Church Highlights



October 23, 2014

Missions Convention 2014 is one week away!

Posted by: Pastor Dale Tollefson

We are so excited about what God will do in our hearts over the next two weekends.

Our theme this year is ‘Transformed’. We will hear stories from our missionaries of the life-change that happens in a person, family and entire community when they open their heart to the Gospel. I know you will be inspired by the awesome things that God is doing around the world as we pray, give and go.

Our convention kicks off next Saturday morning with a special seminar, ‘Beyond Barriers’. We are happy to welcome back Safia M. (our 2013 Missions Convention speaker) from India. Safia, along with other speakers, will equip us in how to reach friends and family who come from a Muslim background.

I encourage you to prepare yourself and open your heart for what God will do in the next two weeks.

For more information about Missions Convention 2014, visit www.apchurch.com/transformed.

About the Author

Pastor Dale Tollefson

Pastor Dale gives leadership to the Pastoral Care team, missions and the Toronto Community Churches. He and his wife Cathy also lead the MarriedLife Belong Group. Currently he is the interim pastor at one of our Toronto Community Churches, at Kingston Road Community Church.

Dale is the proud father of three daughters, one son and one son-in-law. He is also a very proud grandfather!

He joined the team at APC in 2009. His home town is Mississauga, Ontario.

October 9, 2014

Agincourt Live CD Release

Posted by: Matt Smith

When we first thought of recording some of the songs we sing as a church, it felt like we were setting out to catch lightning in a bottle. Our prayer was that God would be able to use these recorded songs much like he uses them in our family worship times each weekend. As we started reviewing our services, there were a collection of moments that really began to stand out to us as special, even as we were listening back to the rough recordings.

So the thought turned into a reality, but not before a lot of work from the CreativeAPC team; arrangements, singing and playing from our music teams; editing, mixing and mastering those recordings done so professionally by Jeff Muir; the fantastic album artwork and design from Bart Anestin; and all the paperwork and admin support from Anita Layne.

There is also a financial cost that is represented in each album: the recording equipment and process, the duplication costs, even licensing songs from the authors that we had chosen.

We were reviewing the final product recently, and I was struck by something beyond the investment of time or finances that are represented in the CD you will hold in your hand; I felt my spirit was lifted to connect to my Creator in that moment.

As Pastor is teaching this weekend, our prayer remains that you would be able to use these songs in your own personal worship times to connect to our wonderful God. 

About the Author

Matt Smith

Matt is the CreativeAPC (music, arts and tech) team leader with direct oversight to instrumental music teams. Matt's goal for himself, and for the CreativeAPC staff and volunteers, is to seamlessly employ the arts as wonder-inspiring communication tools to share the words of life. He's been attending APC since moving to Toronto in 1994. He is happily married, owns a pet tortoise, loves food, and competes at working out (a.k.a. does triathlons).

On the APC team since 2008. His hometown is Edmonton, Alberta.

October 3, 2014

Book Recommendations

Posted by: Pastor Keith Smith

Let me recommend three books – two of them written by members of our church family. All three are available in our Resource Centre (to check out from the Library or purchase).

In All Generationsby Rev. Gordon Upton, traces God’s blessing upon and through 10 generations of Uptons! Their lives are so intertwined with the story of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada that it actually “puts a face to” the fellowship our church is a part of.

Rev. Hudson Hilsden, in “Learning to Pray With the Spirit”, writes not only about the baptism of the Holy Spirit in such a practical way, but he also highlights some stories of how the Spirit intervened during His ministry years.

Thirdly, there’s a great and gritty book by our veteran missionaries, Rev. Arnold and Elsie Bowler: “I Sat Where They Sat. Drawing on 50 years living in Africa, the stories range from snakes, rats and death threats amidst amazingly transformed lives. All of their children comment on their lives as MK’s (Missionary Kids).

All three of these books are great reads during this series on “Pursuing a Fresh Spiritual Experience”. 

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.

September 27, 2014

Thank You

Posted by: Pastor Keith Smith

My Dear Church Family,

Thank you for your thoughtful and kind comments, as Esther and I celebrate God’s goodness to us in leading you wonderful people as your pastor for the last 20 years.

We were surprised last week, in the 11 am service, by the kind comments expressed by our deacons, prayer over us led by my predecessor Pastor Mulligan, and a video by former and present staff that those attending this weekend’s services will see.

Honestly, it is as much a privilege now as when we first started, to lead this multi generational, multi cultural miracle called APC and our TCC’s. People can give their lives to a lot of different causes and interests. Esther and I have had the privilege, by the grace of God, to give what many call the prime years of our lives to you. And we could not be more grateful. 

We love you more than ever.


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.