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A Message from The President
The old rolls out and the new is ushered in with new possibilities and opportunities. For some it spells excitement, while for others, intimidation and trepidation. Yes, the fear of the unknown. Politically, the horizon could pose a bleak picture given the many negatives that loom over our country. The social frontier comes with trends that derail sanctity of the home, a deteriorating crime front, and increased health issues. From a religious outlook, distrust continues to punctuate the thinking of many, simply because there is confusion as to what to believe and who to trust when it comes to the promulgation of the Word of God.
For the writer, however, the good news is that the Bible warns of all these conditions, and existing attitudes. Paul, the Apostle, in 2 Timothy 3:1-13 states that perilous times will come, when men will love self more than God, they will become lovers of pleasure. Revelation 17 advances the state of confusion in the religious realm under the heading of Babylon who acts like a whore.
In spite of these conditions, the surrendered child of God understands that these prophetic descriptions are simply a fulfillment of scripture, and indicators that reassure every believer and follower. Even to the skeptic, it is an indicator that God can be trusted and what He predicts never fails to come to pass.
The church, in light of its mission, is called upon in these last days to do the following:
Search the Scriptures
More than ever, every believer must spend deliberate time in the Word of God. Word in this context is defined as both the written Word of God, and Jesus Himself.
John describes the Word as becoming flesh and dwelling among us. It is being in a relationship with Jesus. Make this a reality. Our days must be replete in prayer and meditation.
Secondly every member of the church is called to "Be Evangelism". Evangelism is not an option for the child of God. As such, evangelism is a way of life. Recently, at a family member’s funeral, the brother of the deceased described his brother’s smile as the most evangelistic smile ever. Everything that the Christian does is evangelism either positively for the kingdom of God or negatively impacting the Kingdom of Satan.
Believers are called to pray for the refreshing in their lives. What is the refreshing you may ask? When a study of the word, ‘refreshing’ is done from Scripture, and the Spirit of Prophecy, the concept of the latter rain emerges. The Bible is filled with the term latter rain and former rain. The concept leads one to the reality of the nearness of Christ coming and His consuming desire to pour out His Spirit upon all flesh so that God’s work can be finished. There must be a hungering and thirsting for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in each life and by extension the church. In order for the work of God to be finished in this conference the refreshing has to take place. This comes through prayer and fasting, continuous abiding in the Word, and sharing of our faith to those who are seeking to be refreshed in this world of sin.
It is with the above in mind that every member of the South Bahamas conference is invited to join your leadership team in a day of prayer and fasting on January 12, 2017. Let us seek the refreshing. It is the only force that can propel this conference to where God wants it to be.
Join us at the State of the Conference as we launch ‘The Refreshing" in an effort to be transformed by God’s power.
Pastor Paul Scavella, President
The first one can be used for video/picture presentation in churches. The second can be printed out as poster, reduced for bulletin front or bulletin insert.
All of the photos in these posters were taken by Albert Prince Bell, a professional photographer and a member of the Grant's Town Seventh-day Adventist Church. Special thanks to Michael McCoy, the first elder at the Grant's Town Seventh-day Adventist Church, Wellington Street, Nassau; his wife, Alvern, a teacher at C. W. Sawyer Primary Schoo, Nassau; their son, Amal; and daughter, Mikali, for posing for these photos. These photos were taken on Monday, December 26, 2016, 12 noon, at Fort Montague, Nassau, The Bahamas. Albert Prince Bell's email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Adventist Television Media Music Special (As seen on TV)
Watch nine different musical items recorded on set at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday, November 13, 2016: Meistersingers, Adventist Mass Youth Choir, Charles Zonicle, Evin Musgrove, Louis and Kristen, and Lashan Northe
London Adventist Chorale Christmas
HERITAGE SINGERS CLASSIC
ANDREWS UNIVERSITY SINGERS AND ORCHESTRA
AEOLIANS OAKWOOD UNIVERSITY
Greetings from the President
Season's greetings from the Scavella family. We wish you a joyous Christians and a spirit-filled 2017. May our lives be refreshed as we accept Jesus anew--now and always.
The scripture passage in Isaiah 9:6 reminds us: For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.(New Living Translation)
Pastor Paul Scavella, President
The Christmas season for most is crowded with commercialism and frolic. The real purpose fades in a maze of economic stimuli. So the question becomes, how can one best utilize this season of the year to the honor and glory of God? As Adventists, we have been counseled by the prophetess to the church, Ellen White, who advised that the Christmas season provides a wonderful opportunity to give gifts to those among us who are in desperate need.
It is also a time for fellowship, practical evangelism, a time to give proper definition to the stewardship of God's resources, and a time to disciple those looking for the Star of David.
Am I saying that this is the only time for reflection on stewardship? Absolutely not! It is an opportune time to look again at our faithfulness to God! Yes, there are many who will find Christ over the next few weeks in the same way that the wise men found Him.
The Matthew 2:1-12 narrative reveals that the church and the world while studying the scriptures were for the most part, oblivious to the Messiah's birth and its meaning. They were so blinded by the preconceived notion of an earthly king who would come with pomp and circumstance, that the lowly birth in a manger did not grab their curious probing.
Mysteriously enough, a group of non-Jewish young men had been led by the Holy Spirit to search the scriptures and they came to understand the prophecies and their meaning, and the spiritual nature of their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
Many today refuse the GPS of God's Holy Spirit to guide them in the path to life, simply because they are buried under the worldly stupor of:
Yet there are those in every sector of life who are seeking God with every fiber of their being. The church has to make contact with such persons and help them to find the source of life-giving water that quenches the thirst of the sin-worn traveler. Jeremiah 29:13 declares that you will find me if you seek after me with all your heart. Many are counting on you and me to point them to the Star of Bethlehem.
This Christmas, someone within arm's length is going to be without a meal, or a needed pair of shoes. It may very well be someone suffering from a broken heart, someone experiencing a marriage that is falling apart, or someone receiving devastating news on a medical condition. It could be someone without a loving family. The church is mandated to represent the loving arms of Jesus here on earth, reaching to the core of our community to bring healing and comfort as instructed by God.
The Adventists, are here to offer hope in a world of hopelessness, warmth in a cold society. Open your hearts to God's love and let Him come in and sup with you. If you do, it will be a moment you would not regret. Our prayer is that the world will see Jesus in us. So, our prayer for you is to have a blessed and joyous season. May Christ be the best gift in your life now and always.
From the South Bahamas Conference, which comprises our administrators, directors, pastors, teachers, secretaries, ancillary staff, accountants, matrons and assistants - we say:
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Peace on earth and in your heart.
May God's richest blessings attend you, your family, and our Bahamaland.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Pastor Paul Scavella, President
On Sabbath, December 3, 2016, the members of the Grant's Town Seventh-day Adventist Church, Wellington Street, Nassau, held a special service, during the 11:00 a.m. Divine Worship Hour, to celebrate a wonderful, efficient and dedicated person--Nelson Bain. Surprising Nelson Bain during the service was the 1983 Junior Youth Choir and friends he nurtured. They all formed the choir for the service. The entire congregation and especially those he nurtured, had this service of appreciation to demonstrate their gratitude to Nelson Bain for believing in them. He was and still is a perfectionist, and one who was committed and dedicated to creating great music. One person said "he makes small things great." [ Photo left by Prince Albert Bell ]
Attending the service was Pastor Leonard Johnson, president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists, and former pastor of the church, who gave a special pray of thankfulness for Nelson Bain, his wife, Pauline, and his family. Also attending the service was his dear mother and sister who also surprised him with their attendance to the service. He said to the congregation that he was "pleased to have his mother with him today." He also stated that she was wearing his favorite color which was the color of the comorative plaque (purple) giving to him by the church.
Mark Ewen, the church pastor, gave a special message of encouragement and thankfulness.
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During the special service of gratitude for Nelson Bahamas, Laurie Gibson, also a member of Bethany Seventh-day Adventist Church, Nassau, and a former member of Grant's Town Church, gave the following remakes.
"In an era when it was not popular for young men to be interested in church, much less in leading a group of pubescent boys and girls, you Nelson Bain, a distinguished and debonair gentleman, took up the challenge that would, no doubt, change your life, and the lives of those you ministered to forever.
In 1983 there was no Children and Adolescent Ministries (CHAM) In the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, so most teenagers were lost between the Children and Youth choirs. What a brilliant idea, then, to form a Junior Youth Choir for this “quirky” bunch. We recognize you for your ingenuity.
I would venture to say that it was only because God had called and appointed you, that you survived this unchartered territory. This was an unusual and difficult task at the time, but you never allowed the noise in the “Market Place,” (and boy, there was noise), to hinder or discourage you. We commend you for that.
There was no half stepping with you. Everything had to be orchestrated to a tee. It all seemed flawless after weeks of practice, when we came out to minister to the church. Thank you for teaching us excellence.
Nelson, you took the mandate of ministering to the whole person to another level with your choirs. You taught us how to sit, eat and speak properly. You even taught us girls how to be lady like, and the boys were admonished on the behaviors of a gentleman.
You embodied all three pillars of stewardship, time, talent and treasure. Time was respected. We arrived and departed on time for rehearsals. You ensured that we made good use of our time. We also learnt the importance of giving as you shared your funds, when some of us could not pay for uniforms or socials. Most of all, you harnessed not just our musical gifts, but other gifts such as public speaking. We appreciate you for that!
Today, is all about saying thank you, to you, for the impact you have had on the lives of so many individuals. What started out as a venture from the Junior Youth Choir of the 80s, had evolved into a thank you from the Junior Youth Choir of the 80s and Friends because so many persons wanted to be a part of this occasion.
Due to your influence, we have individuals from across the South and North Bahamas Conference. Some of them flew in just for this occasion: Anastacia Seymour-Dawkins, Abaco; Vashti Brown, Cat Island; Karen Rodgers-Knowles, San Salvador; Missouri Bain-Thompson, Grand Bahamas; and from right here in Nassau, Wayne Price, Shervin Brennen, Edwin Ramsey, Tonya Thompson-Moss and representatives from Bahamas Academy of Seventh-day Adventists. We all here today to salute you, Mr. Nelson Bain.
Today, we celebrate you, for being unconventional, courageous, yet a humble spirited gentle man of God. You are indeed worthy of praise. Maya Angelo said this, “People will forget what you said, and they will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
You, Nelson Bain, never, screaming or shouting but leading in a peaceful way, you made us feel good about ourselves. Today, is just a small token to express our love and appreciation for the eternal investment you made in our lives and continue to make vicariously through most of our children. Thank you for allowing God to continually order your steps.
We want to also acknowledge your dear wife, Paulamae, you mother and sister, who have joined you today."
Nelson and his wife, Paulamae Bain
The 1983 Junior Choir
Nelson's mother, Cecilene Bain, and his sister, Edwina Donna Bain
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