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Winds of Change Usher in 2012 2012 Camp Meeting Schedule


Relationship Sparkle for Retirees CATARACTS—Your Eye Health for 2012

Winds of change usher in 2012


n January 8, 2012 Pastor William Cox, pastor of the Dayton, Ohio, Ethan Temple SDA church was elected president of the Allegheny West Conference in Columbus, Ohio. On Sabbath January 14, Pastor Carlton Byrd was installed as Senior Pastor of the Oakwood University SDA Church in Huntsville, Alabama. The pastor succeeding him at the Berean SDA Church in Atlanta, Georgia is Pastor Fredrick Russell, former President of the Allegheny West Conference. Pastor Cox is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He comes from an Adventist family led by parents who have a love for the work of the Lord. As laymen they

have been vigorous in supporting and spreading the Message and Mission that God has given the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Cox is a graduate of Oakwood University (Huntsville, Alabama), with a BA in Religion and Theology, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (New Orleans, La.), where he received a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education and, United Theological Seminary (Dayton, Ohio), where he received a Doctor of Ministry degree. His 32 years of pastoral ministry have been dedicated to populating the Kingdom of God. He began ministry in the Southwest Region Conference, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, where he spent 17 years in multiple pastoral assignments. He then took his considerable talents and skills west to the Southern California

Conference where he pastored the Berean Church in Los Angeles. He has spent the past 13 years of his ministry in Allegheny West Conference and leaves the Ethan Temple congregation in Dayton, Ohio to assume his new responsibilities. Over 4,000 people turned out to witness the installation of Pastor Carlton P. Byrd. They listened intently as his list of Spirit blessed accomplishments over the past 16 years were recounted. Academically, he is prepared with Bachelors degrees in Theology and Business Administration from Oakwood; M.Div. from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Michigan); an MBA from Tennessee State University

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(Nashville, Tennessee), and a Doctor of Ministry from Andrews Uni- pastors and his mother is Educational Superintendent. A very versity. large number of relatives which included his twin Brother Carl, his His pastoral ministry is marked by sister Carla, all of his aunts, uncles signal evangelistic blessings. and a large number of his cousins Everywhere he has served, the were in attendance.. work of God has grown significantly. After having held a farewell ser- After all of the introductions, marked by the spectacular singing vice for him in Atlanta, notably of the Aeolians and University highlighted by the entrance on Choirs, the pastor took his place in queue of 1,700 of the people bap- the sacred desk. Quickly the Spirit tized under his leadership there in of the Lord filled the sanctuary and the last five years, hundreds from in one voice the two churches, Behis former congregation traveled to rean and University and all who witthe services at the Oakwood Uni- nessed it via the Internet and television media, praised God and bore versity Church. witness to the presence and power They came on three chartered coaches, a couple of smaller buses and countless cars to reluctantly say a final farewell to him. They watched as he assumed his new pastoral responsibilities and, as Speaker Director launched the Breath of Life Television Ministry, in its new home in the Oakwood University Church.

of the Holy Ghost.

These initial acts of 2012 are the first after an interesting year of leadership changes in several conferences and Unions in the North American Division. Swift changes in leadership in the South Western Union election saw the eventual leader serve in several conference positions in different places in a short span of time before being asked to serve as that Union’s new president. He succeeded the previIn a service that celebrated those ous president who after completing from his former congregation, Byrd his Quinquennial report surprisingly and his family were welcomed with announced his retirement effective warmth, enthusiasm and expectan- at that Session. cy from his new church family. In the Southern Union Conference, Among those attending were his the fact that the president who anparents, Pastor William C. and nounced far in advance of the SesMrs. Carol A Byrd from the South- sion that he would not stand for reeastern Conference (Mt. Dora, election, did not preclude an interesting turn of events. The Union Florida); where his father Secretary there was surprised by his designation to ascend to the



leadership role and become the first person from the Black Community elected President. The interesting events of 2011 evidenced itself in a couple of local conferences where the delegates rejected the initial recommendations of the Nominating Committees and elected someone else. These occurrences called to mind the fact that in the last ten years there has been almost a 100% change of presidential leadership in the Regional Conferences. Some have even experienced leadership changes more than once in that span. Now we look forward to the rest of 2012 where several conferences have constituency meetings scheduled. In one of those conferences there will be a change because of term limits. Let us pray that as the winds of change continue to blow that they will be blessed with the refreshing breath, power and wisdom of the Holy Ghost.

Insurance rate Increase All retirees on the Regional Conference Supplemental Healthcare Assistance Retirement Plan (RESHARP), will experience a $30.00 per month rate increase beginning in March 2012. This notice is to remind you that the increase will come as a deduction from you monthly benefit. You are encouraged to prepare for the change that is coming so as not be caught by surprise.

2012 Camp Meeting

AEC Jun 28 - Jul 8

Dr. William T. Cox, Sr. President Allegheny West Conference

Dr. Carlton P. Byrd Senior Pastor Oakwood University Church

AWC Jun 8 - 10 Jun 14 -16 CSC Jun 14 -16

SOMETHING TO THINK The Black American Community is often erroneously look upon as a monolithic group - One group, One mind-set, One trend of thinking, One goal. That kind of thinking has recently been challenged by Eugene Robinson in his book “Disintegration”. In it he says there are four Black Americans: * A Mainstream middle-class majority * A large Abandoned minority * A small Transcendent elite * And two newly Emergent groups— individuals of mixed race heritage and communities of recent Black immigrants A fair question to ask is, are his assumptions and conclusions true within the Black American Seventh-day Adventist Community? In up-coming issues of the Passport we will explore this very intriguing question to see where it leads us. Look for it!

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Retirees 4th Quarter 2011 Years 

Rawdon Brown Pastor—SWR


Brian Carter Pastor—NEC


Kathern Daniels Secretary– AEC


David Glover Pastor—NEC


Genoice Hampton Secretary—LRC 18.2

Lavonne Johnson Lit. Evang.—AWC 13.2

Willie S. Lee Pastor—SWR


Vanard Mendinghall President—SAC 38.6

Nathanael Myrtil Pastor—SEC


Charles Vento Pastor—SEC



Keith Wallace Principal–AEC 26



1st Quarter Retirement Board Meetings January 24-25, 2012 New Orleans, LA Healthcare Rate Increase March 1, 2012 2nd Quarter Board Meeting April 5, 2012 Huntsville, AL

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7 Steps to Ignite the‘Sparkle’for Ret rees 1. 1. 2. 2. 3. 3. 4. 4. 5. 5. 6. 6.

Make a list of what attracted you to him/her—study it well! Re-embrace what he/she likes (coconut cake, Italian food, etc.). Make an effort to provide his/her favorite thing. Purchase a small surprise gift. Treat him/her to a body massage or spa date. Plan a romantic dinner date by candle light and soft music— present surprise gift. 7. 7. Retire for the evening with a reminiscing session, thanks giving, a smile and plans to keep the Sparkle going! 8. Have A Happy Valentine’s Day Year!


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erhaps the best way to prevent cataracts would be for us humans never to grow old. However, we all know that that is not an option. We must grow and age according to the time God has allotted to each one of us. Grandmothers were adamant about eating the best quality and variety of foods to keep our bodies healthy. Many of their remedies worked wonders. Today, food science has identified foods that are rich in antioxidants which fight the oxidative stress caused by free radicals (robbers that attack and steal energy from cells). According to the Nurses’ Health Study*, females who consistently eat a healthy va-

riety of foods, obtain various kinds of antioxidants from whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. They were also half as likely to develop cataracts as the females who did not eat a healthy diet. The B vitamins combined with other antioxidants, expressly vitamins C and E may prove to be our best defense against free radicals. Since all vegetables and fruits contain antioxidants, consuming a well balanced diet of fresh, good quality foods is a healthy plus. Nutritionists promote eating

‘fresh’ nutrients over antioxidants in pill form. It has been reported that healthier lifestyle habits are usually associated with eating variety of fresh produce. This may be the genuine reason this group is at a much lower risk for cataracts. Try these sources of food antioxidants listed in capacity rank: Small red dried bean Wild blueberry Red dried kidney bean Pinto bean Blueberry (cultivated) Cranberry Artichoke (cooked) Blackberry Raspberry Strawberry

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Keep Your EYES on the PRIZE-WIN TODAY! Be the first to decipher the eye chart message. Address envelope and answer to: Regional Retirement Office 7000 Adventist Blvd. Huntsville, AL 35816 FOLLOW THESE MAILING INSTRUCTIONS:  PRINT name, address and telephone number on a 3x5 card.  PRINT on backside of card the FULL MESSAGE. NO CALLS PLEASE!


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A Healthy Start… Little boy:”Did you hear about the 88-year old man and the 79-year old lady that got married last week?” Little girl:“Did they throw rice at them?” Little boy: “No, they threw lots of vitamins!

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The best antioxidants for eye-health, according to researchers are Lutein and zeaxanthin. They belong to a family of nutrients called carotenoids (sister to beta-carotene). They are noted for their presence within the lens of the eye and may keep the lens clear of protein buildup. They also have the power to defuse damaging free radicals. Lesson to be learned: eat a variety of fresh produce daily. Information for this article was taken from ’How Food Affects Cataracts’- *Nurses’ Health Study - was established by Dr. Frank Speizer in 1976 to investigate potential long term consequences of oral contraceptives and potent drugs in women.

An old woman was arrested for shoplifting at a grocery store. When she appeared before the judge, the judge asked what she had taken. The lady replied, “A can of peaches.” The judge then asked why she had done it. She replied, “I was hungry and forgot to bring any cash to the store.” The judge asked how many peaches were in the can. She replied, “Nine.” The judge said, “Well then, I’m going to give you nine days in jail — one day for each peach.” As the judge was about to drop his gavel, the lady’s husband raised his hand and asked if he might speak. The judge said, “Yes, what do you have to add?” The husband said, “Your Honor, she also stole a can of peas.”

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