COVID UPDATE 17

We trust that you are well and that you have been enjoying the blessings of God in your lives. This season has continued to challenge our existential reality. It continues to challenge how we connect, how we worship together, how we support each other and even how we continue to do the mission of Christ. Yet, even in the midst of this ongoing phenomenon, we continue to experience the grace of God which is new every morning. 
Furthermore, we are seeing the Church of God being put to use in simply amazing ways. This is so because what we have been called to do, and must do, “is not by might nor by power, but by the spirit of the Living God”. Hence, whatever the challenge, whatever the battle we will continue to be the City on the hill that cannot be hid.
“The church is God’s appointed agency for the salvation of men. It was organized for service, and its mission is to carry the gospel to the world. From the beginning it has been God’s plan that through His church shall be rejected to the world His fullness and His sufficiency. The members of the church, those whom He has called out of darkness into His marvelous light, are to show forth His glory. The church is the repository of the riches of the grace of Christ; and through the church will eventually be made manifest, even to ‘the principalities and powers in heavenly places,’ the final and full display of the love of God.” Ephesians 3:10
The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 10–13.
 
Below you will önd 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 as we go into week 2 of Phase 1 of our reopening plan that began 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.
  • 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
overwhelming 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 send 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. Tel: 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. The Ministry is currently seeking volunteers to assist in food pick-up, delivery, sorting and distribution. If you are able to help, then please call Elder Gregory at 917-838-5638.

Be safe. Be strong. Be blessed.

Pastor Dedrick Blue
Pastor Clavour Tucker
Pastor Melbourne Gregory

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