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Worship That Connects

This year, we introduced the theme of “Connecting Like Jesus” as a vehicle for becoming a conference of only growing and multiplying churches. Our first-ever virtual camp meeting and ministries convention  (June 29 – July 3, 2021) successfully conveyed that, to fulfill the gospel commission, we must first connect with God, then with others, like Jesus did. We’re continuing this theme with our “Worship That Connects” worship summit on Friday, Dec. 10 (evening), and Sabbath, Dec. 11 (all day) on our Adventist Ontario YouTube channel and website.

The summit’s main objective will be to inspire a worship renewal. Attendees will be blessed by different elements of worship, including prayer, scripture reflections, special presentations with guest speakers and breakout sessions.

The program will be comprised of three segments.
• Segment 1 will clear misconceptions around worship.
• Segment 2 will allow members to reflect on their worship honestly.
• Segment 3 will help members transition from being spectators, consumers or observers to actual worshippers.

Ontario Conference President Mansfield Edwards shared his motivation as this Ellen White quote:
“We do not obtain a hundredth part of the blessings we should obtain from assembling together to worship God.” Lift Him Up, p. 303.

Edwards noted, “We do not spend enough time discussing worship as a church, especially from a qualitative perspective.” We typically debate the merits of different worship styles. However, worship has to be at the forefront of our minds because “it is something we claim we’ll be doing throughout eternity in the visible presence of Christ, alongside angels.”

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Connecting Across Our Differences

The second virtual Society of Adventist Communicators Conference (Oct. 17-19) gave attendees from across the North American Division more tools to connect like Jesus through media and communications. In the final keynote speech on the 19th, titled “Connecting Across Our Differences,” Pastor Joanne Cortes of Beltsville Seventh-day Adventist Church (Washington, D.C., area) shared some gems from her perspective as someone raised in a bicultural (Hispanic and Australian) household who felt “different.”

Pastor Cortes began, “We’ve all had moments where we’ve felt different, [disconnected], out of place, and at times, unworthy and lonely. But even though we felt different, there's still something within us that wants to connect, to know that we belong and we are not alone in this world.”

She continued, “God intentionally made us different to reveal different aspects of His nature. And through each person, we can experience and learn to appreciate the vastness of who God is.”

As we strive to Connect Like Jesus, here are a few things to consider:

1. Value people over biases and prejudices. We often have biases against people who are different from us; unchecked, these biases can lead to hatred, hostility and unChristlike behaviour. “Never stop reading about the life of Jesus and how He treated people,” she urged. “People were in love with Jesus and wanted to connect with Jesus because He valued people. Jesus changed the narrative in His time, and we can change it in ours, by loving all people [regardless of background, religion, gender, lifestyle, culture, etc.] and spending time with them.”

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On March 7, 2021, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada Board of Directors voted overwhelmingly in support “to make the 4 Seasons Indigenous Relations course mandatory for all employees, entities, conference staff, supporting ministries, and their boards, of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada.”

This is an initiative to build cultural competency in our employees, with the First Peoples of Canada, that assists the denomination in brokering diversity with respect and creates healthy individual and professional relationships based on our shared humanity as children of God. You can also increase the learning by talking with your peers as you go through the course. Any questions can be sent to the Indigenous Ministries Director, Dr. Campbell Page at page.campbell@adventist.ca or his administrative secretary, Chris Guarin-Adap, at guarin-adap.chris@adventist.ca.

You can do this course at your own pace and have until November 1, 2021, to complete the course. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate from First Nations University.

We will receive weekly progress reports and will share these with executive secretaries and Human Resources officers at your respective conferences.

ABOUT THE COURSE:

4 Seasons of Reconciliation is a unique 3-hour online course that promotes a renewed relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians through transformative learning about truth and reconciliation. This workplace course provides the basic foundation on the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). This course assists our denomination in meeting the appropriate 94-Calls to Action from the TRC with our employees and supporting ministries.

In collaboration with the First Nations University of Canada, 4 Seasons of Reconciliation provides a comprehensive online learning course with captivating multi-media components, including award-winning reconciliation documentaries. Each short module can be completed at the learner’s pace and provides a mix of learning tools such as PowerPoint, videos, films, and quizzes. A bonus video library for further exploration is provided.

Here are some additional resources:

Ontario Conference Provides Sample Letter to Confirm Church Membership During COVID-19 Crisis

As a global church body, we value human life and the role COVID-19 measures, including the vaccine, play in safeguarding our communities, our lives and livelihoods and the health of our world. We also recognize and respect the choice of individuals not to receive a vaccine as per their freedom of conscience. We have thus provided a letter for those employers who are willing to accommodate unvaccinated workers by recognizing their personal convictions and by taking additional steps to keep workers safe. This is not a letter for religious exemption but rather a letter verifying for employers that someone is a church member. This template has been made for pastors to fill in and place on church letterhead for those employers requiring it. Click here to view the sample letter.

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The above prayer guide, “Diwali: Festival of Light, Five Days of Prayer for My Hindu and Sikh Neighbors”, sponsored by the General Conference Global Mission Center for South Asian Religions (CSAR) and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada (SDACC), was developed to help our leaders and members pray for and witness to their Hindu and Sikh neighbours during Diwali.

Sikhs only pray to the “True God”, the God who created the heavens and the earth. Over the entranceway to their Gurdwara, the place where Sikhs come together for congregational worship, is the Old Testament text, “The Lord our God one God”.

Diwali starts November 2nd this year and that can vary by a day depending on where in India people are from.

Be sure and subscribe to the South Asian Messenger.  Email SAmessenger@adventist.ca for details.

Courage.

Stan Jensen
Communication Director
Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada

Five Ways to Support your ABC Christian Bookstore

Did you know there’s an untapped gem in our conference? When you see the name ABC Christian Bookstore, you might expect Bibles and devotional materials. But, alongside its vast book collection, it offers much more. Check it out for anything from dinner roast for your holiday meal to Christian board or card games for family fun to clothing featuring inspiring Bible verses.

The ABC Christian Bookstore is one of the vehicles God has given us to connect with and like Jesus. Here are a few ways you can support this unique mission field:

  • Shop with the ABC first for your Christian materials, birthday, holiday and seasonal gifts and greeting cards. And church leaders, look no further than the ABC for your mission and outreach needs, whether GLOW tracts or magazines for distribution or resource materials for ministry.
  • Visit the ABC’s mobile truck for food and gifts. For your convenience, a mobile truck with selected products travels to different churches across Ontario. Pre-order products that you need to be sent on the mobile truck to specific church locations listed on the schedule below.
  • Call the store and get yourself on the ABC’s mailing list. People on the mailing list will be the first to know about new products and sales, such as our October special of 25% off Spirit of Prophecy books. Click here for the flyer.
  • Connect with our social media for updates. Click here for our Instagram page and here for Facebook.
  • Purchase the hard copies of books and Sabbath School materials. Even with the convenience of e-books and audiobooks, there’s nothing like a physical book that you can mark up or flip through. Turn to the ABC for Christian books for all ages, including a selection in French and Spanish.


To order products from our catalogue, visit the US website at https://adventistbookcenter.com/, then call 905-579-2311 or Toll-Free 1-800-263-3791, or visit us at 95 Clarence Biesenthal Dr., Oshawa, ON.
Click here for more info on our hours of operation and products.

Happy shopping!
Pracilla Osborne, ABC Christian Bookstore manager, and Christelle Agboka, Communications director



Would you like your ad or article to be considered for inclusion in the next edition of the news? We love to help in sharing your story, and we accept submissions for the OCN up to the Tuesday of each publication week.

Email us at ocn@adventisontario.org.

Guidelines for Reopening Churches from Adventist Risk Management

Across Ontario, churches have begun to reopen their doors and offer live services again. Whether you have already reopened or are in the process of doing so, please consider these guidelines from Adventist Risk Management so you can stay safe.

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For more COVID-19 safety information, review these FAQs from the ARM website.



Ontario Conference values you as a member of our praying community.
If you have a prayer request, please let us know!

Click here to submit your request.
Click here for a COVID-19 prayer.



Click on the image above for a video providing a step-by-step guide to using AdventistGiving.
Click here for The Steward's Way e-book.



This Zoom training is designed for the Adult Sabbath School Teacher/Facilitator who did not complete the courses for Sabbath School teachers offered through the Ontario School of Evangelism and Discipleship in 2019 and 2020. Click the image above to register.



Click the image above to join the Zoom meeting October 31 at 3pm.



Click here or on the image above to access free registration for this event.



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the Week of Revival reading material.

 

JOB POSTING: Office Manager & Communications Coordinator

Our vibrant and growing church seeks an energetic, organized, and creative individual to manage our office and centre, and to direct and implement digital media strategies for our church and community.

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Office of Education - Current Job Opportunities

The following positions are currently available with the Ontario Conference Office of Education:

Temporary Physical Education, Computer and French Teacher, College Park Elementary School, Oshawa, Ontario
Part-time French Teacher, Adventist Christian Elementary School, London, Ontario
NEW! Teaching Principal / Grade 6-8 Teacher, Windsor Adventist Elementary School, Windsor, Ontario
NEW! Temporary Grades 7-12 French Teacher, Crawford Adventist Academy, Toronto, Ontario
Substitute Teachers (ongoing hiring) for Brampton, London, Mount Hope, Oshawa, Ottawa, Pickering, Toronto, and Windsor

Visit this link for details on job postings with the Ontario Conference Education.

BURMAN UNIVERSITY JOB OPPORTUNITY

Burman University invites applications for the following positions:
1. Contract, Enrolment Advisor
2. Contract - French Faculty

Please visit our website for details.

ADRA CANADA IS HIRING!

Below, please find two positions currently open for applications. Interested parties are encouraged to submit applications to stayintouch@adra.ca. These positions will remain open until filled. We thank all candidates, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Gender Equality Advisor for Development Projects
Supporter Relations Director

Click here for a full list of job openings.

Opportunity - Executive Director 

About the role 
Parker Street Food & Furniture Bank located in Halifax, Nova Scotia is seeking a passionate individual to lead this important community organization into the future. We are seeking a mission-minded individual with several years of experience in leading and managing a non-profit organization and has a history of demonstrated commitment to community causes.

The applicant is responsible for the efficient and effective operations of the Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank, including all aspects of human resource management that relate to selecting, leading and managing the performance of staff within a team, financial management, policy development, operational planning, and risk management. The applicant must have exceptional leadership and communication skills to build and nurture constructive relationships with our diverse community of clients, donors, volunteers, employees and board members.

If this community-minded opportunity interests you, please send a PDF version of an application and cover letter to Sydney.Mogae@parkerstreet.org. Applications will be accepted until 7:00 pm Atlantic Standard Time on October 29th, 2021.

Should you have further enquiries (including the detailed Job Description), please also email Sydney.Mogae@parkerstreet.org

The International Pathfinder Camporee will take place in Gillette, Wyoming in 2024. IPC happens every five years. Over 50,000 Pathfinders attend from over 100 countries for the largest five-day Adventist Youth Event in the world. Each day is filled with fun activities, honors, events, and ministry opportunities. During the 2024 Camporee, each night will be filled with inspiring music, prayer, messages, and a special continuing story from the life of Moses.

Make sure to mark your calendars for Camporee AUGUST 5-11, 2024.

Click here for more info.

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Camp Frenda: Website
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Health Ministries: Facebook
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