Stewardship

Atlantic Caribbean Union Launches Annual Humanitarian Drive

Atlantic Caribbean Union Launches Annual Humanitarian Drive
Dawne Forbes

In Seventh-day Adventist churches around the world, the annual Ingathering Campaign is an endeavour in which Adventist members ask for a financial contribution from friends, family members, neighbours, and businesses to assist others in need. Consequently, under the theme Service from the Heart, the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) has designated October as Ingathering Month.
According to Pastor Johnson, president of the ATCU, “This drive appeals to the public for financial assistance in order to maintain a necessary service of love and kindness to humanity.”
The funds received from the Ingathering program will help with several humanitarian efforts such as providing clothes and food, educational and medical assistance, disaster relief, and much more to persons needing help. Within ATCU’s three-island territory of The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, members collect funds during this month in several ways, one of the major means being person-to-person solicitation.
With this being the hurricane season, the monetary donations collected during this campaign will help in assisting those affected by the devastation of a hurricane.
“Contributions to our 2017 Ingathering Campaign will go a long way in once again helping to enrich the lives of many in need,” said Pastor Kent A. Price, ATCU personal ministries director.
For more information about the campaign or to make a donation, you may contact a Seventh-day Adventist church near you.

STEWARDSHIP - LORD TRANSFORM ME

Pastor Eric Clarke, Stewardship Director



True stewardship is the continual preparation for heaven and kingdom living. Stewardship is not something that happens when the offering plate passes us, but it is a way of life, which happens more away from church than during a church service (2-3 hours per week).


 
In getting people ready for kingdom living, we realize that God has given us the power of choice to show how much we love Him. Stewardship is the response of love to a God, who gives everything for mankind’s salvation.
 
During 2016, the church will be saturated with the theme, “Lord Transform Me.” We would like each member and follower to appreciate the individual prayer and commitment to be transformed by the Lord. We also have a duty to the body of believers and the community. When the Lord transforms, church members demonstrate more to each other and to the community that they truly care.
 
We also have a responsibility to ensure that those who live in our dwelling homes are faithful. No, you can’t force them but by example and encouragement, they should be aware of the joys and blessings of faithfulness.
 
Often, we evaluate our faithfulness based on our return of tithes and offerings. In reality, we have to be faithful in all that we have, meaning the 100% and not just the portion given in tithes and offerings.
 
The church also has a responsibility in assisting the members in the management of all that God has blessed them with. They are to increase their talents for the benefit of advancing the kingdom of God.
 
“Many poor families are poor because they spend their money as soon as they receive it.”  Counsels on Stewardship, p 269.
 
Proverbs 13:11B “whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.”
The church limits its financial resources when it does not train its members to be faithful stewards of the total 100%.
 
Deuteronomy 8:18: But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth.
 
I take this opportunity to thank the membership of God’s remnant church for their faithfulness and commitment to the cause of God.
 
The goal of each steward is his or her soul salvation and the salvation of as many. The steward manages his Lord’s property so that gain, benefit and increase may be achieved.
The returning of tithes and the giving of offerings must never be an addendum or an appendix. The giving back to God speaks to our spiritual connection and relationship with God. If we properly understood that God has given to us everything that we have, we would be totally transformed and would want to give all in our power to the advancement of God’s work and Jesus soon coming. This is the real meaning of ‘God is love.’ “Lord I love You and I want you to transform me. I am Your steward.”-
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Festival of the Laity Begin in TCIM

Festivals of the Laity Begin in TCIM
Pastor Roy Lindsay,
Communication Director TCIM


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various Festivals of the Laity throughout the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) got off to a dynamic start when the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission (TCIM) held its Festival of the Laity from September 6-7, 2013. Under the theme “Fired Up, Reaching Out, Bringing In,” the Mission was honored to have Pastor Melchor Ferreyra, Personal Ministries Director of the Inter-American Division (IAD) as guest speaker for the event along with Pastor Al Powell, Personal Ministries Director of the Atlantic Caribbean Union. The event began on Friday evening September 6, 2013 at the Blue Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church on the island of Providenciales and then shifted to the Antioch Seventh-day Adventist Church on the Island of Grand Turk Island for Sabbath morning, September 7, 2013.

It was the very first Festival of the Laity held in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and so the excitement and anticipation were high as Pastor Ferreyra challenged and charged the members with his message. Expounding on Isaiah’s vision of God sitting on His throne, in Isaiah chapter 6, Pastor Ferreyra told members that when God forgives us of our sins, He gives us vision, mission, strategy, values, and a road map to live by. These points resonated with the membership and were the buzz words on their lips during the weekend. Encouraging the laity to continue to press forward, and to march onward in God’s grace, Ferrreya added that “I have never seen an army marching backwards; armies march forward.”

During the meetings, each district shared with the congregation what was being done in the community and the many souls that were won to the kingdom of God as God blessed the work of the laity. A number of lay persons were recognized and awarded for their work in their respective churches and the communities. Elder Osias Joseph of the Five Cays Seventh-day Adventist Church who was recognized for his outstanding work in evangelism, church leadership and growth as well as community development, was selected as the most outstanding lay person in the mission. Other awardees were: Marjorie Bassett, who was chosen as the first runner -up lay person; Tracy-Ann Blythe - female preacher; Jerry Cadeus - youth preacher; Joshua Daniel - child preacher; Hilly Ewing - pioneer layperson; and Reinford Trail - non-ministerial worker.
The convention style event which highlighted the work of the laity in evangelism, community service, and leadership culminated at the Maranatha High School Auditorium in Providenciales on Sabbath afternoon, September 7, 2013.

The Festivals of the Laity will continue throughout the union in the both the North and South Bahamas Conferences from September 27-29, 2013. One of the featured events for Sabbath September 28, 2013 throughout IAD and ATCU is the baptismal ceremony that will be conducted by elders who have prepared candidates for baptism. The final Festival of the Laity for ATCU will be held in the Cayman Islands Conference from October 4-5, 2013. During this occasion the Atlantic Caribbean Union will recognize various laypersons from throughout its territory, as we continue to celebrate year of the laity.

Living as Dynamic Stewards in the 21st Century

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Article By: John Wesley, Stewardship Director,
Cayman Island Conference


The Atlantic Caribbean Union concluded its stewardship congress on Sabbath afternoon, August 31, 2013 at the Grant's Town Seventh-day Adventist Church with guest presenters Dr. Erika Puni and Pastor Javier Mejia, stewardship ministries directors of the General Conference and the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, respectively.

Under the theme, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," the congress began on Wednesday, August 28, with a worship service at the Living Faith Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nassau, Bahamas. In his opening presentation entitled "Living as Stewards," Pastor Puni focused on the life of Job as an example of what it means to be a dynamic steward.

On Thursday, August 29, a workshop was held for pastors and local field stewardship directors, at the union's headquarters. At the sessions, Pastor Puni challenged the pastors and leaders of the church to rethink the way stewardship is presented. "We have to adapt new ways of packaging our stewardship ministry in our changing world," he said. Also presenting, was Pastor Javier Mejia, who explained the CGI or Comprehensive Growth Initiative, which is the stewardship plan for the Inter-American Division. The main purpose, explained pastor Mejia, is to encourage members to grow their faith through the forging of spiritual habits of faithful living.

The seminar concluded on Sabbath afternoon with two timely presentations by Pastor Puni: the "Theology of Tithe and Practice of Tithing in the Seventh-day Adventist Church," and the "Theology of Offerings and Giving in the Seventh-day Adventist Church." Pastor Edward St. Fluer, of the South Bahamas Conference, remarked that the seminar was much needed. "I am delighted to have participated in the meetings as it will help me in my personal relationship with God and in sharing the dynamics of stewardship to the members."

The congress was held for the benefit of all the members, pastors, and stewardship directors of the Atlantic Caribbean Union as well as members of the public. The South Bahamas Conference was the host conference.

ATCU's Stewardship Congress Begins

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Communication Department, ATCU


Dr. Erika Puni, stewardship director for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, presented a dynamic message on God’s faithfulness during the opening of the Atlantic Caribbean Union’s stewardship congress. The congress began on Wednesday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Living Faith Seventh-day Adventist Church, Old Trail Road, Nassau, Bahamas. Using the title “Living as a Steward,” Elder Puni presented a case study on the life of Job. He extricated seven stewardship principles from the Biblical account of the patriarch’s life:

• Being right with God is more important than being rich.
• The giving of offerings is a normal part of one’s relationship with God.
• In this world, even the righteous will experience loss, pain, and death.
• God permits certain things to happen; but God is not responsible for death.
• There is a powerful God who is in control of the affairs of His people.
• God owns everything; and human beings are stewards of His resources.
• Even in the midst of personal loss, God is still worthy of worship.

Pastor Javier Mejia, stewardship director of the Inter-American Division brought greetings during the opening night. The meetings continue on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at 8:15 a.m. with workshops for pastors at the union’s headquarters on Gladstone Road, New Providence, Bahamas. On Sabbath, August 31, Elders Puni and Javier will be speaking at the 11:00 a.m. service at the Grants’ Town and Living Faith Seventh-day Adventist Churches respectively.

The meetings conclude on Sabbath, August 31 at 5:00 p.m. at the Grant’s Town Church. The theme for the congress is “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”

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CIC Establishes New Church, Hosts Stewardship Seminar

By: ATCU Communication Department

During February 2013, the Cayman Islands Conference conducted the “Family Enrichment Series” with Pastor Alonzo Smith, guest evangelist from New York. The crusade witnessed some 239 persons being baptized and the establishment of a new church, the Berea SDA church, located in West Bay, Grand Cayman. Read More...

IAD Associate Stewardship Director Visit ATCU

By: ATCU Communication Department

December 1, 2012, was recognized as World Stewardship Day in the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD). In the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), Sabbath services at the various churches across the four fields highlighted the various principles of stewardship. Read More...