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We will g lorif y G od by be i n g i n creasi n g ly tran sfo rmed i nto the l i keness of C hri s t

our life together



Sligo Church Needs Receptionists: Wishing to be more involved with your church and have the opportunity to meet new people? Be part of a dynamic office family - consider serving as a receptionist on a voluntary basis each Friday (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) at the Sligo Church office. If interested, please contact Kathleen Driscoll at 301.270.6777, ext. 239 or kdriscoll@ Thank you Sligo for showing your support at the February AIM Action with close to 40 attendees! That night, our Sligo pastors stood in unity with community Christian ministers, Rabbis, and Muslim ministers against discrimination. What a blessing! Stay tuned as we kick off Sligo’s Listening Campaign. Claire Hosten and family are thankful and deeply appreciative to the pastors and staff at Sligo Church for their support during the recent passing of Carmen Lynch. Special thanks also to Sabbath School officers, Deacons, Deaconesses and the many Sligo members who expressed condolences and exhibited in many ways the essence of Christian fellowship. The Sligo music ministry is inviting all men with a passion for singing and a heart for worship to take part in our new Men’s Chorale. A welcome meeting will be held after 2nd service in the Choir Room on Sabbath, February 25. For more information, contact our Choral Conductor, Paul Byssainthe, Jr. at 301.270.6777, ext. 124 or <>

Welcome to Sligo. A somewhat unfamiliar idiomatic expression has been used to express a condition victims February 18, Saturday know all too well. The term “confidence game” is an Young Adults GLOW, Memorial Chapel, 9:30 a.m. expression used when an unsuspecting person places their trust in a cheat. The trickster seeks to defraud their Pathfinder Bible Experience, Sanctuary, 2:45 p.m. victim by first winning over their confidence for the February 20, Monday malicious purpose of stealing their victim’s riches. You may say, “That Church Office is closed would never happen to me; how could anyone be so naive?” But could it be that the enemy of our soul has stolen from us the riches of Regeneration Ministries is canceled God’s grace and peace by convincing us to put our trust in the wrong February 22, Wednesday place? In the book of Hebrews, Paul warns the Church not to throw it’s confidence away. This week we will discover what causes us to lose our Prayer Gathering, Sanctuary, 7:00 p.m. confidence in the face of crisis and, more importantly, how we can get (or by phone: 949.229.4400 Pin:4997774#, 7:35 p.m.) our confidence back. - Joseph Khabbaz February 23, Thursday Exercise Class, Office Chapel, 6:30 p.m.

Summary of our Beliefs

worship schedule SABBATH, February 25 Church Service, Sanctuary, 8:45 & 11:00 a.m. Speaker: Pr. Kumar Dixit Mizo Service, Office Chapel, 11:00 a.m. Kerala Church, WAU Richards Hall, 10:00 a.m.

p r o f i l e o f g i v i n g - F e b r u a r y 11

• The Bible is the inspired word of God and our only rule of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). • Jesus Christ is the Divine Son of God and our personal Savior from sin by grace through faith. (John 1:1-3; Ephesians 2:8). • Having been saved, followers of Jesus live in obedience to Him by observing the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 20: 1-17; John 14:15). • The Sabbath – the seventh day of the week- established by God at creation and honored by Jesus in His earthly ministry, is to be observed by the followers of Jesus. (Exodus 20:8-11; 1 Peter 2:21). • Jesus is coming back to earth personally and visibly to raise the righteous dead and give His faithful children of all ages immortality in an earth made new. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Revelation 22:12; 21:1-3). • Our love for God is demonstrated primarily by our love for our fellowmen. (1 John 4:20; Matthew 25:34-40).

CHURCH BUDGET: This offering pays for the outreach and

nurture ministries of the church and the church school, along with necessary expenses such as utilities and maintenance of the church building. Last Year: This Year: Feb. 13 $ 6,456 Feb. 11 $ 9,277 Feb. 13 YTD $ 53,719 Feb. 11 YTD $ 52,171

SENIOR PASTOR Charles A. Tapp, ext. 126

Bulletin information deadline is Monday evening! E-mail information to: <>

Church Building Improvement:


Sligo Live: If you have a story, a subject or an individual that you would like to see featured on Sligo Live, please contact Pastor McFarlane at <> or 301.270.6777, ext. 116 *Consent To Use Photographic Images: Sligo SDA Church films all worship services. Attendance at, or participation in Sligo worship services constitutes an agreement by the participant to Sligo’s use and distribution of the attendee’s image, voice, or likeness in photos, video, electronic reproduction and audio tapes of such activities. Follow us now on Facebook and Twitter

Balance from 2016 & YTD $42,765

Atrium Roof and Skylight: Total Raised $ 197,083 Goal $350,000 Needed $152,917 Outstanding Pledges $23,712 Tithe: All of these funds are sent to the Potomac Conference to help expand the Kingdom of God throughout our region and world. Last Year: Feb. 13 $ 39,160 Feb. 13 YTD $ 250,928 2017 Goal $2,800,000

This Year: Feb. 11 $ 35,804 Feb. 11 YTD $ 236,511 Remaining Goal $2,563,489

Today’s designated offering goes to Local Church Budget. Loose offering goes to Church Budget.


F E B R U A R Y 18 , 2 017 8:45 & 11:00 A.M.

PHONE: 301.270.6777 EMERGENCY: 301.980.1009 FAX: 301.270.3518 WEBSITE: Domestic Violence Hotline: 240.777.4000


Feb. 11 YTD $2,669




Sunset: Sabbath celebration ends today at 5:48 p.m. and commences on Friday, February 24 at 5:54 p.m.

at worship THE CHURCH

calendar of events

PASTOR FOR DISCIPLESHIP & CONGREGATIONAL CARE Pranitha Fielder, ext. 127 PASTOR FOR YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS Joseph Khabbaz, ext. 119 PASTOR FOR CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRIES Gerardo Lopez, ext. 122 PASTOR FOR MEDIA & OUTREACH Richard Castillo, ext. 136 PASTOR FOR WORSHIP Cheryl Wilson-Bridges, ext. 123

The Washington Adventist University Church


HEAD ELDER Erwin Mack 301.434.1622

HEAD DEACON Manuel Rosette 301.370.1255

HEAD DEACONESS Marion Hudson 301.980.1862

7700 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912 I 301.270.6777

OUR MISSION We s eek to g row passi onate d i sc i pl es of J es us th ro ugh wor shi p of God , nur ture of o ne a noth er,and outreach to the worl d .



we gather in his name

Invitation to Give

SANCTUARY – 8:45 A.M. AND 11:00 A.M.

Offertory One Thing Remains / Brian Johnson

Prelude The King of Love My Shepherd Is / Dale Wood +Songs of Gathering How Great Thou Art / No. 86 (stanzas 1, 2 & 4) How Great is Our God / Chris Tomlin +Sligo Live Don McFarlane Washington Adventist University President Welcome & Church Life Don McFarlane +Christina Khabbaz Baby Dedication Cheryl Wilson-Bridges Batsheva Amal Mutyaba +Baptism Valerie Alina Ganta Robert Clive Grace Nisbeth Pranitha Fielder we honor and praise him

Joseph Khabbaz

*Hymn of Reflection Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine! / No. 462 *Benediction

Joseph Khabbaz

Postlude Improvisation on We Shall Overcome / arr. Carl Haywood *Congregation is standing  Congregation is kneeling where possible + 11:00 service only Barry Rowe & Claire Mitchell, deacon & deaconess on duty Leading our music today are: Paul Byssainthe, Jr., organist Kay Rosburg, chorister

*Hymn of Praise Leaning on the Everlasting Arms / No. 469  Prayer

Children’s Choir Joya Follette, director

Anthem Oceans / Matt Crocker +Old Time Religion

we reflect

+Children’s Message

Joshua Dulcich

Scripture Hebrews 10:35–36 (NASB95) +Music for Meditation Oceans / Matt Crocker

Camille Weston +David Thaxton

+A Sligo Story Sermon Joseph Khabbaz The Confidence Game

Adult Sabbath School SANCTUARY – 10:00 A.M.

we go to serve

Sligo Singers Sara Devaraj, vocalist; Alex Giesbrecht, vocalist; Brianna Stewart, vocalist; Paul Byssainthe Jr., pianist; Adrian Chambers, bass guitarist; Jonathan Gantt, percussionist; Kristin Bakkegard, violinist; Courtney Daley, violinist; Jim Williams, violist; Carol Anne Bosco, cellist

Don McFarlane +Ashley Rivera


Footnotes: Ashley Rivera has a Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology from Washington Adventist University (WAU) and is working towards her Masters in Psychology. She is part of WAU’s Acro-Airs team. David Thaxton is a junior at Washington Adventist University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He comes from a small town in southern West Virginia. Camille Weston is a native New Yorker that grew up in an Adventist family of Caribbean descent. Today, she is learning her mother’s native language of French by studying the Bible in French.

n e x t w e e k , h e r e a t S l i g o . . . WGTS 91.9 Chaplain, Pr. Kumar Dixit will share some insights on reaching the community for Jesus, with a message titled, “Break the Roof.” How far would you go to bring a friend to Jesus? The Brothers of CPC (Community Praise Church) will provide the music.

Song Service

Theresa Garza

Theme Song O for That Flame of Living Fire / No. 264 Welcome & Prayer Jeanette Bryson Special Feature Heart Health Month Lesson Study The Holy Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit Prayer Jeanette Bryson

Health Action Team participants: Sharon Ford, Cosette Jameison & Norman Martin

Let us hear from you! To write the pastors a note, make a prayer request, or inquire about becoming a member of Sligo Church, please use a card from the hymnal rack.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Simple Truths for Life: Sligo’s Radio Ministry, can be heard each Sabbath morning from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. on WGTS 91.9 FM. Listen with friends, then invite them to come to church in person at 11:00 a.m. Download past episodes or subscribe to future episodes for free from Simple Truths for Life by Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church from the iTunes Store. You can also go to simpletruthsforlife. org/podcast Prayer Requests Families of these deceased: Poleta Hutchinson, Lorraine Bocceciamp & Carmen Lynch For healing and comfort: Charles Tapp, Becky Ratana, Mary Peters, Joselaine Bazile & Gladys Guerrero February is American Heart Month! A healthy heart and a healthy life go hand-in-hand. Today, Sligo’s Medical Ministry Team will focus on raising awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it. Come to the Atrium from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. to get your blood pressure checked. Information and resources on healthy living will be provided.

sabbath devotional

“We need to have far less confidence in what man can do and far more confidence in what God can do for every believing soul. He longs to have you reach after Him by faith.”

A memorial service will be held for former South Kerala President, Pr. P. K. Mathew (Pappachan), this afternoon at 5:00 in the Southern Asian SDA Church (2001 East Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904). Join us for NIGHTFALL tonight at 7:00 p.m. for a fun and fancy evening to remember as the Sligo Young Adults host a black-tie event where the glass-roofed Atrium will be transformed into a beautiful dining experience. The evening will feature fine cuisine, giveaways, live music and a photo booth to capture the night’s most memorable moments. Get your ticket at! The Church Office will be closed in observance of President’s Day Holiday on Monday, February 20. If you have an urgent matter that cannot wait until the office reopens, please call our emergency number 301-980-1009.

- Ellen G. White

To celebrate Black History Month, please join Washington Adventist University on Tuesday, February 21, for a movie night. “Free State of Jones” will be screened at 7:30 p.m. in WAU’s Morrison Hall.


Sligo Book Club will meet on Wednesday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Discipleship Room to discuss “The Return” by Hisham Matar.

Desire of Ages, Chapter 65, Feb. 19 - Feb. 25

February 18, 2017  

Sligo Church Bulletin