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Adventist Single Adult Ministries Hosts Cruise to the Bahamas

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ver the Labor Day weekend, some 180 adults from across the North American Division (plus two from Australia) sailed from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Bahamas on the Adventist Single Adult Ministries cruise themed “Plugged In.” NAD ASAM directors Pamela and Claudio Consuegra planned the cruise to provide an opportunity for single adults to find spiritual renewal, to meet people with whom to develop new relationships, and to do activities together, says Pamela. “Sabbaths can be lonely if you go to church alone, sit in a pew alone, and go home alone for Sabbath dinner,” she says. “A sense of loneliness or isolation is one of the top issues of singles in the church.” Many churches are not singles-friendly ASAM cruise participants take a break in the Bahamian sunshine for a group photo. places, with many well-intentioned church members who don’t know how to reach out to single adults, says Frank Bondurant, a vice president at the Columbia church, and I feel as though if we can come together with activities, we Union and the union’s ASAM director. “Some members think their role is can support each other.” match-making when really it would be more helpful just to invite singles In a workshop, Claudio encouraged attendees to get involved in over for a meal or family social activity.” ministry at their local churches. “The cruise is a wonderful thing, but if Reneé Mobley, director of Family Ministries for the South Central you depend only on an annual cruise or convention, it isn’t enough,” he Conference in the Southern Union, added that non-single members should said, and added that there needs to be an ongoing ministry on a regular ask singles what their needs are, then plan activities for and with them. basis — once a week or month. Malela Rozier, a member of the First church in Dublin, Ga., attended During his worship talks, Mike Tucker, speaker/director for Faith for the cruise in hopes of meeting and mingling with other singles during Today Television, encouraged attendees to not wait for the church to the worships and other activities. “We have a lot of single people in the create ministries and connections for them, but to get plugged into a true source of fulfillment — Jesus Christ. “You make connections by choosing to be of service to others rather than saying, why isn’t the church doing this for me?” said Tucker. Find out about ASAM activities around the North American Division by following them on Facebook (facebook.com/ASAMNAD) or their website, adventistsingleadultministries.org.

V. Michelle Bernard

Singles from the Pacific Union stop their activities long enough for a group photo.

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Pacific Union Recorder – October 2017  

News and inspiration for Seventh-day Adventist Church members and friends in the Pacific Southwest. Seven conference newsletters also appear...

Pacific Union Recorder – October 2017  

News and inspiration for Seventh-day Adventist Church members and friends in the Pacific Southwest. Seven conference newsletters also appear...