President's Blog

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The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America is responding to the tragic killings of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, George Floyd in Minnesota, and other recent events that clearly document the racial divide destroying the quality of life for so many and the very fabric of our democratic society. As Christians we condemn such actions of hate and violence and call for justice to be served for the victims and their families.

Walls of separation that serve to destroy the essential rights of human dignity, self-worth, and freedom have been built up. These rights are required for all Americans to live and thrive in their local communities. Some of those who have been trusted to protect all members of society have broken their solemn pact to serve others; especially those in need. Americans should never have to live in fear of going out in public just because of the color of their skin or their ethnicity. We can and must do better.

We urge all our church members to prayerfully consider how they interact with everyone in their communities. We ask you to speak out against injustice and hatred, just as Jesus did when He was on this earth. We can make a difference for those who are marginalized and betrayed by others, and we must provide a forum for the voices of the victims of hatred and racism. Our actions can speak louder than words. We can lead by example in how we treat others and demand that all people be treated equally and fairly. As the most ethnically-diverse Christian faith in the United States, our voices represent nearly every community in this country. They must be heard as we serve to heal our broken communities with the love and compassion of Jesus.
 
— North American Division Administration

Medical Van

The New York City Department of Homeless Services has asked the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Community Services to conduct testing in homeless shelters as part of our continuing service during COVID19 pandemic using the NEC ACS Medical Van.

The Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Community Services Director, Pastor Mario Augustave and Dr. Alicia Massop-Flowers will be working with Molly Park, First Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Homeless Shelters and her office as they serve the homeless community. Contracting the the virus is still a very real threat to our society and especially to those who are living without a home and proper hygiene supplies, facilities and routines. By providing these services to the homeless population they will be able to receive testing using the NEC ACS medical van. This van is outfitted with safety supplies, masks, gloves and operated by volunteer nurses, doctors and lay members. The overall desire is to slow the spread of the virus and also let those in need know that they are cared for in a tangible way.

As an agency comprised of 2,000 employees, with an annual operating budget of approximately $1 billion, DHS is one of the largest organizations of its kind committed to preventing and addressing homelessness in New York City. As it engages in this mission, DHS employs a variety of innovative strategies to help families and individuals successfully exit shelter and return to self-sufficiency as quickly as possible. 

 

NEC ReOpening

 

In John 4 Jesus explains worship in His discourse with the woman at Jacob’s Well. Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

The Covid-19 Pandemic has reminded us that we are living in prophetic times. End-time events will change the landscape and context within which we worship and minister, however, worship is not an event, activity or program. Worship is a lifestyle, the product of a relationship with Christ, as we have experienced, Church can continue without walls.

During this period we see that God has been using the gifts of those who would allow themselves to be used by Him to minister and share the everlasting gospel. Jesus had told us that … "the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.”

Worship is what comes from the relationship we have with the Son, and our willingness to be used by the Holy Spirit. The guidelines provided in this document are not intended to limit or stifle worship expressions, but instead, are intended to establish a system which provides safety for our members.

Download the file to view the guidelines:

 

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