New Year's Message: 'Be Courageous'

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As we enter this brand, New Year no doubt some persons will do so with much trepidation, as the Year comes with 8,784 hours of the unknown and much uncertainty, but most of all, the New Year comes with possibilities. Yet, God reminds us to be courageous and not fearful because HE goes before us as promised in Deuteronomy 31:6-8. There is no doubt that we will be faced with the same challenges and difficulties as before and even more so as we near the end of time. However, we can move ahead with confidence and boldness because of our faith and belief in our Lord Jesus Christ who died, rose again and has promised to return to take us to live in His eternal Kingdom. The key to this Kingdom is to remain close to HIM through constant Prayer, Total Surrender, Bible Reading/Study and Leaning on HIM!

The New Year will be a banner year for the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists as we forge ahead with the faith and confidence in a God who has promised that He will go before us.  We will begin with the installation of several Pastors who will be assigned to new Districts within Nassau and the Family of Islands.  Following this, we will experience a wonderful time of spiritual rejuvenation and recommitment at Convention 2020 under the theme, “CHRIST, Our Soon Coming King!”, with Senior Pastor Debleaire Snell, of First Seventh-day Adventist Church, Huntsville, Alabama.

During the year, there will be many opportunities for training in the various ministries of the church, i.e. Youth, Health, Personal Ministry, Education, Family Life, Evangelism, Literature Evangelism, Communications, Treasury and Clerks.

As we embrace the gift of this New Year, let us accept the challenges that may come our way and move ahead boldly and courageously with Christ, as he guides us on our journey.
--Pastor Kenny Deveaux, President, South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists


CONFERENCE CALENDAR OF EVENTS AT A GLANCE
January 2020 
3 - 5   Senior Youth Leader Certification (South Bahamas Conference)
4   AY Mission Transform 242 -Missing Youth (Local Church/District)                                          
4   Day of Prayer and Fasting
6   Conference Worker’s Meeting at the National Training Agency
7   Office Re-opens              
8 - 18   Ten Days of Prayer
10   Let’s Move to Live Program Begins – Fun/Run/Walk
10 - 12   South Bahamas Conference National Convention
Relaunch of Be My Mentor
12   Annual Meeting (Conference Administrators /Directors/ Coordinators Reports)
14   Pastors Evangelistic Campaigns Online Meeting
16   South Bahamas Conference Audit
17 - 19   Family Island Conventions
17 - 19   ACLASS – 10 Hours Pathfinders & Senior Youth Leaders Course
18   Religious Liberty Day
19   AHPA & Health Ministries Re-consecration Prayer Breakfast
21 - 26   OYIM University (Online)
24 - 26   Sabbath School Teaching Training
25   Youth Church ACLASS Graduation and Consecration (Joint AY p.m)
26   Master Guide Program Registration
26   Departmental Training
26 - Feb. 2   Week of Prayer for the Pastoral Family
26 & Feb. 2   Communication Department Training (Joint digital mixer board training for all churches)
30 - Feb. 2   Screening for 8 Weeks to Wellness


ADMINISTRATIVE NOTES
Convention Time
Under the theme, “Christ, Our Soon Coming King”, the Administration, Executive Committee, Directors, and Pastors of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists invites you to join us in Convention 2020 to be held at the William Thompson Auditorium on Jean Street. January 10-12, 2020 will be an unforgettable worship experience where Jesus Christ will be lifted up. Our guest speaker for these meetings will be Pastor Debleaire Snell of First Seventh-day Adventist Church, Huntsville, Alabama. Plan now to be there!


 Annual Meeting
Please note that the Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday January 12, 2020 at 8:00a.m at the Maranatha Church.  Reports will be presented from Administration, Departmental Directors and Coordinators. Delegate names from all churches are to be turned into the office as soon as possible.

Family Island Conventions
January 17 – 19
Long Island: Pastor Kenny Deveaux
Inagua: Pastor Peter Joseph
Eleuthera: Pastor Leonardo Rahming
Exuma: Bro. Okell Damastus / Sis. Nathelyn Lacroix
Cat Island: Pastor Nikita Thompson
San Salvador: Sis. Kimberly Bryan / Elder Curtis Bryan
Mayaguana: Pastor Valentino Campbell
Crooked Island/Acklins: Pastor Jamal Franklyn / Bro. Michael Toote Jr. (February 5– 8, 2020)
South Andros: Pastor T. Basil Sturrup / Sis. Lavern Sturrup / Sis. Cindy Stuart
North Andros: Elder Anthony Burrows / Sis. Jacquelyn Gibson

Pastoral Adjustments
At our last Executive Committee meeting it was voted to reassign a few of the pastors within the South Bahamas Conference.
Pastor C. Melvin Lewis - Message of Hope Church
Pastor Wilson Isnord – Ebenezer Church
Pastor Lee Burrows - North Andros District
Pastor Jamal Franklyn - Bethany Church - January 4, 2020
Pastor Sidney Jon Dorsett - Long Island District

Administration- Gambier Church
New Providence District changes are effective February 1, 2020; and Family Island Districts will be effective January 18, 2020.  Please kindly continue to pray for these Pastors and churches that the ‘marriage’ will be one made in heaven.
--Administration

CHAM  DEPARTMENT CONVENTION 2020
This exciting experience for our children will be held on Saturday January 11, 2020 at the Maranatha Church. Plan now for your children to attend as we meet under the theme
‘God’s Amazing Grace’. It will be an unforgettable experience!
--Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, Children & Adolescent Ministries Director


COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
Upcoming Training 
January 26 & February 2, 2020 – Hands on training on the Digital Mixer Board for local church media teams and interested persons with Mr. Dwayne Roberts, Professional Audio Engineer. Note: This training is also for churches who have not purchased a digital mixer board as yet. Churches will receive advice on equipment suitable for their churches.
Venue: Good News Church
Time: 10:00a.m - 12:00 noon.
Deadline to Register: Thursday January 9, 2020. 

–Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, Communication Director


HEALTH MINISTRIES FUN RUN WALK 5K/10K
January 10, 2020 @6:00a.m
Majority Rule Day Holiday
‘Let’s Move to Live!’
For information on registration and t-shirt options call 323-0610 / 341-4021.

Public Health Lecture
You are all invited to a Public Health Lecture under the theme ‘Psychological Trauma’ which is being facilitated by a team of psychological health professionals from Loma Linda University on Wednesday, January 8 at 6: 45p.m - 8: 30p.m at the New Providence Church, Soldier Road. 

-- Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Director

8 Weeks to Wellness 2020
'I Choose to Live Healthy'
February 3, 2020 - March 30, 2020
Venue: New Providence Church
Come and learn how to manage and prevent illness physically, mentally and spiritually. God can do more with healthy people.
All persons interested in being a coach for 8 Weeks to Wellness 2020 are invited to attend training sessions on January 13 & 27 between the hours of 6:00p.m - 7:30p.m at the South Bahamas Conference office.

—Mrs. Nathelyn Lacroix, Health Ministries Director

Health Ministries Leadership Training
All Health leaders, assistants and Adventist Health Professionals are invited to a training session on January 26, 2020 from 9:00a.m –noon in the boardroom at the South Bahamas Conference. Vital information will be given on leadership, public speaking, preparing PowerPoint Presentations and much more. 

--Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Ministries Director


WOMEN’S MINISTRIES DONATION REQUEST
Used, But In Good Condition Devotionals
Kindly donate to your local Women’s Ministries Leader for distribution during our community outreach projects. 

--Mrs. Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director


SOUTH BAHAMAS CONFERENCE MUSIC MINISTRIES
Rehearsals for the newly organized SBC Youth Choir, for persons ages 15 – 30 years, continues at the Agape Church, Wulff Road, this Sunday and every Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  You are invited to be a part of this dynamic Youth Choir. 

--Mrs. Annette Dorsett, Music Ministries Coordinator


ADVENTIST BURIAL SOCIETY MONTHLY MEETING 
The Adventist Burial Society will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday January 6th, at 6:30p.m at the Grant’s Town Church Annex. Members are encouraged to become financial and persons wishing to join the Society are invited to attend. 

--Elder R. Henry Moncur


A MEANINGFUL NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION
Story by David Klinedinst, originally published in Chesapeake Conference's Chesapeake Currents.
Tony Dames is a former bodybuilder in his mid-30s. Though retired from active competition, Tony is still very particular about what he eats and continues to work out on a regular basis. As much as Tony is concerned about his physical health, he also now pays attention to his spiritual health. One day, he received a flyer in the mail advertising a prophecy seminar to be held at a local Seventh-day Adventist church. Tony attended almost every night of the series. At the time, he was attending a large non-denominational church. However, as he studied the Bible at the prophecy seminar, questions began to rise in his mind.

When the seminar was over, Tony continued to study the Bible and began asking the pastor of the large non-denominational many questions. But now Tony was no longer satisfied with the traditional answers he received.

Tony then started attending an Adventist church every Sabbath for two full years. Then one Sabbath morning, the pastor made a call to join God’s remnant movement, and Tony responded and went forward. A few Sabbaths later, Tony was baptized. His family and friends filled up two entire rows of pews as they celebrated this special moment. Now Tony continues to share his faith with those he connects with in everyday life.

Is there a “Tony” in your workplace, neighborhood, or school who needs to know the love of Jesus? Who is God calling you to pray for and reach in the New Year? This New Year can be a year that you personally connect with someone that gives their life over to the Lord. Let’s make a resolution to pray for the Lord's leading to reach a soul for Him in this year.
--David Klinedinst is the Chesapeake Conference Evangelism and Church Growth Director


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