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Music Workshop at Philadelphia Church

The Music Ministries Department of the Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church will host a Praise Workshop from Thursday, April 26, 2018 through Sabbath, April 28, 2018 at the church in Elizabeth Estates. Sessions will be led by Theo Milford, gospel vocalist and worship leader; and Dermaine Isaacs, pianist. Both presenters are from the Washington D.C. area. Praise and worship teams, choirs, or anyone interested are invited to attend.

Please contact Pastor Terry Tanis at telephone number 636-3078, or Annette Dorsett music coordinator, at telephone number 324-5654 or 423-8252 by April 15, 2018 for further details and if you wish to participate. -

Pastor Terry Tanis and Annette Dorsett, Music Coordinator; Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church

A Place for Worship for Adventists in Inagua

Inagua, the most southerly island in the Bahamas,with a population of about 1000, and the home for Morton Salt Company, now has a building to be used for worship for Adventists on the island. On Friday, April 13, 2018, about two dozen members from New Providence along with Pastor Paul Scavella and Pastor Peter Joseph, flew to Inagua to open the new worship center called the New Life Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Inagua is the eighth largest island in the Caribbean and the second largest island in the Bahamas. It is the home for the second largest flock of flamingos in the world. It is located 376 miles south of the island of New Providence. The island's capital and only harbour is Matthew Town, named after George Matthew, a 19th-century Governor of the Bahamas. This town houses the Morton Salt Company’s main facility, producing one million tonnes of sea salt a year — the second largest solar saline operation in North America and Inagua's main industry.

See photos below.

Visitor's Day in Your Church

The following article was written by Pastor Kenny Deveaux as the lead article in the Logos for Sabbath,April 14, 2018


Image result for ADVENTIST WELCOMING VISITORSThe Seventh-day Adventist Church, being a global church, is always looking for ways to encourage unity among its 81,552 churches worldwide. One such way is the Adventist Church's Calendar of Special Emphasis Days and Events. Not only is this calendar an attempt to bring unity among its sisterhood of churches, but it also helps to raise awareness of key issues, such as abuse prevention, family and religious freedom, Safety Sabbath, Global Youth Day, as well as Friends of Hope Day, which we know as Visitor’s Sabbath.

Sabbath, April 14, 2018, has been set aside by the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a time for every local church to open its doors to members of the local community. The stated aim is to offer the local congregation an opportunity to share its hospitality and, through that, to engage visitors in what it means to be a part of God’s family.

William T. Ham answers a question from our 2018 first quarter’s Sabbath School quarterly that asks the question, “Can a Christian be selfish?” He states, “There are many things which a person can do alone, but being a Christian is not one of them. As the Christian life is, above all things, a state of union with Christ, and of union of his followers with one another, love of the brethren is inseparable from love of God. Resentment toward any human being cannot exist in the same heart with love to God. The personal relationship to Christ can only be realized when one has ‘come to himself’ as a member of His Body, the Christian fellowship.”
While Visitor’s Day or Friends of Hope Day is a Sabbath that should be celebrated in our churches, I caution that adequate training of the Sabbath School personnel from greeters, ushers, superintendents, teachers and members must take place. Unfortunately, there are numerous stories of visitors and missing members who finally accepted an invitation to join us for Visitor’s Day or Friends of Hope Day to be confronted with a “miss spoken word”, which drives them away forever. There is an abundance of training materials available from the Sabbath School Department at every level or structure of the church.

Image result for PASTOR KENNY DEVEAUXThe hope that today will be better than yesterday gets us out of bed in the morning and keeps us going through another day. Hope is an amazing commodity. It allows prisoners to endure a sentence of many years because they believe that some miracle will eventually let them experience freedom and allow them to reunite with their families. Hope allows someone with a terminal illness to believe that a cure lies just around the corner, that if they survive just a little longer, doctors may come up with a treatment that will give them an opportunity to enjoy the blessings of good health. Who knows? The prayers of family and friends may result in some kind of miracle. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? That’s why we hope.

Therefore, let us plan, train and prepare for Friends of Hope Day. If your local church does not have it on the Calendar, speak with the Pastor, Elders or Sabbath School Superintendent and encourage them to plan a day to encourage your community to visit and see the hospitality of your church.

Pastor Kenny Deveaux, Bethany Seventh-day Adventist Church

Celebrating Outstanding Pathfinder Alfred A. A. Brennen


In celebration of the life and memory of his dear father the late Alfred A. A. Brennen, Barrington Brennen decided to wear his father's Masterguide uniform to work on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. It was a surprise to all workers at the South Bahamas Conference headquarters office.

To the left is a photo of Barrington in the uniform of his late father . This uniform is at least 35-40 years old. It was well kept with all the insignia including the "MV" (Missionary Volunteer) shoulder insignia, The nomenclature 'Missionary Volunteer' has now been replaced by "AY" (Adventist Youth). Barrington was able to wear the uniform without adjustments. It was well preserved over the years in a dry cleaning bag so all Barrington needed to do was to put it on.

The late Alfred Brennen was a very active and vibrant Pathfinder director, camper, hiker, swimmer, bush doctor, and so much more. He was very knowledgeable about the stars, weather predictions, and other related matters which he excitedly shared with anyone willing to listen. He enjoyed baking pound cakes for his friends, family and church members.

Elder B, as he was affectionately called, was very active Seventh-day Adventist and served as a church leader into his late 70s. Alfred Brennen died on November 23, 2015, at the age of 86. His dear wife, Mary Brennen, pre-deceased him on January 7, 2015, at age 86.

The Life of Alfred Brennen PART 1 PART 2

Retrieving Biographies of Long-Standing Members

Retrieving Biographies of Long-Standing Members

The Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Department (PARL) has engaged in the project of collecting biographies of all members in the conference who have reached seventy years old and above and who have served the church for over ten years.

Should you fall in this category, kindly submit your name along with a one-page single spaced typewritten biography. Use WORD format with Times Romans 12 font. This is if you have not been contacted by one of the designated persons in your church.

A clear portrait photograph should accompany each biography. In the event you do not have a satisfactory photograph, we can take one for you. These biographies are due by April 14, 2018. Please deliver the biographies and photographs to the PARL director of your church or to Mary Knott at the South Bahamas Conference office.

Paul A. Scavella, PARL Director

Biographies can be emailed to Barrington Brennen at

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