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Running On Empty

Maybe I wasn’t paying attention when I first heard it. That’s why, when I read it months later after it was first published in the Adventist Review(1), I took notice.  It matters.

In its April 27, 2022 edition, the Adventist Review revealed that the most recent survey conducted by the General Conference (GC) Office of Archives, Statistics and Research shows that only 37 percent of Seventh-day Adventist church members across the globe engage in morning and evening devotions with their families. Also, only 52 percent of Adventists engage in daily personal devotions of any kind.(2)

Does this news help to explain why we have so many plateauing and declining congregations?  Does it really matter if we have a devotional life or not?

I’m convinced that daily worship makes all the difference in living the life of a disciple. Having experienced periods of sporadic worship and also times of regular, daily worship, I know the difference it makes to my journey as a disciple of Jesus.  I can speak of being spiritually weak, living off past reserves of being close to God but I can also testify of experiencing God’s presence and power in my life when I consistently worship Him.

It is very easy to fall out of the habit of daily worship. A few missed days can easily become a week, and before long, we’re running on empty while still active in the programs of the church. At this point, we’re simply carrying out rituals but our discipleship journey is at a standstill. We become dependent on inspirational or even entertaining sermons to give us a sense that we are close to God, but it’s an illusion.  To be close to God means to spend time with Him.

Spending time with God must be an intentional focus on the Creator Himself, worshipping Him and praying with the words of Scripture to express adoration and praise to Him. When we contemplate His glory, grace, majesty, and power, the Holy Spirit draws us to Him.  When we meditate on how He deals with people, the Holy Spirit impresses on us the need to do the same, to love as He loved. We’re motivated, driven to be witnesses. Faith becomes our constant companion, not just an occasional visitor.

Running on empty is the worst thing we can do to ourselves. It undermines every effort we make on our discipleship journey. It robs us of the joy of experiencing God’s power in our daily life and severely limits our desire and ability to disciple others for Him.

The power to greatly increase those percentages of worship is in our hands. Let’s re-rebuild the altar in our lives and in our homes.

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(1)https://adventistreview.org/news/new-initiative-seeks-to-increase-personal-and-family-devotions/
(2)https://documents.adventistarchives.org/Resources/Global%20Church%20Membership%20Survey%20Meta-Analysis%20Report/GCMSMetaAnalysis%20Report_2019-08-19.pdf

 



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Ontario Conference will hold virtual ministry leadership training for all new and returning church officers on January 21 and February 11, 2023, at 4:00 p.m.

“As newly elected ministry leaders take up their responsibilities we want to immediately provide them with training and resources,” explained Pastor Halsey Peat, assistant to the president.  “It will also be an opportunity for them to learn how their ministry can align with the vision of their church to connect like Jesus.  Any leader, new or returning, who wants the best for his or her ministry will definitely want to attend this free training.”

The virtual training will take place on Sabbath afternoon, January 21 and on February 11, 2023, starting at 4:00 p.m. Ministry leaders will be to attend two different workshops on each of the two days.  Most workshops will be repeated, allowing leaders with more than one office to attend up to three or even four workshops.

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CHURCH EVENTS

Although Toronto is the wealthiest city in Canada and has a world class GDP, regrettably it still has many homeless individuals who suffer every year in the harsh winter months. Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church is leading an initiative called Operation Deep Freeze, a donation collection for care packages intended for homeless people in downtown Toronto. Other churches are also joining the cause as you read this!

Click here for a brief PDF with more information.

Collection Dates: January 14 - January 28
Distribution Start Date: January 28

To donate, contact Pastor Kirk Dunchie at kdunchie@adventistontario.org or Samanta at bereacommunications@gmail.com


2023 Programs for Kids, Families & Individuals
We’re excited to be able to offer a wide range of activities in 2023 from sports camps, to drop-in games nights, to fitness programs! Check out some of the activities we have going on this month!

Sports Club for Kids

Our Kids Sports Club (shown above) is back up and running again! Every Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm kids ages 6-12 are welcome to drop-in for rock climbing, dodgeball, inflatable games and obstacle courses, and more! (not all activities will be available every night). Admission cost is a $5 suggested donation that helps us maintain all the equipment used for these activities.

Active Living Boot Camp

If you've been contemplating making your physical health a part of your new years resolution, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Although this winter season has already begun, we still have 13, 1-hour sessions of Active Living Boot Camp remaining! These strength and cardio training sessions happen at Really Living on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. Use code: 1875BC during registration to access a prorated registration fee.

Depression Recovery Program

Did you know that major depression is the most common mood disorder worldwide? If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety or depression, this professionally instructed 8-week program may be just what you need. Cost is $25 per participant. Visit our website for more information.

Soccer Camp for Kids

Do you have a child who is interested in soccer or just needing some after-school physical activity? Our Kids Soccer Camp is open to kids ages 9 to 11 and launches this Thursday (Jan 12) at 6pm. Cost is $50 for 8 weeks. Online Registration required.

Boxing Workout Class

Looking for a new way to get fit? Get ready to punch and sweat your way to a more active YOU with our Boxing Classes. This program begins February 6 and continues every Monday from 7pm to 8pm. Online registration will be opening soon.

Saturday Night Games

Looking for some family-friendly fun on Saturday night? Every Saturday at 7pm we’re open for games, rock climbing, sports, and activities. Feel free to come out and join us for our Drop-in Family Night! There will be no drop-in games night on January 21st. Check our online calendar for the most up-to-date information.

Really Living Seventh-day Adventist Church
is located at:

2060 Upper James Street
Mount Hope, Ontario L0R 1W0



 

OTHER/MISCELLANEOUS

Office of Education - Current Job Opportunities
The following positions are currently available
with the Ontario Conference Office of Education:

High School Substitute Teachers for Crawford Adventist Academy (secondary school)
Substitute Teachers (ongoing hiring) for Brampton, London, Mount Hope, Oshawa, Ottawa, Pickering, Toronto, and Windsor

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

Kingsway College, a Seventh-day Adventist boarding high school in Oshawa, Ontario is seeking applicants for the following position:

  • Piano Accompanist for the Kingsway College Choir

Applicants should be a member in good standing of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and able to work legally in Canada and have a current vulnerable sector police check. Three personal references are required. Please email your resume to Lee Richards– leerichards@kingsway.college. Please visit the Kingsway College website for job descriptions for these positions: www.kingsway.college/careers.

In 2023, ADRA Canada will explore in depth the theme of justice. What does justice look like in God’s eyes? How can we be a part of making the world a more just place while we wait for Jesus to come and accomplish the work fully?
Each month we will focus on an area of ADRA’s work through the lens of justice. In January, we are highlighting how justice is ensured through the development of economic opportunities for the poor. To learn more about this area of ADRA’s work, click here for articles, videos, and a podcast!

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Adventurers: Website | YouTube
Camp Frenda: Website
Children's Ministries: Facebook
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(Family, Singles, Women's, Men's): Website
Health Ministries: Facebook
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Prison Ministries: Website
Total Member Involvement (TMI): Facebook
Lay Evangelism Association (OCLEA):
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Youth Ministry: Facebook | YouTube | Instagram
Pathfinders: Website | YouTube

 

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