SALUTATION

[T]hose who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:30-31

 

CHURCHES WELCOME THE NEW YEAR WITH SPECIAL SERVICE

On Sunday (Dec. 31), Adventist Churches will welcome the new year with a special service beginning at 5 pm. During the service members will take the opportunity to thank God for his goodness in 2017, and pray for His continued guidance and blessings in 2018.

 

SABBATH SCHOOL QUARTERLY SUPPLIES AVAILABLE

Churches are reminded to collect their Sabbath School supplies for the new quarter at the Conference Office.  The office closes on Friday, Dec. 29, at 12:30 pm and will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

 

CAMP MEETING CHOIR REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

All members of the choir for Camp Meeting 2018 are asked to assemble for rehearsals at Kings Church at the following dates and times in January:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 2nd, at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, 4th, at 7:00pm
  • Sabbath, 6th, at 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, 9th, at 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, 11th, at 7:00pm

Camp Meeting 2018 takes place Jan. 12-14 on Grand Cayman and Jan. 19-21 on Cayman Brac.

 

CONSECRATION AND ORIENTATION FOR AY LEADERS

A Consecration Service for ALL AY Leaders for 2018 will be held on Sabbath afternoon, Jan. 13, at the Lion’s Centre at 4:00 pm. AY Leaders are required to dress in the AY leaders’ uniform, which is a light blue blouse/shirt, with grey skirt for ladies and grey trousers for men. Please liaise with Sis. Merle Watkins for further uniform information.

An orientation for ALL AY Leaders and those who are a part of the AY Society will be held on Sunday, 14 Jan., at 2:00 pm. The venue will be announced.

 

ASI THANKSGIVING SERVICE

All Adventist business owners are invited to join in with a Service of Thanksgiving at the George Town Church on Sabbath, Dec. 3o, at 11 am. Elder Rohan Riley will deliver the sermon.

 

STREET MEETINGS TO PROCLAIM EMPOWERMENT SERIES

The Life-Changing Empowerment Series with Dr. Ramon Escalante will be formally introduced to the Cayman public with a series of street meetings in January.  The empowerment series, with the theme “Experience the Power,” begins at the Lions Centre on Sunday, Feb. 4.

The street meetings will be held at 6 pm each afternoon on the following dates and places:

  • Sunday, Jan. 7, the John A. Cumber School grounds, West Bay
  • Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Annex Football Field, George Town
  • Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Country-Side Shopping Centre, Savannah

To maximize the impact of these meetings, church members throughout the Islands are encouraged to attend all the street meetings and to invite friends, neighbours and relatives to join the meetings in their area. Further details are to be announced.

 

DAY OF PRAYER/NEW GUEST DAY IN ALL CHURCHES

Members are reminded that Sabbath, Jan. 6, has been declared a day of prayer in all churches as members prepare their hearts and minds for the 2018 Empowerment Series with Dr. Ramon Escalante at the Lions Centre. January 6 will also be observed as “New Guest Day,” when members are asked to invite new visitors to respective churches.   Churches are encouraged to entertain guests with lunch after the Divine Hour Service and invite guests to stay on for the afternoon service.

The theme for “The Life-Changing Empowerment Services is ‘Experience the Power.’”

 

PRAY FOR GUEST SPEAKER, CAMP MEETING 2018

Churches are asked to include in their prayers the special guest speaker for Camp Meeting 2018 on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, Evangelist Zukisani Mxoli.  Evangelist Mxoli is the Associate Director of the General Conference Development and Construction Consulting Service, and is a member of the General Conference Executive Committee. He runs a successful architectural and property development firm in South Africa. Camp Meeting 2018 takes place Jan. 12-14 on Grand Cayman and Jan. 19-21 on Cayman Brac.

 

Constituency Reporting Session

Directors are reminded that the Conference Constituency Reporting Session takes place on Sunday, Jan. 14. It is anticipated that all directors will present a report on achievements and plans at this meeting. A similar session will be held on Cayman Brac on Jan. 21.

 

RECORDINGS OF CHURCH SERMONS AVAILABLE ONLINE

Please note that all of the sermon recordings undertaken this year among various churches are now online at this link:

https://livestream.com/accounts/10526976/events/7983325

In addition, recordings have now been posted on the home page of the Conference’s website, www.caymanadventist.org, under the “Hope for Our Times” banner link. Church sermon video and audio recordings will resume in mid-March 2018, with priority given to those churches whose sessions were postponed for various reasons beyond our control.

  

PREPARE FOR 2018 BIBLE CONNECTION

Adventurers, Pathfinders and Senior Youth (ages 16 – 35) are encouraged to start studying for 2018 Bible Connection initiative. The following are the assignments in the various categories:

  • Adventurers – The Gospel of Mark
  • Pathfinders – The Gospel of Matthew
  • Senior Youth – The Gospels of Matthew and Mark, and The Desire of Ages, chapters 72 – 87.

The challenge levels are as follows:

  • Adventurers & Pathfinders: Club, Zone, and Conference levels
  • Senior Youth: Church, Zone, Conference, Union, and Division levels

 

CHURCHES’ IN-GATHERING CONTINUES

All members are reminded to continue their weekly In-Gathering reporting. The campaign will culminate at Camp Meeting on Jan. 14.

 

COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT THANKS CHURCHES

The Communications Department thanks all churches for their prayers and support in 2017 and pledges continued collaboration and service towards the finishing of our joint great mission to prepare all for the soon return of Christ Jesus.

 

General Notice: Bulletin Submissions

Deadline for submissions to the Conference Bulletin is Wednesdays at 1 pm.  Please forward via your church communications leader a maximum 60-word summary to patricia.ebanks@cicsda.org and kaneil.barrett@cicsda.org. Please indicate “Bulletin” on the subject line.

 

 

LET US PRAY FOR EACH OTHER

  1. Mara Clarke-McBean
  2. Carmen Richards
  3. Adel Ebanks
  4. Kim
  5. Noveianna Smith

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“The old year, with its burden of record, is fast passing away. The new year, with all its possibilities, will soon be ushered in. What advancement have we made in the knowledge of Christ during the past year?… Are we prepared to show, more decidedly than ever before, that we are on the Lord’s side?

To God we owe all we have and are. In Him we live and move and have our being…. We have not been forgotten by Him. In His book each human being has a page, on which is recorded his whole history. The earth is full of His goodness. Creation proclaims, with myriad voice, the forbearance, love, and compassion of the Almighty.

Through all the ages God has manifested for the human race a love that is without a parallel…. That the abundance of His grace might be revealed, He sent His only-begotten Son to our world, to live a man among men, to spend His life in the service of humanity. God could not give less than the fulness, nor was it possible for Him to give more. ‘Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.’”

—Ellen G. White

 

 

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