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The South Bahamas Conference has recently completed a number of campaignsin New Providence and is now engaged in an effort on Cat Island with Pastor Jamal Franklyn. One of the watchwords for the quadrennium is evangelism, but how serious are we about this ‘imperative’ in our church?
Evangelism is the life-blood of the church. This imagery suggests an innate connection to daily living and commitment to Christ. Each believer is called to herald God’s message to a world in chaos, false hope, and despair. Evangelism places the church in a position of expansion and great possibilities for God’s people. As we look about us, the fields are white and ready for harvest (John 4:35).
Since the early days of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, great emphasis has been placed on the Spirit of Prophecy and the principles and practice of soul winning. This is intrinsic to the fabric that makes a body of believers. If this is so, then who is called to be an evangelist? Indeed every believer is mandated by the power of the Holy Spirit to engage in this work to which we are all called. The inspired pen urges us to evangelism through the following exhortation:
“The conditions that face Christian workers in the great cities constitute a solemn appeal for untiring effort in behalf of the millions living within the shadow of impending doom. Men will soon be forced to great decisions, and they must have opportunity to hear and to understand Bible truth, in order that they may take their stand intelligently on the right side. God is now calling His messengers in no uncertain terms, to warn the cities while mercy still lingers, and while multitudes are yet susceptible to the converting influence of Bible truth” (Review and Herald, April 7, 1910).
These counsels still resonate today as we get nearer to the second coming of our Lord and Saviour. Let us allay our fears and inhibitions as we claim the promises of God and experience a tumultuous harvest for His Kingdom. This is possible if each one Be evangelism. God has declared that it is not by our might but it is by the indwelling spirit of the Lord that men and women can be drawn to a saving Father (cf. Zechariah 4:6). God has begun a good work in His people and He will bring it to completion. Dispel the temptation to be in the background and take your stand in proclaiming the undiluted message of grace through a service that only you can offer. Rededicate your talents and gifts to His service and you will be amazed at how God multiplies them. Seek the leading of the Holy Spirit if you are unable to identify your gift. God wants our availability and He will work miracles through us! -Editor
The executive committee of the Atlantic Caribbean Union voted to employ an auditor to serve in the South Bahamas Conference effective May 1, 2017. Mr. Michael Toote Jr. is the newly voted auditor. Mr. Toote, a certified public accountant, is a graduate of Northern Caribbean University. In addition to his responsibilities at the conference office, he serves on the treasury team of all churches in the South Bahamas Conference. -Administration
All Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL) directors are reminded of the Legal Symposium in Hollywood, Florida on August 21, 2017. All Adventist lawyers are invited to participate. For additional information, visit: //www.irla.org/world‐congress, or contact Pastor Paul Scavella, PARL director at 341-4021. -Pastor Paul Scavella
The Annual Symposium of the Atlantic Caribbean Union will be held at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. This is a joint service. All members are urged to support our union. Come out in great numbers as we worship and view the reports of all fields and Northern Caribbean University. Churches engaged in campaigns are kindly asked to worship at the Hillview Church on May 31, 2017. -Pastor Paul Scavella, President
May 28: (Tomorrow) Child Preachers’ Workshop
Pastor Jamal Franklyn will be the coach.
June 19 - 24 (Ends the Sabbath morning): CHAM Campaign
You cannot afford to miss this campaign facilitated by our own children.
Month of July: Vacation Bible School
Our CHAM leaders and assistants are planning for VBS! Churches are asked NOT to purchase the VBS Kits. Information on the VBS kit is shared in the CHAM media group.
September 10: CHAM Doctrinal Seminar
Pastoral Intern, Lorenzo Rolle will be the facilitator. -Mrs. Joan M. Scavella, CHAM Director
The Hillview Children's choir invites all to attend a concert at Windsor Park on Sabbath, June 24, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Come and be blessed! -Mrs. Diane Jones, Choir Coordinator
All persons who are interested in traveling to the ASI Convention on August 16 - 20, 2017 are invited to attend a meeting at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church on May 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
ASI will hold two fundraising events on June 5, 2017 and July 9, 2017. Please stay tuned for more details. We look forward to your patronage. For additional information, please call Elder Ian Greene at 556-0492 or 601-4393. -Elder Ian Greene, President; ASI
The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, May 28 - June 3, 2017 is: ABNC Staff and Colporteurs.
All Adventist Health Professionals and Health Directors/Assistants who are interested in traveling to Panama for the Adventist Laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) Convention on August 14 - 21, 2017 may contact Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix at email@example.com or 323-0610. The Health Ministries Department will be the co-host of the event. -Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Ministries Director
Please keep the Health Ministries Department in prayer as we minister to the North Eleuthera district this weekend. We will be at the Bluff Seventh-day Adventist Church. -Mrs. LaCroix
2017 Annual Youth Vegan Cook Off
The Health Ministries Department will sponsor the Second Annual Youth Vegan Cook Off on June 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Bahamas Academy, Marshall Road. All interested 10-17 year olds are asked to see their local health director. For more details call 341-4021 or 323-0610. -Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix
ADVENTIST HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION
Under the theme, ‘Transformed to Serve’ fifteen excited health professionals and friends boarded Bahamasair en route to Mount Thompson, Exuma. This voyage marked the second annual AHPA retreat scheduled for May 19 - 20, 2017.
The retreat was held at beautiful Exuma Palm Hotel on the oceanfront. It was a time of rest, relaxation, and revival. On Sabbath, May 20, a joint service for the Mount Thompson, Moss Town and Rolleville Churches was held at the Mount Thompson Church. Serkeitha Meadows led out in Sabbath School and Elder Leon Mars delivered the sermon. Greetings were brought by Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix and Dr. Cheryl Rolle, Health Director of the South Bahamas Conference and Education Director of the Atlantic Caribbean Union respectively. Elder Pedro Rolle offered a prayer of recommitment.
A fellowship luncheon followed the service, after which the book, Finding Peace Within was distributed in the George Town settlement.
A special thank you is extended to the officers and members of the Exuma churches; coordinator, Dr. Alvira Higgs; and Elder Teddy Rolle, head elder of the Mount Thompson Church for being a most gracious host. -Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix
Bahamas Academy Early Learning Centre (ELC) will be having a Fun Day on Thursday, June 1, 2017 during school hours. Dinners will be on sale. For more information, please call the Early Learning Centre. -Mr. T. Milton Lewis, Principal
The Adventist Book and Nutrition Centre has a 20% discount on all books for the month of May. Get your supply early and remember to share a book with a neighbor. -Mrs. C. Blackmore, Manager
May 27, 2017:
Zone 2 Out-reach presentation of the filled baby bottles initiative at 4:00 p.m. at the Bahamas God Parents Association.
May 28, 2017: Operation Jabez 2. Thinking Well, Living Well training seminar for local Women’s Ministries Leaders 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the South Bahamas Conference office.
June 10: Women’s Ministries and GEMS Emphasis Day. All roads lead to the New Providence Seventh-day Adventist Church Hall at 4:00 p.m. for another inspiring session with the GEMS.
Save The Date!
Under the theme, “Fulfilling My Purpose”, the South Bahamas Conference will be hosting the Atlantic Caribbean Union’s (ATCU) Retreat at the Melia Resort, on October 20-22, 2017 with guest speaker, Linda Anderson.
Ladies, please remember to register to receive the early bird special and ensure that your registration forms are filled in and returned to your local leaders or to the South Bahamas Conference Headquarters for the upcoming ATCU Retreat by June 30, 2017. Should you call the hotel to make reservations, please use the Retreat Code - WOREAI-Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director
Oakwoodites, we are on the move. Let us continue our journey this coming Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. as we meet to forge the way forward. The meeting will be held at the South Bahamas Conference office. -Mr. Ian Antonio, Public Relations Officer
The pastor and members of the Agape Seventh-day Adventist Church extend a special thank you to everyone who made their first concert a resounding success. In whatever role you played, your contribution was very much appreciated. God bless. -Sister Lyndell Hanna, Church Clerk
Today is the last service of the Vision for Tomorrow youth campaign. You cannot afford to miss this exciting time with Evangelist Lee Burrows at the Grant’s Town Seventh-day Adventist Church on Wellington Street this morning at 11 o’clock.
Bible Boom: Prepare for the Bible boom. The books that will be covered are:
Daniel 1-6, (Adventurers)
Daniel 1-8 (Pathfinders)
Daniel, Hosea, Joel, and the book, Patriarchs and Prophets - Chapter 39-44 (AY)
Churches should have their run off on any of the following dates: June 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2017.
Save the Date: The youth award banquet is scheduled for December 17, 2017. -Pastor Larry Green, Youth Ministries Director
Western Federation of the South Bahamas Conference presents Transforming Lives and Living it out Loud!
Youth Forum with Pastor T. Basil Sturrup started last evening and continues today at the Good News Seventh-day Adventist Church. Take note of the events:
Sabbath, May 27, 2017:
Sabbath School at 9:15 a.m.
Divine Service at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, May 28, 2017:
Outreach at 9:00 a.m.
Bring nonperishable food and/or toiletries to assist in our outreach. -Sister Manouchka BienAime, Western Federation; Youth Department
Conference website: http://southbahamasconference.org
Have a blessed Sabbath!
Work in progress. Return here for updates January 3.
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