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In this edition of the Ontario Conference News, we are highlighting some of the activities of our brothers and sisters across Ontario: 1) Northern Ontario Camp Meeting - picture above and testimonial below, 2) The Children’s Street: Jasper Canyon Experience, children's outreach in Thunder Bay and 3) a new Hispanic congregation in St. Catharines. Let's continue to celebrate the amazing things God is doing in and through us in Ontario Conference!

Northern Ontario Camp Meeting Attendance Exceeds Expectations

Camp Meeting in Northern Ontario. We expected to see fewer attendees but ended up with a little over 90 members and friends who decided to enjoy the opportunity of camping over the Labour Day weekend. We immensely enjoyed listening to the stories and messages from our guest speaker, Dr. Michael Campbell. Dr. Campbell currently holds the position of Director of NAD Archives, Statistics & Research.

We enjoyed gathering and reconnecting with old friends and making new friends. While we had hoped to live-stream our services, we were able to record these services; so they will soon be available on YouTube and Facebook.

We also had a children’s Sabbath School, youth program, mini-concert in the afternoon, and corn roast in the evening. Burman University and Youth Ministries hosted informational booths, and Dr. Hazelwood and Pastor Martin each conducted an afternoon seminar.

We’re already looking forward to next year’s camp meeting!

Alison Down, Bible worker, Northern Ontario

Children's Street: Jasper Canyon Experience in Thunder Bay Reaches the Community

This event was designed to help kids learn important lessons from nature and the Bible through play and to help parents learn more about our church and mission. After registering, the kids were directed to the snack station to enjoy some snacks and be entertained by our volunteer, Kaja, until we had a group of at least five children. When they were ready to explore the Jasper Canyon, the children were invited to each station, where members of our church were ready with a short presentation and game/activity. 

While the kids were going through their stations (four stations - 10 mins. each), we had another four stations ready for adults, including a NEWSTART presentation. In addition, our nurses offered them some essential medical services (blood pressure, magazines, etc.). They could also visit the ADRA Station and, finally, the Pathfinders and Adventurers Station, which featured a short presentation and the chance to register their kids for our local Pathfinder and Adventurer Clubs. 

Every hour, we offered prizes for the kids registered for the event. Most prizes were school supplies, and the grand prize was a tablet.

All the parents and kids were super excited, and many asked us if we would have another event next summer.

I thank God for all 38+ volunteers who helped on that day and others who helped prepare all decorations and materials before the event. We were also grateful that City Hall was very open and willing to approve our event and provide us with all the necessary information and support.

This was a great experience that we, as a local church, had with God, due not only to the unexpected success of the event but also to the weather. Two days before the event, the forecast was an 80% chance of rain that Sunday. The night before, it dropped to 50%, and that morning, it fell again to a 15% chance of rain. Fortunately, we didn’t see any drop of rain that day. God is awesome! 

Pastor Elvis Dumitru, Thunder Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church

New Hispanic Congregation in St. Catharines

Last Sabbath, September 3, 2022, a Hispanic group was established in St. Catharines, Ontario with 27 members.. Pr. Marcio Gerley and his wife, Sherley, were installed as leaders of this growing group (photo below). Please pray for this new congregation and visit them on Sabbath at 300 Scott Street St. Catharines, Ontario.

Pastor Raul Gonzalez, Brampton and Spanish Bet-el Churches; Hispanic Coordinator, Ontario Conference

Did you miss Camp Meeting or Ordination? Don't worry!
Go to AdventistOntario.org for links to Camp Meeting recordings! Click here for our Camp Meeting page.


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

FREE Virtual Sabbath School Conference 
For Children's, Youth & Adult Sabbath School Leaders

If you lead or teach a Sabbath School class, you won’t want to miss the North American Division’s Do It Together virtual Sabbath School Conference on Sept. 8-10! There will be general sessions and workshops for Children’s, Youth, and Adult Sabbath School. Register by Aug. 25 and receive a free swag box! 

We look forward to seeing you online for inspiration, training, and networking.

Click here for a promo video for this weekend's
Do it Together Sabbath School Conference.

 

Western Ontario ACF Retreat 

If it's happening in the East, then it definitely will happen in the West! 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 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:

Teaching Principal/Grade 5-6 Teacher for Crawford Adventist Academy - Peel Campus
Elementary Principal for Crawford Adventist Academy
Accounts Payable for Crawford Adventist Academy
Plant Services Director for Crawford Adventist Academy
JK-8 French Teacher for Crawford Adventist Academy Elementary
NEW! Grade 2-5 Teacher for Adventist Christian Elementary School
Part-time French Teacher for Adventist Christian Elementary School
SK Teaching Assistant for Crawford Adventist Academy Elementary
Temporary JK Teaching Assistant for Crawford Adventist Academy Elementary
Temporary Grade 9-12 French Teacher Crawford Adventist Academy
Temporary Part-time Teacher for Ottawa Adventist 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:

  • Evening/weekend gym assistant (parttime) Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons;
  • 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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