Sunday, June 28, 2009

Marjorie Ellen (Rowe) Doyle Obituary

Marjorie Ellen (Rowe) Doyle was born July 1, 1927, the oldest in a family of six children, in Horizon, Saskatchewan. She passed to her rest on June 8, 2009. She is survived by her four sons, Mark (Lily), Dr. Allen (Sue), Bryan, and James (Jimena), her brothers and sisters, Florence Hanson, Robert (Ligaya) Rowe, Eunice Childers, Ruth Rowe, Arther (Lavin) Rowe, 8 grandchildren and 10 nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her daughter Sharlene and nephew Jason Childers.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009



July 6 – 10, 2009
Monday - Friday10:45 a.m. & repeated at 3:45 p.m.
(unless indicated otherwise)

He Speaks Peace

Wanda J. Johnson, M.Sc., CCC
Marital & Family Therapist

We will explore the healing power of Jesus as “He Speaks Peace” and healing to hurting hearts. Discover tools for healing and discuss the differences between the needs of men and women, and how to meet those needs. By looking at Biblical examples of how the patriarchs gave a blessing and how those blessings empowered their children, we will also learn how we can give blessings to one another. When we learn how to give a blessing, it will dramatically change our lives and the lives of those we love.

Good Grief
(continuous-no repeat)
Alvin & Elizabeth Kurtz
Trained at the institute for Death & Dying in Boston, MA, and was mentored by Larry Yeagley

An interactive seminar to help YOU cope and empower you to help others who grieve. Train yourself to conduct a Grief Recovery Seminar in your community. Learn about the residual effect of multiple life losses / families in grief / normal and abnormal grief / and much more.

Sabbath School Training
Samuel Thomas, Jr
Director of Marketing for Message Magazine and Facilitator of Special Projects for the Review & Herald Publishing

Sermon Building For Lay People
Pastor Steve Reasor
Youth Pastor,
College Heights Church

Writing a sermon can be a lot like building a house, both require sufficient tools, time, and ability, and can be rather daunting tasks. Both also offer great rewards: one gives you a house, the other presents the story of Jesus Christ to a dying world. This seminar will present a process for building Bible-based sermons from foundation to finishing, and help lay people develop skills and tolls for preaching.

Share Him Evangelism Boot Camp
Pastor Larry Hall
(Ministerial Director, Alberta)
Pastor John Gilbert
(Warburg/Wetaskiwin District)

Learn the basics of successful reaping evangelism strategy and how to preach your very own PowerPoint sermons. You will learn how to preach a full evangelistic series.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fort McMurray Church Prophecy Seminar Results in Two More Baptisms

The Fort McMurray church was pleased to welcome Noel Carriere (centre of photo) into membership by baptism and to bless Andrew Denton's (right in photo) decision to be re-baptized on June 6, 2009.

This comes as a result of another prophecy seminar. The Fort McMurray church has conducted nine prophecy seminars over the past 28 months with approximately 19 accessions and more baptisms being planned. There are also other seminar interests attending church each Sabbath. The church is beginning to reach capacity attendance and plans are in the works for renovations and expansion.

Praise the Lord for the Great Commission!

Pastor Darrell Beaudoin (shown on left in photo)


Second Weekend Guest Speaker (July 10-11, 2009)

Dr. Neil Nedley

Neil Nedley, M.D., is a full-time practicing physician in Internal Medicine with emphasis in Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Preventive Medicine, Mental Health, and the difficult-to-diagnose patient. He did his undergraduate studies at Andrews University, majoring in Biochemistry.
He graduated from medical school in 1986 with a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Loma Linda University, ranking in the top 10% of his class.
Dr. Nedley has held numerous nutrition seminars, cooking schools (with his wife, Erica), and depression and stress seminars. He has authored the widely acclaimed comprehensive, yet readable book on the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, and health entitled Proof Positive: How to Reliably Combat Disease and Achieve Optimal Health through Nutrition and Lifestyle, now in its fourth printing. His latest book, Depression--The Way Out explains his 20 week cure (no dependence on drugs or counselling) that has helped many feel great while achieving optimal mental performance.
Dr. Nedley lives with his wife and four boys and enjoys reading, running, tennis, classical music, and playing with his boys.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


MORNING MANNA AT 7:00 A.M. SABBATH, JULY 4 - SABBATH, JULY 11 will be presented by the newest pastors in Alberta since last camp meeting:

4 - Pastor Ron Henderson, Lacombe Community / Mirror District
5 - Pastor Peter Ford, Maskwachees (Hobbema) / Bentley District
6 - Pastor Eric Koester, Peace River / Morning Star / Fairview District
7 - Pastor Julio Morales, Three Spanish churches in Edmonton
8 - Pastor Jim Davis, Edson / Peers / Whitecourt
9 - Pastor Adam Hendron, Beiseker Level Land / Strathmore
10 - Pastor Ian Bramble, Edmonton South Youth Pastor & Assistant
11 - Pastor Virgil Covel, Medicine Hat / Brooks

Come begin your day with the Word of God!

Peers SDA Company Presents a Booth at Family Barbecue

Peers Seventh-day Adventist Company
At the Yellowhead County Family Barbecue June 13 2009.

The Peers Seventh-day Adventist Company was pleased to have a display booth at the Yellowhead County Family Barbecue and trade show on June 13 2009. The event was held at the McLeod Valley Recreation Grounds.
Our church showcased a healthy lifestyle. We had many people stop by the booth to sample the Quinoa Salad and a Walnut Spread, all foods that are great for heart health.
We gave out two door prizes. Sarah Leach of the Yellowhead County won the cookbook and health DVD; Lindsay Kuilboer won the prize for children 10 years and under; she won two activity/story books.
We had a great crowd at the booth with lots of interest in the food sampling.
The Family Barbecue was a great event for our church to participate in and be visible in the community. We met many wonderful people and our bible workers Egbert and Keishauni George were able to link up with people interested in bible study.

Submitted by Dolores Fletcher
Peers Seventh-day Adventist Company
Phone: 780-795-2162

Yellowknife Celebrates Four Baptisms

(April 4, 2009) 2009 is the Yellowknife church’s year of preparing for rain. As the farmer prepares the field and plants the seed in faith so they would prepare themselves, their ministries, and their plans and wait on God to bring the rain. On January 31, 2009 the Yellowknife Seventh-day Adventist Church reclaimed their baptismal tank. After sitting dormant for almost two years it had become a great place to store things. No longer. As the church members gathered around the tank they prayed for a blessing and they prayed their commitment to faithfully fill the tank the first Sabbath of each month. In faith, they knew that God would fill the tank with people who have fallen in love with Him. On April 4, God’s kingdom grew as the Yellowknife Seventh-day Adventist Church celebrated the baptism of four youth - Shenel Cruz, Tristha Cruz, Advent Cruz, and Terrence Abalos. Pastor Brad Dahr had the honour of baptizing Terrence but he invited ordained elder Noel Cruz to baptize his children. Shenel, Tristha, Advent, and Terrence were active participants during the Amazing Adventure children’s evangelism series led by members Sheila and Noel Cruz. It was a powerful moment when the four youth came out in baptismal robes and led the congregation in singing “The River.” All four youth are active in ministry, participating enthusiastically in Sabbath School class, during worship, and in our children’s ukulele band that visits the seniors center twice a month. Shenel and Tristha are crew leaders in the church’s VBS that starts June 29.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Children's, Youth, Collegiate, Young Adult Division Meeting Schedule

NURSERY / CRADLE ROLL – Birth-3 yrs; Leader, Darla Hughes
Sunday: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Sabbaths: 9:30–10:30 a.m. & 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Monday–Friday: 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. & 3:30–4:30 p.m.

KINDERGARTEN – 4-6 yrs; Leader, Jeanette Davis
Every evening (incl 1st Fri): 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Sabbaths: 9:15 a.m.–noon
Monday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–noon
Monday–Friday Activities: 1:30-5:00 p.m.

PRIMARY – 7-9 yrs; Leaders, Michelle Northam
Every evening (incl 1st Fri): 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Sabbaths: 9:15 a.m.–noon / Sunday–Friday: 9:30 a.m.–noon
Monday–Friday Activities: Announced daily

JUNIOR – 10-12 yrs; Leaders, Pastor Peter Ford
Every evening (incl 1st Fri): 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Sabbaths: 9:15 a.m.–noon / Sunday–Friday: 9:15–noon
Monday–Friday Activities: 1:30–5:00 p.m.

EARLITEEN – 12-15 yrs; Leader, Pastor Moises Ruiz
Location – Earliteen Tent near camp entrance
Every evening (incl 1st Fri): 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Sabbaths: 9:30 a.m.–noon
Monday–Friday: 10:30–12 noon
Monday–Friday Activities: 1:30–5:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Sally Streib

YOUTH – 16-18 yrs; Leader, Pastor Brad Dahr
Location – Youth Tent near camp entrance
Every evening (incl 1st Fri): 7:00–9:00 p.m. & Afterglow 9:30–11:00 p.m.
Sabbaths: 9:45 a.m.–noon
Monday–Friday: 9:30 a.m.–noon
Monday–Friday Activities: 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Philip Baptiste, Guest Speaker, Youth

James Black, Guest Speaker, Youth

COLLEGIATE – College students; Pastor Virgil Covel; Leader: Landon Sayler
Location – Heritage Church
Friday & Sabbath evenings: 7:30 p.m.
Sabbaths: Sabbath School - 9:30 a.m.; Church - 10:50 a.m.
Sunday: to be announced

YOUNG ADULT – 19-30 yrs
Leaders: Pastors Honey Todd & Felix Richter
Location – Lodge Lower Auditorium
Every evening (incl 1st Fri): 7:30 p.m.
Sabbaths: Sabbath School – 9:30 a.m; Church - 10:50 a.m.

Guest Speaker: Herb Montgomery

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Native Camp Meeting at Foothills

During the weekend of June 5-7 over 100 people gathered at Foothills Camp near Bowden for the 2009 Native Camp Meeting.  Those who attended came from throughout Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.  Music was an important part of the weekend with many heartfelt songs provided as part of the testimony offered by those present.  A guest musical group from Tennessee came for the weekend and shared their musical talent.

Probably the most compelling part of the weekend was to hear the testimonies of those who wouldn't have been there without God's intervention in their lives.  The struggles of addiction, the residential schools, broken relationships and so much more were presented in a way that was simple and compelling.  This was a time for people who had shared many similar experiences to appreciate the wonderful power of Christ to solve problems that no one else could help touch.

This year's gathering had one of the highest attendances in recent memory.  


Tuesday, June 9, 2009


You won't want to miss . . .

  • Concert in the Park, first Sabbath afternoon
  • Sabbath School at 9 a.m. presented by our K-12 schools
  • Nightly Mini-Concerts at 6:45 p.m.
  • ABC Book Sale, Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • Annual International Food Fair, Sunday at 4 p.m.


Maurice Valentine II


Director, Ministerial Department and the Center for Church Life and Growth, Mid-America Union, Lincoln, NE

Pastor Valentine's passion is to restore mission as the base of all activities individually and corporately in today's church. He has received two certifications in congregational revitalization and has 20 years of experience in leading churches and coaching pastors through strategic leadership and planning.

He and his wife, Sharon, are blessed with two sons, Maruice III and Maucus; and a daughter,Mausharie, who are all pursuing Adventist undergraduate and academic level Adventist educations in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Yellowknife Baptism

In the Northwest Territories, May means spring is on its way. The snow has melted away, the days get longer and longer, and there is heightened expectations for getting into the great outdoors. All that paled in comparison to the excitement that was felt in the Yellowknife Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sabbath, May 9, 2009 when we had the pleasure of witnessing Lisa Muyambo step forward in faith and unite with Jesus in baptism. Lisa recently graduated from the Amazing Adventure children’s evangelism series led by members Sheila and Noel Cruz. Pastor Brad Dahr had the honour of baptizing Lisa while Lisa’s father Climate stood by her side in the water and her mother Joymore sang a song for Lisa, “Does Jesus Care.” Lisa is already active in ministry, participating enthusiastically in her Sabbath School class and our children’s ukulele band that visits the seniors center twice a month. She continues to grow in Christ and is an avid Bible student. While the whole church stood in support of Lisa it was extra special for her that day because her baptism was witnessed by her grandmother Constance Gwasira, who was visiting her family from Zimbabwe.

Pastor Brad Dahr

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Fire Blazing in the West

The West Edmonton Seventh-day Adventist Church held a week of prayer like they have never experienced before. For one week, March 14 – 21, 2009, Pastor J. Amankwah unleashed the “Secret of Elijah’s Power” from 1 Kings 17 and 18. The week opened with the identification of roadblocks to revival, which are: following the leader’s faith, neglecting the strongholds; surrendering of the sacred things, and ignoring the call to repentance. We confirmed that Jehovah was the source of Elijah’s strength and that same strength is available to us today. Three lessons that Elijah learned at the University of the Drying Brook were that God’s servants must take one step at a time, they must strive to trust God absolutely, and they are called to sit by the drying brook and wait on the Lord. We were reminded that change is scary but when God tells us to move we need to move. Change comes into our lives for our own betterment. God’s plans demand our implicit obedience. We must “trust and obey for there is no other way.” God allows us to go through stuff in our lives so that we can appreciate the good gifts that only He offers. We should receive whatever God gives us with thanksgiving. But we have to take a step of faith first, before we can get the blessing. We need to be willing and respond to God’s call. God was preparing Elijah for something special. He prepares us bit by bit, moving us to a higher level while building us in our daily lives.

An anointing service was held on Friday night with a special focus on the youth. On Wednesday night prayers went up for the youth to attend the Friday night service. God answered the prayers and youth who had been absent from church for a while were in attendance. All of the young people were anointed and prayed for. What a powerful experience that was.

The week concluded with a focus on Elijah’s prayer, which was based on the promises of God. We need to apply the promises to our lives if they are going to be effective. The promises of God are like an open cheque that we sit on and don’t cash. Elijah’s prayer was definite. We need to learn how to be specific in our prayer as sometimes we miss the mark. Elijah’s prayer was earnest. When we pray we must believe that we have what we are in need of. That is expectant faith. Are you praying for something and you feel like your prayers are in vain? Don’t give up because God is not finished yet. We need to pray until something happens believing that it will. Elijah was an ordinary person like you and I, and God used him. With your willing heart there is no telling what you can do for God. Why not try Him today?

Sharon Long (Brown)
Communication coordinator
West Edmonton SDA Church

Lois Lillian Suiter Obituary

Lois Lillian Suiter passed to her rest early Monday morning, March 16, 2009. Lois was married for 62 years to Elder Marvin Suiter who has been a conference worker for 37 years. A portion of those years of service were given in the Alberta Conference. A memorial service was held for Lois on March 22, 2009, at the Grandview Flats Church in British Columbia.

Rimbey Baptism

At the end of the Rimbey fall prophecy seminar, Darrell and Debbie Hamonic were baptized on April 18, 2009. Darrell and Debbie first walked into the Rimbey church one day in 2008 after a two year journey of Bible study and letting the Lord lead in their lives. They were drawn in by the warm and loving fellowship of the Rimbey church members and have been returning the blessings ever since.

Pastor David Beaudoin

Kostrosky-Wareham Wedding

Nicole Kostrosky and Scott Wareham were married August 17, 2008, in Costa Mesa, CA. Nicole is the daughter of Jim and Tammy (Huether) Kostrosky of Calgary, AB, and Scott is the son of Baxter and Bev Wareham of Vernon, BC. Nikki and Scott have made their home in Edmonton, AB.

Lacombe Community Church Baptism

The Lacombe Community church family rejoiced in the baptism of Austin Albers on March 21, 2009, by Pastor Ron Henderson. Austin was baptized on his 12th birthday, a tradition in the Albers family.

Mamawi Atosketan Native School Open House

Colorful Native Dances Were Performed
Mamawi Atosketan Native School
The annual Open House at Mamawi took place on May 1 and 2. The Friday program featured the talents of many of the students at the school and was attended by family and friends. It was an excellent opportunity for guests to capture some of the color and culture of the community which the school serves. Principal Julie Bancarz and her staff have created a wonderful atmosphere for learning at the school which is the largest school operated by the Alberta Conference with over 170 students. This year has been blessed with the additional ministry of Pastor Peter Ford and his vision for the Church's presence in the Hobbema community.

On Sabbath afternoon a large group of friends of Mamawi gathered for a variety of presentations which provided insight into the ministry and purpose of the school. Alberta Conference President Mark Johnson had the afternoon message. He spoke of the need for a continuing and expanded ministry in the Native community which will encourage men and women to journey toward Christ's Kingdom.

The Sabbath program ended with a delightful dinner for those who attended.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ryley Winter Festival 2009 – Men For God

Men gearing up for the game
Pastor Bill Olson

On Friday evening, January 30, 2009, after a wonderful sunny day of above 0°C temperatures, the week was drawing to a close with an absolutely gorgeous sunset. We had just endured a lengthy and long cold snap! The sun was setting with red, pink, orange, and yellow displayed towards the west. This memorable and breath taking sunset was to be the beginning of a very special Sabbath and weekend…The 19th Ryley Winter Festival.

 Friday evening vespers was held at the Ryley SDA Church as many gathered to hear our very special guest speaker for the weekend.  Elder Bill Olson, former Alberta Conference President, highlighted God’s Word throughout the Sabbath in three messages—Friday vespers, Divine Service, and Saturday evening vespers. Elder Olson’s chosen theme for the weekend was entitled “Men for God.”  His topic was very suited for such an event. Pastor Bill chose to highlight three men from the Bible, Joseph, Peter, and Daniel, that were Men for God. Even though Pastor Bill was directing his messages particularly to the men of the congregation, he also made it clear that his messages were for the ladies of the audience as well. All those that came were invited to bring their instruments, and they gathered together in the front row to enhance the Sabbath worship with their talented play. It is our goal to have many who play to come, where we can have a full sized band playing along with those in song praising and worship our Great God. Amen!!!

 The weekend was once again a success and a huge blessing to those fellowshipping together. Approximately 125 were in attendance with many traveling great distances—from out of province and even out of country to be in Ryley for this event.After Sabbath came to a close, Pastor Bill was presented his very own Hwy 14 Crusaders hockey jersey with his name and number 09 given to him as a gesture of our appreciation. We then traveled ½ hour north to Mundare to participate either by playing or watching three games of good sportsmanship hockey. Christians playing—“Christian hockey.” Pastor Bill was also present to drop the ceremonial puck between team captains and opening prayer. Six more games were played for most of Sunday. We had six teams participating:  Doug’s Slugs, Trevor’s Roadrunners, Robin’s Suby Doos, Merna (Sedgewick SDA team), Ole Sea Dogs, and the host team, The Hwy 14 Crusaders. Each year the “Pastor Roy Jamieson Most Sportsmanship Award” is given to the team that exhibits the best sportsmenship (“Christ-like” attitude) throughout all the three games that each team plays. Chosen by the two referees, this year, it was awarded to Doug’s Slugs. They have been playing in this event since the beginning in 1991 and have won this prestige award many, many times. Doug and his “slugs” are from Edmonton and area and are a rec team that we have enjoyed to get to know over the years. Congratulations!!

Many thanks to all that participated and helped to make this event such a success. There is always so much to do for such an event to take place and it could not happen without you all!! Thank you!!!

 Plan to help celebrate with us our 20th anniversary of this great Alberta winter event, January 29-31, 2010, in Ryley, Alberta…See you then!!

 Kent Grinde


Irma Victoria (Schaber) Clarke Obituary

Irma was born on December 23, 1927 in Rockyford, Alberta and passed to her rest in Jesus on March 23, 2009 at Stettler, Alberta.

She is survived by her loving husband, Allen Clarke, of Stettler; step-children Henrietta Clarke (Bob Watson) of Mexico, Margaret Clindon of Camrose, Daniel (Dianna) Clarke of Calgary, Charles Clarke of Edmonton, and Harold (Linda) Clarke of Leduc. Nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers Ralph Schaber and Lyle Schaber; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many very dear friends.

Warren Kay

Pastor of the Stettler Church

Garden Road Church 7th Anniversary

March 28, 2009, was a high day of celebration for the Garden Road church members and guests, as they celebrated their “Victory in Jesus” 7th Anniversary at their present location on the outer limits of the city of Calgary, to the east on Hwy 1.

 The Garden Road Church was formerly known as the Pineridge Church where Pastor Wayne Culmore, now VP for Administration in the British Columbia Conference, pastored in 1978-1980. He presented the sermon at the church service entitled “The Contagious Church” which drew out three symbols of a contagious church: It builds and nurtures relationships with God; it enjoys being with church family; it serves anyone who has a need.

 Pastor John Bullock was also in attendance and given recognition as a special guest because of his dedicated, untiring years of service as pastor of the former Pineridge Church, all the while leading the church members through a building program to become what is now known as the Garden Road Church.