REACH Newsletter - September - 2018
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Conference Events 
September 28, 2018 

Greetings to all our BC Conference Members. We would like to share the events that are happening around the BC Conference during the month of September. 

If you would like your Church event to be featured here please contact the Communications Department at the Conference office:
Phone: 604 853-5451. ext 402

Click on the images / e-mail address / another website that is provided below the description to see more information for the event. 
SDACC President
Mark Johnson

Update on SDACC President Mark Johnson

OSHAWA, ON. – The president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada (SDACC), Mark Johnson, recently experienced a slight incident known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA). Elder Johnson continues to recuperate and build strength on his left side; his cognitive function remains unaffected. He has been working daily with his staff at the union headquarters and his medical advisors both inside and outside the church.

The national headquarters of the SDACC oversees seven regional districts that serve 72,000 members, 500 congregations, 43 schools, various media ministries, and humanitarian organizations. Their mission is to help people understand the Bible to find freedom, healing, and hope in Jesus.

L i f e  G r o u p s
September 19 - October 17

Life Groups
Real life... Real People... Cultivating Community
Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:15 PM
September 19 till October 17, 2018

Abbotsford Seventh-day Adventist Church
1921 Griffiths Road, Abbotsford, BC
  • Healing Wounded Emotions
    Sandra Dykstra, MA MBA, RCC, CCC 
    Explore how to heal from the painful and sometimes crippling emotions of past hurts.
  • Solutions to Personal Finance
    Sven Tornlov, BBA
    Learn basic principles of financial wisdom to help you effectively manage your money.
  • Introduction to Spanish
    Kevin Dykstra, MA, MBA, PhD
    An overview of useful grammar, phrases and greetings for travel and more.
RSVP by the 17th of September :
Call: 604-853-9703
*Leave a message to choose a workshop.


Wellness Coach Training I

Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2018

First Nations Adventist Training Presents…
Wellness Coach Training I
First part of 3 intensive training sessions

7 days of intensive practical training at
Camp Hope Lodge, Hope, B.C.
Sep 30-Oct 7, 2018
Open to all First Nations people and those wanting to work with First Nations people.

Training Topics
  • Spiritual Wellbeing
  • Natural Medicine and Herbs
  • Cultural Competency in Ministry
  • Health/Wellness Coaching
  • Natural Home Remedies
  • Basic Business & Marketing Skills
  • Mental Health and Stress
Cost: $975 includes tuition, meals, & accommodation
For more information visit:
Or email -
Registration deadline:  September 16, 2018


October 5-6, 2018

A training event sponsored by the NAD, SDACC, British Columbia Conference, and Church in the Valley

Featuring Steve Case and Vandeon Griffin
  • October 5, 2018, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
  • October 6, 2018, 2:00pm - 6:30pm
Telephone: (604) 514-8335

Please Register Online:
40th Anniversary
October 12 & 13, 2018

Come celebrate with us.
Richmond SDA Church
40th Anniversary Celebration.

Oct 12 at 7pm - Pastor Rhoda Miller
Oct 13 at 9:30am - Brankica Sremac
Oct 13 at 11am - Pastor Sima Sremac
Oct 13 at 5pm - Musical Concert

Richmond SDA Church
8711 Cambie, Richmond, B.C.



October 12-14, 2018


Men's Ministry Fall Retreat
Becoming a Man of God
October 12-14, 2018 - Camp Hope, BC

Our annual Men's Retreats are great powerful weekends of men joining together to worship, learn and experience the power and grace of God in new and fresh ways.

Guest Speakers:

Pastor Kevin Wilfley and Keith Wilifey


  • Becoming a Man of Prayer
  • Becoming a Man of Service Becoming a Man of Integrity
  • Becoming a Man of Generosity
  • Becoming a Man of Faith
  • Becoming a Special Forces Man  
1 Person per room package: $195 per person
2 People per room package: $150 per person
3 People per room package: $135 per person
Day Tripper Rate: $35 per person (includes two meals)

ONLINE Registration
For more information on the Retreat, visit or call Greg Wellman at 250-493-2741



September 22, 2018

Ambassadors of Unity!

     Greetings from Abbotsford! I returned from Brazil earlier this week after a “short vacation”, which was precipitated by a family emergency there. God is good, things went well, by His grace.

     Today, I will be of service to the incipient Brazilian Group that is being formed at the Cornerstone Church. That group is responsible for the worship service at the host church this morning and I will have the honour to share God’s Word with both groups together - a service in Portuguese and English. Please, let’s keep both church families in our prayers.

     In my devotional today, I came across some beautiful and inspiring SOP statements. They touched my heart and I felt impressed to share them with you. They talk about unity in the church.
“In unity there is a life, a power that can be obtained in no other way. There will be a vast power in the church when the energies of the members are united under the control of the Spirit.” EGW, 7T, 237. "We are com­ing to a time when, more than ever before, we shall need to press together, to labor unitedly. In union there is strength. In discord and disunion there is only weakness. ... In our separation from one another we are separated from Christ. . . . Oh, how many times, when I have seemed to be in the presence of God and holy angels, I have heard the angel voice saying, 'Press together, press together, press together. Do not let Satan cast his hellish shadow be­tween brethren. Press together; in unity there is strength.' " EGW, 2SM, 374.
     I would kindly encourage all of us to pray earnestly for this “Gift of Unity” among us, especially as we approach this time of the year with the GC, NAD, SDACC and SDABC year-end meetings.

     Also, please let’s us pray for the upcoming Training/Retreats at Camp Hope (below). Registration is available on our website.

  • Men’s Ministries – Oct 12-14, Pastor Kevin Wilfley.
  • Health Share Weekend – Oct 26-28, Dr. Marcus Trayer and BC Conference Health Ministry Team.
  • Youth Retreat “Search & Rescue” – Nov 09-12, Nathan Wahl.

Thank you for your committed service to God’s Cause as an Ambassador for Unity!

Happy Sabbath!

In His Service,

Wesley Torres, D.Min.

Testimonial Videos

Month to month we are presenting inspirational testimonies that highlight the blessings of serving the Lord faithfully. In case you missed them, here are the video links for the months of December - August.

Click on the links below to view the videos:

Reflecting God's Glory
 Video Collection

Sermons and seminars that were recorded in the main pavilion during the BC Camp Meeting 2018 - Reflecting God's Glory session are now posted in a collection page. Each video is viewable as well as downloadable.

Click on the links below to view the videos:



October 14-18, 2018

Silver Hills-Coming to Hope
October 14-18, 2018

Come and Discover How Lifestyle Can Reverse Disease

Phil Brewer, lifestyle makeover coach and founder of Silver Hills Guest House  will be leading the lifestyle team.
Cameron Johnston, stress management and burnout coach.

4 Days of Lifestyle Training to Maximize Health and Longevity

  • Prevent, arrest and reverse major lifestyle diseases
  • Diabetes, explore a natural way out
  • Simple lifestyle answers for reversing heart disease
  • Discover stress solutions and how to take control  
  • Enjoy refreshing SPA treatments
  • Take a time out to unwind in a beautiful mountain setting
  • Eat delicious healthy plant-based meals
Register Before September 14, 2018 For a 33% Discount.

For complete info and how to register:
or call/text: 250-267-1660
October 26-28, 2018

Health Share Weekend
Benefits of a Plant-Focused Diet and Healthy Living: Equipping Leaders for Healthy Living

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marcus Trayer and the BC Conference Health Ministry Team

Topics include:

  • Weighty Matters and Diets Exposed
  • Longevity and Protecting Your Arteries
  • Benefits of Physical Activity
  • Other Benefits of Healthy Living
  • Plus Cooking Demonstrations
To Register:  
Or call Donna Hodgins:
250-796-5262 or cell: 604-750-8696 (no calls from the US to the cell please).

Admission & Costs: 
  • Single Room: $255
  • Shared Room, per person: $210
  • Couple: $415
  • RV, 30 amp hook up including meals, first guest: $205, extra guests $135 each
  • Meals only, no accommodations: $135
  • Individual meal pricing: Breakfast $16, Noon $18, Evening $16
  • Extra Night in Room: Single $60, Shared $75
  • RV per night: $40

Note:  Sign in and Health Testing starts at 9am Friday October 26th.  Please be sure you sign in AND have the health test done by noon so you can par-ticipate in the afternoon seminar.

Space in the Lodge is VERY limited, register early! Last day to register or cancel registration is September 25, 2018.  Payment due at time of registration. Two nights - Friday, Saturday, if you need accommodations for Thursday night please let Donna know.
W o r s h i p   A c a d e m y
October 27, 2018

. If you are looking to further your understanding of worship and develop your skills as a worship team member then we invite you to come out. Join us as we worship together, dive deeper into the meaning of what it means to worship and hone our skills in breakout sessions with local professional musicians. Saturday October 27 from 9am to 5pm. Church in the Valley is hosting a day of worship training on  

Cost is $5 per person (Includes light breakfast and lunch).

To register & sign up for a break out session go to:

Breakout Session Options:
Vocal Training - Lead Electric Guitar - Audio (sound mixing) - Bass Guitar - Keyboard/Piano - Drums - Creating a Setlist

Guest Speakers:
Joel Duntin & Ben Amoah

November 9-12, 2018

A spiritual experience for youth (ages 13-21)
November 9-12, 2018
Mountain View Summer Camp

Featuring guest speaker: Nathan Wahl

Cost is $104 (early bird rate ends October 31)
Cost is $134 after October 31

Register online:

For more info contact:
Shelly Gibbons
1-604-853-5451 ext 304


Prophecy Encounter Canada

November 9-17, 2018

Doug Batchelor has experienced great extremes in his life. His long and winding journey from anti-social drug user and troubled youth living in a cave, to the president of a worldwide ministry, Amazing Facts, has helped shape him into an engaging speaker with whom audiences the world over can identify.
Doug Batchelor is leading Prophecy Encounter Canada at Church in the Valley from November 9 to November 17, 2018.  You won't want to miss these engaging evening meetings. Invite your family, friends and neighbours!
For more info call Church in the Valley at:
604-514-8335 or go to the following websites:

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