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A Happy and Prosperous New Year to all!!

About two months ago, I shared with you our vision for the South Bahamas Conference. As we embark upon this New Year that we have been gifted, I want to remind you of the three prongs of that vision.

First, I encourage each member to strengthen or develop his or her Spirituality or Spiritual life. The apostle Paul was passionately committed to God.  When he stated in Philippians 3:10, “that I may know him”, I am convinced that this was his utmost desire. I firmly believe that this is the greatest resolution any of us can make for this New Year. 

Knowing Jesus intimately is the most transforming, empowering, joyful way of life that humans can experience. It is the purpose for which we were made, and nothing else can take its place.

So, how can we know Jesus more intimately this year?  We must intentionally develop our relationship with Him through personal surrender, prayer, bible study and leaning on Jesus each day for the power to overcome the challenges and vicissitudes of life.

Secondly, we must evangelize our Bahamaland.  We have a golden opportunity during the upcoming Lord Transform Me Reaping Campaigns.  Each of us must do our part in witnessing to our friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members.  You can begin today by inviting them to church or engaging them in Bible study, in preparation for the individual church’s reaping campaign.  Remember to always be kind, courteous and loving, so that they may see Christ’s character reflected in you.

Finally, as God blesses you in 2019, be faithful to Him.  Challenge God with His word in Malachi 3:10 and put Him to the test.  Return a faithful Tithe and Offering and see how God will honor His word.  

I encourage you to also dedicate your talents, time, and temple to God, for they all belong Him.  God has only entrusted these treasures to us as His stewards.  Let us be faithful because He has promised to open the windows of heaven and pour out an abundance of blessings that we will not have room enough to receive them.

As you move forward in 2019, I implore you to fully surrender your entire life over to His will and place your trust in Him completely.

--Pastor Kenny Deveaux, President

ADMINISTRATIVE NOTES

CONVENTION TIME

Convention for the South Bahamas Conference is set for January 11-13, 2019 at the Kendal Isaac Gymnasium under the theme: ‘Christ, Our Only Hope’. Our guest speaker will be Pastor Kenneth Manders, President of the Bermuda Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Sunday, January 13, we will meet at the Grants Town Church for workshops from 9 a.m -12 noon. All local church leaders are asked to meet with their counterparts from the Conference at this time.

LORD TRANSFORM ME CAMPAIGN

Please remember our Lord Transform Me Campaign, which begins January 26th – February 9th, 2019. All members are encouraged to get involved.

ATCU PUSH INITIATIVE

2019 Reaping Campaigns in ATCU

The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, January 1-5, 2019 is Personal Consecration.

COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT

All Communication leaders from our churches for 2019 are asked to submit your names, email addresses and telephone contacts to T’nee Moss at the South Bahamas Conference headquarters at 341-4021 or by email at [email protected] no later than January 8, 2019.

UPCOMING DATES FOR 2019

January 13 - Local Church Communication/ Media Ministry Leaders Meeting.

March 24 - Communication Leaders/ Media Teams Training.

JOB OPENING
The Communication Department of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is seeking to employ an individual trained in television and radio production, skilled in video and audio editing and graphic design. Interested persons should submit your resume and two (2) reference letters at our Church Headquarters on Tonique Williams Darling Highway. Copies of Academic Degrees, Diplomas, a Video CV and any other Certifications are also required.

The said person should be a Seventh-day Adventist Christian who is a dependable team player, organized and able to multitask. For inquiries and submissions please email [email protected] --Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, Communication Director

BAHAMAS ACADEMY NOTICE

Please note that Bahamas Academy will reopen for all students in the New Year on January 7th, 2019.

WOMEN’S MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT

First Quarter (January - March)

“WE” (Women Empowerment) - at a glance:

January 2019
18- Women’s Ministries Consecration Service (Details to follow)

February 2019
TBA “God in Shoes” Zone 1 Community Outreach

March 2019
2 – International Women’s Day of Prayer

URGENT REQUEST
All newly elected Women’s Ministries Leaders for 2019, are asked to contact Ms. T’nee Moss at the South Bahamas Conference Office at 341-4021 to provide her with contact information, including telephone numbers and emails, on or before Friday, January 5, 2019.

DONATION REQUEST
Used, But In Good Condition, Devotionals Are Needed. Kindly donate these items to your local Women’s Ministries Leader for distribution during our community outreach projects. --Mrs. Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director

MONTHLY MEETING BURIAL SOCIETY
The Adventist Burial Society will hold it's regular monthly meeting on Monday, January 7, 2019, at 6:30 p.m at the Grants Town Church Annex.  Members are encouraged to become financial and persons wishing to join the society are invited to attend. --Elder R. Henry Moncur


HEALTH MINISTRIES ANNOUNCEMENTS

~SAVE THE DATE~

8 WEEKS TO WELLNESS 2019 is scheduled to begin February 25 at 6 p.m. at the H. D. Colburn Gym. Plan to attend, your body will love you for it.  Prevention is the key. For more information please contact Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Director.

NATIONAL FUN/RUN WALK
You are all invited to a national Fun/Run Walk dubbed 'I Choose to Live Healthy’ on January 10, 2019, at 6 a.m. starting at Arawak Cay. For more information please contact Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Director.

YOUTH TIDBITS

Upcoming Events

YOUTH CHURCH

10 DAYS OF PRAYER

January 9-19, 2019 is the global 10 Days of Prayer for the Adventist Church. Posters have already been sent to the churches. Please visit the website for more ideas and resources for the local church.

https://www.tendaysofprayer.org/

Public Campus Ministry Youth Congress Panama 2019
The Inter-American Division PCM Youth Congress will be July 18-22, 2019 in Panama. Expected delegates will be college/university students and professors from across the conference. Tentative total cost per delegate is $312.00 USD + airfare. The criteria for selection will be published soon.

BIBLE CONNECTION
Please see below the poster and union guidelines for the Bible Connection 2019. Kindly assist us in promoting among adventurers, pathfinders, and senior youth to prepare for this experience. It would be good for a Youth Elder to be responsible to assist in this preparation. --Pastor Jamal Franklyn, Youth Director

Johnson Park Chruch
Sis. Elizabeth “Betty” Moses will be celebrating her birthday on January 4-6th, 2019. The Adventist community is asked to celebrate with her at an ole time vesper service on Friday, January 4th, 2019 at 7 p.m and on Sabbath January 5th, 2019 during the divine hour at 11 a.m.  Both events will take place at the Johnson Park Seventh-day Adventist Church.


Please Email Weekly Announcements by
Tuesday @ 1pm to: [email protected]

Conference website:
http://southbahamasconference.org
Telephone: 242-341-4021

SUNSETS NEXT SABBATH
January 12, 2019, AT 5:38 P.M.