International Women's Day of Prayer

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In our Church calendar of events, the International Women’s day of Prayer is annually observed on the first Sabbath of March.
On the 7th of March 2020, the women in the South Bahamas Conference will engage themselves in Prayer because we realize that we are living in the last days. It is more than a privilege to pray, but it is a necessity as never before.

In that same spirit of prayer, the women from the Creole speaking Churches will conclude their period of forty days of prayer and fasting with a service of thanksgiving and gratitude unto God for what he has done for us through this period; which began on January 26th, 2020 with a Consecration Service at the Francophone Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The apostle Paul, in Ephesians 5:16, admonishes us to redeem the time, for the days are evil. What better way to redeem the time than by Praying? We are living in evil days, hence the relevance of our theme for this year: “Virtuous Living in an Un-virtuous world and the call to take up our Cross”.

Virtuous is defined as having or showing high moral standards. Being virtuous requires, as women, that we know what we are doing, we intend to do it for our own sake not because we are forced to do it, and that we also act with certainty and firmness. Virtue is not acquired without a deliberate choice. Virtuous living must be a deliberate choice to live up to high Christian standards.

How can we live a virtuous life in an un-virtuous world?

Alfred L. Tennyson declares that “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”  This statement highlights the necessity of prayer in our lives.

Furthermore, Ellen G. White puts it so beautifully in her book Steps to Christ, 70, “Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first work. Let your prayer be, “Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me and let all my work be wrought in Thee.” This is a daily matter. Each morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. Surrender all your plans to Him, to be carried out or given up as His providence shall indicate. Thus, day by day you may be giving your life into the hands of God, and thus your life will be molded more and more after the life of Christ.  

As we   consecrate ourselves daily to the Lord, read His word, learn it, study it and practice it,   our characters will be changed,  transformed,

thus, we will be empowered to live a virtuous life in an un-virtuous world as we take up our cross daily and follow Christ faithfully. When we pray God listens, He hears, and He moves. As we pray and work together, we can accomplish great things for our Lord. As we unite in prayer, let us be reminded of the great hope of Jesus’ soon coming.  
Happy International Women’s day of Prayer!
--Mrs. Valencia Isnord, Women’s Ministries Coordinator, Francophone & Ebenezer churches



CONFERENCE CALENDAR OF EVENTS AT A GLANCE 2020
March
Evangelistic Reaping Season for Pastors
1 – 7: Women on God’s Mission
7: SBC Adventuree Camporee
7: AY Mission Transform (Missing Youth) Local Church
7: International Women’s Day of Prayer
11: Day of Prayer in Educational Institutions
12: ATCU Publishing Directors Meeting (Online)
13 – 15: Prayer Conference
14: Adventist World Radio Emphasis Sabbath-WORD SBC 88.3 FM
19: Elder’s Information Session
21: Global and Children Youth Day – iCare “Refugees, Homeless, Strangers” (Local Church) Shelters, Prison, Nursing Homes, Detention Center, GYD March & Rally (PM Joint) Global Children’s Day
21 – 28: SPRING YOUTH EVANGELISM National
12 – 28: Youth Week of Prayer (Joint) Pastor Damien Chandler
22 – 27: Uchee Pines Wellness Seminar, Seale, Alabama
22: Communication Leaders Media Teams Training
28: Adventist Education Emphasis
28: Sabbath- Special Offering, Bahamas Academy
29: CHAM Sabbath School Workshop
30: 8 Weeks to Wellness Graduation


ASI /ADVENTIST LAYMEN’S SERVICES AND INDUSTRIES
ASI Election Results
ASI Election was held on Sunday March 1, 2020 at the Grant’s Town Church at 5:00p.m. and was conducted by President Kenny Deveaux. Pastor Melvin Lewis, ASI Representative, ATCU was also present and assisted in the process. Auditor Okell Damastus presented the Audit Report where ASI was found to be in compliance. Shandera Smith presented the Secretary's Report and Treasurer, Victoria Forbes presented the Financial Report.

The following persons were elected to ASI's Executive Board:
President: Ian Greene Sr.
VP Evangelism: David Williams
VP Communications: Kevin Sterling
VP Recruitment: Louis Cleare Sr.
VP Marketing & Public Relations: Patricia Cleare
Executive Secretary: Shandera Smith
Asst.: Annamae Fowler
Treasurer: Victoria Forbes
Asst.: Magnal Thompson
Trustee: Audley Mitchell
A second Trustee will be identified and appointed by the Board.

We thank the South Bahamas Conference for conducting the Election. Congratulations to all of the elected officers and may you all allow God to lead, guide and direct you as you continue to lead our ASI South Bahamas Conference Chapter.

ASI Fair and Health Expo 
Join us for a day of fun and excitement as you participate in health screenings (pressure, cholesterol, sugar, dental, vision etc.), Children's health expo, prayer & counseling, food demos and sampling and more! It is all free! Register to participate (be a vendor) in our Business Expo. This event will be held on Sunday March 29, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Windsor Park. Save the date and plan to be there! Call 557-2176, 556-8492 or 428-4251 for more details. 

–Ms. Shandera Smith, Executive Secretary, ASI


BIBLE STUDY / SPIRIT OF PROPHECY
Bible Class will continue on Sunday March 8th @6:30p.m at New Englerston Church.
This week we will discuss the ‘State of the Dead’. Download the Logos Bible Software App and bring a friend. 

--Pastor Lynden Williams, Bible Studies & Spirit of Prophecy Coordinator


COMMUNITY SERVICES
All Community Services leaders are asked to attend a very important meeting at 9:00a.m on March 15, 2020 at the Maranatha Church. 

–Pastor Valentino Campbell, Community Services Coordinator


CHILDREN & ADOLESCENT MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATION
Level Two
Of the certification will be held on March 27 – 29, 2020 at the Message of Hope Church. All participants from Level One are asked to mark this date as we seek to be Certified, as outlined by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
--Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, Children & Adolescent Ministries Director


COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
UPCOMING WORKSHOP
March 22, 2020. Topics Include: ‘News Writing for the Church’ and ‘Photography with a Purpose’. Pre-register now at [email protected].

The Gospel To All The World Begins With You!
A very important meeting will be held with persons wishing to produce shows for the new WORD SBC 88. 3FM and Adventist Television/ ATV 658 on Thursday March 12, 2020 at 6:30p.m. at the Conference Headquarters. Come prepared to submit your show proposal. 

–Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, Communication Director


HEALTH MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT
Cat Island Health Expo
All persons interested in being a part of the Health Expo scheduled for Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 15, 2020 in Cat Island, please contact Nathelyn LaCroix at 242-826-8486 (WhatsApp) or 323-0610 for further information and cost.

Medical Missionary Evangelism
All persons interested in becoming Medical Missionaries please contact Nathelyn LaCroix at 323-0610 or whatsApp 826-8486. 

–Mrs. Nathelyn Lacroix, Health Ministries Director


PERSONAL MINISTRIES
“There will be an urgent meeting for all persons serving in the areas of Personal Ministries & Retention/Consolidation on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 9:00a.m. at the South Bahamas Conference Office, Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.  This meeting will be to discuss the People to People Training Session scheduled for April. Leaders and Assistants are asked to please assist by contacting those persons who work along with them to be sure the message is received. Thank you and see you on the 8th.” 

--Dr. Peter Joseph, Personal Ministries Director


PRAYER MINISTRIES
The first Sunday in every month will be early morning prayer meeting. Here are the scheduled meetings: Hillview - April 5, 2020, Philadelphia - May 3, 2020, Bethel - June 7, 2020, Peardale - July 5, 2020, Berea - August 2, 2020, Ebenezer - September 6, 2020, Breath of Life - October 4, 2020, 

Centerville -, November 1, 2020 and Message of Hope - December 6, 2020.

Prayer Conference
March 13-15, 2020. Theme: "Touching Heaven - Changing Earth" Learning to Pray With More Power.
Schedule of Meetings: Friday 7:00p.m - 8:30p.m and Sabbath 9: 00a.m - 8:00 p.m/ Sunday morning.


WOMEN’S MINISTRIES
First Quarter (January - March)
“WE” (Women Empowerment) – Q1 Forecast: March, 2020
1-7   SBC “Women Saved By Grace” Spiritual Awakening & Empowerment Series 6:45p.m New Providence Church
7   International Women’s Day of Prayer
20-22   WM “God’s Daughters Embrace” San Salvador Mission Retreat & Zone 1 Community Outreach

Women Saved by Grace Spiritual Awakening & Empowerment Series
Today, we culminate our series, Women Saved by Grace on this our International Women’s Day of Prayer and oh what a blessing the week has been.
Sis. Beverly Williams allowed the Lord to use her in a remarkable way, as scores and scores of women across the South Bahamas Conference came to be filled with the life-changing water of God’s Holy Spirit from  the “well”. My prayer is that we left our sometimes dry, thirsty and sometimes broken service, and exchanged it  for one that transcends more than we could ever think or imagine as we accepted God’s grace, which is greater than all our sin.

San Salvador Retreat
There will be a meeting for all ladies traveling to San Salvador at the SBC office on Sunday, March 15 at 9:45 a.m. Please ensure that you  are there to receive your tickets and receive updates for the weekend.

Pause and Pray Wednesday
Don’t forget our weekly Pause and Pray appointment on Wednesdays at noon.

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 TIDBITS 
SBC Adventuree Today
Theme: Extraordinary
Date: Sabbath, March 7, 2020.
Time: 9:30a.m - 5:00p.m
Venue: New Providence Community Center, Blake Road.

Public Campus Ministry Convention

For all College, University, Grade 12 Students & Professors at the Bethany Seventh-day Adventist Church. Friday, March 13 at 7:30p.m. *Snack provided! Sabbath, March 14 at 11:00a.m & 5:30p.m. Lunch provided! Guest Speakers: Pr. Hiram Ruiz, PCM Director, IAD and Pr. Kent Price, PCM Director, ATCU. A day filled with music, drama, testimonies, fellowship and inspiration!

Global Youth & Children's Day 

iCARE - Refugees, Homeless, Strangers, March 21, 2020
Morning: Community Outreach Impact by local churches.
Afternoon: Global Youth & Children's Day March - at 4:00p.m! The route is as follows: Beginning at the Grant’s Town Seventh-day Adventist Church, Wellington Street heading West North onto Baillou Hill Road Continuing north to Cumberland Street, West onto Marlborough Street Continuing to West Bay Street; Ending at Arawak Cay Concert Grounds.
Concert: 5:00p.m - Arawak Cay Concert Grounds!

Spring Youth Evangelist Presents: Lost and Found

#SAMSON DELILAH STORY
A JOINT EVANGELISTIC SERIES FOR ADVENTURERS, PATHFINDERS, YOUTH AND ADULTS!
Venue: Living Faith Church
Sunday, March 22, 2020 - Sabbath, March, 28, 2020
Weekly- 7:00p.m nightly! Except Thursdays!
International Youth Evangelist, Pastor Damien Chandler! Food will be on sale nightly!

Ignite Youth Retreat 2020
Theme: WHY? Tradition vs. Religion
Venue: New Providence Community Center
Date: May 29-30, 2020
IGNITE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Early Bird: March 1-April 30 = $50.00
Regular: MAy 1-15 = $65.00
Late: May 16- 22 = $70.00
Registration fee includes: Dry fit T-Shirt, Bag, Book, Pen, SWAG, snack and meals! Make payments to your AY leader or SBC treasury department!

BIBLE CONNECTION DATES 2020
April 18- Local Church Finals
May 9- Conference Finals
Participants requirements:
Age: 16-30
Status: Single (unmarried)
Qualifications: Enrolled in University/College
*Not have a degree.
Prizes:
1st Place- $1000.00 Scholarship
2nd Place- $500.00 Scholarship
3rd Place- $250.00 Scholarship


VEGAN COOKING CLASS
The Berea, Breath of Life and Good News Churches are encouraging you to Veganize Your Meals. Learn to cook 3 course wholesome meals on Sunday March 15, 2020 at the Breath of Life Church at 2:00p.m. A small donation is required. Call 636-0330 for more information or contact the Health Ministry’s leaders at any of these churches.


CAT ISLAND HOMECOMING
All those interested in attending the 31st Cat Island Homecoming over the Easter weekend, April 10 &11, are asked to contact Henry Moncur @ 392-0589 or  Norman Seymour @ 457-0067 for further information.



ETERNAL PAGES RADIO MINISTRY
- "A forum for further thought on the weekly Sabbath School Lesson".  Tune into WORD SBC 88.3  FM by Radio or Online on the TUNE IN radio app (WORD SBC 88.3FM) and experience this innovative, interactive and in-depth exchange on Tuesdays @ 7:30 p.m.; Fridays @ 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and on Sabbaths @ 6:30 a.m.  Program Host:  Elder Roger Rolle, AMR Music Ministry. Contact us @ telephone 698-3461 or [email protected]

Eternal Pages Concert
ON SUNDAY MARCH 29, 2020 @ 6:00 p.m. Allison Rolle, 'Chosen You', Roger Mike and Friends of AMR Music Ministry will be featured in Concert at the Good News Seventh-Day Adventist Church, highlighting songs composed/arranged by Roger Mike, as inspired by  the 2020 - 1st Quarter's Sabbath School Study - DANIEL!

COMMUNITY HEALTH FORUM
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Johnson Park Church. Do you know what the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is?  Well join us at Johnson Park on Sunday, March 8 at 2: 00p.m where our special guest speaker, Dr. Nikkiah Forbes, Infectious Disease Specialist will inform you and answer all of your questions. Light refreshments will be served immediately after the presentation.

--Dr. Rhonda Carter, Health Leader, Johnson Park


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