A 2007 Yahoo survey found that people are twice as likely to consider breaking up between Christmas and Valentines than any other time in the year. Just recently I was contacted by a member from another church who wanted to break up with her long time relationship but didn't feel comfortable going to her own pastor, because she didn't want her pastor to know what was going on in her private life. Now it is perfectly okay to come and speak to me if your marriage is struggling or any other need for counseling. However some situations are so serious that it is perhaps best to seek for more professional counseling. While I practice confidentiality, perhaps you would prefer to speak to someone who doesn't know you and the people that you know. Here is a Directory of Adventist Counselors in North America
I encourage you to look into this service if you are dealing with:
Another tool that is available is an online couple's assessment that is provided through the Prepare Enrich program. In order to gain access you need to go through a licensed facilitator in the program. I am personally certified through this program and can set up an account for you. Contact Me if you want more information.
If you prefer to work on your relationship on your own. I have two workbooks that I can recommend. I do suggest that it is best in serious circumstances to seek a counselor, but some are just looking for a way to simply improve their relationship. In that case:
Workbook for those who are already married
I believe all couples should do a workbook like these. God bless you during this time. While couples around the country are falling apart, may yours get stronger.
Here is a message a letter I received from our conference:
"We have received several questions this week asking if there are any new regulations regarding church services.
As far as I know there have been no new rules given this week.
Remember that if your church is in a Red Zone you are limited to 25% of capacity or 10 people,
whichever is less.
If you are in an Orange Zone, you are limited to 33% of capacity or 25 people, whichever is less.
All others are limited to 50% of capacity.
Check this website if you need to determine if you are in a Red or Orange Zone:
Covid Hotspot Lookup "
I checked this website, and neither Yonkers, Bedford Park, or Wingdale Church are in any of the restricted zones.
Click on your specific church on the side or bottom of this page for more specific updates.
This is a free online course that is taking place on ZOOM video conference.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
For those who registered already, you can find the zoom link in your email.
Currently both Yonkers Church in Westchester and Wingdale Church in Pawling are open for service.
Yonkers Church is open every week for Sabbath School, the Worship Service, and the afternoon youth program.
Wingdale church is open every other week. Service includes Sabbath School and the Worship Service. For the weeks they are off, Sabbath School is on Zoom. Click here to get on their email list.
Bedford Park in person service is closed for now. Sabbath School, the worship service, and the afternoon Power Hour are all taking place online. Click Here for more information on Bedford Park.
For the first Sabbath of the quarter I decided I would like to have one Sabbath School Session with all the churches.
Time: Jul 4, 2020 09:30 AM
Join by video: Click Here
It is easiest if you use a computer. You may have to install something.
However you can download the app on your phone if you prefer.
It is best to connect through video, but if you don't have internet then
call this number: 929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 829 6493 7201
Next week we will resume the normal classes
To Read the Sabbath School lesson Click Here
On Monday June 22 all of NY will be in Phase 2 of the reopening plan.
What does that mean for churches?
Churches are now allowed to hold 25% of it's capacity. So now we can hold much more than 10 individuals. All the guidelines I pointed out in the previous update still hold true with the exception of the limit of people.
Each church will have its own updates based on the decisions of their board.
A few friends of mine were telling me that a group of friends found themselves discussing and trying to figure out where we were in the timeline of Bible prophecy. And so they reached out to me to do a series to discuss this.
Watch the series and get the notes:
I received a message from a local Baptist church that wants reopen their doors now that Governor Cuomo is permitting it. I did the research I found this article by NY Times:
Religious gatherings of up to 10 people can resume in New York State on Thursday if attendees wear masks and maintain social distance, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Wednesday.