaker Benjamin Lundquist, Young Adult Ministry director for the Arizona Conference, challenged listeners to accept responsibility for those within their circle of influence and to... Read article

Meet Miguel Tirado

Tell us about your job and what you do.  I’m the director of Latin-American Ministries. I have two main areas of responsibility. The first is ministerial, where I take care of pastoral families and their congregations (there are 20 in the conference). This involves hiring, helping, moving, pastoral issues, and taking care of Hispanic church buildings,... Read article

The Good, the Bad, and The Rest of Us

The North American Division (NAD) is courageously collecting large amounts of data, and Seventh-day Adventist Christian education has a lot of intriguing news to share. Here are a few findings for your review: THE GOOD  • 81% of students in grades 6-12 agree that attending an... Read article

Lemaitre Leaves Cohutta Feeling Blessed

After working almost eight years as the executive director for Cohutta Springs Conference Center, Olivier LeMaitre is stepping down to pursue a position in the private sector.  What drew LeMaitre to the position originally was how Cohutta served as a tool for ministry. “When I walked in to interview eight... Read article

Stewardship and Prayer

“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, if I shall die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.”  This was the simple prayer I prayed at bedtime as a child. I’m sure hundreds, even thousands, of kids have grown up repeating it. Typically, most of us pray when we get up or go to bed... Read article

TEENS CONNECT AT OASIS: HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT

When Stephanie Stanton was in high school, she was about the only teenager in her home church in Fannin County, Ga., since all her peers were away at an Adventist academy. As the only Adventist in the local public school she attended, she was intrigued one Sabbath when she saw an advertisement for the conference’s Oasis: High School Retreat, a weekend planned specifically... Read article

Georgia Pathfinders Enjoy Honors Weekend

As the old song says, “There’s a lighthouse on the hillside that overlooks life’s sea...” The Valdosta, Ga., Voyagers Pathfinder Club recently had the opportunity to learn about lighthouses. On March 6-8, 2015, they traveled to the home of Matt and Amy Ellis in Camden County and joined the Waycross Okies... Read article

Grandview Church Feeds Community

The Grandview Church in Austell, Ga., aims to be not only a house of worship but also a resource to its surrounding community. On Oct. 3, 2010, the church began a partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to address the physical needs of individuals in the Austell area through a food pantry. Food packages are distributed twice a month in an effort to ensure that individuals are able... Read article

Gordon Hospital Day of Prayer Thursday, May 7

National Day of Prayer will take place Thursday, May 7, at Gordon Hospital.  They are inviting the community to join their staff in calling for the blessings of God to fall on all aspects of life in Gordon County and the entire nation.  Come and help... Read article

LaFollette Men's Events Update

There is a group of five to six men who walk the mall near the LaFollette Adventist Company in Tenn. on a regular basis. They have turned it into a friendly competition to see who is the "youngest" in body age, etc. This last time they walked, they teased church members saying they would give $100 if we would tell one of them (the youngest) that he had the oldest body age reading. We teased... Read article

CONNECT: Post Conference Reflections

CONNECT is the annual Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF) leadership conference. This year, the theme was Incarnation. All were blessed by speaker June Price, Andrews University chaplain, as well as Marty and Gale Miller and Danny and Emily Wells. Here are brief reflections shared by two attendees.* Janette*When I was younger, I... Read article

Atlanta Braves Game Day Aug. 16– Support GCC Youth & Young Adults

Come be part of the First Annual Georgia-Cumberland Conference (GCC) Family Game Day as the Atlanta Braves take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at 1:30 on August 16, 2015.  This is a multi-generational event sponsored by the Pathfinder, Youth and Young Adult departments of GCC and intended for any and all of our Seventh-day Adventist family members. font-size: 13px;... Read article

LaFollette Reaches In and Out

Penny PrayersThe LaFollette Church in Tenn. is using the Young Disciple lesson study for classes with the children and they are enjoying them very much. Teacher Tawmi Mitchell – or Ms. Tawmi, as she is affectionately know – seems to make the class come alive and she appreciates the teaching materials that are used as a springboard to better lead those young lives to come to a... Read article

Hixson Church Offers Mad About Marriage Seminar

The Hixson Adventist Church had 28 pre-registered couples attend their March 6-7 "Mad About Marriage" seminar with Mike and Gayle Tucker, hosts of Lifestyle Magazine. Attendees traveled from as far away as Atlanta. One of the reports received from a couple married 40 years was:  "We had no idea about this... Read article

Knoxville Church Holds Health Fair and Attracts 1,000 Visitors

 A free vegetarian tasting and health fair took place on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at the Knoxville First Church. Approximately 1,000 community residents attended and sampled vegetarian and total plant-based (vegan) cuisine from 20 area restaurants and food vendors.  Other area vendors sold health-related products and distributed... Read article

Kindness Opens Blind Eyes

Owen Neal was not born blind, but about fifteen years ago he was involved in an automobile accident in which he sustained a head injury. Over the next couple of years he completely lost his sight. Neil, born in Jamaica, grew up living next door to neighbors who were... Read article

Greater Atlanta Celebrates State and International Day

The unique arrangement on Sabbath, February 28, will be long remembered by the members of Greater Atlanta Church. They had over thirty visitors join for worship with speaker Leroy Sewell, church pastor. The theme "..all nations kindred, and people and tongues, stood before the throne..." Revelation 7:9 (KJV).... Read article

Valentine's Celebrated at Thomaston

Thirty-nine members and visitors attended the Valentine’s banquet at the Thomaston Fellowship Hall on Sunday, February 15. Paco Rodriquez sang romantic ballads, including “Unchained Melody” in Italian, “The Man You Love,” “You Raise Me Up,” and others.... Read article

Allene Whitehouse is Cohutta Church Miracle

It would soon be Thanksgiving, 2014, and I was looking forward to being with my family. Then, that evening, the pain began, with stomach upheaval!I was whisked off, by ambulance, to the E.R. When I awoke I was in Intensive Care, and I heard someone say: "We can't keep her here any longer." Then I awoke in another bed in another location. "Hospice" was called, and soon I was home... Read article

Samaritan Center Expands with $3 Million Project

To celebrate the culmination of a major $3 million project that has expanded and revitalized its campus, the Samaritan Center held a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration March 20 at their Center in Ooltewah. The program and ribbon cutting will be followed by refreshments and tours for those interested.... Read article

50 Couples Attend Hispanic Retreat

"Fundamentals of a Happy Marriage," “Laugh Therapy,” "Blessings Through Trials," were just some of the seminars presented during the Hispanic Couples Retreat Feb. 20 -22 at the Winshape Retreat Center in... Read article

CA Fine Arts Presents Meredith Willson's "The Music Man"

The Collegedale Academy Music and Art Departments will present Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” in four shows April 11-13 in the academy auditorium. Performances include Sabbath, April 11, at 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 12, at 2 pm and 7 pm; and Monday, April 13, at 7:00 pm. Ticket prices range from $10.00, $12.50, to $15.00.To purchase tickets,... Read article

Meet Connie Starkey, HR Director

Tell us about your job and what you do. I’m the director of Human Resource Services (HR). HR is involved in the full gamut of employment and the numerous areas it encompasses. We are involved at various levels of hiring, employee orientation, wage and salary administration, benefits,... Read article

Stewardship: Counting the Cost

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it” (Luke 14:28, NKJV)? As we count the cost, we must consider if we are willing to pay “a king’s ransom” or to complete it “at any cost” or... Read article

Does Anyone Care?

“Amen.” That was the ending word of the prayer of thanksgiving and request for safe travel. John then turned and boarded the bus that was to reunite him with the son he had lost contact with three years earlier. He also had a place to live and new job waiting for him in Charlotte. How different his circumstances were now than when we first met. I had met John three weeks... Read article

Doing the Most Good

Born in Battle Creek, Mich., June Williams never heard the name of Jesus until she was five years old. In that year, her sister, Juenelle, 6, died suddenly. While neither of her parents were religious, this dreadful experience led her mother, Estelle to reach out to God.  Her mother, Estelle found peace in the... Read article

Actor to Perform at Southern April 2

Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., will host actor Tom Dugan as he performs a one-man show on Thursday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ackerman Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $12 for families. Dugan was a professional actor in Los Angeles for over 25 years and currently writes and stars in one-man historical plays. Dugan was one of the Los Angeles... Read article

Prayer Conference Elevates

Prayer Conference “Elevate” attendees are blessed in, with, and through prayer Feb. 20-22 at Cohutta Springs Conference Center. Guest speaker Ron Clouzet, musician Jim Moon, and special prayer time made this a great event. Frank Sierra enjoyed the conference saying, “We did a lot of praying, getting in groups. That is the... Read article

Rallying to Impact Chattanooga

This year It Is Written, Southern Adventist University’s SALT program,band Chattanooga-area churches from the Georgia-Cumberland and South Central conferences are teaming up for a year-long evangelistic campaign called IMPACT Chattanooga. Dale Tunnell, pastor of Chattanooga First Church and prayer coordinator for... Read article

China Report, Pioneer Teams

2015 First Quarter GCC Pioneer Team Report Report #1:The Lord has truly blessed us and we praise Him that we now have our own house church.  The road has not been easy, but we have seen that God is faithful and gives us what we need. We are here in a city with many factories that have attracted thousands of workers from other cities... Read article

Happy 101st Birthday to Edna Chestnutt

We wanted to take a moment to wish a happy birthday to Edna Chestnutt. She turned 101 on March 4, 2015.She is a member of the Apison Church in Tenn. and pictured with Brian Burgess, pastor. His son is providing a serenade. Happy Birthday EDNA CHESTNUTT. May God continue to bless... Read article

Samaritan Center Expands, Grand Opening Friday

To celebrate the culmination of a major $3 million project that has expanded and revitalized its campus, the Samaritan Center is pleased to invite the community to a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration. The celebration and open house will take place Friday, March 20, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Center (9231 Lee Highway in Ooltewah). The program and ribbon cutting... Read article

Children's Ministries Trains Leaders

In His Steps was the theme for the Children’s Ministries Convention held Valentine’s weekend, Feb. 13- 15, at Cohutta Springs Conference Center. The guest speaker for the weekend was Southern Union Youth Ministries Director, Ken Rogers. “Young people want to meet... Read article

Southern LifeGroups: Leaders and Relationships

Sebastian Lopez: "For me, LifeGroups have created an intimate home where I have learned how to lead, share, and grow."  Adam Sawyer: "Without LifeGroups we survive. With LifeGroups we thrive."  Bryant Rodriquez: "LifeGroups gave me a place to laugh, cry, talk freely, and hold myself and others... Read article

Loganville Creates Social to Save Agenda

For 30 Loganville Georgia church members, three score and ten was the pace setter for the Senior Appreciation Sabbath on January 31.  After sharing thoughts on the spiritual contribution and support of the seniors to the church by LaVerne Chin, Lilla Mitto gave a vocal solo in their honor followed by a prayer of dedication by head elder Rick Price.   Young people between the ages of six and... Read article

GCA Students Write Across Curriculum

Education should not be compartmentalized.  Students need to connect what they experience in chemistry with principles in English; they must demonstrate relationships within history and algebra.  This cross-curricular concept is something that Georgia-Cumberland Academy (GCA) believes will make education a holistic endeavor instead of a prismatic smattering of knowledge.  In order to achieve... Read article

Augusta First Serves Community at Christmas

Augusta First Church members spent this holiday season exemplifying Christ in service to their community.  Although without a pastor for 10 months, the members did not let the lack of a shepherd diminish their desire to show Him to others.  In the absence of leadership, they continued to work toward a shared vision.  The Augusta School, Augusta Food Community Service, and Outreach teams... Read article

First Things First

It started last spring when Fern Illidge, a member of the church, got engaged to Malcolm Howard, a fine Baptist man. Sometime in April of 2014, they came to me, Stephen Murdock, and asked, “Pastor, do you do marriage counseling and if so we’d love for you to counsel us.”font-size: 13px;... Read article

Conference to Sponsor Chattanooga's 7 Bridges Marathon

The Georgia-Cumberland Conference is excited to share that they will be supporting Chattanooga’s “7 Bridges Marathon” as the presenting sponsor starting this year and beyond. Ed Wright, conference president, said, “As Seventh-day Adventists our unique message of hope and wholeness combined with our emphasis on a healthy lifestyle makes this a natural partnership. We are honored... Read article

Cohutta Springs Youth Camp Changes Westside Kids

Rob Lang, conference youth director, shared this email from a member of the  staff at  Cohutta Springs Youth Camp. Praise God for camp!Hi Pastor Rob!I hope you and the family are doing well! I hear you are all moved in to your new home- that's so exciting!... Read article

The Blessed Berries

Scott and Jennifer Dempsey wanted to send their daughter, Isabella, to Georgia-Cumberland Academy at the start of the 2014 school year. There was just one problem. They didn’t have the money. Jennifer’s parents had a suggestion. They would dedicate the berry bushes in their sizeable garden toward financing Isabella’s... Read article

Youth Mentoring Begins in Valdosta

You’ve heard it.  You’ve seen it in print.  And though the percentages change slightly, research recently released on the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the North American Division by the Barna Research Group confirms that nearly two thirds of our youth and young adults are leaving the church each year.  And the disturbing part of... Read article

Duluth Students Attack Canvassing Work

Students in grades 5-8 at Duluth Adventist Christian School in Georgia are out canvassing their neighborhoods. The impact is pretty amazing. Below are articles on the experience in their own words.Canvassing at Duluth Adventist Christian School Spreads the GospelBy: Khloe MaceOne word.... Read article

New Member Retreat Informs New Adventists

Once a year the conference offers a retreat for new members who have joined the Seventh-day Adventist church in the past year. Pastors are asked to invite these individuals to a weekend at Cohutta Springs Conference Center. This event took place Jan. 23-25. “It was a wonderful experience meeting our new members at Cohutta. They bonded through sharing their stories of God’s leading,... Read article

CA Senior Wins George Washington Honor Medal

Collegedale Academy senior Megan Thompson received the George Washington Honor Medal because of her entry into the Freedoms Foundation essay contest on November 9, 2014.  During her junior year, Thompson entered the essay contest and was one... Read article

Newport Youth Present Church

An air of expectancy permeated the sanctuary as seven Newport Pathfinders and five Adventurers reached the platform or front row seats.  The worship chair, sixteen year old Marc Butler, welcomed the waiting congregation which filled the church to more than one hundred members and guests.  Prayer, scripture reading and special music by the young people prepared hearts of the congregation for... Read article

Baptisms at Maryville School

Nestled in the foothills of the Tennessee Smoky Mountains, Adventist Christian School of Maryville promotes an academic program that encourages students to grow spiritually while exploring the beauties of God’s world around them.  The natural setting of this small school lends itself to quieter, reflective moments with friends and God. Each year, during the last six weeks of... Read article

Atlanta Southside Holds Atonement Event

The Atlanta Southside Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jonesboro, Georgia celebrated The High Holy Day Temple Service of “The Day of Atonement” on Dec. 27, 2014,  The Sabbath School Division, by Raquel A. Fouts, Superintendent, led in the program as hostess.  It was truly a memorable day of celebration, there... Read article

Upcoming Local Concerts at Southern Adventist University

Southern Adventist University’s Symphony Orchestra Concerto Concert will be held at the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday, February 8 at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. In addition, the performance may be viewed online at southern.edu/streaming. The concert is directed by Laurie Redmer-Minner. Selections include Launy... Read article

Communication Workshop Shares How to Start an Internet Radio Station

This year the Communication Department brought in father/son team Brian and Eric Hickman to share about their experience starting up an internet radio station from Crossville, Tenn. on Jan. 25 at the conference office. Seven people attended the free workshop and many were already very interested in beginning an online radio station with one attendee already operating an FM... Read article

China Report: 4th Quarter

Team A: The past six months have been the most difficult of our lives, but God certainly has not abandoned us and has given us good friends with whom we have started giving Bible studies.  One of our friends, who had been baptized as Christian years ago, shared her testimony.  After she became a Christian there was a fire in her house and everything she owned was either burned... Read article

Stewardship: Sportsmanship

In the small Michigan town where I grew up, sports— football, basketball, and baseball—were a high priority for students, parents, and the community. Being the best team in our league was very important and carried with it certain bragging rights.  Inevitably, there would be a controversial call, making a judgment... Read article

Upcoming Events at Southern Adventist University

RELATIONSHIP EXPERT SHAUNTI FELDHAHN PRESENTS ON "BEING LIFE-READY" JAN. 29Southern will host speaker Shaunti Feldhahn on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. in the Iles PE Center and 7:30 p.m. in Thatcher Chapel. Feldhahn, a social researcher and best-selling author, will speak on “Being Life-Ready” and share her knowledge about relationships, both at home and in the workplace. The... Read article

Magabook Ministries Raises Funds for Schools

MagabookFrontline Magabook Ministries (FMM) is the youth Literature Evangelism department of the Georgia-Cumberland Conference (GCC). FMM has two academies and one university it oversees and operates its colporteur ministry throughout each school year. Each summer at least 100 young people, ages 16-25, join FMM as Literature... Read article

Bagley and Cheek, Congratulations on National Merit Scholar Status

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an "academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test(PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of... Read article

Winterizing the Widow

“Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:17. It was the regular Wednesday night Prayer Meeting of believers. Before continuing the study from the book of Psalms, the small group usually... Read article

A Guilty Conscience

“I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day” (Acts 23:1, NKJV).  The Greek word for conscience is suneidesis. It means “to know together with oneself—to be one’s own witness regarding your own conduct—a consciousness of... Read article

God In Shoes Steps It Up

Communication director, Tamara Wolcott Fisher, recently sat down with the Women’s Ministries team—Jo Dubs, director, and Donna Crandall, administrative assistant—to learn more about the God in Shoes outreach that took place in conjunction with the North American Division (NAD) Women’s Convention, held in September in Orlando, Fla. The God in Shoes outreach took place... Read article

Meet Tim Leffew, Publishing/PARL director

Tim Leffew is director of the conference’s Publishing/PARL (Public Affairs and Religious Liberty) Department. The publishing ministry is a multifaceted program, and Tim stays very active overseeing its many parts. These include the fundraising programs for elementary school children, the Magabook summer programs, and school literature... Read article

Lost and Found

 It was a near-perfect morning for torching my brush pile of fallen branches, dead trees, and outdoor debris. My tractor was well-stocked with rakes, diesel fuel, fire kindling, and my chain saw. As the fire roared to life, gaining momentum, I paused to lay my glasses in... Read article

Baptisms Take Place in Cleveland First Hispanic

From Sabbath, Dec. 13, to Sabbath, Dec. 20, the Cleveland First Hispanic Company in Cleveland, Tenn., and their pastor, Hector Hernandez, held an Evangelistic Crusade, the first one to take place in the Cleveland First Hispanic’s church. God blessed every night. Between 13-16 attended the event. Three beautiful souls were baptized Sabbath, December 20, and five more individuals plan to be... Read article

Jasper Students See the Bible Through Egypt

The 5th -8th grade students of the Jasper Adventist Christian School in Tenn., have been studying about ancient Egypt in their social studies class.  Their teacher, Holly Abrams, visited the country of Egypt as a 14 year old and was able to tell the students first hand, what the pyramids looked like and how really huge each building block was.  She described how life-like the mummies still... Read article

Loganville Makes Pillowcase Dresses for Orphans

For about the past ten years the Loganville Church in Ga., has been supporting missionary work to Haiti. What’s even better, the church has its own special missionary; Pam Reifsnyder. Reifsnyder and her team have been conducting missionary trips to the Lascahobas area of Haiti (about two and a half hours from Port Au Prince), where they currently partner with Upward Bound... Read article

Messiah's Mansion Visits Savannah

The Savannah First Church in Ga., was blessed hosting the Messiah's Mansion exhibit over the week of October 4-12.  This was a return for the exhibit, having been there in 2011.  This time, besides the exhibit, a part of the Messiah's Mansion team stayed behind to present a 12-part follow-up series entitled "The Path Back to God."  Aside from the exhibit which... Read article

Southern Singles Ministry Takes Mission Trip to Ecuador

This was the 13th year Southern Singles Ministry returned to Ecuador to be a blessing. It is a long trip, with several different travel methods. This year marks 18 mission trips to different parts of Ecuador sponsored by Southern Singles Ministry. They served July 3-17 in Loja Provence, Loja, Ecuador, andfont-size:... Read article

Conference Offers Scholarships to Education Majors

Earlier this year, the Georgia-Cumberland Conference established four renewable $4,000 scholarships for Southern Adventist University students who are junior or senior elementary education majors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. To qualify for the “Passing the Torch” scholarship, recipients must be a member of a conference church and... Read article

Race Raises Funds for Schools and Honors Teacher

The Greater Collegedale School System (GCSS) in Collegedale, Tenn., held the 3rd Annual Sandy Ericson Race for Christian Education Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. The race is named after Sandy Erickson, a beloved first grade teacher who taught for over twenty years at A.W. Spalding Elementary School and passed away in 2011 from... Read article

Mountain City Pathfinders Meet Mayor

The Mountain City, Tenn., Pathfinder Club, “Soaring Eagles,” has been learning the Christian Citizenship Honor.  They learned proper flag etiquette, how to become a United States citizen, and the responsibilities a citizen in this country holds. As part of the honor, they also met their local mayor, Lawrence... Read article

Couples Connect at Marriage Retreat

In his book “The Science of Happily Ever After,” psychologist Ty Tashiro shares that only three in 10 people who get married stay in a healthy, happy relationship. It’s a sad reality today that so many “I dos” turn into “I don’ts.” In an effort to fight back against such striking statistics, Family Ministries offers an annual marriage retreat designed to strengthen and enrich couples and... Read article

Youth Ministries Convention Focuses on Community

Today more people are connected via the Internet than in person, and we are feeling the effects as a church. All of the data on why youth and young adults are leaving points to one word: community.  The Youth Ministries Convention held at Cohutta Springs Youth Camp met Sept. 26- 27, and the topic of community was on the agenda with the theme “Engage: Plugging Youth Into the... Read article

Decatur Church Receives "Church of the Year" Award

The Decatur (Tenn.) Church recently received the Meigs County-Decatur Chamber of Commerce “Church of the Year” award. The award was presented on Thursday evening, Nov. 13, at the Meigs County-Decatur Chamber of Commerce banquet.  John Gann, Chamber president, presented the award. In his presentation, Gann said:  “For... Read article

Single Moms' and Kids' Retreat Offers Healing

Cohutta Springs Youth Camp was home for the first S’more Camp, a free retreat weekend for single moms and their children, held Oct. 24- 26.  They probably did toast s’mores at some point but these single moms also enjoyed spa time, spiritual... Read article

Retreat Strengthens Men of God

Every year, a small but growing and dedicated group of men gather at Cohutta Springs in mid-October for the Men’s Retreat. This year, the group consisted of about 50 men, many of whom are repeat attendees. They keep returning because they find great resources and spiritual renewal.  This year’s retreat included breakout workshops on how to be a better man of God, going... Read article

Faithbook Brings 150 Hispanic Teens to Cohutta

Under the theme Faithbook, as a reference to the social media Facebook, around 150 young people came to the Makeover at Cohutta Springs in Crandall, Ga. Makeover is a wonderful retreat weekend where young people from all Hispanic congregations come together to encounter with old and new friends to jointly... Read article

GCA Holds First Praise and Worship Festival

Georgia-Cumberland Academy (GCA) recently hosted 45 young people from across the Georgia-Cumberland Conference for its first-ever worship conference.  “Magnify,” as the event was called, took place on October 2-4 and was planned as a training opportunity for young people who are interested in leading worship in their home churches and... Read article

Teen Prayer Conference Held

The Lord poured out His Spirit and many blessings on a gathering of teenagers outside of Greeneville, Tenn., Nov. 7-9, at the "Deep" Teen Prayer Conference.  Kevin Wilfley was the featured speaker along with six other dynamic presenters.Just over 100 teens from eight different churches attended.  ... Read article

We Remember

On Dec. 2, 2004, a twin-engine plane crashed on take-off from the Collegedale airport, claiming the lives of our Georgia-Cumberland Conference officials along with the pilot. Read article

Diabetes Reversal Seminar Offered

Nearly 100 people attended the Reversing Diabetes Seminar training session held at the Georgia Cumberland Conference office in Calhoun, Ga., on Sabbath, November 1. Taught by Steve (MPA, RN) and Karen (RN) Wickham who developed the program and have been using it successfully in Grundy County, Tenn., for the past two years.The day was packed with lectures, an exercise... Read article

Psalm 136, Terry's Version

Give thanks to God our Father, Who let His only Son come down here, be tempted, abused and ultimately die for my sins, His faithful love endures forever.Give thanks to the LORD, for the Holy Spirit that is here with us right now and guides me every moment of the day, His faithful love endures forever.Give thanks to the LORD, for a Friend I can talk to... Read article

Hats Off to Ronald McDonald House

Support for families, particularly those with premature babies, continues through Ronald McDonald House of Chattanooga, Tenn. Women's Ministries of the Murphy Church in North Carolina, and friends of Clay County Knitting and Crochet group, recently sent 152 tiny hats and 25 small pillows to families of “preemies.” The cute, colorful items are actually therapeutic. Read article

Ladd Springs/Bowman Hills Churches Combine for Let's Move Day

On Sunday, September 21, the Ladd Springs and the Bowman Hills churches in Tenn. partnered to conduct the FIRST ever "Let's Move!" Day for Cleveland and Bradley counties. Over 100 children participated in the "Let's Move!" Day activities (plus their parents). “The purpose of Let’s Move Day is to prevent childhood obesity and the resulting issues by showing children the... Read article

SouthEast Bank Presents Scholarships to Southern Students

SouthEast Bank, which began in 2002 and now includes 11 locations in Tennessee, participates in a scholarship program to support local students each year at various colleges across the state. In 2011 they began partnering with Southern Adventist University. Three of its students--junior Katarina Weekes, sophomore Caitlyn Bennett, and freshman Joelle Kanyana--were recently awarded... Read article

McDonald Road Church Burns Mortgage and Dedicates Children’s Wing

“Normally fires are bad, but when they burn up mortgages they’re great!” shares Don Gettys, who pastored the McDonald Road Church in McDonald, Tenn., from its organization until his retirement in 2011. “I am so thrilled that this church is out of debt and that this building belongs 100% to God.”The church had been working to pay off the mortgage since members decided to add... Read article

Adventist Community Services (South Georgia) Report

Fall is here—that means that it’s almost the end of the year. And fall means we have experienced another year of the Sunbelt Expo. What an experience it was this year, with the heavy thunderstorms the first day. We finally had to just close up and go home. But Wednesday made up for it. We were very busy on Wednesday. Thursday was also... Read article

Update on Pioneer Teams in China

The Georgia-Cumberland Conference currently sponsors a pioneer team that is focusing on gospel work in a city in China. This is a beautiful and materialistic city where people are focused on their money, properties, and cars. They love to talk about wealth and social status. But, they do not naturally ask questions or talk about their spiritual lives or eternity, so this pioneer team, as all... Read article

Coble School Experiences Loss at Reunion Event

A tragic accident occurred resulting in three injuries and one death in Calhoun, Ga.,  Saturday, Nov. 8, after the John L. Coble Elementary School 50-Year Reunion. The Gordon County Sheriff’s Department statement reads: “Investigating deputies and detectives determined that a middle-aged male driver of a pickup truck... Read article

Carl Hartman Receives Citizen of the Year Award

Carl Hartman of Andrews, North Carolina, was given the Citizen of the Year Award for Cherokee County at a ceremony on Tuesday night, September 23, for his health ministry and other accomplishments. Ever since Carl was pastor in Murphy and Andrews in the late 70's and early 80's, and again after his retirement to Andrews in 1996, he has... Read article

Impact Mission Group Walks for Autism

The question kept coming back, how can Impact Mission Group in Collegedale, Tenn., as a church, support families who have children with special needs? As a church we made the decision that we would be a place where everyone would be welcome. The question kept coming back, how do you include everyone; parents, children: so they wouldn't feel alone? The question wasn't just on my mind,... Read article

Three Elders Ordained in Fayette

Early this year the Fayetteville Church in Ga., ordained three of its members as elders. The church dedicated it's mission to serve God, serve one another, and serve the community is a reflection of God’s multicultural family and the Fayette community.  With members from more than 15 ethnic groups, the church provides three worship... Read article

Cleveland First Hispanic Has New Church

The Cleveland First Hispanic Company of Tenn. inaugurated a new church on Sabbath, October 4.  In the morning Miguel Tirado, ministerial director/Latin America, joined the church family. The preacher that Sabbath was Felicia Phillips. In the afternoon the members distributed  500  invitations to area residents to join the church family for services at their new church... Read article

Let's Move Day in Blairsville, Ga.

This was the third year Let’s Move Day has been organized by the Blairsville Church in Union County, Ga. It is proving to be an excellent opportunity for the local church to connect with their c... Read article

Atlanta North Hispanic Holds Second Let's Move Day

Atlanta North Hispanic Church had their second annual Let’s Move Day! event Sept. 21, 2014. There were 114 people in attendance at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, Ga. After a morning devotion they started with the 5K at 7:30 AM. The kids 1 mile fun run was next, and each child received a medal upon completion. Subsequently, they had a medals ceremony for the top three men and... Read article

Southern Holding Land Dedication; 400 Acres Will Be Available for Public Recreation

Southern Adventist University’s large, rural campus in Collegedale recently got even bigger as approximately 250 acres on the school’s eastern boundary were donated by a local family through a land trust. Similarly, a private landowner is allowing Southern to manage an additional adjoining tract, meaning a total of 400 acres will be newly available for public recreation beginning in... Read article

Griffin Church on Track After 2013 Fire

The Griffin Church in Ga. is in the process of putting in a new baptistry and getting ready for their meetings with Doug Batchelor. They had a fire that destroyed their former church facility in 2013 and it is nice to see them getting back from that tragedy. ... Read article

Auburn Ga. Church Promotes Let's Move Initiative

The Auburn Church participated in the North American Division (NAD) Let’s Move Day on Sunday, September 21, 2014, .  For their first year, they hosted a free community event with a focus on physical fitness and healthy living. In the spring of 2014, the church Social... Read article

Lawrence Jeffery Begins New Chapter of Ministry

“Have you ever thought about going to seminary or studying theology? You manage to weave theology into your papers somehow, so maybe you should consider that.”  This was the question one of Michaela Lawrence Jeffery’s professors asked her during her graduate studies. She thought it odd, as she was attending a public university at the time.  “It’s the kind... Read article

Newport Church has First CHIP Class

The first Newport CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) class of sixteen participants and staff celebrated the beginning of a new healthy lifestyle Sept. 21, 2014. CHIP is about choices - the better the choice, the better the health.... Read article

Oshkosh International Camporee , 2014: as seen from the Mud Pit!

It all started Monday, August 18, after months and months of planning, fundraisers, collecting permission slips, and grocery shopping; we finally pulled into the Oshkosh Campsite in Wisconsin.  After our long ride, we were directed to our campsite.  The sun was setting fast as we made it to our home for the next four... Read article

Grand Opening of New Facility in Adairsville, Ga.

Members of the Adairsville, Ga. Church had the grand opening of their new church facility on September 27 and it was filled to overflowing for this special day. This church began as a small group of 29 who met for the first time in the Poplar Springs Methodist Church in Adairsville on August 4, 2001.  Technically it’s beginning began when in 1999 Ken Wiseman, head elder at... Read article

CONYERS FOOD PANTRY OFFERS HOPE

Comments about the Conyers Church’s Hope Pantry from some its users range from “. . . wonderful for the community” to “. . . tremendous blessing to myself and my family as I have been out of work for a year” to “. . . wonderful service.  I will tell others about it”. The Hope Food Pantry was established in 2008 by the Conyers Church Board. A partner agency of the Atlanta... Read article

God Attends to Our Special Needs

The proud members of Grandview Church paused August 23 to celebrate the miraculous achievements of one of their own, Deondrẽ Joshua Tyler.  Devoted relatives and supportive friends lovingly gathered together in Christian fellowship, to offer praise unto God for His immeasurable goodness towards the Tyler family.  For twenty-two years, this exceptional young man... Read article

Vise Grove Serves with God in Shoes

The Vise Grove Mission Group in Heflin, Alabama, hosted a God in Shoes event at the Pleasant Grove Elementary School Aug. 3. The community is the poorest in the county and closest to their church location. They served the community in many different ways during the 5 hour event. The focus was the students of the elementary school, which has about 260 students enrolled.  When... Read article

Lakeview Church Holds Fourth Let's Move Day

In an effort to lead up to Let’s Move Day, the Lakeview, GA church initiated a “Time to Change Your Life” campaign.  It was for church members to stop and think about the choices they are making and become motivated to change for healthier living. On September... Read article

Helpers from Andrews NC

Thirty-two Burmese refugee children started school Aug. 14 at Duluth Adventist Christian School in Ga. Each wore new underclothing, a new uniform, new shoes, and carried a new backpack loaded with the specific supplies needed for the year. Children... Read article

Messy Ministry in Cleveland

For three Saturday nights in August, families from the Bowman Hills church, Tenn., and community bonded as they ate, did crafts, and participated in recreational activities together.“Messy Church is a friendship ministry,” explains Pam Lassiter, who spearheaded the program at Bowman Hills, “It’s a type of VBS for families—and really for everyone.”Messy... Read article

Woods Celebrate Baby Dedication and Ordination

“I wanted to become a pastor because people invested time, effort, and money into me, and it changed the trajectory in my life,” said Josh Woods. “I thought if I could do that for others, that would be awesome, because I want to give back what’s been given to me.”  Woods attributes his decision to go into the ministry to his experience at Georgia-Cumberland Academy... Read article

Apison Church Members Pamper Single Moms

Thirty members from the local community recently enjoyed some positive attention as the Apison Tenn. church continued their ministry of pampering single moms on July 13.  The church members began the ministry three years ago as a day to provide information on engine maintenance, car washes, tire checks, and even gave away gifts certificates for a free oil change.  The event also included... Read article

City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County Proclaim October 1 “WSMC Play It Forward Day”

WSMC Classical 90.5, Southern Adventist University’s radio station, recently held the Play It Forward used instrument drive for inner-city schools; more than 135 pieces were donated and a grant from the McKenzie Foundation covered repair costs. On October 1, WSMC will be a part of two events officially turning these “new” instruments over to local music educators. In honor of the occasion,... Read article

Montes from Summer Camp Staff to Ordained Pastor

Summer camp impacts more than the lives of the youth who attend; it also changes the staff who work there. Take Jonathan Montes, associate/youth pastor at the Calhoun (Ga.) church, for instance. Long before becoming a pastor, Montes spent 10 summers (1992-2001) working at Cohutta Springs Youth Camp.“In reality, [camp] is where my call to ministry started; I just didn’t know... Read article

Conference Going Paperless at Committee Meetings

In an effort to reduce the use of paper, the conference recently purchased 32 Chromebooks for those who attend meetings to view documents. The Chromebook laptops were used for the first time Aug. 20 at executive committee, and it went well.Typically each executive committee member, there are about 37 members and 19 invitees, receives a notebook with about 150 pages of... Read article

Adairsville Pathfinders Oshkosh Fun

Some of us have been waiting five years for this day and now it is here!  At 8:55 p.m., August 10, we load the mini-bus from Southern University and start another Pathfinder Adventure, we are headed to the International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wis.  Come along and enjoy the trip with us.You must be prepared for wet, cold, and very hot weather, as well as wind, but... Read article

Jungle Safari VBS Held at Atlanta Southside

Atlanta Southside Church in Ga. held its 2014 VBS the week of July 21-25.  They had several volunteers from the youngest to the oldest, and everything in between.  For the first time in four years VBS took place in the evening, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.  The theme was Jungle Safari.  They started with God as Creator on Monday, Provider on Tuesday, Protector on Wednesday,... Read article

3 Point Play Expands to Include More Programs

Children age 9-12 enjoyed free basketball, soccer, and volleyball camps this summer in nine different locations compliments of 3 Point Play Ministries that is the brainchild of EW Dempsey, health and outreach ministries director for the Georgia-Cumberland Conference. Dempsey started 3 Point Play ten years ago with the philosophy that they would go into areas where there were no... Read article

GCA Offers Summer Science Camp

Summer included many fun-filled activities, including a science camp hosted by Georgia-Cumberland Academy science teacher, Marty Briggs. The event was open to 5th-8th graders who showed any passion and curiosity to learn more about science.  The four day program gave children a chance to advance and develop their skills in the area of science by learning about different branches of science... Read article

One Plants, Another Reaps, But God Gives the Increase

Tom Pennington was baptized in the beautiful waters of Watauga Lake on Sabbath afternoon, June 21, with about 40 friends from the Johnson City and the Banner Elk churches. His journey from a non-believer to a converted Christian shows the way God often works by using a variety of people.... Read article

Season of Service in Knoxville

Eleven area churches representing both the Georgia-Cumberland and the South Central conferences gathered at the World’s Fair Park Amphitheater in Knoxville, Tenn., to celebrate a 40-day “Season of Service” Aug. 2. The 40-day period began on June 21 with a challenge to churches to the area counties in Knox, Loudon, Sevier, Blount, Anderson and Cocke seeking ways to serve the... Read article

Buford Family Health Expo

The Buford Family Church teamed up May 18 with the Natural Food Center, an Adventist owned health food store located in Buford, Ga., to present a Health Expo to the community.  Under the leadership of Cyndi Keiser, all the teams of church members were prepared to serve, including doctors and nurse practitioners. They helped to diagnose ailments, take blood pressure, and... Read article

Strategies for a Pure Life

Each January the Georgia-Cumberland Conference pastors gather for meetings. This year Mike Carduci and Ron Woolsey were two of the speakers, they shared the story of their journey from an active homosexual lifestyle to lives harmonious with the teachings of Scripture. Their presentations sparked an idea in several minds and then spread.It started with Mickey Mallory,... Read article

Another 180-day Evangelism Effort Underway

The Greater Collegedale School System (GCSS) recently started a 180-day evangelistic effort: school.  They have much to be thankful for in spiritual growth and development last year that provided a great foundation to build on for the 2014-2015 school year.  Faculty, staff and administration began spiritual life planning in May.  The A.W. Spalding (AWS) and Collegedale... Read article

Q&A with Jo Dubs

Jo Dubs is director of Women’s and Family Ministries here at the conference. She brings a lot of energy and passion to the office and is always excited about ways to bless others!What do you enjoy most about your job? There are a lot of aspects to my job I like—creating and visioning; leadership development; interacting with people; and listening to the... Read article

Lifting Up Jesus at Youth and Young Adult Festival

Youth and Young Adult Festival is an annual event, perhaps the biggest each year (outside of camp), where more than a thousand youth and young adults converge for a day filled with powerful messages,engaging music, and much-needed fellowship—all directed in worship to Jesus.This year’s event, held March 22, brought Sam Leonor, chaplain of La Sierra University, back to... Read article

Latin-American Ministries Celebrates Messy Day

What do you get when you combine a giant beach volleyball, stilts, obstacle races, and a super-sized tic-tac-toe? Hispanic Messy Day!On June 8, Latin-American Ministries celebrated Messy Day, where hundreds of people from churches all around the conference gathered on the campus of Georgia-Cumberland Academy to have fun and share Jesus’ love with their friends and... Read article

Camp Meeting Just Like Old Times

“Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and prepare your minds for the Word of God!” A cool breeze swept over the few hundred people who attended this year’s Olde Time Camp Meeting. This year’s guest speaker was John Earnhardt—and yes, he’s related to Dale Earnhardt; his cousin, actually. Properly themed “A Race to Victory Lane,” Earnhardt’s presentations included stories... Read article

GCA Offers Tech Support to GCC Pastors and Teachers

Georgia-Cumberland Academy (GCA), in partnership with the Southern Union and the Georgia-Cumberland Conference (GCC) IT departments, is establishing an IT helpdesk call center beginning Aug. 1. GCA’s computer helpdesk is already an established part of their services, but now conference pastors and teachers will be able to utilize it as their official place to obtain telephone assistance and... Read article

The Wilkens Family Legacy

More than 40 years ago, physician Charles Wilkens and his wife, Bonnie, moved to Jellico, Tenn., to help Adventist Health System reopen the small hospital in that community. In tow were their four young children and their dreams of supporting God’s kingdom in rural Appalachia. Their children also developed the medical-missionary spirit:  Their sons went on to become physicians, and their... Read article

Adventurers and Families Enjoy Fun Day

More than 1,800 Adventurers and family members from 42 clubs gathered at Cohutta Springs Youth Camp for the annual Adventurer Family Fun Day on March 30, 2014.The all-day event started with worship in the gym and a skit at the camp’s amphitheater. In both places, children learned more about “life in the heavenly kingdom,” the theme for this year’s Fun Day. After lunch, the... Read article

The Miracle of the Penny Fair

What do five loaves and two fish, 180 gallons of water, and a penny have in common? I’m sure the loaves and fish recall the feeding the five thousand.  And it’s probably not too difficult to figure out that the 180 gallons of water represent part of the story found in John 2:6 where Jesus preformed the miracle at the wedding feast. In both these events... Read article

ACF: Community Makes a Difference

It’s a blessing to hear directly from the students who are involved with Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF). Here are five reflections from student leaders. The first is from Gabrielle Clifford, at Tennessee Tech University.“This past April, the TTU ACF group along with local church members and friends were privileged to take Michael Boyd on an excursion to Virgin... Read article

"A Brand from the Burning" Translated to Spanish

More than forty years after it was first published, the book A Brand from the Burning, by Alcyon Ruth Fleck, has been translated into Spanish, the language its characters actually spoke. It is now also available as Un Tizón Sacado del Fuego, published by TEACH Services.   The story follows young Andrés Díaz from his childhood misadventures and... Read article

Third Annual Plant-Based Cookout Held in Knoxville

The third annual plant-based cookout took place on June 15, 2014, at the home of Stan and Kathy Wolcott on the campus of Little Creek Sanitarium.  The cookout was an end of the season celebration for the health ministries’ department of the Knoxville First Church, as they provide monthly plant-based dinners from September until May and take a break for the summer. Approximately 65 community... Read article

Monsalve Ordained in Ooltewah

The Ooltewah Hispanic Church in Tenn. had an ordination service for their pastor, Juanfer Monsalve, on Sabbath, May 10. Family, church, and conference members alike gathered together to witness the blessing of a young man officially accepting a life devoted to Christ. Vice-President for Pastoral Ministries and Evangelism, Victor Maddox explained the emotion of the service, “The people who... Read article

Ordination held for McKee Foods Engineer turned Pastor

David Ryder is the pastor for the Bristol and Kinsport (Tenn.) churches; however his original degree was in engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. As an engineer he worked for McKee Foods where he soon began hearing about Adventist Christians. The teachings were different than the way he believed so he looked into it and after careful study,... Read article

Keele Named to New Position to Work with Young Adult Ministry

According to the May issue of Ministry Magazine, in an article written by Clint Jenkins, Ph.D., vice president of research for Barna Group, and A. Allan Martin, Ph.D., teaching pastor of Younger Generation Church in Arlington, Texas, Adventist young people seek positive relationships. This finding comes from the North American Division commissioning a study from the Barna Group, a... Read article

Coble Teacher Holds Prayer Breakfast

Juli Hamilton, the third and fourth grade teacher and vice principal at John L. Coble Elementary School in Calhoun, Ga., is always looking for ways to make her charges experience at a Christian school spiritually meaningful.  In 2013 she held a Sunday morning Prayer Breakfast at her home. She even got her husband Bill, an area family-practice physician, and her father, Harold Zacharias, in... Read article

Cohutta’s Lemaitre Named Business Man of the Year

Olivier Lemaitre, executive director of Cohutta Springs Conference Center in Crandall, Ga., was named the 2013 Murray County Business Man of the Year at the Murray Chamber of Commerce event Tuesday, April 29., 2014 Each year the chamber president of Murray County, Ga., sends out a survey to all the chamber members asking them to select the businessman of the year, women of the... Read article

Public Invited to Screening of Blanco Documentary

Be among the first to screen a new documentary, The Jack Blanco Story, featuring the life story of a Chattanooga-area resident, Holocaust survivor, and Korean War veteran on Sunday, July 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the Collegedale Community Church on 4995 Swinyar Drive. Jack J. Blanco’s tale of survival, submission and salvation will inspire young and old alike from all walks of... Read article

Jellico Reopens Community Service

The Jellico Church in Tenn. provided a community services for several years downtown.  A few years ago it closed and the church has been wondering whether they would ever start it up again.   There was land donated to build a building but it was decided that could be costly.  Another idea was to... Read article

The CHIPS are Winning

Know anyone who wishes they were healthier? Most of us do. It might even be you. Lots of people have a poor quality of life and will die younger than they should because of poor lifestyle choices.Jesus often healed people. Sometimes everyone in a whole village was healed because of Jesus being there. He didn’t want to just heal their physical bodies. He wanted to give them... Read article

Augusta Wins Second Place in Parade

“Christ: Into all of the World,” a parade float sponsored by the Augusta School, won second place in the religious division of the Columbia County Christmas Parade in Ga.  Students, hail from various ancestral backgrounds, dressed according to their culture of origin.  Countries represented included: Germany, Scotland, West Indies, Canada, England, South Korea, France, Romania, Mexico,... Read article

Adventurers Share Joy at Christmas

Six Adventurers, three cars, four grown-ups, and one Pathfinder made there way slowly along to a small nursing home in Decatur, Tenn., one rainy Sunday, just before Christmas. One car was full of props and costumes. The other cars held very excited youngsters. They were about to display the results of many practices concerning the wonderful Christmas story. Their eyes were... Read article

Newton Brings Health and Fun to Friendship Festival

Last October the Newton County Church participated in the Friendship Festival held in Social Circle, Ga., with about 4,000 in attendance. The church booth offered free healthy snacks with food samples, recipes, CPR instruction, free literature, and registration for depression recovery classes.  They received good response from the community and the food samples were a big hit, especially the... Read article

Rossville Church Conducts One-Week Evangelism Series

After many months of the church actively engaged in consistent practical ministry in the community, and emphasizing discipleship, the Rossville, Ga. Church held a short evangelism series that started April 18. The church had a handful of guests attend consistently and they continue follow-up with all who attended. The evangelism presentations were conducted by church... Read article

Chin Performs with Symphony Orchestra

James Chin, a talented 16-year-old musician and the son of Vernon and Angela Chin, performed recently with the Rome Ga. Symphony Orchestra.  He is the second Georgia-Cumberland Academy student to win this prestigious honor, with Jessica Ahn being the first in 2012. Chin qualified to perform with the orchestra by first competing and winning in his category for the Rome... Read article

LaFollette Offers Stop Smoking Clinic

The LaFollette Company in Tenn. held a successful 5-Day Stop Smoking Clinic April 13-17 in Woodson’s Mall. Clinic participant, Jean Gorman said, “The 5-Day Stop Smoking clinic was a fantastic program. I'm still smoke-free even though I've been tempted. It's just amazing. God's brought me through it. This past... Read article

Atlanta-Belvedere “Tag Team” Spring Evangelism

However unimaginable, decades ago, the reality of two brothers from an obscure little town winning souls for Christ came to a crescendo on April 19, 2014. We are not referring to the Galilean brothers, Peter and Andrew; we’re referring to the Bulgin brothers from the small town of Jointwood in Southwestern Jamaica, W.I. While retired pastor George Bulgin delivered an... Read article

Students Grow Gardens and Raise Funds

Murphy Adventist Christian School's pre-k and kindergarten class was awarded Farm to School funding from the Growing Minds program this spring. Growing Minds is a program of ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) that provides Farm to School resources and training for teachers and schools interested in connecting children with local food and farms. The funds were specifically... Read article

Gordon Hospital Patient Befriended and Baptized

Chaplains surely enter their share of emotion-saturated situations, but we still yearn for the private joy of hanging up a wet baptismal robe, too.  Today (May 17), patient, Beverly Franklin, surrounded by Gordon Hospital employees, medical staff members, and volunteers attending the Calhoun, Ga., Church, transitioned from learner to discipler by... Read article

GCSS Celebrates the Purpose of Existence

In the final week of the school year the Greater Collegedale School System (GCSS) commemorated three graduation programs that acknowledged the academic growth and achievement of the students in kindergarten, 8th grade, and 12th grade at Collegedale Academy. 190 GCSS students graduated from one level to another in their education journey and each service was celebrated by our... Read article

Alpharetta Learns to Unlock God's Power

The Alpharetta Church held a weekend revival entitled, "Unlocking God's Power - Growing a Healthy Alpharetta Adventist Church."  The four part revival and seminar was lead by Andrews University professor, Joseph Kidder, as he told of his life and amazing journey of faith. The congregation was truly inspired and motivated to revival as they heard Kidder's story of becoming a... Read article

God in Shoes Serves Others in Augusta

God in Shoes team members (both women and men) from the Augusta First Church in Georgia arrived at the Hope House of Augusta May 4, 2014. The Hope House is a residential treatment facility for women suffering from addictions, mental health issues, and homelessness. They are a learning based facility, not only do they help the women become substance free, but they also teach... Read article

RISE Sports Program Begins

A new outreach is beginning with a program called RISE, reaping in sports evangelism. The winning name was chosen by Sandy Miller, a teacher in Maryville, Tenn. “We wanted an on-going sports evangelism program that we could offer at local churches or schools year round,” said EW Dempsey, personal evangelism... Read article

Bringing Pride Back on the Reservation

One year ago this month I traveled with several others to a reservation in South Dakota. Serving others changes you and I was touched deeply by the people and their needs. Here is the story I wrote last summer. Please pray for the people of the Pine Ridge Indian... Read article

Prayer Conference Brings the Heart of God

“Simply Prayer – Touching the Heart of God” was the theme for this year’s Prayer Conference held at Cohutta Springs Conference Center on Valentine’s Weekend, Feb. 14-16. One couple, Graham and Sarah Wallis of Lawrenceville, Ga., took advantage of the special romantic date and married Feb. 14 in a private family ceremony at Cohutta. They then spent the weekend at the conference... Read article

GEMS for Christ Raises Funds Performing

Bill and Daffodil Harper, members of the Athens, Tenn. Church, lead a group called GEMS for Christ. GEMS (Great Evangelistic Missions) was founded in 2002 and is a organization that raises funds to assist and share the gospel in the Philippines. A big part of the GEMS fund raising comes from musical concerts performed by “The Visionaries.” Daffodil leads the musical performers... Read article

Pathfinder Camporee Brings God and Fun to New Site

There were games of soccer, volleyball, football, and even Frisbee golf. Children were everywhere playing, flying kits, creating potholders, learning outdoor skills, talking, and enjoying the beautiful day. It was Pathfinder Camporee April 24-26 and over 1,700 youth were camping in a new space of 30 acres at Cohutta Springs Conference Center in Crandall, Ga. “Camporee allows... Read article

Local Filmaker Scores Big in National Christian Youth Film Contest

The historic Fox Theatre in Bakersfield, California, was packed as hundreds of spectators, supporters, and hopefuls attended the 20th Anniversary Christian Youth Film Festival. However, local filmmaker and Rhea County Academy student Jonathan Wendt traveled the farthest distance to attend in hopes of winning at least one award. What he didn't realize is how well his film "The Indian's... Read article

Wickhams Tackle Diabetes Reversal

Karen and Stephen Wickham, members of the Jasper, Tenn., church and residents of Coalmont, are operating an award winning grant based Diabetes Prevention and Reversal Program in Grundy County, Tenn. It all started because Karen, a nurse and former caregiver for aging parents who had since died, felt without purpose. One day she saw a notice for a meeting of the... Read article

A Book Changes a Family

This is a fraction of our testimony about the exceptional way we became Seventh-day Adventists. Doug grew up Baptist and I grew up Pentecostal. We were members of a local missionary Baptist church.  The people were nice.  The activities were nice. The services were nice but we wanted more God in our... Read article

Southern Student Strengthens Faith While Pursuing Scientific Dreams

Josh Barrow, a member of the Collegedale Church in Tenn., has always been passionate about serving the Lord and studying science. At some universities these two goals might seem incompatible, but at Southern Adventist University Josh has been able to pursue both.A physics and math major, Josh chose Southern because he wanted to study with professors who shared his faith so... Read article

Creation Outdoor School Enjoyed

Excited chatter was heard throughout Camp Wesley Woods in Townsend, Tenn., on Wednesday, April 9, as over 100 Georgia-Cumberland Conference 5th- and 6th-grade students, teachers, chaperones and Southern Adventist University (Southern) students were getting settled into their cabins.  The three-day Creation Outdoor School adventure was... Read article

Conference Sponsors Pioneer Teams in China

The Georgia-Cumberland Conference has accepted the invitation to be involved in Kingdom growth in China—and because of this support, four new pioneer teams were sent to unreached areas of a province in China. This particular province is located in Southeast China, has a population of more than 45 million, and is one of the poorest provinces in China. Along with the economy, the... Read article

Jordan Madrigal Visits Haiti

Two years ago, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Haiti on a mission trip with the Collegedale Church. I met many new faces, not only in my group of 40-plus mission trip members, but also at the numerous orphanages where we ministered. What originally seemed like such a long trip was over in a flash, and life was soon back to its normal, busy schedule. However, it was not the last... Read article

Coble Celebrates Baptism at Graduation

John L. Coble School’s eighth-grade graduation ceremony, in May, also included the baptism of one of the graduates, Juan P. Duarte, Jr. Juan, came to Calhoun, Ga., at the start of the 2013-2014 school year from New Jersey to live with relatives Mr. and Mrs. Jesus Garcia. He wanted to attend a Seventh-day Adventist school. He was also in need of being helped by a sponsor for... Read article

Savannah Teens Reach Out at Forsyth Park

The Savannah First Church teenagers in Georgia wanted to do something "different" and meaningful for outreach to the community over the Christmas season (Sabbath afternoon, December 8). They asked their church family to come out and support them as they performed three drama skits, sang, and one of them even preached a sermon in Forsyth Park, which is a large recreational... Read article

Lifestyle Intervention with Natural Remedies

The Kenyon Memorial Church in Thomasville, Ga., initiated its 2014 Evangelistic outreach effort with a one-week Lifestyle Intervention with Natural Remedies health series. Jorge Quintiana, pastor, and the church board decided to pattern its evangelistic outreach program according to Christ’s... Read article

Samaritan Center Hosts Free Tax Return Prep

This spring the Samaritan Center in Ooltewah, Tenn., hosted free tax return preparation and filing through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga received IRS grant money for the VITA programs taking place in the Chattanooga area, providing training and site administration. IRS-certified volunteers from Southern... Read article

Backyard Garden Draws Visitors to Calhoun Church

Showplace gardens abound in Georgia. A singular garden, literally in the backyard of the Calhoun Church off Highway 53, in Calhoun, at 1411 Rome Road also is a showplace. Known simply as “The Garden,” the volunteer-built pleasance is definitely a north Georgia place to visit. Six years ago, DeWitt Boyd, a self-employed artist called... Read article

Celebration of Life Enjoyed at Cohutta

Peggy Hallman, Mission Outreach Coordinator, at the Cohutta Springs Conference Center, has a husband battling cancer. She saw the benefits of Memorial Hospital’s cancer survivor weekends that were held at Cohutta Springs over the years, and wondered if the same thing could be accomplished by... Read article

GCA Students Perform with Michael Card

Georgia-Cumberland Academy’s (GCA) select choir, Camerata, had the privilege of performing in concert with Michael Card April 17. Card is a musician who has sold more than four million albums and written around 19 number one hits including “El Shaddai,” “Love Crucified Arose,” and “Emmanuel.”  Card was the main attraction for the Dalton Ga. Church’s 75-year celebration and is the co-author... Read article

God Works Through "Signs"

When Lori Anderson moved to Georgia, in 2012, she asked to start a Signs of the Times ministry, in Calhoun. The young mother of two sons was motivated to do this, as she homeschooled her two sons, Kalen and Cody. They were looking for a mission service to do. When she spoke to Gary Rustad, pastor of the Calhoun Church, he enthusiastically supported the idea, she... Read article

Women Retreat and Celebrate God In Shoes 10 years

To combat the hustle and bustle of daily life about 350 ladies from throughout the Georgia-Cumberland Conference came apart to relax and reflect on Christ and His love March 14-16 at Cohutta Springs Conference Center for the spring women’s retreat. The theme “If the Shoe Fits” focused on "walk in love as Christ loved us," Ephesians 5:2. The guest... Read article

Hanging Out In Prayer

The Roane Community Church Prayer Ministry team members from Harriman, Tenn., live as far as 50 miles apart, but that does not stop them from logging on with Google... Read article

GCA Wins InStep Award

Georgia-Cumberland Academy (GCA) won the 2013 Adventist InStep for Life Award for top miles at a academy. Greg Hudson, chaplain and associate pastor for the GCA church, is the InStep program coordinator for the academy and he, along with his student worker, sophomore Carolina Smith, record the miles for all involved to the online... Read article

Miranda Publishes Search Book

Have you ever felt like no matter what you try or what you buy, it leaves you still missing something? Insight editor and member of the Calhoun Church in Ga., Omar Miranda, welcomes you to the beginning of the end of your... Read article

South Georgia Camp Meeting - Meets

About 330 people attended South Georgia Camp Meeting the first weekend of April, 4-6, in the lovely city of Savannah, Ga.  Jud Lake, professor of preaching and Adventist studies at ... Read article

Peachtree City Holds Health Fair

The Peachtree City Church opened the doors of their Family Life Center March 16 to host a Free Community Outreach Health Fair. George Pangman, pastor, challenged the church board in mid-2013 to prayerfully seek ways that they, as a church, could reach out in a meaningful way, to their community of Coweta /Fayette County. It was decided that a health fair would be a successful... Read article

God Wants to Use You

Last month you may remember that I challenged you to see a bigger picture of the world.  A picture that included anyone that God might put in your path.  Even complete strangers.  Why?  Because I believe God wants to use you to be a blessing to others.    A prime example of this is Robin Gau.  You may remember her.  She is the lady I met at TC Thompson Hospital in Chattanooga... Read article

TV Station Covers Knoxville Health Event

Channel 8 News Station (WVLT) covered a recent health ministries’ event in Knoxville, Tenn.  About 100 local residents attended a plant-based dinner and health seminar at the Knoxville First Church on Sunday, March 16, 2014.  Melody Prettyman, who is a regularly featured cooking expert on the Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) and co-host of a weekly radio program... Read article

Urban Legends at Wildwood

About eighteen months ago then 20-year old Dillion Sherrill, a Wildwood College of Health Evangelism graduate, stepped to the podium of the Wildwood Church and shared his burden for the people in the downtown Chattanooga area. Dillion and a few friends had been doing personal evangelism on the streets of downtown on the weekends. Within weeks after Dillion's... Read article

Gainesville Church Participates in 5K

 The Gainesville Church participated in the Gainesville Chamber 5K run on Thursday, March 27.  The race was hosted at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga.  The church has been trying to come up with ideas to get involved in the community and participating in this event was one way that was suggested by a church member.... Read article

Prayer from a Bowl

In 2011, Douglasville Church’s prayer ministries co-coordinator read an article in the Southern Tidings Magazine about a school that would pray for... Read article

Transition: Homeschool to GCA

MariRuth Runyon, 13, is homeschooled. She plans to enter Georgia-Cumberland Academy in the fall of 2015 as a freshman. To orient herself to the transition from homeschooling, she requested an interview with Nancy Gerard, GCA’s Director of Alummi and Development. The interview follows: Q: As a homeschooler what should I be doing to prepare... Read article

Edna Chesnutt Turns 100

Members of the town of Apison, Tenn. area, including the Methodist, Baptist, and Adventist churches, gathered together March 2, 2014, at the Hullender Farm in honor of one of the areas oldest citizens, a resident since 1934, Edna Chesnutt. They helped celebrate her l00th birthday. She... Read article

Collegedale School System Serves Others

Through a partnership with Southern Adventist University (SAU) the Greater Collegedale School System (GCSS) participates in two unique programs that promote an ethic of service to the elderly.  Both programs are funded by an anonymous donor who provides 80% of the grant and requires 20% to be locally raised in the community.Managed by the SAU School of Social Work, under... Read article

MAC Camp Serves Others

Jazmine was a young lady who came to the Marietta Adventist Church as part of the MAC day camp program.  Her aunt was looking for a program that could benefit her niece and nephew and give them a positive outlet for the summer, and MAC Camp gave them that opportunity.  MAC was originally intended to support local church families, and had many elements of a traditional residential church... Read article

Collegedale Pathfinders Raise Oshkosh Funds with Puzzle

The Collegedale Church Pathfinder club in Tenn., like many clubs across the country and around the world, is looking forward to traveling to Oshkosh Wisconsin next August for the International Pathfinder Camporee. Like many others, the Collegedale club is concerned with the extra costs to send their kids and families. As a result, they... Read article

Oglethorpe Walks Through Bethlehem

“I heard a rumor earlier today.  They say a woman and her husband were sleeping in the stable because the city is so crowed and there was no room in the Inn.  Story has it she gave birth to a child there.”As the tour guide directed his group through the City of Bethlehem, (after being accounted... Read article

Reboot Inspires ACF Leaders

Each fall, Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF) hosts a retreat just for student leaders and their advisors at Cohutta Springs Conference Center. This school year, there are roughly 25 students who serve as leaders for their ACF chapter on one of 10 public/secular university campuses and most of them joined ACF for their annual training. Their theme... Read article

Loganville Adventurers Collect Back Packs for Foster Kids

The Loganville (Ga.) Church Adventurer Club undertook a wonderful project that began in November 2013.  They decided to partner with adventurebags.org to collect backpacks for children in foster care. Michelle Fentress, the Adventurer Club Director, first read about the program last year in the local newspaper.  Naturally, the name of... Read article

Convention Refocuses Leaders on Jesus

About 225 children’s ministry leaders—from VBS coordinators to Sabbath school teachers—gathered for the annual Children’s Ministries Convention. The weekend, held Feb. 7-9 at the Cohutta Springs Conference Center, aims to equip leaders with the inspiration, knowledge, tools, and resources they need to make an impact on the kids in their home churches and local... Read article

Students Celebrate Music at Band and Strings Festival

Music students from around the conference converged on the campus of Georgia-Cumberland Academy Jan. 23-24 for the 2014 Elementary Band and Strings Festival. The event packed in intensive, concentrated practicing to prepare students for their vespers performance on Friday evening. All their hard work paid off when friends and family... Read article

Carman Hosts Students' Weekend

Carman Adventist School in Marietta, Ga., sponsored a weekend of preaching and special music on Jan. 24-25. Bill Levin, Marietta Church pastor, worked with 15 students during the month of January, preparing them to deliver sermons from the ShareHim series. During the weekend, students led out four services, and every grade had a part to... Read article

Retreat Offers High Schoolers Spiritual Renewal

More than 100 students and 28 sponsors convened at Cohutta Springs Jan. 31-Feb. 2 for this year’s High School Retreat, a time when the Youth Ministries Department sets its focus specifically on Adventist youth who are not in Adventist schools. “It’s sad to say that we can get busy with all these... Read article

Kelch Writes NAD Devotional for Teens

Kalie Kelch, a member of the Georgia-Cumberland Academy Church in Calhoun, Ga., is the author of the 2014 junior/earliteen devotional “Grab Your Boarding Pass.”  The devotional takes you on a tour of America and areas of Guam, Canada, and Bermuda in search of lessons that will prepare you for heaven. Kelch has been involved in church ministry since she was... Read article

GCA Students Stream School Events

The IT Department at Georgia-Cumberland Academy(GCA) will be streaming many exciting events. Tune in to live.gcasda.org and receive a blessing from the upcoming events. Below is a schedule of some of the events that will be streamed. If you have any suggestions or comments for us, email ... Read article

Happy Birthday Leila Pink

Leila Pink, affectionately known as Grannie Pink, was born in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, March 12, 1914. She and her family have been Adventists for several years. She was married to the late Alexander Pink for over 75 years and they had 11 children. She is also blessed with 33 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, 10 great, great... Read article

Appalachian Mission Trip Celebrates 25 Years

What started as a way to get high school students in touch with real world reality is still serving that same purpose today, 25 years later, Appalachian Outreach is making a difference. In the summer of 1989 Don Keele, Jr. was searching for a way to challenge students and yet alleviate suffering for others.  As the youth pastor for the Madison Campus... Read article

John L Coble Elementary School Celebrates Mortgage Burning

Constituents and friends of  John L. Coble Elementary School (Calhoun, Ga.), gathered on Feb. 22, 2014, for a mortgage burning to celebrate the school’s debt retirement. The current 95-student school sits of the same land as Georgia-Cumberland Academy, where the Hurlbutt Farm School first opened its doors in 1915, with A. W. Spaulding as principal. Later, in 1964, the Academy... Read article

Greenhaven Participates in BOB

 For the past four years Greenhaven Mission Group of Seale, Al., has been eagerly looking forward to the first Sunday in November. That is the date of the annual Banquet on the Bridge (BOB).  BOB was the brainstorm of a handful of college students from several area churches in Columbus, Ga.   The idea of BOB sprung from Luke 14:12-14, when you throw a banquet, don’t invite your... Read article

Public Health Students Learn About Adventists

The Community Health and Cultural Competency class for Public Health students at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) has invited the Johnson City Adventist Church in Tenn. to share its beliefs and philosophy of health in the fall and spring semesters for the past three years. They open the 75... Read article

GCA's Staats Wins NAD Ministerial Award

Ernest Staats, IT director at Georgia-Cumberland Academy (GCA) since 1999, was the recent recipient of an Excellence in Ministry Award.  This award, given for “continual outstanding excellence” in various areas of ministry, is given out only two times every five years when the North American Division (NAD) holds its Adventist Ministries... Read article

Heritage Academy Helps with Harvard Emergency Drill

Harvard University held an emergency medicine conference October 26, 2013, with participants from around the globe.  Heritage Academy, a self-supporting Adventist school in Monterey, Tenn., was invited to be a part of the conference. Asked to train and participate in an emergency drill, Heritage students trained Harvard medical students and professors in ... Read article

GCA Student Presents at FETC

 I recently had the amazing opportunity to go to a tech conference down in Orlando, Florida. FETC is a tech convention dealing with technology in the classroom. It is currently the second largest educational tech conference in the country, with the largest being the national. Thanks to its size, there were some big playing companies that showed up. Some of the big companies included:... Read article

Annual Retreat Welcomes New Adventists

Each year the conference holds a New Member Retreat at Cohutta Springs Conference Center. About 130 excited new believers attended this event Jan. 17-19. The weekend featured welcome time Friday night, Sabbath School with Gordon ... Read article

Baptisms Celebrated in Decatur Church

The Decatur, Tenn., Church had a baptism on November 16, 2013, as a result of a successful Vacation Bible School (VBS) program conducted by leaders, Ellen Crosby and Kerrie Sue Crosby.   Decisions were made for Christ and five of the young people who attended each night were baptized. These five held personal Bible study lessons at home in preparation for their baptism.  Don... Read article

CA's Old Laptops Provide New Blessings

This year, because Collegedale Academy (CA) students received updated technology, a new purpose needed to be found for the 55 old laptops still in the school’s possession. Each laptop was worth $50, but Michael Peel, CA's IT director, discovered that the computers could provide a benefit to mission fields that is worth far more than... Read article

Memorial for Marsha Claus

Marsha Violet Chesnut Claus died Feb. 16, 2014, at Gordon Hospital in Calhoun, Ga., surrounded by family and friends. Born Sept. 14, 1964, Marsha was 49 years old. A teacher by trade, Marsha loved children. She served as an elementary school teacher in Illinois from 1992 to 1994 and again at John L. Coble Elementary School (grades pre-k through 8) in... Read article

Campbells Bring Health Education & Deli to Greeneville

John and Monica Campbell thought to retire and find a home in upstate New York, but God had others plans. The Campbells felt impressed to move to Tennessee, and now they own and operate a health food store and deli, Plum Natural Health Foods and Plum Tasty Deli in Greeneville, Tenn. “A good day is not really selling a bottle of Vegenaise or that someone enjoys a sandwich for... Read article

Coble Student’s Enterprise Helps Cancer Patients

At the beginning of each school year, kids get much enjoyment from sharing what they did during the summer. Joe Hannah, a fourth-grader at John L. Coble Elementary School (Calhoun, Ga.), is no exception. He smiles broadly when he tells others about an enterprising business he started: Joe’s Jazzin’ Juice. Joe’s mother, Melissa, coordinated... Read article

CA Collects Food for The Samaritan Center

On Nov. 5, Collegedale Academy’s 300-plus high school students carried bag after bag of nonperishable food items into the school’s gym. It was pickup day for the school’s annual food collection drive. Community members were asked to leave bags of nonperishables out Tuesday morning for CA students to pick up and deliver to The Samaritan Center in Ooltewah, Tenn. The food drive,... Read article

Local Students to Perform on NPR Music Show; ‘From the Top’ Taping Broadcast in Chattanooga on Jan. 23

From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard by 700,000 listeners each week on more than 250 NPR stations, is coming to the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga to tape a radio broadcast on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. The popular program will feature the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. This... Read article

GCA Celebrates Milestone with Dogwood Day Celebration

Georgia-Cumberland Academy opened its doors to students in the fall of 1965. As we look forward to our 50th anniversary celebration, there will be milestones to celebrate along the way.  One of these early events in the establishment of the school was recently commemorated at GCA. In 1962, ground was broken for the new school. Spirits were high and the conference was united in... Read article

Transformation

I had preached evangelistic campaigns before, but my trip to the Dominican Republic this summer was the most epic campaign of my life. Not only did it give me an opportunity to share the gospel with God’s children in another country and to learn from their culture, it also allowed me to visibly see God working in my life. Foreign evangelism... Read article

GCA Senior Wins State Piano Competition

Jessica Ahn, senior at Georgia-Cumberland Academy and the daughter of physicians Daniel Ahn and Susan Kim Ahn, recently won the top prize in her age category for piano performance in the Music Teachers’ National Association state competition. On Nov, 5, 2013, Jessica performed 25 minutes of advanced piano literature from a range of musical styles in front of a panel of judges.  She competed... Read article

A Big Hug From God

Carole Verrill has been active in ministry since the age of 10, when her pastor’s wife saw potential in her and asked her to lead out in one of the Sabbath school divisions. “She just saw a love for children in me, even though I was just a child myself,” Verrill said. “She encouraged me to get involved in leading and teaching in the cradle roll division in our church. And I... Read article

Jerline Porch Celebrates 99 Years

Members of the Calhoun Church (Calhoun, Ga.) hosted a birthday for member Jerline Porch on Oct. 6. Ninety-nine years is a long lifetime—and all of it has been lived in Gordon County. Jerline was born to Jesse Washington Mann and Ida Shepherd Mann on Oct. 11, 1914. As the seventh of 12 children, her life provided constant interest. Reared on a farm, working in the... Read article

Students Study Nature with Butterfly Garden

Third and fourth graders at Savannah Adventist Christian School (Savannah, Ga.) excitedly changed into work clothes and garden gloves on Sept. 20, eager to work outside in their butterfly garden. Each student was able to dig a hole and plant one specially selected nectar or host plant in the garden planted by last year’s class outside their classroom windows. With help from an adult,... Read article

Saved From Suicide

The following is the firsthand account of a woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, about God rescuing her from taking her own life. He did it through the help of a flyer advertising an upcoming meeting, The Daniel Challenge, that the Ellijay Church (Ellijay, Ga.) was hosting.Her StoryUp until seven years ago, I lived a normal life. I had been married for 32... Read article

Facebook Connects 1,000-Plus Adventist Homeschoolers from Around the World

In 2008, Leigh Pritchett was a young mother from Leslie, Ga., who was interested in raising her children for God. A member of the Albany (Ga.) Community Church, she had a heart for homeschooling and started looking for resources that would help her in that mission. New to Facebook and finding no Facebook group for Adventist homeschoolers, she decided to start one herself. It was a group that... Read article

An Exciting Day for the North Knoxville Church

Sabbath, Feb. 2, 2013, was a joy filled day for members and friends of the North Knoxville Church. The day included celebration of the church’s 20th anniversary, the paying off of a 10-year mortgage, and a special mission offering to raise funds to build a one-day church.For months prior to the event, with guidance from the homecoming committee and church board, the church... Read article

Pathfinders Help Samaritan Center and Serve Community

If you suddenly found yourself without a place to live, what items would you need for day-to-day living? As part of its social service outreach, the Samaritan Center (Ooltewah, Tenn.) gives out personal care kits. For the past five years, Pathfinders have put together these kits at the annual Georgia-Cumberland Conference Pathfinder Camporee. This year they assembled 900... Read article

New I-75 Ramps and Conference Entrance Underway

After many year of planning, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has completed the necessary business purchases and rights of way to begin a much needed off/on ramp expansion for Exit 315 on Interstate 75. “Turning onto Redbud Road (Exit 315) from the interstate has been a challenge for years,” said Darrel Starkey, construction coordinator for the conference.... Read article

Church in the Park

On a frosty fall morning, members and friends of the Carrollton (Ga.) Church converged on Knox Park located in the heart of Carrollton, Ga. The goal was to bring church to the community. The Carrollton Church is located in the country, outside of town, and out of sight, out of mind. The church family, excited about what God had been doing in their small little church, decided that instead of... Read article

Cleveland First Hispanic Celebrates Adventurer Club

On Sept. 14, the Cleveland First Hispanic Company (Cleveland, Tenn.) held an inauguration service for its Adventurer club. Before the ceremony, members rejoiced over the baptism of one of the girls in the club. The church started the club as a way to reach out to community children following this summer’s Vacation Bible School. The group consists of 20... Read article

Miracles in Cuba

An evangelistic team from the Georgia-Cumberland Conference led by Neftaly Ortiz, Hispanic evangelism coordinator, set out for Cuba on July 10 to conduct meetings. Simultaneously, Tropical Storm Chantal was brewing in the Atlantic and threatening to become a hurricane. The projected course of the storm had it headed straight for the location where the group would be—Holguin, Cuba. The team... Read article

Albany Church Rejoices with Baptisms, Dedication, and Wedding

The first weekend of June, the Albany Community Church (Albany, Ga.) experienced a truly heaven-sent blessing. On Sabbath morning, the church witnessed a dedication and three baptisms. The weekend finished with a traditional Irish wedding.On June 1, the Sabbath morning worship was blessed! One of the congregation’s young families, Scott and Leigh Prichett, came forward with... Read article

Calhoun Homespun Tea a Success

About 110 women attend the Homespun Tea at the Calhoun (GA) Church on Sept. 22. The theme was “When you can’t see His hand, trust His heart.” The filled fellowship hall found ladies in their finery, yet maintained a homespun atmosphere provided by quilts from various decades. One quilt in particular was an heirloom from the American Civil War period, a plain quilt of a... Read article

Ribbon Cutting for Music Pavilion at The Garden

If you haven’t seen The Garden in Calhoun yet, you need to come for a special event on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 7:00 p.m. That is when the music pavilion’s ribbon cutting takes place. The Garden is a fascinating miniature surprise located literally in the backyard of the Calhoun Church (1411 Rome Rd., Calhoun, GA). Visitors stroll through an array of beautiful flowers and greenery,... Read article

Cohutta Springs Foundation Retreat Blesses Members

Every year, the Cohutta Springs Foundation holds their annual retreat at Cohutta Springs Conference Center at the end of April to thank members. The foundation (formerly known as the Development Associates) provides counsel, direction, ideas, and funds for programs and projects at Cohutta. “The foundation continues to work hand in hand with the Georgia-Cumberland... Read article

CAMS Students Lead Elementary Week of Prayer

Several middle school students from Collegedale Adventist Middle School (CAMS) recently helped lead the week of prayer for more than 120 third through fifth graders at A. W. Spalding School. The CAMS students were involved at a much deeper level then just giving a scripture reading or an opening prayer—they shared how to grow in Jesus from stories in the Bible and their own personal... Read article

Students Get Creative with Potato Launch

On Sept. 13, 2013, Jasper (Tenn.) Adventist Christian School’s parking lot looked a lot like a war field from the Dark Ages. The occasion was the school’s Potato Launch event. Students and parents from both the Jasper school and Cumberland Heights School (Coalmont, Tenn.) filled the parking lot, standing among “potato launchers” that looked like ancient siege weapons. Each... Read article

3-Point Play Shares Jesus with Kids and Scores Big

“The Conyers Church has just completed one of the most exciting ‘evangelistic events’ we have ever experienced,” said John Strickland, pastor of the Conyers (Ga.) Church. “We had more than 175 visitors who attended our church for the first time and have never been in an Adventist church.” This outreach happened because of a basketball camp conducted by 3-Point Play Ministries,... Read article

Griffin Church Destroyed by Fire

Flames engulfed the Griffin Hilltop Church in Griffin, Ga., early Sunday morning, Sept. 22, 2013. The building is a total loss. According to WKEU Radio–The Rock–88.9 FM/1450 AM–Griffin, Georgia: “When firefighters arrived, they found flames coming through the roof of the structure. Firefighters were on the scene for several... Read article

Southern's Graduate Nursing Program Ranked Among Best in the Country

Southern Adventist University’s School of Nursing's graduate program has recently been rated as one of the best nursing degree programs available in the nation by MastersDegreeOnline.org. The website is dedicated to providing higher education information in an easy to use medium and has evaluated Southern's Master of Science in nursing degree to be one of the top 50 nursing graduate programs... Read article

Calhoun Church Women to Host Community Homespun Tea

On Sept. 22, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm, the Women’s Ministry Department of the Calhoun (Ga.) Church will present a “Homespun Tea,” with guest speaker, Ruthie Jacobsen. Area ladies are invited to the event. Coordinator for the tea, Glenda Hayward, shared how plans for the tea got under way. “In January, when the pastor of Trinity Baptist Church passed away, we wanted... Read article

Ancient Hebrew Tabernacle to be Raised in Chattanooga

A full-scale model of the ancient Hebrew tabernacle built in the wilderness by the Hebrew nation will be on exhibition and available for tours, free of charge, at the Standifer Gap Family Center (8304 Standifer Gap Rd., Chattanooga, TN) from Sept. 28 to Oct. 6. Travel back more than 3,000 years into the desert between Egypt and Israel, where two... Read article

CAMS and Coca-Cola Partner to be Better Stewards

Collegedale Adventist Middle School (CAMS) is excited to announce a new venture in stewardship— environmental stewardship, that is. In partnership with the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Cleveland, Tenn., CAMS opened its recycling station in August with cardboard and mixed paper bins and plans to soon add #1 plastic and aluminum containers. As part of the grand opening,... Read article

Women Share on “The Soul of Leadership”

A different approach was taken for the 2013 women’s leadership event, which was held August 2-4 at the Georgia-Cumberland Conference Office in Calhoun, Ga. The theme was “The Soul of Leadership” and four presenters covered a range of topics including “When Leaders Lose Their Souls” with Tammy Fisher, conference communication director; “Living Within Limits” with Shelly... Read article

Alive Again

This past May, I traveled to Argentina, to the city of Posadas, Missiones, as a student missionary. The church I was assigned to was in the city of Santa Ines. Before the meetings began, the local pastor told me this church was known as one of the “dead” churches in the city. He said it had grown stale, and the members were not very... Read article

Auburn Church Hosts Back-to-School Outreach

With a new school year beginning, members of the Auburn (Ga.) Church wanted to help families in their community get ready, so on July 21, the church hosted an Auburn Tigers Back-to-School Event.The congregation specifically targeted the fifth-grade class and invited local families to come enjoy refreshments, crafts, and recreational opportunities. They also offered... Read article

New England VBS Experiences Ministry in Action

The New England Church, located in Trenton, Ga., is a relatively small country church with a membership of about 40 people.  In June, the church held their annual Vacation Bible School, planned and organized by 16-year-old Jacob Martin and his mother, Melissa. Instead of having the normal run-of-the-mill VBS, with the usual food, games, songs, crafts, etc., they wanted to make this year’s... Read article

Conference Mourns Death of Pastor Mike Adams

Mike Adams, pastor of the Park Avenue Church (Valdosta, Ga.), passed away early Monday morning, July 29, after a battle with cancer. At Adams’ ordination in early 2012, he recounted and celebrated how God had led him from a life of “flirting with God” to being a sold-out, committed disciple of Jesus. Adams shared his testimony: ... Read article

Baptized Prisoners Spread the Gospel

As the song says, it only takes a spark to get a fire going.Several years ago in a Virginia prison, an inmate named Hector began studying the Bible and felt convicted to keep the Sabbath. After completing Bible studies on his own, he requested to study with a Seventh-day Adventist. Darrell Hite from the Kingsport Church, located in Tennessee about 50 miles from the prison,... Read article

Pray 4 Togo: 500 Days of Injustice

Pastor António Monteiro has remained in prison for more than a year now, accused of a crime his church officials say he didn’t commit.Monteiro, the Family Ministries director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Sahel Union Mission, based in Lomé, Togo, was in his office one day when a man came to ask for a job and money. That man, Kpatcha Simliya, would later accuse... Read article

Georgia-Cumberland Welcomes New VP to the Conference Family

The Georgia-Cumberland Conference (GCC) is happy to welcome Miguel Valdivia, Ph.D., to the team as he takes the place of vice president of administration/executive secretary Paul Hoover, who accepted a call to be president of the Upper Columbia Conference in April. Transition details for Valdivia’s arrival are being finalized but look to be sometime in the fall.Valdivia is... Read article

Few in Number, Big in Giving

Atlanta Adventist Academy (AAA) is a collection of campuses located in Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama. The educational format is unconventional because students from several different places are connected in real-time using interactive videoconferencing technology.   One of the traditional aspects of AAA’s program, however, is their chapter of the National Honor Society.... Read article

Messiah's Mansion Coming to Standifer Gap Family Center

A full-scale model of the ancient Hebrew tabernacle built in the wilderness by the Hebrew nation will be on exhibition and available for tours, freeof charge, at the Standifer Gap Family Center (8304 Standifer Gap Rd., Chattanooga, TN), Sept. 28-Oct. 6.  Travel back more than 3,000 years into the desert between Egypt... Read article

Meatless Monday Cooking Class a Success

In January, Live Well, based in Jellico, Tenn., sponsored a Meatless Monday cooking class at the LaFollette Church in Woodson's Mall. About 25 individuals attended, most of which were community members. The class was conducted by Kerri Boone and her assistants Bonnie Wilkens and Marsharee Wilkens. Participants got a great meal and had fun learning how to “take steps to a healthier you.”... Read article

Saving the Church Through Families

Ellen White described family as the tie that is “the closest, the most tender and sacred, of any on earth” (Adventist Home, p. 18). Unfortunately, many families are crumbling. It is no surprise then that the Family Ministries Department seeks to equip and encourage leaders in local churches to support one of the most complex but crucial relationships we know as humans—that of the family. As... Read article

MAC Camp Brings Jesus to Kids Through Summertime Fun

Jordan had never been in a boat before, nor had he ever experienced floating in a lake with a life jacket on, and he had certainly never ridden in a tube pulled by a ski boat. With more than a little trepidation, Jordan slid off the side of the boat and into the waters of Lake Allatoona. As he was finally convinced to let go of the boat and learn to trust the life jacket, his face erupted... Read article

Jasper School Classrooms Win 2013 K’NEXpert Classroom Challenge

Five years ago, after learning about K’NEX building sets at a teachers’ convention, Linda Dickinson, first through fourth grade teacher at Jasper Adventist Christian School (Jasper, Tenn.), purchased a bridge building set and lesson plans from the company. She later learned about a free K’NEX contest for elementary students, so she entered her first, second, third, and fourth classes in the... Read article

Collegedale Church Earns InStep for Life Award

Health ministry has become a frequent focus of Sam Chetty, Collegedale Church associate pastor. The church has offered two-day health fairs for the community, along with cooking classes, health classes, and Dinner with the Doctor programs. With Chetty being an avid marathoner (as well as an ultra marathoner), it only seems natural that he would start a walking/running club at the church and... Read article

Reaping Everlasting Rewards

At the conclusion of Collegedale Academy’s baccalaureate service on May 18, 2013, I sat back in my seat and enjoyed watching the 93 graduating seniors file out. What really made the service special were the three young men from CA who chose to be baptized. Graduation weekend is always exciting, but when you add three additional decisions for Jesus, it becomes extra... Read article

Isabella Miranda is Cook of the Week

Isabella Miranda, 11, dreams of one day opening her own restaurant and becoming a star chef. With her Book Cook’s class, she may be well on her way. Each week, Miranda searches for easy-to-follow recipes and ideas within the class budget to teach children in pre-k to fourth grade.Miranda began teaching Book Cook’s in October of last year when her mother encouraged her to... Read article

Collegedale Community Church Offers "Living Free" Classes to Deepen Christian Walk

Collegedale Community Church (Ooltewah, Tenn.) launched the international ministry Living Free earlier this year, with nearly 80 people enrolled. The class consists of a small group working specifically on uncovering life-controlling issues that adversely affects their relationships with Christ.Jimmy Lee and Dan Strickland, founder and president of Living Free, were on-hand for an... Read article

Press Release: Advent Home to Celebrate Graduation

What an exciting year for Advent Home students! On June 23, several of them will put on colorful gowns for the 2013 annual ceremony. These young men have grown. Their classwork has improved; they are trimmer and healthier; and a lot of their anger and impulsive behavior has lessened. Advent Home is pleased to announce that three of its former students were recently offered... Read article

Collegedale Korean Church Celebrates Growth with Groundbreaking

The Collegedale Korean Church, located in Ooltewah, Tenn., held a groundbreaking service on April 20, 2013, for their new building project. The addition will provide a new fellowship hall and more classrooms at rear of the main sanctuary. As church membership has grown, particularly in the younger ages, the need for more classroom space and a larger fellowship hall grew. The church hopes the... Read article

Press Release: Knoxville to Host Free, Plant-Based (Vegan) Cookout

A free, plant-based (vegan) cookout will be held Sunday, June 30, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 1717 Little Creek Lane, Knoxville, Tenn. Free food and a screening of the documentary “Forks Over Knives” will be available to all pre-registered participants.The event is sponsored by InStep for Life Health Ministries, the Knoxville Vegan Supper Club, and the Knoxville First... Read article

Murphy Church Hosts Healthy Cooking Class

Last fall, on Nov. 13, 2012, more than 30 Union County residents gathered at the Seventh-day Adventist Better Living Center in Murphy, N.C., to enjoy samples of vegetarian and vegan foods, as well as watch demonstrations on how to create delicious and healthy recipes. Ron Westfall, a physical therapist and local resident, included information about foods and the reasons to eat... Read article

Calhoun Adventists Open the Door to God’s Closet

On April 9, 2013, the Calhoun, Ga., Church opened its doors to God’s Closet. The newly established outreach ministry is meeting a Calhoun community need: clothing for families in need. Jessi Hodges knew that the Jan. 30 twister that hit Gordon and Bartow counties destroyed people’s closets along with their other possessions. Those closets needed replenishing. She experienced... Read article

Duluth Students Rank High at TEAMS Engineering Competition

Eighth-grade students from Duluth Adventist Christian School in Duluth, Ga., have been recognized for their achievement in the Technology Student Association’s 2013 TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) Engineering Competition. Placing first in the state and third in the nation, this team of students solved complex mathematical problems and provided answers to cyber... Read article

Kossick Receives “Bright Star” Poetry Award

Betty Kossick, a resident of Calhoun, Ga., (and member of the Calhoun Church) was recently selected as the spring/summer 2013 “Bright Star” by A Galaxy of Verse (GOV). This non-profit literary organization, established in 1974, and located in Garland, Tex., publishes a twice-yearly poetry anthology by the same name. Not only is Kossick the first member to provide a cover... Read article

Sabbath Conference Draws Large Crowd

More than 600 people from Sequatchie and surrounding Tennessee counties attended the all-day Sabbath Conference held at the Sequatchie County High School auditorium in Dunlap, Tenn., on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Scott Clarke, a local Sabbath keeper said he heard many positive comments from attendees. Things like, “tremendous,” “very informative,” “inspiring,” and “I never thought of... Read article

Standifer Gap Church Celebrates Being Debt Free

The rain on May 11 did not prevent the ceremonial burning of the mortgage for the Standifer Gap Church in Chattanooga, Tenn. Over the last 75 years or so, the church went through many growth spurts as additional land was purchased and the buildings expanded. A $500,000 update on the church and school in 2000 left the church with a mortgage planned for payoff in 2006. Giving... Read article

Calhoun Women to Dramatize “Women of Faith”

Carole Huddleston, director of women’s ministries at the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church in Calhoun, Ga., invites area women and the community-at-large to attend a unique church service with the theme “Women of Faith” that will be presented entirely by women parishioners on Sabbath, June 8, at 11:10 a.m. The usual two-services will be forgone to accommodate only one service that... Read article

Morristown Students Perform Underground Railroad Reenactment

Students of the Morristown Seventh-day Adventist School presented a celebration on Feb. 23, 2013, of the Underground Railroad. This culminated their study of the US Civil War and paid tribute to those who brought about change during this dark chapter of our nation’s history.Students in kindergarten through seventh grade served as conductors and guided their passengers (the... Read article

First Day of Camp Meeting Brings Good News

Camp Meeting 2013 kicked off Wednesday evening, May 22, on the campus of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn. The theme this year is “Good! News in a Crumpled World” and features guest speakers Brad Thorp, president of the Hope Channel Network, and Dana Edmond, present of the South Central Conference. Thorp was Wednesday’s... Read article

Victory Through Jesus

Frank Sanchez, coordinator for the Southern Union’s Adventist Recovery Ministries, had shared the 12 Step Christ-centered Recovery Program with the Wimbish Road Church family in the summer of 2011. It was a tremendous blessing, and several people expressed their interest in having a program established at the church. After much prayer and planning, the program began on Jan. 9,... Read article

AdventSource Celebrates Grand Opening

AdventSource employees, board members, and friends gathered on April 17, 2013, to celebrate the grand opening of AdventSource’s new building located on the campus of Union College in Lincoln, Neb. The program was followed with tours of the new facility. As the official ministry resource distribution center for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America,... Read article

Museum Displays Artifacts from Time of King David

Was King David’s reign a myth? The poet king is at the center of Israel’s ancient biblical history, but many have questioned if he and his kingdom actually existed. After years of work at Khirbet Qeiyafa, Southern Adventist University’s Institute of Archaeology is proud to answer these questions. “The Battle Over King David: Excavating the Fortress... Read article

The Simple (But Profound) Truth

This year’s Children’s Ministries Convention—held Feb. 8-10 at Cohutta Springs Conference Center in Crandall, Ga.—set a new benchmark by offering both English and Spanish conventions and brought a record attendance of 430 people (180 English and 250 Spanish). The theme was “Jesus Loves Me” and presenters sought to emphasize that this seemingly simple message is... Read article

Coble Elementary Hosts Family Fun Day

 Family Fun Day, held April 7 at John. L. Coble Elementary School in Calhoun, Ga., brought out a large number of community residents. Many local businesses were represented in the mix of professionals who gave away door prizes and offered fun things for kids and adults alike. Among the booths, Rochelle... Read article

God's Greatest Act of Kindness

The Women’s Spring Retreat, held March 15-17, drew more than 300 women to Cohutta Springs Conference Center for a weekend that reminded each one just how much God loves her—that she is His precious daughter. In her messages, guest speaker Elizabeth Talbot used earthly relationships—between parent and child and husband and wife—as... Read article

Cohutta Springs Youth Camp Scores ACA Re-accreditation

The goal of Cohutta Springs Youth Camp is to be the very best we can be. Much goes into making this goal become a reality—from hiring and training staff to the all-important accreditation through the American Camp Association (ACA) to the ultimate goal of bringing campers and staff into a closer relationship with... Read article

National Day of Prayer Observed at Gordon Hospital

More than 550 Christians circled Gordon Hospital on Thursday, May 2, in unified prayer. In observance of the National Day of Prayer, the Gordon Hospital Christian Service Committee organized an event called “Circle the Hospital in Prayer” to bring together believers in prayer for the community as well as for the hospital’s mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ to... Read article