D.S. Steve Ottley
Are Stumps Good for Anything
In one corner of our back yard, sticking out of the ground is the stump of a tree we cut down several years ago. We’ve simply incorporated it into the garden. Actually, it’s covered by a wooden planter I built for Pat a couple summers ago. Stumps – They’re good for nothing, right? And they are a nuisance to get rid of. Just search YouTube for “ways to remove a tree stump.” Some of the videos are hilarious and dangerous. Don’t trying it at home or you will wreck your car.
God raised up the nation of Israel to carry out His plan to fix what was broken in Eden. Israel failed miserably and found itself decimated by the kingdoms of Assyria and Babylon. The prophet Isaiah describes the remains as a “stump.” In the midst of the destruction caused by their own disobedience, God gives Israel a great word of HOPE.
Isaiah 11:1-2 (NLT) 1 Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—
yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.
2 And the Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 
That was not only good and hope filled news for Israel, but for all of humanity.
Isaiah 11:10 (NLT) 10 In that day the heir to David’s throne
will be a banner of salvation to all the world.
The nations will rally to him,
and the land where he lives will be a glorious place.
Jesus, the HOPE – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace is that shoot from the stump of David’s family. As you celebrate Christmas this year, be reminded that the same God who brought salvation for humanity out of a burnt-out stump, can still give beauty for ashes.
Spread Hope This Christmas
From our family to yours, have a Blessed Christmas. 
Love in Christ, 
Steve, Pat 
In partnership with True North ministries, the church family at Altona Road Community Church recently assembled 30 backpacks for some of the older children of the Mishkeegogamang First Nation community.  Each backpack contained a warm hoodie, cozy socks, an Action Bible, bookmark, pencil crayons/markers, Christmas treats, and personal Christmas greetings. ARCC also sent additional candy canes for the estimated 350 children in this First Nation community.
Pastor Carrie prayed for God's blessing on the backpacks and for the children and families of Mish before the gifts were delivered to the headquarters of True North Aboriginal Partnership in Bradford.  TNAP will transport the gifts to ensure their safe delivery, and a Christian leader on the reserve who knows the needs will distribute the gifts accordingly. (Mishkegogamang is an approximately 20-hour drive from the GTA).
Many thanks to Canada Central District for generously providing funds for the backpacks and bibles, and to the Altona Road Church family for funding the remaining items. 
ARCC is hoping to expand this CHRIST-MISH outreach project for Christmas 2023, and will be inviting other churches on the district to participate with them.  More information will be available in the coming months.
Pastor Juan Carlos Espino 
Port Huron First Church, Michigan, held a Revival Weekend with DS Steve Ottley and Pastor Rose Sorzano. 
Pastor Rose Sorzano leading workshop on PRAYER. 
D.S. Steve Ottley preaching
Pastor Josh and Katie Woods leading Worship. 
D.S. Steve Ottley, Pastor Kevin & Kandis Laffin
Toronto Emmanuel Worship Team
Church Board Chair - Zoila Miller
Pastor Abraham Alberto
D.S. Steve Ottley installing Pastor Abraham Alberto
          Pastor Christabell Selvalingham
Adult participation
Children's participation
Youth Participation
D.S. Steve Ottley
Pastor John Neposlan
Windsor at Worship
This is an opportunity for Local Church Board Secretaries to connect with other church board secretaries. We will review roles and responsibilities. 
Hosted by District Superintendent, Reverend Steve Ottley
& District Administrator, Len Phillips

Zoom information will be sent to pastors in the District Superintendent’s weekly email. 
Local churches have the opportunity to help their pastors and associate pastors to reduce their debt through THE COMPASS INITIATIVE.
This is a Nazarene initiative to address our Canadian and US ministers’ most pressing financial difficulties. The COMPASS Initiatives utilizes:
  • Financial literacy, management, and well-being programs to equip ministers in personal and church financial matters that include the COMPASS Academy, the COMPASS Journey, the COMPASS Quest, and the COMPASS True North Retreat.
    • A Ministerial Excellence Fund (MEF) that provides grants for debt reduction and retirement savings to individual ministers who have completed the COMPASS Journey and/or the COMPASS Quest.
Here is the link for Giving me Hope
N.M.I. President,
Rev. Donna Wilson
Half - Million Mobilization
Regional USA/Canada Vision
NMI Update:
     Canada Central NMI would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:4-5).  Let's pray for the light of Christ to shine in our community and around the world, through us!
           Thank you for praying for missionaries and pastors as they serve, throughout the year.  If you would like to make a special year end gift to missions, WEF (World Evangelism Fund), please submit a gift to your local church, marked WEF.  We also encourage you to make a contribution through the
Nazarene Compassionate Gift Catalogue or the Giving Calendar provided.
     2022/23  NMI Resources Update
            Have you been looking for Nazarene Missions books and lessons? At this time, NMI is not publishing printed material, as they transition to a more global approach to resourcing churches on all 6 Regions. The global NMI office emails NMI Central with an emphasis on a different area of the world, each week.  NMI is encouraging churches and districts to use the content to create their own resource, as a learning tool, for their members. (ie. With the lesson provided, create a power point, or add it to your social media platforms). If you have questions, or need assistance, please ask our district NMI Council!
Dr. Reuben and Dr. Monica Fernandez

 Our Missionary family for 2022/23! Care & Connection (LINKS)      
Dr. Ruben and Dr. Monica Fernandez : Costa Rica.

       Ruben and Monica are both ordained elders and they have two grown children, Juan and Andres. 
        Our district sent an annual Christmas deputation gift of $500 and we look forward to our continued prayer partnership with them, as they serve. From Ruben, "We are in the middle of our trip in Buenos Aires, visiting churches, teaching virtual courses among other things. We are so grateful for your gift to us!  Thank you and the NMI Council very much.  Please extend our appreciation to the whole team"  (22 Nov 2022). Please remember to pray for the Fernandez family!
         For more information, go to:
 If you would like to a note of encouragement, please write to: rfernandez@mesoamericare        
        To send them a monetary deputation  gift: Church of the Nazarene Canada - etransfer or cheque - Marked "Ruben and Monica Fernandez" - PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND  
          ADDRESS for tax purposes. 
Reverend Gaston and Lucy Echeguia
District Sponsored Missionaries: Please continue to pray for Rev. Gaston and Lucy Echeguia as they serve in Spain! NMI sent a $500 Christmas deputation gift to their family.
    To send a note of encouragement:
    To send them a monetary deputation  gift: Church of the Nazarene Canada - etransfer or cheque - Marked "Gaston and Lucy Echeguia" - PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND  
          ADDRESS for tax purposes.            
The National Office will be closed December 21, 2022 through to January 2, 2023
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Are you, or is someone you know called to ministry?  The DMTC is a great place to explore aspects of Christian ministry and to gain a strong foundation for ministry in the church and in the world.  Courses are open to those pursuing a vocational call to ministry and to those who simply want to have more knowledge and skills for serving God in their local churches and communities.
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Marg Stahlbaum - District Youth Director
NYC Registration is still available until January 15, 2023. Then it is CLOSED!!!  Don’t delay! 
District Tubing – Youth & Young Adults – Two Sites to be announced
January 28th, 2023

Upcoming DS. Schedule

 Please pray for God’s anointing and wisdom for D.S. Steve Ottley
December 3rd    – Annual Tamil Christmas Concert

December 4th    – Windsor Devonwood Worship Service

December 6th    – National Church Finance Committee Meeting – Zoom

December 6th    – GTA Missional Zone Pastor’s Gathering
                          – Pastor Trudy White’s Home

December 7th    – District Advisory Board Meeting – District Office

December 8th   – Local Church Board Secretary’s Information Webinar – Zoom

December 11th – Mississauga Bethel Spanish Worship Service
                         – Pastor/Church Review

December 13th – National Group Benefit Plan Meeting – Zoom

December 13th – Georgian Bay Missional Zone Pastor’s Gathering
                         – Pastor Donna Wilson’s Farm

January 7th       – London First Church
                         – Pastor Rose Sorzano Retirement Celebration

January 8th       – Windsor Devonwood – Pastor/Church Review
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Updated December 1st
Saturday, December 3rd – Annual Tamil Christmas Carol Service
– Zoom @ 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 6th – National Finance Committee Meeting
– Zoom @ 12:00 Noon

Tuesday, December 6th – GTA Missional Zone Pastor’s Gathering
– Pastor Trudy White’s Home @ 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 7th – District Advisory Board Meeting
– Oakville Generations Church @ 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, December 8th – Local Church Board Secretary’s Information Seminar
– Zoom @ 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 13th – Georgian Bay Missional Zone Christmas Gathering – Pastor Donna Wilson’s Farm @ 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 21st – Monday, January 2ndDISTRICT OFFICE CLOSED

Sunday, December 25thCHRISTMAS DAY

Monday, December 26th – BOXING DAY

Sunday, January 1st– NEW YEAR’S DAY

Friday, January 20th– Sunday, January 22nd, 2023
– National Ministerial Assessment Centre

Wednesday, January 25th– Board of Ministry Studies Committee
– Zoom @ 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 26th– Pastors Training “Boundaries” with Dr. Eran Talitman of Southdown Institute
– Zoom @ 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 1st– GTA Missional Zone Pastor’s Gathering
– TBD @ 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 4th– District NDI Board Meeting
– Rosewood Church @ 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, February 22nd– ASH WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, February 22nd– District Advisory Board Meeting
– Zoom @ 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, February 25th– Canadian General Assembly Delegates Caucus Meeting – Zoom @ 1:00 p.m.

Monday, March 6th – Thursday, March 9thExponential Conference
– Orlando, Florida

Saturday, March 11th– NDI Convention Forum – Zoom @ 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023– District Advisory Board Meeting
– Zoom @ 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, March 26th– GTA Missional Zone Worship Service – TBD @ 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 28th– District Board of Ministry Interviews

Thursday, April 6th – MAUNDY THURSDAY

Friday, April 7thGOOD FRIDAY

Sunday, April 9thEASTER SUNDAY

Tuesday, April 25th– Wesley Symposium – Tyndale University & Seminary

Tuesday, May 2nd– Wednesday, May 3rd – National Board Meeting

Wednesday, May 10th – The Sharing Place AGM @ 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 17th– District Advisory Board Meeting – Zoom @ 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 18th – DMTC Board Meeting – Zoom @ 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 31st – GTA Missional Zone Pastor’s Gathering – TBD @ 11:00 a.m.

Friday, June 9th – Friday, June 16th, 2023
– General Assembly – Indianapolis, Indiana

Thursday, June 29th – Friday, June 30th, 2023 – District Assembly and Conventions

Wednesday, July 5th – Sunday, July 9th 2023 – Nazarene Youth Conference
– Tampa Bay, Florida

Wednesday, July 5th – Saturday, September 30th
– District Superintendent’s Sabbatical

Friday, November 17th – Sunday, November 19th – Clergy & Spouse Retreat

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