February 17, 2018



All About MOPS: Some of you may have heard that we started an official MOPS group at our church last spring. You might be wondering what MOPS is, what we do at our meetings, and why we started our group in the first place. What is MOPS? MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. A quick Google search will tell you that “MOPS International” is a Christian organization focused on women and mothers. MOPS International, Inc. is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. You will also learn that MOPS was founded back in 1973. But really, what is MOPS? MOPS is an organization that provides individuals and groups with relevant and encouraging materials that are designed for groups of moms/caregivers of infants and preschoolers. MOPS provides a safe and uplifting environment for all who attend. So, what do we do at our meetings? Please go here to find out!

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Prayer Conference February 16-18: Join us as we seek the rain of the Holy Spirit. “It is exciting to think of the tremendous rain of the Holy Spirit, the latter rain that pours upon the earth before the return of Jesus. Signs indicate that we are living in the beginning of that time of the latter rain right now.”

Prayer 42 Schedule: Theme—Praying for the Rain of the Holy Spirit


6:00-6:30 p.m.    Supper in the All-purpose Room

6:30-6:45 p.m.     Welcome and Announcements in the Chapel

6:45-7:45 p.m.     Prayer Session led by Libby in the Chapel

8:00-9:00 p.m.     Prayer Slacker to Prayer Warrior


8:00-9:00 a.m.     Prayer Session led by Bonnie in the Prayer Room

12:30 p.m.          Prayer in the Prayer Room

1:30 p.m.            Prayer Session led by Lisa in the Library/Prayer Room

2:45 p.m.            Prayer Session led by Bonnie in the Library/Prayer Room

4:00-5:00 p.m.     Prayer Session led by Libby in the Library/Prayer Room

5:00-5:30 p.m.     Break (popcorn & fruit) in the All-purpose Room

5:30-6:30 p.m.     Prayer Session led by Lisa

7:00 p.m.            Movie: “Faith Like Potatoes” in the Chapel


8:00-9:00 a.m.     Prayer Session led by Bonnie

9:00 a.m.            Prayer Walk

11:00 a.m.           Agape Feast in the Chapel

SBJA Family Game Night!: Join us for fun, and food! February 17, from 7-10 p.m., in the SBJA gym. Bring your favorite game! The 8thgraders will be selling light snacks and refreshments.

Indiana Youth Rally: Come and join the youth from all over the Indiana Conference on February 24 at Indianapolis Junior Academy. It will be a day full of inspiring worship, music, outreach, and fun. If you would like to ride down on the church bus, contact Pastor Jared.

Secret Sisters: For Women’s Ministries kick-off this year we are announcing Secret Sisters is coming back. There will be a sign-up sheet in the foyer next week for those who would like to participate. Also, there will be a suggestion box on the table. Feel free to make suggestions and offer ideas for the Women’s Ministries team.

Memorial: There will be a memorial service at South Bend 1st SDA Church for Oscar Gallay on Sunday, March 4, at 2:30 p.m., with visitation from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Memorial: Dianne Nelson Porter, who was born and raised in the South Bend church, died in December after battling lymphoma. While in treatment, she was able to attend the school’s 100-year celebration in September. Her prognosis was quite hopeful at that time. A memorial service will be held in the church on Friday, May 4, in the early afternoon. More details will follow. The family hopes you can join them in May to remember and celebrate Dianne.

Crochet/Knit Club: The Crochet/Knit Club has resumed. Join us every Sunday (unless noted in the Church Connection newsletter) at 4921 Selkirk Drive, South Bend. We start at 4:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Meyer at (574) 360-4727.

Disc Golf Putting League: the disc golf putting league meets in the gym on Tuesday nights at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $5 to play. This league runs weekly until March 2018. The league is sponsored by our Disc Golf A-Team and the South Side Disc Golf Club. Join us Tuesday night and have fun meeting new people.

M.E.M. Members: We are looking for people who want to memorize the Sabbath School Lesson memory verses. We will call each other and encourage and challenge and recite the verses. If you would like to be a part of this group, please call BobbieLee Hudson at (574) 347-2385.

Accommodations: A young lady has been offered a position as an intern with the City of South Bend. She is a Seventh-day Adventist and is looking for an accommodation for the duration of her internship, which will run until May (four months). If you have a spare bedroom, or are able to help her in some way, please contact Pastor Thordarson at (765) 532-1115. 

Ministry Opportunity: A Madison Center Group Home resident is requesting transportation to prayer meeting on Wednesday evenings. If you would like to make this your ministry, please contact the church office for more information.

Childcare Available: Do you work evenings? Planning a date night? Something came up at the last minute and you need childcare? Grandmother with a toddler grandson is available to babysit evenings. If you need her services, please call Tabby Gladney at (574) 261-3522 to make arrangements.

Job Openings for Children’s Summer Day Camp at South Bend First SDA Church: We are looking for a Director and Staff. The jobs are for the month of June (3-4 weeks), hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a great opportunity and experience for college students and church members. Please send resumes to



Sabbath, February 17

  • 9:30 AM – Sabbath School
  • 11:00 AM – Worship: Pastor Nudd
  • 1:00 PM – All Deacon/Deaconess Meeting
  • 5:00 PM – Love & Respect Seminar
  • 7:00 PM – Family Game Night


  • Monday, February 19

  • 6:00 PM – School Board Meeting
  • 7:03 PM – Finance Committee


  • Tuesday, February 20

  • 6:00 PM – Disc Golf Putting League


  • Wednesday, February 21

  • 7:00 PM – Midweek Bible Study: Christ in All Scripture


  • Thursday, February 22

  • 7:00 PM – Thrive! Seminar


  • Friday, February 23

  • Indiana Youth Rally


  • Sabbath, February 24

  • 9:30 AM – Sabbath School
  • 11:00 AM – Worship: Pastor Thordarson



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