The passing of a loved-one is a painful experience. The recording and preservation of the information associated with a death of a member of our body is of vital importance to the church and its members, all death announcements are important. If you know of a member who has died please forward that information to us so we can publish their information. These are the important facts: Note, only electronic submissions will be accepted.
1. What is their name
2. What was their birth date and death
3. Where did they go to church
4. Burial information, time, place,
5. If there is a viewing, where and when
6. If you have a photo please scan it and forward it to us
7. If a funeral program is available please send an electronic copy so we can include that with the death announcement. If this is to be released after the funeral, please remember to send it.
8. The information should come from the parent or if married it should come from the spouce.
All submissions should go to [email protected] If there is a write up, or information you would like us to publish please also send that in to us. God be with you in this time of grief. We want to be there with you.
2015 Calendar of Events – SBC Women’s Ministries Department
1. General Conference Women’s Ministries Director – Sis. Heather-Dawn Small
2. Inter- American Division Women’s Ministries Director – Sis. Cecilla Moreno de Iglesias
3. Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission Women’s Ministries Director – Sis. Denise Johnson
4. South Bahamas Conference of SDA Women’s Ministries Director – Sis. Jacqueline Gibson
5. Local Women’s Ministries Leader – Elected Yearly
Role and Function of Local Church Women's Ministries Leader
The leader is appointed by the local church nominating committee. The Women's Ministries leader is a member of the church board.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
• The leader will assist the church in meeting the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual needs of women in their various stages of life and cultural diversity.
• The leader is to create an environment that encourages productivity, rewards effort and initiative, and provides a spiritual climate in which each woman can experience growth.
• The leader assesses the needs of the women in the church through surveys and interviews. She acts as chairperson for a Women's Ministries committee to develop programs and activities to meet the needs identified through the surveys.
• The leader is an active member of the local church board disseminating information on women's activities and harmonizing these activities with the larger church program. She works closely with the pastor and the local conference Women's Ministries director.
• The church board or nominating committee selects the Women's Ministries leader in the local church. Qualifications include a sensitive, caring nature, a clear spiritual understanding of God's design for women, and a burden for women's broad needs and concerns.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The major duties and responsibilities of the Women's Ministries leader includes the following:
1. Establish a Committee. The leader will work with the church board to establish a committee. The committee should be composed of women interested in the broad spectrum of women's needs and concerns. The purpose of the committee is to brainstorm, develop strategies, and assist in planning programs and activities that relate to women's specific and varied needs.
2. Needs Assessment. The leader will work closely with her committee to survey the needs of the women in the local church and community. Survey questionnaires can be used to obtain this information.
3. Program Development. The leader will work with her committee and the pastor to develop and implement Women's Ministries programs or seminars, and network with existing support groups active in the church. She and her committee may decide to sponsor such programs as support groups for abused women, support for elderly members, single parents, health care, hygiene, time management, grief recovery, spiritual care (discipleship), witnessing, personal devotions, self-improvement, and support for women married to non-believers, etc. Other activities may include prayer breakfasts, literacy programs, day care, and programs for the elderly.
4. Chairperson of the Women's Ministries Committee. It is the responsibility of the local church Women's Ministries leader to chair the Women's Ministries committee. She will encourage ideas and plans that maximize women's contribution to the mission of the church. The chair will put together an agenda, moderate discussion, and facilitate group cohesion through personal sharing, prayer, and fellowship.
5. Advocate of Women's Concerns, Needs, and Contributions. It is the leader's responsibility to keep the church membership informed of Women's Ministries and its contributions to church life. This responsibility includes allotting time during personal ministries, announcement period, or Sabbath school to share with the congregation at large. This responsibility includes being a liaison between the women of the church and the church board members, assisting the board members to keep in view the needs of the women in the church and recognizing the Women's Ministries as a significant and vital part of church growth and church dynamics.
From the desk of Pastor Eric D. Clarke
A very cordial welcome is extended to all in worship of our great God. As we submit to Him, may our souls be blessed beyond measure. Welcome to Bethany where resurrection takes place thru anointed preaching & Holy Ghost singing. We offer you the red carpet treatment in worship of our awesome God.
Congratulations to Sisters Dnevia Seymour and Jacqueline Collie on their baptism last Sabbath, 7 March. Today we extend the right hand of fellowship to them and present them with their Baptismal Certificates.
Today is Communion Sabbath with a Difference. We get to wash each other’s feet, once per quarter. All are invited to be involved. Sisters are passing on a legacy to the women & girls. Brothers are washing the feet of men & boys under the tent. Husbands & wives are washing each other’s feet in the Upper Room.
A team will be visiting and singing with Sis. Pendalyn Thompson this afternoon from 5:00 to 5:30. Interested persons are welcomed and may contact Elder McFall, or Sis. Paulette Dean.
Hospital visitation continues this afternoon. We meet in the hospital parking lot at 6pm. All are invited to join us.
There will be a meeting for all married couples tonight at 8 pm. at the home of Elder Carl and Renee Scavella.
Personal Ministry Council will meet tomorrow from 3-4pm. It is important that all members come on time for this one-hour meeting.
"Who moved my cheese Part 2 will be held tomorrow at 4pm where we will discover new "Cheese." Please bring your folders and let's make it real! (Come, even if it's your first time and bring your friends. Ladies, please meet with Sis Dillette after service today.
There will be a special needs ministries summit over this weekend at the Maranatha Church. The purpose is to highlight and sensitize the church and the community to minister with persons with special needs. Presenter is Dr. Elvetha Derrick-Telemaque.
Our Women's Ministry Prayer Service will be held next Sabbath, March 21st at 5pm. The theme is "You are the light of the world." Let's light up Nassau for Jesus!
Bethany’s prayer focus for March 15-21 is: A Spirit Directed Conscience.
7 Health and baptism
15 Personal Ministry Meeting @ 3pm
15 Who Moved My Cheese @ 4pm
20 First day of Spring
21 Global Youth Day – Youth Pastor Alvarico Moss
21 Women’s Ministry Prayer service @ 5 pm
28 Community Guest Day, potluck lunch for everyone
28 Blood Bank will be on parking lot, Please give blood. 1-3 pm
3 Good Friday Holiday
4 Easter Baptism Sabbath
5 Easter Sunday
5 Praise Reunion Concert at Evangelistic Assembly
5-12 Union Camporee
6 Easter Monday holiday
11 Bethany Church 18 Anniversary
18 Elders Day
25 Pastors Pulpit Exchange
9 Mothers’ Day – Men & Non-mothers in charge
25 Whit Monday Holiday
All departmental directors are asked to discuss their church proposals and programs with the Pastor.
In 2015, May God remember you like Noah, favour you like Moses, honour you like Mary, fight for you like the Israelites, prosper you like Isaac, promote you like Joseph, intervene for you like Esther, protect you like Daniel, use you like Paul, heal you like Naaman, answer you like Elijah, anoint you like David, and keep you safe like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Amen
Please feel free to contact your Pastor at 364-8793, 341-4021, 457-3648, [email protected] or Whatsap or Facebook.
SUN SETS TODAY MARCH 14 AT 7:18
Have a Blessed and Wonderful Sabbath!
What You Need to Know about GC Session 2015 Travel Insurance
General Conference Session is the quinquennial convention of the Seventh-day Adventist church and is attended by more than 50 thousand delegates and guests from around the world. Adventist Risk Management Inc. has designed a special travel insurance policy for those traveling to the 2015 GC Session that will be held in San Antonio, Texas from July 2-11. .What do I need to know about GC Session 2015 Travel Insurance?
This policy is travel insurance for delegates, visitors and guests traveling to GC Session 2015. This policy lasts for up to 30 days that can be taken between June 1 and August 10, 2015.
What if my trip lasts longer than 30 days?
If you enter a date range more than 30 days when purchasing the GC Travel Insurance, there is an additional charge and the system will automatically switch from the GC Travel Insurance to our regular Short-Term Travel Insurance policy after the 30-day policy has expired.
Are there any new features available when entering an application for this policy?
Yes. You can make your own edits to existing applications up until the first day of travel.
We would suggest each person print out their ID card and have it with them so it is easy for us to identify them in the case of an emergency. Please note when you enter your information into the application that you are consistent with what is on your passport so we are able to efficiently look you up in the system.*
Youths Of The Month
Genae Darville, although small in stature is big in both heart and mind. Her wilingness to serve God and love man is evident in her activities in both church and school. Genae is an active AY of the Hillview Seventh-Day Church. She is a Musician and is a technician in the Communications department at Hillview SDA Church. She is also a member of the Hillview Youth Choir. In each of these activities, Genae displays a pleasant attitude at all times and her willingness to go the extra-mile (even at the last minute) is to be commended. She attends Bahamas Academy where she is the Sergeant-At-Arms, a cook in The Jesus and Me Club, a Sub-Prefect and the Photographer for The Yearbook Club. She is also a member of the Choir and is apart of The Track & Field Team. Genae thoroughly enjoys singing, painting and playing the piano. Her favorite Bible verse is 2nd Timothy 2:15and her favorite hymn is 524 - Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.
Sis. Bien-Aime is a lover of Christ, a wife and mother whose passion is to do her part in finishing the work before Christ second coming. She is very active in our Youth Department; she is the leader of the AY prayer ministry and social planning.
Over the years I've enjoyed watching her grow and mature in her walk with Christ and also in her leadership skills. She has always demonstrated a passion for ministry, and a specific passion for ministering to young people and challenging them to be the best they can be for Christ.
With her contagious smile and bubbly personality, Sis Bien-Aime is always excited to share the Word with fellow believers and neighbors.
Name: San-k-yaw Wright
School: Bahamas Academy
Church: Real Harvest SDA
Church Office: Jr. Chorister, Jr. Deaconess
Activities: Actively involved in Pathfinders, RH Youth Choir & Praise Team, Senior Praise Team, Bahamas Academy Jr. basketball team & recently joined the SBC Mass Youth Choir.
Tonysha Russell has been quite an asset to the Maranatha Church. She is an up and coming leader who shows great passion in motivating and encouraging others. At the age of 19, she has taken the mantle of being the Youth Choir Director where she is flourishing beautifully. Even though some persons are older, they still co-operate with her and trust in her leadership.
Byron Devaughn Jones is a student at the College of The Bahamas who is pursuing his degree in biochemistry. He enjoys listening to gospel music and finds enjoyment in being helpful. Byron currently serves as Sabbath School Secretary, Deacon and Counsellor for the Adventurer and Pathfinder at the Philadelphia Church.
Mr. Jones dislikes are Mathematics and the fact of facing so much crime and violence on this rock he calls home.
His greatly pleasure however, is eating a palatable meal of healthy foods.
Name: Dwight Rolle
Church: Real Harvest SDA
Church Office for 2015: Asst. Adventist Youth Leader, Asst. Pathfinder Director, Deacon
Activities: Invested Master Guide, RH Youth Choir, Member of SBC Mass Youth Choir.
Name: Roeshell Bowen
Church Agape Seventh-day Adventist
PRESIDENT PAUL SCAVELLA TAKES ON NEW PASTORAL DISTRICT
LOGOS BIBLE SEMINAR
The Atlantic Caribbean Union will host a Logos Bible Seminar on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at their headquarters on Gladstone Road at 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Register early! -Pastor Lynden Williams, Spirit of Prophecy Coordinato
"The Women's Ministry of Bethany S.D.A Church invites you to the first seminar of the year, "Who moved my cheese? It will be held tomorrow, February 22, 2015 at 3pm at Bethany, Westridge, Cable Beach. It's purpose is to empower both Men and Women towards person, professional and spiritual productivity as the Holy Spirit leads us out of the "mazes" and "ruts" in our lives. Plan to be there! God is waiting to do a new thing for you. Call 436-3421 to register today!
Breath Of Life SDA Church
An Evening Of Praise
February 14th, 2015
Come And Bring A Friend
April 18, 2015 has been dubbed Health Impact Day
According to the instructions God gave to His prophet, our health message will play a very important role as we preach the Three Angels’ Message.
Our new missionary book, Health & Wellness: Secrets That Can Change Your Life, is an important missionary tool for our church members everywhere to help spread God’s Message.
In a joint venture of Health and Publishing Ministries, we are planning an Impact Day event for April 18, 2015. During this event, all departments and institutions of our church are welcome to join and participate in health expos, activities, and in distributing books.
This newsletter has the goal of sharing with you what our leaders are planning for this project.
Send us the plans for Impact Day in your territory. We will be happy to share them in our next newsletter.
We pray that our health message will impact the lives of many people around the world.
Enjoy reading the first Health Impact Day Newsletter.
Wilmar Hirle, Editor
Health Impact Day Newsletter
Health Director SDA
Do you have A pastor you think fits the Award Criteria, apply here…Click for Application
Northern Caribbean University
2015 Pastorof the Year Award Criteria & Evaluation
Purpose of Award
This award is designed to recognize and reward the valuable services of our ministers of religion within the fields of the Jamaica Union (JAMU) and the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), in support of the General Conference’s Year of the Pastor initiative. This award is not limited to age, gender or tenure in the field or profession.
Awards will be granted to one pastor from each Conference/Mission based upon the weights assigned to the following criteria:
1. Advocates Christian education and encourages members of his/her district to attend our Adventist schools/ colleges/universities. 10 points
2. Fulfils his/her calling from God by living his/her life in service to others. 8 points
3. Models servant-leadership both in the context of his/her life and ministry. 6 points
4. Gives credible witness to the truth in both speech and action. 4 points
5. Strives to promote Christian dignity in all spheres of his/her ministry. 2 points
Total Points 30 points
A nomination for the Pastor of the Year Award should be submitted to the Honours, Awards & Recognition Committee (HARC) of Northern Caribbean University (NCU). Once a nomination is approved by the HARC, it will be submitted to the President’s Cabinet and then to the Board of Governors for approval.
The following guidelines are to be observed:
Nominee – an active ordained minister of religion, approved by the administration of the respective field within ATCU & JAMU. Nominator – any member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in good and regular standing. Kindly submit the following with your completed nomination form:
_Letter from nominator – outlining personal knowledge of the nominee’s work and ministry in his/her field, and/or public or volunteer service.
_Nomination Summary – 50 words or less, summarizing the nominee’s accomplishments.
_Biographical Information – to include nominee’s address, date of birth, education, employment history, public and/or volunteer service.
Date for Submission – on or before Friday, February 27, 2015. Christ-centredness Affirmation Respect Excellence Stewardship
Submit to – the Honours, Awards and Recognition Committee, Office of the Provost, Northern Caribbean University, Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica, W.I.
The Honours, Awards & Recognition Committee will process all applications meeting the guidelines outlined above. Individuals selected for the award will be notified directly or via their respective conferences/missions.
When the University Board has approved the awardee, a letter from the President will inform the awardee of his or her selection. This award will be presented on the Main Campus of the university in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica during the 2015 Baccalaureate Service on Sabbath, August 8, 2015.
Disclaimer: Northern Caribbean University will not be responsible for paying any expense related to the nominees’ attendance at the Awards Service.
A New Series Of Meetings by: Pastor T. Basil Sturrup
The Agape Seventh-day Adventist Church presents: The Ministry of Ellen G. White. Are the writings of Ellen White equal with the Bible? Is the Seventh-day Adventist Church in recent times guilty of downplaying her writings? Are those who claim that Ellen White is a false Prophet correct? Get the answers to these questions and more. Services begin Wednesday January 28 at 7pm and continue Sabbath January 31. The final presentation will be Wednesday February 4 2015 at 7pm. Be a part of this timely presentation with Pastor, Author, and Evangelist T. Basil Sturrup at the Agape Seventh-day Adventist Church, Located on the campus of the Global Mission Center of Influence, Formally Bahamas Academy on Wulff Road.
The Theological Debate with T. Basil Sturrup.
Do Seventh-day Adventist Believe In The Trinity?
Several months ago I saw the necessity to write a weekly article in the News Paper to help persons understand the doctrines of the Bible as taught by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The fact is, after more than one hundred years of existence in the Bahamas, there are members of this Church, as well as persons in the wider community who are still not aware of what Seventh-day Adventist believe.
Many persons know that this Church is a main stream Christian denomination. However, there are others who see this organization as a cult, or a group of believers who are still under the Old Covenant. As you read this weekly column I invite you to come to your own conclusions on the matter.
I chose to title my weekly article The Theological Debate, because after presenting a doctrine of the church, I will publish questions from the readership along with answers to those questions based solely on the Biblical text. The first subject will be THE TRINITY. This theological discussion is still as interesting today as it was a thousand years ago. There are some Christian denominations who argue in favor of the Trinity, while there are those who do not accept this doctrine as biblical.
Let me state from the outset that the Seventh-day Adventist Church believes in the doctrine of the Trinity, (otherwise referred to as the Godhead, or God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit). For the next few weeks there will be a series of short articles on this subject and I encourage you to follow me as we engage in what I hope to be an informative and productive Journey together.
If you would like to ask questions on upcoming articles, you can contact T. Basil Sturrup at: [email protected]
"We choose to live with gratitude for the LOVE that fills our hearts,
the PEACE that rest within our spirit and the voice of HOPE that says...all things are possible."
Hence, Wilnise Valsaint & Fritz Gerald Francois are happy celebrate together in HOLY MATRIMONY
on Sunday February 16 of the year of the Lord two thousand and fourteen
at the Hilview Seventh-day Adventist Church at 2 p.m.
Grandma, you helped shape my character at your knee. I heard you pray for us you went through your day. I heard you plead with God for us and that has never left me. I laughed as a child and still laugh at your charm and your humour. You always made me believe that I was special. Grandma, you are TRULY a Proverbs 31 woman. We can indeed "rise up and call you blessed." I love you for the memories and laughter that I still carry from my childhood. Happy 101st Birthday Grandma. I love you very much and am BLESSED that YOU were chosen to be MY grandma.