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EVENTS scheduled for this week include the Ultimate Gospel Music Experience from June 20 to June 23; A Rush to Independence on Friday, the Grand Bahama Regatta from June 21 to 23 and, on Saturday, an urban band performance in Bain Town, Theatre in the Park at Centreville Park, Culture in the Square in Rawson Square and the Bahamas Salsa Social Network's 'Dance for Life masquerade gala ball. On Sunday the Patronal Festival of the Anglican Diocese is being held, and prayers for the nation on the 40th Anniversary of Independence.
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- In 2006, The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) launched the Keep Grand Bahama Clean (KGBC), initiative to encourage partnerships at all levels in keeping Grand Bahama clean. Seven years later the KGBC Committee, which is comprised of governmental and non-governmental agencies, the private sector, civic groups and concerned residents, remain committed to the mandate of educating and promoting environmental stewardship amongst the residents of Grand Bahama.
In recognition of KGBC's 7th year Anniversary, the committee worshipped at Freeport Gospel Chapel (FGC), commencing the 2013 Anniversary activities for the month of October. A warm receptive acknowledgment and prayer along with a special musical selection by committee member A.S.P. Kenwood Taylor welcomed the group of fifteen. Committee Chairperson and GBPA Environmental Manager, Mrs. Nakira Wilchcombe was thankful and pleased to have members attend the church service. She encouraged the group, that while many milestones have been reached, more is required to cultivate an environmentally conscious mindset within the island's citizenry. Wilchcombe also noted the importance of all becoming better stewards of what God has given us by protecting the environment.
"Each year we are equally impressed and thankful for the support we receive from the corporate community, various civic groups and the residents of Grand Bahama," noted Wilchcombe. "As a result of these partnerships, there have been some accomplishments, particularly with the establishment of programmes within some communities and schools throughout the island. We are hopeful that these programmes will grow and serve to protect the environments in which we live and work for future generations," Wilchcombe continued. "However, let us be mindful that there is still much work to be done, and we look forward to your continued support in the years to come, being constantly reminded that it is everyone's business to keep our island clean."
Saturday 21st April 2012 2:00 PM
One Eleuthera Foundation and their partners present Live from Eleuthera 5 Great Events, 1 Amazing Weekend Be a part of something great this Earth Day weekend! On April 20-22, 2012, the One Eleuthera Foundation and their partners (the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Bahamas National Trust, Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, BREEF, Island School and The Nature Conservancy) presents “Jammin’ for Nature – Earth Day Weekend 2012 Live from Eleuthera!” There are 5 great events planned for 1 amazing weekend in Eleuthera that will be infused with music and will celebrate the heritage and culture of that Island as well as Earth Day. The list of events will delight tourists and residents of Eleuthera and other family Island residents with ties to Eleuthera are encouraged to participate. The events are focused around family and fun and the goal is for everyone to “connect their inner soul to Eleuthera.” There is something for everyone during this weekend! On Friday afternoon, a 3 hour “Welcome Party” kicks off at 4 pm at The Beach House in Governor’s Harbour with focus on the beach environment and well-known artist Barbara de Vries who transforms beach trash and plastic into jewelry and clothing accessories will be featured. The following day on Saturday, one can tour the Island with a North Loop Tour or a South Loop Tour. Later, at Bay Front Park in Governor’s Harbour, there is the “One Eleuthera Cultural Exposé,” a heritage festival like no other that starts at noon and ends at midnight and will be filled with lots of exciting activities and entertainment. The One Eleuthera Foundation will also be launched. On Sunday, Earth Day, the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve will be the main focus for the first part of the day where you can immerse yourself in nature. Gospel singer, Brendalee Petty will entertain while well-known Bahamian Artist, Antonius Roberts will sculpt with the Casaurina wood. Guided tours and brunch is available. On the final event, you can join in a worldwide initiative called “Picnic for The Planet” that will take place on Receiver’s Beach in Governor’s Harbour to celebrate Earth Day. More information on the weekend’s events is available at www.oneeleuthera.org “Jammin’ for Nature – Earth Day Weekend” - Event #3 on Saturday, April 21st this main attraction is considered the highlight of the weekend. Scheduled from Midday to Midnight, the One Eleuthera Cultural Exposé will take place at Bay Front Park in Governor’s Harbour and will be filled with lots of activities involving, entertainment, cuisine, arts and crafts, games, sculling and vendors. It will emphasize the gathering of energy among local entrepreneurs and display an emerging appreciation for sustainability on the Island. The Cultural Exposé will feature the famous Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band and other local entertainers. Joining in will be various school bands as well as Junior Junkanoo and the All Eleuthera Rush Out. A Sculling Regatta courtesy of Bahamian Brewery will dot the landscape at Bay Front Park as the various hand-made Sands’ Sculling Boats – recently built to celebrate the old time heritage of boating in The Bahamas delights all. The first set of races starts at 2 p.m. and continue to 3 p.m. with the final races set for 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. During the break from Sculling, The Launch of the One Eleuthera Foundation at the Ball Park will start at 4 p.m. and ends by 5 p.m. Drawing on government and non-government partnerships as well as local and international resources, The One Eleuthera Foundation is a move that leverages Collective Impact to shape a sustainable future for Eleuthera. More information is available at www.oneeleuthera.org
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. -- Psalm 122:1.
I was calling on behalf of the same young man I wrote about last week with reference to his house going into foreclosure if he does not come up with the amount needed, and even though no one responded, I am still clinging to hope that his home, which also is home to an elderly mother and aunt would be saved. It was Marcia Mortimer, indeed a wonderful person at the Mortgage Corporation that I spoke with and she will tell you when I call, someone is in trouble with their payments.
Then I made another call, but it was not about delinquent payments but my excitement about the live telecast of the Catholics World Youth Day Service coming from Madrid, Spain. Miss Mortimer is very involved in the Youth Ministry of her Church, Our Lady's, and I told her I admire how the teachings of a church makes an indelible impact of one's life, so much so that it is seen and felt at the work place. So the invitation came to come and fellowship during special services with speakers, Ms Percentie of St. Thomas More and Deacon Jeffrey Lloyd of St. Francis.
I knew my sense of direction and location were right, but when I entered the church a young woman was giving the introduction of Percentie, and please do not fault me for being late, but I had first to be at mid-week worship at my church. It was a warm intro and the congregation responded with spiritual pleasure. Before the message, St. Thomas More's choir sang "I will Lift Up Mine Eyes Unto The Hills" and gave a contemporary gospel rendition and of course, my friend Kevin on the organ does not hold anything back rhythmically.
The message was equally received as it was delivered and there were instant responses from the congregants, including clapping of hands and agreement from a shake of the tambourine. Well the next night when Deacon Lloyd spoke and the choir sang gospel style "The Lord is My Shepherd" I was on a spiritual high. Deacon Lloyd came to the podium well prepared and words flew and glory filled the soul. Indeed herein lies the life's road experience of David's opening 122nd Psalm: "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord."
So I e-mailed Shavaughn Moss, Lifestyles Editor at The Nassau Guardian, herself a devout Catholic saying "You don't have to leave the Catholic Church anymore!" The discipline is there, the loyalty is there, the humility is there -- Father, Son, Holy Ghost, Virgin Mary, angels and archangels and saints and the feeling of the Holy Spirit makes you say something when there is no written response to the order of service, and of course the music is wake up and go -- Glory To God!
Invitations have always been special for it means that you were carefully thought of to attend whatever function may be at hand. So it was that David was invited to go to the Temple at Jerusalem for one of the important feast days. More so was the invitation of significance because David was king. Many times we invite important persons, national leaders being targeted to church functions, not so much for the unfolding of the Holy Spirit, but to make whatever the situation may be convenient and forceful.
But here those extending the invitation were praying for the peace of Jerusalem for they strongly believed that peace and justice follow the establishment of the Kingdom of God. Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths. David knew that he was not being teased by them, but pleased. We are reminded to not forget the assembling of ourselves for worship. I walked into a church recently and there was a meeting about to take place. As I walked up the aisle, I noticed a young lady with a plastic container filled with white rice and some meat halfway in her bag. "Sorry, but this is a church and you can't eat in here, and by the way what church do you attend?" "I don't go to church" was her reply, and you wonder why there is so much crime. I say we had better thank God because it could have been much more.
I was glad when they said to me, let us go to the Lord's house. And now we are here, standing inside the gates of Jerusalem, a city restored in beautiful order and harmony. This is where the tribes of Israel (assembled) to give thanks to the Lord according to his command. Here the kings of Israel sat to judge their people.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May those who love you prosper. May there be peace inside your walls and safety in your palaces. For the sake of my relatives and friends I say to Jerusalem, peace be with you. For the sake of the house of the Lord our God I pray for your prosperity.
When was the last time you invited someone to go to church with you. Do you see the many persons who are on the streets, sitting idly on walls, partying and having a good time when it is prime time to lay aside all mundane things and head to God's house for worship.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to P.O. Box 19725 SS Nassau, Bahamas, telephone 293-7754 or 394-0376 with your prayer requests, concerns and comments. God's Blessings!
How many acts of crime and murder may have been averted had we been more forceful in extending invitations to worship. People are not attending church like they used to do. They are not thinking that every deed and action must be accounted for as time is the greatest accountant of all ages.
Why wait for six men to take you to church when you can go there of your own free will. I pray that this Sunday will be your go to church day. Make some phone calls, e-mail, text, twitter, blog -- do something. He hasn't reached yet, but I have on more than one occasion invited the leader of our nation to my church not for any special occasion, but just to worship and receive the word. I am still praying that one Sunday he just shows up and I am sure he will be blessed.
E-mail email@example.com, or write to P.O. Box 19725 SS Nassau, Bahamas, telephone 293-7754 or 394-0376 with your prayer requests, concerns and comments. God's Blessings!
Nassau, Bahamas - Kingsway Academy Elementary Student choir, Heavenly Voices, will be
on tour, traveling to the most renown music capitals of the region--Atlanta,
Memphis and the "music city," Nashville, Tennessee.
The six-day tour begins March 27. It will expose the student choir
to various musical genres, including rhythm and blues, classical and
country, touring various landmarks, including Graceland and the Stax
Museum for American Soul Music in Memphis.
With hundreds expected to be in attendance at Alexander Memorial AME
Church in Atlanta, Georgia and Fisk University in Nashville, the 50-member
choir will perform gospel and Bahamian folk songs, as well as play classical
and Broadway pieces
Nassau, The Bahamas -
The search for the next Bahamian gospel superstar is officially
underway. Birthed by Bahamian music and media prodigy Vincent 'V-Mac'
McDonald of Elevation Records and Extreme Youth TV, 242Untapped is a
reality television show, similar to BET's Sunday's Best or a gospel
version of Fox's American Idol.
"We have already
generated a whole lot of buzz," said creator, executive producer and
host, V-Mac. "For the first season of 242Untapped auditions were held in
Nassau and Freeport. There was a whole lot a talent that came through
Freeport, Grand Bahama - Dove's First Ever Mega Gospel Concert Come and Enjoy! COME and be blessed!
Saturday April 13th 2013 doors open at 6pm concert starts at 7pm at The Grand Lucayan Ball Room.
"For our anniversary in November we had decided to have a
grand concert, but there was another one going on at the time, so we put
ours off," said Ms. Ysa Valdes.
She said that work on this concert has been awesome and very exciting, being in touch with the people who will be performers...
Popular Bahamian gospel recording artist Jonathan Farrington has done it again. He has added to his list of accomplishments by clinching the national title of Mr. Bahamas United Nations.
The win has earned the 24-year-old the right to represent The Bahamas at The United Nations Pageant and a chance at winning a $10,000 prize and travel opportunities to conduct charity work.
The United Nations Pageant's principal objective is to identify and showcase the world's best tourism cause ambassadors; those who have the skills, talents and personalities best-suited to promote their respective countries to further tourism, international goodwill and cultural harmony.
Winning the local leg of the pageant was quite a twist from Farrington's usual gospel music path.
"When I read about the platform of this pageant which focuses on humanity and the international community and those issues that affect nations, rather than focusing on the physical body attributes, I was intrigued that this was something I too was conscious of and aware of," said Farrington.
"I realized that their goal was pretty much in line with my mission as a gospel artist. What better way to get my music and message to an international audience than through this initiative," he said.
Farrington is looking forward to representing The Bahamas at the international pageant in Cancun, Mexico in July. The results are based heavily on interviews. Each contestant has to speak in-depth on their cause for humanity and issues facing their country. There is also a national costume, formal and high fashion wear, and Farrington's favorite segment -- the talent competition.
"While I will be working with some of the best coaches to develop skills on stage to model fashion, which I'm not used to doing, I am very excited about the talent segment which is right in my element. This is where I expect to really give it my all and share my message and love with the world," he said.
Farrington says he is also working with local coaches in speech and interviewing to sharpen his skills.
"While I'm accustomed to talking with judges and the media, I want to make sure I leave no stone unturned."
Farrington has always shared the view that God gives people opportunities that come in various forms, and that it is up to them to walk out of the box to seize them.
"If you asked me a couple of months ago if I would enter a pageant my answer would have been a resounding no, but I've come to learn that sometimes the greatest opportunities for you to do what it is you love will cause you to step out of your comfort zone. The United Nations Pageant has definitely caused me to step into an element that I've never been in before, but I realize that it will provide one of the biggest platforms for me to impact the world, and for that alone I became determined to succeed at this chapter," said Farrington.
As he gears up for the international pageant, Farrington said he's confident and excited.
"I have a high level of expectancy that I can win. I am also looking to network with as many people as possible and share my Bahamian culture with others. I am going with an open mind to learn about the challenges and successes that other countries face."
Farrington will take to the stage against 13 other competitors in his quest for the United Nations pageant title.
Nassau, Bahamas - Having
officially launched a year ago with great success, the National Choir Workshop
of The Bahamas is back a second year hoping to transition gospel music and singers
in the country to new levels. In 2011 the organization, birthed from Shaback
Ministries International, took a risk of breaking through denomination barriers
to create what would become the largest choir workshop in the history of the
country. They were successful at it, attracting well over three hundred adults
from just about every denomination in the country and more than 80 churches, as
well as more than 400 youth from various high schools in
Sunday 5th August 2012 11:00 AM
Hatchet Bay Festival Committee Bayfest Celebrating our culture; resorting our community 2012 In 2010 they gave you BIG. In 2011 they gave you BIGGER and now the Hatchet Bay Festival Committee promises to give you the BIGGEST festival EVER: Bay Fest 2012- The Best Is Yet To Come! August 1-6th, The Hatchet Bay Festival Committee will give you FIVE unforgettable days of summer unlike any other at Bay Fest 2012 in Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera. Bay Fest time remains the highlight of the August Monday holiday and represents a time where all Bayman come together to reunite with family and friends and celebrate a community so rich in culture that is showcased in a grandeur way. Mario Smith, Chairman of Bayfest Committee said, “This year’s theme, Celebrating Our Culture; Restoring Our Community was chosen not only to bring focus to the cultural and physical aspects of our community but also to bring attention to those values which made us great as a people.” Sunday Community Church Service Community Marching Band The Spanish Wells Band Sunday Serenades Featuring Gospel and Jazz in The Park – The Hatchet Bay Voices The Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band Music Interlude/Hatchet Bay Dinner Band Gospel Dance Competition – Bayfest Raffle Headliner: Geno D Junkanoo Rush-out DJ Earthquake 11:00am Community Church Service, Harvest Time Tabernacle 1:00pm March from the Church 2:00pm PARK OPENS 4:00pm Police Beat Retreat 5:00pm Serenade Sunday Jazz In The Park 6:00pm Gospel Dance Competition 7:00pm Gospel Concert: Hatchet Bay Voices 9:00pm Musical Interlude 9:30pm Hatchet Bay Dinner Band Bayfest Raffle 10:00pm Headliner: Geno D Midnight Junkanoo Rushout DJ: Earthquake