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Words of Hope - By Pastor Rhoda Kelin Miller 

I hope you are motivated to attend weekly worship gatherings, whether in-person or online for the right reasons. It is vital to understand why we gather. Hint: it is not to please some ego-centric deity. God established the Sabbath for us. In His generosity and wisdom He knew we'd need an invitation and a plan to come together. Family reunions don't just organically happen. They require coordination and commitment to a scheduled time and place.
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Health and Safety Notice:

Given the continued increase in Covid hospitalizations, and the wide range of attendees we welcome through our doors, OAC will require face masks be worn inside our facility for the added protection of staff, volunteers and vulnerable community members. Join us online if you're feeling sick or have Covid symptoms.
80s trends are seeing a comeback! One of the nostalgic throwbacks to love is Canada's "Participaction" campaign. We all fight inertia, the tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged. Sometimes it's personal and sometimes it comes from the overwhelming helplessness as we face this unravelling world. This message series will explore the driving forces and practices that can keep us spiritual couch potatoes or help shape a dynamic life of faith.
Kids Church is happening this Sabbath Aug 28. During the message kids 10 and under will be invited to the Chapel for games, crafts and Bible stories.
Earliteens and youth are invited to help as activity assistants.
Pre-registration is appreciated to help us prepare.
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Starting September 18, once a month, our Sabbath gathering will shift from our typical worship flow to focus on connecting in groups that are studying, praying, creating or serving together, in-person and online. 
Facility Update - Cafe 
We're excited to be creating a welcoming hub for hospitality in our lobby by opening up the kitchenette with a service window.  This will enable us to offer beverages and snacks in a visible and safe manner.  A big thank you to our Facility Committee and those who give to our local church budget making renovations like this possible. 
Get your plant-based meat alternatives from brands exclusively sold by the ABC! And now you can pickup your order at OAC.  Order and pay by Mon Aug 30 for Tuesday's 1pm pickup. Your food items can be held in our fridge and freezer for later pickup at your convenience. Simply contact our church office to confirm staff availability. Preview the catalog and place your order following the instructions on page 1.
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Chermilyn Pedernal shares an encouraging and challenging message where she invites us to leave our comfort zone to help in the process of restoring other's life.
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Saturday morning groups

This 10am discussion group reviews the lesson quarterly
Young Adult Saturday morning Bible Study will shift to an online prayer session over Zoom from 9:15 - 9:45am. 
The tithe you return funds pastors salaries and the ministry that happens across BC at Camp Hope and in our Christian schools. Donations to the local church budget help cover OAC's on-site expenses and community outreach here in Vancouver.
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