Warmest Christian greetings,  
I pray you and your loved ones are well physically and spiritually.

The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc at home and abroad, bringing entire countries and communities to their knees. By now, everybody has been impacted by the pandemic in some way.   The non-stop torrent of news about the virus is difficult to ignore, and I suspect that many of you have stocked up on supplies to get you through the coming weeks, if not months.

As we knew would happen, there has been a whirlwind of rapid developments that call for an update on what the Lake Region Conference (LRC) has done and is doing to deal with this unprecedented situation. Please note the following items, some of which are actions voted by LRC’s Administrative Council, ADCOM.

      • We can now confirm that General Conference 2020 has been postponed. The next quinquennial gathering of the World Church will take place May 20-25, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Not all ramifications of the postponement of the Session have been resolved. For more information on the matter, please visit the General Conference News Network.
      • All Conference programs through the end of March have been canceled. Impact Indiana events scheduled for later this spring are still under review.
      • The CALLED Minister’s Conference has been rescheduled to the summer of 2022. Also postponed to a date to be determined is the Your Best Pathway to Health Medical and Dental Clinic. A decision on the General Conference Session is yet to be made.
      • Both Andrews University and Oakwood University have suspended face-to-face instruction for the rest of the semester.
      • All LRC schools are closed for the immediate future. Instruction will be delivered via technology.
      • The Conference Office is closed. Office personnel will be working from home, and you may contact them via email.
      • International and domestic travel of LRC personnel have been barred.
      • Due to government guidelines regarding the number of people who may assemble, we are MANDATING that all church services be suspended until further notice.
      • This coming Sabbath, March 21, 2020 at 12 EST, 11AM CST, an online worship service with guidance and instruction from Conference leadership, and the Word of God preached by your humble servant, will be streamed.  We encourage all LRC members and friends to join us online either on our YouTube page or our at our Live Stream Page.
As there is still much about the Coronavirus COVID-19 that is unknown, and as medical authorities and government leaders continue to stumble and stagger about in search of answers, let us not forget that our God is still on the throne and knows all. The current conundrum is no mystery to God, who will move in His own time and His own way.
In times like these, let us hold to the words of the Psalmist, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? . .  . For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock” (Psalm 27:1, 5).

Under His Wings,

Dr. R. Clifford Jones


10 Responses to “IN TIMES LIKE THESE”

  1. Clarinda L Harris says:

    Greetings Dr. Jones:
    Thanks so much for sharing what God has placed on your heart. Your words of encouragement and the instructions provided are indeed what many will need in these uncertain times. May God’s plan forever supersede the plans of fallen humanity.

    Forever Trusting,
    Elder Clarinda L Harris

  2. Martesi Mack says:

    What time Central does services start live-streaming?

  3. Milton Guthrie says:

    Thank you for all you do for the cause of Christ and for the steps being taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
    Just writing to let you know that I believe “present truth” is being preached by Dr. Timothy Jennings Md.
    We all MUST join that message, check him out he has lots of presentations on YouTube

  4. Henry& Yetunde Oladini says:

    Though the tempest be wild,yet the church of God marches on in victory, it will not be long and He that shall come will come. Pastor Jones, we keep you and your team in prayers on a daily basis. The Lord remains your strength.
    The oladinis.
    Praise Fellowship
    South Bend

  5. Sis Dixon Hyde park church says:

    Was encouraged by the on line service. God bless everyone who participated. A very well put together service. Thank you.

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  9. Noelette Hutton says:


    To: Members of the North American Division

    From: Representatives from Membership of North American Division of Seventh Day Adventists

    Date: October 29,2020

    We your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, and friends come to you expressing our deep concerns regarding allegations of harassment and sexual assault, both in recent weeks, and in the past. We have come in unity, to make clear our expectations that you, the Presidents and leaders, will not only be handling, but including professional, experienced women, with integrity, having no employment ties and allegiance to the conferences, to be included in this process. It is women who have been offended, and because this is a story too long told and too seldom handled, and because we represent the majority of members in every congregation, we need to be at the forefront. It is our intent to ensure these issues will be immediately addressed and methods put in place so that no woman, man or child will ever feel they have to fear this type of behavior inflicted upon them by those who have been appointed to lead.

    We want to make clear that those who have been accused or have been proven to participate in any sexual behavior outside of marriage, including consensual sexual activity, those who have gang raped, or even participated in the grooming of victims, must be immediately dismissed and/or put on leave until they have been proven innocent.

    We want to ensure that we make clear that students in our schools are informed regarding what predatory behaviors, and what grooming looks like and made to feel safe to report it, knowing that it will be immediately handled.

    We want administrators, faculty, staff and students, to be clear that sexual misconduct of any kind will no longer be tolerated or dismissed. And we want those who have done so, removed. There are way too many hurting women girls, and even young men, who for years have been molested and nothing has been done. We are not concerned about the legal ramifications, nor the secrets they may hold on those in leadership. Our desire is rightly representing the God of this church who has been misrepresented and least considered. Our concern is that the beauty of sex, He created, and the institution of marriage, has been abused, and like the institution of the Sabbath, been broken. Our concern is that we have many victims left angry and in fear because of the years of sweeping sin under the table and not calling it out!

    We are clear and blessed, that many of you are God fearing men with integrity, but your peers have brought even your characters in question and yet you have seemingly been complicit! We are not just fighting for them but for you!

    It is imperative you understand we expect professional women and men, not pastors, be in place for our pastors to get the counseling and mentoring required to assist in the healing process. The accused are your brothers and coworkers, the victims, are your members, your financial support, your students and you need to stand up for them and be angry for all of them. we are here to support and make certain, you to do what must and will be done. We need not tell you, Jesus is coming. Proverbs 15:3 makes clear , The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. What do you want Him to see in you?

    Because the Word of God is our guide and basis for this communication, we say thank you and let’s work together to help all those involved in or to get back to the business at hand of finishing the work we are called to do! Be blessed and get busy!

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