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REACH Newsletter - October - 2018
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Conference Events 
October 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 October. 

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. 
CELEBRATING MILESTONES
In Adventist Education

 Tamara Larsen has had the unique privilege of teaching her entire career at Fraser Valley Adventist Academy. She started in the fall of 1978 after completing her degree at Walla Walla College. Her first teaching assignment was grade 8-12 Home Economics, Keyboarding, and grade 8 and 9 Family Studies. After two years of teaching high school Tamara decided to move to her first elementary classroom where she taught grades 1 and 2 and had 31 students in her class.  After her first 5 years of teaching she started a family and took the next 9 years off except for a time when FVAA called her back into teaching Home Economics as a replacement teacher. When her youngest son started school, she returned to the classroom again and taught grades 1 and 2 as well as teaching kindergarten from 12:00 to 3:00 every day. She is finishing out her career this year where she is teaching the grade 3 class. She has spent a total of 30 years at FVAA and has touched the lives of students and colleagues alike. In retirement she plans to travel with her husband whenever he speaks around the world and Tonga, is first on their schedule. She loves to do gardening and landscaping and is hoping that she will be a grandmother in the very near future.
On May 26, 2018, FVAA paid special recognition to Tamara Larsen by honoring her and her 30 years of service where they renamed the elementary wing of the school to “Tamara Larsen Elementary Education Centre.” Mrs. Larsen has impacted so many peoples lives and we are so thankful that FVAA and the BC Conference have had the opportunity to experience her amazing talents in the classroom. She can make you feel like you are the most important person in the room and you know that when you get a hug from her it is genuine and you are loved and accepted. Thank you, Mrs. Larsen!
 

Our beloved chaplain at Fraser Valley Adventist Academy, Jim Gaull, has decided to retire. His love for the students is apparent and it has been a blessing to have him work with the students at FVAA for the past 9 years. During his time at FVAA, Pastor Jim helped to re-establish and develop the mission trip programs.  He has organized four trips:  2011 to Belize, 2013 to Belize, 2015 to Costa Rica, and 2017 again to Belize.  He has also led out in community service through monthly road clean-up days, service days to Camp Hope each spring, and 24-hour ration-meal events for ADRA.  Pastor Jim has helped coordinate many school events, organize weekly chapels and assembly programs, lead students through Bible studies and baptize FVAA students, and he has been a friend to all.   In honour of his passion for Jesus and his young people, and all the many ways he has faithfully served the FVAA community for 9 years, they renamed the cafeteria and assembly room to be called the “Pastor Jim Gaull Meeting Place.” Thank you, Pastor Jim!

We are sad to announce that Lisa Clarke, our Associate Superintendent, has left the conference where she has accepted a position as a principal for a local elementary school in Mission, BC. In the past four years Lisa has worn many hats here in the BC Office of Education. Curriculum specialist, West Coast Adventist School principal, and most recently Associate Superintendent for Student Services.  She has been instrumental in helping implement the new BC curriculum, training our teachers in many areas, and our special education coordinator. We want to thank her for her dedication to Adventist Education in BC and throughout Canada and wish her the best as she takes up her new position.

REST HAVEN SDA CHURCH
The ROCK Ministry


Rest Haven Church in Sidney B.C. Has an outreach arm called ROCK which stands for Rest Haven Outreach for Community Kindness. It was launched as a means of helping our Community and giving people a hand up. Jesus is our Rock, and he asks us to be His hands and feet while we are here. It is a loving response to what Jesus did for us. 



Since ROCK was launched, Rest Haven Church members have done two home makeovers, repaired stairs for a needy family, built chicken coops for a woman who was head injured but had a gift for raising chickens and selling eggs, supported a shoe program for kids who didn't have any and facilitated the gift of a car to a single mom. These have been great projects to meet and participate with members of our community as they often donate time or supplies to these projects and we get to work side by side getting to know them and they getting to know us.



Because we are a relatively small group, we decided to partner directly with another community group. This is what we have done for the past two projects. ROCK partnered with a group called HeroWork that focuses on doing good works for other Charitable organizations. The first was a renovation of an old golf course into a camp ground for people with disabilities. Most recently 12 of us helped in building a new Commercial kitchen at the food distribution centre for the Mustard Seed Food Bank. The centre takes in food from all the grocery stores in the area and then processes  this food into soups, sauces and stews which is then distributed to other centres to feed the disadvantaged and homeless.



This time, our commitment was only for one day, but I can say we were all richly blessed. In Matthew chapter 25 we get a glimpse of what it means to be a Christian. Verses 35, 36 read:  “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” The “reward” for doing this is presented in verse 41: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” What a blessing that it is to minister to the creator of the universe… What a blessing that it is to minister to God’s creation and to be able to partner with God in helping other people. We have been extremely blessed with this ministry. We want to challenge you to do the same!

ABBOTSFORD SDA CHURCH
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
FREE


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 :
Email:
lifegroups@abbotsfordadventist.ca
Call: 604-853-9703
*Leave a message to choose a workshop.
ABBOTSFORD SDA CHURCH

The Appearing

October 11-15, 2018




Schedule:
  • Thursday, October 11, 7pm - Opening Night
  • Friday, October 12, 7pm - The Abomination of Desolation
  • Saturday, October 13, 7pm - The Appearing
  • Sunday, October 14, 7pm - Prophecy Interrupted
  • Monday, October 15, 7pm - The Battle of Armageddon
CHURCH IN THE VALLEY
Jaime Jorge in Concert
October 12, 2018 7PM

Violin Virtuoso Jaime Jorge in Concert

https://www.jaimejorge.com/

Jaime has played in a multitude of settings from high school auditoriums to Carnegie Hall. He has played on 6 continents and over 73 countries. Come and listen to his marvelous music and the captivating personal story of how God has led him. This concert will be an unforgettable experience and a blessing!
Friday, October 12 @ 7:00 pm at Church in the Valley
 
Church in the Valley address:
23589 Old Yale Road Langley BC V2Z 2K4

CORNERSTONE SDA CHURCH
Jaime Jorge in Concert
October 13, 2018 11AM

Violin Virtuoso Jaime Jorge in Concert

https://www.jaimejorge.com/

Cornerstone Adventist Church will be having a concert from Jaime Jorge on Saturday, October 13th at 11:00 am.

For more information please call the church office: 604-942-1860
 
Cornerstone Seventh-day Adventist Church

RICHMOND SDA CHURCH
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.

FOUNTAINVIEW ACADEMY ORCHESTRA AND SINGERS
Story of the Lamb Concert
October 13, 2018 10:30AM


Fountainview Academy Orcestra and Singers
Story of the Lamb - Free Concert

Date:          Saturday  October 13, 2018
Time:         10:30AM
Contact:    250-256-5400
 


PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

October 6, 2018

Joy, Prayer and Thankfulness,
A Spiritual Recipe for the Soul!

Greetings! It is good to be back home after being away for a series of meetings out of the Province.
We celebrate the Canadian Thanksgiving during this weekend (and Monday), a holiday that encapsulates a positive outlook to life. This is a time for us to ponder and show appreciation for God’s most valuable provisions: life, family, friends, freedom, food, shelter, protection, work opportunities, and above all, the knowledge of His Word, and the free salvation we have in Christ. Paul, inspired by God, encourages us to “in everything give thanks…”. (II Thess. 5:18, NASV) However, this special counsel is preceded by two important reminders - “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing…” (II Thess. 5:16-17, NASV). All of these tell me that a grateful person is one with a continuous joyful spirit who also recognizes the need of the Lord’s presence in his/her life. Yes, that is manifested through a faithful commitment to prayer and dependence on Him. In these three short verses Paul addresses the beauty of a powerful Christian life: joyfulness, prayerfulness, and thankfulness.

“Nothing tends more to promote health of body and of soul than does a spirit of gratitude and praise. It is a positive duty to resist melancholy, discontented thoughts and feelings—as much a duty as it is to pray.” (EGW, MH 251). “Then let us educate our hearts and lips to speak the praise of God for His matchless love. Let us educate our souls to be hopeful and to abide in the light shining from the cross of Calvary. Never should we forget that we are children of the heavenly King, sons and daughters of the Lord of hosts. It is our privilege to maintain a calm repose in God… Forgetting our own difficulties and troubles, let us praise God for an opportunity to live for the glory of His name. Let the fresh blessings of each new day awaken praise in our hearts for these tokens of His loving care. When you open your eyes in the morning, thank God that He has kept you through the night. Thank Him for His peace in your heart. Morning, noon, and night, let gratitude as a sweet perfume ascend to heaven”. (Ibid, 253).

During this Thanksgiving Season, I pray that all of us will renew our decision, by God’s grace, to live a Christian life that will naturally reveal a positive attitude of joy, prayer, and gratitude as a reflection of our “daily walk” with our Creator and Savior.

Happy Sabbath… and Happy Thanksgiving!

In His Service,

Wesley Torres, D.Min.
President

 


PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

September 29, 2018

Educating For Eternity!

Greetings from Burman University (BU), Lacombe, AB. I am here attending the BU Board of Trustees and other related meetings this weekend. We have a great Adventist University in Canada and we ought to be proud of it. Please, let’s keep BU students, professors, staff, neighbors, and the University Campus in our prayers.

Yesterday afternoon, we stopped our meetings and went to Ponoka to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Mamawi Atosketan Native School Junior and High School Building & Leon Ingraham Arts Centre. What an inspiring moment! That state of the art school was built by much faith in God and a strong commitment and support from church members and community. It is a testimony about what can be achieved when we work together - amazing. The school has grown to the extend of having 230 students currently enrolled and its level of student retention is more than double than the other schools in town.

The fact that I grew up in a home of an educator, my mother, it helped me to always value the importance of education in one’s life. Education opens the mind of an individual, it helps in the development of their character, provides information, brings and expands knowledge, and prepares and enhances one’s ability for service in society. In the human level, a good education is the greatest asset in an individual’s life and the best inheritance parents can “provide” for their children and future generations.

The 2018-2019 school year is completing its first month in session. Our schools in the BC Conference are experiencing a positive start and we pray that this school year will be a blessing to our children - yes, our children! Every child in the BC Conference is a child of ours. We are a family and God expects us to pray, encourage, and support each one of them (Matt. 18:10, Psalm 127:3, Isa. 54:13). They are not only the church of the present, they are also the future of “God’s appointed agency for the salvation of men” [souls] (AA, 9).

The BC Conference leadership envisions that this idea - OUR children - becomes a dream and then a reality among ourselves. We pray that all of us become strong supporters of all the children in our churches and schools, seeing them as OUR children. Let’s pray for them regularly and encourage and support them spiritually and to attend our Adventist schools, the ideal place for them to get the best education - academically, physically, emotionally, and above all, spiritually. Every Adventist child deserves to study in an Adventist school. We have 13 excellent schools (brick and mortar) and an online school, West Coast. I am thrilled that two of our academies, in a step of faith, have hired full-time chaplains to enhance the spiritual component in their school environment. Let’s keep Moses Haynes (DLS) and Ben Amoah (FVAA) in our prayers for their ministry for OUR children in the BC Conference.

Please find below the link for the beautiful stewardship video for this month:
https://vimeo.com/292292229

Also, please 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.

Happy Sabbath!

In His Service,

Wesley Torres, D.Min.
President

STEWARDSHIP SERIES
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:
https://vimeopro.com/bcadventist/stewardship-series

CAMP MEETING 2018
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:
https://vimeo.com/album/5336316

SILVER HILLS

COMING TO HOPE

October 14-18, 2018


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

Come and Discover How Lifestyle Can Reverse Disease

Speakers:
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
For complete info and how to register: silverhillsontheroad.com/hope
or call/text: 250-267-1660
HEALTH SHARE WEEKEND
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:  
Online: http://events.bcadventist.ca/health-share-weekend-2018/
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
Other:
  • 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! Payment due at time of registration. Two nights - Friday, Saturday, if you need accommodations for Thursday night please let Donna know.
CHURCH IN THE VALLEY
W o r s h i p   A c a d e m y
October 27, 2018


Church in the Valley is hosting a day of worship training on Saturday October 27 from 9am to 5pm. 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. 

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

To register & sign up for a break out session go to:
http://www.churchinthevalley.ca/wa2018/

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

Guest Speakers:
Joel Duntin & Ben Amoah
ABBOTSFORD SDA CHURCH
G e t  A n s w e r s !
November 3, 2018


Get Answers!
Does God exist?  How can anyone believe in religion when science has neither a need nor a place for God?  Is evolution happening today?  If God is a God of love, why do we suffer and die?

Creation Ministries International is coming to your area soon with answers to these important questions.  Come and hear Clarence Janzen expose the bankruptcy of the evolutionary myth.  You'll be amazed to see how weak the scientific evidence for evolution is.

This is an issue that affects everyone.  Evolution teaches us there is no need for God, there is no spiritual realm, and there is no afterlife.  According to the theory, spirituality is just an evolutionary trick of the mind!

The Bible gives a very different picture about the nature of these things.  At this presentation, you will learn how the scientific evidence, when properly understood, confirms the details of the biblical account. At the same time, we will answer many of the Big Questions.
 
To find out more:
 

Date:        Saturday November 3,  2018
Time:        5:00PM - Equipping the Saints
                 So What About Dinosaurs?
MISSION SDA CHURCH
What Would You Ask God?
November 3-10, 2018, 7PM


7PM Nightly - November 3-10, 2018

Mission Seventh-day Adventist Church

33522 7th Avenue
Mission, BC  V2V 2E7


MORE INFO?
Call Ern: 604-302-0055
Email: ernbrake@gmail.com

2018 YOUTH RETREAT

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:

https://www.ultracamp.com/clientlogin.aspx?idCamp=143

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

Email: youth@bcyouth.com
DOUG BATCHELOR

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!

Church in the Valley
23589 Old Yale Road
Langley, BC V2Z 2K4

 
For more info call Church in the Valley at:
604-514-8335 or go to the following websites:






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