REACH Newsletter - June - 2019
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Conference Events 
June 14, 2019  

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 June. 

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. 
Congratulations Graduates!

The British Columbia Conference would like to Congratulate all the Graduates at Deer Lake School, Fraser Valley Adventist Academy, Okanagan Christian School, Peace Christian School.

A Big Welcome to Jorge Cruz

e welcome Jorge Cruz to the British Columbia Conference office as the new IT (Information Technology) Coordinator. 
Jorge was born in Mexico as a third-generation Adventist, and studied at Montemorelos University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science Engineering.While at university he met the love of his life, Maria Elena, whom he married after graduation in 2002 . 
After moving to British Columbia that same year, Jorge took IT courses at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) while working in construction.Before coming to the BC Conference office, Jorge worked at the Chilliwack School District 33 for eight years as a Computer Services Technician. 
God blessed Jorge and Maria Elena with two daughters, Valeishka and Izabella. Jorge enjoys church activities as a member of the Chilliwack SDA Church. He also enjoys sports and family activities like hiking, making music together, singing, and playing instruments.
Jorge’s main goal is reaching out to others through technology for Jesus Christ.
Celebrating Baptisms

 Burnaby Filipino-Canadian Seventh-Day Adventist Church Family welcomed the 4 new members (Oscar Antonio, Jan Reden Almuete, Stephanie Dan, Charlene Dela Pena) who decided to join the church through baptism and 2 profession of faith (Blessy & Beryl Escolano) on May 25, 2019. This moving baptismal ceremony took place in Vancouver Filipino Church in an intimate setting witnessed by the closest friends, family members and supportive church members who prepared the typical solemn program that touched everyone’s heart. These new members, after a thorough bible study of Pastor Levi Estores, Oscar Piloneo and Theody Malabanan have chosen to step on faith and did not hesitate to publicly commit their life to the One who was hung on a cross for all of us.

It is believed that these 6 new members who have just accepted Jesus is just a result of God’s work in this church – who is known for its GLAD values (Generous, Loving, Active, Dedicated) as well as welcoming, accepting, authentic, hospitable and caring spirit. This church that have achieved a significant growth since it was organized as a church in 2013 believes that as a human institution headed by Christ, everyone has to live with Christ and this friendship with Him will be reflected in our friendship with others especially to those Non-Adventists who come to church. Heavenly goal is an inspiration from the Church Pastors, leaders and members to respond to do the work in the ministry where God is calling them.


We, as a church, are His ambassadors and He is making an appeal to all of us to continue to be His co-workers in this serious responsibility while we await the day when every tribe, language, nation and people will all be drawn to God to worship Him as one family.
Submitted by Theody Malabanan, 
43rd Annual Mini Camp Meeting

Kelowna held its 43rd annual minicamp meeting at the Okanagan Christian School Gymnasium on May 10thand 11th. This year’s focus was on youth and young adults.  The place was jam packed, nearly bursting at the seams for this popular event. The main speaker was Pastor Anil Kanda of California. President Torres, Vice President Ern Brake and Pastoral Director Tom Glatts from conference, were also in attendance, and they gave inspirational messages as well during camp. Friday night started out with a meet and greet supper with the Okanagan Christian School students, and speaker Anil Kanda.  

Ern Brake gave the lesson study Sabbath morning; while the kids attended their Sabbath school programs.  The children also had their own church service led by Pastor Neil Paralto, and it was a real hit with the thirty some children in attendance.  

Pastor Anil Kanda was a dynamic speaker, who took on the difficult topic of the Birds, the Bees and the Bible.  He said that it was better to hear about the topic from the church rather than from such sources as the internet and other media.  One way or another the youth would learn about it, and they need a positive source to guide their decision making about relationships.  Pastor Anil referred to the Song of Solomon for his inspiration, along with new scientific discoveries about biochemical attraction. 

The Fountainview Academy blessed the crowd with their outstanding musical abilities in the afternoon, and the end of the meeting was topped off with an altar call, with all the pastors, elders and conference leaders up front.  The attendees were then invited to come up to pray and invite the Holy Spirit into their lives to lead and direct them in a stronger relationship with Christ.   The mini-camp meeting of 2019 was a real blessing, with some powerful messages to take home and incorporate into our lives.  
By Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel
ADRA Fundraising Concert

t a time when the world seems to be going in so many different directions, Lower Mainland SDA Church Choirs and Musicians came together in support of the humanitarian arm of our denomination, ADRA. 

On May 25th, Westminster Church welcomed Choirs from Abundant Life, New Life, Richmond, Burnaby Fil Can, and Vancouver Filipino Churches along with several local musicians, to bless and praise the Lord.  The ADRA fundraising concert has been a highlight in the Westminster church for 20 years and for the last 6 years we have been blessed to have choirs participate in a Mass choir component. 

In all, 96 voices participated in the crowning touch of the evening - a beautiful Mass Choir rendition of Tom Fettke's “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name”. 

We trust ADRA and those who have been struck by disaster or are in need of assistance with day to day living, will benefit greatly from the $2500 + collected both at the concert and on Sabbath, from those who were unable to attend.
Submitted by Val O’Connor
Camp Meeting Quilting Ministry

Camp Meeting Quilters
:  Last year at Camp Meeting we got "Quilters for Hope" up and running. We would like to continue this year, and possibly expand.  If you have ideas using the textile arts that could build on what we have started,  we would love to hear them.  Experience is a plus, but we don't want to limit any gifts. 

Please give Bonnie Ronald a call at 778 538-0631 if you are willing to participate.

If you would like to see last year's video taken at Camp Meeting, it can be viewed online at:
Graduation Weekend
June 21-22, 2019

- Anticipation is running high as our Grade 12 students prepare for an important life event – high school graduation!

Please join us in celebrating with the Graduating Class of 2019 at:
  • Class Night, 7 pm Fri. June 21
  • Commencement, 8 pm Sat. June 22. 
Both events will be held at the beautiful Nikkei Cultural Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby. 

These talented young adults are heading off to many post-secondary institutions next fall, including UBC, SFU, U of A, UVic, Western, Langara, BCIT, Kwantlen, Douglas, Burman, Lasalle, York and Walla Walla. We wish them God’s blessing as they enter a variety of programs in aviation, business management, cognitive science, commerce, economics, engineering, game design, kinesiology, screenwriting and nursing.
South Asia Outreach Sabbath
June 29, 2019

Guest Speakers:
Pastor Clifmond Shameerudeen
 is currently the director for the Center for South Asian Religions of the General Conference.  He is a church planter that spends his time empowering, guiding and supporting other church planters among the South Asian context.

Pastor John Joseph is currently the pastor of the Yuba City Punjabi SDA Church; born in Punjab, India. He served as General Secretary for the Punjab Christian Movement. He believes in empowering members in understanding Sikhism.

For more information:

Abbotsford SDA Church
1921 Griffith Road
Abbotsford, BC
Mountain View
Summer Camp

Seniors Camp 2019
June 23-28, 2019

Office: 778-769-5890
Mountain View
Summer Camp

Blind Camp 2019
June 30-July 5, 2019

Office: 778-769-5890
Mountain View Summer Camp
Search & Rescue 2019

Mountain View Summer Camp: If you are between the age of 7 – 18, we invite you to come and enjoy time with Friends, Nature, your Faith, and God at Summer Camp this year!! When you apply before May 31 you will save $100.00 on your camp fees! Apply now at Then call Shelley at 604.853.5451 ext 304 to make your Visa/MasterCard Payment any time on Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Cash or Debit payments are accepted at the office. We look forward to serving you in 2019. 
If you have any questions please contact Shelley:
Call: 604.853.5451 ext 304
The regular cost to attend Camp is $509.25. Apply and pay in full by May 31, 2019 and your cost is just $404.25! 
Camp Dates:
Kid’s Camp 1          July 7 – 14 (Age 7 – 12)
Kid’s Camp 2          July 14 – 21 (Age 7 – 12)
Teen Camp            August 4 – 11 (Age 12 – 14)
Youth camp           August 11 – 18 (Age 14 – 18)

Click on the link below to read 
Archived messages

June 1, 2019
Tomorrow, Later and If


BC Stewardship Stories
Month to month we are presenting inspirational stories that highlight the blessings of serving the Lord faithfully. In case you missed them, you can watch them in the links below.

Click on the links below to view the videos:



InFocus is an ongoing collection of stories of our God alive and working in real people’s lives today. In a world filled with doubt and uncertainty, may these inspirational shorts bring you hope and encouragement one story at a time. 


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:


Reflecting Christ's Character

(Click on the links below for information)

Melascheno Family
Central & South Okanagan
Concert Schedule

August 9-11, 2019

Gospel Outreach Canada is hosting The Melaschenko Family ( Lonnie, Joedy, etc.)  for several concerts in the central and south Okanagan. Beside special presentations at our annual B.C. Camp Meeting, they will presents concerts at the following dates and times.
Friday, Aug. 9 Saturday, Aug. 10 Sunday, Aug. 11
There is no admission for any of these events.  A freewill offering will be received to benefit the ministry of Gospel Outreach Canada.   Come and bring your friends, so that you can all share in the blessings.
Gospel Outreach is a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and currently supports over 2000 local indigenous Bible workers 
in countries of the 10/40 window. In this part of the world, 97% of the people have not heard of the good news of Jesus.   

For more information about these events  or for more information about Gospel Canada, visit us a out booth at Hope Camp Meeting. 
Creator Unknown
September 19-22, 2019

For more information:
Visit or contact Brian Wahl.  
Weekend Retreat
October 18-20, 2019

Seniors in Action for God with Excellence (SAGE)
Camp Hope October 18-20, 2019
ONLINE Registration at
Or call Tanya at 604-853-5451 X 300. 

Central Africa Mission Trip
Dec 11, 2019 - Jan 3, 2020

Central Africa Mission Trip
December 11, 2019 - January 3, 2020
Ages 16-35

Registration Deadline - March 30, 2019
Children's Divisions
Staff Needed

Children’s Divisions STAFF NEEDED
For Campmeeting at Camp Hope
Friday, July 26, 2019 through Sabbath, August 3, 2019
Paid Positions to fill:
  • Registration Assistants
  • Bouncey Castle Attendants
  • Field Activities/Games Leader 
If you are interested, please email your resume by June 15, 2019 to
Sonja Buchanan at:
If you have any questions, call Sonja at 778-977-4644
Children's Divisions
Volunteers Needed

Volunteers NEEDED
For Camp Meeting at Camp Hope 2019
Friday, July 26, 2019 through Sabbath, August 3, 2019
Children’s Divisions
Especially during CRAFTS time😊

If you are interested, please contact
Sonja Buchanan at:
If you have any questions, call Sonja at 778-977-4644

Mountain View Summer Camp
Summer Camp Staff Applications

Summer Camp Staff application forms are here 2019. Fill in appropriate new staff or returning staff form. (links below)

New Staff online application
Previous Staff online application

Before & After School Care Program Coordinator


Position available: Before and After School Care Program Coordinator.

Deer Lake School is presently seeking a Before and After School Care Program Coordinator. Reporting to the school principal, the coordinator will develop and manage a licensed Before and After School program, provide leadership and direction to the staff, and oversee the day-to-day operations of the program. Please visit for a complete job description and details on how to apply.

Posting Closing Date: Sun. June 23


Bookmobile Driver


Position available: The Adventist Book Center is looking for a Bookmobile driver.  A Class 1 licence is required

Contact: David Haluska at 604-859-2566 or email for details.

We are excited to offer Nursing for this upcoming school year, ask us about this new program! Visit Burman is still accepting applications for the upcoming fall 2019 school year. Canada's Seventh-day Adventist University also offers programs in Biology, Music, Business, English, International Studies, General Studies, Religious Studies, Outward Pursuits, Psychology, Bahvioural Science, Wellness Management, and Education. 

For more information visit or e-mail

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