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Men's Breakfast

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Why is it rare for men to get together as men? Busy? Not inclined? Regardless, God calls us to be in fellowship with one another. Hebrews 10:25 reminds us to "not neglect to meet together, as is the habit of some." It is important, for a number of reasons, including making each other better (Proverbs 27:17), meeting Christ (Matthew 18:20), encouraging one other (Hebrews 10:24, Romans 1:12), and supporting one another (Galatians 6:2), just to name a few. 

Men's Ministry at South Delta has a goal of providing opportunities for men to get together in fellowship. Outings to ball games or hockey games, outdoor activities (hiking, snowshoeing, and golf), and excursions to interesting places are all events that are focused on connecting men.

Our Men's Ministry's most significant event each year is our annual men's breakfast. Our theme this year is "Faith and Hollywood" and our featured speaker will be local actor Neal McDonough, who has a powerful story that will speak to the men in our community. You may recognize Neal from his roles in numerous movie and television productions such as Captain AmericaArrow, SuitsRed 2, and most recently, Project Blue Book.

Neal will speak to us about his journey with Hollywood and how he has managed to balance faith, family, and his work. While unique, his journey has relevance to all men who try to set and maintain the balance of priorities in life.

The breakfast will be held at South Delta Baptist Church on Saturday, April 13th, 2019. Doors will open at 8AM and breakfast will be served at 8:30AM. Tickets are $15 each or $120 for a table of 9 tickets (8 for the price of 9) and must be purchased online or at the Spotlight Table on Sunday, March 17th. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit our Men's Ministry page. Tickets purchased online will be available for pick-up at the "will-call" table the morning of the breakfast. You must bring your receipt in order to pick up your ticket.

Posted by Landon Kitagawa

Fellowship Pacific

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Our church belongs to a network of approximately five hundred churches across the nation called the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Canada. In addition to this national affiliation, we have a regional affiliation with the Fellowship Pacific, which consists of about a hundred churches in B.C. and the Yukon. We work together as a team to leverage the collective strength of our churches in order to produce kingdom results and hold one another accountable to our gospel mandate.

Fellowship Pacific also partners with agencies like Northwest Baptist Seminary, Baptist Housing, New Hope Community Services, Vancouver Urban Ministries, WINGS, Camp Qwanoes, and Sunnybrae Bible Camp. These partner agencies serve the next generation of leaders, seniors, refugees, families in lower income areas, women and children fleeing from domestic violence, and children who are exploring the truths about God in a fun and engaging atmosphere. Together, we all work to love like Jesus in our community, and to reflect the light of Jesus each in our own way. Fellowship Pacific is a beautiful team of everyday missionaries and we're thankful to be able to partner for the gospel work and enjoy the gift of being in fellowship with God's family.

This year, we have the special privilege of hosting the Fellowship's annual convention, IMPACT 2019, at our church from April 24th-26th. Much of the convention is open to the public, so please consider attending if you're available. We also need volunteers for this event. If you're able to help with hospitality or in any other way, please contact the church office or click here to sign up. You can learn more about this event by visiting the IMPACT 2019 website.

Posted by Paul Park

Stephen Ministry

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Stephen Ministers come alongside people during a challenging time in their lives. We all face issues at some point in our life, whether it is grief brought on by the death of a loved one, the loneliness of aging, or the battle of a life shortening illness. As Stephen Ministers, we recognize the growing number of people struggling with depression.

Depression is much more than the temporary sadness many people feel. Depression is more persistent and can be overwhelming. Depressed people lose interest in all their normal activities. Everything, including getting out of bed in the morning, takes a huge effort. They are tired because it is difficult to achieve a restful sleep. They can be quite irritable and not pleasant to be with and so the depression encourages isolation.

Fortunately, there is also an increasing awareness that like other illnesses, if left untreated, depression can have serious consequences. Severe depression can lead to psychotic behaviour and suicide. Like most serious illnesses, depression requires the support of medical professionals that can prescribe medication. However, Stephen Ministers can be a part of the team that supports the person struggling with depression.

We are well trained to develop relationships with our Care Receivers that allow us to be companions on the journey to wellness. We listen more than speak, we accept the person as they are rather than judge them for past behaviour. We provide distinctively Christian care by sharing scripture and praying with our Care Receiver. We know God is in control and through His grace, a person can be restored.

A gentleman in Tsawwassen referred himself to Stephen Ministry last summer. He recognized that his behaviour had changed. After years of living on his own, loneliness led to depression and depression allowed evil thoughts to overwhelm him. Even after visits to medical professionals, including visits to hospital for psychiatric evaluation, he recognized the need for more support. As a Christian he knew God was in control of his life and he relied on God's Word for hope. His Stephen Minister came alongside him to listen to his story as the two walked around Tsawwassen. They prayed together and God intervened. With the help of medication prescribed by doctors the suicidal thoughts diminished. But the journey is not over. This is only one story of how God is working through our ministry to impact the lives of people in our community.

We invite you to contact Stephen Ministry if God is calling you to learn how to share a burden that a neighbour is now carrying on their own. We plan to visit groups within our church community to share skills and attitudes that have helped us over the last ten years.

Or, if depression, triggered by the stress of a loved one dying, or the stress caused by uncontrollable anxiety, or the stress of postpartum, or the stress of life in 2019, is overwhelming you, please contact Stephen Ministry. God will bless your courage to reach out for help.

Posted by Doug Thomson

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