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Tips for Renewing Your Mind This Fall

Fall has long been one of my favourite seasons, from the promise of a new school year to the beauty of trees changing colours to the family gatherings. For many, autumn also brings increased activity and a drive to end the year strong after the dog days of summer. As the pandemic lingers, this fall will have unique pressures and challenges. But if we carefully guard our physical, mental and spiritual health, we can thrive in this season.

Consider the following tips for renewing your mind this fall:

  • Cultivate your relationship with God daily.
    Spend quality time reading the Word, praying and reflecting on what God is teaching you. Then, when you feel weak and inept, remember that God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. We just need to ask Him to guide and assist us in whatever tasks He’s given us to do.
     
  • Spend time in nature.
    Nature has been called God’s second book. Beyond the health benefits of fresh air and sunshine is the positive impact on our mental health. As you admire the sights and sounds of creation, it will give you a sense of awe at God’s power. If He could speak the universe into existence, nothing is impossible for Him.
     
  • Take time to rest.
    We live in a culture that celebrates overwork; however, when we don’t take time to refill our cups, we have nothing to give others. Setting boundaries is a must for mental health. Regularly schedule time for personal and family needs to avoid burnout, give your body and mind time to rejuvenate and ultimately be more productive.
     
  • Live in community. 
    God has provided people to accompany us in this life, whether spouses, children, other family members or friends. In Galatians 6:2, Paul said, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ” (NIV). So invest in loving relationships with your family and the broader community.

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

A week has passed since the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on August 14, 2021.

Rescuers are working around the clock as the death toll has risen to over 2,000 people. More than 12,000 people were injured, and many more are homeless. 

The added damage to Haiti's fragile infrastructure has been tremendous. In excess of 100,000 homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed. Thirty-two health facilities were damaged, and approximately 600,000 people need humanitarian assistance.

ADRA mobilized its local emergency response team as soon as it was safe to do so and is on the ground providing relief.

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. 

We thank God that Tropical Storm Grace was not as powerful as anticipated. It would have further jeopardized the earthquake survivors, who have already suffered so much.

Haiti and its people need your help.

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

NAD Short-Term Volunteers Statistics Survey

At the North American Division Office of Volunteer Ministries, we would like to extend a warm greeting and ask for your kind assistance. It’s that time of the year again when our office gathers data from you for our yearly report at the NAD’s year-end meetings. We know it has been a difficult year with COVID, but we know the Lord has opened up doors for his mission to continue and we would like to highlight any and all mission efforts that are happening across the division.

In order to present an accurate picture, we are asking the unions, conferences and churches to please share with us any data and pictures they may have regarding short mission trips or mission outreach taken within their ministries or territory. We will like to receive any data you may have and if you know of any other department or pastor that may possess such data, please connect us with anyone who has access to this information in their area.

In order to meet our deadline, we would like this information no later than September 6, 2021. I will appreciate your help in this endeavour. Below you will find a list of the information we need for the last year:
 
•             Name of group (church or organization)
•             Name of the person organizing it, phone number and email address
•             Number of mission trips inside NAD
•             Number of mission trips outside of NAD
•             Total number of participants
•             Purpose of the trip (construction, humanitarian, church planting, health ministries, etc.)
•             Location of the mission trips
•             Any report or detail you would like to share with us regarding the impact on the participants or the place of service
•             Any raw clip or video you would like us to use in promotional material
 
We will be using the material for promotion. If you consent, please fill out this form and your permission will come directly to us.
 
Your participation will be greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you soon! Thank you and God bless you!

 

Gladys S. Guerrero - Cavalheiro, MA
Long Term Volunteer Processing Assistant, Office of Volunteer Ministries

North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists

 

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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.



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 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.


Click here to read the latest
Sabbath School newsletter, courtesy of the Ontario Conference Sabbath School department.

 



Join OASIS for a moment of revival, featuring Ontario conference president, Dr. Mansfield Edwards. Click on the image above for the YouTube link.

 

JOB POSTING: Office Manager & Communications Coordinator

As the frontline point of contact for The Centre of Influence, this role is an integral part of the ministry
team. The position manages the day-to-day operations of the Really Living Centre in Hamilton, ON, and supports the ministry of the pastoral staff, congregation’s vision goals and various programs/projects. You will lead in the creation and execution of online strategies and information, harnessing technology and digital media to further the mission and vision of Really Living.

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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 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. 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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