Recently, I have been involved in a number of functions in the context of the Christian faith and I have heard a number of individuals, leaders and all speak and teach about prayer. To my amazement, though we speak and teach so eloquently, very few practice the art of prayer. This therefore begs me to question: “Why is it that we (Christians) pray so little if this is where our power comes from?
You would really be amazed to discover that this is not only a problem for us modern day disciples, however for the disciples of old they too were challenged with art of praying.
As they returned from their busy scheduled one day, they noticed Jesus pouring out his supplications to His Father with great intensity and thus posited the question “Lord Teach Us to Pray?” To this request Jesus taught them the model prayer.
Here a few simply suggestions to make our prayer life a little more vibrant and consistent:
1. Pray early in the morning
2. Pray out loud.
3. Pray earnestly
4. Pray persistently
5. Pray in faith
6. Pray for the Holy Spirit
7. Pray of others
In the book “Steps to Christ” written by Ellen G. White she reminds us that “The darkness of the evil one encloses those who neglect to pray”. For me as a Seventh-day Adventist
Christian I am reminded by this statement that prayer ought to be a priority therefore I need to be really consistent in my prayer life for me to experience the power of the Holy Spirit.
On this day let’s set aside intentionally specific times for prayer. Let us seek the Lord now. Let us use the power that is available to us through prayer. --Pastor Leonardo Rahming, Prayer Ministries Coordinator.
CONFERENCE CALENDAR OF EVENTS AT A GLANCE
5: Youth Church - Joint AY Berea Adventist Church
6: Day of Prayer and Fasting
6 - 13: Youth Evangelistic Campaigns in Local Churches IAD/ATCU/SBC
7: Vegan Cook Off
7: Youth Council & ACLASS
7: God in Shoes
9 - 13: 3rd Global Conference on Lifestyle and Health, LLU
10: INDEPENDENCE DAY
13: Mission Transform 242: local AY take service to Home of Pastor or First Elder
13: Youth Baptismal Sabbath
15 - 17: SELD Conference (IAD, Miami)
17 - 21: II PCM Youth and Professionals IAD Congress, Panama
20: Health Pulpit Exchange
25: SBC Executive Committee Meeting
25 - 27: SBC Youth Convention
28: A.Y.A.: Adventist Youth Awards
The Administration, through the office of the Secretariat, would like to inform our constituency that the month of September is to be Church Audit month. Please note that a letter will be sent to the church board in this regard. We are expecting every church to intentionally and prayerful work together to ensure that this happens.
PEOPLE TO PEOPLE MEGA RALLY
This Sabbath afternoon, July 6, 2019, a PEOPLE TO PEOPLE MEGA RALLY will be held at the Hillview Church, Tonique Williams- Darling Hwy. beginning at 6:30 p.m. Kindly pay attention to the following information:
All Personal Ministry local church leaders must be involved.
A minimum delegation of 50 is expected from large churches.
A minimum delegation of 30 is expected from medium sized churches.
A minimum delegation of 10 is expected from small churches.
Each church should be ready to report its motto, one scripture text, a 30 seconds charge, and finish with a chorus.
All churches must be seated in their colors by 6:20 p.m.
The South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is seeking to contract the services of a landscaping company to take care of its grounds.
The South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is seeking to contract a professional painter to carry out works of the same kind on the Conference building.
All interested parties are asked to submit bids to the following email address: [email protected] or you may drop it off at the office Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in care of Ms. Dawne Forbes.
Pastor Leonardo Rahming, Executive Secretary
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]
ATCU PUSH INITIATIVE
2019 Reaping Campaigns in ATCU. The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, July 7 - 13, 2019 is: Solutions to Family Educational Challenges.
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. 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.
Adventist Spotlight will be recording: August 3 - Pastor Danhugh Gordon (Johnson Park Church) *All Pastors are asked to indicate their availability. --Mr. Harold Dorsett, Television Coordinator-SBC Media Network.
CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT
July 10 – CHAM Statistical Reports from all churches are due. Please submit by email.
July 21 @ 8:00 a.m. - Quarterly meeting for all CHAM leaders and assistants of our churches at the conference headquarters.
VACATION BIBLE XPERIENCE SCHEDULE
IN JAMII KINGDOM
JULY 1 - 12, 2019
Grant’s Town Church - 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Hillview Church - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
JULY 7 – 13, 2019
Breath of Life Church - 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
--Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, C.H.A.M Director.
HEALTH MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT
Youth Vegan Cook Off: The Health Ministries Department will be sponsoring the third Annual Youth Vegan Cook Off on July 7, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Bahamas Academy, Marshall Road. All persons between the ages of 10 – 17 years, who enjoy cooking and eating delicious vegan dishes are invited to participate. If you are interested, form a team of four and come showoff your cooking skills. Trophies, prizes and surprises will be awarded. To register your team, or for more information kindly contact your local Health leader or Nathelyn LaCroix at 323-0610 or email to [email protected] .
Health Pulpit Exchange: On July 20, 2019 the Health Leaders of the Conference and the members of the Adventist Health Professionals Association will participate in a health pulpit exchange by presenting health messages throughout the conference. --Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Ministries Director.
WOMEN’S MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT
“WE” (Women Empowerment) – Q2 Forecast:
6 – New Providence Church WM Post Father’s Day Sail Away 7:30 p.m. on board the New G.
TBA – SBC GEMS “God in Shoes” -Community Outreach
20- Hillview WM Ladies Night Out
28 – Philadelphia WM Legal Clinic Forum
Warfare Wednesdays: The Women’s Ministries Department extends an invitation to all women in the South Bahamas Conference to take a minute to “pause and pray” with us at 12:00 noon each Wednesday. This collective effort not only enrich our prayer lives but the results of these unified prayers are unmeasurable. You may contact your local leader for more information on this wonderful initiative.
Save the Date!: Under the theme, “In Christ”, the Turks & Caicos Conference will be hosting the Atlantic Caribbean Union Women’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 no registration forms will be accepted after August 31, 2019.
Special Notes: Registration is ongoing for the ATCU Retreat being held in South Caicos. Registration forms can be collected at the SBC Office from Mrs. Brooks and payments made to Mr. Dwight Brown. Please see your local Women’s Ministries Leader for any further information.
All ladies attending the ATCU Retreat in South Caicos are asked to meet at the SBC office on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION REQUEST: Used, But In Good Condition Devotionals. Kindly donate to your local Women’s Ministries Leader for distribution during our community outreach projects this year. --Mrs. Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director.
YOUTH DEPARTMENT TIDBITS
SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES:
Adventist Basketball League 2019: Every Saturday Night: July 6, 13, 20, 27. Time: TBA. Teams are asked to register at the Conference Office.
Adventist Track & Field Olympics 2019. Sunday, August 4, 2019 @ 9:30 a.m. T.A.R. (Former National Track & Field Stadium)
Adventist Youth Awards 2019: Date: Sunday, July 28, 2019 Time: 5:45 p.m. Venue: Super Clubs Breezes Resort & Spa. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE!
--Pastor Jamal Franklyn, Youth Director.
ADVENTIST MEN MINISTRIES
July 9th – Local Men’s Ministries leaders meeting at the Conference headquarters on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
Also note that the next clean up and breakfast is scheduled in the month of August 2019. --Elder Curtis Bryan, Men’s Ministries Coordinator.
The Music Committee of the South Bahamas Conference will host a ‘Meet and Greet’ Activity at the South Bahamas Conference on Saturday July 13th, 2019 beginning at 8:00 p.m. All Music Coordinators, Choir & Band Directors and Church Musicians are invited to attend.
Are you between the ages 15 – 30 years old, and have the ability and love for singing? The Music Committee of the South Bahamas is looking for persons to be a part of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Youth Choir.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
--Mrs. Annette Dorsett, Music Coordinator, South Bahamas Conference
PRAYER MINISTRIES JOINT PRAYER MEETINGS
All members are invited to participate in all of our joint prayer meetings for the reminder of the year. Please note that each service will be held at 6 o’clock in the morning with the exception of July which will be from 9 a.m. - 12 noon.
August 4, 2019
November 3-8, 2019 - Week of Prayer Early Morning Joint Meetings at 5:00 a.m. each morning at the Grant’s Town.
March 13 -15, 2020 - Prayer Conference will be held. I am asking all members to start preparing for this awesome experience. Our guest will be Pastor Pavel Gora- Ministry Magazine Editor. You will not want to miss this. – Pastor Leonardo Rahming, Prayer Coordinator.
Breath of Life Church
Family Life & Community Service Departments Cook-Out
On Wednesday July 10, 2019 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. a cook out will be held by the Breath of Life Church.
Venue: Lot on Marshall Road just before Adventure Learning Center and Bahamas Academy. Pastries and drinks will also be on sale. Your support is highly appreciated.
THE PRAYER SATURATED CHURCH SEMINAR - July 7, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. -12 noon at the Centreville Church. You are invited to this special forum which will impact your personal and corporate prayer life. The Seminar will also feature the Launch of "10 Prayers of Faith For Tough Times" - Author: Paul A. Scavella. Other presenters include: Pastor Jon Dorsett, Evangelist Barbara Carey, Master David Wallace, Evin Musgrove, Pastor Jeremiah Duncombe, and Deborah Zonicle.
Free Registration is available at [email protected] or call Elder David Knowles at 425-1191 and 601-4131or Elder Roger Rolle at 558-0030. --Centreville Prayer and Personal Ministries Departments.
CENTREVILLE CHILDREN’S CHOIR
Under the distinguished patronage of Pastor Paul and Mrs. Joan Scavella, the Centreville's Children's Choir will host a grand concert dubbed, "Together We Worship" on Sabbath, 20th July 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the church. We are inviting all children's choirs and a special invitation is extended to all the children of the South Bahamas Conference, inclusive of their current and past choir leaders and members. This is an occasion you don't want to miss!—Mrs. Lorraine Duvalier.
LIVING FAITH SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
COMMUNITY SERVICE COOK-OUT
DATE: SUNDAY JULY 7, 2019
TIME: 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m.
VENUE: Living Faith Church Parking Lot, Old Trail Road (Opposite Solomon’s Super Center). Come and Enjoy a Day of Fun,
Food and Festivity!
Featuring Live Music by Bahamian Choirs
& Youth Bands.
Proceeds in Aid of our church Community Services & Education Scholarship Fund.
--Mrs. Jasmine Knowles, Education Leader.
GRANTS TOWN CHURCH
As we celebrate our nation’s 46th Anniversary of Independence on today, July 6, 2019, the Grant’s Town Seventh-day Adventist church invites you to join us at our 8:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. Divine Worship Services. Join us at 6:30 p.m. at our AY service where our special guest, Dr. Ruby-Ann Cooper-Darling, the first woman to vote in the Bahamas will be there to share her story and inspire our youth. The South Bahamas Conference Pathfinder Concert Band will be also be performing. Come and join us for an evening of music, spoken word, and poetry as we celebrate God’s blessings and our nation’s 46th Anniversary of Independence. –Elder Michael McCoy.
Living Faith and Centreville churches – The Adventist Youth department of our churches will be hosting a Sex Education Series, at the Living Faith Church. You are invited to join in the discussions on a variety of related topics every Saturday, during this period ending on July 20, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Come for the Real Talk, Exciting Activities and more!
NEW PROVIDENCE CHURCH
Biggest Loser Challenge: The Women’s Ministries Department of the New Providence Church is inviting all persons who are interested in being a part of a weight loss lifestyle change program to join them every Sunday morning at 7:00 a.m. at Goodman’s Bay. For more details, please call 323-0610. --Sister Sharon Roach, Women’s Ministries Leader.
A Praise & Worship Workshop will be held with Theo Milford, Worship Leader & Gospel Recording Artist, from the Washington DC Metro Area.
Date: July 18 – 20, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. nightly
Venue: Philadelphia Church, Nevis Way, Elizabeth Estates.
Interested persons are welcomed.