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Funeral Information For Maranatha French Crash Victims

posted on September 27, 2013, under Church by

Service arrangements have been posted for the victims of the van crash that occurred Saturday, September 14, claiming the lives of Nostra Damas, Osee Elian, and Gertha Petit-Frere.

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Saturday, September 28 — 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Maranatha French Mission Group Church
5770 W. Oakland Park Blvd.
Lauderhill, FL 33313

Funeral Service
Sunday, September 29 — 10:00 a.m.
War Memorial Auditorium
800 NE 8th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Repast: Ambassador Church
3245 W. Oakland Park Blvd.
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311

Cemeteries

Nostra Damas & Osee Elian
Lauderdale Memorial Park
2001 SW 4th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

Gertha Petit-Frere
Sunset Memorial Gardens
3201 NW 19th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

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Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Marks 120th Anniversary

posted on September 22, 2013, under Conference by

An excerpt of the October 10, 1893, issue of The [Advent] Review and [Sabbath] Herald, describing the events of organizing Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

The October 10, 1893, issue of The [Advent] Review and [Sabbath] Herald, described the events of organizing Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

On this date, September 22, Florida Conference celebrates its 120th anniversary of its foundation in 1893. On that date, 13 delegates chosen by six churches gathered in the small community of Barberville (Flickr photoset link, ©Amanda Baird/BlackDoll Photography). At 3:00 p.m., the first of a series of meetings, September 22-25, was called to order. The first order of business was to organize the Seventh-day Adventists of Florida into a State Conference which was unanimously voted.

The new Conference began life with three ordained ministers, two licensed ministers, and 139 members, with a territory comprising all of Florida. (There were two territorial changes later: in 1908, seven northwestern counties were given to the Alabama Conference, and two others in 1922; a tenth was transferred in 1932 to the new Alabama-Mississippi Conference, known today as the Gulf States Conference). More history of the early work in Florida is available on the Florida Conference web site. Also, pages 12-13 of The [Advent] Review and [Sabbath] Herald (Adobe .PDF links) report on Florida Conference’s beginnings.

Florida Conference's earliest permanent headquarters on the corner of Rosalind and Robinson Avenues.

Florida Conference’s earliest permanent headquarters on the corner of Rosalind and Robinson Avenues.

From the information we’ve been able to obtain, Florida Conference’s earliest decades operated out of a variety of temporary offices, possibly corresponding with Orlando churches. Then, the congregation known today as Orlando Central Church built a facility in 1917 on the corner of Rosalind and Robinson Avenues which was designed to also permanently house the Florida Conference offices. The Conference moved into its own building at some point between 1923 and 1928. The Orlando church continued to use the Rosalind/Robinson building until 1956. It no longer exists today.

Florida Conference's headquarters at 311 N. Rosalind Ave. (Photo: Google Street View, March 2011)

Florida Conference’s headquarters at 311 N. Rosalind Ave. (Photo: Google Street View, March 2011)

In the 1920s, Florida Conference built its own separate office facility neighboring the former Orlando Central Church. At this time, the exact year is uncertain since some internal records, including the Centennial issue of Florida Focus (Adobe .PDF link), report 1923 as the move-in date; however, property records for Orange County claim the facility was built in 1928.

The former downtown Orlando headquarters location is still standing and, as of early 2012, was being used by an environmental/civil land surveying and consulting company.

The Rosalind Building sale was finalized before construction of the Rollins building was complete. So, from 1958-1960, Florida Conference operated out of a large old house on Hillcrest Ave., not far from the Rosalind Building. The house no longer exists.

Florida Conference headquarters at 616 E. Rollins St.

Florida Conference headquarters at 616 E. Rollins St.

The Rollins Building, completed in 1960, initially housed administration on the upper floor, the Adventist Book Center on the lower floor, and ministry departments on a split level (far right in this photo). The ABC later moved into an addition made on the building’s west side, and ministry departments expanded into the ABC’s former location on the bottom floor. More information about this new building can be read on page 10 of the November 25, 1959, Southern Tidings, and page 4 of the March 2, 1960, Southern Tidings (Adobe .PDF links).

Florida Conference's current-but-soon-to-be-vacated headquarters at 655 N. Wymore Rd. (Photo: Dale Clark)

Florida Conference’s current-but-soon-to-be-vacated headquarters at 655 N. Wymore Rd. (Photo: Dale Clark)

After vacating the building in 1992, it was used for several years by Florida Hospital for the human resources office and other departments. It was demolished in 2005 to make room for the new Florida Hospital Ginsburg Tower. (Interestingly, the Ginsburg Tower Emergency Room entrance is now in almost the exact spot where the main south entrance to Florida Conference was located.)

Florida Conference's future home at 351 S. State Rd. 434 in Altamonte Springs.

Florida Conference’s future home at 351 S. State Rd. 434 in Altamonte Springs.

The Wymore Road building stood vacant for a considerable time with no interior walls or features. After Florida Conference purchased the building, the interior was renovated to specification, including space for the Adventist Book Center in the entire north half of the ground floor. The building’s grand opening was in the summer of 1992.

The Wymore building and property were purchased by the Florida Department of Transportation on January 27, 2012, to make room for expansion on Interstate 4. Florida Conference is currently using the facility rent-free until its relocation in early 2014 to 351 S. State Rd. 434 in Altamonte Springs.

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Two Additional Maranatha French Church Members Die From Van Accident Injuries

posted on September 15, 2013, under Church, Conference, Member by

UPDATE: 9/16/13 1:00pm – We have received word that, of the patients who were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital, three have improved to fair condition. One remains in critical condition but is said to be improving.

Our hearts at Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists continue to be saddened from the news of two additional deaths as a result of the van accident that occurred yesterday.

Osee Elian, 22, and Gertha Petit-Frere, 62, died this afternoon from injuries sustained after the Maranatha French Church van crashed while transporting a group of church members from Lauderhill to Tampa for a Haitian Convention.

We continue our prayers for the families of the three victims who died and pray for God’s healing on those still recovering from the accident.

If you have any questions, you may direct them to Henoc Paulicin who is serving as spokesperson for the church and conference through this tragedy. In the mean time, we solicit your prayers on behalf of the families during this time of pain, and for the entire conference family.

Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is a mainstream Protestant denomination with more than 61,500 members. We are Bible-believing Christians who base our faith, hope, and future in Jesus Christ.

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Maranatha French Member Nostra Damas Killed In Van Accident

posted on September 14, 2013, under Church, Conference, Member by

The Florida Conference family is shocked and saddened by the news of the death of Nostra Damas, a member of Maranatha French Seventh-day Adventist Mission Group in Lauderhill, which is part of the Florida Conference sisterhood of churches. According to the police report, Damas died in an accident that occurred early this morning while on his way to Tampa with other church members to attend a Haitian Convention.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all impacted by the accident this morning, especially the parents and family members of Nostra Damas. We also pray for the full health and recovery of those involved in the accident and transported to the hospital.

Any time there is pain, we hurt as well, and we pray for God’s healing to touch those in pain at this difficult time.

If you have any questions, you may direct them to Henoc Paulicin who is serving as spokesperson for the church and conference through this tragedy. In the mean time, we solicit your prayers on behalf of the families during this time of pain, and for the entire conference family.

Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is a mainstream Protestant denomination with more than 61,500 members. We are Bible-believing Christians who base our faith, hope, and future in Jesus Christ.

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Recipe For a Healthy 100 Years

posted on September 13, 2013, under Member by

Roselio Muñiz blows out candles on the unique timeline cake at his 100th birthday party held at the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center in Celebration, Fla. (Photo: Steven Thekan)

Roselio Muñiz blows out candles on the unique timeline cake at his 100th birthday party held at the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center in Celebration, Fla. (Photo: Steven Thekan)

by Gladys Neigel

Joining the elite group of centenarians, Roselio Muñiz was honored on September 1 by 180 family and friends who gathered at the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center in Celebration, Fla.

Born August 30, 1913, in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, 100-year-old Roselio says, “There is nothing else you need for good health and a long life except the health message.”

A member of the Adventist Church since 1937, Roselio was among a group of 16 baptized in the ocean, including one young lady, Crusita, who would later become his wife. First in his community to become an Adventist, he served as teacher/preacher at worship services held in his house.

After farming in the early years of his career, he became a carpenter and helped build Bella Vista Hospital in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. At its completion, he began to work in purchasing and was named head of the department from which he retired after 33 years.

Roselio moved to the United States in 1991 and presently lives in Apopka, Fla., where he attends Forest City Spanish Church and enjoys a healthful lifestyle. His physical fitness routine includes riding a stationary bike three miles in fifteen minutes, walking for 15-20 minutes around the house while helping with chores, and mowing the lawn.

Each day, breakfast begins with a shake made of seven or eight fruits, walnuts or almonds, one piece of bread, and a slice of cheese. Lunch often consists of his favorite rice and beans dish, while supper will include a bowl of fruit and yogurt.

He keeps his mind sharp by reading, e-mailing, and searching Google to learn new things. He repairs clocks as a hobby and owns a clock mechanism that was made in 1810.

Roselio and his wife, Crusita, were married 63 years before she passed away in 2003. He continues to be blessed by his two children, Nehemias Muñiz of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., and Mildred Preussner of Apopka, Fla.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Roselio’s favorite Bible character has always been Jesus, and his goal now is to be alive when He comes!

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Tampa Adventist Academy Teacher Honored

posted on September 13, 2013, under Education by

by Garla Johnson

Florida Governor Rick Scott presented a Shine Award to Tampa Adventist Academy Vice Principal Merili Wyatte. The award recognizes teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of educational excellence. (Photo: Meredith Hall)

Florida Governor Rick Scott presented a Shine Award to Tampa Adventist Academy Vice Principal Merili Wyatte. The award recognizes teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of educational excellence. (Photo: Meredith Hall)

Merili Wyatte, vice principal, kindergarten teacher, and special needs coordinator at Tampa Adventist Academy (TAA), was presented the Shine Award at a recognition ceremony held August 6 during Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Cabinet Meeting. The award was created by the Governor to highlight teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of educational excellence.

“I am very proud that Merili Wyatte was the recipient of this prestigious award,” says Glen Baker, TAA principal. “Mrs. Wyatte epitomizes the very best of Adventist education in the classroom where her love for children, commitment to excellence, and caring Christian example touch the lives of many students each day.”

Carol Thomas, Ph.D., from the Step Up For Students Program in Tampa, nominated Wyatte for the Shine Award because of her outstanding commitment to elevating the educational experience for each and every child.

Wyatte has taught at Tampa Adventist Academy for 13 years with a total of 17 years in education.

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Margate Church Members Impact Community

posted on September 13, 2013, under Church, Member by

Volunteers from Margate Church team up with LifeNet4Families in feeding the homeless. (Photo: Julia Tedim)

Volunteers from Margate Church team up with LifeNet4Families in feeding the homeless. (Photo: Julia Tedim)

by Julia Tedim

“Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel” was the command given by Jesus. Margate, Fla., Church has challenged each member to think about how they can personally do their part. Some of the programs the church has introduced to encourage participation include:

Anthony Catthouse of the Personal Ministries Department decided to engage the needy where they live. Up to 20 other members join him to feed the homeless on the second Wednesday of every month.

Teaming up with LifeNet4Families, more than 230 men and women are fed in an area of Fort Lauderdale where most homeless wander the streets. After they eat, volunteers distribute Bible tracts. “Thank you for your dedication and commitment,” says Director Chris Polzer of LifeNet4Families.

As many as 20 Margate Church members help feed more than 200 homeless people who receive Bible tracts along with their meal. (Photo: Julia Tedim)

As many as 20 Margate Church members help feed more than 200 homeless people who receive Bible tracts along with their meal. (Photo: Julia Tedim)

Another team of individuals, including Margate Pathfinders, visited Good Hope Manor, an assisted living center, for ministry to the elderly through praise, prayer, and spoken word. Some residents, in appreciation for their only visit in months, were brought to tears as they extended their arms for hugs. Nessa Cohen organizes this program on the first and last Sabbath of each month.

The Women Ministries Department held a picnic for the elderly at Hugh Taylor Burch Park in Ft. Lauderdale. Each senior was treated as pampered royalty during this quality time spent with family and caring volunteers. A mini program featured their lives in review and recognized the attendees for their patience, grace, and knowledge. Gifts were awarded to the eldest male and female, and Margate Pastor Andrew Nugent prayed for a blessing on each guest.

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