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Church & World News for January 2014

Last updated Friday, January 24, 2014



Friday Family Vespers at the Church

Join us for a special Friday Family Vespers on Friday, January 24, 2014, at the Centreville Church.  It is going to be a wonderful time of worship and fellowship as we begin the Sabbath together.  This is sponsored by the Family Ministries Department led by Solomon and Jacqueline Gibson.  A light supper will be served.



Sabbath News for January 25, 2014



LIVE RECORDING NEXT SABBATH:  The media department of the South Bahamas  Conference will begin recording church services for our radio and television stations.  Next Sabbath (February 1) they will be at Centreville to record our Divine Worship Service.  The service will be broadcast at a future date on ATV53 and WORD SBC 88.3 FM.  Each Sabbath the media department will go to a church to record the service.








·   Sunset today at 5:48 p.m. (January 24)

·   Sunset next Sabbath at 5:53 p.m. (January 31)

·   Sunday, January 26: Called Board Meeting at 4 p.m.

·   Sunday, January 26: Open Care Circle Meeting at 6 p.m. for anyone who lost a loved one

·   Wednesday, January 29:  Prayer Meeting led by Oral Gibson at 7:00 p.m.

·   Wednesday, January 29: Choir Practice at after service at 8:00 p.m.

·   Next Sabbath, February 1: First Adventist Youth Meeting for 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

·   March/April: Family Enrichment Evangelistic Series by Barrington Brennen (2-3 Weeks)



SOUP KITCHEN resumes on Wednesday, January 29 and continues every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month (look for the sign).
CHILDREN’S CHOIR: Children’s choir practice will be held every Thursday at 6:30. Parents please make the time for your child’s practice.
PATHFINDER COUNCIL: There will be a meeting for the 2014 Pathfinder year tomorrow morning (January 26th) at 9:00 am in the Church House. All Counselors, Masterguides and persons wishing to assist are encouraged to attend. 
AY COUNCIL: Please note that there will be a very important meeting for the 2014 AY Council tomorrow (January 26th) at 1:30 pm at the Church. All persons serving for the 2014 year, (Deah Duvalier, Ashley Knowles, Chile Fernandez, Nicholas Morley, Pierrica Heastie, Hadassah Greene and Harrison Moxey III) are asked to make a special effort to be in attendance and on time as very important matters will be discussed. Other persons interested in assisting are invited to join us.
FELLOWSHIP: A great BIG Thank you is extended to all persons of the Fellowship Committee who assisted in making last week's Fellowship Meal a success. The food was great and our guests really enjoyed themselves. Looking forward to a great year.





Ten Ways to Get Along With Other People


1. Keep a handle on your tongue; always say less than you think.

2. Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully, no matter what it costs you.

3. Never let an opportunity pass to say a kind and encouraging word to or about somebody.

4. Be interested in others and in their pursuits, their welfare, their homes, and their families.

5. Be cheerful.  Keep the corners of your mouth turned up.  Hide your pains, worries, and disappointments under a smile.

6. Preserve an open mind on debatable questions.  Discuss, but do not argue.  It is a mark of a superior mind to disagree and yet be friendly.

7. Let your virtues (we all have some) speak for themselves, and refuse to talk of another’s vices.

8. Be careful of the feelings of others.  Wit and humor at the other fellow’s expense are rarely worth the effort., and may hurt where least expected.

9. Pay no attention to ill natured remarks about you.  Simply live so that nobody will believe them.

10. Don’t be too anxious about getting your dues.  Do your work, be patient, and keep your disposition sweet.  Forget self and you will be rewarded.







Sabbath News for January 18, 2014


GUEST PRESENTERS:  A special feature during Sabbath School (January 18) will be a presentation on “The 10 Commandments of Family Relationships” by Drs. Calvin and Belvia Matthews.  Dr. Calvin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Alabama. He is a member of the following professional associations: Alabama Counseling Association, American Counseling Association, and much more. Dr. Matthew’s counseling interest is in providing therapy for adolescents, family, and couples. 


Dr. Belvia W. Matthews has professional memberships in the Alabama Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, Association of Social and Behavioral Scientist, North Alabama Association of Licensed Psychologists, the Association of Black Psychologists, Mental Health Association of Madison County and the American Counseling Association.   Dr. Belvia W. Matthews and her husband, Dr. Calvin O. Matthews own a private counseling practice, Psychological and Counseling Associates, PC.  They have extensive experience working with individuals, children, couples, and families. Dr. Belvia W. Matthews has hospital privileges as an Independent Allied Health Professional at Huntsville Hospital.


OUR GUEST SPEAKER:  Our guest speaker today during Divine Worship is Dr. David  Williams.  He is a native of St Lucia and an outstanding health consultant and professor in the United States. He is married to Opal, a nurse and the youngest daughter of the late Pastor Silburn Reid, former president of the West Indies Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  They have three daughters. [ Watch special interview with Dr. Williams on "Racism and Health in North America" ]


Dr. Williams is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University. His first six years as a faculty member were at Yale University where he held appointments in both Sociology and Public Health. The next 14 years were at the University of Michigan where he was the Harold Cruse Collegiate professor of sociology, a senior research scientist at the Institute of Social Research and a professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health. Dr. Williams holds an MPH degree from Loma Linda University and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan.  He is internationally recognized as a leading social scientist focused on social influences on health.


His research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which race, racial discrimination, socioeconomic status and religious involvement can affect physical and mental health. The Everyday Discrimination scale that he developed is currently one of the most widely used measures to assess perceived discrimination in health studies. He is the author of more than 250 scholarly papers in scientific journals and edited collections and his research has appeared in leading journals in sociology, psychology, medicine, public health and epidemiology. He has served on the editorial board of 12 scientific journals and as a reviewer for over 60 journals. According to ISI Essential Science Indicators, he was one of the Top 10 Most Cited Researchers in the Social Sciences during the decade 1995 to 2005.  Dr. Williams has appeared on national television, including ABC’s Evening News, CNN, PBS, C-SPAN and the Discovery Channel. His research has been featured or has been quoted in the national print media including the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Jet and USA Today. He was also a key scientific advisor to the award-winning PBS film series, Unnatural Causes: Is inequality making Us Sick?



Join us today (January 18) at 3:00 p.m. for a stimulating health discussion by panelists: Dr. David Williams, Dr. Theodore Brown, Dr. Calvin Matthews, Dr. Belvia Matthews, Pastor Daley, Pastor Patterson and Linda Bradley.



·   Sunset today at 5:43 p.m.

·   Sunset next Sabbath at 5:48 p.m.

·   Sunday, January 19: First Church Board for 2014 at 4 p.m.

·   Wednesday, January 22:  Prayer Meeting led by Clayton Forbes at 7:00 p.m.

·   Next Sabbath, January 25: Adventist Youth Meeting at 4:30 p.m.

·   March/April: Family Enrichment Evangelistic Series by Barrington Brennen (2-3 Weeks)



·         Those we keep will win others. 

·         Evangelism has two components: First keeping our members then winning others.

·         When we first focus on keeping members (discipling), these members will become spiritually and socially stronger (witnesses).   Thus, God's church will be vibrant and growing.



  • Jan 25: Barrington Brennen “Sharing the joy of living” Part 1 (Back to Faith Dynamics)

  • Feb 1: Todd Beneby, First elder

  • Feb 8: Barrington Brennen “Sharing the joy of living” Part 2 (Back to Faith Dynamics)

  • Feb 15: Loving Sabbath, Barrington Brennen





Your Appointments for January 11 and 12, 2014


  • State of the Conference meeting Sabbath, January 11, at 3:30 p.m. at Hillview Church.

  • Sunday morning Prayer Band meeting Sunday at 5:30 a.m

  • Conference Constituency Meeting on Sunday, January 12, at 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Good News Church.  Delegates from Centreville Church are:

    • Todd Beneby

    • Harrison Moxey III

    • Victoria Forbes

    • Valderine Heastie

    • Denise Greene

  • Departmental Leaders Workshops.  See times below.

  • Conference Retirees Association Officers Installation service, Sunday, January 12, 2014, 6:30 p.m., at the Good News Church





Island-Wide Departmental Leaders’ Workshop Schedule,  Sunday, January 12, 2014 at the Good News Seventh-day Adventist Church, Flamingo Gardens.

Centreville departmental leaders are to notice their workshop times. Select the time that is best for your schedule.


Session One: 3:00 to 3:45 p.m., Repeated at 4:50 to 5:30 p.m.  [ Schedule in Word Format ]

Children’s Ministries, Western wing

Church clerks, Choir loft

Communication, location to be announced

Community Service, main sanctuary Western rare

Elders, location to be announced

Personal Ministries, in main sanctuary

Religious Liberty, location to be announced

Stewardship, in main sanctuary Eastern rare

Treasurer/Auditing, Eastern wing


Session One: 3:50 to 4:40 p.m.,  Repeated at 5:35 to 6:00 p.m. 

Deacons and Deaconess, location to be announced

Education, main sanctuary front East

Family Ministries, main sanctuary Eastern rare

Health Ministries, location to be announced

Men’s Ministries, location to be announce

Prayer Coordinators, choir loft

Publishing, location to be announced

Religious Liberty, location to be announced

Women’s Ministries, main sanctuary Western rare

Youth, location to be announced





They Are Married.

On Sunday January 5, 2014, over 200 guests and friends gathered at the Centreville Seventh-day Adventist Church, Nassau, to witness the joining together in marriage of Anthony Livingstone Roach, Jr., and Selene Neicole McKinney.  It was a beautiful ceremony.   The service was conducted by Pastors Peter Joseph, Hugh Roach, Barrington Brennen, and Desmond Sturrup.    The music was provided by guest string ensemble led by Adelma Penn, Desmond Sturrup, Sharon Roach. See photos below.







Three Deacons Ordained

On Sabbath, January 4, 2014, three deacons were ordained and the church officers were dedicate in a special commitment service.  The deacons were Robert Duvalier, Jacque Louis and Nicholas Morely.










Sabbath Bulletin News for January 4, 2014

GUEST MUSICIAN:  Our guest musician today is Bahamian classical pianist, Dion A.

Dion A. Cummingham

Cunningham.  Dion is a student at the University of Maryland, USA, studying for the doctor of musical arts degree.  He has performed in Montreal, Canada, Italy, Hungary, and several states in North American and island of the Caribbean.   He is also works with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra educational program-ORKIDS.  This involves teaching inner city students classical music.  He has performed on TEDx.  TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan "ideas worth spreading".  He has been invited to do workshops in Venezuela, South America, and throughout the United States of America.  He also plays the violin, cello, and many other instruments.   His dream is to be a musical ambassador for the Bahamas.  He wants to connect the young Bahamian aspiring talents with the world’s best musicians.  Prior to his studies he was a music teacher for a total of five years at Kingsway Academy and C. R. Walker High School.   Dion is the eldest child of two sons to Pastor Deanza and Mrs. Edris Cunningham of the Christ Community Church, Bellot Road.



·   Tomorrow, January 5: Adventist Men Prayer Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Church House.

·   Tomorrow, January 5: Wedding of Anthony Livingstone Roach, Jr., and Selene Neicole McKinney at 2:00 p.m.

·   Sunday, January 12: The Annual Conference Meeting for the South Bahamas Conference at 8 a.m. to 1 p.m..  The South Bahamas Conference Departmental leaders meeting will be that afternoon at 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

·   Sabbath, January 18:  Health Cruise Visit to Centreville Church. Ninety Adventist health professionals will be visiting the Bahamas that day led by Dr. David Williams.   Dr Williams is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University.  There will be a health seminar in the afternoon at  3:00 p.m. on January 18th

·   Sunday, January 19: First Church Board for 2014 at 4 p.m.



They Are Getting Married

You are invited to attend the wedding of Anthony Livingstone Roach, Jr., and Selene Neicole McKinney at 2:00 p.m.  Sunday, January 5, 2014.  Anthony is the second son of the late Anthony Roach and Carla Roach of Hanna Road, Nassau.  Selene is the daughter of Neil and Marlene McKinney of West Bay Street.  The wedding will be at the Centreville Seventh-day Adventist Church, Fifth Terrance Centrevile, Nassau, The Bahamas