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Elders' Fellowship Breakfast February 25th

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Attention All Church Elders!

Sabbath Morning:

As part of the activities to honor our local church elders, the South Bahamas Conference invites all church elders to a Fellowship Breakfast on Sabbath morning (tomorrow), February 25, 2017, at 7 a.m. to 8 am, in the Parents Teachers Association Room, upstairs Bahamas Academy, Marshall Road.

Sabbath Afternoon:

All elder are also invited to join the hundreds of local elders in the Inter-American Division in attending an online seminar on Sabbath afternoon, February 25th. It is an online event and elders are asked to come to the South Bahamas Conference or Atlantic Union Office at 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Click HERE for the live link


The Fellowship Breakfast Photos

More than 60 local elders attended the Fellowship Breakfast. Pastor Paul Scavella told those present that the reason for the Fellowship Breakfast was to simply say thank you for their service. He said "since it was elders' day around the Inter-American Division, the administration thought it was the best time to express gratitude to all the elders." The meditation for the Fellowship Breakfast was given by Pastor Danhugh Gordon. He spoke on the topic "We Need Spiritual Leaders." Click HERE to view the devotion. After the devotion the elders divided into quandrants and prayed together. Barrington Brennen lead the elders in remembering those elders that were not doing well or who were unable to attend: Stanley Major, Jack Bowe, Vernal Rolle, Percey Miller, Alston Rolle, and Herbert Williams. Curtis Bryan, a local elder, thanked the administration for arranging for this wonderful fellowship breakfast. After the fellowship the elders joined in a sumpteous breakfast.

See photos below

Photos of the Month--February 2017

Photos for the Month of February and March 2017

ABOVE: Some of the local elders who attended the local elders' webcast at the headquarter of the Atlantic Caribbean Union Seventh-day Adventists, Gladstone Road.

ABOVE: Laura Anderson celebrated her 99th birthday in February 2017. She is the oldest local elder in the Adventist Church in The Bahamas. She lives in North Eleuthera, The Bahamas. The public primary school in Bluff Eleuthera will be renamed in her honor in March 2017.

ABOVE: Bahamians baptized in Inagua. Pastor Peter Joseph led in a series assisted by Winston and Estherleen Ash and Winton McDonald.--February 20, 2017

ABOVE: Members erect the tent for the "Extreme Transformation Experience" evangelistic series starting Saturday night, February 25th on East Street South, just South of the roundabout. Speaker: Pastor Larry Green

Successful Training in Radio Automation

They all did well. Yes, on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, six staff members of the Media Team of the South Bahamas Conference received a certificate of achievement for attending a special three-day training in radio automation (photos below). The trainer was Tim Kochis (left photo), engineer, attached to Life Talk Radio, and a specialist in broadcast tools and Simian radio automation software.

The nearly twenty-five hours training took place on February 13 to 15, 2017 at WORD SBC 88.3 FM recording studio. Benefiting from the training was the radio coordinator, Lavern Sturrup; television coordinator, Michelle Greene; conference software engineer, Efferim Bethel; and technicians, Patrick Wilson and Philip Humes. Also the communication director, Barrington Brennen participated in the training.

Lavern Sturrup is really excited and happy for the training, because the training will make her work easier, more accurate, and professional. Tim Kochis was invited to train the staff to help us understand the function of the software we have been using since the radio station went on air in 2012. In addition to the training, we purchased to pieces of equipment to help us work more seamlessly between Life Talk Radio and our station. Soon you will hear less of the international news and more branding of our station twenty-four hours a day. Be patient with us as we continue to work on the kinks. We are doing our best to serve you better in bringing first-class programming and sound through WORD SBC 88.3 FM

After they received their certificates they celebrated with "virgin wine" mixed by Barrington Brennen.

Photo above is Tim Kochis with Pastors Scavella and Joseph and the team

In the photos below Joan Scavella, wife of Pastor Paul Scavella, is presenting the certificates to the team members.

Lavern Sturrup

Michelle Green

Philip Humes

Patrick Wilson

Efferim Bethel was not present at the time of the photo taking

The toasting

The Greatest of These is Love

Below is an article written by Barrington Brennen in February 2002 to share on the most popular topic at the time of the year--love.

Dear friend, our society today is hungry for a true expression of love. It’s the only thing that’s there’s just too little of. Below is my adaptation of the love passage of the Bible found in 1 Corinthians 13. It is designed to help you see what should be important in our lives today. Read it and share with it a friend, office staff, or church community. Note that this is not a translation of the passage, but my own illustrative reflection, creating contemporary meaning of the verses.

"If I speak in tongues of nations and of angels, but have not a loving attitude, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have no love in my heart, I am nothing.

If I am a vegetarian, and do not eat dairy products to reduce my sinus problem, and cannot share lovingly with others, my diet is in vain. If I exercise five times a week at Gold’s Gym or on R. M. Bailey track, and cannot share my energy in a loving way, my walking and running will be in vain. I can still die of a heart attack.

If I am financially independent and able to give to all church projects but have not love, my giving will be in vain. If I eat lots of broccoli soup to reduce the cancer risk, make my own gluten, or eat only boil fish for meat, and refuse to share in loving relationships, my life will be meaningless. I can still die prematurely.

Love never fails. College degrees, expensive houses, designer clothing, speaking in tongues, evangelistic crusades, and health seminars, will all pass away. Now these five remains. Financial independence, a healthy lifestyle, faith, hope, and loving relationships. But the greatest of all of these is LOVING RELATIONSHIPS."

How passionate is your relationship dear reader? Several years ago I was the guest speaker during the Family Life Emphasis Day at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church, Harrold Road, The Bahamas. To create the setting for my presentation, I opened with a touching story of a deep expression of passionate love. The story is written by Michael D. Hargrove and Bottom Line Underwriters, Inc. © Copyright 1997. All rights reserved. Used with permission All rights reserved. Here’s the story:

"A man was waiting to pick up a friend at the airport in Portland, Oregon, he had one of those life changing experiences that you hear other people talk about -- the kind that sneaks up on you unexpectedly. This one occurred merely two feet away from me. Straining to locate my friend among the passengers deplaning through the jet way, I noticed a man coming toward me carrying two light bags. He stopped right next to me to greet his family.

First he motioned to his youngest son (maybe six years old) as he laid down his bags. They gave each other a long, loving hug. As they separated enough to look in each other's face, I heard the father say,

"It's so good to see you, son. I missed you so much!" His son smiled somewhat shyly, averted his eyes and replied softly, "Me, too, Dad!"

Then the man stood up, gazed in the eyes of his oldest son (maybe nine or ten) and while cupping his son's face in his hands said, "You're already quite the young man. I love you very much, Zach!" They too hugged a most loving, tender hug.

While this was happening, a baby girl (perhaps one or one-and-a-half) was squirming excitedly in her mother's arms, never once taking her little eyes off the wonderful sight of her returning father. The man said, "Hi, baby girl!" as he gently took the child from her mother. He quickly kissed her face all over and then held her close to his chest while rocking her from side to side. The little girl instantly relaxed and simply laid her head on his shoulder, motionless in pure contentment.

After several moments, he handed his daughter to his oldest son and declared, "I've saved the best for last!" and proceeded to give his wife the longest, most passionate kiss I ever remember seeing. He gazed into her eyes for several seconds and then silently mouthed. "I love you so much!" They stared at each other's eyes, beaming big smiles at one another, while holding both hands. For an instant they reminded me of newlyweds, but I knew by the age of their kids that they couldn't possibly be. I puzzled about it for a moment then realized how totally engrossed I was in the wonderful display of unconditional love not more than an arm's length away from me.

I suddenly felt uncomfortable, as if I was invading something sacred, but was amazed to hear my own voice nervously ask, "Wow! How long have you two been married? "Been married twelve years." he replied, without breaking his gaze from his lovely wife's face.

"Well then, how long have you been away?" I asked. The man finally turned and looked at me, still beaming his joyous smile. "Two whole days!" Two days? I was stunned. By the intensity of the greeting, I had assumed he'd been gone for at least several weeks - if not months. I know my expression betrayed me. I said almost offhandedly, hoping to end my intrusion with some semblance of grace (and to get back to searching for my friend), "I hope my marriage is still that passionate after twelve years!"

The man suddenly stopped smiling. He looked me straight in the eye, and with forcefulness that burned right into my soul, he told me something that left me a different person. He told me, "DON'T HOPE, FRIEND. . . . DECIDE!"

Then he flashed me his wonderful smile again, shook my hand and said, "God bless!" With that, he and his family turned and strode away together.

Dear reader, have you decided to passionately love your spouse and children. Remember, love is a VERB. It is an action word. You can DECIDE to love. Nothing is more important in today’s society than LOVING RELATIONSHIPS.

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