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In a few short weeks, schools would have closed their doors for the long summer holidays. There are so many negative and unproductive things that are fighting to gain our children’s attention. If our children are not cared for properly, they can easily be led astray. Parents and guardians, have you thought about what you are going to do with your children this summer?
There are many positive things that the church has planned to keep our young people occupied. Many of our churches are planning Vacation Bible Schools while some are facilitating youth camps. You can check with your church to see what is being planned for its young people. In addition, you can consider sending them on an exciting adventure as an evangelistic colporteurs. The faithful colporteur finds his/her way into many homes, where he/she leaves reading material containing the truth for this time. Learning to sell our books is a great opportunity for our young people to witness about Christ while they earn money.
Under the directorship of Pastor Nikita Thompson, the Publishing department establishes a program for students who would like to secure a scholarship to attend Bahamas Academy or Northern Caribbean University. If you are not a student at any of these institutions, you also can make money to assist with your tuition. Additionally, for adults who may have lost a job or are looking for a job, it is a wonderful way to earn a living while working for the Master.
Ellen G. White says, “We are living in a time when a great work is to be done. There is a famine in the land for the pure gospel, and the bread of life is to be given to hungry souls. There is no better opportunity to do this work than that offered to the consecrated canvasser. Thousands of books containing the precious light of present truth should be placed in the homes of the people in our large cities.” Colporteur Ministry p. 28
To this end, the conference invites you, if interested, to participate in the canvassing work this summer. Contact the publishing director as soon as possible. Do not miss this exciting opportunity to witness for Jesus while earning financial blessings.-Pastor C. Melvin Lewis, Treasurer
All Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL) directors are reminded of the Legal Symposium in Hollywood, Florida on August 21, 2017. All Adventist lawyers are invited to participate. For additional information, visit: //www.irla.org/world‐congress, or contact Pastor Paul Scavella, PARL director at 341-4021. -Pastor Paul Scavella
May 28: Child Preachers’ Workshop
Pastor Jamal Franklyn will be the coach.
June 19 - 24 (Ends the Sabbath morning): CHAM Campaign
You cannot afford to miss this campaign facilitated by our own children.
Month of July: Vacation Bible School
Our CHAM leaders and assistants are planning for VBS! Churches are asked NOT to purchase the VBS Kits. Information on the VBS kit is shared in the CHAM media group.
September 10: CHAM Doctrinal Seminar
Pastoral Intern, Lorenzo Rolle will be the facilitator. -Mrs. Joan M. Scavella, CHAM Director
The CHAM Department of the Good News Seventh-day Adventist Church will hold a special event for persons will special needs on Sabbath, June 10, 2017. All persons with special needs are invited to attend. -Mrs. Joan M. Scavella, CHAM Director
All persons who are interested in traveling to the ASI Convention on August 16 - 20, 2017 are invited to attend a meeting at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church on May 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
ASI will hold two fundraising events on June 5, 2017 and July 9, 2017. Please stay tuned for more details. We look forward to your patronage. For additional information, please call Elder Ian Greene at 556-0492 or 601-4393. -Elder Ian Greene, President; ASI
The South Bahamas Conference office is under repair. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. -Administration
The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, May 21 - 27, 2017 is: Office Staff. Dear Lord, bless the office personnel who serve our church at different levels.
All Adventist Health Professionals and Health Directors/Assistants who are interested in traveling to Panama for the Adventist Laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) Convention on August 14 - 21, 2017 may contact Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix at firstname.lastname@example.org or 323-0610. The Health Ministries Department will be the co-host of the event. -Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Ministries Director
All persons interested in traveling to South Eleuthera on May 26 - 28, 2017 to assist in Health Ministries Outreach/Inreach may call 323-0610 for further details. -Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix
2017 Annual Youth Vegan Cook Off
The Health Ministries Department will sponsor the Second Annual Youth Vegan Cook Off on June 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Bahamas Academy, Marshall Road. All interested 10-17 year olds are asked to see their local health director. For more details call 341-4021 or 323-0610. -Mrs. LaCroix
Diabetes Health Talk
According to the International Diabetes Federation for North America and the Caribbean, there were 36,000 persons diagnosed with diabetes in 2015 in The Bahamas.
The Health Ministries Department of the Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church will host a health lecture on Sabbath, May 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the church. Our guest, Dr. Adrian Rolle of Eastwood Family Practice will talk about diabetes; how it develops, treatment of diabetes and the psychological, social and economic impact of this lifestyle disease. Please join us! -Gayle Farquharson, Health Ministries Leader, Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church
The Adventist Book and Nutrition Centre has a 20% discount on all books for the month of May. Get your supply early and remember to share a book with a neighbor. -Mrs. C. Blackmore, Manager
The Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church will hold their Music Day at the church on Parkgate Road on Sabbath, May 20th under the theme, "Prayer and Praise". Come with your prayer requests and expect a breakthrough! -Elder Flloyd Carter, Ephesus Ministry
May 21, 2017: There will be an important meeting at the South Bahamas Conference Office on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for all GEMS Coordinators, and in their absence, the local Women’s Ministries Leader is asked to send a representative. All GEMS in Zone 2 between the ages of 16-26 ae invited to a Vison Board Party at 4:00 p.m. at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church. You do not want to miss this event!
May 27, 2017: Zone 2 Out-reach presentation of the filled baby bottles initiative at 4:00 p.m. at the Bahamas God Parents Association.
May 28, 2017: Operation Jabez 2. Thinking Well, Living Well training seminar for local Women’s Ministries Leaders 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the South Bahamas Conference office. Anyone interested in joining the session may submit her name to her local leader by Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Space is limited.
Ladies, please remember to register to receive the early bird special and ensure that your registration forms are filled in and returned to your local leaders or to the SBC for the upcoming ATCU Retreat by June 30, 2017. Persons calling the hotel to make reservations are to use the Retreat Code - WOREAI
June 10 2017: Women’s Ministries and GEMS Emphasis Day.
Save The Date!
Under the theme, “Fulfilling My Purpose”, the South Bahamas Conference will be hosting the Atlantic Caribbean Union’s Retreat at the Melia Resort, on October 20-22, 2017 with guest speaker, Linda Anderson. -Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director
Yes, the Stars are connecting!
We are working to ensure that our Alumni Association becomes a force to reckon with. Big plans are ahead and all past students and friends are invited to pay attention to the following. We ask for your full support:
* Attend the Big Social and Basketball Re-match at the H D Colburn Gymnatorium on Saturday, May 20, 2017 (tonight) at 8:00 p.m.
* A general meeting for all alumni of Bahamas Academy will be held at Bahamas Academy on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Plans are unfolding beautifully. You must be there! Share the word! -Mr. Edward Romer, Coordinator
Concert: Accapraise will be held at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church on May 20, 2017.
Bible Boom: Prepare for the Bible boom. The books that will be covered are
Daniel 1-6, (Adventurers)
Daniel 1-8 (Pathfinders)
Daniel, Hosea, Joel, and the book, Patriarchs and Prophets - Chapter 39-44 (AY)
Churches should have their run off between June 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2017.
Save the Date: The youth award banquet is scheduled for December 17, 2017. -Pastor Larry Green, Youth Ministries Director
Western Federation of the South Bahamas Conference presents Transforming Lives and Living it out Loud!
Youth Forum with Pastor T. Basil Sturrup will be on May 26 - 28 at the Good News Seventh-day Adventist Church. Take note of the events:
Friday: Youth Forum at 7:00 p.m.
Sabbath School at 9:15 a.m.
Divine Service at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday: Outreach at 9:00 a.m.
Bring nonperishable food and/or toiletries to assist in our outreach. -Sister Manouchka BienAime, Western Federation; Youth Department
Conference website: http://southbahamasconference.org
Have a blessed Sabbath!
Work in progress. Return here for updates January 3.
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