Ontario Conference Newsletter

May 15, 2020

UPDATE: ONTARIO CONFERENCE COVID-19 MEASURES | MAY 8, 2020
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Alliance Pathfinder Club's First Virtual
Camp a Global Hit
For Pathfinders, winter camping is often a highlight of the year, a time to bond with peers and experience God in nature. The Luso-Brazilian Church's Alliance Pathfinder Club had been looking forward to their winter camp for months, but the Coronavirus changed everything. A few weeks into quarantine, Alliance director, Silney Rocumback, conducted a Zoom prayer meeting with her Pathfinders, and their frustration was palpable. "I could see how different their faces were from the children and teenagers I was used to seeing during normal activities before COVID-19. I [knew] I had to do something," she said.

Silney prayed earnestly for a solution, and God inspired her to organize an online camp. The church had already shifted all its meetings online, including Adventurers and Pathfinders, why not camp online as well? Although this was unchartered territory for Silney, she did some research, put together a plan and convinced Pastor Dario Ferreira, her team, and the church board to buy in.

The weekend of April 24-26, Luso-Brazilian Church conducted its first online camping event, called "Faith Runner," for its Pathfinders (Alliance) and Adventurers (Little Bears) Clubs. Faith Runner was broadcasted on the Alliance Club's Facebook and Luso-Brazilian Church's YouTube channel, with simultaneous English translation on Zoom.

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Top L: Dario Ferreira, Pastor, Luso-Brazilian Church, with main speaker, Pastor Marlon Bruno, in the background. Top R: Young viewer from Brazil with Pastor Bruno in the background . Bottom L: Bertoni family at camping site. Bottom R: Miguel, Colibri Club (Brazil), with Pastor Edwin Martin in the background.
Chatham Adventurers & Pathfinders Offer Food and Cheer to Local Nursing Home Staff

On Monday, April 22, 2020, the Chatham Adventurer and Pathfinder Club members participated in a staff appreciation event for the local Meadow Park Nursing Home. They wanted to encourage and salute the hard work of the front-line staff who care for the city’s elderly citizens.

Before the pandemic broke, these clubs would visit this particular nursing home for Sabbath afternoon singing band activities. That day, they delivered pizza, salad, juice and granola bars, balloons and, said leaders, “lots of love,” twice, for day shift and evening staff.
 
“We honked our car horns, waved bright banners that the kids made and said a prayer in our hearts, all while maintaining physical distancing. [The staff] were really appreciative,” said Pathfinder directors, Geri and Norah.
Let us know how you, your ministry or your church are serving others at this time. Email us at communications@adventistontario.org.
A Special Message from Mark Johnson, President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada
While your church is not meeting in person, don't miss out on the blessing of acknowledging the Lord's provisions through your tithes and offerings. Visit AdventistGiving.org or download the app (iPhone or Android) to make giving online easy and safe. 
Click on the image above for a video from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada on how Canadian Adventists can use the AdventistGiving online website and app.

How to get your church started with online giving (for pastors and treasurers):
READ THIS FIRST
ENROLLMENT FORM
Needing a step-by-step explanation of how to use AdventistGiving? This video from our Stewardship department has it covered!
What's in your hand? Check out this tutorial for 5 easy steps for
contributing to your church using your smartphone
.

To see more Stewardship videos or resources for inspiration and education,
visit the
Ontario Conference Stewardship Ministries YouTube Channel or one of our links below.

Seventh-day Adventist Church president, Ted Wilson, invites everyone to participate in 100 Days of Prayer from March 27 - July 4, 2020. If we ever needed the Lord before, we sure do need Him now! Please click on the image above to view the video invite and click here for more info on the initiative.
NEW! MAY edition of Stewpot, a potpourri of practical ideas to help you become a better steward.
Enjoy this issue in your choice of English, Spanish, Portuguese or French.
Youth Ministries director, John Scott, and team have started a new video devotional series geared toward the youth and young adults in our churches. Check out the first two below.
Episode 1: "God's Constancy," featuring Pastor John Scott
Episode 2: "Encouraging Word on Depression," featuring Pastor Andrew Orpana of College Park Church
Family Life directors, Elizabeth and Orlando Pule, have initiated two video devotionals to help church members and their children:
 Courage 4 the day: MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY @ 1:30 PM
 Courage 4 the day: Student Edition: WEDNESDAY @ 9 AM
Click on the images below to check them out!
AMP CLUB MINISTRIES ONLINE RESOURCES
Please check out our websites and find resources that you can use for your virtual club meetings and events: www.ontarioadventurers.ca, www.ontariopathfinders.ca, and www.ontariomasterguides.ca.
Event Cancellations - Ontario Conference

All Conference events have been suspended until June 24, including but not limited to:

Previously Cancelled
May & June  iHealth Evangelism (alternate arrangements to be made)
August 5-9 – I AM Camporee

 

Departmental Resources during COVID-19

Click below for useful tools you can use to continue ministry safely and effectively during this time.
 
Resources for Churches and Ministries Going Digital (SDAData.org)
Vital Resources for Family, Men’s, Women’s and Singles Ministries
Children's Ministries in the Age of Social Distancing
Sabbath School in the Age of Social Distancing
Bible Study Guides for Total Member Involvement
More Online Bible Study Links from Personal Ministries
NEW OPENING HOURS FROM
ABC CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE

 
ABC Christian Bookstore is open to take orders over the phone. We will pull your order. You call the store when you are in the ABC parking lot. We will bring your order to your car. You can pay with debit or credit at your car. We are open Sunday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., and Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Coming Conference Events

The first 50 paid registrants for Spice It Up will also receive a Couples Time activity spinner! 
 
To register for Spice It Up, Ruth will call you and process your credit card by telephone. Please email
rweidner@adventistontario.org the following details:
  • Wife's first and last name
  • Husband's first and last name
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number and the best time to call


Ontario Pathfinder Camp Meeting 2020

In conjunction with the World Pathfinder Day on September 19, 2020, the Ontario Pathfinder Camp Meeting will be held to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Pathfinder Ministry. Venue and details will be announced soon. Please save the date and plan for your whole club to join this big celebration.

Between now and July of 2020, we need the following items to be featured at the Pathfinder Camp Meeting:
1. Photos or video clips of Pathfinders serving in the community
2. Testimonies of individuals whose lives were changed by God through Pathfinder ministry
3. Stories of Adventist leaders or professionals whose successes could be attributed to their Pathfinder or Master Guide training and experience.
4. Names of individuals who dedicated long years of service in Pathfinder ministry (so we may recognize them).
 
Please send photos, video links, etc. to pathfinders@adventistontario.org . Thanks!
MASTERPIECE: Young Women & Women’s Retreat. Created on purpose with purpose! Get ready for a dynamic weekend in the Muskokas at JW Marriott The Rosseau Resort & Spa, October 30-November 1, 2020, where women gather to understand their strengths, weaknesses, passions and purpose. Registration opens soon. The Super Early Bird price ends March 31 ($200/person in a quad occupancy room: includes 2 nights accommodation, 4 meals, access to plenary sessions and activities). For more information, teen pricing and payment plans, please contact Ruth Weidner at rweidner@AdventistOntario.org


Local News

Join Agape Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church on YouTube for a powerful message titled, "The Fragrance of Hope," this Sabbath, May 16, at 11 a.m.


Testimonies from the Field

Church Beyond Four Walls
 
Please let us know how your church is doing ministry in this era of social distancing. We would love your promos, write-ups and photos of creative inreach and outreach activities. Also visit our website, www.adventistontario.org, for an updated list of churches conducting worship services online.


Job Opportunities & More


Tools and Resources

Ontario Conference Official Website


Are you looking for a church or community service centre?
Do you need to contact an Adventist pastor in your area?
The Ontario Conference website offers listings for across the province.
Visit
AdventistOntario.org.

Adventist Magazines Online


Did you know the Adventist Journey, the Canadian Adventist Messenger and the Ontario Conference Highlights are all available to read online?
Click the links above and bookmark your favourites!

Adventist Learning Community

Explore our course catalogue for faith-based courses designed for certification, professional development, and more. Our ministerial and educational library puts Adventist resources from around the world at your fingertips. Watch a video, read an article, and share what you find with others.
Visit
www.adventistlearningcommunity.com.
Do you know a job seeker who would thrive as part of a Christian charity team? Let congregants, friends, family, and your community know about ChristianCharityJobs.ca—a tool designed to help them with their job search.  Through ChristianCharityJobs.ca, job seekers can opt in to receive email and/or text job alerts, create a resume using our resume builder and stay current with the latest ministry opportunities.

Adventist Stewardship | Dynamic Steward App

Download the free magazine app from the App Store or Google Play. Invite your friends to do the same! Visit https://stewardship.adventist.org/dynamic-steward-app.

Adventist Review TV


Inspirational Content on Demand. Free and Family-Friendly.
Available on Multiple Devices.

http://www.artvnow.com/

NAD Adult Ministries Website


For Sabbath School, Personal Ministries and Prison Ministries resources and news, visit nadadultministries.org.

NAD Children's Ministries Website

For valuable resources for children's ministries leaders, including videos, Bible studies, educational posters and more, visit Childmin.org.

The Voice of Prophecy exists to proclaim the everlasting gospel of Christ — leading people to accept Jesus as their personal Savior and nurturing them in preparation for His soon return. Each episode of Disclosure, the ministry’s flagship program, is rooted in current events and trends and illustrates how the Bible's perspective on today's issues is more relevant than ever. Discovery Mountain, an audio adventure series for kids, has captured the imaginations of children around the world. And award-winning series such as Shadow Empire and A Pale Horse Rides are equipping local churches and approaching well-known topics from different, engaging angles. Learn more and sign up for free Bible studies at voiceofprophecy.com.

On behalf of RightNow Media, a free limited library of Christian related content that we are making available through the end of June. You can log in and use it, give it to all your family members, friends, small groups, staff, students, colleagues, employees, etc.  We are not setting a limit to who can have it and do not expect anything back from you. We believe the Mission of the Church matters and we believe in authentic stories and are happy to serve you as we face these challenges together. You can download the RightNow Media app to use on your phone, tablet, or streaming device. When the dust settles, Christ will still be sitting on the throne and we can rest in His perfect promises. Enjoy your access, https://rnow.me/FreeTrial2020.

As we work with all the fears and disruptions from the pandemic, Children’s Ministries work will be more crucial this year than ever. Children will need the hope, reassurance, and abundance of God’s love.
One helpful resource is Brixkidz Live – an Adventist online children’s program produced in the UK that churches can use as part of their Sabbath service for children and their families while everyone is in quarantine. Brixkidz Live reinforces good social skills, Christian values and is packed with fun interactive stories, Bible art challenges, object lessons and science experiments that teach Bible truth. Through their various initiatives, they also support children in developing strategies to cope with problems, develop a positive mind-set, resilience and confidence.


Connect with them on the following platforms:
www.brixkidz.org     www.instagram.com/Brixkidz     www.facebook.com/Brixkidz
Prayer is power! Click on the button below for a COVID-19 prayer from our Health and Prayer Ministries director, Maria McClean.
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