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Opportunity in Crisis: Maximizing Small Groups for Effective Inreach and Outreach

Insights from Pastor Ardison Bernardo, Mississauga Filipino & Faith Filipino Churches

If we look for them, we can find opportunities in even the most uncertain situations. For Ontario Conference churches during COVID-19, one such opportunity is the resurgence of small group ministries. Small groups can foster a stronger bond between church members sheltering in place and build a bridge to the post-pandemic church, which may feature smaller gatherings. More than just another program, they may provide members with a greater sense of Christian community than the corporate worship service.

One pastor who has long embraced small groups, which he calls LifeGroups, is Ardison Bernardo, pastor of Mississauga Filipino & Faith Filipino Churches since January 2018. After a few weeks of adjustment, on the 28th, the churches had their first combined Zoom meeting and have been successfully functioning as one unit, including their small group ministry. At Pastor Bernardo's churches, LifeGroup members are "members who are Living in Faith Everyday (L.I.F.E.) from witnessing into baptism to spiritual maturity into becoming a devoted and committed disciple-maker like Jesus."

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NAD President to Retire July 1; Replacement Process Defined

Daniel R. Jackson and his wife, Donna, have served at the NAD headquarters since his election in June 2010 at the GC Session in Atlanta, Georgia

Daniel R. Jackson, president of the North American Division of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (NAD), and his wife Donna, have announced their intent to retire, effective July 1, 2020. With the postponement of the 2020 General Conference (GC) Session, NAD administration has worked with GC leadership to establish a clear process for the election of the new NAD president in July 2020.
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Alliance Pathfinder Club's First Virtual Camp a Global Hit

Luso-Brazilian Church event attracts thousands of viewers from Canada, the US, Portugal and Brazil

For Pathfinders, winter camping is often a highlight of the year, a time to bond with peers and experience God in nature. The Luso-Brazilian Church's Alliance Pathfinder Club had been looking forward to their winter camp for months, but the Coronavirus changed everything. A few weeks into quarantine, Alliance director, Silney Rocumback, conducted a Zoom prayer meeting with her Pathfinders, and their frustration was palpable. "I could see how different their faces were from the children and teenagers I was used to seeing during normal activities before COVID-19. I [knew] I had to do something," she said.
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Report on Adventist Education in Ontario during Coronavirus

For students at any of our nine Adventist schools, a typical day since late March might look like this—
• Receiving instruction by grade or class from a teacher via Zoom
• Completing assignments posted in Google classroom under the watchful eye of mom or dad
• Mastering (or trying to master) new technologies and different educational software

It’s a far cry from pre-March Break days of learning on-site with teachers and peers, enjoying recess and other social activities.  Across the globe, traditional schooling has been disrupted, with “Corona-schooling” becoming the new normal.

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Toronto Central's "Comfort through the Crisis" Series Reaches Youth at a Critical Time

Will I graduate? Will I come in contact with the virus? Will there be a total global and economic shutdown?

These were some of the legitimate concerns troubling youth and young adults at Toronto Central Church amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. In some cases, the crisis may even have contributed to bouts of anxiety and panic attacks.


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  • Ontario Conference Virtual Day of Worship
    7/18/2020

    Ontario Conference Virtual Day of Worship

     

    Ontario Conference leadership is pleased to invite all members to a virtual day of praise and worship on Sabbath, July 18. After three months of disconnection, we are coming together as a conference. We thank God for the opportunity to reunite in worship and look forward to congregating post-quarantine.

    Join on us the 18
    th, beginning at 10 am, for a Conference-wide Sabbath School and morning service. For Sabbath School, kindly note that two segments of the program are dedicated to children, a section to young adults, and a portion to adults. Come back at 6:30 pm for a special feature—musical concert and praise. All services will be live streamed on https://www.youtube.com/adventistontario.

     

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