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60th Anniversary

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It has now been a month and a half since Pastors Paul and Jordan announced our 60th anniversary plans, and excitement has been growing ever since! What an awesome opportunity to partner with our community and celebrate all that God has done in us and through us in the last 60 years! It truly has been 60 years of grace.

If you were there to hear the announcement, or have since watched the online video of the announcement, you know that we are raising funds as a way of celebrating our anniversary and giving back to the community. Along with our fundraising initiatives, we will host a celebration banquet on October 25th at Tsawwassen Springs.

This banquet will involve a dinner, live music, and silent auction! We are looking for and gathering items or services for this silent auction, and we wanted to extend that search to the church family. Please let us know if you are able to offer any items or services for this silent auction. Perhaps you are a photographer or a hairdresser and you are able to donate a session. Or, perhaps you own a local business and are able to donate goods. Let's have fun with the silent auction items. For instance, a youth in our church could offer ten hours of babysitting, and when a young family purchases this service, it will result in a youth and a young family in our church getting to know each other better. We highly value community at SDBC, and this is a great opportunity to build community and raise funds for a great cause at the same time!

We are interested in hearing the ideas that may arise from this and are looking forward to the chance to partner together and celebrate as a church family! If you are interested in partnering with us, please email Mary Grierson, our Community Life Coordinator.

Posted by Mary Grierson

Picnicking Together

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On Sunday, July 21st, we will be hosting a church-wide picnic at Brandrith Park, directly following the Sunday service. If you think that this upcoming picnic is not for you, please keep reading. If you think that you are too old, too young, or not connected enough, let me take a minute to explain to you the heart and drive behind why we do events like this!

This is an event that is open for the whole church to attend, and will be a BYOL (bring your own lunch) event. Though there will be games, relays, sports, and a scavenger hunt specifically geared towards kids and families, the heart of this picnic is that it would be a church-wide event. As Community Life Coordinator here at SDBC, events like this get me very excited. These events give us a chance to connect and to fellowship outside of the four walls where we meet every Sunday morning. We have a chance to meet new people and learn and to grow. Every person has a story, a unique, intricate story, and if we only ever talk to the same people and sit in the same pew, we miss out on chances to hear these stories.

With events like these, we are given the chance to grow closer together as the "one body" that God designed us to be. Because this event is also set outside our walls in the community, it also gives us a chance to be the everyday missionaries that we are charged to be. Perhaps you can invite a neighbour or a neighbourhood family to this event! Or, perhaps you will see people around the park on the 21st and can invite them to picnic with us. Whatever the case, this is an opportunity. An opportunity to learn, to grow, to hear stories, and to be missional as a church family.

So bring your lunch, your blanket, your family, and friends and head to Brandrith after the service on the 21st! We look forward to seeing what God has in store for this event, and we look forward to picnicking together as a family.

Posted by Mary Grierson

Men's Golf Tournament Recap

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The annual SDBC Men's Ministry Golf Tournament took place on Friday, June 21st at the Links at Hampton Cove. Twenty men gathered together for a time of fun and fellowship. The weather was perfect as the men set up around the putting green for the warm-up putting challenge. "Grand Marshall" Eric Tegelberg organized the crew and made sure that those uber competitors kept within the rules. While many tried, ultimately, Rob Gibson prevailed and was crowned the winner.

The main event was the reputed "pink ball" team challenge that pitted teams against other teams. Individuals within the team took their turns playing the pink golf ball for one hole each. The competition was best ball, so the team score on each hole was the best score. If a person playing the pink ball lost it, he was then given a yellow ball to play. If teams lost both balls throughout the round then penalty strokes were added to their score at the end of the round. Suffice it to say, there was extra pressure for players when playing one of the coloured balls! It is amazing how attracted these pink and yellow balls were to water hazards, ditches, blackberries, and other out of bounds areas.

Players hung around on the final hole to watch other teams finish. Sean Bremner put on a display by driving the green more than 250 yards on the final hole. The golfing was fun but most seemed to enjoy the fellowship within each group and together at the end of the round.

Relaxing on the patio after the round, the men were served a BBQ dinner while they enjoyed the opportunity to fellowship with each other. Prizes were provided for both good golf and good tries! One of the major goals of SDBC's Men's Ministry is to create opportunities for men to have fun and socialize and this event definitely accomplished that goal.

Our Men's Ministry will continue to be busy this summer and fall providing opportunities for guys to get together at events such as a Vancouver Canadians game and a Vancouver Whitecaps game. If you are interested, or would simply like to be informed of other upcoming events, please visit our website.

Posted by Dave Sowerby

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