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Reflecting on the GC Session 2022

It’s been almost a week since the long-awaited 61st General Conference Session ended. It was unique in many ways. Chiefly, it was the first hybrid session, with in-person and virtual components. Extensive online offerings included an interactive virtual exhibit hall, live-streamed business meetings, incredible, multicultural video concerts and daily recaps from Adventist News Networks and other entities. But one thing that remained constant was the display of unity in diversity—from people singing in different languages to interpreters in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and ASL to flagbearers in traditional costumes during the hybrid parade of nations. I also appreciated seeing delegates and church leaders from Canada, the U.S., Ukraine, Madagascar, Venezuela, Brazil, Jamaica, China and more.

The General Conference Session reminds me that we are not alone; we’re part of a worldwide family. And although we sometimes disagree, as families do, we are united by a sense of mission and love. Thus, this week’s OCN features an article by Pastor Shawn Boonstra pondering what unity means when we don’t always view things the same. Also, click here for an article on the experience of the first-ever deaf delegate to the GC session, here for an article on how the Ukrainian delegation made it to Missouri and here for an article on the secret life of the GC Session interpreters. And let’s continue celebrating the different cultures, languages, personalities and gifts that make up our global family!

To rewatch all of the GC session live streams, visit:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-k2Gb-DBYo9dMFnJrAxlTkoa8cBO8VS8.

Register here for the virtual exhibits to download resources and learn more about featured Adventist entities – https://exhibithall.gcsession.org. The virtual exhibits will be available until July 10.

Christelle Agboka, Communications director



The Funny Thing About Unity
Shawn Boonstra for Adventist Review

The cry for unity is not only an Adventist or Christian phenomenon. As much of the planet falls into chaos and ever sharper polarization, many voices now plead for unity in the political and social realms. More and more people, however, are despairing of realizing it. “I think we’re starting to give up hope that we can heal this nation,” one man recently told me after visiting a political convention that left him deflated.

Perhaps demonstrating genuine unity is now one of the many things that the Adventist Church has to offer a world in crisis. Not that you’d know it from watching some of the debates that unfold on the floor of the General Conference Session. A broad divergence of viewpoints occasionally drives genuine emotion at the microphones, and even a minor wording change in the constitution or bylaws can spark several hours of passionate debate.

Regardless of the appearance of conflict on the Session floor at some moments, I usually leave the Session with renewed confidence that we have done things “decently and in order” (1 Cor. 14:40),* to borrow a phrase from Paul, and that we are, in fact, united. 

Read more at: https://adventistreview.org/gc-news/the-funny-thing-about-unity/


Dear Members,

Christian greetings in the name of our LORD and Saviour, Jesus Christ! It is our hope and prayer that you and your family are safe and well. Click here to read the updated COVID-19 guidelines regarding church potlucks and food handling in our congregations.

May the LORD continue to bless you and keep you safe.

Yours in Christ,

Mansfield Edwards, President
Jakov Bibulovic, Executive Secretary
Virene Meikle, Treasurer

ONTARIO CONFERENCE
OF THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH

Did you know ... in the Other/Miscellaneous section of the OCN, there are several job postings, including with Ontario Conference's Office of Education? Scroll down to that section to see how you can "Connect like Jesus" in your career.

Trainings Around the Conference

This past Sunday, several church leaders and members enjoyed a session on Learning Process, Learning Styles" with Dr. James Zackrison as part of the virtual "The Qualified Sabbath School Teachers/Facilitators” trainings put on by Ontario Conference’s Sabbath School department. 

Together with God Virtual Camp Meeting

Friday, August 5 & Sabbath, August 6, 2022

Ontario Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is pleased to invite you to our virtual Together with God Camp Meeting. Running Friday evening, August 5, and all-day Sabbath, August 6, it will be a chance to reflect on the awesomeness of God, His goodness toward us and our calling as His followers. As before, there will be separate streams for adults, youth and young adults. Children’s programming will be incorporated into the adult stream.

We are looking forward to Spirit-filled messages from the following speakers:

  • Adults, Friday evening and Sabbath morning—Dr. Sung Kwon, Director, Master of Arts Leadership in Social Innovation & Associate Professor of Leadership, Andrews University;
  • Sabbath evening ordination—Pastor Calvin Watkins, Vice President, Regional Liaison/Evangelism, North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church;
  • Teens—Pastor Vanessa Hairston, Worship Pastor, Miami Temple; and
  • Young adults—Pastor Aaron Dyer, Worship Pastor, New Life Fellowship, Andrews University

Some camp meeting highlights will include:

  • Engaging presentations focusing on the theme “Together with God”;
  • Musical items from a broad spectrum of individual musicians and groups;
  • Exciting mission updates from different parts of the Conference;
  • In-person segments for youth and young adults, including in-person small group discussions in regions following a virtual Sabbath School program and Sabbath afternoon outreach;
  • Worship and fellowship with your Ontario Conference family and others;
  • An ordination service;
  • Spanish, French and ASL interpretation;
  • Call-in numbers and Zoom rooms for seniors;
  • And much more!

All programming will be accessible via Adventistontario.org (Zoom and YouTube links). You may also stream adult plenaries at Youtube.com/Adventistontario, and programming for teens and young adults at Youtube.com/Adventistontario, Youtube.com/Adventistyouthontario and on Zoom.

Assistance for Ukrainian Refugees in Ontario

Dear Church family,

The Ontario Conference has partnered with ADRA to provide further assistance to those displaced as a result of the war in Ukraine. Ukrainian refugees coming to or within Ontario can receive financial support of a minimum of $2,000 per family. Churches may apply for these funds to help provide support in the areas where government funding falls short.

Though this funding cannot duplicate the Canadian government’s efforts, it can be used to assist with other community-centred projects and initiatives.

To apply, please submit the completed application form (attached) on behalf of your church. Applications should be submitted to ssmall@adventistontario.org.

May God bless your efforts as you venture out in faith to share the love of Jesus. You are constantly in our prayers.

Sincerely,
Theodore Sargeant, Director
COMMUNITY SERVICES
ONTARIO CONFERENCE
OF THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH

CONFERENCE EVENTS/NEWS

ACF Graduation Celebration
Calling all college and university graduates!! It's graduation season, and ACF Ontario wants to celebrate all students who have achieved this incredible feat! If you are a student who has graduated since September 2021 or will graduate before September 2022, then you qualify for this province-wide celebration! Sign up for this virtual ceremony at www.acfontario.ca. Each registered graduate will also receive a special gift in the mail to congratulate and recognize their graduation.



Click here or on the image above to register for Bible Bowl.



Click the image above to download the reading for the week of October 2-8, 2022.



Cliquez sur l'image ci-dessus pour télécharger la lecture de la semaine du 2 au 8 octobre 2022.

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 here or on the image above to register for Youth Missions Ontario.



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.

 

CHURCH EVENTS
The Newmarket Seventh-day Adventist group is holding a series of Lunch with the Doctor programs. Visit lifestylemed.org/lunchwiththedoctor or email info@lifestylemed.org for more info. 

Lunch with the Doctor is a casual community event featuring a delicious plant-based lunch and health talk on using lifestyle as medicine. Join with family and friends!

  • Delicious plant-based food from all over the world
  • Learn about the power of lifestyle medicine
  • Learn practical tips & strategies to live optimally to prevent disease
  • Meet community members, doctors and health professionals in a friendly, casual setting
  • Family-friendly (kids are welcome!)
Click here for more information.

The Richmond Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church
will be celebrating its
60th Anniversary
on
November 12, 2022
Former members and pastors are invited.
Sabbath School at 9:30 a.m., Worship Service at 11 a.m.
Afternoon program 2:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.rhsda.ca



 

OTHER/MISCELLANEOUS

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

Elementary Principal for Crawford Adventist Academy
Grade 3 Teacher for Crawford Adventist Academy
JK-8 French Teacher for Crawford Adventist Academy
Part-time Teacher for Grandview Adventist Academy
Part-time French Teacher for Adventist Christian Elementary School
Part-time Music Teacher for Crawford Adventist Academy - Peel Campus
NEW! Part-time Choir Teacher for College Park Elementary School (Click here for more)
Teaching Assistance for Crawford Adventist Academy East
Temporary Grades 9-12 French Teacher for Crawford Adventist Academy - Peel Campus
Substitute Teachers (ongoing hiring) for Brampton, London, Mount Hope, Oshawa, Ottawa, Pickering, Toronto, and Windsor
NEW! Administrative Assistant for College Park Elementary School (Click here for more)

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

Plant Services Director Job Advertisement

Crawford Adventist Academy is looking for a dynamic individual to serve in the maintenance department on a permanent full-time basis. The Plant Services Director is responsible for the maintenance, and repair of the physical plants of Crawford Adventist Academy Schools.

The successful candidate should have three to five years of experience in plant services. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or policy manuals. Ability to write reports and necessary correspondence. In addition to a strong maintenance background, excellent communication and interpersonal skills are an asset.

If you are interested in applying for this position, you may send your résumé to David Forsey at dforsey@adventistontario.org by June 30, 2022.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Calling all nurses, doctors or paramedics – come volunteer for a week at camp!  Food and lodging are supplied, and your child(ren) could enjoy some time at camp.  Please email office@campfrenda.com or call 905.571.4211 for more information.  We currently need medical coverage for July 3-9, July 10-16, and July 24-30. 

Work with us for the summer at Camp Frenda!
Camp Frenda requires an assistant Hospitality Coordinator. 
Food service experience is an asset.  The successful candidate will supervise a crew of summer students in preparing meals for campers and staff.  Housing and meals are provided.  Please email office@campfrenda.com immediately if you are interested in applying.  The position runs from June 15 to August 20.



ADRA Canada is hiring! Below, please find positions currently open for applications. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit www.adra.ca/careers for more details and to apply. These positions will remain open until filled. We thank all candidates for applying, but ADRA Canada will only contact those selected for an interview.
  • Accountant
  • Accounting Assistant
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Manager
  • MEAL (Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning) Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Project Manager - Ukraine Response
  • Technical Coordinator – Carbon Accounting & Environmental Protection

Employment Opportunity: Public Relations/On-air Broadcaster Position Open at Lighthouse VOAR-FM:

If you are looking for one of the most challenging and rewarding careers in Canadian Christian Radio... then perhaps this is for you.

Our Christian Radio Network is looking for someone to:
• Oversee public relations development, assisting in building station recognition in the communities it serves.
• Coordinate our fundraiser events.
• Oversee volunteer development.
• Work in the various broadcast aspects of being on-air, following CRTC guidelines and regulations.
• Speak/Promote at broadcast appearances as a station representative, both locally and nationally.
• Have the belief spectrum and world view of the sponsoring organization of VOAR.
• Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Be able to work in an office setting with minimal supervision.
• Be computer literate, including Microsoft Office, and willing to learn.
• Maintain Music Library.
• Have a valid driver’s license and clean record.
• Be excited to be part of a team that is completely ministry-focused.

Read more...

Employment Opportunity
Sr Accounting Assistant/Administrative Secretary

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Newfoundland and Labrador is currently seeking an individual to fill
the full-time salaried position of Sr Accounting Assistant and Administrative Secretary at the headquarters
in Mount Pearl, NL. The ideal candidate will be a member in good and regular standing with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This employment opportunity comes with ample opportunities to serve and minister in the mission field without going overseas.

This position will be responsible for performing a variety of accounting functions while maintaining the
accounts receivables and accounts payables. The successful candidate will be expected to keep current,
accurate finances and bank reconciliations in consultation with other professionals in the office.
In conjunction with the accounting responsibilities the candidate will perform administrative assistant
duties and keep the database up to date.

Direct inquiries to Xenia Capote at 709-745-4051
Email cover letter and resume to accounting@nladventist.ca by June 17, 2022.

Read More...

BURMAN UNIVERSITY JOB OPPORTUNITY

Burman University invites applications for the following positions:

  • Administrative Residence Hall Dean
  • Senior Development Officer - Office of Advancement
  • Full-Time Tenure-track Faculty in Education
  • Full-Time Tenure-track Faculty in Psychology
  • Full-time Tenure-track Faculty in Religious Studies
Please visit our website for details.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada (SDACC) is pleased to announce that, in partnership with Canadian conferences, it is making it even more affordable for new students to attend Burman. Seventy new scholarships—valued at $2,000 each—are being offered to first-time entrants (both new and transfer students) for the 2022/23 school year. This is offered in addition to the three-way matching scholarships—involving Burman, the local church, and the local conference—and the summer employment/volunteer service scholarship (valued at $1,000), which are already in place.

Prospective candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria and apply through their local conference office:

  1. First-time entrant to Burman (new or transfer)
  2. Adventist membership or regular attendee
  3. Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  4. Accepted into a Burman degree
  5. Registered for a full course load

Over the years, students, families, teachers, and the community have been witnesses to the fact that Burman University is a place where many dreams start. The SDACC and Canadian conferences invite you to take one step closer to achieving your dreams. Please contact your local conference office for more information on these scholarships:

— Paul Llewellyn, VP for administration, and Betty Bayer, director of education, SDACC

New Positions Available!

Nurse Clinician and Continuous Quality Improvement Leader
Valleyview Residence is seeking a Nurse Clinician & Continuous Quality Leader.  This position takes the lead in the homes’ Continuous Quality Improvement Program and is responsible for fostering a culture of continuous quality, risk management and education. This position also focuses on best practice guidelines and processes in accordance with the Home’s policies and procedures, the current Act and associated Regulations governing the operation of long-term care homes in Ontario, the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and other pertinent legislation within long-term care.  

The full job description can be found at www.adventhealth.org – About Advent – Career Opportunities. Interested candidates should forward their cover letter and resume to Nathan Horniachek, nhorniachek@adventhealth.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.

Would you like your church 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.



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