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Tutoring, Ministering, Loving

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This week is a very exciting week because we are rolling out a little more information about SDBC's tutoring project!

As our website mentions, our tutoring project will see us partnering with the City of Delta (Awesome After School) and Vancouver Urban Ministries to provide an after school program, which will include Orton-Gillingham tutoring. Awesome After School already takes place at the South Delta Recreation Centre, and we will be adding our tutoring services, for free, to their program. The Orton-Gillingham approach has helped many children improve their literacy, so we hope to make this quality supplemental education accessible to children who experience learning challenges due to dyslexia and/or other learning disabilities.

Tutoring is a service which many families do not have access to, whether that is because of their financial situation or because tutoring simply isn't available to them. Offering a free tutoring program in South Delta opens a huge door to meet a specific need in our community. Yes, this is a tutoring program, but it is more than that. This is ministry and a chance for us to meet the needs of our community and to serve as Jesus served when He left heaven to come down to earth.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men - Philippians 2:4-7.

We hope to launch this initiative in 2020, however, before we can launch this project, we need a team of tutors and volunteers in place. Please prayerfully consider if being a tutor is something you are interested in and if this is a ministry where you could serve.

Feel free to email Mary Grierson with any questions or if you are interested in being a part of this tutoring initiative.

Posted by Mary Grierson

Starfish Pack Needs Your Help!

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As it says on our website, "hundreds of children in B.C. go to school on Monday morning having had no food over the weekend. Starfish Pack was created in response to this need. We will be partnering with the Delta School District to bring meals to two elementary schools in Tsawwassen....It will cost $525 to sponsor a child for one year of this program, which will provide a backpack each Friday throughout the school year filled with 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and some healthy snacks."

This is an amazing initiative and a chance to not only feed hungry kids, but to also shine the light of Christ in our community in a new way. As awesome as this opportunity is, it will take volunteers to make it happen. Starting in September, Thrifty Foods, our partner grocery store, will deliver the food to our church each week. We will need teams of willing volunteers to come to church, pack the backpacks full of the food, and deliver them to the schools (Cliff Drive Elementary and South Park Elementary). Volunteers will then pick up the empty backpacks the following week and return them to the church. Packing will take place every week throughout the school year.

If you are interested in serving on this project, visit the Spotlight table this Sunday to sign up! Also, feel free to email me any questions you may have about this project.

Posted by Mary Grierson

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