Sabbath February 27, 2010
Ebenezer! Hitherto hath the Lord brought us. To God be the glory, great things He hath done. These are the sentiments in the hearts of the membership across the Cayman Islands and particularly the new believers who make up the congregation of the Ebenezer Seventh-day Adventist church. The Ebenezer church became a reality on Sabbath, February 20, 2010 with just over 50% of the 205 persons baptized, joining its fellowship. Conference President, Pastor Eric Clarke announced that the Executive Committee had appointed the Evangelist for the Countdown to the End Campaign, Pastor Shian O’Connor as under shepherd of the new believers.The Ebenezer congregation will be meeting in the auditorium of the George Hicks High School this weekend.The Administrators along with the Communications Director attended the venue on Thursday to assess the needs. We register our gratitude to the Government, Ministry of Education and Ms. Monteith for their assistance.
The President expresses thanks and appreciation to each church and all persons who played a part in the support and success of the meetings. It was a team effort and we give God all the praise for allowing us to be co-laborers with Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Your effort is recorded in heaven.
Pastor Al Powell and the Bodden Town church invites you to attend the Gospel Light evangelistic campaign with Evangelist Alberga Foster. The tent is up and the Lord is blessing the meetings. Come out and join us as we continue nightly excluding Thursday. The camapaign can be viewed at www.caymanadventist.org /www.justiv.tv/caymanconference. East End and Northside have joined the Bodden Town crusade in their final two weeks.
Pastor Wilton McDonald and the Newlands church announces the second big week of their evangelistic campaign on this coming Sunday evening, February 28th. The meetings continue nightly except Thursday and you are invited to stop by and receive a blessing.
The Savannah Seventh-day Adventist Church presents “We Shall Behold Him” evangelistic campaign with international Evangelist Vaughan O. Henry. Starting March 21st 7:30pm nightly, don’t miss it!
The year 12 class at Cayman Academy will be holding a Car Wash, in aid of their graduation expenses. This will take place this Sunday, February 28 from 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Cayman Academy parking lot. Prices range from $15.00 for cars, $20.00 for CRV’s and $25.00 for vans and trucks, this includes interior cleaning. Fried Fish and other niceties will be on sale.Come and support our young people.
The Community Services Department of the Savannah Church will be holding a big social this Saturday night, February 27 at 8:00. The social will take the form of a “movie night”. There will be food and refreshments on sale. Tickets cost $2.00.
Pastor Dixon, Youth Director of the Cayman Islands Conference is inviting all Sports Coordinators from our churches to an important meeting this Sunday, February 28 at 9:00 a.m. at the George Town Church. The main item is the organization of our sports calendar for 2010. If you cannot attend please send a representative.
All persons interested in attending the JCI International Youth Prayer Conference in Columbus Ohio, April 7 – 11; please contact Pastor Dixon at email@example.com or call 525-2821, for information.
Youth in Leadership will be June this year. We are asking our Pastors and local church leaders to serve as mentors to our youth during that month. Give our young people a chance to experience leadership in God’s Church.
Sister Cereta McDonald is reminding all Children Ministries Leaders of the meeting on Sabbath afternoon at 3:30PM, at Cayman Academy Grade 6 Class Room.
There will be a JEWEL training seminar for all new Treasurers on March 7, 2010 at Cayman Academy Computer Lab, 9:15am to 11:15am. All interested Treasurers please contact Sis. Sheila Woods or Bro. John Wesley (949 2647) for registration.
ASI announces the development of a web-site which will list all Adventist businesses’ contact information. If any member wishes to be included, please forward to Elder Rohan Riley or to firstname.lastname@example.org your contact information and a photo of the business owner. Please forward to other Adventists even if they are not ASI members.
Additional prayer supplications go out to Robert Lynch who lost his brother tragically last week; Sister McCleod who is in Florida seeking medical attention.
There will be an Inter American Division sponsored Festival of the Laity in Panama on March 8-13, 2010. Delegates include Sisters Cynthia Scott and Neila Jones and Brothers Louis Rivers, Joshua Lawrence and David Campbell.
You are reminded that the Day of Pentecost is Sabbath March 13, 2010. Each church is encouraged to have persons ready for baptismal commitment on that Sabbath.
The Sabbath School Lesson has been a tremendous blessing this week as we studied about meekness as a fruit of the Spirit. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). Meekness is a fruit of the Spirit that seems very much lost in our aggressive, self-centered culture. Because people associate it with weakness, most do not admire others for being meek. Yet, it is what we are called to be.
What is meekness? It’s an attitude of humility toward God and gentleness toward people—when we recognize that God is in control and that we can trust Him, even when things don’t go the way we would like, which is so often the case (Is it not?). To be meek, one needs confidence, not in oneself but in the Lord.
Although weakness and meekness may look similar, they are not the same. Weakness is due to negative circumstances, such as lack of strength or lack of courage, hardly the words to describe Jesus, who said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart” (Matt. 11:29). Meekness, rather, is the result of a person’s conscious choice to trust in God and lean on Him, as opposed to pushing for one’s own ways. Thus, meekness arises out of strength, not weakness.