Women's Day at Bethel Seventh-day

Speaker Staci Bertrand, left, also a member of Bethel Seventh-day, is recognized by Elder Belinda Smith of the church.

MATT STAMEY/Special to the Guardian
Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:43 p.m.

The Women's Ministry at Bethel Seventh-day Adventist Church honored several women whose work has made a difference in the community and the church during a Women's Day Celebration at the church.



* Pastor: Pastor Sherwin Caldwood.

* Location: 740 NE 21st St.

* Services: Sabbath School begins at 9 a.m., followed by Divine Worship Hour at 11 a.m. and Bible study at 4 p.m., all on Saturday. Prayer meeting is 7 p.m. Wednesday.

* Phone: 352-372-7904.

The theme of the program was, "When Life Gives You Lemons." The pastor of the church is Pastor Sherwin R. Caldwood.

Held Saturday morning at the church at 740 NE 21st St., the service featured Gainesville city Commissioner Yvonne Hinson-Rawls; Marty Robinson, property manager at Oak Ridge Apartments off Northwest 6th Street; Earther Wright, president of the city of Gainesville Citizens Academy Alumni Association and one of the organizers of the annual "National Night Out" events in southeast Gainesville; and Jancie Vinson, founder of the Coalition for Justice. The organization meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development. The group helps residents who have been fired from jobs unjustly and it helps to empower those who have been victims of injustice in other areas of life.

Church elder Belinda Smith presented all of the honorees with plaques and presided over the "Affirmation Moments" part of the service, which honored women members of the church who were honored for their service to the church. The women were Theresa Bright, Jocelyn Famey, Betty Fullwood, Sheena Larry, Janell Merricks and Candace Rhodes. Two male members of the church, Abijah Bertrand and Deacon Leon Bright, also were recognized for their service to the church.

The church's Pathfinders Club, a worldwide program for 10- to 18-year-olds, organized and directed by the Youth Department of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, also was recognized during the service for being the No. 1 Pathfinders Club in its district.

The service also included a solo by Brandon Hurst, who sang "Dear God," which was dedicated to the women who were honored at the service.

The sermon was delivered by Bethel member Staci Ann Bertrand, who preached on the subject, "Thinking Your Way Out of Bondage."

"Your spirit and your soul need to be like an encyclopedia of the word of God," Bertrand said at the beginning of her sermon. She told parishioners that the only way demonic thoughts can take over their minds is if they receive those thoughts and meditate on them "over and over until they become a part of you."

She continued by saying: "Likewise, the only way the word of God is going to be yours is if you take it and meditate on it over and over again."

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