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Reflections on the SDACC Session

This past Sunday, I was privileged to assist with the social media for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada’s (SDACC) 2022 Quinquennial Session. It was a year of firsts – for the first time, delegates from across Canada met virtually via Zoom. For the first time, the only individuals present in person—in the SDACC boardroom, where the main action took place, as well as side rooms managing the technical aspects—were SDACC workers, volunteers and North American Division officers (President G. Alexander Bryant, Executive Secretary Kyoshin Ahn and Treasurer Randy Robinson). For the first time, directors were not elected at a session. One of the early voted motions was to elect only the SDACC’s officers at this session and future sessions but post-session have the union’s board of directors appoint (rather than elect) directors after evaluating candidates’ skillset and suitability for the position. Eighty-seven percent of delegates agreed that this was the best route for such roles, which require technical expertise.

There were very few hiccups online or in person, by God’s grace. As chair, Pastor Mark Johnson handled the meeting with humour, knowledge and grace, including offering his genuine congratulations to Pastor Paul Llewellyn, executive secretary since 2019, who was elected SDACC president for the next quinquennium. Many thanks to Pastor Johnson for all his contributions to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada since 2010, including Ontario. And congratulations to the newly elected officers – Paul Llewellyn, president (former Ontario Conference Camp Frenda director), Cyril Millet, executive secretary (former Ontario Conference Youth and Camp Frenda director, returning from Bermuda) and Paul Musafili, re-elected treasurer. We offer our full support and prayers as you carry out your mission of “proclaiming Christ, nurturing believers, and serving humanity.”

Christelle Agboka, Communications director

Congratulations from Ontario Conference Administration

"On behalf of the Ontario Conference administration, I would like to express our sincerest congratulations to the newly elected leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada as we pray for God's leading in these challenging times."

~Mansfield Edwards, Ontario Conference president

SDACC officers (in order of appearance): Paul Llewellyn, president, Cyril Millett, executive secretary, and Paul Musafili, treasurer

Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada Elects Leadership for Next Quinquennium

(English version — Click here for the French version)

One hundred and fifty-nine delegates from across the country, representing the diverse membership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada (SDACC), gathered virtually on Sunday, Sept. 11, for the SDACC’s 19th Quinquennial Session. This constituency meeting is called for the purpose of receiving reports for the past term, the election of officers, the election of the Board of Directors, consideration of proposed changes in the Bylaws that may be recommended, and the transaction of such other business as may come before the meeting at that time. It was postponed from 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions at that time.

The meeting convened at 9 a.m. EDT. Delegates were greeted in English by Mark Johnson, with translation into French by Evaldo Vicente. After the singing of the national anthem, prayers were offered in English by Rose Jacinto, SDACC undertreasurer, and in French by Paul Musafili, SDACC treasurer. The president of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (NAD), G. Alexander Bryant, shared a devotional thought, after which quorum for the Session was declared and business for the day began.

The process for electing officers and the Board of Directors requires that an Organizing Committee be appointed, comprising 21 delegates selected from among those present. Bryant chaired the meeting of this committee, which in turn appointed the Nominating Committee, comprising 29 delegates also selected from among those present. It was the work of the nominating committee, whose meetings throughout the day were also chaired by Bryant, to present nominations for president, executive secretary, treasurer, and Board of Directors. While the nominating committee deliberated in private, delegates in the main meeting received reports by the president, executive secretary, and treasurer.

Early in the afternoon, Bryant returned to the main session with the first report of the nominating committee, which recommended the election of Paul Llewellyn as president of the SDACC for the next five-year term. The motion passed with a 76 percent vote. Llewellyn, who had been the SDACC executive secretary since January 2020, has a strong background of both teaching in Adventist education and working with the youth and young adults of our church. He has served as educator, pastor, camp director, conference secretary, and conference president.

To fill the position of executive secretary, the nominating committee recommended, and session delegates voted in Cyril Millett III, currently pastor and education director at the Bermuda Conference, with an 84 percent vote. Millett, former Bermuda and Ontario Conference youth director, also brings large experience in working with youth.

Upon recommendation of the nominating committee, delegates at the session voted the re-election of treasurer Paul Musafili, with a 95 percent vote. Musafili, who has served in that capacity since 2019, is appreciated as a faithful steward of the church’s resources and a visionary treasurer with a passion for outreach.

Both Llewellyn and Bryant expressed gratitude and appreciation to Mark Johnson, outgoing SDACC president, for his leadership and service for the church. Johnson, who has dedicated over 50 years of his life to ministry, is the SDACC’s longest-tenured president and has led with passion and unwavering commitment. We solicit your prayers as Elder Johnson and his wife, Becky, move on to a new phase of their ministry.

The meeting proceeded with the election of a new board of directors and votes on bylaw items. It was adjourned with prayer at 6 p.m., after lively discussion had taken place about creating a strategy for social media outreach in the church.

As the SDACC leadership begins a new term, we appeal for your continued prayers. We believe Jesus is the true head of the church and He keeps it under the shadow of His wings. We need to pray our leaders up, and work together as equally important members of the body of Christ, that we may see the growth of God’s kingdom and His soon return.

Evaldo Vicente
Director, Office of Communication
Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada

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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 the resumption of foot washing during the communion service in our congregations.

And click here for  the previous COVID-19 guidelines regarding church potlucks and food handling.

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 see how you can "Connect like Jesus" in your career.

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 (Click Here) 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

 

Western Ontario ACF Retreat 

Students and alumni between Toronto and Windsor are invited to the Lambton Centre in Lambton Shores, Warwick from Sept 16-18 for the annual Western Ontario ACF Retreat! We had an amazing time last year and look forward to it being just as amazing for 2022! The cost is $75.00 per person.

Register today at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/western-ontario-acf-retreat-2022-tickets-411053621447.

 

Eastern Ontario ACF Retreat 

The kick-off retreat for students in Eastern Ontario is back for 2022 and WILL be happening, no matter what! This retreat is meant for students and alumni between Oshawa and Ottawa, though all who wish to come are invited! It will happen September 23-25 at Fraser Lake Camp, in Bancroft. The cost is $75.00 per person.

Register today at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/eastern-ontario-acf-retreat-2022-tickets-411047543267?aff=erelpanelorg.

 

Back-2-School Contest 2022 

If you're a student in 1st or 2nd year, then this is for you! All month long, ACF Ontario is running a Back-2-School contest for students in their 1st or 2nd year of studies. To be eligible, you have to be studying at a secular university or college in Ontario and be at least 17 years of age. There are 10 different prizes to be won, including Uber Eats gift cards, Walmart gift cards, Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 and a 2nd Gen Airpods.

If you know of students in 1st or 2nd year, then encourage them to sign up for the contest at www.acfontario.ca/our-ministry/back-to-school-contest.



Click here or on the image above to register for the combined  Northern Ontario Youth and Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF) retreat.



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 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 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:

Part-time French Teacher for Adventist Christian Elementary 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.

SDC-CVL:  The Seventh-day Co-ed Christian Volleyball League
will be re-starting in the fall of 2022.  If your church would like to have a team in the league, or if you will be a returning team, please contact Curtis Ambrose at curtdiggie1@hotmail.com, by Friday, September 16.



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

Staff Assistant & Prospect Researcher

Faith-Based Relations Coordinator

Operations Coordinator

 

Kingsway College, an SDA boarding high school in Oshawa, Ontario is seeking applicants for the following three positions:

  • Science/biology teacher (click here for more)
  • President’s secretary (full-time);
  • Accompanist needed 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 three positions:  www.kingsway.college/careers.

BURMAN UNIVERSITY JOB OPPORTUNITY

Burman University invites applications for the following positions:

  • Senior Development Officer - Office of Advancement
  • Full-Time Tenure-track Faculty in Psychology
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

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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Additional
Ontario Conference
Department Websites and
Social Media Links

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

 

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