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This weekend, the world is celebrating Easter. For many, Easter's significance stops at brightly coloured eggs and chocolate bunnies. For the world’s estimated 2.2 billion Christians, it is a commemoration of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this week’s OCN, we consider the meaning of the risen Saviour, the implications on how we conduct our lives and our mandate to live purposefully. [Also see below information about this evening's special Easter worship service, to be live streamed on youtube.com/adventistontario.]  In light of the recent Women’s History Month, we’ve also included inspirational quotes from some of the amazing women serving in different ministry capacities in Ontario. We pray that the content will encourage everyone reading to surrender their time, talent and passions in service of the One who surrendered all for us.

Christ is Risen!

Join us on Friday, April 2, at 7 pm EST, for a virtual celebration of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Tune in on our YouTube channel for inspiring messages from Ontario Conference President Mansfield Edwards and Executive Secretary Jakov Bibulovic. Also featuring singing evangelist Tiffany Campbell-Dailey, this will be a powerful, uplifting worship service for the entire family to enjoy.

Click here for a direct link to the program.

Seven Life Lessons from the Cross

Peter had a close and longstanding relationship with Christ. He deeply loved Him as Savior, and greatly admired Him as mentor. He maintained that Christ is the greatest role model we could ever have. He wrote: “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow his steps. ‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth’” (1 Peter 2:2122, see also verses 23, 24).Read more....

10 Ways to Know the Plans God Has for You

In her book Taking Your Spiritual Pulse, Claire Musters shares ten ways to improve one’s spiritual life. These basic principles of spiritual growth help women minister more effectively to other women—and anyone who needs help.

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Ontario Conference Hosting
First-Ever Virtual Camp Meeting Tuesday, June 29, to Sabbath, July 3

Over 7,000 people attended our last in-person camp meeting at the International Centre in Mississauga. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will shift operations from offline to online. New for 2021, we will host a combined camp meeting and ministries’ convention, where church departmental leaders will benefit from ministry training. From Tuesday to Friday night, we will host evening worship services. Wednesday to Friday will also include early morning prayer, morning worship, Bible study, specialized and general ministries leadership training and mini-concerts. We will host our grand finale—camp meeting Sabbath—on July 3.

Foundational to every aspect of this combined camp meeting/ministries convention is our theme, “Connecting—Like Jesus.” We pray that this virtual gathering will

          a. lead participants into a more loving relationship with Jesus and with each other; and 
          b. motivate them to commit to leading others into a more loving relationship with Jesus.

Like every initiative this year, camp meeting will address the fact that 66% of our churches are declining and plateauing. As we heard during last month’s Days of Prayer and Fasting, now is the time to awake from complacency and follow Christ’s method for the 21st century, both online and offline.

Please save the dates so you can join us in being inspired to gain the tools to be more relevant and enter years of multiplication in this conference.

Click here to read a letter from President Mansfield Edwards on what we can look forward to at the 2021 Virtual Camp Meeting.

Online Conference Redefines Evangelism in North America, Examines Church Growth

By: Mylon Medley, NAD News

A two-day clergy development conference organized by the Ministerial Association of the North American Division explored the definition of Adventist evangelism, highlighted challenges in achieving church growth, showcased innovative examples of service, and provided guidance for the new evolving realities created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sixth annual eHuddle or “evangelism huddle,” which is the gathering of the division’s evangelism visioning and leadership team, was held virtually March 8-9, 2021. The event was broadcast live from the NAD headquarters building in Columbia, Maryland, United States.

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Ontario Conference's First Virtual Global Youth Day Special Highlights Service to Essential Workers and Others

On March 20, 2021, the continued pandemic did not faze the hundreds of Ontario children, youth, young adults and young at heart serving their communities on a sunny Global Youth Day. Instead, it inspired them even more to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Since 2013, Global Youth Day has challenged young people to “be the sermon,” sharing God’s love through outreach activities. This year, COVID-19 brought a unique sense of purpose and creativity to a now-familiar world church initiative.

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Regional Meetings for Church Leaders Continuing with Metro North Central and Metro East

On Sunday, April 11, Ontario Conference administrators and directors will continue regional meetings for church leaders. Meetings in East Central and Northern Ontario will focus on strategically transforming our conference from one of mostly declining and plateauing churches to only growing and multiplying churches.

Meetings will comprise a special feature by our administrators, including:

  • Where are we now? "State of the Region" church growth and financial analysis reports
  • Initial actions and strategies to address declining and plateauing churches
  • A question-and-answer period with all administrators

Following the Q & A, a sharing time will allow pastors and officers to offer feedback on declining and plateauing churches in their region.

Zoom info will be provided by your local church pastor or field representative.

Here are the meeting dates still to come:

April 11, 2021
A) East Central, B) Northern Ontario
April 25, 2021
A) Near North

[i] Time:   A = Beginning at 9 a.m.     B = Beginning at 10:45 a.m.

Please note that for French churches, we’ll have a separate meeting. Info to come later.

Communications Toolkit for Ministering During a Crisis

When COVID-19 hit, the way our churches did ministry changed forever. During the crisis, an opportunity arose to reach even more people—virtually—with the Christ-centred message of hope and wholeness. We learned that the church is not a building; it’s the people.

We were blessed with the insights and recent experiences of ministers from across the province during our two ‘Ministering During a Crisis’ panels. Here, we share tips compiled from these panels on adapting to the ongoing crisis as church leaders.

Click here for the downloadable toolkit. 

To hear the entire conversation, click here for Panel 1 and here for Panel 2.

 

Watch for an important and exciting message from Pastor James Rooney, Camp Frenda director, regarding the new camp dining format.









Initiative Helping Children/Youth Make Disciples Online Continues April 4, 2021

Our Walking and Working with Jesus (WWWJ) initiative is continuing in a little over a month! On Sunday, April 4, 3-5 pm EST, children and their parents will learn how to share their stories, present sermons, connect with diverse audiences, use social media for evangelism while avoiding its pitfalls, live stream and do puppet presentations.

On the 4th, you'll hear from amazing presenters such as Pastors Liz Pule, Ardison Bernardo, Jim Nziwa, Andrew Thomas, the sermon preparation Adventurers team, Grace Ayoo, Matthew Arevalo and Mae-Lyna Fleury. We will have tracks for ages 6-9, 10-14 and 15-17. We will also have a French and English track.  [Scroll down for the full April 4 schedule.]

According to Children's Ministries director, Pastor Allan Chichester, at the WWWJ trainings, "children will embark on a lifetime of adventures with Jesus."

Click here to read about our first training covering "Using Social Media for God" and "Pitfalls of Social Media."

Click here to visit the Walking and Working with Jesus website, with resources and training videos.

Register today!

Free registration here: tinyurl.com/14c8razi
More details here: tinyurl.com/1u9gktks

Click on the images above for flyers that you can download and share with your networks. 

Watch for info on future training dates throughout 2021, including June 6, 3-5 pm, in upcoming publications.

Walking and Working with Jesus Schedule for April 4, 2021, 3-5 pm EST

Ages 6-9   
(1) Understanding the audience – Pastor Andrew Thomas
(2) Puppetry – Grace Ayoo and Pastor Liz Pule

Ages 10-14 
(1) Pitfalls of Social Media
English – Pastor Ardison Bernardo
French – Pastor Jim Nziwa & Mae-Lyna Beaubrun

(2) Using Social Media
English –  Pastor Ardison Bernardo
French – Pastor Jim Nziwa & Mae-Lyna Beaubrun

Ages 15-17
(1) Techniques of Using Social Media – Matthew Arevalo
(2) Principles of Live Streaming – Pastor Orlando Pule

 

Missed the launch of our children's digital evangelism initiative, 'Walking and Working with Jesus?' Click here for the replay.

Click here to watch a trailer for the FREE 4 Seasons of Reconciliation training.



Ontario Conference values you as a member of our worldwide community.
If you have a prayer request, please let us know!
Click here to submit your request.
Click here for a COVID-19 prayer.

The Counselling Initiative is a counselling subsidy available for men and women in our churches and communities with financial challenges or individuals without health insurance benefits. Please get in touch with Ruth at rweidner@AdventistOntario.org for an updated listing of counsellors or for any questions about getting support.



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.

THEIRstory: In this virtual space, it can be easy to feel disconnected and uninspired, join with other families and couples as they share THEIRstory about managing the current reality, the joyful moments, the challenges and everything in between. The first episode dropped on January 16 on Youtube: Connect Ministries TV and on Facebook: OCSDA Connect Ministries



Click the image above to watch a promotional video!

ENGLISH VBS Virtual Training: April 15, 7:00 PM EST
To register: https://nadadventist.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Zy6ljP-DQDqILo1c2qEpcQ

SPANISH VBS Virtual Training: April 22, 7:00 PM EST

To register: https://nadadventist.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Zy6ljP-DQDqILo1c2qEpcQ

STRONG TOGETHER is a 6-week women’s workout journey with Hope Inspired Fitness starting April 12 - May 17, 2021.  The $100 fee includes access to all virtual workouts, health devotionals, accountability check-in, weekly motivation message, break-through strategies and great opportunities for connection. *Women living in Ontario, Canada who complete at least 3 weekly workouts over the 6-week period will receive a $50 rebate at the completion of the program.

REGISTRATION OPEN NOW at www.hifitness.ca. For questions please contact Ruth at rweidner@AdventistOntario.org.



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To register in advance,
click here.



Click the poster above to register in advance for Zoom Meeting!

Save the Date!
Richmond Hill Church is hosting virtual Faith and Science presentations from April 16-22 with a team of scientists and scholars from Loma Linda University. More details to follow shortly.

Dear friends,

Click here or on the thumbnail for a digital copy of the Easter giveaway magazine from the GC Global Mission Center for South Asian Religions (CSAR).

This Easter giveaway answers many questions Hindus and Sikhs have about Easter. Please share this giveaway with your Hindu and Sikh friends. We pray that this giveaway will be useful in introducing more South Asians to Jesus Christ and the Easter story.

Blessings,

Center for South Asian Religions

General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

http://csar.globalmissioncenters.org/

JOB OPENING

The Ontario Conference is seeking a talented Departmental Secretary to fill a permanent full-time position at its headquarters in Oshawa, Ontario.

Responsibilities:
Prepare correspondences, reports, and other documents.
Answer and direct phone calls and emails.
Support the director with meetings, travel and other arrangements.
Process expenses and accounts receivable for the department.

Qualifications:
College Diploma in Business Administration or related course preferable.
Minimum 2 years experience working as a Secretary.
Highly effective organizational skills and the ability to complete multiple tasks at any given time.
Analytical, detail-oriented, team player, problem solver.
Proficiency in Office 365 (Excel, Word and Outlook).
Type 50 words per minute
Strong grammar and spelling skills.

For more information regarding the available position, please email Lila Oliveira at loliveira@adventistontario.org. Interested candidates may send their cover letter and resume to the email address above. Applications will be accepted until April 9, 2021. Only those individuals who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

JOB OPENING

The Ontario Conference is seeking 10-12 individuals with Food Services experience to work at Camp Frenda on a casual, part-time basis (Thursday – Sunday). Room and board will be provided.

Maintaining high-quality standards for Food Services, successful candidates should possess the following qualifications:

  • Relevant experience in cooking for groups of 20+
  • Current Food Handlers Certificate
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to work in a team or independently and be willing to work long hours

Interested candidates may send their cover letter and resume to Lila Oliveira, loliveira@adventistontario.org. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2021. Only those individuals who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more details regarding this job opportunity please contact Pastor James Rooney at
905-571-4211 or by email at office@campfrenda.com.

Please click here for the March 27, 2021 statement
from the Chief Public Health Office of Canada

 A Vacation with Purpose
Mexico Riviera Cruise

Dec 12-19, 2021

Departing San Diego, CA with stops in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico before returning back to San Diego.

Precautions regarding COVID-19 will be followed and based on the Holland America cruise line’s protocol.
Cruise With A Mission specifically provides young adults from all walks of life opportunities to authentically connect with God and with others in Christian community. Through the Cruise With a Mission experience, you can expect to renew your personal, spiritual journey, discover meaningful community as you interact with other participants, and experience genuine joy as you engage in serving others both on and off the ship. Learn more at cye.org/cwm

Part of being a good neighbour is providing services to our surrounding community. Hamilton Mountain Church's Community Services department meets people’s immediate needs through the regular distribution of food and gift cards to the local community. Our church members support the department with donations, ensuring that there is always enough to meet the needs of the community. Every year, beautiful Christmas food baskets are delivered to families in need. The department also periodically provides clothing and furniture to the community.

One CAN make a difference! Please help us support the community. Financial donations, non-perishable food items and gently used clothing are always needed.

The department is open to the public every Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. If you need assistance or would like to volunteer in the department, please contact us. Thank you!

To learn more about Community Services in your area, contact the Ontario Conference Community Services Department at 905-571-1022.

Office of Education - Current Job Opportunities

The following positions are currently available in the Ontario Conference Office of Education:Superintendant of Schools, Office of Education, posted February 2021
Substitute Teacher, Office of Education, posted August 2020Visit this link any time for more information on job postings with the Ontario Conference Education.

 

Click here for our 2021 sunset and offering calendar.

The 2020 digital Ontario Highlights is now available (click on the image to access a PDF). This issue reveals how God has helped Ontario Conference navigate through a global pandemic.

Within its pages, you'll find stories of how our conference office, churches, schools and members have continued "REACH[ing] Ontario with the Christ-centred message of hope and healing." We hope that these accounts of how God is working in and through our conference will inspire new possibilities for ministry in 2021.

 

Greetings!We hope you will enjoy reading this issue of Seniors’ Perspectives magazine, Autumn/Winter 2020. Click here to read and enjoy. There’s something in it for everyone:

  • Devotional
  • Mental and physical health articles
  • Winter tips
  • Jokes
  • God’s promises in different languages
  • Encouraging testimonies & news
  • Poem

Please feel free to share!

Pastor Mansfield Edwards
Ontario Conference President & Director of Seniors' Ministries

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