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Sing First - Worry Later

Even if you worry, still sing praises to our mighty God
When he had consulted with the people,
he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who
praised Him in holy attire,
as they went out before the army and said,
“Give thanks to the LORD,
for His loving kindness is everlasting.”
2 Chronicles 20:21, NASB

This chapter is one of the coolest stories in the whole Bible. King Jehoshaphat of
Judea gets a message from his intelligence agents that a huge combined army is coming
after him. And what does he do first? Get his army together? No, he prays! Good choice!
What does he do second? Start gathering weapons? No, he orders a nationwide fast.
Next—training? Nope, he calls the whole nation, even the children, to the temple for a
prayer meeting!

This is a different kind of king! Not even David or Solomon ever did something like
this when war threatened.

Jehoshaphat prays a beautiful prayer (you’ve already read the whole chapter, haven’t
you?) and ends with, “We don’t know what to do; we’re looking to you” (Vs. 12).

Well, you know God is not going to ignore this kind of faith. A man in the audience
is inspired with a prophecy. He says, “Don’t worry, the battle is God’s, march out
tomorrow and stand.”

Do what? Fight? Send spies? Ask for a truce? No, stand. How odd . . .

King Jehoshapat does even better. First, they all pray some more and praise God
at the top of their lungs. The next morning he repeats the prophecy, exhorting them all
to be courageous and unafraid. At last, he does gather his troops, but he puts a choir in
front of them. A choir? In front?? How would you like to sing in that choir?

Out they marched, singing praises, and when they got to the battlefield, all their
enemies had already killed each other.

Wow.

I haven’t ever been to war. I haven’t even seen a battle. But I’ve had a lot of spiritual
ones. When I learned about this story as a teenager, it seemed to me like a really good
plan for fighting those battles, too. So now I always try to remember—when temptation,
or bad news, or conflict, or sorrow, or depression come, sing first! Worry later! Praise
God before you see the victory. I have to tell you, it isn’t always as easy as this story. But
it’s always God’s victory, and sometimes it comes just that quickly.

Mighty One, who turns bad news into good news, teach me to turn my face to
You as naturally as a sunflower follows the sun, as naturally as a little child turns to its
mother. When I don’t know what to do, let me keep my eyes on You. Remind me that
the battle is Yours, and all I have to do is praise You anyway, march out boldly, and stand
firm.

Debbonaire Kovacs


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 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.

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

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.

CONFERENCE EVENTS/NEWS

 

Eastern Ontario ACF Retreat 

The kick-off retreat for students in Eastern Ontario is back for 2022 and WILL be happening, rain or shine! This retreat is 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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Adventurers: Website | YouTube
Camp Frenda: Website
Children's Ministries: Facebook
Connect Ministries 
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Health Ministries: Facebook
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Prison Ministries: Website
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Pathfinders: Website | YouTube

 

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