Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Outreach into the Community of Peers

The Good Samaritan Skit with Audrey and Hellar at Kid's Club
Craft Time at Kid's Club
The month of October 2009 Peers Company conducted a Kid Club for children in the community. The first four Sabbath afternoons in October had the members putting on skits, crafts, and Bible story plays for the children. We had six children attend from the community who expressed the wish for us to do it again next year. It was a fun time and a lot of hard work getting each program together but it really helped to showcase the church in the community. A special thanks to our Bible workers Egbert and Keishauni George for masterminding the plays and creating fantastic props. The members acted in the plays so well! We were all surprised at the talent we have in our midst. The theme of the program was "Kids Under Construction" and each play focused on issues children face each day such as bulling and lack of self esteem.

The last Sabbath in October saw the Peers group ministering at a seniors lodge in Evansburg. This is now a monthly ministry for our church. The group puts on a musical program and short sermonette followed up by visiting with the residents.

We even had a very special couple from Sherwood Park church visiting us in October and presented our church with some much appreciated DVDs and books for our library. They wish to remain anonymous so no names will be given but a big thank you to them anyway.

Delores Fletcher

Parkview Adventist Academy Supports Camp Whitesand Project

When the message came from Saskatchewan that help was needed for Camp Whitesand, 17 super-talented dismantling specialists from Parkview Adventist Academy responded to the call and left early one Sunday morning. These demolition experts worked for three days ripping siding off countless cabins. It was Alex Raney's delicious meals that kept this troop going. Everyone raved about the great food. Someone obviously knew how to keep a bunch of teenagers happy!

Hundreds of square feet of TyVek were placed on the cabin walls as well as new soffits. However, the removal of the siding seemed to be the most fun. It also supplied the team with great material for one BIG bonfire. They had to pick a time when it wasn't too windy to light the giant pile of old scraps and wood. What fun everyone had around the bonfire, telling stories and roasting marshmallows! All in all, it was a great three-day experience for these volunteers. It was another example of PAA students being "willing to serve." This is the theme for PAA for the next few years. So far this year, students have cleaned up the shorelines of Gull Lake and beautified Camp Whitesand.

On the way home from this excursion, one of the students thoughtfully said, "Funny how hard work makes you feel so good, even when you don't get paid." The youth enrolled at PAA are truly learning what service is all about.
Landon Ritchey

College Heights Church 100th Anniversary

Keith Leavitt participated during Sabbath School
Remember. Rejoice. Renew. Those are the words emblazoned on the logo created for the 100th anniversary of the College Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church. And during the weekend of October 16 and 17, 2009, that’s what the church family did.
The Friday evening Vespers Service, planned by Ron Sydenham, featured video testimonies from students and audience participation about the past and present. Led by Joy Fehr, the congregation realized that the spirit of commitment and service which characterized the pioneers still animates the church today. Centennial calendars,created by Brian Leavitt and Edith Fitch, and designed by Jr Ferrer, were distributed after the program. An enthusiastic Afterglow, led by Campus Ministries, completed the evening.

Sabbath was packed with activities. Don Corkum, pastor from 1982 to 1984, shared his beliefs on “An Enduring Faith” in the first worship service; Steve Little, chaplain from 1994 to 1999, spoke about “The Case of the Missing Legs” in the second service. The PAA/CUC Choral Union and the musical group “Rise Above” added to the joy of the day. At each worship service, the congregation participated in an act of renewal: they remembered the past, rejoiced in the present and pledged that “On this centennial Sabbath, we, the people of this church and congregation, consecrate ourselves anew to the cause and service of God.” Belinda Bader and the Worship Committee planned the church services.

During Sabbath School, a play, written by Denise Herr, reviewed the founding of the church, the building of the present sanctuary, and the involvement of the congregation in service. Frank Hippach (Keith Clouten) and Lawrence Morgenson (Larry Herr) revisited some of the challenges of choosing the first slate of church officers; Kelvin Hill, Lew Fleck, Arvin McCarty, and Reuben Lorenson harmonized as they urged the congregation to “Come, let us build on the Hilltop”; Ken Kendall, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Lacombe, spoke about how the work of the church has touched the community; and children from the Kindergarten, Primary, and Junior Divisions reminded us that “the church is not a building…the church is the people!”

A potluck at the CUC Physical Education Complex, planned by Edith Fitch and her committee, proved to be a feast for the eyes (Marj Dubuc’s creative centerpieces and Cleo Foreman’s white aprons for the servers), for the body (Shepherd’s pie, salads, and a plethora of pies), and for the soul (time to reconnect with friends and to talk about how God has led us).

Some people lingered over the meal, while others left to participate on the history walk, beginning at one of the first hilltop meeting places—the Chapel. There people remembered what the building looked like and enjoyed a play, “Tonsillectomy Days,” presented by the Parkland Pathfinders. The next stop was the John McKibbin Education Centre, formerly the auditorium. Herb Kennedy recalled what it was like to play and worship in the same building. In the church, Wilford Tetz shared memories and pictures of building the sanctuary. Afterwards, many people participated in an “organ crawl” led by Wendy Markosky and Cari Astleford.

The Evensong program, “Ten Decades of Music,” was planned by Brian Leavitt. In 80 minutes, the congregation reviewed the history of the hilltop church and schools through the medium of music. Alma Reimche reenacted the contributions of Mrs. O.W. Reinmuth, CJC piano teacher; the Men of Faith recalled the College Heights Heritage Plays with their “Smoking and Chewing Song”; Phillip Jeffrey’s solo made many people think of Bill McQuary’s moving rendition of “Were You There?”; the Heritage Singers revisited brought a blessing; Reuben Lorenson’s portrayal of Eric B. Hare brought back fond memories; and Gem Fitch’s Centennial Hymn, “Praise to Thee, O Great Jehovah,” inspired members of the congregation to renew their vision and to “face the future, rich in hope, through endless years.”

The celebration continued into the evening with an Old Fashioned Saturday Night Social, planned by Keith Clouten and his committee. A light supper and birthday cake were followed by a number of games featuring balloons, buckets, and umbrellas. The evening—and the centennial celebration—concluded with a Grand March.
May the spirit of remembering, renewing, and rejoicing be ever in our hearts.
Julie Grovet, Communications Secretary

Monday, November 23, 2009

Model Teaching Week

During the week of November 16, 2009, teachers from the Alberta Seventh-day Adventist education system learned best teaching practices by observing three guest master teachers (one from South Carolina and two from Oklahoma) in a Model Teaching Week at College Heights Christian School in Lacombe. Most students enjoyed some time away from school that week; however, about 50 students from various schools were a part of the mock model school. Isaac Zayachkowski, Superintendent of Adventist Schools in Alberta, says they launched their "Journey to Excellence" six years ago and, thanks to funding from the Provincial Government, their focus now is improving student success. Not only teachers from Alberta, but Manitoba, and Quebec took part in learning best teaching practices so each teacher and student can find a safe learning environment to flourish in. The first order of business was designing their model classrooms. They currently have a focus in three main areas.

The following video clip is from an interview by radio station Sunny 94 with Isaac Zayachkowski:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ponoka Church Praises God for Baptism

(l-r) Pastor David Beaudoin, Joshua Beaudoin, Darryl Johnson
On November 7th the Ponoka Church celebrated 2 baptisms. Joshua Beaudoin was baptized after two years of preparation and made his decision to follow in the footsteps of Jesus through the waters of baptism. Darryl Johnson, who first attended the 2008 prophecy seminar was also baptized into the body of Christ, and his immediate family were there to witness the grand event. Before the baptisms service the Ponoka church members promised and voted to support these two young men with all their emotional and spiritual resources to help them grow in the Lord. We praise the Lord and rejoice with the angels in heaven for the commitment of these two individuals.
Pastor Dave Beaudoin

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Northern Lights Pathfinder Club Food Bank Drive

On Sabbath afternoon, October 31, 2009, the Northern Lights Pathfinder Club in Edmonton collected 2000 food items in the community.
Diane & Glenn Hawthorne, Pathfinder Directors

Monday, November 9, 2009

Lacombe Vegetarian Dinner Club Celebrates 1st Anniversary

Lacombe Vegetarian Dinner Club team:Front: Shirley Unruh, Carol Garner; Middle: Darlene Rachul, Margaret Hansen, Bernice Nahorney, Johanna Looyenga, Ruth Riffin; Back: Neil Garner, Wilf Hansen, Lorence Nahorney, Sylvester Riffin
October marks the first anniversary of the Lacombe Vegetarian Dinner Club. Hosted by the Lacombe Community Church, the club meets every month for a delicious vegetarian dinner. Average attendance is 45, half of whom are not church members. Recipes for every dish are provided, as well as other health materials. Each evening following the meal there is a short lecture by a health educator, or an inspiring musical program. At each meeting a variety of door prizes are given out, many of which are cookbooks.
Coordinator Ruth Riffin is pleased with the response to this outreach. She says: "Our church members are inviting their friends and neighbours and, as a result, we are getting to know more of our community folks. Our visitors, in turn, are inviting their friends. Many of those attending have stated that they have made changes in their lifestyles because of what they learned at our club dinners."
Attendees are grateful for the opportunity to learn more about vegetarianism and a variety of health topics. They have told the team that they are surprised that vegetarian and vegan dishes are so tasty. They are eager for the next Dinner Club, and love to learn about healthy living.
Esther Sayler

Monday, November 2, 2009

Stettler Church Baptism and Rebaptism

(l-r) Pastor Warren Kay, Doris Hayne, Cassandra Dingman, Vicki Huntley
On October 17 the Stettler Church was delighted to have a baptism in which Cassandra Dingman became a member of the Stettler Seventh-day Adventist Church. Doris Haynes and Vicki Huntley were rebaptised to indicate their desire to completely follow the leading of Jesus in their lives. Thank you to many family and friends that came to support these ladies.

Pastor Warren Kay

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A "Good News" Celebration!

Platform party (l-r): Pastor Reynold Ferary (CAAA Chaplain), Devon Powell, Pastor John Adams, Pastor Clive Dottin, Dorthy Vernon (CAAA Communications Coordinator), Sharon Long-Brown (CAAA Northern Chapter President), and Mark Johnson (President of the Alberta Conference

Pastor Clive Dottin delivering the Sabbath message "Getting Past the First Page"

Adventist Youth & Vespers with Pastor Clive Dottin

Pastor Ishmael Ali, Pastor Clive Dottin, and Pastor John Adams

The Caribbean Association of Adventists in Alberta (CAAA) recently celebrated a momentous occasion! September 4-7, 2009 marked the 30th anniversary of the founding of CAAA, a non-profit organization, with a mission of preserving and sharing cultural heritage while leading souls to Christ.
Pastor Clive Dottin, the Youth, Health, & Religious Liberty director of the Caribbean Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists was the keynote speaker, and an excellent addition to the weekend activities. His sermons included such topics as “Getting past the first page,” which addressed milestones (self inflicted or otherwise) that stifle the growth of meaningful relationships with Christ, and how to overcome them. We praise God that Melissa Adams, a first time visitor to CAAA, was convicted by the Holy Spirit, and was baptized on Sabbath, September 5 along with Cassandra John who was re-baptized. Many others made vows re-dedicating their lives to Christ. We were also honored to have Mark Johnson, the president of the Alberta Conference, bring opening remarks.
The family retreat (themed “Good News!”) at Foothills Camp, Bowden included thought provoking sermons from the featured speaker, therapeutic massages, a financial seminar, an old time social, a banquet, and delicious vegetarian meals. The banquet capitalized on Caribbean folklore and the many talents of young and old, while the social featured a mixture of traditional and well known games proving to be enjoyable for all age groups. This power-packed weekend proved to be a unique spiritual experience.

Please join us next year, September 3-6, 2010!
We welcome your questions! Contact us: CAAAInformation@gmail.com

Dorthy Vernon
CAAA Communications Coordinator

Yellowknife Fire Department Gives Thanks for Adventist Church

Dana, Mary, Mikelle, a happy community member, Johanna, and Tristha. Photo taken by Katelyn Ruiz
In the next few days the Yellowknife Church will be posting a report on its recent Be a Rebel evangelism weekend but here’s an exciting news flash. Each week the city publishes a newsletter called, “Capital Update” and they mail it to every mailbox in town. This week, the fire department printed this short announcement:

“THANK YOU! Seventh Day Adventist Church
“The Seventh Day Adventist young people stepped up to the plate September 12 and 13 with the “Be a Rebel Community Challenge.” Spearheaded by Pastor Brad Dahr, they delivered 200 batteries to homes in the Forrest Drive area with the message “Stay Safe! Change smoke detector batteries once a year and test them regularly.” Our sincere thanks from the YKFD for helping our community practice fire safety! Job well done!”

The members of the Yellowknife church know that people don’t care what you know until they know you care. This community service event sent the message that we care about our community and it’s great to get some good press for it. However, credit really goes to Moises and Katelyn Ruiz who were the guest speakers for the weekend event. “When Moises, Katelyn and I were brainstorming for the weekend, it was Moises’ idea to give out batteries,” says Pastor Brad. “We were going to do them as a lead into the weekend but they didn’t arrive in time (our time) so we made giving them out part of the evangelism weekend (that’s God’s timing).” Also, big applause and pats on the back go to the church members who went out in large groups to give away the batteries. “Coming together as a team made the battery event and the whole weekend a huge success,” said Pastor Brad.

The Seventh-day Adventist church has been serving the Yellowknife community for over 30 years and is located at 5008 Forrest Drive. Services are every Saturday morning at 10:30 starting with small groups for adults and children with services starting at 11:30. On the web they are at www.yksda.org while the church office can be reached at 873-6767 or by email at info@yksda.org.

Fred SanJenko Obituary

Fred SanJenko was born March 1, 1917, in Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan and died October 21, 2009, at the age of 92 in Vegreville, Alberta.

Fred served the church faithfully in Calgary and Vegreville as a deacon and 14 years as the Investment Leader in Vegreville, Alberta.

He is lovingly remembered by his three daughters: Grace SanJenko of Edmonton, AB; Darlene Rastegar of Vegreville, AB; and Jane (Dr. Lee) Farrow of Vegreville, AB; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth; parents Andrew and Vera; sisters Nettie Wolfe, Alyce Hall, Jean Poirier; brothers Bill, Steve, John, Mike, Alec, Kelly, and Edward; and many other friends who will miss hearing his stories of answered prayers.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Great Service is a Choice

On a mild, late September afternoon I travelled out to the Cavalcade campsite across from Abraham Lake (511.2 kilometers round trip). Forty grade 9 students and their counselors from our SDA schools had been camping there since Monday. What a lovely setting the teachers and kids had to enjoy. There were majestic mountains that outlined the skyline across the valley. And as the sun was setting you could see the features of an Indian's face and headdress silhouetted against the southern sky.

Once the campfire was lit and all the campers had gathered on their benches and picnic tables Shad Lehmann had a few announcements before worship. I used the theme of...."In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy paths." I tried to tie this into what God might have in mind for you as your life work. In other words stay in touch with Him, trust Him, and you will be amazed at how He will lead in your life. Then it was time for some "giveaways". There were choices of PAA shirts, pens with lights in one end, caps, and camouflage Bibles. How interesting to see the Bibles become the first choice.

Then to top the evening off my wife Karen had the hot chocolate container all set up. There were seven dozen donuts of every variety (apple fritters went first) all spread out on a picnic table and a hundred of the Okanagan's finest crisp apples. So what made the evening so rewarding? It was to be thanked and hugged by countless kids you didn't even know. It was to serve without expecting anything (other then new students next year) and yet be rewarded by thankfulness. As we serve together in God's family, our lives take on eternal importance. Paul said, "I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less . . . because of what you are a part of" (1 Corinthians 12:14a, 19 MSG).

God wants to use us to make a difference in this world. He wants to work through us. What matters is not the duration of your life, but the donation of it. Not how long you lived, but how you lived. Let me illustrate the theme of our school year, "to serve" in another way by the following story:

No one can make you serve customers well. That's because great service is a choice. Years ago, my friend, Harold Justinen, told me a wonderful story about a cab driver that proved this point. He was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing Harold noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for Harvey. He handed my friend a laminated card and said:

"I'm Wally, your driver. While I'm loading your bags in the trunk, I'd like you to read my mission statement."

Taken aback, Harold read the card. It said:

Wally's Mission Statement:

"To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest, and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment"

This blew Harold away. Especially when he noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!

As he slid behind the wheel, Wally said, "Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf."

My friend said jokingly, "No, I'd prefer a soft drink."

Wally smiled and said, "No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, water, and orange juice."

Almost stuttering, Harvey said, "I'll take a Diet Coke"

Handing him his drink, Wally said, "If you'd like something to read, I have The Wall Street Journal, Time, Sports Illustrated and USA Today."

As they were pulling away, Wally handed my friend another laminated card. "These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you'd like to listen to the radio."

As if that weren't enough, Wally told Harold that he had the air conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable for him. Then he advised Harold of the best route to his destination for that time of the day. He also let him know that he'd be happy to chat and tell him about some of the sights, or, if Harold preferred, to leave him with his own thoughts.

"Tell me, Wally," my amazed friend asked the driver, "have you always served customers like this?"

Wally smiled into the rear view mirror. "No, not always. In fact, it's only been in the last two years. My first five years driving, I spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard the personal growth guru, Wayne Dyer, on the radio one day. He had just written a book called You'll See It When You Believe It. Dyer said that if you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you'll rarely disappoint yourself. He said, 'Stop complaining! Differentiate yourself from your competition. Don't be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd.'

"That hit me right between the eyes," said Wally. "Dyer was really talking about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes. I put in a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more."

"I take it this has paid off for you," Harold said.

"It sure had," Wally replied. "My first year as an eagle, I doubled my income from the previous year. This year I'll probably quadruple it. You were lucky to get me today. I don't sit at cabstands anymore. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message on my answering machine. If I can't pick them up myself, I get a reliable cabbie friend to do it and I take a piece of the action."

Wally was phenomenal. He was running a limo service out of a Yellow Cab. I've probably told that story to more than fifty cab drivers over the years, and only two took the idea and ran with it. Whenever I go to their cities, I give them a call. The rest of the drivers quacked like ducks and told me all the reasons they couldn't do any of what I was suggesting.

Wally the Cab Driver made a different choice. He decided to stop quacking like a duck and start soaring like an eagle. How about you?

Landon Ritchey is the Director of Marketing and Enrolments Services
for Parkview Adventist Academy,
and CUC in PR and Alumni Special Projects
He writes from his purple and gold office in the PAA building...

Parkview Adventist Academy Sophomores Have Most Fun

Spell "Nebuchadnezzar"

Tug of War Fun

Grade 10 Phantoms

Each year Class Challenge matches High School and College teams against each other. This year the Parkview Adventist Academy grade 10's didn't win but what a performance this new crop of students put on. Can you imagine students from 14 years old through their mid 20's all jammed into the Canadian University College gym? Not only were they fiercely competitive but they had loads of fun too? Saturday night saw grade 10, 11, 12, University Freshmen, and the rest of the University competing for bragging rights in the tire roll and jelly bean toss. The Faculty and Staff acted as officials during this time of intense playful fun. From Tug of Wars to Human Wheelbarrows it was quite a spectacle to watch. Professor Ron Schafer led out in the many assorted games with his statistician's keeping track of the team scores. For the first time in many years the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year University team won class challenge ------BUT if you look at the faces of the grade 10 Phantom's you can surely tell they had the most fun.

Landon Ritchey

Mill Woods New Birth-day Celebration

Praise God! It was with joy that the Thompson family, along with brethren from the Mill Woods SDA Church, celebrated in their daughter Tiffany's decision to be baptized on her 12th birthday this past Sabbath at the Leduc SDA Church.

Crocodiles Found in Yellowknife

Crocodiles, fireflies and crawfish, oh my! On June 29, the Yellowknife Seventh-day Adventist Church was “swamped” with over 60 fearless kids as the church launched their week long Crocodile Dock VBS. It all began when Children’s Ministry leaders, Sheila and Noel Cruz, led a team of eager volunteers to transform the church’s gym into a Bible Bayou full of swampy things. Then crew leaders were trained and coached. When opening day came, the gym was full of community children ready to become fearless kids shining God’s light.

This year’s VBS was the largest yet with an average of 60 children in attendance each day with few days seeing over 70 children join the fun. The Crocodile Dock theme was evident all over the building from the craft stations (Crawfish Crafts and Missions) to the games (Gator Games). Perhaps the most amazing part of all was the Firefly Finale set where participants could hop on a flat-bottom boat and pretend to drift on lazy, hazy waters under tall cypress trees. Plants such as trees and water-lilies were built from ordinary school materials and garbage bags were used to create “the swamp”.

Each day began at 2pm with the Sing and Play Swamp Stomp which was led by the crew leaders - all early teens. The children who signed up for the camp were arranged into eight different groups or crews. After the Sing and Play Swamp Stomp, the crews split up and headed for the various stations around the church. All the games, crafts, snacks, and stories reinforced the Bible point for that day. A workbook was supplied to each child with instructions to draw or write about 'God in action', such as their parents hugging or laughing. Once the crews had moved through the stations, they rejoined each other for the Firefly Finale.

On the last day, all 10 crew leaders pitched together to perform a skit on 'being fearless' for all of the children and their parents. All the participants where given their crafts and small toys to take home to share with the rest of their family; a constant reminder that, “God is with us! Fear not!”

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has been serving the Yellowknife community for over 30 years and is located at 5008 Forrest Drive. Services are every Saturday morning at 10:30 starting with small groups for adults and children with services starting at 11:30. On the web they are at www.yksda.org. The church office can be reached at 873-6767 or by email at info@yksda.org.

Written by Cherryl Li, Crew Leader,
with a little help from Pastor Brad Dahr

Sherwood Park Care Center Celebrates 40th Anniversary

(l-r) Kathy Fortunat, Director of Patient Care; Danny Northam, Financial Officer; Gerald Northam, Executive Director; Mark Johnson, Chairman of the Board and Conference President, expressing appreciation

(l-r) Laurie Dunfield, former administrator; Gerald Northam, current administrator; Allan Fowler, former administrator

The Sherwood Park Care Center is a senior care facility owned and operated by Alberta Health, whose purpose is to meet the needs of aging family members and accomplishes their mission by providing quality care for the individuals who reside in this Christian care facility.

On the weekend of September 25-27, 2009, the staff, conference administrators, residents, friends, former employees, and resident family members,gathered in a large white tent right on the property next to the care center! Everyone enjoyed the words of congratulation and appreciation throughout the weekend. It was evident to all how God has led in the direction of this care facility since its inception 40 years ago.

The weekend events also included tours of the facility and grounds, culminating in a BBQ with live entertainment! It was obvious that there was much thought, planning, and efficient administration of the weekend events. It was so appreciated by so many.

Thank You Cake

Rose Simon proudly presented this exquisite cake to the Alberta Conference office

Pastor Peter Ford's dream is now becoming a reality! The Alberta Conference administration, assisted by Pastor Ford and Bob Spratt, entered into an agreement to purchase a parcel of land in the town of Hobbema. The intention for this piece of property is to erect a church and safe multi-purpose community center for students of Mamawi Atosketan Native School, future students, and the community.

It is a Native people's custom to show their appreciation to someone who does something for them by presenting a gift as a thank you. Rose Simon, a representative of the Native community in Hobbema as well as a member of the Maskwachees Adventist company, presented a beautifully-decorated cake as shown in the photo above. Jeannie Spratt, wife of Bob Spratt who is actively involved in the ministries we provide in the Hobbema area, made and decorated this cake. As you can see, it is a work of art and beauty! What a fantastic way to say thank you.

Parkview Adventist Academy Update

Angie Bishop

Tracy Ganson

Jason Irish

What a great year we are experiencing already at PAA. Everyone is saying that our student body is of such tremendous quality. The dorm has been blessed with full rooms and great student leadership. We will see how the academic side of PAA transpires further into the year.

Mrs. Angie Bishop is our new Principal at PAA this year. She comes to us with many years of teaching and administrative experience. She was our vice-principal last year and previous to that taught at CHCS. Taking on the duties of vice-principal this year is Rod Jamieson. His experience here at PAA will be very valuable in helping Angie with the many administrative duties. He will also be teaching exciting hands on classes like; mechanics, welding, woodworking and digital photography.

We have been blessed by two new faculty members. Mr. Jason Irish comes to us from the Fraser Valley with a family of four kids, one of which, Brandon joins our grade 10 class at PAA. Jason will be focusing on Socials Studies and coaching our soccer team. Deanna, Jason's wife will be working as a Health Care aid at the Royal Oak. Mrs. Tracy Ganson is our new Religious Studies teacher. She and her husband Clayton have two young children. Tracy is already getting involved with the kids in some musical ventures and service projects.

In our very first week in Academy many of the students participated in the Sabbath Communion Service at the College Heights Church. That same evening the Student Association had a very successful movie night at CHCS gym. Then straight into the week there were try outs for Volleyball and Soccer. Word is that the ladies volleyball team will be a team to contend with. A number of new students with top volleyball skills are trying out. Mr. Jamieson is already excited about the team's trip to Walla Walla, a sporting high light of the year.

The school has taken on a significant theme this year. It is "Service" within the school and community. If you are going to give your life for something ... What will it be-a career, a sport, a hobby, fame, wealth? None of these will have lasting significance. Students will learn that service is the pathway to real significance. It is through ministry that we discover the meaning of our lives. The Bible says, "Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body" (Romans 12:5 MSG). For example within our Science classes students have volunteered to be part of a shore clean up detail this fall. Mrs Ganson's students are already working on creating a project within the RS classes.

Our focus at PAA is to let God use us to make a difference in this world. He wants to work through us. What matters is not the duration of our lives, but the donation of our lives. Not how long we've lived, but how we lived. As our constituency we seek your prayers and support of Parkview Adventist Academy. We are truly a school that is:
Distinctly Academic - Decidedly Christian.

Landon Ritchey
Director of Marketing and Enrollment Services
and Public Relations PAA and CUC

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Yellowknife Church Bans Styrofoam Dinnerware

Living in one of the most beautiful parts of Canada has had an impact on the members of the Yellowknife Seventh-day Adventist Church. This month they have made a commitment - ‘No More Styrofoam.’ Members Liza and Rony Roy are leading the the church towards a more ‘green’ attitude. “From now on our fellowship meals will be BYOP (Bring Your Own Plates),” Liza said. The church will no longer purchase styrofoam dinnerware and will simply use up whatever is on hand.

“When we get to the last styrofoam plate we will commemorate the moment," says Pastor Brad Dahr, “we were thinking about a second of silence for every year it takes for styrofoam to break down in a landfill but then we could be standing there for a very long time!” For visitors who don’t know about the BYOP rule the church has dinnerware on hand. “Our original Kingdom Assignment from God was to care for the earth and everything in it. Even though the world is in a fallen state and will soon be renewed by the second coming, God’s calling to be good stewards of its resources and environment still stands,” says Pastor Brad Dahr who applauds his members’ initiative in this area. “It’s one thing to talk about what we believe but we need to walk the talk.”

The Seventh-day Adventist church has been serving the Yellowknife community for over 30 years and is located at 5008 Forrest Drive. Services are every Saturday morning at 10:30 starting with small groups for adults and children with services starting at 11:30. On the web they are at www.yksda.org while the church office can be reached at 873-6767 or by email at info@yksda.org.

Four College Heights Youth Baptized at Oshkosh Camporee

Pastor Moises Ruiz shown in the middle of the four youth baptized.

On August 15, 2009, at the Oshkosh Camporee in Wisconsin, four of the youth from the College Heights Church were baptized at the International Pathfinder Camporee. Rachel Davis, Jordan Southcott, Josh Southcott, and James Southcott all made a public declaration of their faith in Jesus. It was an exciting conclusion to the camporee.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Huge Success in the Edmonton Spanish District

PRAISE THE LORD!!!! We baptized 14 more souls for the King last weekend. Youth Campaign "VUELVE" was a complete success for His Glory. Edmonton Spanish District has reached 39 baptisms so far in 2009 Year of Evangelism. Thanks youth! Thanks to all faithful people of God.
Julio Morales, Pastor

Sherwood Park Care Center Celebrates 40th Anniversary

You are invited to come and celebrate with the residents, staff, and family of the Sherwood Park Care Center on September 24-26, 2009. This long-term care facility has been in operation for 40 years! The weekend will be full of reminiscing beginning on Friday where we will focus on the current residents with a music festival and spiritual service. On Sabbath morning, there will be an old-fashioned church service held in a tent in the courtyard of the Care Center, and in the afternoon there will be a rededication of the Care Center. Sunday activities will begin at 2 p.m. and is a day highlighting the history of the Care Center, tours, and a BBQ. Mark your calendar and plan to attend, you won't regret it!!
Carol Paisley
Executive Assistant to Gerald Northam, Executive Director

Althea Turnbull Obituary

With the same grace and beauty through which she lived her life, Mrs. Althea Turnbull passed away at sundown on Sabbath, September 5, in Edmonton, Alberta. She will be remembered by many whose lives she touched through her genuine kindness, compassion, and enduring love! Althea served her church as treasurer for many years. We celebrate her life on Saturday, September 12, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. at the Lethbridge Seventh-day Adventist church, 2606 - 16 Avenue South.

Pfannmuller Obituary

William (Bill) Wensel Pfannmuller was born on July 28, 1918, and passed away on September 2, 2009, in Abbotsford, B.C. He is survived by his wife Julie; daughters, Leanne (Walter) Chiakowsky of Abbotsford, B.C., and Gwen (Eugene) Skoretz of Langley, B.C.; sons, Barry (Delores) of Abbotsford, B.C., Roy (Pam) of Coldstream, B.C., and Dean of Abbotsford, B.C.; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, June (Ben) Weich of Hanna, AB,and Lorraine (Victor) Fast of Kelowna, B.C.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

General Conference Atlanta JUNE 23 - JULY 3, 2010

Eventful Summer for Edmonton Mill Woods

(clockwise from top left) Adult choir singing praises on Community Guest Day; Kindra, CreeAnn,and Tiffany (l-r) happily serving potluck lunch; Children's presentation of the armour of God on Thirteenth Sabbath in June; Youth Ministries outreach in Mill Woods Park on July 25.
"To God be the glory, great things He has done." It has been an eventful summer at Edmonton Mill Woods SDA Church. On Women's Ministries Day, June 13, several sisters in our congregation were given tokens of appreciation and commended for their individual contributions. As well, Ralph presented three women from the community - Agnes, Patricia, and Lorna - with certificates for their completion of an eye-opening group Bible study on the book of Romans.

Pastor Ishmael Ali from Calgary Garden Road was guest speaker for Community Guest Day, June 20.

At the end of June, the Youth Ministries Department held a bottle drive fundraiser, and the overwhelming community support enabled our church to present $1000 for airfare for one of our youth and her mother to travel for her surgery at the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital. We are thankful that she is healing up very nicely!

The theme for July 25's Youth Day was "Be Ready," with CUC student Joseph Augustine as guest speaker. The Sabbath afternoon was particularly hot, but it was perfect weather for our Youth Ministries outreach activity in Mill Woods Park--the distribution of free cold bottled water with a tag of introduction to our church.

Pastor Lawton Lowe's Death

Elder Lawton Lowe, a long-time warrior for God laid down his burdens Friday, August 28, 2009, after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. As many of you know Lawton was used mightily by God. Thousands of individuals in Canada and throughout various parts of the world will trace their introduction to Jesus back to a Lowe evangelistic meeting. Please pray for Esther, Gary, Rick, and the entire family as they process the loss of their loved one. The family has planned a memorial service for Elder Lowe on September 20, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Fonthill United church on Hwy 20, in the village of Fonthill on top of the hill. Contact: Fonthill United Church, 42 Church Hill, Box 926, Fonthill, ON, L0S 1E0; phone: 905-892-6433; email: fonthilu@vaxxine.com.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

60th Wedding Anniversary

Vernon and Doreen Gimbel celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 25, 2009. They were married in the CUC Chapel in 1949. They have two children, Ivan (Sharon) of Lacombe, and Sherry Lee (Rob) Olynick of Quill Lake, Sask. They also have five grandchildren and two great-granchildren. The Gimbels reside in Lacombe.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Yellowknife Church Celebrates Landmark Baptism

(August 15, 2009) Landmarks are significant events in our lives that we like to celebrate. On Sabbath, August 15, the Yellowknife church celebrated the baptism of Griffin Wile. Just a few minutes before his baptism, Griffin’s mom, Wendy, shared the reason this was a landmark baptism. Griffin is the only person to be born in Yellowknife, attend the church all his life, and to join its membership through baptism. Pastor Brad Dahr had the honour of baptizing Griffin into the body of Christ with Griffin’s dad, Blake, and sister, Mikelle, singing a beautiful special music.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has been serving the Yellowknife community for over 30 years and is delighted to be sharing the hope of Jesus Christ with the people of Yellowknife. The church can be found on the web at www.yksda.org.

Pastor Brad Dahr

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Stony Plain Trade Fair Hosts Parkland Church Booth

This last April saw the Parkland (Spruce Grove & Stony Plain) Church participating in the local Stony Plain Trade Fair with a booth table laden with books, magazines, DVDs, etc. A draw for a couple of DVDs was very popular as was a white prayer sheet on which people could write the first names of people they wanted special prayer for. Everyone who passed by was given an envelope with a letter from the church, a mini Signs magazine, application forms etc. Especially popular were engraved pens advertising the church and handmade bookmarks with Bible verses and attractive pictures. It was indeed a great way to meet people without knocking on doors - they were coming to us! We plan to make this an annual event.

Ngaere Gill

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Camrose Baptism

(L-R): Pastor Bob Burke, Esther DuBourt, Ruth Crabbe (church clerk)
On Sabbath July 11th Pastor Bob Burke had the pleasure of baptizing Esther DuBourt at Foothills Camp, near Bowden. Esther had expressed a desire for baptism two years ago after attending the second Revelation seminar the Camrose Church had held but it was felt she was too young at the time. This time when she again expressed a desire to follow her Lord into the waters of baptism her parents and Pastor Burke agreed that there was no reason to put it off any longer.

Esther was welcomed into full membership in the Camrose Church on Sabbath July 25.

Pastor Bob Burke

Sedgewick Baptisms

(L-R): Emma Amundson, Brayden Grovet, Ethan Bownes, Debi Anderson, Jordan Bownes, Bradley Grovet

On Sabbath, June 20, the Sedgewick Seventh-day Adventist Church came together to celebrate the baptisms of five of their young people. Ethan Bownes, Jordan Bownes, Emma Amundson, Bradley Grovet and Brayden Grovet all made a public declaration of their decision to follow Jesus Christ through baptism and to become members of the Sedgewick congregation.

After studying with Debi Anderson for 21 weeks these young people all decided they wanted to be baptized together. Debi also arranged for each of the Sedgewick elders and the pastor to come and present at least one of the study topics each.

Pastor Bob Burke had the privilege of performing the baptisms of each one of these precious young souls. Pastor Burke shared a message entitled “The Family of God” taken from Galatians 3:26-29.

The service was followed by a potluck and fellowship.

Pastor Bob Burke

News Clippings . . .

  • Over 180 individuals have been baptized this year in the Alberta Conference. There have been quite a few evangelistic meetings throughout the conference with many more scheduled this summer and fall.
  • Ordination to the gospel ministry took place for four Alberta pastors on the final Sabbath of the Alberta Camp Meeting. Pastors Julio Morales, James Rooney, Dario St. Louis, and David Streifling were consecrated following a message presented by Nilton Amorim, Executive Secretary of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada.
  • Calagary Metro Filipino Church celebrated their first anniversary on Sabbath, July 25. They were joined by Pastors Mark Johnson and Romulo Daquila from the Alberta Conference. Many guests were present for the special services.
  • Iglesia Adventista Maranatha Calgary (Calgary Maranatha Spanish Company) streams live video of the worship services each Sabbath. As high as two dozen persons at a time have joined the services online.
  • Approximately 220 Pathfinders from Alberta will travel to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the International Pathfinder Camporee held there this August. They will join over 35,000 other Pathfinders from around the world for this special event.
  • Three Master Guides and six Pathfinder Leadership Awards for continuing education in Pathfinder Leadership were granted at an investiture at camp meeting this year. Special guest, James Black, North American Youth Leader, was present for the investiture.
  • The first ever Sudanese evangelistic meeting in Canada held for Sudanese by Sudenese was held in Calgary during June. Five persons were baptized and additional followup is underway. Lay evangelists used Share Him materials on their computers to conduct these meetings.
  • Prairie Adventist Christian eSchool (PACeS) is an Alberta Government approved eSchool where students access Adventist education through high speed Internet. K-12 instruction is available online with teachers and classmates. For further information, contact Janet Hall at 403-342-5044 xt 200, jhall@albertasda.org, or check our website at http://www.albertasdadl.com/.
  • Sherwood Park Care Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary of serving the community on September 26, 2009. The Center is an important ministry of the church in touching people's lives in a time of need. Watch for upcoming details of the weekend celebration.
  • Neil Nedley's presentations are available on DVD as an exciting trial run from Camp Meeting 2009. They will be available at the end of August and will cost $8 per DVD. Contact Irma at 403-342-5044 xt 232 or irma@albertasda.org.

Monday, July 27, 2009

New Logo for Yellowknife SDA Church

The Yellowknife Seventh-day Adventist Church has been sharing the hope of Jesus Christ with the people of Yellowknife. More than a slogan, this is a way of life. To graphically capture our mission, Pastor Brad Dahr consulted with Simone Smalling at Nuplex Printing (nuplexprinting.ca) of Calgary. The result is a new logo that captures the spirit of what God is doing in Yellowknife. The image reminds us of 2 Corinthians 5:14 with Christ’s love compelling us to go out sharing the hope of Jesus. The logo will be put on all sorts of things so that as we demonstrate God’s love in tangible and practical ways, sharing the hope of Jesus Christ with those around us, our community will have a visible reminder of the church.

Pastor Brad Dahr

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Upcoming Events . . .

African Adventist Association (Canada) (AAAC)
An invitation is extended to all to come and join in the annual camp meeting being held at Lakeview Hall, Canadian University College, in Lacombe, August 5-9, 2009. Meetings begin at 8 p.m. on Wednesday until Sunday at noon. It's a time for fellowship, seminars, prayer, as well as uplifting music. This year Pastor Markheavens Tshuma (Texas), Dr. George Dzimiri (California), Pastor Ian Hartley (Red Deer), Pastor J.S.D. Maphosa (Zimbabwe), as keynote speakers. More speakers for youth and children. To provide you with more details on fees, room, and registration, call or email Tabitha Phiri at 403-782-1680 or tphiri@shaw.ca. In Edmonton, call Japheth Ndhlovu at 780-760-1057. In Calgary, call Paul Sibanda at 403-697-0138.

Adventist Singles Ministry Annual Campout
When: September 4-7, 2009
This Year's Theme: God's Healing Hand
Where: Rosemary Warman's residence, Salmon Arm, BC
Registration Deadline: September 1, 2009
Phone: 250-832-6870 for Rosemary Warman
Phone: 403-293-3787 for Debra Pelletier
Cost: Donation of $10 per person
  1. What to Bring: Bring a story to share of someone you know who has been healed by God or someone you would like us to pray for God's healing.
  2. Bible, tent or sleeping unit, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, towel, tarp, pots, dishes, utensils, wash pan and dish detergent, tea towel for drying. Bug spray, bathing suit, sun protection lotion, beach towel or mat, folding chair, good walking shoes.
  3. Food for the weekend. This year there will not be hotdogs and corn roast but instead having a potluck for both Sabbath lunch and supper.
Other Activities for the Weekend: Nature walk, swimming at Canoe Beach.

Reformation Tour to Germany
Space is still available if you are interested to join a tour group from the Alberta Conference on January 27 - February 3, 2010. This tour will be led by Elder Don Schneider and his wife, Marti. The cost will be approximately $1800-$2000 per person. If you would like detailed information on the tour, or if you would like to sign up, send Irma Hartley an email at irma@albertasda.org.

Filipino-Canadian Camp Meeting - August 20-23, 2009
You are welcome to attend the 7th Annual Filipino-Canadian Camp Meeting at Foothills Camp starting Thursday, August 20 to Sunday, August 23, 2009.

The main speakers are Pastor Dem Robles, pastor of the San Diego Filipino – American Seventh – day Adventist Church and Pastor Malcolm Douglas who just graduated from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University.

Come and join with believers all over Alberta and some form British Columbia for a time for praise and worship, fellowship, study and meditation in the midst of nature and much more. The services are all done in English.

For cabin and food reservations please contact Ben Barboza at 780-988-5117 or bbarboza@compusmart.ca.

Alberta Clergy Study Tour to Israel - February 4-11, 2010

All pastors and their spouses are invited to join in a study tour. A full non-refundable payment is due by September 9, 2009. For more information and to fill out the registration forms, go to the website www.albertasda.org and click on Alberta Clergy Study Tour to Israel 1 and 2.

Sherwood Park Special "Deaf Reach" Weekend

On the weekend of July 17-18, 2009, a deaf ministries group met at the Sherwood Park SDA Church for a "Deaf Reach" Seminar. The audience was comprised of individuals from Edmonton, Calgary, Ryley, Clive, Winnipeg, Ontario, New York, and Maryland. Pastor Trexler is the director of Adventist Deaf Ministries, and this seminar is one they are now giving in various locations around North America.

College Heights Church 100th Anniversary

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Grande Prairie Lighthouse SDA Company Forms

November 2008 was an auspicious time for Grande Prairie as the Lighthouse Branch Sabbath School opened their doors. Formed from evangelistically orientated individuals from the Grande Prairie SDA Church, the Branch Sabbath School has prospered.
June 2009 was another auspicious day as the Branch Sabbath School became a company. With 18 charter members and 35 – 40 people in attendance each Sabbath, great things are in store. Evangelistic outreach plans are already in motion. We ask for your prayers and support as we work in this part of the Lord’s vineyard.

Karla Whitmore

Monday, July 20, 2009

Pastor Darrell Beaudoin Evangelizes Grande Prairie

God has once again blessed the efforts of His people in working towards the salvation of souls through public evangelism. Pastor Darrell Beaudoin accepted his first invitation to conduct a prophecy seminar outside of his own district; and preached a powerful, clear, and Spirit-filled seminar that inspired many here in Grande Prairie. As the hall of the downtown Sandman Hotel began to fill up with more and more with visitors, we began to get more and more excited about this venture in evangelism. By the time the opening night presentation began, we had over 50 guests outside of the church members that also came to support this outreach.

When we transferred the seminar from the hall to the church after the 7th presentation, we still had over 35 guests attending; and by the end of the seminar we had over 30 guests in attendance. We celebrated the baptism of four precious souls over two Sabbaths, and are anticipating more commitments to Christ in baptism from the five others that are continuing to study and worship with us since the seminar ended.

The Grande Prairie Church has been so thankful to Pastor Beaudoin for being willing to come and serve evangelistically here in our grand city. His seminar was professional from start to finish; from cutting edge equipment and props, to his excellent rapport with the guests attending. He brought a fresh approach to the “Bible Questions” time by opening the floor before the presentations on certain nights, and demonstrated an outstanding knowledge of prophecy and the Bible. We have already agreed we would love to have him come again for a future seminar, and would highly recommend his seminar to any churches in our conference looking to do a live evangelistic prophecy seminar.

Shawn Brummund, Pastor

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Conference Office Staff Changes

Konstantine Neikours is now in the Conference office as school accountant and local church auditor. He is a recent graduate of Canadian University College and has been employed since May 1, 2009. We welcome him to our office staff. Through the next year you may have had, or will have, the opportunity to meet and work with him in his new appointment.

Yellowknife Baptism

The land of the midnight sun was praising God as the Yellowknife church celebrated our sixth baptism of the year. On June 27, 2009, Pastor Brad Dahr had the honour of baptizing Phil Winsor into the body of Christ. Phil had been thinking about spiritual things for awhile when he met Yellowknife church member, Albert Dobin. Albert and Phil became good friends, and they began studying the Bible together. Phil was convicted of the Sabbath truth and started attending church about two months ago. During a baptism in May, he responded to a baptism call. Phil's favourite song is "The River," the baptism theme song for the church, so we had no problem singing it with gusto for him. Already an active member in a small group, Phil is open to where God will want him to serve in Yellowknife.

Pastor Brad Dahr

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Joyce Wasylyshen Retirement

Joyce Wasylyshen was honoured at two retirement parties--one in house at the Alberta Conference office, and the second at the Tanoa Restaurant in Red Deer on June 4, 2009 where conference office staff and families joined her and her husband, Jerry, as we enjoyed delicious food and fellowship in recognizing Joyce's immense contribution to the Alberta Conference by her faithfulness and hard work during the past 19+ years. She first served as secretary in the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries, then Treasury, and then, finally, as administrative secretary for the Vice President for Administation. Her untiring efforts and devotion to the eAdventist on line clerk reporting program has been important and will be valued in years to come. We wish Joyce and Jerry a happy retirement as they can enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle and can spend time with their children and grandchildren.

Baby Shower for Joshua Nyaribo

On June 23, 2009, the Alberta Conference office staff and families hosted a baby shower new son, Joshua, born to Eunice and Richard Nyaribo. Eunice and Richard are so delighted with the new addition to their family and the conference office family enjoyed admiring little Joshua, along with a lot of laughter and fun as we celebrated his arrival that evening. Eunice has filled the role as school accountant and local church auditor in the conference office. We wish them God's abundant blessings as they nurture and love this baby.