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Atlantic Caribbean Union Installation Service 2018

Photos by Bridgett Bastian at the Grant's Town Seventh-day Adventist Church during the installation services of the new president and executive secretary of the Atlantic Caribbean Union on Sabbath, May 19, 2018

ABOVE: Pastor Leslie McMillan, father of Dr. Rolle

ABOVE: Dr. Rolle signs

ABOVE: Pastor Kerr signs

ABOVE: Government Ministers

Atlantic Caribbean Union Symposium 2018 Photos

Photos taken by Bridgette Bastian, May 16, 2018, at the Atlantic Caribbean Union Eighth Annual Symposium held at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church, Nassau, The Bahamas.

Above: Michelle Green, videographer and Coordinator of video editing for the Media Department of the South Bahamas Conference

Pastor Leonard Johnson, outgoing president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union

Pastor Peter Kerr, incoming president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union

The Grant's Town Church Choir, conducted by Edith Roach

More photos on the Atlantic Caribbean Union website

Mothers Are So Precious

By Barrington H. Brennen, Pastor, Counseling Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist

This article is dedicated to our mothers. On Mother's Day in May of each year millions of Christians in the western world will go to church on Saturday or Sunday to honor their mothers in special services and concerts. [ See dates around the world ]

Many will host family dinners, church, and community banquets. Countless sermons will be preached and many poems will be recited to express love and appreciation for mothers. The Adventist churches will have special services Sabbath morning in which a mother of the year for each church will be honored. In the afternoon, during the Youth Hour, there will be exciting programs featuring acrostics, songs, poems, drama to honor mothers. Sunday-keeping churches will be packed also. Children will honor their mothers with lots of music, inspirational messages, red or white flowers, and lots of hugs and kisses. We truly how love and appreciation for our mothers.

Mothers affect every aspect of our lives. From birth to the grave, our mother’s influence is special. Thus, we have created certain images of mother over the years of our lives as evoked in this poem: "Images of Mother."

Images of Mother

  • 4 years of age - My Mommy can do anything.
  • 8 years of age - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
  • 12 years of age - My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.
  • 14 years of age - Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either!
  • 16 years of age - Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned!
  • 18 years of age - That old woman? She's way out of date!
  • 25 years of age - Well, she might know a little bit about it!
  • 35 years of age - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
  • 45 years of age - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it!
  • 65 years of age - Wish I could talk it over with Mom!

There were four clergymen who were discussing the merits of the various translations of the Bible. One liked the King James Version best because of its simple beautiful English. Another liked theAmerican Revised Version best because it is more literal and comes nearer the original Hebrew and Greek.

Still another liked Moffatt's translation best because of its up to date vocabulary. The fourth minister was silent. When asked to express his opinion, he replied, "I like my mother's translation best."

The other three expressed surprise. They did no know that his mother had translated the Bible. "Yes, she did," he replied. She translated it into life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw."

Sometimes we think that Mom is invincible or a miracle worker. We credit so much strength to her. However, Mom does have limits. No matter how wise, creative, and loving she is, there are some things she still cannot do. Note this poem, written by a mother explaining a mother’s limitation. It is entitled "Reflections of a mother." Author Unknown


I gave you life, but cannot live it for you.
I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn.
I can give you directions, but I cannot be there to lead you.
I can allow you freedom, but I cannot account for it.
I can take you to church, but I cannot make you believe.
I can teach you right from wrong, but I cannot always decide for you.
I can buy you beautiful clothes, but I cannot make you beautiful inside.
I can offer you advice, but I cannot accept it for you.
I can give you love, but I cannot force it upon you.
I can teach you to share, but I cannot make you unselfish.
I can teach you respect, but I cannot force you to show honor.
I can advise you about friends, but cannot choose them for you.
I can advise you about sex, but I cannot keep you pure.
I can tell you the facts of life, but I can't build your reputation.
I can tell you about drinking, but I can't say "no" for you.
I can warn you about drugs but I can't prevent you from using them.
I can tell you about lofty goals, but I can't achieve them for you.
I can teach you about kindness, but I can't force you to be gracious.
I can warn you about sins, but I cannot make you moral
I can love you as a child, but I cannot place you in God's family.
I can pray for you, but I cannot make you walk with God.
I can teach you about Jesus, but I cannot make Jesus your Lord.
I can tell you how to live, but I cannot give you eternal life.
I can love you with unconditional love all of my life . . . and I will!!!
Always, Mom

I found this poem to be true and tender. You can read it in your churches on Saturday or Sunday. It is written by Joe Bosch, is a Methodist living in the United States. It is entitled "Mother’s Day."


The gentle touch of a hand that expresses great love.
A grateful smile for the gift of a child from above.
Each mother with child, through adoption, or birth,
Understands God's value placed on each child's worth.
That's why mothers endure with patience and pain,
As they pray that their children know spiritual gain.
When your mother says, "No", it's for your own good.
As you grow older, this will be, by you, understood.
She changed your dirty diapers which assaulted her nose.
You didn't produce the fragrance of a sweet-smelling rose.
She soothes your pain and kisses away your tears,
And comforts you throughout all of your years.

Sometimes she seems mean and you think she's unfair,
When she prepares you for life in the world that's out there.
She's older than you, and she's made mistakes of her own.
That's why she'll protect you until you're fully grown.

You will one day be free to make your own choice.
Until then heed the wisdom of your mother's loving voice.
My mother is gone, and I can't hug her today,
Go hug your mom and say, "Happy Mother's Day".

Remember, "Mom’s the Word."

Sharon Platt-McDonald Coming to the Atlantic Caribbean Union’s Retreat 2018

Atlantic Caribbean Union Women's Retreat October 19-21, 2018 in Grand Bahama

Image result for Sharon Platt-McDonaldUnder the theme, “Because I Care”, the North Bahamas Conference will be hosting the Atlantic Caribbean Union’s Retreat at the Grand Lucayan Resort, in Freeport Grand Bahama, on October 19-21, 2018 with guest speaker, Sharon Platt-McDonald (Photo). Kindly see your local leader for further details. Please also note that the registration deadline is June 29, 2018. -Mrs. Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director

Pastor Terry Tanis To Be Ordained on May 18, 2018


Terry Antonio Tanis, age 35, was ordained as a pastor in the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Friday evening, May 18, 2018, 7 p.m., at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church, 135 Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, Nassau, The Bahamas.

Officiating were: Pastor Israel Leito, President, Inter-American Division; Pastor Elie Henry, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Division; Pastor Leonard Johnson, President, Atlantic Caribbean Union; Pastor Peter Kerr, Executive Secretary, Atlantic Caribbean Union; Pastor Paul Scavella, President, South Bahamas Conference; Pastor Peter Joseph, Executive Secretary, South Bahamas Conference; Pastor C. Melvin Lewis, Treasurer, South Bahamas Conference


ABOVE: President-elect Henry speaking at the Hillview Church

ABOVE: The prayer of dedication

ABOVE: Reading the litany

ABOVE: Pastor Terry Tanis

ABOVE: "Welcome to the Ministerial Spouses"

ABOVE: Parents of Terry Tanis---Barbara and St. Julis Tanis. St Julis Tanis is the first elder of the James Cistern Adventist Church, James Cistern, Eleuthera, The Bahamas. Mrs. Tanis is a retired worker at Club Med.

Pastor Tanis, his wife Samantha, and their daughter, Samiyah.

ABOVE: Harrold Dorsett singing

ABOVE: Miriam Knowles, first elder of Redemption Seventh-day Adventist Church congratulates Pastor Tannis

ABOVE: Dr. John Carey (right) of the Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church congratulates Pastor Tanis. Pastor Kent Prince (left) give flowers from the church.

ABOVE: President-elect, Pastor Eli Henry (ordinginally from Haiti) , of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, with headquarters in Miami, Florida, USA.

ABOVE: Pastor Israel Laito

ABOVE: The gift of a Bible from Pastor Paul Scavella

ABOVE: Mrs. Tannis

ABOVE: Camera person, Patrick Person

ABOVE: Surprise!

ABOVE: The gift from a member.

The photo below is Pastor Tanis with his family

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