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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our LORD and Saviour, Jesus!

It is our hope and prayer that you and your family are safe and well.

On Monday, October 25, at 12:01 a.m., the Ontario Government entered the first step of the provincial reopening plan. Please click here for the official conference statement and the updated COVID-19 guidelines for our congregations.

May the LORD continue to bless you and keep you.

Yours in Christ,
Ontario Conference Administration

The first Friday in November has been designated Random Acts of Kindness Day in Canada. In these difficult times, we are all in need of a little kindness. Tracy Van Kalsbeek, executive charitable and non-profit leader, explained, "It's just a day to celebrate kindness and the whole pay it forward mentality.” This article by Pastor Mansfield Edwards, Ontario Conference president, highlights our duty and privilege to connect like Jesus through kind deeds as Seventh-day Adventist Christians. 

November 5 is Random Acts of Kindness Day in Canada

In a world where breaking news is often violent and tragic and the COVID-19 menace seems determined to stay, it is worth investing in our capacity to be kind and generous to our fellow human beings.

In the U.S. and Canada, there is a day set aside called Random Acts of Kindness Day. In Canada, the first Friday of November is the designated day, but it mostly goes unnoticed.

As Seventh-day Adventist Christians, performing acts of kindness should be a natural outflow of God’s grace through us to others. Paul counselled, “So then as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10, ESV).

Ellen White concurred, “I should not want to live unless I could live to do some good to others” (1EGWLM 265.2).


Pastor Mansfield Edwards, President
Ontario Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Worship That Connects Convention - December 10 & 11

This year, we introduced the theme of “Connecting Like Jesus” as a vehicle for becoming a conference of only growing and multiplying churches. Our first-ever virtual camp meeting and ministries convention  (June 29 – July 3, 2021) successfully conveyed that, to fulfill the gospel commission, we must first connect with God, then with others, like Jesus did. We’re continuing this theme with our “Worship That Connects” worship summit on Friday, Dec. 10 (evening), and Sabbath, Dec. 11 (all day) on our Adventist Ontario YouTube channel and website.

The summit’s main objective will be to inspire a worship renewal. Attendees will be blessed by different elements of worship, including prayer, scripture reflections, special presentations with guest speakers and breakout sessions.

The program will be comprised of three segments.
• Segment 1 will clear misconceptions around worship.
• Segment 2 will allow members to reflect on their worship honestly.
• Segment 3 will help members transition from being spectators, consumers or observers to actual worshippers.

Ontario Conference President Mansfield Edwards shared his motivation as this Ellen White quote:
“We do not obtain a hundredth part of the blessings we should obtain from assembling together to worship God.” Lift Him Up, p. 303.

Edwards noted, “We do not spend enough time discussing worship as a church, especially from a qualitative perspective.” We typically debate the merits of different worship styles. However, worship has to be at the forefront of our minds because “it is something we claim we’ll be doing throughout eternity in the visible presence of Christ, alongside angels.”



We are now inviting you to take a “My Worship Experience” survey that will help inform some of the content for our upcoming “Worship That Connects” initiative. Please click here to take the survey at your earliest convenience. You may also access the survey at or via the QR code on the flyer above. Thank you in advance for your assistance. 

On behalf of Ontario Conference Administration, we are inviting you to take our anonymous Member Facility Satisfaction Survey. Your responses will help us better analyze the effectiveness of our facility management practices, policies and procedures, and provide us a solid foundation to make recommendations on our facilities in the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 environments.Click here to take the survey 



Have you ever noticed how most of what you worry about is worse in anticipation than it is in reality? Today’s Daily Living video features a proven Biblical practice for overcoming worry and anxiety.This daily preparation will give you divine power to guard your heart and mind against anticipating disasters that tend to drain your vital energies.

Mike and René Lemon
It is Written Canada

Click the image above for more information.

The above prayer guide, “Diwali: Festival of Light, Five Days of Prayer for My Hindu and Sikh Neighbors,” sponsored by the General Conference Global Mission Center for South Asian Religions (CSAR) and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada (SDACC), was developed to help our leaders and members pray for and witness to their Hindu and Sikh neighbours during Diwali.

Sikhs only pray to the “True God,” the God who created the heavens and the earth. Over the entranceway to their Gurdwara, the place where Sikhs come together for congregational worship, is the Old Testament text, “The Lord our God one God”.

Diwali starts November 2nd this year and that can vary by a day depending on where in India people are from.

Be sure and subscribe to the South Asian Messenger.  Email for details.


Stan Jensen
Communication Director
Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada

Five Ways to Support your ABC Christian Bookstore

Did you know there’s an untapped gem in our conference? When you see the name ABC Christian Bookstore, you might expect Bibles and devotional materials. But, alongside its vast book collection, it offers much more. Check it out for anything from dinner roast for your holiday meal to Christian board or card games for family fun to clothing featuring inspiring Bible verses.

The ABC Christian Bookstore is one of the vehicles God has given us to connect with and like Jesus. Here are a few ways you can support this unique mission field:

  • Shop with the ABC first for your Christian materials, birthday, holiday and seasonal gifts and greeting cards. And church leaders, look no further than the ABC for your mission and outreach needs, whether GLOW tracts or magazines for distribution or resource materials for ministry.
  • Visit the ABC’s mobile truck for food and gifts. For your convenience, a mobile truck with selected products travels to different churches across Ontario. Pre-order products that you need to be sent on the mobile truck to specific church locations listed on the schedule below.
  • Call the store and get yourself on the ABC’s mailing list. People on the mailing list will be the first to know about new products and sales, such as our October special of 25% off Spirit of Prophecy books. Click here for the flyer.
  • Connect with our social media for updates. Click here for our Instagram page and here for Facebook.
  • Purchase the hard copies of books and Sabbath School materials. Even with the convenience of e-books and audiobooks, there’s nothing like a physical book that you can mark up or flip through. Turn to the ABC for Christian books for all ages, including a selection in French and Spanish.

To order products from our catalogue, visit the US website at, then call 905-579-2311 or Toll-Free 1-800-263-3791, or visit us at 95 Clarence Biesenthal Dr., Oshawa, ON.
Click here for more info on our hours of operation and products.

Happy shopping!
Pracilla Osborne-Fournier, ABC Christian Bookstore manager, and Christelle Agboka, Communications director

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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 the image above to join the Zoom webinar on October 30 at 8 am.

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 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 on the flyer above for free registration. Click here for event information and registration.

Click here or on the image above to access free registration for this event.

We're moving to Zoom! Click the above image for more information.

Click the image above to download
the Week of Revival reading material.


What is a religious exemption from an employment vaccine requirement and does the Seventh-day Adventist Church support one? 

The NAD Public Affairs and Religious Liberty team recently created a brief video answering these and other FAQs related to employment vaccine mandates and religious liberty exemptions.

Office of Education - Current Job Opportunities

The following positions are currently available with the Ontario Conference Office of Education:Temporary Physical Education, Computer and French Teacher, College Park Elementary School, Oshawa, Ontario
Part-time French Teacher, Adventist Christian Elementary School, London, Ontario
NEW! Teaching Principal / Grade 6-8 Teacher, Windsor Adventist Elementary School, Windsor, Ontario
NEW! Temporary Grades 7-12 French Teacher, Crawford Adventist Academy, Toronto, Ontario
Substitute Teachers (ongoing hiring) for Brampton, 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 OPPORTUNITYBurman University invites applications for the following positions:
1. Contract, Enrolment Advisor
2. Contract - French Faculty

Please visit our website for details.

ADRA CANADA IS HIRING!Below, please find a position currently open for applications. Interested parties are encouraged to submit applications to The position will remain open until filled. We thank all candidates, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Gender Equality Advisor for Development Projects

Click here for a full list of job openings.

Opportunity - Executive Director 

About the role 
Parker Street Food & Furniture Bank located in Halifax, Nova Scotia is seeking a passionate individual to lead this important community organization into the future. We are seeking a mission-minded individual with several years of experience in leading and managing a non-profit organization and has a history of demonstrated commitment to community causes.

The applicant is responsible for the efficient and effective operations of the Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank, including all aspects of human resource management that relate to selecting, leading and managing the performance of staff within a team, financial management, policy development, operational planning, and risk management. The applicant must have exceptional leadership and communication skills to build and nurture constructive relationships with our diverse community of clients, donors, volunteers, employees and board members.

If this community-minded opportunity interests you, please send a PDF version of an application and cover letter to Applications will be accepted until 7:00 pm Atlantic Standard Time on October 29th, 2021.

Should you have further enquiries (including the detailed Job Description), please also email

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.


Connecting Like Jesus in Times of TragedyThe future is certain to include an increasing litany of disasters—induced by changing weather patterns, economic uncertainty and political unrest. Is your church prepared for what’s coming? How can pastors and church leaders even prepare? Be inspired by the faith and commitment of Pastor Steve Hamilton and members from Paradise, California, as they continued ministry in the face of multiple tragedies—i.e., fire, the catastrophic loss of church property, the wide-scale destruction of their community and a crippling pandemic.


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