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We love because He first loved us.
-1 John 4:19

 

Upcoming Workers’ Meeting Empowering
Leaders to Connect Like Jesus

Despite the limitations imposed on us by COVID-19, we will be hosting our annual Workers’ Meeting from Monday to Wednesday, Sept. 13-15. Our overarching aim will be for our pastors, teachers and Bible instructors to develop greater agility to function under our Connecting Like Jesus theme. These unusual times call for extraordinary courage and faith; thus, we knew it was critical to pivot our in-person Workers’ Meeting to the virtual space.Each day’s theme will build upon the next to empower Conference workers in our current context. For instance, on Monday, workers will explore and implement strategic spiritual leadership in carrying out God’s mission. On Tuesday, workers will identify and build upon critical elements of a healthy leadership culture. On Wednesday, workers will identify and implement effective strategies and management tools for organizational success.

We are grateful to have three experienced keynote speakers: Orville Parchment, former Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada president and retired General Conference assistant to the president (Monday), Ida Smith, Willowdale Church associate pastor and psychotherapist (Tuesday) and Philip Baptiste, secretary/treasurer, Adventist-Laymen Services and Industries – ASI (Wednesday).

Our full day will be divided into two:

  • a morning segment including praise time, devotional messages from administrators, a prayer session, administrative items and a keynote presentation on the day’s theme; and
  • an afternoon segment where workers will meet in their regions to discuss topics pertinent to the morning’s presentations, followed by a town hall with all workers.

Please keep these meetings and all Ontario Conference workers in your prayers as we continually strive to become a conference of growing and multiplying congregations.

Ontario Conference Administration

 

Family Togetherness Week

As kids and parents juggle various activities this fall, it’s easy to miss out on opportunities to bond as a family. The General Conference’s Family Togetherness Week (Sept. 5-11), culminating in a Family Togetherness Day of Prayer, is one initiative designed to help families draw closer to God and one another.

Be sure to tune into the Family Togetherness Day of Prayer Global Broadcast (roughly one hour), which will be streamed onto the world church’s YouTube channel and Facebook page on Friday, September 10, 2021, at 6:00 PM EDT.

Here is a description from the GC’s Family Ministries department:

“This inspiring program focused on prayer will be hosted by Dr. Willie and Elaine Oliver from GC Family Ministries, with stories and prayers shared by Family Ministries leaders and others involved in the I Will Go with My Family Strategic Focus; inspiring music from around the world and special participation by Pastor Ted and Nancy Wilson and Pastor Geoffrey and Nakku Mbwana from GC Presidential, making this celebration an unforgettable experience.”

Watch here:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TheAdventistChurch/
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGkFptehooRrW-WJ-LZAvqg

You may also download the broadcast to watch as a family on the Sabbath or at another convenient time.



Family Togetherness Week of Prayer resource:
Here is the 2021 resource book,
Living Fruitful Love, which has meditations and activities for the family to engage in throughout the Family Togetherness Week of Prayer (Sunday, Sept. 5 to Sabbath, Sept. 11). Available in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Family Ministries Planbook:
“The
Family Ministries Planbook is an annual resource organized by the General Conference Family Ministries department with input from the world field to supply local churches around the world with resources for the special family emphases weeks and Sabbaths.”
~ GC Family Ministries

 

Testimony from 2021 Virtual Women’s Retreat Attendee

What a wonderful three days I spent at the foot of Jesus, learning through His woman servant Tamyra Horst. Night two touched me to my core, with tears streaming down my cheeks. I was in awe of how much Jesus loves me and that I, Samanta, am ENOUGH. My thoughts about who I am not are not as important as those of the One who created me. He cares about me and the little things that matter to me.The notion of not being enough but having “a big enough God” challenged me to look to Jesus in every situation. It challenged me to see that the enemy has me caught in his trap and made me feel insufficient. Instead of allowing the enemy to steal my joy, I can use my “not-enoughness” to lean into Jesus, learning of and from Him. I can use my “not-enoughness” as fuel to spend time with Jesus daily and allow His words to transform me. The convention reminded me that in God, I AM ENOUGH.

One of my favourite scriptures is Philippians 4:13—“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” When I truly take on this message, I am unstoppable. No one or nothing can mess with my wholeness. When God is leading, and I am focused on him, I thrive.

The speaker also reminded me of 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV—“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly, I will rather boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” These words reassure me that in my weakest moments, I can come to God, and my weakness will activate God’s strength. What a mighty God we serve.

Let’s take time to trust God wholeheartedly and allow Him to rewrite our story. God is crazy about me, and He is crazy about you. We serve “a big enough God,” and any problem we encounter is not bigger than who He is for you and me. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this women’s retreat that reiterated that #IAMENOUGH. I am enough, and so are you!

Samanta Browne, Berea Communications Leader

Ontario Conference Responds
to Haitian Crisis

On Saturday, August 14, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Haiti, killing 2,200 individuals and destroying much of the nation’s southern peninsula, including 50,000 homes. It is the latest in a succession of calamities in Haiti, including the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moise. Deeply touched by this situation, the Ontario Conference administration recently met with pastors serving our Haitian brethren. First, they expressed their solidarity with all Ontario members of Haitian descent. Then, they asked how these members are coping, particularly those with injured or dislocated relatives. Finally, they asked the pastors how the conference may assist while respecting Canada Revenue Agency regulations.

During the meeting, administration and pastors discussed short-term, medium- and long-term support, given that the road to any reasonable recovery looks long. They also considered possible partners in the process. To start, the administration is exploring the following:

  • Engaging in dialogue with any prosthetic manufacturers that would be willing to donate to assist the many who have lost limbs during the recent earthquake.
  • Soliciting seeds for the long-term contribution to feeding the hungry. If any member is employed by Canadian Tire or any seeds supplier, we would appreciate hearing from them.

Moreover, those faithful members of our Haitian congregations whose telephone numbers are made available to our membership records will be contacted by telephone as of Monday to be encouraged and prayed with by our support staff from the office. It is a difficult time for them, and those whose families have not been directly affected invariably know someone whose family has been.

Any other creative and workable suggestions from our members are welcome. Kindly send them to Theodore Sargeant, tsargeant@adventistontario.org, director, Community Services/Compassion Ministries, or his secretary, Lisa Mercer, lmercer@adventistontario.org.

Special thanks to Pastors Dorzilme, Fritz Francois, Josue Manigat and Jim Nziwa for their dedicated leadership during these difficult times.

Pastor Mansfield Edwards, Ontario Conference president

Help for Haiti with ADRA

In the immediate aftermath, ADRA is distributing food, water, hygiene items, and tent tarpaulins to over 5,000 affected people. However, this is only the beginning of the work that needs to be done. Going forward, ADRA plans to help survivors rebuild their homes and lives.

Haiti and its people need your help.

Your support is still needed to help those who are left homeless, injured, and traumatized.

Click here to register for the above Zoom meeting.



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COVID-19 Reopening Update as of July 14

The Ontario Government introduced the Roadmap to Reopen as a three-step plan designed to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures. Today, Friday, July 16, we enter Stage 3 of this reopening plan. Please click here for the most recent official conference statement and COVID-19 guidelines for our congregations.



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If you have a prayer request, please let us know!
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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.



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This Zoom training is only for individuals who graduated in November 2020 from the
Qualified Adult Sabbath School Teacher training. Click the image above to register.



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.

Please use the following links for the above event:
Registration form - https://forms.gle/3WanDW6iPioTY5KPA
Join Zoom meeting - https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9411656797
Donate to Building Project - https://adventistgiving.ca/#/org/AN6MDL/envelope/start

 

 

Hey Family! Join us for our very first virtual recital featuring our very own Johanna Bannis. Please bring a love offering donation to support this initiative. A portion of our proceeds will go towards the future development of our budding musicians and towards the renovation of our Toronto West musical facilities to better support the training of our musicians.

~Toronto West Seventh-day Adventist Church

JOB POSTING: Office Manager & Communications CoordinatorOur 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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The ABC Christian Bookstore is seeking a committed Seventh-day Adventist Church member to fill a part-time sales clerk position (20 hours per week).

Position Requirements:

  • Possess excellent communication, organizational, and customer service skills;
  • Have the ability to work independently;
  • Have a working knowledge of office equipment and computer applications (Microsoft Office)

Interested candidates may send their cover letter and resume to Lila Oliveira at loliveira@adventistontario.org. Applications will be accepted until August 20, 2021. Only those individuals who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Click here for full posting.

Office of Education - Current Job Opportunities

The following positions are currently available with the Ontario Conference Office of Education:Superintendent of Schools, Office of Education
Grade 5-8 Teacher, Ottawa Adventist School
Part-Time French Teacher, Adventist Christian Elementary School (London, ON)
Part-time Music Teacher, Ottawa Adventist School
Temporary K-6 French Teacher, Crawford Adventist Academy
Temp Phys Ed, Computer and French Teacher, College Park Elementary School
Substitute Teachers (ongoing hiring) for Caledon, London, Mount Hope, Oshawa, Ottawa, Pickering, Toronto, and WindsorVisit this link for details on job postings with the Ontario Conference Education.

BURMAN UNIVERSITY JOB OPPORTUNITYBurman University invites applications for the following positions:
1. Director, Marketing & Enrolment
2. Director of Human Resources
3. Director of Student Finance
4. Assistant Residence Hall Dean
5. Contract - French Faculty
Please visit our website for details.



ADRA CANADA IS HIRING!Below, please find a list of six 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.

Accountant
Senior Project Manager
Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
Gender Equality Advisor for Development Projects
Gender Equality Advisor for Emergency Management
Supporter Relations Director

Click here for a full list of job openings.

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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