Christ, Our Only Hope
A message from the President
My brothers and sisters, I greet you in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It is with a heavy heart that I greet you, as Hurricane Dorian has severely impacted all of us. I extend sincere condolences to all those who have lost loved ones as a result of this catastrophic storm.
As the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists launch a strategic plan to assist with recovery efforts to persons in the Northern Bahamas, we pause to give God thanks for His tremendous grace and mercy toward the thousands who survived. If it wasn’t for God’s mercy, things could have been much worse, therefore, we cling to the promises of Jesus who said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
As we continue to pray, for our brothers and sisters in the affected areas, we now begin the process of preparing to assist as best as we can. All of our Departments are mobilizing to bring their expertise to assist in our relief efforts. Most urgently, our Pastors will (in all of our churches this Sabbath and the next) appeal to every member to donate whatever they can, as we seek to raise $50,000.00 immediately; however, our goal is $100,000.00 to be directed to the relief efforts.
The Adventist Disaster Relief Agency (ADRA), is in our nation’s capital assisting with the way forward; and at the same time, our Community Services Department is working closely with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to render further assistance.
Here are some crucial steps for the way forward:
- The official Command Center for relief supplies is the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Headquarters on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway. If there are questions or concerns, feel free to call the office at 242-341-4021. Call 603-1530 at our Command Center, to register missing family members/friends, concerns or for prayer.
- Supplies can also be taken to our churches this weekend, where our pastors and Community Service leaders will be ready to receive your gifts and donations.
- Please go to our official webpage for information on Hurricane Dorian located on our website: www.southbahamasconference.org
- There you will find additional information and answers to most of your questions. Our youth department is also sharing this information on the various social media platforms directing persons to this page.
- All funds should be donated through our churches or the account number on our webpage (also listed below). Persons abroad, that would like to donate monetarily, are asked to use this account number as well.
We have also established a Command Center at our Conference Office, the number is 603-1530 if you need prayers or to speak with somebody, persons will be there around the clock.
God has not failed us in the past, and we know He will not do so now. Let us continue to anchor our faith, and trust in Him, for He is Our Only Hope.
Pastor Kenny Deveaux, President, South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
CONFERENCE CALENDAR OF EVENTS AT A GLANCE
4: Women’s Ministries God Covers Me
6 - 8: IV Family Island Youth Congress & ACLASS (North Andros)
7: Mission Transform 242: Local AY & Pathfinder Club visit a Nursing Home
7: Stewardship Emphasis Day
7: Family Togetherness Day (Emphasizes the Church Family)
8: CHAM Art Instruction
8 - 14: Family Togetherness Week
13 - 15: ALERT (Advance Leadership Evangelism & Retention Training)
14 - 15: Child Preachers Workshop
14: SBC Adventurer (One day Camp)
15 - 21: Health Emphasis Week
21: GC World Pathfinder Day, Pathfinder Baptismal Sabbath, March, Joint AY
26: SBC Executive Committee Meeting
27 - 29: ATCU Bible Connection (Cayman Islands)
28: Sabbath School Guest Day/Special Needs Emphasis Day
ATCU PUSH INITIATIVE
The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, September 8-14, 2019: The In-laws.
CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT
September 8 – Art Instruction (with local artist) will be held for participants signed up already for the Art Exhibition. Registration fee ($10) should be paid before this session.
Venue: Hillview Church (Fellowship Hall). Time: 1:00p.m – 3:00p.m..
September 14 & 15 – Child Preachers’ Workshop (Register now for free at your local church). Instructor: Pastor Jon Dorsette
September 29 – CHAM Art Exhibition
For more information on these upcoming events, please enquire from your local CHAM Leaders or call 341-4021. --Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, C.H.A.M Director.
HEALTH MINISTRIES: Surviving the Hurricane
You are invited to a health presentation, facilitated by the Mental Health Professionals on Sabbath, September 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m at the Berea Church. Presenters will be: Dr. Tracy King, Dr. Helen Rolle and Mrs. Lorraine Duvalier. Come and bring a family member, neighbor, or friend; and be blessed. "Mental health professionals helping people heal and understand, after the hurricane".
Quarterly Meeting: All health leaders are invited to the quarterly meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday September 24, 2019 at 5.45p.m at the Conference headquarters.
CPR / FIRST AID CERTIFICATION: All persons interested in being certified or re-certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and/or First Aid to be held on September 8 and 29, 2019, are asked to call 323-0610 or 826- 8486 (WhatsApp). This is for medical and non-medical persons (teachers, secretaries, pastors, lawyers, etc). Come and be certified so that you will be equipped to save a life!
-- Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Director.
Third Quarter (July - September)
“WE” (Women Empowerment) – Q3 Forecast: September, 2019
Zone 3 Community Outreach – Hurricane Relief. South Bahamas Conference GEMS - God in Shoes, “A Pillow and a Prayer” Community Outreach – Hurricane Relief
28 – Philadelphia Church Women’s Ministries Emphasis Day
Special Note: The Community Outreach for Zone 3 and the GEMS have now been redirected toward hurricane Dorian relief efforts. Please see your local WM leader for details on how you can help.
Save the Date: The Women’s Ministries Conclave will be held October 18 & 19, 2019 under the theme: God’s Beloved Daughters: Rescued, Redeemed, Restored & Released. You can’t afford to miss this one of a kind worship experience. Registration forms are now available from your local leader and at the Conference office.
Warfare Wednesdays: The Women’s Ministries Department extends an invitation 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 can 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.
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 MONTHLY MEETINGS
Adventurer/Pathfinder Directors - Monday, September 9, 2019 at 6:30p.m. - Conference Office.
AY Leaders - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 6:30p.m. - Conference Office.
Please ensure your church has a representative from your AY Council!
Pathfinder Day 2019
Date: Sabbath, September 21, 2019, Venue: Occurring in ALL churches. Please plan and prepare for Pathfinder Day 2019. Elders, pastors and senior members are encouraged to dust off, adjust and wear their Pathfinder Uniform on this day! We will launch the countdown to the 70th Pathfinder Anniversary 2020! In the afternoon, a March and Rally is planned to Impact the Community with the Pathfinder presence and spirit.
Please download the Pathfinder Day Sabbath School resources, sermons and posters at https://youth.adventist.org/Ministries/Pathfinders
Adventurer CAMP 2019: The date for the SBC Adventurer Camp has been postponed! Stay tuned for the NEW date!
Adventist Youth Awards 2019: Adventist Youth Awards (AYA) The Adventist Youth (Buffet) Award Ceremony will be held at the Breezes Hotel on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are available to all members at the ABNC or from Briel Jacques for the Early Bird Cost of $60.00, until October 1, 2019. The late bird ticket is $80.00 after October 2, 2019. Local Church boards are asked to submit nominations for Awards by Monday, September 30th, 2019. AYA will also recognize the contribution of Leaders for the 70th Pathfinder Anniversary.
ATCU Pathfinder Camporee 2020: Theme: “Strong Finish! #ALLIN”
Date: April 5-12, 2020 Venue: Gladstone Road. Pathfinder Directors are asked to start preparations and fundraising to make this a memorable life-changing event for all pathfinders. --Pastor Jamal Franklyn, Youth Director.
MINISTERIAL DEPARTMENT A.L.E.R.T POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 15-17, 2019
Over the next few weeks, the South Bahamas Conference will focus on relief to the victims of Hurricane Dorian. Hence, ALERT (Advanced Leadership Evangelism & Retention Training) will be held on November 15-17, 2019. All persons who are registered, your payments will be honored at that time. --Pastor T. Basil Sturrup, Ministerial Director.
Are you between the ages 15-30 years old and have the ability and love for singing? The Music Committee of the South Bahamas Conference invites you to the launch of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists’ Youth Choir on Sunday September 8th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Agape Church on Wulff Road, on the former Bahamas Academy school grounds.
A Music Workshop for the South Bahamas Conference Youth Choir will be held on Thursday October 3rd to Sabbath October 5th, 2019.
PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
Sister 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 remainder of the year. Please note that each service will be held at 6 o’clock in the morning.
--Pastor Leonardo Rahming, Prayer Coordinator.
BLESSED HOPE CHURCH SOUTH ANDROS
CHURCH BUILDING PROJECT: Calling one and all! This summer Blessed Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church is in its building completion drive. South Androsians and its descendants are asking you to share the hope of Jesus by donating materials, or monetary gifts of any amount to this effort. Please contact us by email at [email protected] -- Elder Lukanduh Gardiner.
THE PATH TO LIFE GOSPEL CAMPAIGN.
The Path to Life Gospel Campaign is in full gear for September 14-28, 2019 at the New Life Church, Inagua, with guest evangelist, Pastor Lee Burrows. All are invited to attend, and if you are not able to, please pray for us and send your financial support. We really need your prayers as we reap God's harvest. --Elder Winston Ash.
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SUN SETS NEXT SABBATH
September 14, 2019 AT 7:14 P.M.