REACH Newsletter - June - 2018
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Conference Events 
June 1, 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 June. 

If you would like your Church event to be featured here please contact the Communications Department at the Conference office. 604 853 5451. ext 305

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


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May 19, 2018


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May 26, 2018
Focuses on
Habits of Mission-Driven Churches

“We want to be a mission-driven church! And now we have the tools to do it!” said one pastor who participated in the REACH Leadership Conference at Camp Hope, BC, May 17-22.  

Paul Brantley, North America Division (NAD) Vice-President for Statistics and Research, and the REACH Advisory of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Canada (SDACC), led by Daniel Stojanovic, Vice-President for Administration, focused on training leaders to be strategic in their planning so as to fulfil the great mission of the church.  

The REACH Advisory is made up of representatives from across Canada and exists to equip conference and union leaders, especially pastors, to equip their members to be more strategic in reaching their community with the Christ-centered message of hope and wholeness. REACH is an acronym for the five ministry values of that drive the mission - Revival & Transformation, Education for Discipleship, Alignment within the Church, Community Outreach and Evangelism, Healthy Leadership and Management.  

The first three days of the conference were dedicated to interactive presentations, leadership exercises, small-group dialogue and on-the-job training about the ten habits of mission-driven churches. During the Sabbath morning and afternoon - the third day - 16 of these leaders visited 10 churches within Vancouver Metro, Fraser Valley and Kelowna areas to share the excitement of being a mission-driven church.

The next two days were dedicated to empowering 21 BC pastors to lead a church focused in its mission. Vancouver Hispanic pastor, Kelbur Mazur, was inspired by Paul Brantley’s book, Becoming A Mission Driven Church: a Five-step Strategy for Moving Your Church From Ordinary to Exceptional. Kelbur appreciated learning about the advantage of using three words in our mission statement: Christ-Centered, Hope, and Wholeness. These words are the keywords that give direction to every member of this Division to prepare for the soon coming of Jesus.

Pastor Mazur said, “One of the churches that I am pastoring already started to see the benefits of a church focused on its mission. Through the REACH action plan, we were able to coin a mission statement that guides our activities and initiatives along the year. We already see the benefits - church attendance has increased approximately 50% since last year, and the number is growing!

After this meeting with the REACH Advisory, I shared the ideas of strategic planning with our church leaders. They became very eager to expand their knowledge on how to move from an ordinary to exceptional congregation. It’s evident that this process takes time, but surely, with the guidance of God we can and will do mighty things for His glory, by focusing in a Christ-centered message of hope and wholeness.

Normand Cote, pastor of Cornerstone Church in Coquitlam, asks, “Is your church growing? Does your church have direction? Does it have goals that are measured?” Pastor Cote was inspired to “start having a mission-driven church with vibrant ministries all going in one direction.” He wants a church that “reveals God’s character and self-evaluates each department – a church where we measure ourselves, in order to know if we are winning or losing.

Greg Wellman, pastor of Penticton and Cawston- Keremeos, was inspired to say, “We often wonder why people leave the church, or young people don’t stay. But perhaps the church needs to recover its high calling, its mission and privilege to honor God by doing excellence in all they do.” Pastor Wellman added, I was deeply moved by the Ellen White quote, ‘If Christians were to act in concert, moving forward as one, under the direction of one Power, for the accomplishment of one purpose, they would move the world’ (9 Testimonies, 221). As our Strategic Planning workbook says,  “What an awesome thought! Your church gives glory to God (Revelation 14:7) when it accurately represents Him in the way it operates. Becoming a mission-driven church is both a great privilege and weighty responsibility!” 

Bringing "Hope and Wholeness" to Mexico

The Rutland SDA Church has been helping the poor and disadvantaged in Mexico for the last 5 years through the ministry of Thomas and Marcie Drobott. Each January, the Drobotts leave for Mexico to operate a Maranatha-built Adventist school called named Colegio Empalme. In the five years since the Rutland SDA Church drew up an agency agreement with the school, the school grew from a K-6 school with 58 children to a K-9 school with 92 children, including orphans and street children. 

Cameron Koronko, pastor of the Rutland Church, said, “Each year at a Vespers Service the Drobotts give us an inspiring report about what the Lord is doing in the school. This is certainly a project worthy of support.” Recently, the Drobotts reported 19 baptisms. In the spirit of Alignment Within the Church, John and Mariam Peters from the Duncan SDA Church have teamed up with the Drobotts to bring hope and wholeness the children of Colegio Empalme. 
Thanks to Jessica Marola and David and Melanie Kartik, of Creekside Community Church, you can see their ministry at Come and see the Drobotts in one of the conference ministry tents at our 2018 Camp Meeting. 

Camp Hope, June 15-17, 2018


A well-trained team of church elders relieves the burdens pastors feel and gives them joy in their own ministry. For this reason the BC Conference is inviting all Local Church elders to attend the annual Elders Retreat.

This year’s presenter, Nikolaus Satelmajer, will present the following topics:
1. Effective Spiritual Leadership in the Local Congregation
2.  Four (
Almost) Easy Steps for Preparing a Sermon
3.  Leading Committees and Boards
4.  Resources for Church Elders

5.  Questions Elders Ask


The cost is $150/- for the weekend (double occupancy), but if elders sign up by June 5 the discounted price will be $100/-.

Online Registration:

SAGE & Mountain View Summer Camp
June 24-30, 2018

SAGE and MVSC invites BC Seniors to attend Summer Camp for free on June 24 – 30, 2018.

Shirley Oakley - 250-656-6944,

Send your application forms to:
Mountain View Summer Camp:
Box 1000, Abbotsford, BC V2S 4P5
Or email Shelley
Summer Campout

 ATTENTION: ALL SDA young adults 20 years old and up!! We are planning our fifth annual Young Adult Campout weekend for those that fall into in this stage of life!! This is an event put on by young adults, for young adults in an attempt to create a stronger community within this age group, within the SDA community. 

When: June 29- July 2, 2018.
Where: Camp Hope.
Who: Young Adults.

Check out the website for all the details at .

 Make sure to register, to save your camp site. We look forward to seeing you there, on Canada Day long weekend!

Email Jody at if you have any questions about the event.

Camp Hope, September 21-23

SINGLES RETREAT – Plan now to attend the annual Singles Retreat at beautiful Camp Hope, BC September 21-23. Come enjoy great speakers, activities and meals in the beautiful surroundings of Camp Hope!

To register, please go to:

For additional information please call:
Jana Bislin at (604) 309-4823
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 - May.

Click on the links below to view the videos:

Mountain View Summer Camp

2018 Registration Now Open

A great summer is planned for children ages 7–18!

Register online at or send your application to before May 31 and receive a $100.00 discount!

Call Shelley at 604.853.5451 ext 413 and make your Visa or MasterCard payment before May 31.

Don’t miss this opportunity to send your child to camp at a great price! Expect to have fun, adventure and make new friends at camp this year!


Camps for the Blind: July 1 – 6

Kid’s Camp 1 July 8 – 15 (Age 7 – 12)

Kid’s Camp 2 July 15 – 22 (Age 7 – 12)

Teen Camp August 5 – 12 (Age 12 – 14)

Youth Camp August 12 – 19 (Age 14 – 18)

Westminster SDA Church
Afternoon Tea Party

PAA Days, June 7 & 8

PAA Days will be held on June 7 & 8 on the PAA/Burman University campus. 

Registration starts at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, for students in grades 8-12. 

Our out-of-town guests will stay in our high school residence hall during PAA Days. 

Swimming, sports, an outdoor picnic and activities, as well as a campfire at Casey’s Cabin are a few of the activities planned to introduce potential students to the PAA/Burman campus.

Parents can also attend a special question and answer dinner in the Hideout on Thursday evening, starting at 5 p.m. (June 7). 

Stay tuned for additional program information and how you can register your child for this free event.


Silver Creek SDA Church
110th Anniversary

JUNE 9, 2018 starting at 9:30 am

1509 Salmon River Rd. Salmon Arm, BC

You are invited to come celebrate the 110th Anniversary of the Silver Creek Seventh-Day Adventist Church on June 9, 2018 starting at 9:30 am. The Address is 1509 Salmon River Rd. Salmon Arm, BC. (Silver Creek) 

Come relive cherished memories.
Potluck to follow.

For more information contact:
Edna Crombie 250-832-6990 or Florence Schwartz 250-832-3267

Lifeline Worship

What are you overwhelmed by? Love, joy, sadness, work?

Lifeline Worship is a faith-based worship experience for restoration and rejuvenation. It's a place for imperfect people to heal together with other imperfect people through the overwhelming grace of God.

Come as you are for a night of worship and prepare to be overwhelmed by His grace.


Saturday, June 9, 2018, 7:OOPM
Oakridge Adventist Church
Vancouver, BC, CANADA
Fun Run and Walk

Camp Meeting 2018 is fast approaching, and so is our annual Fun Run and Walk. Time to start training, if you haven’t already.

This year we would like all proceeds to go towards Sustainable Water/Wells in Uganda, where our dear friend Charles Aguilar is ADRA Director. 

We encourage you to even do some fundraising, as we set a goal of $2500.

A DONATION of $25 or more will give free admission to the Fun Run and Walk.

Watch for more announcements as we finalize details with Pastor Aguilar.

All Instrumentalists Invited

All instrumentalists; string, woodwind, and brass players; are invited to join the Camp meeting orchestra.  The orchestra has been invited to play the second Sabbath, August 4, for the Divine and Evening services.

Please contact Harald Zinner by email: or call: 250-446-2517
(leave a message including the instrument you play if there is no answer).


It is planned to have the music out by the end of June. Times for practice will be given at a later date.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed during Camp Meeting at Camp Hope to join the Video/Media Ministry Team in the Main Auditorium

Friday, July 27 through Sabbath, August 4, 2018

People needed for:

  • Video Camera Operators
  • Backstage Assistants
*We will train you if you do not have experience*

If interested, please contact Sonja Buchanan by email:
or by phone: 778-997-4644
Staff Needed

STAFF NEEDED for Campmeeting at Camp Hope
Friday, July 27 through Sabbath, August 4, 2018

Children’s Divisions
Paid Positions to fill:
  • Registration Assistants
  • Bouncey Castle Attendants
  • Field Activities/Games Leader
If you are interested, please email your resume by June 15, 2018 to Sonja Buchanan at:

If you have any questions, call Sonja at 778-977-4644
Volunteer Needs

Mountain View Summer Camp Needs: Nurses, Paramedics and/or Fireman are invited to come and share your First Aid talents by volunteering for a week at Summer Camp. You will receive a free camp for your child each week of volunteer. Contact
Weeks Available:
Kids Camp 1 – July 8 – 15
Kids Camp 2 – July 15 – 22
Teen Camp – August 5 – 12
Youth Camp – August 12 - 19
Summer Job Positions

Oakridge Adventist Church is seeking enthusiastic and responsible students (grade 12 or post-secondary)  to work on projects supporting Community Wellness advocacy and programming. The full postings are at
Director of Therapies

Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre in Saskatoon, SK is seeking a full-time Director of Therapies.  
Our ideal candidate is a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist or Recreation Therapist who has experience working with older adults.  

To apply or for more information, please contact by June 30.
Chief Executive Officer

Sherwood Care, a 100 bed long term care facility located in Sherwood Park, Alberta, is seeking a Chief Executive Officer.  Qualified applicants should send their resume to Gary Hodder, President, Alberta Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, by June 30, 2018
Adventist Book Centre
"New Horizons in Sabbath School Teaching"

The book you have in your hand seeks to broaden horizons in teaching in Sabbath School. It is practical material that contains not only theory but also goal, this book presents:

· The need to contemplate and imitate the best teacher
· Knowledge of the methods of instruction and learning principles.
· Creating curriculums and lesson plans
· How to evaluate yourself

If you want to reach New Horizons in Sabbath School Teaching, this book is for you!
Regular Price: $10.49
Pre/Post Camp Sale Price: $9.97


ABC Christian Store Summer Hours:

Sunday 12:00pm-4:00 pm
Monday-Wednesday 10:00am-5:30pm
Thursday 10:00am-7:30pm

*Closed Friday and Saturdays for the Summer.

Phone number:
604-859-2566 or toll free 1-800-765-6955.

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