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Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:13-14, NKJV

We are now over a year into a pandemic unlike the world has ever seen. While it has limited our in-person worship, it hasn’t ended our fellowship as a family of believers. On the contrary, we have learned that the online space allows us to reach even more people than we did pre-pandemic. Whether through Sabbath services, panels and seminars on hot topics like social justice, mental health, relationships, virtual hangouts and more, we have discovered multiple ways to connect like Jesus online. Through these online connections, we can meet people where they are and share the living water from which their own ministry will flow, as Jesus did with the woman at the well.

As we enter camp meeting season, we’re building upon this foundation of sharing the living water with people from near and far online. In this week’s OCN, we are sharing updated information about different virtual camp meetings taking place in our Conference, including

  • Southern Ontario Camp Meeting (June 4-6, click here for more)
  • All-Filipino Canadian Virtual Camp Meetings (June 4-5, click here for more), &
  • Ontario Conference Camp Meeting (June 29-July 3, click here for more)

Also take note of our next Walking and Working with Jesus digital evangelism training for children and youth this Sunday, the 6th.

Thank you for your support and prayers!



Region of Southern Ontario Invites You to Virtual Camp Meeting, Starting this Friday, June 4

This weekend, June 4 to 6, 2021, the region of Southern Ontario invites the world to celebrate the goodness of God together at its virtual Camp Meeting services. All weekend, attendees will hear messages for these times from inspirational speakers from across Ontario and around the world. Included in the program are two discussion panels inviting viewers to interact with the panel regardless of where in the world they may be. Finally, services and presentations have been prepared for children, youth and adult audiences, including crafts, games, stories and puppetry for children; sermons, interactive Sabbath School, testimonies, musical items, relevant panels and presentations and more for youth and adults. All attendees will also receive a free gift! 

Fellowship with us at:

CHILDREN: https://www.youtube.com/adventistontario

YOUTH: https://www.youtube.com/AdventistYouthOntario

ADULTS:  https://www.youtube.com/adventistontario

For more details, visit https://www.adventistcampmeeting.org

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See below for Children's, Youth, and Adult service times and details. 
Click on each image to link to a promotional video for each section.







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

Registration Now Live at ConnectingLikeJesus.com!

In 2020, the world changed forever, including how we worshipped. But as our church buildings closed, thanks to available technologies, we experienced ministry without borders. Over 7,000 people attended our last in-person camp meeting at the International Centre in Mississauga. This year, we are breaking new digital ground with Ontario Conference’s first-ever virtual Camp Meeting. Also new, this year Camp Meeting will include Ministries’ Convention, where participants will benefit from training touching on a range of age groups and ministry areas.

Dynamic morning and evening worship speakers will include G. Alexander Bryant, NAD president, John Bradshaw, It Is Written president, Ivan Williams, NAD Ministerial Association director, Vanessa Hairston, worship pastor at Miami Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church, and our own Hope Malabrigo, student chaplain, Center for Faith Engagement, Andrews University.

Program features members and guests will enjoy from the 29th to the 3rd include

  • Early morning prayer sessions,
  • Inspiring morning and evening worship programs,
  • "Connect Café" afterglows following the main evening program,
  • Interactive Bible studies themed "Growing in Christ,"
  • Disciple-making workshops and departmental ministry training with experienced presenters,
  • Specialized programming for children and youth,
  • Mini-concerts featuring talent from across the conference,
  • Digital exhibit booths providing valuable ministry tools and resources, and
  • ASL interpretation for all adult plenary sessions

Registration is now live on our camp meeting website, ConnectingLikeJesus.com. Once registered, you will be able to access all Camp Meeting and Ministries Convention programming from the 29th on via our Camp Meeting website using a simple email login.

Finally, foundational to every aspect of this combined camp meeting/ministries convention is our theme, “Connecting—Like Jesus.” We pray that this virtual gathering will lead participants into a more loving relationship with Jesus and with each other; and motivate them to commit to leading others into a more loving relationship with Jesus.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to connect with God, unite as an Ontario Conference family and gain more tools and resources to REACH Ontario with the Christ-centred message of hope and wholeness”!

Click here for a Camp Meeting invitation letter from President Mansfield Edwards. Click here for a handy list of Camp Meeting features. 

Visit connectinglikejesus.com for all camp meeting updates. Click here for free registration so you can access all Camp Meeting and Ministries Convention programming and resources.

SPOTLIGHT ON YOUTH MINISTRY AT CAMP MEETING

Youth Week of Spiritual Emphasis, June 29-July 3


                                    L to R: Sabbath keynote speakers, Pr. Jordane Smith, Pr. George TuyuA much-anticipated highlight of this year's camp meeting is a Youth Week of Spiritual Emphasis (June 29 - July 3) for Ontario youth, young adults (13-35+) and supporters. All programming for youth and young adults will centre on leading them into a growing, maturing relationship with Jesus Christ so they can make disciples. Specifically, the Youth Week of Spiritual Emphasis will mobilize youth and young adults to engage in practical outreach events and choose two individuals they would like to bring to Jesus by the end of 2022. 

Exciting highlights of the Youth program include:
  • Early morning prayer  
  • Bible discovery (teens)
  • Deep dive (young adults)
  • Youth ministries leadership training
  • Evening worships with lay young adult leaders
  • Special features, like an IG live, Friday Night Live!" (teens) and "Acoustic Energy" (young adults),
  • And more!
Look out for more information soon on the fantastic presenters for  this section, including our own Pastors Daniel Innocent and Andre Anderson, and Justin Kim of InVerse Sabbath School. Also look out for Sabbath keynote speakers Pastors Jordane Smith and George Tuyu (pictured). 
Please let all the youth and young adults and supporters in your network, know they won't want to miss all the impactful programming in store for them June 29-July 3.   

More on Submitting Originals from Ontario:

Please click here for video recording guidelines from our production team.

Click here to submit your music in our dropbox. 



Click here for detailed camp meeting schedule and information.

Adventist Church in Canada Issues Statement After 215 Unmarked Children’s Graves Discovered

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada mourns with the families of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (Canada) following the discovery of 215 unmarked children’s graves at the former site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

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

Initiative Helping Children/Youth Make Disciples Online Continues This Sunday, June 6, 2021

Our Walking and Working with Jesus (WWWJ) initiative is continuing this weekend! On Sunday, June 6, 3-5 pm EDT, children and their parents will dive into sharing their stories, presenting sermons online, using social media for evangelism, crafting their message and creating their online brand, livestreaming and video editing.

On the 6th, you'll hear from amazing presenters such as Velma Morgan, Mani Alcaide, Matthew Arevalo, Prs. Orlando Pule and Jim Nziwa. We will have tracks for ages 6-9, 10-14 and 15-17. Additionally, we will have tracks in English and French.

According to Children's Ministries director, Pastor Allan Chichester, at the WWWJ training, "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.

Here are the promo videos you can share with other children and youth:
https://youtu.be/JknHYuyezzo (for children)
https://youtu.be/14duKGPc09A (for teens/youth)

Register today!
Free registration here
More details here

ASSIGNMENT FOR WWWJ PARTICIPANTS:

1. To those who submitted their videos already (Thank you so much!), please evaluate your own video presentation. Apply what you have learned, including those recommendations for improvement, and do a retake of your video. The deadline for submission is June 6, 2021. Kindly upload your video(s) by clicking the Dropbox link below:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bcb57fhawh91tt3/AADPaW-K0nOjCptl4sSYu4FCa?dl=0

2. Please watch videos from the www.walkingandworkingwithjesus.com website (resources) at your convenience to improve your digital ministry/evangelism skills.

~Click on the thumbnails below to download a flyer for promotion to your children and youth.











SDACC President Mark Johnson Responds to Faith Questions

Friend,

The SDACC President, Pastor Mark Johnson, responds to timely questions from Adrianna Lewis from the Communication Department on dealing with faith during this troublesome time.

I would encourage you to have this passed on to every member of your church. Feel free to show it in church if your church can meet on Sabbath.

https://vimeo.com/546025583

We also want stories for the Messenger on activities the Church is doing to provide hope and wholeness to the community.

Courage,

Stan Jensen
Communication Director & Messenger Editor
Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada


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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. Catch the latest episode on Youtube: Connect Ministries TV and on Facebook: OCSDA Connect Ministries

Fun for kids!

Your kids will have so much fun with Pastor Shawn, Auntie Lian and their friends from Tiny Town! Each episode is designed for kids of all ages to help them get to know Christ, be transformed by His love and share Jesus with others. On the website, you can watch episodes, join in on interactive quizzes and other activities.

Visit www.ConnectToChrist.org.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Shawn Ellis at sellis@adventistontario.org.



Apple Creek Church Women’s Ministry  ‘Diaper Drive Project’Apple Creek Church’s Women’s Ministry welcomes you to come and drop off diapers at their next diaper drive-through, to be held on July 25, 2021, at 12 pm, at Apple Creek Seventh-day Adventist Church 700 Apple Creek Blvd Markham, ON.

This is an ongoing project, with the last drive-through held on February 28, 2021. Apple Creek’s Women’s Ministry team has also been serving women’s shelters in the Markham area and the broader community throughout the pandemic.

Thank you in advance for your support via your prayers and participation in the drive.
For more information, contact Beverley Blackburn at Beverley.blackburn96@gmail.com.

BURMAN UNIVERSITY JOB OPPORTUNITYBurman University invites applications for the following positions:
1. Director, Marketing & Enrolment
2. Biology Lab Technologist
3. Full-time Tenure track Faculty in Psychology
4. Administrative Residence Hall Dean
5. Contract - French Faculty

Please visit our website for details.

The International Pathfinder Camporee will take place in Gillete, Wyoming in 2024. IPC happendsevery 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 inpsiring 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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