This page is meant to report in part the wonderful things for Jesus which are being accomplished by His people in the Southern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Mission: Advancing the Kingdom of God
Just inside the main gate to the camp meeting grounds.
01 Aug 2020 — Today Pastor Ervin Ochoa was ordained to the gospel ministry at the Lynn Central Church. Ervin and Andressa came to SNEC about 18 months ago where he was working as a Bible worker in the Idaho Conference. Pastor Ochoa also had about five years of pastoral experience before coming to SNEC. We are happy for this family and we were glad to recognize his call from the Lord.
The Treasury department has calculated the offering remittances from the churches for the month of June. When June 2020 is compared to June 2019 we saw a GAIN of 22% of tithe.
Cumulatively for the year we are 5% down. This number is a comparison of Jan-June 2019 and Jan-June 2020.
Thank you for your faithfulness. Let us praise God for what we have.
With the churches starting to re-open in June we believe there are members who faithfully held their tithe until the time they could return back to church.
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SNEC Office is opening up, partially.
Effective, Monday, June 29, 2020
We will be open to the public
Monday - Thursday: 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Please call for appointments.
Please no walk-in visits
This is to maintain the amount of
people in the office.
Visitors should wear a face covering.
50% of employees are working M/W
50% of employees are working T/Th
To open up more than 4 hours a day
would require us to do an extra cleaning
during the day.
Employees will continue to work their remaining hours remotely.
The Treasury department has calculated the offering remittances from the churches for the month of May. When May 2020 is compared to May 2019 we saw a GAIN of 2% of tithe.
Cumulatively for the year we are 10% down. This number is a comparison of Jan-May 2019 and Jan-May 2020.
Thank you for your faithfulness. Let us praise God for what we have.
The Adventurer Spring Escape & Pathfinder Camporee which had been tentatively scheduled for September have both been cancelled.
Sadly at the conclusion of our walk for peace and justice event Mr Don Lewis died. As best I can piece the information together shortly after the event concluded Don walked over to the sidewalk to head back to where his car was located. He had driven to Lancaster from New Hampshire. At the corner of Main Street and Sterling Road he collapsed. He was obviously seen by someone who called the town EMTs. He was brought to the hospital and did not survive.
He and I had spoken on the green at the town hall. He was there to document the event on video. He was very happy to be there. Don and his wife Diane frequently interact with this page.
I just received Diane’s contact information and will be reaching out to her.
Can you please ask our Lord for prayers of comfort for Diane?
(I do not know who took these photos but I am grateful they were sent to me.)
We will start walking at noon on Thursday, June 4. All are invited.
Memorial Day Flashback 2013
Adventurer Spring Escape 2017
Lord, thank you for the parents and leaders who make these joyful events happen for our children
Since the start of the COVID19 crisis 8 SNEC employees have lost their jobs through termination or furlough. Considering timing issues and rates of pay this means 4.5 full time salaries have been reduced from the budget.
It hurts to make these decisions to dedicated, service-minded workers for Christ.
Please pray for our employees. Like everyone the economic situation is scary.
Today the SNEC AdCom approved a grant to every organized Church, Company, and Group. Churches under 400 members will received $150. Churches with over 400 members will received $200.
The money is to be used for preparation for reopening. The local church board can decide how best to use the funding.
This may seem like a small amount. The total conference-wide is $30K.
The Treasury department has calculated the offering remittances from the churches for the month of April. When April 2020 is compared to April 2019 we saw a loss of 15% of tithe.
Cumulatively for the year we are 12.6% down. This number is a comparison of Jan-Apr 2019 and Jan-Apr 2020.
Thank you for your faithfulness. Let us praise God for what we have.
The business side of the church work is being treated differently than what can happen in the church buildings.
With Governor Baker’s Guidelines we could bring 5 or 6 employees into the office. On a daily basis, because of the needs of the office, 5 or 6 employees are usually in the office at random times. Thus, until the restrictions are changed we will maintain the current configuration.
Leviticus 13 not Revelation 13
In early March as the COVID19 panic began to take hold of people the phrase “Leviticus 13 not Revelation 13" began to circulate on social media. I will admit I rolled my eyes at first. But I understood the sentiment of people trying to be serious, and their genuine concern for people and their health.
The phrase “Leviticus 13 not Revelation 13" was meant to convey two thoughts. One, the government’s call to stop meeting in groups, namely as congregations, was not a government plot to take away our first amendment right to freely exercise our faith. And secondly, that we should be good citizens and quarantine ourselves for the safety of other people. I believe that those who promoted the “Leviticus 13 not Revelation 13" slogan did this with the best of motives.
Motives aside the slogan revealed bad Bible study and instruction. I plan to take up the subject of “. . . not Revelation 13" at another point in time. Presently I will concern myself with the “Leviticus 13 . . .” part of the slogan.
Leviticus 13 describes the rules of isolation for an individual who has contracted leprosy. Leviticus 13 fits into a section of rules which designate the people as clean or unclean. The clean and unclean designation revolved around worship at the sanctuary. The section includes Leviticus 12-15. In Leviticus 11 the clean and unclean distinction is made concerning foods. This is a distinction known Biblically as far back as Noah.
All this distinction between clean and unclean and access to the sanctuary for worship leads to Leviticus 16 — the Day of Atonement. The Day of Atonement was the holiest day of the Hebrew worship calendar. It was the day when the Lord mercifully judged His people. The whole assembly of the people were to participate. It was a horrible thing to be unclean and outside the camp of people on the Day of Atonement. For it was outside the camp where the scapegoat was taken and destroyed. Thus, the strong emphasis on being clean is presented leading up to Leviticus 16 so that one can participate in the Day of Atonement and be mercifully judged by the Lord to be spiritually clean.
It has been long established that Leviticus 16 and the Day of Atonement is the center of the five books of Moses. In other words, this is the theological focus of Moses; to be mercifully judged to be spiritually clean and in right relationship with the Lord. The clean and unclean discussion of Leviticus 12-15 is not incidental but paramount.
The isolation of the leper was just one reason for being considered unclean. In Leviticus 12 a female could be considered unclean, and thus not qualified to worship for having given birth. And in Leviticus 15 both males and females would be considered unclean because of bodily discharges such as semen or menstruation.
Being unclean caused the possessions owned and used by the individual to be considered unclean. Thus, isolation, or quarantine for a period of time was prescribed. Throughout all this uncleanness the role of the Levitical priests became central. They became the arbiters of the clean and unclean designation. The priests were used because they were protecting the community of worshipers at the sanctuary.
The chapters are clear that it was the unclean person who was isolated and quarantined, not the clean and healthy people. Isolation was to have a minimal effect upon the larger community. Isolation was to have a minimal effect upon even those who were designated unclean. These chapters describe in detail the work and investigation the priests were to execute to ensure that the least amount of damage happened to the possessions, including the home, of those who were isolated. Even the woman who gave birth and designated to be unclean, if she was poor, could offer a pigeon for her burnt offering, and not an expensive lamb. The effect of quarantine was to be minimized. The whole process was to be restorative in order to bring the person back into the larger community with minimal hurt. Restated, quarantine was not to be punitive.
As stated above, I believe the motives of those who used the “Leviticus 13 not Revelation 13" slogan were pure. But the theology was bad. From a Biblical point-of-view quarantine and isolation is for the sick not the healthy. And if we are going to apply a virus as equating to leprosy, do we then need to start applying the rules for giving birth, seminal and menstrual discharges as qualifying for quarantine too? No rational Bible student would make such a claim. Then why do we apply rules of leprosy to viruses? Why apply rules of quarantine to the healthy and not the sick? Quarantine rules applied to the healthy are punitive and against the entire spirit of the isolation principle.
In my estimation the really frightening part of this exercise has been the wrongful use of religious principles to give justification to enforce questionable government policies. Certainly when it comes to the moral law we find agreement with government enforcement. But never has the quarantine of healthy people been used as a policy to restrict the freedom of people. And we allowed a never tried policy to be used and justified with our poor Bible study.
We did not even stop to have the discussion or do the Biblical study before we rushed to proclaim the slogan “Leviticus 13 not Revelation 13". I understand we want to be relevant. The gospel needs to be relevant each and every day in each an every Christian’s life. But we have to be Biblical. We have to be right. We cannot be sloppy in these things.
Please let us commit to be better at this.
The “New” Normal
Normal is very personal. Normal is societal. Normal is simply a calculation in our minds of all the things which attempt to influence us; the things which influence us without our consent; and the things which we allow to influence us. We may consider normal to be good, bad, or indifferent. I suspect most of us compartmentalize the good and bad normals to various areas of our lives.
For the Christian we are to live in a state of expectation of a new normal each day. For he who is in Christ is a new creation. The Christian experience is not to be static. In Christ there is potential to see change and hope for positive growth. The Spirit’s influence should be appreciated and accepted.
For the disciple of Christ the new normal always regards the past influence of the Lord in our lives as paramount. God builds on a foundation. Normal is constructed over a continuum. A new normal does not appear out of nowhere. When the apostle Paul when struck down on the road to Damascus he acknowledged that God had been leading him to the point of the new normal in his life. Today’s new normal does not toss away His past leading. Scripture itself stands as a foundation of what is normal. This is a principle.
When the phrase “new normal” is tossed around there is a certain glee in some societal voices to want to toss away all past understandings of normal. This is dangerous. It is not anchored. A new normal which is not rooted in the foundation of what we have learned to be good and helpful is chaos. It will cause confusion and more suffering. This is true both personally and as a society.
Please let us be careful.
Four years ago in May the newly purchased and refurbished Greater Hartford Ghanaian Church was opened in Bloomfield, CT.
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13 May 2020 — Today the Atlantic Union Conference Executive committee approved the ordination of Pastors Ochoa, Rojas, and St. Natus. Ervin, Ronald, and Valery have worked very hard and suffered for the gospel. Their families are wonderful and supportive. The SNEC Administration was very grateful to present these names.
The individual ordination services will be as soon as practical.
Instead of 2 weeks out we approved the remote configuration for one week.
It was a wonderful experience to worship with the Braintree Church this morning.
Pathfinder Camporee in May 2015 held at Camp Berkshire
A Sabbath afternoon surprise stopped by to say hello
08 May 2020 — Big day at the Cabo Verde Church in Brockton. The new chairs for the sanctuary arrived — about 300 chairs had to be unpacked and hauled up 2 flights of stairs.
The newly refurbished building is almost ready to open.
Good job Pastor Felix Félix Monteiro
08 May 2020 — Today if the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. This was the day the allied forces were able to get the fascist forces in Europe to capitulate.
The photo is of the World War 2 Memorial in Washington, DC.
Most of the veterans of this war are now gone. If a veteran was age 18 in 1945 he would be 93 years old today. I praise God for those who sacrificed. They fought to keep their buddies alive and they ended up saving the civilized world.
The 75th Anniversary of VJ — victory over Japan — will be this coming August.
04 May 2020
From: SNEC AdCom
To: All SNEC Full-time Employees
Subj: Continuing COVID19 Response
Dear SNEC Employees
It is with sadness that AdCom has made a decision to reduce the base rate of pay of all full time employees by 2.5%. Teachers, who are working under signed working agreements, will not see this reduction until the new contract year. For all others this will be implemented during the current payroll period.
With the 30% reduction of tithe inflow during the month of March SNEC’s ability to meet payroll is going to be strained in the coming weeks. Already reserves are being used to meet current payroll demands.
This latest action comes as all programming expenses for the current year have been eliminated. Travel budgets have been reduced. The next place to go to reduce costs is payroll. The 2.5% is shared by all full time employees.
This is not happy news. The Lord excels working in bad situations. He will see us through this crisis.
Our members are faithful people. Many have lost their jobs and are not capable of giving to the church. Some do not trust the on-line giving. God will bless them to bless us. Let us be grateful for the opportunities we have to share the gospel. Let us always be grateful for what we have.
Thank you for your continued efforts to advance the mission of the God’s church.
Sincerely and with respect,
04 May 2020 — This past weekend the SNEC Administration spent several meetings talking with the elders of the local churches. This was accomplished through several meetings and working in the language groups. We have one more this upcoming weekend.
For if either of them falls,
the one will lift up his companion.
But woe to the one who falls when
there is not another to lift him up.
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