Logos for May 11, 2019--Honouring Mothers

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A Tribute to Christian Mothers
A mother’s love is something
That no one can explain—
It’s made of deep devotion
Of sacrifice and pain.
It is endless and unselfish
And enduring come what may.
For nothing can destroy it or take the love away.
- Anonymous


I don’t need to write an epic explaining how hard it is to be a mother, or an essay listing out the innumerable sacrifices that mothers make for their children daily.  In fact, it is a universal truth that true motherhood is physically demanding, emotionally exhausting and mentally taxing.

Today, Christian mothers are especially tasked with raising God-fearing children in a generation where Christian morals and beliefs have lost their cruciality, a task that not only requires a great amount of strength but one that is so demanding it often becomes the focus of their lives. And while godly motherhood is admired, Christian women should not find their sole identity in it but instead, it should be a marvelous consequence of answering to their first calling—being daughters of the Heavenly Father. That is what separates Christian mothers from all others.

Motherhood is a gift God has given women to draw them closer to him and allow them to experience a different kind of love. The love between any parent and child is unlike any other relationship God has given us, even more so between mothers and their children.

I believe that Christian mothers are the truest reflection of the love of God and he has given them a special purpose in the family. Mothers are admonished in Titus 2:4 and Proverbs 6:20to love their children and to follow God and rely on His wisdom and promises to teach their children.

God should be at the center of every relationship, and this includes the relationships mothers have with their kids. However, God doesn’t call only women with biological children to be mothers. God commissions every woman to guide, encourage and nurture those around them. So, this Mother’s Day, I thank you, not only for your endless sacrifices, encouragement, and love but for being women of God and a model for us to look up to. Happy Mother’s Day. --Ms. Shamara Thomas, Adventist Youth, Good News Church.

CONFERENCE CALENDAR OF EVENTS AT A GLANCE

MAY

HURRICANE PREPARATION

DRUG AWARENESS MONTH
3-5: II Family Island Youth Congress & ACLASS (South Andros)
4: Elders, Deacons, & Deaconesses Mix and Mingle
4: Mission Transform 242: Local church AY to Visit & Share care packages on Hospital Wards
4: Joint AY Social
12: MOTHER’S DAY
18: Youth Volleyball Season
19: Sabbath School Training Lower Division Teachers (CHAM Dept.)

22: IAD Training for Youth Leaders (Cancun)
20-22: Annual Adventist Media Pledge-A-Thon
23: SBC Executive Committee Meeting
25: World Day of Prayer for Children at Risk
26: God’s Beloved Daughters
29: ATCU Mid-year Symposium

ADMINISTRATIVE NOTES

TREASURY DEPARTMENT
Career Opportunity

The South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is seeking to employ an Entry Level Accountant. The applicant should hold a bachelor’s degree in Accounts or Finance, have a working knowledge of QuickBooks, Microsoft Office Suite (specifically Excel), be an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, productive and willing to learn while growing with the organization.

Interested persons should send a cover letter and resumé to [email protected]
--Administration. 

ATCU PUSH INITIATIVE

2019 Reaping Campaigns in ATCU
The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, May 12 – May 18, 2019, is Married Couples.

COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT

MEDIA PLEDGE-A-THON

May 20-22, 2019, the SBC Communications Department will host our Annual PLEDGE-A-THON from our studios on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway from 9:00 a.m- 4:00 p.m. This year we are contacting members, partners, friends and citizens in the community in advance to give you the opportunity to help us lift up Jesus via our different media. We would be grateful if you can make a financial contribution to our Media Ministry at this time. For more information on how you can donate log on to our website southbahamasconference.org or call us at the Conference Headquarters at 242-341-4021. –Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, Communications Director.                               

ADVENTIST LAYMEN’S SERVICES & INDUSTRIES/ ASI

IAD - ASI CONVENTION

The ASI Convention for the Inter-American Division will be an unforgettable experience. Register now with your local ASI leader/ representative at your church. The convention begins August 21 - 24, 2019 at the Atlantis, Paradise Island. Persons from throughout the Inter-American Division will be there. You must plan now to be there too. Registration is ongoing. --Ms. Shandera Smith, Executive Secretary, A.S.I.                               

CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT

SAVE THE DATE

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - Sabbath School Lower Division Teachers Workshop.  Learn innovative and practical ways to involve the children in your Sabbath School class.  Revisit techniques to build attendance and support for this area of the CHAM department. Venue: Message of Hope Church / Time: 9:30-11:30a.m. Please confirm your attendance with your local CHAM leader by Monday 13, 2019.

The C.H.A.M Weekend Retreat will be held on June 7-9, 2019 at the Adventure Learning Center Camp Grounds under the theme “TREASURE HUNT... Finding all you need in Jesus”. It will be a time of fun, fellowship and spiritual enrichment for our children ages 7 – 15 years. Registration ends Friday, May 17, 2019. For more information, call 341-4021, see the conference website for forms or inquire about details from your local leaders. Space is limited.

UPCOMING SUMMER VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL DATES

July 1 - 5, 2019
Good News Church – 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Maranatha Church - 6:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Philadelphia Church - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Ephesus Church - 5:00p.m - 7:00 p.m.

July 1 - 12, 2019
Grant’s Town Church – 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Hillview Church - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
July 7 – 13, 2019
Breath of Life Church – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
--Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, C.H.A.M Director.

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

OPENINGS AT BAHAMAS ACADEMY

Bahamas Academy is accepting applications for the following positions:

Grades 7 – 9 Mathematics, Technical Drawing, General Science, English Literature, English Language, Social Studies
Grades 10 – 12 Accounts, Commerce, Biology, Combined Science, Physics, Chemistry
Applicants should possess at least a bachelor’s degree in the subject area and have a Teacher’s Certificate. Teaching experience would be an asset.

Applications can be emailed to [email protected] or sent to the following address:
The Office of Education
South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventist
P. O. Box N-356
Nassau Bahamas

AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Education Department of the South Bahamas Conference is looking for persons in grades 11 and 12 who are interested in studying teacher education. Interested persons may contact the office of education at their earliest convenience. --Elder Anthony Burrows, Education Director.

HEALTH MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT

Quarterly Meeting

Health leaders are asked to attend a meeting on May 14, 2019, from 6: 00 p.m - 7: 00 p.m at the Conference headquarters. Please confirm your attendance by calling 826-8486.

SAVE THE DATE
Law of Life Series - Uchee Pines Institute

The Health Ministries Department invites you to be a part of a life-changing seminar on May 31 – June 15, 2019. Dr. Mark Sandoval, M.D, President of Uchee Pines Institute - Seale, Alabama will be the facilitator. The ‘Law of Life Series’ will cover information on diseases, emotional and spiritual challenges and relationship issues. Medical Missionary Training will also be done. For more information please contact our Conference headquarters or Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Ministries Director at 341-4021/ 323-0610 or WhatsApp 826-8486 or email: [email protected] --Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Director.

MEN’S MINISTRY DEPARTMENT

A special thank you is extended to the Adventist Men’s Choir and all persons who supported the recent concert in aid of Bro. Sam Markland’s medical fund. As an update, Bro. Markland is receiving treatment and we encourage you to continue to assist the family wherever possible. It would be greatly appreciated.

May 17-19, 2019 - The Adventist Men will join forces with the Women’s Ministries department of our Conference on a mission trip to Eleuthera. It is expected that the entire island would be affected. --Elder Curtis Bryan, Men’s Ministries Coordinator.

WOMEN’S MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT

Second Quarter (April - June)

“WE” (Women Empowerment) – Q2 Forecast:

May 2019
17-19 North & South Eleuthera Women’s Weekend – “God’s Daughters on His Mission”
18 – New Providence Women’s Ministries “Bus-Sing Along” Vesper Service
25 – Stevens Long Island WM, War Room Movie Night
26 – Real Harvest Tea Party
25 – SBC WM “God in Shoes” Community Impact at Great Commission

June 2019
8 – SBC Women’s Ministries & GEMS Emphasis Day
8 – Women’s Weekend - Inagua
8 – New Providence Women & GEMS Bowling Face-off
Sunset, Mario’s Bowling Alley

Save the Date!

Under the theme, “In Christ”, the Turks & Caicos Conference will be hosting the Atlantic Caribbean Union’s Retreat. This amazing retreat will convene at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa in Turks & Caicos on November 1-3, 2019 with Guest Speaker, Janice Johnson-Browne. Kindly see your local leader for further details. Please also note that the registration deadline is August 31, 2019. -Mrs. Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director.

YOUTH DEPARTMENT


IGNITE YOUTH RETREAT
Calling all young people! Get ready for the biggest weekend of the year! IGNITE YOUTH RETREAT for ages 16-35 - June 7th - 9th at the New Providence Community Centre. Our special main speaker will be Pastor Anthony Bolden of Chicago, Illinois. For more info email [email protected] Registration ends May 22nd, 2019. Space is limited!

PATHFINDER CAMPOREE
Thursday, June 27- Sunday, June 30, 2019

TYPE OF CAMPOREE: Disciplinary Skills

VENUE: Bahamas Youth Camp

THEME: “TIME TO STAND” (#TTS)

This Camporee is a springboard to the Atlantic Caribbean Union Camporee for 2020.

REGISTER WITH YOUR LOCAL PATHFINDER CLUB DIRECTOR!!!!!!               

--Pastor Jamal Franklyn, Youth Director.


MUSIC MINISTRIES

On behalf of the Administration of our Conference, I wish to thank all churches who hosted the Georgia Cumberland choir during their visit to the Bahamas. -- Sister Annette Dorsett, Music Coordinator.

PERSONAL MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT

PEOPLE TO PEOPLE, (equipping church members for personal and public evangelism) is an initiative of the SBC Personal Ministry Department and ASI. PEOPLE TO PEOPLE will take place on Sunday, May 19, 2019, 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m at Philadelphia Church. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The target groups will be lay preachers and Bible workers. Each church is allowed up to five lay preachers and five bible workers who want to be equipped for missionary service. Further, on Sabbath afternoon May 18, 2019, 5:00 p.m, all Personal Ministry councils of the local churches will meet at Philadelphia Church for a planning session. –Pastor Peter Joseph, Personal Ministries Director.

Prayer Ministries
All members are invited to join the prayer ministries in Rawson Square this evening at 6 p.m for a special time of prayer. We will end promptly at 8 p.m. --Prayer Ministries Coordinator.

Pastor Abraham Jules To Visit Good News Church

Join the Good News Church Family for their Community Guest Weekend with Dr. Abraham Jules, Pastor of CWC (Community Worship Center) in New York City, May 10-11, 2019. Services begin Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. and continue at 11:00 a.m. Sabbath morning. The weekend climaxes at 6:00 p.m on Sabbath afternoon.


Please Email Weekly Announcements To [email protected]
By Tuesday at p.m
Visit the Conference website:
http://southbahamasconference.org