Church Highlights



April 16, 2016

Upcoming Events

Posted by: Pastor Keith Smith

Here are some upcoming gatherings for our church family:

  • Cathedral - May 1 at 6 pm
  • Spring Global Focus - May 14/15
  • Cross The Line: 5K/10K Run or Walk - May 15 at 2:30 pm
  • NEXT: Volunteer Training Day (for all volunteers) - June 4 at 9 am
  • Hymns Night - June 12 at 6 pm
  • Church Family Picnic - June 15 at 5:30 pm
When you look at the above list, notice how the 4 activities Jesus calls His Church to do. All 4 of them are happening in these gatherings!
  1. Worship that connects us to God
  2. Teaching that equips
  3. Fellowship where we care for one another
  4. Reaching out to others
Be praying for our staff and volunteers as they prepare for these special church family events!

Here are some upcoming gatherings for our church family:

•  Cathedral – May 1 at 6 pm

•  Spring Global Focus – May 14/15

• Cross The Line: 5K/10K Run or Walk – May 15 at 2:30 pm

• NEXT:  Volunteer Training Day (for all volunteers) – June 4 at 9 am

• Hymns Night – June 12 at 6 pm

• Church Family Picnic – June 15 at 5:30 pm

When you look at the above list, notice how the 4 activities Jesus calls His Church to do. All 4 of them are happening in these gatherings!

1. Worship that connects us to God

2. Teaching that equips

3. Fellowship where we care for one another

4. Reaching out to others

Be praying for our staff and volunteers as they prepare for these special church family events!

About the Author

Pastor Keith Smith
On weekends, Pastor Smith loves to show how real Jesus is and how relevant the scriptures are to daily life with fresh, Biblical teaching. (Previously, he and his wife Esther led wonderful church families in Ottawa and Edmonton.) During the rest of the week he leads the staff of Agincourt Pentecostal and Toronto Community Churches. Both sons and his daughter-in-law are involved in church leadership. On a day off, you would find him motorcycling, building, canoeing, or doing anything else that enables him to spend some time outdoors.

At APC since 1994. His hometown is Ottawa, Ontario.

April 3, 2016

Announcements

Posted by: Pastor Keith Smith

To Our Guests...

If you were here at Easter and have returned for our special services, welcome back! Pastor Jonathan and I are teaching on forgiveness, "Life is Heavy Enough - Lighten Up!" We sincerely trust the teachings of Jesus on forgiveness will make a real good difference in your future.
  • April 2/3 - Christ's Forgiveness Of Us
  • April 9/10 - Lightening Everyone's Weight
  • April 16/17 - Taking the Weight Off Yourself
  • April 23/24 - Keeping the Weight Off

To our Members, our Deacon Board...

Deacon Board and Finance Committee Appointments 2016
Our Deacon Board is pleased to announce the following appointments for Officers on the Deacon Board, and the Finance and Risk Management Committee for 2016:

Deacon Board:
Acting Chair - Pastor Keith Smith
Chairman - Lorne Chapman
Secretary - Charmaine Francis
Treasurer - Gladson Thomas

Finance Committee:
Angel Morales (Chair), Manny Colucci, Gladson Thomas, Rohan Appadurai and Tyler Wain

About the Author

Pastor Keith Smith
On weekends, Pastor Smith loves to show how real Jesus is and how relevant the scriptures are to daily life with fresh, Biblical teaching. (Previously, he and his wife Esther led wonderful church families in Ottawa and Edmonton.) During the rest of the week he leads the staff of Agincourt Pentecostal and Toronto Community Churches. Both sons and his daughter-in-law are involved in church leadership. On a day off, you would find him motorcycling, building, canoeing, or doing anything else that enables him to spend some time outdoors.

At APC since 1994. His hometown is Ottawa, Ontario.

March 19, 2016

The Squeaky Wheel Always Gets The Grease

Posted by: Pastor Keith Smith

The squeaky wheel always gets the grease.

Not from God though. He rewards faithfulness and heart motivations, even when people are not aware of what they do for others.

For example, a reliable volunteer has organized and scheduled people to pray and serve in our Communion Services for 22 years. That is the kind of "behind the scenes" faithfulness that Jesus will say, "well done."

I received a letter from Irving Chung, who has led our Communion Team as I described above. In his letter, he said, "the time has come to resign [from this] labour of love." I wrote, thanking him from my heart for his years of exemplary ministry.

Phillip and Paula Chamberlain have agreed to lead this important prayer and serving ministry into the next chapter. At our upcoming volunteer training camp, "Next," I'll have a special session with our communion servers; to help strengthen our prayer times for people's needs and our communion serving.

When you see Irving, thank him for ministering with such faithfulness. Also, watch for opportunities to thank other reliable, "behind the scenes" servants in our church.

Around here, we don't want to be ruled by "the squeaky wheel gets the grease," but by "whatever you do, do as unto the Lord" (Colossians 3:23), and "give honour to whom honour is due" (Romans 13:7).

About the Author

Pastor Keith Smith
On weekends, Pastor Smith loves to show how real Jesus is and how relevant the scriptures are to daily life with fresh, Biblical teaching. (Previously, he and his wife Esther led wonderful church families in Ottawa and Edmonton.) During the rest of the week he leads the staff of Agincourt Pentecostal and Toronto Community Churches. Both sons and his daughter-in-law are involved in church leadership. On a day off, you would find him motorcycling, building, canoeing, or doing anything else that enables him to spend some time outdoors.

At APC since 1994. His hometown is Ottawa, Ontario.

March 3, 2016

When You Love People You Plan God's Best For Their Future

Posted by: Pastor Keith Smith

In recent services and Members Information Meetings, a succession plan has been presented that will see 2 changes take place in May 2017:

  1. Pastor Keith Smith will become teaching pastor (teaching in weekend services, advisor to senior pastor, mentoring pastoral staff)
  2. Pastor Jonathan Smith will become senior pastor (leading the staff, deacons and entire congregation)
At last Sunday's Business Meeting, our members approved Pastor Jonathan Smith becoming our future Senior Pastor as part of a succession plan by a strong vote of 93%!

The most successful successions in the Bible, where a leadership team of 2 worked together for years before the baton of leadership was passed to the successor (Moses to Joshua, Elijah to Elisha, Paul and Timothy). Pastor Keith and Pastor Jonathan will have worked together for years by 2017. Then at APC's 60th Anniversary weekend, in May 2017, Pastor Keith will pass the baton of senior pastor leadership to Pastor Jonathan. Pastor Keith will continue to serve you as the teaching pastor.

This succession plan not only was the most successful one for God's people in the Bible. It also is the plan that works best for churches today. The recently, well-researched book on pastoral succession called, "Next," documents clearly what happens when there is not a good succession plan in churches. The pastor may move on for various reasons, but the people in the church are left to suffer, what is historically the most painful and volatile chapter in that church's history. It is not unusual to see a 25% decline in attendance and financial giving, and many churches never move foward into healthy days or growth and outreach again.

Special thanks to our deacons and those who served our church on the Committee of the Future, co-chaired by Rohan Appadurai, for all their great input and support.

Why a succession plan? "Because when you love people you plan God's best for their future."

You're loved,

Pastor Keith Smith
Co-Pastor of APC

About the Author

Pastor Keith Smith
On weekends, Pastor Smith loves to show how real Jesus is and how relevant the scriptures are to daily life with fresh, Biblical teaching. (Previously, he and his wife Esther led wonderful church families in Ottawa and Edmonton.) During the rest of the week he leads the staff of Agincourt Pentecostal and Toronto Community Churches. Both sons and his daughter-in-law are involved in church leadership. On a day off, you would find him motorcycling, building, canoeing, or doing anything else that enables him to spend some time outdoors.

At APC since 1994. His hometown is Ottawa, Ontario.