Education Crisis – Back to School

Education Crisis – Back to School

What does school look like today?

July 29, 2020
1 PM Eastern


Most of us acknowledge there are challenges regarding the reopening our schools during this COVID-19 pandemic. Join a conversation with administrators,  teachers, other professionals, and students about the framework of reopening our schools. This webinar will focus on how to provide education while protecting the health and wellbeing of students.


Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 219259

Telephone dial: (312) 626-6799

Webinar ID: 880 7932 7984#


BCJA COVID-19 School Choice Plan

Berean Christian Junior Academy

Be The Dream

COVID-19 School Choice Plan

  • BCJA will provide face shieldsTemperature Screen Kiosk
  • Air Purifiers and sanitizing station in each classroom
  • All students & staff required to wear a face mask/sheild
  • Daily Electrostatic Disinfection
  • Three instructional options available

Select your child’s learning plan the list below. Your selection will be a semester long commitment. Let us know by August 3!


Marcia Davis, Principal 

Berean Christian Jr. Academy
401 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 799-0337


Help Me Cope During COVID-19

When: Wednesday, May 27, 12 – 1 pm ET
Where: Zoom Video Conferencing

You are invited to attend a live, virtual roundtable, hosted by the Berean’s Healthcare Ministry, to hear from healthcare professionals, advocates, and industry experts on how mental health – and the experiences of patients, caregivers and providers – is being shaped by COVID-19. 

Learn tips on how you and your family can cope with COVID-19.

Help Me Cope with COVID-19 – Speaks to most people working in their homes for the first time, teaching and monitoring classes, cooking 3 meals a day, shopping online for groceries, and more. And when you do go out, you must arm yourself with a mask, gloves, long sleeves, and keep a 6 feet distance from everyone. The News, family, and friends are speculating when will this be over?


Carmela Monk Crawford
Editor of Message Magazine
9705 Patuxent Woods,
Columbia, Maryland 21046 1565
Office Phone: 443-391-7200
Subscriber Services 
Virginia Ramsey, Customer Service Representative
Pacific Press Publishing Association
Office Phone: 208-465-2548

Terry L. Parks, Ed.D, LPC, EAS-C, THTC, FVIP, ASMBS, 
Executive Director
A New Approach Behavioral Health, LLC
2080 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Suite 200
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
“A Comprehensive Skill Building Approach to Creating a Life Worth Living”
404.551.5571 Office
404.551.5574 Fax
Serving Dekalb, Fulton and Gwinnett Counties

Lloyda Williamson MD, D.F.A.P.A., F.A.A.C.A.P. Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Psychiatry Clerkship Director
Executive Director, Lloyd C. Elam Mental Health Center
Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist
T: 615-327-6606  F: 615-327-5661
Twitter: @DrLloydaW

CEO/Clinical Director
(770)-282-4346 (Mobile)
(678) 582-8947 (Office)
(770) 461-0507 (Fax) (Email)

Alison Barreiro-Jones, LCSW, EAS-C, CCTP
Founder and CEO Progression Counseling & Life Coaching
Working with children and adolescents through sexual trauma.

Melanie Kinard, Ed.S.
School Psychologist, Atlanta Public Schools
Mrs. Melanie Kinard has been a practicing school psychologist for the past 20 years serving the preschool through high school population.  Her primary function is to ensure that all children are able to learn adequately by identifying any barriers that may hinder their growth and developing solutions to help them address those barriers.

Media Contact
For additional questions or post-event interview requests with any of the panelists, please contact: Richard White at

Brought to you by Berean SDA Church’s Healthcare Ministry and Communications Ministry

When: Wednesday, May 27, 12 – 1 pm ET
Where: Zoom Video Conferencing

Dial in to the webinar
(312) 626-6799 – code: 852 0340 2940# US


Flattening the Next Curve – Mental Health During & After COVID-19

You are invited to attend a FREE live, virtual roundtable, hosted by Finn Partners, to hear from healthcare leaders, advocates, and industry experts on how mental health – and the experiences of patients, caregivers and providers – is being shaped by COVID-19

When: Thursday, May 14, 12 – 1 pm EDT

Where: FREE Webinar – registration required. RSVP at this link to complete your registration. 

The moderated discussion will cover topics as access to care in minority and underserved communities, the industry’s response to COVID-19 and the evolution of Telehealth and telepsychiatry, as leader across the mental health ecosystem work to deliver the best care possible and combat what is projected to be our nation’s next healthcare crisis.


John Whyte MD, MPH 
Chief Medical Officer Web MD

Featuring past member and sister of Berean SDA Church
Lloyda Williamson MD, DFAPA, FAACAP
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dana Macher
Practice Director, Avalere Health

Sarah Akerman MD
Senior Medical Director, Medical Affairs, Alkermes

Sarah Akerman MD
Senior Medical Director, Medical Affairs, Alkermes

Media Contact
For additional questions or post-event interview requests with any of the panelists, please contact: Becky Gohsler

Berean Communications


Difference Maker



Do you know someone who are going the extra mile to help others handle the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, please email with a brief summary and photos! 

Will spotlight on our Website & Social Media Pages

Due date is May 16th, 2020


Response to COVID-19 Shelter in Place Order in Georgia

To My Beloved Church Family:

It is with careful consideration that I address you both collectively and individually. 

Many of you are aware that we are facing a pandemic that has ravaged the world, our Nation and our State of Georgia.  This past week Governor Kemp has made an unprecedented politically driven decision to defy the shelter in Place Order given by the medical professionals and guidelines of the White House. He approved the reopening of small businesses, which also includes Houses of Worship.

As your spiritual leader, I have discussed this matter with the Pastoral Team and with prayerful consideration I have decided that for the health and safety of the congregation we will continue to observe the Shelter in Place Order to avoid the spread of this deadly virus, called Covid-19.

The Atlanta Berean SDA Church Pastoral Team is complying with the recommendation of the South Atlantic Conference. Hence, we will remain closed until we feel that it is safe for us to return to church for corporate worship. We will keep you informed as to the earliest date of our re-opening.

May God continue to watch over us and keep us faithful. We will continue to live stream our services on Wednesdays from 7-8 pm, and on Sabbath from 11am – 12 noon, for the safety and blessings of the congregants.

Jesus has promised to be with us until the end, so stay strong and remain faithful in the power of His Might.

Yours Truly,

Pastor Sherwin Jack
Senior Pastor

Berean SDA Church
291 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive
Atlanta GA 30318


Church Survey on the effects of the COVID-19

The coronavirus COVID-19 crept into our world a few weeks ago and changed the way we are able to fellowship and worship together. Although we have been working on ways to still provide online church services in the midst of widespread lockdown and social distancing requirements, we also still want to connect with each of you.  Your pastoral team misses you, are concerned about you and wanted to check on you.

Please take a couple of minutes to complete this quick survey TODAY to let us hear from you. It’s an opportunity to also let us know if you have any issues/concerns you would like to share.

Hang in there and remember that God has promised “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.

Take care and look forward to hearing from you.

Communications Team


Berean Youth & Young Adults

This COVID-19 has changed our lives as we know it to be. With everything that’s going on around us it’s good to know that our Heavenly Father still remains the same. He is still consistent, omnipresent and omnipotent! 

We know that for specifically our young adults and youth, socialization is important. Being around family, friends or even being in school or church is something that makes most of us comfortable. Or it’s just simply familiar. Social distancing is pretty hard. For seniors in high school or even college, dealing with the very real possibility of not being able to physically graduate, it’s especially difficult. In actuality, this entire ordeal is a difficult reality to face. However, in spite of these circumstances God is still in control and we are here constantly praying for our Berean Family, young and old alike.

I would like to encourage each and every one of you to take this time as a time of reflection. Take this time to grow spiritually and to grow closer to God. Talk to him tell him what’s on your hearts and minds and don’t be afraid to do so. Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus! Never give up or give in ! Trust and believe that no matter what we can always depend on him. 

If anyone is need of prayer or just need an ear to listen I am here. 


God Bless 

Pastor Edward Simmons

Online Weekly Scheduled Events

We are using ZOOM to share our online experiences
Monday 6:30 am Men’s Prayer Line (404) 793-7229
  7:00 pm Prayer Line (602) 609-9908
Tuesday 7:00 pm Prayer Line (602) 609-9908
Wednesday 6:00 pm Online Prayer Meeting ZOOM – (929) 205-6099 code 741085878#
  7:00 pm Prayer Line (602) 609-9908
Thursday 1:00 pm Men’s Prayer Line ZOOM 
Dial 1-301-715-8592 – code: 84864882195#
  7:00 pm Prayer Line (602) 609-9908
Friday 7:00 pm Prayer Line (602) 609-9908
Saturday 9:30 am Adult Sabbath School ZOOM – (929) 205-6099 code 509160220#
  10:00 am Berean Kids – Ages 5 to 8 ZOOM
  10:00 am Middle School – Ages 11 to 13 ZOOM
  10:00 am High School – Ages 14 to 17 ZOOM
  11:00 am Worship Experience YouTube
  1:00 pm 2nd Sabbath Service ZOOM – 1-929-205-6099 – code: 89199038374#
  7:00 pm Prayer Line (602) 609-9908
  7:30 pm Keeping it Real ZOOM – (929) 205-6099 code 228296236#

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