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The Logos for November 18, 2017

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PROMOTING CHILDREN’S WELFARE, TOGETHERNESS AND SAFETY IN THE LORD

In seven days our conference will be celebrating Children and Adolescent Day in our churches. This day is referenced as one of our outlets to develop the faith of our children from birth through age 14, leading them into union with the church. The Children and Adolescent Ministries (CHAM) department seeks to “provide multiple ministries that will lead children to Jesus and disciple them in their daily walk with Him. This department cooperates with the Sabbath school and other departments to provide religious education to children and fulfills its mission by developing a variety of grace-oriented ministries for children that are inclusive, service-oriented, leadership-building, safe, and evangelistic” (Church Manual).

The conference, through the hardworking leaders have used a number of avenues to achieve the goals. Some of these include art, preaching, Bible Study, and play.

“Too much importance cannot be placed on the early training of children. The lessons that the child learns during the first seven years of life have more to do with forming his character than all that it learns in future years” (Desire of Ages, p.193).

“It is still true that children are the most susceptible to the teachings of the gospel; their hearts are open to divine influences, and strong to retain the lessons received. The little children may be Christians, having an experience in accordance with their years. They need to be educated in spiritual things, and parents should give them every advantage, that they may form characters after the similitude of the character of Christ” (Desire of Ages, p. 515).

“Children of eight, ten, or twelve years are old enough to be addressed on the subject of personal religion…. If properly instructed, very young children may have correct views of their state as sinners and of the way of salvation through Christ” (Testimonies Volume 1, p 400). This was evident in our recent doctrinal seminar, when our children stunned us at the depth of their questions directed to the presenter. We cannot take our children for granted!

“When Jesus told the disciples not to forbid the children to come to Him, He was speaking to His followers in all ages - to officers of the church, to ministers, helpers, and all Christians. Jesus is drawing the children, and He bids us, Suffer them to come; as if He would say, They will come if you do not hinder them” (Desire of Ages, p. 400).

Universal Children’s Day

The United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.

Our church is please to identify with this thrust during this time of the year. On the weekend of November 25 and 26, 2017 our children will showcase their love for Jesus as they present the program, “Called To Be Faithful” at the midday service on November 25. In the afternoon of the same day, all churches will celebrate CHAM Agape Praise at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist church. The following day, November 26, the children will have a grand celebration as we close off the year at the Breath of Life Church grounds with fun.

You can play an important role in the lives of our children. Start today by positively impacting the life of just one child in your congregation! -Mrs. Joan Scavella, CHAM Director


APPOINTMENTS AT ATCU

The executive committee of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) of Seventh-day Adventists elected Pastor Kent Price to the position of Youth, Personal Ministries, and Stewardship Director in September 2017.

At the union’s annual year-end meetings, on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Pastor Kenny Deveaux was elected as the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Director and Coordinator for the Adventist Laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI).

While Pastor Price’s position is full time, Pastor Deveaux will continue to serve as pastor of the Bethany Seventh-day Adventist Church.

We congratulate both pastors on their election to these leadership positions in our union and pray for their success. -Pastor Paul Scavella, President


CHURCH CLERKS TO MEET

There will be an urgent meeting for all church clerks at the Atlantic Caribbean Union Office located on Gladstone Road on Sabbath, November 18, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. A technician from the Inter-American Division will be equipping clerks in the use of the ACMS. -Pastor Peter Joseph, Executive Secretary


ATCU PUSH INITIATIVE

The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, November 19 - November 25, 2017 is: Thankful for Freedom of Expression. -Pastor Peter Joseph, Prayer Coordinator


SOBCRA'S ANNUAL RETREAT

The Annual Retreat of the South Bahamas Conference Retirees Association (SoBCRA) will be held on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at the residence of Elder and Mrs. Anthony Burrows, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All retirees in the South Bahamas Conference are invited to attend. Please call Pastor John Carey (557-2037), or Pastor Neville Scavella (364-1460) to confirm your attendance. -Dr. John Carey, President; SoBCRA


ATCU PASTORS AND LAY MEMBERS EVANGELISM AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING

The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) will hold an evangelism and leadership training on December 10 - 16, 2017 at their headquarters on Gladstone Road and the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.

See information below:

Sunday, December 10, 2017

6:00 p.m.: Plenary Session at Hillview

7:00 p.m.: Joint Service at Hillview

Monday, December 11, 2017

8:15 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.: Morning Devotion and Plenaries at ATCU headquarters

5:30 p.m. - 7:50 p.m.: Devotion and Plenaries at Hillview

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

8:15 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.: - Morning Devotion and Plenaries at ATCU headquarters

5:30 p.m. - 7:50 p.m.: Devotion, Breakout Sessions, and Plenary at Hillview

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

8:15 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.: Morning Devotion and Plenaries at ATCU headquarters

5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Devotion, Plenary, and Joint Service at Hillview

Thursday, December 14, 2017

8:15 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.: Morning Devotion and Plenaries at ATCU headquarters

5:30 p.m. - 7:50 p.m.: Devotion, Breakout Sessions, and Plenary at Hillview

Friday, December 15, 2017

8:15 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.: - Morning Devotion and Plenaries at ATCU headquarters

5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Devotion, Plenary, and Joint Service at Hillview

Sabbath, December 16, 2017

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Joint Service at Hillview

For additional information, go to the conference website, www.southbahamasconference.org -Pastor Paul Scavella, President


ASI BUSINESS FAIR

The ASI Business Fair will be held at the old Bahamas Academy Gym on November 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. -Elder Ian Greene, President; ASI


BEREA STEWARDSHIP DEPARTMENT

Under the theme: 'Servant of God', the Stewardship Department of the Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church will have a day of stewardship emphasis on Sabbath, December 2, 2017.

Come and be blessed during the divine and AY hour. Topics to be addressed during AY are:

  • Getting and Staying Out of Debt
  • Acquiring a Mortgage for Minimal Down Payment and Interest.

-Elder Osmond LaCroix, Stewardship Leader, Berea


PRAYER MINISTRIES PERSONNEL TO MEET

There will be an important meeting for all prayer ministries personnel at the South Bahamas Conference on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Persons interested in serving on committees for the 2018 prayer retreat are asked to attend. Please attend or send a representative from your church. -Pastor Peter Joseph, Prayer Ministries Coordinator


JOINT PRAYER MEETING

The monthly early-morning joint prayer meeting will be held at the Grant’s Town Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 6:00 a.m. Bring your praise report and your prayer requests. Expect answers to your prayers! -Mrs. Ali McIntosh, Prayer Ministries


PRAYER MINISTRIES CONFERENCE

The 3rd Annual SBC Prayer Ministries Prayer Conference and Retreat will be held at the Courtyard Marriot on West Bay Street in New Providence, Bahamas on February 1 - 4, 2018. Stop by the South Bahamas Conference office or call 341-4021 to reserve your room! Residential or non-residential registration is available. Space is limited. Call Elder David Knowles: 4251191, or Elder Keble Dawkins: 455-0276, or Sis. Ali McIntosh: 423-2709 for package prices. -Prayer Ministries


WEEK-DAY LOCAL TV PROGRAMS

This is the amended schedule of programs for ATV:

  • Around the Conference - Mondays 7:00 a.m.
  • Adventist News - Fridays 4:00 p.m.
  • Voices - Tuesdays 5:00 p.m.
  • NBC Focus - Wednesdays 5:00 p.m.

WOMEN’S MINISTRIES

4th Quarter at a Glance

November 18th - Women’s Ministries Leaders Chat and Chew

December 2017 - Sisters bringing Yuletide - Zone 4 Outreach Initiative Geriatric Home, Her Majesty’s Prison and Children’s Home. -Sister Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director


HEALTH MINISTRIES

AHPA Year-end Get Together

All health professionals, health directors/assistants and those with a passion for health are invited to the AHPA/Health Ministries yearend get-together on November 26, 2017. For further details, call Sis. Nathelyn LaCroix at 323-0610 or email: lifestylecounsellor64@gmail.com

Inagua Health Expo

Health and Women's Ministries directors will be travelling to Inagua on December 1 - 4, 2017 to facilitate a wellness weekend. All persons interested in being a part of this weekend expo, may contact Sis. Nathelyn Lacroix at 323-0610.

Uchee Pines: For Remedies and Preventative Medicine

All persons interested in travelling to Uchee Pines on March 25-29, 2018 to attend the Simple Remedies and Preventive Medicine seminar may contact Sis. Nathelyn LaCroix at 323-0610.

Save the Date

8 Weeks to Wellness 2018 starts February 5, 2018. Put things in order now for this beneficial exposure to your health! -Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Ministries Director

8 Weeks to Wellness Coaches

All persons interested in working as coaches for 8 Weeks to Wellness 2018, are asked to contact Sis. Nathelyn LaCroix at 323-0610.


WORLD DIABETES DAY SEMINAR

If you are a woman with diabetes or know a woman with diabetes, you don't want to miss the upcoming World Diabetes Day Living Well Symposium under the theme, Diabetes and Women: Our Right to A Healthy Future on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at the Good News Seventh-day Adventist Church Hall on Great Britain Street in Flamingo Gardens. Health screenings begin at 4:00 p.m. There will be various guest speakers and demonstrations, giveaways and prizes. For more information and to reserve your seat, call 502-4855 or WhatsApp 802-3668 or email us at footworsk242@gmail.com -Dr. Monique Mitchell


CHAM UPDATES

*Children’s Day at each church on Sabbath, November 25, 2017. The Theme is “Called to be Faithful”. All leaders and assistants should have the program. If you have not started working with the children and adolescents, as yet, it is time to begin. We are only two weeks away!

*Children’s Agape Praise at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sabbath, November 25, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. The entire family and community friends are invited. Take careful note of the venue.

*Fun-day at the Breath of Life Grounds on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Get your tickets from your CHAM leader or assistant leader. -Joan Scavella, Director


COMMUNITY SERVICES

The South Bahamas Conference Community Services Department desires to establish a food bank that will serve as a major resource to all of its community services programs within our local churches and Family Islands. Thus, we are seeking to locate a building from which to operate and store food. If anyone is able to assist us in locating a building from which to operate, please call the conference office. -Pastor Craig Williams, Community Services Coordinator


YOUTH TIDBITS

Open Gym

The South Bahamas Conference Youth Department will hold special events at the H D Colburn Gymnatorium on November 18 and 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy the 3 on 3 and 5 on 5 basketball tournaments. There will be a small entry fee and refreshments will be on sale. Proceeds are in aid of the Youth Award Banquet. -Pastor Larry Green, Youth Director

Youth Award Banquet

The Youth Award Banquet is scheduled for December 17, 2017. Tickets will be available this weekend. For cost, kindly contact your youth leader.

Letters were sent to the churches requesting sponsorship of a few youth to attend the banquet. (Banquet is open to every SBC youth). -Pastor L. Green, Youth Ministries Director

2017 Youth Award Nominees

The following youth are nominees for the male and female Youth of the Year Awards:

1

Tonya Russell

17

Shamara Thomas

2

Charphane Burnside

18

Janelle McPhee

3

Brittany Lundy

19

Ray Strachan

4

Peresha Ferguson

20

Stanley Philord

5

Tyla Rahming

21

Tim’mon Gibson

6

Hurez Sands

22

Dwayne Daley

7

Mayiesha Sands

23

Stefan Edwards

8

O’Linthea Albury

24

Nathan LaCroix

9

Veronica Joseph

25

Macayle Sands

10

Otanique Tarpley

26

Rapheal Morris

11

Deon Johnson

27

Stanley Northe

12

Celesta Stuart

28

Albert Clarke Jr.

13

Tyesha Brown

29

Jean Louis

14

Andrenique Dames

30

Daniel Bostwick

15

Cherrie Blackmore

31

Saunders Fleuranvil

16

Chile Fernandez

32

Denzil Wells

-Mr. Patrick Wilson, Jr.; Pathfinder Director

Investiture Service

The master guide investiture service for the Class of 2017 will be held at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sabbath, December 2, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Come out and support our youth leaders on this grand occasion. All invested master guides are required to wear their Class A uniform. -Mr. Patrick Wilson, Jr.; Pathfinder Director

Oshkosh Camporee

Registration continues for Oshkosh Camporee 2019. See your youth leader or Director Patrick Wilson at the conference office by November 30, 2017. -Mr. Patrick Wilson, Jr.; Pathfinder Director

SUN SETS NEXT SABBATH

November 25, 2017 AT 5:19 P.M.

Conference website: http://southbahamasconference.org

Email: logos@sbcadventist.com

Have a blessed Sabbath!





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