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On Sabbath, April 28, 2017, the Living Faith Seventh-day Adventist Church, on Old Trail Road, was an exciting place to be. It was a Pathfinder and Adventurer Investiture Service for 47 toddlers and pre-teens. The pastor is Craig Williams; the Pathfinder leader of Randy Johnson and the Adventurer leader is Kate Gardiner. Randy was bubbling with joy all Sabbath morning as he observed the results of his hard work and the work of his assistants. A special feature of the service was the music provided by the Pathfinder Concert Band. They performed splendidly resulting in spontaneous responses to their renditions from the congregation. Pastor Larry Green, Youth Director of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventist, preached sermon. He reminded the audience and the Pathfinders that these are the last days and it is important to preach and live the truth of the gospel. His sermon title was "A Preaching Church." The theme text was Revelation 14:6-12. He charged the Pathfinders of Living Faith Church to be active, purposeful and effective in their witnessing life the song suggests--"We are the Pathfinder strong. A servant of God are we . . . ". The conference-wide Pathfinder coordinator, Patrick Wilson, Jr., was also at the service.
Most of the pastors and their spouses along with other leaders of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists went to Sheraton Hotel in Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, on April 13 to 17, 2017 for an exciting get-away--a ministerial retreat. During the retreat there were exciting seminars for enrichment and growth, but also plenty of time for relaxation and fun.
Guest presenters for the weekend were Drs. Roland and Susie Hill. Dr. Roland is the pastor is a pastor in the Allegheny East Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. His wife, Dr. Susie Is passionate about reaching women across all walks of life with her message of empowerment for all. She is a Family Sciences Adjunct Faculty at Texas Woman's University. The are both authors our outstanding self-help books on finance and empowerment. Dr. Susie Hill is an author writing about the impact that women have on society and how the woman of today can take advantage of that impact. Dr. Hill is passionate about reaching women across all walks of life with her message of empowerment for all.
The photos below show good times on the retreat. More info and photos to come.
ABOVE: The very first official photo on the retreat with (L to R) Patronella Barr, Lavern Sturup, Pastor Melvin Lewis
ABOVE: The hotel for the retreat.
ABOVE: Somebody is doing a illustration.
Dr. Hill speaking to the pastors, leaders, and their spouses.
Above: Dr. Roland Hill sharing with the workers
Above: Dr. Susie Hill sharing with the workers
Above: Dr. Roland Hill sharing with the pastors
Above: Pastor Paul Scavella sharing with the workers
Above: Joan and Paul Scavella saying thank you to Drs Roland and Susie Hill
"Words rightly spoken are like apples of gold in pictures of silver" Proverbs 10:10
By Barrington H. Brennen
For many decades, we have used certain terms to refer to people, events, or organizations in our church. Today we are learning that some of these terms are not healthy or proper and do reveal who we truly are. This new culture of understanding and being more sensitive about people and their needs is being brought to us by the Special Needs Ministries of the Adventist Church. Below is a list of terms that we should avoid as presented by Special Needs Ministries. I will also add a few more important ones to the list. Here are a few of these words we should not use and the alternatives to be used:
“SHUT-IN” – It has been a practice to refer to members who are unable to come out of their homes as “Shut-In” members. The correct term is “AT-HOME” members or “Sick and living at home.” The term “Shut-In” is negative. It suggests that these persons are being held inside their homes by a force outside themselves. It really does not sound right. Hence, do not use “Shut-in” again; neither from the pulpit, in the bulletin, or in conversation.
“SDA” – Most of us feel it is appropriate to use “SDA” as an abbreviation for our name “Seventh-day Adventist” since it is so long; but that is a gross misunderstanding. We have been instructed by the General Conference Communication Department that our name is not “SDA.” This acronym can have several meanings and we always want people to know who we are without a doubt or question. Officially, the only abbreviation of our name is “Adventist.” We are told never to use “SDA” on T-shirts, posters, banners, letter heads, tickets, plaques, church signs, websites, etc., not even orally. Many years ago, I received a plaque from a church expressing their thanks to me for my service to them with words “From the PTSDAC” on it. Although I knew the name of the church well, it took me several hours to figure out that “PTSDAC” meant “Prince Town Seventh-day Adventist Church.” The truth is, strangers to the church would never know either. Thus, it should always be clear what is being stated. Please don’t use “SDA” anymore in print or verbally. Have you ever heard the Baptist refer to themselves as “B” or Catholics as “C”? Our name is the best marketing tool we have. Be proud of our name: Seventh-day Adventist.
“VICTIM OF AIDS” – Funny, it took me a little while to understand, even as a psychologist, that I was using the wrong term. The proper term is “persons living with AIDS.” This is a more sensitive and understanding terminology. Remember, our words must be seasoned with grace always.
HERE ARE A FEW MORE WORDS TO AVOID AND A BETTER CHOICE FOR EACH:
|Stroke victim||Had a stroke|
|Wheelchair bound||Uses a wheelchair|
|Crippled, withered, maimed||Unable to walk, or describe the condition|
|Blind as a bat, four eyes||Wears glasses or contact lenses|
|Arthritics, epileptic||Has arthritis, has epilepsy|
WHO CAN USE THE CHURCH LOGO? – Most of us are aware of the official logo of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This is our first official logo, although some thought the three angles flying around the world was an official one, but it was not. Many churches just used it, but it was never discussed and agreed upon by our world leaders. The logo includes in the graphics the Bible, cross, and the flame of the Holy Spirit going around the earth. Here are some key facts: The colors of the logo are very important. When more than one color is being used to print the logo, the official colors must always be used- green and yellow. The color is a direct color code. We are not allowed to choose any color we want. If there is one color for everything being used, there is some flexibility. For example, the gold-looking metallic signs at the Conference headquarters, Johnson Park Church, etc. Note that the New Englerston Church sign is one color (purple) and is made from plastic from the official sign company authorized by the world church. When printing, there is a font to be used by printers (Goudy Old Style and Futura). Finally, only official organizations of the church can use the logo; Not individuals and groups that are not a part of the church. These organizations are churches, schools, hospitals, printing presses. Remember, you are not free to use the logo simply because you are an Adventist. Do you realize that not even 3ABN can use the church’s logo, because it is not owned by our church. It is only for official Adventist organizations
[ This is a new update on the logo ] Note that in April 2017, there was an official adjustment to the church's logo to make it more universal. The fonts are changed to a new photo called "Advent Sans." This new font will allow our name to be printed in 91 languages using the same font. Adventist News states: "Using the new font “Advent Sans,” the new visual identity is functional and consistent in every language where the church is present. By using “Advent Sans,” the name of the Adventist Church can be written in 91 languages. Project leaders hope this grows to 200 languages by 2020" [ See Sample ]
"Another change is the color scheme for the logo. Because the Adventist Church contains a myriad of cultures and design styles, it was found to be ineffective and cost-prohibitive to recommend a universal color system or even a large number of regionally appropriate color systems. This means, local designers and church leaders will be able to choose what works best for them, in their region. The guidelines include the initial set colors and the communication department of the world church stands ready to extend it as needed by different regions. (See example)" See Adventist Identity Guidelines System
Here is the church logo with the new fonts. Note that the old one still remains official if in use.
USER-FRIENDLY TERMS: This one might be more applicable to news writers or public announcements. It is not always needed to give the formal name of the organization when speaking publicly or even in news for official news items. Sometimes the formal name causes more confusion or raises questions. For example, when communicating to the public, instead of saying or writing “Pastor Paul Scavella is the president of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.” It is better to say, “Pastor Paul Scavella is the president of the Adventist churches in the Southern Bahamas. Sometimes the terms “Conference” and “Union” do not really relay the message we want to give to those who do not know. Instead saying, Pastor Leonard Johnson, president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventists, say, Pastor Leonard Johnson, president of the Adventist Church in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands. The point is, it is usually wiser to use terms to describe who we are or an institution than to give the actual formal name. Our message must always be clear.
PLEASE SAY THE WORD “HAITIAN”: Too often the word “Haitian” is used in a demeaning way. On the other hand, we often refer to people of Haitian decent as our “French” brethren. Perhaps we think “Haitian” is a bad term. It is not. Haitians are proud to be called Haitians and are not “French.” They do not want to be called French. Please, let us honor them by proudly calling them who they are, Haitians. They are descendants of the first independent country in the Caribbean, with the oldest university in the region, and the largest mahogany market in the world—a beautiful country and beautiful people.
Dear members, let us seek to always season our words with grace. Let our words uplift and not tear down. “Words rightly spoken are like apples of gold in pictures of silver” ( Proverbs 10:10).
Send your responses/comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
SAMPLES OF CHURCH LOGO
Below is the recently voted adjustment to the church logo
Below is the first official logo. Note the correct colors
Below note same for website or letter head
Inter-American Division Pathfinder Camporee Updated Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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They are now in Dominican Republic. Day one is over. See videos below
On Sunday, April 9, 2017, 115 Pathfinders from the South Bahamas Conference and five from the North Bahamas Conference, will head to the Dominican Republic for the Inter-American Division Youth Camporee 2017. The Camporee will be held at Mirador del Este Park, Santo Domingo. More that 20,000 Adventist youth are expected to be there from 41 countries.
Leading the youth from the South Bahamas is Pastor Larry Greene, youth director, assisted by Ray Jennings, Curtis Bryan, Kenisha Hanson, and Patrick Wilson.
ABOVE: Bahamas Bible Bowl Team 1: Samuel Baron and Sharai Lunn
ABOVE: Bible Soup Representatives: Kevinique Sterling and Deyonell Jones.
DAY 1 Marching to the opening ceremony by Kenisha Hanson
Video below by Kenisha Hanson on opening night.
ABOVE PHOTO FROM THE DIVISION'S WEBSITE: Tents are being all set up at Mirador del Este Park in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Image by Daniel Gallardo/IAD
ABOVE: Bahamians on the first day by Ray Jennings on Tuesday, April 11, 2017
ABOVE: Fireworks on opening night at Camporee.
The above photos are take from the Camporee's official website. In photo above is Pastor Israel Leito, president of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.
The early morning dew on Sunday, March 26, 2017, heralded the beginning of a new day- a new experience and a new journey for the twelve member team from the various Adventist Churches in New Providence. Armed with great expectations and reserved excitement, the team boarded the national carrier, BahamasAir, as they began their journey to Seal, Alabama, United States of America, the home of Uchee Pines Lifestyle Center. They headed there for health education and rejuvenation. (Click on left photo to enlarge and see photos below.)
Nathelyn LaCoix, the Health Ministries Director of the Adventist Churches in the Southern Bahamas (South Bahamas Conference) headed the team. The day of travel ended with weary souls arriving at their destination in the dead of night. Though hungry and tired, the group was elated to finally arrive at their forested home. Orientation followed which outlined the course of the next few days. After a late night snack, the group was ready to retire for the night.
For the next few days participants followed a structured and packed schedule which included personal health and wellness, practical lifestyle education and spiritual renewal. This was coupled with hands-on training in either hydrotherapy, making & using herbal preparations, agriculture or plant-based cooking.
The Bahamian contingent, consisting now of 19 persons, was extremely receptive to the health education and lifestyle change offered by Uchee Pines instructors. By the end of the week many of us were experiencing healing benefits from the implementation of herbal remedies, treatments, plant based diet and the daily exercise periods.
As we departed on Friday, March 31, the early morning dew signaled the end of our journey. We left in jubilant praise, armed with the wonderful knowledge that will help to educate and empower individuals to live lifestyles for optimal physical, mental and spiritual health- one choice at a time.
Phyllis Woodside, group participant
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