President's Blog

Jamaica SDA Church

Presently, Jamaica Church has over ten persons affected by the virus. We have one member deceased, an elderly shut-in at a nursing home. There several members of our church family who have lost family members to the virus.

We have many glorious reasons to celebrate as many of our members have recovered from the virus and are still going through the healing process.

As a church family, we established a Constant In Prayer at 12:00 noon each day and the Seven Days around the COVID-19 Wall.

Our worship services, pastoral counseling support services have moved to online through using the Zoom platform. We continue to serve the Jamaica-Queens Community through our Food Pantry on Sundays with our volunteers having the necessary productive equipment.

For this coming Mid-Week Prayer Service we will be having a session with the NEC & Queens Health Ministries with Dr. Heather McBride, RN, NPD, teaching our members to boost their immune system.

This coming Sabbath, April 11th, we will focus on two social issues directly and indirectly relating to the COVID19. Those issues are, CENSUS2020 for rebuilding after COVID19 and filing for COVID related unemployment. We will be having several social workers having the conversations relating to these pertinent issues.

We continue to pray while we #StayClean #StayClear #StayCovered during COVID19.

 

by Pastor Rohan K. Spencer, Jamaica SDA Church

East New York SDA

Like all other congregations, East New York SDA Church is forced to adjust our operations. Because of logistics we have had to close the food pantry. We presently present do all of our services (church, prayer meeting, board and departmental meetings) via various social media tools such as Google Classroom, conference calls and other technology. 

East New York SDA church has a large population of elderly members and many of them have been sick for a few weeks now. Those members have quarantined themselves. While most of them are slowly getting better, we presently have a few members who tested positive for the virus. Sadly, we have lost two members to the virus and at this time the church is in mourning.

Since we are now doing everything online, the children's ministry has created a Google classroom with activities to keep the younger ones engaged. The youth department has started a weekly meeting on Mondays and we have had non-Adventists joining in that meeting. To help with the socializing, after vespers on Sabbath evening, we leave the conference line open for the members to talk with each other, (just like they would after service). The elders also meet twice per week for prayer and we come together as a church for Friday evening vespers and our regular Wednesday night and Sabbath meetings.

by Pastor Raymond Alcock, East New York Church

christian fellowship

Like every other congregation, all public gatherings have been suspended. Unlike some other  leaders, Christian Fellowship SDA Church has decided to obey the civic mandated restrictions for the safety of the members. We are utilizing social media technology like our sister churches. Of course, not meeting on a regular basis where we experience worship and fellowship is a missing vital element especially in these times of panic and stress. We have incorporated an interactive element in our church service that I call “ checking in”. This allows the members to talk and share experiences from the week. This is a phase in our worship service. The preaching phase is abbreviated at this point in order to accommodate this needed dialogue. 

Also, the nurses are in need of attention because many are now working with Covid 19 patients and they are afraid. We have decided to put in place a support group for all medical professionals especially nurses and doctors. They meet, along with a social worker, on Zoom to process their traumatic encounters during the week. This will be an ongoing intervention type ministry. I have also been asked by the New York City Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams to provide counseling and chaplaincy services for stressed city employees. The area of great concern that I have is for our members who are dying as a result of this pandemic. These families are in desperate need of ministry and something will have to be done. 

We are trying our best like to provide ministry to the people of God. Much of what we are doing is experimental and we are learning as we go.

by  Pastor Allen Martin, Christian Fellowship SDA Church

jeffersonavenue

As with almost all our brothers and sisters in the State of New York, COVID-19 has forced us to changed the way in which we do ministry. We currently have separate services (Sabbath and mid-week prayer meeting) and other meetings for both churches online, using Zoom as our main delivery platform. We have made intentional strategic plans to keep in touch with our members and to provide general counseling as well as on an individual basis when needed. The Orion Pathfinder Club out of Jefferson Avenue is also using Zoom to conduct its weekly classes. Our main challenge comes from closing the food pantry because our current layout poses a risk of volunteers becoming infected by the virus. We know persons have been adversely affected, but we think the good far outweighs the bad. We also are challenged with returning tithes and offerings as some members have been laid off. However, we continue to encourage and offer support where possible.

To date, none of our members have been directly infected by COVID-19, however, at least one member has a sister who died from the virus in NYC and several others have relatives living outside of Rochester who have become ill due to it.

I met with some of my leaders on April 1, 2020 and made plans to have counselors trained in mental health and other related areas do presentations for our members and online listeners. We have been making scheduled robocalls to keep our members informed in addition to giving health tips. We are scheduled to start an online Bible study on April 20, 2020 with some interested individuals we had prior to the pandemic as well as members who want to join. In preparation for this, a training will be conducted the week before the study.

I pray that God will grant us the wisdom and patience to cope, as well as to minister to our congregants and those in need.

 

by Pastor Hanson Drysdale, Jefferson Avenue and Rochester Outreach Community SDA Churches

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