Church Highlights



March 19, 2015

Good Friday and Easter Weekend

Posted by: Pastor Keith Smith

During this Year of Invitation, we are focusing on the one season where Torontonians say, “Yes” to our invitations more than any other season - Easter!

With 2 more traditional Good Friday morning services, and 4 Easter Weekend celebration services, the good news of Jesus will be heard by all Torontonians who attend.

Pastor Van will be speaking at our 2 Good Friday Communion services (9 and 11am), and I’ll be teaming up with CreativeAPC’s musical drama for the 4 Easter Weekend services (Good Friday, April 3 at 6pm; Saturday, April 4 at 6pm; Sunday April 5 at 9 and 11am).  Each of these Easter outreach services will have drama, music and special effects, along with my message: “What If Jesus Never Came Back to Life?”

Ever since the Year of Preparation, we have been getting ready for this season of outreach, and ever since the beginning of 2015, we have been praying that God would work by His Spirit in the lives we have been preparing to invite.

Now, it’s time to start inviting those we have been praying for!

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 12, 2015

Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

Posted by: Pastor Keith Smith

Our church has been a supporter of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada from its earliest days.  Our support means that we can join together with other Churches in being what Jesus called “salt” (preservative) and “light” in our Canadian society.

Two positive developments:

1. Bill C-36

For the first time in Canada, buying sex is illegal.  The legislation recognizes that the vast majority of persons in prostitution are not there by choice.  It makes it clear that they are being treated as victims of exploitation.  By focusing on criminalizing buyers and exploiters, it challenges the belief that men are entitled to pay for sexual access to women and children.  It also says that buying sex is not inevitable in our society.  The ultimate goal of the law is to put an end to exploitation, and that is a victory for all women.  All women and girls are safer in a society that stands up against the idea that people can be bought or sold.  There are also practical helps for exploited persons that will be unfolding.

2. Religious Freedom

The freedom of religious institutions in Canada was affirmed by a recent Supreme Court of Nova Scotia ruling.  The Court ruled the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS) did not have the authority to refuse to recognize law degrees from Trinity Western University’s (TWU) proposed law school.

The NSBS had refused to recognize TWU law degrees unless the university changed its policy on student conduct.  The university’s Community Covenant prohibits sexual intimacy for students outside of the marriage of a man and a woman.

With your help, the EFC intervened in this case along with Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC), an association of Christian higher education institutions.

Please pray for the EFC.  Their website is www.theEFC.ca

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 5, 2015

Easter

Posted by: Pastor Keith Smith

During this Year of Invitation, we are focusing on the one season where Torontonians say, “Yes” to our invitations more than any other season - Easter!

With 2 Good Friday morning services, and 4 Easter Weekend services, the good news of Jesus will be heard by all Torontonians who attend.

Pastor Van will be speaking at our 2 Good Friday Communion services (9 and 11am), and I’ll be teaming up with CreativeAPC for our 4 Easter Weekend services (Good Friday, April 3 at 6 pm; Saturday, April 4 at 6 pm; Sunday, April 5 at 9 and 11 am).  Each of these Easter outreach services will have drama, music and special effects, along with my message: “What If Jesus Never Came Back to Life?”

Ever since the Year of Preparation, we have been getting ready for this season of outreach, and ever since the beginning of 2015, we have been praying that God would work by His Spirit in the lives we have been preparing to invite.

Now, it’s getting close to actually inviting those we have been praying for!

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.

February 26, 2015

Highlights From The Annual Business Meeting

Posted by: Pastor Keith Smith

Here are some highlights from last Sunday’s Annual Business Meeting:

  • There was a strong ratification vote for our three new Deacons: Charmaine Francis, Rafael Pimentel, and Sherrol Shand.  We ended the meeting by praying over our new Deacon Board as the new Deacons join Rohan Appadurai, Phillip Chamberlain, Manny Colucci, Angel Morales, Joel Smith and Gladson Thomas, who continue to serve their term.  It was moving to see some of those who served as Deacons over 20 years ago join us for this prayer.
  • We expressed well deserved gratitude to our two retiring Deacons who have served APC and Jesus so well: Deborah Sinnatamby and Mark Varvas.
  • We thanked the Lord for the faithfulness of God’s people this past year - it was another record-breaking year of giving.  We are able to pay down a good amount of our loan for the Student Ministries wing, and our missions giving was up again, in 2014.
  • Rohan Appadurai gave a report on behalf of the Deacon Board, covering some of the areas they are working on, including a Sabbatical Policy for the Senior Pastor.
  • Staff who have served over ten years were honoured, including three who have served for over 25 years.

We ended the meeting by humbly giving God glory for all He has done.  We committed ourselves to be praying and unified as we continue on in this Year of Invitation.

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.