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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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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....

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 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 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

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

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

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


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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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