COVID UPDATE 16

Over the past few months we have seen and experienced elements of life and living that are truly faith testing, but that’s not all we have seen and experienced. As people of the Word we have been able to see and experience things that “prophets searched intently to understand and angels longed to look”. We have found the Word of God to be an even more sure anchor in a time of trouble.
However, consider this council also as insight for the times we are experiencing;
“The present is a time of overwhelming interest to all living. Rulers and statesmen, men who occupy positions of trust and authority, thinking men and women of all classes, have their attention fixed upon the events taking place about us. They are watching the relations that exist among the nations. They observe the intensity that is taking possession of every earthly element and they recognize that something great and decisive is about to take place- that the work is on the verge of stupendous crisis”.
Prophets and Kings 537, c.1914
 
“The calamities by land and sea, the unsettled state of society, the alarms of war, are portentous. They forecast approaching events of the greatest magnitude. The agencies of evil are combing their forces and consolidating. They are strengthening for the last Great crises. Great changes are soon to take place in our world, and the final movements will be rapid ones”-
Testimonies for the church 9:11 (1909).
 
What then is our response? Let us apply our hearts unto wisdom, let us pray with intent for the outpouring of the Spirit, let us lay aside every weight that keeps us from walking with God, let us seek to heal and not destroy, let us seek to grow and not die, let us do all that we can to share the love of Jesus, let us lift up the name that is above name that He might draw His people to Him, let us go and grow in
the power of His might. Below you will find a few details we would like you to note.

Church Opening:
The North Bronx SDA Church is committed to your health and safety. As such we are constantly monitoring the public health information from the City of New York, the State and the CDC in our preparation for Phase 1 of our reopening plan, for August 1st. As we reopen the doors of the building, we do realize that we shall have to adjust to a new normal and so here are a few things to keep in mind.o The church will be deep cleaned before and after each service
  • Temperature checks will be taken at the door
  • Social distancing and face coverings will be required at all times
  • We are asking those who may be in a high-risk category due to age, or health condition to enjoy the service at home until the city allows for full capacity with fewer restrictions.
Please CLICK HERE for a complete guide on what to expect and prepare for as you join us for worship.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
 
Sabbath School Old and New:
The online version of Sabbath School has continued to grow weekly as hundreds tune in to study the Word of God. But although we are using new ways of delivering the
message, we celebrate that several of our Sabbath School classes are still meeting electronically for old fashion prayer, fellowship, and study. Some classes have merged in order to further enrich the experience. Please check with your teacher for possible times when you can join your class for prayer. Also, as we enter Phase 1 of the reopening plan, our Sabbath School and Lesson Study will continue to
be broadcasted online.

Children’s Ministry Story Call:
The Children’s ministry department of the North Bronx Seventh-day Adventist Church would like to thank you for your continued support and ministry to our Children during one of the most challenging times. It is because of your over-
whelming support, and our efforts to ensure our children are ministered to, that we would like to extend a ministry opportunity to you. We recognize that there are those of you who would like to be able to share stories for our children, and there also those of you who would love to be able share a children’s story, but you are not sure you are able to especially in these virtually challenging conditions, if this is
you, we’ve got you covered. The Children’s ministry in partnership with  Communication and Media ministry are prepared to train and equip you with the resources and skills needed to be able to do so. To join this ministry, simply shoot
an email to nbxsss@northbronxsda.org for additional information you may contact Eld. Michelle Murdock, Sis. Dawn Brown or Sis. Dahlia Reid.
Thanks in advance for your continued support.
 
Prayer Line:
We have all been blessed by the nightly Prayer Line. Dynamic devotionals, and fervent prayer is offered to our Lord. Gather the family and join us in worship each night from 8-9 pm. Please don’t miss your blessing. Call: 617-793-8520.

Bible Study:
Do you desire to know more about the Word of God? Do you wish to experience freedom and power in your life? Have you wondered what God is saying to us during
the time of the pandemic? Join the weekly, Zoom Bible class, each Tuesday at 7pm.
Meeting ID: 848 6949 1488.   Password: 400657

Grief Support Ministry:
Have you experienced a loss recently? Perhaps you have lost a loved one or a job. You may be having difficulty eating, sleeping or carrying on with our regular routine.
Perhaps you have questions about the love and efficacy of God. The North Bronx SDA Church offers a free Grief Support Ministry which is open to all regardless of faith.
A new group started in July. You may register for the next session by calling 732-742-0347.

Joseph’s Storehouse Receives Grant:
The Greater New York Conference has selected the North Bronx SDA Joseph’s Storehouse to be a primary food distribution site for the Conference. The Conference
Community Services Director, Pastor Biazotto, visited Joseph’s Storehouse on Friday, July 9, 2020 to make the announcement to the staff. Through a joint venture with the Northeastern Conference, Greater New York will share 20,000 pounds of food weekly. Because of our proximity and our mission, Joseph’s Storehouse will be able to secure even more food to assist with our growing need. Thank you to the Conference, and especially to the staff and volunteers of Joseph’s Storehouse. Joseph’s Storehouse continues to serve 450 families per week making it one of the largest distributions in the Bronx.

Be safe. Be strong. Be blessed.

Pastor Dedrick Blue
Pastor Clavour Tucker
Pastor Melbourne Gregory

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