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A couple of years after my husband and I were married, we moved from Portland to his hometown of Ladner. I had been raised in Abbotsford, but he was born and raised in South Delta. Living in Ladner was fantastic and it immediately felt like home. We had family and friends close by while raising our kids, yet, I felt oddly alone. With the exception of a few close friends, not many people knew me as myself, without being connected to my husband's family.

After a couple of years, I walked into the Mother's Day brunch at Moments for Moms. I felt so warmly welcomed. There were some familiar faces, but also many people I didn't know. I had that sense of community and fellowship with other mothers I had been missing so badly. The leadership team made me feel included and welcomed right away. The ladies at the front table were so kind and I felt comfortable leaving my kids in the hands of the capable volunteers in the preschool room and nursery.

As a new mother, I found such safety and solace among these other mothers. Being part of a group of mothers made me feel normal; that everything I was experiencing, the triumphs and struggles, was part of the motherhood journey. We laughed together, we cried together, and every Tuesday I left feeling poured into.

It has been just over a year now, and I am still meeting new faces each week. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for this ministry for 2018/19!

Moments for Moms will launch on September 25th at 9:30AM and will run every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Our first event will be a welcome back brunch. Bring a dish to share and join us. This is free program and childcare is provided.  Visit our website for details on upcoming events.

Posted by Michelle Smid

My Sabbatical

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Earlier this year, the SDBC elders approved for me a three-month break from working at the church, called a "sabbatical." The concept of sabbatical has a source described in several places in the bible. For example, in Leviticus 25, there is a commandment to desist from working the fields during the seventh year. This allows the soil to rest and replenish itself. 

I expected to accomplish three goals between June and August this summer: 1. to read through the entire bible in 90 days; 2. to prepare to teach the book of 1 John in India in November; and 3. most importantly, to spend time with Chris who had quit her job to be with me for the three months.

These plans were changed, however, by the sudden death of the brother-in-law of one of my daughters. Through the circumstances surrounding her travelling back to Arizona we had the opportunity to have three of our grandchildren, who we rarely get to see and who barely know us, come to the northwest (as they have no passports) and spend three weeks camping with us.

This gave us the unexpected opportunity to pour our love and the love of Jesus into their lives as they are not being raised in a home where Jesus is worshipped. We were able to talk with them about our faith in non-threatening ways and simply just love them. That time alone made the sabbatical a success for us.

Of my personal goals, I read about halfway through the bible. I decided my goal of completing it in 90 days was too arduous and burdensome. I had turned my focus to the study of 1 John and in combination with my reading found myself more in love with God's ways and his grace in my life than ever before.

Many ideas and concepts were revealed to me during this time of prayer and reflection. In particular, from my study of 1 John and in my reading of the Old Testament, I rediscovered an old truth: some Christians fail to confess sin because they are uncomfortable confronting their own failings, but others fail to confess sin because they are all too comfortable with it. Yes, they know it is sin, and they know it falls short of God's standards, but some sins have become acceptable in their eyes. This might happen slowly, particularly with ongoing struggles that never seem to dissipate. The believer simply gives up and he or she stops confessing.

This can be understandable, since ongoing battles are wearisome, and an apparent lack of progress can be disheartening. It's just easier to stop dealing with it, both in resistance and confession, but the result is that the believer allows a dark corner of his or her life to remain unexposed to the light. But, as long as the sin secretly remains, it will fester.

1 John 1:6 says, "God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth."

1 John 1:9: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

My renewed desire is to walk in the light seeking to have the relationship with God, that He designed for me to have with him. My prayer for myself has become that I will walk in truth concerning myself, my circumstances, and my ministry at SDBC. It is my prayer for SDBC that we will be a people who walk in truth and grace, loving each other as Jesus commanded.

Another way that God blessed us, toward the end of the sabbatical, was Chris was able to find a new job doing what she loves to do, helping people recover from physical issues. This was a direct and amazing answer to our prayers for her.

I love being a pastor at SDBC, and I would continue to be a pastor at SDBC with or without the sabbatical. The sabbatical was a gift. I urge you to join me in praying that we will be a people of grace, truth, and love so that we will bear honest witness to the love of Jesus in our lives as we share the love of Christ in our community.

With grateful hearts,
Rick and Chris Burdett

Posted by Rick Burdett

Fall Launch

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We are kick starting the fall season at SDBC this Sunday with a new, five-week sermon series called Changing Landscape. As part of our fall launch Sunday, we're stepping outside of our normal order of service to experience an interactive worship service with video narration and musical worship interspersed throughout the service. Please remember to be in the auditorium by 10AM as the narration will begin right at 10AM. We would also like to invite you to join us in the gym for a lunch right after the service (cost is by donation). This will be a great time to hang out with your church family while enjoying food, games, prizes, and a bouncy castle for the kids, bubble soccer for youth, and Ryan's cold brew coffee! We have lots of new families that have joined our church recently, so please connect with others in the church through this lunch. Let's have fun and celebrate the beginning of a new season with the church family!

Posted by Paul Park

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